Your Five Things For September 9th: Lions Shine On Monday Night Football
1. Lions Roll Over Giants On Monday Night Football
Last night on Monday Night Football, the Detroit Lions started the new era, the Jim Caldwell era, as the Lions won over the Giants 35-14. Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford were on the same wave length hooking up for 2 touchdowns and over 100 yards. Stafford finished the game 22/32 for 346 yards and 2 touchdowns. Joique Bell had 19 rushes for 51 yards and 1 touchdown as he led the Lions rushing attack last night. The Lions defense also looked on point as they sacked Eli Manning twice and caused two interceptions. Even though they had two sacks, it seemed like there was pressure on Eli Manning all night long. The Lions will have a short week to prepare for their next game in Carolina as they take on the Panthers.
2. Tigers Inch Closer Against Royals Lead
Just before the Lions game in Detroit, another sporting event was happening next door as the Tigers took on the Royals. In game one, Verlander looked better as the Tigers won 9-5. The Tigers used a big 3rd inning scoring 6 runs to take back the lead from the Royals. Victor Martinez, Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera went a combined 8/15 with 3 RBI's. Verlander pitched 7 inning giving up 4 runs on 6 hits with 4 strikeouts. The series continues tonight as Scherzer will take the mound against Vargas. First pitch is schedule for 7:08.
3. Ray Rice Cut and Suspended
After an incident back in February, more video has been released in the Ray Rice incident. With the release of the video, further punishment has come down by the Ravens as well as the NFL. The Ravens had cut Ray Rice and shortly after the NFL has suspended him indefinitely. Read more about the incident here.
4. Marin Cilic On Top Of Tennis World
Marin Cilic has won his first grand slam championship as he topped Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Cilic was suspended last year and could not participate in the US Open. Cilic won the tournament in dominant form topping Roger Federer the match before in straight sets. This is the final major of the tennis season and the next major will be the Australian Open in January of 2015.
5. NCAA Lifts Penn State Postseason Ban
The NCAA is adjusting its sanctions against Penn State which was banned from postseason play as well as loss of scholarships. The fine that the school has to pay is still in tact as well as the 112 wins taken away from Joe Paterno. The school will remain under further monitoring. Check here for more information on the NCAA lift.