HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL-NCC/AREA

Anderson 27 Richmond 26

Kokomo 13 Lafayette Harrison 10

Lafayette Jeff 55 Logansport 7

Marion 36 Indianapolis Tech 6

McCutcheon 28 Muncie Central 12

Knightstown 14 Northeastern 12

Centerville 7 Union City 0

Hagerstown 24 Tri 20

Monroe Central 38 Union County 12

Winchester 42 Lincoln 40 2OT

Batesville 44 Franklin County 13

Lawrenceburg 27 Connersville 26

New Palestine 56 New Castle 14

 

UPDATED NCC FOOTBALL STANDINGS

                                             CONFERENCE                    OVERALL

Marion                               6-0         257        13           8-  0       346        37           Won 8

Lafayette Jeff                   6-0         312        47           7-  1       395        99           Won 7

McCutcheon                     4-2         145        125        5-  3       184        172        Won 1

Harrison                             4-2         170        79           4-  4       186        133        Lost 1

Kokomo                             3-3         124        168        3-  5       143        280        Won 3

Muncie Central                3-3         144        157        3-  5       170        218        Lost 3

Anderson                           2-4         65           270        2-  6       87           352        Won 2

Logansport                        1-5         83           221        3-  5       193        221        Lost 4

Tech                                    1-5         98           154        1-  7       119        243        Lost 5

Richmond                          0-6         73           237        1-  7       114        305        Lost 7

 

NEXT WEEK

Friday, Oct. 12

Lafayette Jeff at Tech  7 pm

Logansport at Muncie Central  7 pm

Marion at Harrison  7 pm

McCutcheon at Anderson  7 pm

Richmond at Kokomo  7 pm

 

UPDATED TEC STANDINGS

                                             CONFERENCE                    OVERALL            

Knightstown                     6-1         237        129        7-  1       258        137        Won 7

Hagerstown                       6-1         162        109        6-  2       162        158        Won 2

Centerville                         5-2         176        96           5-  3       183        136        Won 2

Northeastern                    5-2         160        99           5-  3       160        154        Lost 2

Union County                   4-3         142        97           4-  4       154        135        Lost 2

Union City                         3-4         105        117        3-  5       105        138        Lost 1

Winchester                        2-5         170        168        2-  6       170        186        Won 1

Tri                                        1-6         128        270        2-  6       150        284        Lost 4

Lincoln                                0-8         96           291        0-  8       96           291        Lost 8

 

NEXT WEEK

Friday, Oct. 12

Lincoln at South Decatur 7:30 pm

Centerville at Knightstown  7 pm

Northeastern at Hagerstown  7 pm

Tri at Union County  7 pm

Union City at Winchester  7 pm

 

 

STATE SCOREBOARD

Adams Central                                 44                                         Bluffton                              13          

Anderson                                          27                                         Richmond                          26          

Andrean                                            36                                         Lowell                                 15          

Angola                                               46                                         Garrett                                0            

Attica                                                 42                                         Clinton Central                 27          

Batesville                                          44                                         Franklin County                13          

Bedford North Lawrence              55                                         Madison                             19          

Bloomington South                       36                                         Indianapolis Roncalli      21          

Boone Grove                                   35                                         Wheeler                             14          

Boonville                                           48                                         South Spencer                  14          

Brebeuf Jesuit                                 41                                         Guerin Catholic                10          

Brown County                                 62                                         Owen Valley                     18          

Brownsburg                                     17                                         Noblesville                         7            

Brownstown Central                     33                                         Silver Creek                       21          

Calumet                                            30                                         River Forest                       0            

Carroll (Flora)                                  23                                         Clinton Prairie                  22          

Casey-Westfield (Ill.)                     59                                         South Newton                  6            

Castle                                                 66                                         Evansville North              21          

Center Grove                                   38                                         Lawrence North               17          

Centerville                                        7                                           Union City                         0            

Charlestown                                     37                                         Salem                                  14          

Chesterton                                       17                                         Crown Point                      14          

Columbus East                                50                                         Jeffersonville                    3            

Columbus North                             35                                         Bloomington North        3            

Concord                                            31                                         Northridge                         21          

Corydon Central                              35                                         Clarksville                          24          

Covenant Christian                        21                                         Traders Point Christian  7            

Covington Catholic (Ky.)              52                                         Indianapolis Chatard      36          

Covington                                         44                                         Blue Ridge (Ill.)                14          

Culver Academy                             14                                         South Bend St. Joseph   11          

Dayton Marshall (Ohio  )              29                                         Jay County                        14          

DeKalb                                               28                                         Bellmont                            14          

Decatur Central                               48                                         Perry Meridian                 18          

Delphi                                                26                                         Tri-County                         19          

Delta                                                  45                                         Greenfield-Central          14          

East Central                                      38                                         Greensburg                       14          

East Noble                                        46                                         New Haven                       26          

Eastbrook                                         21                                         Blackford                           0            

Eastern (Pekin)                               24                                         Scottsburg                         14          

Eastside                                             18                                         Central Noble                   14          

Edgewood                                        34                                         Cascade                              7            

Elkhart Memorial                           45                                         Wawasee                           32          

Evansville Central                           42                                         Evansville Mater Dei      7            

Evansville Memorial                      35                                         Evansville Harrison          8            

Evansville Reitz                               71                                         Evansville Bosse               35          

Fishers                                               11                                         Westfield                           7            

Floyd Central                                   27                                         Jennings County              14          

Fort Wayne Concordia                  47                                         Carroll (Fort Wayne)      21          

Fort Wayne Luers                           48                                         Fort Wayne South           16          

Fort Wayne Northrop                   43                                         Fort Wayne North           37          

Fort Wayne Snider                         21                                         Fort Wayne Dwenger     13          

Franklin Central                              37                                         Hamilton Southeastern 28          

Fremont                                            35                                         Prairie Heights                  34          

Gibson Southern                            57                                         Tell City                              12          

Greencastle                                      19                                         North Putnam                  7            

Greenwood                                      31                                         Franklin                              28          

Griffith                                               55                                         Lake Station                      0            

Hagerstown                                      24                                         Tri                                        20          

Hammond Clark                              31                                         Gary West                          20          

Hammond Morton                         56                                         East Chicago Central       9            

Hanover Central                             54                                         South Central (U.Mills)  21          

Heritage Christian                          38                                         Indianapolis Howe          20          

Heritage Hills                                   46                                         Forest Park                        0            

Heritage                                            52                                         Southern Wells                 17          

Highland                                           20                                         Kankakee Valley              19          

Hobart                                               49                                         Munster                             12          

Homestead                                       21                                         Fort Wayne Wayne         13          

Huntington North                          17                                         Norwell                               7            

Indian Creek                                    41                                         Cloverdale                         0            

Indiana Deaf                                    42                                         Southside Home              35          

Indianapolis Attucks                      18                                         Indianapolis Tindley       14          

Indianapolis Lutheran                   39                                         Speedway                          7            

Indianapolis Manual                     54                                         Taylor                                 14          

Indianapolis Scecina                      54                                         Indianapolis Ritter           25          

Indianapolis Shortridge                13                                         Anderson Prep                 8            

Indianapolis Washington             28                                         Lighthouse East                0            

Jasper                                                63                                         Washington                      0            

Jimtown                                            35                                         Bremen                              28          

John Glenn                                       51                                         South Bend Clay              0            

Knightstown                                    14                                         Northeastern                    12          

Kokomo                                            13                                         Harrison                             10          

LaVille                                                27                                         North Judson                    0            

Lafayette Central Catholic           59                                         Benton Central                 7            

Lafayette Jeff                                  55                                         Logansport                        7            

Lakeland                                           62                                         Fairfield                              6            

Lapel                                                  42                                         Tri-Central                         6            

Lawrence Central                           31                                         Ben Davis                           24          

Lawrenceburg                                 27                                         Connersville                      26          

Leo                                                     31                                         Columbia City                   10          

Lewis Cass                                        27                                         Hamilton Heights            7            

Linton-Stockton                              41                                         Eastern Greene                13          

Madison-Grant                               6                                           Elwood                               0            

Marion                                              36                                         Indianapolis Tech            6            

McCutcheon                                    28                                         Muncie Central                12          

Merrillville                                        31                                         Lake Central                      14          

Michigan City                                  52                                         LaPorte                               8                                          

Mishawaka                                       35                                         Mishawaka Marian         17          

Mississinewa                                    65                                         Alexandria                         27          

Monroe Central                              38                                         Union County                   12          

Mooresville                                      24                                         Martinsville                       21          

Mount Vernon (Fortville)             62                                         Shelbyville                         7            

Mount Vernon (Posey)                 48                                         Princeton                           28          

New Albany                                     21                                         Seymour                            7            

New Palestine                                 56                                         New Castle                        14          

New Prairie                                      35                                         South Bend Riley             13          

North Central (Indianapolis)       40                                         Pike                                     37 OT

North Decatur                                 48                                         Switzerland County        6            

North Harrison                                42                                         Crawford County             6            

North Knox                                      58                                         North Daviess                   13          

North Miami                                    55                                         Peru                                    18          

North Montgomery                       55                                         Frankfort                            6            

North Newton                                 47                                         North White                      14          

North Posey                                     23                                         Tecumseh                          14          

North Vermillion                             35                                         Fountain Central              28          

NorthWood                                      14                                         Warsaw                              13          

Northfield                                         31                                         Whitko                               8            

Northview                                        63                                         South Putnam                  8            

Oak Hill                                              35                                         Frankton                            0            

Oldenburg Academy                     16                                         South Decatur                  7            

Paoli                                                   29                                         Mitchell                              20          

Parke Heritage                                58                                         Riverton Parke                 21          

Pendleton Heights                         35                                         Yorktown                           14          

Penn                                                  20                                         Elkhart Central                 17          

Perry Central                                   30                                         Springs Valley                   28          

Pioneer                                              72                                         Culver                                 0            

Plymouth                                          49                                         Goshen                               31          

Providence                                       42                                         Milan                                  13          

Rensselaer Central                         52                                         Northwestern                   0            

Rochester                                         49                                         Manchester                       14          

Shenandoah                                    47                                         Eastern Hancock              8            

Sheridan                                           16                                         Eastern (Greentown)      7            

South Adams                                   28                                         Woodlan                            15          

South Bend Adams                        28                                         South Bend Wash.          7            

South Dearborn                              34                                         Rushville                            6            

South Vermillion                             28                                         Seeger                                21          

Southmont                                       35                                         Lebanon                             21          

Southport                                         35                                         Terre Haute South          34          

Southridge                                       48                                         Pike Central                      0            

Southwood                                      21                                         Maconaquah                    10          

St. Francis DeSales (Ohio)            33                                         Terre Haute North          15          

Sullivan                                              27                                         West Vigo                          24          

Tippecanoe Valley                          35                                         Wabash                              27          

Tipton                                                24                                         Western                             21          

Tri-West                                            56                                         Crawfordsville                  13          

Triton Central                                  23                                         Beech Grove                     18          

Triton                                                 14                                         Knox                                    12          

Valparaiso                                        17                                         Portage                               7            

Vincennes Lincoln                          54                                         Mount Carmel (Ill.)         6            

Warren Central                               41                                         Carmel                                17          

Wes-Del                                             56                                         Edinburgh                          0            

West Central                                    52                                         Frontier                              14          

West Lafayette                               56                                         Twin Lakes                        13          

West Noble                                      17                                         Churubusco                      14                         

West Washington                          55                                         Rock Creek Academy     8            

Western Boone                               46                                         Danville                              6            

Whiteland                                         35                                         Plainfield                            27          

Whiting                                             50                                         Bowman Academy         0            

Winamac                                          61                                         Caston                                16          

Winchester                                       42                                         Lincoln                                40 2OT

Zionsville                                           32                                         Avon                                   29

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Georgia Tech 66 Louisville 31

Middle Tennessee 34 Marshall 24

Utah State 45 BYU 21 

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

Houston 7 Cleveland 2

Boston 5 NY Yankees 4

Milwaukee 4 Colorado 0

LA Dodgers 3 Atlanta 0

 

NBA PRESEASON

Philadelphia 120 Dallas 114

Washington 121 Miami 114

New York 106 New Orleans 100

Oklahoma City 113 Minnesota 101

Memphis 120 Atlanta 110

San Antonio 117 Detroit 93

Portland 115 Phoenix 93

Golden State 122 Sacramento 94

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Carolina 3 Columbus 1

San Jose 3 Los Angeles 2 OT

 

TOP HEADLINES

Sale strong, ‘pen shaky as Red Sox beat Yankees 5-4 in ALDS

Chris Sale struck out eight for his first postseason win, J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer and the Boston Red Sox sweated out their shaky bullpen to hold off the New York Yankees 5-4 on Friday night in Game 1 of the AL Division Series.

One year after he was pounded by Houston in his playoff debut, Sale took a four-hit shutout into the sixth inning. The Yankees loaded the bases in the sixth and seventh, cutting the deficit to 5-3. Aaron Judge homered off Craig Kimbrel leading off the ninth before the Red Sox closer retired the next three batters, striking out Giancarlo Stanton and Luke Voit for the save.

Game 2 in the best-of-five series is Saturday night, with Boston starting another pitcher trying to overcome a history of postseason struggles: left-hander David Price is 0-8 as a starter in the playoffs. He’ll face Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka.

In the first playoff matchup between the longtime rivals since 2004, the 108-win Red Sox took a 5-0 lead against Yankees starter J.A. Happ and then white-knuckled it after Sale left with two on and one out in the sixth.

New York, which won 100 regular-season games plus the AL wild-card game against Oakland, got three singles and two walks in the sixth, scoring two before Brandon Workman – the only player on the Red Sox roster with a World Series ring – struck out Gleyber Torres to end the threat.

The Yankees loaded the bases with nobody out in the seventh but scored just one run. Boston manager Alex Cora used scheduled Game 3 starter Rick Porcello to get two outs in the eighth before turning to Kimbrel for a four-out save.

It was the first ALDS matchup between the teams and the first in the postseason since the Red Sox staged an unprecedented rally from a 3-0 deficit in the 2004 AL Championship Series to advance and then won the World Series to end their 86-year dynasty of disappointment. (They also met in the ALCS the year before, and it ended with current Yankees manager Aaron Boone’s 11th-inning homer in Game 7, better known in Boston as the game when manager Grady Little inexplicably left a tiring Pedro Martinez on the mound.)

 

Kershaw allows 2 hits, Dodgers blank Braves 3-0 for 2-0 lead

Clayton Kershaw tossed eight innings of two-hit ball in the Dodgers’ second straight playoff shutout, and Manny Machado slugged a two-run homer as Los Angeles beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0 on Friday night for a 2-0 lead in their NL Division Series.

The Dodgers used a nearly identical formula to win 6-0 in Game 1 behind Hyun-Jin Ryu, who allowed only four two-out singles over seven innings, and home runs by Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Enrique Hernandez.

Kershaw was even better. The left-hander struck out three and walked none in remaining unbeaten against Atlanta throughout his illustrious career.

