NCAAF Game Recap: New Mexico State (31) vs. Arizona State (37) - Date: 8/31/2017 Sep 01, 2017 TEMPE, Ariz. Manny Wilkins threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns, Kalen Ballage had two scoring runs and Arizona State overcame a sluggish second quarter to open the season with a 37-31 victory over New Mexico State on Thursday night. Arizona State jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead, allowed the Aggies back in it, then pulled away in the second half to win its 19th straight home opener. Wilkins showed off his strong arm on a 60-yard scoring strike to John Humphrey and finished 22 for 27. Ballage had scoring runs of 7 and 20 yards, carrying most of the load with Demario Richard on the sideline with a right-knee injury. New Mexico State's Tyler Rogers threw for 398 yards and three touchdowns on 40-of-57 passing. He also had two interceptions, including one returned for a 49-yard touchdown by Kobe Williams. Jason Huntley and Jaleel S cott each scored two touchdowns for the Aggies. Coming off a disappointing 5-7 season, Sun Devils coach Todd Graham did not have his contract extended for the first time since arriving in the desert, a possible sign that more losing won't be tolerated. Arizona State opened the scoring on Ballage's 7-yard run and Jalen Harvey's 53-yard reception in the first quarter. Handicappers Watchdog. The Sun Devils went flat from there. New Mexico State put together two long drives in the second quarter, pulling within 14-13 by halftime on Scott's spectacular 16-yard touchdown catch and Rogers' 1-yard keeper. Arizona State was better in the second half. Wilkins threw a perfectly-placed ball on the 60-yard touchdown to Humphrey and Ballage burst through the right side for a 20-yard TD run to put the Sun Devils up 30-13 late in the third. New Mexico State made a late push, pulling within 37-25 after Huntley sco red on a 50-yard run and a 23-yard reception. Scott scored on a 29-yard pass at the buzzer. Free Sports Picks Today. THE TAKEAWAYThe Aggies took a while to get going, but had a 549-400 advantage in total yards and got a good defensive push against a Power Five program, which could help them down the road. Arizona State became discombobulated for a stretch in the first half, but wore the Aggies down to pull away. The Sun Devils will need to play four good quarters, not just three, as the schedule gets tougher. UP NEXTNew Mexico State heads to New Mexico on Sept. 9 for the Rio Grande Rivalry. The Aggies ended a four-game losing streak to the Lobos with a 32-31 victory in Las Cruces last season. Arizona State has a home game against San Diego State on Sept. 9 before facing what could be a difficult road game against Texas Tech on Sept. 16. ---More college football: collegefootball. ap. org and twitter. com/-Top 25
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MLB Game Recap: St Louis Cardinals (5) vs. San Francisco Giants (2) - Date: 8/31/2017 Wacha bounces back, Grichuk homers as Cards top Giants 5-2 43m ago. 2 min read SAN FRANCISCO Michael Wacha pitched six strong innings and Randal Grichuk hit a two-run homer as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-2 on Thursday night.The Giants were without staff ace Madison Bumgarner, a late scratch with flu symptoms, as they lost for the sixth time in seven games.Wacha (10-7) gave up one run, four hits and two walks as he bounced back from a tough stretch. In his three previous starts he was 0-3 with a 10.22 ERA.The Cardinals moved within 5 1/2 games of the idle Colorado Rockies in the NL wild card race. Expert Sports Picks. They failed to gain ground in the NL Central as the first-place Chicago Cubs defeated the Atlanta Braves to maintain a six-game lead.Tommy Pham was 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs for St. Louis.The Cardinals broke a scoreless tie in the top of the second when Grichuk hit a two-run homer off Giants starter Matt Cain (3-11).Grichuk's 18th home run came on a 1-2 curveball Cain hung over the middle of the plate.Five Cardinals relievers combined to allow one run over the final three innings with Seung Hwan Oh getting his 20th save.The punchless Giants were coming off a 1-5 trip in which they scored 10 runs.Brandon Crawford hit what initially was called a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth that was overturned by a 4-minute, 8-second video review, with umpires apparently ruling that fans reached over the brick wall in right field.Crawford had to go back on the field, sent to second base with a double that scored Buster Posey.HOMER HPYGrichuk is among seven Cardinals with 15 or more home runs, tops in the NL and tied for second in the majors with the Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles. Sports Handicapper Records. The Texas Rangers lead the major with nine.PITCHER'S PARKGrichuk homered in the toughest pitcher's park in the majors. Sports Handicapper Leads. Teams are combining for 1.51 home runs per game at AT&T Park in a year in which teams are combining for the most home runs in major league history (2.54).TRAINER'S ROOMCardinals: LHP Kevin Siegrist was designated for assignment after being activated from the disabled list with a left forearm injury. In a corresponding move RHP John Gant was called up from Triple-A Memphis.Giants: OF Christian Slater will start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Friday and is expected to be activated after playing three or four games, manager Bruce Bochy said. The 24-year-old rookie has been on the disabled list since July 8 with strained right groin. . Posey was back in the lineup after m issing three games with a thumb injury.UP NEXTRHP Jack Flaherty will make his major league debut for the Cardinals on Friday. The 21-year-old prospect was a combined 14-4 with a 2.18 ERA in 25 starts this year at Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis. San Francisco RHP Johnny Cueto (6-7, 4.59) will pitch for the first time since going on the disabled list with a flexor strain on July 15.---More baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
NFL Game Recap: Seattle Seahawks (17) vs. Oakland Raiders (13) - Date: 8/31/2017 Sep 01, 2017 OAKLAND, Calif. Austin Davis threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Lawler with 1:10 remaining in the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Oakland Raiders 17-13 in a preseason game Thursday night. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The Seahawks trailed 13-10 following Giorgio Tavecchio's 28-yard field goal with 3:46 left before Davis engineered a seven-play, 75-yard drive in 2:36 that likely gave him the edge over Trevone Boykin for the backup job behind Russell Wilson. Davis completed 10 of 16 passes for 123 yards, while Boykin went 13 of 21 for 166 yards and a touchdown. Boykin was also intercepted twice and narrowly missed a third, and his 34-yard scoring pass to Rodney Smith came after defensive back Dexter McDonald tripped and fell in coverage. Seattle finish ed 4-0 in the preseason; the Raiders went winless for only the third time in franchise history. Best Free Sports Picks. The Raiders likely also cleared up their backup quarterback spot. EJ Manuel completed 8 of 12 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown while appearing to gain the upper hand in the battle with Connor Cook behind Derek Carr. Cook, a fourth-round draft pick in 2016, went 6 for 16 for 71 yards and was intercepted on Oakland's final possession. As expected, the game was basically a matchup of backups. Seattle sat out 18 starters, including Pro Bowl defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, Wilson, and cornerback Richard Sherman. The Raiders held out their entire starting offense and defense. Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse was also notably absent in what may have been his final game with the Seahawks after rumors earlier this week Seattle is attempting to trade the veteran. NOT VERY SHARPSeattle drew nine penalties for 122 yards. Three of the penalties were personal fouls and two were for defensive pass interference. Oakland had seven penalties for 60 yards. SITTING OUT THE ANTHEMLike they have done throughout the preseason, both Bennett and Marshawn Lynch sat during the playing of the national anthem before the game. Bennett sat on a bench on the Seattle sideline while center Justin Britt stood beside Bennett with his hand on his teammate's shoulder. Britt did the same thing twice before. Lynch sat in front of a row of coolers on the Raiders sideline in the same fashion he has every game during the preseason. NO CONLEYRaiders first-round pick Gareon Conley suited up but did not play. Conley missed all of training camp with a shin injury and was activated off the PUP list earlier this week. INJURED SEAHAWKSecond-year Seattle cornerback DeAndre Elliott suffered what appeared to be a serious right leg injury midway through the second quarter. Players from bo th teams came out to check on Elliott and the entire Seahawks squad surrounded him as he was loaded onto a cart. Elliott raised his right hand in a thumbs-up sign while being driven away. UP NEXTSeahawks: Open the season at Green Bay on Sept. 10. Raiders: Begin the season at Tennessee on Sept. 10. ---For more NFL coverage: http://www. pro32. ap. org and http://www. twitter. com/-NFL
NCAAF Game Recap: UL Monroe (29) vs. Memphis (37) - Date: 8/31/2017 Sep 01, 2017 MEMPHIS, Tenn. Darrell Henderson rushed for 169 yards and two long touchdowns, and Tony Pollard returned a kickoff 99 yards to lead Memphis to a 37-29 win over Louisiana Monroe in the season opener on Thursday night. Henderson, who had just 12 carries, scored from 55 and 63 yards. Patrick Taylor had a 66-yard touchdown and finished with 131 yards on 15 carries. Both backs were at 106 yards at halftime, the first time either sophomore has topped 100 yards. Henderson, Taylor and quarterback Riley Ferguson had rushing touchdowns for a 20-7 halftime lead before Pollard opened the second half with his school record third kickoff return. It was the second-longest in school history after his 100-yarder last year. Memphis finished with 416 total yards, 319 on the ground but just 72 in the second half. Warhawks quarterbacks Caleb Evans and Garrett Smith each threw for a late fourth-quarter touchdown but after each one, Memphis recovered the onside kick to run time off the clock and squelch the comeback. Memphis picked up its fourth straight season-opening win on the ninth birthday of the Bengal Tiger mascot Tom III.
