Giants Win World Series: The San Francisco Giants are World Series champions for the third time in five seasons after defying the odds for a road team in Game 7 and beating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 at Kauffman Stadium. Michael Morse gave the Giants that lead with a fourth-inning single and the San Francisco bullpen, most notably Madison Bumgarner, pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings to deliver another parade.
Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game: A 53-year-old man attending his first Denver Broncos game with his son and two friends disappeared during halftime and has been missing for four days. Paul Kitterman told his son Jarrod they'd meet up back at their seats when Jarrod went to the restrooms at halftime. Paul Kitterman never showed up and has been gone since. He had $50 in cash, no credit cards and no phone. "He's absolutely nowhere to be found," said friend Tia Bakke, who attended the game with him. "It's been the longest, [most] miserable three days of our lives."
Minor League Hockey Player Suffers Gruesome Cut from Skate: A minor league hockey game in Peoria, Illinois, came to a halt Saturday after a player fell on an opponent's skate and suffered a deep and potentially life threatening cut to his thigh. Trainers and players from both teams raced to help Huntsville Havoc center Justin Cseter, bringing towels and fashioning a tourniquet out of a broken hockey stick. Dave Eminian of the Peoria Journal-Star penned this memorable lead: "The Peoria Rivermen were gaining momentum, had just scored to build a 2-1 lead over the Huntsville Havoc on Saturday at Carver Arena. And then hockey gave way to horror."
PGA Exec Calls Ian Poulter 'Little School Girl': PGA of America President Ted Bishop, upset by criticism of past Ryder Cup captains Nick Faldo and Tom Watson by Ian Poulter in his new book, called Poulter a "lil girl" and "little school girl" in social media posts. Bishop wrote on a Facebook post that athletes with "lesser records or accomplishments in a sport never criticized the icons" and then said of Poulter, "Really? Sounds like a little school girl squealing during recess. C'mon man!" He later deleted the posts and apologized. Poulter's response: "Is being called a 'lil girl' meant to be derogatory or a put down That's pretty shocking and disappointing, especially coming from the leader of the PGA of America."
NFL Pick 'Em, Week 8: Week eight of SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em contest finds Mattwalshvideo continuing to hold a big lead, 50 points ahead of Lsun667 and Wmwtm and 60 ahead of Mbates321. San Diego visits Denver tonight in Thursday Night Football.
Royals Advance to First World Series Since 1985: The Kansas City Royals won their eighth straight post-season game Wednesday, sweeping the Baltimore Orioles 4-0 and advancing to the club's first World Series since 1985. Kansas City scored two runs in the first inning without a ball leaving the infield, then made them hold up over the next 9 for a 2-1 series clinching victory. "Manager Ned Yost has become Midas here in October," writes Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Drone with Flag Sparks Brawl at Euro 2016 Match: The Euro 2016 qualifier between Serbia and Albania was abandoned after a drone carrying a banner with an Albanian nationalist message flew over the pitch at Partizan Stadium in Belgrade, Serbia, and sparked a brawl between the teams after a Serbian player pulled it down and Albanian players tried to take it from him. Albanian supporters had already been banned from attending over security concerns, given turbulent relations between the countries. Deadspin has the video.
Infamous College Tackler Tommy Lewis Dies: The former Alabama player who made one of the most infamous tackles in college football history has died. At the 1954 Cotton Bowl, Rice halfback Dicky Maegle had broken free on a run likely to end in a 95-yard touchdown when Tommy Lewis left the sideline and tackled him near midfield. The officials awarded Maegle the touchdown. Lewis, who would be invited with Maegle to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show two days later, explained, "I was just so full of Alabama, and I couldn't stand to see him make another touchdown. I lost my composure and tackled him."
DeMarco Murray Ties Jim Brown Record: Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray became the second running back in NFL history to start a season with six straight 100-yard rushing games, matching Jim Brown. And he did it against the league's best run defense, which had not allowed a running back more than 38 yards in a game this season, as Dallas defeated the Seattle Seahawks 30-23.
NFL Pick 'Em, Week 6: Six weeks into the contest, Mattwalshvideo's lead has narrowed slightly to 40 points, with jagsnumberone in second and lsun667, aeonmcallister, wmwtm and crisisstills tied for third. Biggest anticipated rout: The Pick 'Em hive mind predicts a 98% chance of a Denver victory over the New York Jets. Fun fact: Jagsnumberone would be tied for the lead if he hadn't picked Jacksonville to win four times.
