NFL SCOREBOARD

Indianapolis 19 Tennessee 17

San Francisco 41 Cincinnati 17

Baltimore 23 Arizona 17

Detroit 13 LA Chargers 10

Green Bay 21 Minnesota 16

Houston 13 Jacksonville 12

New England 43 Miami 0

Buffalo 28 NY Giants 14

Seattle 28 Pittsburgh 26

Dallas 31 Washington 21

Kansas City 28 Oakland 10

Chicago 16 Denver 14

LA Rams 27 New Orleans 9

Atlanta 24 Philadelphia 20

 

Week 3 Games

Thursday September 19, 2019

Tennessee @ Jacksonville 8:20pm

Sunday September 22, 2019 

Cincinnati @ Buffalo 1:00pm

Atlanta @ Indianapolis 1:00pm

Miami @ Dallas 1:00pm

Oakland @ Minnesota 1:00pm

Detroit @ Philadelphia 1:00pm

Denver @ Green Bay 1:00pm

Baltimore @ Kansas City 1:00pm

Jets @ New England 1:00pm

Giants @ Tampa Bay 4:05pm

Carolina @ Arizona 4:05pm

Pittsburgh @ San Francisco 4:25pm

New Orleans @ Seattle 4:25pm

Houston @ Chargers 4:25pm

Rams @ Cleveland 8:20pm

Monday September 23, 2019

Chicago @ Washington 8:15pm

 

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD

Boston 6 Philadelphia 3

Toronto 6 NY Yankees 4

Cleveland 7 Minnesota 5

Baltimore 8 Detroit 2

Houston 12 Kansas City 3

Oakland 6 Texas 1

LA Angels 6 Tampa Bay 4

Seattle 11 Chicago White Sox 10

Washington 7 Atlanta 0

Milwaukee 7 St. Louis 6

Chicago Cubs 15 San Diego 5

San Francisco 2 Miami 1

Cincinnati 3 Arizona 1

LA Dodgers 3 NY Mets 2

 

Monday, September 16

Baltimore Orioles @ Detroit Tigers4:10 pm

San Diego Padres @ Milwaukee Brewers7:40 pm

Chicago White Sox @ Minnesota Twins7:40 pm

Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals7:45 pm

Cincinnati Reds @ Chicago Cubs8:05 pm

New York Mets @ Colorado Rockies8:40 pm

Miami Marlins @ Arizona D’Backs9:40 pm

Kansas City Royals @ Oakland Athletics10:07 pm

 

Tuesday, September 17

Los Angeles Angels @ New York Yankees 6:35 pm

Toronto Blue Jays @ Baltimore Orioles 7:05 pm

Seattle Mariners @ Pittsburgh Pirates 7:05 pm

Detroit Tigers @ Cleveland Indians 7:10 pm

San Francisco Giants @ Boston Red Sox 7:10 pm

Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves 7:20 pm

Chicago White Sox @ Minnesota Twins 7:40 pm

San Diego Padres @ Milwaukee Brewers 7:40 pm

Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals 7:45 pm

Cincinnati Reds @ Chicago Cubs 8:05 pm

Texas Rangers @ Houston Astros 8:10 pm

New York Mets @ Colorado Rockies 8:40 pm

Miami Marlins @ Arizona D’Backs 9:40 pm

Kansas City Royals @ Oakland Athletics 10:07 pm

Tampa Bay Rays @ Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10 pm

 

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

DC 1 Portland 0

Toronto FC 3 Colorado 2

Minnesota 3 Real Salt Lake 1

Seattle 4 New York 2

Los Angeles 7 Sporting KC 2

 

WNBA PLAYOFFS

Los Angeles 92 Seattle 69

Las Vegas 93 Chicago 92

 

NHL PRE—SEASON

Vegas 6 Arizona 2

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 5

NCC

Harrison at Anderson 7 pm

Tech at Muncie Central 7 pm

Lafayette Jeff at Kokomo 7 pm

Marion at Richmond 7 pm

McCutcheon at Logansport 7 pm

AREA

Lincoln at Hagerstown  7 pm

Knightstown at Eastern Hancock 7 pm

Tri at Centerville  7 pm

Union City at Northeastern  7 pm

Winchester at Union County  7 pm

Shenandoah at Wes-Del  7 pm

South Adams at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

Connersville at Rushville, 7 pm

East Central at Batesville, 7 pm

Franklin County at Lawrenceburg, 7 pm

South Dearborn at Greensburg, 7 pm

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL TV SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Thursday, Sept. 19

Houston at Tulane | 8 p.m. | ESPN

 

Friday, Sept. 20

Florida International at Louisiana Tech | 8 p.m. | CBSSN

Air Force at No. 20 Boise State | 9 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 10 Utah at Southern California | 9 p.m. | FS1

 

Saturday, Sept. 21

No. 4 LSU at Vanderbilt | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Morgan State at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Tennessee at No. 9 Florida | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Boston College at Rutgers | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

No. 11 Michigan at No. 13 Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | FOX

Elon at Wake Forest | 12 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Southern Miss at No. 2 Alabama | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

UL Monroe at Iowa State | 12 p.m. | FS1

Western Michigan at Syracuse | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

UConn at Indiana | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

No. 23 California at Ole Miss | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Michigan State at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | ABC

Coastal Carolina at UMass | 1 p.m. | FloSports

Louisiana at Ohio | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Troy at Akron | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 8 Auburn at No. 17 Texas A&M | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Central Connecticut at Eastern Michigan | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Bowling Green at Kent State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3

South Alabama at UAB | 3:30 p.m. | NFL Network

Louisville at Florida State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Wyoming at Tulsa | 3:30 p.m.

SMU at No. 25 TCU | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

No. 15 UCF at Pitt | 3:30 p.m. | ABC/ESPN2

Temple at Buffalo | ESPNU

Miami (OH) at No. 6 Ohio State | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

No. 22 Washington at BYU | 3:30 p.m. | ABC/ESPN2

Appalachian State at North Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Kentucky at Mississippi State | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Central Michigan at Miami | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

South Carolina at Missouri | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

New Mexico State at New Mexico | 4:30 p.m. | AT&T Sportsnet

West Virginia at Kansas | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+

William & Mary at East Carolina | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Hampton at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Wagner at Florida Atlantic | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Baylor at Rice | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Southern Illinois at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Ball State at N.C. State | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

Old Dominion at No. 21 Virginia | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Georgia State at Texas State | ESPN+

No. 16 Oregon at Stanford | 7 p.m. | ESPN

San Jose State at Arkansas | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Charlotte at No. 1 Clemson | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

UTSA at North Texas | 7:30 p.m.

Oklahoma State at No. 12 Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 3 Georgia | 8 p.m. | CBS

Nebraska at Illinois | 8 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Nevada at UTEP | 8 p.m. | ESPN3

Sacramento State at Fresno State | 10 p.m. | Facebook

Colorado at No. 24 Arizona State | 10 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks

Toledo at Colorado State | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN2

Utah State at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSSN

UCLA at No. 19 Washington State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN

Central Arkansas at Hawai’i | 11:59 p.m. | Spectrum Sports

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL – WEEK 4

1 Clemson

2 Alabama

3 Georgia

4 LSU

5 Oklahoma

6 Ohio State

7 Notre Dame

8 Auburn

9 Florida

10 Utah

11 Michigan

12 Texas

13 Penn State

13 Wisconsin

15 Central Florida

16 Oregon

17 Texas A&M

18 Iowa

19 Washington State

20 Boise State

21 Virginia

22 Washington

23 California

24 Arizona State

25 TCU

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY

Tiger CC First and Second at Jay County Invite

Hagerstown’s boys’ cross country squad captured the team title at the Jay County Invitational on a challenging course at Hudson Family Park in Portland.  Eli Halcomb outpaced the field by nearly a minute and claimed the individual win in a time of 17:04. In a field of six schools, Halcomb led a Tiger charge which placed eight runners in the top 20.  Quentin Osborne placed second, Blake Creech fourth, Quaid Mull fifth, Adam Nadler seventh, Joey Auker eleventh, Ryan Hill fifteenth, and Carter Jenkins seventeenth. David Holt maintained his streak of running a personal best in each meet this season.

The ladies finished second as a team with two runners earning top-ten awards.  Ava Moore placed seventh and Ella Nicholson placed ninth. Jewels Warfel landed in twelfth, Jenna Smith in fifteenth, and Taylor Pass in sixteenth. Others turning in season or personal best performances were Delaney Oliger, Ashlynn Oliger, and Grace Klein. 

Boys’ Top Three Team Scores:  HHS 19, Jay County 61, Elwood 84

Girls’ Top Three Team Scores:  Jay County 23, HHS 42, Madison-Grant 77

The Union City Indians Cross Country teams ran at the Blackhawk Invite on Saturday. The course was the toughest course that the teams will run on this year but everyone ran well. The course was a true cross country course. Everyone had to run through the woods, down gravel hills, through creeks. Chloe Wyatt ran a tough race and finished 6th place to lead the Indian runners. 
Boys Results:
(31) Collin Perry 24:05
(35) Michael Vore 26:02
Girls Results:
(6) Chloe Wyatt 24:41
The Indians are back in action this week at Union County on Tuesday then again at South Adams Saturday morning.

 

TOP HEADLINES

Brissett spoils Titans’ opener, rallying Colts to 19-17 win

Another quarterback, another victory for the Colts against the Titans.

Jacoby Brissett became the latest Indianapolis quarterback to top Tennessee, throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton with 4:38 left to lead the Colts to a 19-17 victory Sunday in the Titans’ home opener.

Brissett had come up empty for Indianapolis against Tennessee, losing both games he started against the Titans in 2017. After Andrew Luck retired with a perfect 11-0 record against the Titans, Brissett picked up right where Luck left off. He passed for 146 yards and three TDs.

The Colts (1-1) also sacked Marcus Mariota four times on a day when Adam Vinatieri, the NFL’s oldest player and career scoring leader, missed two extra points. It was Indianapolis’ 14th win in its last 16 games against Tennessee overall.

The Titans (1-1) missed their chance for payback against Indianapolis after losing the 2018 regular-season finale, along with a playoff berth on the line for the winner. They haven’t started 2-0 since 2008 when they won their first 10 games and last won the AFC South.

The Titans had one last chance, getting the ball back with 1:07 left. But Mariota threw incomplete to rookie A.J. Brown on fourth-and-2 with 11 seconds left.

Brissett put the Colts up 7-0 with a 3-yard shovel pass to Eric Ebron in the first quarter, and he capped a 12-play drive in the second with a 12-yard TD pass to Parris Campbell. Vinatieri missed the extra point, leaving the Colts with a 13-7 lead.

Tennessee grabbed a 17-13 lead when Derrick Henry ran for a 1-yard TD and Cairo Santos kicked a 49-yard field goal in the third. The Titans scored their first TD when Mariota tossed a 1-yard TD pass to lineman David Quessenberry, who had the first start of his NFL career delayed by a fight with cancer.

Santos, who was signed to fill in for Ryan Succop, missed a 45-yarder wide left in the fourth.

 

Adam Vinatieri sounds like he plans to retire

After another brutal kicking day, Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri strongly hinted that he may have played his final game.

The 46-year-old kicker continued his bad start to the 2019 season by missing two more extra points in the Colts’ 19-17 win over Tennessee. After the game, Vinatieri told a reporter that he’d “hear from me tomorrow” despite the fact that he would not typically be available to the media.

Vinatieri’s words were taken by many as a sign that he was going to opt to retire, though it remains speculative at this point.

Vinatieri has had an incredibly accomplished career and will always be remembered for his Super Bowl-winning exploits with the New England Patriots. He has kicked in the NFL since 1996 and has made 84.3 percent of his career field goals in the regular season.

Vinatieri’s kicking issues have become a huge hindrance to the Colts, and he may recognize that it’s simply time to move on for everyone’s own good.

 

Newcomer Brown scores as Patriots beat Dolphins 43-0

When Antonio Brown celebrated his first touchdown with the New England Patriots by vaulting into a first-row luxury box, he didn’t linger.

The Patriots had a job to finish.

Determined to play to the final gun after allowing a miracle comeback at Miami last year, the Patriots beat the Dolphins 43-0 Sunday.

Coach Bill Belichick had Tom Brady still throwing at the end.

“We’re playing 60 minutes,” Belichick said.

The Pats did that. They scored twice on interception returns in a two-minute fourth-quarter span, and registered their first shutout since Week 3 of 2016.

Brown helped get them going. The Patriots were 18 1/2-point favorites but led only 7-0 late in the first half before Brady hit his newest target for a 20-yard score.

They connected four times in all.

“It was a good start,” Brady said. “I was just trying to find an open guy. He was snapping off some routes and did a great job.”

Brown, who signed Monday, made an 18-yard catch on his first play and finished with 56 yards receiving, all in the first half. He won raves from teammates for his debut.

“It was awesome,” receiver Julian Edelman said. “A lot of energy. He’s a playmaker.”

One thing Brown didn’t do was talk to reporters after the game. The NFL allowed the four-time All-Pro receiver to play despite a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday by his former trainer accusing him of sexually assaulting her on three occasions. Brown has denied the allegations.

New England’s defense outscored Miami with interception returns for touchdowns of 54 yards by Stephon Gilmore and 69 yards by Jamie Collins Sr. The Patriots totaled seven sacks and four interceptions and earned their most lopsided win in the 108-game history of the series.

“The defense was spectacular,” Brady said.

He threw for 264 yards and two scores for the Pats, who are 2-0 for the first time since 2016, winning by a combined score of 76-3.

 

Brees injured, Rams beat Saints 27-9 in title game rematch

When Drew Brees went to the sideline holding his injured throwing hand, this NFC championship game rematch – and maybe this season’s Super Bowl race – dramatically changed in an instant.

Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams didn’t waste the opportunity created by Brees’ absence to beat the Saints again. And with no help from a no-call this time.

Goff passed for 283 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score, and the Rams stopped New Orleans from scoring an offensive touchdown for the first time since 2016 during Los Angeles’ 27-9 victory Sunday.

A strong performance by the Rams’ defense, an impressive second half from Goff’s offense, and another officiating decision that hurt the Saints were all overshadowed by Brees’ departure late in the first quarter.

“I told him I’m hoping for the best,” Goff said of his postgame chat with Brees. “He’s a great player for this league, a face of the league, and somebody we need in the league.”

Brees’ throwing hand collided with Aaron Donald’s outstretched hand while he threw an incompletion on the Saints’ second drive, and the NFL’s career leader in yards passing spent the afternoon on the Coliseum sideline with his thumb heavily wrapped. Brees will see a hand specialist Sunday night, he said.

“There is only so much you can do here as far as a doctor seeing it on the sideline,” Brees said. “Hoping it is not too significant.”

Teddy Bridgewater went 17 of 30 for 165 yards in solid relief, while Alvin Kamara rushed for just 45 yards for the Saints (1-1), who seemed understandably discombobulated without their longtime quarterback – although the Rams’ defense deserves plenty of credit as well.

Brees’ absence “really didn’t change anything at all for us,” Rams pass rusher Dante Fowler said. “We were doing a good job before he got hurt. Everybody was on top of their game.”

New Orleans didn’t score an offensive touchdown for only the fourth time in 13-plus seasons under coach Sean Payton, who got a lengthy contract extension before the game.

“It is going to be a hard film to watch for guys,” Payton said. “We got whipped up front.”

Todd Gurley rushed for 63 yards and scored his first touchdown of the season late in the third quarter of this rematch of the Rams’ 26-23 overtime win in New Orleans last January. That game turned on the infamous uncalled pass interference late in regulation by Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, who had six tackles in the rematch.

“Every win is a big win, but today was a very important win,” Robey-Coleman said. “It was a win that basically just closed all the chatter and the naysaying.”

This one also contained early refereeing drama that left the Saints steamed: New Orleans’ Cameron Jordan had a long fumble return for a touchdown wiped out in the second quarter. The play initially was ruled an incomplete pass before video review determined Goff had fumbled, but Jordan’s long return didn’t count because officials had blown the play dead.

Jordan was still furious after the game, even referring to the refs as “the Foot Locker” and saying certain members of the officiating crew “were maybe in their prime a decade ago.”

“If Drew is down, it’s on the defense,” Jordan added. “I take it upon me. I don’t know how many times we hit Jared Goff, but it wasn’t enough. We’ve got to create more turnovers.”

The Saints were hampered by 11 penalties for 87 yards, while the Rams’ offense recovered from a slow start to make three straight touchdown drives in the second half.