NFL Game Recap: Arizona Cardinals (2) vs. Denver Broncos (30) - Date: 8/31/2017 Sep 01, 2017 DENVER Kyle Sloter bounced back from a sack for a safety and another sack in the shadow of his own goal line to lead Denver on touchdown drives of 98 and 96 yards Thursday night that sparked the Broncos' 30-2 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Best Sports Handicappers. That capped a 4-0 preseason for rookie head coach Vance Joseph. Sloter's 98-yard drive was Sloter's best argument to win a roster spot as ailing backup QB Paxton Lynch's temporary fill-in. It came after he was sacked in the end zone on his first series and narrowly avoided an encore in the opposite end zone in the second quarter. It looked ominous for Sloter when the Cardinals downed a punt at the Denver 2 following his first two foibles. But he connected on consecutive 32-yard passes, one to Jordan T aylor, the other to Anthony Nash, before Stevan Ridley reeled off a 27-yard gain to the 3. Ridley took it in from there to cap an impressive drive that put Denver up 10-2. Facing third-and-9 from his 12 on Denver's opening series, Sloter double-clutched with linebacker Alex Bazzie bearing down for the sack and safety that put Arizona ahead 2-0 . Facing the same down and distance in the second quarter, Sloter again held onto the ball for too long and this time was sacked by linebacker Philp Wheeler inches from another safety. Beaten both times was veteran tackle Donald Stephenson, who recently accepted a second pay cut in a bid to stick around. Sloter, who finished 15 of 23 for 220 yards and a touchdown, also was solid in driving the Broncos into field goal range in the final 1:14 of the second quarter for a 20-2 halftime cushion. ''He got off to a slow start, but he made some plays in that last two-minute drive and the drive before to get us in scoring range and get us some points, so I'm excited about Kyle,'' Joseph said at halftime. Sloter directed a 13-play, 96-yard drive in the fourth quarter that ended with a 21-yard TD pass to tight end Steven Scheu in double coverage. Sloter began his college career as a wide receiver at Southern Mississippi and finished it as a quarterback at Northern Colorado. He was brought in as a camp arm while Trevor Siemian and Lynch battled for the starting job. When Lynch sprained his right shoulder against Green Bay last weekend it opened the door for Sloter to make the 53-man roster. General manager John Elway and his personnel department also will evaluate all quarterbacks among the some 1,200 players who will be cut this weekend. PUNT-OFF: The Cardinals' punting competition kicked into high gear with an abundance of stalled drives by Arizona's offense. And the battle stayed close. Soccer Picks. The h ighlight came when Krishawn Hogan downed Richie Leone's 38-yard punt at the Denver 2 in the first half. Matt Wile's best punt was a 49-yarder to the Denver 8, but he also badly missed on a 53-yard field goal and had a touchback in the first half along with a punt that Kalif Raymond returned from the goal line. PICK-SIX: Safety Dymonte Thomas had a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown off Trevor Knight's errant pass. Thomas snared the ball and raced right up the middle for the score that made it 17-2. WARD'S WORLD: T. J. Ward was among 27 Broncos starters and key backups who didn't play. He is the biggest name on Denver's roster bubble because he missed the entire preseason after pulling a hamstring and watched Justin Simmons impress the coaching staff. The Broncos might also have found a bigger, younger version of Ward in undrafted rookie thumper Jamal Carter of Miami. Linebacker Brandon Marshall tweeted before kickoff: ''Letting go of TJ would b a mistake. With all the plays he's made and leadership he's brought. He deserves to at least play out his contract. '' Ward is due $4. 5 million this season in the final year of his contract and figures to command something similar to the five-year, $60 million deal that strong safety Reshad Jones, 29, got from the Dolphins. ---For more NFL coverage: http://www. pro32. ap. org and http://www. twitter. com/-NFL---Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter. com/arniestapleton
NFL Game Recap: Tennessee Titans (6) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (30) - Date: 8/31/2017 Aug 31, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Mo. First-round pick Patrick Mahomes II threw for 183 yards and a touchdown in what was likely his final game for a while, and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Tennessee Titans 30-6 on Thursday night in a preseason contest played mostly by backups. Mahomes got the nod with Alex Smith and the rest of the starters sitting out, and he once more showed why the Chiefs moved up to draft him 10th overall. The former Texas Tech star scrambled for first downs, stood tall in the pocket and used his big arm to make plays downfield. His favorite target was second-year pro Demarcus Robinson , who may have locked up the Chiefs' final wide receiver job. He had three catches for 127 yards, including a 28-yard TD strike just before halftime. Rookie wide receiver Jehu Chesson also solidified his roster spot with a weaving, dodging 7 6-yard punt return touchdown for Kansas City. Backup tight end Gavin Escobar may have done likewise when he hauled in a juggling touchdown catch from Tyler Bray late in the third quarter. Expert Sports Picks. Titans coach Mike Mularkey said early in the week that ''all 90'' would play in the preseason finale, as if an uneven performance last week against Chicago meant his starters would get at least some work. But after the Chiefs kicked off, it was former quarterback Matt Cassel rather than Marcus Mariota who led the Titans onto the field. Cassel was joined by a flotilla of Tennessee backups, including a couple - such as David Fluellen, who carried 19 times for 74 yards - still trying to earn a job. On defense, first-round pick Adoree Jackson made a couple nice plays while trying to earn one of the Titans' starting cornerback jobs. He even flashed some good hands by picking a pass on a tippe d ball, though a video review showed he landed on the out-of-bounds line. SHAKY RETURN: Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos made his preseason debut after dealing with a groin injury and promptly missed an extra point. But he bounced back to hit a 48-yard field goal in the second half. BERRY BAD NEWS? All-Pro safety Eric Berry was not suited up, even though he had returned to practice after dealing with a heel injury. Berry was not expected to play regardless, but the fact he didn't suit up with the other starters and go through pregame warmups was intriguing. MORE INJURIES: Titans linebacker Kevin Dodd, who recovered a fumble early in the second quarter, left with a bruised hip later in the half. Long snapper Ryan DiSalvo left with a concussion after he was blindsided by the Chiefs' Justin March-Lillard on the block that sprung Chesson's touchdown return. NEWCOMERS SIT: The Chiefs traded this week for linebacker Reggie Ragland, a former second-round pick of the Bills , and offensive lineman Cam Erving, a former first-round pick of the Browns. Neither was ready to get into the game, though the Chiefs hope both are ready for the regular season. ''My main goal is to get the big guys out front so we have a good chance of stopping the play every down,'' Ragland said during an in-game interview. ''Smart, physical and I'm going to come out ready to play. '' ON DECK: The Chiefs open the season next Thursday night in New England, while the Titans welcome Oakland to town Sept. 10, when most of the league begins playing games that count. ---More NFL: http://pro32. ap. org and https://twitter. com/-NFL
NCAAF Game Recap: Ohio State (49) vs. Indiana (21) - Date: 8/31/2017 Sep 01, 2017 BLOOMINGTON, Ind. J. K. Dobbins broke Ohio State's freshman record by rushing for 181 yards in his college debut, J. T. Barrett threw three touchdown passes and the second-ranked Buckeyes pulled away to beat Indiana 49-21 on Thursday night. Free Sports Picks. The Buckeyes have won 23 straight over the Hoosiers. Indiana had big plans for what was billed as the biggest opener in school history - a prime time, nationally televised game that included the first trip by ESPN's ''College GameDay'' to Bloomington. Instead, Dobbins stole the show. With Mike Weber, Ohio State's top runner in 2016, out with a hamstring injury, Dobbins stepped in and surpassed Maurice Clarett's previous debut record of 175 yards set in 2002 against Texas Tech. Barrett overcame a slow start to finish 20 of 35 for 304 yards. He added 61 yards rushing and another score to move within two touchdowns of matching Drew Brees' Big Ten career record for total touchdowns of 106. But the Buckeyes weren't themselves early. Best Sports Picks Service. They didn't reach the end zone until Antonio Williams' 1-yard plunge with 5:17 left in the first half. They finally retook the lead on Barrett's 2-yard scoring run midway through the third quarter and pulled away after Parris Campbell hauled in a 74-yard TD pass to make it 27-21 with 4:38 left in the third. Ohio State scored the last 28 points. Indiana, controlled most of the first half of Tom Allen's home debut as coach. Hoosiers quarterback Richard Lagow played fearlessly, finishing 40 of 65 with 410 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He also broke Ben Chappell's school record for pass attempts of 64 set in 2010 against Michigan, and finished with the second-highest completions total in one game. Sports Handicapping. THE TAKEAWAYOhio State: The Buckeyes avoided a double dose of danger - winning a rare conference opener in Week 1 and getting a road win, too. And Dobbins' big performance should put pressure on Weber to come back strong - and soon. Indiana: No, the Hoosiers didn't end their losing streak against Ohio State. But it wasn't a total loss. They sold out Memorial Stadium and were competitive on an entertaining night. UP NEXTOhio State: Heads home Sept. 9 for an even tougher matchup against No. 7 Oklahoma. Indiana: The Hoosiers travel to Virginia on Sept. 9. ---More college football at www. collegefootball. ap. org and https://twitter. com/-Top25
MLB Game Recap: Washington Nationals (3) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6) - Date: 8/31/2017 Davies wins 16th, Brewers beat Nationals 6-3 1h ago. 2 min read MILWAUKEE Zach Davies won his 16th game to tie Arizona's Zack Greinke for the most victories in the majors, Jonathan Villar homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Washington Nationals 6-3 on Thursday night.Davies (16-7) scattered six hits, walked two, struck out four and lowered his ERA to 1.77 over the last nine starts, five of them victories for himself and the team.Greinke (16-6) beat the Dodgers 8-1 on Thursday afternoon. Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) and Chris Sale (Red Sox) are one game behind Davies and Greinke.Villar hit a two-run homer off Gio Gonzalez (13-6) in the fifth. It was his 11th of the season, second two-run in as many days and came after Davies walked.Trea Turner greeted Anthony Swarzak with a triple to start the eighth and scored on Jayson Werth's ground out.Corey Knebel pitched the ninth for his 31st save.The Brewers snapped Gonzalez's five-game winning streak with their 11th victory in the last 16 games. Gonzalez allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings with three walks and seven strikeouts. He grimaced after Juan Aguilar took a called third strike. After a brief delay, Gonzalez finished the inning.Stephen Vogt went 3 for 4 and drove in a run in the eighth with his third single of the game.Aguilar drove in two in the third with a two-out, bases-loaded single to left. Domingo Santana was caught off second on the relay throw from the outfield. Free Sports Betting Picks. The Brewers challenged, but a 3:01 review confirmed the call and ended the threat.The Nationals went ahead 2-1 in the third. Michael Taylor singled, advanced on a sacrifice by Gonzalez and scored on Turner's double. After stealing third, Turner came home on Werth's groundout.Herna n Perez doubled, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Braun in the first.Turner went 3 for 4 with a double, single and triple and two runs scored.TRAINER'S ROOMNationals: OF Howie Kendrick got a scheduled game off. . OF Brian Goodwin (left groin strain) has made progress, but the team is not rushing his return. It's his first time with that injury. . RHP Ryan Madson (right finger sprain) and LHP Enny Romero (left forearm strain) could rejoin the team Friday. Madson has missed 16 games and Romero 26.Brewers: C Manny Pina missed his second consecutive game with a right hip injury suffered during Tuesday's game. . 3B Travis Shaw got a scheduled game off.UP NEXTNationals: RHP Tanner Roark (11-8, 4.63 ERA) looks for his third straight win as he faces the Brewers for the first time this season. He has a 2.16 ERA since the All-Star break.Brewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson (10-6, 3.75 ERA) makes his 28th start of the season and second against the Nationals. He is 1-1 with a 4.43 ERA in his previous four career starts against them.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
MLB Game Recap: Atlanta Braves (2) vs. Chicago Cubs (6) - Date: 8/31/2017 Hendricks, Cubs extend winning streak to four 1h ago. 2 min read CHICAGO Kyle Hendricks turned in his fourth straight quality start and the Chicago Cubs ran their winning streak to four with a 6-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.Hendricks (6-4) allowed one earned run on five hits while striking out five and walking three in 6 2/3 innings as the reigning World Series champs maintained their 3 1/2-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central.Kris Bryant hit his 25th home run of the season and Jon Jay had four hits to lead the Cubs offense. Bryant doubled and scored in the two-run first inning before blasting a two-run shot through a stiff wind in the sixth.Hendricks was backed by Brian Duensing, Carl Edwards and Justin Wilson, who combined on 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.Rookie left-hander Sean Newcomb (2-8) took the loss, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out seven and walking three in five innings.Pinch-hitter Lane Adams hit his second career home run to chase Hendricks with two outs in the seventh. Sports Betting Handicapping. The Braves other run off Hendricks in the fifth was unearned.SCRATCHEDBraves infielder Brandon Phillips was a late scratch from the lineup. Jace Peterson replaced him at third base.BIG MONTHWith his RBI ground out in the first inning, Anthony Rizzo became the first Cubs player to drive in 30 runs in a calendar month since Sammy Sosa did so in August of 2001.TIME CHANGEThe Cubs received Major League Baseball's approval to move their Sept. 8 game against the Milwaukee Brewers from 1:20 p.m. to 7:05 p.m.The city of Chicago also had to sign off on the time change because Friday night games have been prohibited since lights were installed at Wrigley Field in 1988. Soccer Picks. The Cubs play a night game in Pittsburgh on Sept. 7.SIX-MAN TURNWith LHP Jon Lester (left lat tightness and shoulder fatigue) set to return from the disabled list against the Braves on Saturday, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he will go with six starters for one turn through the rotation.LHP Mike Montgomery, who allowed one run on 10 hits in 13 innings while winning both his starts in Lester's stead, will get at least one more on Sunday. Maddon said no decision has been made past then.SEPT. 1 CALL-UPSLHP Rex Brothers, LHP Ian Krol and RHP Luke Jackson will rejoin the Braves when rosters expand on Friday. All three are on the 10-day disabled list.TRAINER'S ROOMBraves: INF Johan Camargo (bruised right knee), INF Adonis Garcia (torn left ring finger ligament) and OF Danny Santana (strained left quad) will spend the weekend on rehab assignments at Triple-A Gwinnett . A CT scan on C Tyler Flowers (sore left wr ist) revealed no structural damage.Cubs: The team was awaiting the results of an MRI on SS Addison Russell's right foot. Russell was called back to Chicago from Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday after experiencing a setback in his recovery from a strained right foot.UP NEXTJon Lackey (10-10, 4.98 ERA) will oppose fellow RHP Mike Foltynewicz (10-10, 4.84) in the second game of the four-game series on Friday. Winning Sports Handicappers. The Cubs had won Lackey's previous eight starts before he was tagged for five runs in the fifth inning of their 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on August 27. Foltynewicz has allowed 19 earned runs in his last 13 innings on the road.
