AP C0LLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

  1. Georgia 7 – 0
  2. Cincinnati 7 – 0
  3. Alabama 7 – 1
  4. Oklahoma 8 – 0
  5. Ohio State 6 – 1
  6. Michigan 7 – 0
  7. Oregon 6 – 1
  8. Michigan State 7 – 0
  9. Iowa 6 – 1
  10. Ole Miss 6 – 1
  11. Notre Dame 6 – 1
  12. Kentucky 6 – 1
  13. Wake Forest 7 – 0
  14. Texas A&M 6 – 2
  15. Oklahoma State 6 – 1
  16. Baylor 6 – 1
  17. Pittsburgh 6 – 1
  18. Auburn 5 – 2
  19. SMU 7 – 0
  20. Penn State 5 – 2
  21. San Diego State 7 – 0
  22. Iowa State 5 – 2
  23. Texas San Antonio 8 – 0
  24. Coastal Carolina 6 – 1
  25. BYU 6 – 2

Others: Arkansas (36) , Louisiana (32) , North Carolina State (28) , Houston (12) , Virginia (9) , Arizona State (7) , Oregon State (7) , Texas (6) , Appalachian State (5) , Florida (3) , Minnesota (1) , UCLA (1)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACHES POLL

  1. Georgia 7 – 0
  2. Cincinnati 7 – 0
  3. Alabama 7 – 1
  4. Oklahoma 8 – 0
  5. Ohio State 6 – 1
  6. Michigan 7 – 0
  7. Michigan State 7 – 0
  8. Oregon 6 – 1
  9. Ole Miss 6 – 1
  10. Iowa 6 – 1
  11. Notre Dame 6 – 1
  12. Kentucky 6 – 1
  13. Wake Forest 7 – 0
  14. Texas A&M 6 – 2
  15. Oklahoma State 6 – 1
  16. SMU 7 – 0
  17. Penn State 5 – 2
  18. Baylor 6 – 1
  19. Pittsburgh 6 – 1
  20. San Diego State 7 – 0
  21. Auburn 5 – 2
  22. Texas San Antonio 8 – 0
  23. Iowa State 5 – 2
  24. Coastal Carolina 6 – 1
  25. North Carolina State 5 – 2

Others: Louisiana (42) , BYU (42) , Arkansas (41) , Arizona State (27) , Houston (27) , Virginia (23) , Oregon State (13) , Florida (13) , Fresno State (10) , Air Force (9) , Appalachian State (5) , Texas (3) , Liberty (3) , Utah (1)

NFL SCOREBOARD

Cincinnati 41 Baltimore 17

Green Bay 24 Washington 10

Atlanta 30 Miami 28

New England 54 NY Jets 13

NY Giants 25 Carolina 3

Tennessee 27 Kansas City 3

Las Vegas 33 Philadelphia 22

LA Rams 28 Detroit 19

Arizona 31 Houston 5

Tampa Bay 38 Chicago 3

Indianapolis 30 San Francisco 18

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/fb/scoreboard.asp

NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 8

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals (Thu) 5:20p (MT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Los Angeles Rams at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Washington Football Team at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p FOX

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, November 01, 2021

New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE

Tuesday, Oct. 26
• Braves at Astros, Game 1 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, Oct. 27
• Braves at Astros, Game 2 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Thursday, Oct. 28
• Travel Day

Friday, Oct. 29
• Astros at Braves, Game 3 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Saturday, Oct. 30
• Astros at Braves, Game 4 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Sunday, Oct. 31
• Astros at Braves, Game 5* (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Monday, Nov. 1
• Travel Day*

Tuesday, Nov. 2
• Braves at Astros, Game 6* — (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, Nov. 3
• Braves at Astros, Game 7* — (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

NBA SCOREBOARD

Charlotte 111 Brooklyn 95

Boston 107 Houston 97

Orlando 110 New York 104

Philadelphia 115 Oklahoma City 103

Golden State 119 Sacramento 107

LA Lakers 121 Memphis 118… Desmond Bane 17pts, 5reb, 4asst

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/scoreboard.asp

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER SCOREBOARD

Austin 2 Houston 1

New England 2 Orlando City 2

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mls/scoreboard_daily.asp

NHL SCOREBOARD

Boston 4 San Jose 3

Nashville 5 Minnesota 2

NY Islanders 2 Vegas 0

Detroit 6 Chicago 3

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/scoreboard.asp

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SECTIONAL SCHEDULE SECTIONAL SEMI-FINALS

SECTIONAL 1

Crown Point (5-4) at Merrillville (9-0)

Lafayette Jeff (6-3) at Lake Central (3-6)

SECTIONAL 2

Portage (2-7) at Chesterton (6-3)

Penn (4-5) at Elkhart (5-4)

SECTIONAL 3

Homestead (6-3) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (8-1)

SECTIONAL 4

Westfield (8-1) at Noblesville (2-7)

Fishers (6-3) at Hamilton Southeastern (7-2)

SECTIONAL 5

Carmel (8-1) at Avon (1-8)

Brownsburg (7-2) at Pike (1-8)

SECTIONAL 6

Southport (0-9) at Ben Davis (4-5)

Perry Meridian (2-7) at Indianapolis Tech (5-4)

SECTIONAL 7

North Central (Indianapolis) (1-8) at Lawrence North (5-3)

Warren Central (5-3) at Lawrence Central (3-6)

SECTIONAL 8

Center Grove (9-0) at Franklin Central (4-5)

SECTIONAL 9

Munster (2-7) at Hammond Central (2-7)

Hammond Morton (1-5) at Valparaiso (8-1)

SECTIONAL 10

Michigan City (6-3) at South Bend Adams (4-6)

Mishawaka (7-2) at Concord (9-1)

SECTIONAL 11

Fort Wayne Northrop (3-6) at Fort Wayne Snider (7-1)

Fort Wayne North (2-6) at Fort Wayne Dwenger (5-4)

SECTIONAL 12

Harrison (West Lafayette) (8-1) at Zionsville (5-5)

Anderson (2-4) at Kokomo (7-2)

SECTIONAL 13

Plainfield (4-5) at Indianapolis Cathedral (9-1)

Decatur Central (8-1) at Terre Haute South (1-8)

SECTIONAL 14

Columbus East (4-5) at Whiteland (5-3)

Franklin (3-6) at New Palestine (6-3)

SECTIONAL 15

Bloomington South (6-2) at Castle (7-2)

Evansville North (5-4) at Bloomington North (6-3)

SECTIONAL 16

New Albany (6-3) at Floyd Central (4-6)

Seymour (3-5) at Bedford North Lawrence (4-5)

SECTIONAL 17

Gary West (6-2) at Lowell (7-3)

East Chicago Central (2-6) at Hobart (7-3)

SECTIONAL 18

Kankakee Valley (4-6) at South Bend St. Joseph (3-7)

New Prairie (8-2) at Culver Academy (7-3)

SECTIONAL 19

DeKalb (2-8) at Leo (10-0)

Columbia City (5-5) at Northridge (6-4)

SECTIONAL 20

Fort Wayne Wayne (3-7) at Delta (5-5)

Mississinewa (7-2) at New Haven (5-5)

SECTIONAL 21

Connersville (2-8) at Richmond (2-8)

Mount Vernon (Fortville) (9-1) at Greenfield-Central (7-3)

SECTIONAL 22

Indianapolis Shortridge (3-4) at Indianapolis Chatard (6-4)

Lebanon (7-3) at Indianapolis Roncalli (10-0)

SECTIONAL 23

South Dearborn (7-3) at Martinsville (6-4)

East Central (8-2) at Mooresville (8-2)

SECTIONAL 24

Evansville Central (2-7) at Evansville Memorial (8-2)

Evansville Reitz (4-6) at Northview (8-1)

SECTIONAL 25

Benton Central (1-6) at Hanover Central (9-1)

River Forest (5-3) at Knox (4-6)

SECTIONAL 26

John Glenn (5-4) at Jimtown (8-2)

Mishawaka Marian (7-3) at Tippecanoe Valley (10-0)

SECTIONAL 27

Fort Wayne Concordia (2-7) at Norwell (9-1)

Peru (7-2) at Oak Hill (8-2)

SECTIONAL 28

Brebeuf Jesuit (8-2) at North Montgomery (4-4)

Guerin Catholic (3-7) at Western Boone (6-4)

SECTIONAL 29

Tri-West (8-2) at Indianapolis Ritter (1-9)

Danville (9-1) at Indian Creek (3-7)

SECTIONAL 30

Vincennes Lincoln (2-8) at Edgewood (2-7)

Owen Valley (8-1) at Brown County (5-5)

SECTIONAL 31

Brownstown Central (10-0) at Batesville (6-4)

Lawrenceburg (9-1) at Greensburg (4-4)

SECTIONAL 32

Heritage Hills (8-2) at Evansville Bosse (3-7)

Salem (6-2) at Gibson Southern (9-1)

SECTIONAL 33

Rensselaer Central (6-4) at Andrean (7-3)

Boone Grove (2-6) at Whiting (4-6)

SECTIONAL 34

Delphi (7-3) at Pioneer (8-2)

Bremen (7-3) at LaVille (7-2)

SECTIONAL 35

Eastside (10-0) at Central Noble (8-2)

Fort Wayne Luers (9-1) at Prairie Heights (4-6)

SECTIONAL 36

Tipton (9-1) at Alexandria (4-5)

SECTIONAL 37

Lafayette Central Catholic (6-4) at Southmont (6-4)

Monrovia (7-3) at Speedway (8-2)

SECTIONAL 38

Shenandoah (4-4) at Indianapolis Scecina (7-3)

Centerville (9-0) at Northeastern (6-4)

SECTIONAL 39

Paoli (6-2) at Providence (5-5)

Clarksville (3-7) at Triton Central (6-4)

SECTIONAL 40

North Knox (8-2) at North Posey (8-2)

Evansville Mater Dei (8-2) at Linton-Stockton (10-0)

SECTIONAL 41

South Central (Union Mills) (5-3) at Culver (3-5)

North Judson (6-3) at Winamac (8-0)

SECTIONAL 42

Tri-County (0-8) at Clinton Prairie (5-4)

Carroll (Flora) (7-3) at Traders Point Christian (5-5)

SECTIONAL 43

Monroe Central (10-0) at South Adams (8-2)

Taylor (1-5) at Union City (5-4)

SECTIONAL 44

Triton (3-6) at Northfield (7-3)

Southwood (5-5) at Adams Central (9-1)

SECTIONAL 45

South Putnam (8-2) at Parke Heritage (8-2)

Covington (8-2) at Riverton Parke (3-6)

SECTIONAL 46

Indianapolis Tindley (4-4) at Covenant Christian (6-4)

Indianapolis Lutheran (10-0) at Park Tudor (8-2)

SECTIONAL 47

Milan (4-6) at North Decatur (5-4)

Tri (8-2) at Knightstown (1-7)

SECTIONAL 48

West Washington (4-4) at Springs Valley (8-1)

Tecumseh (3-6) at North Central (Farmersburg) (4-5)

INDIANA BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER STATE FINALS

Friday, October 29, 2021
6 pm ET | Boys Class 2A | West Lafayette (18-1-2) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (12-7-2) 
8 pm ET | Boys Class A | Westview (16-5) vs. Providence (15-3-3)

Saturday, October 30, 2021
11 am ET | Girls Class A | Andrean (15-3-3) vs. Heritage Christian (14-8)
1:30 pm ET | Girls Class 2A | Mishawaka Marian (20-3) vs. Evansville Memorial (19-3-1)
4 pm ET | Girls Class 3A | Homestead (20-0) vs. Carmel (18-2-2)
6:30 pm ET | Boys Class 3A | Noblesville (19-1-1) vs. Carmel (16-3-2)

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS

North

1. Huntington North
Class 2A | Andrean (30-5) vs. South Adams (28-8) | 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT
Class 3A | West Lafayette (27-2) vs. Bellmont (29-5) | Approx. 2:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm CT

2. Frankfort
Class A | Kouts (27-7) vs. Lafayette Central Catholic (25-9) | 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT
Class 4A | Penn (36-1) vs. McCutcheon (28-6) | Approx. 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT

South

3. Columbus East
Class A | Bloomfield (20-11) vs. Trinity Lutheran (29-4) | 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT
Class 3A | Brebeuf Jesuit (30-3) vs. Silver Creek (23-11) | Approx. 2:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm CT

4. Jasper
Class 2A | Western Boone (26-8) vs. North Posey (27-5) | 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT
Class 4A | Roncalli (28-5) vs. Castle (30-2) | Approx. 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT

STATE CROSS COUNTRY FINALS

Site: LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, Wabash Valley Sports Center, 599 S. Tabortown Road, Terre Haute, IN  47803.

NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS

Titans start fast, simply dominate Mahomes, Chiefs 27-3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans wanted to start games faster and score more points early.

They did just that against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Titans scored on their first five possessions and led 27-0 at halftime on their way to routing the Chiefs on Sunday.

Ryan Tannehill threw for 270 yards and a touchdown, and he also ran for a score as the Titans won for the fifth time in six games.

“We wanted to get going early and score points early,” Tannehill said of a team with only 20 points scored in the first quarter this season. “So we were able to do that, and hopefully we can keep it going.”

The Titans (5-2) also won their second game in six days over teams that played for the AFC championship in January.

They edged Buffalo 34-31 on Monday night and followed that by simply dominating the two-time defending AFC champs as Tennessee kept scoring.

“It was a great win for everybody,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. “Great job. The guys stepped up.”

The Chiefs (3-4) have lost two of three and dropped to 1-4 in the AFC this season. They also were held to their fewest points since a 38-3 loss to Denver on Dec. 30, 2012.

“They made more plays than what we did, particularly on the first few series there,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “I’ve seen our guys do it and make the plays. We’re just not doing it right now.”

This was the first time Patrick Mahomes had trailed by 27 at halftime and the third-largest halftime deficit for the Chiefs since 1991. It was the worst since the Chiefs trailed Pittsburgh 29-0 at the half on Oct. 2, 2016, and only the eighth time in franchise history that Kansas City had trailed by 27 or more at the half.

The Titans forced three turnovers – two by Mahomes – that they turned into 10 points. Denico Autry had two of the Titans’ four sacks.

Mahomes was slow to get up after taking a knee to his head on the fourth sack by Autry. He went to the medical tent and didn’t return with Chad Henne replacing him late. He finished with 206 yards passing and 35 yards rushing.

Reid said Mahomes cleared the concussion protocols and will play Nov. 1 against the Giants. But Reid chose not to put Mahomes back in for the Chiefs’ final drive. Mahomes said he felt fine.

“You get hit pretty hard, sometimes you just want to lay there,” Mahomes said. “Plus it was fourth down. … It was a disappointing day and disappointing way it ended.”

Kansas City won the toss and deferred. The Titans didn’t look back despite three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan sitting out with a concussion.

The Titans went up-tempo early with Tannehill spreading the ball around to 2020 Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Brown and seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones. Derrick Henry, the NFL’s rushing leader, finished the drive out of the wildcat, throwing a 5-yard pass to tight end MyCole Pruitt for the 7-0 lead.

After a sack by Bud Dupree ended the Chiefs’ first possession, Tannehill drove the Titans 97 yards on the ensuing drive, highlighted by a 46-yard throw to Brown initially ruled an incompletion. Vrabel won his challenge, and Tannehill finished the drive with a 24-yard TD pass to Brown.

