LA Rams 30 Carolina 27
Tennessee 43 Cleveland 13
Kansas City 40 Jacksonville 26
Baltimore 59 Miami 10
Minnesota 28 Atlanta 12
Buffalo 17 NY Jets 16
Philadelphia 32 Washington 27
LA Chargers 30 Indianapolis 24 OT
Seattle 21 Cincinnati 20
Arizona 27 Detroit 27 OT
Dallas 35 NY Giants 17
San Francisco 31 Tampa Bay 17
New England 33 Pittsburgh 3
COLLEGE FOOTBALL AP POLL LW
|1||Clemson (2-0)||1544 (56)||1|
|2||Alabama (2-0)||1489 (6)||2|
|6||Ohio State (2-0)||1291||5|
|7||Notre Dame (1-0)||1072||8|
|13||Penn State (2-0)||781||15|
|16||Texas A&M (1-1)||643||12|
|18||Michigan State (2-0)||495||19|
|20||Washington State (2-0)||343||22|
|22||Boise State (2-0)||164||24|
COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACHES POLL LW
|1||Clemson (2-0)||1572 (60)||1|
|2||Alabama (2-0)||1513 (3)||2|
|6||Ohio State (2-0)||1309||5|
|7||Notre Dame (1-0)||1118||8|
|11||Penn State (2-0)||868||14|
|15||Texas A&M (1-1)||668||11|
|19||Michigan State (2-0)||446||20|
|20||Washington State (2-0)||418||21|
|22||Boise State (2-0)||214||24|
|23||Mississippi State (2-0)||134||NR|
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
Friday, Sep. 13
Anderson at Marion 7 pm
Kokomo at McCutcheon 7 pm
Lafayette Jeff at Harrison 7 pm
Logansport at Tech 7 pm
Richmond at Muncie Central 7 pm
Friday, Sep. 13
Centerville at Winchester 7 pm
Hagerstown at Union County 7 pm
Northeastern at Lincoln 7 pm
Union City at Knightstown 7 pm
Saturday, Sep. 14
Wes-Del at Tri, 2 pm
Friday, Sep. 13
Heritage Christian at Eastern Hancock, 7 pm
Monroe Central at Southern Wells, 7 pm
Shenandoah at Lapel, 7 pm
Connersville at South Dearborn 7:30 pm
East Central at Franklin County 7 pm
Lawrenceburg at Greensburg 7 pm
Rushville at Batesville 7 pm
Saturday, Sep. 14
Wes-Del at Tri, 2 pm
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Miami 9 Kansas City 0
Texas 10 Baltimore 4
Tampa Bay 8 Toronto 3
Chicago White Sox 5 LA Angels 1
Cleveland 5 Minnesota 2
Houston 21 Seattle 1
Oakland 3 Detroit 1
Cincinnati 4 Arizona 3
Philadelphia 10 NY Mets 7
Washington 9 Atlanta 4
St. Louis 2 Pittsburgh 0
Milwaukee 8 Chicago Cubs 5
LA Dodgers 5 San Francisco 0
San Diego 2 Colorado 1 (10)
NY Yankees 10 Boston 5
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCHEDULE
Monday, September 9
Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies 7:05 pm
New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox 7:10 pm
Milwaukee Brewers @ Miami Marlins 7:10 pm
Arizona D’Backs @ New York Mets 7:10 pm
Oakland Athletics @ Houston Astros 8:10 pm
Pittsburgh Pirates @ San Francisco Giants 9:45 pm
Cleveland Indians @ Los Angeles Angels 10:07 pm
Chicago Cubs @ San Diego Padres 10:10 pm
Tuesday, September 10
New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers 6:40 pm
Los Angeles Dodgers @ Baltimore Orioles 7:05 pm
Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies 7:05 pm
Boston Red Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays 7:07 pm
Arizona D’Backs @ New York Mets 7:10 pm
Milwaukee Brewers @ Miami Marlins 7:10 pm
Washington Nationals @ Minnesota Twins 7:40 pm
Tampa Bay Rays @ Texas Rangers 8:05 pm
Oakland Athletics @ Houston Astros 8:10 pm
Kansas City Royals @ Chicago White Sox8:10 pm
St. Louis Cardinals @ Colorado Rockies 8:40 pm
Pittsburgh Pirates @ San Francisco Giants 9:45 pm
Cleveland Indians @ Los Angeles Angels 10:07 pm
Chicago Cubs @ San Diego Padres 10:10 pm
Cincinnati Reds @ Seattle Mariners 10:10 pm
Los Angeles 77 Minnesota 68
Las Vegas 98 Phoenix 89
Washington 100 Chicago 86
Seattle 78 Dallas 64
Indiana 104 Connecticut 76
New York 71 Atlanta 63
Indiana 3 Yale 1
Wright State 3 Xavier 0
WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
Indiana 5 Morehead State 0
Kansas 2 Purdue 1
Notre Dame 1 Oakland 0
Kentucky 3 Miami 0
MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
Indiana 0 Seattle 0
West Virginia 2 Wright State 1
Ohio State 3 Eastern Illinois 2
Ekeler scores 3 TDs in Chargers 30-24 OT win over Colts
Austin Ekeler scored three touchdowns, including the winner on a 7-yard run with 5:01 remaining in overtime, to give the Los Angeles Chargers a 30-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
The Chargers got the ball to start overtime and went 75 yards on eight plays. Ekeler, the Chargers’ lead back with Melvin Gordon holding out for a new contract, had 154 all-purpose yards on the day. He ran for 58 yards on 10 carries and caught six passes for 96 yards and two scores.
Rivers, who made his 209th consecutive start to pass Peyton Manning for third longest among NFL QBs, completed 25 of 34 passes for 333 yards. It is the fifth time Rivers has thrown three or more TD passes in an opener.
The Chargers led 24-9 midway through the third quarter before allowing 15 straight points to force overtime. Marlon Mack, who had 25 carries for 174 yards, brought the Colts within 24-16 after Ekeler’s second touchdown with a career-long 63-yard scamper up the left sideline.
Indianapolis tied it with 48 seconds remaining when Jacoby Brissett hit T.Y. Hilton for their second scoring connection of the day. Hilton caught the ball at the Chargers 19, made Adrian Phillips miss and then was able to extend the ball over the pylon before going out of bounds.
The tying drive was set up when Malik Hooker made a great one-handed interception in the end zone on Rivers’ pass intended for Keenan Allen. Hooker returned the pass to the Colts 20.
Brissett, now the Colts’ starter with a lucrative contract after Andrew Luck retired last month, had a solid game, going 21 of 27 for 190 yards and two touchdowns. Hilton caught eight passes for 87 yards.
Ekeler opened the scoring with a 1-yard reception. Ty Long kicked a 22-yard field goal earlier in the series, but Indianapolis’ Denico Autry was called for unnecessary roughness. The Chargers took the points off the board to go for the touchdown.
Ekeler then went 55 yards on a screen pass on Los Angeles’ first drive of the third quarter to extend its lead to 24-9. Ekeler shed attempted tackles by Darius Leonard and Pierre Desir before motoring up the right sideline.
Allen had 10 receptions for 123 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown in the second quarter on which he outmuscled Rock Ya-Sin in the end zone.
Brissett tied it at 7 with a 4-yard strike to T.Y. Hilton.
Mariota, Titans sack Mayfield, hyped Browns 43-13 in opener
Maybe Marcus Mariota and the Titans deserved all the hype.
Tennessee’s quarterback threw three touchdown passes – one a stunning 75-yarder to big back Derrick Henry – and the Titans rolled to a 43-13 rout Sunday over the Cleveland Browns, who fell flat on their faces in their highly anticipated opener.
Titans tight end Delanie Walker had two TD catches in the fourth, and Tennessee’s defensive backs intercepted Baker Mayfield three times in the fourth period.
Cameron Wake sacked Mayfield in the end zone for a safety in the first half, and the Titans dominated the undisciplined and perhaps overblown Browns, picked by some to contend for a Super Bowl title after adding Odell Beckham Jr.
The Browns committed 18 penalties for 182 yards, a poor reflection on first-year coach Freddie Kitchens. Cleveland also had a player ejected for kicking a Titans defender. The performance left Cleveland fans and wondering if they’ve been duped.
The Browns are 1-19-1 in openers since 1999.
The Titans always seem to be overlooked, but after just missing the playoffs last season, coach Mike Vrabel had his team ready.
Mariota finished 14 of 24 for 248 yards, completing his two scoring passes to Walker in a span of 3:29 of the final quarter when the Titans opened a 23-point lead.
Mayfield, who took several big hits while playing behind a patchwork line, brought Cleveland within 15-13 with a 3-yard TD pass to David Njoku. But the Titans countered immediately as Henry, who sat out the preseason with a calf injury, took a short pass, picked up a few blocks and rumbled down the sideline for the long score.
Kevin Byard picked off Mayfield moments later, and Mariota connected with Walker for an 11-yard score. The three-time Pro Bowler was making his return after suffering a season-ending broken leg in last year’s opener.
Mayfield was then picked for the second time and Tennessee’s Logan Ryan led the entire defense to the far end of the field, where they taunted Cleveland’s rabid Dawg Pound section.
Mayfield went 25 of 38 for 285 yards, with his last throw returned 38 yards for a TD by Malcolm Butler. Beckham finished with seven catches for 71 yards in his Cleveland debut.
The first half was a mess for the Browns, flagged 10 times, saw starting left tackle Greg Robinson get tossed, and had his backup, Kendall Lamm, go down with a knee injury on Wake’s sack.
Robinson was booted for booting safety Kenny Vaccaro in the head. Robinson’s disqualification and Lamm’s knee injury complicated things for Kitchens, who shifted right tackle Chris Hubbard to the left side and put Justin McCray, only signed last weekend, at right tackle.
Brady starts his 20th season by beating Steelers 33-3
The New England Patriots trolled the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday and then blew them out Sunday night.
A day after the acquiring former Steelers malcontent Antonio Brown, the reigning Super Bowl champions showed they might not even need him, getting 341 yards and three touchdown passes from 42-year-old Tom Brady to beat Pittsburgh 33-3.
“Well, he’s the best in the world,” Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. “There’s a reason he’s the best when he’s out there doing his thing.”
Phillip Dorsett caught two touchdown passes, including a 58-yard score, and Josh Gordon – another receiver who wore out his welcome elsewhere – caught one TD pass. On the night New England unveiled its sixth NFL championship banner, Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman caught six passes for 83 yards and also completed a throw to help the Patriots begin their title defense.
No one has won back-to-back NFL titles since New England did it in 2003 and `04.
“We were so locked in on the moment. We were locked in because we knew of the expectations,” defensive back Duron Harmon said. “We knew that when we had the opportunity to play the Steelers, on opening night, with the banner raising, we were going to do everything possible to prepare the right way.”
Facing the last team to beat them, back in Week 15 last year, the Patriots opened a 20-0 lead before Pittsburgh kicked a field goal on fourth-and-goal from the 1 with 10:17 left in the third quarter. Brady responded with a 58-yard touchdown pass to Dorsett and a 27-3 lead.
Dorsett had four catches for 95 yards and the first multi-score game of his career. He will be moving down the depth chart Monday when the Patriots are expected to make Brown’s signing official.
“He’s a playmaker,” Edelman said. “The more playmakers you have, the more dynamic we can be.”
The move couldn’t be welcome in Pittsburgh. Unable to get Brown to behave, the Steelers refused to trade the disgruntled diva to New England only to see him wind up with the team that has reached the AFC championship game eight straight seasons.
Prescott lightens Elliott’s load as Cowboys top Giants 35-17
Ezekiel Elliott’s workload in the opener didn’t matter much after the Dallas Cowboys running back missed the entire preseason in a holdout.
Now there are more questions about how soon quarterback Dak Prescott will get the big payday his backfield mate enjoyed just four days before the season started.
Prescott tied his career high with four touchdown passes while throwing for 405 yards, and the Cowboys rolled up 494 yards under new play-caller Kellen Moore in a 35-17 win over Eli Manning and the New York Giants on Sunday.
Saquon Barkley ran 59 yards on his first carry of the season , setting up Eli Manning’s touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead. But the Giants simply couldn’t keep up with a Dallas offense anxious to see what could happen at full strength.
As expected, Elliott didn’t seem to be in peak form after spending almost all of training camp trying to stay in shape in Mexico while waiting for the $90 million, six-year contract extension that was settled on the morning of the first full workout of the regular season.
The two-time NFL rushing champion did find a seam for a 10-yard touchdown to put the Cowboys up 35-10 late in the third quarter. Elliott finished with 53 yards on 13 carries.
“We wanted to be mindful of how many reps we gave him in the game,” said coach Jason Garrett, noting he thought it was more than 30, including one catch for 10 yards. “I think now over time, he’ll practice a little more, get a little more game experience, he’ll get more and more comfortable.”
This going-away win was all about Prescott in his second career 400-yard game, in the first game of his fourth season.
Chiefs lose Hill, handle Jags 40-26 behind Mahomes, Watkins
Despite losing star receiver Tyreek Hill early, Patrick Mahomes threw for 378 yards and three touchdowns while leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a testy and tactful 40-26 victory over the injury-riddled Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
Mahomes took a beating and even had to leave the game to get his left ankle taped in the second quarter. He nonetheless looked every bit as good as he did during last year’s MVP campaign, leading the Chiefs to scores on each of their first seven possessions.
Jacksonville lost quarterback Nick Foles to a broken left clavicle.
Sammy Watkins caught nine passes for a career-high 198 yards and three TDs. Watkins slipped through the middle of Jacksonville’s defense for a 68-yard score on the third play of the season and added a 49-yard TD reception late in the opening quarter. He made defenders Ronnie Harrison, Jalen Ramsey and Miles Jack look silly while strolling into the end zone twice. He beat Ramsey again for a short TD in the fourth period.
Jacksonville had major issues on both sides of the ball, fairly reminiscent of last year’s 16-point loss at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 5. This one may have been more of a debacle – and maybe more costly.
Mahomes picked apart what some believed is an elite defense, throwing for 313 yards in the first half and doing most of it without Hill. The three-time Pro Bowler departed after landing on his left shoulder near the sideline.
But considerably more concerning for the Jaguars, they lost Foles in the opening quarter, and rookie linebacker Quincy Williams (knee) in the second half.
Chris Jones hit Foles as he released a 35-yard TD pass to DJ Chark. Jones landed on top of Foles, but did not draw a flag.
Foles looked to be in pain as he walked to the sideline to be evaluated. He then jogged into the locker room and did not return.
The Jaguars gave Foles a four-year, $88 million contract in April with the belief he would solve the franchise’s two-decade-old search for a quarterback. He didn’t make it through a quarter, and now Jacksonville will have rookie Gardner Minshew under center for a stretch. Minshew was the team’s lone bright spot: He completed 22 of 25 passes for 275 yards, with two TDs and an interception.
The Jaguars already were without starting left tackle Cam Robinson (knee) and backup Cedric Ogbuehi (hamstring), leaving guard Will Richardson to make his first career start at a new position.
Jackson shines in Philly return, Eagles beat Redskins 32-27
Carson Wentz threw a pair of deep touchdown passes to DeSean Jackson, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame a 17-point deficit to beat the Washington Redskins 32-27 on Sunday.
Wentz was 28 of 39 for 313 yards and three TDs in his first game since Week 14 after not taking a snap in the preseason. Jackson had eight catches for 154 yards. The Eagles (1-0) racked up 436 total yards.
Case Keenum threw for 380 yards and three TDs, helping the Redskins (0-1) build a 17-0 lead in his first start with his fourth team in four seasons.
But Philadelphia’s high-powered offense took over and the defense settled down after a sloppy start.
Playing his first game back in Philadelphia since former Eagles coach Chip Kelly cut him following his third Pro Bowl season in 2013, Jackson picked up where he left off six years ago and showed no signs of slowing down at age 32.
Jackson blew past the defense on a third-and-10 in the third quarter, caught Wentz’s pass inside the 10 and strolled into the end zone to give the Eagles a 21-20 lead. The 53-yard TD reception was Jackson’s second of 50-plus yards in the game and the 31st of his career. Only Hall of Famer Jerry Rice had more at 36.
Zach Ertz caught a 26-yard pass to set up Alshon Jeffery’s first career rushing score on the first play of the fourth quarter. Jeffery caught a backward pass from Wentz and fought his way into the end zone. Darren Sproles ran in for the 2-point conversion to extend the lead to 29-20.