Los Angeles can sweep the best-of-five series in Game 3 on Sunday in Atlanta, where the Baby Braves will be looking to score for the first time this postseason.

 

Springer, Astros hit 4 HRs, down Indians 7-2 in ALDS opener

It’s October and George Springer, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman are all hitting home runs once again, helping the Houston Astros to a postseason win.

A year after launching a World Series-record 15 homers in winning their first championship, the Astros picked up right where they left off, hitting four home runs to power past the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Friday in Game 1 of the AL Division Series.

Martin Maldonado also connected for the Astros, who didn’t waste any time displaying the same power that carried them to last year’s title.

Much was made about the pitching prowess these teams possess in the days leading up to this game. But it was a bunch of longballs to put the Astros ahead in this best-of-five series.

“As much as I’ve heard different opinions about our offense, it’s pretty long, it’s pretty good, it’s pretty potent,” manager AJ Hinch said. “Case in point today.”

Houston’s pop backed up a solid start by Justin Verlander, who bested Corey Kluber in a matchup of Cy Young Award-winning aces in the first postseason meeting between these teams.

Verlander took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and got his 12th playoff win. He allowed two hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings – the Indians finished with only three hits, all singles.

Kluber, a two-time Cy Young winner who was coming off his first 20-win season, was tagged for three home runs in 4 2/3 innings. It was a repeat performance from last October’s ALDS, when he made two starts against the Yankees and left with a 12.79 ERA.

Game 2 is Saturday in Houston. Gerrit Cole starts for the Astros against Carlos Carrasco.

 

Chacin, Brewers blank Rockies 4-0, take 2-0 lead in NLDS

It turns out there is way more to the Milwaukee Brewers than just Christian Yelich.

The rest of this Brew Crew can play, too. Especially those guys in that loaded bullpen.

Jhoulys Chacin pitched five sparkling innings on short rest, Mike Moustakas contributed two more big hits and the Brewers blanked the Colorado Rockies 4-0 Friday to take a 2-0 lead in their NL Division Series.

While the sweet-swinging Yelich had a quiet day by his lofty standards, the NL Central champions showed off their supporting cast on the way to their 10th straight win going back to an impressive finish to the regular season. Erik Kratz had two hits and two RBIs, and Milwaukee’s bullpen closed the door after Chacin delivered in his playoff debut.

“It’s been the story of the last six weeks for us for sure, really since the trade deadline, is we’ve become a team with a lot of depth, and that’s how we’re going to have to win,” manager Craig Counsell said. “They’re making an effort to be very, very cautious with Yelich. It’s pretty clear. So guys behind him are going to have opportunities.”

Game 3 is Sunday at Coors Field. Another win, and Milwaukee is into the NL Championship Series for the first time since its previous postseason appearance in 2011.

“The only thing that changes is that we hit first,” Moustakas said. “Other than that, it’s still baseball. It’ll be a little bit of a hostile environment.”

The Rockies, who have played in four different cities since Sunday, are hoping a return to more familiar surroundings will help jump-start their dormant lineup.

“We’re going home, where we feel really good hitting,” shortstop Trevor Story said. “Hopefully we can get it turned around there.”

Nolan Arenado had two of Colorado’s six hits – just two more than the franchise playoff low set in Thursday’s 3-2, 10-inning loss in Game 1. The wild-card Rockies have scored six times in their last four games, and their potent lineup is showing signs of frustration.

 

TD-less Beckham questions heart of Giants, no long passes

New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. may need to choose his words more carefully.

The NFL’s highest-paid receiver created a stir Friday when ESPN released an interview from this week in which the 25-year-old wondered why the team isn’t throwing the ball farther downfield and playing with more energy.

The possible cause of his frustration? Four games into the season, Beckham hasn’t caught a touchdown pass. Beckham said the Giants (1-3), who travel to Carolina (2-1) on Sunday, need to get on a run.

Here’s how he answered the ESPN question about “the biggest heart of the issue” for the Giants.

“How come we can’t throw the ball for more than 20 yards? How come we don’t attempt or try to throw the ball for more than 20 yards?” Beckham said. “Those are questions that we have to figure out, but for now I would say it’s our heart, it’s our energy. It’s what we bring when we line up before the game, all of that. It counts.”

The Giants have completed only two passes of more than 30 yards or more this season, and they have only nine passes of 20 yards or greater.

Beckham was not in the locker room after practice on Friday to discuss his comments. The catalyst of the Giants’ offense has been on his best behavior this season and more mature after missing most of last season with a broken ankle.

While he didn’t throw anyone under the bus, his words indicated he’s upset about losing games.

Quarterback Eli Manning brushed off reporters who approached him for comment. A team spokesman said the 37-year-old, two-time Super Bowl winner who has been under scrutiny had a television interview. He never returned to the locker room.

Coach Pat Shurmur said he was aware of Beckham’s comments made during a sit down with ESPN reporter Josina Anderson. The coach said he hadn’t seen them. He refused to look at them when a reporter offered to let him read them.

“I do know we’re making an effort to do what it takes to score points. I think, if you remember our first drive, the ball didn’t travel down the field, but our team did,” Shurmur said referring to the Giants opening touchdown drive against the New Orleans Saints. “That’s the most important piece and we will continue to try and throw the ball down the field and get the ball down the field and complete it to our playmakers however we need to do it.”

 

Jets D-coordinator Rodgers dealing with ‘serious’ illness

New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers is dealing with what coach Todd Bowles calls a “serious” illness and it’s uncertain if he’ll be on the sideline for the game against Denver.

Bowles made the announcement Friday to end his news conference after the Jets’ final full practice before facing the Broncos at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

“He’s a tough guy,” Bowles said. “It’s a serious thing.”

Rodgers and the Jets’ other coordinators usually meet with reporters every Thursday. But the team said Rodgers had an appointment with doctors and would speak Friday.

However, a visibly concerned Bowles announced Rodgers was sick and wasn’t at the facility.

“On a side note: Coach Rodgers couldn’t do his interviews today because he is ill of a nature we can’t discuss right now,” Bowles said. “We’ll see going forward where he is and go from there. He will not be here today, and he was not at practice.”

Bowles, a close friend of Rodgers, wouldn’t go into details about what is ailing the 49-year-old coach. Rodgers is in his fourth season as the Jets’ defensive coordinator.

The players were told of Rodgers’ illness when the team met Friday morning.

“I want to let his family know that they are in my prayers and we will do our best to step up in his absence,” safety Doug Middleton said. “We all wish the best for him and we hope that he can make a strong recovery.”

It’s unclear who would handle the primary defensive play calls if Rodgers is unable to, though it could be Bowles and assistant head coach/linebackers coach Mike Caldwell.

 

Packers’ Randall Cobb ruled out against Lions

The Green Bay Packers will be without at least one of their starting receivers Sunday at Detroit.

Randall Cobb has been ruled out, a hamstring injury sidelining him for the second consecutive week.

Davante Adams, who injured a calf at Wednesday’s practice, will practice Saturday, coach Mike McCarthy said, and is listed as questionable. Also questionable is Geronimo Allison, who suffered a concussion during last week’s victory over Buffalo and has not practiced this week.

The Lions have ruled out defensive end Ziggy Ansah (shoulder), guard T.J. Lang (concussion) and tight end Michael Roberts (knee).

Adams (28 receptions, 285 yards, three touchdowns), Allison (19 catches, 289 yards, two touchdowns) and Cobb (17 catches, 194 yards, one touchdown) represent 62.1 percent of the completions, 64.8 percent of the receiving yards and 85.7 percent of the passing touchdowns for Green Bay through the first four games.

“This is an important day,” coach Mike McCarthy said about Friday, a recovery-and-rehabilitation day under the team’s weekly format. “Usually by the end of today you have a pretty good idea how it’s going to shake out. Injuries are a part of the game. You have to be able to play through injuries in games, play through injuries in practice, play through injuries that you’re able to prepare for. That’s all part of your game plan.”

Behind those three receivers, the Packers have three rookies – Marquez Valdes-Scantling, J’Mon Moore and Equanimeous St. Brown. Valdes-Scantling has the only two catches from that group.

 

Sponsor downplays Ronaldo on website; Juventus shares drop

Cristiano Ronaldo’s image is vanishing from the website of a key sponsor. The stock price for his Juventus team dropped 10 percent on Friday.

A week after a Nevada woman filed a civil lawsuit accusing Ronaldo of rape in 2009, attempts by the five-time world player of the year and his Italian club to sway public opinion in his favor have not succeeded.

Sponsors are continuing to express concern about the case despite a denial from Ronaldo, who has not addressed why Kathryn Mayorga’s legal team says a $375,000 settlement was reached in 2010 over the alleged assault by the soccer star in Las Vegas.

A week ago, the new edition of the FIFA video game franchise was released with Ronaldo as a cover star. While EA Sports has not suspended the sponsorship, it has been distancing itself from the face of its game in recent days.

The company home page still uses athletes to represent NFL, NBA, NHL, UFC and golf games. But a block of teal has replaced the spot on a banner occupied by Ronaldo until Tuesday, according to an Associated Press analysis through archived versions of the website.

The top of the FIFA 19 section of the EA website prominently showcased Ronaldo wearing the famed black-and-white Juventus jersey until at least Sunday. By Tuesday it had been replaced by a picture of four men in front of a television playing the game. At that point, a black-and-white photo of Ronaldo still appeared on the bottom right of the site. On Friday, that was replaced by an image of Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar.

Now, the only visual representation of Ronaldo on the webpage is Ronaldo on the cover of the game box with Neymar.

Such a move won’t be taken lightly.

“They have to tread carefully so that they are not pre-judging him before an investigation reaches its conclusion,” said Simon Leaf, a sports and commercial lawyer at London-based Mischon de Reya. “At the same time, the brand will have to be careful because depending on the commercial deal they reached it’s not that uncommon for these deals to include clauses to oblige the brand to make use of the rights they are getting.”

 

Texas: No evidence found to back up corruption trial claims

Texas athletics director Chris Del Conte said Friday a university review into possible rules violations found nothing to substantiate claims made in testimony at a college basketball corruption trial in New York federal court.

Del Conte issued a statement following testimony this week from Brian Bowen Sr., who testified that his son, Brian Jr., was offered thousands of dollars to play at major programs.

Bowen Sr. said that an aspiring agent, Christian Dawkins, told him he could pocket $50,000 if his son played at the University of Arizona, $150,000 at Oklahoma State or $100,000 at Creighton. Bowen said there was some interest from Oregon but didn’t recall a cash offer. He also testified that Texas assistant Mike Morrell, now the head coach at UNC Asheville, offered to “help me with housing.”

“In response to the NCAA Board of Governors memo last year charging institutions to examine their men’s basketball programs for possible rules violations, our compliance office conducted a review and did not find any information that substantiates the recent testimony at the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York,” Del Conte said in a statement that did mention any names. “We will monitor the information from the court proceedings and continue to cooperate fully should there be any requests from the NCAA.”

Dawkins, former amateur coach Merl Code and former Adidas executive James Gatto have pleaded not guilty to charges they committed fraud by secretly funneling money from Adidas to families of prospects to get them to attend colleges sponsored by the athletic clothing company.

Earlier this year, Texas junior guard Eric Davis Jr. turned pro after being held out several games late in the season after reports raised allegations that he’d taken money from an agent representative.

 

Snedeker leads at Silverado; Mickelson 3 strokes back

 Brandt Snedeker birdied the final two holes for a 7-under 65 and a three-stroke lead over Phil Mickelson and two others Friday in the PGA Tour’s season-opening Safeway Open.

Playing alongside Hall of Famer Fred Couples, Snedeker had eight birdies and a bogey on the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa. The leader won the Wyndham Championship in August, opening with a 59 en route to his ninth PGA Tour title.

“I played really solid golf all the way around,” Snedeker said. “I only played two bad shots all day. My speed has been great for two days. These green can get away from you if you’re not paying attention.”

Snedeker had a 13-under 131 total.

Mickelson followed his opening 65 with a 69 to join Michael Thompson (65) and Ryan Moore (67) at 10 under.

“I’m cautiously optimistic,” Mickelson said. “It’s certainly turning from pessimistic because I didn’t think that I was going to be here on the weekend and the next thing you know I’m up on top of the leaderboard.”

A week after going 0-2 in United States’ Ryder Cup loss to Europe in France, the 48-year-old Mickelson bogeyed three of his first eight holes, and rallied with four birdies on his second nine.

“I shot 4 under to kind of salvage the round,” Mickelson. “I’m surprised. I’m hitting a lot of good shots. I didn’t expect that. What I am doing well is putting, like I can putt.”

 

Typhoon wipes out day 3 of UL International

Strong winds and heavy rain from Typhoon Kong-rey hit the Korean peninsula on Saturday, ensuring that there would be no play on day three of the eight-nation UL International Crown event in the city of Incheon, 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Seoul.

The defending champion United States led Pool B at the end of the second round with six points. Sweden is next with four points while Japan and Thailand have three each.

After three rounds of fourballs, the top two teams from each pool and one wild-card team will advance to the singles event. The team collecting the most points over the four days wins the title. Teams get two points for a win and one if the match is halved.

Organizers attempted to play two rounds on Friday only for inclement conditions to intervene in the early evening to end the third round with the United States up in one fourball against Japan and down in the other.

Michelle Wie and Jessica Korda walked off the course after the 12th, 1-down against Nasa Hataoka and Ayako Uehara. Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson were 1-up after the 11th against Misuzu Narita and Mamiko Higa.

Sweden and Thailand each led one match in their encounter.

England leads Pool A with seven points, one ahead of top-seeded South Korea.

The two teams faced each other in the third round, each leading one match when play was halted. Bronte Law and Jodi Ewart Shadoff were 1-up against In Gee Chun and So Yeon Ryu after the sixth, while Sung Hyun Park and I.K. Kim were 4-up after the eighth against Charley Hull and Georgia Hall.

 

Kyle Busch, Harvick start 1-2 in playoff race at Dover

Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick have been the drivers to beat all season.

They’ll be the ones to catch again at Dover.

Busch and Harvick, who each have seven wins, will start 1-2 on Sunday at Dover International Speedway to kick off the round-of-12 playoff race on the mile concrete track.

Rain washed out NASCAR Cup qualifying Friday, setting the lineup on points and giving the top dozen spots to the 12 playoff drivers.

Sports betting is legal in Delaware, and fans can now place bets on the race winner and other prop bets at Dover International Speedway. Busch and Harvick both have 3-1 odds to win Sunday’s race.

Busch said the pole was about six to eight spots higher than he thought he might have qualified in the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.

“It’s certainly better for us not to go out there and have to bust out a really fast lap,” he said.

Dover starts the next three-race playoff round that includes Talladega and Kansas, with eight drivers advancing.

Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer round out the top five. Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Aric Almirola and Alex Bowman start sixth to 12th.

Busch came to Dover celebrating a bigger milestone than a pole.

Busch and his wife Samantha, who have been public about their struggles with infertility, announced this week they are ready to start in vitro fertilization (IVF) to try and have a second child. The Busches used IVF to conceive their son, Brexton. They hope for a daughter this time.

