The Giants sent Ryan Vogelsong to the mound to try and extend their season another day in Game 6 of the NLCS last night against the Cardinals. He pitched the game of his career as he threw seven innings of one run baseball while striking out a career high nine batters. The Giants offense exploded early as they had a 5-0 lead after two innings. They would go on to win by a score of 6-1. Game 7 is tonight at AT&T Park as the Giants will send ace Matt Cain to the mound to face off against Kyle Lohse of the Cardinals. More here.
The International Cycling Union (UCI), the cycling governing body, has announced that they will strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and ban him for life from any UCI event. Based on overwhelming evidence from the US Anti-Doping Agency, Armstrong’s lifetime ban comes at no surprise to those following the situation. Armstrong is the most decorated cyclist in U.S. history and has come under severe scrutiny about doping in the past. Recent developments have shed light that not only was Armstrong participating in a sophisticated doping program but urged his USPS teammates to participate as well. More here.
Around the NFC East:
The New York Giants and Washington Redskins were in a classic NFC East dogfight. Trailing by four at the two minute warning, the Redskins put the ball in rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III’s hands to win the game. With 1:32 remaining, RGIII hit Santana Moss on a beautiful floating pass over Santana Moss’ shoulder to connect on a 30 yard touchdown pass to put Washington up 23-20. Unfortunately, 1:32 is too much time for Eli Manning who found Victor Cruz (how defenses refuse to cover him is mind-boggling) on a 77 yard touchdown pass with 1:13 left. The Giants took a 27-23 lead and would go on to win by that margin. The win pushes the Giants to 5-2 and drops the Redskins to 3-4. More here.
The Dallas Cowboys were in Carolina taking on the struggling Panthers. Panthers QB Cam Newton threw a costly interception in the end zone in the first half that gave the Cowboys a much needed break. Despite trailing 7-3 at halftime the Cowboys came out and outscored the Panthers 10-0 in the third quarter. Behind four Dan Bailey field goals, the Cowboys won 19-14 to even their record at 3-3. More here.