Indianapolis 28 Minnesota 11
Chicago 17 NY Giants 13
Dallas 40 Atlanta 39
Green Bay 42 Detroit 21
Buffalo 31 Miami 28
San Francisco 31 NY Jets 13
LA Rams 37 Philadelphia 19
Pittsburgh 26 Denver 21
Tampa Bay 31 Carolina 17
Tennessee 33 Jacksonville 30
Arizona 30 Washington 15
Baltimore 33 Houston 16
Kansas City 23 LA Chargers 20 (OT)
Seattle 35 New England 30
LA Lakers 105 Denver 103
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Cincinnati 7 Chicago White Sox 3
Milwaukee 5 Kansas City 3
Houston 3 Arizona 2
Toronto 6 Philadelphia 3
San Francisco 14 Oakland 2
Baltimore 2 Tampa Bay 1
Boston 10 NY Yankees 2
Cleveland 7 Detroit 4
Texas 7 LA Angels 2
Atlanta 7 NY Mets 0
Miami 2 Washington 1
Washington 15 Miami 0
Colorado 6 LA Dodgers 3
St. Louis 2 Pittsburgh 1
San Diego 7 Seattle 4 (11)
Minnesota 4 Chicago Cubs 0
ASSOCIATED PRESS COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
- Notre Dame
- Texas A&M
- North Carolina
- Miami Florida
- Central Florida
- Oklahoma State
- Virginia Tech
Others: Baylor (89) , West Virginia (59) , SMU (57) , Virginia (30) , TCU (30) , Boston College (23) , Arkansas State (20) , Mississippi State (6) , Texas Tech (5) , UAB (5) , Ole Miss (4) , Appalachian State (3) , UTSA (2) , Troy (1) , Coastal Carolina (1)
COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACHES POLL
- Notre Dame
- Ohio State
- Texas A&M
- North Carolina
- Penn State
- Miami Florida
- Central Florida
- Oklahoma State
- Virginia Tech
Others: Kentucky (146) , Pittsburgh (140) , Army West Point (121) , Baylor (57) , Louisville (53) , SMU (42) , West Virginia (41) , Marshall (40) , Iowa (39) , TCU (26) , Virginia (24) , South Carolina (22) , Boston College (20) , Appalachian State (12) , Ole Miss (10) , Mississippi State (7) , Arkansas State (6) , North Carolina State (5) , Georgia Tech (4) , Nebraska (4) , Coastal Carolina (4) , Air Force (3) , Louisiana Tech (2)
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 4
Thursday, Sept. 24
UAB at South Alabama | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN
Friday, Sept. 25
Middle Tennessee at UTSA | 8 p.m. | CBSSN
Saturday, Sept. 26
Kansas State at No. 3 Oklahoma | 12 p.m. | Fox
No. 5 Florida at Ole Miss | 12 p.m. | ESPN
No. 7 Notre Dame at Wake Forest | 12 p.m. | ABC
No. 23 Kentucky at No. 8 Auburn | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
No. 13 UCF at East Carolina | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
No. 24 Louisville at Pitt | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Georgia Southern at No. 19 Louisiana | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
Campbell at Appalachian State | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
Georgia Tech at Syracuse | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
Georgia State at Charlotte | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
FIU at Liberty | 1 p.m. | ESPN3
Iowa State at TCU | 1:30 p.m. | FS1
Tulane at Southern Miss | 2:30 p.m. | Stadium
Mississippi State at No. 6 LSU | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
No. 8 Texas at Texas Tech | 3:30 p.m. | Fox
West Virginia at No. 15 Oklahoma State | 3:30 p.m. | TBD
No. 22 Army at No. 14 Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | TBD
UTEP at UL Monroe | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Tulsa at Arkansas State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2
No. 4 Georgia at Arkansas | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
Duke at Virginia | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Texas State at Boston College | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
South Florida at Florida Atlantic | 6 p.m. | CBSSN
No. 2 Alabama at Missouri | 7 p.m. | ESPN
North Texas at Houston | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Houston Baptist at Louisiana Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Stephen F. Austin at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Vanderbilt at No. 10 Texas A&M | 7:30 p.m. | SEC ALT
No. 16 Tennessee at South Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Florida State at No. 12 Miami (FL) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Kansas at Baylor | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
NC State at No. 20 Virginia Tech | 8 p.m. | ACC Network
Troy at No. 18 BYU | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN
NCC FOOTBALL STANDINGS
Lafayette Jeff 3 – 0/5 – 0
Marion 3 – 0/3 – 2
Muncie Central 2 – 0/2 – 1
Indianapolis Tech 2 – 0/2 – 2
Harrison 2 – 1/3 – 2
Kokomo 1 – 2/1 – 4
Logansport 0 – 3/1 – 4
Richmond 0 – 3/0 – 4
Anderson 0 – 3/0 – 5
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Indianapolis Roncalli at Harrison
Kokomo at Anderson
Lafayette Jeff at Marion
Logansport at Richmond
McCutcheon at Indianapolis Tech
TRI-EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS
Centerville 4 – 0/4 – 1
Knightstown 3 – 0/3 – 1
Union County 3 – 1/3 – 1
Tri 2 – 1/3 – 2
Lincoln 1 – 1/1 – 1
Winchester 1 – 2/1 – 4
Union City 1 – 3/1 – 4
Hagerstown 0 – 5/0 – 5
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Lincoln at Knightstown
Centerville at Northeastern
Shenandoah at Hagerstown
Tri at Winchester
Union City at Union County
TOP AP HEADLINES
Bryson DeChambeau blasts way to U.S. Open title
Call him a mad scientist in a tam o’shanter cap. Call him a game-changer in golf. Any description of Bryson DeChambeau now starts with U.S. Open champion.
In a breathtaking performance Sunday at Winged Foot, on a course so demanding no one else broke par, DeChambeau blasted away with his driver and had short irons from the ankle-deep rough on his way to a 3-under 67.
When his 7-foot par putt fell on the 18th, DeChambeau thrust those two powerful arms into the air. This was validation that his idea to add 40 pounds of mass, to produce an incredible amount of speed and power, would lead to moments like this.
Two shots behind Matthew Wolff going into the final round, he passed him in five holes, pulled away to start the back nine and wound up winning by six shots.
Wolff, trying to become the first player since Francis Ouimet in 1913 to win the U.S. Open in his debut, closed with a 75.
Just under a year ago, DeChambeau closed out his 2019 season in Las Vegas and said, “I’m going to come back next year and look like a different person.”
He lived up to his word among skeptics who wondered if the smash factor would work at a major, especially one at Winged Foot where the keeping it in the short grass was tantamount. DeChambeau pledged to keep hitting it as far as he could, even if that meant being in the rough.
And it worked. He hit only three fairways Saturday, six Sunday, and 23 for the week.
Skepticism turned into admiration, with a healthy dose of disbelief.
“I don’t really know what to say because that’s just the complete opposite of what you think a U.S. Open champion does” Rory McIlroy said. “Look, he’s found a way to do it. Whether that’s good or bad for the game, I don’t know, but it’s just not the way I saw this golf course being played or this tournament being played.”
Louis Oosthuizen birdied the 18th to finish alone in third.
Davis hits 3 at buzzer, Lakers edge Nuggets for 2-0 lead
Anthony Davis has never been this deep in the playoffs, never had the chance to take such an important shot.
It’s nothing new for the Los Angeles Lakers, though.
So when Davis’ 3-pointer swished through the net as time expired to give the Lakers a 105-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals, coach Frank Vogel thought of a Laker who had done it before.
“That’s a shot Kobe Bryant would hit,” Vogel said. “To me, AD coming off, just flying to the wing like that, catch-and-shoot with the biggest game on the line of our season, nothing but net, it’s a Mamba shot.”
The Lakers were wearing their Black Mamba jerseys. They were co-designed by Bryant, their Hall of Fame guard who died Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash. Davis said wearing the jerseys that mean so much to the team made his winner feel even better.
“In the jersey we wore tonight, it just makes it even more special,” he said.
