The Starting Gate: Your Weekend Sports Wrap-Up

Cole Hamels

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Here a quick refresher on today’s sports headlines:

  • The Phillies put the Reds out of their misery last night, finishing off a Division Series sweep with a complete game win by Cole Hamels. [Wash. Post]
  • The Giants rallied in the ninth inning to steal Game 3 from the Braves in Atlanta. Madison Bumgarner will take on Derek Lowe in Game 4 tonight. [SF Chronicle]
  • After dropping the first two game at home, the Rays take two from the Rangers in Texas and force Game 5 on Tuesday, when they’ll have to tangle with Cliff Lee again. Meanwhile, the Yankees sit back and laugh. [Dallas Morning News]
  • NFL Headlines: The Lions are on the board; the Champs are in trouble; the Giants are alive; Oakland might be decent(?); the Colts aren’t done ruling the roost yet; and Dallas is … Dallas.
  • Tony Stewart wins the latest NASCAR Chase race, but Jimmie Johnson extends his lead in the championship standings. So, he’s pretty good. [LA Times]
  • Former No. 1 Alabama tumbled to 8th in both college football polls, but is still ranked ahead of South Carolina, who beat them by two touchdowns. Quite a system, they’ve got there. Ohio State is the new No. 1. [Fanhouse]
  • Finally, the Daily Mail unmasks “Cigar Guy” from the now infamous Tiger Woods Ryder Cup photo. Turns out that was a wig, not a turban and that golf fans are a special kind of weird.

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