NFL Game Recap: Cleveland Browns (25) vs. Chicago Bears (0) - Date: 8/31/2017 Sep 01, 2017 CHICAGO Mitchell Trubisky got an opportunity to start and little chance to show what he can do, completing just two passes for the Chicago Bears in a 25-0 preseason-ending loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night. Gambling Profit. Trubisky started with Mike Glennon and veteran Mark Sanchez resting for the opener against Atlanta next week. But after dazzling at times with his play in the preseason and sparking a quarterback controversy in Chicago, he simply didn't get to make many throws in this game. Handicapping Sports. The No. 2 overall pick and Cleveland-area product completed 2 of 5 passes for 10 yards against the team that drafted defensive end Myles Garrett first. Both completions and four attempts cam e on his fourth possession, early in the second quarter, before giving way to Connor Shaw. CBS Sports Picks. Trubisky did nothing but hand off as Chicago went three-and-out on its first three drives, drawing boos from restless fans. He re-entered the game twice in the closing minutes, first coming in for two plays when Shaw briefly returned to the sideline. A scrambling Shaw then appeared to twist his left leg while being tackled near the sideline on his second play back, forcing the Bears to bring in Trubisky again. Cody Kessler had a solid first half with the Browns holding out second-round pick DeShone Kizer and Brock Osweiler, completing 11 of 19 passes for 144 yards despite steady pressure. He was sacked three times but threw a 27-yard touchdown to Rannell Hall in the second quarter. Kevin Hogan started the third period and went 13 of 18 for 180 yards and two touchdowns. He hit a wide-open Randall Telfer fo r a 51-yard TD late in the quarter and threw a 21-yarder to Jordan Leslie early in the fourth. That made it 25-0, and Cleveland tuned up for its opener against Pittsburgh with a lopsided victory. The win came during a busy week for the Browns, who cut two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden and traded disappointing offensive lineman Cam Erving to Kansas City. They are also in the market for a receiver and might release Osweiler if they can't find someone to absorb at least part of his guaranteed $16 million contract. POSITION BATTLESBrowns: Zane Gonzalez, competing for the kicking job with Cody Parkey, nailed a 53-yard field goal that made it 10-0 in the third quarter. But he also hit the upright on an extra-point attempt in the fourth. INJURY UPDATEBrowns: Backup left tackle Rod Johnson left in the first half with a knee injury. Bears: LB Lamarr Houston left with a knee injury in the third quarter. He was in a crowd trying to make a tackle on a pass and stayed down fo r several minutes before walking to the sideline. Houston tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in 2014 and tore his left ACL in the second game last year. UP NEXT:Browns: Hosts Pittsburgh on Sept. 10. Falcons: Host Atlanta on Sept. 10. ---For more NFL coverage: www. pro32. ap. org and http://twitter. com/-NFL
NFL Game Recap: Baltimore Ravens (14) vs. New Orleans Saints (13) - Date: 8/31/2017 Aug 31, 2017 NEW ORLEANS The Baltimore Ravens got a better look at what first-round draft choice Marlon Humphrey can do when he's healthy. They had to like what they saw. Humphrey, drafted 16th overall out of Alabama last spring, forced a fumble, broke up a pass and made four tackles, and Baltimore beat the New Orleans Saints 14-13 in the preseason finale for both clubs Thursday night. Humphrey had missed two of the Ravens' first three preseason games and practice time in his first training camp because of apparently minor undisclosed injuries. But the cornerback appears like he's ready to contribute as a rookie to an already impressive-looking Baltimore defense. He created a turnover with a heavy hit that dislodged the ball from running back Daniel Lasco. Linebacker Patrick Onwuasor recovered. Saints kicker Wil Lutz made two of four field goal attempts, having one blocked and narrowly missing a 59-yarder for the lead in the final seconds. With most starters resting for both clubs, the game represented a chance for reserves to solidify backup roles, or in some cases, roster spots. Ravens quarterback Ryan Mallett completed three of eight passes in three offensive series, but his final throw was a touchdown strike over the middle to Chris Moore in tight coverage on fourth down. Bobby Rainey added a touchdown on a 2-yard end run to make it 14-0. That capped a 66-yard drive led by reserve QB Thaddeus Lewis, who completed four passes and had a first-down scramble during the series. But Lewis' performance was marred by a fumble when he was sacked by rookie Al-Quadin Muhammad. Second-year defensive tackle David Onyemata recovered in Saints territory, ending a scoring threat. Chase Daniel, in line to reclaim his former job as quarterback Drew Brees' backup, started and threw a 16-yard scoring pas s to tight end Josh Hill. The play highlighted an inconsistent night in which Daniel completed 11 of 19 passes for 103 yards and was intercepted by nose tackle Carl Davis, setting up the Ravens' first touchdown. Late in the third quarter, the Saints made it 14-10 after defensive back Arthur Maulet, a New Orleans native trying to make the club, recovered a fumble he'd also forced by stripping punt returner and former Navy star Keenan Reynolds. MAX PROTECTIONSaints starting center Max Unger, recovering from offseason foot surgery, played for the first time this preseason in the first quarter. He now appears healthy enough to start New Orleans' opener, a Monday night contest at Minnesota. His third snap of the game didn't go so well, though. Daniel couldn't handle it in shotgun formation and had to abort the play, leading to a punt. GETTING LOWLow trajectory was an intermittent problem for Lutz last season when he was a rookie, and was again during a fail ed 49-yard field goal attempt blocked by defensive lineman Patrick Ricard. Lutz had two field goals and a critical extra point blocked last season, but the Saints have stuck with him because of his leg strength and overall accuracy. Lutz was true on kicks from 28 and 48 yards. On the block, the snap did not appear to be a problem. It was delivered by veteran long snapper Jon Dorenbos, acquired this week in a trade with Philadelphia. Snaps also appeared clean on all eight Saints punts. INJURY UPDATERavens: Cornerback Sheldon Price left with an apparent concussion. . . . Onwuasor went down with what Baltimore officials described as a ''stinger'' in his shoulder and was later cleared to return. Saints: Rookie safety Marcus Williams needed attention from trainers, but his injury was not clear or disclosed by the Saints. . . . Running back Travaris Cadet appeared to have an upper body injury after a 25-yard reception in the final minute. ---For more NFL cov erage: www. pro32. ap. org and www. twitter. com/-NFL
MLB Game Recap: Boston Red Sox (2) vs. New York Yankees (6) - Date: 8/31/2017 Sabathia stifles Red Sox again as Yanks win opener 6-2 36m ago. 1 min read NEW YORK CC Sabathia shut down the Boston Red Sox for the fourth time this season and the New York Yankees got homers from Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird on the way to a 6-2 victory Thursday night in the opener of a pivotal four-game series.Bird drove in three runs and Sanchez had two RBIs as the second-place Yankees shaved Boston's lead in the AL East to 4 1/2 games. Free Sports Picks. This weekend set in the Bronx marks the final meeting of the season between the longtime rivals - and perhaps New York's last chance to make a serious run at its first division title in five years.New York maintained a tenuous hold on the league's top wild card.
