Monday, September 1, 2014

Sports

Injured Romo still leads Cowboys to win

ARLINGTON, Tex.—Tony Romo’s broken rib hurt so much he needed a second pain-killing injection.
His centre had a tendency to snap the ball too soon or to the wrong spot.
And he couldn’t get into the end zone no matter what—not even with a first down on the two-yard line.
Yet Romo and the Dallas Cowboys did the only thing that mattered last night. They won.

Red Sox still in lead after split

The Boston Red Sox still have a slim lead in the American League wild-card race.
They have Jacoby Ellsbury to thank for that.
His two-out, three-run homer in the 14th inning of the nightcap of a split doubleheader lifted the Red Sox over the N.Y. Yankees 7-4 last night.

NL wild-card race going down to wire

The fans at Busch Stadium gave Albert Pujols a lengthy standing ovation during his first at-bat.
If this is the slugger’s last year with the St. Louis Cardinals, he and his teammates are making it a memorable one.

Another big lead blown by Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS—Staring at a 20-0 deficit as they trudged into the Metrodome locker-room at halftime, the old Detroit Lions would have started making plans to leave Minnesota with another loss.
In this young season, however, it is becoming abundantly clear these are not the same old Lions.

First suspensions dished out

A new sheriff truly is in town.
Brendan Shanahan delivered a strong message as the NHL embarked on a new era of discipline, handing Flyers’ forward Jody Shelley a 10-game suspension and Calgary forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond a five-game ban yesterday—and accompanying each with a slick video explanation.

NBA postpones training camps

NEW YORK—The NBA today postponed training camps indefinitely and cancelled 43 pre-season games because it has not reached a new labour deal with players.
All games from Oct. 9-15 are off, the league said.
Camps were expected to open Oct. 3.

Banana toss sparks outcry

TORONTO—The NHL calls it “stupid and ignorant.”
A banana came out of the stands in London, Ont. last night as Philadelphia Flyers’ winger Wayne Simmonds was skating towards Detroit goalie Jordan Pearce in a pre-season shootout.
Simmonds is black.

Braves still sitting in driver’s seat: Jones

Atlanta Braves’ veteran Chipper Jones insists the other teams in the National League wild-card race still are in the rearview mirror.
If he takes a peek, though, he’ll see the St. Louis Cardinals are uncomfortably close.
With their NL wild-card lead dwindling, the Braves mustered only two hits against former teammate Javier Vazquez and lost 4-0 yesterday to the Florida Marlins.

Rays blow chance to gain ground

The N.Y. Yankees celebrated another division championship yesterday as the Tampa Bay Rays lamented another missed chance to gain precious ground in the AL wild-card race.
Jorge Posada came off the bench and hit a tie-breaking, two-run single in the eighth inning to propel New York to sweep the Rays by identical 4-2 scores in a day-night doubleheader, clinching the AL East title.

Bryzgalov shaky in first game as Flyer

PHILADELPHIA—Prized free-agent goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, making his first appearance as a Flyer, allowed stick-side goals to Juraj Mikus, Matt Frattin, and Joe Colborne as the Toronto Maple Leafs doubled Philadelphia 4-2 last night.

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