Monday’s Sports Minute

Monday’s Sports Minute

ROYALTY: A Baltimore Orioles fans sits in the stands after the Kansas City Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 6-4, in Game 2 of the American League baseball championship series Saturday, Oct. 11, in Baltimore. Photo: Associated Press/Patrick Semansky

In addition to the Cards’ win, and the sentencing hearing of Oscar Pistorius, here is a look at the other big sports stories making headlines today, Monday, Oct. 13.

Goin’ to Kansas City

The scene for the ALCS shifts to Kansas City where the upstart Royals can go 3-up on Baltimore when that series resumes Monday night at Kauffman Stadium. Wei-Yin Chen, who was 16-10 in the regular season for the Orioles, tries to get Baltimore in the win column against Jeremy Guthrie, who was 13-11 in the 2014 campaign.

Cowboys shock the champs…Flacco’s huge day

The Dallas Cowboys continue to be the most pleasant surprise nearly halfway through the NFL season. The Cowboys went on the road and knocked off the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks 30-23. They are the first team outside the NFC West to win in Seattle since 2011. The Cowboys are 5-1 for the first time since 2007.

DeMarco Murray ran for a 15-yard touchdown with 3:16 left and became the second running back in NFL history with six straight 100-yard games to start the season. Murray ran 29 times for 115 yards. Tony Romo was 21 of 32 with two TDs through the air for the Cowboys. Seattle fell to 3-2.

In other Week 6 action:

  • Joe Flacco of the Ravens had a big game, throwing for 306 yards and five touchdowns as Baltimore destroyed Tampa Bay 48-17. The 4-2 Ravens scored on six straight possessions to begin the game, with Flacco throwing for TDs on the first five. The loss dropped the Bucs to 1-5 and marks their second embarrassing defeat this season as they lost to the Falcons 56-14 on Sept. 18.
  • The Bengals and Panthers finished with a 37-37 tie. Cincinnati had a chance to win the game but a final play field goal attempt by Mike Nugent from 36-yards in overtime missed the mark. Nugent made a 42-yard field goal that put the 3-1 Bengals up after the opening drive of overtime. Carolina, which is 3-2-1, tied it on Graham Gano’s 36-yarder with 2:19 left. Bengals QB Andy Dalton was nearly perfect in overtime, going 8 for 9 for 87 yards with one throwaway. He led the Bengals into range to win it, but Nugent sliced his kick wide right.
  • Fans of the Cleveland Browns haven’t had much to cheer about when their favorite team plays arch rival Pittsburgh. That changed when the Browns blitzed the Steelers 31-10. Browns’ quarterback Brian Hoyer passed for 217 yards and a score as the Browns improved to 3-23 in their last 26 games with Pittsburgh. Hoyer is now 6-2 as the Browns’ starting signal-caller. Ben Tate had two rushing TDs and rookie Isaiah Crowell added another one as the Browns opened a 21-3 lead in the first half. Browns Pro-Bowl center Alex Mack suffered a broken leg.
  • Sammie Hill blocked a field goal attempt in the final seconds as Tennessee held off the winless Jacksonville Jaguars 16-14 to snap a four-game losing streak. Jackie Battle ran for a touchdown, and Ryan Succop kicked three field goals as the Titans improved to 2-4. The loss dropped the Jags to 0-6
  • In an NFC North matchup the Lions took care of business beating the Vikings 17-3. With Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush missing, the Lions played a low-risk game and punted nearly as often as the Vikings did. Teddy Bridgewater threw three interceptions in his second career start for the Vikings, who dropped to 2-4. The 4-2 Lions won at Minnesota for only the second time in their last 17 trips.
  • Peyton Manning moved closer to the all-time touchdown record by hitting for three against the Jets in a 31-17 win. Manning now has 506 career touchdowns, two shy of the record set by Brett Favre. He could break the mark next Sunday at home against San Francisco.
  • Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes and posted his 60th career 300-yard game to lead the Patriots to a 37-22 win over the Bills in an AFC East battle. Brady finished 26 of 36 for 352 yards and is now 23-2 against the Bills. The Patriots are 4-2 while the Bills, who have dropped three of four, are 3-3.
  • Branden Oliver scored on a 1-yard run with 1:56 to play and the San Diego Chargers spoiled interim coach Tony Sparano’s Oakland debut with a 31-28 victory over the Raiders. Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes for the 5-1 Chargers. Oakland is 0-5.
  • In an NFC East matchup, Philadelphia blanked the New York Giants 27-0 for the Eagles first shutout in 18 years. Nick Foles completed 21 of 34 for 248 yards and a pair of TD passes. LeSean McCoy ran for 149 yards. The Giants night became worse when wide receiver Victor Cruz tore the patella tendon his right knee while leaping for a pass in the third quarter. Cruz is expected to miss the rest of the season.
  • A new No. 1