The Eagles trailed 17-0 in the second quarter when Jackson made an over-the-shoulder, 51-yard TD catch.
Wentz found Jeffery going across the back of the end zone for a 5-yard TD pass to cut Washington’s lead to 20-14 in the third quarter.
Keenum hit Terry McLaurin perfectly in stride on a deep pass for a 70-yard TD to give the Redskins a 17-0 lead, inciting the first boos from fans anticipating a championship season.
The Redskins got the ball to start and scored a touchdown on the season’s opening drive for the first time since 2004. Vernon Davis turned a short pass from Keenum into a 48-yard score after hurdling Ronald Darby and breaking a tackle on his way down the right sideline.
Goff, Gurley lead Rams to 30-27 win over Panthers
Jared Goff threw for 186 yards and a touchdown, Malcolm Brown ran for a pair of scores, and the defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams spoiled Cam Newton’s return with a 30-27 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Todd Gurley started and ran for 97 yards on 14 carries after being limited to 8 yards rushing on five carries in the first half. Brown was the primary ball carrier for the better part of three quarters and finished with 53 yards on 11 carries.
Christian McCaffrey led the Panthers with 209 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns.
It was a rough day for Newton, playing in his first regular-season game since Dec. 17, when a lingering shoulder injury forced him to the sideline. Newton completed 25 of 38 passes for 239 yards, but had a costly backward pass that resulted in a fumble deep in Carolina territory, and a fourth-quarter interception.
He rarely threw deep downfield.
With the Panthers trailing 23-13 early in the fourth quarter, Jermaine Carter blocked Johnny Hekker’s punt and the Panthers recovered at the Rams 5 yard line. McCaffrey scored on a 2-yard run two plays later.
But the Rams would score on a 5-yard TD strike from Goff to Tyler Higbee with 6:42 left to make it a two-possession game.
Carolina cut the lead to 30-27 on Alex Armah’s TD run with 2:00 left. The Rams recovered the onside kick and Gurley helped run out the clock.
Gurley had 64 yards rushing in the fourth quarter, helping wear down the Panthers’ 3-4 defense.
Jackson’s 5 TD passes help Ravens drub Dolphins 59-10
Nine minutes into the season, Lamar Jackson had fans booing his hometown team.
The South Florida native looked unstoppable from the start Sunday, and tied a franchise record with five touchdown passes to help the Baltimore Ravens humiliate the Miami Dolphins and rookie coach Brian Flores, 59-10.
The Ravens set a franchise record for points in the first half, and an NFL record for points in the first half of an opener, taking a 42-10 lead at the break. They broke franchise marks for points and total yards with 643.
Baltimore gained 49 yards on the first play – a run by newcomer Mark Ingram – and hardly slowed down after that. Jeers began when the score reached 14-0, evidence of the impending avalanche already obvious.
Jackson’s first nine passes, all completions, went for 204 yards and four touchdowns. That included scores of 47 and 83 yards to first-round draft pick Marquise Brown in the first 11 minutes.
Jackson’s other touchdown passes covered 33 yards to Willie Snead, 5 yards to rookie Miles Boykin and 1 yard to fullback Patrick Ricard. The performance was a big step forward for the Ravens in their transition from Joe Flacco to Jackson, who went 17 for 20 for 324 yards.
Brown, the cousin of NFL receiver Antonio Brown, made four catches for 147 yards. Ingram, also making his Ravens debut, ran for 107 yards and two scores as Baltimore won its fourth opener in a row.
The rebuilding Dolphins are 0-1 for the first time since 2016, and their outlook has rarely seemed so gloomy. The blowout will only heighten speculation they’re headed for a winless season under their new coach.
Flores can take small consolation that a drubbing by Baltimore is nothing new. The Ravens have outscored the Dolphins 137-16 in three meetings since 2016.
Once again, coach John Harbaugh showed Miami no mercy. With a 35-3 lead late in the first half the Ravens faked a punt, and Anthony Levine took the short snap and ran 60 yards to set up another touchdown.
Their final touchdown came when Robert Griffin III threw for a score on fourth-and-3.
The Ravens scored touchdowns on their first four possessions, and when they were finally forced to punt, Jakeem Grant fumbled the kick. Baltimore recovered at the 10 and scored again to make it 35-3.
Vikings trample Falcons 28-12 behind fierce defense, Cook
Anthony Harris highlighted a thorough thrashing by Minnesota’s defense with two interceptions of Matt Ryan and a fumble recovery, Dalvin Cook carried a revived running attack, and the Vikings started the season with a 28-12 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Eric Wilson recovered his own blocked punt at the Atlanta 21-yard line after a three-and-out by the Falcons on the first possession of the game, and the Vikings were well on their way to winning a fourth straight opener. Including the blocked punt, their first in five years, they turned all four Falcons turnovers into touchdowns.
Kirk Cousins connected with Adam Thielen for a 23-yard score to finish the short first drive and crossed the goal line on a 1-yard sneak in the second quarter to cap a 79-yard march to give Minnesota a 21-0 lead. Cousins went 8 for 10 for 98 yards, all career lows for games he started, but there was no need for more.
Cook had 21 rushes for 111 yards and two touchdowns behind the new zone blocking scheme influenced heavily by new offensive adviser Gary Kubiak, the former Houston and Denver head coach. Cousins averaged 38 attempts per game in his first season with the Vikings, and much to head coach Mike Zimmer’s chagrin they finished with the third-fewest rushing yards in the NFL. The new system directed by offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski and the favorable field position sure shifted the ratio hard the other way.
Ryan played more like a rookie than a 2016 league MVP beginning his 12th NFL season, unable to find his footing all afternoon in the face of a fierce pass rush that racked up four sacks. The worst moment came at the end of Atlanta’s first possession of the second half, a 13-play, 82-yard drive thwarted when his second-and-3 fling into the back of the end zone for backup tight end Luke Stocker was picked off by a leaping Harris.
Ryan finished 33 for 46 for 304 yards and two fourth-quarter scores to Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones to make the fantasy football players happy, but the Falcons left without much to be pleased about. Devonta Freeman had only 19 yards on eight carries, plus the lost fumble. Jones, who signed a $66 million, three-year contract extension on Saturday, was targeted 11 times but managed only 31 yards on six catches.
The Falcons, trying to get a once-potent offense back on track this year after missing the playoffs along with the Vikings in 2018, started rookies Kaleb McGary and Chris Lindstrom on the right side of their offensive line. James Carpenter won the left guard job over Jamon Brown, who signed an $18.75 million, three-year contract in free agency. McGary took turns at right tackle with Ty Sambrailo, with Matt Gono inactive because of a back injury. Lindstrom left the game with a foot injury.
Allen, Bills overcome 16-point deficit, stun Jets 17-16
Josh Allen threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to John Brown with 3 minutes left, and the Buffalo Bills rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit to stun the New York Jets 17-16 in the season opener Sunday.
After struggling to get much going on offense, the Bills (1-0) finally were able to move the ball after Jets middle linebacker C.J. Mosley left with a groin injury.
Buffalo also took advantage of kicking woes by the Jets (0-1) as Kaare Vedvik, claimed last week off waivers from Minnesota, missed an extra point and a 45-yard attempt and ended up being the difference in the game.
Le’Veon Bell caught a touchdown pass and had a 2-point conversion in his Jets debut, and Jamison Crowder had 14 catches for 99 yards in his first game with his new team – but Adam Gase’s offense otherwise sputtered behind a line that gave Sam Darnold little time to throw.
Allen finished 24 of 37 for 254 yards and a touchdown, and had one of his two interceptions returned 17 yards for a touchdown by Mosley. Brown caught seven passes for 123 yards.
Darnold was 28 of 41 for 175 yards and the TD to Bell, who ran for 60 yards on 17 carries. The running back, who sat out all last season in a contract dispute with Pittsburgh, also caught six passes for 32 yards.
Leading 8-0 in the third quarter, it appeared the Jets scored on a 5-yard throw from Darnold to Ryan Griffin, when the quarterback kept the ball instead of handing it off, took a few steps to his right and pulled up suddenly before finding his wide-open tight end in the front of the end zone.
The play was reviewed and overturned, though, as Quincy Enunwa was called for offensive pass interference.
Two plays later, New York got into the end zone again – and it counted – as Bell reached down for a low throw and stepped into the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown.
Gase then opted for the 2-point conversion and Bell leaped in the back of the end zone and came down with Darnold’s desperate heave to put New York up 16-0 with 7:01 left in the third quarter.
Buffalo got onto the scoreboard on its next possession on Stephen Hauschka’s 43-yard field goal. The drive was kept alive when Henry Anderson was called for roughing the passer on third-and-10 from the Jets 49. A diving Marcus Maye also dropped an interception on the play right before Hauschka’s field goal.
Mosley injured his groin during the drive while breaking up a pass into the end zone. Rookie Blake Cashman replaced him, but the loss of New York’s middle linebacker was clear on Buffalo’s next drive.
Rookie Devin Singletary gouged the defense on runs of 23, 12 and 15 yards, and Allen capped the impressive drive by pump faking, taking off to his right and stepping inside the right-front pylon to make it 16-10 with 10:21 remaining.
10 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 1
The NFL is back, and so are the letdowns. For every exciting winner on Sunday, there was a loser — unless you’re the Detroit Lions or Arizona Cardinals, who managed to tie. The week had its fair share of goats, from teams with high expectations falling flat on their faces to a cavalcade of blown double-digit leads in second halves around the NFL.
Here are the ten biggest disappointments of NFL Week 1.
- Pittsburgh Steelers
Woof. What an ugly season opener for the Steelers. They were skunked in the first half and fell behind 20-0. They mustered very little in the second half and only got their points thanks to a poor decision by Mike Tomlin. Tom Brady ate up their zone defenses, utilizing deep threat Phillip Dorsett for four catches, 95 yards and two touchdowns. Pittsburgh’s offense lacked punch, running the ball for just 32 yards and throwing for 255. It’s almost as if losing Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown made them worse.
- Cleveland Browns
After an offseason of hype and aspirations of a division title, this was absolutely not how the Browns envisioned things going in Week 1. They were outcoached and outmatched by the Tennessee Titans, who picked off an overwhelmed (and hurt) Baker Mayfield three times. Perhaps the biggest issues for the Browns were their offensive line and the team’s discipline. Mayfield was sacked five times and the Browns took a remarkable 18 penalties for a total of 182 yards. Six of them resulted in first downs. That can’t happen on a team that expects to contend.
- Detroit Lions’ coaching staff
Of the many Week 1 blown leads, there’s a good case to be made that the 24-6 fourth quarter lead the Lions coughed up was the most inexcusable. Arizona had been unable to do anything for three quarters until Detroit essentially collapsed in the fourth. One moment, however, stood out above the rest. Nursing an eight point lead with 2:47 to go, the Lions set up a 3rd and 5 screen pass that looked successful and would have all but iced the game. One problem: the coaching staff, be it offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell or coach Matt Patricia, called timeout just before the snap, leaving Matthew Stafford livid. The Lions didn’t get the first down, the Cardinals tied the game, and the Detroit coaching staff looked very, very bad for not letting their offense play.
- Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts’ special teams
Has Father Time finally caught up to Adam Vinatieri? The legendary kicker was a disaster on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, missing two field goals and an extra point. Given the fact that the game went to overtime, those misses directly cost Indianapolis the game. Indianapolis also had a punt blocked in this one, ensuring a total special teams failure from top to bottom.
- Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons’ offense
The Minnesota Vikings have a talented defense, but it was still quite the surprise to see the Falcons’ offense so stifled in their season opener. Ryan threw for 304 yards and two touchdowns, but was picked off twice. The running game was largely bottled up, with Devonta Freeman picking up just 19 yards on eight carries. Most noticeably, Julio Jones was held to 31 yard receiving, even if he did find the end zone. The worst part of the day was Ryan, in the red zone under pressure, trying to throw a ball away. He was unable to get it out of the end zone and was intercepted by Anthony Harris. That about summed everything up.
- New York Jets’ second half play
The Jets were up 16-0 and cruising against the Buffalo Bills, which begged the question: what happened in the second half? Their defense collapsed, with the loss of linebacker C.J. Mosley a major catalyst. The Jets gave up consecutive touchdown drives of 85 and 80 yards, with Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen suddenly looking composed and poised. The Jets ultimately gave up 370 yards to a team that looked hopeless at halftime, and threw away a game they should have won.
- Jacksonville Jaguars’ defense
Even with the knowledge that the Kansas City Chiefs were possibly the toughest opponent the Jaguars could have opened with, Jacksonville’s defense was supposed to be better. The issues of 2018 were supposed to have been wrinkled out. Then linebacker Myles Jack lost his cool, was tossed from the game, and the whole thing collapsed. The Jaguars were overwhelmed in every aspect Sunday, and the Chiefs put 491 yards of total offense on them. The Chiefs are tough — there is no disputing that. But Jack’s lack of composure and the team’s failure to respond is worrisome going forward, especially with Nick Foles set to miss time from the offense.
- Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
Newton definitely looked rusty after his shoulder surgery. Despite 38 attempts, he accounted for a modest 239 yards, was picked off once, and failed to find the end zone. He was generally bailed out by Christian McCaffrey’s huge day on the ground. Newton gets a pass — he’s proven himself and he’s coming off shoulder surgery. It’s not a huge shock that he has work to do. It doesn’t change that he was pretty far off his best on Sunday. At least his fashion game showed All-Pro status.
- Kwon Alexander, LB, 49ers
Everybody loves a revenge game, but Alexander seemed like he might be relishing his a little too much. In his 49ers debut, the linebacker went in helmet-to-helmet while former teammate Jameis Winston was trying to slide. Alexander was ejected, and his revenge game ended before the first quarter came to a close. Alexander is a huge part of San Francisco’s defense, and he needs to be smarter than that. The Niners very much got away by winning without him against Tampa Bay.
- Miami Dolphins
To be perfectly clear, nobody expected the Miami Dolphins to be good this season. If they don’t like the accusations of tanking, though, they should probably make themselves a little more formidable than they looked against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. The Dolphins turned in the most pathetic performance of the week, losing 59-10, just barely hitting 200 total yards of offense, and letting the Ravens go for 643 total yards. No disrespect to Lamar Jackson and Baltimore, but they were up against a team that largely didn’t have the personnel to play in this game. What’s worse, the few quality players in their lineup seemed to know it — they looked collectively defeated almost immediately.
Here’s what we’ve learned from the first Sunday of the 2019 NFL season:
New England Patriots 33, Pittsburgh Steelers 3
- The Patriots are immortal, inevitable and damn near impossible to defend. Without Rob Gronkowski on its payroll for the first time this decade (but in the building and in uniform!), New England played like he never existed. Tom Brady threw just twice in the direction of a tight end (Ryan Izzo) and spread the ball around to everyone else, completing at least three passes to five different pass-catchers. Josh Gordon, less than four weeks since being reinstated, was the downfield threat New England needed in Gronk’s absence. Phillip Dorsett caught two scores after grabbing just three over the last two seasons. Julian Edelman and James White were deployed in the same manner that won the Patriots their last two Super Bowls and spliced the Steelers’ secondary in the process. Is there even room for Antonio Brown in this receiving corps? I kid! (But seriously.)
- Speaking of Brown, Pittsburgh could not replace his impact on the offense in its first go-around without the mercurial pass-catcher. With JuJu Smith-Schuster taking on Brown’s No. 1 role, James Washington, Donte Moncrief and Ryan Switzer scooped up most of Roethlisberger’s targets. While Switzer was a reliable security blanket (six catches on as many targets) and Washington was on the receiving end of Big Ben’s prettiest throw of the night, Moncrief was a drop-happy mess. On 10 targets, Pittsburgh’s potential No. 2 receiver hauled in just three balls for seven yards; that’s .70 yards per target. All the while, James Conner was a non-factor in the ground game. Pittsburgh’s three points were its lowest output since a loss to the Eagles in Week 3, 2016, which was also the only other time Big Ben’s Steelers had lost by more than 30 points. The Killer B’s are gone. All that’s left is an offense that on Sunday night was dead on arrival.
