The Phillies closed out their home season last night against Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals. After a Darin Ruf bases clearing double that plated three Phillies gave them a 3-1 lead, their offense completely shut down as they did not score another run the rest of the game. The Nationals got a solo homerun from Bryce Harper and Mike Morse. Morse added another long, two-run shot in the sixth that went 451 feet and landed in the Nationals bullpen in centerfield. Despite a very shaky outing that almost saw him leave in the first inning, Gonzalez settled down to get his Major League leading 21st win of the season. This season is the first time since 2000 that the Phillies finished the season under .500 (40-41) at home. More here.
Week 4 kicked off last night in Baltimore as the Ravens welcomed the Cleveland Browns to town. Thursday night also marked the return of the real officials to the NFL after their lockout. The Ravens were controlling the game early-on but a Joe Flacco interception in the end zone allowed the game to remain close. With a 16-10 lead late in the third quarter, Cary Williams intercepted a Brandon Weeden pass and took it back for a touchdown to give the Ravens a 23-10 lead. The Browns, despite dropped passes left and right from their receivers, cut the lead to 23-16 when they got the ball on their own 10 with 1:05 to go and no time outs. Weeden led them downfield to the Baltimore 33 yard line with 10 seconds left before an incompletion in the end zone on fourth down seemed to end the game but a personal foul was called that moved them up to the 18 with one shot at the end zone. Under pressure, Weeden overthrew his target in the end zone. Baltimore moves to 3-1 and Cleveland falls to 0-4. More here.
The NHL and NHL Players’ Association are meeting today in New York to discuss non-core economic issues. The NHL has cleared their schedule this weekend in case today goes well and more meetings want to be scheduled. Unfortunately, the league announced yesterday that the remainder of the preseason has been cancelled. The next cancellation will be real games and that is when the heat is going to be turned up. More here.
Tired of NBA players flopping to get foul calls? Well, so is the league. The NBA is finalizing procedures to punish embellishers on the court. According to the procedure, players will not be called for any infraction on the court but the league will review the plays after the game and issue fines accordingly. Currently, there is no punishment for embellishing contact in order to get foul calls. More here.