But this matchup between two of the most prolific offenses in NFL history was definitely not a fireworks show, between Brees’ absence and the inconsistent performance of Los Angeles coach Sean McVay’s offense. The Rams failed to score a touchdown in the first half for only the third time in McVay’s tenure.

 

Wilson, Seahawks edge Steelers 28-26 as Roethlisberger exits

The faces around Russell Wilson have changed as the Seattle Seahawks rebuild themselves on the fly. One thing, however, has not. Seattle goes as its ever imaginative quarterback goes.

And in the second half in a place where the franchise hadn’t scored let alone won in two decades, Wilson’s resilience propelled the Seahawks to their best start in six years.

Wilson threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns to give the Seahawks the lead, then used his legs and smarts to protect it in a 28-26 victory that pushed Seattle to 2-0 for the first time since 2013, the year Wilson guided the franchise to its only Super Bowl victory.

Sure, it’s early. Yet the Seahawks proved both opportunistic and aggressive, hallmarks of their dominant run behind Wilson and the “Legion of Doom” defense earlier in the decade.

“Really fired up about this start,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said after picking up his 100th victory with the Seahawks, including playoffs. “We have so much improvement. We have so many areas and ways we can get better.”

Having Wilson certainly helps. His perfect 28-yard rainbow to rookie DK Metcalf midway through the fourth quarter put the Seahawks in front by nine, and three expertly timed scrambles on Seattle’s final drive helped drain the final 5:34 off the clock.

“We were battle tested today and we found a way to win a great game,” said Wilson, who completed 29 of 35 passes while becoming the fifth-fastest player in NFL history to reach 200 career touchdown tosses.

 

Mahomes’ 4 TDs in 2nd quarter lead Chiefs past Raiders 28-10

Patrick Mahomes and the dynamic Kansas City Chiefs offense got all of the production they needed in a breathtaking second quarter.

Mahomes bounced back from the first scoreless opening quarter of his career in the regular season by throwing four touchdown passes in a near-perfect second period that led the Chiefs to a 28-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

The Raiders (1-1) held Mahomes in check for the opening 15 minutes and kept him off the scoreboard in the second half, but it didn’t matter because he carved up an overmatched defense with big play after big play in the second quarter for the Chiefs (2-0).

“We were just hitting on the plays,” Mahomes said. “We stayed with the same game plan, called the same plays. We hit on them in the second quarter and missed them in the other parts of the game. We had a great quarter. But as an offense there was too much sloppiness. We weren’t as efficient as we usually are.”

Mahomes didn’t take long to get started in the second quarter, finding Demarcus Robinson open on a blown coverage for a 44-yard touchdown pass on the first play in the second quarter. He didn’t slow down from there.

After the Raiders opted to punt on a fourth-and-1 near midfield, Mahomes and the Chiefs marched 95 yards and scored when Mahomes found rookie Mecole Hardman on a 42-yard deep strike for his first career catch to give Kansas City a 14-10 lead.

The Chiefs didn’t stop there with Mahomes connecting on two more long TD passes in the final two minutes of the half, a 27-yarder to Travis Kelce and a 39-yarder to Robinson as the absence of injured star Tyreek Hill did little to slow Kansas City.

“That’s just what we do,” Robinson said.

Mahomes finished 30 for 44 for 443 yards. Robinson had six catches for 172 yards and two scores and Kelce had seven catches for 107 yards and a TD to give the Chiefs their ninth win in the past 10 meetings in this long-time rivalry.

The Raiders had broken out to a 10-0 lead with a field goal on the opening drive and a 4-yard TD pass to Tyrell Williams later in the first quarter. But Derek Carr also threw an interception in the end zone on a pass to Williams in the third quarter and the Raiders didn’t score over the final three periods.

“They made some plays, a barrage of plays, in about a five-minute period,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. “It really turned the game around.”

 

Jones scores late TD, leads Falcons past Eagles 24-20

 Julio Jones hauled in a short screen pass on fourth down and took it 54 yards to the end zone with 2:10 remaining, giving the Atlanta Falcons a wild 24-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.

A sluggish game turned thrilling in the final minutes. The Falcons (1-1) squandered a 17-6 lead against an injury plagued team that lost two of its top receivers, falling behind for the first time when Carson Wentz dove over from the 1 with 3:13 left to give the Eagles a 20-17 edge.

Philadelphia (1-1) had a chance at the end when Wentz converted on fourth-and-14, somehow getting off a pass with a rusher in his chest that Nelson Agholor hauled in between two defenders for a 43-yard completion to the 18.

But Atlanta held on, stopping Zach Ertz less than a yard short of the marker on another fourth-down play inside the 10 to preserve a much-needed victory after a dismal performance in the season opener at Minnesota.

It was Jones who really bailed out the Falcons – and became the franchise’s career leader in receiving yards with his winning score, passing Roddy White.

On fourth-and-3 at the Falcons 46, Jones dropped behind the line to haul in Matt Ryan’s short pass, got a crunching block from left tackle Jake Matthews out on the edge and took off down the sideline, easily outrunning Rodney McLeod and Andrew Sendejo without being touched.

“A big little play,” coach Dan Quinn called it.

Jones crossed over the goal line and kept right on going, disappearing down the tunnel. He finished with five catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns, also hauling in a 4-yard score that gave the Falcons their 11-point lead early in the third quarter.

His speed on the second TD was downright stunning, reaching an estimated 20 mph.

“I’m looking around and, OK, it’s a footrace now,” Jones said. “That was it. It really wasn’t like I had to try hard or anything like that. I just had to stay on course.”

The Eagles were hampered by injuries that took out receivers DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery, forcing them to go with backups Mack Hollins and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside much of the game.

Wentz and the short-handed offense struggled to get anything going, but three interceptions by Ryan helped keep the Eagles in the game. The Philadelphia quarterback suddenly put it together in the fourth quarter, completing eight straight passes on a drive that culminated with his 1-yard plunge into the end zone with 3:13 remaining. A two-point conversion gave the Eagles a 20-17 lead.

“What a game he had,” Agholor said of Wentz. “That’s one of the best performances I’ve seen from our quarterback, man. He’s very resilient, getting the ball to everybody. He played very hard.”

Thanks to Jones, the Falcons were celebrating at the end.

“He’s had a lot of great ones, that’s for sure,” Ryan said. “It’s special for him to break a record that way, in such a critical situation, in such a clutch moment. That’s pretty cool.”

 

Dak double: Cowboys’ Prescott beats Redskins with legs, arm

Dak Prescott probably could have kept running – maybe all the way to the end zone.

Instead, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback stiff-armed Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman to put an exclamation point on his longest run of the game. Prescott spent Sunday afternoon carving up the Redskins’ defense with his arms and legs to the tune of 26 of 30 passing for 269 yards and three touchdowns and 69 yards rushing in a 31-21 Cowboys victory to improve to 2-0.

“If Dak could run the ball well and he can pass the ball well like he showed today, how can you prepare for us?” wide receiver Amari Cooper said. “We as a team can run the ball well and pass the ball well. It’s hard to prepare for that.”

A week after putting up a perfect 158.3 QB rating, Prescott responded from an interception to lead Dallas on consecutive touchdown drives of 97, 83 and 75 yards. At one point, he completed 18 consecutive passes and wondered the last time he had an incompletion.

“It’s just about being in the groove, offense working together,” said Prescott, who became the first Cowboys quarterback to compile seven touchdown passes in the first two games of the season since Don Meredith in 1966. “The run game was happening, we were able to throw the ball, receivers were making great catches and you just look up and it’s like that.”

On the verge of a contract extension that’s expected to guarantee him over $30 million, Prescott connected with three receivers on the touchdowns: Devin Smith , Jason Witten and Cooper. Less than two weeks removed from ending his holdout and agreeing to a $90 million, six-year deal, Ezekiel Elliott had his workload increased to 23 carries for 111 yards and ran for a touchdown.

“It felt good,” Elliott said. “That’s my normal workload. I’m used to that. It definitely does feel good to be back out there.”

It was a game that felt like it was being played deep in the heart of Texas – an entire side of the lower bowl was full of blue and white Cowboys jerseys, who just about outnumbered Redskins fans. Sounds of “Coop” filled the stadium after Cooper’s catches, and there was a loud “DE-FENSE” chant when Washington had the ball.

The Redskins (0-2) got a rushing touchdown from Adrian Peterson and passing TDs from Case Keenum to Paul Richardson and rookie Terry McLaurin. But their banged-up defense playing without two starters struggled to contain Prescott or cover his receivers.

“There are no excuses to be had,” coach Jay Gruden said. “We’ve got to look at ourselves, and we’ve got to play better. We’re minus a couple of pieces in the secondary. That adds an issue. But really, we should be better than this.”

Prescott hasn’t had a stretch as good as this in his NFL career, which comes at a perfect juncture amid contract negotiations.

“I have no hesitation about it,” owner Jerry Jones said. “I’m very comfortable. He’s very comfortable.”

 

What we learned from Sunday’s Week 2 games

Atlanta Falcons 24, Philadephia Eagles 20

The league’s deepest roster was surely tested in Atlanta on Sunday night. Hard hitting on both sides turned Mercedes-Benz Stadium into a triage scene, with Philly taking on most of the casualties. Wentz was forced to play most of the game without DeSean Jackson (groin) and Alshon Jeffery (calf), who combined to catch nearly half of the QB’s completions in Week 1, and Dallas Goedert, Corey Clement and Timmy Jernigan also spent good time on the sideline. The Philly QB was apparently injured, as well, playing with his ribs, taking a trip to the blue medical tent to be tested for a concussion and sitting out a handful of snaps in favor of Josh McCown in the first half. Wentz went into halftime with a 6.2 passer rating, reflective of his missed passes and risky throws-turned-interceptions. But the 2017 would-be MVP settled in the second half, making use of whoever was left (Zach Ertz, Nelson Agholor and Mack Hollins instead of the rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside). Wentz bounced back to lead two touchdown drives in the last two quarters, including a 13-yard march with four third-down conversions at his hand, and almost led a third. Down four under two minutes after Atlanta won back the lead, Wentz launched a prayer 43 yards down the middle of the field on fourth down into the waiting arms of Agholor, who had just dropped a gimme deep ball in stride. It was a miraculous, impossible play out of step with the game’s momentum, one that made you feel Wentz and Philly were destined at the end of this sloppy Sunday night to come away 2-0. But it wasn’t to be. Wentz, faced with a fourth-and-8 in the red zone, threw a seven-yard pass to Ertz, and the tight end, corralled by Atlanta’s aggressive secondary, couldn’t extend it past the marker. Given the Eagles’ slew of injuries and poor first-half play, that they were even in that position late in the game was a victory in itself. But in the standings, it’s still a loss, one that keeps the Birds (1-1) a game behind the Cowboys in the NFC East. On an off night for Matt Ryan, the Falcons quarterback looked best when he got the ball into the hands of his playmakers, as he always has. For the bulk of the night, Calvin Ridley was Ryan’s security blanket, the second-year game breaker leading Atlanta on the night with eight catches. His 105 yards and one score would’ve paced the Falcons, as well, had they lost. But then fourth-and-3 happened. Late in the final frame, Atlanta called on Ryan, who had thrown three picks already, to throw a quick screen to Julio Jones, his longtime battery mate, now paid in full. Put the ball in Jones’ hands, not Ryan’s. Julio caught the pass and, with the help of the pancake of all pancakes by left tackle Jake Matthews on Avonte Maddox, sprinted upfield and into the end zone for the go-ahead, game-winning 54 -yard touchdown. It was Julio’s fifth grab and his second touchdown, and it was a reminder of the firepower the Falcons (1-1) possess, a reminder sorely needed after being nearly shut out in Minnesota last week. Speaking of firepower, there was none in either of these backfields. For the second straight week, both Philadelphia and Atlanta’s ball-carriers struggled to find much of a footing and provide balance to their offenses lacking it. Without Tevin Coleman stealing some of his snaps, Devonta Freeman is running like an average back, not one playing on a five-year extension. Through two games, Freeman has racked up just 41 yards on 19 carries — to be fair, those outings came against two of the NFC’s most gifted fronts. For burst out of the backfield, Atlanta is better off handing it to Ito Smith. Philly’s refurbished RB tandem is nothing to write home about. Neither Miles Sanders nor Jordan Howard helped out a struggling Wentz on Sunday evening, the two combining for 46 yards on 18 carries. On an otherwise flawless roster, Philly’s backfield prowess is still lacking despite it being a glaring flaw during last year’s campaign.

 

Chicago Bears 16, Denver Broncos 14

In a matchup dominated by field position and field goals, it’s only fitting that beleaguered Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro nailed a 53-yard attempt to cap off a wacky sequence in the final minute. Joe Flacco converted a pair of fourth downs to set up a 7-yard touchdown to Emmanuel Sanders, bringing the Broncos within one point with just over half a minute remaining. Denver decided to go for the win with a two-point conversion, only to switch gears when Flacco was called for delay of game. A Buster Skrine offsides penalty on the PAT attempt put the ball back in the hands of Flacco, who dialed Sanders’ number again for the two-point conversion and a 14-13 lead. That left just 31 seconds on the clock for Mitchell Trubisky, who benefitted from a questionable roughing the passer penalty on Bradley Chubb to keep the improbable comeback alive. Faced with fourth-and-15 a few plays later, Trubisky danced in the pocket, found Allen Robinson wide open over the middle and called timeout with just a second left to set up Pineiro’s heroics. Flacco and Sanders deserved a better fate. The Broncos (0-2) recorded 27 first downs versus the vaunted Bears defense, matching the number amassed by the Patriots and 49ers in their blowout victories on Sunday. A series of holding penalties on an offensive line tasked with blocking Bears superstar Khalil Mack sabotaged Flacco’s attack over and over again, thwarting Denver’s scoring opportunities. As well as Flacco has moved the chains between the twenties, it’s fair to question his effectiveness in the condensed area of the red zone through two games. The Bears finally scored their first touchdown of the season when Nagy called nine straight runs, including a 42-yard Cordarrelle Patterson scamper that set up rookie David Montgomery’s diving effort. Montgomery took control of Chicago’s backfield on a day when the game plan seemed determined not to place too much responsibility on Trubisky’s shoulders versus a stellar defense in an unfriendly environment. Even with the game-winning drive — aided by judgment calls from the officials — Trubisky will be back under the microscope for next week’s game at Washington.

 

Houston Texans 13, Jacksonville Jaguars 12

Houston almost coughed up another late lead for the second straight week to open the season. Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew drove the Jacksonville offense down the field with chunk throws and heady big runs culminating in a touchdown toss to D.J. Chark with 30 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 13-12. Jags coach Doug Marrone elected to go for two points and a potential win. Leonard Fournette, however, was stuffed inches before the goal line, allowing the Texans (1-1) to escape without another late collapse. Houston breathed a sigh of relief but can’t be thrilled by the limp defensive effort — including more off coverage — to close out the tilt. Deshaun Watson was discombobulated behind a faltering offensive line against a Jags D that was missing star pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue. Watson was sacked four times Sunday and couldn’t find the range deep throughout the tilt — completing just two of 10 passes of 15-plus air-yards, per Next Gen Stats. The matchup between DeAndre Hopkins and Jalen Ramsey went mostly to the Jags corner, who held Nuk (five catches on eight targets for 40 yards) to short gains. Hopkins did much of his damage when Ramsey — who blew up at the coaching staff on the sideline in the first half — was in zone coverage. With Hopkins neutralized, Watson’s passing game wilted. The Texans leaned on Carlos Hyde (90 yards) who out-carried Duke Johnson 20 to 6. Holding on for the win brings a modicum of relief, but the Texans need more when Nuk is negated as he was for the most part by Ramsey Sunday. Minshew didn’t look flustered in his first career start. The sixth-round pick got swarmed at times by the Texans front, getting sacked four times (twice by Whitney Mercilus) and fumbling thrice (losing one). The third fumble led to the Texans’ only touchdown of the game. Minshew was solid when getting the ball out of his hands quickly and displayed plenty of touch, arm strength and accuracy to complete several long sideline throws. The rookie displayed positive running ability, leading the Jags (0-2) with 56 rushing yards on six carries, including big gains of 21 and 18 yards. After getting swarmed for three quarters, the man with the golden mustache showed moxie at the end leading to the final-minute touchdown, taking advantage of a loose Texans D. Minshew (23-of-33, 213 yards, TD) was scuttled behind a struggling offensive line and at times held the ball too long. But the rookie showed he can be a solid stand-in for Nick Foles if he gets more help from Fournette and company moving forward.