- No David Andrews, no problem for Dante Scarnecchia’s offensive line. After losing their starting left tackle in free agency (Trent Brown) and their starting center to blood clots, the Patriots’ front five let little get past it in the season opener, displaying none of the discontinuity that one might expect from a new line. Isaiah Wynn enjoyed a strong first start on Brady’s blind side. The same for reserve guard Ted Karras, who filled in for Andrews at center. There was cause for concern near the end of Sunday’s beatdown, though, as right tackle Marcus Cannon left with a shoulder injury. But the Patriots have depth along the line, having, in the aftermath of Andrews’ injury a few weeks ago, swung trades for backups like Korey Cunningham and Jermaine Eluemunor. New England remains ahead of the curve and, with the woeful Dolphins up next, on pace for another victory next Sunday.
Detroit Lions 27, Arizona Cardinals 27 (OT)
- From the most horrendous of starts to the doorstep of a storied comeback victory, Kyler Murray’s never-ending debut ended in a tie and promise for the future following an awful onset. Trailing 17-0 in the second quarter and by 18 in the fourth, the Cardinals were buoyed by their rookie signal-caller and their veteran Hall-of-Famer-to-be receiver on the way to a 27-27 overtime comeback tie. Before the comeback bid that came up just short, Murray — who rarely looked confident or settled and was visibly frustrated on the field and off it — was a dismal 6-of-16 for 41 yards and an interception. His QB rating was a horrendous 19.8, just more than the 19 yards he lost on three sacks. As the second half wore on, the Lions lost their bite and Murray found his way. The No. 1 pick was 23-for-38 for 289 yards and a pair of touchdowns — the first of his career to David Johnson and the second to Larry Fitzgerald — in the second half. Following Fitz’s scoring grab, Murray (29-for-54 for 308 yards in the game) found Christian Kirk for two points and sent the game into overtime. That’s where it ended 10 minutes of game time later. But in one night, Murray rescued a horrible premiere for himself and rookie coach Kliff Kingsbury and salvaged a tie. Maybe Murray grew up over 70 minutes of football. Likely not. But he provided evidence that there’s tangible skill in the arm of the top pick and intangibles within that are needed to turnaround a franchise.
- Seven spots after the Cardinals drafted a QB out of Oklahoma, the Lions selected a tight end out of Iowa. T.J. Hockenson was the 2019 first-round pick who put on the most impressive show in Arizona on Sunday and turned in one of the best days for a rookie across the board. Hauling in six passes from another former No. 1 overall pick — Matthew Stafford — Hockenson had 131 yards receiving, which is the most for any rookie tight end in his first game. Unfortunately, the first touchdown of Hockenson’s career — a 23-yarder — was the last of the day for the Lions. It’s likely Hockenson’s impressive debut could be a forgotten footnote to a Lions collapse that gave way to a memorable showing from Murray. However, the Lions have a new weapon, a beast over the middle and a possible star at his position.
- Larry’s still got it. It wasn’t that long ago that Larry Fitzgerald’s retirement was a possibility. Sunday showed there was no reason for one of the all-time greats to hang them up. While the headlines will belong to Murray, Fitzgerald showed off the experience and skill in the clutch that the Cardinals needed to steer their sinking ship. It was Fitzgerald’s four-yard TD catch with 47 seconds left that led to overtime, and it was his huge 45-yard gain in overtime that set up Zane Gonzalez’s fourth and final field goal. Ending the afternoon with eight catches for 113 yards, Fitzgerald started his 16th season with a 100-yard game after recording just one in his 15th campaign. Myriad questions remain to be answered for the Cardinals’ offense after a Week 1 showing that was good, bad and all the ugly in between. Fitzgerald still has the skill and presence to be the guiding light needed to shine when called upon.
Los Angeles Chargers 30, Indianapolis Colts 24 (OT)
- Melvin Gordon who? The Chargers offense did very well with their star running back still holding out. Austin Ekeler dominated the game and sealed the victory with a rushing TD in overtime. He finished the game with 18 touches, 154 yards and three touchdowns. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported Sunday morning Gordon plans to report to the Chargers in six to eight weeks. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the meantime. Overall, this was not a good day for Gordon and his agent. Philip Rivers also showed no signs of slowing down in his 16th season with the Chargers. The 37-year-old quarterback went 25-of-34 for 333 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite target Keenan Allen had eight receptions for 123 yards and one touchdown.
- Of all the things that could’ve gone wrong for the Colts, the biggest surprise was kicker Adam Vinatieri. He left seven points on the field with a missed extra point and two missed field goals. This is the first time this has happened in his 24-year career, per NFL Research. Vinatieri dealt with “a little bit of a knee issue” during training camp and the preseason but coach Frank Reich did not believe the injury was “anything that was going to be a problem.” After Vinatieri’s performance today, this is enough to cause concern for Indy. On the other side of the field, Chargers rookie Ty Long outplayed Vinatieri. Long picked up punter and kicker duties after Michael Badgley suffered a groin injury on Friday. Long made good on his only field-goal attempt (from 40 yards) and was a perfect 3-for-3 on extra points.
- Jacoby Brissett had an impressive day in his first game as the Colts starter. If it wasn’t for poor performances by the special teams and defense in the first half, the team could’ve won the game. There were far too many mistakes but Brissett, wideout T.Y. Hilton (8/87/2) and running back Marlon Mack (25/174/1) kept them in the game. Brissett finished the game with 21-of-27 attempts, 190 yards and two touchdowns.
Baltimore Ravens 59, Miami Dolphins 10
- All Lamar Jackson did was throw touchdowns. Playing just a half-hour from his hometown, the Ravens quarterback made good on his vow to put on a show. He completed his first 10 passes, including four for scores. The dual-threat demon exhibited his usual scrambling ability, only it was often a means for more throwing. (Jackson ran just three times.) Perhaps most impressive was the how. Jackson beat the coverage on multiple downfield throws, while finishing with a career-best five touchdown passes and 324 yards and playing just three quarters. That his 17 completions were also a career-high speaks to his limitations as a passer last year, and perhaps a new era in Baltimore. Everything won’t come this easy, but the Jackson-OC Greg Roman arrangement definitely takes on another level of intrigue.
- The Dolphins might be worse than we thought. They struggled to pass, they didn’t bother running and their defense surrendered 390 yards by halftime (and 643 overall). After gutting its roster in the off-season, little was expected from Miami and first-year coach Brian Flores entering the season. But this isn’t college football. Allowing 42 points in the first half of a season opener is beyond bad. In fact, it’s an NFL record. The second half saw a quarterback change and backup Josh Rosen getting picked off on his very first snap as a Dolphin. Miami already appears to be in the fish tank. It’s probably not too early to check in with Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon’s Justin Herbert about possibly working in South Florida next year.
- They don’t just call him Hollywood for nothing. Rookie wide receiver Marquise Brown had a scintillating debut, catching long touchdown passes with his first two receptions. It started simple enough with a quick slant that he turned into a 47-yard score. He turned on the Jets just a few minutes later, as he got behind the Miami defense and hauled in a deep strike from Jackson for an 83-yard TD. Speed kills, and Brown looked as fast as anyone while catching four passes for 147 yards. That late first-round slot is already looking warranted.
Kanas City Chiefs 40, Jacksonville Jaguars 26
- It took all of three offensive plays for reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes to remind everyone just how special he is. That’s how long it took for the Chiefs to score their season’s first touchdown. Truth be told, it was very much a spectacular play from Sammy Watkins, who took a short ball over the middle and turned it into a 68-yard sprint to pay dirt. But it was Mahomes the magnificent who just kept the Chiefs’ all-star offense rolling along. Mahomes completed his first five passes of the season for 141 yards (in just two drives) as K.C. ran out to a 10-0 lead. It was a sweltering hot and testy day — exemplified by Jags linebacker Myles Jack’s ejection — but the Chiefs never cooled off. While the Jaguars stumbled to a 5-11 mark last season, they still boasted one of the best pass defenses, with Mahomes being held to a season-worst 62.7 rating in the Chiefs’ 30-14 2018 victory. Mahomes still had 313 yards, but no touchdowns. Mahomes matched that mark exactly in a stifling first half (16-of-20 for 313 yards and two TDs). A stellar day was had at season opener’s end for the QB, who posted 378 yards and three scores with a phenomenal 143.2 rating. While there’s no doubt cause for concern with Tyreek Hill’s first-half exit due to a shoulder injury, the Chiefs showed they have no shortage of weapons in addition to Mahomes. Watkins (see below), Travis Kelce (three catches for 88 yards) and the recently acquired LeSean McCoy (10carries for 81 yards) all had fine days. The Chiefs offense is just as outstanding as we remember it to be — if not more so.
- In one game, Watkins matched his touchdown output for all of the 2018 season. On the first Sunday of the season, Watkins was wonderful with three touchdowns and 198 yards on nine receptions. This was Watkins at his best — no, really, it was his career-high for yards and TDs in a game. Sure, Watkins was with the Chiefs last season, but this version of Watkins certainly was not. Regardless of Hill’s status going forward, having Watkins as another option for Mahomes sees one of the NFL’s richest offenses get even richer. And that it came against a usually excellent Jaguars passing defense is all the more reason to believe Watkins’ outstanding ways could continue.
- Nick Foles lofted his first touchdown pass as a Jaguar to D.J. Chark and moments later was on the sideline in pain and that was it for the former Super Bowl MVP’s Jacksonville debut. NFL Network’s James Palmer reported he suffered a broken left clavicle. Though things certainly got chilly on this hot Florida afternoon, rookie Gardner Minshew was cool and calm coming off the bench. The sixth-round pick completed his first 13 passes, was 9-for-9 for 128 yards at halftime and finished a losing effort with a terrific line of 22-for-25 for 275 yards, two touchdowns, one pick and a 122.5 rating. The Jags are hoping for a speedy return, but Minshew’s performance off the bench deserves recognition and at least some confidence going forward that he can provide a stellar substitute. Sure, an injury to a starting QB is always a huge worry, but Jacksonville made its name with defense, and after giving up 491 yards in a 40-26 defeat, the Jaguars have larger concerns that worrying about how their rookie backup can do.
Seattle Seahawks 21, Cincinnati Bengals 20
- The Seahawks didn’t have much to celebrate offensively. They just got what they needed. Feature back Chris Carson picked up 21 of his 46 rushing yards on a crucial third down late in the fourth quarter that allowed Seattle to milk the clock to under a minute. Carson scored two touchdowns in the first half, including a 10-yard reception on third down. That TD was set up by a 42-yard pass to D.K. Metcalf, who wasted no time demonstrating big-play potential (four catches, 89 yards). Russell Wilson mixed in the usual few spectacular plays with efficiency, as Seattle got away with a forgettable 233-yard output.
- Seattle brings out the best in wide receiver John Ross. The former University of Washington star had the best day of his three-year career against the Seahwks. With A.J. Green sidelined and Zac Taylor now pulling the offensive strings, Ross played the part of a go-to receiver. He came into the game with 21 career catches for 210 yards and came out of it with seven more for 158 yards and two touchdowns. That included the speedy Ross sneaking behind a linebacker on a wheel route for a 33-yard score, and then coming up with a jumpball downfield just before the half on a 55-yard TD.
- New coach, same old Bengals? They showed signs of life on offense but this loss won’t sit well with them. They outgained Seattle by nearly 200 yards and dominated time of possession but came away with no points on three trips to the red zone. Three fumbles, a missed 45-yard field goal and a failure to capitalize a recovered fumble inside the Seahawks 20 ultimately caught up to Cincinnati. In fact, the Bengals didn’t score any points on their trips to the red zone. Adding injury to insult, running back Joe Mixon left in the second half after hurting his right ankle and did not return. Andy Dalton registered the franchise’s first 400-yard passing game since Carson Palmer in 2010. It was ultimately in vain as the Seahawks held Cincinnati to just three points in the second half. Jadeveon Clowney had a sack but was otherwise relatively quiet in his first game in Seattle, as Bobby Wagner and Quinton Jefferson led the way for Seattle’s bend-but-don’t-break defense.
Philadelphia Eagles 32, Washington Redskins 27
- It took a while to get going but the Eagles’ offense took flight in the second half against the Redskins. After throwing for 112 yards in the first half, QB Carson Wentz helped lead four straight scoring drives to push Philly to victory in his first game since his injury-plagued 2018 campaign. Three of those drives ended with Wentz TD passes, including an impressive 53-yard bomb to DeSean Jackson in his first game back in an Eagles uniform; it was Jackson’s second 50-plus yard TD catch of the day. He ended with a game-high 154 receiving yards, tying him with Cowboys great Michael Irvin for the most Week 1 100-yard receiving games in NFL history. Wentz, who signed a huge extension in June, ended the day 28-of-39 for 313 yards and three TDs. The run game also deserves some praise; a quiet eight-carry, 20-yard output in the first half from the team’s three RBs (Jordan Howard, Darren Sproles and rookie Miles Sanders) was all but forgotten after a 96-yard second half.
- The Redskins offense looked promising in the first half with Case Keenum under center. Tight end Vernon Davis showed he still has it with a beastly 48-yard catch-and-run TD to give the Redskins their first opening drive TD in Week 1 since 2004. Keenum started 4 for 4 for 71 yards and finished the half outshining big-money Wentz with 257 yards and 16 completions on 22 attempts; he finished 30-of-44 with 380 yards and three TDs. Terry McLaurin, the 2019 third-round pick, stepped up big-time in the first half; the rookie wideout tallied three receptions for 104 yards, including a monster 69-yard TD catch to give Washington an early 17-0 lead. Penalties, coupled with the Eagles’ O controlling the game with lengthy scoring drives, limited the offense’s performance in the second half. Washington’s offensive line, still without Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams, accounted for all five of the team’s penalties for a loss of 45 yards. After a hot start, McLaurin cooled off with five targets and three catches for 21 yards, all of which came when the game was out of reach.
- After a torn ACL robbed him of his rookie season, 2018 second-round pick Derrius Guice made his regular season debut in Week 1. With veteran RB Adrian Peterson inactive for the day, the bulk of the carries went to Guice, who coach Jay Gruden said would be a focal point of the offense this season. Guice made his presence known out of the gate with a 5-yard carry on the game’s opening drive. Throughout the game, Guice showed flashes of his two-way potential and ended the night with 10 carries for 18 yards, thanks to the solid play upfront by the Eagles defensive line, and three catches for 20 yards. Speaking of young Redskins the team is relying on for future success, defensive tackle Jonathan Allen exited in the first quarter with a left knee injury and didn’t return. If he’s not able to go for the foreseeable future, the Redskins’ defense will have a noticeable hole on the depth chart, as evidenced by the difficulty they had stopping the run in the second half.
Dallas Cowboys 35, New York Giants 17
- Give Dak all the money. If Prescott’s agent wanted any leverage in contract negotiations the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback provided it Sunday with a marvelous outing in the season opener. Prescott dissected a porous Giants defense with a bevy of dimes, hitting receivers perfectly in stride time after time en route to a four-touchdown demolition of a division rival. Prescott started off on fire, earning a career-high 256 yards passing yards, and finished with 405 and completing 78 percent of his passes for a perfect 153.8 passer rating. The first game of the Kellen Moore era was a masterpiece. The Cowboys new OC deploy a host of play-actions to open up the middle of the field for Dak, repeatedly sent multiple players in motion, and called plenty of shots downfield. The Cowboys spread the ball around to Amari Cooper (6/100/1), Michael Gallup (7/158), Randall Cobb (4/69/1), Blake Jarwin (3/39/1), Jason Witten (3/15/1), Ezekiel Elliott (1/10) and even Tavon Austin got in the action (1/8). Some of the explosiveness can be attributed to a disastrous Giants defense, but make no mistake, the Cowboys offense will be a load to handle in 2019.
- Mission accomplished: Ezekiel Elliott returned from his holdout, got his feet wet in the opener, scored a TD, didn’t suffer any sort of injury, and got to sit out the fourth quarter of the blowout. Zeke took just 13 carries for 53 yards and the TD, while playing just 32 plays, per Next Gen Stats. The Cowboys couldn’t have scripted it much better after Elliott’s offseason holdout officially ended on Wednesday. We didn’t see any explosive plays from Zeke — long run of 10 yards — but they are coming as he gets more work in coming weeks.
