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WAMC's Daily Sports Wrap

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Albany, NY – Well still think the 49ers aren't for real? Just ask the Giants...

Yesterday in San Francisco, Alex Smith spread the ball around, completing 19 of 30 for 242 yards and a touchdown, as the 49ers dumped the Giants 27-20. New York slips to 6-3, but still sits atop the NFC East.

In New York, the Patriots took over sole possession of first place in the AFC East by beating the New York Jets 37-16. Tom Brady threw for 329 yards and three TDs.

In Dallas, Tony Romo guided touchdown drives on his first four series, as the Cowboys crushed Buffalo 44-7. For the Bills, it's their second straight loss and third in four games.

Elsewhere, Seattle upset Baltimore 22-17, Chicago routed Detroit 37-13, Jacksonville dropped Indianapolis 17-3, Pittsburgh hung on to beat Cincinnati 24-17, New Orleans edged Atlanta 23-20, St. Louis got by Cleveland 13-12, Tennessee dominated Carolina 30-3, Houston hammered Tampa Bay 37-9, Denver held off Kansas City 17-10, Arizona rallied to beat Philadelphia 21-17, and Miami topped Washington 20-9.

In NBA news, decision day for NBA players is looming. The NBA Players Association will meet in New York later this morning. The session could bring the lockout closer to an end or send it into a bigger tailspin. Representatives from all 30 teams are expected, as are other players.

In baseball news, the Cardinals say they'll announce the hiring of Mike Matheny as manager during a news conference today. Matheny, a former St. Louis catcher, will replace the retired Tony La Russa, who stepped down after leading the team to the World Series title.

And on the ice, Philadelphia skated past Florida 3-2, Chicago doubled up Edmonton 6-3, Vancouver downed the Islanders 4-1, and Minnesota got past Anaheim 3-2.

I'm Tristan O'Neill, WAMC News.