 

Buffalo Bills 28, New York Giants 14

Tasked with playing their second straight tilt at MetLife Stadium, the Bills (2-0) stayed in the same hotel — with players lodged in the very same rooms — to mimic their lead-up to last week’s 17-16 comeback win over the Jets. The OCD/superstitious approach worked, with Buffalo unfurling a clean and effective offensive outing over Big Blue. Josh Allen caught heat for his four turnovers in Week 1, but the Bills second-year signal-caller authored a clean, productive game that saw him lead four touchdown drives and throw for 253 yards at a healthy 8.4 yards per toss. Rookie runner Devin Singletary helped with a dazzling 14-yard scoring dash — more of him please — while old-as-the-hills-but-still-wily Frank Gore plowed for 70 yards at 3.9 yards per carry. Third-year wideout Isaiah McKenzie helped with a 14-yard touchdown grab on a drive that saw trusty possession man Cole Beasley slice up New York with a 51-yard catch-and-run. Same old tune for the wandering G-Men: Reminding us of last week’s start against Dallas, New York barreled down the field on their opening drive, with electrifying runner Saquon Barkley (18/107/1) rampaging through Buffalo’s defense for 55 yards with a 27-yard touchdown burst. The Giants (0-2) appeared entirely lost from there, with Eli Manning throwing for zero yards over the first four marches and finishing with just 202 yards at 4.8 yards per lob with a pair of picks. New York is struggling in a way all of America saw coming from 1,000 miles away: Can they surprise anyone after the opening drive? Tons of Barkley; Eli dragging the team down; a wanting, soft defense offering no help; and a playbook airmailed from 1948. This problem-laden offense looked even worse against a well-coached, smothering Buffalo defense that all but destroyed New York’s two other squads over the first two weeks of the season. The Bills are a playoff team if the defense continues to operate this way while Allen continues to grow under center. Describing New York’s afternoon in a nutshell: Down 21-7 before the half, New York caught a break when T.J. Jones returned a punt 60 yards to Buffalo’s 33-yard line. Two plays later, Manning’s pass was batted by sensational Bills rookie Ed Oliver and picked off by Trent Murphy. Jones subsequently lifted an injury-ravaged receiver group with a third-quarter score off a dig route that brought New York within 21-14 of the Bills. Too little, too late, though, with Buffalo ending the game with a 13-play, 75-yard touchdown drive capped by a Gore score. It’s impossible to figure out how this Giants roster crawls its way to six wins. The real question is whether Pat Shurmur owns the requisite power to permanently bench his ancient starter in favor of rookie Daniel Jones. If not, the embattled Giants coach feels like a scapegoat-in-the-making for a team as lost as any league-wide.

 

Dallas Cowboys 31, Washington Redskins 21

With precocious play-caller Kellen Moore keeping another defense guessing, the Cowboys (2-0) topped the 30-point mark for the second straight week. After a sluggish first quarter, Dallas receivers roamed through prairie land in Washington’s injury-ravaged secondary, as Moore continues to scheme his arsenal of playmakers into open spaces. While a rejuvenated Randall Cobb and a transformed Michael Gallup are making Dak Prescott’s job easier this season, it was former Jets second-round pick Devin Smith leading the way with 74 yards receiving, including a 51-yard touchdown bomb against veteran cornerback Josh Norman. Ezekiel Elliott salted the game away with a 27-yard jaunt on third-and-5, pushing him over the 100-yard mark on the day. One of the NFL’s scariest offenses this September, the Cowboys have expanded on the predictable Elliott-centric approach, torturing opponents with a well-rounded pick-your-poison attack. Considering the strength of Dallas’ roster and the beautiful mind of Moore, Prescott has a prime opportunity for a legitimate run at MVP honors in a contract year. After an early interception on an errant pass that ricocheted off Cobb’s hands, Prescott completed 13 of his next 15 passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns while the Cowboys ran away from the less talented Redskins (0-2). Bolstering his passing numbers, Prescott added 69 yards on the ground, the second-highest rushing total of his career. Through two weeks under Moore, a pinpoint Prescott has completed an astonishing 51 of 62 attempts (82.3 percent) for 674 yards (10.9 YPA), seven touchdowns, one interception and a 142.9 pass rating versus a pair of suspect secondaries. The downtrodden Dolphins are next on the schedule for Dallas. Redskins rookie Terry McLaurin would have topped 200 yards in his NFL debut last week had Case Keenum not overthrown him on a potential 73-yard score in the second half. He faced a much stiffer test this time around, with Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones in his hip pocket all afternoon. McLaurin finally shook free for a 27-yard gain just past Jones’ outstretched fingertips, igniting a 69-yard second-half performance that included a 1-yard touchdown late in the festivities. McLaurin turned so many heads in training camp, coach Jay Gruden relayed to FOX broadcasters Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis, that the Redskins were forced to pull him off special teams even though the former Ohio State star was drafted with that skill-set in mind. It didn’t take long for Gruden to realize that his third-round pick was his No. 1 receiver.

 

New England Patriots 43, Miami Dolphins 0

All eyes were on Antonio Brown as he made his Patriots debut Sunday amid an NFL investigation into rape and sexual assault allegations made against the receiver in a civil lawsuit last week. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported during NFL GameDayMorning that the Patriots’ game plan was to involve A.B. in the offense early against the Dolphins (0-2), and that’s exactly what happened. Brown was on the field for the second play of the game and immediately snagged an 18-yard catch. Brown had three catches for 36 yards on the Pats’ opening TD drive, and then looked like his vintage self when he corralled a perfect back-shoulder throw from Tom Brady for a 20-yard TD in the second quarter. Brown and Brady did seem to struggle at times to be on the same page, but that will be solved with more practice time, assuming Brown remains eligible in the coming weeks. While the NFL did not place Brown on the Commissioner’s Exempt list ahead of Sunday’s game, the league did not rule it out as an option entirely. Rapoport reports that Brown’s accuser, Britney Taylor, is slated to meet with league investigators on Monday.  This Patriots’ defense is an absolute bear. New England (2-0) has given up just three points through eight quarters, and after demoralizing the Steelers in Week 1, the unit laid waste to the Dolphins. The Patriots racked up 11 QB hits and seven sacks, logged three interceptions (two of which were returned for touchdowns) and completely prevented the Dolphins from having anything that resembled an NFL-caliber offense. Tom Brady and Co. will garner most of the headlines, but the defense in Foxborough might be one of the best groups in the NFL.  If you want to look on the bright side, Dolphins fans, the team held tough against the Patriots through 2 1/2 quarters. But when the floodgates opened, boy did they open. A 16-0 game quickly became 23-0 after a patented Brady sneak, and back-to-back pick-sixes from Ryan Fitzpatrick sealed another blowout loss. This is a talent-poor group that has been outscored 102-10 in back-to-back home contests. When they aren’t struggling to get separation, receivers are dropping passes (at least four vs. New England). The defense failed to get consistent pressure on Brady despite the Patriots missing both of their starting tackles (Isaiah Wynn was lost to a foot injury and Marcus Cannon (shoulder) was inactive). Things won’t get easier for the Dolphins in Week 3 as travel to Dallas to face the red-hot Cowboys.

 

Green Bay Packers 21, Minnesota Vikings 16

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense blitzed out of the gate, showing how good Matt LaFleur’s offense could be when in rhythm. The Packers (2-0) scored touchdowns on three straight possessions to open the game with a 21-0 lead. Rogers moved the offense swiftly with tempo and balance, starting the first quarter 9-of-10 passing for 134 yards, and 2 TDs, including 3-for-3 on third down. Davante Adams looked uncoverable. Aaron Jones ripped off runs like a bull seeing red. After the first three possessions, however, the Packers offense looked stuck in mud, much like it was in Week 1. After the first three drives, Green Bay’s possessions went: fumble, three-and-out, punt, downs, punt, fumble, punt, punt, three-and-out, three-and-out, punt. Credit the Vikings defense for turning the tide and not giving Rodgers time to breathe the final three quarters. Rodgers (22-34, 209 yards, 2 TDs) couldn’t find a rhythm and held the ball with receivers blanketed the rest of the tilt. The best Packers offensive player was running back Aaron Jones who toted a career-high 23 times for 116 yards and a TD. Jones blasted through the line several times for chunk gains, and his carries were the few good plays for the Pack in the second half. LaFleur sought balance with the run game and got it in Week 2 with Jones (who added four catches for 34 yards). Through two weeks, it’s been baby steps for the Packers’ offense. Getting two division wins while Rodgers and company sort out the kinks could prove massive come December. The Vikings defense helped Minnesota (1-1) scrap back into the game, but Kirk Cousins threw it away. Dalvin Cook did his best to carry the Vikings offense, including a 75-yard touchdown blastoff in which he blasted past safety Darnell Savage to cut the Packers’ early lead. Cook looked phenomenal all game, pummeling a gassed Packers defense in the second half en route to 154 yards on 20 carries, and added three catches for 37 yards. Cousins, however, struggled badly. The quarterback completed just 43.8 percent of 32 passes for 230 yards and one TD, fumbled twice (losing one) and threw two brutal INTs. The second interception was a boneheaded decision by the Vikes’ QB. Trailing by five with 5:17 left at the eight-yard line on first down, Cousins forced a ball into the corner of the end zone to Stefon Diggs, which was picked off. The pass exemplified a day in which Cousins looked lost repeatedly and missed throw after throw high, wide, or in the dust. Outside of one great throw to Diggs for a TD, it was a forgetful trip to Lambeau for Cousins. With even slightly better play from the QB, the Vikings could have completed a massive comeback. Missing a field goal, having a TD called back due to OPI, a blocked extra point, and a bevy of other bad penalties will leave Mike Zimmer fuming on the trip home. Credit the Packers’ revamped defense with forcing Cousins into some terrible decisions. Savage once again looked like the real deal, breaking beautifully on a Cousins pass over the middle and breaking it up for a tipped INT by Preston Smith. Linebacker Blake Martinez (13 tackles) cleaned up all the garbage, while Za’Darius Smith once again proved a problem for opponents getting off blocks. While the front got gashed at times by Cook (especially in the second half when they were on the field forever), but the secondary once again showed its promise. Savage, Jaire Alexander (two passes defended, including a broken-up TD) and Kevin King (INT) all made key plays to preserve the W.

 

Los Angeles Rams 27, New Orleans Saints 9

The biggest news coming out of L.A. happened after the Saints’ second drive when Drew Brees exited the tilt with a thumb injury on his throwing hand following a hit by Aaron Donald. The future Hall of Fame quarterback didn’t return. Depending on how long the injury to Brees — who couldn’t grip a ball on the sideline — lasts, it’s an injury that could alter the complexion of the NFC playoff race. With Brees on the sideline, the Rams defense smothered backup Teddy Bridgewater and the Saints offense. The Rams dominated the line of scrimmage with Donald, Dante Fowler, Michael Brockers, Clay Matthews, et al. controlling play. The Rams D bottled up Alvin Kamara as well as any team we’ve seen, holding the dynamic running back to 60 scrimmage yards on 14 touches. Repeatedly forcing Bridgewater to hold the ball with good coverage on the back end, L.A. held the Saints to one drive of more than 40 net yards in 10 possessions and zero touchdowns. Yes, Brees wasn’t in for the majority of the game, but it was an impressive display from the Rams’ defense nonetheless. What a difference Cooper Kupp makes for the Rams. On a mostly workman-like day for the L.A. offense, Kupp provided the most explosive play. The receiver, coming off a torn ACL, caught a slant, beating corner Marshon Lattimore off the line, stiff-armed the CB into next week, weaved through the Saints secondary, broke additional poor tackle attempt, and muscled his way to the one-inch yard line setting up a Jared Goff sneak. The play put the Rams up big and squashed any thoughts of a Saints late-game comeback. The effect of Kupp (5/120) returning to the lineup this season can’t be understated. The slot receiver gives Goff his security blanket back and slides Robert Woods (2/33) and Brandin Cooks (3/74/1) into better positions to win on the outside. It wouldn’t be a Saints-Rams matchup without refereeing controversy. In the second quarter, with the score tied 6-6 and the Rams at the 11-yard line, Goff was hit on a drop back, and the ball popped out as he went to throw. Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan scooped up the pigskin and raced downfield for what could have been a huge defensive touchdown. However, the play was whistled dead as Jordan was scampering down the sideline and ruled an incomplete pass. After review, it was determined the ball was out before the pass giving the Saints the ball. The whistle, however, wiped out what could have been a game-altering defensive score.

Detroit Lions 13, Los Angeles Chargers 10

One week after an overtime win at home, the Chargers (1-1) weren’t so lucky in their first road game of the season. Sloppy play and miscues plagued the Chargers in all facets of the game against the Lions. Bolts punter Ty Long assumed kicking duties for the second consecutive week as Michael Badgley was sidelined again with a groin injury. Long missed back-to-back field goals, which proved to be costly in the end for the Chargers. Kicking woes are nothing new for the Chargers and Bolts faithful. For several seasons, the team has failed to establish consistency at the position or have been faced with subpar stand-ins due to injury. The Lions’ defense was fueled by the stout performances of Darius Slay, Tracy Walker, Jahlani Tavai and Devon Kennard that kept the Chargers out of the end zone Sunday. In the third quarter, Tavai forced an Ekeler goal-line fumble (which was recovered by Kennard). Slay had five tackles on the day and picked off Rivers in the end zone to seal the victory for Detroit (1-0-1). Offensively, the Lions took to the air against a thin Chargers secondary. Matthew Stafford threw for 245 yards and two touchdown passes with a pair of INTs. Detroit rushed for just 94 yards, splitting the workload between Kerryon Johnson and Ty Johnson. Chargers receiver Mike Williams, who was a game-time decision, had three catches for 83 yards versus the Lions. This week, Williams sat out of practice due to a knee injury. The oft-injured Williams has proved to be a game changer for L.A., when healthy, but the third-year wideout hasn’t gone a full season without some ailment. Philip Rivers went 21 for 36, totaling 287 yards and one interception. While Rivers spread the ball around between Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson, the offense failed to get a rhythm going. The Chargers’ offense certainly missed tight end Hunter Henry today, who is out for a while with a knee fracture.

 

Indianapolis Colts 19, Tennessee Titans 17

The Colts (1-1) really have a kicker situation with Adam Vinatieri. The veteran kicker had another unexpectedly horrible game. He missed two PATs against the Titans. Just last week, he left seven points on the field with a missed extra point and two missed field goals. If you’re the Colts, do you start trying out other kickers? Do you cut the veteran, or does he just retire? The Colts are lucky the Titans couldn’t convert on fourth-and-2 with 15 seconds left, or they might be 0-2 to start the season. After the game, Vinatieri told Stephen Holder of the Athletic that, “You’ll hear from me tomorrow.” Holder told him that they won’t see him tomorrow. Vinatieri said, “Yeah, you will.” Does the veteran plan to announce his retirement? Stay tuned. The Titans (1-1) might’ve started off the game with fire due to some pyrotechnic problems but their offense didn’t do enough to get a win. The Colts defense held the Titans to only one touchdown in the first half — which was scored by offensive lineman David Quessenberry. This was his first career touchdown. The 2013 sixth-round pick was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin T-lymphoblastic lymphoma and returned to the field in 2017 after a three-year long battle. Head coach Mike Vrabel had 12 receiving TDs (including playoffs) as a linebacker (the most by a non-skill-position player in the Super Bowl era), per NFL Research. Marcus Mariota just couldn’t convert on third downs (1/10) or get rid of the ball. He was sacked four times again — his second game in a row. He finished the game with 19 out of 28 attempts for 154 yards, and one touchdown. Jacoby Brissett struggled a bit in this game with two turnovers and three sacks but they were able to pull off the win with help from the defense. This week the defense redeemed themselves after a poor performance last Sunday. Brissett finished with 146 yards and three touchdowns. Coach Frank Reich showed confidence in his team and played very aggressive against the Titans which paid off in the end when they converted a crucial fourth down.

