Pats stay unbeaten, Manning continues roll, Rangers/Rays wildcard tie-breaker, Wild pitch walk-off no-hitter, JJ wins at Dover + Sunday Recap: Monday, September 30, 2013

Pats improve to 4-0 after running over Atlanta

They say that you are what your record says you are. Well ….. the Patriots are 4-0 and handled the Atlanta Falcons somewhat more easily than the 30-23 final score. The Patriots ran the ball at will and Tom Brady threw for 317 yards and two scores as the Pats led 30-13 with six minutes left before turning back a late Falcon rally. The Patriots didn’t walk away unscathed however as nose tackle and hub of the defensive line Vince Wilfork tore an achilles tendon and is likely out for the year.

New Orleans hosts Miami in MNF battle of the unbeatens

The 3-0 Miami Dolphins travel to 3-0 New Orleans to meet the Saints tonight at the Super Dome. The Saints are favored by a touchdown with total of 49 1/2, up considerably from the 47 opener. Miami is 28-12-2 as a non-divisional road underdog over time and 21-11-1 in their L33 as a road dog overall. Drew Brees might have something to say here. He had originally wanted to go to Miami after his shoulder surgery at San Diego but the Dolphins signed Dante Culpepper instead. Brees didn’t do all that poorly landing in the Crescent City.

Peyton throws four more touchdowns as Broncs crush the Eagles

Peyton Manning’s record breaking start to the 2013 season continued on Sunday as the Broncos routed the Eagles 52-20. Manning was 28-34 for 327 yards and four touchdowns as the Broncos blew open a close game with a 31-7 second half. Manning now has an NFL record 16 touchdowns through four games and is on pace for 6000 yards and 64 touchdowns.

Around the horn in the NFL

Tennessee Titan starting quarterback Jake Locker was taken off the field on a board and will miss 4-8 weeks with an undisclosed hip injury. Locker was motionless and in obvious great pain after a tough hit by Jets DT Muhammed Wilkerson.

Texas and Tampa Bay play Monday Game 163 for second wildcard spot

After six months and 162 games, the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers will be forced to play a 163rd game to determine who will play Cleveland in the wildcard game on Wednesday. Both teams finished 91-71 after Tampa Bay beat Toronto 7-6 and Texas beat the Angels 6-2. Tampa Bay and David Price are -125 road favorites over Texas and Matt Perez. Texas won the season series 4-3 with the teams last playing on September 18th.

Marlin’s Alvarez pitches final day no-no over the Tigers

Miami’s Henderson Alvarez was the star of the final day of the MLB regular season by throwing one of the most bizarre no hitters in MLB history. Alvarez walked one and struck out four in keeping the Tigers hitless for nine innings and was in the one deck circle when the Marlins won 1-0 on a walk-off wild pitch. The no-no was the fifth in Marlin history and the third in the majors this year.

MLB News and Notes

The Cleveland Indians finished the season on a run of ten straight wins to capture the No.1 American League wildcard spot. Rookie Danny Salazar will start the wildcard game on Wednesday when the Tribe will host today’s Tampa Bay/Texas winner.

The Dodgers have deactivated outfielder Matt Kemp for the playoffs after he reaggravated an ankle injury that has hobbled Kemp all year. Kemp missed more than 100 games to the injury this year before getting shut down.

Paul Pasqualoni fired at UConn after 0-4 start

Lane Kiffin wasn’t the only college football shown the door this weekend. Paul Pasqualoni was fired by UConn after the Huskies were spanked 40-12 by MAC conference Buffalo on Saturday dropping the team to 0-4. Pasqualoni was 10-18 in his 2+ seasons at Storrs. The school will have a press conference today to name an interim coach.

Jimmie Johnson dominates at Dover for 8th win over the track

Jimmie Johnson led 243 of 400 laps to win for a record eighth time at Dover. Johnson held off teammate and pole winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five finishers. With the win, Johnson jumped to second in the Sprint Cup standings just eight points behind leader Matt Kenseth. Kyle Busch is in third, twelve points back in what is shaping up as a three man scramble for the title.

RIP: L.C. Greenwood

Pittsburgh Steeler great L.C. Greenwood passed away on Sunday after a short hospital stay. One fourth of the Steel Curtain defensive line of the 70’s, Greenwood registered 73.5 sacks and was a six-time Pro Bowler. Greenwood sacked Cowboy quarterback Roger Staubach four times in Super Bowl X.

RIP: Boxing referee Earl Morton

Boxing referee Earl Morton is dead at age 58 after a long bout with cancer. Morton is best remembered as the referee for the final two fights of the epic Arturo Gatti/Mickey Ward trilogy. Over his 24-year career, Morton refereed over a dozen world championship fights including Sergio Martinez’s second round KO of Paul Williams in 2010. He was also a New Jersey Golden Gloves champion compiling an amateur record of 38-7.

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