The Latest – October 3, 2011 03 Oct 11

Here is the latest sports news: Baseball’s playoff picture takes shape; two games on tap tonight. Detroit beats the ‘Boys to go to 4-and-0. Cancer claims football’s Heimerdinger. NBA talks continue. Kurt Busch takes Dover. The precipitous decline of Eldrick Woods continues.

Tigers And Cards Even Their Sets, Brewers Take Control
(Undated) — Max Scherzer took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in his first postseason start as the Tigers held off the Yankees, 5-3, in Game Two of their American League Division Series yesterday in the Bronx. In Milwaukee, Jonathan Lucroy’s safety squeeze sparked a five-run sixth inning as the Brewers beat the Diamondbacks, 9-4, to take a 2-0 lead in their National League Division Series at Miller Park. Also, visiting St. Louis overcame a 4-0 deficit against Cliff Lee to carve out a 5-4 win over the Phillies and even their NLDS at a game apiece.

A pair of pivotal American League Game Three’s are on tap tonight, as the Rays host the Rangers and the Tigers welcome in the Yankees. Both series are tied at 1-1, putting tonight’s victors one win away from the ALCS. Tampa Bay’s David Price, who is 0-and-3 in his career against Texas, takes the ball opposite the Rangers’ Colby Lewis in the early game. Later tonight, the much-anticipated pitching matchup between the Tigers’ Justin Verlander and the Yankees’ CC Sabathia that was rained out last Friday in Game One takes centerstage.

Lions Beat The ‘Boys To Go 4-and-0
(Arlington, TX) — Matthew Stafford threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes as the Lions completed another come-from-behind win 34-30 over the Cowboys at Dallas. Detroit fell behind 27-3 in the third quarter, but a pair of second-half interception returns for scores helped the Lions improve to 4-and-0 for the first time since 1980. Calvin Johnson caught both TD’s for the Lions. Tony Romo threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns, but was picked off three times as Dallas dropped to 2-and-2.

Former Titans OC Heimerdinger Passes Away At 58
(Undated) — Former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger passed away Friday night after a long battle with cancer. He was 58 years old. Heimerdinger was let go as offensive coordinator in February after a three-year stint with the Titans. He was also the OC for the Titans from 2000-04, and held the same position with the New York Jets in 2005.

Owners And Players Still Far Apart After Saturday Sit-Down
(New York, NY) — There is still no resolution to the NBA’s labor strife, despite owners and players meeting Saturday for more than seven hours. The parties are expected to meet again on Monday due to the lack of compromise being shown during negotiations. NBA commissioner David Stern said the two sides will meet in small groups and the larger groups would come back on Tuesday to continue negotiating.

Kurt Busch Wins At Dover
(Dover, DE) — Kurt Busch boosted his championship hopes by winning Sunday’s Triple-A 400 at Dover International Speedway. Busch, the 2004 Sprint Cup Series champion, grabbed the lead from Jimmie Johnson after a late-race restart for his second win of the season and 24th of his career. Johnson finished second, while Carl Edwards took the third spot. Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top-five. After the third race in the Chase, Edwards and Kevin Harvick share the points lead.

Tiger Woods Falls Out Of Golf’s Top 50
(Undated) — Tiger Woods is no longer considered one of the 50 best golfers in the world, according to the latest official World Golf Rankings. Tiger entered the weekend at number 50, but slipped one spot when the player beneath him finished fifth in a tournament in Scotland. Woods, who didn’t play this weekend, finds himself outside the top-50 for the first time in 15 years. He’s scheduled to play the Frys.com Open in Northern California next weekend.

SUNDAY’S SCOREBOARD

NFL
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Chicago Bears 34, Carolina Panthers 29
Cincinnati Bengals 23, Buffalo Bills 20
Tennessee Titans 31, Cleveland Browns 13
Detroit Lions 34, Dallas Cowboys 30
Kansas City Chiefs 22, Minnesota Vikings 17
Washington Redskins 17, St. Louis Rams 10
San Francisco 49ers 24, Philadelphia Eagles 23
New Orleans Saints 23, Jacksonville Jaguars 10
Houston Texans 17, Pittsburgh Steelers 10
New York Giants 31, Arizona Cardinals 27
Atlanta Falcons 30, Seattle Seahawks 28
Green Bay Packers 49, Denver Broncos 23
New England Patriots 31, Oakland Raiders 19
San Diego Chargers 26, Miami Dolphins 16
Baltimore Ravens 34, New York Jets 17

MLB NL Division Series
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Milwaukee Brewers 9, Arizona Diamondbacks 4
(Brewers lead best-of-five NLDS, 2-0)

St. Louis Cardinals 5, Philadelphia Phillies 4
(Best-of-five NLDS tied, 1-1)

MLB AL Division Series
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Detroit Tigers 5, New York Yankees 3
(Best-of-five ALDS tied, 1-1)

NHL Preseason
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Washington Capitals 4, Chicago Blackhawks 1
Detroit Red Wings 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 2
(End of Preseason)

NHL Exhibition
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New York Rangers 4, HC Slovan

WNBA Finals
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Minnesota Lynx 88, Atlanta Dream 74
(Lynx lead best-of-five Finals, 1-0)

PGA Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (at Las Vegas, NV)
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1. Kevin Na (-23)
2. Nick Watney (-21)
3. Paul Goydos (-18)
Tommy Gainey (-18)

NASCAR AAA 400 (at Dover, DE)
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1. Kurt Busch
2. Jimmie Johnson
3. Carl Edwards

MONDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

NFL
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8:30 p.m. – Indianapolis Colts at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

MLB NL Division Series
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No Games Scheduled

MLB AL Division Series
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5:07 p.m. – Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays
(Best-of-five ALDS tied, 1-1)
8:37 p.m. – New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers
(Best-of-five ALDS tied, 1-1)

NHL Exhibition
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2:00 p.m. – New York Rangers vs. EV Zug (at Zug, Switzerland)

WNBA Finals
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No Game Scheduled