 

Baltimore Ravens 23, Arizona Cardinals 17

Meet Lamar Jackson, the runner. In his follow-up to a near-perfect performance through the air in Week 1, Jackson had himself a day running the football posting a career-high 120 yards. Whether it be a designed running play or a scramble out of the pocket when under pressure, Jackson crossed the first-down marker often and his threat made it easier when dropping back to pass. Jackson ended the day completing 24 passes on 37 attempts for 272 yards and two touchdowns, but with the pesky Cardinals nipping at Baltimore’s heels all game, it was Jackson’s playmaking ability on the ground that was the difference. The Ravens (2-0) weren’t relying on Jackson to create something out of nothing, however, as they relied on his arm to help seal the win. Up six late in the fourth and looking at a third-and-long, Jackson heaved a perfect deep pass to Marquise “Hollywood” Brown for 41 yards and that allowed the Ravens running backs bleed out the clock for the victory. While “Hollywood” Brown is quickly becoming his best receiving threat, Jackson is also showing his love for the tight end. Mark Andrews matched Brown’s eight receptions against the Cardinals and hauled in the Ravens’ first touchdown of the day. Fellow tight end Hayden Hurst caught the other one. Andrews now has 16 receptions through the first two games and is quickly becoming one of the top pass-catchers at the position. Perhaps the tight end is a dynamic that has been overlooked when it comes to the Ravens offense, especially considering they want to deem themselves a threat on the ground and through the air on seemingly every play. Although the Cardinals (0-1-1) kept settling for field goals, Murray played well considering he was constantly hounded by the Ravens defense, but that was due in large part to the Arizona wideouts. Often times lining up with a minimum of four wide receivers, the group was sure-handed and bailed out some of Murray’s errant throws. The ball was distributed equally in Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense, with Larry Fitzgerald (5 receptions, 104 yards) and Christian Kirk (6 receptions, 114 yards) leading the group. Damiere Byrd also had himself a productive day catching six balls for 45 yards, and rookie KeeSean Johnson created a big play to extend a drive late in the game. Murray ended up with 349 yards passing with no interceptions but failed to get the offense into the end zone through the air. Growing pains were something expected for the rookie QB and head coach, but the talented receiving corps was a highlight to an otherwise inconsistent offense.

 

San Francisco 49ers 41, Cincinnati Bengals 17

San Francisco has a true running back-by-committee and it was the catalyst to a well-oiled machine offensively. With Tevin Coleman going to injured reserve after Week 1, Matt Breida, Jeff Wilson Jr. and Raheem Mostert combined for a halfback attack that gained 259 yards on the ground and 84 yards through the air. Breida led the RBBC in rushing with 121 yards on 12 attempts, while Mostert led the way receiving with 68 yards off three receptions. The trio was the heartbeat of a San Francisco offense that moved the ball rather easily against the Bengals, scoring five touchdowns, accruing 27 first downs, gaining 572 total yards and forcing Cincinnati to play from behind from the outset. Of course, leading the way was an offensive line that had no problem creating a push despite a few holding penalties (and Joe Staley’s exit from the game with an injury). Just as effective was the play-calling from head coach Kyle Shanahan, who had Bengals defenders blaming each other every other play. All of which made it an uncomplicated outing for QB Jimmy Garoppolo, who, aside from an early interception, ended the day throwing for 297 yards and three touchdowns in just 25 attempts, and wasn’t sacked at all. The 49ers defense is beginning to look like a force to be reckoned with. Following up their three-interception, two-touchdown stranglehold of the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay, San Francisco’s defense brought Andy Dalton back down to earth. Literally. The 49ers had four sacks of Dalton and hit him six other times. Meanwhile, the secondary of the 49ers provided great coverage as the defense caused havoc, breaking up eight Dalton passes for incompletions. Cincinnati had an even tougher time running the ball against the Niners, gaining only 25 yards on the ground on 19 attempts. As for the two touchdowns given up, one stemmed off of Garoppolo’s INT at midfield and the other was a late-game catch-and-run that found the wide-open holes of a prevent defense. With new additions like Dee Ford, Nick Bosa and Kwon Alexander, veteran 49ers like DeForest Buckner and Solomon Thomas (who both notched a sack) are thriving. It’s a sight for sore eyes in San Francisco, which has had an abysmal defense the last two years, but now starting the 2019 season, 2-0 — the first time since 2012, when they reached the Super Bowl — the 49ers are revamped on both sides of the ball. If there was any good sign for the Bengals (0-2) in this one, it was the continuation of John Ross’ hot start and Tyler Boyd’s playmaking ability. Although Ross was the beneficiary of the 49ers’ prevent defense in the fourth quarter — a 66-yard catch and run that was made with his speed — he ended the day with four catches for 112 yards and is certain to maintain the confidence of a second-round pick who had disappointed before 2019. As for Boyd, his day of 10 catches for 122 yards could’ve been better has a holding penalty not brought back a would-be TD reception. Boyd was sure-handed in catching all 10 of his targets, and was the only real bright spot of an offense that was frustrated all day.

 

Seattle Seahawks 28, Pittsburgh Steelers 26

The Seahawks (2-0) could not get their offense going to start the game. Russell Wilson was sacked four times in the first half with three of them in the first quarter alone. Credit offensive coordinator Brian Shottenheimer and Wilson for adjusting at the half. They switched to quick throws and Wilson ate up the Steelers’ zone defense. Wilson went for 29 out of 35 for 300 yards and three touchdowns. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger exited the game right before halftime with a right elbow injury and did not return. So, in came second-year QB Mason Rudolph in his first NFL game. The Steelers (0-2) actually moved the ball better with him behind center. Rudolph threw on time and dove for first downs. He finished with 12 out of 19 attempts, 112 yards, two touchdowns and one pick. Despite having another disappointing game, Steelers wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster surpassed Hall of Famer Randy Moss to become the youngest player to reach 2,500 career receiving yards in NFL history, per NFL Research.

 

Kansas City Chiefs 28, Oakland Raiders 10

It’s becoming redundant at this point, but Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes continues to prove he’s the most exciting player in the NFL. Down 10 points after the first quarter, the Chiefs seemed to be in for a competitive game against their AFC West rival, but Mahomes quickly put an end to that. Mahomes had four touchdowns and 278 yards passing in the second quarter alone to give Kansas City the ultimate swing in momentum and a 28-10 lead going into halftime. Evidently, that’s all that was needed to deflate the Raiders. Mahomes ended the day completing 30 of 44 for 443 passing yards, and although there weren’t any more scores, the third-year QB led long-enough drives to maintain the lead on a day when the Chiefs ran for 31 yards. No Tyreek Hill, no problem. The Chiefs’ offense didn’t skip a beat with their top playmaker out with an injury, and fourth-year receiver Demarcus Robinson filled the role perfectly. Robinson amassed 172 yards on six catches and scored two touchdowns, leading all Chiefs receivers and making some eye-popping plays downfield averaging 28.7 yards per catch. Travis Kelce had his rudimentary stat line with seven grabs for 107 yards and a touchdown, Sammy Watkins was relatively quiet with six receptions for 49 yards, and rookie Mecole Hardman found the end zone on a 42-yarder in one of his two receptions. It sure seems like whoever is catching passes in Andy Reid’s system will produce with Mahomes flinging the ball. Derek Carr etched his name into Raiders history in the defeat. Carr became the Raiders’ all-time leader in passing yards, passing Hall of Famer Ken Stabler, who held the top spot with 19,078 yards through the air. On the day, however, Carr didn’t do much worth celebrating, ending the day completing 23 of 38 passes for 198 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Carr accomplished this early in his sixth season with the Raiders, and did so in what is sure to be the most Raiders-ey historical footnote: the last NFL game ever played on the dirt of a baseball diamond.

 

Roundup: RT James’ knee injury not season-ending

Denver Broncos right tackle Ja’Wuan James will miss time, but not the entire season.

 NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Networks Tom Pelissero reported Wednesday that James suffered a knee injury that is not season-ending.

 It’s unclear at this stage how much time the right tackle will miss but avoiding a season-ender offers a modicum of positive news for Denver.

 James left Monday night’s loss in Oakland after just eight offensive snaps.

 Broncos general manager John Elway handed James a four-year, $51 million contract with $32 million in injury guarantees this offseason in the latest attempt to fix the offensive line in Denver. The knee injury skews that plan now.

The injury thrusts Elijah Wilkinson into the starting role until James returns. The third-year pro started seven games in Denver in 2018.

 Here are other injuries we are monitoring around the league on Wednesday:

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (ankle) was seen out of a walking boot on Wednesday at the team facility and on a treadmill running. Green sustained the injury during the opening practice of training camp, and had surgery before the preseason started.

 On another note in Cincinnati, RB Joe Mixon (ankle) is considered day-to-day and coach Zac Taylor said he will manage his practice load this week to better his chances of playing on Sunday. Mixon left the season-opener early after sustaining the injury, and a follow-up MRI concluded there was no structural damage. Giovanni Bernard would get the lead role at RB should Mixon be out. Tackle Cordy Glenn remains in the league’s concussion protocol and the Bengals waived QB Jeff Driskel with an injury settlement.

Carolina Panthers edge rusher Bruce Irvin (hamstring) has been ruled out for Thursday night’s home game against the Buccaneers. Tight end Greg Olsen (back) practiced in full on Wednesday and is officially listed as questionable. Rookie tackle Greg Little (concussion) was a full participant in practice all week after being in concussion protocol for the extent of Week 1. Safety Rashaan Gaulden (groin) is also questionable after being limited in practice on the eve of game day.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup QB Blaine Gabbert (left shoulder) did not practice all week and is ruled out for Thursday night. Gabbert is Tampa Bay’s only player with an injury designation in the shortened week.

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy calls TE Trey Burton (groin) day-to-day, and said playing him would be a decision made on game day.

The team also announced they have waived defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson and have been awarded via waivers TE J.P. Holtz.

The Los Angeles Chargers are signing veteran CB Dontae Johnson, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, per source. Johnson was previously on the 49ers this summer before getting cut.

The Dallas Cowboys listed the following players on today’s injury report: WR Tavon Austin (concussion), DE Tyrone Crawford (hip), LB Luke Gifford (ankle) and G Zack Martin (back) all didn’t practice while safeties Darian Thompson and Donovan Wilson — both are dealing with ankle injuries — were limited.

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion) took part in team drills on Wednesday, coach Jay Gruden revealed. Reed suffered the concussion on the second to last preseason game, which kept him out of Week 1. Safety Montae Nicholson (foot) missed practice.

The team later released their full injury report and listed the following players: DL Jonathan Allen (knee), DT Caleb Brantley, RB Derrius Guice (knee) and QB Colt McCoy (fibula) also didn’t practice. CBs Quinton Dunbar (knee) and Fabian Moreau (ankle) were limited participants.

San Francisco 49ers edge rusher Nick Bosa (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday due to soreness. Bosa played most of the defensive snaps last Sunday and even recorded a sack in his NFL debut, but limped off the field after the last play thanks to the same ankle that kept him out for most of the offseason. Safety Jimmie Ward (hand) was limited, while wide receivers Jalen Hurd (back) and Trent Taylor (foot) missed practice.

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, while guard Kevin Zeitler (shoulder), DL Dexter Lawrence, and LB Markus Golden (shoulder) were all limited.

The Giants also announced a roster move: WR TJ Jones, who led the team in catches in the preseason, re-signed and, in a corresponding move, LB Kareem Martin was placed on IR.

Indianapolis Colts defensive ends Jabaal Sheard (knee) and Kemoko Turay (neck) did not practice.

The Philadelphia Eagles have released TE Richard Rodgers off of IR with an injury settlement.

Cornerback Craig James was promoted to the active roster from the practice, where tight end Alex Ellis was signed to.

Oakland Raiders CB Gareon Conley (neck) was limited in practice Wednesday, but on the field just two days removed from a scary injury on Monday night where he was taken out of the season opener on a stretcher. Guard Gabe Jackson (knee), rookie S Johnathan Abram (shoulder) and WR J.J. Nelson (ankle) did not practice, while DT Corey Luiget (knee) was limited.

The Houston Texans announced updates for several injured players: QB Deshaun Watson (back), S Justin Reid (shoulder), G Tytus Howard (finger) and WR Keke Coutee (ankle) were among the full participants in today’s practice. Coutee has been out of action since injuring his ankle in the preseason opener. Watson exited Monday night’s game against the Saints twice to be evaluated for a back injury after hurting himself on a hurdle into the endzone in the second quarter.

Wideouts DeAndre Hopkins (ribs) and Will Fuller (non-injury related) were among the limited participants.

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced updates for several injured players: DL Calais Campbell (foot), DE Yannick Ngakoue (hamstring), OL Cedric Ogbuehi (hamstring) and TE Josh Oliver (hamstring) all didn’t practice. DT Marcell Dareus, OL Cam Robinson and LB Quincy Williams were limited.

Los Angeles Rams safety Eric Weddle, who suffered a concussion and head laceration in his team debut Sunday, was practicing Wednesday and appears as if he will be “ready to roll” against the Saints, NFL Network’s Steve Wyche reported.

While Weddle was officially designated as limited by the Rams’ injury report, linebacker Clay Matthews (back) was out, as was defensive lineman Michael Brockers (shoulder).

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mackenzie Alexander (elbow) and guard Pat Elflein (knee) did not practice on Wednesday, while linebacker Anthony Barr (knee), receiver Josh Doctson (hamstring), defensive back Mike Hughes (knee), tight end Tyler Conklin (ribs) and Mark Fields (groin) were limited.

The Baltimore Ravens were without their three top corners at practice: Brandon Carr (not-injury related), Marlon Humphrey (back) and Jimmy Smith (knee). RB Mark Ingram (shoulder) and rookie WR Marquise “Hollywood” Brown (hip) were limited participants.

Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and TE Charles Clay didn’t practice for “non-injury related” reasons. DL Jonathan Bullard (hamstring) also didn’t practice.

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (ankle), S Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder), DE Frank Clark (neck) were among the full participants in practice while wideout Tyreek Hill (shoulder) was the only DNP.

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn did not practice on Wednesday as he was sidelined by an illness. Defensive tackle Mario Edwards (hamstring), defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins (Achilles), linebacker Craig Robertson (hamstring) and safety Marcus Williams (groin) were limited.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not practice Wednesday in what was listed as a coaches’ decision. Center Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) and cornerback Joe Haden (shoulder) did not practice, nor did fullback Roosevelt Nix (knee). Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe), running back James Conner (illness) and linebacker T.J. Watt (hip) were limited, along with S Sean Davis (ankle), S Terrell Edmunds (glute) and OT Zach Banner (illness).

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was limited in practice Wednesday, but it was not injury related. The remainder of the Seahawks’ injury report is as follows: C Joey Hunt (ankle), DT Poona Ford (calf), S Tedric Thompson (hamstring), CB Neiko Thorpe (hamstring), C Justin Britt (knee) and WR Tyler Lockett (back) did not practice. Limited in practice were: G Mike Iupati (foot), WR David Moore (shoulder), DE L.J. Collier (ankle), DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) and S Ugo Amadi (shoulder). Tackle Duane Brown (knee), T George Fant (ankle) and TE Will Dissly (knee) were full participants.

 

Saints robbed by referees of touchdown on strip of Jared Goff

The New Orleans Saints were once again robbed by the officials during their game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Cameron Jordan recovered a fumble after Jared Goff was stripped on third down in New Orleans territory late in the second half, and the Saints defensive end had nothing but green grass between him and the end zone. He would have had a touchdown, but the officials blew the play dead.

Upon review, it was determined that Goff fumbled. The Saints retained possession, but they had to start their drive deep in their own territory since the play was blown dead. Officials are instructed to let things play out in situations like that, as they can always come back and reverse the call if it is determined that it was an incomplete pass.

Of course, the Saints were looking for revenge against the Rams after the officials cost them a trip to the Super Bowl with one of the most egregious pass interference non-calls in NFL history during the playoffs last year. Once again, they have every reason to be upset after coming out on the wrong end of a brutal officiating mistake.

 

Terry Bradshaw ‘can’t stand’ Antonio Brown, wouldn’t throw to him

Many in the Pittsburgh Steelers organization weren’t particularly sorry to see Antonio Brown go this past offseason. Count Terry Bradshaw as someone outside the organization who felt the same way.

Bradshaw said Friday that the Steelers shouldn’t have put up with as much as they did from Brown, adding that he “wouldn’t throw to him” if he was the quarterback and the receiver was behaving that way.

“I had no idea they catered to Brown as much as they supposedly did,” Bradshaw said, via Joe Rutter of TribLive. “I can’t stand players like Antonio Brown. Winning football games is all about the team and all about players caring about one another and everybody pulling together, not pulling apart. You can’t have Antonio Brown for all the greatness that they are, do you want the baggage that goes with that crap? I wouldn’t.

“I’m glad they got rid of him and I’m upset now that I know how he got away … (what) he was doing there. I wish the heck they would have gotten rid of him a long time ago.”

