Geoff Blum and Jake Peavy set the tone for what could be a wild 10 days in the NL West. Blum hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning and Peavy was brilliant again with 11 strikeouts, leading San Diego to a 3-1 win against Arizona on Monday night that trimmed the Diamondbacks’ lead in the NL West to two games over the Padres.
With Derek Lowe on the mound earlier in the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers struggled to get him some offense. Now the runs are coming. Lowe won despite giving up a season-high three homers, Ramon Martinez hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly and the Los Angeles Dodgers gained ground in the NL West with a 5-4 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night.
There were plenty of Falcons fans wearing No. 7 jerseys at the Georgia Dome. They got a chance to cheer for Michael Vick’s replacement. Joey Harrington made a good first impression on Atlanta fans by throwing two touchdown passes Monday night in a 24-19 preseason win over the Cincinnati Bengals. It was a much-needed salve for a franchise trying to get past the stunning downfall of its most dynamic…
Australian authorities are considering extending the nationwide ban on horse movement after the country’s first outbreak of equine influenza outbreak began to spread out of control.
Green Day went wire-to-wire to win the $724,770 Yonkers Trot on Saturday night. Green Day, with driver Catello Manzi, covered the one mile in 1 minute, 56 seconds and returned $14, $5.70 and $3.40. Up Front Larry was second and returned $6.80 and $4.10 and Adrian Chip finished third and returned $2.10.
Justin Verlander found his groove on the mound, and the Detroit Tigers rediscovered their stroke at the plate. Verlander shut down the New York Yankees with his best stuff since throwing a no-hitter while Detroit roughed up Mike Mussina and a couple of relievers in its highest-scoring game this season.
Chase Utley got a standing ovation, a curtain call and heard “M-V-P” chants. Not a bad way to return from the disabled list. Utley had three hits, including a solo homer, in his first game since having hand surgery one month ago, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 9-2 Monday night in the opener of a pivotal four-game series.
Cornerback Asante Samuel returned to the New England Patriots on Monday, moving closer to ending a contract dispute that had cost him a month of the preseason. Samuel, who tied for the NFL lead with 10 interceptions last season, was at Gillette Stadium taking a physical on Monday, coach Bill Belichick said.
First, Michael Vick apologized to all the people he lied to. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank. Coach Bobby Petrino. His teammates. “I was not honest and forthright in our discussions,” the star quarterback said Monday, somber and deliberate and not speaking from notes. Then he apologized to “all the young kids out there for my immature acts.” “I need to grow up,” he…
Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after crashing his Lamborghini and abandoning it alongside an expressway on the city’s North Side, Illinois State Police said. After meeting with police Monday afternoon, Briggs was also cited for failure to give immediate notice of an accident and improper lane usage, said Master Sgt.
When Street Sense hit the top of the stretch in the $1 million Travers Stakes, it looked like the race was over. It was just beginning. Instead of pulling away from his less-than accomplished rivals, Street Sense found himself hooked up in a stretchlong duel with Grasshopper before prevailing by a half-length on a hot and steamy Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York (Ticker) — Street Sense had a nose for the wire.