“We’ll go through embryo implementation in early November,” Busch said. “Hopefully that gets going and everything goes smooth. If everything goes smoothly, there is a lot of good to talk about.”

               

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME NOTES

#1 ALABAMA AT ARKANSAS

  • Alabama has won 11 straight meetings against Arkansas, including a 2007 win that was later vacated. In Arkansas’ last win over Alabama in 2006, Darren McFadden and Felix Jones combined for 177 yards on the ground for the Razorbacks.
  • The Crimson Tide are scoring 54.2 points per game, most in the FBS and 11.0 more than any other SEC team (Georgia — 43.2). Alabama’s 271 points through its first five games this season are 40 more than Alabama has had in any other season of the Nick Saban era through as many games.
  • Tua Tagovailoa has completed 75.0 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and no interceptions. The only two others in the FBS this century to complete 75.0+ percent of their passes with 10+ touchdowns and no interceptions through five team games are Mitchell Trubisky (2016) and Geno Smith (2012).
  • Arkansas went 3-for-12 on third down last week against Texas A&M and has converted 29.3 percent of its third downs this season, the worst mark among Power 5 teams.
  • Rakeem Boyd notched career highs in rushes (10) and receptions (four) last week against Texas A&M (excluding JUCO season). In the last two weeks combined, he and J.K. Dobbins (Ohio St.) are the only two Power 5 players with 100+ rushing yards and 70+ receiving yards (Boyd has 113 and 72, respectively).

  

MARYLAND AT #15 MICHIGAN

  • Michigan leads the all-time series 6-1, and has gone 3-1 against Maryland since the Terps moved to the Big Ten for the 2014 season. In the last three meetings (all Michigan wins), the Wolverines have outscored Maryland 122-13.
  • Maryland is averaging 6.2 yards per rush this season, the highest mark in the Big Ten and second among Power 5 teams (Georgia Tech). However, Maryland’s 565 passing yards rank them last among Power 5 teams. Georgia Tech is the only Power 5 team to attempt or complete fewer passes than Maryland.
  • Ty Johnson had 11 carries for 123 yards (11.2 YPC) and a score in Maryland’s last game. He is averaging 7.5 yards per carry over his historic career. In the last 20 seasons, the only Power 5 players (min. 300 career attempts) with better rushing averages are Melvin Gordon III (7.8) and Felix Jones (7.7).
  • Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State are the only Big Ten teams with 1000+ passing and 1000+ rushing yards this season. Michigan has committed 46 penalties this season, tying them with USC for second most among Power 5 teams (Ole Miss — 49).
  • Karan Higdon has run for 119.8 yards per game, second in the Big Ten to only Jonathan Taylor (157.0). His 6.3 yards per carry leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth among Power 5 runners (min. 70 carries). He notched a career-high 30 carries in last week’s win over Northwestern.

 

NORTHWESTERN AT #20 MICHIGAN STATE

  • Northwestern has beaten Michigan State in each of the last two seasons; in those two games, the Spartans had 869 passing yards compared to just 146 rushing yards. Mark Dantonio has gone 63-31 (.670) against Big Ten teams while at Michigan State, but just 5-4 against Northwestern.
  • Northwestern has won four straight road games against Big Ten opponents, averaging 35.3 points per game in those contests. Michigan State has won its last four home games against Big Ten opponents, and has allowed just 12.5 points per game in those four games.
  • In two career starts against Michigan State (both wins), Clayton Thorson completed 72.3 percent of his passes (60/83) for 637 yards and five touchdowns (one INT), and ran for a score in each game. Thorson has more career pass attempts (1350) than any other active player in the FBS.
  • Through four games, Michigan State has allowed 161 rushing yards, the fewest by a Big Ten team through as many games since Michigan allowed just 74 yards in 2006. Northwestern is averaging 2.6 yards per rushing attempt this season, worst among Power 5 teams and third lowest in the FBS.
  • Felton Davis III and Cody White caught two touchdowns apiece against Northwestern last season. The duo has combined for 144.5 receiving yards per game this season; Purdue’s top duo (Moore & Hopkins) is the only team-leading duo in the Big Ten combining for more yards per game this season.

 

 #19 TEXAS VS. #7 OKLAHOMA

  • This will be the first time since the 2012 season that Texas and Oklahoma will meet as ranked opponents. From 2000 to 2012, this game was a top 25 showdown in 12 of 13 seasons. This will be the 113th meeting between these teams (first played in 1900); Texas leads all-time, 61-46-5.
  • If Texas can pull off a win over the Sooners, it would be the Longhorns’ first 3-0 start in Big 12 play since 2013. They allowed a combined 30 points in wins over TCU and Kansas State, while Oklahoma has allowed 30.0 points per game in its two conference games thus far.
  • Through five games, Sam Ehlinger has thrown for 1185 yards and run for 153 yards. In the last 20 seasons, the only Texas players to reach 1000+ passing yards and 150+ rushing yards in as many games were Colt McCoy in 2008 and Vince Young in 2005.
  • Oklahoma has five different players with multiple rushing touchdowns this season, tied with Georgia Tech and Texas Tech for the most in the FBS. The Sooners also have six players averaging at least 5.0 yards per carry, tied with GT and UCF for the most in the FBS (min. 10 rushes).
  • Kyler Murray is averaging 13.4 yards per pass attempt this season and 6.2 yards per rushing attempt. The only player in the last 20 seasons (min. 20 pass attempts in season) to average 13.0+ yards per pass attempt and at least 6.0 yards per rushing attempt was Murray himself, who also did so last season.

  

KANSAS AT #9 WEST VIRGINIA

  • West Virginia has gone 5-1 against Kansas since joining the Big 12 for the 2012 season. Will Grier threw two touchdowns and ran for two more in a 56-34 victory last season. In the last four meetings (all WVU wins), the average margin of victory was 29.3 points.
  • Despite a 2-3 record, Kansas has outscored its opponents 144-121. This is the Jayhawks’ first season with a positive point differential through five games since 2009 (203-90, +113).
  • Carter Stanley completed 75.0 percent of his passes (24/32) with three touchdowns and no interceptions last week vs. Oklahoma State. UVa’s Bryce Perkins is the only other Power 5 QB in 2018 to have three or more touchdowns, no interceptions and a 75.0+ completion percentage (min. 30 attempts) in a game.
  • West Virginia is averaging 372.8 passing yards per game, third most in the FBS behind Washington State (410.4) and Texas Tech (407.6). WVU is one of three teams in the FBS (Ohio St., Wash St.) to have 330+ passing yards in four games this season, and both others have played five games (WVU has played four).
  • David Sills V is averaging 73.5 receiving yards per game and has caught five touchdowns, while Gary Jennings Jr. is averaging 77.8 yards per game and has six touchdowns. Hawaii is the only other team in the FBS to have multiple players with 70.0+ receiving yards per game and at least five receiving TDs.

  

BOSTON COLLEGE AT #23 NORTH CAROLINA ST.

  • Boston College leads NC State 9-6 all-time in this series, which was first played at Fenway Park in 1936 (BC won 7-3). BC has won each of its last two trips to Raleigh and three of five overall in the series since Steve Addazio took over in 2013.
  • Boston College has scored 216 points through five games this season (43.2 points per game). Last season through five games, the Eagles scored just 88 points (17.6 points per game).
  • AJ Dillon ran for 161 yards and two touchdowns against Temple last week. He now has four career games of 160+ rushing yards and two or more rushing touchdowns; that’s tied for the most by any active FBS player since the start of last season.
  • North Carolina State is seeking its first 5-0 start since 2002. The Wolfpack have gone 32-for-54 (59.3 percent) on third down this season. Alabama (37/62, 59.7 percent) is the only Power 5 team converting a higher percentage of its third-down attempts.
  • Ryan Finley has notched 13 300-yard passing games in his NC State career, second most in school history behind Philip Rivers (19) and ahead of Russell Wilson (12).

  

#5 LSU AT #22 FLORIDA

  • LSU has won four of the last five games in this series, including a 17-16 victory last year in Gainesville. The Gators are just 2-8 in their last 10 games versus AP Top 10 opponents.
  • The Tigers have opened 5-0 in 2018, their longest winning streak at any point in a season since winning their first seven games of the 2015 season. LSU has allowed 21 or fewer points in all five games, and in nine straight going back to last November — the longest active streak in the FBS.
  • Joe Burrow set career highs of 292 yards passing, three passing touchdowns and 96 rushing yards in last week’s 45-16 win over Ole Miss. That’s the most rushing yards by an LSU quarterback since Anthony Jennings had 119 against Texas A&M in 2014.
  • Florida allowed a season-low 202 yards in last week’s 13-6 win at then-No. 23 Mississippi State. It was the Gators’ first game allowing no touchdowns since a 30-3 win over Iowa in the Outback Bowl in January 2017.
  • Feleipe Franks had thrown multiple touchdown passes in six straight games before going without one against Mississippi State. For the season he has four times as many touchdowns as interceptions (12/3), compared to a 1.1 TD/interception ratio last year (9/8).

  

FLORIDA STATE AT #17 MIAMI FL

  • Miami beat Florida State, 24-20, last season, snapping a seven-game losing streak against the Seminoles. This will be the first time the two face off in Miami with Florida State not ranked since 2008; the Seminoles beat the ‘Canes, 41-39.
  • The Seminoles picked up a conference win at Louisville last week after losing their first two conference games. Florida State has not started out 1-3 or worse in conference play since 2009, finishing 4-4 in conference play and 7-6 overall.
  • Since Florida State’s loss to Syracuse where he threw for 178 yards and no touchdowns, Deondre Francois has thrown for a combined 646 yards and six touchdowns, including a career-high four TDs last week against Louisville. Florida State is 8-1 since 2016 when Francois throws for at least 250 yards and one touchdown.
  • Since losing to LSU in the first week, Miami is 4-0 and has outscored opponents 204-51 in those games. This includes beating UNC, 47-10, last week, the Hurricanes’ largest margin of victory against a conference opponent since beating Duke, 52-7, in 2005.
  • Romeo Finley got the turnover chain after intercepting UNC’s Chazz Surratt, returning it for 83 yards and the score. It was the longest interception return for a touchdown by a Hurricane since Maurice Sikes in 2002 against Florida (97).

 

 IOWA STATE AT #25 OKLAHOMA STATE

  • Oklahoma State has won 11 of the last 15 meetings, including six straight dating back to 2012. In those six games, Oklahoma State has outscored Iowa State 248-161.
  • The Cyclones lost to TCU, 17-14, and are now 0-2 in conference play. They threw for only 79 yards, their fewest in a game since 2012 against Texas Tech (73 yards).
  • David Montgomery makes up 93.6 percent of Iowa State’s rushing yards this year. That is the highest percentage by any player in the FBS.
  • Oklahoma State beat Kansas, 48-28, in Lawrence thanks to 568 total yards. The Cowboys have 2725 total yards on the season, the fifth most in the FBS.
  • Taylor Cornelius threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns at Kansas despite having only 15 completions, the fewest by a Cowboy who threw for 300 yards since Zac Robinson against Houston in 2008 (14 completions for 320 yards).

 

 #4 CLEMSON AT WAKE FOREST

  • Clemson has won the last nine meetings, with Wake Forest’s last victory coming on October 9, 2008. In those nine games, Clemson has outscored Wake Forest 327-121, scoring at least 30 points in eight of the nine games.
  • Clemson is 5-0 for the fourth consecutive season after a 27-23 win over Syracuse. The Tigers had 19 rushing first downs in the game, tied for their most since November 2012 (20 against NC State).
  • Clemson has four players — Tee Higgins, Amari Rodgers, Justyn Ross and Hunter Renfrow — with at least 200 receiving yards. This is the first time in the last 20 years Clemson has had at least four players with 200 or more receiving yards through five games of the season.
  • After two consecutive losses, Wake Forest rebounded to beat Rice, 56-24. Despite putting up 56 points, the Demon Deacons had the ball for less than 23 minutes on the field, their lowest time of possession in a 50-point game over the last 20 seasons.
  • Greg Dortch joined Western Michigan’s Jayden Reed as the only FBS players this season with four receiving touchdowns in a game with his performance against Rice. He is the only player in school history with four receiving touchdowns in a game, something he also did last season against Louisville.

  

ARIZONA STATE AT #21 COLORADO

  • The Sun Devils have won eight of the nine matchups in series history, with the Buffs’ one win coming in 2016. This is the first time the two are facing off when Colorado is ranked, and the first when either team is ranked since 2014 (ASU was No. 16).
  • Arizona State is coming off a 52-24 win against Oregon State, tied for the team’s most points scored against a Pac-12 opponent since October 2015 (lost to Oregon, 61-55). The Sun Devils’ 396 rushing yards against Oregon State were their most in a conference game since November 1997 against Oregon (405).
  • Eno Benjamin ran for 312 yards in the win against Oregon State, averaging 10.4 yards per carry. He broke the school record for rushing yards in a game, originally set by Ben Malone in 1973 (250 yards).
  • The Buffs have outscored their opponents 161-71 as they have their first 4-0 start since 1998. They have scored at least 30 points in all four games, their longest streak in a season since having five in a row in 2002.
  • Laviska Shenault Jr. is averaging 145.3 receiving yards per game, the highest rate in the FBS. His 581 receiving yards are the most by a Colorado player through four team games since Paul Richardson Jr. in 2013 (621).

 

 INDIANA AT #3 OHIO STATE

  • The Hoosiers have not beaten the Buckeyes since October 8, 1988. Ohio State has put up at least 30 points in 14 consecutive games against Indiana.
  • This is only the fourth time in the last 20 seasons Indiana has started out 4-1 or better (also 2015, 2007, 2005). The Hoosiers had 11 third-down conversions in their win last week against Rutgers, tied for their most since November 30, 2013, against Purdue (16).
  • Stevie Scott has 464 rushing yards, the third most among FBS true freshmen behind Oregon State’s Jermar Jefferson (727) and Kansas’ Pooka Williams Jr. (474). However, he has rushed for only 76 yards in his last two games, both against Big Ten opponents.
  • Ohio State beat Penn State last week, 27-26, the Buckeyes’ first road win against an AP Top 10 opponent since October 2016 against Wisconsin. Ohio State has only two wins when trailing by at least 10 in the fourth quarter in the last 20 seasons, and both have come against Penn State in the last two meetings.
  • Ohio State already has two receivers, Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill, with at least 300 receiving yards. The last time Ohio State had two players reach this plateau through five games was in 2014 with Michael Thomas and Devin Smith.

  

#13 KENTUCKY AT TEXAS A&M

  • This will be the first time Kentucky and Texas A&M meet since 1953. The series is tied 1-1, as the Aggies beat the Wildcats in Lexington, 7-6, in their most recent matchup.
  • Kentucky is 5-0 for the first time since 2007. The Wildcats have allowed 10 or fewer points in three consecutive games, something they had not done in a season since 1979.
  • Benny Snell continues to lead the SEC in rushing yards with 639 (with Texas A&M’s Trayveon Williams in second at 582). That’s the most rushing yards by an SEC player through five team games since 2015 (Leonard Fournette, Nick Chubb, Alex Collins).
  • Texas A&M beat Arkansas, 24-17, after losing to Alabama in the previous week. The Aggies held Arkansas to 248 total yards, their fewest allowed against a conference opponent since 2015 against Vanderbilt (148).
  • Trayveon Williams had another game rushing for at least 150 yards and two touchdowns last week against Arkansas, his second this year. The last Aggie to have two such games in a season was Johnny Manziel in 2012.

