Yanks and Cards Advance, Navy rolls, Giants/49er sheats up, Biffle wins pole at Charlotte, UFC 153 + Free Play for Saturday, October 13, 2012

C.C. mows down O’s, Cards four in the ninth sink Nats

The New York Yankees and St Louis Cardinals have advanced to their respective league championship series after winning Game Fives of their respective division series. In New York, C.C. Sabathia tossed a 121 pitch complete game four-hitter as the Bombers beat Baltimore 3-1. Raul Ibanez and Ichiro had RBI doubles and Curtis Granderson provided insurance with a seventh-inning solo blast. The Yankees play Detroit in the American League ALCS.

In Washington, the St Louis Cardinals won their eighth straight elimination game beating the Nats 9-7. St Louis was down 6-0 after three innings but began chipping back with a run in the fourth and two in the fifth. The Cards trailed 7-5 heading to the top of the ninth before plating four for the win. Bryce Harper had a triple and a homer for the Nats in defeat. The Cards face San Francisco in the NLCS. The Giants came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Reds three straight in Cincinnati to move on.

Navy spanks CMU, South Carolina/LSU square off in key SEC tilt

Keenan Reynolds threw for three touchdowns in his first start and Navy outrushed Central Michigan 258-70 to register an easy 31-13 win at Mt Pleasant. Reynolds became the first Midshipman quarterback since 1997 to throw for three scores as Navy was razor sharp off their overtime rivalry game upset of Air Force last week. Central Michigan was a one-point home favorite with the total 57 sending dog and under players to the cashier.

Anderson Silva highlights UFC 153 card

UFC 153 takes place tonight at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with Anderson Silva taking on Stephan “The American Psycho” Bonnar in the main event. Silva is a prohibitive -1100 favorite in the light-heavyweight bout. Silva, arguably the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in MMA history, is stepping up in weight from his usual middleweight classification after several injuries left UFC without a main event. Silva has not lost since January of 2006 winning 16 straight fights including two at light-heavyweight. Sportsbetting 3 will have a complete recap with results in tomorrows update.

UFC 153 weigh-in highlights

Biffle wins pole at Charlotte

Greg Biffle was the fastest in qualifying and will start from the pole in tonight’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mark Martin will start on his outside with Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr rounding out the first three rows. This is the fifth event of the ten race Sprint Cup Chase where Brad Keselowski leads Jimmie Johnson by 14 points and Denny Hamlin by 23.

Odds to win Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Jimmie Johnson #48 +450
Denny Hamlin #11 +550
Kyle Busch #18 +850
Kasey Kahne #5 +850
Brad Keselowski #2 +850

Harbaugh calls out Giant OC Gilbride

Sunday’s NFC finals rematch between the Giants and 49ers has started to heat up after Jim Harbaugh took exception to Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride‘s comments about San Francisco DL Justin Smith. Gilbride had this to say about Smith on Thursday to Giants reporters.

“Smith is a beast on the inside, he’s strong, he does as good a job of grabbing a hold of offensive linemen and allowing those twists to take place. He never gets called for it so he gets away with murder.”

Harbaugh did not like that, and specifically did not like the analogy Gilbride used.

“Kevin Gilbride’s outrageous, irrational statement regarding Justin Smith’s play is, first, an absurd analogy. Second, it is an incendiary comment targeting one of the truly exemplary players in this league. It’s obvious that the Giants coaching staff’s sole purpose is to use their high visibility to both criticize and influence officiating.”

It should be good Sunday afternoon at Candlestick Park.

Goal in injury time propels US Mens Soccer

Eddie Johnson scored his second goal of the game during second-half injury time to lead the US to a 2-1 win over Antigua and Barbuda. The win has the American’s on the verge of advancing to the final phase of World Cup qualifying. The US needs a draw with Guatemala on Tuesday night in Kansas City to move into the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Mallinger’s 14-under good for lead at the Frys.com Open

John Mallinger’s second round 9-under 62 propelled the Escondido local to a four shot lead at the half way mark of the Frys.com Open at CordeValle Golf Club in St. Martin, California. Billy Horshel and Jhonattan Vegas are tied for second at 10-under. Nocolas Colsearts, Nick O’Hern, and Scott Dunlap are all 9-under. Scores are there to be had as there have been several rounds in the low 60s so this tournament is wide open.

Free Play

(NCAAF) Middle Tennessee State -2.5 over FloridaInternational (6:00 PM EST)