Saturday, September 30, 2017

MLB Game Recap: Seattle Mariners (6) vs. Los Angeles Angels (4) - 9/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: Seattle Mariners (6) vs. Los Angeles Angels (4) - Date: 9/30/2017 Haniger, Seager rally Mariners to 6-4 win over Angels 25m ago. 2 min read ANAHEIM, Calif. Mitch Haniger had five hits and Kyle Seager launched a three-run homer to highlight a five-run eighth inning that rallied the Seattle Mariners past the Los Angeles Angels 6-4 on Saturday night.The Mariners also got home runs from Yonder Alonso and rookie Jacob Hannemann.Seattle scored all five runs in the eighth off Cam Bedrosian (6-5), who allowed five consecutive hits without retiring a batter.Casey Lawrence (2-3) earned the victory in relief, and Edwin Diaz got four outs for his 34th save. Diaz, who gave up the game-winning hit during the Angels' four-run rally Friday, got Mike Trout to fly out with the bases loaded to end the eighth.Kole Calhoun homered for Los Angeles, and Albert Pujols had an RBI groundout that moved him past Eddie Murray for eighth place on the career list. Pujols has 1,918 RBIs, including 101 this season.Haniger had three doubles and two singles. His fourth hit started the rally for the Mariners in the eighth. Robinson Cano's hot grounder then went under the glove of first baseman C. J. Cron for a single.Nelson Cruz singled up the middle to score the inning's first run before Seager's 27th home run gave Seattle a 5-4 lead. Alonso's solo homer ended Bedrosian's night.Ricky Nolasco went 5 1/3 innings for the Angels, allowing one run and seven hits.Andrew Albers subbed for Seattle when scheduled starter Andrew Moore came down with neck spasms. Albers was charged with three runs on six hits and a walk in 4 1/3 innings.The Angels opened the scoring in the fourth after Brandon Phillips singled. He went to third on Cron's base hit and scored on a sacrifice fly by Luis Valbuena.The Mariners got the run right back when Hannemann homered in the fifth for his first career extra-base hit.T he Angels added a run in the sixth on doubles by Andrelton Simmons and Valbuena.The defeat assured Los Angeles (79-82) of a losing season.TRAINER'S ROOMMoore was scratched a few hours before the game. He ends the season 1-5 with a 5.34 ERA.UP NEXTMariners: LHP James Paxton (12-5, 3.12 ERA) starts the season finale Sunday. In 10 career starts against the Angels, he is 4-2 with a 2.26 ERA. Paxton is 0-2 with a 6.97 ERA in three starts since coming off the disabled list Sept. 15. He had been sidelined with a strained left pectoral muscle.Angels: RHP Parker Bridwell (9-3, 3.87) has not allowed a stolen base in his first 19 starts for the Angels. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. They are 17-3 when he pitches.---More baseball:

NCAAF Game Recap: Mississippi (3) vs. Alabama (66) - 9/30/2017

NCAAF Game Recap: Mississippi (3) vs. Alabama (66) - Date: 9/30/2017 Oct 01, 2017 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Jalen Hurts threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score and No. 1 Alabama let loose on Mississippi 66-3 on Saturday night, emphatically putting down a problematic foe in recent years with the highest-scoring performance by the Crimson Tide in 11 years under Nick Saban. Ole Miss (2-2, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) had won two of last three meetings with Alabama (5-0, 2-0), scoring 109 points - more than any other Tide opponent over the last three years. The Rebels are the only SEC team to beat the Tide since 2014, and they handed Alabama its only home loss in the past 30 games at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Track Handicappers. The way Tide players and Saban were talking leading up to the game it was as if last year's victory against the Rebels in Oxford d idn't count. Wasn't dominant enough. Saban said sometimes the ''ultimate disrespect'' is when another team quietly believes it has your number. Not anymore. Coach Hugh Freeze is gone and the days of Ole Miss being a threat to Alabama left with him and all those blue-chippers he brought to Oxford. Fox Sports Picks. The Tide made it look easy. Hurts hooked up with a wide-open Josh Jacobs down the middle for an 18-yard score early in the second quarter, and then mimicked holstering his finger guns after tossing the TD pass. Hurts tumbled over tacklers on a 10-yard keeper that made it 35-3 at the half. In the last two weeks, Alabama has outscored Vanderbilt and Ole Miss by a combined 125-3. The 63-point margin was the Tide's largest since beating Vandy 66-3 in 1979. Winning Sports Handicappers. THE TAKEAWAYOle Miss: Can inter im coach Matt Luke keep this Ole Miss team, which can't play in the postseason because of self-imposed bowl ban for NCAA infractions, focused and playing hard this season? There are winnable games in the SEC West, but will the Rebels' hearts be into playing out the string? Alabama: One problem (if you want to call it that) the Tide was having early this season was getting to the quarterback. After registering five sacks in the first four games, Alabama had five against Ole Miss. HAND INJUREDAlabama lost defensive end Da'Shawn Hand to what appeared to be a left knee injury in the third quarter when he was blocked low by an Ole Miss player. Hand, a senior, was helped off the field by trainers and then carted to the locker room. UP NEXTOle Miss: The Rebels are on the road again. They will bring a two-game losing streak to No. 13 Auburn. Alabama: The Tide travels to Texas A&M. ---Follow Ralph D. Russo at www. Twitter. com/ralphDrusso------More college foo tball: http://collegefootball. ap. org and http://www. twitter. com/-Top25