 

 SMU AT #12 CENTRAL FLORIDA

  • UCF is 7-1 all-time against SMU, with SMU’s lone win coming in 2011 (38-17). UCF has won all four of its home games in the series by a combined score of 143-48.
  • SMU has had a penchant for big plays this year, with five offensive touchdowns of 50+ yards — tied for fourth most in the FBS behind Memphis (9), Oklahoma (7) and Houston (6).
  • Braeden West is one of four FBS players with 300+ rushing yards and 150+ receiving yards so far this year, along with Arizona State’s Eno Benjamin, Memphis’ Darrell Henderson and Rice’s Austin Walter.
  • UCF has now won 17 straight games while scoring 30+ points in each one. The 17-game streak both winning and scoring 30+ points is tied for the longest streak by any FBS team since 1980; Florida State also had a 17-game streak from January 1, 2013, to September 6, 2014.
  • Over his last two games, McKenzie Milton has thrown for seven touchdowns and rushed for another five. In the last 10 years, the only other FBS player to reach both of those totals over a two-game span is Louisville’s Lamar Jackson during his Heisman season in 2016 (September 1-9).

 

 VANDERBILT AT #2 GEORGIA

  • Georgia has won 20 of its last 23 games against Vanderbilt, with all three Vandy wins over that span coming by four points or fewer. The Commodores won their last game at Georgia in 2016 (17-16) despite having just 171 yards of offense.
  • Vanderbilt has lost its last 20 true road games against AP Top 25 opponents, the third-longest active streak among Power 5 teams behind Colorado (28) and Purdue (23).
  • Kalija Lipscomb’s 43 receptions are the second most by any SEC player over his team’s first five games of a season in the last 20 years, behind only Alabama’s Amari Cooper in 2014 (52).
  • Georgia continues to do a great job taking care of the ball. The Bulldogs have had 17 games since the start of last season in which they had one or zero turnovers, the most such games in the FBS.
  • At home in his career, Jake Fromm has completed 71.1 percent of his passes and has 16 passing touchdowns against just two picks. His career passer rating at home (192.9) is the best by any FBS QB dating back to 2000 (minimum 150 attempts), percentage points ahead of Sam Bradford (192.9).

  

#8 AUBURN AT MISSISSIPPI STATE

  • Auburn blew out Mississippi State in each of the last two seasons, 38-14 and 49-10. The Tigers now have eight wins by 24+ points against the Bulldogs since 2002, the most by any SEC team against any opponent over that span.
  • Auburn’s defense picked off just six passes all of last season but already has seven this year. The Tigers are one of four Power 5 teams to have already surpassed their INT total from last year, along with Kansas, Syracuse and Georgia Tech.
  • Jarrett Stidham has thrown 12 TD passes to just one interception in true road games in his career, giving him the best TD/INT ratio of any active FBS QB in true road games (minimum 100 attempts).
  • Mississippi State’s offense has dried up over the last two weeks, as the Bulldogs managed just seven and six points against Kentucky and Florida, respectively. It marked the first time Mississippi State was held to seven points or fewer in back-to-back games since September 13-20, 2008.
  • With Kylin Hill (7.7) and Aeris Williams (7.0), Mississippi State is one of four FBS teams with multiple players averaging 7.0+ yards per carry this season (minimum 20 rushes), along with Appalachian State, Maryland and Utah State.

 

 #10 WASHINGTON AT UCLA

  • UCLA has won its last eight home games against Washington. The last time the Bruins lost at home to the Huskies was on November 11, 1995 (38-14).
  • Washington has had a very stingy pass defense, allowing just one passing TD in five games. In the last 20 years, the only other Pac-12 team to allow one or zero passing TD through five games of a season was USC in 2009 (0).
  • Myles Gaskin has had at least 50 rushing yards in each of his last 16 games, tied with UNLV’s Lexington Thomas for the second-longest active streak in the FBS behind FAU’s Devin Singletary (18).
  • UCLA is the first Pac-12 team to start 0-4 since Oregon State in 2011, and will be looking to avoid becoming the first Pac-12 team to start 0-5 since Washington went 0-12 in 2008.
  • Freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson leads the Bruins in passing yards, while freshman Kazmeir Allen leads the squad in rushing yards. Minnesota and Texas Tech are the only other FBS teams with a freshman leader in both categories this year.

 

 NEBRASKA AT #16 WISCONSIN

  • Wisconsin has won five straight against Nebraska. In the past 30 years, the only other team to have a five-game winning streak against the Huskers is Texas, which beat Nebraska six times in a row from 2002-10.
  • Nebraska has lost a program-record eight straight games, the second-longest active losing streak in the FBS behind UTEP (17). Since the start of the streak (November 4, 2017), the Huskers are allowing 44.0 points per game, fourth highest in the FBS.
  • Adrian Martinez passed for 323 yards and ran for another 91 against Purdue last week. He was the first Big Ten freshman to have at least 320 and 80 since Minnesota’s Adam Weber did so twice in 2007.
  • Wisconsin has won 16 straight regular-season conference games while holding its opponents under 25 points in each one. The last team to have a longer streak of regular-season conference games both winning and allowing under 25 points was Miami (FL) in the Big East from 1999-2002 (23 straight).
  • Jonathan Taylor’s 628 rushing yards are the third most by any Big Ten running back over his team’s first four games of a season in the past 10 seasons (since 2009), behind Indiana’s Tevin Coleman in 2014 (691) and Indiana’s Jordan Howard in 2015 (675).

  

#6 NOTRE DAME AY #24 VIRGINIA TECH

  • Notre Dame and Virginia Tech have played just once, a 34-31 Virginia Tech win on November 19, 2016. The Hokies have lost their last six home games against AP Top 25 opponents, having not beaten a ranked foe at home since September 26, 2009, against No. 9 Miami (FL) (31-7).
  • Notre Dame’s win over then-No. 7 Stanford last week was its fifth win over an AP Top 25 opponent since the start of last season. Only Alabama and Ohio State (six each) have more wins over ranked foes over that span.
  • Ian Book is one of three FBS quarterbacks to have 7+ passing TD and zero interceptions so far this year, along with Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa (14) and Boise State’s Brett Rypien (12).
  • Notre Dame might have trouble running the ball against Virginia Tech, which has held its opponents under 150 rushing yards in seven straight games, tied for the third-longest active streak in the FBS (Fresno State 10, Clemson 8, Michigan State 7).
  • Damon Hazelton is one of only two Power 5 players to have caught a TD pass in every one of his team’s games this year, along with Colorado’s Laviska Shenault Jr.

 

 UTAH AT #14 STANFORD

  • Stanford is just 1-3 in its last four games against Utah dating back to 1996. That is the Cardinal’s worst record against any opponent they’ve played at least four times over that span.
  • Utah is coming off of an unusual game against Washington State in which the Utes allowed 445 passing yards and zero rushing yards. The last FBS team to allow that many passing yards while allowing zero or negative rushing yards was Michigan State against Baylor in the Cotton Bowl on January 1, 2015.
  • Zack Moss has rushed for a touchdown in each of his last six games, the fourth-longest active streak in the FBS behind FAU’s Devin Singletary (18), Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill (11) and Memphis’ Darrell Henderson (8).
  • The normally stout Stanford defense has been vulnerable lately, allowing 524 and 550 yards over its last two games. It’s the first time Stanford has allowed 500+ yards in back-to-back games since November 3-10, 2007.
  • Last week’s 39-yard scamper against Notre Dame was Bryce Love’s 17th career rushing touchdown of 30+ yards. In the last 20 years, the only FBS player to have more 30-yard TD runs is San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey (21).

 

NFL GAME NOTES, GAME-BY-GAME

Tennessee Titans (3-1) at Buffalo Bills (1-3)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | New Era Field | Referee: Tony Corrente

SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 27-15

STREAKS: Titans have won 5 of past 6

LAST GAME: 10/11/15: Bills 14 at Titans 13

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/21/12: Titans 35, Bills 34

TITANS NOTES:

  • QB MARCUS MARIOTA passed for 344 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 99.4 rating & rushed for 46 yards with TD in Week 4. Has 6 games with pass TD & rush TD since entering league in 2015, tied for 6th-most among NFL QBs. Since 2015, is 1 of 3 NFL QBs (KIRK COUSINS & CAM NEWTON) with 60+ pass TDs (60) & 10+ rush TDs (10). • RB DION LEWIS had 153 scrimmage yards (129 rush, 24 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his last game vs. Buf. (12/24/17 with NE). Has 130+ scrimmage yards & TD in 2 of his past 3 meetings. RB DERRICK HENRY has 454 rush yards in 4th Q since 2017, 2nd-most in NFL (KAREEM HUNT). • WR COREY DAVIS set career-highs with 9 catches & 161 rec. yards, his 1st-career 100+ yard game, & had GWTD catch last week. Is 1st Titan with 150+ rec. yards & TD catch in single game since JARED COOK (12/24/11). WR TAJAE SHARPE had TD catch in Week 4. • S KEVIN BYARD led team with career-high 11 tackles last week. CB MALCOLM BUTLER had 10 tackles, sack & FF in Week 4. Had sack & FF in his last game vs. Buf. (12/24/17 with NE). Is 1 of 2 in NFL (JOSH NORMAN) with 200+ tackles (215) & 45+ PD (48) since 2015. DT JURRELL CASEY had 1.5 sacks in last meeting. Has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in past 3. LB WESLEY WOODYARD had 9 tackles in last meeting. LB JAYON BROWN had career-high 10 tackles, 2 TFL & sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. CB LOGAN RYAN has 30 tackles & 2 TFL in his past 3 vs. Buf.

BILLS NOTES:

QB JOSH ALLEN (rookie) threw for 245 yards & TD in only career home start (9/16/18 vs. Chargers). Has 2 rush TDs, tied for 2nd-most among NFL QBs. • RB LE SEAN MC COY had 130 rush yards & TD in last game vs. Ten. (11/23/14 with Phi.). Aims for his 3rd meeting in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. In past 9 at home, has 1,005 scrimmage yards (111.7 per game) with 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.). Since joining Bills in 2015, has 90+ scrimmage yards in 17 of his 21 home games (81 pct.). RB CHRIS IVORY has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 4 vs. Ten. • WR KELVIN BENJAMIN has TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. TE CHARLES CLAY is 1 of 4 active TEs with 500+ rec. yards in each of past 5 seasons (2013-17). Has 165 catches in 4 seasons with Buf., 4th-most by TE in franchise history. • S JORDAN POYER had INT last week. Has 39 tackles (7.8 per game), INT, FF & 2 PD in past 5 at home. S MICAH HYDE has 3 PD in past 4 at home. LB LORENZO ALEXANDER has 4 TFL & sack in past 3 at home. CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had 3 PD last week. Since entering league in 2017, has 4 games with 3+ PD, tied for 2nd-most in NFL. Ranks 5th in NFL with 22 PD since 2017. Rookie LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS leads team with 30 tackles. Is only AFC player with 30+ tackles (30) & 4+ PD (4) in 2018. DE JERRY HUGHES had 3 TFL last week. Has sack in 2 of past 3. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ten. Rookie S SIRAN NEAL had 1st-career sack last week.

 

New York Giants (1-3) at Carolina Panthers (2-1)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Bank of America Stadium | Referee: Jerome Boger

SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 5-4

STREAKS: Panthers have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/20/15: Panthers 38 at Giants 35

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/13: Panthers 38, Giants 0

GIANTS NOTES:

QB ELI MANNING passed for 255 yards with 1 TD last week. Has 343 career TD passes & surpassed HOFer FRAN TARKENTON (342) for 7th-most TD passes in NFL history. Passed for 245 yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 96.7 rating in last meeting. In 3 career games at Car., has 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 89.9 rating. Has 576 pass yards (288 per game) with 3 TDs & 0 INTs for 113.2 rating in past 2 on road. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY (rookie) had 100 scrimmage yards (56 rec., 44 rush) & rush TD in Week 4. Is 5th player in NFL history with 100+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 4 career games. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 225 scrimmage yards (112.5 per game) & rush TD in 2 career road games. Has 453 scrimmage yards, most among NFL rookies in 2018. • WR ODELL BECKHAM, JR. had 6 catches for 76 yards & TD in last meeting. In 3 career games on road vs. NFC South, has 24 receptions for 325 yards (108.3 per game) & 3 TDs. WR STERLING SHEPARD had 10 catches for 77 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. • S LANDON COLLINS tied career high with 14 tackles in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. Led team with 9 tackles in last meeting. DE OLIVIER VERNON had 2 sacks in only career meeting (11/24/13 with Mia.). LB ALEC OGLETREE had 9 tackles in his last game vs. Car. (11/6/16 with LAR). Has 17 tackles & INT in past 2. Rookie DT B.J. HILL had sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. CB JANORIS JENKINS has 2 INT-TDs, 8 PD & FF in his past 7 on road.

PANTHERS NOTES:

QB CAM NEWTON aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rating. Had 4 TDs (2 pass, 2 rush) & 108 rating in Week 3. Has 3 career games with 2+ TD passes & 2+ rush TDs, 2nd-most all-time. Has 57 career rush TDs, most by QB in NFL history. Has 4 rush TDs in his past 3 at home. Passed for 340 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 116.9 rating & added 100 rush yards in last meeting. • RB CHRISTIAN MC CAFFREY had career-high 184 rush yards in Week 3. Has 95+ scrimmage yards in all 3 games in 2018. In his past 4 at home, has 483 scrimmage yards (120.8 per game) & TD catch. RB C.J. ANDERSON had rec. TD in Week 3, his 1st TD with Car. • WR DEVIN FUNCHESS led team with 67 rec. yards & TD in Week 3. Had TD catch in last meeting. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 6 at home. Since entering league in 2011, WR TORREY SMITH ranks 3rd among active NFL players with 16.4 yards per reception (min. 200 catches). • LB LUKE KUECHLY had 5 tackles & INT in Week 3. Had 15 tackles in last meeting. In 3 career meetings, has 33 tackles (11 per game) & 2 PD. Since entering league in 2012, leads NFL with 844 tackles. Rookie CB DONTE JACKSON had 7 tackles & 2 INTs in Week 3, his 1st-career multi-INT game. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles & INT. Has 3 INTs in 2018, tied for NFL lead. DE EFE OBADA had sack & INT in Week 3 in NFL debut. DE MARIO ADDISON has 4.5 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 5 at home.

