WEDNESDAY'S SPORTS REPORT
Pinch-hitter Ike Davis belted a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Pirates beat the Cardinals 5-2. Seth Maness suffered the loss. Cardinals outfielder Shane Robinson is on the 15-day disabled list with an injured left shoulder. It happened while sliding into second base during Monday's 3-2 win over the Pirates. Cardinals and Pirates play the finale of their three-game series today at PNC Park. Adam Wainwright goes after win number-16. First pitch is at 11:35 a.m.
Michael Sam's NFL dream is still alive. He has survived the Rams' roster cuts as the team got down to Tuesday's 75-man limit. Sam is trying to become the first openly gay player in the NFL after being drafted out of Missouri in May. The final 53-man roster is due on Saturday. The Rams continue to trim players as Saturday's final 53-man roster limit approaches. To get down to Tuesday's 75-man limit, they placed quarterback Sam Bradford and center Demetrius Rhaney on injured reserve. The Rams close out the preseason tomorrow night at Miami. With Sam Bradford out for the season with a knee injury, Shaun Hill is now the starting quarterback for St. Louis. The Rams are 1-and-2 in preseason play. They open the regular season September 7th against the Vikings.
The story involving a USC football player injuring himself while saving the life of his young nephew is being called into question. The Trojans head coach initially called Josh Shaw's actions "heroic," but the university has now received calls claiming Shaw has lied about the story. Shaw initially said he injured both ankles when he jumped from a second-story balcony to save his seven-year-old nephew from a swimming pool last weekend. Some say he was injured leaving the scene of a burglary. The coach says Shaw remains adamant about what occurred, and says an investigation into the alleged incident is ongoing.
Offensive lineman Richie Incognito is being reinstated by the NFL. Multiple reports say the former Miami Dolphin has been cleared to play following last season's suspension for his role in a bullying scandal involving teammate Jonathan Martin. The 31-year-old Incognito visited with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday and several other teams are reportedly interested in his services.