Davis finished with 31 points. He scored Los Angeles’ last 10 points and had 22 in the second half to help the Lakers avoid becoming the latest victim of a Denver comeback.
“Special moment for a special player. Happy to be a part of it,” said LeBron James, who had 26 points and 11 rebounds.
The Nuggets had trailed by as much as 16, but Nikola Jokic scored 11 straight Denver points down the stretch, including a basket that made it 103-102 with 20 seconds to play.
Alex Caruso then missed a 3-pointer and Jamal Murray blocked Danny Green’s shot out of bounds with 2.1 seconds to play. Rajon Rondo inbounded under the basket and found Davis curling toward the sideline, and the All-Star forward swished it to put the Lakers halfway to the NBA Finals.
Taylor makes hefty workload pay off as Colts beat Vikings
Jonathan Taylor looked right at home in his first NFL start.
He made Sunday’s hefty workload look pretty easy, too.
The 21-year-old running back rushed 26 times for 101 yards and scored his first NFL touchdown, leading the Indianapolis Colts past Minnesota 28-11.
“After the first carry, you kind of get in that mindset, you realize it’s football and you focus and lock in and you go play after play,” he said. “You do that, and pretty soon it’s the fourth quarter.”
Taylor finally celebrated his first win inside Lucas Oil Stadium with the roof open, after losing twice in the Big Ten championship game with the roof closed when he played at Wisconsin, and became the first Colts rookie to top the 100-yard mark since 2012 with about 2,500 people in attendance.
Philip Rivers picked up his first win with the Colts (1-1) by going of 25 with 214 yards, one touchdown – No. 399 overall – and one interception. He tied Hall of Famer and former Vikings great Fran Tarkenton for eighth all-time with career win No. 124.
But he also had fun – with the best seat in the house.
“You’re talking about his second game, no OTAs, zero preseason games and he was the workhorse today,” he said. “Jonathan’s going to be a heck of a player. He made some unbelievable cuts, unbelievable runs today where you can see the more experience he gets, he’s going to make those cuts without any hesitation.”
Taylor wasn’t Indy’s only impressive rookie.
Michael Pittman Jr. caught four passes for 37 yards, Julian Blackmon tipped the ball to Khari Willis for an interception and Rodrigo Blankenship made all four field-goal attempts.
For the Vikings, it was another ugly day. Kirk Cousins had a 0.0 passer rating late into the third quarter, thanks in part to drops, one of which bounced off the hands of Bisi Johnson and into the arms of cornerback Kenny Moore II. Cousins finished 11 of 26 with 113 yards and three interceptions, a 15.9 rating and was tackled in the end zone for a safety for the second straight week.
Trubisky throws 2 TD passes, Barkley hurt, Bears edge Giants
The Chicago Bears were happy with another close win, while the New York Giants have greater concerns than their O-2 record: a potentially serious injury to star running back Saquon Barkley.
Mitchell Trubisky threw two touchdown passes and the Bears hung on to beat the Giants 17-13 on Sunday.
The Bears (2-0) chewed up New York early on, grabbing a 17-0 halftime lead, and withstood a big push a week after rallying from 17 down at Detroit for their first season-opening win in seven years.
“Like, 2-0 is not a bad situation,” defensive tackle Akiem Hicks said. “I don’t care how you get it. Two-and-oh is delicious. I’ll eat that every day of the week.”
The Giants (0-2) refused to go quietly even though they lost Barkley to a right knee injury on the opening play of the second quarter.
New York’s Dion Lewis made it a seven-point game when he plowed in from the 1 in the opening minute of the fourth.
James Bradberry then intercepted Trubisky when he ripped the ball out of Allen Robinson’s hands, leading to a 37-yard field goal by Graham Gano that cut it to 17-13 with 7:43 remaining.
The Bears caught a break on fourth down at the New York 36 with just under four minutes left. New York’s Blake Martinez deflected a pass intended for Jimmy Graham, and the ball ricocheted to tackle Bobby Massie for a first down. Cairo Santos missed wide left on a 50-yard field goal attempt, giving New York the ball on the 40 with 2:02 remaining.
The Giants drove to the 10 before Golden Tate got called for pushing off against Eddie Jackson near the goal line on an incomplete pass as time expired.
“We did a good job overall as far as moving the ball systematically down the field,” Giants coach Joe Judge said. “Look, we’re standing at the 10-yard line with one play to go. That’s really what you’re working for in the 2-minute drill. Just give yourself an opportunity.”
Seahawks stuff Newton on final play, beat Patriots 35-30
Russell Wilson continued his sizzling start throwing five more touchdown passes. Unheralded second-year defensive end L.J. Collier made the play that assured those five TD tosses came in a victory.
Collier stuffed Cam Newton at the 1-yard line on the final play, and the Seattle Seahawks held off the New England Patriots 35-30 on Sunday night.
Wilson and Newton – two of the premier quarterbacks in the NFL – claimed the spotlight in a wild primetime showcase. Wilson was masterful, leading Seattle to a 35-23 lead with less than 5 minutes remaining.
But Newton took over the final minutes and yet another Seahawks-Patriots matchup was decided in the closing moments on a play snapped at the 1.
This time, it was the Seahawks erupting off the sideline in celebration.
“It’s an extraordinary moment for football players and for a team. You either come through or you don’t,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “There’s so much intensity in that moment. The guys on the field will never forget it.”
Newton led New England 80 yards in the closing moments. They reached the 1 on a pass to N’Keal Harry with 3 seconds left. On the final play, Newton tried to run power to the left, but was upended by Collier in the biggest play of his young career. Newton, who had two rushing touchdowns in the game, never got close to the goal line.
Collier and Jamal Adams said from the formation it was clear where the Patriots were going with the play.
“Just to finish it off it’s a hell of a play. Imagine if we had fans here today. It would still be shaking,” Collier said.
Newton was excellent in his first road game with the Patriots throwing for 397 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He ran for another 47 yards, but couldn’t get the last three feet to give New England a victory.
Jones’ big day helps Packers beat Lions 42-21 in home opener
Aaron Jones wanted to do a Lambeau Leap even without fans in the stands.
He gave himself plenty of opportunities.
Jones rushed for a career-high 168 yards and scored three touchdowns, including a 75-yard breakaway, as the Green Bay Packers rallied from an early 11-point deficit to beat the Detroit Lions 42-21 on Sunday.
After his first touchdown of the day, a 7-yard reception from Aaron Rodgers, Jones did a different kind of Lambeau Leap. He jumped atop a green tarpaulin that covered the first several rows of the stands; the pandemic didn’t allow for any spectators. Most of the tarps had advertisements on them.
“I definitely miss the fans, the pats on the helmet, the pats on the back, them screaming,” Jones said. “But I mean, anytime I get in the end zone. I like the Lambeau Leap. It’s a tradition we have here. Hopefully, I picked up some sponsors.”
Jones also had a team-high 68 yards receiving on four catches as the Packers (2-0) won their home opener for an eighth consecutive year and improved to 8-0 against NFC North foes during coach Matt LaFleur’s tenure. Jones had a 14-yard touchdown run to go along with his 75-yarder.
Rodgers was 18 of 30 for 240 yards with touchdown passes to Jones and Robert Tonyan.
“Today’s a game we expect to win,” Rodgers said. “No, we don’t have the home crowd, but we’ve had such an advantage at home over the years. We were 7-1 (at home) last year, we’ve obviously been good in the division last couple years, haven’t lost, but these are the type of games you have to win.”
One week after blowing a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead in a 27-23 loss to the Chicago Bears, the Lions (0-2) allowed an 11-point advantage to vanish by halftime. Detroit allowed 31 straight points to turn a 14-3 lead into a 34-14 deficit.
The Lions are the first team in NFL history to blow double-digit leads to lose four straight games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. They’ve lost 11 straight overall for their longest skid since dropping 19 from 2007-09.
“Just the ebbs and flows of the game, we’ve got to ignore that,” Lions coach Matt Patricia said. “We’ve got to stay consistent. We’ve got to not think about the end result before we get to the end result.”
Cowboys’ rally stuns Falcons 40-39 in McCarthy’s home debut
One gamble after another failed for coach Mike McCarthy in his home debut with the Dallas Cowboys.