 

Miami Dolphins (3-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-1)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Paul Brown Stadium | Referee: Craig Wrolstad

SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 15-6

STREAKS: Dolphins have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 9/29/16: Dolphins 7 at Bengals 22

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/29/16

DOLPHINS NOTES

QB RYAN TANNEHILL has 120+ rating in 2 of past 3. Has 90+ rating in 2 of past 3 meetings. Is 10-2 in his past 12 starts. Ranks 2nd in AFC in comp. pct. (69.1 pct.) & 3rd in rating (106.1). • RB FRANK GORE had TD catch last week. Had 101 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 19 rec.) in his last game vs. Cin. (10/29/17 with Ind.). Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his 3 career meetings. RB KENYAN DRAKE has TD in 4 of past 6 on road. • WR KENNY STILLS had 74-yard TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with TD catch. Since entering league in 2013, has 16.3 yards per catch avg., 2nd-highest among NFL players (min. 200 catches). WR ALBERT WILSON has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3. Is 1 of 4 active players with 5+ TD catches (9), rush TD (1) & pass TD (1) in career. • LB KIKO ALONSO led team with 12 tackles last week. Aims for 4th in row with 12+ tackles. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 46 tackles & is only NFL player with 40+ tackles & INT this season. Had career-high 22 tackles in 10/13/13 meeting (with Buf.). DE CAMERON WAKE has 4 sacks, 2 TFL, FF & FR in his past 3 meetings. S RESHAD JONES has 38 tackles (9.5 per game), 2 TFL & FR in his past 4 on road. CB XAVIEN HOWARD has 3 INTs & 4 PD in his past 3. CB BOBBY MC CAIN had INT last week. Had sack & PD in last meeting. DE ANDRE BRANCH had FF in last meeting.

BENGALS NOTES

BENGALS recorded GW-TD pass with under 10 seconds remaining in 4th Q last week for 2nd time in franchise history (10/10/99). • QB ANDY DALTON completed 29 of 41 (70.7 pct.) for 337 yards with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT for 109.5 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 330+ pass yards. Has 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4. Ties for 2nd in NFL with 11 TD passes. • RB GIOVANI BERNARD had 96 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 27 rec.) & 2 rush TDs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 85+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Had 104 scrimmage yards (79 rush, 25 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in 10/31/13 meeting. In his past 4 at home, has 436 scrimmage yards (109 per game) & rush TD. Since entering leauge in 2013, is 1 of 2 active players (LE’VEON BELL) with 3,000+ rush yards (3,055) & 2,000+ rec. yards (2,138). • WR A.J. GREEN caught GW 13-yard TD with 7 seconds remaining in 4th Q last week. In 3 career meetings, has 30 catches (10 per game) for 366 rec. yards (122 per game) & 2 TDs. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Mia. with 10+ catches & 125+ rec. yards. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 5 TD catches. WR TYLER BOYD had career-high 11 catches for 100 yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 90+ rec. yards. • DT GENO ATKINS had sack last week. In past 3 vs. Mia., has 3.5 sacks & 4 TFL. Aims for 4th meeting in row with sack. Has 8.5 sacks in past 10 at home. DE CARLOS DUNLAP aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has sack in 5 of past 6.

 

Baltimore Ravens (3-1) at Cleveland Browns (1-2-1)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | FirstEnergy Stadium | Referee: Clay Martin

SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 29-9

STREAKS: Ravens have won past 5

LAST GAME: 12/17/17: Ravens 27 at Browns 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/17/17

RAVENS NOTES:

  • QB JOE FLACCO passed for 363 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 109.5 rating last week. Has 350+ pass yards in 2 of past 3. Passed for 288 yards with TD & had rush TD in last meeting. Has 11 TD passes vs. 5 INTs for 90.5 rating in his past 6 vs. Cle. Aims for 4th meeting in row with 90+ rating. Has 2+ pass TDs in each of past 3 vs. division. • RB JAVORIUS ALLEN led team with 70 rush yards in last meeting. Has 262 scrimmage yards (65.5 per game) with 2 TD catches in past 4 vs. Cle. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4. RB ALEX COLLINS had TD catch last week. Has TD in 4 of his past 5. • WR JOHN BROWN had 3 catches for 116 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Has TD catch in 3 of past 4. Aims for 4th in row with 85+ rec. yards. Has 22.5 yards per catch avg. in 2018, 2nd-highest in NFL (DE SEAN JACKSON) among players with 15+ catches. WR MICHAEL CRABTREE has 26 TD catches since 2015, tied for 5th-most in NFL. • LB C.J. MOSLEY had 5 tackles & 3 PD in last meeting. Has 8+ tackles in 7 of his past 10 vs. division. S ERIC WEDDLE aims for his 5th in row vs. Cle. with INT. LB TERRELL SUGGS has sack & FF in 2 of past 3 meetings. In his past 6 on road, has 3.5 sacks, 4 TFL, FF & 5 PD. CB BRANDON CARR aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cle. with INT. In 6 career meetings, has 3 INTs & 9 PD. LB MATTHEW JUDON had sack & 3 TFL in last meeting. Has 5 TFL & 2 sacks in past 4 vs. division. LB TIM WILLIAMS had sack last week.

BROWNS NOTES:

  • QB BAKER MAYFIELD (rookie) passed for 295 yards with 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week. His 295 pass yards were 5thmost by No.1 overall pick in his 1st-career start in SB era. • RB CARLOS HYDE had 82 rush yards & TD last week. Rushed for 55 yards in only career meeting (10/18/15 with SF). Has 160 rush yards (80 per game) & 3 TDs in past 2 at home. Since 2016, is 1 of 8 with 2,000+ rush yards (2,211) & 20+ total TDs (22). Rookie RB NICK CHUBB had 3 carries for 105 yards, incl. rush TDs of 63 & 41 yards last week. Is 1st player in NFL history with 100+ rush yards & 2+ rush TDs on 3 or fewer carries. RB DUKE JOHNSON, JR. had rush TD in last meeting. Has 143 scrimmage yards (71.5 per game) in his past 2 vs. Bal. Since 2015, leads NFL RBs with 1,825 rec. yards & ranks 2nd among RBs with 197 catches. • WR JARVIS LANDRY had TD catch last week. Has 209 rec. yards (104.5 per game) in past 2 at home. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 7+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. TE DAVID NJOKU had 1st-career TD catch in 9/17/17 meeting at Bal. • DE MYLES GARRETT has 4 sacks, 3 TFL & 3 FFs in his past 4 vs. division. LB JOE SCHOBERT had careerhigh 14 tackles & sack last week. Has 49 tackles (9.8 per game), 3 PD & 2 FRs in past 5 vs. division. DT LARRY OGUNJOBI has 6 TFL in past 4. Is 1 of 5 in AFC with 6+ TFL (6) & 3+ sacks (3) in 2018. LB JAMIE COLLINS, SR. has 17 tackles, 3 TFL & sack in his past 2 vs. Bal.

 

Green Bay Packers (2-1-1) at Detroit Lions (1-3)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Ford Field | Referee: John Hussey

SERIES NOTES:

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 98-70-7

STREAKS: Lions have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/31/17: Packers 11 at Lions 35

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/31/17

PACKERS NOTES:

  • QB AARON RODGERS has 34 TD passes vs. 6 INTs for 109.4 rating in 16 career games vs. Det. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Det. with 4+ TD passes & 100+ rating. In his past 9 vs. division, is 7-1-1 with 23 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 116.9 rating. • RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS had 113 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 31 rec.) in last meeting. RB AARON JONES had 82 scrimmage yards (65 rush, 17 rec.) & rush TD in Week 4. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS led team with 8 catches for 81 yards in Week 4. Has 6 rec. TDs in his past 6. Has 4 TD catches in his past 4 vs. Det. Aims for 4th in row vs. NFC North with TD. Since 2016, leads NFL with 25 rec. TDs. WR RANDALL COBB had TD catch in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had TD catch last week, his 1st-career TD with GB. Has 6 TDs in his past 6 on road. Since 2012, leads NFL TEs with 54 TD catches & ranks 2nd in receptions (442) & rec. yards (5,303). • DT MIKE DANIELS had sack in last meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. LB BLAKE MARTINEZ led team with 9 tackles & had sack in Week 4. Has 19 tackles, 3 TFL, sack, FF & 2 PD in past 3 vs. Det. Aims for 4th in row on road vs. NFC North with PD. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in NFL with 175 tackles. Rookie CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had 1st-career INT in Week 4. LB KYLER FACKRELL had career-high 3 sacks last week, his 1st-career multi-sack game. DL KENNY CLARK had FF & FR in Week 4. In his past 4 vs. division, has 3 sacks & FR.

LIONS NOTES:

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD aims for 4th in row with 100+ rating. Has 1,416 pass yards (354 per game) with 10 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 118.3 rating in his past 4 meetings. Aims for 5th in row vs. GB with 300+ pass yards, 2+ TDs & 95+ rating. Has 1,470 pass yards (294 per game), 11 TDs & INT for 118.3 rating in his past 5 vs. NFC North. • RB KERRYON JOHNSON (rookie) rushed for 1st-career TD last week. Is averaging 83 scrimmage yards per game in past 2. RB THEO RIDDICK leads NFL RBs with 207 receptions since 2015. • WR GOLDEN TATE had 8 catches for 132 yards & 2 TDs last week. Has 20 catches for 294 yards (98 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 3 meetings. Aims for 3rd in row vs. GB with 7+ receptions & 100+ rec. yards. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 at home. WR MARVIN JONES, JR. has 25 receptions for 507 yards (101.4 per game) & 6 TDs in 5 career meetings. Aims for 3rd in row vs. GB with TD. In his past 5 vs. NFC North, has 24 receptions for 467 yards (93.4 per game) & 6 TDs. • DE EZEKIEL ANSAH has 4 sacks in his past 2 at home. Aims for 3rd in row at home with sack. Has 6 sacks in 5 career home meetings. LB JARRAD DAVIS led team with 11 tackles & FF in Week 4. Had career-high 12 tackles & 1st-career INT in last meeting. Has 25 tackles & INT in 3 career home games vs. division. CB DARIUS SLAY had INT & 3 PD in last meeting. Has 4 INTs & 7 PD in his past 4 at home. Since 2017, leads NFL in INTs (9) & PD (30).

 

Jacksonville Jaguars (3-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Arrowhead Stadium | Referee: Brad Allen

SERIES NOTES:

LEADER: Jaguars lead all-time series, 6-5

STREAKS: Chiefs have won past 3

LAST GAME: 11/6/16: Jaguars 14 at Chiefs 19

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/6/16

JAGS NOTES:

QB BLAKE BORTLES completed 29 of 38 (76.3 pct.) for 388 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 114.8 rating last week. Has 375+ pass yards in 2 of past 3. In last meeting, passed for 252 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT & rushed for 54 yards. Since entering the league in 2014, is 1 of 2 NFL QBs (RUSSELL WILSON) with 15,000+ pass yards (16,023) & 1,500+ rush yards (1,542). • RB T.J. YELDON had 100 scrimmage yards (52 rush, 48 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 90+ scrimmage yards. Had TD catch in last meeting. Has 65+ scrimmage yards & TD in 2 of past 3 on road. RB LEONARD FOURNETTE has 874 scrimmage yards (109.3 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 8 career road games. • WR DEDE WESTBROOK set career highs with 9 catches & 130 rec. yards last week. Has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. WR DONTE MONCRIEF had 109 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 4. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Had rec. TD in only career meeting (10/30/16 with Ind.). WR KEELAN COLE has 195 rec. yards (65 per game) in past 3 on road. • DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has 3 sacks & 5 TFL in past 4. Had sack in his last game vs. KC (12/7/14 with Az.). Aims for 3rd in row on road with 2+ TFL. Since 2017, ranks 3rd in NFL with 17.5 sacks. DT MALIK JACKSON had sack in Week 4. Aims for 5th in row with TFL. DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had sack last week. In past 6 on road, has 7 sacks, 5 TFL & 3 FFs. CB A.J. BOUYE had 4 tackles & 2 PD in his last meeting (9/18/16 with Hou.). LB TELVIN SMITH aims for 3rd in row with TFL.

CHIEFS NOTES:

QB PATRICK MAHOMES had 304 pass yards with TD & 1st-career rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 300+ pass yards. Passed for 314 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.5 rating in only career home start (9/23/18 vs. SF). Leads NFL with 14 pass TDs & ranks 2nd with 126.5 rating. Ties for 2nd-most TD passes (14) in team’s 1st 4 games of season in NFL history. • RB KAREEM HUNT had 175 scrimmage yards (121 rush, 54 rec.) & rush TD last week. Has 7 games with 100+ rush yards since entering league in 2017, tied for 2nd-most in NFL. Has 3 rush TDs in past 2. Has 9 TDs (7 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 8. Has 494 scrimmage yards (123.5 per game) with 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in past 4 at home. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in NFL with 1,616 rush yards & 3rd with 2,130 scrimmage yards. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had 7 catches for 78 yards & TD last week. Has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. In his past 10 at home, has 65 catches (6.5 per game), 864 rec. yards (86.4 per game) & 5 TD catches. WR TYREEK HILL has 3 TD catches in past 4. Is 1 of 5 in NFL with 350+ rec. yards (364) & 3+ TD catches (3). WR CHRIS CONLEY has TD catch in 2 of past 3. • LB DEE FORD had sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. Has sack in 3 of past 4 at home. LB JUSTIN HOUSTON had sack in Week 4. Has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in past 2. Had 3 sacks in his only career meeting (9/8/13). Has 6 sacks, 8 TFL & 2 FFs in his past 6 at home. CB ERIC MURRAY had 1st-career INT last week.

 

Denver Broncos (2-2) at New York Jets (1-3)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | MetLife Stadium | Referee: Pete Morelli

SERIES NOTES:

LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 19-15-1

STREAKS: Broncos have won past 3

LAST GAME: 12/10/17: Jets 0 at Broncos 23

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/12/14: Broncos 31, Jets 17

BRONCOS NOTES:

  • QB CASE KEENUM passed for 245 yards last week. Has 100+ rating in 3 of his past 6 road starts. Since 2017, is 1 of 4 NFL QBs with 4,500+ pass yards (4,535), 25+ TD passes (25) & 66+ comp. pct (66.2). • RB PHILLIP LINDSAY (rookie) rushed for 69 yards & TD last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Is only NFL rookie with 300+ scrimmage yards (312), rush TD (1) & rec. TD (1). Rookie RB ROYCE FREEMAN had 8 carries for 67 yards (8.4 avg.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD. Freeman (219 rush yards, 3 rush TDs) & Lindsay (267, 1) are only pair of RB teammates with 200+ rush yards & TD run each in 2018. • WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS has 18 catches (9 per game) for 217 yards (108.5 per game) with 2 TDs in past 2 meetings. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NYJ with TD catch. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS is 1 of 2 NFL players (ALVIN KAMARA) with 300+ rec. yards (314) & 50+ rush yards (53). TE JEFF HEUERMAN (57 rec. yards) & rookie WR COURTLAND SUTTON (51) set career-highs in rec. yards last week. • LB VON MILLER had sack in last meeting. In 3 career games vs. NYJ, had 4.5 sacks & 7 TFL. Since entering league in 2011, leads NFL with 87.5 sacks. LB BRANDON MARSHALL had 7 tackles, 3 TFL, sack & FF in last meeting. LB TODD DAVIS had sack last week. Has 7+ tackles in 3 of past 4. S DARIAN STEWART had INT in last meeting. DE ADAM GOTSIS had sack & FR in last game vs. NYJ.