Brown went full scorched earth on the Steelers during the offseason after a lot of behind-the-scenes drama. The organization has been known to put up with its fair share of drama, so for Brown to wear out his welcome is something. Bradshaw, it seems, wouldn’t have let it go on as long as it did.

 

Former Broncos head coach John Ralston dies at 92

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — John Ralston, who coached Stanford to two Rose Bowl victories and spent five seasons leading the Denver Broncos, has died. He was 92.

San Jose State, where Ralston finished his coaching career and later worked as special assistant to the athletic director, said Sunday that Ralston died Saturday in Sunnyvale.

Ralston is recognized as having turned the Broncos franchise in a winning direction during his tenure from 1972-1976 (he was also the Eagles offensive coordinator in 1978). Under Ralston’s guidance, the Broncos had three winning seasons, including the franchise’s first winning campaign in 1973 with a 7-5-2 mark as he garnered AFC Coach of the Year honors. As a general manager, he was also instrumental in building the franchise’s Super Bowl XII squad, as 16 of the team’s starters were drafted or signed by Ralston with six going on to become Broncos Ring of Famers.

Born in Oakland, Ralston spent much of a long coaching career in the Bay Area, but he first became a college head coach at Utah State in 1959.

The former Cal player was hired to coach rival Stanford in 1963. Ralston’s Stanford teams won consecutive Pac-8 championships and the Rose Bowl following the 1970 and 1971 regular seasons. Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992, Ralston coached 1970 Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett at Stanford and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman Merlin Olsen at Utah State.

Ralston left college for the NFL in 1972. With Denver, he had a 34-33-3 career record. He later coached the Oakland Invaders of the United States Football League from 1983-84 and at San Jose State from 1993-96.

Ralston served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific in World War II, achieving the rank of corporal before attending California.

He was a linebacker at Cal, playing in two Rose Bowl under coach Pappy Waldorf. After coaching high school football in the Bay Area, he returned to Cal as an assistant under Waldorf and was part of the Bears’ last Rose Bowl team after the 1958 season.

Among the prominent coaches who worked for Ralston were Super Bowl winners Bill Walsh and Dick Vermeil along with Jim Mora Sr. and Mike White.

 

Pat Narduzzi defends himself over horrendous decision to kick field goal from 1

Pat Narduzzi is defending himself for a horrendous decision late in his Pitt Panthers’ 17-10 loss to Penn State on Saturday.

Pitt had the ball down 17-10 with around eight minutes left in the game and drove to the Penn State one. They threw two incompletions and rushed for no gain and ended up with a 4th-and-goal from the one. Then for some reason, despite being down seven with five minutes left, Narduzzi opted to try a field goal. No, he didn’t go to try and tie or take the lead, but he went with a field goal.

His reward for the awful decision: a missed kick.

Pitt ended up losing 17-10.

After the game, Narduzzi defended the decision and compounded the error by saying they needed two scores to win.

Should we expect Narduzzi to have admitted his mistake? Maybe not, but let’s hope he realized how dumb his decision was.

 

Suárez homers twice, Bauer fans 9 as Reds edge D-backs

Trevor Bauer paused to share what he’d heard from a fan before he took the mound at Chase Field.

“He said, `You’re going to give it up early and often, Bauer. You still suck,'” Bauer recounted, then grinned a little. “So I just want to dedicate this to him. You stay strong, buddy.”

Whatever motivation there was from the moment, it worked. Eugenio Suarez homered twice in support of Bauer, who held his former team to one run on four hits in the Cincinnati Reds’ 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Suarez pulled into a tie for the major league home run lead at 47 with Pete Alonso of the New York Mets, and he matched Andres Galarraga, who hit 47 in 1996, for the most homers in a season by Venezuelan.

The Reds, with two wins in their three-game series with Arizona, did more damage to the Diamondbacks’ fading playoff hopes.

The Diamondbacks’ seventh loss in eight games dropped them 5 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild card. They have scored 12 runs total in those eight games.

“Offensively, we aren’t getting it done right now. I wish I had a magic wand and I could just swing it over these guys and make it all go away,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “I don’t know what is going on offensively. I really don’t.”

Bauer (11-12) lasted eight innings with nine strikeouts and a walk in his longest start with the Reds. The right-hander arrived in a trade with Cleveland at the deadline.

“Trevor, he was in complete control the whole game,” Reds manager David Bell said. “All the way to the very end, he had a great fastball.”

Bauer struck out the side in his final inning of work. Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth for his 31st save.

“Adrenaline rush kicked in,” Bauer said.

The Reds went ahead 2-1 on back-to-back home runs from Josh VanMeter, his eighth, and Suarez, who hit his off the batter’s eye in center field.

Suarez drilled his second of the day a few feet to the left of where his first one landed.

Zac Gallen (3-6) was charged with three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two. Gallen has allowed three or fewer earned runs in each of his first 15 career starts, one of only two NL starters in history to do so.

“The biggest thing with him was I was behind the count every at-bat,” Gallen said of Suarez. “I made some pitches but he was ahead in the count, he didn’t have to offer at them but he got a pitch to hit and where he could do some damage.”

Wilmer Flores lined a 1-2 pitch from Bauer into right-center field to drive in Alex Avila from second base with two outs in the bottom of the third, giving Arizona the early lead. Flores has 9 RBIs in his last 13 home games.

The Reds got out of that inning with Aristides Aquino’s throw from right field to third base to tag Flores trying to take an extra base on Ketel Marte’s single.

 

Cubs’ Rizzo sprains right ankle, set for MRI on Monday

Anthony Rizzo was helped off the field Sunday by a trainer and a teammate with a sprained right ankle, and Wrigley Field fell silent. With Chicago’s postseason pursuit already hindered by a season-ending injury to shortstop Javier Baez, the team may now be without another star player.

For one day at least, the Cubs rallied without those lineup staples, thumping the Pittsburgh Pirates 16-6 to finish an impressive three-game sweep.

Rizzo was injured fielding a bunt at first base in the third inning. X-rays showed no fractures, and an MRI has been scheduled for Monday.

“We’re gonna miss Riz, we already miss Javy, but I really believe the rest of the group is up to the task,” manager Joe Maddon said.

The Cubs maintained their one-game lead over Milwaukee for the second NL wild card. The Nationals are 1 1/2 games ahead of Chicago for the first wild card.

Kris Bryant homered twice, and Ian Happ, Kyle Schwarber and Jonathan Lucroy also connected as Chicago battered Pittsburgh for a third straight day. The Cubs scored a total of 47 runs on 49 hits in completing the sweep.

Maddon is hoping the performance is a preview of the final two weeks of the regular season.

“There’s galvanizing moments, too,” he said. “When your better guys go down like that, the other guys realize, `Hey, let’s go.’ That’s part of the mindset, too. You can’t permit that to drag you down. We didn’t.”

Chicago starter Jose Quintana was pulled after allowing five runs in the third inning, when he fell apart following Rizzo’s injury.

After Erik Gonzalez’s leadoff double, Pirates starter Trevor Williams bunted toward third base. Rizzo charged aggressively from first and rolled his ankle a few steps before fielding the ball. He threw wide to first base and dropped to the ground in pain.

Brad Wieck (1-1) later replaced Quintana with two on and struck out both batters he faced to end the inning.

“It really did kind of get away from us in a sense,” Bryant said. “The fans were upset, we were upset. It was kind of like a light switch. He’s a great dude, a great teammate and any time you see that happen, it’s tough.

“But I think we responded well. Guys stepped up and we scored a ton of runs in a really important game.”

The Cubs rallied for five runs in the bottom of the inning to lead 8-5, starting with Bryant’s second homer of the game and ending when reliever Michael Feliz threw wildly on an appeal play at third base.

Williams (7-7) allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. Pablo Reyes drove in three runs for the Pirates.

Bryant gave the Cubs an early lead with a three-run blast in the first.

Happ, who replaced Rizzo, hit a two-run shot in the fifth to make it 12-6. Jason Heyward drove in a run in the sixth and Schwarber hit a two-run shot in the seventh. Lucroy capped the scoring with a solo homer in the eighth.

 

Braun’s grand slam lifts Brewers past Cardinals 7-6

Ryan Braun still stands out at opportune times for the Milwaukee Brewers.

“I’m not as good as I was,” the 35-year-old said. “But in big moments, I’m the guy still.”

Braun hit a go-ahead grand slam off Junior Fernandez with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 Sunday to keep up their playoff push by winning for the ninth time in 10 games.

Milwaukee remained one game behind the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild card and closed within three games of the NL Central-leading Cardinals.

With the Cardinals ahead 4-3, Jon Gant (10-1) walked Ben Gamel and Travis Shaw starting the ninth, struck out Trent Grisham and walked Yasmani Grandal.

Tyler Webb retired Mike Moustakas on a flyout not deep enough to score a run, Fernandez relieved and Braun drove a hanging slider to left-center for his seventh career slam and a 7-4 lead.

“We had one bullet left,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “Absolutely incredible.”

A six-time All-Star, Braun entered with a .133 batting average in September. He hit a tiebreaking home run against Miami on Thursday.

“I believe in myself. I’ve had a lot of success in those moments,” Braun said. “I think I’m able to lock it in a little bit more.”

Tommy Edman hit a two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth off Josh Hader, who struck out Harrison Bader and pinch-hitter Tyler O’Neill for his 33rd save in 39 chances.

Bader hit solo homers in the third and seventh innings totaling 909 feet, giving him 10 homers this season.

Matt Albers (7-5) got two outs for the win, and Gant lost for the first time in exactly one year.

Cory Spangenberg hit a two-run homer off Ryan Helsley in the seventh, but Paul DeJong had a two-run homer against Ray Black in the bottom half for a 3-2 lead, a drive that curled just inside the left-field foul pole.

Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson allowed one run and one hit over in four innings.

Cardinals starter Michael Wacha gave up five hits in five scoreless innings and is 0-3 in eight starts and two relief appearances since beating Cincinnati on July 19.

 

Gyorko, Dodgers damage Mets’ chances with 3-2 comeback win

Pete Alonso is slumping at the wrong time for the New York Mets.

And with little margin for error, their two most reliable relievers let a game get away Sunday night that might prove too much to overcome.

Jedd Gyorko came off the bench late and played a big role in rallying the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2 victory that damaged the Mets’ dwindling playoff chances. They dropped four games behind the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild card with 13 to go. Milwaukee is three games ahead of New York.

Finally finished with a very difficult stretch in their schedule that lasted more than five weeks, the resurgent Mets now visit also-rans Colorado and Cincinnati on their final road trip this week before hosting last-place Miami and NL East-leading Atlanta.

“We’ve got a lot of fight on this team. So I wouldn’t count us out yet,” pitcher Zack Wheeler said.

Gyorko scored the tying run in the eighth inning on Chris Taylor’s double and hit an RBI single off Seth Lugo (6-4) with two outs in the ninth to put the NL West champions in front.

Los Angeles moved four games ahead of the Braves for the best record in the National League with 11 to play and closed within one game of the New York Yankees for the top mark in the majors.

“Our depth is really good. But even our starters are really, really good. So it’s just a good team from top to bottom,” Gyorko said. “A lot of guys that we can rely on in situations, and our depth was proven tonight.”

Brandon Nimmo laced an early two-run triple for the Mets, who managed only three hits and wasted an excellent performance from Wheeler.

Alonso, the rookie slugger tied for the major league lead with 47 homers, went 0 for 4 and is hitless in a career-worst 20 consecutive at-bats. He and teammates Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto combined to go 0 for 25 in the three-game series.

“It’s been a tough go, but I feel fine,” Alonso said. “Just haven’t been necessarily capitalizing on some pitches and I need to do a better job at that.”

Scuffling closer Kenley Jansen (5-3) worked a perfect eighth. Kenta Maeda got two outs for his fifth career save and second this season.

Jansen said he’d been “dragging” his arm too much but has figured out the mechanical flaw that was troubling him.

“Everything worked so much easier,” he explained. “For some reason it just clicked.”

Dodgers All-Star Walker Buehler was pulled after 71 sharp pitches in an abbreviated October tuneup. He permitted two hits over five innings and retired his final 11 batters after Nimmo’s triple.

Wheeler pitched seven outstanding innings for the Mets, and Justin Wilson was summoned to protect a 2-1 lead in the eighth. But the left-hander, who saved Saturday’s win with a perfect ninth and had a 1.40 ERA since coming off the injured list July 2, was out of sorts.

He issued a leadoff walk to Gyorko, who was pinch-hitting, and balked him to second when he caught a cleat on the mound. An up-and-in wild pitch that sent Max Muncy sprawling to the ground moved Gyorko to third, and he scored on Taylor’s one-out double off the right-center wall.

“Zack pitched amazing tonight,” Wilson said. “Sadly, I couldn’t hold the lead for him.”

Mets nemesis Corey Seager shaved it to 2-1 with a two-out RBI single off Wheeler in the fourth. Muncy scored with a good slide on a close play at the plate.

 

Angels’ Mike Trout to have season-ending foot surgery

Mike Trout’s season is over.

The Los Angeles Angels say the eight-time All-Star will have surgery on his right foot this week because of Morton’s neuroma, a thickening of tissue around a nerve leading to toes that causes pain.

“I kind of knew when I first got my MRI a few weeks ago that I would probably need surgery at the end of the year to get it removed,” Trout said Sunday. “Just got worse. We tried everything. The training staff has been awesome. Some days it would feel good. Some days, once the thing cleared up, it was tough to walk.”

Trout was scheduled to fly with the team to New York on Sunday evening for a series with the Yankees that starts Tuesday. He is to return to Los Angeles on Thursday and have surgery later in the week.

“It just didn’t get better,” Trout said. “It’s been that way for a couple weeks. We tried injections, tried the cryoablation (cold fluid) – thought that would help. As soon as I went out there and started running, it flares up. After it clears up, in about 30-40 minutes it’s tough to walk on.”

Trout finished with a career-high 45 home runs, 104 RBIs and a .291 batting average, putting him in contention to win his third AL MVP award along with four second-place finishes. The 28-year-old outfielder had 110 walks, a .438 on-base percentage and 1.083 OPS in his first season after agreeing to a $426.5 million, 12-year contract, baseball’s largest deal by total and average salary.

“It’s my mindset coming in ever year, I want to be best player in the league,” Trout said. “Ever since I was a kid, that’s always been my mindset, just be the best. Thinking about being done when you have two weeks left, it sucks. I was having my best season.”

 

Chile’s Niemann wins by 6 shots at The Greenbrier

Joaquin Niemann is going to give International Team captain Ernie Els something to think about when he makes his captain’s picks for the Presidents Cup.

Niemann became the first player from Chile to win on the PGA Tour, shooting a 6-under 64 on Sunday for a six-stroke victory in A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.

The 20-year-old Niemann entered the final round of the season opener with a two-stroke lead and held off challenges from Tom Hoge and Richy Werenski. Niemann birdied the final three holes to finish at 21-under 259 at Old White TPC, which has quickly become one of his favorite venues.

“I just never thought this moment was possible,” Niemann said. “I can’t wait to go back home and celebrate with all of my friends.”

While eight players already qualified for the International Team that will play the U.S. team in December at Royal Melbourne in Australia, Els will choose the four remaining team International members the week of Nov. 4.

“Being on the Presidents Cup is just a dream,” Niemann said. “It’s a really good team this year. There’s a lot of good players fighting for those spots. This win definitely helps.”

Niemann grew up in Santiago, Chile, won a pair of junior world titles and was the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world before turning pro in 2018. He played his first full season on tour in 2019, finishing No. 67 in the FedEx Cup standings.

In 2017, Niemann finished tied for 29th as an amateur at The Greenbrier after receiving a sponsor’s exemption. He improved to a tie for fifth in 2018.

Niemann said the resort’s dozens of amenities have steered his mind away from the pressure of golf. Among the activities he participated in before the tournament started was exploring the rugged side of West Virginia with his caddie in an off-road vehicle.

“I was just feeling like I was going to win the tournament from the first day,” he said. “I was in that mindset.”

Niemann is the first third-round leader to win at The Greenbrier since its debut in 2010. He shot 64 in the final round for the third straight year.

He told himself before the round started to go out and have fun.

“I was just trying not to think of anything else,” Niemann said. “My caddie made me laugh to try to forget about it. The last couple of holes I was feeling great.”

It marks the first year since 1931 that there has been more than one tour winner under 21. Matthew Wolff won the 3M Open in June at 20 years, 2 months.

Hoge shot 65 and finished second at 15 under. Werenski faded to a 69 and finished in a four-way tie for third at 14 under, along with Brian Harman (65), Harris English (67) and Nate Lashley (69).

