The Gator football team prepares for Tennessee, the wild card races in baseball get even tighter, a boxing legend dies and the NFL kicks off another week of action in our Thursday Sports News and Notes…
** The Gator football team looks to be at nearly full strength for Saturday’s home game against Tennessee. Gator coach Will Muschamp in the SEC Teleconference on Wednesday said most of the injured players are now healthy, although he did say cornerback Marcus Roberson and offensive lineman Tyler Moore were still hobbled a bit at practice but he does expect them to play Saturday.
** The wild card races in both leagues are extremely tight after action yesterday. Tampa Bay beat Texas 4-3 to take the first wild card lead and the Rangers lead the second wild card by a half game over Cleveland, a 7-2 loser to Kansas City. Baltimore is a game back after beating Boston 5-3 and the Royals and New York Yankees are two and a half games back after the Yankees beat Toronto 4-3.
** In the National League, St.Louis now leads the NL Central by two games over the Pittsburgh Pirates; the Cardinals beat Colorado 4-3 while the Pirates lost 3-2 to San Diego. The Pirates lead the first wild card by a game over Cincinnati and by six games over Washington.
** Boxing legend Ken Norton Sr. dies at the age of 70. Norton never won the heavyweight title in the ring but did beat Muhammad Ali, breaking his jaw in one of their three fights.
** The NFL kicks off another week tonight when the Philadelphia Eagles welcome back long time former coach Andy Reid and his new team, the Kansas City Chiefs.