A successful onside kick made them all moot.
Greg Zuerlein kicked a 46-yard field goal as time expired, and the Cowboys overcame four fumbles and a 20-point deficit in the first quarter to beat the Atlanta Falcons 40-39 on Sunday.
The Falcons were still up 15 in the fourth quarter before Dak Prescott became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 400 yards and rush for three touchdowns in the same game, the third TD getting Dallas (1-1) within two.
Zuerlein did not use a tee for his slow-rolling onside attempt, a rare tactic. But even more curious was Atlanta’s players surrounding the ball when they could have recovered it. As soon as it crossed the 10-yard mark, C.J. Goodwin pounced – and later emerged from the big pile with the ball and 1:48 on the clock.
Rookie receiver CeeDee Lamb’s 24-yard catch got the Cowboys in field goal position, and they ran down the clock before “Greg the Leg” touched off a wild celebration for the players and the socially distanced 21,708 fans who booed Dallas off the field with Atlanta up 29-10 at halftime. The crowd was 27% of AT&T Stadium’s 80,000-seat capacity.
“I don’t know if I’ve been in many games like this thing,” Prescott said. “But to be able to get the win, and in front of those fans that were there, stayed the whole game, they didn’t give up on us. That was a huge difference.”
Instead of lamenting just his second 0-2 start – his only one was his first season in Green Bay in 2006 – McCarthy celebrated his debut on the Dallas sideline of the venue that hosted his Super Bowl win with the Packers a decade ago.
In his final two appearances in the $1.2 billion retractable-roof stadium with the Packers, McCarthy watched as Aaron Rodgers beat the Cowboys twice in the final seconds, including a divisional playoff game when Prescott was a rookie.
“I had one on the other sideline, but not like this,” McCarthy said. “We dug ourselves such a big hole in the first quarter. We’re early in the process of our football team finding out about each other each and every day.”
Matt Ryan threw four touchdown passes, two off the three lost fumbles from the Cowboys in the first quarter, which ended with Atlanta in front 20-0.
But the Falcons couldn’t avoid their first 0-2 start in six seasons under coach Dan Quinn in a performance reminiscent of their blown 28-3 lead in a Super Bowl loss to New England in Houston to finish the 2016 season.
Brady, Fournette lead Bucs over Panthers 31-17
Tom Brady has a dazzling track record of winning, period.
The six-time Super Bowl champion’s perfect when it comes to rebounding from rare season-opening losses during a 21-year career after tasting victory with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the first time on Sunday.
Brady threw for 217 yards, one touchdown and an interception, while getting a lot of help from another acquisition since last season, Leonard Fournette, who came off the bench to rush for 103 yards and two touchdowns.
“Our execution was a little bit better. I think we’re still a long way from where we need to be,” Brady said. “I think if we have the ability to make plays, consistency, dependability are going to be things that we really need. So, we’ve got to get back to work. Clock’s ticking on next week.”
The 43-year-old quarterback also bounced back in Week 2 after dropping openers with the New England Patriots in 2003, 2014 and 2017.
“He has a pretty good history of that,” coach Bruce Arians said. “This game should have never gotten to as close as it did. But I thought he was outstanding. His leadership on the sideline was great, and he put us in the right play with a number of different audibles and played really, really well.”
Brady tossed a 23-yard TD pass to Mike Evans in the first quarter. Fournette scored on runs of 1 and 46 yards, the latter coming after Carolina rallied from a 21-0 halftime deficit to pull within 24-17 on a pair of TD runs by Christian McCaffrey and Joey Slye’s 23-yard field goal with 1:57 remaining.
“I tried to put the icing on the cake for the team,” said Fournette, a two-time, 1,000-yard rusher who’s been with Tampa Bay less than two weeks after being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Brady completed 23 of 35 passes, and Evans finished with seven receptions for 104 yards. Fournette averaged 8.6 yards per carry on 12 rushing attempts.
Teddy Bridgewater was 33 of 42 for 367 yards and two interceptions for the Panthers (0-2), who had four turnovers in addition to nine penalties. Carolina also allowed five sacks, one of them resulting in a fumble that set up Brady’s only TD pass.
Allen reaches career high in passing as Bills beat Dolphins
Josh Allen followed up on the most prolific game of his NFL career with an even better one.
The third-year pro threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns, both personal bests, and the Buffalo Bills beat AFC East rival Miami for the fourth consecutive time Sunday, 31-28.
Allen reached a career high in yards passing for the second week in a row, and became the first Buffalo quarterback to have consecutive 300-yard games since Drew Bledsoe in 2002.
“There are games when the offense has to step up,” Allen said. “This was one of those games.”
Trailing 20-17, the Bills (2-0) reclaimed the lead for good with 6 minutes left on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Allen to rookie Gabriel Davis, who made a diving catch in the end zone.
Allen’s 46-yard touchdown pass to John Brown sealed the win.
“He’s got ice water in his veins,” coach Sean McDermott said. “No moment is too big for him.”
The only other Bills player to throw for at least 415 yards and four scores was Joe Ferguson in 1983.
Allen led an offense that totaled 524 yards, including 342 in the first half, the Bills’ most since 2000.
“He has improved a lot,” Miami cornerback Xavien Howard said. “I knew he had a strong arm and could throw the ball deep, but he has gotten better at making decisions with the ball.”
The Dolphins have become Allen’s favorite foil: He has thrown for 12 touchdowns, rushed for three and thrown one interception in his past four games against Miami. Of his 36 career TD passes, 14 have come against the Dolphins.
With the Bills leading 17-10, the game was suspended for 36 minutes in the third quarter due to lightning in the area. After the delay, the Dolphins offense got a spark and scored 10 consecutive points to take a 20-17 lead.
“There was no panic,” Allen said. “It was just, `Let’s go. Let’s get six.'”
He finished with touchdown passes to four receivers, and Stefon Diggs led the Bills with eight catches for 153 yards.
49ers blast Jets 31-13, but lose Garoppolo, Bosa, Mostert
The injury carts rolled out twice in three plays and the 49ers lost a few more key players. Still, short-handed San Francisco had enough to beat the inept New York Jets.
And it wasn’t even close.
Raheem Mostert ran for an 80-yard touchdown on San Francisco’s first play from scrimmage and Jimmy Garoppolo threw two TD passes – before both players sat out the second half with injuries – to lead the banged-up 49ers to a 31-13 victory Sunday.
“When you have key players like those guys keep going down, we all gathered in the huddle and talked about how we have to play for them,” linebacker Fred Warner said. “We played for them and made sure that we stayed locked in.”
It was a costly victory for San Francisco, which was already hurting in a big way before losing Garoppolo to a high ankle sprain and Mostert to an injured knee. Defensive end Nick Bosa and defensive tackle Solomon Thomas were both carted off the field two plays apart with left knee injuries in the first quarter.
The fear is it could be a season-ending ACL injury for Bosa, who’ll have tests Monday. So will Thomas, although 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said there’s a better chance for him it’s not as serious an ACL injury. Shanahan didn’t seem as concerned about the knee injuries for Mostert and fellow running back Tevin Coleman, who also left the game.
“You have a little mixed emotions when you lose some guys like that,” Shanahan said. “When you do lose some good guys like we like we did, that’ll probably be for a while, we need guys to get better.”
Shanahan and the 49ers said the new artificial turf at MetLife Stadium – where they’ll play the Giants next week – might have played a role in some of the injuries.
“I know that’s as many knee injuries and ankle stuff and people getting caught on a turf as I’ve ever been a part of,” Shanahan said. “From what I saw, the other team did, too. I know our players talked about it the entire game, just how sticky the turf was.”
The 49ers (1-1) also came in without star tight end George Kittle (knee), wide receiver Deebo Samuel (foot), cornerback Richard Sherman (calf) and defensive end Dee Ford (neck).
It didn’t matter against the Jets (0-2), who have also been hit hard by injuries and couldn’t muster much.
“We did not play the game we needed to play,” coach Adam Gase said.
