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October 4 2010: Daily Sports News – Gossip – Headlines

Water Cooler – October 4th, 2010

Here we go with today’s sports water cooler talk. Here, you won’t just find the straight news; you’ll find the stuff everyone is talking about – the ice breakers, the Twitter Sports Picks and topics…well, basically all the stuff you discuss at the water cooler.


As usual, the NFL saw a smattering of injuries over the weekend. We’ll update you on those and more as we kick off Monday’s news.

NFL news: Cutler, Vick, McFadden and many more suffer injuries in Week 4

Jay Cutler To Miss Time with Concussion?

Plenty of players, especially quarterbacks, took some nasty licks over the weekend. Jay Cutler had an absolute nightmare of a game on Sunday night against the Giants but it wasn’t entirely his fault. He took an unbelievable nine sacks in the first half before leaving with a concussion.

Michael Vick hurt his midsection in the Eagles’ loss to the Washington Redskins. Vick left clutching his chest; for now, we know he has some injury to that area, but we won’t know if it’s a rib or collarbone or both until he has his MRI today.

Darren McFadden’s outstanding start to 2010 hit the brakes yesterday when he injured his hamstring. No word yet on the severity of the pull but Michael Bush would draw the start in Week 5 if Run DMC can’t go.

Several other noteworthy guys went down on Sunday. Carolina’s Steve Smith suffered the dreaded high ankle sprain and looks like he won’t play until Week 7 at the earliest. Pierre Thomas (ankle) couldn’t play at all yesterday and Clinton Portis will have his groin re-evaluated today.

But the news wasn’t all bad yesterday. Donovan McNabb, believe it or not, received a standing ovation from Eagles fans in his return to Philadelphia. The Jaguars shocked Indianapolis on a 59-yard field goal from Josh Scobee. And Kyle Orton, after throwing for 341 yards against Tennessee, now has the second most passing yards ever in a single season after four weeks (1,419 yards, trailing only Kurt Warner’s 1,557 in 2000).

MLB news: playoff matchups set; Joe Torre, Cito Gaston, Ken Macha finished with their teams

After the San Francisco Giants took out the San Diego Padres on Sunday, all the 2010 Major League Baseball Divisional Playoff matchups are set.

The series start with a triple header on Wednesday. The Philadelphia Phillies open their NLDS when they host the Cincinnati Reds for Game 1 at 5:07 p.m. ET. It looks like Roy Halladay will get the nod against Edinson Volquez. The Giants’ series with the Atlanta Braves starts Thursday

In ALDS action, Game 1 of the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays goes at 1:37 p.m. ET Wednesday as Cliff Lee matches up against David Price.

The defending World Series champion New York Yankees open their ALDS on the road against Minnesota in the night game on Wednesday. Francisco Liriano gets the start for the Twinkies whereas the Bronx Bombers haven’t named a starter yet.

Several managers said goodbye to their teams as the regular season closed on Sunday. Joe Torre managed his last game with the Dodgers, Cito Gaston bid farewell to the Blue Jays and Ken Macha is out as Brewers managers with Milwaukee set to decline his option.

NCAA football news: Alabama DE Marcell Dareus says John Blake recommended Gary Wichard to him

The probe into ex-UNC associate coach John Blake continues and Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus is provided the latest news break. He says Blake recommended Gary Wichard to him as an agent during a phone conversation last summer. The probe is already examining the multiple financial exchanges between Blake and Wichard and whether or not illegal contact occurred between Wichard and NCAA players.

Dareus was suspended by the NCAA for the first two games of the 2010 season for receiving improper benefits from agents during offseason visits to Miami. During that investigation, he reportedly told investigators about Wichard.

NBA news: Carlos Boozer breaks hand

The Chicago Bulls are determined to prove they can hang with the juggernauts in the NBA’s Eastern Conference but their odds of doing so, at least early on in 2010-11, just took a hit. Offseason acquisition Carlos Boozer broke his hand tripping over a bag at home and will have surgery Tuesday. He’s expected to miss two months with the injury.

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About Shea Matthews

Shea Matthews the Senior Writer at CP. Lives and breathes sports. He made the transition from athlete to sports journalist at a young age, writing in TV & national papers. Shea applies his knowledge to sports betting + handicapping daily, and shares winning picks with the world.