Florida QB Treon Harris Investigated in Alleged Sex Assault: Two days after he helped Florida come back to a 10-9 road victory over Tennessee, freshman quarterback Treon Harris has been suspended indefinitely by the team because of an alleged crime involving a female student. The crime is not yet being described, but university president Bernie Machen said in a statement, "We have no tolerance for sexual assault on our campus."
NFL Pick 'Em, Week 5: Minnesota visits Green Bay for Thursday Night Football. Mattwalshvideo remains atop our Pick 'Em Contest by 50 points, with Wmwtm, AeonMcCallister, Crisisstills and Jagsnumberone tied for second.
Royals Steal 9-8 Win Over A's in Epic 12-Inning AL Wild Card: The Kansas City Royals entered the eighth inning down 7-3 to the Oakland A's with ace Jon Lester on the mound. Using their speed on steals and sacrifice bunts, they scored three in that inning and another in the ninth to send the game to extra innings, then came back from a one-run deficit in the 12th with a Salvador Perez single to left that scored Christian Colon, sending a franchise that had waited 29 years for postseason baseball into the ALDS.
Tackled Ohio State Student Was Wearing Secret Booze Panties: Ohio State strength and conditioning coach Anthony Schlegel executed a ferocious open-field tackle on a student who ran onto the field Saturday in the game against Cincinnati, to the roaring approval of the home crowd. The student is a senior in mechanical engineering on a full housing and tuition scholarship. Why would he risk that? The answer is in his pants.
Jose Altuve Asks to Play, Risks Batting Title: Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, originally kept out of the lineup, asked to start today and has gone two for three in his first two at-bats, lifting his AL-leading batting average from .340 to .341. The Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez plays later with a .337 average. Altuve would be the Astros' first batting champ.
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NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: The NFL resumes tonight with the New York Giants going to Washington. Mattwalshvideo continues to lead our Pick 'Em Contest by 50 points, with Jagsnumberone, Crisisstills and Howardt98 tied for second. Jagsnumberone had the best week, going 14-2 with only Arizona's upset of San Francisco and the Colts defeat of the Jaguars as misses.
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NFL Pick 'Em, Week 3: Make your picks for this week's games, which start tonight with Tampa Bay at Atlanta. Mattwalshvideo leads with 300 points after going 10-6 in week 2, putting him 50 points over the 1wurster in second. Here's how scoring works in the contest: 10 points for every winner you pick, plus a bonus of 10 if you get five right, 30 if you get 10 right and 50 if you get all 16 that week.
Gus Johnson Booted as Fox Soccer Announcer: Gus Johnson has stepped down as Fox's No. 1 soccer broadcaster. When Fox Sports president Eric Shanks was asked whether Johnson being widely reviled calling the sport was a reason for the move, he said no but added, "I am not going to lie and say we were unaware of it."
Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury: Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted on charges of child injury in Texas for "reckless or negligent injury to a child." The team is keeping him out of Sunday's game. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported that Peterson has been cooperating with investigators. The charges involve Peterson using a switch to whip his four-year-old child as punishment and leaving lacerations and bruises on his thighs, lower back and buttocks. The sports blog Deadspin gathers press reports with more details, including a text message reportedly from Peterson to the child's mother in which he wrote, "Never do I go overboard! But all my kids will know, hey daddy has the biggie heart but don't play no games when it comes to acting right."
NHL Bans the Spin-o-Rama Move from Shootouts: Among the rule changes the NHL has added for the coming season: A ban on the "spin-o-rama" move in NHL penalty shots and shootouts an increasing scale of fines for diving.
Giancarlo Stanton Hit in Face with 88-Mph Pitch: Miami Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton was struck in the face with an 88-mph pitch by Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers Thursday night and suffered multiple facial fractures and dental damage. Stanton had to be carted off the field and taken to a nearby hospital. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke kept a visibly distraught Fiers in the game and he hit the batter who replaced Stanton with the next pitch.
NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Make your picks for this week's NFL games, beginning with tonight's matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. Five players are tied for first after week 1 with 12-4 records: 1wurster, aeonmcallister, cixelsyd, mattwalshvideo and me. No one on NFL.Com went 16-0, but five players went 15-1. Four of them missed Buffalo over Chicago and one missed Miami over New England.