Goff tosses 3 TD passes to Higbee, Rams beat Eagles 37-19
Jared Goff outdid Carson Wentz in his house.
Goff threw three touchdown passes to Tyler Higbee and the Los Angeles Rams beat the Philadelphia Eagles 37-19 on Sunday.
Goff completed his first 13 passes, including a pair of TDs to Higbee, and the Rams jumped to a 21-3 lead minutes into the second quarter.
After the Eagles (0-2) pulled within one score, Goff’s 28-yard TD pass to Higbee in the fourth iced it for Los Angeles (2-0).
Goff and Wentz were selected Nos. 1-2 in the 2016 draft, one of seven times since 1967 that quarterbacks were the first two picks. In their only other head-to-head meeting in Los Angeles in December 2017, Wentz tore two knee ligaments. Nick Foles stepped in and eventually led Philadelphia to its first Super Bowl title.
“Jared was outstanding,” Rams coach Sean McVay said. “I thought he played a great game. He had a great command of what was going on. He got into a rhythm and our guys made plays, but it starts with him and he did an outstanding job.”
McVay got his first win over Doug Pederson and the Eagles in three tries. McVay outcoached defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz early as Los Angeles scored TDs on its first three possessions.
“We had guys open, and I was throwing the ball pretty good. That’s a good combo for us,” Goff said. “When we’re moving the ball well, we can kind of do anything we want.”
Goff finished 20 of 27 for 242 yards. Wentz was 26 of 43 for 242 yards and two interceptions.
“Turnovers are killing us,” Wentz said. “I gotta protect the football.”
Darrell Henderson ran for 81 yards and had his first career TD run. The Rams gained 449 total yards, including 191 on the ground. Higbee had three TD catches all of last season on 69 receptions.
Steelers knock out Lock, hold off Driskel, Broncos 26-21
A game seemingly in hand suddenly on the cusp of slipping away, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin didn’t overthink things. His team’s defense is built on one principle: attack.
Needing a stop to turn back the surprisingly resilient Denver Broncos, the Steelers dialed up one final blitz in an afternoon filled with them.
Safety Terrell Edmunds raced in unblocked to take down Denver backup quarterback Jeff Driskel on fourth-and-2 at the Pittsburgh 15 with less than two minutes to play to preserve a 26-21 victory Sunday. The sack was Pittsburgh’s seventh of the day.
“That’s just the code we live by,” Tomlin said, later adding, “I wouldn’t necessarily call it a game plan, it’s just our personality.”
A personality his team believes can carry it into January and beyond. There’s still plenty to work on; the Steelers (2-0) committed 10 penalties and turned it over twice.
So the Broncos (0-2) hung around despite losing starting quarterback Drew Lock (right shoulder) in the first quarter.
Driskel led an unlikely comeback despite taking six sacks and absorbing 17 hits. Denver trailed by 14 points at halftime and 12 in the fourth quarter – but was 15 yards away from a stunning upset before Edmunds came off the edge and sent Driskel to the turf one last time.
“I thought in lieu of all the circumstances, going against a good defense, I thought (Driskel) did an admirable job and he’ll only get better if we have to continue with him,” Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said.
Fangio might not have a choice.
Lock wore a sling over his right arm following a very strange case of deja vu. He missed three months in 2019 after injuring his right thumb while stumbling to avoid a sack.
Midway through the first quarter he was tripped up in the backfield by linebacker T.J. Watt and staggered to his right before linebacker Bud Dupree crashed on top of him, driving Lock’s throwing shoulder into the ground.
“I fell on it weird,” said Lock. “I tried to tuck it last second.”
Instead, he fumbled. The Steelers recovered and went downfield for a touchdown while Lock was in the blue medical tent getting evaluated. He attempted to throw the ball but it “felt funny.”
Driskel completed 18 of 34 for 256 yards with two touchdowns and a pick and absorbed that serious pounding. Still, he had the Broncos in position to win it until Edmunds’ No. 34 swallowed him up with the game on the line.
Tomlin will take a somewhat ugly win over the alternative.
“We understand early in the season we’re not going to be perfect (but) we were good enough to win,” Tomlin said.
Gostkowski kicks 49-yarder as Titans beat Jaguars 33-30
The Tennessee Titans know good teams win ugly games, and being 2-0 for the first time in 12 years has a way of making any victory look much prettier.
Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 49-yard field goal with 1:36 left, and the Tennessee Titans remain undefeated after holding off the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-30 Sunday.
“To get a chance to win at the end of the game, that’s what you practice for,” said Gostkowski, who kicked his second straight game-winner after struggling in the opener. “Luckily we were able to come through today. It’s exciting to get the win and get the Titans to 2-0.”
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill said Gostkowski came up huge for the Titans on something that wasn’t a chip shot.
“t was a tough kick in a crucial point in the game and had nothing but confidence he was going to bang it through, and that’s exactly what he did,” Tannehill said.
Jeffery Simmons batted a pass by Gardner Minshew, and Harold Landry III grabbed the ball out of the air with 47 seconds left to seal the victory.
This is the Titans’ first 2-0 start since 2008, the most recent season this franchise won the AFC South. They also won their seventh straight against divisional rival Jacksonville in Nashville after nearly blowing a 24-10 halftime lead.
“Excited to be 2-0 for the first time here in Tennessee,” third-year Titans coach Mike Vrabel said.
Tannehill threw for 239 yards and four touchdowns. The Titans sacked Minshew twice and picked him off twice.
“That last one sucks,” Minshew said. “Ball got tipped up in the air. Just a bad way to lose.”
Minshew finished throwing for 339 yards and three TDs, his final two coming in the fourth quarter as he tried to rally the Jaguars (1-1). His final TD pass, a 14-yarder to Chris Thompson, tied it up at 30 with 7:25 left as the Jaguars (1-1) tried to snap their Music City skid.
The Jaguars outgained Tennessee 480-354, but they wouldn’t score again. Coach Doug Marrone said they just weren’t able to make the play to get them over the top.
“These guys are going to continue to get better,” Marrone said. “I don’t want to say growing pains because I really feel like those guys can do it. There may be plays they lose, but that’s football.”
Murray runs for 2 TDs, Cardinals roll past Washington 30-15
Kyler Murray threw for 286 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores to lead the Arizona Cardinals over the Washington Football Team 30-15 on Sunday.
The Cardinals were dominant in their push to a 2-0 record, jumping to a 14-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. They led 20-0 by halftime and 20-3 following the third. DeAndre Hopkins caught eight passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. Zane Gonzalez made three field goals.
Murray alleviated any doubt about who would win early in the fourth quarter, when he darted through the middle of the field – dancing right past safety Troy Apke in the process – for a 21-yard touchdown that pushed Arizona’s advantage to 27-3.
Washington (1-1) finally scored a touchdown with 12:20 left in the fourth quarter when Dwayne Haskins hit Terry McLaurin for a 24-yard score. It scored again with 6:38 left when Antonio Gibson ran for an 11-yard touchdown to pull within 27-15 after the 2-point conversion failed.
But by then it was too late for a rally. Washington rallied from a 17-0 deficit to beat Philadelphia last week, but waited much too long to get going on Sunday. Haskins completed 19 of 33 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown.
In front of a fan-less State Farm Stadium, the Cardinals continued to look like a contender in the NFC West after finishing 5-10-1 last year. Kenyan Drake ran for 86 yards on 20 carries. Murray finished with 67 yards rushing.
Arizona outgained Washington 244 yards to 96 in the first half as it built its 20-0 lead.
The Cardinals’ revamped defense had a big day, holding Washington scoreless until Dustin Hopkins hit a 24-yard field goal late in the third quarter. Arizona gave up the most yards in the NFL last season, but the defense has been solid in both wins. Free-agent signings linebacker Devon Kennard and defensive lineman Jordan Phillips had a sack each.
The teams traded turnovers in an eventful first quarter. Murray’s pass into coverage was picked off by Landon Collins, giving Washington great field position at the Arizona 19. Three plays later, Haskins fumbled after getting hit on the arm by Phillips and Chandler Jones snagged the ball out of the air.
