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Sports week in review

Sports week in review

By Clinton Durfey, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Nov. 5, 2011 at 2:18 a.m.



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Another slow week in sports has resulted in limited exciting headlines, but a few local and national stories have stood out.

The Associated Press reported that Tony La Russa will be retiring from Major League Baseball. La Russa recently won his third World Series title as a manager.

According to ESPN, Dodger’s owner Frank McCourt has finally decided to put the team up for sale. The sale could be quite complicated. The new owner of the team has the potential of inheriting the pending lawsuit by the family of Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who has critically beating at the beginning of the season.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) passes as Cleveland Browns defensive end Jabaal Sheard (97) applies pressure in the second quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. Also pictured at left is 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (85). (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) passes as Cleveland Browns defensive end Jabaal Sheard (97) applies pressure in the second quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. Also pictured at left is 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (85). (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

In the NFL, two quarterbacks of local interest will match up on Sunday as Alex Smith and the 49ers travel to Washington D.C. to take on John Beck and the Redskins.

At the mid-season mark, many individuals are shocked with the success that several rookie quarterback are enjoying. Cam Newton, Andy Dalton and even Christian Ponder, who was recently given the starting role, are all meeting high expectations as rookie quarterback. AOL Sporting News reported that, with Dalton’s winning record, he is the rookie of the year at the midseason mark, although that can be debated.

Real Salt Lake will play for the opportunity to advance to the MLS Cup, as they take on the L.A. Galaxy in Los Angeles on Sunday. SB Nation previews the game on its web page.

ESPN is reporting that NBA players are discussing decertification of the players union in order to file a lawsuit against the owners.

Clinton Durfey

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