REGINA—The Edmonton Eskimos landed three staggering blows yesterday—all of which helped to bring down the Saskatchewan Roughriders on their home field.
Kendial Lawrence, Mike Reilly, and the Eskimos’ defensive unit all played pivotal roles in Edmonton’s second-straight victory—a 24-19 triumph over the ’Riders at Mosaic Stadium.
TALLADEGA, Ala.—Brad Keselowski refused to be knocked down—not by Matt Kenseth, who jumped him from behind after a disastrous race at Charlotte, and not by garage-wide condemnation over his post-race meltdown.
WINNIPEG—It wasn’t surprising to hear laughter coming out of the Calgary Flames’ dressing room after their 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets yesterday.
The victory finished off Calgary’s six-game road trip with a fourth win away from home (4-3-0) while the Jets now have lost four in a row.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.—Quarterback Kyle Orton keeps delivering in the clutch since taking over the starting job in Buffalo.
And receiver Sammy Watkins certainly is showing signs of playing up to his dynamic first-round draft-pick promise for the Bills.
DENVER—Leave it to Peyton Manning to plan his own prank.
After breaking Brett Favre’s NFL record with his 509th touchdown toss, Manning’s teammates played keep-away with his milestone memento—and Manning played right along.
SAN FRANCISCO—It was the “Shot That Shook the Bay.”
Travis Ishikawa hit the first homer to end an NL Championship Series—a three-run drive that sent San Francisco to a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 last night.
These every-other-year Giants now will face the Royals in an all wild-card World Series that begins Tuesday night in Kansas City.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—Chris Jones wasn’t going to make the same mistake he did last year when Nick Folk tried another potential winning field goal last night.
This time, the New England defensive tackle didn’t commit a penalty to give the Jets’ kicker another chance.
MONTREAL—The bottom line from the Montreal Canadiens’ rematch with the Boston Bruins was 10 goals, no fights, but one late bit of nastiness from Milan Lucic.
Brendan Gallagher and P.A. Parenteau each had two goals as the Canadiens chased goalie Tuukka Rask out of the game to win their home-opener 6-4 last night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—James Shields led thousands of fans in a celebratory chant. Lorenzo Cain pranced along the warning track, cradling his newborn son.
Ned Yost finally allowed himself to smile.
After nearly three decades spent as one of the game’s biggest laughingstocks, the Kansas City Royals once again are baseball royalty.
WINNIPEG—The Winnipeg Blue Bombers lost their leading rusher yesterday after Nic Grigsby sought and received his release over a decision to make him take a back-up role for a second-straight week.
It’s just one more blow for the slumping Blue Bombers (6-9), who started the season on a winning streak but now find themselves with only a slim chance of making the playoffs.