JETS NOTES:

  • QB SAM DARNOLD (rookie) threw for TD last week. Passed for 334 yards in only career home start (9/16/18 vs. Mia.). Leads rookie QBs with 868 pass yards. • RB ISAIAH CROWELL ties for third in NFL with 4 rush TDs. Since entering league in 2014, is 1 of 8 active RBs with 3,000+ rush yards (3,289), 25+ rush TDs (25) & 100+ catches (101). RB BILAL POWELL has 70+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. Since 2016, ranks 3rd among NFL RBs with 4.77 yards per carry avg. (min. 200 carries). Has 225 scrimmage yards (112.5 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in past 2 at home. Aims for 4th in row at home with TD. • WR QUINCY ENUNWA led team with 66 rec. yards last week. Has 173 rec. yards (86.5 per game) in his past 2 at home. Has 16 catches for 1st downs, tied for 6th-most in AFC. WR ROBBY ANDERSON has 483 rec. yards (80.5 per game) & 4 TD catches in his past 6 at home. TE JORDAN LEGGETT had 1st-career TD catch last week. • LB AVERY WILLIAMSON had 9 tackles, FF & PD last week. Has 23 tackles & 2 sacks in past 2. Had FF in only career meeting (12/11/16 with Ten.). S JAMAL ADAMS had career-high 12 tackles last week. Had TFL in last meeting. Has 31 tackles, tied for 2nd-most among NFL safeties. LB DARRON LEE has 4 TFL & 2 sacks in past 4 at home. CB TRUMAINE JOHNSON had INT & 2 PD in last game vs. Den. (11/16/14 with Rams). DE LEONARD WILLIAMS had sack & 2 TFL last week. Has 2+ TFL in 2 of past 3.

 

Atlanta Falcons (1-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2-1)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Heinz Field | Referee: John Parry

SERIES NOTES:

LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 13-2-1

STREAKS: Steelers have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/14/14: Steelers 27 at Falcons 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/12/10: Steelers 15, Falcons 9

FALCONS NOTES:

  • QB MATT RYAN has 1,065 pass yards (355 per game) & 10 TDs vs. 1 INT for 137.9 rating in past 3. Aims for 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards, 3+ TDs & 100+ rating. Passed for 310 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 102.3 rating in last meeting. In his past 4 on road vs. AFC, has 1,150 pass yards (287.5 per game), 7 TDs & 1 INT for 111.3 rating. • RB DEVONTA FREEMAN has 300 scrimmage yards (100 per game) & rush TD in his past 3 on road. Has 598 scrimmage yards (99.7 per game) & 2 rush TDs in his past 6 on road vs. AFC. RB TEVIN COLEMAN has 249 scrimmage yards (83 per game) & TD catch in past 3. Rookie RB ITO SMITH had 1st-career rush TD last week. • WR JULIO JONES led team with 9 receptions for 173 yards in Week 4. Has 13 games with 150+ rec. yards since entering league in 2011, most in NFL over span. Has 17 catches for 318 yards (159 per game) is his past 2 road games. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 7+ receptions & 100+ rec. yards. WR CALVIN RIDLEY leads NFL rookies with 264 rec. yards & 6 TDs in 2018. His 6 rec. TDs are most by rookie in his team’s 1st 4 games of season in NFL history. • DE TAKKARIST MC KINLEY had 3 sacks last week, his 1st-career multi-sack game. Aims for 4th in row with sack. Has 4 sacks & FF in his past 2 vs. AFC. S DAMONTAE KAZEE had 7 tackles & 1st-career INT in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. CB ROBERT ALFORD aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with PD. Since 2015, leads NFL with 59 PD.

STEELERS NOTES:

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has completed 43 of 57 (75.4 pct.) for 598 yards (299 per game) with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.2 rating in two career meetings. In his past 5 at home vs. NFC, has 1,660 pas yards (332 per game) with 14 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 117.6 rating. Has 98+ rating in 12 of his past 14 games at home. Leads NFL with 1,414 pass yards (353.5 per game) & ranks 5th with 119 comp. • RB JAMES CONNER is 1 of 2 in AFC (MELVIN GORDON) with 200+ rush yards (232) & 150+ rec. yards (164) in 2018. • WR ANTONIO BROWN had TD catch in Week 4. Had 10 catches for 123 yards in last meeting. In his past 9 vs. NFC, has 76 catches (8.4 per game) for 935 yards (103.9 per game) & 8 TDs. In his past 6 at home, has 679 rec. yards (113.2 per game) with 6 TDs. WR JU JU SMITH-SCHUSTER has 100+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4 at home. Since entering league in 2017, ranks 7th in AFC with 1,333 rec. yards. TE VANCE MC DONALD has 2 TD catches of 75+ yards since 2016, tied for most in NFL. • LB JON BOSTIC tied for team lead with 9 tackles last week. Has 5 TFL & 2 sacks in past 4. DT CAMERON HEYWARD has 5 TFL & 3 sacks in past 3 vs. NFC. LB BUD DUPREE has 4 TFL, 2 sacks & INT-TD in his past 5 vs. NFC. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. CB JOE HADEN had INT in his last game vs. Atl. (11/23/14 with Cle.). LB VINCE WILLIAMS had 9 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row at home vs. NFC with TFL.

 

Oakland Raiders (1-3) at Los Angeles Chargers (2-2)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 4:05 PM ET | StubHub Center | Referee: Alex Kemp

SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Raiders lead all-time series, 62-52-2

STREAKS: Chargers have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/31/17: Raiders 10 at Chargers 30

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/31/17

RAIDERS NOTES:

  • QB DEREK CARR completed 35 of 58 (60.3 pct.) for 437 yards with 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 92.4 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 340+ pass yards. In his past 5 vs. division, has 1,412 pass yards (282.4 per game) with 8 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 99.4 rating. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with 90+ rating. Ranks 4th in NFL with 120 completions & 71.0 comp. pct. • RB MARSHAWN LYNCH had 119 scrimmage yards (101 rush, 18 rec.) in last meeting. Has 337 scrimmage yards (84.3 per game) with 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 4 career games vs. Chargers. Aims for 3rd in row on road with rush TD. Has 492 scrimmage yards (82 per game) & 5 rush TDs in past 6 on road. RB DOUG MARTIN has 187 scrimmage yards (93.5 per game) with rush TD in 2 career meetings. • WR AMARI COOPER had 8 catches for 128 yards & TD last week. Has 8+ catches & 110+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had 3 catches for 115 yards, incl. 87-yard TD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with 110+ rec. yards. TE JARED COOK had 8 catches for 110 yards & 2 TDs last week. Leads NFL TEs with 370 rec. yards & ties for 3rd with 2 TD catches. WR JORDY NELSON aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Had 105 rec. yards & TD in only career meeting (11/6/11 with GB). • LB TAHIR WHITEHEAD led team with 12 tackles last week. S REGGIE NELSON had INT last week. Leads all active players with 37 INTs. LB BRUCE IRVIN had sack last week. Has 3.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 3 meetings. CB GAREON CONLEY had 36-yard INT-TD last week, his 1st-career INT.

CHARGERS NOTES:

  • QB PHILIP RIVERS passed for 250 yards with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT for 97.2 rating in Week 4. Has 3+ TD passes in 4 of past 5. Aims for 6th in row with 97+ rating. In last meeting, passed for 387 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 135.8 rating. Has 51,504 career pass yards & surpased HOFer JOHN ELWAY (51,475) for 8th-most in NFL history. • RB MELVIN GORDON had 159 scrimmage yards (104 rush, 55 rec.) & TD catch last week. Has 5 TDs (3 rec., 2 rush) in past 3. Aims for 4th in row with TD. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. In 4 career meetings, has 390 scrimmage yards (97.5 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush). Leads AFC with 475 scrimmage yards. RB AUSTIN EKELER had rec. TD in Week 4. Has 351 scrimmage yards this season & joins Gordon (475) as only pair of RB teammates with 350+ scrimmage yards each in 2018. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 9 catches for 133 yards & TD & had 27-yard FR-TD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with 8+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & TD. TE ANTONIO GATES had TD catch last week. Has 115 career rec. TDs, most among TEs in NFL history. • S DERWIN JAMES (rookie) had 7 tackles, 2 PD & sack last week. Has sack in 3 of 4 career games. Is 1 of 2 players in NFL (CARLOS DUNLAP) with 3+ sacks (3) & 5+ PD (6) this season. CB CASEY HAYWARD has 4 PD in his past 4 vs. division. DE MELVIN INGRAM has 1.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 2 home meetings.

 

Minnesota Vikings (1-2-1) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-2)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 4:25 PM ET | Lincoln Financial Field | Referee: Walt Coleman

SERIES NOTES:

LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 13-10

STREAKS: Vikings have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 10/23/16: Vikings 10 at Eagles 21

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/23/16

VIKINGS NOTES:

QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 422 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 117.3 rating last week. Has 4 games with 400+ pass yards since 2016, most in NFL. Had 303 pass yards, 3 TDs & INT for 110.7 rating in his last game vs. Phi. (10/23/17 with Was.). In 4 career meetings at Phi., has 1,329 pass yards (332.3 per game) with 12 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 112 rating. Aims for 5th in row at Phi. with 100+ rating. • RB DALVIN COOK has 649 scrimmage yards (92.7 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 7 career games. • WR ADAM THIELEN had 8 catches for 135 yards & TD in Week 4. Joined HOFer RANDY MOSS (2007) & ISAAC BRUCE (2004) as only players with 100+ rec. yards in each of team’s 1st 4 games since 1970. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 100+ yards & TD. WR STEFON DIGGS had 11 receptions for 123 yards last week. Has 6 TDs in his past 7. WR ALDRICK ROBINSON had 2 TD catches in Week 4, his 1st-career multi-TD game. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had 6 tackles & sack last week. Aims for 5th in row with sack. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 6+ tackles & sack. CB XAVIER RHODES had INT & FF in last meeting. S HARRISON SMITH has 14 tackles & FR in 2 career meetings. Since entering league in 2012, leads NFL safeties with 11 sacks. Rookie CB MIKE HUGHES tied for team lead with career-high 7 tackles & had 1st-career FF in Week 4. Is 1 of 3 NFL rookies with INT (1) & FF (1) in 2018. S ANDREW SENDEJO had INT in last meeting.

EAGLES NOTES:

REMATCH of 2017 NFC Champ. Game, which Phi. won 38-7. • QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 348 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 99.4 rating last week. Is 9-0 in his past 9 home starts. In his past 6 at home, has 1,464 pass yards (244 per game) with 18 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 110.9 rating. • RB JAY AJAYI had 99 scrimmage yards (73 rush, 26 rec.) in 2017 NFC Champ. Game vs. Min. Has 3 rush TDs in his past 4 at home. • WR ALSHON JEFFERY had 8 catches for 105 yards & TD in Week 4. Had 85 rec. yards & 2 TDs in 2017 NFC Champ. Game. In his past 8 vs. Min. (incl. playoffs), has 46 catches for 702 yards (87.8 per game) & 8 TDs. TE ZACH ERTZ led team with 10 catches for 112 yards last week. Has 10+ receptions in 2 games in 2018, most by NFL TE. Ranks 2nd among NFL TEs in catches (183) & rec. yards (1,967) since 2016. WR JORDAN MATTHEWS had 56-yard TD catch last week in his 1st game with Phi. since 2016. • DE BRANDON GRAHAM had sack & FF in last meeting. DE DEREK BARNETT aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB JORDAN HICKS had 11 tackles & sack in last meeting. Has 15 tackles, 1.5 sacks & 3 PD in his past 2 at home. DT FLETCHER COX has 3 sacks in his past 4. LB NIGEL BRADHAM had sack & PD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Min. with 7+ tackles. S COREY GRAHAM led team with 9 tackles in Week 4. Had INT in 2017 NFC Champ. Game. Rookie CB AVONTE MADDOX had 1stcareer INT last week.

 

Arizona Cardinals (0-4) at San Francisco 49ers (1-3)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 4:25 PM ET | Levi’s Stadium | Referee: Shawn Smith

SERIES NOTES

LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 29-24

STREAKS: Cardinals have won past 6

LAST GAME: 11/5/17: Cardinals 20 at 49ers 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/5/17

CARDS NOTES:

  • QB JOSH ROSEN (rookie) had TD pass & 88.5 rating in 1st-career start last week. • RB DAVID JOHNSON had 112 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 41 rec.) & rush TD in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. Has 356 scrimmage yards (89 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 4 vs. SF. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with 2+ TDs. Has 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 6 on road vs. division. Since 2016, ranks 3rd in NFL with 119 scrimmage yards per game (min. 20 games). • WR LARRY FITZGERALD has 5 rec. TDs in his past 6 meetings. Has 2,169 rec. yards & 17 TD catches vs. SF, both most vs. any opponent in his career. Ranks 3rd in NFL history in rec. yards (15,686) & receptions (1,249). TE JERMAINE GRESHAM had TD catch in last meeting. WR CHAD WILLIAMS had 1st-career TD catch last week. • LB CHANDLER JONES aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has 3 sacks in his past 3 vs. SF. Aims for 5th in row vs. SF with TFL. Since 2015, leads NFL with 43.5 sacks & ties for 1st with 56 TFL. DT OLSEN PIERRE has 1.5 sacks & PD in 2 career meetings. In 6 career games vs. NFC West, has 3.5 sacks, FF & PD. S ANTOINE BETHEA has 7+ tackles in 4 of past 5 on road vs. NFC West. CB PATRICK PETERSON has 2 INTs & 5 PD in past 4 on road. Had FR in last meeting. Has INT, 2 PD & FR in his past 3 on road vs. division. S TRE BOSTON led team with career-high 11 tackles last week. Aims for 6th in row with 6+ tackles.

49ERS NOTES:

QB C.J. BEATHARD had career-high 298 pass yards with 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs in Week 4. Passed for 294 yards & had rush TD in last meeting. Aims for 5th start in row with 200+ pass yards. • RB MATT BRIEDA ranks 3rd in NFL with 313 rush yards in 2018. Has 347 scrimmage yards (115.7 per game) & rush TD in his past 3. • WR MARQUISE GOODWIN has 18 catches for 312 yards (78 per game) & TD in his past 4 at home. TE GEORGE KITTLE led team with 6 receptions for career-high 125 yards & TD in Week 4. Ranks 3rd among NFL TEs with 316 rec. yards & leads TEs with 218 YAC this season. Has 416 rec. yards & TD in his past 5. WR PIERRE GARÇON has 2 TDs in 4 career meetings. Has 11 receptions for 178 yards (89 per game) in his past 2 vs. division. WR KENDRICK BOURNE has TD catch in 2 of past 3. • DE DE FOREST BUCKNER has 2 sacks, 3 TFL, FR & PD in 3 career meetings. Has 3.5 sacks in his past 4. LB REUBEN FOSTER had career-high 14 tackles in last meeting. Has 20 tackles (10 per game) in 2 career home games vs. division. LB MALCOLM SMITH has sack, FR & INT in his past 5 vs. Az. DB ANTONE EXUM, JR. had 32-yard INT-TD & 3 PD in Week 4, his 1st-career TD. Has 12 tackles, sack, FF & INT-TD in his past 2. DL SHELDON DAY had sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row at home with PD. Rookie LB FRED WARNER is 1st rookie since 2000 with 10+ tackles in 4 consecutive games to begin career. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 43 tackles.

