This Week in Sports

By Brian Loschiavo
September 24, 2009

Phillies split doubleheader with Marlins

On Tuesday Sept. 22, despite striking out 16 times and going 2 for 11 with runners in scoring postion, the Phillies walked away with a 9-3 win to take the first game of their doubleheader with the Florida Marlins. Joe Blanton outpitched Marlins ace Josh Johnson and gave up two hits in seven shutout innings. That reduced to five the Phillies’ magic number for clinching the National League East. Anibal Sanchez of Florida allowed two hits in eight innings to beat Philadelphia for the first time in five career games, giving the Marlins a 3-0 victory and the doubleheader split. Jamie Moyer allowed three runs including two solo homeruns in seven innings. The Phillies fell to 5-1 in doubleheaders games this season. They finished the doubleheader 2 for 16 with runners in scoring positions. Raul Ibanez of Philadelphia hit his 32nd homer in the first game.

Eagles drop home opener to Saints

On Sunday, Sept. 19 the Philadelphia Eagles took on the New Orleans Saints without quarterback Donavan McNabb, who is out with a cracked rib. They came out with a loss to put them at 1-1 on the season. The Eagles tried everything they could on offense but could not come out with a win as they lost 48-22. Drew Brees completed 25 of 34 passes for 311 yards and one interception. Kevin Kolb got his first NFL start in place of injured McNabb. Kolb threw for 391 yards and two touchdowns, including a 71-yard scoring pass to DeSean Jackson but could not get the job done. He also threw three interceptions. This Sunday Sept. 27 the Eagles will take on the Chiefs. Michael Vick is expected to suite up for the firs time since Dec. 31, 2006.

Plaxico Buress receives sentence

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, Plaxico Buress of the New York Giants was sentenced for attempted possession of a weapon and was expected to go directly from the courtroom to jail. He agreed to a plea deal that will put him in prison for two years so that he could avoid the possibility of more jail time as a result of the incident that lead to his demise in Manhattan’s Ltin Quarter nightclub. Buress was emotional when he said his goodbyes to his family and friends. He is likely to serve 20 months in prison with time off for good behavior. With the Giants off to a good start it has become clear that Buress has lost more than the Giants.

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