NFL Game Recap: Miami Dolphins (30) vs. Minnesota Vikings (9) - Date: 8/31/2017 Aug 31, 2017 MINNEOLIS Jakeem Grant caught four passes for 141 yards and a touchdown and the Miami Dolphins wrapped up the preseason with a 30-9 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night. David Fales completed 9 of 15 passes for 139 yards and two scores, including a 65-yarder to Grant , a second-year receiver that coach Adam Gase has been trying to get more involved in the Dolphins offense. Cayleb Jones had nine catches for 127 yards and a touchdown for Minnesota, which finished the preseason 2-2. Taylor Heinicke threw a touchdown, but was underwhelming in his two quarters of play before he was knocked out of the game with a concussion. Both teams rested almost all of their regular starters with the first game of the regular season just a week away. That included Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler, who came out of retirement earlier this m onth to replace the injured Ryan Tannehill. Kenyan Drake ran for a touchdown and Fales also threw a 6-yard TD to former University of Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray to help the Dolphins finish 2-2 on the preseason. Gase moved Grant from slot receiver to outside this summer, hoping it would give the former Texas Tech Red Raider more opportunities. He had plenty of them on Thursday night, catching a 28-yard pass early in the first quarter to get going, drawing a pass interference near the end zone to set up Drake's 1-yard plunge . In the second quarter, he got behind defensive backs Jayron Kearse and Sam Brown and hauled in a perfectly thrown deep ball from Fales to put Miami up 14-0. ALEXANDER'S BLUNDERVikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander had an unimpressive rookie season last year after being taken in the second round out of Clemson. After Minnesota's defense was torched by Grant for the entire first half, Alexander was broke up a pass headed his way in t he end zone late in the second quarter. But then he got right in Grant's face and let him know about it, earning a taunting penalty that gave the Dolphins a first down. Coach Mike Zimmer gave his cornerback an earful on the sideline and Fales hit Gray on the next play. PUNTING COMPETITIONMiami has a punting competition between Matt Darr and Matt Haack, and both performed well in their final chances. Haack averaged 48. 3 yards on three punts and Darr averaged 49. 5 on two. LEIDNER'S CHANCEFormer University of Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner was working for Bite Squad - a local service that delivers restaurant food to homes and businesses in the Twin Cities - when the Vikings called him last week. With no need to play starter Sam Bradford or backup Case Keenum in the finale, the Vikings were in need of another quarterback to play with Heinicke. Leidner entered in the third quarter to a nice ovation and went 14 for 19 for 129 yards. HARVEY HELPVikings owners Zygi and Mar k Wilf announced that the family and the team are donating $300,000 toward Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The Vikings are donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross and the Wilf family is donation $200,000, half of which will go to the Red Cross and half to the Jewish Federations of North America Harvey relief fund. Football Tipsters. The Vikings also ran an in-game video featuring players Texas natives Brian Robison, Danielle Hunter and Case Keenum that encouraged fans to donate to the cause. UP NEXTDolphins: Open the regular season at home on Sept. 10 against Tampa Bay. Vikings: Open at home on Sept. 11 against New Orleans and longtime Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson. --- NFL website: www. pro32. ap. org and http://twitter. com/-NFL
NCAAF Game Recap: Tulsa (24) vs. Oklahoma State (59) - Date: 8/31/2017 Aug 31, 2017 STILLWATER, Okla. Mason Rudolph threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to help No. 10 Oklahoma State beat Tulsa 59-24 on Thursday night. Rudolph completed 20 of 24 passes with no interceptions. The senior joined Brandon Weeden as the only Cowboys quarterbacks to surpass 9,000 yards in career passing. Preseason All-American James Washington caught six passes for 145 yards, including touchdown receptions of 77 and 40 yards. Justice Hill ran for 132 yards and a touchdown, J. D. King had 95 and LD Brown 92 for the Cowboys, who are in the preseason Top 10 for the third time in school history. Oklahoma State gained 640 total yards. Sports Experts. Tulsa quarterback Chad President, who got the start over Luke Skipper, passed for 178 yards and ran for 69. Core y Taylor II ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns. D'Angelo Brewer finished with 33 yards on 22 carries. ---THE TAKEAWAYTULSA: The Golden Hurricane are down several notches from the squad that went 10-3 last season and beat Central Michigan 55-10 in the Miami Beach Bowl. Neither quarterback is ready to replace Dane Evans, who broke many of the school's passing records. The Golden Hurricane showed fight but were outmanned. OKLAHOMA STATE:The Cowboys, wary of home upsets after last year's stunning loss to Central Michigan, were never in danger in this one. Oklahoma State rushed for 332 yards on 37 carries to balance its dynamic passing attack. UP NEXTTULSA: The Golden Hurricane host Louisiana on Sept. 9. OKLAHOMA ST: The Cowboys play at South Alabama on Sept. 8. Oklahoma State will play its first Saturday game in Week 3 at Pittsburgh. ---Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter: www. twitter. com/CliffBrunt . ---More college football: http://collegefootball. ap. org an d https://twitter. com/-Top25
NFL Game Recap: Pittsburgh Steelers (17) vs. Carolina Panthers (14) - Date: 8/31/2017 Aug 31, 2017 CHARLOTTE, N. C. Rookie Joshua Dobbs threw for one touchdown and ran for the winning score and the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Carolina Panthers 17-14 in the preseason finale for both teams. Dobbs led the Steelers 53 yards on five plays in just 43 seconds and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 2 seconds left after rolling out to the right to lift the Steelers to a win. Dobbs, the Steelers' third-string quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger and Landry Jones, finished 16 of 23 for 212 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunter. Hunter entered the game battling with Sammie Coates for the sixth spot at wide receiver and had three catches for 75 yards. He showed a good burst of speed on a go-route down the right sideline, stretching his arms out to haul in a perfectly thrown pass for the score. Sports Handicapper King. Terrell Watson ran for 89 yards on 19 carries for the Steelers. Damiere Byrd hauled in his third touchdown catch of the preseason - a 13-yard catch from Joe Webb - from Joe Webb in the back of the end zone for Carolina. Byrd continued to make his case as Carolina's fifth or sixth wide receiver. He had two TD catches in Carolina's preseason opener against the Houston Texans. ''As a receiver, those opportunities don't always come regardless of how much you play,'' Byrd said. ''It's not up to you when you get the ball. Joe Webb made the call and had a great read. He put it up for me and I came down with it. '' SITTING OUT: Steelers CB Joe Haden did not play one day after signing a three-year, $27 million free agent contract on Wednesday. HARRISON PLAYS: Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who hasn't practiced much this summer, played most of the f irst half for the Steelers and had a sack to end a second-quarter drive. POCKET CHANGE: Panthers Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen has restructured his contract, which could allow him to make an additional $2 million this season if he reaches certain incentives. INJURY UPDATE:Steelers: Strong safety Jordan Dangerfield left the game in the first half with an ankle injury and did not return. Panthers: Second-round pick WR Curtis Samuel left the game with an ankle injury. . . . CB Teddy Williams injured his shoulder in the first quarter and did not return. UP NEXT:Steelers: Open the regular season at Cleveland on Sept. 10. Panthers: Open the regular season at San Francisco on Sept. 10. --- NFL website: www. pro32. ap. org and www. twitter. com/-NFL
NFL Game Recap: New York Giants (40) vs. New England Patriots (38) - Date: 8/31/2017 Aug 31, 2017 FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Aldrick Rosas hit a 48-yard field goal as time expired and the New York Giants earned a 40-38 win over the New England Patriots in the final exhibition game for both teams Thursday night. Handicapper Return on Investment. The Giants scored 34 points in the first half, but the Patriots outscored them 24-3 over the final 29 minutes before Rosas' field goal. It helped salvage a night in which Geno Smith and Josh Johnson each had touchdown passes, and the Giants' defense returned an interception for a touchdown. Football Tipsters. Third-stringer Jacoby Brissett threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for another to nearly lead the Super Bowl champions back from a 20-point halftime deficit. Stephen Gostkowski hit a 55-yard go-ahead field goal with 44 seconds remaining. As expected, both teams rested their key contributors in advance of Saturday's reduction to a 53-man roster. Smith entered the night with the inside track to win the Giants' backup quarterback job behind Eli Manning. He took a big step toward locking it up, completing 10 of 11 passes for 111 yards and touchdown. Smith was signed to a one-year contract in March and was brought in to compete for the job behind Manning and has done well. Point Shaving. The Patriots open the regular-season at home next Thursday against Kansas City. The Giants open at Dallas on Sept. 10. New York safety Darian Thompson was the only projected starter to see any action. After some lackluster efforts, Johnson also had his best performance of the preseason. He completed 11 of 14 passes for 135 yards. As strong as Brissett's performance was, it still might have been his final game for New England. Brissett started a pair of games last season during Tom Brady's four-game ''Deflategate'' suspension after backup Jimmy Garoppolo was injured. But it is unclear if the Patriots will keep a third quarterback with Brady available to start this season. So Thursday could have served as Brissett's audition for his next NFL team. Tight end Matt LaCosse entered Thursday on the bubble and helped himself with touchdown catches of 25 and 2 yards. His stock also got a boost thanks to a first-half fumble by that fellow tight end Will Tye. CYRUS JONESThe prospects for Patriots second-year DB Cyrus Jones surviving Saturday's roster cut took a major hit early in the second quarter when he left with a right knee injury. New England selected Jones 60th overall in the 2016 draft. He got his feet tangled while defending a deep pass along the sideline to Travis Rudolph and tumbled to the turf. He n eeded the help of two trainers to get off the field. The Patriots originally had high hopes for Jones, a star at Alabama as a defensive back and kick returner. But he struggled throughout last season, with fumble issues on special teams. He was a healthy scratch for five of New England's final six games, including the entire postseason run. Jones has shown improvement in ball security this preseason. But he'd also made mistakes in coverage that left him on the bubble to make the roster. BECKHAM SIGHTINGGiants receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. made the trip with the team and was spotted by television cameras before the game catching some balls while lying on the ground. Beckham was not wearing any kind of brace or boot on the left ankle he injured in the first half of New York's exhibition loss at Cleveland Aug. 21. INJURIESPatriots: Defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton limped off with a right leg injury in the second quarter. ---More NFL: http://pro32. ap. org and https://twitter. com/-NFL
NFL Game Recap: Washington Redskins (13) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10) - Date: 8/31/2017 Aug 31, 2017 TAMPA, Fla. Josh Harvey-Clemons returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown and Dustin Hopkins kicked two field goals to help the Washington Redskins finish an unbeaten preseason with a 13-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night. With every starter, and many key backups, sitting out on both sides, the Redskins dominated statistically for much of a game in which neither team was able to get the ball into the end zone until Harvey-Clemons scored with 5:27 remaining in the fourth quarter. Sputtering offense was a problem for the Bucs all preseason, even with Jameis Winston directing an attack that's expected to be more explosive following the acquisition of receiver DeSean Jackson and drafting of tight end O. J. Howard. Winston threw for more than 4,000 yards in each of his first two pro seasons, ho wever Tampa Bay had difficulty scoring points while winning just six games two years ago and going 9-7 in 2016, when the team missed the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season. Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained. The Bucs' first-team offense worked 14 possessions over three preseason games, producing one touchdown and five field goals. With backups Ryan Fitzpatrick and Sefo Liufau running the show against the Redskins, there was little for fans in half-empty Raymond James Stadium to cheer about. Sports Handicapper Reviews. Third-stringer Nate Sudfeld started at quarterback and played the entire game for Washington, which outgained the Bucs 194-40 in the opening half. Fitzpatrick started for Tampa Bay and completed 2 of 7 passes for 6 yards before being replaced by Liufau late in the second quarter. Liufau, an undrafted rookie from Colorado, reb ounded from throwing the interception Harvey-Clemons ran back for Washington's only touchdown by leading a late scoring drive that ended with Bernard Reedy's 10-yard TD catch. SITTING OUTThe starters rested for both teams, with the Bucs holding out a total of 37 players. The Redskins released a list of 33 players who were not expected to play, including 2016 first-round draft pick Josh Doctson, who sat out the third preseason game Cincinnati with hamstring/groin tightness. Doctson missed almost all of last season with Achilles tendon injuries. ROOKIE WATCHRedskins: DL Jonathan Allen and LB Ryan Anderson, the team's first- and second-round draft picks, did not play. Anderson has been out with a shoulder stinger since the first preseason game. Buccaneers: Howard, a first-round draft pick and college teammate of Allen and Anderson at Alabama, did not dress. LB Kendall Beckwith, competing for playing time behind starting strong-side LB Devante Bond, had five tack les in the opening half. ---For more NFL coverage: http://www. pro32. ap. org and http://www. twitter. com/-NFL .