- Saquon Barkley popped a huge 59-yard run on the first series, setting up the Giants opening-drive score. The Giants then criminally underutilized their best player. Barkley touched the ball just seven times in the first half and went away from the running back far too often. The epitome of Big Blue’s Barkley usage came late in the third quarter with the Giants trailing big already. After driving deep into the red zone, New York had third-and-short and fourth-and-short. Barkley didn’t touch the ball either play. The fourth-down call was a rollout with 38-year-old Eli Manning that didn’t have a shot to work and ended in a blown-up fumble. Barkley finished with 120 rushing yards on 11 carries. Manning’s check-down routine is tiresome, and the blowout is another step closer to Daniel Jones taking over. But if Pat Shurmur is going to under-utilize Barkley, what are the Giants even doing? Jones got in the game with 1:46 left in the lopsided tilt, completed his first three passes, but fumbled trying to run for a first down, sealing the tilt.
Tennessee Titans 43, Cleveland Browns 13
- The Browns entered with all the hype and looked like the steamroller the world expected on a 73-yard opening-drive touchdown. Then the Titans defense smothered Baker Mayfield and all the positive vibes in Cleveland. Dean Pees’ defense dominated, gobbling up five sacks and three second-half interceptions, including a pick-six that put the icing on the cake of Tennessee’s road celebration. The ageless Cam Wake took advantage of a suspect Browns offensive line sacking Mayfield 2.5 times, including one for a safety — his 100th career QB takedown. The Tennessee defense kept the Browns discombobulated with a bevy of pressures that didn’t allow Mayfield time to find his weapons on the outside. With the game still in question, safety Kevin Byard snuffed out the Browns’ chances with an interception. On the next drive, Logan Ryan perfectly undercut a pass for another pick. Game, blouses. Tennessee’s D walked into Cleveland and smashed all the offseason puff-pieces surrounding the Browns for one week.
- The Titans offense ran a balanced operation under new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. Using a bevy of play-action passes to find chunk gains and riding Derrick Henry, the Titans did well to protect a reshuffled offensive line, which stood out when compared to the Browns own O-line struggles. Henry picked up where he left off last season as the beating heart of the Tennessee offense (19/84/1). Smith’s best play-call of the day came on a throwback screen to Henry that was blocked up perfectly for a 75-yard untouched TD. As for the Titans pass-catchers, rookie A.J. Brown (3/100) flashed playmaking ability in space, which led to Tony Romo to compare him to a young Anquan Boldin. It was also evident that Marcus Mariota missed Delaine Walker last season, especially in the red zone. The TE caught 2 TDs on five receptions in a return after missing all but one game in 2018. Welcome back, Mr. Walker.
- Entering with expectations soaring, the Browns imploded. Penalties destroyed Cleveland at every turn. A whopping 18 penalties for 182 yards were the most by a Cleveland team since 1951(!). On offense, the flags shattered every positive play after the opening drive. On defense, the penalties gave Tennessee first down after first down. In the first half alone, Cleveland’s miscues included a missed PAT, nine penalties (giving Tennessee five first downs), three sacks (one for a safety), 0-for-5 on third down, and starting left tackle Greg Robinson getting ejected for kicking an opponent. The undisciplined play continued in the final two quarters and was exacerbated as the Browns got down big. The two offseason undercurrents posed as counters to the Cleveland hype were the offensive line and how the team with a first-time coach would handle expectations. In Week 1 the answers were disastrous. The offensive line was a sieve, and the Browns couldn’t right the ship when things went awry. How Freddie Kitchens’ team responds in Week 2 will speak volumes.
San Francisco 49ers 31, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17
- Mustering two interceptions in a season, like the 49ers did in 2018, will never be an effort worth writing home about. In just one afternoon against Jameis Winston and the Bucs, the Niners managed to top that with three picks, two of which they took to the house after scoring drives. The first came in the third quarter following a seven-play, 75-yard scoring drive that ended with a 39-yard TD pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (more on him in a second), giving the 49ers a 14-7 lead. On the second play of the Bucs’ ensuing drive, safety Richard Sherman picked off a pass intended for RB Peyton Barber and returned it 31 yards to bump the lead to 14 points. The Bucs cut into the lead with a score and a FG on two of their next three drives before Niners K Robbie Gould made it 23-17 late in the fourth. With the game on the line, Winston tossed a short pass into the waiting arms of 49ers CB Ahekllo Witherspoon who iced the game with a 25-yard TD return. In all, it was a tough night for Winston (20-of-36, 194 yards, 1 TD, 3 sacks, 45.4 passer rating) as the Niners’ D was relentless all game.
- With only nine game appearances to his name in two years as a Niner, Jimmy Garoppolo was looking to show the world why he’s one of the highest-paid players in the league. The 49ers QB nearly silenced the critics early with an eight-yard TD pass to TE Greg Kittle on the Niners’ second pass of the game but an offensive PI call negated the play. Things would only get worse for Jimmy G later in the half after CB Vernon Hargreaves’ pick-six gave the Bucs an early lead. Aside from the turnover, Garoppolo’s first half was efficient but not spectacular -13-of-16 for 100 yards – and with his team down 7-6, he needed to have a strong second half. Unfortunately for him, that didn’t exactly happen but he did add to the winning effort with the TD pass to wideout Richie James. Now that Week 1 is in the books, Garoppolo will look to build on his solid day (166 yards, 80.2 passer rating) against the Bengals in Week 2.
- For a moment, it looked the highly-touted tandem of DE Dee Ford and rookie LB Nick Bosa were going to have uneventful debuts for their new team. While neither player racked up a gaudy amount of tackles, both were solid in the win. Ford sacked Winston in the midst of a Bucs drive that concluded the first quarter; the series eventually ended with a lost fumble by Tampa TE O.J. Howard. Ford also provided the pressure on the Winston pick that wrapped up the Niners win. Bosa earned his first NFL sack in the third quarter and was involved in the pressure that resulted in another Winston sack on third-and-7 from the Niners 8 late in the fourth quarter. That drive ended with a FG.
Minnesota Vikings 28, Atlanta Falcons 12
- What a start by the Vikings. A sack on their first defensive play. A blocked punt to end the Falcons’ first drive. A healthy Dalvin Cook showing his stuff. And Kirk Cousins finding old pal Adam Thielen for a 23-yard touchdown. All three facets sparkled in all of 2 minutes and 3 seconds as Minnesota vaulted to a 7-0 lead and rode it to a 28-12 win that was largely decided by halftime. A season ago, Minnesota fell flat of living up to his expectations of a Super Bowl hopeful without as it didn’t even make the playoffs. Though it’s just Week 1, the Vikings looked every bit the part of a team that can fulfill high hopes. The defense was stellar as it held a formidable Falcons offense at bay for the first three quarters and turned in three turnovers. The offense was balanced and special teams made an impact. Overall, the Vikings were outstanding on their first Sunday.
- Running backs Dalvin Cook of the Vikings and Devonta Freeman of the Falcons each returned to action following injury-shortened seasons looking to rebound for teams looking, much the same, for returns to form following playoff-less 2018 campaigns. The contrasting outcomes for the backs – who each attended Miami Central High – were very much emblematic of their teams’ fates and outlooks going forward. Cook was simply outstanding in his return. It was on the second drive that he began to shine with two carries covering 40 yards, including a 19-yard split around left end to the pileon. Cook concluded his statement-making return with 21 carries for 111 yards and two scores and provided reason to believe he can still be the back everyone expected him to be before he was derailed after four games in his rookie season. Perhaps more importantly, Cook could revitalize a rushing attack largely absent last year when the Vikings stumbled. Freeman had less than 19 yards rushing in his return. He was stifled and frustrated. Just like the Falcons as a whole. As the returning RBs went, so did their teams.
- A day after scoring a huge extension, Julio Jones scored a touchdown, as well. But it was too late and far too little. Sure, Jones, in his 112th game, became the second-fastest receiver to 700 catches, but he continued to struggle against the Vikings, who have held him down like no other team. The touchdown was his first in five games against Minnesota and his 31 yards were shy of his dismal average in his previous four games versus the Vikings (40.5). The Vikings defense and cornerback Xavier Rhodes, in particular, continue to confound one of the game’s greatest receivers. It’s yet more evidence of why the Vikings could emerge very quickly as a team on the rise for the NFL’s biggest prize at season’s end.
Buffalo Bills 17, New York Jets 16
- This was a weird comeback. The Bills were shut out for the first 40 minutes and fell behind 16-0 before scoring on three consecutive possessions to win it. The Jets losing linebacker C.J. Mosely in the second half might have been a tipping point. Also helping the Bills was Josh Allen not giving the ball away. He had four turnovers in the first half, including a pick-six to Mosley. The Jets will surely lament not scoring off the other three turnovers. Buffalo moved the sticks better than their AFC East counterpart throughout Week 1 and it eventually produced points. A costly roughing the passer penalty on third-and-10 extended a Bills drive late in the third quarter, resulting in a field goal. Running back Devin Singletary heated up on the ensuing Bills drive, picking up 55 yards to set up and Allen touchdown scramble. Allen capped off the comeback with a 38-yard touchdown to John Brown, who not only beat Darryl Roberts down the sideline but drew defensive pass interference on the play. The whole stretch was so Jets.
- The anticipated development of Allen and Sam Darnold was anticlimactic in their Year 2 debuts. Allen was obviously a mixed bag with the turnovers and late comeback, which included completing 5 of 7 passes on the go-ahead drive. His seven completions for 123 yards to Brown were a welcome sight for Bill fans. Darnold didn’t have a turnover and connected on 28 of 41 attempts, yet it amounted to just 175 yards. New York’s revamped offensive line is still a work in progress, as Darnold was under constant pressure while being sacked four times and resorting to too many throws underneath. After more than a year away from football, Le’Veon Bell looked good in green. The former Steeler caught a TD pass and two-point conversion, and collected 92 yards from scrimmage on 23 touches. He still has it.
- This isn’t what the Kaare Vedvik hat trick was supposed to look like. After being touted as a potential placekicker and punter who could also handle kickoffs, Vedvik had a forgettable first game with the Jets. It started with him missing an extra point and continued with him shanking a 45-yard field goal. By the time the Jets scored their second touchdown in the third quarter, they opted to bypass the PAT altogether and try for two. Expect Gang Green to re-enter the kicker market soon.
Los Angeles Rams 30, Carolina Panthers 27
- All eyes were on the Rams backfield after questions regarding Todd Gurley’s health were a hot topic coming into Week 1. The first half saw coach Sean McVay opt to mix it up with Gurley and Malcolm Brown splitting touches. It was Brown who made a difference early, scoring the game’s first touchdown on a 5-yard rush in the redzone and ending the half with five carries for 29 yards. But, in the second half, it was Gurley — who only added 8 yards on five attempts in the first two quarters — that made big plays down the stretch. He opened the third quarter with a 25-yard rush on the Rams’ third play to push them into the red zone. He followed that with a 5-yard rush two plays later; the drive ended with a 27-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Gurley demonstrated his power on several timely runs to the tune of 58 yards, including two back-to-back runs for 12 yards to put the game away in the final two minutes. Gurley’s day may have ended with no TDs but 97 yards on 14 carries is by no means a bad outing. Add that in with Brown’s 11 carries for 53 yards and two scores and the Rams’ run game already looks potent.
- After a foot injury cut his preseason debut short, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton got the chance to show off his surgically-repaired throwing shoulder. Newton’s first throw of the game went to running back Christian McCaffrey, who ended the day with a whopping 209 all-purpose yards and two TDs, for a quick gain of five. After taking a sack on the next play, Newton followed that up with a 13-yard pass to receiver DJ Moore for a first down. The drive would eventually be cut short after a Moore fumble following a 15-yard reception. The play was indicative of an overall rough outing for Newton; the star QB completed 25 of his 38 pass attempts for 239 yards, took three sacks for a loss of 23 yards and turned the ball over twice.
- Since 2017, the Rams defense has led the league in takeaways, interceptions and fumble recoveries. Led by an already stout group that added safety Eric Weddle and linebacker Clay Matthews in the offseason, the Rams added a forced fumble and an interception to the stat sheet in the Week 1 win. The group also brought the pressure with three sacks and five total QB hits. Something to keep an eye going into Week 2 is the potential loss of Weddle, who exited in the second quarter with a head laceration.
Antonio Brown consulted social media experts to help force way out of Oakland
Antonio Brown wore out his welcome in Oakland in part because of the way he publicly criticized the team on social media, and that was apparently as calculated a move as many have speculated.
Brown has all but admitted that he forced the Raiders to release him once his relationship with the team started to go south, and one of the ways he did that was through the use of social media. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said Sunday that Brown even went as far as to hire social media experts for advice on how to accelerate the process.
The tension between Brown and the Raiders appeared to reach a boiling point when ripped the team on Instagram for fining him over missed practice time. That missed practice time came while Brown was in a war with the NFL over his outdated helmet, and it’s possible — if not likely — that Oakland’s brass was tired of him from that point on.
Brown then had his infamous argument with Raiders GM Mike Mayock at practice, and it appeared things had cooled down when he apologized later in the week. However, he continued with the social media antics by sharing a YouTube video of a private conversation he had with Jon Gruden and publicly demanding that the Raiders release him after they fined him for the Mayock incident.
The Patriots reportedly offered the Pittsburgh Steelers a first-round pick for Brown before he was traded to the Raiders, so they have had interest in him for quite some time. Tom Brady also appeared to recruit Brown weeks ago, which could lead to tampering charges being filed.
Antonio Brown Is Now A Patriot And I Still Can’t Believe It
So…Antonio Brown said F this, I am running the show and getting whatever I want. I am a big spoiled ass brat and even if I am $30 million out, I will still make a way to get my way so just get the hell out of my way. That sums up what I imagine he is telling himself in his head for all of the drama, theatrics and headaches he has conjured up. It started with the burning of the feet seemingly recklessly and intentionally if I can add myself. Then he gets upset and threatens to retire because he wants a fudging helmet that was made in the mid to late 1960’s!!! If that’s not enough, you miss practice, training camp and a walk through all of which I am certain is required within the parameters of your contract thus resulting in you getting fined over $50k. You complain about the fine via a social media outlet named Instagram publicly involving people that need not be involved. Complete unprofessional approaches being practiced continuously just later insult the GM of your new team with a racial slur and threatening physical manner. I even went as far to say I thought you should seek help, but why am I not surprised?
The Patriots seemingly like being in the midst of chaos and taking on problematic players. Its not like they have not just won the flipping Super Bowl with lesser quality players. I could have sworn I just wrote about Brady’s season with Randy Moss not too long ago. Well press rewind and play for me on this note because the New England Patriots basically just guaranteed their way back to the biggest stage in football; the Super Bowl. They lost arguably the best tight end ever and acquire Antonio Brown while also gaining back Josh Gordan. NEVER has the threat of New England’s aerial attack looked so potentially fierce. I don’t think people recall just how good Gordan was and AB alone is already a problem; he is going down as one of the greatest of all time.
I must commend the Raiders and their front office though. I thought they were bending over and taking things AB’s way the way he did in Pittsburgh. Fortunately, you guys caught wind of his never ending BS and played it smart by allowing him to play himself right out of town. No way would I advise you to release him if he was still guaranteed that $30 million, but you saw to it via his contract being broken from his actions, that he had a swift exit.
I wish it had ended differently because I almost don’t want to follow football now. I feel the Patriots have all the answers for troubled players and get quite productive use from them. Brady gets older and his roster gets even more rich of quality players under hall of fame coaching with Brady starring as the GOAT if he puts up numbers to match the talent that is on the field. We may see a 6000 yard season. All of a sudden Cleveland, Kansas City and the Eagles look a tad bit smaller in the playoff picture.
Notable injuries from Sunday’s Week 1 NFL games
- Baker Mayfield never found a hot hand Sunday and he’s now dealing with a bruised wrist.
Mayfield had X-rays in FirstEnergy Stadium and had his right wrist wrapped, but he suffered just a bruise, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported.
The second-year quarterback told the media, “I’ll be alright,” following the game.
Mayfield looked to be in discomfort after a Cameron Wake safety during the game.
Mayfield had three interceptions in the Browns’ disastrous 43-13 season-opening home loss to the Titans. He completed 25-of-38 passes for 285 yards and a touchdown.
Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Kendall Lamm was ruled out vs. the Titans with a knee injury. Browns running back Dontrell Hilliard was ruled out with a concussion.
- New York Jets linebackers C.J. Mosley was ruled out against the Bills after suffering a groin injury in the fourth quarter. Mosely was in the middle of a stellar debut for the Jets, scoring on a pick-six, recovering a fumble and recording a pass defended.
