Another big day in baseball
UNDATED (AP) — In headline form here are how things changed last night in baseball:
— The Cardinals now top the Pirates by two games in the National League Central.
— The Dodgers blew a chance to clinch the National League West by losing to Arizona.
— The Braves now have a magic number of 2 to wrap up the National League East.
— The Rays have a full-game lead over the Rangers in the American League Wild Card race, and the already tight AL Wild Card race got even tighter.
Now, here's how things look for today:
There are some big afternoon games being played as both the Cardinals and Pirates are in action. St. Louis wraps up its four-game set in Denver against the Rockies while the Pirates complete their series at home with San Diego.
In Phoenix the Dodgers are looking to clinch the National League West with a win this afternoon against second-place Arizona.
The Tigers are home to the Mariners today and with a victory the Detroit squad would move closer to wrapping up the American League Central championship.
The final day games have the Giants playing the Mets in New York and the Cubs at Milwaukee.
On tap this evening, the Rays and Rangers put an end to their big four-game series in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays have won two of the first three and now have the one-game lead in the AL Wild Card Race. Cleveland lost to the Royals last night but remains a half-game back of the second Wild Card spot. Tonight the Tribe is home to Houston in the first of four games.
Baltimore has closed to within a game of the final AL Wild Card spot and the Orioles are in Boston tonight. At 2 ½ games back of that final AL spot are the Royals and Yankees. New York is in Toronto tonight while the Royals have the day off.
Eagles hosting Chiefs
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There's an NFL reunion tonight in Philadelphia as former Eagles coach Andy Reid returns as the new coach of the Chiefs. Reid led the Eagles to nine playoff appearances, six division titles, five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl before he was fired after going 4-12 last year in his 14th season.
The Chiefs are 2-0 while the Eagles, with new coach Chip Kelly, are 1-1.
The game is an early season matchup of run defense against running attack. The Eagles are second in the league in yards gained on the ground while the Chiefs are second in the league in yards allowed.
Clemson looks to improve on ranking
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Clemson Tigers are unbeaten after two games and ranked third in The Associated Press Top-25 poll. This evening the team coached by Dabo (DAH'-boh) Sweeney has an Atlantic Coast Conference game against North Carolina State on the Wolfpack's turf in Raleigh, N.C. NC State is also 2-0.
Two years ago Clemson played NC State in Raleigh and entered the game with the No. 7 ranking in the AP poll. The Tigers gave up 27 second-quarter points and were upset by the Wolfpack 37-13.
The money is on the line
ATLANTA (AP) — The Tour Championship, the final event of the FedEx Cup competition, starts today in Atlanta at the East Lake Golf Club. The top five players in the FedEx rankings, Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Zach Johnson and Matt Johnson, can all take home the $10 million FedEx Cup prize with a victory.
The other 25 players have a chance to win the playoff title with a victory, but would need help from the players at the top of the standings.
A year ago Brandt Snedeker won the event and the FedEx Cup. He earned $11.44 million, receiving $1.44 for the tournament victory and $10 million for the FedEx Cup title.
Former champ has died
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fight fans from the 70's and 80's are mourning the loss of former heavyweight champion Ken Norton. He made his name as a sparring partner for Muhammad Ali and then as the champion of the World Boxing Council.
He had three memorable fights with Ali, winning the first and then losing the next two. In the first he shocked Ali and the sports world when he broke Ali's jaw.
Norton, who was 70, died Wednesday.
TRACK AND FIELD
Bolt likes the money
LONDON (AP) — Less than three weeks ago track superstar Usain (yoo-SAYN') Bolt said he would stop racing after the 2016 Summer Olympics. Now he says that after talking to his sponsors, and his fans, he is reconsidering. Pointing to commercial motives, Bolt says the fans "think I should carry on and so do my sponsors."