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Cubs great Ron Santo


Albany, NY – Well the Chargers had little trouble ending their six-game losing skid...

On Monday Night Football last night in Jacksonville, Philip Rivers tossed three touchdown passes, as the Chargers steamrolled the Jaguars 31-14. San Diego improves to 5-7; Jacksonville slips to 3-9.

In other NFL news, Bears running back Matt Forte will miss a couple weeks after spraining his right MCL, and Eagles quarterback Michael Vick returned to practice after missing three games with broken ribs- he'll be under center this weekend.

To college football, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, Baylor signal caller Robert Griffin III, Alabama running back Trent Richardson, LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, and Wisconsin running back Montee Ball are the five finalists for the Heisman Trophy award. The award will be presented on Saturday.

In baseball news, closer Heath Bell and the Marlins have finalized a $27 million, three-year deal, one day after the team reached a preliminary agreement on a $106 million, six-year deal with shortstop Jose Reyes.

Ron Santo is now a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, elected two days following the one-year anniversary of his death at age 70. The former Cubs third baseman earned five Gold Gloves and was selected to nine All-Star teams, during his 15-year major league career.

To the ice, Boston skated past Pittsburgh 3-1, Toronto doubled up the Rangers 4-2, Florida edged Washington 5-4, Ottawa topped Tampa Bay 4-2, and Phoenix downed Chicago 4-3.

In other NHL news, officials have approved a radical realignment plan that will, among other things, give the league four conferences instead of six divisions. The new plan is designed to create more equitable travel, preserve rivalries and promote the game by having the biggest stars play in every city every season.

And Tennessee's Pat Summitt and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski have been named Sports Illustrated's sportswoman and sportsman of the year.

I'm Tristan O'Neill, WAMC News.