Rookie defensive tackle Quinnen Williams left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury.
- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes sustained a sprained ankle during Sunday’s win, coach Andy Reid said following the game.
Wide receiver Tyreek Hill was hospitalized with a shoulder injury — a sternal clavicular joint injury — during Sunday’s game. According to the Chiefs training staff, he was transported to an ortho-trauma physician. An update is expected Monday or Tuesday.
- Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith suffered a right knee injury against the Dolphins.
- Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles did not return after suffering a left shoulder injury in the first quarter against the Chiefs. Jags coach Doug Marrone confirmed Foles broke his left clavicle.
Rookie linebacker Quincy Williams suffered a knee injury.
- Washington Redskins defensive tackle Jonathan Allen sustained a left knee injury. Defensive end Caleb Brantley suffered an ankle injury.
- Miami Dolphins receiver Albert Wilson suffered a calf injury against the Ravens.
- Los Angeles Rams safety Eric Weddle left Sunday’s game and did not return due to a head laceration.
- Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander was ruled out vs. Falcons with an elbow injury. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports Alexander suffered a dislocated elbow.
- Buffalo Bills cornerback Taron Johnson (hamstring) was ruled out vs. the Jets.
- Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Malik Jackson was carted off with an apparent injury in the fourth quarter against the Redskins.
- Seattle Seahawks defensive back Neiko Thorpe suffered a hamstring injury against the Bengals.
- San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman was ruled out vs. the Buccaneers with an ankle injury.
- Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon suffered a right ankle injury vs. the Seahawks. Pelissero reports the injury is just believed to be an ankle sprain, but Mixon will undergo an MRI exam Monday to determine the exact severity.
- Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams sustained a knee injury in the second half.
- The Steelers announced quarterback Joshua Dobbs, safety Sean Davis, cornerback Justin Layne, guard Fred Johnson, offensive lineman Chukwuma Okorafor, tight end Zach Gentry and defensive end Isaiah Buggs are inactive.
Linebacker TJ Watt (hip), center Maurkice Pouncey (ankle), cornberback Joe Haden (shoulder), and wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) suffered injuries and did not return.
- Patriots cornerback Joejuan Williams, cornerback Obi Melifonwu, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, offensive tackle Korey Cunningham, linebacker Kyle Van Noy and defensive lineman Byron Cowart are inactive.
Van Noy is inactive because his wife is in labor, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported, per a source.
Offensive lineman Marcus Cannon suffered a shoulder injury and did not return.
- Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Devin Funchess (shoulder) exited in the second half against the Chargers with a shoulder injury. He suffered a broken collarbone, per Pelissero. He will get a second opinion but as of now surgery is likely, Pelissero added.
AP Top 25: LSU moves up to give SEC 3 of top 4 in AP poll
The Southeastern Conference held three of the top four spots in The Associated Press college football poll after LSU’s road victory against Texas pushed the Tigers to No. 4.
Clemson remained No. 1 on Sunday, receiving 56 first-place votes out of 62 in the Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. No. 2 Alabama received 6 first-place votes and Georgia stayed at No. 3. LSU jumped two spots after winning 45-38 at Texas on Saturday to make it three straight SEC teams after Clemson. The last conference to hold three of the top four spots in the poll was the SEC on Nov. 2, 2014, when Mississippi State was No. 1, Auburn was third and Alabama fourth.
Southern California, which was unranked in the preseason for the first time since 2001, moved in at No. 24 after beating Stanford 45-20.
The SEC has half the top-10 teams in the country after two weeks of the regular season, with Auburn moving up to No. 8 and Florida rising to No. 9. The Tigers and Gators were two of several teams to get a bump in the rankings thanks to Michigan. The Wolverines dodged an upset, beating Army 24-21 in double overtime, but dropped three spots to No. 10.
Texas fell out of the top 10, dropping three spots to No. 12.
– No. 21 Maryland is ranked for the first time since joining the Big Ten after a surprisingly easy 63-20 victory over Syracuse. The Terrapins have scored 142 points in two games under new coach Mike Locksley. The last time Maryland was ranked was 2013, when the Terps were still in the ACC, and they spent a week in early October at No. 25.
– No. 25 Virginia is ranked after a 2-0 start.
– Syracuse dropped out of the ranking after being handed the most lopsided loss (43 points) by a ranked team to an unranked team in 20 years. In October 1999, unranked Oklahoma beat No. 13 Texas A&M 51-6.
– Stanford fell out after USC scored the final 35 points of their game Saturday night.
– Nebraska is out after letting a 17-0 lead slip away at Colorado and losing in overtime.
– Iowa State, which barely held on to its ranking after needing OT to beat Northern Iowa in Week 1, dropped out in an idle week.
Big Ten – 7
SEC – 6
Pac 12 – 5
Big 12 – 2
ACC – 2
American – 1
Mountain West – 1
Independent – 1
Lorenzen’s pinch-hit double lifts Reds over D-backs 4-3
A few days after his Ruthian two-way feat, relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen was again the right man in the batter’s box for the Cincinnati Reds.
Lorenzen lined a game-ending, pinch-hit double in the ninth inning to help the Reds snap the Arizona Diamondbacks’ five-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory Sunday.
Lorenzen is the first Cincinnati pitcher with a walk-off hit since Randy Keisler in the 14th inning against Washington on May 24, 2005. It was Lorenzen’s fifth career pinch hit and happened four days after the reliever became the first player since Babe Ruth in 1921 to homer, play the outfield and earn a victory on the mound in the same game.
“First I wanted to hit the ball not on the ground,” Lorenzen said. “I knew he was trying to get the double play. I tried to look underneath the ball.”
Pinch-hitter Jose Peraza and Phillip Ervin greeted reliever Yoan Lopez (2-6) with one-out singles. Lorenzen then delivered against left-hander T.J. McFarland, capping a nine-pitch at-bat with his RBI double down the left field line before getting mobbed at second base.
“I ended up putting myself in a hole,” McFarland said. “I had to throw strikes. Obviously, I’d rather face him than (Joey) Votto. I threw a fastball that stayed up. It was in, but he hit it.”
The Diamondbacks lost for the second time in the 13 games and remained 1 1/2 games behind the Cubs for the second NL wild card going into a four-game series against the Mets in New York. Chicago lost 8-5 at Milwaukee on Sunday.
“Obviously, you don’t want to lose the game, especially on a walkout hit at the end, but we’ve got a big series in New York,” McFarland said. “We’ll forget this tomorrow and come back and beat them.”
Eugenio Suarez homered twice and has 44 this season for Cincinnati, one behind Mike Trout and Pete Alonso for the major league lead. Ketel Marte extended his hitting streak to seven games with a two-run homer, his 32nd of the season.
Suarez hit a tying homer in the eighth off Jimmie Sherfy’s slider, the same pitch Sherfy used to get three swings-and-misses from the slugger Saturday.
“He was tough yesterday,” Suarez said. “He struck me out on three breaking balls in the dirt. When I saw him come into the game, I just was ready. I am always ready for a fastball, but I stayed with that breaking ball.”
Raisel Iglesias (3-11) pitched the ninth to get the win.
Brewers beat up Lester, top Cubs 8-5 to narrow WC lead
Tyler Austin drove a pinch-hit, three-run homer during the Brewers’ five-run fourth inning against Jon Lester, and Milwaukee beat the Chicago Cubs 8-5 Sunday to tighten the NL wild-card race.
Milwaukee won the series 3-1 and pulled within two games of the Cubs for the second NL wild card with three weeks left. The Cardinals are 4 1/2 games ahead of Chicago for the NL Central lead.
Staked to a 3-1 lead, Lester (12-10) allowed RBI hits to Ryan Braun and Hernan Perez before Austin delivered his fourth pinch homer this season. Eric Thames added a solo shot off Lester in the sixth, and pinch-hitter Tyrone Taylor added an RBI single off Duane Underwood Jr. for his first major league hit.
Milwaukee’s Brent Suter (1-0) followed starter Adrian Houser and pitched scoreless ball across the fifth and sixth innings.
Jason Heyward hit a two-run homer off Milwaukee reliever Jimmy Nelson in the top of the ninth. With one out and a runner on, Brewers manager Craig Counsell brought on closer Josh Hader, who pitched the final two innings and got the win Saturday night. Hader struck out the final two batters for his 29th save in 35 chances.
Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was hit in the face by a 94 mph fastball from Houser. The pitch seemed to catch him on his left cheek, knocking his helmet off. He fell to his knees, holding his head, but eventually was able to compose himself and walk to first base accompanied by manager Joe Maddon and two trainers.
Russell keyed a three-run rally before Ian Happ replaced him in the field. Russell stole second with a head-first slide and later scored on right fielder Christian Yelich’s throwing error. Lester and Ben Zobrist each had a run-scoring double.
The Cubs are already missing two-time All-Star shortstop Javier Baez, who is out indefinitely with a hairline fracture in his left thumb.
Danny Hultzen, in his long-awaited major league debut, hit Yelich in the left hand with a 94 mph slider that deflected and hit homeplate umpire Will Little just above his right knee. Catcher Willson Contreras caught Little as he turned and buckled over. After a brief delay, Little went back behind the plate. A 64-second review confirmed that Yelich had been hit.
Hultzen was the second overall pick by Seattle in the 2011 draft but was beset by injuries in the minors. Each of the first 29 players selected that year have now appeared in a major league game.
Lester allowed eight runs and seven hits, walked three and struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings.
Clevenger gets 10th straight win, Indians beat Twins 5-2
Mike Clevenger won his 10th straight decision, and Carlos Santana and Francisco Lindor homered as the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Sunday.
The Indians moved back to 5 1/2 games behind the Twins in the AL Central. The teams close the season series with a three-game set in Cleveland that begins on Friday.
Clevenger (11-2) pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. He hasn’t lost since June 28. In his last 13 starts, Clevenger is 10-0 with a 2.00 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 81 innings.
Brad Hand pitched around a walk and a hit batter in the ninth to earn his 34th save of the season.
The Indians took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on Franmil Reyes’ two-run single off Twins starter Randy Dobnak (0-1).
Santana hit his 33rd homer of the season, a solo shot off reliever Devin Smeltzer in the third. Lindor tagged Smeltzer for his 29th of the season in the fifth.
The Twins got a solo home run from Mitch Garver – his third in two days and 29th of the season – in the fourth inning.
Rookie LaMonte Wade Jr. drove in a run with an infield single in the seventh to make it 5-2. The Twins loaded the bases with one out, but reliever Nick Wittgren struck out C.J. Cron and Garver to end the threat.
Flaherty dazzles again, Cardinals drop Pirates 2-0
Jack Flaherty always had the tools. Figuring out how to put them together has been the challenge for the 23-year-old pitcher since the former first-round pick arrived in St. Louis two years ago.
While Flaherty is sketchy on specifics about what exactly he changed heading into the All-Star break, one thing is for certain: the roadblocks – mental, physical and otherwise – are all gone. Flaherty is rolling, and so are the Cardinals.
Flaherty overwhelmed the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 2-0 victory on Sunday, striking out 10 against five hits and a walk over eight electric innings to keep up a dazzling run that has turned him into the de facto ace for the NL Central leaders. Flaherty (10-7) won for the sixth time in eight starts while dropping his post All-Star break ERA to 0.76 as St. Louis pushed its lead in the division to 4 1/2 games over second-place Chicago with three weeks to go in the regular season.
“He’s in control of the conviction of what he’s doing,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “Just a lot of big league pitches consistently. Fastball where he wants it to with good life on it, and a really good slider as well. That’s what pitching looks like. Phenomenal job.”
Flaherty’s surge began with seven innings of two-hit ball against San Francisco on July 7. The Cardinals lost 1-0 that day, but the switch flipped. Flaherty has been lights out while fueling St. Louis’ sprint to first and has allowed just three earned runs 56 innings across eight starts since Aug. 1.
“(I’ve made) small adjustments, not really to my mechanics, but mentally to how I was going about things,” Flaherty said. “So little things here and there. Just tried to kind of carry it from one start to the next.”
Carlos Martinez worked a perfect ninth for his 19th save to finish off a season series dominated by the Cardinals. St. Louis won 14 of its 19 meetings with Pittsburgh, including 10 of 12 in the second half, one of the main reasons the Cardinals are heading to October while the Pirates are planning for next season.
Cole’s birthday gem leads Astros over M’s 21-1 for sweep
Gerrit Cole celebrated his 29th birthday by allowing one hit with 15 strikeouts in a season-high eight innings, and the Houston Astros routed Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners 21-1 Sunday to complete a four-game sweep.
Cole (16-5) won his 12th straight decision and joined Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers in major league history with 14 or more strikeouts in three straight games. Cole leads the major league with a career-high 281 strikeouts, and his 2.73 ERA in second in the AL behind the 2.52 for teammate Justin Verlander.
Chris Devenski struck out two in a perfect ninth, finishing a series in which Houston outscored the Mariners 41-15.
Jake Marisnick and George Springer homered, and rookie Yordan Alvarez had six RBIs and hit three of Houston’s team-record 11 doubles. The Astros are 16-1 against Seattle this year, winning 11 in a row.
Hernandez (1-6) tied his career high, allowing 11 runs. He lasted just two-plus innings and gave up seven hits.
With runners at second and third and two outs in the second, shortstop Dee Gordon couldn’t handle Martin Maldonado’s grounder, allowing two runs to score on the error. Marisnick sent Hernandez’s next pitch into the left-field seats for his 10th homer and a 4-0 lead.
Seattle’s day got even worse during a nine-run third that included six doubles, including a pair by Alvarez that drove in three runs. Aledmys Diaz, Kyle Tucker and Maldanado also doubled in runs off Hernandez, who slumped his shoulders and shook his head as he watched Maldonado’s ball skip into the outfield on his final pitch. Hernandez’s face was expressionless as he slowly walked off the field.
All nine Astros starters scored a run in the first three innings for the first time since June 12, 2015 – also a game Hernandez started.
Scherzer, Nats win 9-4, stop Braves’ 9-game winning streak
Nationals ace Max Scherzer felt some relief after helping Washington team end a tough four-game series with a win.
“We’ve been playing pretty well,” he said. “We lost three games. To come here and take one and avoid the sweep, that feels good.”
Scherzer won for the first time in two months, Juan Soto homered and Washington beat the Atlanta Braves 9-4 Sunday to stop the NL East leaders’ nine-game winning streak, their longest in five years.
Yan Gomes homered twice, and Adam Eaton and Asdrubal Cabrera each had three RBIs to help Washington end a four-game skid. The Nationals are nine games back of the Braves with three weeks left but opened a three-game lead over the Chicago Cubs for the top NL wild card.
“I think we’re putting ourselves in a good position,” Gomes said. “We came in here and wanted to gain ground on them. It didn’t happen. We’ve got to move on. We’ve got a whole lot of ballgames left. Obviously, our goal is to play past September.”
Scherzer (10-5) had not gotten a decision in four starts since beating Kansas City on July 6, a span that included nearly a month on the injured list because of a bad back.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner won his eighth straight decision, allowing one run and two hits in six innings with nine strikeouts and two walks. He stranded a pair of runners in scoring position in the fourth by striking out Tyler Flowers.
“My pitch count was up today,” Scherzer said. “Twenty, 40, 60, 80 in the first four innings. I was hitting the right spots, just two inches off. That’s a tough lineup. They’re swinging the bats well.”
Scherzer has a 1.71 ERA in 14 starts since a May 17 loss to the Chicago Cubs. His 2.56 season ERA is second in the NL to Hyun-Jin Ryu’s 2.45. Atlanta’s Mike Soroka is third at 2.67.
Red Sox part ways with team president Dave Dombrowski
The Boston Red Sox have parted ways with president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski
Red Sox spokesman Kevin Gregg made the announcement Sunday night, shortly after the New York Yankees beat Boston 10-5.
A veteran baseball executive who built a World Series champion in Miami and helped the Tigers reach the Series twice, Dombrowski was brought in to steady the Red Sox front office in 2015 with the team in the middle of back-to-back last-place finishes.
The Red Sox won three straight AL East titles for the first time in franchise history, winning a club-record 108 games last season and their fourth World Series since 2004.
This season has been disappointing for Boston, which is 76-67, 17 + games behind AL East-leading New York, and eight games out of the AL’s second wild-card spot.
