Hope you enjoyed the extra hour of sleep after a fun holiday weekend. We’ve got your back on the sports that went down while you were enjoying Pumpkin Ales. Three things to know:
- The Royals got World Series redemption in extra innings on Sunday night after the Mets blew a 9th-inning lead.
- Duke football fans are justifiably livid after losing on a ridiculous play that should have been called back.
- The Denver Broncos forced Aaron Rodgers into his worst-ever game and crushed the Green Bay Packers in the battle of 6-0 teams on Sunday Night Football.
The Mets were up 2-0 and sent starting pitcher Matt Harvey out to pitch the 9th inning after he told manager Terry Collins there was “no way” he was coming out. Harvey gave up a quick run and was pulled from the game after just two hitters. True to their postseason form, the Royals tied it up in the 9th on Eric Hosmer’s do-or-die base running gamble with two outs (see below). The game went to extra innings, and Kansas City scored 5 runs in the 12th to win 7-2.
A quest for redemption completed
The Royals lost the 2014 World Series in seven games, and the devastating feeling of falling short helped drive them all year. Kansas City became the first team since the 1961 New York Yankees to lose the World Series in seven games then win the following year. It was fitting that the man who made the final out of the last year’s loss, catcher Salvador Perez, was named the 2015 World Series MVP.
BRONCOS ASSERT DOMINANCE
The fourth-ever battle of 6-0 NFL teams turned out to be one-sided. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos handled the Green Bay Packers 29-10. The 39-year-old Manning played his best game of the year, while Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw for a career-low 77 yards. Score one for the old guy.
QUICK HITS FROM AROUND SPORTS
- Brees, Manning set record for combined TD passes in shootout: New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees tied an NFL record with 7 touchdown passes, and the Saints (4-4) eeked out a 52-49 win over the New York Giants (4-4) in the fourth-highest scoring game in NFL history. 3 of Giants QB Eli Manning’s 6 TDs were to star wideout Odell Beckham Jr. OBJ’s TD celebrations are a thing of beauty.
- Three marquee stars suffer injuries: Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell, Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte, and Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith could all miss the rest of the season. Smith, a legendary former Carolina Panther, has not said if tearing his achilles Sunday changes his plans to retire after this year.
- Former #1 pick quarterbacks square off in Monday Night showdown: The Indianapolis Colts (3-4) and 2012 #1 overall NFL draft pick Andrew Luck take on the Carolina Panthers (6-0) and 2011 #1 Cam Newton. The Panthers are favored by 6.5.
- Gators embarrass Bulldogs, make Richt’s seat hotter: #11 Florida thumped Georgia 27-3 on Saturday and will likely play for the SEC Championship in head coach Jim McElwain’s first season. Meanwhile, Georgia hasn’t scored a touchdown in two straight games and the loss may signal the end for head coach Mark Richt. He’s 5-10 in his career vs. Florida.
- Notre Dame outshines Temple on Gameday stage: Fighting to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive, #9 Notre Dame scored to regain the lead in the final three minutes and won 24-20. #21 Temple fell to 5-101 all-time vs. ranked teams.
- Starting Ohio St. QB suspended for driving impaired:J.T. Barrett was arrested during the Buckeyes’ bye-week after he tried to avoid a DUI-checkpoint and then failed a breathalyzer. Barrett is suspended for the Nov. 7 game vs. Minnesota, who nearly beat Michigan this weekend. Backup QB Cardale Jones drove Barrett home from jail.
SPORTS BEYOND THE FRONT PAGE
- Legendary horse American Pharoah goes out on top: After winning the first Triple Crown in 37 years, American Pharoah capped a legendary career on Saturday by winning the Breeders Cup Classic in Lexington. American Pharoah has earned 8.5MM on the track and will now fetch up to 200K per foal as a stud horse.
- New Zealand captures 2nd-consecutive Rugby World Cup: The ‘All Blacks’ dominated Australia 34-17 and are regarded as one of the best teams of all-time.