In case you were out living a life of leisure, here’s what you missed in sports on Monday.
- Mike Napoli’s two-run double in the eighth inning gave the Rangers a 4-2 win over the Cardinals and a 3-2 lead in the World Series. Napoli, a righty, hit his double off left-hander Marc Rzepczynski, but he should have been facing righty closer Jason Motte. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa called for Motte twice, but both times bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist misheard him due to crowd noise. Lilliquist later admitted to being embarrassed at his mistake, but was pleased to have won $300,000 gambling on a Rangers victory.
- Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 105 yards, and the Jacksonville Jaguars ended a five-game losing streak with a 12-7 win over the Baltimore Ravens. In related news, the 17 people who actually sat down and watched this game have all been hospitalized with crippling boredom.
- According to a source, the NBA will cancel two more weeks of the regular season. Games won’t start until November 28 at this point, but luckily there’s a sweet Jags-Texans NFL game that Sunday to hold us over.
- NCAA president Mark Emmert has introduced a proposal that would give student athletes a $2,000 increase in grant money for college costs. The move was hailed as a step in the right direction by SEC boosters, who will now have to pay elite football players just $98,000 per year.
- Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris was suspended from the team again after police in Eugene pulled him over for driving with a suspended license and without insurance. This follows an earlier June incident in which Harris was stopped for going 118 mph. Speaking from a holding cell, Harris indicated that he also supports Emmert’s plan to give student athletes $2,000 in additional grants.
- At a meeting Monday with the Big 12 board of directors, Missouri did not announce plans to leave the conference, though that move may still be forthcoming. “We don’t want to make any final decisions until we know that certain other parties are definitely not interested,” said Missouri, staring longingly at the SEC, which was doodling pictures of race cars and shotguns in a notebook.
- After being accused of taunting Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan when he went down with an injury, Lions lineman Ndamukong Suh said the Falcons were the truly dirty team, and Ryan’s injury was karma for their style of play. Teammates warned reporters not to take the words seriously, as Suh had been working himself into a lather by watching Radiohead’s “Karma Police” video over and over while chanting Matt Ryan’s name.
- The New York Rangers beat the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on goals by Ryan Callahan and Ruslan Fedotenko. You can look it up if you don’t believe me.
- According to Broncos head coach John Fox, Tim Tebow is a “work in progress” who will “continue to get better.” This was in stark contrast to the Broncos themselves, whom Fox called “a group of idiotic misfits” who will “continue to humiliate the city of Denver.”
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