Johnson’s playoff run ends as Harvick captures 2nd Brickyard
Kevin Harvick’s nearly flawless run Sunday ruined any chance of Jimmie Johnson executing his in-and-in playoff strategy.
A crash with 55 laps to go made it official: Johnson’s perfect postseason record is over.
On a day Harvick won the pole, led all but 42 laps and raced to his second Brickyard 400 victory, Johnson pulled his familiar No. 48 car through pit road and parked it in Gasoline Alley – without a playoff spot for the first time since NASCAR introduced the format in 2004.
“I think our car had good pace. Just these restarts are so crazy with this rules package,” the seven-time Cup champion said after being released from the infield medical center. “Everybody’s trying to get everything they can and we came out on the bad side of the deal there in turn two.”
The result: Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman claimed the final two spots in the 16-driver field, and Daniel Suarez fell four points short of becoming the first Mexican-born driver to make the playoffs that begin next weekend in Las Vegas.
Harvick beat Joey Logano by 6.118 seconds.
Johnson wasn’t the only driver having trouble Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Defending race winner Brad Keselowski wound up climbing out of the cockpit on his knees after his car and Erik Jones’ touched, sending Keselowski sideways into a tire barrier. Neither driver was seriously injured. Two-time race winner and regular-season champion Kyle Busch parked his car on pit road after blowing an engine.
Johnson started the day 18th in points, two spots and 18 points below the cutline and was still down 12 points when the third and final stage began. Then came an eight-car melee that ended Johnson’s long-shot effort.
It started with Johnson and William Byron running side-by-side through the second turn. Johnson’s car spun in front of Kurt Busch, sending both into the outside wall.
“I’m not stoked by the situation at all,” Johnson said, referring to the streak. “I am impressed that we have been in 15 consecutive playoffs. I’m not sure anybody else has done that. So, our record doesn’t stink. We wish we could have kept it going, but life goes on.”
It was one of six crashes in a race that had 48 of 160 laps run under caution.
Harvick’s No. 4 Ford was the best car on the 2.5-mile oval. He won the pole in the morning, led 118 laps in the afternoon and crossed the famed yard of bricks first. Harvick also won the race in 2003.
“This is awesome. I kept telling myself get the baby girl a ropy,” Harvick said. “Good weekend to come, so she doesn’t know what’s going on, just a lot of noise but pretty special.”
Denny Hamlin finished sixth and was the top finisher for Joe Gibbs Racing, which was trying to become the first team to sweep NASCAR’s four biggest races in the same season.
19 Slams: Nadal stops Medvedev comeback bid to win US Open
Rafael Nadal’s 19th Grand Slam trophy went from inevitable to suddenly in doubt in a thrill-a-minute U.S. Open final.
What had all the makings of a casual crowning morphed into a grueling contest thanks to Nadal’s opponent, Daniil Medvedev, a man a decade younger and appearing in his first major title match. Down by two sets and a break, Medvedev shifted styles, upped his level against a rattled Nadal – and even received an unexpected boost from the Arthur Ashe Stadium spectators.
Truly tested for the only time in the tournament, the No. 2-seeded Nadal managed to stop Medvedev’s surge Sunday and hold off his historic comeback bid, pulling out a 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 victory in 4 hours, 50 minutes of highlight-worthy action and Broadway-worthy drama to collect his fourth championship at Flushing Meadows.
“One of the most emotional nights of my tennis career,” said Nadal, who covered his face with his hands while crying when arena video boards showed clips from each of his Slam triumphs.
“The last three hours of the match have been very, very intense, no?” Nadal said. “Very tough mentally and physically, too.”
Now at 19 majors – a total Medvedev called “outrageous” – Nadal is merely one away from rival Roger Federer’s record for men.
But this one did not come easily. Not at all.
Sure seemed it might, with Nadal ahead by two sets and a break in the third at 3-2, playing like “a beast out there,” as the No. 5-seeded Medvedev put it.
At that moment, Medvedev would joke afterward, this is where his thoughts were: “OK, in 20 minutes I have to give a speech. What do I say?”
Final WNBA playoff seedings came down to last day of season
The WNBA’s playoff bracket is set after a busy final day of the regular season.
Washington, Connecticut and Los Angeles had already sealed up the top-three playoff spots before Sunday’s contests. The Mystics and Sun don’t play until the semifinals. The Sparks will play Sunday against the worst remaining seed.
Las Vegas, which had clinched the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2014 and first since moving to Nevada last year from San Antonio, earned a first-round bye and a home game with a victory over Phoenix on Sunday and a loss by Chicago.
“The season kind of went how I expected it to. A lot of ups and downs, trying to understand each other and learn how to win,” Aces coach Bill Laimbeer said. “We had our moments we looked very good, and moments where we looked really bad. All in all, to take the fourth seed and have a bye in the first round and a home game. We will take it.”
While the Aces have a bye, Chicago will have to play Wednesday against Phoenix. The Mercury are no stranger to the single-elimination postseason format, going 6-0 in it since the league changed to it in 2016. Chicago swept the three games during the regular season between the two teams.
“In a one game knockout situation as long as we can limit what they want to do and make them feel uncomfortable anything is possible. We didn’t win at Connecticut last year and we went in there and won,” Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello said. “We’ve been in these situations before so we’re not looking at it like “Oh we haven’t won,” because you just go and play. We’re going to believe. We know we can do this. It’s not easy, no game is easy. Anyone can beat anyone in this league so we just have to make sure that it’s our night.”
Minnesota had a chance to get a home game, but a loss to Los Angeles on Sunday and a win by Seattle in Dallas gave the Storm the home matchup against the Lynx on Wednesday night in the opening round. Seattle won three of the four meetings between the teams this season, including the last three.
“We know how to be good, and now we need to do that on the road. That’s the hardest thing, and that’s why the home games are so coveted,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. “We are going to see if we can win a hard road game. We need to play a lot better than we did today.”
INDY ELEVEN RE-CAP
Indy Eleven saw its five-game undefeated streak snapped on the road tonight via a 1-0 defeat at the Charleston Battery. Despite holding distinct advantages in possession, (71%-29%), shots (17-8) and shots on goal (6-1) on the evening and playing with a man advantage for much of the second half, Indiana’s Team could not capitalize in attack, suffering just its second shutout loss in 25 outings this season.
Tonight’s match was delayed one day from its scheduled Saturday kickoff due to Hurricane Dorian’s pass through the Carolinas late in the week. The result kept Indy Eleven (15W-5L-5D, 50 pts.) in fourth place in the crowded Eastern Conference standings. However, the Boys in Blue still sit within a win of and hold at least two games in hand on all three teams in front of them – New York Red Bulls II (53 pts.), Tampa Bay Rowdies (52 pts.), and Nashville SC (51 pts.).
“It’s a disappointing loss for us. We dominated most of the game and we hardly gave up any chances and we ended up losing 1-nil,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Martin Rennie. “The big thing is that we feel as though we should’ve taken more out of the game than that. We had quite a lot of chances and hardly gave any up. It’s not what you would expect from a game where you have that much of the ball and that much territory of the game.”
The Battery began the proceedings with a trio of set pieces in the opening 10 minutes, but none of those opportunities, nor forward Jarad van Schaik’s 20-yard blast from the run of play, were put on frame. Indy’s attack flipped a switch in the 15th minute, when forward Dane Kelly was put in alone by Macauley King’s through ball, only to see Battery goalkeeper Joe Kuzminsky come up with a 1-v-1 save. Kelly recovered the rebound and cycled a cross to the far post that was headed on by debutant midfielder Nico Perea, whose shot was also stopped by Kuzminsky at his right post.
Kelly was unfortunate to not take advantage of a miscue between Charleston defender Taylor Mueller and Kuzminsky in the 32nd minute, the two Battery backliners’ collision at the top of the area leaving the net wide open. However, Kelly took the chance early with another defender bearing down, the resulting shot dribbling just inches wide of the right post. Rather than sulk, the play seemed to spark the Jamaican striker, who ripped a more conventional shot from the same spot barely wide just two minutes later.
Indiana’s Team felt hard done to give up the lead in the last five minutes of the half. In the 41st minute, forward Eugene Starikov had a case for a penalty kick when Kuzminsky slid in and made contact on the Eleven striker as the two converged on Kenney Walker’s ball played into the area from midfield. However, the referee instead gave Indy a corner kick, a short play that broke down and turned into an 80-yard breakaway for Charleston midfielder Romario Piggott, who finished low and left past Eleven netminder Evan Newton. The Battery’s lone shot on goal of the match would indeed be enough to send the home side into the locker rooms up 1-0, although Eleven defender Ayoze’s free kick from 25 yards at the death of the half certainly put that into question after missing just wide.
It was another Ayoze ball, this time off a corner kick, that nearly led to an Indy equalizer three minutes into the second half, but defender Karl Ouimette’s crashing header inside the six was sent high. Straight after that play it was the Battery nearly scoring on the other end, but Eleven midfielder Tyler Gibson’s intervention at the right post was enough to keep Piggott from poking home for his second. In the 53rd minute it was Indy midfielder Matthew Watson making his presence known after entering late in the first half for an injured Walker, his 25-yard blast dragged just wide left, and a minute following it was another Ayoze service setting up Kelly, whose header, like Ouimette’s, was sent over the crossbar.
Ayoze made more things happen in the 57th minute, when the Spaniard entered a 50-50 challenge against the Battery’s Kyle Nelson that drew a second yellow card against the Charleston rookie midfielder for a high boot, giving the visitors a man advantage for the last half-hour plus change.
While Indy Eleven predictably began to boss the possession after the red card, the next truly dangerous chance would fall against to Piggott in the 70th minute, his shot from 20 yards out bouncing just wide of Newton’s left post. Starikov was twice frustrated by Kuzminsky on headers 90 seconds apart, first in the 76th minute when the Charleston ‘keeper tipped the Ukrainian’s attempt wide off the post, followed by an open shot from eight yards that went right to Kuzminsky on his line.
Repeated crosses into the danger zone by Indy Eleven would go wanting over the last quarter-hour plus six minutes of added time, the increasing frustration boiling over in the 94th minute when a scrum inside the six yard box on yet another service saw the teams trade shoves and a yellow card issued to substitute striker Gabriel. That would be the last gasp for the visitors, who were shutout for just the second time in their last 15 matches dating back to early June.
“We were pretty much on top anyways, but what the red card did was really made them sit back and bunker in. When a team does that, we’ve got to be a little quicker and creative in our play. That would be the one thing I think we need to take from tonight,” Rennie explained. “Also, making sure that when we’re being that dominant, that we’re decisive around the box, more creative in our movement and more confident in taking people on. When we do that, more chances will come.”
Indiana’s Team will return to Lucas Oil Stadium with a pair of games this week, starting with Visit St. Pete/Clearwater Night on Wednesday, Sept. 11, against Ottawa Fury FC, followed by its annual Hispanic Heritage Night, presented by Financial Center First Credit Union, against Bethlehem Steel FC – which will be preceded by La Plaza’s annual Fiesta Celebration on Georgia Street throughout the afternoon. Kickoff for both contests is set for 7:00 p.m., and tickets remain available for as little as $15
EARLHAM SPORTS ROUND-UP SUNDAY (EC RELEASE)
FRANKLIN, Ind. – Earlham College men’s golf carded a 312 in Sunday’s second round of the Franklin College Dr. Richard Park Memorial Invitational, finishing the tournament in fifth place with a 36-hole score of 617 (+41).
Garrett Schuler was the top Quaker golfer on the individual leaderboard with a 75 on Sunday, giving him a 151 (+7) for the tournament and a share of 12th place. Graham Sherard carded a second-round 76 and posted a 153 (+9) over 36 holes, and was tied for 15th overall.
Jared Stone and Brevin Smith were both tied for 30th in the field of 57 golfers with a 160 (+16). Stone carded a 78 on Sunday, while Smith posted a second-round score of 83.
Earlham’s “B” squad of Jared Birr, Matt Truex, Patrick Wright, Josh Maclin, and Jay Briggs Jr. jumped two spots on the team leaderboard in Sunday’s round, carding a 307 in round two – 10 strokes better than the group’s Saturday score. Truex (154, +10) and Wright (15, +11) each shot a 75 on Sunday, and finished tied for 17th and 20th respectively. Birr fired a 78 in the second round and was also tied for 17th on the leaderboard.
Parkland College’s Evan MacLean held onto the top stop and claimed medalist honors with a seven-under 137 for the tournament, beating out second-place Nick Burris from DePauw by one stroke. DePauw did capture the team championship with a 585 (+9), finishing two strokes ahead of Parkland.
Earlham men’s golf is back in action next Friday, Sept. 13, and Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Adrian College Irish Hills Intercollegiate.
LIBERTY, Ind. – Senior Hannah Toresdahl finished sixth overall on the individual leaderboard and led Earlham College women’s golf to a third-place finish out of four squads at the Earlham Women’s Golf Fall Invitational, which concluded Sunday at the Liberty Country Club.
Toresdahl carded an 86 in Sunday’s second round and completed the 36-hole tournament with a 164 (+24).
Senior Emma Wilkins and junior Megan Garner were tied for 10th individually with a 171 (+31). Wilkins fired an 85 in Sunday’s second round, while Garner shot an 86 on the par 70, 5,801-yard Liberty Country Club course.
Sophomore Claire Waggener was two strokes back of Garner and Wilkins, rebounding nicely from Saturday’s round of 92 to card an 81 on Sunday and finish with a 36-hole score of 173 (+33). Sophomore Myra Robinson was Earlham’s final scorer with a 109 on Sunday, giving her a 213 (+73) for the tournament.
Sophomore Daniela Joseph (211, +71) and junior Brittney Chong (227, +87) competed as individuals and carded rounds of 100 and 113 respectively on Sunday.
IU-Kokomo’s Brandi Jones took medalist honors with a 156 (+16) over 36 holes with a 78 in each round. She edged out IU-East’s Lexie Fields (157, +17) by one stroke.
IU East also won the team title with a 647 (+87) for the tournament. IU-Kokomo (678, +118) was second, followed by Earlham with a 679 (+119). Earlham’s round of 338 on Sunday set a new benchmark for single round low score on a par 70 course, eclipsing a mark set the day before the Quakers’ 341. The 36-hole score of 679 is also a new program low score on a par 70 course.
Earlham women’s golf is back on the course next Saturday, Sept. 14, when it competes in the Heidelberg College Invitational.
RICHMOND, Ind. – A pair of goals in the third quarter lifted Earlham College field hockey to a
2-0 win over Sewanee on Sunday afternoon at Darrell Beane Stadium, improving the Quakers’ record to 3-1 on the season.
Earlham’s 3-1 start to the 2019 season is the program’s best opening stretch since the 1987 campaign, when the Quakers dispatched Centre, Franklin, and Goshen in their first three games before falling to Ohio Wesleyan.
After a scoreless first half, first year Hannah Grushon put the Quakers on the scoreboard with her goal with 10:20 remaining in the third quarter, off an assist by fellow first year Guin Schalck.
With time waning away in the third quarter, Earlham struck again on a penalty corner blast by sophomore Denise Bergdolt with 1:56 showing on the clock. Sophomore Molly McKellar was credited with the assist.
Sophomore goalie Meg Murphy turned aside all four Sewanee shots on the Earlham goal to record her second straight shutout. Sewanee goalie Barbara Canty charted three saves on the day. Each side was credited with nine shots, with Earlham holding an 8-6 advantage in penalty corners.
Earlham returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 14, when it hosts Rhodes College at Darrell Beane Stadium. Game time is slated for noon.
IU EAST WEEKEND SPORTS WRAP-UP
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IU EAST ATHLETICS WEEKEND ROUNDUP
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The Indiana University East volleyball team took down a pair of Top 40 opponents Sept. 7 to finish the Music City Invitational with a 4-0 record.
IU East started the final day of the two-day event at Alliance Traning Center near Nashville with a 25-20, 25-21, 25-22 win against No. 37 Campbellsville University.
The Red Wolves finished the tournament with a 25-20, 25-20, 25-23 win against co-No. 37 Milligan College.
IU East returns home with a 5-4 record.
IU East went 4-0 at a two-day, four-match event for the first time since 2013.
IU East wrapped up the team title at the Earlham College Invitational at Liberty Country Club on Sept. 8.
The Red Wolves posted a 36-hole team score of 647 on the par-70, 5,801 layout. IU East finished 31 strokes ahead of runner-up Indiana University Kokomo.
