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By Jesse Gaunce
October 3, 2010

Braves set to enter postseason

The Atlanta Braves defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 8-7 on Sunday in Atlanta to win the National League wild card. Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson pitched seven innings and gave up four runs on two hits and left with an 8-4 lead. The Phillies charged back in the eighth inning by scoring three runs off of Braves pitchers Jonny Venters and Billy Wagner to cut Atlanta’s lead to one. However, it was still not enough. Wagner shut the door in the ninth, striking out Greg Dobbs for the final out to send the Atlanta crowd into a frenzy. With the win, the Braves will travel to San Francisco to face the Giants to open its first round playoff series on Oct. 7. The Phillies will go home to open their first round series against the Cincinnati Reds on Oct. 6.

Read original story from Phillies website | Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010

Giants win the N.L. West

The San Francisco Giants defeated the San Diego Padres 3-0 to win the National League West and secure the final National League playoff sport at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Sunday, the final day of the regular season. Third time’s a charm, as the Giants clinched the division on their third attempt of the weekend. The Giants pitching staff had a stellar performance, giving up a combined four hits. Closer Brian Wilson retired the Padres in order in the top of the ninth inning to send the sell-out crowd into absolute pandemonium.

Read original story from ESPN | Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010

McNabb receives standing ovation in Philly

Donovan McNabb’s return to Philadelphia was about as good as it gets for a visiting player, leading the Washington Redskins to a hard-fought 17-12 victory against the Eagles in his long-awaited return to Lincoln Financial Field. McNabb received a booming ovation from the Philly faithful, but was then booed on the Redskins first offensive series of the game. The opening drive led to a touchdown by running back Ryan Torain, which put Washington up 7-0. McNabb finished the day completing eight of his 19 passes, throwing for 125 yards and a touchdown. He also threw one interception. His counterpart, Michael Vick, did not fare much better. Vick left the game in the second quarter with a rib injury. The Eagles called on Kevin Kolb to finish the game. Kolb was solid, completing 22 of his 35 passes for 201 yards, a touchdown and one interception.

Read original story from ESPN | Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010

Scobee’s field goal pulls Jaguars past the Colts

The Jacksonville Jaguars pulled a big upset in front of their home fans over the Indianapolis Colts, winning 31-28 on a 59-yard field goal by Josh Scobee as time expired. It was the longest field goal in franchise history. The Jaguars rebounded from two consecutive lopsided losses to even their record at 2-2. After the loss, the Colts also sport a 2-2 record. Jaguars quarterback David Garrard, booed last week and benched the week before, came through when he connected with Tiquan Underwood for a 22-yard pass that set up the game-winning field goal.

Read original story from ESPN | Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010

Tiger Wood’s suffers his worst Ryder Cup loss

Europe finished out Sunday with a 9 ½-6 ½ lead over the U.S. on the Ryder Cup’s third day. The tournament should have ended on Sunday but a long weekend of rain will force play to commence on Monday. Europe won five matches and halved the last one when Francesco Molinari knocked in a 3-foot birdie putt that left the lead at 9 ½-6 ½. This also marked the worst loss for Tiger Woods in his six Ryder Cup appearances. He and partner Steve Stricker suffered a 6 and 5 loss to Europe’s Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, which meant the match ended on the 13th hole.

Read original story from ESPN | Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010

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