 

Los Angeles Rams (4-0) at Seattle Seahawks (2-2)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 4:25 PM ET | CenturyLink Field | Referee: Clete Blakeman

SERIES NOTES:

LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 23-16

STREAKS: Seahawks have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/17/17: Rams 42 at Seahawks 7

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/17/17

RAMS NOTES:

RAMS are 4-0 for 1st time since 2001 (started 6-0). • QB JARED GOFF completed 26 of 33 (78.8 pct.) for career-high 465 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for perfect 158.3 rating last week. Is 5th player in NFL history with 450+ pass yards, 5+ TDs & 0 INTs in single game. Became 1st QB in NFL history with 350+ pass yards & 75+ completion pct. in 3 consecutive games. Ranks 1st in rating (127.3), 2nd in pass yards (1,406) & ties for 2nd in TD passes (11) in 2018. • RB TODD GURLEY aims for 3rd in row with 150+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 338 rush yards, 532 scrimmage yards & 6 TDs. Had 180 scrimmage yards (152 rush, 28 rec.) & career-high 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting. • WR BRANDIN COOKS had 7 receptions for 116 yards & TD last week. Had TD catch in only career game vs. Sea. (10/30/16 with NO). WR COOPER KUPP set career-highs with 9 receptions, 162 rec. yards & 2 TDs in Week 4. Has 5 TDs in his past 5. WR ROBERT WOODS aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards & TD. Has 22 receptions for 315 yards (105 per game) & TD in his past 3 on road vs. NFC West. • DT AARON DONALD had 2 sacks last week. Has 6 games with 2+ sacks since 2015, 2nd-most among NFL DTs (KAWANN SHORT, 8). Tied career-high with 3 sacks & FF in last meeting. Rookie DL JOHN FRANKLIN-MYERS had 1st-career sack & FF last week. S JOHN JOHNSON has 22 tackles, FF & 3 PD in his past 3.

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

  • QB RUSSELL WILSON has 8 pass TDs vs. 0 INTs for 102 rating in his past 4 at home. Has 14 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 95.4 rating in his past 11 vs. Rams. Aims for 5th in row at home vs. division with 0 INTs. Since 2017, ties for NFL lead with 41 TD passes (TOM BRADY). • RB MIKE DAVIS set career-highs in rush yards (101) & TD rushes (2) in Week 4. Has 188 scrimmage yards (94 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 2 vs. division. • WR DOUG BALDWIN has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. Rams. In his past 7 at home vs. NFC West, has 45 catches for 628 yards (89.7 per game) & 6 TDs. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 5 at home. Since 2015, ranks 3rd in NFL with 29 TD catches. WR TYLER LOCKETT has TD catch in 3 of his past 4. Had career-high 130 rec. yards & TD in 12/15/16 meeting. • LB BOBBY WAGNER aims for 9th in row vs. Rams with 7+ tackles. Aims for 4th in row with PD. Since entering league in 2012, ranks 3rd in NFL with 795 tackles. DE DION JORDAN had 7 tackles & sack in last meeting. DE FRANK CLARK had sack & FF in last meeting. Has 7 sacks, 8 TFL & FF in his past 9. Has 3 sacks in his past 4. DT JARRAN REED has 3 sacks & 4 TFL in his past 2. Aims for 3rd in row with sack & 2+ TFL. Rookie CB TRE FLOWERS had 6 tackles & 1st-career FF last week. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ tackles. CB

 

Dallas Cowboys (2-2) at Houston Texans (1-3)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 8:20 PM ET | NRG Stadium | Referee: Bill Vinovich

SERIES NOTES:

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 3-1

STREAKS: Cowboys have won past 3

LAST GAME: 10/5/14: Texans 17 at Cowboys 20 (OT)

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/26/10: Cowboys 27, Texans 13

COWBOYS NOTES:

  • QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 255 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 118.6 rating last week. Has 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) & 93.9 rating in 4 career road games vs. AFC. Since entering league in 2016, ranks 2nd among NFL QBs with 12 rush TDs. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had career-high 240 scrimmage yards (152 rush, 88 rec.) & TD catch last week. Is 3rd player in team history with 150+ rush yards & 50+ rec. yards in single game. Has 719 scrimmage yards (119.8 per game) & 8 TDs (7 rush, 1 rec.) in 6 career games vs. AFC. In his past 6 road games, has 832 scrimmage yards (138.7 per game) & 7 TDs. Has 100+ rush yards in 4 of past 5 on road. Since 2016, leads NFL in rush yards (3,040) & rush TDs (24). • TE GEOFF SWAIM had 1st-career TD catch last week. WR COLE BEASLEY has 5 rec. TDs in his past 8 vs. AFC. WR TERRANCE WILLIAMS had 71 rec. yards & TD in last meeting. Has 3 TD catches in his past 2 vs. AFC South. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had career-high 8 tackles & 3 sacks last week. Has 2 games with 3+ sacks since 2017, 2nd-most in NFL. Has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 3 on road vs. AFC. In his past 10 road games, has 9.5 sacks, 2 FFs & 3 FRs. S JEFF HEATH aims for 3rd in row on road vs. AFC with FF & PD. Has 2 FFs, INT & 3 PD in his past 4 vs. AFC. LB JAYLON SMITH aims for 3rd in row on road with sack. CB CHIDOBE AWUZIE tied career-high with 8 tackles in Week 4.

TEXANS NOTES:

  • QB DESHAUN WATSON passed for 375 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 102.8 rating & rushed for 41 yards with TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 300+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. In his past 4 at home, has 1,154 pass yards (288.5 per game) with 14 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 114.5 rating. Ranks 4th in AFC with 1,246 pass yards & is only NFL QB with 1,200+ pass yards & 150+ rush yards (161) in 2018. • RB LAMAR MILLER has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. NFC. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 7 of past 10 at home. Since 2014, ranks 3rd among active RBs with 5,398 scrimmage yards. • WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS had 10 catches for 169 yards & TD last week. Has 5 games with 10+ catches & 100+ rec. yards since 2015, tied for 4th-most in NFL. Has 11 TD catches in past 9 at home. Since 2017, has 695 rec. yards (77.2 per game) & 11 TD catches in 9 games at home. WR WILL FULLER V had TD catch last week. Has 6 TD catches in his past 7 at home. Has 3 TD catches in his past 4 vs. NFC. Rookie WR KEKE COUTEE had 11 catches for 109 yards in NFL debut last week, 2nd-most catches by player in 1st-career game in NFL history. • DE J.J. WATT had 2 sacks & 2 FFs last week. Has 14 sacks, 16 TFL, 3 FFs & 2 FRs in his past 11 at home. In his past 4 vs. NFC, has 6 sacks, 8 TFL & FF. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had 2 sacks & FR-TD in Week 4. Has 12 TFL, 5 sacks & FF in his past 6 vs. NFC. Has 8 TFL in his past 5 at home. S TYRANN MATHIEU had INT in 11/2/14 meeting (with Az.).

 

Washington Redskins (2-1) at New Orleans Saints (3-1)

Monday, October 8, 2018 | 8:15 PM ET | Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Referee: Carl Cheffers

SERIES NOTES:

LEADER: Redskins lead all-time series, 17-9

STREAKS: Redskins have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 11/19/17: Redskins 31 at Saints 34

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/19/17

REDSKINS NOTES:

QB ALEX SMITH passed for 214 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126 rating in his last game vs. NO (10/23/16 with KC). In 3 games with Was., has 767 pass yards (255.7 per game) with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 102.2 rating. In his past 10 on road, has 2,837 pass yards (283.7 per game), 23 TDs & 4 INTs for 118.6 rating. • RB ADRIAN PETERSON had 120 rush yards & 2 TDs in Week 3. Has 102 career rushing TDs & moved into sole possession of 7th place on all-time rush TD list. Has 281 rush yards (93.7 per game) & TD in his past 3 on road. RB CHRIS THOMPSON had rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row on road with TD catch. Has 8 TDs (4 rush, 4 rec.) in his past 8 on road. Has 10 TD catches since 2014, 3rdmost among NFL RBs. • WR JAMISON CROWDER had TD catch in Week 3. TE JORDAN REED had 8 receptions for 64 yards & 2 TDs in his last Monday game (10/23/17 vs. Phi.). Had 2 rec. TDs in his last game vs. NO (11/15/15). WR PAUL RICHARDSON, JR. had rec. TD in Week 3, his 1st TD with Was. • LB RYAN KERRIGAN has sack in 2 of 3 career meetings. Has 1.5 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 4 Monday games. DL JONATHAN ALLEN had 2 sacks in Week 3, his 1stcareer multi-sack game. Rookie DL DARON PAYNE had 1st-career sack in Week 3. LB ZACH BROWN has 9+ tackles in 8 of his past 11 on road. Has 31 tackles, 3.5 sacks & FR in 4 career Monday games.

SAINTS NOTES:

QB DREW BREES aims for 3rd in row at home vs. Was. with 300+ pass yards. In his past 8 at home, is 7-1 with 2,418 pass yards (302.3 per game) & 13 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 114.3 rating. Has 71,740 career pass yards & needs 201 yards to surpass HOFer BRETT FAVRE (71,838) & PEYTON MANNING (71,940) for most in NFL history. • RB ALVIN KAMARA leads NFL with 611 scrimmage yards in 2018. Had career-high 134 rush yards & 3 rush TDs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 175+ scrimmage yards. In his past 7 at home, has 813 scrimmage yards (116.1 per game) & 9 TDs (5 rush, 4 rec.). Had 116 scrimmage yards (74 rec., 42 rush) & TD catch in last meeting. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS has 46 catches for 498 yards (99.6 per game) & 5 TDs in his past 5 at home. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 10+ receptions & TD. WR TED GINN, JR. has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. Was. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had sack in last meeting. Has 4 sacks & 5 TFL in his past 3. Has 9 sacks, INT-TD & 8 PD in his past 9 at home. S VONN BELL led team with career-high 13 tackles & had sack & FF in last meeting. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 11 tackles & 2 sacks in Week 4, his 2nd-career 2-sack game. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (DARIUS LEONARD) with 35+ tackles (37) & 2+ sacks (2) in 2018. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE had 1st-career FR last week. Has 2 INTs, 8 PD & FF in his past 4 at home. DT TYELER DAVISON had sack & FF in Week 4.

 

SPORTS EXTRA

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-OCTOBER 6

1908 – New York Yankees lose 100th game of the year (will go 51-103 for season).

1910 – Boston Braves beat Philadelphia Phillies 20-7.

1923 – First National League unassisted baseball triple play (Ernie Padgett, Boston Braves against Philadelphia Phillies).

1926 – Babe Ruth hits three home runs in a World Series game, New York Yankees beat Saint Louis Cardinals 10-5 (World Series #23).

1936 – New York Yankees beat New York Giants four games to two in 33rd World Series.

1941 – New York Yankees beat Brooklyn Dodgers 4 games to 1, in 38th World Series.

1947 – New York Yankees beat Brooklyn Dodgers 4 games to 3, in 44th World Series.

1959 – Single game World Series (World Series #56) attendance record set (92,706 in Los Angeles).

1963 – Los Angeles Dodgers sweep New York Yankees in 60th World Series.

1966 – Baltimore Orioles’ player Jim Palmer, 20, is youngest to pitch a World Series shutout (World Series #63).

1977 – New York Yankees win American League pennant by rallying for three runs in 9th to beat Kansas City Royals 5-3 in 5th and deciding playoff game.

1978 – Kansas City Royals’ George Brett hits three home runs, New York Yankees win championship game 3, 6-5.

1979 – Harry Drake sets long distance footbow shot record of 2,006 yards 1 foot 9 inches.

1982 – Auburn’s Al Del Greco kicks six field goals.

1983 – Buffalo Bills’ quarterback Joe Ferguson passes 419 yards with five touchdowns.

1983 – New York Islander’s Mike Bossy’s earns 25th career hat trick.

1983 – New York Jets announce they are leaving Shea Stadium for the Meadowlands Coliseum.

1985 – Marita Koch of Germany sets 400m women’s record (47.6) in Australia.

1985 – New York Yankees’ Phil Niekro becomes the 18th pitcher to win 300 games and also at 46 becomes the oldest to pitch a shut-out beating Toronto Blue Jays 8-0.

1988 – Oakland Athletics sweep Boston Red Sox in four games for American League pennant.

1991 – New York Mets’ David Cone ties National League record by striking out 19 Philadelphia Phillies players.

1993 – After nine years of playing in the NBA, Michael Jordan retires from basketball.

2001 – The Seattle Mariners tie the 1906 Chicago Cubs with 116 wins in a single season for winningest team in major league history.

 

THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1908      In front nearly 30,000 very enthusiastic fans at South Side Park in the season finale, the White Sox start Doc White, coming off a complete game, on only two days rest in an attempt to thwart the Tigers’ from clinching the pennant. Chicago’s efforts will fail with a 7-0 defeat to Detroit, who capture the AL flag by a half of a game ahead of the Cleveland Naps thanks to rule that doesn’t require a team to makeup a rainout game from earlier in the season.

1923      The first unassisted triple play in National League history occurs when Braves’ shortstop Ernie Padgett catches Phillies first baseman Walter Holke’s line drive, doubles up James Tierney at second, and then tags Cliff Lee for the third out.

1923      For only the second time in major league history, two 100-loss teams face one another when the 52-100 Braves beat the 50-102 Phillies in the first game of a season-ending doubleheader, 5-4. Boston, then known as the Beaneaters, was also part of the first occurrence of this rare type of matchup when the 50-100 club played the 45-103 team from Brooklyn in 1905.

1926      In a 10-5 Game 4 victory over the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park, Yankee outfielder Babe Ruth becomes the first player to hit three home runs in a World Series game. History will repeat itself when the ‘Sultan of Swat’ once again goes deep three times against the Redbirds in St. Louis in the fourth game of the 1928 Fall Classic.

1933      Senator outfielder Heinie Manush is ejected from Game 4 of the Fall Classic, after being called out at first base in Washington’s 2-1 extra-inning loss to the Giants at Griffith Stadium. First base umpire Charlie Moran takes exception when the future Hall of Famer pulls on his bow tie, letting it snap back.

1941      In Game 5 of the Fall Classic, Tiny Bonham goes the distance, limiting the Dodgers to just four hits to give the Yankees their 12th World Championship in franchise history. In one inning during the Bronx Bombers’ 3-1 victory at Ebbets Field, the New York fireballing right-hander will need just three pitches to retire the side.