IU East claimed four of the top eight spots on the individual leaderboard. Lexie Fields was second with a two-day score of 157. Hannah Johnson was third with a 159, including a 79 in the final round. Jo Wisecup was fifth with a 163, including an 80 in the final round. Paola Delgado was eighth with a 168.
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Ellie Guenther’s goal off a direct kick from around 30 yards with 20 seconds remaining gave the Indiana University East women’s soccer team a 3-2 victory at Holy Cross College on Sept. 7.
The Red Wolves scored once in the first half and eventually held a 2-0 advantage late in the second.
Holy Cross tied the affair with two goals in the second half with the last one coming with just 40 seconds left in the contest.
IU East is now 2-1, while the Saints are 2-2.
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Indiana University East men’s soccer team ended on the wrong side of the score for the first time this season as Red Wolves fell 2-1 at Holy Cross College on Sept. 7.
The Red Wolves had an early 1-0 advantage before the Saints scored to tie it just before halftime.
The winning goal for Holy Cross came in the second half.
IU East is now 3-1, while Holy Cross is also 3-1.
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. – Indiana University East’s Francisco Perez won his division at the men’s tennis River States Conference Individual Tournament.
Perez claimed the top spot in the “White” bracket, made up primarily of the league’s No. 4 singles players, in the two-day event at Top Seed Tennis Club that concluded Sept. 7
Perez defeated an opponent from reigning league champion Asbury in the bracket title match. Perez recovered from a 6-1 loss in the first set and won the second set by a 7-5 score. Perez’ opponent retired due to injury at that point.
Perez won his division at the RSC Individual Tournament for the second year in a row.
MARION, Ind. – The Indiana University East cross country teams opened the season at the Indiana Wesleyan University Twilight Classic on Sept. 6.
The men’s team finished 12th, while the women’s squad was 15th.
Huntington University won the men’s event with Cedarville University taking the women’s title.
Abby Bittner posted the best time for the women’s team in the 5K race with a 20:11.3 to finish 60th out of 178 runners.
For the men’s 8K, Robert Vazquez ran a 27:44.3 to end in 69th out of 185 competitors.
INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The No. 2 Indiana University men’s soccer team played WAC preseason favorite Seattle to a 0-0 draw in the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament on Sunday afternoon in South Bend, Ind.
- In the 63rd minute, the Hoosiers (3-0-1) saw their best opportunity of the afternoon as freshman Aidan Morris set up a shot in the left half of the box, but couldn’t find the back of the net as it hit the left post.
- Redshirt senior goalkeeper Sean Caulfield picked up his first save of the match in the 68th minute, as the Redhawks (1-0-2) shot went bottom left but Caulfield was able to make the stop.
- Freshman Victor Bezerra had a shot on goal for Indiana in the 69th minute, but his effort towards the top left corner was saved.
- Another two saves from Caulfield in double overtime preserved the chances of a Seattle ball hitting the back of the net. The redshirt senior ended the afternoon with three saves.
- Redshirt junior Spencer Glass had the last effort of the match, as he squared up a shot in the 108th minute, but wasn’t able to get it on target.
- Caulfield recorded the first shutout of his career.
- The match featured two preseason conference favorites. IU was picked to win the Big Ten in a poll conducted of the league’s coaches, while Seattle was tabbed the WAC favorite.
- The overtime match was the fourth-straight for the Hoosiers to open the season, a first in program history.
- IU is unbeaten in the team’s first four matches of the season for the third time in the last four seasons.
The No. 2 Indiana Hoosiers will host the No. 11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Ind.
INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Women’s Soccer saw its offense come alive as the Hoosiers defeated Morehead State, 5-0, on braces from senior Chandra Davidson and freshman Avery Lockwood. The Hoosiers didn’t surrender a single shot to the Eagles in the contest.
- The Hoosiers threatened from the start, putting up nine shots in the first 30 minutes of action. Freshman Avery Lockwood broke through in the 32nd minute. After sophomore Madeline Carlson sent the ball down to Lockwood inside the 18-yard box, Lockwood took a few steps back to create space and fired it in from the top of the box as it bounced before finding the inside left corner.
- Senior Chandra Davidson doubled the lead just four minutes later on the assist from junior Nicolette Kapsalis. Kapsalis brought down a Morehead State goal kick and sent it right to Davidson, who took the ball in for a 1v1 against the Eagles’ keeper, beating her from eight yards out.
- Out of the break, Davidson scored her second goal of the match in the 61st minute. After a shot by Kapsalis was blocked out to freshman Jaimie Tottleben, she sent a high cross into the box. It connected with Davidson as she headed it down and into the goal.
- Freshman Alaina Kalin made it 4-0 in the 62nd minute on a corner kick served in by sophomore Oliwia Wos. Kalin backheeled the ball into the near post.
- Lockwood’s second goal of the match completed the scoring as she sent in a rocket from about 30 yards out, which curled inside the corner of the far post.
- Indiana improves to 2-3-0, while Morehead State falls to 1-4-0.
- The goals from Lockwood and Kalin were the first of their careers. They join Tottleben as freshmen goal scorers this season.
- This marks the second brace in Davidson’s career as she also scored two goals against Western Michigan in 2017.
- The assists were career firsts for Tottleben, Kalin, Kapsalis and Carlson. Wos’ assist was her first in an Indiana uniform as she also tallied one last season with Wake Forest.
- The five goals are the most for an Indiana team since the Hoosiers also scored five against Kentucky last year. The five-goal differential is the most since a 5-0 win against Xavier in 2013.
- The last time Indiana didn’t allow a single shot was Sept. 18, 2009 against Green Bay.
- Indiana’s 26 shots were the most since 33 attempts last season against Kansas State.
- The Hoosiers earned 15 corner kicks, while not allowing a single one.
HEAD COACH ERWIN VAN BENNEKOM
“What we wanted to accomplish today, we accomplished. Keeping Morehead State away from our goal and eliminating chances, while creating enough for ourselves. Sometimes we have been in game where we created a lot but also gave away a lot. Today, we shut them down and created a ton so very happy with the group and proud of how we prepared for this game. It’s a good feeling going in to the last week of non-conference.”
Indiana hits the road next week as the Hoosiers visit UT Martin on Thursday before facing Kentucky on Sunday. The games will mark the end of the non-conference portion of the schedule.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– The Indiana volleyball team picked up a 3-1 (23-25, 25-15, 25-14, 25-16) victory at Wilkinson Hall against Yale to wrap up the Hoosier Invitational.
In the first set against Yale, the Hoosiers responded to a 5-1 deficit with a 5-1 run of their own to tie the score 6-6. IU would later go on a 3-0 run with Yale up 20-17 to tie 20-20, but Yale came out on top 25-23.
After giving up the first point of the second set, the Hoosiers would score seven of the next eight points to take a 7-2 lead. Yale got as close as 13-10 before the Hoosiers closed the set on a 12-5 run to win 25-15.
The Hoosiers got out to a 7-3 lead in the third set before Yale responded with a 3-0 run to make it 7-6. The Hoosiers would use an 18-8 run to win the set 25-14.
With Yale up 7-6 in the fourth set, the Hoosiers went on a 19-9 run to win the set 25-16 and win the match 3-1.
The Hoosiers improved to 5-2 on the season.
Senior Deyshia Lofton filled the box score, recording 17 kills on 26 attempts with no errors to hit .654 against Yale. Lofton also added seven blocks, three digs, two assists, and one ace.
Lofton earned all-tournament team honors for the second straight weekend.
Sophomore Breana Edwards connected for 17 kills against Yale to bring her weekend total to 38. Edwards now has 105 kills on the season.
Senior Jacqui Armer added nine kills while hitting .500 and three blocks in the match.
Freshman Emily Fitzner contributed 21 assists, nine digs, and three aces.
The Hoosiers had 11 blocks in the match against Yale, their second straight match with double-digit blocks (14 vs. Oklahoma).
Up next the Hoosiers travel to Lexington, Ky., for the Bluegrass Battle. The Hoosiers will match up against Florida Gulf Coast, Cleveland State, and host, Kentucky.
Indiana Head Coach Steve Aird
“A win is a win. I’m awfully fond of Yale’s program. Their head coach I think is phenomenal and has been great for a really long time. The team I think is odds-on favorite to win the Ivy League. They’ve always had a fantastic RPI. I think they’ve got a great staff. They played really hard all weekend. I’m certainly pleased with a win.
We’ve got to learn to start on time, especially when we play teams that are good and control the ball and handle the ball well. I think that was the lesson tonight. Obviously, games two, three, and four we played pretty well and looked like what I hoped we’d look like out of the gate, but you know Yale had something to say about that. Again, 5-2 at the end of two weeks of preseason, hopefully on track to what we wanted to do at the start of the year, which is to be in a position at the end of the preseason where if we have a good run in the conference we have an opportunity to make postseason play. I thought for the most part we had some kids step up and do some really good things late in the games. And, you know, fortunate to get the win.”
PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Despite a strong first-half performance by the Purdue women’s soccer team (4-2-0), the Boilermakers fell short against No. 11 Kansas (5-1-0) 2-1.
Purdue outshot the Jayhawks 18-13 in the match, including a 9-3 advantage after the first 45 minutes of play. Hannah Melchiorre produced the lone Boilermaker goal in the 21st minute, after a shot by Ena Sabanagic hit the cross bar.
Entering halftime, Purdue owned the 1-0 lead, but the Jayhawks rebounded in the second half, crowding the Purdue defense. Kansas added 10 shots to its scorecard, including two goals in the 59th minute and 85th.
With Melchiorre’s goal, the junior leads the team with three goals on the season. Meanwhile, Sabanagic notched her first assist of the season.
Purdue registered its first dangerous opportunity. Julia Ware sent a high ball into the box, but it just missed Aly Mielke on a header and went into the hands of the Kansas goalkeeper.
Purdue earned its second corner kick in three minutes. Off the kick, Sabanagic took a shot, which rebounded off the crossbar. Melchiorre scored on the second attempt directly in front of the goal.
Marisa Bova made a critical save, stopping a shot taken directly off a Kansas free kick.
In the final seconds of the half, Kansas earned a free kick in the offensive third. The Jayhawks pulled the entire team up the field, but Ware shut down the last-ditch effort, heading the ball out of danger.
Kansas produced the equalizer, knotting the score 1-1.
Kansas took a shot from 10 yards out and Bova dove right to make the save, but was unable to hold on to the ball. As the ball rebounded, KU buried it in the net.
In the final push by the Boilermakers, Hannah Melchiorre forced a KU save. A minute later, Purdue earned a corner. Grace Walsh took a shot, but it was high and out of play.
NOTRE DAME MEN’S GOLF
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ADISON, Wis. – Notre Dame men’s golf couldn’t have scripted a better start to its 2019-20 season on Sunday, wrapping round one of the Badger Invitational in first place. The Fighting Irish shot a 283 (-5) and sit three strokes ahead of Kansas.
The Irish were led by senior Hunter Ostrom, who fired off an opening round 69 (-3) – good for a share of first place. Sophomore Taichi Kho, competing as an individual competitor, also tied Ostrom for first with a three-under par round.
Ostrom went two-under on the front and neutralized three bogeys on the back with four birdies to reach his final score, thus carding six birdies on the day. Ostrom and Kho are tied with three other individuals for first place after Sunday’s opening round.
Both Davis Chatfield and Davis Lamb each carded a first round of 71 (-1) to count toward the team score. Chatfield played par golf through the first 14 holes, before birdieing back-to-back holes on 15 and 16, then bogeying the 17th. In addition, Lamb finished under par by firing off a birdie on the par-five 16th.
In his first tournament in an Irish uniform, freshman Palmer Jackson counted toward the team score with an even-par 72. Jackson birdied the first hole then parred the next 11 straight, before carding two bogeys and a birdie on the final six holes.
Lastly, Kho shined among the individual competitors representing the Irish. The Hong Kong native finished three-under on the back then played steady on the front to card his 69.
Monday’s second round will tee off at 10 am ET, with live scoring being kept at Birdiefire.com.
OHIO STATE MEN’S SOCCER
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State (3-1) clinched its third-consecutive victory with an exciting 3-2 win over EIU (0-3) to cap off the Dayton Classic Sunday. The Buckeyes were up 2-0 after one half when the Panthers battled back to tie it 2-all with six minutes to play. Jake Scheper closed it out with a goal in the 90th minute, his first of the season, to give the team its best start since 2017.
The Buckeyes carried over the momentum from their win on Friday, scoring in the 4th minute with a goal from Devyn Etling, his second of the season, with the assist from Joe Ortiz, to take an early lead in the match.
Ohio State maintained possession for most of the half, putting up 14 shots, five on goal, to EIUs one in the first 45.
Luis Hernandez scored his first goal of the season in the 43rd minute off a feed from Matteo Bennati, to push the lead to 2-0.
In the second 45, the Buckeyes did not let up, adding nine to their shot total of 23.
However, the Panthers would not go down without a fight, scoring goals in the 71st and 83rd minutes to tie the game up at 2-all.
With six minutes to play, Ohio State sent a barrage of shots in on the EIU keeper, with Jake Scheper netting the game winner in the 90th minute with help from Jack Holland and Brayden Durbin.
Ohio State is now 45-50-11 all-time in neutral site games.
Junior Devyn Etling scored his second goal of the season, and fifth of his career.
Luis Hernandez, the redshirt sophomore transfer, scored the first goal of his Buckeye career.
Senior Jake Scheper also netted his first goal of the year, and 3rd of his Ohio State career.
Ohio State had four assists on the night, one each from Jack Holland, Joe Ortiz, Mateo Bennati and Brayden Durbin.
Parker Siegfried had a 258 scoreless minute streak (since last CSUN goal) before EIU goal in 71st minute.
The 23 shots on the night are the most for the Buckeyes since 11/8/15 vs. Penn State (22).
The last time Ohio State won three matches in a row was the 2017 season.
The last time the Buckeyes started the year 3-1 was 2017 when they started 7-1.
Shots: Ohio State 23, EIU 6
Saves: EIU 4, Ohio State 0
Shots on Goal: Ohio State 8, EIU 2
Corner Kicks: Ohio State 8, EIU 2
The Buckeyes make the short trip up to Bowling Green to play BGSU Friday at 7 p.m.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1881 At Haymakers’ Grounds, future Hall of Fame first baseman Roger Connor becomes the first major leaguer to hit a grand slam, giving the Troy Trojans a 7-4 walk-off victory over the Worcester Ruby Legs. The 23 year-old Waterbury, CT native’s sayonara slam, a home run which wins a game when a team is down by three runs in the bottom of the final inning, comes with two outs.
1914 Braves’ shortstop Johnny Evers is suspended for three days after swearing at umpire Mal Eason. The Boston captain, who has been banned by the league on several occasions this season, claims he was talking to the ball and not to the arbitrator.
1919 Cleveland’s right-hander Ray Caldwell no-hits the Yankees in the first game of a doubleheader sweep in New York, 3-0. The right-handed spitballer, released by the Red Sox in July, finishes the season winning five of six starts for the Tribe with an ERA of 1.71.
1933 The inaugural East-West All-Star Game is played at Comiskey Park, the site of the first major league Midsummer Classic played exactly one month ago. Gus Greenlee and Tom Wilson’s idea to showcase the black talent in the Negro Leagues draws 20,000 fans, helping to relieve some of the burden facing the financially-strapped club owners.
1950 For the second consecutive year, the Red Sox sweep the home season series with the A’s. The winning streak at Fenway now extends to 22 wins without a loss against Philadelphia.
1950 In New York’s 8-1 victory over the Senators at Washington, D.C.’s Griffith Stadium, Joe DiMaggio becomes the first major leaguer to hit three home runs in the 39-year history of the ballpark. It is the third time that Joltin’ Joe has hit a trio of round-trippers in a game, but he has never accomplished the feat at Yankee Stadium.
1959 Tim McCarver makes his major league debut at the age of 17 when he flies out to right field as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of the Cardinals’ 7-4 loss to Milwaukee at County Stadium. The high school backstop, who was scouted by Hall of Fame catcher Bill Dickey, turns down football scholarships from Notre Dame and Tennessee to play baseball.
1963 In the Mets’ 4-2 victory over the Giants at the Polo Grounds, Carlton Willey retires the side in order, getting all three Alou brothers – Jesus, Matty, and Felipe – to make an out. The Dominican trio becomes the first three siblings to bat consecutively in the same inning.
