Around The Bases – Your trip around the world in sports for October 12, 2018

The daily sports news cycle is crazier than ever. Don't have the stamina to keep up to speed? Around The Bases is your daily morning destination to stay in the know on the biggest stories in both local and professional sports. We’ll start at first base with an intriguing story or event, and bring you home with a must-read story in the North Peace sports scene.

First Base - Khabib and McGregor suspended for 10 days

Effective on October 15, both Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor will be suspended for 10 days by the Nevada Athletic Commission. This seems like the lightest possible ruling, but it's just a temporary one, as the commission is investigating the whole incident and will have further rulings to announce. Dana White has reportedly said the UFC could strip the title from Kabib. However, I don't think that's going to happen, and think the ruling might not be as harsh as initially expected. Maybe he'll be suspended for six months, but both he and McGregor will be fighting again — maybe not each other — but in the octagon soon enough.

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Second Base - Eagles crush Giants on Thursday Night Football

The Philadelphia Eagles beat the New York Giants 34-13 on Thursday, exposing just how bad Eli Manning and the Giants offense is in the process. This shouldn't come as a surprise, but I fell hook, line and sinker after the Giants almost came back to beat the Carolina Panthers last week. Instead, Odell Beckham Jr.'s comments last week about Manning holding the offense back came true. Manning threw screen passes to his receivers over and over, who would immediately get tackled at the line of scrimmage. Nobody was getting open, and Manning had no time to throw. They also seemed averse to giving their best player the ball. Rookie running back Saquon Barkley had 13 carries for 130 yards and a touchdown, and nine receptions for 99 yards. He only had seven carries at half time. He's their only option, and they should be making him more of a focus than they are. Beckham also attacked the Giants' sideline heater in frustration, a familiar site. The Giants are back. It's nice to know some things never change. 

Third Base - Undefeated NEBC Trackers host Barons tonight

The NEBC Midget Trackers are 5-0 to start their NAMHL season, the best record in the league, and host the Fort McMurray Barons at the North Peace Arena at 7:30 p.m. tonight.  The team is averaging five goals a game, while allowing just one goal a game so far. The Barons are 2-2, but are allowing four goals a game so far. It should be a great, high scoring game and a good home showcase for the dominant Trackers team. 

Home Base - Brewers take on Dodgers in NLCS tonight

Game one of the NLCS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers goes tonight in Dodger Stadium at 5 p.m. Both series should be great, and I can't wait to see if Clayton Kershaw can follow up his excellent NLDC game two performance and continue to keep the "playoff choker" narrative at bay. On the other side, can the Brewers' bullpen survive the deep Dodgers lineup? Many are thinking we could see a World Series rematch between the Houston Astros and Dodgers, and while both the Red Sox and Brewers are worthy opponents, and both capable of winning it all, I think a rematch is where we're headed. 

Around the Bases runs Monday through Friday. If you have a news tip or story to share, email Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca

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