Sports briefs Oct. 27, 2010

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Romo out at least six to eight weeks

It has been a tough go around for the Cowboys this season, with inconsistent play and questionable coaching decisions playing a key role in the first six games. Now, things appear to be getting worse, as star quarterback Tony Romo will be out six to eight weeks with a broken collar bone. Romo broke it during the first half of the team’s Monday night matchup with the division rival New York Giants. There is a chance Romo will miss the rest of the season, but the team is not ruling out a return to action. With a 1-5 record, the Cowboys sit in the cellar of the NFC East, one of the toughest divisions in football. Jon Kitna will take over as the starting quarterback and try and lead the ‘Boys back into contention, although his appearance Monday marked the first time he had seen regular season action since 2008.

Cornerback’s jersey sent to Hall of Fame

Redskins’ cornerback DeAngelo Hall had an impressive game Sunday, recording four interceptions against Jay Cutler in the team’s 17-14 victory over the Bears. The four interceptions in one game tied an NFL record, and now his jersey is on a one way route to Canton, Ohio. Only 19 players in the league’s history have recorded that many interceptions in one game, and now his jersey will become a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, no small achievement in a very competitive league. “I never had anybody crazy enough to keep throwing it at me that many times,” Hall said on ESPN Radio. “To come out of that game with four was an amazing feeling.” The 26-year-old cornerback played his college ball at Virginia Tech, and was selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2004 draft. The two-time Pro Bowl selection now has 31 career interceptions.

MLB playoff format open to change

According to, Major League Baseball may consider expanding the league’s current playoff format. The union explained they will look into adding more wild-card teams in 2012, as well as extending the division series to seven games (the current division series are five). In addition, the head of the players’ union Michael Weiner said they might be willing to cut down on the number of games played during the regular season. “There is sentiment among a substantial segment of the players to consider expanding the playoffs,” Weiner told the Associated Press. In 1995, the current format was established, allowing eight teams to partake in playoff baseball. Only minor changes could occur by next October, but 2012 seems to be the target for a more widespread change to the playoff system.

Lee’s wife heckeld during recent ALCS

If the Yankees hope to land starter Cliff Lee in the offseason, they will do so without the help of their much-maligned fan base. During the ALCS between the Yankees and Rangers, Lee’s wife, Kristen Lee was reportedly heckled and had things thrown at her. She told USA Today that she dealt with cursing, spitting and taunting during her time at Yankee Stadium. “The fans did not do good things in my heart,” Lee’s wife told the paper. “When people are staring at you, and saying horrible things, it’s hard not to take it personal.” Lee has recently told reporters that he is happy with the Dallas, Texas area, and that he is strictly focusing on helping the team win a World Series. Either way, it will be interesting to see if that has any bearing on his decision this summer.