1963 In the first inning of an 8-0 rout of the Cubs at Sportsman’s Park, Cardinals left fielder Stan Musial becomes the first grandfather in big league history to hit a home run. The 42 year-old new grandpa accomplishes the feat in his first at-bat since the birth of his grandson earlier in the day.
1964 With his office being responsible for all of the costs for teams not making it into the postseason, Baseball commissioner Ford Frick authorizes the Phillies, Yankees, White Sox, and Orioles to print tickets for the World Series. Due to a historic late-season collapse by Philadelphia, the surging Cardinals win the National League pennant on the last day of the season, and will play the Bronx Bombers in the Fall Classic.
1967 In the first game of a doubleheader at White Sox Park, Chicago right-hander Joe Horlen no-hits the visiting Tigers, 6-0. Detroit also goes scoreless in the nightcap when the team is blanked by Cisco Carlos, 4-0.
1967 At Candlestick Park, San Francisco hurler Gaylord Perry’s 40-inning team record consecutive scoreless streak comes to an end as the Cubs score an unearned run in the seventh inning of a 2-1 victory over Fergie Jenkins and the Cubs. The future Hall of Famer will match his franchise mark with another string of scoreless innings in 1970.
1969 At Shea Stadium, the Mets move into first place for the first time in their history. The Amazins, with their doubleheader sweep of Montreal, a 3-2 win in 12 innings in the opener and a 7-1 victory in the nightcap, take a one-game lead over the second-place Cubs, who dropped a 6-2 decision to the Phillies.
1974 Lou Brock ties and then breaks Maury Wills’ 12 year-old single season stolen base record with his 104th and 105th swipes. The Cardinal left fielder’s thievery against the Phillies doesn’t help when the Redbirds drop the Busch Stadium contest, 8-2.
1977 The expansion Blue Jays rout the first-place Yankees at the Stadium, 19-3. Toronto third baseman Roy Howell leads the way with two home runs, two doubles, and a single, resulting in 13 total bases and nine RBIs.
1980 Bill Gullickson whiffs 18 batters, the most strikeouts ever recorded by a rookie in a major league game. The Expos right-hander throws a complete-game four-hitter, beating Chicago at Olympic Stadium, 4-2.
1985 Both teams charge onto the Shea Stadium field when George Foster is hit with a first-inning pitch thrown by Cardinal starter Danny Cox, who appeared annoyed by the Mets’ hitter stepping out of the box several times during the at-bat. Minutes after the bench-clearing incident and order is restored, Howard Johnson hits a grand slam to give New York an eventual 5-4 win and a one-game lead over the Redbirds in the tight NL East race.
1985 Keith Hernandez receives a two-minute standing ovation from the Mets fans in his first game back at Shea after testifying in a Pittsburgh courtroom. The New York first baseman, who responds with a run-producing single against his former team, admitted on the witness stand to having used cocaine while playing for the Cardinals.
1992 Cardinals vice chairman Fred Kuhlman tells reporters that a “security check” had revealed serious issues involving the two out-of-state investors, Vince Piazza and Vincent N. Tirendi, part of the six-man group trying to buy the Giants and move the franchise to Florida. The candid reply to the press will cost baseball more than $6 million to settle a suit that includes a letter of apology from acting Commissioner Bud Selig to Vince Piazza, whose son Mike started his major league career with the Dodgers nine days before his father’s rejection by the MLB owners.
1997 In a 7-6 loss to the Giants, Cardinal Mark McGwire becomes only the second player in major league history to hit 50 home runs in consecutive seasons. Babe Ruth accomplished the feat twice, in the 1920-21 and 1927-28 seasons.
1999 At Yankee Stadium, Boston starter Pedro Martinez allows just one hit, a second-inning solo home run to Chili Davis, en route to a complete-game 3-1 victory. Fanning 18 batters, the Red Sox right-hander extends his own record to 40 consecutive innings with at least one strikeout per frame.
2000 On his 37th birthday, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson becomes the 12th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters. Florida third baseman Mike Lowell is the ‘Big Unit’s’ historic victim, whiffing on four pitches to end the fourth inning. The lefty’s first strikeout of the game, his 300th of the season, ties Nolan Ryan for accomplishing the feat in three consecutive years.
2002 Alex Rodriguez breaks the home run record for shortstops he established last season. The Ranger infielder slugs his major league leading 52nd and 53rd home runs of the season, helping Texas to defeat the Mariners, 3-2.
2003 Javy Lopez homers off Phillies’ righty Vicente Padilla to give the Braves a franchise-record 216 home runs for the season. The 1996 Orioles hold the major league mark with 257, and the Astros established the National League record at 249 in 2000.
2006 Francisco Rodriguez becomes the youngest pitcher to notch his 100th career save when he retires the side in order in the ninth inning of the Angels’ 4-3 victory over Toronto. The 24 year-old right-handed closer breaks the previous mark held by Gregg Olson, who accomplished the feat with Baltimore in 1992.
2007 At Safeco Field, A’s backstop Kurt Suzuki and DH Dan Johnson both hit grand slams in the team’s 9-3 victory over Seattle. The Oakland catcher’s bases-loaded homer comes in the top off the second inning off Horacio Ramirez, with his teammate accomplishing the same feat with two outs in the ninth off Ryan Rowland-Smith.
2007 Hitting his 20th home run of the season, Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies breaks Ernie Banks’ National League rookie record for most home runs by a shortstop in a single season. The Cubs Hall of Famer, who compiled a total of 512 homers, hit 19 dingers as a freshman in 1954.
2008 In a 3-2 Astros loss at Citizens Bank Park, Charlton Jimerson, pinch hitting for Roger Clemens, homers off Phillies’ southpaw Cole Hamels. The sixth-inning blast to center field makes the Houston rookie the third player in franchise history to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat.
2008 With a 4-2 victory over the visiting Yankees, the Angels clinch the division flag on the earliest date in the history of the American League West. The Halos, the first club this season to secure a postseason spot, have finished in first place four times in the past five seasons.
2013 With three doubles and a home run, Mark Trumbo ties a franchise record with four extra-base hits and becomes the first player in Angels’ history to collect five hits and score five runs in the same game. The Anaheim first baseman’s ten total bases, however, yield only two RBIs in the Halos’ 12-6 victory over Toronto at the Rogers Centre.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-1965
LOS ANGELES (AP)-Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitched a perfect game tonight in a 1‚0 victory over the Chicago Cubs and became the first pitcher in baseball history to pitch four no-hitters in his career. Outpitching Bob Hendley in a brilliant duel between lefthanders, Koufax hurled his fourth no-hitter in four years and surpassed the record for multiple no-hitters held by Bob Feller, Cy Young and Larry Corcoran.
Hendley, who allowed only one hit, yielded a run in the fifth inning when the Dodgers scored without a hit. Lou Johnson walked to open the inning, was sacrificed to second, stole third and raced home when Chris Krug, the catcher, threw wild. That was enough for the Dodgers, who remained half a game behind San Francisco in the National League pennant race. The only hit off Hendley-and the only hit of the game-was Johnson’s bloop double to right field with two out in the seventh inning.
Koufax, 29 years old, whose career was in jeopardy three years ago because of a circulatory ailment in his pitching hand, retired 27 Cubs in order. Koufax struck out 14, lifting his major league- leading total to 332, as he posted the first perfect game in his 11-year career, the eighth in modern baseball history and only the third in National League annals. Jim Bunning of Philadelphia accomplished the feat last year.
Koufax, bringing his won-lost record to 22‚7, was overpowering with his assortment of fast balls and breaking stuff. He struck out the last six batters he faced and seven of the last nine. In the eighth, he faced two of the Cubs’ hardest-hitting players, Ron Santo and Ernie Banks. He struck out both, then ended the inning by fanning Byron Browne, a rookie left fielder.
In the ninth as the tension mounted in the crowd of 29,139, Koufax fired a third strike past the young Cubs’ catcher, Krug. A pinch-hitter, Joey Amalfitano, also went down swinging-on three pitches. Then it was up to another pinch-hitter, Harvey Kuenn, the former American League batting champion. Kuenn also went down swinging-and Koufax had his first perfect game. He also closed in on another of baseball’s most spectacular achievements, Feller’s strikeout record of 348 in one season. Koufax now is 16 shy of matching that feat.
Koufax, who won the Cy Young award as the best pitcher in the majors in 1963 when he posted a 25‚5 record, pitched his first no-hitter against the New York Mets, June 30, 1962, winning 5‚0. His second came May 11, 1963, against San Francisco, with the Dodgers winning 8‚0. Koufax made it three no-hitters last year, June 4, against Philadelphia, winning 3‚0.
|American Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Buffalo Bills||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||17||16||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|New England Patriots||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||33||3||1-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Miami Dolphins||0||1||0||.000||1.0||10||59||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|New York Jets||0||1||0||.000||1.0||16||17||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Kansas City Chiefs||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||40||26||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Los Angeles Chargers||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||30||24||1-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Baltimore Ravens||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||59||10||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Cincinnati Bengals||0||1||0||.000||1.0||20||21||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Cleveland Browns||0||1||0||.000||1.0||13||43||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||0||1||0||.000||1.0||3||33||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tennessee Titans||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||43||13||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Indianapolis Colts||0||1||0||.000||1.0||24||30||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||0||1||0||.000||1.0||26||40||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Dallas Cowboys||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||35||17||1-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Philadelphia Eagles||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||32||27||1-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Washington Redskins||0||1||0||.000||1.0||27||32||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|New York Giants||0||1||0||.000||1.0||17||35||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|San Francisco 49ers||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||31||17||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||30||27||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Seattle Seahawks||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||21||20||1-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Arizona Cardinals||0||0||1||.500||0.5||27||27||0-0-1||0-0-0||0-0-1||0-0-0||1 T|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Green Bay Packers||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||10||3||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Minnesota Vikings||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||28||12||1-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Detroit Lions||0||0||1||.500||0.5||27||27||0-0-0||0-0-1||0-0-1||0-0-0||1 T|
|Chicago Bears||0||1||0||.000||1.0||3||10||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|New Orleans Saints||0||0||0||–||0.0||0||0||0-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||–|
|Carolina Panthers||0||1||0||.000||0.5||27||30||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||1||0||.000||0.5||17||31||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Atlanta Falcons||0||1||0||.000||0.5||12||28||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS
|NY Yankees||94||50||.653||–||53 – 22||41 – 28||50 – 17||16 – 14||16 – 11||7 – 3||W 2|
|Tampa Bay||86||59||.593||8.5||43 – 32||43 – 27||38 – 29||20 – 13||15 – 12||9 – 1||W 5|
|Boston||76||67||.531||17.5||36 – 38||40 – 29||32 – 33||21 – 11||16 – 15||5 – 5||L 2|
|Toronto||55||89||.382||39||27 – 42||28 – 47||21 – 37||17 – 18||14 – 17||1 – 9||L 7|
|Baltimore||46||97||.322||47.5||22 – 50||24 – 47||21 – 46||10 – 18||9 – 22||2 – 8||L 5|
|Minnesota||88||55||.615||–||40 – 31||48 – 24||20 – 12||38 – 22||23 – 11||6 – 4||L 1|
|Cleveland||83||61||.576||5.5||43 – 29||40 – 32||18 – 16||43 – 24||16 – 13||4 – 6||W 1|
|Chi White Sox||63||80||.441||25||34 – 37||29 – 43||15 – 18||30 – 30||12 – 18||3 – 7||W 1|
|Kansas City||53||91||.368||35.5||29 – 44||24 – 47||10 – 23||27 – 39||8 – 19||6 – 4||L 1|
|Detroit||42||100||.296||45.5||18 – 50||24 – 50||11 – 15||20 – 43||6 – 27||3 – 7||L 2|
|Houston||94||50||.653||–||55 – 17||39 – 33||19 – 13||18 – 13||46 – 15||7 – 3||W 4|
|Oakland||84||59||.587||9.5||48 – 27||36 – 32||17 – 16||23 – 7||33 – 27||7 – 3||W 2|
|Texas||72||73||.497||22.5||40 – 29||32 – 44||13 – 10||18 – 16||32 – 36||7 – 3||W 4|
|LA Angels||67||77||.465||27||35 – 34||32 – 43||15 – 14||13 – 15||27 – 40||3 – 7||L 1|
|Seattle||58||86||.403||36||29 – 40||29 – 46||13 – 17||16 – 14||25 – 45||2 – 8||L 6|
|Atlanta||89||55||.618||–||47 – 28||42 – 27||41 – 22||20 – 13||16 – 14||9 – 1||L 1|
|Washington||79||63||.556||9||41 – 29||38 – 34||36 – 29||16 – 13||18 – 16||5 – 5||W 1|
|Philadelphia||74||68||.521||14||41 – 31||33 – 37||30 – 31||20 – 13||14 – 19||5 – 5||W 2|
|NY Mets||72||70||.507||16||38 – 29||34 – 41||35 – 34||12 – 18||10 – 13||5 – 5||L 2|
|Miami||51||91||.359||37||29 – 45||22 – 46||20 – 46||10 – 20||12 – 14||4 – 6||W 1|
|St. Louis||81||62||.566||–||46 – 26||35 – 36||16 – 14||40 – 26||16 – 11||7 – 3||W 2|
|Chi Cubs||76||66||.535||4.5||47 – 24||29 – 42||17 – 17||31 – 29||16 – 12||5 – 5||L 3|
|Milwaukee||74||68||.521||6.5||43 – 31||31 – 37||17 – 11||37 – 30||12 – 15||7 – 3||W 3|
|Cincinnati||67||77||.465||14.5||40 – 35||27 – 42||16 – 15||29 – 38||14 – 15||4 – 6||W 1|
|Pittsburgh||62||81||.434||19||31 – 41||31 – 40||11 – 21||25 – 39||14 – 16||6 – 4||L 2|
|LA Dodgers||93||52||.641||–||56 – 20||37 – 32||21 – 9||22 – 11||43 – 24||5 – 5||W 1|
|Arizona||75||68||.524||17||36 – 33||39 – 35||15 – 12||13 – 13||33 – 37||8 – 2||L 1|
|San Francisco||69||74||.483||23||30 – 38||39 – 36||11 – 16||13 – 16||36 – 34||4 – 6||L 1|
|San Diego||66||76||.465||25.5||33 – 38||33 – 38||14 – 18||11 – 15||30 – 34||5 – 5||W 2|
|Colorado||60||84||.417||32.5||34 – 35||26 – 49||15 – 15||10 – 17||27 – 40||1 – 9||L 2|
FINAL WNBA REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS
|x-Washington Mystics||25||8||.758||—||13-3||12-5||12-3||9-1||5 W|
|x-Connecticut Sun||23||10||.697||2.0||15-2||8-8||11-4||7-3||1 L|
|x-Chicago Sky||20||13||.606||5.0||12-5||8-8||11-4||6-4||2 W|
|Indiana Fever||12||21||.364||13.0||6-10||6-11||6-9||4-6||1 W|
|New York Liberty||9||24||.273||16.0||4-13||5-11||2-13||1-9||6 L|
|Atlanta Dream||8||25||.242||17.0||5-11||3-14||3-12||3-7||1 W|
|x-Los Angeles Sparks||21||12||.636||—||14-2||7-10||9-6||6-4||2 W|
|x-Las Vegas Aces||20||13||.606||1.0||13-4||7-9||10-5||5-5||1 L|
|x-Minnesota Lynx||18||15||.545||3.0||11-6||7-9||7-8||6-4||5 W|
|x-Seattle Storm||17||16||.515||4.0||11-6||6-10||9-6||5-5||1 L|
|x-Phoenix Mercury||15||18||.455||6.0||9-7||6-11||5-10||4-6||3 L|
|Dallas Wings||10||23||.303||11.0||8-8||2-15||5-10||4-6||3 L|
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER STANDINGS
|x – New York City FC||28||15||8||5||53||35||18||9-4-1||6-4-4||53|
|x – Philadelphia||29||15||6||8||54||42||12||10-3-2||5-3-6||51|
|Orlando City SC||30||9||8||13||37||41||-4||6-2-7||3-6-6||35|
|x – Los Angeles FC||29||19||6||4||76||32||44||11-2-1||8-4-3||63|
|Real Salt Lake||28||13||4||11||40||35||5||10-1-3||3-3-8||43|
X – Clinched Playoff Spot, Y – Clinched Conference