Arizona went three-and-out on the ensuing possession and had to punt, but got the ball right back when Steven Sims fumbled on the return. The Cardinals followed with a six-play touchdown drive capped by Murray’s 14-yard touchdown run.
Ravens extend regular-season run, dominate Texans 33-16
Lamar Jackson threw a touchdown pass, Mark Ingram ran for a TD and the Baltimore Ravens added a score on defense to to beat the mistake-prone Houston Texans 33-16 on Sunday.
The victory is Baltimore’s 14th straight in the regular season, the longest streak in the NFL since since Carolina won 18 in a row in 2014-15.
The Ravens (2-0) were up by 10 early in the fourth quarter when Ingram took a direct snap on fourth-and-1 and dashed 30 yards to the end zone to make it 30-13.
Ingram punched and roundhouse-kicked a picture of Houston’s mascot on the wall in the end zone to celebrate the score that was the knockout blow.
The Ravens built a 20-10 halftime lead with the help of a fumble return for a touchdown in the second quarter by L.J. Fort.
Deshaun Watson threw for 275 yards and a touchdown, but also threw an interception and was sacked four times and hit 13 other times for the Texans (0-2), who played their home opener without fans because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Jackson threw for 204 yards and had 54 yards rushing on a day when the Ravens outrushed Houston 230-51.
The Ravens were up 3-0 when Houston went for it on fourth-and-1 from their 34 late in the first quarter. Watson’s pass was incomplete, giving the Ravens a short field.
Four plays later, Jackson found Patrick Ricard for a 1-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 10-0.
The Texans cut the lead to three when Watson connected with Darren Fells on a 10-yard touchdown pass. That score was set up by Brandin Cooks’ 38-yard reception two plays earlier.
The Ravens added a field goal before Keke Coutee made a short reception and Marlon Humphrey knocked the ball out of his hands. Fort scooped it up and ran 22 yards for a touchdown to make it 20-7 with about five minutes left in the first half.
Houston’s next drive also ended with a turnover when Marcus Peters made a diving interception.
Jackson was sacked twice on Baltimore’s next drive and the Ravens had to punt. The Texans added a field goal as time expired to cut the lead to 20-10 at halftime.
Baltimore added a field goal midway through the third quarter and the Texans cut the lead to 10 with a field goal early in the fourth before Ingram’s score.
Houston rookie defensive tackle Ross Blacklock received an unnecessary roughness penalty late in the fourth quarter and was ejected.
AP Top 25: No. 12 Miami rises; Marshall jumps into rankings
A week before Big Ten teams become eligible again for The Associated Press college football poll, No. 25 Marshall is ranked for the first time since 2014 and Miami jumped to No. 12 after a conference road victory.
Clemson remained a nearly unanimous No. 1 in the AP Top 25 on Sunday after another light week in college football. The Tigers received 59 of 61 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. The rest of the top 10 was basically unchanged. No. 2 Alabama received one first-place vote. Oklahoma was No. 3, followed by Georgia, Florida and LSU at No. 6. The defending champion Tigers also received a first-place vote.
Notre Dame is seventh. Auburn and Texas are now tied for eighth and Texas A&M is No. 10.
A season disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic cranks up next week. The Southeastern Conference, which has eight teams ranked, kicks off. The Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 have full slates of games. At least for now.
The Big Ten set a fall schedule Saturday, but it won’t kick off until the weekend of Oct. 24. Voters will still be allowed to include Big Ten teams on their ballots starting next week. There were seven Big Ten teams ranked in the preseason Top 25, including Ohio State at No. 2.
Depending on how voters approach it, that could crowd out some teams currently ranked.
The decreased field because of four Bowl Subdivision conferences initially deciding to delay play until the winter has been a boon in the early rankings for teams from the ACC and Group of Five conferences – like Marshall from Conference USA.
The Thundering Herd beat Appalachian State on Saturday to improve to 2-0 and grab a spot in the Top 25. App State was the only team to drop out of the Top 25, after being No. 23.
Marshall was last ranked in the final poll of the 2014 season. The Herd went 13-1 that season, reaching as high as No. 18 in the rankings, and won the Conference USA championship behind quarterback Rakeem Cato and running back Devon Johnson.
Miami moved up five spots after beating ACC rival Louisville on the road. The Cardinals hung on to a ranking, slipping six spots to No. 24.
No. 21 Pitt also jumped four spots with a convincing ACC victory against Syracuse.
No. 15 Oklahoma State dropped four spots after a sluggish performance in a victory against Tulsa. The Cowboys played much of the game without injured quarterback Spencer Sanders.
SEC – 8 (Nos. 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 16, 23).
ACC – 7 (Nos. 1, 7, 11, 12, 20, 21, 24).
Big 12 – 3 (Nos. 3, 8, 15).
American – 3 (Nos. 13, 14, 17).
Conference USA – 1 (No. 25).
Sun Belt – 1 (No. 19).
Independents – 2 (Nos. 18, 22).
RANKED vs. RANKED
No. 23 Kentucky at No. 8 Auburn. The opening week of SEC football doesn’t have a lot of really juicy matchups, but this cross-division game could be a tone-setter.
No. 24 Louisville at No. 21 Pitt. The Panthers can establish themselves as a team worthy of sticking around the Top 25 even when the other conferences become eligible.
No. 22 Army at No. 14 Cincinnati. The Black Knights have ripped through two opponents, but the Bearcats will provide a far more significant challenge.
Reds cash in on White Sox control woes for 7-3 victory
Mike Moustakas hit a two-run single as Cincinnati scored five times in the fourth inning on just one hit, and the Reds took advantage of wild Chicago White Sox pitching for a 7-3 win Sunday.
Aristides Aquino hit a two-run homer as the surging Reds stayed in contention for a playoff spot, taking two out of three from the the AL Central leaders for their seventh win in eight games.
“It is a good accomplishment any time you can take two of three from a good team,” Reds manager David Bell said.
Cincinnati broke away by turning six walks, a hit batter and Moustakas’ single into a big inning. The playoff-bound White Sox issued a season-high 11 walks and hit three batters overall.
“Today was very odd,” Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. “Thankfully, we haven’t had many of these – just one hit in that particular inning when they scored five runs. We thought, ultimately, we could try to chip away a little bit and get to the bullpen and do something. Frustrating? A little bit. We’re trying to move forward in a positive way. We’ll throw this one in the garbage and move on.”
Chicago starter Dylan Cease (5-3) was pulled after walking the bases loaded with no outs in the fourth. At that point, he hadn’t allowed a run or hit, but had walked a career-worst seven and struck out five.
“I was yanking my fastball today,” Cease said. “Not having a feel for my fastball is what did me in. At the end of the day, the misses were all the same, so I have to figure out what my adjustment is for my yanks.”
Two runs scored on infield outs and another came home on a bases-loaded walk before the left-handed hitting Moustakas singled off lefty reliever Ross Detwiler for Cincinnati’s first hit.
“Each run is so important against any team, but especially this team,” Bell said. “It was a great piece of hitting by Moustakas.”
The White Sox scored on back-to-back RBI singles by Nick Madrigal and Jose Abreu in the fifth.
Aquino answered with an upper-deck drive to left. He celebrated his second homer with his trademark right arm flex as he rounded third.
Reds starter Michael Lorenzen struck out a career-high eight in 4 2-3 innings. He allowed two runs on two hits and two walks. He was disappointed he didn’t respond well to the lengthy bottom of the fourth.
“It felt like it was the longest game in the history of baseball,” Lorenzen said. “I think I handled it pretty well. It was my goal to get them out as fast as possible, but I wasn’t able to do it, so I will learn from it.”
Lucas Sims (3-0) pitched 2 1-3 innings to get the win. He struck out the top three batters in Chicago’s lineup, including Abreu in an 11-pitch at bat to end the seventh, after walking the first two batters.
“That battle with Abreu was big,” Bell said. “He stayed with it. That was a big out right there.”
Former Reds star Edwin Encarnacion lined an opposite-field homer into the right field seats for his 10th homer of the season in the eighth.
