Red Sox dump Cards 8-1, NFL News and Notes, Panthers/Bucs Thursday Preview, NBA Countdown, Mattingly will be back, Ibra nets four in Champions League + Wednesday recap: Thursday, October 24, 2013

Cards doomed by three errors, Wainwright rocked

St Louis was unable to overcome bad start by Adam Wainwright and shoddy fielding as the Boston Red Sox took Game I of the World Series 8-1. Mike Napoli’s three-run double in the first and 7 2/3 shutout innings by Jon Lester was all Beantown needed to draw first blood. The Cardinal showed early jitters with several miscues on the field. The final score could have been considerably worse had Carlos Beltran not robbed David Ortiz of a grand slam with a great catch at the wall in the second inning. Beltran hurt his ribs on the play and was removed from the game. Tests were negative and he is day-to-day moving on.

Game II is tonight with the Cardinals sending out rookie phenom Michael Wacha out to face the Red Sox John Lackey. Boston is a -115 favorite with the total set at 7 with the over shaded 15 cents. The first pitch is at 8:05 PM EST on Fox.

NFL News and Notes

Reports had the Rams reaching out to Bret Favre after losing quarterback Sam Bradford to an ACL injury. Favre has not played since 2010 and is now 44 and a grandfather. Favre told ESPN radio that he was flattered but officially retired with no interest in returning.

Packer TE Jermichael Finley will be released from the hospital on Thursday after suffering a neck injury in Sunday’s Packer win over the Browns. Finley will likely be put on IR and will seek opinions on whether to continue his NFL career.

The NFL has announced the matchups for the three games scheduled to be played in London in 2014. They are the Dallas Cowboys vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, the Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons and the Miami Dolphins vs. Oakland Raiders. The Jags, Falcons and Raiders are set as home teams.

Panthers at Bucs kicks off NFL Week Eight

Week Eight of the NFL kicks off with a NFC South tilt on te NFL networks as the Carolina Panthers travel to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers. Carolina is -6 point favorite with the high/low set at 40. Weather will not be an issue with clouds and light winds with a game time temperature around 70.

The Panthers are off two dominating wins against lesser and rally should be 5-1. Tampa Bay is winless going 1-5 against the spread and the Buccs are 4-13-1 in L18 as a home dog. Desperate Bucs avgg 17..7 ppg under Glennon after avgg just 11 ppg under Freeman. Tampa Bay’s only cover was a 16-14 home loss (+3) to the Saints in Week II.

NBA Countdown: Five Days

Former Ohio State star and Portland Trailblazer top pick Greg Oden played in his first NBA game since 2009 when he saw action in the Miami Heats exhibition game with the New Orleans Pelicans. Oden scored on a two handed dunk on his first touch. Oden has been plagued by knee problems that have required two micro-fracture surgeries.

Mattingly will be back with the Dodgers in 2014

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly will return to honor the final year of his contract despite his displeasure at not receiving an extension and over the firing of his bench coach and advanced scout. Mattingly voiced his concerns about being a lame duck manager but in the end decided it would not be right to not honor a contract that became vested when the Dodgers advanced to the NLCS.

Ibrahimovic nets four in PSG 5-0 win over Anderlecht

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four goals including an incredible back-heel on the third goal to lift Paris St Germain to a 5-0 win over Anderlecht in Champions League group play. Ibrahimovic has long been considered to be one of the top snipers in Europe but is now making a case for being the best player in the world. It will be interesting to see if the big Swede can break the Ronaldo/Messi stranglehold on the Golden Boot.

Free Play

(NCAAF) Kentucky/Mississippi State Under 56 (Thursday, October 24, 2013 7:30 PM EST)