    There is a new team on top of The Associated Press Top-25 poll.

    Despite the fact they have not been beaten, Florida State’s Seminoles have been replaced at the top of the AP poll by Mississippi State. The formerly No. 1 Seminoles were 38-20 winners over Syracuse in a road game Saturday, while then No. 3 Mississippi State knocked off then No. 2 Auburn, 38-23.

    In the new poll, Mississippi State is first with FSU second, Mississippi third, Baylor fourth and Notre Dame fifth.

    Auburn is now ranked sixth with Alabama seventh, Michigan State eighth, Oregon ninth and Georgia 10th.

    Mississippi State received 1,480 points from the media panel with 45 first-place votes. Florida State got 1,415 points and 12 first-place nods and Mississippi three first-place votes and 1,413 points.

    In the 78-year history of the AP poll no team has gone from unranked to No. 1 in just five weeks.

    Leafs ruin Rangers’ home opener

    On NHL ice, Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk and the rest of the Toronto Maple Leafs broke out of their scoring slumber with five goals in the second period against Henrik Lundqvist and ruined the New York Rangers’ home opener, 6-3. Toronto mustered only five goals total in its first two games of the season, but busted out against the defending Eastern Conference champion Rangers.

    Defenseman Cody Franson staked the Maple Leafs to a 1-0 lead in the first during a power play. Then Kessel, Nazem Kadri, van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and David Clarkson connected in the second — driving Lundqvist from the net after he stopped only 18 of 24 shots.

    In the only other game on the Sunday night schedule, the defending Stanley Cup champion L.A. Kings earned their first victory of the new season by beating Winnipeg 4-1. Jeff Carter and Tanner Pearson both notched their second goals of the season.

    Bae wins opening PGA event of new season

    Third round leader Sang-Moon Bae has won the PGA’s Open in Napa, California. He shot a final-round 1-over 73 but that was good enough to beat Steven Bowditch by two shots. He’s the first player on the PGA Tour since Ben Crane at the St. Jude Classic in June to win with a final round over par.

    Triplett grabs the win

    Third round leader Kirk Triplett shot a final round 3-under-69 to finish 14 shots under par to win the Champions Tour SAS Championship in Cary, North Carolina. He finished three shots in front of Tom Lehman with Kenny Perry four back.

    Feng finishes first

    China’s Shanshan Feng rallied to win the LPGA tournament in Malaysia. She played a six-hole stretch on the back nine in 6 under to secure her fourth LPGA Tour title. The 25-year-old entered the round four strokes off the lead. She closed with a bogey-free 8-under 63 for a three-stroke victory.

    N.J. town rallies against bullying

    Hundreds of people came out Sunday evening for an anti-bullying rally in a central New Jersey town that’s been rocked by allegations of sex-related hazing involving its high school football team, which prompted the cancellation of the rest of the season.

    The rally was staged in a park across the street from the school, Sayreville War Memorial High, in central Jersey. Organizers said the event was held to promote unity and healing within the community and to show support for the victims of bullying.

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