Review Category : National Sports

Rams Surprise Seahawks

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — The St. Louis Rams pulled out all the stops to beat their division rival Seattle Seahawks with crafty special teams play in a 28-26 win on Sunday.

Stedman Bailey fooled everyone on a 90-yard fake punt return and Benny Cunningham’s 75-yard kickoff return on a squibbed kick that rolled into the end zone in the second quarter put the Rams up 21-3.

The Rams would not be done though, Cunningham’s 18-yard reception from kicker Johnny Hekker late in the fourth quarter extended a drive and a late fumble recovery closed the game out.

“It was great execution by them on a couple different scenarios,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. “It made a huge difference in this game.”

The Seahawks have now lost back-to-back games and sit at 3-3.

“Grateful for the effort, an entire team effort,” Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said. “That’s a really good football team and that’s an understatement.”

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

“We have a team that’s full of fighters,” Wilson said. “There’s nothing better than having your backs against the wall. That’s where we’re at right now. You just play 1-0 and try and focus on what you can control.”

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Brad Keselowski Survives Round, Wins at Talladega

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(TALLADEGA, Ala.) — Brad Keselowski is into the eliminator round after holding off Matt Kenseth at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.

Keselowski needed to win in order to stay alive in the chase for the championship and took the lead during the final caution flag in the green-white checkered finish.

The win comes after last weekend’s post-race brawl between Kenseth and Keselowski, but Keselowski will take a win no matter what.

“I know there’s probably some people out there that aren’t really happy I won. I can understand that. But I’m a man like anyone else and not real proud of last week,” Keselowski said of last weekend’s post-race brawl at Charlotte. “But I’m real proud of today.”

“It was funny how this racing world works out. I don’t know why it is that way. I don’t know why it seems like every week where there’s either a fight in the garage or a mishap or something like that happens, those two cars and people end up together.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne, and defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson were all eliminated from the Chase for the Championship.

Jeff Gordon, a Hendrick teammate of the three who were eliminated, said it’s tough to see them go out that way.

“Great teams, great drivers, great friends. I hate to see them not in there,” Gordon said about Johnson, Earnhardt and Kahne. “I really thought the chances of two of them getting in were very good, and certainly one of them. I thought two of us would be in there, and I thought there’s a decent chance three could be there.”

Gordon, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, and Kenseth are all moving onto the next round.

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Murray Breaks Record as Cowboys Beat Giants 31-21

NFL via Getty Images(DALLAS) — DeMarco Murray continues to lead the charge as he rushed for his seventh straight 100-yard game.

In doing so, Murray broke Jim Brown’s 56-year-old record of starting a season with six straight 100-yard games.

The Cowboys continue to showcase a balanced offense that they have lacked in recent years.

Tony Romo tossed three touchdowns on 279 yards passing, completing 17 of 23 passes. Second-year tight end Gavin Escobar reeled in two of Romo’s touchdown passes. Dez Bryant is still a man on fire as he racked up 151 yards receiving.

After a scare in the second quarter in which Murray appeared to injure his ankle, he finished the day with 128 yards and one touchdown.

Eli Manning put forth a valiant effort but it would not be enough to outduel Dallas. Manning threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns. Rookie receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. continues to live up to his first round draft status as he hauled in two of Manning’s touchdowns.

The Dallas Cowboys are now at 6-1 and host the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football next week.

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Murray Breaks Record as Cowboys Beat Giants 31-21

NFL via Getty Images(DALLAS) — DeMarco Murray continues to lead the charge as he rushed for his seventh straight 100-yard game.

In doing so, Murray broke Jim Brown’s 56-year-old record of starting a season with six straight 100-yard games.

The Cowboys continue to showcase a balanced offense that they have lacked in recent years.

Tony Romo tossed three touchdowns on 279 yards passing, completing 17 of 23 passes. Second-year tight end Gavin Escobar reeled in two of Romo’s touchdown passes. Dez Bryant is still a man on fire as he racked up 151 yards receiving.

After a scare in the second quarter in which Murray appeared to injure his ankle, he finished the day with 128 yards and one touchdown.

Eli Manning put forth a valiant effort but it would not be enough to outduel Dallas. Manning threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns. Rookie receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. continues to live up to his first round draft status as he hauled in two of Manning’s touchdowns.

The Dallas Cowboys are now at 6-1 and host the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football next week.

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New Orleans Road Woes Continue in Loss to Detroit

iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT, MI) — The New Orleans Saints road losing streak moves up to seven as they lost to the Detroit Lions 24-23.

The Saints blew a 23-10 fourth quarter lead with less than four minutes remaining that saw Lions quarterback Matt Stafford toss two touchdowns.

Stafford threw a short pass to Golden Tate that saw the receiver break past three defenders. Seventy-three yards later the Lions had cut the Saints lead to 23-17.

