Friday, October 31, 2014

MLS Cup Playoffs: BWP's Late Double Stuns SKC, Leads Red Bulls Into Conference Semifinal Series With DC United

At Harrison, New Jersey:

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice late in the second half (77', 90') as the New York Red Bulls came from behind Thursday to dethrone defending champions Sporting Kansas City 2-1 in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference knockout playoff match.

New York will host DC United in the opening match of an Eastern Conference two-game semifinal series on Sunday at 1:00 PM Pacific Time (Univision Deportes) with the return contest set for Washington on November 8 (11:30 AM Pacific Time, NBC).

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


At Kansas City:
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Madison Bumgarner (named series Most Valuable Player; that's him celebrating the victory with teammates) pitched five innings of two-hit, four-strikeout scoreless baseball in relief  while Michael Morse delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the fourth inning as the San Francisco Giants won their third World Series championship in five years on Wednesday with their 3-2 road victory in game seven over the Kansas City Royals.  

The Giants won their first World Series game seven in five tries and ended a string of nine straight game-seven victories by home teams.

A key to the Giants' victory came in the third inning as second baseman Joe Panik turned in a double play (this after video replay overturned an earlier ruling that he didn't) to help snuff out a Royals rally (Kansas City had tied it up at 2-2 in the second inning after the Giants had scored twice in their half of that same inning).

USA Today photo by Denny Medley

MLS Cup Playoffs: Michel Delivers Late PK As Hoops Oust Caps In Knockout Match; Get Sounders Next

At Frisco, Texas:

Michel's penalty kick in the 84th minute carried FC Dallas To a 2-1 home victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps in the Western Conference one-game knockout playoff as the Major League Soccer Cup Playoffs commenced on Wednesday.

The Hoops will next take on the newly-crowned Supporters' Shield winners, the Seattle Sounders in a two-game Western Conference semifinal series, which begins this coming Sunday at Frisco, Texas (6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time, ESPN 2), with the return match to be played in Seattle on Monday, November 10 (7:30 PM Pacific Time, NBCSN).

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2014 World Series: Royals Use Seven-Run Second-Inning To Demolish Giants, Square Series At Three Games Apiece, Force Game Seven

At Kansas City:
Lorenzo Cain looped a two-run single, part of a seven-run second inning while Yordano Ventura pitched seven innings of three-hit shutout baseball as the Kansas City Royals demolished the visiting San Francisco Giants 10-0 in Tuesday's sixth game of the World Series.

The series, now deadlocked at three games apiece, will be decided in game #7 on Wednesday night in Kansas City.  Tim Hudson will start for the Giants while Jeremy Guthrie will start for the Royals.

Here, we see Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer feeling his oats after hitting an RBI double in that second inning.  That's Giants second baseman Jim Panik beside him.

USA Today photo by Christopher Hanewickel

Ducks Ranked Fifth In Inaugural College Football Playoff Rankings

The Oregon Ducks ranked fifth in the first edition of the College Football Playoff Committee Rankings released on Tuesday.  Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn, and Ole Miss were ranked #1 through #4.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

2014 World Series: MadBum Pitches Complete-Game Four-Hit Shutout While Brandon Crawford Bats In Three Runs As Giants Stifle Royals For 3-2 Series Lead; San Fran Can Close Out Third WS Crown In Five Years With Game-Six Win At KC On Tuesday

At San Francisco:
Madison Bumgarner (that's him here) pitched a four-hit complete-game shutout on Sunday while shortstop Brandon Crawford batted in three runs as the San Francisco Giants smothered the visiting Kansas City Royal 5-0 in the fifth game of the World Series.  

The Giants, who now lead the series three games to two, can close out their third World Series crown in five years with a game-six victory in Kansas City on Tuesday.

USA Today photo by Christopher Hanewickel

Ducks Climb Up A Spot In Both AP And Coaches Polls

Following their Friday victory at Levi Stadium over California, the Oregon Ducks climbed up one spot in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls.

The Ducks moved up to #5 in the AP poll and #6 in the Coaches' rankings.

2014 World Series: Giants Score Ten Runs During Three-Inning Stretch, Thump Royals To Level Series At Two Games Apiece

At San Francisco:

Pablo Sanoval's single in the fifth inning set up Hunter Pence to score the tying run and the 2012 series Most Valuable Player followed with a go-ahead two run single as the San Francisco Giants, who scored two runs in the fifth, three in the sixth, and four in the seventh, overcame a 4-1 deficit and delivered a frontier-styled fist beating to the visiting Kansas City Royals 1-4 in Saturday's fourth game of the World Series, which is now squared at two games apiece.  That's the Big Panda himself celebrating.

USATSI photo

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Timbers Top Hoops; Whitecaps Win, Too; Portland Misses MLS Cup Playoffs

At Frisco, Texas:

With goals from Darlington Nagbe (43', his first of the league season) and Maximiliano Urruti (81'), the  Portland Timbers blanked FC Dallas 2-0 in the road in Saturday Major League Soccer action.  Despite the victory, because of the Vancouver Whitecaps' 1-0 home win later Saturday over the Colorado Rapids (Kendall Waston scoring that contest's lone goal in the 70th minute), the Timbers were eliminated from playoff contention.

Riders Crumble In Fourth Quarter, Fall To Stampeders For Fifth Straight Defeat

At Calgary, Alberta:

In Friday Canadian Football League action, the Calgary Stampeders (14-2) scored 25 points in less than seven minutes during the fourth quarter as they battled back to upend the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-8) 40-27, handing the 'Riders their fifth straight defeat and sixth in their last seven starts.

Cardinal Too Much For Beavers

At Palo Alto, California:

Quarterback Kevin Hogan threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third, while Ty Montgomery ran back a punt 50 yards for still another score on Saturday as the Stanford Cardinal (5-3 overall, 3-2 in Pac-12 play) dominated the visiting Oregon State Beavers (4-3, 1-3) 38-14.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Marcus Mariota Throws Five TD Passes As Ducks Top Cal Bears In Santa Clara

At Santa Clara, California:

Marcus Mariota completed 18 of 30 passes on Friday night for 326 yards (increasing his career total to 8,625, making him his school's all-time career leader in passing yards) and five touchdowns as the Oregon Ducks (#6 in the Associated Press poll, #7 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings; 7-1 overall, 4-1 in Pac-12 play) defeated the California Golden Bears (4-4, 2-4) 59-41 in the first collegiate football game to be played at Levi's Stadium.

2014 World Series: Another Big Sixth Inning Powers Royals Past Giants As KC Takes Two-Games-To-One Series Lead

At San Francisco:
Alex Gordon hit a run-scoring double and Eric Hosmer had an RBI single, both in the sixth inning on Friday while four relief pitchers (Brandon Finngan, pictured here, amongst them) pitched four hitless innings of relief for starter (and winner) Jeremy Guthrie as the Kansas City Royals knocked off the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on the road in the third game of the World Series, which the Royals now lead two games to one.

USA Today photo by Kelley L. Cox


And we ain't talkin' about Yogi Bear's sidekick here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2014 World Series: Sixth-Inning Rampage Allows Royals To Level Series At One Game Apiece

At Kansas City:
Salvador Perez delivered a two-run double and Omar Infante hit a two-run homer as part of a five-run sixth inning on Wednesday night as the Kansas City Royals squared the World Series with the San Francisco Giants at one game apiece following their 7-2 game-two home domination.  Designated hitter Billy Butler (shown here) drove in the go-ahead (and ultimately winning) run in that sixth inning.

USA Today photo by John Rieger