Red Sox finally beat Yankees to snap 12-game skid vs rivals
Despite dismal results against the New York Yankees this season, at least the Boston Red Sox didn’t have to watch their longtime rivals enjoy clinching a playoff berth at Fenway Park.
They made sure of that by finally beating the Yankees this year.
Tanner Houck took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his second major league start and Michael Chavis had a huge day at the plate as the Red Sox halted two long streaks with a 10-2 victory Sunday.
Boston ended New York’s 10-game winning streak and snapped a 12-game skid against the Yankees.
“A great experience. It’s a great rivalry that I remember watching growing up. Being a part of it was amazing,” Houck said. “Going deep into the game like that with a no-hitter is truly an unbelievable experience.”
Chavis hit two homers over the Green Monster and drove in five runs. Jackie Bradley Jr. went 4 for 5, and J.D. Martinez and Bobby Dalbec each had a solo shot.
It was Boston’s first win over the Yankees this season in their last of 10 meetings. New York had matched its longest winning streak against the Red Sox, also winning 12 in a row in 1936 and from 1952-53 when Red Sox Hall of Famer Ted Williams was flying combat missions in the Korean War.
The Yankees’ magic number remained at one to lock up a playoff spot. A loss by Seattle later Sunday would earn them a postseason berth for the fourth straight year. New York stayed 3 1/2 games behind AL East-leading Tampa Bay, which lost 2-1 in Baltimore.
Luke Voit hit his major league-leading 21st homer for the Yankees, who outscored their opponents 85-25 during the winning streak.
In a matchup of right-handed prospects on a breezy afternoon, the 24-year-old Houck mixed a sharp slider, sinker and a fastball in the low-to-mid 90 mph range to keep the Yankees off balance until Tyler Wade lined a double into the right-center gap.
“Seeing that against a really hot offense like these guys have had, it’s great to see that stuff,” Boston manager Ron Roenicke said.
Houck (2-0) gave up just that one hit and an unearned run. He struck out four and walked three in six innings.
Senzatela helps Rockies avoid sweep, beat Dodgers 6-3
If everything broke just right, the Los Angeles Dodgers were planning a subdued celebration on the plane ride home.
It didn’t. The party’s on hold.
Antonio Senzatela pitched efficiently into the seventh inning as the Colorado Rockies avoided a Los Angeles sweep with a 6-3 win Sunday and delayed the Dodgers from clinching their eighth straight NL West title.
The Dodgers could’ve wrapped up the division with a victory and a loss by San Diego. They took three of four this weekend from a struggling Rockies team that played its final series at Coors Field this season.
“I don’t think anyone in the clubhouse takes that for granted,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the division-title streak. “That’s our goal from the outset.”
Senzatela (5-2) carried over his command from his last start when he turned in his first career complete game. He allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings to help contain a potent Dodgers lineup, even with Mookie Betts getting the afternoon off.
“He’s pitching with a lot of confidence and a lot of conviction in his stuff,” said Rockies manager Bud Black, whose team had 10 hits – all singles. “I thought he pitched outstanding.”
Leading big in the eighth, Daniel Bard struck out Cody Bellinger with the bases loaded to end the threat. Bard returned in the ninth and gave up a two-out, two-run single to AJ Pollock that made it 6-3.
After walking Corey Seager, Bard was replaced by Mychal Givens, who got Chris Taylor to ground out for his first save of the season.
It was a rare game when the Dodgers didn’t leave the yard. They’ve hit a homer in 43 of 54 contests this season.
Josh Fuentes powered the offense by driving in three runs. He had a two-run single in the fourth and another RBI single in the sixth as part of a three-run inning that made it 5-0.
“It’s awesome to play every day and it’s awesome to help the team win,” said Fuentes, who’s hitting .348.
Report: Ty Lawson banned for life from Chinese Basketball Association over racy Instagram post
Ty Lawson’s Chinese Basketball Association career is reportedly over thanks to a few social media posts.
Lawson’s team, Fujian Sturgeons, said in a statement on Saturday that Lawson had been dropped by the team over “inappropriate comments” on social media, according to ESPN.
Emiliano Carchia of Sportando reported that Lawson was banned for life by the CBA over a pair of Instagram Story posts, including a photo of Lawson in a sexual pose with a woman.
Lawson spent eight seasons in the NBA after Minnesota picked him 18th overall in 2009. The former North Carolina standout averaged 12.7 points and 6.0 assists per game, mostly with the Denver Nuggets. He’s still just 32, so he likely has more basketball in him. That said, he hasn’t received any notable NBA interest in over two years.
ESPN reporter Maria Taylor addresses her egregious All-NBA voting error
ESPN reporter Maria Taylor addressed her egregious All-NBA voting error via Twitter on Saturday.
The NBA on Saturday released the official voting results from all the awards. One voting result that stood out was Taylor’s All-NBA ballot.
The ESPN reporter omitted Anthony Davis from her list. She even voted for Joel Embiid and Bam Adebayo at center over Davis. That made it pretty clear that she had just flat-out forgot about the Los Angeles Lakers big man.
After receiving attention for the issue, Taylor admitted that she had made a “mistake.”
The rest of Taylor’s ballot made plenty of sense. Here is what she had:
1st team: James Harden, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic
2nd Team: Luka Doncic, Damian Lillard, Jayson Tatum, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid
3rd Team: Chris Paul, Jimmy Butler, Khris Middleton, Pascal Siakam and Bam Adebayo
Leaving Davis off seemed like a clear oversight, because there is no way she would have Adebayo ahead of him otherwise.
This is the second time this week Taylor finds herself in the middle of a controversy. The last one drew some headlines as well.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1892 At Cleveland’s League Park, John Clarkson of the Spiders beats the Pirates 3-2 to become the fifth pitcher in major league history to record his 300th victory. The 31 year-old right-hander will compile a 328-178 record during his 12 year Hall of Fame career in the big leagues.
1896 Connie Mack announces he will leave the Pirates to manage the minor-league Milwaukee Brewers of the Western League. The light-hitting catcher retires as a full-time player to accept the deal, which includes twenty-five percent of the club, a precursor to his 54-year reign as the owner of the American League A’s.
1925 Barney Friberg catches an inning in a 9-7 loss against Pittsburgh, the only position on the field the Phillies utility man hadn’t yet played this season. Ripley’s Believe or Not highlights his achievement in its syndicated cartoon.
1934 “If I’da known he was gonna throw one, I’da thrown one, too.” – Dizzy Dean, after his brother threw a no-hitter in the nightcap of a doubleheader. In the second game of a twin bill at Ebbets Field, 22 year-old Cardinal hurler Paul Dean, called Daffy by his teammates, becomes the fifth rookie to throw a no-hitter, beating the Dodgers, 3-0. His brother Dizzy held Brooklyn hitless until the eighth inning in the opener, settling for a two-hitter in the team’s 13-0 blanking of the Bums.
1941 The Giants become the first major league team to start four Jewish players when Harry Danning (C), Harry Feldman (P), Morrie Arnovich (LF), and Sid Gordon (CF) take the field at the Polo Grounds. The game also marks the first time a Jewish pitcher and a Jewish catcher form the battery with 30 year-old backstop Danning calling the pitches for 21 year-old rookie right-hander Feldman, who is making second big league start.
1947 The first Reds game is broadcast on television by W8XCT, the station which will become known as WLWT. An estimated home audience of 10,000 viewers watches their hometown heroes lose to the Pirates in the Sunday afternoon contest at Crosley Field, 11-7.
1949 At Wrigley Field, the Phillies beat Chicago, 3-1, for their 78th victory of the season. The win guarantees the club its first winning season since 1932, snapping a 16-year streak of futility.
1951 In his major league debut, Cardinals hurler Jack Collum throws a two-hit shutout against the Cubs at Sportsman’s Park, 6-0. The rookie southpaw developed a natural screwball due to losing part of his index finger in a farm accident.
1952 In front of the second-largest crowd this season, with many of the 8,822 fans rooting for the Dodgers, the Braves play their final home game in Boston. Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella hits the last home run at Braves Field in an 8-2 victory over the Milwaukee-bound club.