After linebacker Rashaan Evans’ interception, Tannehill ran for a 2-yard TD and a 24-0 lead. Randy Bullock added his second field goal off Mahomes’ fumble for the 27-0 lead.

Bengals’ 41-Point Explosion Stuns Ravens As Burrow, Defense Lead Charge Into AFC North Top Spot

The Bengals delivered a stirring statement to the NFL Sunday signed off by its top 10 defense when they blew out the AFC’s best team at home with quarterback Joe Burrow orchestrating a devastating 28 points in a 19-minute span of the second half before a stunned sellout crowd in Baltimore.

Career highs by Burrow (416 yards passing for the sixth biggest day in Bengals history) and rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (201 yards), allowed the 5-2 Bengals to grab a first-place tie with the shell-shocked Ravens as well the top seed in the AFC playoff chase with a 41-17 victory. The 41 points were the most scored in Zac Taylor’s 39 games as head coach.

Another rousing effort by the defense handed Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson his first loss in six starts against the Bengals. They held him to 15 of 31 passing for 257 yards and harassed him with numerous hits and five sacks.

Burrow was having his greatest day in the NFL with a 27-17 lead as the third quarter turned into the fourth quarter with a scorching 378 yards when he made his only two stumbles. But only after he converted two huge third-downers to wide receiver Tee Higgins (one on a tipped ball) and another wondrous catch for Chase for 27 yards on a leaping back-shoulder catch.

But with the ball at the Ravens 9, Burrow took a sack. And then on third down with 14:51 left in the game, Burrow got heavily rushed and as he was falling backward as he tried to throw a jump ball to Chase double teamed in the end zone and Humphrey easily picked it off.

But as they did all day the Bengals defense had the answer. After Trey Hendrickson drew a holding call, they blitzed on fourth-and-seven from the Baltimore 38 and Jackson short-hopped it. It punctuated another brilliant effort where they got a season-high five sacks. Left end Sam Hubbard had a career-high 2.5 sacks and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi added 1.5.

After completing 25 of 38 passes, Burrow handed it off four straight times and was rewarded with running back Joe Mixon’s 21-yard touchdown run up the gut. It was a classic Mixonian cut-back run as he went from left to right running behind center Trey Hopkins and outran the second level.

Mixon back-up Samaje Perine ran the exact same play on the next series, popping off a 46-yard touchdown run as he cut behind Hopkins and left guard Quinton Spain to make it 41-17 with 6:59 left.

At that point the Ravens benched Jackson and Brandon Allen replaced Burrow after the emerging legend oversaw TDs of 82, 55, 46 and 32 yards. Burrow has now thrown two touchdown passes in all seven games and hit three touchdowns Sunday for back-to-back games.

Packers’ red-zone defense shuts down Washington

GREEN BAY – For weeks, coordinator Joe Barry and the rest of the Packers’ defense have been asked about how the unit has performed inside the red zone early this season.

On Sunday, the Packers offered an emphatic retort.

Green Bay’s defense reigned supreme inside the 20-yard line during the team’s 24-10 win over the Washington Football Team at Lambeau Field, keeping the opposition out of the end zone on four straight red-zone possessions to close the game.

The first two stops were the most critical, as both forced Washington to turn the ball over on downs inside the Packers’ 5-yard line. The third ended with a Chandon Sullivan interception before Green Bay finally conceded a field goal on the fourth.

It was the type of showing Green Bay’s fifth-ranked defense was looking for after the opposition scored touchdowns on its first 15 trips inside the Packers’ red zone through the first six games of the year.

“It was huge. It definitely played a huge part in the game,” said linebacker De’Vondre Campbell when asked about the four red-zone stops in the second half. “Everybody knows that we’ve been struggling a little bit in the red zone so that definitely was a point of emphasis coming in, making sure that we can get that part of our game going.

“I think today was definitely a step in the right direction.”

Behind scrambling quarterback Taylor Heinicke, Washington posted 430 total yards against the Packers and won the time of possession (32:54-27:06).

However, Green Bay countered with sound situational defense and big plays. The second half began with linebacker Rashan Gary responding to the challenge presented to him by Campbell to step up in the absence of veteran Preston Smith, who missed his first NFL game in six-plus seasons with an oblique injury.

On the second play of the third quarter, Gary sacked Heinicke and forced a fumble, which defensive lineman Dean Lowry recorded at the Washington 27-yard line. Three plays later, quarterback Aaron Rodgers turned the takeaway into points with a 20-yard touchdown to Robert Tonyan to give Green Bay its first two-possession lead.

Washington charged back behind Heinicke, who appeared to score on a third-and-goal scramble with 6 minutes, 3 seconds left in the third quarter. Upon further review, however, the officials deemed that Heinicke’s knee had touched the ground before the ball crossed the plane of the end zone.

Washington chose to go for it on fourth-and-goal from the 1 but Campbell thwarted Heinicke’s sneak attempt, forcing a fumble (that Heinicke corralled) before Gary stopped him for Green Bay’s first red-zone stop of the year.

“When you’re in goal-line situations … we know what’s about to come,” Gary said. “We all were playing QB sneak. That was just the mindset, just making sure he doesn’t cross. Our mindset this week as a defense was just to get better in the red zone. I feel we’ve done that this week, just step by step and series by series.”

Washington again threatened on its next possession despite fumbling twice (and recovering) on its first four plays. But once again the drive produced no points after Washington went for it on fourth-and-2 from the Green Bay 3 and safety Adrian Amos batted down a pass intended for tight end Ricky Seals-Jones.

After Mason Crosby’s 39-yard field goal to start the fourth quarter, Washington worked the ball down to the Packers’ 12 before Sullivan picked off a third-and-8 pass in the end zone that was intended for Adam Humphries.

Ryan throws for 336, Falcons get FG at end, top Miami 30-28

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Matt Ryan fell asleep during Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, and wasn’t even aware until waking up Sunday morning that the Atlanta Braves are heading to the World Series.

The Braves, he noted, are playing for a title despite struggling for much of the year.

And he sees no reason why such a turnaround can’t inspire the Atlanta Falcons.

Ryan had two big throws to Kyle Pitts to get Atlanta into field-goal range on the final drive, Younghoe Koo made a 36-yarder as time expired, and the Falcons beat the Miami Dolphins 30-28 on Sunday – a sixth consecutive loss for Miami, and the second in a row coming on a final-play kick.

“You have the right mindset and have courage,” Falcons coach Arthur Smith said of Ryan. “He has it. He’s a special player. I personally think he’s been criminally underrated his if you look at his career.”

Ryan passed for 336 yards, nearly half of them – 163 – going to Pitts, his rookie tight end. The Falcons had blown a 13-point fourth-quarter lead and were trailing with 2:27 left. But Ryan and Pitts needed only 37 seconds to flip the momentum.

A 23-yard pass to Pitts opened the final drive, a 28-yarder down the sideline got Atlanta well within Koo’s range, and Ryan milked the clock down to almost nothing with Miami out of timeouts and resigned to simply hoping for a miracle miss.

“We had plenty of time,” Ryan said. “We just needed a field goal. I know we have a guy who can put it between the pipes.”

Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage caught touchdown passes for the Falcons (3-3). Ryan completed 25 of 40 passes.

Tua Tagovailoa threw for 291 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, the last of them going to Mack Hollins with 2:27 left for Miami, which has dropped six straight. Tagovailoa completed 32 of 40 passes and had two interceptions – both of which led to Atlanta scores.

“The margin for error is slim in this league,” Tagovailoa said.

Mike Gesicki, Myles Gaskin and Isaiah Ford had the other touchdown receptions for Miami (1-6).

The Dolphins were down by six early in the fourth quarter when Xavien Howard stripped a catch from Ridley, then corralled the ball on his left hip for an interception as he fell to the turf. That gave Miami the ball on the Atlanta 32 and a chance to reclaim the lead.

But on Miami’s ensuing play, Tagovailoa tried to force the ball to Jaylen Waddle. Falcons linebacker Foyesade Oluokun made an easy interception and returned the ball 56 yards to the Miami 14. Three plays later, Cordarrelle Patterson ran in from the 3, and the Falcons were up 27-14.

“It wasn’t perfect,” Ryan said. “The idea is to get the job done, and we did that.”

Tagovailoa’s 7-yard pass to Gaskin made it a one-score game again, capping a 90-yard drive. After another Atlanta turnover midway through the fourth, Tagovailoa found Hollins to give the Dolphins the lead.

They just couldn’t hold it.

Miami led 7-0 early after Tagovailoa led a nearly perfect opening drive. The Falcons scored the next 20 points, aided by a bad interception from Tagovailoa on a pass into the end zone late in the half.

A three-play, 77-yard drive to open the second half was capped by a 49-yard touchdown pass from Ryan to Gage, and Patterson’s TD run made it 27-14. Tagovailoa got Miami the lead, then had to watch Ryan take it away at the end.

“He put us in position to win the game, which at the end of the day is all you can ask for from the quarterback,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores said.

Jones tosses 2 TDs, Patriots roll 54-13 as Jets lose Wilson

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The Patriots walked off the field Sunday with the type of win that had eluded them. The Jets left with two losses, one that could further complicate an already frustrating year.

Mac Jones threw two touchdown passes in his first 300-yard game, Damien Harris and J.J. Taylor ran for two TDs each and New England won for the first time at home this season, rolling past New York 54-13.

“We finally kind of saw a little bit of a result that was good, and we’ve just got to stick to the formula and stick to the process,” Jones said.

The Patriots (3-4) earned their 12th straight victory and sixth consecutive season sweep over the Jets (1-5), who played most of the game without rookie quarterback Zach Wilson after the second overall draft pick left with 12:31 remaining in the second quarter with a right knee injury.

Wilson was hit by Patriots linebacker Matt Judon, who fell on the back of Wilson’s legs after he released a pass that fell incomplete for Keelan Cole. Wilson initially was down for several minutes as he was examined by the training staff before eventually being able to walk off the field on his own power. He did not return and was replaced by Mike White – who hadn’t previously taken an NFL regular-season snap.

Wilson said the initial diagnosis is an injured posterior cruciate ligament.

“At first, it wasn’t necessarily like a painful thing,” he said. “I felt a pop. I felt a twist. So you kind of know when it’s different than just getting some sort of bruise or getting landed on. I knew something had happened.”

Wilson will have an MRI and further evaluation Monday.

“Initially you feel good. But you never know,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said.

Jones finished 24 of 36 for 307 yards, and Harris rushed 14 times for 106 yards to lead a Patriots offense that gained a season-high 551 yards. Safety Kyle Dugger and J.C. Jackson both added interceptions.

“We’ve got to do that every time. It can’t be a one-time thing,” Jones said.

The 54 points are the most allowed by the Jets since losing 55-21 at New England on Oct. 29, 1978. It is the fourth-most points ever allowed by New York.

“They punched us in the mouth and scored points,” Saleh said. “Been part of some of those in my life. They don’t feel good.”

White eventually finished off the drive following Wilson’s injury with a 3-yard TD pass to Corey Davis to pull New York within 17-7. White ended the day 20 of 32 for 202 yards and two interceptions.

The Patriots dominated the rest of the period, scoring twice more to take a 31-7 lead into halftime. The Jets have been outscored in the first half 106-20 this season.

New England went to their bag of trick plays on the game’s opening drive to take a 7-0 lead just 2:17 into the game.

Jones threw a pass behind the line of scrimmage to receiver Kendrick Bourne, who faked the run before stopping and tossing a 25-yard touchdown pass over the top to a wide-open Nelson Agholor. It was the first career NFL pass for Bourne. The Patriots covered 65 yards in just four plays.

After a Jets punt, New England moved quickly again, getting into the red zone after just five plays courtesy of a 32-yard run by Harris.

Harris capped it two plays later with a 1-yard touchdown run.

“I think we’re finding out who we are, play by play,” Bourne said. “The rhythm was right.”

Jones passing and catching, Giants D spark win over Panthers

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) With most of his top skill players sidelined with injuries, Daniel Jones did a little of bit of everything for the New York Giants. He ran the ball, threw a touchdown pass and even made a great catch on a trick play.

Combine that with the best game of the year from coordinator Pat Graham’s defense and the Giants got a rare win Sunday against the slumping Carolina Panthers.

Jones threw a 5-yard TD pass and made a spectacular one-handed 16-yard catch on the game’s only meaningful touchdown drive in a 25-3 win Sunday.

“Yeah, I think that’s an important win for us,” Jones said after the Giants (2-5) bounced back from their two worst losses of the season. “You know, we’ve had some tough games and some close games, but you know, we believe in who we are as a team, and what we’re doing as a team and where we’re going.”

Jones’ touchdown pass to Dante Pettis survived a very long replay review in helping New York hand Carolina (3-4) its fourth straight loss with star running back Christian McCaffrey sidelined.

Pettis coincidently made the slightly overthrown pass on the flea flicker which Jones caught with the fingertips of his throwing hand.

The catch was a hot topic. Jones, who finished 23 of 33 for 203 yards with six carries for 30 yards, didn’t remember ever catching a pass in college. He laughed when asked if teammates are calling him ‘Odell” after one-time Giants and current Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Jones even made fun of himself by saying he ran a bad route after he handed off to Devantae Booker on a sweep left. The running back pitched to Pettis, whose lob was a little too far.

“I thought it was a dime,” Pettis said, making everyone laugh by using Jones’ nickname “Danny Dimes.”

Coach Joe Judge said the Giants took the play out of the vault at the suggestion of quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski. He noted Carolina ran the same play against Detroit last year.

Graham Gano kicked field goals of 49, 53 and 44 yards against his former team as the Giants struggled to score touchdowns with wide receivers Kenny Golladay (knee), Kadarius Toney (ankle) and Sterling Shepard (hamstring) and running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) all inactive. Booker added a 19-yard TD run.

New York’s much-maligned defense had its best game of the season, limiting Carolina to 173 yards, forcing a safety on an intentional grounding, and getting an interception from James Bradberry, another former Panther. Rookie linebacker Azeez Ojulari had 2 1/2 of New York’s six sacks. Carolina was 2 of 15 on third downs.

“Today it came together for us defensively and goes for the the team, we found a way to win,” safety Logan Ryan said. “That was the biggest thing. And now … we’ve got to replicate that.”

The three points and 173 total yards are team lows since coach Matt Rhule took over last year.

The Panthers looked good on the opening series of the game. Former Jet Sam Darnold drove them 46 yards on 13 plays before settling for a 45-yard field goal by Zane Gonzalez that hit the upright but went through.

That’s was basically it for the game. Darnold, traded to Carolina in the offseason, was lifted in the fourth quarter after hitting 16 of 25 passes for 111 yards and the pick. PJ Walker finished up.

Rhule said Darnold will start next week and he be the quarterback moving forward. His bigger concern was seeing his team match the urgency of the Giants.

Darnold said the offense has had a problem finding a rhythm the past month.

“When you get to that point of getting pulled, I just internalize it,” Darnold said. “Honestly, it’s one of those situations that is what it is. He thought at the time that that would provide a spark. It’s his decision and I live with it.”

The Giants, who got their first home victory in four tries in 2021, thought they had a 2-yard TD pass from Jones to Kyle Rudolph in the second quarter. Replay showed the tight end short of the end zone and New York failed on three attempts from inside the 1-yard line.

New York did manage to get two points when Darnold was called for intentional grounding on a pass from the end zone under heavy pressure.

After the ensuing free kick, Jones hit Pettis on a 27-yard slant to set up Gano’s 49-yard field goal for a 5-3 edge that eventually gave New York its first halftime lead.

Titans start fast, simply dominate Mahomes, Chiefs 27-3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans wanted to start games faster and score more points early.

They did just that against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Titans scored on their first five possessions and led 27-0 at halftime on their way to routing the Chiefs on Sunday.

Ryan Tannehill threw for 270 yards and a touchdown, and he also ran for a score as the Titans won for the fifth time in six games.

“We wanted to get going early and score points early,” Tannehill said of a team with only 20 points scored in the first quarter this season. “So we were able to do that, and hopefully we can keep it going.”

The Titans (5-2) also won their second game in six days over teams that played for the AFC championship in January.

They edged Buffalo 34-31 on Monday night and followed that by simply dominating the two-time defending AFC champs as Tennessee kept scoring.

“It was a great win for everybody,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. “Great job. The guys stepped up.”

The Chiefs (3-4) have lost two of three and dropped to 1-4 in the AFC this season. They also were held to their fewest points since a 38-3 loss to Denver on Dec. 30, 2012.

“They made more plays than what we did, particularly on the first few series there,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “I’ve seen our guys do it and make the plays. We’re just not doing it right now.”

This was the first time Patrick Mahomes had trailed by 27 at halftime and the third-largest halftime deficit for the Chiefs since 1991. It was the worst since the Chiefs trailed Pittsburgh 29-0 at the half on Oct. 2, 2016, and only the eighth time in franchise history that Kansas City had trailed by 27 or more at the half.

The Titans forced three turnovers – two by Mahomes – that they turned into 10 points. Denico Autry had two of the Titans’ four sacks.

Mahomes was slow to get up after taking a knee to his head on the fourth sack by Autry. He went to the medical tent and didn’t return with Chad Henne replacing him late. He finished with 206 yards passing and 35 yards rushing.

Reid said Mahomes cleared the concussion protocols and will play Nov. 1 against the Giants. But Reid chose not to put Mahomes back in for the Chiefs’ final drive. Mahomes said he felt fine.

“You get hit pretty hard, sometimes you just want to lay there,” Mahomes said. “Plus it was fourth down. … It was a disappointing day and disappointing way it ended.”

Kansas City won the toss and deferred. The Titans didn’t look back despite three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan sitting out with a concussion.

The Titans went up-tempo early with Tannehill spreading the ball around to 2020 Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Brown and seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones. Derrick Henry, the NFL’s rushing leader, finished the drive out of the wildcat, throwing a 5-yard pass to tight end MyCole Pruitt for the 7-0 lead.

After a sack by Bud Dupree ended the Chiefs’ first possession, Tannehill drove the Titans 97 yards on the ensuing drive, highlighted by a 46-yard throw to Brown initially ruled an incompletion. Vrabel won his challenge, and Tannehill finished the drive with a 24-yard TD pass to Brown.

After linebacker Rashaan Evans’ interception, Tannehill ran for a 2-yard TD and a 24-0 lead. Randy Bullock added his second field goal off Mahomes’ fumble for the 27-0 lead.

Raiders beat Philly, 33-22, in second game under Bisaccia

LAS VEGAS (AP) Derek Carr threw for 323 yards, completing 31 of 34 pass attempts with one touchdown, and the Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 33-22.

The Raiders (5-2) outgained Philadelphia 443-358 in a dominating performance that saw Las Vegas score on five straight possessions after its first series ended with Carr being intercepted inside the Eagles 5-yard line.

It was Las Vegas’ second straight win since former coach Jon Gruden resigned Oct. 11 because of offensive emails he sent before being hired in 2018.

Under interim coach Rich Bisaccia, the Raiders have outscored Denver and Philadelphia 67-46 collectively, and outgained both 869-779.

The Eagles (2-5) lost their second straight and for the fifth time in six games.

The Raiders were without Carr’s top target, tight end Darren Waller, who was inactive. Las Vegas lost running back Josh Jacobs to a chest injury after he ran for 29 yards on six attempts, including one touchdown.

Stepping up in the Pro Bowlers’ places were tight end Foster Moreau, who had a career-high six receptions for 60 yards, and running back Kenyan Drake, who rushed for 69 yards on 14 attempts, including one touchdown.

Prior to Carr’s second red-zone interception of the season, which tied with Patrick Mahomes and Trevor Lawrence for most in NFL, the Eagles marched 62 yards in eight plays on the game’s opening drive. Jalen Hurts found rookie running back Kenneth Gainwell over the middle for a 13-yard score.

Las Vegas scored the first of its points during a 30-0 run on its second possession early in the second quarter. Carr hit Moreau for an 18-yard touchdown. Jacobs added an 8-yard TD when he scampered around the left edge on the Raiders’ next possession.

Four different Raiders scored touchdowns as Drake and Bryan Edwards found the end zone in the third quarter.

And while the Raiders’ offensive line was carving out its best performance of the season – it didn’t allow any sacks – Las Vegas’ pass rush continued to haunt quarterbacks. Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue had two sacks, the 12th multi-sack game of his career and second such performance this season.

After its touchdown, the Eagles’ next six possessions ended with a punt, punt, fumble, end of the first half, punt and a fumble.

Philadelphia added a late score when Hurts hooked up with Jalen Reagor for a 17-yard touchdown.

Stafford throws 3 TD passes, Rams edge Goff’s Lions 28-19

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Matthew Stafford passed for 334 yards and three touchdowns against his former team, and Jalen Ramsey made an end zone interception with five minutes left in the Los Angeles Rams’ 28-19 victory over Jared Goff and the winless Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Goff passed for 268 yards and nearly led the Lions (0-7) to an upset win in his first meeting with the Rams (6-1), who traded him for Stafford in a blockbuster deal last winter.

The Rams led 25-19 when Goff drove the Lions to the Los Angeles 12 in the waning minutes while converting four third downs on an excellent drive. But Ramsey came up with his latest game-changing play on his 27th birthday when he picked off an errant throw by Goff, who was being hit by the Rams’ other 2020 All-Pro, Aaron Donald.

Cooper Kupp had 10 catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns for the Rams, including the go-ahead score with 13:59 to play. Van Jefferson also caught a scoring pass from Stafford, who has 19 TD throws in his first seven games on the West Coast.

D’Andre Swift made a 63-yard catch-and-run TD on the opening possession for the Lions, who lost their 11th straight game despite jumping to a double-digit lead in a rare strong start. Kalif Raymond had six catches for 115 yards.

Austin Seibert kicked four field goals in a superb special teams game for the Lions, who also recovered an early onside kick and ran two successful fake punts.

But the Rams kept Goff’s offense out of the end zone in the final 57 minutes as they rallied from an early double-digit deficit and improved to 42-0 with a halftime lead under coach Sean McVay.

Goff still hasn’t won an NFL start without McVay as his head coach, falling to 0-14.

The Lions had gone scoreless in the first half three times in their last four games, but their opening drive produced their first touchdown in the first half since Week 2. Goff read a blitz and threw a short screen pass to Swift, who scampered through the Rams’ secondary for his TD.

Detroit then got to snap the ball with a lead for the first time all season when it embarrassed the Rams’ special teams on two fakes, recovering an onside kick three plays before punter Jack Fox completed a fourth-down pass.

When Stafford finally got to touch the ball, he efficiently led three scoring drives in the first half capped by TD throws to Jefferson and Kupp, who had seven catches for 78 yards before halftime.

Detroit took a 19-17 lead late in the third quarter after stopping the Rams’ offense on downs, but Stafford converted two long third downs before finding Kupp for a TD early in the fourth. Robert Woods, who had six catches for 70 yards, took in the 2-point conversion for a 25-19 lead.

Cardinals move to 7-0 for season, roll past Texans 31-5

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) DeAndre Hopkins caught a touchdown pass against his former team, Zach Ertz caught a touchdown pass for his new team and the Arizona Cardinals scored 31 unanswered points to roll past the Houston Texans 31-5 on Sunday.

The Cardinals remain the NFL’s only undefeated team and improved to 7-0 for the first time since 1974. The Texans (1-6) – who looked totally overmatched for three quarters – have lost six straight games.

Arizona fell into an early 5-0 hole after a slow offensive start, but recovered to win easily. The Cardinals were a 20.5-point favorite, according to FanDuel, which is a massive spread for an NFL game.

Kyler Murray completed 20 of 28 passes for 261 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. The interception was his first since Week 3, but it was one of the rare bad moments in another solid day. James Conner added an 18-yard touchdown run and Ertz had a 47-yard touchdown reception, which was the longest of his career.

It was the first time Hopkins and J.J. Watt had played against Houston, which is where both grew into stars before coming to the Cardinals. Watt signed with Arizona during the past offseason while Hopkins was acquired by the Cardinals in a trade in 2020.

Both had good moments on Sunday. Hopkins caught a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter while Watt added a tackle for loss.

The Texans jumped out to a 5-0 lead after a terrible offensive start for the Cardinals.

Houston earned a safety and a 2-0 advantage late in the first quarter when Murray tried to scramble out of the end zone and was sacked by Jacob Martin. Murray was shaken up on the play and briefly went into the sideline medical tent for evaluation before returning for the next drive.

Houston’s Ka’imi Fairbairn added a 53-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter for a 5-0 lead.

The Cardinals restored order in a hurry, responding with two touchdowns and a field goal before the break for a 17-5 halftime advantage. The second touchdown was set up by a beautiful throw and catch from Murray to A.J. Green down the sideline that went for 41 yards on third-and-24. Murray found Christian Kirk for a 5-yard touchdown two plays later.

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury was back on the sideline Sunday after eight days away from the team because of a positive COVID-19 test. The 42-year-old, who is fully vaccinated, was cleared early Sunday morning, several hours before the game.

Brady tops 600 career TD passes, Buccaneers rout Bears 38-3

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tom Brady became the first player to throw 600 career touchdown passes, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers routed the Chicago Bears 38-3 on Sunday for the best seven-game start in franchise history.

The defending Super Bowl champions won their fourth straight game, improving to 6-1 and avenging one of their five regular-season losses from a year ago, with Brady completing 20 of 36 passes for 211 yards and four TDs.

The Tampa Bay defense did its job, too, limiting the offensively challenged Bears (3-4) to Cairo Santos’ second-quarter field goal and sacking rookie Justin Fields four times, forcing two fumbles. Dee Delaney had one of the Bucs’ three interceptions, a first-quarter pick that led to Brady’s 599th career TD pass.

With Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski sidelined by injuries, Mike Evans had big day receiving for the Bucs, finishing with six catches for 76 yards and three TDs, including a 9-yarder that gave Brady No. 600 with six seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Evans also had scoring receptions of 2 and 8 yards as the Bucs built the lead to 35-3 at halftime. Chris Godwin had eight catches for 111 yards and a 5-yard reception set up by Delaney’s interception. Rookie Jaelon Darden’s 43-yard punt return led to Leonard Fournette’s early 2-yard TD run.

Fields, meanwhile, fell to 2-3 as the Bears starter. The first-round draft pick finished 22 of 32 for 184 yards and three interceptions. He also lost two fumbles and has now been sacked a league-leading 22 times.

Brady improved to 7-1 all-time against Chicago, the lone setback a 20-19 loss in a game last October that’s best remembered for ending with the seven-time Super Bowl champion losing track of downs with Tampa Bay trying to move into position to attempt a potential winning field goal.

The Bucs didn’t leave anything to chance this time.

Safety Antoine Winfield Jr., back in the lineup after missing two games with a concussion, sacked Fields on the second play of the game, forcing a fumble Chicago recovered. The Bears weren’t as fortunate when Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul got to the rookie, creating a pair of first-half turnovers that added to the young quarterback’s frustration.

Brady played into the fourth quarter, finally leaving after turning Fields’ third interception into a field goal that put the Bucs up 38-3. Backup Blaine Gabbert finished up, entering the game with 7:58 remaining.

In addition to boosting his regular-season career TD pass total to 602, the 44-year-old Brady has now thrown at least 20 TD passes in a season a record 19 times. He’s followed on the list by Drew Brees (17), Peyton Manning (16), Philip Rivers (15) and Brett Favre (15), who are all retired.

Rookie Khalil Herbert rushed for 100 yards on 18 carries for the Bears.

NFL-SEVEN FROM SUNDAY

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 24, the seventh week of the 2021 season.

  • There have been 24 games with a game-winning score in the final minute of regulation or in overtime this season, the most such games through the first seven weeks all-time.

    The ARIZONA CARDINALS, the last remaining undefeated team, improved to 7-0 for the first time since 1974 with their 31-5 win over Houston.

  • Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY threw four touchdown passes in the Buccaneers’ 38-3 win over Chicago.

    Brady, the league’s all-time leader in both passing yards (81,479) and touchdown passes (602), became the first player in league history with 600 career touchdown passes.

    Brady has 37 career games with at least four touchdown passes and 97 games with at least three touchdown passes, both tied with DREW BREES for the most such games in NFL history.

    Brady, who has 203 completions and 21 touchdown passes this season, became the third player with at least 200 completions and 20 touchdown passes in his team’s first seven games of a season in NFL history, joining ANDREW LUCK (2018) and Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (2013).

  • Cincinnati quarterback JOE BURROW, making his 17th career start, passed for a career-high 416 yards with three touchdown passes, while rookie wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE recorded 201 receiving yards with one touchdown in the Bengals’ 41-17 win at Baltimore.

    Burrow, who registered 406 passing yards and three passing touchdowns in Week 7 of the 2020 season, is the fourth player with two games with at least 400 passing yards and three touchdown passes within his first 20 career games, joining NICK FOLESPATRICK MAHOMES and BILLY VOLEK.

    Chase, who is 21 years and 237 days old, is the second-youngest player in NFL history to record at least 200 receiving yards in a single game, trailing only MIKE EVANS (21 years, 87 days old).

    Chase, the No. 5 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, has 754 receiving yards this season and surpassed HARLON HILL (685 receiving yards in 1954) for the most receiving yards by a player in his first seven career games all-time.

    Chase, who also recorded 159 receiving yards with a touchdown catch in Week 5, is the fifth rookie since 1970 with multiple games with at least 150 receiving yards and a touchdown reception, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (three games in 1998), KEN BURROW (two games in 1971), JUSTIN JEFFERSON (two games in 2020) and TORREY SMITH (two games in 2011). 

  • Los Angeles Rams wide receiver COOPER KUPP registered 10 receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns in the Rams’ 28-19 win over Detroit.

    Kupp – who also had two touchdown receptions in Week 2, Week 3 and Week 6 – is the fourth player in the Super Bowl era with at least two touchdown receptions in four of his team’s first seven games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers CALVIN JOHNSON (2011) and RANDY MOSS (2007), and STEVE WATSON (1981).

    Kupp, who has 809 receiving yards and nine touchdown receptions this season, is the first player in the Super Bowl era with at least 800 receiving yards and nine touchdown receptions in his team’s first seven games of a season.

    Kupp, who recorded nine receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns in Week 6, is the fifth wide receiver to record at least nine catches, 125 receiving yards and two touchdowns in consecutive games, joining DREW BENNETT (2004), ANTONIO BROWN (2017), Pro Football Hall of Famer CRIS CARTER (1995 and 1999) and ANDRE RISON (1990).
     
  • New England rookie quarterback MAC JONES passed for 307 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 111.7 rating in the Patriots’ 54-13 win over the New York Jets.

    Jones has 174 completions this season and joined JOE BURROW (195 completions in 2020) and JUSTIN HERBERT (181 in 2020) as the only rookie quarterbacks with at least 170 completions in their first seven starts in NFL history.

    Jones is the fourth rookie all-time with at least 225 passing yards and a touchdown pass in five consecutive games, joining DAK PRESCOTT (eight consecutive games in 2016), JUSTIN HERBERT (seven in 2020) and DESHAUN WATSON (five in 2017).

  • Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 274 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 127.6 rating in the Packers’ 24-10 win over Washington.

    Rodgers became the fourth quarterback in NFL history with 70 career games with at least three touchdown passes and a passer rating of 100-or-higher, joining TOM BRADY (85 games), DREW BREES (80) and Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (76).

  • Atlanta rookie tight end KYLE PITTS, the No. 4 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, registered seven receptions for 163 yards in the Falcons’ 30-28 win at Miami.

    Pitts’ 163 receiving yards are the fourth-most by a rookie tight end in a single game all-time, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers JACKIE SMITH (212 receiving yards on Oct. 13, 1963) and MIKE DITKA (190 on Nov. 12, 1961), as well as MARK BAVARO (176 on Oct. 13, 1985).

    Pitts, who had 119 receiving yards in Week 5 prior to the Falcons’ Week 6 bye, is the second rookie tight end in NFL history with at least 100 receiving yards in consecutive games, joining RAYMOND CHESTER (Weeks 5-6, 1970).

    Pitts has 471 receiving yards this season and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer MIKE DITKA (444 receiving yards) for the most receiving yards by a tight end in his first six career games in NFL history.

  • Other notable performances from Sunday include:

    • Las Vegas quarterback DEREK CARR completed 31 of 34 pass attempts (91.2 percent) for 323 yards and two touchdowns with one interception for a 113.6 rating in the Raiders’ 33-22 win over Philadelphia.

      Carr’s 91.2 completion percentage ranks as the second-highest single-game mark all-time in which a quarterback attempted at least 30 passes. Only DREW BREES (96.7 percent on Dec. 16, 2019) had a higher single-game completion percentage.

    • Kansas City tight end TRAVIS KELCE recorded seven receptions against Tennessee on Sunday, while wide receiver TYREEK HILL registered six catches.

      Kelce has 79 career games with least five receptions and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer SHANNON SHARPE (78 games) for the fourth-most such games by a tight end in NFL history.

      Hill, who has 52 receptions for 641 yards and five touchdowns this season, became the fifth player ever with at least 50 receptions, 500 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns in each of his first six career seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers MARVIN HARRISON and RANDY MOSS, as well as GARY CLARK and LARRY FITZGERALD.

    • Miami rookie wide receiver JAYLEN WADDLE, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, had seven receptions for 83 yards against Atlanta on Sunday.

      Waddle has 44 receptions this season and surpassed ANQUAN BOLDIN (42 receptions in 2003) and MICHAEL THOMAS (42 in 2016) for the second-most receptions by a wide receiver in his first seven career games in NFL history. Only EDDIE ROYAL (46 in 2008) had more.

AP Top 25: ‘Bama jumps OU to No. 3; Penn State falls to 20th

Alabama inched up to No. 3 in The Associated Press college football Sunday behind top-ranked Georgia and No. 2 Cincinnati.

The Bulldogs (63 first-place votes) are a unanimous No. 1 for the third straight week in the latest AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank, and the Bearcats remain second.

The Crimson Tide jumped up a spot past Oklahoma after blowing out Tennessee. The now fourth-ranked Sooners were shut out in the first half against Kansas before scoring 35 in the second half and pulling away late.

No. 5 Ohio State and No. 6 Michigan both held their spots.

Oregon moved up three spots to No. 7. No. 8 Michigan State, No. 9 Iowa and No. 10 Mississippi round out the top 10.

In a week with no games matching ranked teams, five ranked teams lost, including two in the top 10. Penn State dropped 13 spots to No. 20 after losing in a record nine overtime periods to Illinois. Oklahoma State fell from No. 8 to 15th after losing at Iowa State.

POLL POINTS

Alabama dropped from No. 1 to No. 5 two weeks ago after losing at Texas A&M, putting its record streak of top-five appearances in danger.

But since then, the Tide won two games and A&M has built on that upset with two easy victories. The Aggies, unranked when they beat Alabama, are up to No. 14.

The combination of the two has allowed the Tide to run its top-five streak to 69. The second best top-five streak in poll history came to an end early this season when Clemson’s was snapped at 57.

The second-best active top-five streak is Georgia at eight weeks.

– No. 10 Ole Miss has its best ranking since finishing the 2015 season at No. 10.

– No. 17 Pitt cracked the top 20 for the first time since starting the 2010 season at No. 15. The last time the Panthers were ranked this highly this deep into a season was when they reached No. 8 and finished No. 15 in 2009.

IN

A couple of teams that spent time in the AP Top 25 earlier this season are back in this week.

– No. 22 Iowa State returned after dropping out in mid-September. The Cyclones started the season No. 7 and lost two of their first four games.

– No. 25 BYU broke a two-game losing streak by beating Washington State. The Cougars are 4-0 against Pac-12 teams.

OUT

– Purdue is out after one week in the rankings. The Boilermakers (4-3) lost at home to Wisconsin. Purdue hasn’t been ranked for more than one week in any season since 2005.

– North Carolina State slipped out of the rankings after a close loss to Miami.

CONFERENCE CALL

SEC – 6 (Nos. 1, 3, 10, 12, 14, 18).

Big Ten – 5 (Nos. 5, 6, 8, 9, 20).

Big 12 – 4 (Nos. 4, 15, 16, 22).

ACC – 2 (Nos. 13, 17).

American – 2 (Nos. 2, 19).

Pac-12 – 1 (No. 7).

Conference USA – 1 (No. 23).

Mountain West – 1 (No. 21).

Sun Belt – 1 (No. 24).

Independents – 2 (Nos. 11, 25).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 20 Penn State at No. 5 Ohio State. This will be the sixth straight meeting with both teams ranked, but the Nittany Lions are trending in the wrong direction.

No. 6 Michigan at No. 8 Michigan State. The first top-10 meeting between the rivals since 1964.

No. 10 Mississippi at No. 18 Auburn. Two teams still very much in the SEC West race.

Astros’ Valdez to start Game 1 of World Series vs Braves

HOUSTON (AP) Framber Valdez will start for the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the World Series against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

Manager Dusty Baker announced Sunday that Valdez would get the nod, but said the team has not decided on a starter for Wednesday’s Game 2.

The left-hander will oppose Charlie Morton, who pitched for Houston from 2017-18, getting the win in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series.

Valdez threw eight terrific innings in a 9-1 win in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series. In Game 1, he permitted three runs in 2 2/3 innings.

The Astros did not provide much new information on the health of ace Lance McCullers Jr., who was left off the ALCS roster because of a flexor pronator muscle strain in his right arm. McCullers still hasn’t started throwing, but general manager James Click would not rule out his return.

“We’re not taking anything off the table,” Click said. “We’re going to see how he is. This is the World Series, so it’s obviously something that I know that Lance wants to be out there if he can. So we will talk to the doctors and him and the trainers, and we’ll figure it out from there.”

Houston will also wait to make a decision on center fielder Jake Meyers, who was on the championship series roster but didn’t play while recovering from a shoulder injury. The rookie was injured in the final game of the division series, and Chas McCormick and Jose Siri filled against the Red Sox.

The Astros are also considering their options for how to get the big bat of Yordan Alvarez in the lineup when the series moves to Atlanta for Game 3 and they lose the designated hitter.

After missing last year’s postseason while recovering from double knee surgery, Alvarez batted an ALCS-record .522 (12 for 23) with one homer, three doubles, a triple and six RBIs, earning series MVP honors. He scored seven runs in the six games against the Red Sox and went 9 for his last 13, raising his postseason average to .441 with two homers and nine RBIs.

Michael Brantley is Houston’s regular left fielder, but Alvarez appeared in 41 games at the position this season and that’s where he’s likely to play at Atlanta. Brantley would move to right field, shifting Kyle Tucker to center to keep his bat in the lineup.

“Kyle Tucker can play a very good center field, but at the same time, Chas McCormick has been unbelievable in center field and Jake Myers obviously is able to go get it, and I think Jose Siri’s one of best athletes out there,” Click said. “So it’s going to be a balance between offense and defense, and we’ll have to figure that out.”

Lakers overcome Morant’s 40-points, beat Grizzlies 121-118

LOS ANGELES (AP) Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points, Anthony Davis had 22 points and four blocks, and LeBron James scored 19 as the Los Angeles Lakers overcame Ja Morant’s 40-point game and beat the Memphis Grizzlies 121-118 Sunday night for their first win of the season.

There was plenty of drama in the final minute as Morant was fouled on a 3-point attempt by Kent Bazemore with 2.5 seconds left and Memphis trailing by three. Morant had a chance to tie the game, but missed the third and final free throw and the Lakers escaped with the win.

Anthony moved into ninth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 27,423 career points.

The Lakers snapped a season-opening two-game losing streak. The Grizzlies lost for the first time after consecutive wins to open the season.

Morant shot 13 of 21 from the field and made a career-best five 3-pointers. He added 10 assists. By halftime, Morant had 17 points, including four 3-pointers.

Davis blocked a Morant layup attempt with 50 seconds left and that appeared to seal it for the Lakers. The teams exchanged free three throws, then Bazemore fouled Morant. But the Grizzlies failed to complete the comeback.

The Lakers played for the first time since Davis and Dwight Howard had a physical confrontation on the bench during the game against Phoenix. The pair proclaimed that disagreement was over by halftime.

In a scary moment for the Lakers, James fell to the court and held his right leg in some pain in the third quarter after Desmond Bane fell into his leg. James was looked at by trainers and was down for a brief time. He re-tied his shoes, popped back up, jumped up and down a few times and stayed in the game. About a minute later, he had a big block.

The Grizzlies led by as many as 10 points in the first quarter. The Lakers were dominating inside and used their height advantage to take a 62-56 halftime lead.

Tatum scores 31, Celtics get first win, 107-97 over Houston

HOUSTON (AP) Jayson Tatum had 31 points and nine rebounds and the Boston Celtics avoided their first 0-3 start since the 2013-14 season with a 107-97 win over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night.

Tatum, had 20 points in the first half on 8 of 13 shooting. Al Horford finished with 17 points, including 11 in the third quarter, and 10 rebounds.

Following a 115-83 blowout loss to Toronto on Friday, Tatum said he thought the team responded well.

“I wish we could have cleaned up a couple things,” Tatum said. “I think we gave them too much life at the end when we had that lead. It’s tough to win in this league. Just to get that first one of the season, I hope we can build off it.”

Dennis Schroder, who started for the injured Jaylen Brown, finished with 18 points and Grant Williams added 18 points off the bench. Boston shot 44% from the field and hit 15 of 47 on 3-pointers.

Boston coach Ime Udoka said he received a water shower and was presented with the game ball following his first win as a coach.

“It’s special,” Udoka said. “I told them it was overdue and `You guys took too long to get it’. . It’s good to get it, not just for the first, but to kind of get us rolling on the right foot. I think we played the right way tonight, defended how we could after that first quarter.”

Second overall pick Jalen Green had the best game in his young career, scoring 30 points including making 8 of 10 on 3-pointers, setting a new Rockets rookie record for made 3-pointers.

“I’m not trying to force anything,” Green said. “Obviously, I want to win over anything, and if that’s me going to get 30 or 9 or 15 or 20, I will do whatever it takes.”

Christian Wood had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Kevin Porter Jr. added 15 points for Houston, which shot 43% and hit 14 of 32 on 3-pointers.

“He’s talented obviously, and he was putting a lot of pressure on himself to produce and succeed and all of that,” Houston coach Stephen Silas said of Green. “It seems like tonight he didn’t put as much pressure on himself. He just played.”

Boston held a 38-32 advantage in points in the paint and held a 43-40 advantage in rebounds.

After Houston knotted it at 55 on a lay-up by Green two minutes into the third, Boston went on a 10-0 spurt started with four straight points by Horford and capped on a 3-pointer by Tatum.

The Rockets responded with five straight points to cut the lead in half, but Boston responded with a 24-9 run to open the lead to 20 on a three-point play by Horford with 1 1/2 minutes left in the third.

“We started getting more stops (in the second half),” Tatum said. “We were more locked in on the defensive end. They made some plays in that first half, hit some shots, but we stuck it, were dialed in and figured it out.”

Hornets pull away, beat Nets 111-95 for first 3-0 start

NEW YORK (AP) LaMelo Ball had a good first three quarters in Brooklyn, then decided it was best if he watched the fourth.

Ish Smith was rolling so well that the Rookie of the Year told Charlotte coach James Borrego to stick with this backup.

“That’s big. That just shows where our growth is,” forward Miles Bridges said. “As long as he’s being mature and we’re all being mature, we’re going to keep winning.”

The Hornets have never done that this well to start a season.

Bridges had 32 points and nine rebounds, Smith added 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and the Hornets improved to 3-0 for the first time by beating the Brooklyn Nets 111-95 on Sunday.

Ball had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists, but it was the Hornets’ backups who led them in a dominant final quarter. Cody Martin scored eight of his 12 in the final 12 minutes.

Before that, it was another big night for Bridges, who had his second straight 30-point outing and finished a point shy of his career high.

Kevin Durant scored 38 points for the Nets, who fell to 1-2. James Harden had 15 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for Brooklyn.

It was a disappointing home opener that featured demonstrators outside the arena supporting Nets guard Kyrie Irving and protesting New York’s vaccine mandate.

The Nets are not allowing Irving to play while he is not vaccinated against COVID-19, which the city’s mandate says pro athletes playing for a local team must do.

Brooklyn sure looked as if it needed Irving on a night when nobody besides Durant, who shot 17 for 24, got into any sort of flow.

Durant disagreed.

“It’s three games in. Of course, we’ve got enough,” Durant said.

“We definitely want Kyrie Irving out here on the floor and he’s a huge part of what we do, but it’s not happening right now. So we’ve got to figure it out. But nobody’s going to lose confidence while we’re playing and hope Kyrie comes and saves us during the game. No, you’ve got to play.”

The Hornets won their first two largely through their offense, with a team-best 246 points in their first two games. This one was done through defense, outscoring the Nets 61-37 in the second half.

“To hold that team to 95 points, that’s pretty special,” Smith said.

“Obviously, previous two games we scored in the low-120s, but tonight defensively we did a great job, especially in that fourth quarter.”

Leading by four, they broke it open with a 10-5 spurt, with Smith and Martin scoring all the points. Charlotte shot 14 for 22 (63.6%) in the fourth quarter.

Curry scores 28 points to help 76ers top Thunder, 115-103

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Seth Curry’s start resembled some of his big brother’s hottest streaks.

The guard scored 23 of his 28 points in the first quarter in the Philadelphia 76ers’ 115-103 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night.

Curry made 6 of 7 3-pointers in the opening period to help the 76ers take a 36-26 lead. After the quarter ended, a teammate waved a towel over him, perhaps concerned that he might burn up.

Curry’s older brother, Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors is known for such streaks. Seth said this run was a bit different than the crazy ones Steph goes on.

“I was getting good shots,” Seth Curry said. “It wasn’t like I was 18 dribbles, half-court, 40-footers. It wasn’t like I was like on a Steph-type streak. I was finding good shots.”

Joel Embiid added 22 points and nine rebounds for Philadelphia. The 76ers are off to a 2-1 start as they work through issues with Ben Simmons, the point guard the team listed as out because of personal reasons.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 29 points, and rookie Josh Giddey had 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals for the Thunder.

Oklahoma City fell to 0-3, but the Thunder might have won over some fans with their scrappy play down the stretch.

“We just competed tonight, especially in the fourth,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “We did everything we could to get the game. Obviously, it wasn’t enough, but we were going to put our hard-hats on and try to go get it for sure.”

The Thunder hung tough after Curry’s fast start. A deep step-back 3-pointer by Gilgeous-Alexander cut the 76ers’ lead to 59-51 at halftime. Philadelphia held an 87-78 lead at the end of the third quarter.

The 76ers had an 11-0 run early in the fourth quarter. Furkan Korkmaz, Matisse Thybulle and Georges Niang all hit 3-pointers in an 88-second span to put the 76ers up 98-80.

Giddey hit two free throws, then he got a steal and made a 3-pointer to cut Philadelphia’s lead to 110-102 with just over a minute to play. Curry then hit a 3-pointer for his first points since the first quarter to keep the 76ers in control.

“They were on a big run,” Curry said. “It got kind of loud in there for a second. … we needed to kind of stop the run. Once we broke the press, Tobias (Harris) found me in the corner and I just took my time, set my feet and shot it like any other shot. Just one of those that you step into with confidence, and it was a big shot to kind of close the game out.”

Stephen Curry reaches 5,000 assists, Warriors beat Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry scored 27 points and became the first player in Warriors franchise history to reach 5,000 assists, helping Golden State improve to 3-0 with a 119-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.

Curry had 10 assists and seven rebounds. The two-time MVP had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in each of the Warriors’ first two games.

“You want to win games early, you want to get off to a good start but we know we have a lot of things that we can sharpen up like every team in the league,” Curry said. “I really feel like we have that capability to take productive strides every game. We’ve won three different games three different ways but it’s still about building confidence early in the year.”

Jordan Poole added 22 points, and Draymond Green had 14 points, six rebounds and seven assists.

Harrison Barnes scored 24 points for the Kings, and Richaun Holmes had 16 points and 11 rebounds. They are 1-2.

“We made too many mistakes tonight,” Kings coach Luke Walton said. “We need to be better in the fourth quarter. Part of the problem is we’re slowing the pace down. We have to get out and go.”

Playing in front of a Golden 1 Center crowd heavily mixed with Golden State fans, the Warriors came out cold and were shooting less than 36% midway through the second quarter before turning it around in the second half.

Golden State closed the third quarter on a 7-2 run, then pulled away for good early in the fourth. Otto Porter Jr.’s 3-pointer put the Warriors ahead, and Andrew Wiggins followed with one from the perimeter to make it 100-96.

“This was our best game of the three so far,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. ” We were rock solid with the ball. We had multiple guys come in off the bench and play well.”

Kerr pointed out the Warriors advantage in turnovers – the Warriors had just six compared to 19 for the Kings.

“That was the difference in the game,” Kerr said. “We got all those extra possessions and we didn’t put ourselves in jeopardy in transition.”

Buddy Hield made consecutive 3s for Sacramento to cut it to 107-104, but Poole made two free throws and Green scored down low.

“We have to finish games,” Kings first-round pick Davion Mitchell said. “Throughout the game we have leads, they go on their run and we have a lot of turnovers.”

Ross’ 22-point 4th quarter leads Magic over Knicks 110-104

NEW YORK (AP) Terrence Ross scored all 22 of his points in the fourth quarter, and the Orlando Magic beat the New York Knicks 110-104 on Sunday night.

Ross was one of six Orlando players to score in double figures as the Magic snapped a season-opening two-game losing streak.

Cole Anthony recorded his first career double-double with 29 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Jalen Suggs and Wendell Carter Jr. added 11 points apiece, and Franz Wagner and Mo Bamba added 10 points each.

“That second half,” Ross said, “more opportunities to score and shoot. It kind of like (came) to me.”

Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson recorded double-doubles for the Knicks, who lost their first game after opening the season with consecutive wins. Randle had 30 points and 16 rebounds, and Robinson 10 points and 10 rebounds. Derrick Rose scored 23 points, R.J. Barrett finished with 12 points on 5-for-17 shooting, and Kemba Walker had 10 points in 19 minutes.

“They just played harder than us,” Randle said.

The Eastern Conference rivals were playing the second half of a home-and-home series. New York had routed Orlando 121-96 on Friday in Florida. In that game, the Knicks set team records for 3-pointers attempted (54) and 3-pointers made (24).

They picked up where they left off, knocking down 7 of 13 3s in the first quarter. But that didn’t last as New York made six more 3-pointers over the final three quarters. The Knicks finished 13 for 48 from long distance.

“We picked up ball pressure a little bit. Understanding who are the shooters (and who) are not the shooters,” Magic coach Jamahl Mosley said when asked what specifically had changed for his team defensively between the two games. “Our guys did a good job recognizing who was where and we flew around the court. Just multiple efforts, making sure we contested all shots.”

While the Knicks opened an insurmountable lead Friday, the Magic hung around this time and entered the fourth quarter trailing by six points, 80-74.

The Magic used a 12-0 spurt over the first 2:40 to take an 86-80 lead, highlighted by a 3-pointer by Ross and a thunderous dunk by Moritz Wagner over Obi Toppin that prompted Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau to call timeout.

That didn’t do much as the Magic were able to hang on and record their first win of the season.

“It kind of showed. … We showed ourselves tonight, showed the coaching staff, showed everyone how we can be a pretty good team,” Anthony said. “We’ve put ourselves at a level, we’ve kind of shown a level we can play at. So now maintain that level and then not just maintaining, but building off of it.”

Kyle Larson wins on 17th anniversary of Hendrick plane crash

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Kyle Larson has only heard stories about the late Ricky Hendrick, the son of his team owner who was killed 17 years ago in a plane crash on the way to a NASCAR race.

The anniversary is a difficult day for Rick and Linda Hendrick, neither of whom made the trip Sunday to the playoff race at Kansas Speedway. Rick Hendrick instead texted Larson before the race and told his driver what a win would mean to the Hendrick Motorsports organization.

Larson delivered with his ninth win of the season, but most meaningful victory to date in his new job with Hendrick Motorsports.

Larson crossed the finish line and as part of his celebration stood on the window ledge of the No. 5 Chevrolet and pointed to the sky for Ricky Hendrick and the nine others killed in the 2004 crash of a team plane en route to a race in Virginia.

“To lose your child and so many other people that day, I can’t imagine what the feeling may have been for everybody at that time,” Larson said. “So to come here 17 years to the day and win in this paint scheme, with this number, it’s just pretty surreal. I’ve heard lots of good stories about Ricky and I wish I could have met him.”

Ricky Hendrick used the No. 5 during his driving career and the 24-year-old was the heir apparent of NASCAR’s winningest team at the time of his death. Larson’s car is stylized to resemble Ricky Hendrick’s scheme, and hours before Sunday’s race, team owner Hendrick texted Larson to stress what a win would mean to him on this date.

When Rick Hendrick texted Larson earlier Sunday, he told his new driver that all four of the Hendrick crews would turn their hats backwards on the fifth lap in honor of how Ricky Hendrick wore his caps. He urged Larson to be the leader on the fifth lap and Larson was determined to deliver.

“I didn’t ever get to meet Ricky or the other men and women who lost their lives that day,” Larson said. “But I felt the importance of this race. So crazy how it all worked out for me to win. So again, thank you to Rick Hendrick, I know this means a lot to you and I’m glad I could get it done.”

The victory was Larson’s third consecutive and fourth over the last six playoff races. Larson has won three straight races twice this season and is the first driver to do that since the late Dale Earnhardt in 1987.

Larson is locked into the Nov. 7 championship finale, and the remaining three spots in the winner-take-all title race will be settled next Sunday at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia – where the Hendrick flight was headed on that 2004 race morning.

Larson beat reigning Cup champion and Hendrick teammate Chase Elliott by 3.619-seconds for the win, but Elliott focused on the importance of the day for the organization over his defeat.

“This is a day that nobody is ever going to forget. Just thinking about Mr. Hendrick and all the families that were affected 17 years ago today,” Elliott said. “Just proud to be a part of their family and hope we can make them proud these next two weeks.”

Elliott last year swept Martinsville and then the finale at Phoenix to win his first Cup title. He’ll go to Martinsville seeking the win.

“I am not sure that any amount of points is safe,” Elliott said. “I think anyone in this round can win next week. So we are really going to have to be on it, but looking forward to the opportunity and excited for the challenge.”

The Hendrick cars have been far and above the strongest on tracks in which NASCAR uses its 550 horsepower package, but Kansas marked the final race of the season with those rules.

But in finishing second, Elliott moved above the cutline and is second in the standings headed to Martinsville. Denny Hamlin is third and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch fourth, a single point above the elimination line.

Kevin Harvick finished third in a Ford and there was no chance of another incident with Elliott because NASCAR two weeks ago demanded the two end their feud.

Kurt Busch was fourth and followed by Hamlin, the highest-finishing Toyota driver.

It was a terrible day for Team Penske despite Joey Logano’s ninth-place finish. Brad Keselowski finished 17th and Ryan Blaney was wrecked on a late restart and finished 37th.

All three Fords from the Penske camp go to Martinsville below the playoff elimination cutline. Martin Truex Jr. is also below the cutline. Blaney is one point below Kyle Busch, while Truex is three points behind his JGR teammate.

“Obviously, it hurts. Finishing 37th is not prime,” Keselowski said. “We didn’t have a great day but we did a good job of fighting back and getting back into the top-10 but then just got wiped out when we had plenty of room. That sucks. It is very unfortunate.”

Keselowski is six points below the cutline and Logano is 26 and ranked last. A win by any of the drivers is worth an automatic berth into the championship field.

UP NEXT: The penultimate race of the season, at Martinsville Speedway, where the final three spots in the championship finale will be decided. Elliott is the defending race winner; Truex won at Martinsville in the spring.

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COLTS FOOTBALL: Wentz leads Colts to rain-soaked 30-18 win over 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Colts coach Frank Reich wasn’t about to make the same mistake twice.

After being burned by a conservative third-down run call late in a loss to Baltimore two weeks ago, Reich put the ball in Carson Wentz’s hands this time – and it paid off.

Wentz threw a 28-yard TD pass to Michael Pittman Jr. to finish off the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night in a rain-soaked 30-18 victory.

Instead of playing for a field goal the way he did late against the Ravens that contributed to an overtime loss, Reich stayed aggressive even in the treacherous conditions.

“I felt like something about learning the lesson from the Ravens game,” he said. “We had a third-and-8 and I called a run. I told the guys, `I’m not doing that again. I’m throwing a pass.’ I don’t care what anybody says. It really comes from trusting your quarterback and trusting your receivers.”

Wentz and Pittman earned that trust, delivering numerous big plays during a driving rain storm that could have made throwing deep difficult.

Pittman had four catches for 105 yards and a touchdown. He also drew two other pass interference calls as Wentz repeatedly looked his direction as the Colts (3-4) overcame the wet conditions and an early nine-point deficit to win for the third time in four games following an 0-3 start to the season.

“It seems like he just goes into a kind of a beast mode kind of deal,” running back Jonathan Taylor said of Pittman. “When the ball is in his hands, he’s like, `No one is stopping me.’ And if the ball is in the air, he’s like, ‘This ball is mine, or it’s a PI. This is my ball.'”

The 49ers (2-4) dropped their fourth straight game and remained winless at home for more than a year since beating the Rams on Oct. 18, 2020, as the return of starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo failed to provide any spark on a wet night.

Garoppolo threw for 181 yards, lost a fumble, threw two interceptions and struggled to push the ball downfield in his first game back after missing one game with a calf injury.

“The NFL is a crazy thing,” Garoppolo said. “One week, you’re on top. One week, you’re at the bottom of it. Every team has its ups and downs. We’re at the lower point right now. But we can fight back.”

Wentz and the Colts were able to do just enough on offense thanks to three pass interference penalties for 97 yards and a productive game on the ground from Taylor, who ran for 107 yards and a score.

Wentz threw an 11-yard TD pass to Mo Alie-Cox in the first quarter and then led two short TD drives following fumbles by San Francisco, leading to his 1-yard score late in the first half and Taylor’s 5-yard run that made it 20-12 late in the third.

Garoppolo led a TD drive early in the fourth, cutting the deficit to 20-18 on a 14-yard throw to Deebo Samuel. But his 2-point try was batted down at the line.

The Colts then put it away by driving for a field goal and getting the late TD pass from Wentz to Pittman on another short field after Xavier Rhodes intercepted Garoppolo.

“I’ve got to catch them,” Pittman said. “Carson can really throw it out there, so I just got to make sure that I’m the one who comes down with it.”

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: Edwards Leads IUVB To Five Set Win Over Rutgers

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Despite being down 2-1, Indiana Volleyball (9-13, 3-7 Big Ten) prevailed over Rutgers (8-13, 0-10 Big Ten) on Sunday by a score of 3-2 (25-20, 21-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13). The Hoosiers were led by Breana Edwards who had a career afternoon.
 
KEY MOMENTS
• Morgan Geddes got the Hoosiers started in the first set of action with back-to-back kills to put Indiana up 2-1. Leading 3-2, the Hoosiers went on a 5-0 scoring run that included three kills by Mady Saris, one by Kaley Rammelsberg, and an ace by Haley Armstrong.
• Tied at 15 all, Breana Edwards recorded her first slam of the afternoon to give Indiana the 16-15 advantage. Never giving up the lead for the remainder of the set, Indiana took the opening frame, 25-20.
• Savannah Kjolhede and Geddes went up for the first block by the Hoosiers to open the second set. Camryn Haworth’s second ace of the afternoon put Indiana up, 2-0.
•Taking a 5-3 lead off a kill from Rammelsberg, the Scarlet Knights went on a 4-0 run to force the Hoosiers to take a break. A service error and net violation by Rutgers tied the match at seven all.
• Edwards went on a roll to keep the Hoosiers within striking distance, securing four straight Indiana kills. Despite the strong play by Edwards, the Scarlet Knights were able to hang on and win the second set, 25-21.
• Kjolhede slammed two-straight kills which was followed by one from Geddes to give the Hoosiers a 4-2 advantage. Letting Rutgers tie it at 5-5, Indiana went on 5-0 run led by Edwards who had three of the five kills by the Hoosiers.
•  The Scarlet Knights snuck back into the set in which they tied it 12-12 before Indiana called a timeout.
• The two teams exchanged points for the remainder of the set, but Rutgers got the advantage and capitalized on it to take the 25-23 victory in set three.
• Tied at 5-5 to begin the fourth frame, Indiana saw a 4-0 scoring run comprised of kills from Edwards, Geddes, Kjolhede, and Saris as well as a block from Rammelsberg and Saris.
• An ace by Armstrong forced Rutgers to take a timeout with the Hoosiers leading, 13-7. Out of the timeout, Emily Fitzner recorded an ace to keep the Indiana momentum rolling.
• Haworth saw back-to-back kills before Edwards went on to secure the set-winning slam and the Hoosiers rolled to the 25-20 set four victory.
• It was all Rutgers to begin the final set as Indiana needed a break down 6-2. Out of the timeout, Edwards and Geddes found the gap which was followed by an ace from Zulauf to pull the Hoosiers within one.
• Down by three, Edwards went up for the solo block and recorded a kill. Out of a Rutgers timeout Edwards continued the hot streak she was on to give Indiana the victory, 15-13.
 
NOTABLES
•  With the 3-2 win over Rutgers, the Hoosiers completed the season sweep of the Scarlet Knights. Indiana is now 15-1 in the all-time series.
• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards tallied a career-high 27 kills on Sunday afternoon. She recorded four blocks in which three were solo.
• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth had a solid day with a career high 51 assists, five kills and three aces.
• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame tallied a team-leading 26 digs.
• Freshman outside hitter Mady Saris saw her third career double-double, notching 12 kills and 12 digs.
• Sophomore outside hitter Morgan Geddes matched her career-high 10 kills. The sophomore assisted on a block.
• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg saw double-figure kills with 10.
• As a team, Indiana won the digs battle, 77-74.
 
QUOTABLE 
“First, I want to give credit where credit is due, Rutgers played a good match. I respect how Rutgers has played despite not seeing the success in their record. We are two programs who are trying to become more relevant in the Big Ten. We saw some good pay from our players. Obviously, Breana Edwards was exceptional and made plays when we needed her to. We are fortunate to have won the match.” – Head Coach Steve Aird
 
UP NEXT 
The Hoosiers will take on Minnesota when they come to Bloomington on Wednesday, October 27 for Indiana’s annual Dig Pink match. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. with the match airing live on Big Ten Network.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: Big Red Bests Purdue in 4

LINCOLN, Neb. – Despite 16 total blocks, the No. 7 Purdue Boilermakers (14-5, 6-4 B1G) fell to the Big Ten leader, No. 9 Nebraska Huskers 3-1 (25-23, 15-25, 18-25, 21-25) inside the Devaney Center.

After Purdue’s first set, which saw just one team error and a .429 hitting %, the Boilermakers fell in the next three games, despite a hard-fought battle in the fourth.

Purdue’s 16 total blocks were the second-most this season, led by freshman Raven Colvin, who set a career-high nine total blocks, which included two block solos, a career-best. Fellow middle Taylor Trammell matched Colvin with seven block assists.

In the back row, libero Jena Otec dug 25 attacks, marking the fourth 25+ dig match of the season. Meanwhile Marissa Hornung joined Otec in the double digits with 11 digs.

The Boilermaker offense was led by Caitlyn Newton, who finished the night with 16 kills. Newton got off to a strong start, posting seven kills with one error on her way to a .462 attack % in the first set.

Purdue will be back in action on Wednesday, when the Boilermakers take on Northwester at 7 p.m. ET on B1G+.

PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Historic Season Continues With Golden Boot Win

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 18-ranked Purdue soccer team’s record-setting 2021 season continued with a 2-0 rivalry victory over Indiana on Sunday afternoon at Folk Field.
 
On a rainy day to conclude the regular season, the Boilermakers (13-3-2, 8-2-0) picked up their 13th win, tied for fourth-most in a single season in team history, and their eighth Big Ten win, tied for the most ever along with the 2007 squad. Purdue’s overall and conference records are both its best since 2007.
 
With the victory over the Hoosiers (9-5-4, 3-4-3 Big Ten), the Boilermakers have retained the Golden Boot Trophy for seven consecutive seasons. Purdue improves to 16-4-6 all-time and 9-2-3 at home in the in-state rivalry matchup. The seven-game unbeaten streak is the second-longest in the series, behind a 15-game string by the Boilermakers from 2000-2011.
 
Purdue finished second in the Big Ten with 24 points, tied for its best conference finish along with 2005 and 2007. The Boilermakers will enter the postseason as the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and will host No. 7 seed Ohio State in the quarterfinal on Sunday, October 31, at 3 p.m. ET. The game at Folk Field will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday at 10 a.m.
 
“I think it’s just a testament to the character, the work and the investment that our players have put in,” Purdue coach Drew Roff said of his team’s performance this year. “Particularly our seniors, they played a lot as freshmen back in 2018 and they took their lumps, being a young group back then, with the intention that we could continue to improve every year, and eventually, senior year, hopefully contend for Big Ten title… We have a great group of seniors, and their motto is ‘no stone unturned,’ and I think that’s how they prepare. They put in the time, they worked on their fitness over the summer, they were determined, and that’s what got this group together, just learn how to win. I’m so happy for them … those players are just incredible people, they’ve invested so much, and they never quit… In those key moments in the past where we couldn’t quite figure out how to get over the hump, they figured that out, they’ve created that winning DNA around here, and it’s really special to see. They deserve all the credit.”
 
As the Boilermakers earned their second consecutive shutout, third in four games and fifth this season, they have won two in a row and five of their last six heading into the postseason.
 
Senior forward Ally Mussallem came off the bench and had a career day to lead the Boilermakers offensively. She scored the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute, and added an assist on Purdue’s second goal in the 80th minute.
 
Sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews also had three points, scoring Purdue’s insurance goal in the 80th minute, her sixth of the campaign. She and senior forward Sarah Griffith were credited with assists on Mussallem’s score.
 
Mussallem’s goal is her third this season and fourth of her career, while the assist is the fourth of her career and the first since 2019. The game-winner is her second, joining one from earlier this season.
 
Griffith’s assist is her second this season and eighth of her career to cap an impressive Big Ten season that saw her register at least one point in nine of 10 Big Ten contests. She totaled eight goals and two assists in conference play, highlighted by a seven-game goal streak and an eight-game point streak, both school records.

Meanwhile, senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova made two saves and another ball was cleared off the line to secure the clean sheet.
 
The performance helped Bova continue to rise in the school record books. She moves into a tie for second in program history with 19 career shutouts, and her five shutouts this year are now tied for sixth-most. Her 90 saves in 2021 are up to No. 3 in a single season, and her 207 career saves continue to rank No. 5. In Bova’s career she also remains second in goals-against average (0.89) and save percentage (.805) and fourth in wins (27) and minutes (5,086.36), and she moves into a tie for fourth with 54 starts. In a single season, Bova’s 13 saves are No. 5 and the most by a goalkeeper since 2007, and she is third in save percentage (.849) and tied for sixth in goals-against average (0.87).
 
Griffith had a match-high six shots, four on goal, while Mathews had three shots. IU had 14 shots to Purdue’s 13, but the defense allowed just three of the visitor’s shots to go on target, while the home side delivered seven shots on goal. The Hoosier keeper made five saves.
 
Purdue took a 1-0 lead at 72:54 on Mussallem’s goal. The play began with a pass across the halfway line to Griffith, who one-touched the ball to Mathews inside the center circle. Mathews dribbled twice before she found Mussallem with a long pass to her right towards the Big Ten logo. With space, Mussallem dribbled into the far corner of the 18-yard box and fired a right-footed shot across the box towards the opposite post and into the corner of the net. She beat a diving IU keeper, who was guarding the right post.
 
The lead was extended to 2-0 at 79:26, as Mussallem connected with Mathews for the insurance goal. A sprinting Mussallem got the ball on the far side past midfield and dribbled to the edge of the penalty box. From 15 yards on the outside edge of the box, Mussallem centered the ball to Mathews and Griffith at the top of the six. It was Mathews who got a foot on it, with a tap-in that deflected off the goalkeeper’s right foot and in.

It nearly became 3-0 several minutes later, as Mathews hit the left post, and Bova made a save in the 88th minute to preserve the shutout. Following Purdue’s second goal, the Boilermakers had a 4-3 advantage in shots in the final 11 minutes.
 
Second-seeded Purdue will host seventh-seed Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal on Sunday, October 31, at Folk Field. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET in a nationally-televised contest on the Big Ten Network. Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, October 26, at 10 a.m., and additional details will be announced as they become available.

BUTLER VOLLEYBALL: Beats St. John’s in Four Sets to Climb in Conference Standings

QUEENS, N.Y. – The Butler volleyball team beat St. John’s in four sets (24-26, 27-25, 25-14, 25-17) Sunday afternoon in New York City for its first undefeated weekend of the season. The Bulldogs (13-11, 6-4 BIG EAST) turned things around after dropping the first set and trailing 15-7 midway through the second set before rallying back to win it and easily taking the final two frames. Butler beat the Red Storm (13-11, 4-6) for the second time this season after sweeping them at home earlier this month. With the win, the Bulldogs jumped to fourth place in the conference standings.

Set 1: St. John’s 26-24
Back-to-back kills by Brittany Robinson and Mariah Grunze helped the Bulldogs get out to an early 9-5 lead. A later 3-0 run capped off by an ace from Grunze gave Butler a 15-10 lead, and the advantage would be extended to as much as six at 20-14 before St. John’s rallied back with a 9-1 run to take the lead. The Bulldogs would tie it at 23-23 and 24-24, but the Red Storm would put away the set with a kill and an ace. Davidson led the Butler offense with four kills in the first period.

Set 2: Butler 27-25
The Red Storm built an eight-point lead at 14-6 and 15-7 before the Bulldogs rallied back. Grunze had a kill as part of a 4-0 run to cut the deficit to two at 18-16, and later kills by Destiny Cherry and Amina Shackelford followed by a Robinson ace helped form a 4-0 run that gave Butler a 24-23 lead. Davidson fended off a set point for St. John’s with a kill before Marissa McKelvey served up an ace and Cherry put down a kill to clinch the set for the Bulldogs. Shackelford (four kills), Grunze (three) and Robinson (three) paced the Butler offense in the second frame.

Set 3: Butler 25-14
Two kills by Shackelford and one from Robinson helped the Bulldogs lead 4-0 early. A later 3-0 run with kills by Megan Sheridan and Grunze extended the lead to 14-8, before back-to-back kills from Cherry capped off a 4-0 streak that gave Butler a 22-12 advantage, and the Bulldogs would cruise from there. Robinson and Shackelford had four kills each in the third set.

Set 4: Butler 25-17
Early kills by Robinson and Grunze sandwiched an ace from McKelvey to put the Bulldogs ahead 4-1 early. St. John’s would slowly climb back to force a tie at 9-all, but Grunze and Sheridan kills helped form a 12-9 lead for Butler. A later 5-0 run on Caroline Cleveland’s serve gave the Bulldogs a comfortable 22-15 advantage, and they would cruise from there to take the set and match. Robinson posted five kills in the final frame to finish her fine performance.

Stat of the Match
Butler outhit St. John’s by over 100 points in the match (.220 to .119).

Inside the Box Score
– Robinson tied a season-high with 15 kills on a .464 hitting percentage to go along with three blocks, two digs and an ace.
– Davidson scored 14.5 points on seven kills and a season-best 11 blocks (four solo, seven assist).
– Grunze stuffed the stat sheet with nine kills, seven digs, four blocks, an ace and an assist.
– Shackelford put down 11 kills and added a block.
– Jaymeson Kinley secured 17 digs and contributed four assists.

Up Next
The Bulldogs return to the court for more BIG EAST play this Friday night at Xavier at 6 p.m. before hosting UConn on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.

BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER: Shuts Out Villanova for Sixth Conference Win

VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Butler women’s soccer team defeated Villanova by the score of 3-0 on Sunday afternoon. Bulldogs (13-3-1, 6-2-1 BIG EAST) scored three first-half goals and held the Wildcats (7-10-0, 1-8-0 BIG EAST) scoreless for the duration, securing a home quarterfinal match in the upcoming BIG EAST Tournament.
 
Key Moments

  • 5′ | Amanda Kowalski takes a ball from Abigail Isger and carries down the center of the field, eventually finding Alli Leonard open on the right side. Leonard takes the pass, travels into the penalty area, and slips a shot past the Villanova keeper, giving the Bulldogs an early, 1-0, lead.
  • 10′ | Katie Soderstrom hits a hard shot from the left side forcing a save from Villanova.
  • 12′ | Villanova gets a 7-yard shot off a bouncing ball in Butler’s box, but Emma Martin makes the save.
  • 13′ | Off a corner kick, Claire Farrington produces a shot that deflects off the left post.
  • 31′ | After forcing a save that deflects off the crossbar, Abigail Isger gets a second shot off a pass from Julia Leonard. This one finds the right side of the net and Butler leads, 2-0.
  • 37′ | Katie Soderstrom eludes a defender on the right side of the penalty area and carries almost to the end line. She hits a ball over the Villanova keeper that hits the inside of the far post and careens into the goal, giving the Bulldogs a 3-0 advantage.

HALFTIME

  • 49′ | A Soderstrom shot forces a save from Villanova.
  • 54′ | Emma Martin extends and saves a shot from the Wildcats which deflects out of play for a Villanova corner kick.
  • 66′ | Alexei Whittaker takes a soft chip from Soderstrom in the left side of the box and forces the Wildcats keeper to the ground for a save.
  • 69′ | Whittaker takes a shot from 20 yards and hits the crossbar.
  • 75′ | Whittaker plays Soderstrom into the box, but good defending deflects the Soderstrom shot.
  • 80′ | A hard shot from Aliya Diagne from 22 yards sails just over the crossbar. 

Butler Points Summary
GOALS: Alli LeonardAbigail IsgerKatie Soderstrom
ASSISTS: Abigail IsgerAmanda KowalskiJulia Leonard

Bulldog Bits

  • Alli Leonard’s goal, her second in as many matches, was her third of the season and the eighth of her career.
  • The goal from Abigail Isger was her seventh of the season and the eighth of her career. Her assist was her sixth this season.
  • Katie Soderstrom’s goal was her tenth of the season and the 26th of her career.
  • The assist from Amanda Kowalski was her fourth of the season and the fifteenth of her career.
  • Julia Leonard’s assist was her third of the season.
  • Emma Martin (13-2-1), who earned her eighth shutout of the season, made three saves in the match. Martin has now moved into a tie for the third position on Butler Women’s Soccer’s all-time list for shutouts.
     
  • Butler outshot Villanova 23-5. The Bulldogs put nine shots on frame while the Wildcats had three.
  • Each side produced four corner kicks in the match.
     
  • With the win, the Bulldogs remain in third in the BIG EAST standings. St. John’s is the only side that can mathematically tie Butler in points. The Bulldogs have locked up a home match in the tournament quarterfinals.

Up Next
Butler plays its final regular-season home match on Thursday, October 28, when Creighton comes to Indianapolis for a 7 pm kickoff. The Bulldogs will then host a BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinal match on Sunday, October 31. The opponent, and time are TBD.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER: NO. 15 IRISH BITTEN BY OT AGAIN, LOSE 2-1 AT NO. 7 UNC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – It was another overtime heartbreaker for the No. 15 Notre Dame women’s soccer team (12-4-1, 6-3-0), a second in a three-day span, dropping a 2-1 decision at No. 7 North Carolina (11-2-3, 4-2-3). The Fighting Irish scored the opening goal and took a 1-0 lead in the 58th minute, but the Tar Heels rallied with goals in the 78th minute and then in double-overtime (101st minute). 

Senior Olivia Wingate scored the lone Irish goal, marking her fifth of the season. Both Sammi Fisher and Korbin Albert registered assists on the play.

The loss marked the first loss of the season when the Irish had scored first, entering today’s matchup with an 11-0-0 mark in those instances.  

How It Happened

The Irish almost got on the scoreboard in the 11th minute courtesy of Brooke VanDyck and Sammi Fisher. VanDyck slashed through a couple of UNC defenders before finding Fisher in the middle of the box. Fisher took just one touch too many, allowing a Tar Heel defender to recover and block the shot. 

Notre Dame kept up the pressure, as Korbin Albert and Bri Martinez each recorded shots over the next 10 minutes.

Ultimately, the first half shot totals were 7-5 in North Carolina’s favor at the half, but the shot disparity changed for the remainder as the Tar Heels went on to outshoot the Irish 15-5 in the second half plus the two overtimes. 

Despite the stats, it was Notre Dame who struck first in the 58th minute. Albert led a counterattack and had a beautiful give-and-go sequence between herself and Fisher before finding Wingate behind the UNC defense for the goal. 

Notre Dame goalkeeper Ashley Naylor did her part in keeping the North Carolina offense at bay, registering three saves in the final 10 minutes. All-in-all, Naylor recorded nine saves in the match. 

Up Next

Notre Dame returns home for its regular-season finale and Senior Day on Thursday, Oct. 28. The Irish will host Wake Forest, with a 7 p.m. ET kickoff time. 

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: IRISH DOMINATE VIRGINIA IN STRAIGHT SETS

NOTRE DAME, Ind.  —  Lauren Tarnoff racked up 10 blocks and the Irish limited Virginia to a hitting percentage of .030 as Notre Dame earned a straight-set victory over the Cavaliers (25-13, 25-13, 25-22) on Sunday afternoon inside Purcell Pavilion. 

Tarnoff’s 10 blocks gave her a weekend total of 23 as the Irish totaled 12 in the match and a whopping 33 in their last two outings. Caroline Meuth added five blocks of her own while Zoe Nunez collected a match-high 12 digs.

Charley Niego led all players with 11 kills with Hamilton notching seven and Tarnoff adding six with a hitting percentage of .500. Nunez dished out 21 assists in the three sets.

As a team, the Irish hit .289 in the match while limiting the Cavaliers to a mark of .030.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set
The Irish broke a 2-2 tie with a 7-0 run, including a trio of blocks by Tarnoff, to take a 9-2 lead in the opening set. A block, ace and kill from Meuth sparked a 6-1 run for Notre Dame that put the hosts ahead 16-6. 

Two more blocks by Tarnoff helped the Irish rattle off four straight points to push their lead to 21-9 before a Virginia attack error clinched a 25-13 triumph for Notre Dame. The Irish hit .409 in the first set while notching six blocks and holding Virginia to a mark of -.028.

Second Set
Six Cavaliers’ attack errors buoyed an Irish 9-1 run that put Notre Dame up 12-5. The Cavaliers worked to get back within four at 14-10 before Notre Dame went on an 8-1 run that included three kills by Niego, to go up 22-11.

The Irish closed the frame with an ace by Niego and a kill by Hamilton to clinch another 25-13 victory and earn a 2-0 lead. The Notre Dame defense was just as stout in the second stanza, holding Virginia once again to negative figures at -.034.

Third Set
The third set featured 14 ties and eight lead changes as the teams traded points all the way to a 22-21 Virginia lead. 

The Irish closed the match with a 4-0 run, including kills by Hamilton and Lindsey Miller, to clinch a 25-22 win and straight-set victory. Notre Dame added five more blocks in the third set, including four more by Tarnoff.

UP NEXT

  • The Irish hit the road next weekend for a match at Duke on Friday (Oct. 29) at 5 p.m. ET in Durham, North Carolina.
  • That match will be televised on ACC Network.

INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL: Henderson claims MVFC Defensive Player of the Week honors

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Indiana State graduate student JJ Henderson was named this week’s Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week as announced by the conference office on Sunday evening.
 
Henderson was key to a fourth-quarter defensive swing that featured Indiana State defensive interceptions on four consecutive series as the Sycamores shut down any potential comeback attempt from Youngstown State in the 28-17 ISU Homecoming win.
 
The Tampa, Fla. native hauled in both the second and third Indiana State interceptions in the fourth quarter for his first two interceptions in the ISU Blue & White this year. His first interception came on a deflected ball near midfield and he returned it 26 yards down to the YSU 19 to set up a short field for the offense.
 
On the ensuing defensive possession, Henderson ended a YSU drive at the ISU 16 with his second interception. He fielded the errant throw in front of the Sycamore sideline and kept both feet inbounds to help secure the takeaway.
 
Henderson finished the contest with six tackles and added an additional pass breakup in the win. His two takeaways marked the second time an ISU defensive back came away with a multi-interception game this year, while the team’s four interceptions against YSU were one shy of the all-time program single game high set back in 1980.
 
He is currently tied for first overall in the MVFC in total passes defensed with eight, while sitting tied for sixth with two interceptions through the first eight games of the season.
 
Henderson became the third Sycamore defensive player and fifth player overall to receive conference weekly honors this season. He joins Inoke Moala (Oct. 10) and Michael Thomas (Sept. 5) to claim defensive honors, while Phazione McClurge (Newcomer, Sept. 19) and Hunter Lunsford (Special Teams, Sept. 19) both took home recognition following ISU’s win over Eastern Kentucky.

VALPO FOOTBALL: Chilton Named PFL Defensive Player of the Week by League Office, College Sports Madness

After notching a pair of takeaways to help the Valparaiso University football team down Dayton 45-28 on Saturday, redshirt sophomore Austin Chilton (Windermere, Fla. / West Orange) has earned Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Week accolades from both College Sports Madness and the league office.

Chilton notched his third interception of the season, one of his two takeaways that played a key role in Valpo’s victory over Dayton. He also recovered a fumble in the second quarter on a punt that was inadvertently touched by a Dayton player.

Chilton also accrued five tackles including three solos and made 0.5 tackles for loss. His efforts helped Valpo pull away in the second half to dispatch Dayton 45-28 at Brown Field, the program’s most lopsided victory in 30 all-time meetings with the Flyers.

Valpo now has five weekly honors from either the league office or College Sports Madness this season.

Valpo will return to action this week on Saturday at 3 p.m. at San Diego. 

PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL: Mastodons Go Five Sets With UIC

CHICAGO – Despite pushing UIC to a decisive fifth set, the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team fell to the Flames 3-2 (25-22, 23-25, 23-25, 25-15, 15-4) in the Flames Athletic Center.

Offense was the difference in Sunday’s (Oct. 24) contest. The Mastodons hit over .300 in the sets they won, while the Flames did the same. UIC had only one set that was under .300 all afternoon, however; the Flames hit .278 in the third.

The Mastodons looked their best in sets two and three, hitting .481 and .379, respectively. This was in large part due to Katie Crowe, who had 10 kills on 17 attempts in those two sets. She finished with 15 kills on 37 swings for a .324 percentage. Molly Mirabelli was perfect in those two sets, finding four kills on four attacks. 

In the second set, the Mastodons overcame a 5-0 UIC run that put the Flames up four by taking eight of the last 12 points of the set. Nicole Jones capped off the frame by hammering down an overpass for one of her four kills. UIC had a similar 5-0 run in set three, but the ‘Dons went to their All-American in Crowe, who got three kills in a row to start a 9-2 stretch. UIC went up 23-22, but the ‘Dons got a kill from Madelyn Wurster, forced an attack error, then Ramei Jackson blocked the Flames to go up 2-1.

From this point on, it was all UIC, as the Flames out-scored the Mastodons 40-19 in the last two sets.

Crowe finished with a team-high 15 kills, and now has 1,530 for her career, the fifth-most in program history. Wurster, Mirabelli and Jackson had four blocks each. UIC was led by the two-headed dragon of Paola Santiago and Martina Delucchi, who had 26 and 24 kills, respectively.

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 6-20 and 4-9 in Horizon League play. UIC goes to 12-10, 8-2. The Mastodons will return home for their next five matches to close the season. Friday and Saturday (Oct. 29-30) will open the homestand with Robert Morris and Youngstown State.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S SOCCER: #2 Men’s Soccer Honors Seniors With Win Over Drury

INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 2-ranked University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team honored 14 seniors on a rainy day at Key Stadium, helping send them off with a 2-0 victory over Drury in what will be their last regular season match on campus. The win boosts the Hounds up to 12-0-1 overall this season with a 10-0-1 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
 
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT
The Hounds honored Hunter CocherellConnor WilliamsQuincy LandRobert LenhrinBarkely Haneberg-DiggsJeremy FechtmanDimitrios KarousosRefik DogruyolTyce TaylorDrew MuellerEwan LynchVincent StoneEli Stoner, and Danny Flores. Together, this senior class helped build the foundation of a four-year run that included to this date a 53-10-8 overall record and a NCAA Division II National Semifinal appearance in 2019.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
Listed at 6 feet 4 inches, Makel Rasheed used his height to his advantage in helping the Hounds strike first on the scoreboard. On a free-kick from just under 30 yards out from Michael Tselios, Rasheed jumped up past the defense and met the ball with his head, placing it in the opposite side of the net past an extended goalkeeper in the 36th minute.
 
UIndy held strong onto the lead with Alejandro Steinwascher once again putting things away like the many times he has this season. Eli Dulle found Steinwascher in the 88th minute on a pass in the middle of the field that got past the defense and allowed him to send one into the back of the net.
 
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-Another match, another strong showing on offense for the Hounds who fired 22 total shots (10 on goal) compared to just six (two on goal) from the Panthers.
-24 total fouls were committed this afternoon, with Drury tallying a game-high 13.
Cole Rainwater guided the way with six total shots while Steinwascher trailed close behind with four of his own.
-Karousos had two saves in the net and capped off the weekend with his seventh clean sheet of the season (third straight).
 
UP NEXT
The Greyhounds will return to the state of Missouri on Friday, Oct. 29 for a conference clash with Lindenwood beginning at 8:30 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S SOCCER: Hounds Take Win on Senior Day

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis women’s soccer team wrapped up their final home match with a 1-0 overtime win against the Drury Panthers on Sunday afternoon at Key Stadium.
 
The Greyhounds celebrated eight seniors prior to kick off. Kiki Sauceda – who currently leads UIndy in goals, Taylor PeckDana YoussefJess HudnallSydney NolanMeredith MageeMaddy Barkow, and Kaylee Zimbelmann are amongst the seniors whose careers were celebrated with friends and family prior to the match.
 
After a scoreless two halves on the wet turf of Key Stadium, a penalty kick from Maria Herrero sailed the Greyhounds into pure excitement to take the win on senior night. The physical match tallied 23 fouls, with the Hounds drawing 14 of them.
 
Sophia Saucerman started in the goal for the Greyhounds, making two saves, while Freshman, Jenna Taghikhani finished the match and made two saves. Offensively, Sarah Wegener led the Greyhounds in shots with two.
 
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-The Hounds had five shots, while Drury had 10
-UIndy had five corner kick opportunities while Drury had two.
 
 
UP NEXT
The Greyhounds will head on the road for their final road trip of the regular season as they will face Lindenwood on Friday at 6 p.m. ET.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1911               Larry Doyle scores on a sacrifice fly in Game 5 of the World Series at the Polo Grounds to give the Giants a 4-3 victory over the A’s. According to home plate umpire Bill Klem, commenting after the game, the Giants’ second baseman, in his jubilation about scoring the winning run, really never touched home, with the A’s do not appeal, failing to notice the gaffe.

1927               Garry Herrmann, citing poor health and deafness, resigns as the Reds’ president and will be replaced by C.J. McDiarmid, the club’s secretary. During the 68-year-old baseball executive’s 25-year tenure, Cincinnati won only one pennant and World Series (1919) but finished in the first division 13 times.

1939               With 15 of the 24 first-place votes cast by the writers, Yankee outfielder Joe DiMaggio wins his first American League MVP award, easily out-distancing runners-up Jimmie Foxx and Bob Feller. The 24-year-old All-Star, who posted a major-league-leading .381 batting average, will also capture the prestigious prize in 1941 and 1947.

1955               Joe L. Brown replaces Branch Rickey, who stepped down as the Pirates’ general manager. During the five-year tenure of ‘Mahatma,’ Pittsburgh endured three 100-loss seasons, but his contributions will help lead the team to a World Championship in 1960.

1955               The Indians trade Larry Doby, the first black to play in the American League, to the White Sox for Chico Carrasquel and Jim Busby. The future Hall of Fame outfielder, who will hit .275 during his two seasons in Chicago, will return to the Tribe in 1958.

1956               Al Lopez replaces Marty Marion, who recently resigned as the manager of the White Sox. Chicago’s new skipper will pilot the Pale Hose to an 840-650 (.564) record and an American League pennant during his 11-year Hall of Fame tenure in the Windy City.

1960               Gabe Paul announces his decision to leave the Reds to become the general manager of the Colt .45’s, an expansion team scheduled to begin play in 1962. After clashing with majority owner Roy Hofheinz, the experienced baseball executive will leave Houston nearly a year before the team plays an official game.

1961               The Mets sign their first player with major league experience when the team inks free-agent Ted Lepcio. During spring training, the expansion team will cut the 32-year-old middle infielder, who compiled a .245 batting average playing with five teams during his ten-year career.

1965               The Cubs end their college of coaches experiment with the hiring of Leo Durocher, who signs a three-year deal and is given complete authority on the field. The Lip’s assessment that Chicago is “not an eighth-place ball club” will prove to be correct when his team finishes tenth next season.

1973               The Cubs trade six-time 20-game winner Ferguson Jenkins to the Rangers for utility player Vic Harris and rookie third baseman Bill Madlock, who will win two batting titles during his three-year tenure in Chicago. Fergie will continue his winning ways with Texas, posting a 25-12 (.676) record in the first year with Texas, averaging 15.5 victories a season in his six-year stay in the Lone Star State.

1978               The BBWAA selects Gaylord Perry (21-6, 2.72) as the National League Cy Young Award recipient. The Padres right-hander, who copped the honor with the Indians in 1972, becomes the first hurler to win the prestigious pitching prize in each league.

1981               In Game 5 at Dodger Stadium, Pedro Guerrero’s and Steve Yeager’s back-to-back solo home runs in the seventh inning off Yankee southpaw Ron Guidry give Los Angeles a 2-1 win, their third victory in the Fall Classic. Guerrero and Yeager, along with teammate Ron Cey, will be named the co-recipients of the World Series MVP award.

1986               “If one picture is worth a thousand words, you have seen about a million words, but more than that, you have seen an absolutely bizarre finish to Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.” – Vin Scully, describing the aftermath of the play after a long silence. One strike from defeat, the Mets tie the game on a wild pitch and then, thanks to Bill Buckner’s error, win Game 6, knotting the World Series at three games apiece. The hobbled first baseman, who graciously handles the fallout from one of the most memorable moments in baseball history, becomes the scapegoat for the frustrated Fenway Faithful, who wrongly believed his play alone was responsible for Boston demise in the Fall Classic.

1987               In a series in which each team never loses a game in its home park, the Twins win the World Championship when they beat the Cards, 4-2, in Game 7. The franchise’s last championship came in 1924 as the Washington Senators.

2000               Mike Piazza becomes the first player to hit a World Series home run at Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium. The backstop’s third-inning homer off Denny Neagle will account for the only two runs the Mets will score in a 3-2 Game 4 defeat to their crosstown rivals.

2003               In Game 6, the Marlins, behind Josh Beckett’s five-hit complete-game shutout, win their second World Series in six seasons, defeating New York at Yankee Stadium, 2-0. Florida becomes the first opposing team to capture the Fall Classic at the Bronx ballpark since the Dodgers accomplished the feat in 1981.

2005               The first World Series game in Texas proves to be memorable when Geoff Blum’s 14th-inning solo home run (30th MLer to hit an HR in first WS AB) becomes the beginning of the end of the longest Fall Classic contest ever played. The 7-5 victory, which gives the White Sox a commanding 3-0 advantage over the Astros, takes 5 hours, 41 minutes to complete, with the 14 frames equaling the number of innings the Red Sox needed to beat the Dodgers in Game 2 of the 1916 series.

2005               Mark Buehrle becomes the first pitcher to start and save consecutive World Series contests. After receiving a no-decision starting Game 2, the 26 year-old southpaw gets the final out in the 14th inning of Game 3 to record a save as the White Sox beat the Astros, 7-5.

2007               Hideki Okajima becomes the first Japanese-born player to pitch in the World Series. The former Nippon Ham Fighters hurler comes out of the bullpen in relief of Curt Schilling and retires seven straight Rockies, including Kazuo Matsui, making it the first time Japanese natives have faced one another in the Fall Classic.

2009               The Indians sign 40-year-old Manny Acta to a three-year deal to be their 40th manager in franchise history. The former Nationals’ field boss, who Washington fired in July, is the first Cleveland skipper to be hired outside the organization since John McNamara piloted the club in 1990.

2009               🇯🇵 Yusei Kikuchi, who had interested scouts from the Yankees and nine other clubs, decides not to entertain offers from American major league teams, opting to start his professional career in his native Japan. The 18-year-old left-handed flamethrower would have been the first Japanese high school student to come directly to the U.S. to play pro ball.

2009               With a 5-2 victory over the Angels at Yankee Stadium, New York wins its 40th American League pennant. The Bronx Bombers, after a six-year absence from the Fall Classic, will play the Phillies in quest of their 27th World Championship and the first since they beat the Mets in 2000.

2010               John Farrell emerges from the 18 candidates interviewed by Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos to replace recently retired manager Cito Gaston. The former Boston pitching coach’s reputation of working well with youthful hurlers is considered a real asset for the team’s new skipper, given Toronto’s talented young rotation.

2011               🇨🇦 Canada wins its first major baseball tournament when Team Canada defeats the United States, 2-1, at the Pan American Games in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico. Jimmy Van Ostrand’s sixth-inning double, driving in Chris Robinson and Tim Smith, who both had two-out singles to start the rally, proves to be the difference in the gold medal game.

2014               Mo’ne Davis throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Giants’ 11-4 victory in Game 4 of the Fall Classic against the Royals at AT&T Park. The 13-year-old pitching phenom, the first girl to hurl a shutout in the Little League World Series, continues her mastery on the mound, firing a strike right down the middle of the plate.

2016               The Mets announce that Mike Piazza, considered by many to be the best offensive backstop in baseball history, will have his number 31 retired during the season. The Cooperstown-bound catcher’s digits will join Tom Seaver (41), Casey Stengel (37), and Gil Hodges (14) above the left-field wall at Citi Field.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY 1911

As the “teens at the turn of the century” emerged, baseball was fast becoming more than just another entertainment spectacle. Soon it would officially be christened “America’s national pastime” due in part, to the success of the World Series. After it’s introduction in 1903, many had doubted that the merging of the National and American Leagues into a single sporting syndicate would last until the following season. Eight years later, the Fall Classic had proven all of the cynics wrong and evolved into much more than just a postseason exhibition. It had become the pinnacle of growth in Major League baseball and had set a precedent for all other professional sports in America. And they were only getting started…

The 1911 Series echoed a classic rematch of the 1905 contest between the New York Giants and the returning Philadelphia Athletics. Pitching was the most noteworthy aspect of the previous Series with five shutouts in five games and the confident Giants were poised for another outstanding performance on the mound. Christy Mathewson, their ace with three shutouts in the 1905 classic, returned to the big show with a 26-13 record and was backed up by a young emerging lefty named Rube Marquard, who had twenty-four wins as well. The A’s were also ready as their staff including Jack Coombs, Eddie Plank, Chief Bender and Cy Morgan who had combined for eighty-two victories. Both teams were also dangerous on the other side of the plate. Philadelphia’s outfielders Danny Murphy, Bris Lord and Rube Oldring batted a composite .312 and New York had set a long-standing Major League record with 347 stolen bases.

The media frenzy surrounding the 1911 Series was unprecedented due to such an even an unpredictable match-up. The A’s, were more than ready to defend their championship title and the Giants were ready to repeat history. Some favored Philadelphia as the returning champions, but many felt that New York was a stronger team after overcoming a difficult season in which their ballpark, the Polo Grounds, had burned to the ground. From April to late June, the Giants played at the yard of the American League’s new Highlanders (soon to be Yankees) and still managed to win ninety-nine games with no real “home field” advantage.

Game 1 opened before a record setting attendance of 38,281 at the newly rebuilt Polo Grounds as once again, Chief Bender and Christy Mathewson went head-to-head in a classic pitcher’s duel. After taking the lead in the second when Frank Baker scored on a Harry Davis single, the A’s stumbled and lost their advantage after several crucial errors in the fourth. Later in the seventh, New York collected the tie-breaker and 2-1 game winner when Chief Meyers scored on a Josh Devore double. In the end, Mathewson had thrown another six hitter (six was becoming his Series standard) and Bender tossed an impressive five hitter with eleven strikeouts.

Game 2 looked very familiar as another stalemate broke out on the mound between New York’s Rube Marquard and Philadelphia’s Eddie Plank. Neither walked a batter and hits were few and far between. With the score tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Marquard had retired two in a row, but was starting to show signs of weakening. Frank Baker, the A’s clean-up man who was only in his third season, took advantage of the pitcher’s fatigue and knocked one straight over the right-field wall. The Athletics held on to win 3-1 and tied the Series at a game a piece.

The next day, Baker proved that lightning can strike twice with an encore performance in Game 3. Mathewson had the Giants in the lead 1-0 going into the middle of the ninth when the A’s young powerhouse stepped up to the plate and delivered another home run over the right-field wall. The New York pitcher stood in disbelief as he watched a second Giants lead slip away in the final inning. Inspired by Baker’s back-to-back performances, the A’s also repeated and rallied to a 3-2 triumph in the eleventh inning. Both team’s aces had gone the distance with Coombs giving up only three hits and Mathewson surrendering an unimaginable nine.

Although the last two games had been close wins, the A’s were showing an incredible resolve and started to play like returning World Champions. The Giants on the other hand, were in shock, after giving up two consecutive leads so late in the game, the Series momentum had turned and New York was in trouble. They would have plenty of time to think about it as Game 4 was postponed for an entire week due to rain. When the clouds finally parted, a well-rested Christy Mathewson came back for revenge. This time his long-time advisory, Chief Bender, got the best of him in a 4-2 decision that gave the Athletics a three game lead.

Philadelphia came out swinging in Game 5 ready to end it then and there. Coombs had held a 3-0 advantage after six innings and a 3-1 lead going into the ninth. Down, but not out, New York found their own resolve and managed to start a comeback rally while going on to win 4-3 in the tenth. Fred Merkle scored Fred Snodgrass off of Philadelphia reliever, Eddie Plank. The Giants had escaped elimination and forced at least one more outing for the championship title.

Unfortunately for Giants fans, the win only prolonged their suffering as New York’s luck was about to run out. Philadelphia was disappointed in their failure to shut the door on their opponent in Game 5 and was determined not to fail again. Scoring four runs in the fourth and seven in the seventh, the A’s steamrolled the Giants on their way to a 13-2 victory and a second consecutive World Series championship. The Giants had failed miserably at the plate with six starters batting .190 or less and earning only eight runs in six games. One man in particular, clean-up man Red Murray went zero-for-twenty-one. The A’s had truly earned their back-to-back title with great tenacity, although most of the credit went to the inspired performance of “Home Run Baker”.

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills420.6670.0203982-1-02-1-03-2-01-0-01 L
New England Patriots340.4291.51791401-4-02-0-03-1-02-1-01 W
New York Jets150.1673.0801751-1-00-4-01-3-00-2-02 L
Miami Dolphins160.1433.51272070-3-01-3-01-4-01-1-06 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders520.7140.01801663-1-02-1-04-1-01-1-02 W
Los Angeles Chargers420.6670.51481502-1-02-1-03-1-02-0-01 L
Kansas City Chiefs340.4292.01882031-2-02-2-01-4-00-1-01 L
Denver Broncos340.4292.01401271-2-02-2-02-4-00-1-04 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Cincinnati Bengals520.7140.01891282-1-03-1-03-0-02-0-02 W
Baltimore Ravens520.7140.01871643-1-02-1-04-2-00-1-01 L
Cleveland Browns430.5711.01731653-1-01-2-02-2-00-0-01 W
Pittsburgh Steelers330.5001.51171322-2-01-1-02-2-00-1-02 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans520.7140.01931643-1-02-1-04-1-02-0-03 W
Indianapolis Colts340.4292.01691491-2-02-2-02-2-01-1-02 W
Jacksonville Jaguars150.1673.51161721-3-00-2-01-4-00-2-01 W
Houston Texans160.1434.0972031-2-00-4-01-4-01-1-06 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys510.8330.02051463-0-02-1-03-1-02-0-05 W
Washington Football Team250.2863.51462101-3-01-2-02-2-01-0-03 L
Philadelphia Eagles250.2863.51591850-3-02-2-02-3-00-1-02 L
New York Giants250.2863.51391801-3-01-2-02-4-00-2-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals7001.0000.02251143-0-04-0-03-0-02-0-07 W
Los Angeles Rams610.8571.02071463-1-03-0-05-1-01-1-03 W
Seattle Seahawks240.3334.51401490-2-02-2-01-2-01-1-02 L
San Francisco 49ers240.3334.51351490-3-02-1-02-3-00-2-04 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers610.8570.01681463-0-03-1-04-1-02-0-06 W
Minnesota Vikings330.5002.51471372-1-01-2-03-1-01-0-02 W
Chicago Bears340.4293.01011622-1-01-3-01-3-01-1-02 L
Detroit Lions070.0006.01282000-3-00-4-00-5-00-3-07 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers610.8570.02331474-0-02-1-04-1-01-0-04 W
New Orleans Saints320.6002.0127911-1-02-1-02-2-00-1-01 W
Atlanta Falcons330.5002.51351761-2-02-1-01-3-00-1-02 W
Carolina Panthers340.4293.01461462-2-01-2-01-4-01-0-04 L

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
New York21.6671-11-01-02-12-11 L
Philadelphia21.6670-12-00-10-12-11 W
Toronto12.3331.00-21-01-01-11-21 L
Brooklyn12.3331.00-11-11-01-21-21 L
Boston12.3331.00-11-10-20-21-21 W
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Chicago301.0002-01-02-02-03-03 W
Milwaukee21.6671.01-01-11-12-11 W
Cleveland12.3332.01-10-11-11-21 W
Indiana12.3332.01-00-21-21-21 W
Detroit02.0002.50-10-10-20-20-22 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Charlotte301.0001-02-03-03-03 W
Washington201.0000.51-01-02-02-02 W
Miami11.5001.51-00-11-11-11 L
Atlanta11.5001.51-00-10-11-11 L
Orlando12.3332.00-11-11-11-21 W
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah201.0001-01-01-02-02-02 W
Minnesota201.0002-02-02-02 W
Denver201.0001-01-02-02-02 W
Portland11.5001.01-11-11-11 W
Oklahoma City03.0002.50-10-20-10-20-33 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Golden State301.0001-02-03-03-03-03 W
Phoenix12.3332.00-11-11-01-21-21 L
Sacramento12.3332.00-21-00-11-21-22 L
LA Lakers12.3332.01-20-21-21-21 W
LA Clippers02.0002.50-10-10-10-20-22 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Memphis21.6671-01-11-12-11 L
Dallas11.5000.51-11-11 W
Houston12.3331.01-10-11-11-21 L
San Antonio12.3331.01-10-10-11-22 L
New Orleans03.0002.00-10-20-10-33 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Florida Panthers55001052293-0-02-0-05-0-0
New York Rangers64119414130-0-14-1-04-1-1
Carolina Hurricanes4400841871-0-03-0-04-0-0
Pittsburgh Penguins53028323122-0-11-0-13-0-2
Detroit Red Wings63217320212-1-11-1-03-2-1
Buffalo Sabres53117214103-1-00-0-13-1-1
Washington Capitals53028319112-0-21-0-03-0-2
New York Islanders63217315153-2-13-2-1
Boston Bruins43106314112-0-01-1-03-1-0
10 New Jersey Devils43106311103-1-03-1-0
11 Columbus Blue Jackets53206315143-1-00-1-03-2-0
12 Philadelphia Flyers42115218132-1-12-1-1
13 Toronto Maple Leafs62315212192-1-10-2-02-3-1
14 Tampa Bay Lightning52215215210-2-12-0-02-2-1
15 Ottawa Senators52304210122-2-00-1-02-3-0
16 Montreal Canadiens61502110201-3-00-2-01-5-0
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Edmonton Oilers550010424133-0-02-0-05-0-0
St. Louis Blues44008422111-0-03-0-04-0-0
San Jose Sharks54108419111-0-03-1-04-1-0
Minnesota Wild54108417162-1-02-0-04-1-0
Vancouver Canucks63217218183-2-13-2-1
Dallas Stars53206211111-0-02-2-03-2-0
Winnipeg Jets52215220192-0-00-2-12-2-1
Calgary Flames42115211110-0-12-1-02-1-1
Anaheim Ducks62315217201-1-01-2-12-3-1
10 Nashville Predators62404217191-3-01-1-02-4-0
11 Colorado Avalanche52304115201-1-01-2-02-3-0
12 Los Angeles Kings51313114171-1-00-2-11-3-1
13 Seattle Kraken61413113230-1-01-3-11-4-1
14 Vegas Golden Knights51402110191-3-00-1-01-4-0
15 Arizona Coyotes5041108250-3-00-1-10-4-1
16 Chicago Blackhawks60511012270-3-00-2-10-5-1

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England32217464402411-3-110-4-370
Philadelphia311310843321110-3-33-7-549
Nashville SC31111644728198-8-03-8-449
Orlando City SC3112118454418-6-24-5-647
New York City FC31128115134179-3-33-5-844
New York3012711373167-5-35-2-843
Atlanta3011109403468-4-33-6-643
CF Montreal31111010444138-4-33-6-743
D.C.31125145150110-1-42-4-1041
Inter Miami CF31115153348-157-2-74-3-838
Columbus31108133842-48-3-42-5-938
Chicago3297163651-157-5-52-2-1134
Toronto FC3168173560-254-6-52-2-1226
FC Cincinnati3148193364-311-5-93-3-1020
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle3117775128238-4-49-3-358
Sporting KC3016775434208-5-28-2-555
Colorado31151064532138-7-17-3-555
Portland31144134851-39-2-45-2-946
Los Angeles31137114648-28-4-45-3-746
Minnesota31129103638-29-3-43-6-645
Vancouver31111194142-19-2-42-9-544
Real Salt Lake3012612484629-4-23-2-1042
Los Angeles FC3111812474527-5-34-3-941
San Jose31910124148-75-4-74-6-537
Houston32612143651-156-6-40-6-1030
FC Dallas31611144352-94-7-42-4-1029
Austin3184193150-196-2-82-2-1128