Hoge fell short in another chance at an elusive first win. At the 2018 Sony Open, he lost a one-shot lead with three holes to play, finished third and missed a playoff.

Hoge birdied five of his first eight holes Sunday, then birdied the 568-yard 12th hole to temporarily join Niemann at 16 under before making bogeys on two of his next three holes.

“A couple bad shots I would like to have back, but it was a good week and good way to start the year,” Hoge said.

Niemann made a short birdie putt on the par-4 10th to forge ahead for good. He saved par from 6 feet at No. 11, made birdie putts of 9 feet at No. 12 and a curling 13-footer at No. 13 that prompted a fist pump to push his lead to four.

There would be more bursts of joy down the stretch.

“Normally I’m not too excited,” Niemann said. “I normally don’t do fist pumps. The emotions on the last couple of holes was crazy. Just making those putts on the last three holes was unbelievable. I couldn’t resist.”

 

Pettersen wins dramatic Solheim Cup for Europe then retires

Suzann Pettersen stood over the final shot of her golfing career, not quite realizing it also was the last shot of the most dramatic Solheim Cup ever played.

Europe’s players had their hands over their mouths, and their captain could barely watch. Blissfully unaware of what was unfolding was 1-year-old Herman, Pettersen’s first child who was also among the thousands around the 18th green at Gleneagles.

The putt was from 7 feet, slightly left to right, and it never looked like missing.

After being mobbed by her teammates on the 18th green, an emotional Pettersen held Herman in her arms and kissed him. The Europeans had regained the Solheim Cup and one of the stalwarts of women’s golf had her perfect ending.

“Yeah, this is it. I’m completely done,” said the 38-year-old Pettersen, confirming her sudden decision to retire. “It doesn’t get any better.”

On an afternoon of singles matches that pretty much had everything, Europe secured a 14 1/2-13 1/2 win over the United States to claim the biggest team prize in female golf for the first time since 2013.

The final act, spread over two holes with virtually simultaneous putts, could not have been more thrilling.

Just as Pettersen was addressing her putt at No. 18, U.S. player Ally McDonald slid a putt to the right of the hole at No. 17 and walked up to Bronte Law to concede the match in favor of the Europeans.

The score changed to 13 1/2-13 1/2 and – without her even realizing – the outcome of the contest hinged on Pettersen.

“I thought Bronte was in behind me on the (18th) fairway,” Pettersen said. “I actually didn’t know that it was THE putt.”

That it was Pettersen who secured the winning point felt apt.

 

Truex races into 2nd round with win in opening playoff race

Martin Truex Jr. clearly had one of the best teams this season as he rolled to four victories before the end of June.

Then he hit a slump of sports, nearly three months without a win, but his Joe Gibbs Racing team remained confident it would challenge for the championship.

A win in the opening race of NASCAR’s playoffs solidified their beliefs.

Truex won for the fifth time this season Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and earned an automatic berth into the second round of the playoffs. He’s won the playoff opener in three of the last four seasons, including 2017 when he won the Cup title.

“Welcome back,” Truex screamed to his team over his radio as he crossed the finish line. He later added “I feel awesome” about his chances to make the final four and race for the championship in the November finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“If we can get to Homestead, we are going to be tough to handle. But we’ve got to get there first,” he said.

The Truex victory on an up-and-down day for Joe Gibbs Racing still cemented the Toyota team as the organization to beat for the Cup in this 10-race playoff series. JGR has 14 wins this season through 27 races.

Truex chased down Kevin Harvick, who was slowed by traffic, to cut into Harvick’s lead and eventually make the pass for the win – and the automatic second-round spot – on the outside with 20 laps remaining.

“I was able to hustle the car there at the end and get the lead and drive away,” Truex said. “These next two weeks are all about bonus points. This is big today to get six (points). Those are really important to get to (the finale).”

Las Vegas was a brutal opener for a handful of title contenders, including Kurt Busch, who crashed when his tire went flat and he finished last in the field. Erik Jones had an earlier mechanical issue and finished four spots higher in 36th.

The top 10 finishers were all playoff contenders as Truex was followed by Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, William Byron, Kyle Larson, reigning series champion Joey Logano and Ryan Newman.

Harvick credited his Stewart-Haas Racing team with making massive gains all weekend to get him to a second-place finish.

“We were way off when we got here this weekend. They just kept working. We qualified well,” Harvick said. “I knew the Gibbs cars would be tough. Martin was just so much better on the second half of the run. He made up that ground there, was able to stay close enough to us. My car started to get loose and push the front. It was just in kind of a four wheel drift. We really had OK speed at the first stage, but I still felt like the Gibbs cars were better than us.”

Kyle Busch hit the wall just five laps into the race and dropped two laps off the pace while his car was repaired. The regular-season champion finished 18th but was on track to finish fourth until he ran into the lapped car of Garrett Smithley nearing the end of the race.

“We are the top echelon in motorsports and we’ve got guys out here who have never won late model races, it’s pathetic. They don’t know where to go,” Kyle Busch said. Smithley has 11 career Cup starts, but has never won a race in a national series, including ARCA.

Busch in later post-race interviews repeated several times “I’m just here so I don’t get fined,” – a nod to celebrity pace car driver Marshawn Lynch, who used that line throughout his NFL career.

Pole-sitter Clint Bowyer started the race by leading all four Stewart-Haas Racing drivers to the green flag, but he never could clear the traffic and eventually dropped to a 25th-place finish.

“We just weren’t very good tonight. We were just off. Off in all areas,” Bowyer said.

Kurt Busch, Bowyer and Jones are now the bottom three drivers in the 16-driver field and in danger of being eliminated in two weeks.

It was 100 degrees when the race began, hours later than it did last season because NASCAR felt it was too hot for fans in attendance.

 

INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER

(INDIANA RELEASE)

LEXINGTON, KY. – Indiana Women’s Soccer handed Kentucky their first loss of the season as they defeated Wildcats 1-0 in a Sunday afternoon matchup. Melanie Forbes scored the only goal of the contest in the 17th minute as it was her first career game winner.

KEY MOMENTS

  • Melanie Forbes recorded her first goal of the season off a feed from Avery Lockwood as the Hoosiers struck first in the 17th minute to put Indiana up 1-0 early.
  • In the 32nd minute, Lockwood saw a good chance but couldn’t capitalize as it hit the crossbar before it was pushed out by a Wildcats defender.
  • Goalkeeper Bethany Kopel had her first save and only of the game in the 33rd minute.
  • Chandra Davidson opened up the middle of the field in the 61st that led to a chance on goal but couldn’t get the ball past the keeper as the opportunity went high.
  • The Wildcats saw two opportunities in the closing 10 minutes of the match but the Indiana defense preserved any chances for an equalizer.

NOTABLES

  • Indiana improved to 4-3-0 while Kentucky fell to 5-1-2.
  • Junior midfielder Melanie Forbes tallied her first game winning goal of her career on Sunday afternoon. The goal was also her first of season.
  • Forbes’ goal was the first goal given up by the Wildcats in four games. The last goal they gave up was on Aug. 29 to George Mason.
  • Sophomore defender Megan Wampler made her first career start in the contest vs. Kentucky.
  • Senior Captain Chandra Davidson led Indiana in shots with four while Avery Lockwood had three. The Hoosiers had an 8-5 shot advantage over Kentucky.
  • Junior goalkeeper Bethany Kopel notched her third shutout of the season. She now has 12 shutouts in her career.

HEAD COACH ERWIN VAN BENNEKOM

“Going on a five-day road trip against two opponents in UT Martin and Kentucky and getting two wins is great. I think we played very well in the first 30 minutes and, in the second half, we were organized enough to limit Kentucky and got the job done. I appreciate all the effort and appreciate how our team fought all the way to the end. Coming home with two wins is a great feeling.”

UP NEXT

Indiana opens conference play next weekend at home as they take on the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday Sept. 20 at 3 p.m.. They will then play host to Nebraska on Sunday Sept. 22 at 1 p.m.

 

(PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER)

ST. LOUIS – Through double-overtime in “feels like” 94 degree heat, the Purdue Boilermakers (4-2-1) remained locked in a nil-nil draw with Saint Louis (4-3-1) at Robert R. Hermann Stadium.

Marisa Bova had a stellar day in goal, stopping all seven shots that came her way, including two in the final minute of regulation.

Freshman Leanna Rebimbas and redshirt sophomore Sarah Griffith produced three shots apiece to lead the team.

The stalemate represented the final match of non-conference play. The Boilermakers return to action Friday at Folk Field with the Big Ten season-opener against Nebraska. Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m. ET.

1st Minute

Out of the gates, Purdue attacked the Saint Louis defensive third and earned its first corner kick.

16th Minute

As the Billikens crowded the Purdue box, Chloe Woodbeck swiped the ball off an attacker at the top of the 18 to end the offensive attack.

22nd Minute

On SLU’s first corner kick of the game, Marisa Bova dropped to the ground to make a save, despite two Saint Louis forwards placed on her for cover.

46th Minute

The SLU keeper made a miraculous one-handed save on a shot by Leanna Rebimbas. The keeper over-committed right and on the shot, stuck out her left hand to swat the ball away, keeping Purdue from taking the lead.

87th Minute

Sarah Griffith took a shot from 20 yards out and forced a save, marking Purdue’s final attempt in regulation.

92nd Minute

Out of the gate, Rebimbas put pressure on the Saint Louis defense. The freshman took a shot, but SLU blocks the attempt.

103rd Minute

Bova shut down another shot. SLU earned the corner, but the serve landed on top of the goal, never entering play.

110th Minute

With 32.6 seconds left on the clock, Purdue set up for a free kick on the far side of the field. While no direct shot was taken, the ball came back out to Grace Walsh, who placed it on-frame.

 

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER

(NOTRE DAME RELEASE)

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — The University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team dropped their first home match of the season to the undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes, 3-2, at Alumni Stadium Sunday afternoon.

The Irish (6-2) scored first in the opening 10 minutes after a Luisa Delgado strike from outside the box but the Hawkeyes responded quickly. Three goals in a span of 10 minutes gave Iowa (8-0) a lead they would not relinquish. Notre Dame got a goal back off a penalty kick from Sammi Fisher but were unable to come back from the two-goal deficit.

How it Happened

The first half had a flurry of goals starting in the 10th minute for the Irish.

Sammi Fisher controlled the ball up in the right side of the attacking third before playing it off to Luisa Delgado. Delgado turned towards the middle of the field and got the ball on her left foot. After a couple of touches, she fired a shot towards the near post that beat the keeper for the opening goal.

The Irish lead did not last long as the Hawkeyes answered on a corner kick in the 16th minute. Natalie Winters sent the corner past the far post for Hannah Drkulec. Drkulec got her head on the ball and beat Interian for the equalizer.

Moments later, Iowa made a push into the attacking zone and got their second goal of the afternoon. Devin Burns with the through ball up to Josie Durr who was making a run into the box. Durr took a low shot into the back of the net to give the Hawkeyes the lead.

Iowa scored off another set piece in the 25th minute and it was Drkulec again with the header. Kaleigh Haus had the corner sent towards the far post and Drkulec finished the header for her second goal of the game.

Notre Dame got one back in the 32nd minute and it all got started by Olivia Wingate. She made a run into the box and got taken down by a Hawkeye defender and a penalty kick was called by the referee. Fisher took her place over the ball on the spot and converted her second penalty kick of the year and brought the Irish within one.

In the second half, neither team got into much of a rhythm as a number of throw-ins and fouls kept occuring in the middle of the field.

The Irish pushed forward in the final minutes searching for the equalizer and had a few chances to tie it up. The best chance came with two minutes left when Alexis Martel-Lamothe had a header on goal but it was saved by Graves. Martel-Lamothe had another opportunity moments later but the shot went high.

Coming Up Next

The Irish will head back out on the road next week to kick off the ACC slate. The Irish are in South Carolina to take on Clemson Friday night at 5 p.m. ET. The ACC-opener will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra.

 

OHIO STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER

COLUMBUS, Ohio –The Ohio State women’s soccer team picked up a 3-1 win over Ohio on Senior Night Sunday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 2-4-1 on the year while the Bobcats drop to 5-2-0.

Ohio State opens Big Ten play with home contests against Michigan State at 8 p.m. Thursday and Michigan at 2 p.m. Sunday.

QUOTE FROM THE COACH

“We wanted to build on some of the things we saw on Friday,” Lori Walker-Hock, Ohio State head coach, said. “We had another fantastic crowd tonight. I think we wanted to focus on what our movements were in the final two phases of the game. We broke lines with simple passes and were able to get creative in the wide areas. I thought we did a really nice job of that and it also was really nice to be able to honor our three seniors.”

MATCH SUMMARY

– Ohio State took the early lead less than seven minutes in. Izzy Rodriguez’s corner was headed down by Talani Barnett at the center of the box and Meghan Kammerdeiner finished past Ohio goalkeeper Sydney Malham from inside the six-yard box for the 1-0 advantage.

– Ohio’s best opportunity of the first 45 minutes came in the 12th minute when Abby Townsend ripped a right-footed shot from long range but Ohio State goalkeeper Bailey Kolinski lunged to make the stop.

– The Buckeyes then doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Aliyah El-Naggar played a beautiful long ball from the right side of midfield to a streaking Marissa Birzon, who got in behind the Ohio defense to poke a shot past Malham to make it 2-0.

– The Buckeyes had another chance in the 39th minute when Brittany Duncan laid a pass off to Emaly Vatne, who hit a left-footed shot from 10 yards on the left side of the box toward the near post but Malham was there to make the stop.

– Ohio State then pushed its lead to 3-0 in the 56th minute on Kayla Fischer’s third goal of the year. Izzy Rodriguez found the sophomore on the left wing and Fischer weaved around a pair of Bobcat defenders before lacing a right-footed shot from eight yards inside the right post past Malham.

– The Bobcats pulled one back less than five minutes later with Olivia Sensky’s free kick from midfield found the head of Alivia Milesky, who found the back of the net from six yards to make it a 3-1 contest.

MATCH NOTES

– Ohio State recognized seniors Marike Mousset, Selina Vickery and Haley Walker-Robinson prior to the game against the Bobcats.

– The three goals for the Buckeyes marked the most in a game since Ohio State scored eight against Morehead State Aug. 30 of last season.

– Kammerdeiner’s goal was her first of the season and fifth of her career.

– Birzon’s tally marked her third of the season and seventh of her career.

– Fischer also scored her third of the year and seventh of her career. The sophomore leads the Buckeyes with nine points this season.

– Ohio State recorded a season-high 12 shots on goal.

– Izzy Rodriguez played the full 90 minutes once again, extending her team-best consecutive minutes played streak to 2,133. Both Rodriguez and senior Marike Mousset have played every minute of the season so far.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

Shots: Ohio State 18, Ohio 10

Saves: Ohio 9, Ohio State 3

Shots on Goal: Ohio State 12, Ohio 4

Corner Kicks: Ohio State 9, Ohio 2

UP NEXT

Ohio State opens Big Ten play with home contests against Michigan State at 8 p.m. Thursday and Michigan at 2 p.m. Sunday.

 

INDIANA MEN’S GOLF

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Indiana men’s golf opens the 2019-20 season on Monday as the Hoosiers tee off at the Windon Memorial at the Conway Farms Golf Club. The two-day event, which begins Monday at 9:30 a.m. ET, features 14 teams from across the country. The teams will play 36 holes on Monday with the final round to be played on Tuesday.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Conway Farms • Lake Forest, Ill.

Par 71 • 7,233

TEAMS COMPETING (14)

Northwestern, ETSU, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, Marquette, Michigan, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Purdue. South Florida, UC Davis, UNLV

INDIANA LINEUP

1.)           Mitch Davis (So.; 73.27)

2.)           Harry Reynolds (So.; 74.57)

3.)           Brock Ochsenreiter (Sr.; 73.44)

4.)           Ethan Shepherd (Jr.; 74.22)

5.)           Jack Sparrow (Gr.; 75.71)

Ind.) Eric Berggren (Fr.; college debut)

Last Year at Windon Memorial

At last year’s event, the Hoosiers were led by Brock Ochsenreiter, who finished tied for eighth after shooting 2-under-par. Ethan Shepherd also had a good showing, finishing tied for 24th. As a team, Indiana finished tied for 12th place.

Tournament Notes

The first round will begin as a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. ET on Monday. The second round will start following the conclusion of the first 18 holes. The final round will tee off on Tuesday at 9 a.m. ET.