MLB Game Recap: Philadelphia Phillies (3) vs. Miami Marlins (2) - Date: 8/31/2017 Lively and Phillies blank Stanton, beat Marlins 3-2 15m ago. 3 min read MIAMI Giancarlo Stanton's amazing August ended with his worst game of the month.The major league home run leader flied out in the ninth with two on to punctuate an 0-for-5 night, and the Philadelphia Phillies sent the Miami Marlins below .500 by winning 3-2 Thursday.Stanton failed to get the ball out of the infield in three plate appearances against Ben Lively. Facing Phillies closer Hector Neris, Stanton squandered a chance to put the Marlins ahead.''He had a ball up in the zone that last inning, but he missed it,'' Phils manager Pete Mackanin said. ''Every time he comes up I get scared.'' Stanton hit 18 homers in August, tying Rudy York's 1937 record for the month, and has 51 this season. But he's 1 for 15 this week.His young counte rpart, Phillies rookie Rhys Hopkins, singled in the fifth inning to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Sports Monitor. That's the longest streak by a Phillies player in the first month of his career since Hall of Famer Chuck Klein had a 13-game streak in 1928.Neris struck out J. Sports Betting Handicapping. T. Realmuto with the bases loaded to end the game for his 17th save. Football Picks. The Marlins went 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position, and they are 3 for 36 in those situations this week.In addition, pinch-hitter Tomas Telis was called out for interference sprinting to first in the eighth, squelching a Marlins rally.''We had our chances all night,'' manager Don Mattingly said. ''We're not getting the hit right now. Just a bad time.' 9; The Marlins (66-67) lost their fourth game in a row and fell six games behind Colorado in the race for the final NL wild-card spot.Lively (2-5) won for the first time since his major league debut on June 3. He allowed two runs in six innings and hit a two-run single, increasing his slugging percentage to .412.''If I swing it hard enough and get hold of it right, good things will happen,'' Lively said.Odrisamer Despaigne (0-2) remained winless since 2015, allowing three hits in four innings.INTERFERENCETrailing 3-2, the Marlins appeared on the verge of a comeback in the eighth when Phils reliever Luis Garcia fielded Telis' swinging bunt and threw wildly past first, putting runners at second and third. But plate umpire Brian Gorman ruled Telis out for interference because he ran inside the line to first.''He was running inside the line,'' Mattingly said. ''You don't see it very often, but it was the right call. You've got to give a guy a place to throw it.'' Garcia retired the next batter to end the inning.LITTLE LEAGUE TRIPLEMiami's Dee Gordon reached third when he kept running after a 40-foot bunt in the fifth. Lively made a wild throw to first, and second baseman Cesar Hernandez retrieved the ball and made an errant throw to second.Gordon scored on a double by Christian Yelich. The Phils won despite committing three errors.SMALL CROWDMiami's not too excited about Stanton's pursuit of a home run title. Announced attendance was 17,013.ROSTER MOVESThe Phillies placed RHP Jerad Eickhoff on the 10-day DL with nerve irritation in his right hand, and claimed RHP Juan Nicasio from the Pittsburgh Pirates. They recalled RHP Ricardo Pinto from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and designated 1B-OF Brock Stassi for assignment.TRAINERS ROOMMarlins: 1B Justin Bour (right oblique) is expected to begin a rehab assignment Saturday with Double-A Jacksonville. He's unlikely to join the Marlins during their homestand, Mattingly said. ... LHP Wei-Yin Chen (arm fatigue) is scheduled to pitch two innings Friday for Single-A Jupiter.Phillies: OF Aaron Altherr (hamstring) and OF Odubel Herrera (hamstring) began rehab assignments at Double-A Reading.UP NEXTMarlins LHP Dillon Peters will be activated from Double-A Jacksonville to make his major league debut Friday against RHP Nick Pivetta (5-9, 6.57). Peters, who missed two months of the season with a broken thumb, will wear No. 76. ''That was my spring training number,'' he said. ''As long as I have a number, I'm OK with it.'' ---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
MLB Game Recap: Toronto Blue Jays (11) vs. Baltimore Orioles (8) - Date: 8/31/2017 Morales' 3 HRs, 7 RBIs carry Blue Jays past Orioles 11-8 17m ago. 1 min read BALTIMORE The Baltimore Orioles' seven-game winning streak ended under a barrage of home runs by Kendrys Morales, who went deep three times and had a career-high seven RBIs to provide the Toronto Blue Jays with an 11-8 victory Thursday night.Looking to sustain its charge into the thick of the AL playoff picture, Baltimore bolted to a 5-2 lead in the third inning before the last-place Blue Jays stormed back behind Morales, who had four hits and scored four runs.Morales hit a two-run homer in the third, an RBI single in a five-run fifth, added a three-run drive in the sixth and concluded his big night with a solo shot in the eighth.It was his second career three-homer game. Free Sports Picks. The first was Sept. 20, 2015, at Detroit.Adam Jones and Chris Davis homered for the Orioles, who fell 2 1/2 games back in the race for the final AL wild card.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
NFL Game Recap: Cincinnati Bengals (6) vs. Indianapolis Colts (7) - Date: 8/31/2017 Aug 31, 2017 INDIANOLIS Phillip Walker's fourth-quarter, 29-yard touchdown pass to Justice Liggins was enough to give the Colts a 7-6 win over the Bengals in a fourth and final preseason game full of position battles. With less than 48 hours until rosters will be cut to 53, both Cincinnati and Indianapolis had key spots undecided. Each team walks away with a lot of uncertainty still remaining. Walker got Indianapolis its second win of the preseason, but the focus was on Scott Tolzien and Phillip Morris - two quarterbacks fighting for the right to be Andrew Luck's backup and the de facto Week 1 (or longer) starter. Luck is recovering from January shoulder surgery that's left him on the physically unable to perform list throughout training camp. While he is expected to be removed from the PUP list by Saturday's 4 p. m. deadline , his status for the Sept. 10 season opener at the Rams remains in doubt. Free Sports Picks of the Day. Tolzien and Morris each led the Colts on two drives before Walker entered, playing the entire second half and finishing 2 for 9 with one interception and the game's only touchdown. Tolzien completed 4 of 5 for 24 yards; Morris hit on 2 of 5, including a 51-yard long ball to JoJo Natson. Bengals kicker Randy Bullock is trying to shake mishaps from a season ago and cement his spot in Cincinnati. Bullock missed what would have been a winning kick against Houston in 2016, and on Thursday night, whiffed on a potential 47-yard go-ahead kick with 1:50 left in regulation. But Cincinnati's Jake Elliott didn't do himself any favors, either. Despite the distance, Elliott missed a would-be 60-yarder as time expired. Cincinnati started AJ McCarron, ensuring QB Andy Dalton a clean bill of health when the Benga ls host the Ravens on Sept. 10. McCarron was forced to come back in after his backup, Jeff Driskel, left with a thumb injury. Driskel was 2 of 3 for 21 yards. McCarron ended the night 20 of 30 for 216 yards. Bengals first-round wide receiver John Ross caught one pass for 6 yards before leaving with a knee injury. PLAYING IT SAFECincinnati and Indianapolis didn't let most of their starters see the field. Fantasy Football owners can rest easy knowing the Bengals' A. J. Green, Dalton and rookie RB Joe Mixon were just a few of Cincinnati's starters who stayed put on the sideline. Indianapolis Pro Bowl wide receiver T. Y. Hilton and running back Frank Gore also didn't see action. BAD TIMINGEarlier this week the Colts announced that Pro Bowl cornerback Vontae Davis will miss time due to a groin injury. That opened the door for second-year safety T. J. Green, Indianapolis' 2016 second-round pick still trying to solidify a spot in the Colts' seco ndary after being moved from safety to cornerback during training camp. However, Green (shoulder) did not dress, missing his opportunity to prove he is a viable fill-in for the injured Davis. UP NEXTBengals: Host Baltimore on Sept 10. Colts: Visit L. A. Rams on Sept. 10. ---For more NFL coverage: http://www. pro32. ap. org and http://www. twitter. com/-NFL
NCAAF Game Recap: Buffalo (7) vs. Minnesota (17) - Date: 8/31/2017 Aug 31, 2017 MINNEOLIS Tyler Johnson had a 61-yard touchdown reception from Conor Rhoda in the first quarter to give Minnesota a spark in coach P. J. Fleck's first game, and the Gophers grinded out a 17-7 victory over Buffalo in the season opener on Thursday night. Fleck led his players in a pregame sprint out of the tunnel beneath a vintage late-summer evening sky, and Johnson racked up 141 yards on six catches by halftime. The rest of the night took on a considerably slower pace, with the Gophers content to call inside handoffs on read-option plays behind new quarterbacks Rhoda and Demry Croft. Rhoda started the game and went 12 for 21 for 176 yards, but he threw an interception in the end zone in the second quarter. Croft rushed six times for 32 yards and completed 7 of 11 passes for 63 yards. Emmitt Carpenter missed two of his three field goal tries for the Gophers, but Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks were able to find enough room to wear down the Bulls and run out the clock. Brooks scored on a short run near the end of the first quarter. Anthony Johnson gave the Gophers secondary trouble with 11 grabs for 140 yards, including a 50-yard completion that set up his 16-yard touchdown catch from Tyree Jackson on the next play for the Bulls to tie the game late in the first quarter. Winning Sports Handicappers. The Gophers have relied heavily on their defense this decade, and that'll probably be the case again this season despite the departure of several starters. Safety Antoine Winfield Jr. had a sack, a blocked field goal and two pass breakups. The Gophers forced eight punts while holding the Bulls to 51 yards on 22 rushes. Jackson finished 22 for 42 for 211 yards and one interception. Khalil Hodge had 20 tackles. FOR STARTERSFleck became the first Gophe rs head coach to win his first game with the program since John Gutekunst beat Bowling Green on Sept. 13, 1986. Jim Wacker (1992), Glen Mason (1997), Tim Brewster (2007), Jeff Horton (2010 interim), Jerry Kill (2011) and Tracy Claeys (2015 interim) all lost. Professional Handicappers. THE TAKEAWAYBuffalo: The Bulls can't be disappointed with their effort on the road, despite dropping to 0-8 in their history against Big Ten teams. After finishing 2-10 in coach Lance Leipold's second season with a freshman quarterback in Jackson, they're bound to be better this year. For a program that has produced only two winning seasons in 18 years at the FBS level, a competitive display like this can't be discounted. Minnesota: The Gophers just needed to win this game and get it out of the way, to reduce the pressure on their inexperienced quarterbacks and make sure Fleck wasn't embarrassed w ith a loss against a lower-tier opponent in his power conference debut . Johnson's emergence was a promising development for a young collection of wide receivers, not to mention the quarterback duo. But starting with the blocking up front, the entire offense has a lot of work to do before Big Ten play. UP NEXTBuffalo: The Bulls play at Army next weekend. The Black Knights are coming off an 8-5 season, their first winning record since 2010. Minnesota: The Gophers ought to have a tougher time next weekend in their first visit to Oregon State in program history. The Beavers are 11-25 over the last three years but they played a competitive game in Minnesota last season, losing 30-23. ---For more college football coverage: http://collegefootball. ap. org and https://twitter. com/-Top25