1943      Cardinal batterymates and brothers Mort and Walker Cooper decide to play Game 2 of the World Series on the day their dad, Robert, dies at his home in Independence. After limiting the Yankees to six hits and winning the game, 4-3, Mort heads to Missouri while his younger brother, Walker, who has a 1-for-3 day behind the plate with an eighth inning single, will stay with the club until the Fall Classic is over.

1945      In an effort to promote his nearby Billy Goat Tavern, William Sianis buys tickets to Game 4 of the Fall Classic for himself and Murphy, his pet goat. The bar owner becomes so upset when the Wrigley Field ushers ask his guest to leave, the Greek immigrant places a curse on the team, preventing the Cubs from ever winning a World Series again.

1946      During Game 1 of the World Series, Whitey Kurowski is awarded home plate on a controversial obstruction call after he gets tangled up with Red Sox third baseman Pinky Higgins, giving the Cardinals a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning. The Red Sox rally in the ninth to tie the score, and Rudy York’s home run in the tenth gives Boston an eventual 3-2 victory over the Redbirds at Sportsman’s Park.

1949      In Game 2 of the World Series, only one run is scored again, but Preacher Roe and the Dodgers win this contest at Yankee Stadium, 1-0. Gil Hodges’ second inning single drives in Jackie Robinson to even up the Fall Classic at a game apiece.

1957      In Game 4, Eddie Mathews’ two-run shot off Bob Grim with one out in the bottom of the tenth inning at County Stadium gives the Braves a 7-5 victory, and knots the Fall Classic at two games apiece. The Milwaukee third baseman becomes the third major leaguer, joining Tommy Henrich (1949) and Dusty Rhodes (1954), to end a World Series game with a walk-off home run.

1959      The largest crowd ever to attend a major league game, 92,706 fans, watches a nail biter as White Sox hurler Bob Shaw beats Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers, 1-0, in Game 5 of the Fall Classic.

1963      The Dodgers complete a four-game World Series sweep of the Yankees as Sandy Koufax wins his second game, 2-1. Frank Howard leads the offense with a home run and a single, the only two hits Whitey Ford gives up, and New York’s first baseman Joe Pepitone’s error (loses a thrown ball in the white-shirted crowd) leads to the decisive run in the seventh inning.

1965      “Hey, skip, bet you wish I was Jewish today, too.” – DON DRYSDALE, commenting after the game about his poor performance on the mound with manager Walt Alston.

Sandy Koufax declines to pitch the first game of the World Series against the Twins because the game is scheduled on Yom Kippur, the most sacred of the Jewish holidays. As the Dodger southpaw attends shul and fasts on the Day of Atonement, Don Drysdale gives up seven runs in three innings in the team’s 8-2 loss at Minnesota’s Metropolitan Stadium.

1966      Jim Palmer becomes the youngest player to pitch a shutout in the World Series when the 20 year-old Oriole right-hander blanks Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers, 6-0. The contest will become more memorable next month when Koufax surprises the baseball world by announcing his retirement, making this game his last major league appearance.

1966      In the Game 2 loss to the Orioles at Dodger Stadium, Willie Davis establishes a World Series record by committing three errors in one game. The center fielder’s blunders come on two consecutive plays in the fifth inning, the first by losing a fly ball in the sun, then by dropping the next fly ball, followed by overthrowing third base.

1978      Despite three solo home runs off Yankees’ ace Catfish Hunter by Kansas City’s third baseman George Brett, the Bronx Bombers win Game 3 of the ALCS, beating the Royals, 6-5.

1980      After the club finishes in last place in each of his first three seasons in the dugout, the Mets extend manager Joe Torre’s contract through the 1982 season. During his five seasons with the team, the future Hall of Fame skipper will compile a 286-420 (.405) record for the struggling franchise.

1980      In the 163rd game of the season, 35 year-old knuckleballer Joe Niekro earns his 20th victory, going the distance to defeat the Dodgers, 7-1, in the winner-take-all contest for the NL West. With the win, the Astros hold on to capture their first title in the 19-year history of the franchise after losing a season-ending three game series to LA, (3-2, 2-1, and 4-3) that forced the one-game playoff.

1981      In Game 1 of the ALDS in Kansas City, Mike Norris throws a six-hit complete game, blanking the Royals, 4-0. Oakland’s appearance in the playoffs makes Billy Martin the first skipper in baseball history to manage four franchises (Twins-1969, Tigers-1972, A’s-1981, and Yankees 1976-78) into postseason play.

1983      In the second game of the ALCS, Oriole hurler Mike Boddicker throws a five-hitter, beating the White Sox at Memorial Stadium, 4-0. The Baltimore right-hander, whose performance evens the series, establishes a playoff record when he strikes out 14 Chicago batters.

1984      Steve Garvey’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gives the Padres a 7-5 walk-off win over the Cubs in Game 4 of NLCS. After losing the first two contests of the best-of-five NLCS, the victory brings the series to a decisive fifth game that San Diego will win to capture the National League pennant.

1985      On the last day of the season, Yankee knuckleballer Phil Niekro becomes the 18th and oldest player in major league history to win his 300th victory when he blanks the Blue Jays, 8-0. The forty-six year and 188 days old pitcher, who will win 318 games, also surpasses Satchel Paige (46 yrs, 75 days) to become the oldest pitcher to throw a shutout in the big leagues.

1991      David Cone ties a National League mark for strikeouts as he fans 19 Phillies en route to a 7-0 victory in the season’s finale. The Mets right-hander finishes the campaign with a league-leading 241 strikeouts, making it second straight season he has led the circuit.

1991      On Fan Appreciation Day at Shea Stadium, Howard Johnson drives in a run with a seventh-inning single to finish the season with a league-leading 117 RBIs. ‘HoJo’ is the first switch-hitter to lead the National League in runs batted in and the first Mets player to accomplish the feat.

1991      After flying out as a pinch-hitter, Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs completes the season hitting .332 to finish each of the first ten seasons of his career with a batting average above .300. Al Simmons, accomplishing the feat in the first 11 seasons of his career with the A’s and the White Sox from 1924-34, and Pirate outfielder Paul Waner, reaching the milestone for a dozen consecutive seasons beginning in 1926, are the only players with the longer streaks than the Boston infielder, who has compiled a .345 average during the past decade.

1995      After taking an early four-run lead in the Jacobs Field contest, the Indians hold on to beat the defending World Champion Yankees, 4-3, in Game 5 of the ALDS. The Tribe will go on to beat Baltimore for the AL flag, but will lose their second Fall Classic in three years when the team drops Game 7 in extra innings to Florida.

1995      In Game 3 off the ALDS, Bernie Williams becomes the first major leaguer to hit a home run from each side of the plate in a postseason game. The Yankee outfielder’s second round-tripper, an eighth-inning shot batting left-handed off Bill Risley, is tossed back onto the field by a Mariner fan who is apparently unaware of the historic value of the souvenir.

2000      Reds’ officials announce games at Cinergy Field during the final two seasons will be on played natural grass. The surface in Cincinnati has been artificial turf since in 1970, when the ballpark made its debut as Riverfront Stadium.

2000      Chief executive officer John Harrington puts the Red Sox up for sale. Since the death of Jean Yawkey in 1992, the team has been owned by the Jean R. Yawkey Trust.

2001      With their 116th win, the Mariners tie the 1906 Cubs as the winningest team in major league history. Bret Boone’s 37th home run of the season and the shutout pitching of five Seattle pitchers prove to be the difference in the 1-0 historic win over the Rangers.

2001      At Camden Yards in front of a full house including Orioles notables Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, and Earl Weaver as well as Commissioner Bud Selig and former President Bill Clinton, Cal Ripken plays his 3,001st and final game. After a hitless night for the 41 year-old, the final out of the 5-1 loss to the Red Sox is made as Cal watches from the on deck circle.

2001      With his 151st pinch hit, Lenny Harris breaks the major league mark for career pinch hits established by Manny Mota. Coming off the Met bench to bat for Rey Ordonez, he lines a 1-2 pitch off Expo starter Carl Pavano for a single to become the career leader in pinch hits.

2003      Defeating the A’s, 5-4, the Red Sox become the seventh team to win the last three games to win a best-of-five playoff series. Other teams to overcome an 0-2 deficit include the 1981 Dodgers (Astros-NLDS), 1982 Brewers (Angels-ALCS), 1984 Padres (Cubs-NLCS), 1995 Mariners (Yankees-ALDS), 1999 Red Sox (Indians-ALDS), and the 2001 Yankees (A’s-ALDS).

2005      Reds’ outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. (.301, 35, 92) and Yankee first baseman/DH Jason Giambi (.271, 32 , 87) are voted the Comeback Players of the Year in their respective leagues. For the first time, the winners of the award are determined by the fans voting on MLB.com.

2006      After failing to advance past the first round of the American League playoffs in their previous five postseason appearances, the A’s beat the much-favored Twins, 8-3, to complete a three-game ALDS sweep. The victory, which was the team’s tenth opportunity to win a clinching game, puts Oakland in the ALCS for the first time since 1992.

2007      In Game 2 of the ALDS at Jacobs Field, the Indians score the tying run on a wild pitch thrown by a bug-covered Joba Chamberlain. A rare infestation of insects (midges), which appeared en masse in the eighth inning, impacts the usually reliable rookie Yankees reliever, who suffers his first blown save of the season.

2007      At Wrigley Field, the Diamondbacks beat the Cubs, 5-1, to complete the three-game sweep of their National League division series. The loss for Chicago means the franchise has played for the last 99 years in the Windy City without winning a World Series championship.

2007      With their 17th win in 18 games, the Rockies beat the Phillies at Coors Field, 2-1, completing a NLDS three-game sweep of Philadelphia to advance to their first-ever National League Championship Series. The wild-card team will have to beat the Diamondbacks, their Western division foe, to win the pennant and earn a trip to the World Series.

2009      Joe Mauer wins his third batting title, becoming the first player to accomplish the feat in consecutive seasons since Nomar Garciaparra lead the league in 1999-2000. The Twins catcher’s .365 mark establishes a major league record for the highest batting average by a backstop.

2009      With one out in the bottom of the 12th inning in the AL Central tiebreaker, the Twins beat the Tigers, 6-5, when Alexi Casilla’s single plates Carlos Gomez from second base with the winning run. The Metrodome victory finishes an amazing comeback by Minnesota, going 17-4 in the final month to close a seven-game deficit, and completes a colossal collapse for the Tigers, who become the first team in big league history to surrender a three-game lead with only four contests to play.

2010      Rays’ hurler David Price is this year’s recipient of the Oklahoma Sports Museum’s Warren Spahn Award given annually to the best left-handed pitcher in the big leagues. The honor, named after the winningest southpaw in the history of the game, is awarded based on a point system which evaluates performance based on their wins, strikeouts, and earned run average.

2010      The Cardinals exercised their $16 million option for next season with first baseman Albert Pujols. The 30 year-old superstar, a three-time NL MVP, led the circuit with 42 home runs and 118 RBIs.

2010      At Citizens Bank Park, Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay throws the second no-hitter in postseason history when he beats the Reds, 4-0, in Game 1 of the NLDS. Don Larsen became the first hurler to accomplish the feat by throwing a perfect game in the Yankees’ victory over Brooklyn in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.

2011      Robin Ventura, seen by many as a surprise choice, is hired by general manager Ken Williams as the White Sox’s new manager. The former All-Star infielder, who played ten seasons in Chicago after being selected as the team’s first round pick in 1988, replaces a vocal and often-controversial Ozzie Guillen, who left the Windy City to be the Marlins’ new skipper.

2012      The Cardinals, in the first NL one-game winner-take-all wild-card playoff, beat the hometown Braves, 6-3, in a game that will be best remembered for a disputed infield fly rule call in the eighth inning. The irate Turner Field fans show their displeasure with the umpires’ decision on what appears to be a key Redbird error on a dropped pop fly in the outfield by littering the playing field with debris, causing a 19-minute delay while the ground crew cleans up the assorted trash.

2012      With a year remaining on his contract, Jim Tracy resigns as the manager of the Rockies, a position he has held since his promotion from the club’s bench coach in May of 2009. During his four-year tenure with Colorado, the 2009 NL Manager of the Year compiled a 294-308 record, going 64-98 last season, a franchise mark for losses.

2012      The Orioles eliminate the two-time AL champion Rangers, 5-1, in the American League’s first win-or-go-home wild-card playoff game. The victory sends the surprising Baltimore team into the playoffs for the first time in 15 years, a best-of-five division series against New York.

2012      The Indians name former Boston skipper Terry Francona, rather than Sandy Alomar Jr., who replaced Manny Acta as the interim field boss with six games remaining to be played on the schedule, to be their 42nd manager in franchise history. The 53 year-old’s father, Tito, played with the Tribe from 1959 to ’64.

 

ON THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY- OCTOBER 6, 1928

WESTBURY, L.I.-United States polo is still the greatest in the world. From the rim of defeat and with a patched-up line-up put together in a desperate last-minute attempt to stand off the strongest rush that polo had faced in this country in a quarter of a century, Tommy Hitchcock today led a new United States team to the greatest triumph it has ever scored. In the third game with Argentina for the championship of the Americas, the United States came through, and came through with plenty to spare, 13 to 7. After the third period there was never any question of the ultimate winner.

The biggest crowd ever to witness a polo game in this country fought for admission. One hour before the whistle of Captain Wesley White started play the seats in both the west and east stands had been sold and hundreds of persons stood outside the gates trying to find a way in. The officials then opened up the ends of historic International Field at Meadow Brook and the spectators stood four deep. More than 40,000 were grouped around the playing area.

Winston Guest, Earle A.S. Hopping and Hitchcock kept a constant rain of drives pouring into Argentine territory. Out in front the black-haired, pale-faced W. Averill Harriman was riding the finest polo ponies in the world, and when the ball came out to him he carried on. Six times Harriman carried on to a point for this country, and throughout he played the same type of hard-riding, brilliant No. 1 which had caused so much trouble during the first game and finally carried through the winning goal in that game to give his country the chance to go on to a third match.

Hitchcock found himself playing in the No. 3 position for the first time in his career. The genius of United States polo at least played as fine a game as any ever turned in at that position. He was superb on defense, driving through the narrowest sort of openings to come through with the ball and carry on to an attack, and on other occasions dropping from nowhere all alone to break up the South American combination play. Hitchcock rode through to four goals this afternoon, and his game was far and away better than anything he had displayed in this series. Hitchcock had at last come out of his slump and the United States team rode along the crest with him.

From the beginning it was apparent that this was a different United States team. Hitchcock came out for the start wearing the strange (for him) No. 3 on his back. He was soon in the thick of play and helped with the opening rush of the game. This went wide but it was not much later that the first United States score came. It was on a free hit from the 30-yard line, which is like handing a balloon to Hitchcock and asking him to break it.

The blond-headed Tommy Hitchcock’s fame soon was eclipsed by that of his teammate W. Averill Harriman. Harriman became United States ambassador to the Soviet Union and Britain under President Harry S. Truman and was a two-term governor of New York. Polo lost much of its popularity as a spectator sport after it was removed from the Olympics in 1936.