The San Francisco Giants are the 2010 NL West champions. The Giants ended a six-year playoff absence, beating the San Diego Padres 3-0 Sunday to wrap up the NL West title. San Francisco will host the wild-card Atlanta Braves starting Thursday, with ace Tim Lincecum slated to start in Game 1.
Many happy returns, and a win. Washington Redskins QB Donovan McNabb returned to Philadelphia on Sunday for the first time since being traded, and was cheered by Eagles fans during player introductions. McNabb threw for 125 yards and 1 TD in the 17-12 win. Eagles QB Michael Vick left the game in the first quarter with chest and rib injuries.
After running away from Stanford Saturday, Oregon jumped over Boise State and into the No. 3 position in The Associated Press college football poll. Meanwhile, for the first time in 10 years, Texas fell out of the Top 25. Alabama and Ohio State remain No. 1 and No. 2 respectively.
The New York Giants won the defensive battle against the undefeated Chicago Bears Sunday night, 17-3. Chicago lost their starting QB Jay Cutler (concussion), who was sacked nine times in the first half and did not return. Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw rushed 23 times for 129 yards and 1 TD in the win.
The Tampa Bay Rays worked extra innings before celebrating as the 2010 AL East champions. The Rays defeated the Royals 3-2 in 12 innings on Sunday and will now start the playoffs at home Wednesday against AL West-champion Texas. Tampa also has home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. The Yankees, who fell to Boston 8-4 on Sunday, are the wild card and open Wednesday at AL Central-champion Minnesota.
The home team nearly pulled off a clean sweep Sunday. The Europeans took a huge step toward reclaiming the Ryder Cup with a performance that topped Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and the rest of America's stars. The Ryder Cup will be finishing on a Monday for the first time, and it has all the makings of a huge European celebration at soggy Celtic Manor.
The Steelers-Ravens rivalry continued Sunday with a Baltimore win. Joe Flacco threw an 18-yard TD to T.J. Houshmandzadeh with 32 seconds remaining, giving the Ravens a 17-14 victory. Ben Roethlisberger returns to the 3-1 Steelers this week.
Good news and bad news for the Chicago Bulls. First the bad news, Bulls F Carlos Boozer has a broken right hand and is expected to be out eight weeks following surgery, the team announced Sunday afternoon. The good news for the Bulls is, according to a league source, center Joakim Noah agreed in principle to a five-year contract extension, worth a reported $60 million.
The United States women's team took care of business on Sunday. Team USA defeated the Czech Republic 89-69 at the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women, earning the gold medal. The win was especially sweet for Americans Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings, and Diana Taurasi, who were on the U.S. team that finished a disappointing third in the 2006 worlds.
Greg Biffle kept his championship hopes alive by winning Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway. The Chase for the Sprint Cup championship tightened up considerably at Kansas, where the top seven finishers were title contenders and four-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson took over the points lead.
Note: The Elias Sports Bureau, ESPN Stats and Information group and The Associated Press contributed to this report.