Weekend In Review – MLB Playoffs Return On Monday With Four Teams In Position To Clinch, Redskins Fire Jay Gruden, NASCAR, And More

Recapping all of top games and matchups you may have missed over the weekend The Los Angeles Dodgers scored seven runs in the sixth inning on Sunday to defeat...

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Recapping all of top games and matchups you may have missed over the weekend

The Los Angeles Dodgers scored seven runs in the sixth inning on Sunday to defeat the Washington Nationals 10-4 in their National League Division Series. The Atlanta Braves rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 in the other NL series.

Those teams play again on Monday with the five-game series on the line. Same in the American League, where the New York Yankees lead the Minnesota Twins 2-0 and the Houston Astros have the Tampa Bay Rays in the same hole.

The quadruple-header begins at 1:05 p.m. with Astros-Rays on MLB. Then it’s Atlanta-St. Louis is at 3:07 p.m. on TBS; Los Angeles-Washington at 6:40 p.m. on TBS; New York-Minnesota at 8:40 p.m. on FS1.

NFL:
The reality of being winless caught up with Jay Gruden on Monday morning. He was fired as the Redskins’ coach following Washington’s 33-7 home loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.

The Indianapolis Colts handed the Kansas City Chiefs their first loss, 19-13, on Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes aggravated a high ankle sprain.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph was hospitalized briefly after leaving Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens with a concussion. He absorbed a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit from safety Earl Thomas.

The Denver Broncos picked up their first win, 20-13 in Los Angeles, over the Chargers. Same for the Arizona Cardinals, who beat the winless Cincinnati Bengals 26-23.

College football:
Neither No. 1 Alabama nor No. 2 Clemson played on Saturday. Ohio State, after beating Michigan State, moved into a tie for third with Georgia in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. Florida moved up three spots to No. 7 after shutting down Auburn.

NASCAR:
Kyle Larson snapped a streak of 75 consecutive starts without a victory, winning the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway in Delaware. That earns Larson a spot in the Monster Energy Cup Series round of eight. Martin Truex Jr. finished second and Alex Bowman ran third.

 
 
Post By: Larry Weisman, a longtime sportswriter for USA TODAY, blogs for Twistity.com. Follow him on Twitter @MrLarryWeisman

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