Texans stay unbeaten, Cards/Orioles gain splits, Sandusky Sentencing, + Free Play for Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Houston Runs by the Jets 23-17, lose Cushing

It was a game that the Houston played not to lose. Mission accomplished. The Texans beat the Jets 23-17 Monday night in the Meadowland in a game where Gary Kubiak clearly wanted to get outta Dodge with a win. He got it but not without a fight from the Jets who pulled out all the stops and not without losing defensive centerpiece Brian Cushing to a knee injury that will keep the former USC star out indefinitely. Arian Foster led the way for Houston with 152 yards on 29 carries. Joe McKnight ran a kickoff back 100 yards for one Jets score and Flyboy CB Antonio Cromartie had a solid game with an interception and a blanket job on Andre Johnson who was held to one catch for 15 yards.

With Week V in the books, the betting looked like this ….. favorites and dogs split out at 7-7. There was much less scoring this week with the under going 9-5, that after the first four weeks of this year’s NFL schedule had produced more points over a four week period than any other time in league history. Home teams went 8-6 straight up, 9-5 ATS. By virtue of the Colts straight up win over Green Bay, the books had a pretty good weekend with most parlay and teaser tickets going up in smoke.

Cards and O’s level their playoff series

St Louis and Baltimore came away with big wins Monday night to even their respective series with the Nats and Yankees at 1-1. in St Louis, Carlos Beltran became the first MLB player to have multiple home run games for three different teams as the Cards crushed the Nats 12-4. Allen Craig and Dan Descalso also went deep for St Louis. in Baltimore, Wei-Yin Chen outdueled Andy Pettitte in a 3-2 Oriole win. Mark Reynolds notched the winner with an RBI single in the sixth.

Tuesday in the MLB playoffs, the Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds take 2-0 leads into their respective Game IIIs tonight. At 5:35 PM EST on TBS, Homer Bailey and the Reds are -137 home favorites over the Giants and Ryan Vogelsong. The total is currently 7.5 with a slight shade to the under at -115. At 9:05 PM EST in Oakland, the A’s Brett Anderson is a -133 favorite over Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez. The high/low is 7 with a 20 cent tax on the over.

Sandusky will speak at sentencing

The lawyer of former Penn State assistant coach and convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky will address the judge today when he is sentenced on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. Attorney Joe Amendola said that Sandusky will assert his innocense to Judge John Cleland before sentencing. One or more of Sandusky’s victims is also scheduled to speak. Sandusky was convicted of 45 of 48 charges back in June and has been in jail awaiting sentencing.

Tiger apologized to Ryder Cup rookies

In a report coming from the golf channel, Tiger Woods pulled Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson, Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley aside and apologized for his performance at Medinah, where Woods finished with an 0-3-1 record on the week.
The US took what looked to be an insurmountable 10-6 lead into Sunday’s singles matches before falling to the Euros in one of the biggest comebacks (meltdown and choke has also been used) in Ryder Cup history.

Klinsman drops Jozy Altidore from US squad

US soccer coach Jurgen Klinsman has dropped forward Jozy Altidore from the US squad for this week’s pair of World Cup qualifiers at Antigua and Barbuda on Friday and home against Guatemala on Oct. 16. Altidore had played in 17-straight qualifiers dating back to 2008 and has 13 goals in 51 US caps. Klinsman cited disappointment in Altidore’s practice over the last 14 months and his performance in a recent split in two game vs. Jamaica. Klinsmann instead selected Seattle’s Eddie Johnson and San Jose’s Alan Gordon to join Clint Dempsey, Herculez Gomez and Landon Donovan as attackers on the current US roster.

Batista wins his MMA debut

Dave Bautista, known in WWE circles as “Batista”, won his MMA debut with a first round TKO of Vince Lucero. Batista, 43, showed minimal skill in dispatching Lucera in the main event of the CES 12 fight card held at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. Lucero held his own briefly before being taken down by a Batista spear. The former WWE champ worked side control to Lucero back, pummeling the 300-pounder with hammer fists before referee Dan Miragliotta made the save. In post-fight interviews, Batista made it clear that this was not a one time thing and that he plans to fight again.

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