Drew Brees tried to lead a game clinching drive but was intercepted by Lions defensive back Glover Quin who returned the ball to New Orleans 14 yard line with 3:10 remaining.

The Saints defense held after the interception but on a fourth down were called for defensive pass interference. With second life Stafford found receiver Corey Fuller for the go ahead score.

Head Coach Sean Payton was not pleased after the game that saw his team commit 12 penalties.

“I thought the penalties ended up hurting us,” New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. “I wasn’t happy with how that game was officiated. I’ll leave it at that, and yet that wasn’t the reason in the end.”

The loss leaves New Orleans at 2-4 with a tough matchup next week as they host the Green Bay Packers.

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New Orleans Road Woes Continue in Loss to Detroit

iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT, MI) — The New Orleans Saints road losing streak moves up to seven as they lost to the Detroit Lions 24-23.

The Saints blew a 23-10 fourth quarter lead with less than four minutes remaining that saw Lions quarterback Matt Stafford toss two touchdowns.

Stafford threw a short pass to Golden Tate that saw the receiver break past three defenders. Seventy-three yards later the Lions had cut the Saints lead to 23-17.

Drew Brees tried to lead a game clinching drive but was intercepted by Lions defensive back Glover Quin who returned the ball to New Orleans 14 yard line with 3:10 remaining.

The Saints defense held after the interception but on a fourth down were called for defensive pass interference. With second life Stafford found receiver Corey Fuller for the go ahead score.

Head Coach Sean Payton was not pleased after the game that saw his team commit 12 penalties.

“I thought the penalties ended up hurting us,” New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. “I wasn’t happy with how that game was officiated. I’ll leave it at that, and yet that wasn’t the reason in the end.”

The loss leaves New Orleans at 2-4 with a tough matchup next week as they host the Green Bay Packers.

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Virginia High School Football Player Dies on Field

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(SOUTH HILL, VA) — Another high school football player has passed away after an on-field collision.

After sustaining a hit, Jamond Salley, a junior from Park View High School in South Hill, Viginia, was carried to the sideline. While medical officials began to administer care to Salley on the sideline he fell unconscious and started to suffer seizures.

Salley was transported to Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill; soon after, he was pronounced dead.

“Jamond was a strong student in both academics and as an athlete,” Mecklenburg County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. James Thornton said in a statement. “Members of his family, friends, and teachers have all shared one common trait of Jamond, he was very respectful. He was a student with a big heart and a smile that would instantly capture your attention.”

Salley is the fifth high school football player to die this year from an on-field collision, medical incident or suffering ill-effects duing a conditioning drill.

Officials have not yet detemined the exact cause of death for Salley.

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Virginia High School Football Player Dies on Field

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(SOUTH HILL, VA) — Another high school football player has passed away after an on-field collision.

After sustaining a hit, Jamond Salley, a junior from Park View High School in South Hill, Viginia, was carried to the sideline. While medical officials began to administer care to Salley on the sideline he fell unconscious and started to suffer seizures.

Salley was transported to Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill; soon after, he was pronounced dead.

“Jamond was a strong student in both academics and as an athlete,” Mecklenburg County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. James Thornton said in a statement. “Members of his family, friends, and teachers have all shared one common trait of Jamond, he was very respectful. He was a student with a big heart and a smile that would instantly capture your attention.”

Salley is the fifth high school football player to die this year from an on-field collision, medical incident or suffering ill-effects duing a conditioning drill.

Officials have not yet detemined the exact cause of death for Salley.

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Stamkos Leads Lightning Past Canucks, 4-2

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Center Steven Stamkos scored twice and had one assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning (3-1-1; 7pts) zapped the Vancouver Canucks (3-1-0; 6pts), 4-2 on Saturday night.

Stamkos scored his first goal, :53 seconds into the opening period with an assist from forward Ondrej Palat. His next goal came just over seven minutes later on a back-hand shot, giving Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead.

The Lightning would take the lead for good at 16:48 into the second period on a power play goal from forward Ryan Callahan.

Vancouver received goals from forward Chris Higgins and defenseman Alexander Edler.

Stamkos has five goals and two assists in five games this season.

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Faried Scores 19 Points as Nuggets Defeat Clippers, 104-93

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) — Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried had a team-high 19 points and seven rebounds as Denver (2-4) clipped the Los Angeles Clippers (1-4) in an exhibition game on Saturday night, 104-93.

Shooting guard Aaron Affalo contributed 16 points to Denver’s winning effort, while small forward Danilo Gallinari poured in 12 points in 15 minutes of action.

With the game tied at 51 entering the second half, the Nuggets took the lead for good, scoring five–points to open the third quarter, behind an 18-foot jumper from Gallinari and a three-pointer from Affalo.

Power forward Blake Griffin led the way for the Clippers with 27 points while shooting guard Jamal Crawford had 23 points.

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