NFL Game Recap: Philadelphia Eagles (10) vs. New York Jets (16) - Date: 8/31/2017 Aug 31, 2017 EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J. Josh McCown and New York's first-team offense got the start - and a big scare - in the preseason finale as the Jets held on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 16-10 on Thursday night. Soccer Handicappers. The 38-year-old McCown hadn't played since the opening series of the preseason against Tennessee as the Jets gave youngsters Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty extended looks. But coach Todd Bowles announced Monday that McCown would be the Week 1 starter at Buffalo, and had most of his starting offense on the field for the first two possessions against the Eagles. But it almost ended in disaster. McCown took a shot to his chest from Eagles linebacker Joe Walker after completing a 20-yard pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins with 7:13 left in the ope ning quarter. The quarterback was down on a knee for a few moments before getting to his feet and jogging off the field toward the sideline before going down to a knee again as trainers attended to him. It appeared McCown just had the breath knocked out of him - as Jets fans held their breath - and came back into the game after Hackenberg replaced him for just one play. ''It's football,'' Bowles said. ''Whether he goes down in the first game of the regular season on three plays or he goes down now, it's football. You don't play to get hurt, you play to play. '' McCown finished 6 of 8 for 57 yards, leading the Jets on a scoring drive that was capped by Chandler Catanzaro's 28-yard field goal. It was the first time since Mark Sanchez's rookie season in 2009 that New York started its opening day starter in the preseason finale. New York also started its regulars in the secondary - minus Morris Claiborne, who's nursing a shoulder injury - along with inside linebackers Demario Davis and Darron Lee. Philadelphia rested all of its starters in the final warmup before its regular-season opener at Washington. Baseball Predictions. Third-stringer Matt McGloin started at quarterback, going 14 of 21 for 90 yards and leading the Eagles to a 33-yard field goal by Caleb Sturgis before being replaced by rookie Dane Evans. Hackenberg has struggled for much of the preseason, but capped an 82-yard scoring drive in the second quarter with a 12-yard touchdown toss to an outstretched Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who caught the ball while falling backward. Hackenberg started strong, but finished 10 of 22 for 105 yards while finishing the game. Evans got the Eagles within six points midway through the fourth quarter when he scrambled to his left and found a wide-open Marcus Johnson , who streaked to the end zone 41 yards untouched for a touchdo wn. With the Jets trying to run out the clock, Marcus Murphy fumbled and Philadelphia recovered. Evans marched the Eagles down the field, but couldn't connect with Bryce Treggs in the end zone in the final seconds on fourth-and-goal from the 8. SITTING OUTRunning back Matt Forte was one of the few Jets starters to not play. He dealt with a hamstring injury for most of training camp, but is healthy and played in the previous game against the Giants. . . . Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles did not play and went through the entire preseason without seeing any game action, although coach Doug Pederson insists he's healthy. SHOWING SUPPORTEagles safety Malcolm Jenkins stood with his right fist raised during the national anthem, and teammate Chris Long put his hand on his shoulder - as did safety Rodney McLeod - as a show of unity for the third straight game. Jenkins has been outspoken against racial injustice and has worked with law enforcement to try to better th e situation. BACKUP BACKSEagles running backs Donnel Pumphrey, a fourth-round pick, and undrafted rookie Corey Clement saw lots of action while competing for the fourth spot on Philadelphia's depth chart. Pumphrey had 10 yards on six carries and a 3-yard catch before leaving in the fourth quarter to be evaluated for a head injury. He also averaged 26 yards on three kickoff returns and 9 yards on five punt returns. Clement had four carries for 16 yards and caught a pass for minus-2 yards. Byron Marshall, listed as sixth on the depth chart, led the Eagles with 57 yards on 15 attempts. INJURIESJets TE Chris Gragg left with an injured right knee and ankle with 6:49 left in the first half. . . . Jets LB Corey Lemonier left in the second half with a foot injury. . . . Eagles DE Alex McCalister, who had a sack, left in the third quarter with a hamstring injury and didn't return. UP NEXTEagles: Season opener at Washington on Sept. 10. Jets: Season opener at Buffalo o n Sept. 10. ---More NFL: http://pro32. ap. org and https://twitter. com/-NFL
NFL Game Recap: Jacksonville Jaguars (13) vs. Atlanta Falcons (7) - Date: 8/31/2017 Aug 31, 2017 ATLANTA Rookie Dede Westbrook returned from an injury with six catches for 115 yards and a touchdown, all in the first half, helping the Jacksonville Jaguars close the preseason with a 13-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. Westbrook, a fourth-round draft pick from Oklahoma, entered the game leading the NFL with 173 yards receiving in the preseason despite missing last week's game against Carolina with soreness. He visited a core muscle specialist in Philadelphia on Monday. Westbrook strengthened his case for a roster spot by showing off his big-play potential against the Falcons (0-4). Westbrook beat Falcons cornerback Akeem King for a 43-yard touchdown catch on the final play of the first quarter and had another 43-yard catch in the second quarter. Final roster evaluations were the emphasis as the teams held ou t a combined 66 starters and top backups. Brandon Allen played the full game at quarterback for Jacksonville (2-2) and threw for 265 yards with the touchdown to Westbrook and three interceptions, including two in the end zone. Atlanta's Bidi Wreh-Wilson intercepted a fade pass for Westbrook from the 4 in the first quarter. Sharrod Neasman stopped another drive in the end zone when he intercepted a pass from Allen tipped by Chris Odom. Matt Simms, third on Atlanta's depth chart, completed 11 of 15 passes for 195 yards. Alek Torgersen replaced Simms midway through the fourth quarter. Jacksonville's Jason Myers kicked field goals from 56 and 36 yards in the third quarter. Gambling Profit. The Falcons scored early in the fourth quarter when Jhurrell Pressley fumbled on a run from the Jaguars 1. Tight end Darion Griswold recovered the fumble in the end zone for a touchdown. HOUSTON STRONGFalcons and MLS At lanta United owner Arthur Blank announced his family foundation will match contributions from his teams' fans up to $1 million to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in support of those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Blank called on Falcons and Atlanta United fans to ''join us by giving whatever they can to support our brothers and sisters in a time of incredible need. '' INJURY UPDATEJaguars: Rookie S Jarrod Harper was strapped to a backboard, put on a stretcher and carted off the field after he was hurt on punt coverage in the first quarter. Jacksonville players surrounded Harper before he was driven off the field. The team said Harper was being evaluated for a possible concussion. . . . SS Jeron Johnson left with a groin injury. Falcons: Rookie S Quincy Mauger needed help leaving the field after suffering an apparent knee injury in the third quarter. He was escorted to the locker room a few minutes after leaving the game. UP NEXTJaguars: Scheduled to open regular season at Houston on Sept. 10. Falcons: Open regular season at Chicago on Sept. 10. ---For more NFL coverage: http://www. pro32. ap. org and http://www. twitter. com/-NFL
NFL Game Recap: Los Angeles Rams (10) vs. Green Bay Packers (24) - Date: 8/31/2017 Aug 31, 2017 GREEN BAY, Wis. Quarterback Brett Hundley proved he can also dish out a hit for the Green Bay Packers. Best Sports Handicapping Services. The backup to Aaron Rodgers looked like a tailback when he lowered his right shoulder into cornerback Dominique Hatfield near the goal line and barreled into the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown run. Hundley also threw for a score to lead the Packers to a 24-10 win on Thursday night over the Los Angeles Rams in the preseason finale. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Packers (3-1) look set at quarterback with Hundley backing up two-time NFL MVP Rodgers. The defense had its moments, too, albeit against a Rams offense that started third-stringer Dan Orlovsky at quarterback. Both teams played mostly backups for most of the night. But the Packers' defense will surely get a shot of confidence after forcing two first-half turnovers. Green Bay also got what could be its starting cornerback group on the field for the first time in a preseason game. Davon House returned from a hamstring injury, joining Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins on the first series. Best Free Sports Picks. The defense for the Rams (2-2) remains a work in progress, especially up front with All-Pro Aaron Donald holding out and Dominique Easley out for the year with a knee injury. End Ethan Westbrooks did provide a bright spot with a sack in the first quarter after the Rams blitzed what has been a suspect second-string offensive line. With Easley sidelined, Westbrooks figures to start in coordinator Wade Phillips' new 3-4 scheme. But Hundley frustrated the Rams anyway two plays later after sidestepping out of t he pocket to his right on third-and-goal from the 12, then scrambling for his touchdown run and a 7-0 lead. The Rams struggled on offense with starting quarterback Jared Goff and top backup Sean Mannion sitting out, along with lead running back Todd Gurley. Orlovsky finished 16 of 30 for 149 yards and an 18-yard touchdown to Johnny Mundt in the fourth quarter. RUNNING IT OUTJustin Davis played most of the game for the Rams, rushing for 55 yards on 17 carries. With Lance Dunbar out with a knee injury, Davis appears to be in line for the third-string running back job behind Gurley and Malcolm Brown. POSITION BATTLETaysom Hill, in a competition for the Packers' third-string quarterback spot with Joe Callahan, led an impressive nine-play, 58-yard scoring drive capped by a 25-yard pass to Aaron Peck early in the fourth quarter for a 24-3 lead. Hill finished 4 of 4 for 31 yards and flashed his mobility with 19 yards on two carries. Callahan followed Hill in the fourth quart er, going 2 of 2 for nine yards. INJURIESPackers receiver Geronimo Allison and Rams safety Isaiah Johnson both left with 56 seconds left in the second quarter after a hard collision on Allison's 10-yard reception to the Rams 1. Allison got up but went to the locker room anyway to be evaluated for a concussion. Johnson stayed down on the field for about a minute in the end zone, then walked back to the locker room with an undisclosed injury. --- NFL website: www. pro32. ap. org and www. twitter. com/-NFL
