Both League Championship Series are set with the defending World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies still fighting to become the first repeat title winner in the NL since the Cincinnati Reds in 1975 and '76. In fact, the National League hasn't won back-to-back World Series since 1982 when the St. Louis Cardinals capped a four-year run of NL champs.
Ryan Howard's two-run double followed by Jayson Werth's go-ahead single led Philadelphia's three-run, two-out rally in the ninth, as the defending World Series-champion Phillies filled out baseball's championship series with a 5-4 victory over Colorado at Coors Field. The Phillies won the best-of-five NL Division Series in four games, capturing the final two in frosty Denver. That set up a rematch of last season's National League Championship Series between the Phillies and Dodgers, with Game 1 scheduled for Thursday night in Los Angeles. The Angels and New York Yankees will face off in the American League Championship Series beginning on Friday in the Bronx.
The Chicago Cubs filed for bankruptcy Monday, speeding up the team's sale from the Tribune Company to the Ricketts family. According to a Chicago newspaper, the Cubs needed to join the Tribune Company in Chapter 11 bankruptcy to ensure the Tribune Company's obligations are met and that the Cubs' assets are transferred without problems for the new owners. On August 21, the Tribune Company reached an agreement to sell a 95-percent stake in the Cubs and Wrigley Field, as well as a 25-percent stake in Comcast SportsNet Chicago, to the Ricketts family, which will contribute $832 million to the partnership. The Tribune will control the remaining five percent stake and receive roughly $740 million, according to the paper.
Ronnie Brown scored a pair of touchdowns and his two-yard draw to pay dirt with six seconds left in regulation allowed Miami to steal a 31-27 victory over AFC East rival New York. Chad Henne, in his second career start, finished with 241 yards and two touchdowns on 20-of-26 attempts and converted a pair of big third downs on Miami's final drive. Brown finished with 74 yards on 21 carries, while Ted Ginn and Anthony Fasano each caught a TD for the Dolphins (2-3), who were coming off a 38-10 rout of Buffalo and won their first home game against the Jets since 2005. Ricky Williams had 138 yards from scrimmage for the victors. Braylon Edwards had a memorable debut for the Jets (3-2), catching five balls for 64 yards and a touchdown and setting up a pair of Thomas Jones scores in the fourth quarter, when the two teams combined for 35 points. Mark Sanchez, coming off a four-turnover performance in a 24-10 loss to the Saints last week, played mistake-free football and ended with 172 yards and a TD on 12-of-24 passes in the loss.
Washington Redskins offensive tackle Chris Samuels is expected to miss at least one game because of a stinger he sustained in this past Sunday's game against Carolina. Redskins head coach Jim Zorn said Monday that Samuels was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam and added that the six-time Pro Bowl selection would sit out the upcoming contest against Kansas City. Samuels was hurt in the first quarter of Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Panthers. Zorn also indicated that defensive end Phillip Daniels will continue to play despite a torn biceps he suffered on Sunday.