1954 Rookie pitcher Bob Grim wins his 20th game when the Yankees defeat the Senators, 3-1. Due to arm troubles, the 24 year-old right-hander will eventually be used exclusively in relief, becoming a selection for the All-Star team in that role for the American League squad in 1957.
1956 At Fenway Park, the Yankees strand 20 runners on base, losing to the Red Sox, 13-7. The number of players left on base sets a big league record for a nine-inning game.
1959 With an eight-inning 12-hit effort in the Braves’ 8-6 victory over Pittsburgh at Forbes Field, lefty Warren Spahn earns his 20th victory for the fourth consecutive season and for the tenth time in his career. The southpaw will compile 13 seasons with twenty or more wins during his 21-year Hall of Fame tenure in the major leagues.
1963 After Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh and coach Frank Oceak are tossed from a Chavez Ravine contest by umpire Doug Harvey for arguing a close call at first base, Gene Baker takes over the reins over the club the final two innings, becoming the first black to manage a team at the major-league level. The former Kansas City Monarchs, Chicago Cubs, and Pirates infielder’s historic moment is spoiled when Willie Davis hits a three-run walk-off home run, giving the Dodgers a 5-3 victory over the Bucs.
1964 In the first of ten consecutive losses, the front-running Phillies lose to the Reds at Connie Mack Stadium, 1-0. The game’s only run scores in the sixth inning when Chico Ruiz steals home, the play which many fans believe is the harbinger of the season-ending collapse which will see the team blow a six-and-half game lead with 12 left to play.
1964 Returning from a West Coast road trip, the Phillies are greeted at the airport by over 2,000 pennant-fever fans when they arrive in Philadelphia early in the morning. In front of the National League by six and a half games with only 12 games to play, the team will suffer a ten-game losing streak and will not make it to the postseason.
1966 The smallest crowd in the 46 year-old history of Chicago’s Wrigley Field watches the Cubs beat Cincinnati, 9-3. The 530 fans in attendance at the ballpark for the Wednesday afternoon contest see Billy Williams and Adolfo Phillips go deep in a game that takes only two hours and twenty-four minutes to complete.
1969 In a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the tenth inning at Candlestick Park, LA’s Pete Mikkelsen quickly retires the first two Giants batters, but then is ordered to intentionally walk Willie McCovey, who is 4-for-4 in the game. The Dodger reliever proceeds to issue free passes unintentionally to the next two hitters to load the bases and then loses the game when shortstop Maury Wills boots pinch-hitter Jim Davenport’s ground ball.
1970 Oakland southpaw Vida Blue, in his eighth major league start, becomes the 11th rookie to throw a no-hitter. The A’s 21 year-old freshman, who will become the AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner next season, beats the Twins at Oakland Coliseum, 6-0.
1971 The American League grants approval for the cash-strapped Senators to move to Arlington next season by a vote of 10–2, with only the Orioles and White Sox casting negative votes. In 1961, Charlie O. Finley had explored shifting his Kansas City A’s to the welcoming Metroplex in Texas but received no support from his fellow owners.
1971 Dave McNally wins his 20th game for the fourth consecutive season when he blanks New York at Yankee Stadium, 5-0. The southpaw becomes the first of the four 20-game winners on the club, which will include Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar, and Pat Dobson.
1973 In Detroit, John Hiller goes 3.2 innings in the Tigers’ 5-1 victory over the Red Sox, notching his 38th save, a club record. Two years ago, the southpaw reliever suffered a heart attack at the age of 27.
1973 On the day they get to .500, the Mets move into first place for the first time since May 27th, a half a game ahead of Pittsburgh in the ‘NL Least.’ Thanks to Tom Seaver’s complete-game five-hitter, New York evens its record at 77-77 with a 10-2 victory, the team’s 21st in the last 29 games.
1975 Jim Rice suffers a broken bone in his hand after being hit by a Vern Ruhle pitch in the first inning of the team’s 6-5 victory over the Tigers in Detroit. The injury will cause the 22 year-old Red Sox rookie sensation to miss the remainder of the season, including the World Series.
1975 Gaylord Perry, goes the distance, limiting Chicago to six hits in the team’s 8-2 win at White Sox Park. The victory gives the Ranger right-hander the identical career win-loss record (215-174) of his brother Jim, who was released by the A’s in August after getting his final major league decision earlier in the month.
1979 In the Royals’ 13-4 rout of the A’s at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, U.L. Washington hits two three-run home runs, one left-handed, one right-handed. The pair of round-trippers will be the only ones the Kansas City shortstop hits in the 101 games he plays this season.
1981 Phillies southpaw Steve Carlton becomes the all-time National League strikeout leader when he fans Andre Dawson in the third frame of the team’s 1-0 loss in 17 innings at Montreal. Lefty, who tosses ten shutout innings and fans a dozen batters in the Olympic Stadium contest, surpasses Cardinal legend Bob Gibson with his 3,118th career strikeout, taking over the top spot in the Senior Circuit.
1986 Jimmy Jones tosses a one-hit shutout in his major league debut when San Diego blanks Houston, 5-0. The 22 year-old # 1 draft pick, who will post a 43-39 record during his eight-year big league career with the Padres, Yankees, and Astros, allows only a third-inning triple to opposing pitcher Bob Knepper
1987 Darryl Strawberry and Howard Johnson become the first teammates to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in the same season when the ‘Straw’ steals two bases in the Mets’ 7-1 victory over Chicago at Wrigley Field. The southpaw swinger is only the tenth member of the 30-30 club, but is the fourth player, along with HoJo, Indians’ right fielder Joe Carter, and Reds center fielder Eric Davis, to accomplish the feat this season.
1987 Howard Johnson breaks a 53 year-old National League record when he strokes his 36th home run as a switch hitter in the Mets’ 7-1 victory over Chicago at Wrigley Field. The New York third baseman’s historic homer, the team’s franchise-high seventh grand slam of the season, surpasses the mark established by Cardinals’ first baseman Ripper Collins in 1934 but is far less than the major league record of 54 set in 1961 by Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle.
1988 Astros’ right-hander Bob Knepper tosses a one-hitter, beating Pete Smith, who also throws a complete game, and the Braves, 1-0. The only Atlanta hit in the two-hour-and-four-minute Astrodome contest is Dale Murphy’s second-inning infield single.
1995 John Vander Wal sets a major league record with his 26th pinch-hit of the season. The Rockies pinch-hitter’s historic hit is a seventh-inning solo home run off Sergio Valdez in Colorado’s 5-3 loss to the Giants at Candlestick Park.
1997 At Kauffman Stadium, Indians starter John Smiley breaks his arm throwing a curveball warming up in the bullpen. The southpaw, obtained in a midseason trade from the Reds, recently had been placed on the disabled list due to tendinitis.
1998 Jason Kendall sets a new National League record for catchers when he swipes his 26th base in an 8-1 loss to the Giants at Candlestick Park. The Pirates backstop surpasses the previous mark set by John Stearns, playing for the Mets in 1978.
2000 Vladimir Guerrero, in the team’s 10-3 victory over Florida, establishes an Expo single-season home run record by hitting his 43rd round-tripper. ‘Vlad the Impaler’, who breaks the record he set last year, goes deep to center field off A.J Burnett in the fifth inning of the Olympic Stadium contest to establish the new mark.
2001 Ranger infielder Alex Rodriguez hit his 47th home run, tying the major league record for home runs in a season by a shortstop. The Cubs’ legend Ernie Banks established the record in 1958.
2001 The Mets donate their day’s pay, which totals approximately $500,000, from tonight’s game with the Braves at Shea to a rescue fund for the families of the firefighters and policemen killed in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. The contest is the first professional baseball game played in New York since the tragedy.
2001 A crowd 41,235 at Shea Stadium witnesses the return of baseball to New York City for the first time since the terrorist attacks of September 11. Uplifting ceremonies before and during the game, which include singers Diana Ross, Marc Anthony, Lisa Minnelli as well as bagpipers, pay tribute to victims of the tragedy. Mike Piazza’s eighth-inning home run gives the Mets a 3-2 dramatic victory over the Braves.