The Windon Memorial event has been put on 21 times since 1993 with this season marking the 22nd.  A Hoosier is tied for the best-ever round in the event as Jorge Campillo shot a 63 in 2008. Campillio is also tied for the best individual score over the three rounds, carding a 205 in 2008. This week will mark the 11th appearance for Indiana in the event since 2007.

Top Returners

  • The lineup for this week has combined for 257 rounds in their career.
  • Brock Ochsenreiter led the Hoosiers last year with a 72.56 average as he finished in the top 10 three times, highlighted by a second-place finish in the Steelwood Collegiate in October.
  • Ethan Shepherd was close behind with his 73.06 average as he recorded four top-10 finishes, including a fourth-place showing at the Chatham Hills Collegiate.
  • Mitch Davis had an impressive freshman debut for Indiana, averaging a 73.27 which is the second-best ever average for an Indiana freshman. During the summer, he won the U.S. Amateur qualifier at Sand Creek Country Club to advance to the U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst.
  • Harry Reynolds averaged a 74.57 in 2018-19, the 11th best ever for an IU freshman. His best finish came at the Chatham Hills Collegiate at 18th.
  • Jack Sparrow was granted a sixth year of eligibility after missing the majority of last season with an injury. For his career, he is averaging a 74.67.

Berggren to Make His Debut

Indiana freshman Eric Berggren will make his debut at the event, competing as an individual. Berggren was ranked 90th in the class of 2019 and led Windermere Prep to a pair of team state titles.

 

PURDUE MEN’S GOLF

(PURDUE RELEASE)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue men’s golf team is wrapping up a busy opening stretch to the season, competing in its third tournament in three weeks at the Windon Memorial Classic held at Conway Farms on Monday and Tuesday.

Purdue finished tied for second at the Island Resort Intercollegiate to start the season, then placed seventh at the Gopher Invitational last weekend.

The two-day, 54-hole tournament begins Monday with 36 holes at the prestigious Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Illinois. Action will conclude Sunday with 18 holes on the 7,233-yard, par-71 layout.

THE FIELD (Rankings via Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll)

RV – Iowa State

RV – Kansas

RV – Marquette

RV – Notre Dame

RV – UNLV

Northwestern

East Tennessee State

Indiana

Michigan

Northern Illinois

Ole Miss

Purdue

South Florida

UC Davis

PURDUE LINEUP

Joe Weiler, Junior: Named Big Ten Golfer of the Week after a T-3rd place finish at the Gopher Invitational … has been at even- or under-par in all six rounds this year, tied for the fifth-longest streak in school history … has tied his career-low, 54-hole score in each of the last two events (210) … finished T-2nd at the season-opening Island Resort Intercollegiate two weeks ago.

Nick Dentino, Freshman: Finished second in his first career tournament two weeks ago at the Island Resort Intercollegiate, then followed up that finish with a T-16 finish at the Gopher Invitational … has been at even- or under-par in five of six rounds this year and has been on the counting team in all six rounds … tied for the team lead in birdies (23) and is second in pars (66) … has yet to record a double-bogey or worse.

Cole Bradley, Junior: Has finished T-30 and T-44 in his first two events this season … all six rounds have been between 73 and 75 this year … tied for the team lead in birdies (23).

Peyton Snoeberger, Freshman: Played well in his first career tournament with a T-18th place finish at the Island Resort Intercollegiate, including rounds of 71-70 in the first two rounds … averaging 72.00 strokes per round in the second round this year … posting a 4.67 scoring average on par-5s this season.

Andrew Farraye, Sophomore: Breaking into the counting lineup after a pair of top-20 finishes as an individual in the first two events … finished T-8th at the Pioneer Creek Collegiate last weekend, his first career top-10 finish … averaging 4.46 strokes per hole on par-5s this year … tied for the team lead with 23 birdies and has posted two eagles already.   

THE COURSE

Designed around the traditions of Scottish golf links by Tom Fazio, the course opened for play 28 years ago and is notable for having hosted numerous amateur championship tournaments since 1997 as well as the PGA Tour’s BMW Championship in 2013, 2015, and 2017, part of the season-ending FedEx Cup playoffs in September. It also played host to the 2006 Big Ten Championships, where Purdue finished third at 34-over par. This marks the third time the event has been played at Conway Farms (1999, 2004) – the Boilermakers finished T-3rd out of 18 teams at the 2004 event.

WEATHER FORECAST

Sunday: Mostly sunny, high of 76 degrees.

Monday: Mostly sunny, high of 77 degrees.

WINDON MEMORIAL CLASSIC HISTORY

Purdue has been a fixture in the Windon Memorial Classic, appearing in its 13th event since its first appearance in 2003. The Boilermakers have won the event once, in 2015, in dominating fashion, setting the 54-hole scoring record by four shots (830), while posting the second-best, 18-hole score in tournament history (272). Brian Carlson won medalist honors that year with a 6-under par 207 at Lake Shore Country Club.

LIVE STATS

Live scoring can be found on golfstat.com.

 

BALL SATE MEN’S GOLF

(BALL STATE RELEASE)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Behind scores in the 60’s from Joey Ranieri, Yianni Kostouros and Keegan Bronnenberg, the Ball State men’s golf team opened the season Sunday with its best round in relation to par in a decade.

The Cardinals posted a 9-under-par 279 on the first day of the Golfweek Conference Challenge to grab the lead by four strokes over host Iowa. It was the deepest into red figures BSU had gone since a 13-under 275 at Xavier’s 2009 Renaissance Invitational.

Ranieri led the way with a bogey-free 68 on the Donald Ross Course at Cedar Rapids Country Club to match the low round of his career. Last year’s MAC Freshman of the Year finished the day in a tie for second place, two shots off the early pace set by Arkansas State’s Zan Luka Stirn.

Kostouros and Bronnenberg both shot 69 to close the opening round tied for sixth. Bronnenberg birdied six of his first 11 holes, while Kostouros used an eagle on the par-5 ninth as a springboard to his career-best round. The Cardinals also counted CJ Jones’ 73, highlighted by three birdies in a four-hole stretch of the back nine.

This week’s 16-team field features seven squads that finished last year ranked among the top 100 in the country. The action continues with the second round Monday and the final round Tuesday. Live scoring is available at golfstat.com.

For the latest on Ball State men’s golf, follow @BallStateMGolf on Twitter and @BallStateMenGolf on Instagram.

Top Teams (16-team field)

  1. Ball State, 279 (-9)
  2. Iowa, 283 (-5)
  3. Campbell, 284 (-4)
  4. Arkansas State, 288 (E)

T5. UMKC, 289 (+1)

T5. Jacksonville State, 289 (+1)

Ball State Scores

T2. Joey Ranieri, 68 (-4)

T6. Yianni Kostouros, 69 (-3)

T6. Keegan Bronnenberg, 69 (-3)

T32. CJ Jones, 73 (+1)

T45. Tyler Green*, 74 (+2)

  1. Jack Cunningham, 81 (+9)

*competing as an individual

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1903       In their 14-7 victory over Cleveland at the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, the first-place Americans score in every inning, making it 11 consecutive frames that at least one player has crossed the plate. The fledgling American League team will also tally in the first six innings of its next game to extend the scoring streak to 17 straight frames.

1914       At the age of 23, Yankees shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh is hired to replace Frank Chance as the skipper of the team. During his 20-game tenure as the player-manager, the young infielder will finish the season with a 10-10 record for the sixth-place club.

1922       After listening to excessive bench jockeying from the Giants dugout, Reds’ hurler Adolfo Luque becomes so enraged he throws down his glove and bolts into the New York dugout. The Cuban native, known for his fiery temper, punches Casey Stengel on the jaw and is ordered to return to his own bench by the police, who are busy trying to prevent the Polo Grounds crowd, which has overflowed onto the field, from rioting.

1924       Cardinal first baseman Jim Bottomley goes 6-for-6, including two homers, and bats in a record twelve runs when the team beats the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 17-3. The previous mark of 11 RBIs in one game was established in 1892 by today’s opposing Dodger manager, Wilbert Robinson.

1926       En route to a 23-3 rout of the Phillies at the Baker Bowl, the Cardinals cross home plate 12 times during the third inning. The dozen runs establish a franchise record for the Redbirds.

1931       At Rickwood Field, Birmingham Barons starter Ray Caldwell outduels Dizzy Dean to beat the Texas League’s Houston Buffaloes, a Cardinals farm team, 1-0, in Game One of the Dixie Series. The 43 year-old right-hander posted a 19-7 record along with an ERA of 3.45 during the regular season for the Southern Association team.

1938       Johnny Rizzo becomes the first Pirates player in franchise history to hit 20 home runs in a season. The 25 year-old rookie outfielder from Texas, who becomes hurt next season, never playing regularly for the Bucs again, finishes the campaign batting .301 with 23 round-trippers and 111 RBIs.

1940       In a 16-4 Browns rout of the Yankees at Sportsman’s Park, Johnny Lucadello becomes the first player in big league history to hit his first two career home runs from different sides of the plate in the same game. The 21 year-old second baseman, who joins Wally Schang as only the second player in American League history to accomplish the feat, will hit just three more home runs during his six-year career.

1942       The Phillies, bowing to the Cubs in the nightcap of a twin bill, 4-1, become the first major league team to have five consecutive 100 loss seasons. From 1938 to the end of this season, the team will compile a 227-532 (.299) record under three different managers.

1948       Joe DiMaggio’s 300th career homer is the lone run yielded by Detroit starter Fred Hutchinson in his 2-1 complete-game win over New York at Briggs Stadium. The ‘Yankee Clipper’ joins Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, Rogers Hornsby, Chuck Klein, and Hank Greenberg as the eighth major leaguer to reach the milestone.

1948       Larry Doby’s first inning grand slam proves to be the difference when the Indians hand the Senators their 16th consecutive defeat, 6-3. The four-run extends the rookie outfielder’s hitting streak to 21 games.

1952       Pacific Coast League’s Sacramento manager, former major league All-Star second baseman Joe Gordon, pinch hits homers in both ends of a doubleheader. The first one, a grand slam, wins the game, 4-1.

1955       In the eighth inning of the A’s 13-7 victory over Chicago, Kansas City infielder Alex George makes his major league debut at Municipal Stadium. The 16 year-old shortstop handles two chances cleanly and strikes out in his only at bat in the game.

1960       Warren Spahn pitches a no-hitter, beating the Phillies at County Stadium, 4-0. The 39 year-old southpaw sets an all-time Braves record with 15 strikeouts en route to his 20th victory of the season, marking the tenth time he has reached the plateau.

1965       At Fenway Park in front of only 1,247 fans, Boston right-hander Dave Morehead, who will lead the league in losses with 18 this season, no-hits the visiting Indians, 2-1. On the same day, the ninth-place Red Sox who will lose 100 games, fire their general manager, Pinky Higgins.

1966       Bob Gibson notches his 20th victory of the season when he goes the distance to beat Chicago at Wrigley Field, 3-1. The Cardinal right-hander will become the first pitcher in more than forty years to have consecutive 20-win seasons for a second-division team.

1968       Umpires Al Salerno and Bill Valentine are fired by American League President Joe Cronin. The men in blue claim the dismissals are due to their efforts organizing a union.

1969       Red Sox skipper Dick Williams, with one year left on his contract, is fired by the team as the result of a culmination of a number of things, including a lack of communications with the players, according to General Manager Dick O’Connell. During his rookie season as a manager, Williams led Boston to their Impossible Dream American League pennant in 1967.

1972       Phillies’ rookie third baseman Mike Schmidt hits his first career home run, breaking Expos’ Balor Moore’s 25 consecutive scoreless inning streak. Michael Jack Schmidt will finish his 18-year career with 548 round-trippers.

1972       Glen Beckert goes 0-for-6 in the Cubs’ 18-5 victory over the Mets at Wrigley Field, leaving 12 men on base to set a new major league mark. The Chicago second baseman leaves the bases loaded in the first and seventh, strands two runners twice when he bats two times in the team’s seven-run third, and fails to plate other teammates in the fifth and seventh, the first of his two plate appearances in the frame.

1975       Rennie Stennett ties a major league mark established in 1892 with his 7-for-7 performance in a nine-inning game. The Pirates’ second baseman gets two hits in one inning twice, the first and fifth frames, in the Bucs’ 22-0 rout of the Cubs at Wrigley Field, the most one-sided shutout since 1900.

1975       Mike Vail fails to break the major league rookie record for consecutive games with a hit shared by Richie Ashburn (1948, Phillies) and Alvin Dark (1948, Braves). The 23 year-old freshman left fielder has plenty of opportunities to hit safely in his 24th straight game, coming to the plate eight times in the Mets’ 18-inning marathon with Montreal, a 4-3 victory over the Expos at Shea Stadium.

1976       In the 11th inning at Veterans Stadium, Rick Joseph hits a walk-off grand slam in the Phillies’ 8-4 victory over the Dodgers. Two batters are walked intentionally by Ron Perranoski to face the weak hitting Philadelphia pinch hitter, who responds with his first career home run, which will be his only round-tripper this season.

1979       At Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers hold Catfish Hunter Day to honor their future Hall of Fame pitcher who will be retiring at the end of the season at the age of 33. A 20 year-old left-hander named Dave Righetti makes his major league debut for the hometown team.

1980       Mike Norris, en route to a 22-9 record with the second-place A’s, gets his 20th victory of the season when Oakland beats Texas at Arlington Stadium, 4-2. The 25 year-old right-hander will compile a 58-59 career mark during his ten years in the major leagues with Oakland.

1987       Indian first baseman Joe Carter, swiping his career-high 30th base, becomes the tenth major leaguer to hit 30 home runs and to steal 30 bases in the same season. Although the feat had been accomplished only 11 times prior to this year, four players, including Mets teammates Howard Johnson and Darryl Strawberry along with A’s slugger Jose Canseco, become the newest members of the 30/30 club this season.

1988       The Reds’ Tom Browning pitches a perfect game against the Dodgers, striking out eight and allowing only eight balls to be hit out of the infield in his 1-0 victory. Over three starts, including the perfect game, he retires 40 consecutive batters – one shy of a major league record.

1991       Darren Lewis scores four runs and steals three bases without the benefit of a base hit. The Giants leadoff hitter reaches base in four of his five plate appearances via base on balls in San Francisco’s victory over the Braves at Candlestick Park, 8-5.

1993       At the age of 41, Twins’ Dave Winfield becomes the 19th major leaguer to collect 3000 hits when he singles to left off A’s ace Dennis Eckersley in the bottom the ninth of a 5-4 extra-inning victory over Oakland at the Metrodome. Joining Al Kaline, the Minnesota DH becomes the second player to have reached the milestone having never played a day in the minors.

1996       A fifth inning triple off Royal southpaw Jose Rosado gives Twins Paul Molitor his 3000th hit, becoming the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat with a three bagger. The ‘Ignitor’ reaches this milestone in the same season in which he also collects 200 hits, making him the only player to accomplish both feats in the same campaign.

1996       Benito Santiago hits a trio of home runs in his three first at-bats in the Phillies’ 6-1 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The 31 year-old native of Ponce, Puerto Rico also went deep in his last at-bat in yesterday’s contest in Chicago, giving the Philadelphia backstop four consecutive homers in four at-bats.

1997       In a 3-2 victory at Veterans Stadium, Phillies hurler Curt Schilling whiffs nine Mets to become the thirteenth pitcher in major league history since 1900 to record 300 strikeouts in a season. The right-hander, who will finish the season with a career high of 319, will also reach the milestone next year with Philadelphia and in 2002 with the Diamondbacks.

1998       Tom Gordon ties Jose Mesa’s major league single-season record established in 1995 with his 38th consecutive save. The 30 year-old right-handed closer also sets a franchise mark with his 41st save of the season when the Red Sox beat Baltimore, 4-3.

1998       With homers in four straight at-bats and five in two games, Cleveland’s Manny Ramirez ties a major league record. The Indian right fielder, who homered in his final three at-bats last night, goes deep off of Twin Bob Tewksbury in the first and takes a 3-2 pitch to left in the fifth for his fifth homer in six at-bats.

1998       For only the 30th time in major league history and the 12th time it has been done consecutively, four batters strike out in one inning. Thanks to Randy Knorr’s passed ball, Marlin rookie Kirt Ojala accomplishes the feat in the fourth inning of the Marlins’ 3-2 defeat to the Expos.

1998       In front of 49,891 patrons at San Diego’s Jack Murphy Stadium, Sammy Sosa ties Mark McGwire by hitting his record-setting 63rd home run. The 434-foot eighth inning two-out blast off Brian Boehringer is a tie-breaking grand slam, with ‘Slammin’ Sammy collecting all six RBIs when the Cubs beat the Padres, 6-3.