NFL Game Recap: Detroit Lions (17) vs. Buffalo Bills (27) - Date: 8/31/2017 Aug 31, 2017 ORCHARD PARK, N. Y. Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman continued making his offseason-long case to secure the backup job in a preseason-ending 27-17 win over the Detroit Lions on Thursday night. Baseball Picks. The fifth-round draft pick out of Pittsburgh finished 9 of 11 for 81 yards. Peterman played two series, which ended with Jonathan Williams scoring on a 21-yard run and Stephen Hauschka hitting a 30-yard field goal. Sports Monitor. There was additional emphasis on Peterman's performance after starter Tyrod Taylor and veteran backup T. J Yates were sidelined by concussions sustained in a 13-9 loss at Baltimore on Saturday. Peterman jumped ahead of Yates in taking over the primary back up spot after Buffalo's preseason opener. He finished the preseason going 43 of 79 for 453 yards and a touchdown. MLB Handicappers. Taylor has yet to be cleared for practice, but he was healthy enough to attend the game. Though he didn't take part in warmups, Taylor was spotted on the field alongside running back LeSean McCoy about 90 minutes before kickoff. Buffalo (1-3) avoided going winless in the preseason, while Detroit (2-2) closed with two consecutive losses. Lions second-year quarterback Jake Rudock went 6 of 9 for 41 yards in playing the entire first half. Rookie Brad Kaaya went 11 of 19 for 182 yards with two touchdowns, an interception and lost fumble. Dontez Ford scored on a 3-yard catch and bad tackling by the Bills led to Tion Green scoring on a 74-yard catch and run midway through the fourth quarter. Detroit's injury-depleted defensive front showed holes throughout the game. Buffalo had a 247-89 edge in yards midway through the third quarter, when Joe Banyard scored on a 1-yard run to put the Bills ahead 20-3. Jordan Johnson also scored on a 2-yard run. Detroit's patchwork defensive line is missing Jordan Hill (bicep), Kerry Hyder (Achilles tendon) and Ziggy Ansah (ankle). Ansah remains on the physically unable to perform list. Part of the Lions' focus was on the after-effects of Hurricane Harvey. Safety Glover Quin's family lives in Houston, as does tight end Eric Ebron's pregnant fiance. Earlier in the day, Lions owner Martha Ford donated $1 million toward relief efforts. ''It's been very stressful. It's a lot of water. A lot of uncertainty. A lot of panic,'' Quin told Detroit's WJBK-TV before the game. ''And what the Fords did, I know the people in Houston are suffering without a doubt, but I know they very much appreciate it. '' Quin said he's fortunate because his home has not been affected by flooding, and vowed he'll do his part to help. ''I love the city of Houston,'' Quin said. ''I know they will bounce back. '' STARTERSLions: Had only one listed starter on the field, outside LB Antwione Williams, who opened the game in the middle position. Bills: LT Cordy Glenn played briefly in making his preseason debut to test his left foot, which had sidelined him for much of the preseason. RT Jordan Mills and RG John Miller also started, though both haven't yet secured starting jobs. Cornerbacks Kevon Seymour and E. J. Gaines both played in the opening quarter in continuing their competition for a starting job. INJURIESLions: OL Cornelius Lucas left in the second half with an ankle injury. Bills: OL Michael Ola did not return after hurting his left ankle in the first quarter. DL Jerel Worthy sustained a possible concussion when he banged helmets with a teammate while tackling Rudock on the final play of the first quarter. MONEY MATTFresh off signing a five-year, $135 million contract extension, Matthew Stafford did all his on-field work about three hours before kickoff, when he spent time throwing passes. ANTHEM PROTESTFor the third consecutive game, Bills backup offensive lineman Cameron Jefferson raised his fist in silent protest during the national anthem. UP NEXTLions: Open regular season hosting Arizona on Sept. 10. Bills: Open regular season hosting New York Jets on Sept. 10. ---For more NFL coverage: http://pro32. ap. org and https://twitter. com/-NFL
NCAAF Game Recap: Florida Intl (17) vs. Central Florida (61) - Date: 8/31/2017 Aug 31, 2017 ORLANDO, Fla. McKenzie Milton threw for four touchdowns and 360 yards, and Central Florida routed Florida International 61-17 in Thursday night's season opener to spoil coach Butch Davis' return to the field for the first time since 2010. Milton capped the opening drive with a 22-yard scoring pass to Jordan Atkins, and the Knights capitalized on an interception and a safety to lead 40-10 at halftime. Milton was 16 of 21, with TD strikes of 50 and 3 yards to Tre'Quan Smith and 13 yards to Gabriel Davis before he and many other starters were pulled in the third quarter. Four UCF rushers scored - Jawon Hamilton on a 16-yarder, Taj McGowan on a plunge, Cordarrian Richardson on a 10-yard run, and Greg McRae on a 6-yarder. FIU's Alex McGough hit Thomas Owens on a 75-yard TD pass and Napoleon Maxwell scored on a 55-yard run. T he Golden Panthers turned it over four times. It was Davis' return to the sidelines after amassing a 79-43 collegiate head coaching record in 10 years at Miami (1995-2000) and North Carolina (2007-10).
NCAAF Game Recap: Presbyterian (7) vs. Wake Forest (51) - Date: 8/31/2017 Aug 31, 2017 WINSTON-SALEM, N. C. John Wolford threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, and Wake Forest opened its season by routing Presbyterian 51-7 on Thursday night. As expected, the Demon Deacons faced little resistance from the Blue Hose of the FCS. Wake Forest scored on each of its first six possessions and led 44-0 before Presbyterian finally crossed midfield midway through the third quarter. Wake Forest finished with 487 total yards and reached the 50-point mark for the first time since 2010. The Demon Deacons had the ball nine times in the first three quarters, and the only time they were stopped came when they took a knee before halftime. Wolford - who had to beat out Kendall Hinton during preseason camp for the starting job he's held since 2014 - became the program's first quarterback to start four consecutive season openers . He only needed to play about 1 1/2 quarters, leading five scoring drives and finishing 11 of 15 for 107 yards with a 2-yard touchdown run and TD passes of 8 and 26 yards to Cam Serigne. Wolford checked out after his 7-yard score to Greg Dortch made it 30-0 with 8:25 left until halftime. Hinton added touchdown passes of 42 yards to Dortch and 29 yards to Alex Bachman, along with a 1-yard TD run. Mike Weaver kicked a 22-yard field goal for the Demon Deacons. Mark Robinson ran 14 yards for a touchdown against the backups while Torrance Marable finished with 162 yards rushing for Presbyterian. Professional Sports Handicappers. THE TAKEAWAYPresbyterian: Tommy Spangler's return as the Blue Hose's head coach couldn't have gone much worse. Presbyterian is routinely routed by college football's big boys - this was its sixth loss to an FBS program by at least 40 points since 2010 - and was b eaten badly in Winston-Salem for the third time since that season. Flush this one and refocus on the Sun Belt. Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons didn't have to work too hard, and didn't put too much on film in this one. That's important because - with the Atlantic Coast Conference opener at Boston College coming up next weekend - the last thing Wake Forest needed was a test from an outmanned FCS opponent. UP NEXTPresbyterian: The Blue Hose visit The Citadel in a cross-state matchup on Sept. 9. Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons travel to BC on Sept. 9 for a matchup of ACC Atlantic Division teams trying to catch up to Clemson, Florida State and Louisville. ---More college football: http://collegefootball. ap. org and https://twitter. com/-Top25---Follow Joedy McCreary on Twitter at http://twitter. com/joedyap
MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Dodgers (1) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (8) - Date: 8/31/2017 Greinke wins 16th, Dodgers swept for 1st time this season 1h ago. 2 min read PHOENIX Zack Greinke earned his major league-best 16th victory with six strong innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Los Angeles 8-1 on Thursday to complete the first series sweep of the Dodgers this season.Chris Iannetta and A. J. Pollock homered for the Diamondbacks, who matched their season-best seventh straight victory and pulled 3 1/2 games ahead of idle Colorado for the National League's top wild card spot.The Dodgers, still with by far the best record in the majors (91-40), have lost a season-worst five in a row.Greinke (16-6) allowed a run and four hits, striking out six and walking two, to improve to 13-1 in 16 home starts this season.The Dodgers' Kenta Maeda (12-6) had arguably his worst outing of the year. Best Sports Picks of the Day. The right-hander went just three innings and gave up seven runs and eight hits. It was his shortest start and the most runs he's allowed this season.Paul Goldschmidt doubled twice and drove in two runs for the Diamondbacks. Gregor Blanco had three hits, two of them doubles, drove in a run and scored twice.Arizona scored 21 runs in the three-game sweep and has won nine of 10.As has happened throughout the series, the Diamondbacks struck early.Blanco, leading off, took advantage of a lackadaisical play by right fielder Yasiel Puig to stretch a single into a double. Iannetta followed with a walk and Goldschmidt doubled down the left field line to bring both of them home. World's Best Handicapper. That made it 10 first-inning runs for Arizona in the series.Los Angeles cut it to 2-1 in the second when Yasmani Grandal singled, took second on a wild pitch and score d on Adrian Gonzalez's double.But the Diamondbacks added three in their half of the inning. With two outs, Blanco brought in a run with his second double and Iannetta followed with a soaring, two-run shot into the left field seats and the Diamondbacks were up 5-1.Goldschmidt's double, followed by Pollock's line shot just over the left field fence boosted the lead to 7-1 in the third.Fortunately for the Dodgers, they have the right person to put a stop to this skid when Clayton Kershaw returns to the rotation on Friday night against San Diego.Pollock made two outstanding defensive plays in center, one a leaping grab at the wall and the best a diving grab in the right field gap to rob Puig in the ninth.TRAINER'S ROOMDodgers: The Dodgers took a patient approach in bringing back Kershaw, who has been sidelined since July 23 with a bad back. Free Predictions. They're counting on the cautious approach to keep him healthy and his dominant self down the stretch and into the playoffs.Diamondbacks: RHP Randall Delgado (elbow) plans to throw a simulated game on Saturday with the eye on returning to the bullpen next week.UP NEXTDodgers: LHP Kershaw (15-2, 2.04 ERA) makes his much-anticipated return from the DL to face the Padres Friday night in San Diego. RHP Dinelson Lamet (7-5, 4.60) starts for San Diego.Diamondbacks: Arizona heads to Colorado for a critical three-game series. RHP Taijuan Walker (7-7, 3.55 ERA) starts for the Diamondbacks in Friday night's opener against Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland (11-8, 3.81).
