Top Sports Stories (Sep 20, 2012)

NHL cancels preseason schedule through September, Alex Ovechkin leads exodus of locked-out players heading overseas

Let the games begin ? to disappear. On day four of the latest NHL lockout, the league cancelled its preseason schedule through the end of September – play was set to begin Sept. 23 – cutting the Rangers’ exhibition slate in half from six to three games…

New York Daily News September 20, 2012, 12:31 AM (PST)


CBS News

NFL Scoring Sets Record as Vegas Adjusts to Replacement Referees

National Football League scoring has reached a record because of pass-happy offenses and slow- starting defenses. A less obvious reason may be the league’s replacement officials. With the regular officials locked out in a labor dispute, the backups …

Bloomberg September 19, 2012, 9:18 PM (PST)


ESPN

MLB: San Francisco 7, Colorado 1

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 20 (UPI) — Pablo Sandoval’s three-run homer in the first inning Wednesday started San Francisco on its way to a third straight victory — 7-1 over Colorado. The Giants maintained a nine-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in …

United Press International September 19, 2012, 10:37 PM (PST)

 

Five Cuts: Pettitte’s return, agony for A’s and more Medlen magic

Rain on the East Coast led to a pair of doubleheaders on Wednesday, accelerating the day’s playoff implications. The Dodgers split one of them, with the Nationals, delaying the first clinching celebration in Washington since 1933 and keeping L.A., …

CNN Sports Illustrated September 20, 2012, 12:24 AM (PST)

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USA Today

Manning’s game face is on, and Texans aren’t even in Denver yet

Peyton Manning had no more answers for the media Wednesday than he did for the Atlanta Falcons’ defense when confronted with the question on all of our minds, probably even his. Two days after throwing three interceptions in the first quarter…

Houston Chronicle September 19, 2012, 2:44 PM (PST)


Denver Post

Giants defense must step up to help Manning

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – What already loomed as a Giants-Against-the-World primetime showdown Thursday night has tilted heavily in favor of the world. Hakeem Nicks (foot) Wednesday unexpectedly joined the conga line of Battered Blue that already included …

New York Post September 20, 2012, 1:00 AM (PST)


New York Times

Royals have White Sox’s number

The Kansas City Royals will not win the American League Central this year. They won’t even come close. However, Kansas City will have a major say on whether the Detroit Tigers or Chicago White Sox win the division. The Royals wrap up a three-game …

YAHOO! September 19, 2012, 11:56 PM (PST)

 

SEC looks and is good, just not top to bottom

The mighty Southeastern Conference has six schools in the Top 25, with Alabama and LSU atop the rankings and the toast of college football once again. An impressive eight SEC teams have managed to break into the Top 25 this season. But while it seems …

YAHOO! September 19, 2012, 6:48 PM (PST)


Politico.com

Whicker: USC’s Kiffin reacting to the heat?

USC’s defense can’t always get off the field in a hurry, but Lane Kiffin can. When asked about a player’s participation in practice three days before USC plays Cal on Saturday, Kiffin adjourned his Wednesday press gathering in 28 seconds flat. He even …

NBCNews.com September 19, 2012, 10:15 PM (PST)


ESPN

Pats officially add Branch, Winslow

The New England Patriots made it official on Wednesday and added wide receiver Deion Branch and tight end Kellen Winslow. Branch was among the Patriots’ final cuts in August. He caught 51 passes for 702 yards with five touchdowns in 15 games last …

Baltimore Sun September 20, 2012, 1:29 AM (PST)


Boston Herald