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Weekend In Review: Texas Rangers Battle Back, Ohio State Falls to Wisconsin

NLCS, ALCS Tied at 1-1
Both series are split after a pair of games. The Rangers blew a 5-0 lead in Game 1, or they’d be up 2-0 and sending Cliff Lee to the mound. Ouch. Both series could go the distance. Don’t count out the Rangers and Giants. They’re a couple of scrappy teams with just enough to pull off the upset.

Lilly Signs Extension with Dodgers

In a somewhat surprising move, the Dodgers signed LHP Ted Lilly to a 3-year extension. Financial terms are unknown, but its unlikely Lilly—who was to be one of the top available free agent pitchers—came cheaply.

Considering the Dodgers owners, the McCourts, are going through a nasty divorce, it was believed the team would not spend this offseason. Regardless, retaining Lilly is a good move for the Dodgers, giving them three solid starters in Lilly, Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley.

Injuries Galore
Eagles WR DeSean Jackson and Falcons CB Dunta Robinson collided, knocking both out of the game with head injuries. Jackson, who already has one concussion in his young career, is said to have suffered a severe concussion.

Texans star LB DeMeco Ryans tore his Achilles tendon and is out for the season.

Chargers TE Antonio Gates suffered an ankle injury.

The Lions lost backup QB Shaun Hill to a broken arm, but could have starter Matthew Stafford back for next week.

NCAA Football
More Undefeateds, Defeated
No. 1 Ohio State, No. 5 Nebraska and No. 9 Nevada all lost their first games this week, following the ousting of Alabama last week.

No. 12 Arkansas, No. 10 South Carolina, No. 22 Florida, No. 23 Air Force and No. 24 Oregon State all lost as well.

Oregon is now the No. 1 team in the polls, though Oklahoma leads in the BCS. Will we see a fourth No. 1 team in as many weeks? We’ll see, Oregon faces off against UCLA and Oklahoma has No. 18 Missouri (No. 11 in BCS).

Rutgers Player Paralyzed
Tragic news out of New Jersey.

Rutgers backup DT Eric LeGrand suffered a spine injury against Army on Saturday. He is now paralyzed from the neck down. LeGrand underwent emergency surgery and is currently in Intensive Care.

“Eric, his family and the Rutgers football family believe he will recover.” said Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.

Let’s hope so. I know I’ll be praying for him. It’s a scary thing, and a reminder that as passionate as well all are about our sports, the bottom line is it’s still just a game, and there are a lot bigger things in this world.

Sharks Extend Captain
Newly-named captain and former Hart Trophy winner Joe Thornton signed a 3-year extension with the Sharks on Friday.

Thornton’s deal is worth $21 million over the 3-year stretch, considered by many to be a “slight pay cut” in order to help the team remain competitive.

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The Sports Mac: The Daily Fives for September 4th, 2010

Top 5 Stories From Yesterday

1. Pittsburgh Steelers suspended QB Ben Roethlisberger has his suspension reduced to four games by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

2. The Phillies get to within one game of Atlanta in the NL East after a 1-0 home win over Milwaukee while the Marlins beat Atlanta 6-1.

3. San Diego loses its eighth in a row, falling to Colorado, but San Francisco cannot take advantage, losing on the road to the Dodgers.

4. The Twins beat the Rangers as the two division leaders start a weekend series in the Midwest.

5. Mississippi QB Jeremiah Masoli wins his appeal to play football in 2010 and is expected to play in the Rebels season opener.

Top 5 Games From Yesterday

1. Phillies 1, Brewers 0—Cole Hamels pitches seven strong innings, and Philadelphia gets just enough on a Carlos Ruiz RBI groundout for the win.

2. Twins 4, Rangers 3—Minnesota gets a game winning RBI single from Denard Span in the 7th inning to win the match-up of division leaders.

3. Rockies 4, Padres 3—Colorado scores four runs early on and hangs on as San Diego comes up short for their eighth loss in a row.

4. Mariners 1, Indians 0—Luke French carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning as Seattle made a first inning run stand up.

5. Cardinals 3, Reds 2—Jaime Garcia gives St. Louis another quality start as the Cardinals stop a five game losing streak.

Top 5 Performances From Yesterday

1. Nick Foles, Arizona QB—32 of 37 for 360 yards and two TDs in Arizona’s 41-2 blowout win over Toledo.

2. Chad Billingsley, Dodgers SP—no runs on two hits with seven K’s over eight innings and the victory in LAD’s 4-2 win over SF.

3. Luke French, Mariners SP—no runs on one hit with four K’s over seven innings and the victory in SEA’s 1-0 win over CLE.

4. Cole Hamels, Phillies SP—no runs on three hits with seven K’s over seven innings and the victory in PHI’s 1-0 win over MIL.

5. David Wright, Mets 3B—3 for 5 with a HR and three RBIs in NYM’s 7-6 loss to CHC.

5 Performances That Weren’t So Good From Yesterday

1. Brandon Morrow, Blue Jays SP—five runs on six hits in three innings in TOR’s 7-3 loss to NYY.

2. Livan Hernandez, Nationals SP—eight runs on eight hits in four and a third in Washington’s 8-5 loss to PIT.

3. Kenshin Kawakami, Braves SP—five runs on five hits in three innings in ATL’s 6-1 loss to FLA.

4. Rick Ankiel, Braves CF—0 for 4 with four K’s in ATL’s 6-1 loss to FLA.

5. R.A. Dickey, Mets SP—seven runs on eight hits in six innings in NYM’s 7-6 loss to CHC.

Top 5 Events To Follow Today

1. NCAA FB: Connecticut (0-0) at Michigan (0-0), 3:30 PM, ABC—An up and coming program takes on a program looking to have a positive start to Rich Rodriguez’s third season.

2. MLB: Rangers (75-59) at Twins (78-57), 4:00 PM, FOX—(Lewis (TEX) vs. Pavano (MIN))

3. NCAA FB: #24 Oregon State (0-0) vs. Texas Christian (0-0), 7:45 pm, ESPN—TCU looks to start another BCS run taking the Beavers and the Rodgers brothers

4. NCAA FB: #21 Louisiana State (0-0) vs. #18 North Carolina (0-0), 8:00 PM, ABC—a depleted Tar Heel team takes on a Tiger team looking to get off to a good start

5. MLB: Giants (74-61) at Dodgers (69-66), 10:00 PM—(Good match-up, Cain (SF) vs. Lilly (LAD))

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