MLB Game Recap: Texas Rangers (1) vs. Houston Astros (5) - Date: 8/31/2017 Astros top Rangers 5-1 in last game before return to Houston 31m ago. 3 min read ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Jose Altuve homered, the Houston bullpen pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings and the Astros beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 on Thursday in the last game before they return to their flood-ravaged home city.Josh Reddick added an RBI single for the AL West-leading Astros, who avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of their instate rivals at Tropicana Field, where the series was relocated because of Hurricane Harvey.Houston will have a previously unscheduled day off Friday and play a doubleheader Saturday against the Mets at Minute Maid Park. Free Guaranteed Sports Picks. The downtown Houston stadium escaped major flood damage. Astros president Reid Ryan has said he hopes the weekend games ''can ser ve as a welcome distraction'' for the city.For the Rangers, it was their first loss all year at the Tampa Bay Rays' home park. Handicapper Return on Investment. They swept the Rays in a three-game series in June.Chris Devenski (7-3) worked 2 1/3 innings in relief of Collin McHugh to get the win. Ken Giles pitched the final two innings for his 27th save in 30 opportunities.McHugh allowed one unearned run, but bench coach Alex Cora pulled him one out short of a potential victory. Cora was managing in place of A. J. Hinch, who was ejected by second-base umpire Joe West for arguing a catcher's interference call in the first.McHugh allowed four hits, walked two, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch in 4 2/3 innings.Altuve's home run, his 21st, came off Nick Martinez (3-6) in the first. Reddick put the Astros ahead with an RBI single in the fourth.Martinez allowed two runs in five innings and struck ou t six.Alex Bregman had an RBI single in the eighth, and Derek Fisher, who entered the game as a pinch runner, followed with a two-out, two-run single in his only at-bat.Nomar Mazara drove in the Rangers' only run with a fielder's choice in the first.BELTRE HURTRangers 3B Adrian Beltre, who got his 3,000th career hit this season, pulled up with a strained left hamstring while fielding a grounder in the seventh and was immediately pulled from the game.Beltre, who missed 51 games at the start of this season with calf issues, said after the game that he would have an MRI on Friday.''It's too soon to tell. Get an MRI tomorrow and see where we're at,'' Beltre said. ''Today, it doesn't really feel good.'' NO-FIELD ADVANTAGEJoey Gallo hit what looked like a potential home run in the fourth for the Rangers, but the ball hit the B-ring on the catwalk at Tropicana Field and fell in the field of play. Gallo settled for a double and did n't score.GOOD SEATS AVAILABLEThe final game of the relocated three-game series drew 3,385 fans, the smallest crowd of the series. Attendance for Wednesday's game was 6,123.TRAINER'S ROOMAstros: DH Carlos Beltran was hit on the foot by a pitch in the seventh and was removed from the game. ... C Evan Gattis was placed on the 10-day DL with right wrist soreness. ... RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (back) gave up two runs over five innings for Double-A Corpus Christi in his second rehab start.UP NEXTRangers: LHP Cole Hamels will look for his 10th win of the season in the opener of a home series against the Angels.Astros: After a day off, the Astros will send RHP Charlie Morton and RHP Brad Peacock to the mound on Saturday against the Mets in a doubleheader at Minute Maid Park.---More MLB baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
MLB Game Recap: Chicago White Sox (4) vs. Minnesota Twins (5) - Date: 8/31/2017 A hop-off winner: Kepler HBP in 9th, Twins top White Sox 5-4 24m ago. 2 min read MINNEOLIS Max Kepler was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Minnesota Twins rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 Thursday for their fourth straight win.Trailing 4-3 entering their final at-bat at Target Field, the Twins came back and held their slim lead for the second AL wild-card spot. Sports Handicapper Tracker. The Twins completed a three-game sweep with their first hop-off win since current Minnesota manager Paul Molitor was plunked in the 10th at the Metrodome in 1996 to beat Kansas City.Pinch-hitter Ehire Adrianza opened the ninth with an infield single off closer Juan Minaya (2-2). After a one-out walk, Eddie Rosario hit a tying single.Joe M auer then walked to load the bases and Jorge Polanco lined back to Minaya. With the crowd on its feet, Minaya's first pitch hit Kepler in the front lower leg for the winning run. Knocked to the ground, Kepler got up quickly and trotted to first.Alen Hanson hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth to give the White Sox a 4-3 lead. He connected off Matt Belisle (1-2).Finishing with a major league-leading 20 wins in victories, Minnesota won 20 games in a month for the 10th time in team history and second time in 25 seasons. World's Best Handicapper. The Twins went 20-7 in May 2015.Both starters - Chicago's Miguel Gonzalez and Minnesota's Bartolo Colon - allowed three earned runs in six innings. Colon gave up 10 hits and struck out eight; Gonzalez gave up seven hits and fanned five.Chicago, 4-19 in its last 23 road games, scored three runs on nine hits between the second and fourth innings, but left tw o men on in each frame.An RBI single by Rob Brantly and RBI double by Adam Engel gave Chicago a 2-0 lead in the second. Yolmer Sanchez had an RBI single in the fourth for a 3-1 lead.Polanco and Kepler had RBI doubles in the fifth to tie it at 3.RBI RECORDKepler's double made him the fifth Twins player with at least 20 RBIs in August, the first time that has happened in team history. Rosario (25), Byron Buxton (22), Polanco (22) and Brian Dozier (22) have also reached the mark.TRAINER'S ROOMWhite Sox: 1B Jose Abreu (sore elbow) and SS Tim Anderson (hamstring tweak) missed the game. Both may return Friday.Twins: Fearing a hamate injury that could have ended his season, an MRI on Buxton's left hand showed a bone contusion. He didn't start in CF. ... 3B Miguel Sano, out since Aug. 19 with a left shin injury, was to undergo more tests Thursday. . RHP Adalberto Mejia (left arm strain) allowed two hits in three innings at Triple-A Rochester Wednesday. He's sched uled to start there again Monday and throw 50-60 pitches.UP NEXTWhite Sox: Reynaldo Lopez (0-1, 6.97) is expected to come off the 10-day disabled list (back strain) when Chicago opens a 10-game homestand Friday against Tampa Bay. Blake Snell will start for the Rays (2-6, 4.29).Twins: Dillon Gee (1-1, 3.53) gets the call for Minnesota against Kansas City's Jason Hammel (6-10, 4.76) in Friday's first game of a weekend series.
MLB Game Recap: New York Mets (2) vs. Cincinnati Reds (7) - Date: 8/31/2017 Gennett drives in 3, Reds beat Mets 7-2 to take series 5m ago. 3 min read CINCINNATI The Reds ended New York's domination in Cincinnati with an emphatic win and a feel-good moment - Joey Votto giving a bat and a jersey to a young cancer patient. NHL Handicappers. The Mets then headed for flood-ravaged Houston and a day off to help out.Scooter Gennett drove in three runs with a homer and a double off Jacob deGrom in a 7-2 victory Thursday that gave Cincinnati two of three in the series. Heading in, New York had won 14 straight games against Cincinnati, including eight in a row at Great American Ball Park.The Reds finished August with a 15-14 mark, their first winning month since July of last year.''That may seem like a small thing to most people, but it means a lot to us,'' man ager Bryan Price said.Votto hit a solo shot in the seventh. After rounding the bases, Votto gave a bat and jersey to a 6-year-old boy he met at the ballpark last week through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Walter Herbert sat next to the dugout and wore a blue shirt that said: ''BE KIND.'' ''We did not expect that,'' Walter's mom, Emily , said in an interview. ''We thought he'd say hi when he recognized him. We were very surprised he went all out.'' Votto declined to talk about his gesture after the game. Best Free Sports Picks. Told that the family was thrilled, Votto said, ''Well, that's what's important.'' The Mets will help bring baseball back to Houston this weekend, playing a doubleheader on Saturday against the Astros. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. They'll have Friday off, providing a chance to help recovery efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.''One of the things we talked about yesterday as a team: It's not a publicity stunt,'' manager Terry Collins said. ''We don't want any cameras. We just want to go and help out. The stuff that these guys are going to do and that I'm going to do is pretty much an individual thing. We'll just see what we can do when we get there.'' Players are curious about what awaits.''I've been through hurricanes before but nothing that severe, so I don't know what to expect,'' deGrom said.Gennett hit a two-run homer in the second inning and doubled home a run in the fifth off deGrom (14-8), who was trying to become a 15-game winner for the first time in his career. Shortstop Jose Reyes' throwing error let in another run.Robert Stephenson (3-4) won his third straight start by allowing two runs and five hits in six innings, includi ng Brandon Nimmo's RBI infield single off the pitcher's hip. Stephenson was coming off an 11-strikeout, 9-5 win over the Pirates on Friday. He fanned seven Mets and walked three.DeGrom's 14 wins match his career high from 2015. His five strikeouts on Thursday gave him a career-high 206, one more than in 2015.KINDRED SPIRITSThe Mets are 19-28 since the All-Star break. The Reds are 18-28.NO ONew York leads the NL with 193 homers but failed to hit one during the series. The Mets scored a total of eight runs in the three games.TRAINER'S ROOMMets: David Wright is getting re-examined by doctors in New York before he decides what to do next. Wright had neck surgery last year and hasn't fully recovered. His shoulder bothered him on a rehab assignment over the weekend, leading him to put the comeback on hold.Reds: C Tucker Barnhart went on the 3-day paternity list. C Chad Wallach was called up from Triple-A Louisville.UP NEXTMets: After the day off, they'll pl ay a doubleheader against the Astros. Matt Harvey (4-3) starts the opener, making his comeback from a shoulder injury that has sidelined him since mid-June. Seth Lugo (5-3) starts the second game.Reds: Cincinnati opens a series in Pittsburgh, with Luis Castillo (2-7) facing Gerrit Cole (11-8). Cole got his first career victory over the Reds last Saturday, hitting his third career homer off Castillo and going seven innings for a 1-0 victory at Great American Ball Park.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball