Sports : Monday – 10/24/16
In Sunday’s NFL action:
The Eagles handed the Minnesota Vikings their first loss of the season, 21-10 in Philadelphia. josh Huff returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score and the Eagles defense sacked Sam Bradford six times and forced four turnovers in the win. The Vikings defense intercepted Carson Wentz twice and recovered two fumbles in the loss. Minnesota is 5-1 and travels to Chicago on Halloween night (Monday).
Matthew Stafford connected with Anquan Boldin for an 18 yard touchdown with 16 seconds left in the game to give Detroit a 20-17 win over Washington at Ford Field. Detroit led 13-3 at the start of the fourth quarter, but two Washington touchdowns gave them a 17-13 lead with 1:05 to play before Stafford’s heroics. The Lions have won three straight and now sit at 4-3 with a trip to Houston coming Sunday.
The Badgers fell out of the top ten in both national polls despite their 17-9 win at Iowa on Saturday. Wisconsin fell one spot to number 11 in both the USA Today Coaches Poll and the Associated Press Top 25. In the AP poll, Alabama remains at number one with Michigan climbing to number 2, Clemson up a spot to number 3, Washington at four and Louisville at five. Ohio State drops four spots to number six following their loss to Penn State on Saturday, with Nebraska at seven, Baylor at eight, Texas A&M down three spots to number nine and West Virginia at number 10. The Badgers host Nebraska on Saturday.
The Badgers Men’s Basketball team held their annual Red/White Scrimmage Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center. Ethan Happ had a double-double, 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Red team in their 48-46 win. Zak Showalter added 12 points for the White. Bronson Koenig had 16 points and Nigel Hayes added 11 for the Red team. The Badgers open the season next Sunday with an exhibition game against UW-Platteville at the Kohl Center.
Joey Logano grabbed a critical win to give Team Penske one car in the next round of NASCAR’s playoffs. Denny Hamlin edged Austin Dillon for the final spot in the field on a tiebreaker Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.
Logano wasn’t in a must-win situation, but the victory gave him a guaranteed slot on a day when the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field was cut from 12 to eight drivers. Engine troubles for Martin Truex Jr. and Penske driver Brad Keselowski counted for two of the eliminations, and the race came down to a late battle for the final transfer spot between Hamlin and Dillon. Hamlin finished third and Dillon was ninth. They ended the round tied in points, but the eighth and final slot went to Hamlin on a tiebreaker.