run the table repeat as National Champions and thus, everybody looked at their schedule to see who could beat them. Some thought it could be Arkansas. Alabama escaped with the win. Many thought it could be Florida. Alabama presumably demolished them. South Carolina? Now they were able to got it done as they defeated the Crimson Tide 35-21 today in Colombia.
Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will have the call on NBC. Hit it Faith Hill.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Surprise starter Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots in his NHL debut, Danny Briere and Blair Betts scored the first two goals, and the Flyers spoiled the Pittsburgh Penguins ' debut game in their new arena by winning 3-2 on Thursday night.
HELSINKI (AP) -- Brandon Sutter scored twice as the Carolina Hurricanes held on to beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in the opening game of the NHL season on Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees stumbled through September and landed in the AL wild-card spot.
As the Minnesota Twins can attest, the Yankees are hardly an underdog in October.
Pushing the home-field advantage back in Minnesota's face, Pettitte turned in a vintage postseason performance with seven smooth innings and Lance Berkman had two big hits for New York in a 5-2 victory over the Twins on Thursday evening for a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five division series.
Welcome all to my picks of week 5 of the 2010 NFL season, powered by Micro Center. The big headline this week is the return of Randy Moss to his original team, the Minnesota Vikings, as a result of a trade with the New England Patriots. We all remember how Moss left Minnesota, via trade to the Raiders who then traded him two years later to the Patriots. We all know that Moss is a very colorful character but you can't deny he is still one of the elite receivers in the NFL today. Moss and the Vikings will play Monday night which that game as well as the Sunday Night games will have their own post with my thoughts and predictions. Meanwhile the Patriots are on bye.
Like always, I will list the announcers of each game (courtesy of Awful Announcing) as well as the broadcast maps (courtesy of the506) so that you know which game will be available to you in your local market. Let's get to the games of what is sure to be a great week 5.
(AP) - Brent Musburger, the play-by-play man for some of college football's biggest games, told a group of college journalism students that professional athletes under a doctor's supervision could potentially use steroids to improve performance.
It's time for the college football predictions presented by Dollar General. It's week 6 and ESPN College Gameday will be in Colombia, South Carolina as the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide will play the #19 South Carolina Gamecocks in what will be a very tough game for the Crimson Tide (and hopefully not like last week's against Florida). That game will be on CBS at 3:30. I will predict that game and all the others that have not been played (Troy vs. Middle Tennessee Recap).
Randy Moss is heading back to the Vikings as a result of being traded by the Patriots. The Patriots will receive a third round pick in next year's draft while the Vikings receive much needed ammunition to a depleted receiving corps that lost a great receiver in Sidney Rice at the end of August for at least half the season. There is no doubt that this is a great trade for the Vikings, they get a top receiver for only a third round pick and we all remember how badly Vikings quaterback Brett Favre wanted Moss back in 2007. Now they have a great offense even with Rice out with Adrian Peterson and Favre and imagine how explosive their offense will look once Rice gets back. But I'm dumbfounded that the Patriots made this trade.
It's that time again. The MLB Posteason has returned. We are getting closer and closer by the day to crowning a World Series champion. But to hoist the trophy you have to make it through the Divisional Series, which start Wednesday at 1:37 on TBS. So who will survive the Divisional Series and step closer to the World Series?
ATLANTA (AP) -- Bobby Cox was drenched with beer and champagne and hoisted onto the shoulders of his players after the Atlanta Braves gave their manager a final trip to the playoffs.
Atlanta reached the postseason as the NL wild-card team, a first for Cox, as Tim Hudson and the Braves took a six-run lead, then held on for an 8-7 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
"This being Bobby's last year, losing today was not an option," Hudson said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Jonathan Sanchez pitched the San Francisco Giants back into the playoffs after a six-year absence, beating the San Diego Padres 3-0 Sunday to wrap up the NL West title.
Buster Posey homered and the Giants finally got it done - on their third try against the Padres this weekend - to capture their first division crown and playoff berth since 2003.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Donovan McNabb heard cheers and the home team got all the boos.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Coming off consecutive lopsided losses, the Jacksonville Jaguars talked all week about needing a spark.
Josh Scobee provided it.
Scobee's 59-yard field goal on the final play gave the Jaguars a 31-28 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Once LaDainian Tomlinson - remember him? - got going, he and the New York Jets had the Buffalo Bills on the run.
Showing at 31 that he's still got much of that old "LT" spark in him, Tomlinson scored twice, broke the 100 yard rushing mark for the first time in nearly two seasons, and passed Tony Dorsett on the NFL rushing list. Add it up, and it was more than enough in a 38-14 rout of the winless Bills on Sunday.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Roddy White 's best play came on defense, and it allowed the Atlanta Falcons to come up with another close-call victory.
When 49ers cornerback Nate Clements intercepted Matt Ryan late in the fourth quarter and ran 39 yards down the left sideline, White had one goal in mind: Knock the ball out.
"Any time that you see defensive players carrying the ball," Atlanta's star receiver said, "they aren't used to it, so you've got a chance."
White's forced fumble kept the winning drive alive, and Matt Bryant kicked a 43-yarder with 2 seconds remaining to lift the fortunate Falcons to a 16-14 victory over the winless 49ers on Sunday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- All it took for the San Diego Chargers to get a whole lot better was a visit by the Arizona Cardinals .
A week after underachieving in Seattle, the four-time defending AFC West champion Chargers dominated the two-time defending NFC West champs, winning 41-7 on Sunday as both the offense and defense came up huge.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- John Carney could not have asked for a better start to his 23rd season as an NFL kicker.
Only days after rejoining the Saints at age 46, Carney hit three field goals to help New Orleans edge the Carolina Panthers 16-14 on Sunday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Steven Jackson was a question mark until the first snap.
There was no way he was going to miss this one for the St. Louis Rams. So, he went out and showed the Seattle Seahawks he could play hurt and still make a big impact.
"I knew I wouldn't be 100 percent, but I knew I had enough to give," said Jackson, who blocked out a strained groin Sunday. "I feel like the team is going in the right direction and I wanted to be a part of it."
The two-time Pro Bowler had 126 yards rushing and receiving, complementing another strong game by No. 1 pick Sam Bradford and a stout defense in a 20-3 victory Sunday that gave the Rams consecutive wins for the first time in two seasons.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- For all their talent and high expectations, the Green Bay Packers still haven't turned in the kind of performance that proves they can play like one of the NFL's elite teams for a full game.
Nobody wants there to be an lockout of the 2011 NFL Season but it seems highly likely that it will happen. Can it be prevented? And how would it be prevented? FOX NFL Sunday's Jimmy Johnson tackles the issue in this weeks' edition of Fired Up!
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