-Defensive coordinator Bud Foster backs his defense with some strong words at last night’s post-practice media session. Antone Exum apparently has no body parts left. “I thought the kid you’re talking to right there played his n— off,” Foster said of Exum. “You can quote me on that s— too. Played his a– off. Fought his a– off.” Andy has all the details here.
-Frank Beamer says the slow starts on offense were a big point of emphasis in the staff meetings that followed Saturday’s game.
-The Virginia Tech-Duke game next week will be a 12:30 kick.
-Mike London pulls the trigger, naming Phillip Sims his starting quarterback for Saturday provided the Alabama transfer’s knee is healthy. “You have to perform at a high level and it’s just that Phillip has performed every time he has gone in. If the leg’s OK and he performs well, then he performs well. If not, then it’s back to the same situation. At least it’s been vetted, I think, the proper way.”
-Duke has been installed as a two-point home favorite over the Cavs on Saturday.
-The Nats clinch the NL East when the Braves fall to Pittsburgh.
-The Tigers are your AL Central champs. Meanwhile, Miguel Cabrera hits his 44th homer to take the lead in all three AL triple crown categories. Josh Hamilton’s going to have to outhomer him by two in the last two games to take that category, while Mike Trout is four points behind Cabrera (.329) in the batting race. Cabrera has 10 more RBI than anyone else in the league.
-The A’s beat the Rangers and are just one back of Texas in the AL West. That also ties them with Baltimore for the first wildcard spot. A’s would get the tiebreaker based on head-to-head results, so Friday’s wildcard playoff would be in Oakland if the season ended today.
-If the Yanks and O’s finish in a tie for the AL East, they’ll play it off on Thursday in Baltimore.
-Dodgers get a walk-off win to remain two back of St. Louis in the NL wildcard.
-Andrew Butts leads Salem to a second place finish in the Region IV tourney.
-Lord Botetourt secures a spot in the Group AA tournament by finishing second in the Region III tourney.
-Jets are sticking with Mark Sanchez at QB.
NAME THAT TUNE
You make it hard to breathe
It’s as if I’m suffocating
And when you’re next to me
I can feel your heartbeat through my skin
It makes me sad to think
This could all be for nothing
I wish there was a way
A way for you to see inside me
I’ve never felt this way
About anyone or anything