1999       Doug Glanville collects five hits, including a double and a home run, in the Phillies’ 8-6 victory at the Astrodome, that ends Houston’s win streak at 12, a franchise record. The 29 year-old center fielder will enjoy another five-hit performance next season against Cincinnati.

2000       With a sixth-inning blast in a 7-6 loss to the hometown Cardinals, Cub outfielder Sammy Sosa joins Mark McGwire (1997-99) as the only major leaguer to hit 50 home runs three straight seasons. Babe Ruth had three 50+ homer seasons, but did not accomplish the feat in consecutive years

2002       Diamondback righty Curt Schilling K’s his 300th victim to join southpaw Randy Johnson in becoming the first teammates to each strike out at least 300 batters in the same season. ‘Schill’ has now done it three times in his career with the ‘Big Unit’ reaching the milestone six times, but neither hurler will accomplish the feat again.

2002       Giant left fielder Barry Bonds walks three times, breaking his own record for bases on balls in a season with 178. Approximately one-third of the free passes given to the San Francisco slugger have been intentional (60 out of 178).

2004       The Red Sox become the fourth team in big league history to sell out an entire 81-game home season. The Indians (1996-2000), Rockies (1996), and Giants (2000) are the other clubs that have accomplished the feat.

2005       Youppi!, who got his start at Olympic Stadium, is named as the first official mascot of the Montreal Canadiens, becoming the first to ever switch from Major League Baseball to the NHL. The acquisition, reportedly at the cost of six figures, is made possible when the Expos leave the hairy orange arm-waving giant behind in favor of an eagle called “Screech” when they moved to Washington, D.C. to become the Nationals.

2006       Angels center fielder Chone Figgins, in a 12-6 loss to the Rangers in Texas, triples in the ninth inning to become the fifth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle. ‘Figgy’ joins Jeff DaVanon (2004), Dave Winfield (1991), Dan Ford (1979), and Jim Fregosi (1964, 1968) to accomplish the feat for the Halos.

2006       The Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston’s grand reopening ceremony for its Roxbury facility, which underwent a $7-million renovation, has some community leaders upset with the building’s new name to be unveiled at the event. Although the previous owner of the Red Sox created the charitable foundation that donated $3 million used to renovate the run-down club, some in the minority neighborhood believe it would be wrong to name the clubhouse after Tom Yawkey because his policies were racially motivated, as evidenced by passing up an opportunity to get Jackie Robinson, and the team becoming the last to integrate in the major leagues.

2006       Stealing second base in the first inning in an 8-5 victory over the Brewers at RFK, Alfonso Soriano becomes the fourth player in major league history in a single season to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases. The Nationals’ outfielder joins Jose Canseco (1988), Barry Bonds (1996), and Alex Rodriguez (1998) as the only players to record 40-40 seasons.

2007       Todd Jones becomes the 21st major leaguer to record 300 career saves. The milestone doesn’t come easy as the Tigers’ closer gives up three hits and a run in Detroit’s 6-4 win over the Twins at the Metrodome.

2007       David Wright, homering in the seventh inning of a 10-6 loss to Philadelphia at Shea Stadium, becomes the 30th member of the 30-30 club. Returning to the dugout, the Mets third baseman is greeted by hitting coach Howard Johnson, who along with Darryl Strawberry are the other Metropolitans to have also stolen thirty bases and hit 30 homers in the same season.

2007       In a dramatic at-bat, Jim Thome becomes the third major leaguer this season, and the 23rd overall to hit 500 career home runs. The historic homer comes in the bottom of the ninth on a full count as the White Sox DH strokes a two-run walk-off round-tripper to beat the Angels at U.S. Cellular Field, 9-7.

2007       The Nationals announce that the press box in Nationals Park, the team’s new home scheduled to open next season, will be named the “Shirley Povich Media Center”, in honor of the late Hall of Fame Baseball writer. The Washington Post’s longtime sports columnist and reporter covered the Senators’ first World Series championship in 1924 and continued to write for the paper until his death in 1998.

2008       Derek Jeter becomes the all-time hits leader at Yankee Stadium, which will be demolished at the end of the season. The team’s shortstop and captain surpasses Lou Gehrig’s record with a first-inning single in a 6-2 loss to the White Sox, bringing his total to 1,270 at the 85 year-old ballpark.

2009       The Tigers pay tribute to 91 year-old Ernie Harwell, their long-time broadcaster (1960-2002), who recently revealed he has inoperable cancer. The third-inning ceremony during the 4-3 victory over Kansas City includes a three-minute video tribute followed by the Hall of Fame announcer thanking the admiring and supportive fans attending the game at Comerica Park.

2010       Nyjer Morgan, following appeals, will serve an eight-game suspension in place of the two original bans that totaled 15 games. The Nationals outfielder had been given a seven-game suspension when the commissioner’s office alleged he had deliberately thrown a baseball into the stands, resulting in a Philadelphia fan getting hit, and then a week later was handed an eight-game suspension for his instigation and participation in a brawl with Florida.

2012       The Orioles, with their 9-5 victory over Oakland, are assured of having their first winning season since the team finished first in the AL East in 1997. The Birds will finish the campaign with a 93-69 record for a second-place finish, but will earn a spot in the postseason as the play-in Wild Card team.

 

THIS DAY IN SPORTS-1950

PHILADELPHIA- Until at least Dec. 3, when they clash again, the Cleveland Browns, who played their first game in the National Football League tonight, will merit a solid claim of superiority over the Philadelphia Eagles. With a convincing 35‚10 rout of the two-time champions of the N.F.L. before 71,237 fans at Municipal Stadium, Paul Brown’s resourceful athletes produced the answer to the most repeated question in professional gridiron history: “Can the Browns beat the Eagles?”

It took four years and cost some $8,000,000 before a contest between the N.F.L. and the All-America Conference kings could be arranged. Made possible by the A.A.C. capitulation last winter, the long-awaited game finally was staged, only because the Browns, along with the San Francisco Forty-Niners and the Baltimore Colts, joined the N.F.L. And now that it has come to pass, it could be that some N.F.L. folks are sorry. Judged by tonight’s performance, the Browns, who were the only champions the now-defunct A.A.C. ever knew, may, for a number of years, anyway, dominate the league as it did the Conference.

Certainly, the beautifully coached Browns, with Otto Graham, as great as he ever was at Northwestern and since he became a professional, leading the attack, Greasy Neale’s Eagles were made to look bad. The Eagles’ defense against Graham’s passes was woefully weak, even if they managed to minimize the Cleveland trap plays, featuring Marion Motley. Graham went overhead thirty-eight times and completed twenty-one, good for 346 yards and three touchdowns. His was a magnificent display of aerial artistry and his was a job so well done that the difference between the elevens was greater even than the actual margin.

On his first touchdown pass, Graham fired to Dub Jones, completely fooling the Philadelphia defense. Jones caught the ball on the 25 and continued unmolested for the touchdown. Graham threw to Dante Lavelli for twenty-six yards and a touchdown in the second and to Mac Speedie for thirteen yards and six points in the third. With Steve Van Buren in uniform but not called upon because of the toe he fractured during training, with Bosh Pritchard out with a bad knee and with Clyde (Smackover) Scott, a dynamic runner until he was injured in the second period, lost for the last thirty-five minutes, the Eagles perhaps were outmanned by the Browns. However, none could dispute that the Clevelanders were the better, stronger, smarter club tonight.

 

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
New England Patriots 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 76 3 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 2 W
Buffalo Bills 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 45 30 0-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 2 W
New York Jets 0 1 0 .000 1.5 16 17 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 1 L
Miami Dolphins 0 2 0 .000 2.0 10 102 0-2-0 0-0-0 0-2-0 0-1-0 2 L
 
West Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Kansas City Chiefs 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 68 36 0-0-0 2-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 2 W
Oakland Raiders 1 1 0 .500 1.0 34 44 1-1-0 0-0-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 1 L
Los Angeles Chargers 1 1 0 .500 1.0 40 37 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 1 L
Denver Broncos 0 2 0 .000 2.0 30 40 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 2 L
 
North Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Baltimore Ravens 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 82 27 1-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 2 W
Cleveland Browns 0 1 0 .000 1.5 13 43 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1 L
Cincinnati Bengals 0 2 0 .000 2.0 37 62 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 2 L
Pittsburgh Steelers 0 2 0 .000 2.0 29 61 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 2 L
 
South Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Indianapolis Colts 1 1 0 .500 0.0 43 47 0-0-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 1-0-0 1 W
Houston Texans 1 1 0 .500 0.0 41 42 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1 W
Tennessee Titans 1 1 0 .500 0.0 60 32 0-1-0 1-0-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 1 L
Jacksonville Jaguars 0 2 0 .000 1.0 38 53 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-1-0 2 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Dallas Cowboys 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 66 38 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 2-0-0 2 W
Philadelphia Eagles 1 1 0 .500 1.0 52 51 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 1-0-0 1 L
New York Giants 0 2 0 .000 2.0 31 63 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 2 L
Washington Redskins 0 2 0 .000 2.0 48 63 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-2-0 2 L
 
West Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Los Angeles Rams 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 57 36 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 0-0-0 2 W
San Francisco 49ers 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 72 34 0-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 2 W
Seattle Seahawks 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 49 46 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 2 W
Arizona Cardinals 0 1 1 .250 1.5 44 50 0-0-1 0-1-0 0-0-1 0-0-0 1 L
 
North Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Green Bay Packers 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 31 19 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 2-0-0 2 W
Detroit Lions 1 0 1 .750 0.5 40 37 1-0-0 0-0-1 0-0-1 0-0-0 1 W
Minnesota Vikings 1 1 0 .500 1.0 44 33 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 1 L
Chicago Bears 1 1 0 .500 1.0 19 24 0-1-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 1 W
 
South Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 1 0 .500 0.0 37 45 0-1-0 1-0-0 1-1-0 1-0-0 1 W
Atlanta Falcons 1 1 0 .500 0.0 36 48 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 0-0-0 1 W
New Orleans Saints 1 1 0 .500 0.0 39 55 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1 L
Carolina Panthers 0 2 0 .000 1.0 41 50 0-2-0 0-0-0 0-2-0 0-1-0 2 L

 

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
NY Yankees 98 53 .649 53 – 22 45 – 31 52 – 19 18 – 15 16 – 11 6 – 4 L 1
Tampa Bay 89 62 .589 9 43 – 32 46 – 30 38 – 29 20 – 13 18 – 15 7 – 3 L 1
Boston 79 70 .530 18 36 – 39 43 – 31 33 – 36 21 – 11 16 – 15 4 – 6 W 3
Toronto 59 91 .393 38.5 31 – 44 28 – 47 25 – 39 17 – 18 14 – 17 4 – 6 W 1
Baltimore 49 100 .329 48 23 – 52 26 – 48 21 – 46 12 – 19 9 – 22 3 – 7 W 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Minnesota 91 58 .611 41 – 33 50 – 25 20 – 12 40 – 23 23 – 11 5 – 5 L 1
Cleveland 87 63 .580 4.5 44 – 31 43 – 32 18 – 16 44 – 26 19 – 13 6 – 4 W 1
Chi White Sox 65 84 .436 26 35 – 39 30 – 45 15 – 18 31 – 32 13 – 20 4 – 6 L 2
Kansas City 55 95 .367 36.5 29 – 47 26 – 48 10 – 23 29 – 40 8 – 22 4 – 6 L 3
Detroit 44 104 .297 46.5 20 – 54 24 – 50 13 – 19 20 – 43 6 – 27 4 – 6 L 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Houston 98 53 .649 56 – 20 42 – 33 19 – 13 21 – 13 47 – 18 7 – 3 W 3
Oakland 90 60 .600 7.5 48 – 27 42 – 33 17 – 16 23 – 7 39 – 28 8 – 2 W 6
Texas 74 77 .490 24 42 – 33 32 – 44 15 – 11 18 – 16 32 – 39 6 – 4 L 3
LA Angels 68 82 .453 29.5 36 – 39 32 – 43 16 – 16 13 – 18 27 – 40 3 – 7 W 1
Seattle 62 88 .413 35.5 33 – 42 29 – 46 13 – 17 18 – 15 25 – 45 4 – 6 W 2

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Y-Atlanta 93 58 .616 47 – 28 46 – 30 45 – 25 20 – 13 16 – 14 6 – 4 L 1
Washington 82 66 .554 9.5 42 – 31 40 – 35 37 – 31 16 – 13 18 – 16 4 – 6 W 1
NY Mets 77 72 .517 15 43 – 31 34 – 41 35 – 34 12 – 18 15 – 15 6 – 4 L 1
Philadelphia 76 72 .514 15.5 43 – 35 33 – 37 32 – 33 20 – 13 14 – 19 4 – 6 L 2
Miami 52 97 .349 40 29 – 49 23 – 48 20 – 46 10 – 24 13 – 16 2 – 8 L 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
St. Louis 83 66 .557 47 – 28 36 – 38 16 – 14 41 – 28 17 – 13 5 – 5 L 2
Chi Cubs 81 68 .544 2 50 – 24 31 – 44 17 – 17 34 – 29 18 – 14 5 – 5 W 4
Milwaukee 80 69 .537 3 43 – 31 37 – 38 21 – 11 39 – 31 12 – 15 9 – 1 W 2
Cincinnati 70 80 .467 13.5 40 – 35 30 – 45 16 – 15 29 – 38 16 – 16 5 – 5 W 1
Pittsburgh 65 85 .433 18.5 31 – 41 34 – 44 11 – 21 25 – 42 17 – 17 4 – 6 L 3
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
X-LA Dodgers 97 54 .642 56 – 20 41 – 34 23 – 10 22 – 11 43 – 24 6 – 4 W 1
Arizona 76 74 .507 20.5 37 – 35 39 – 39 15 – 16 14 – 15 33 – 37 3 – 7 L 1
San Francisco 72 78 .480 24.5 33 – 42 39 – 36 13 – 17 14 – 19 36 – 34 5 – 5 W 1
San Diego 68 81 .456 28 35 – 40 33 – 41 14 – 18 13 – 17 30 – 37 4 – 6 L 4
Colorado 65 85 .433 31.5 39 – 36 26 – 49 15 – 15 12 – 18 30 – 40 6 – 4 W 3

 

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
x – New York City FC 30 16 9 5 56 37 19 10-5-1 6-4-4 57
x – Philadelphia 30 15 7 8 55 43 12 10-4-2 5-3-6 52
x – Atlanta 29 15 3 11 48 36 12 10-3-2 5-0-9 48
Toronto FC 31 12 9 10 53 49 4 8-4-4 4-5-6 45
D.C. 31 12 9 10 40 38 2 6-5-4 6-4-6 45
New York 30 12 5 13 49 48 1 8-2-5 4-3-8 41
New England 30 10 10 10 45 52 -7 7-3-5 3-7-5 40
Montreal 31 11 4 16 42 57 -15 7-2-6 4-2-10 37
Chicago 31 9 10 12 48 43 5 8-6-2 1-4-10 37
Orlando City SC 31 9 9 13 40 44 -4 6-3-7 3-6-6 36
Columbus 31 9 7 15 36 45 -9 5-5-6 4-2-9 34
FC Cincinnati 30 6 3 21 30 72 -42 3-1-10 3-2-11 21

 

Western
Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
x – Los Angeles FC 30 19 7 4 77 33 44 11-2-1 8-5-3 64
Seattle 30 14 7 9 50 47 3 10-3-2 4-4-7 49
Minnesota 30 14 6 10 49 40 9 9-5-1 5-1-9 48
Real Salt Lake 30 14 4 12 42 38 4 11-1-3 3-3-9 46
Los Angeles 30 14 3 13 49 49 0 10-1-4 4-2-9 45
San Jose 30 13 5 12 49 46 3 10-2-3 3-3-9 44
Portland 29 13 4 12 45 42 3 7-2-4 6-2-8 43
FC Dallas 30 12 7 11 47 42 5 9-5-1 3-2-10 43
Sporting KC 30 10 7 13 44 54 -10 7-3-5 3-4-8 37
Colorado 31 10 6 15 51 58 -7 8-2-6 2-4-9 36
Houston 30 10 4 16 41 51 -10 8-4-3 2-0-13 34
Vancouver 31 7 9 15 32 54 -22 5-4-6 2-5-9 30

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Conference

 

Page Legend
GP Games Played
W Wins
D Draws
L Losses
PTS Points
GF Goals For
GA Goals Against
GD Goal Differential