The will be a seventh game in the National League Championship Series Monday night. The San Francisco Giants are now 5-0 in elimination games. Ryan Vogelsong worked seven outstanding innings and Marco Scutaro sparked a pair of early rallies as the Giants thumped the Cardinals 6-1 in San Francisco. Vogelsong was staked to a 5-0 lead by the bottom of the second and limited the Cards to a run and four hits while striking out nine. He blanked the Redbirds until Carlos Beltran doubled and scored on Allen Craig's single in the sixth Monday's winner will host the Detroit Tigers for Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday. Detroit completed an ALCS sweep of the Yankees on Thursday.
The Red Sox have hired John Farrell away from the Blue Jays to be their new manager. Farrell had been the Jays skipper the past two seasons, posting a 154-170 record with two fourth-place finishes.
In the NFL it was a mixed bag this week. Beginning in New York where Eli Manning hit Victor Cruz for a 77-yard touchdown pass with 73 seconds remaining as the New York Giants defeated Washington 27-23 to improve to 5-2. The go-ahead scoring strike came just 19 seconds after Santana Moss hauled in a 30-yard TD toss from Robert Griffin III to put the Redskins ahead 23-20. Manning finished with 337 passing yards and overcame two interceptions to lead the Giants to their third straight win.
In Foxborough, The Patriots and Jets traded rallies and made use of the new modified sudden death rules in regular season play before the battle for first place in the AFC East was decided. Stephen Gostkowski drilled a 48-yard field goal at 3:58 of overtime before Mark Sanchez fumbled with 7:28 left on the clock to secure the Patriots' 29-26 win over the Jets. Gostkowski also hit a 43-yard field goal at the end of regulation after the Patriots blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.
In Buffalo, Matt Hasselbeck engineered the 22nd fourth-quarter comeback of his NFL career and second in as many weeks, lifting the Tennessee Titans to a 35-34 win over Buffalo on the Bills' home field. Hasselbeck's 15-yard scoring pass to Nate Washington with 1:03 on the clock was the game winner.
Finally this morning cycling's governing body has decided to ratify Lance Armstrong's lifetime ban and the loss of his seven Tour de France titles ordered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The announcement came this morning at a UCI press conference.
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