2003 Greg Maddux, with Atlanta beating the Marlins, 8-0, becomes the first pitcher to win at least 15 games in 16 consecutive seasons. The Braves’ righty, who pitched five scoreless innings, allowing only one hit en route to his 288th career victory, had shared the record with Cy Young.
2004 Raul Ibanez, in the Mariners’ 16-6 rout over LA, ties an American League record shared by 20+ players when he collects six hits in the nine-inning contest. The mark for the most hits in an AL game is nine, accomplished by Cleveland’s Johnny Burnett in an 18-inning marathon against Philadelphia.
2005 At Shea Stadium, Mudcat Grant and Al Downing welcome Marlins’ southpaw Dontrelle Willis to the “Black Aces,” a fraternity of African-Americans to win 20 games in a big league season. Beating the Nationals earlier in the month, the D-Train became the 13th black to accomplish the feat and will join the Aces’ foundation to help in promoting baseball in the African-American community.
2006 David Ortiz, hits his 51st and 52nd homers, breaking the Red Sox’s franchise record of 50 in a single-season, established by Jimmie Foxx in 1938. ‘Big Papi’ also breaks his own major league mark for home runs set by a DH with 45, two more than the standard he set last season.
2008 The Rays, who have never finished higher than fourth in the American League East Division during the first decade of their existence, clinch a postseason berth with a 7-2 victory over Minnesota at Tropicana Field. Southpaw Scott Kazmir throws six scoreless innings with Carlos Pena hitting a pair of doubles and solo home runs by Cliff Floyd and Fernando Perez providing the offensive in Tampa Bay’s historic win.
2008 After a moving ceremony celebrating the history of the 85 year-old ballpark, New York beat the Orioles in the last game ever played at Yankee Stadium, 7-3. Julia Ruth Stevens, the Babe’s daughter, throws out the ceremonial first pitch, and at the end of game, team captain Derek Jeter, standing in front of the mound, surrounded by his teammates, bids farewell to ‘House Ruth Built’ in an address in front of the 54,610 fans who attended the Bronx finale.
2009 Cecil Cooper is replaced by Dave Clark, the team’s third base coach, as the manager of the slumping Astros. ‘Coop,’ who had signed a contract extension to manage until the end of the 2010 season, piloted his club to a 171-170 record, including a disappointing 70-79 mark this season, during his two-year tenure in the Houston dugout.
2010 A 6-4 come-from-behind victory over Cleveland at Target Field along with Chicago’s loss in Oakland clinches the AL Central Division for the Twins. Minnesota, who had to play a 163rd game the previous two seasons to determine a division winner, becomes the first club this season to secure a postseason berth.
2010 Roy Halladay, obtained in an off-season trade with Toronto, is the Phillies’ first 20-game winner since Steve Carlton reached the milestone 28 years ago, and he becomes the first right-hander to accomplish the feat for the club since Robin Roberts posted a 23-14 record in 1955. The 5-3 victory over Atlanta, Philadelphia’s ninth straight win that increases the team’s NL East lead to five games over the fading Braves, makes ‘Doc’ the 17th pitcher to accomplish the feat in both leagues, having compiled two 20-win seasons with the Blue Jays.
2013 Matt Carpenter breaks Stan Musial’s 1953 Cardinals single-season record for two-baggers hit by a left-handed batter when he doubles for the 54th time this season, reaching the milestone in the fifth inning of the team’s 7-2 victory over the Brewers at Miller Park. Joe Medwick established the overall franchise mark, hitting 64 during the 1936 campaign.
2013 Mariners left fielder Raul Ibanez’s 29th round-tripper, his 300th career home run, ties him with Ted Williams for the most hit in a season by a player who is 41 or older. The ‘Splendid Splinter’, in his final year as a major leaguer, hit that many in 1960 playing with the Red Sox.
2019 With two years left on his contract, the Padres fired manager Andy Green, citing communication issues. During his four seasons with the Friars, the 42 year-old skipper compiled a 274-366 (.428) record, never finishing higher than fourth in the five-team NL Western Division.
|Y-Tampa Bay||35||19||.648||–||17 – 9||18 – 10||27 – 13||0 – 0||0 – 0||7 – 3||L 1|
|Y-NY Yankees||31||22||.585||3.5||21 – 7||10 – 15||22 – 14||0 – 0||0 – 0||9 – 1||L 1|
|Toronto||27||26||.509||7.5||12 – 7||15 – 19||17 – 16||0 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 7||W 1|
|Baltimore||23||31||.426||12||13 – 20||10 – 11||12 – 22||0 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 7||W 1|
|Boston||20||34||.370||15||9 – 19||11 – 15||12 – 25||0 – 0||0 – 0||5 – 5||W 1|
|Y-Chi White Sox||34||19||.642||–||17 – 10||17 – 9||0 – 0||25 – 11||0 – 0||7 – 3||L 1|
|Y-Minnesota||33||22||.600||2||21 – 5||12 – 17||0 – 0||21 – 17||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 2|
|Cleveland||29||24||.547||5||12 – 11||17 – 13||0 – 0||19 – 17||0 – 0||3 – 7||W 1|
|Detroit||22||30||.423||11.5||12 – 15||10 – 15||0 – 0||11 – 23||0 – 0||3 – 7||L 1|
|Kansas City||21||32||.396||13||10 – 13||11 – 19||0 – 0||14 – 22||0 – 0||6 – 4||L 3|
|Y-Oakland||33||20||.623||–||20 – 8||13 – 12||0 – 0||0 – 0||24 – 12||5 – 5||L 1|
|Houston||27||26||.509||6||20 – 8||7 – 18||0 – 0||0 – 0||17 – 16||5 – 5||W 2|
|Seattle||23||30||.434||10||12 – 9||11 – 21||0 – 0||0 – 0||16 – 17||4 – 6||L 1|
|LA Angels||23||31||.426||10.5||15 – 15||8 – 16||0 – 0||0 – 0||18 – 21||6 – 4||L 1|
|Texas||19||34||.358||14||13 – 13||6 – 21||0 – 0||0 – 0||13 – 22||4 – 6||W 1|
|Atlanta||31||22||.585||–||15 – 8||16 – 14||21 – 15||0 – 0||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 1|
|Miami||28||25||.528||3||11 – 15||17 – 10||20 – 16||0 – 0||0 – 0||6 – 4||L 1|
|Philadelphia||27||26||.509||4||19 – 13||8 – 13||20 – 16||0 – 0||0 – 0||4 – 6||L 1|
|NY Mets||24||29||.453||7||11 – 15||13 – 14||16 – 20||0 – 0||0 – 0||5 – 5||L 1|
|Washington||20||32||.385||10.5||9 – 16||11 – 16||11 – 21||0 – 0||0 – 0||4 – 6||W 1|
|Chi Cubs||31||22||.585||–||19 – 14||12 – 8||0 – 0||21 – 15||0 – 0||6 – 4||L 2|
|St. Louis||26||24||.520||3.5||11 – 11||15 – 13||0 – 0||19 – 16||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 4|
|Cincinnati||27||27||.500||4.5||14 – 12||13 – 15||0 – 0||19 – 18||0 – 0||8 – 2||W 1|
|Milwaukee||26||26||.500||4.5||15 – 14||11 – 12||0 – 0||16 – 16||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 4|
|Pittsburgh||15||38||.283||16||10 – 18||5 – 20||0 – 0||13 – 23||0 – 0||1 – 9||L 4|
|Y-LA Dodgers||38||16||.704||–||16 – 8||22 – 8||0 – 0||0 – 0||27 – 13||6 – 4||L 1|
|Y-San Diego||34||20||.630||4||21 – 9||13 – 11||0 – 0||0 – 0||21 – 15||7 – 3||W 1|
|San Francisco||26||26||.500||11||16 – 9||10 – 17||0 – 0||0 – 0||15 – 17||5 – 5||W 1|
|Colorado||23||29||.442||14||12 – 18||11 – 11||0 – 0||0 – 0||14 – 18||3 – 7||W 1|
|Arizona||20||34||.370||18||11 – 13||9 – 21||0 – 0||0 – 0||11 – 25||5 – 5||L 2|
X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spot