NCAAF Game Recap: Oklahoma State (41) vs. Texas Tech (34) - 9/30/2017

NCAAF Game Recap: Oklahoma State (41) vs. Texas Tech (34) - Date: 9/30/2017 Oct 01, 2017 LUBBOCK, Texas Quarterback Mason Rudolph ran 16 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the final two minutes and No. 15 Oklahoma State beat Texas Tech 41-34 on Saturday night. Rudolph's second rushing score after halftime followed three first-half TD tosses as the Cowboys (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) bounced back from a home loss to ninth-ranked TCU and avoided a second early conference loss in their pursuit of the revived Big 12 championship game. Oklahoma State held the Red Raiders (3-1, 0-1) to 384 yards, about 200 yards below the third-best average in the county coming in, and stopped Texas Tech after Matt Ammendola missed an 18-yard field goal that would have given the Cowboys the lead with 5:30 remaining. Rudolph led Oklahoma State's 79-yard drive to the decisive score. Marcell Ateman made a jump-ball catch over Octavious Morgan for 26 ya rds on third down. Two plays later, Rudolph faked a handoff and ran untouched to the right corner of the end zone with 1:12 remaining. Nic Shimonek completed a 25-yard pass to Antoine Wesley at midfield before four straight incompletions that clinched the win for the Cowboys. DaMarcus Fields returned an interception 97 yards for Texas Tech's first points, and Justin Stockton and Desmond Nisby had consecutive 1-yard runs to get the Red Raiders even at 34. Justice Hill had a career-high 164 yards rushing for the Cowboys along with a 5-yard scoring catch. James Washington had nine catches for 127 yards and a score and now leads the nation with 627 yards receiving. Ateman had 114 yards receiving. Rudolph was 27 of 38 for 376 yards, with first-half TD tosses to Washington, Hill and Jalen McCleskey. His first rushing score was an 8-yarder on the opening drive of the third quarter. Shimonek was 29 of 46 for 330 yards with one touchdown and just his second interception of th e season. Sports Picks Today. THE TAKEAWAYOklahoma State: There could be room to climb in the poll with No. 12 Virginia Tech's loss to Clemson. It's not the situation the team wanted to be in approaching the midway point of the season, but it's better than the alternative - a second straight loss after peaking at No. 6. Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. Texas Tech: The Red Raiders twice settled for field goals with first downs inside the Oklahoma State 5. Those eight lost points loomed large in a seven-point loss. UP NEXTOklahoma State: Winless Baylor on Oct. 14 after an open week. Hockey Handicappers. Texas Tech: After three of four at home, it's time for three of four on the road. The first is at Kansas on Saturday. ---More college football: http://collegefootba ll. ap. org and www. Twitter. com/-Top25

NCAAF Game Recap: Clemson (31) vs. Virginia Tech (17) - 9/30/2017

NCAAF Game Recap: Clemson (31) vs. Virginia Tech (17) - Date: 9/30/2017 Oct 01, 2017 BLACKSBURG, Va. Kelly Bryant ran around and away from No. 12 Virginia Tech and led No. 2 Clemson to a 31-10 victory Saturday night, the Tigers' third in three games against teams in the Top 25. Making just his fifth start, the junior ran for 94 yards, hit Tavien Feaster with a pass the speedy running back took 60 yards for a score and avoided mistakes. He also kept alive a late scoring drive after scrambling right on a play that started at the 5, dodging three Hokies, shaking free from an ankle tackle and eventually turning back upfield at the 23. He zig-zagged all the way back to the 4. CBS Sports Picks. The defending national champion Tigers (5-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) have also beaten No. 13 Auburn 14-6 and No. 17 Louisville 47-21. This triumph was their 12th i n a row on the road, and fifth in a row against Virginia Tech, including the 2016 ACC championship. Virginia Tech (4-1, 0-1) never mustered much offense and got its only touchdown after Isaiah Simmons made an ankle tackle on Greg Stroman's 43-yard punt return to the Tigers 2. Sean Savoy ran it on the next play, but the Hokies had just 234 yards through three quarters. Feaster and C. J. Fuller also scored on 1-yard runs for the Tigers, and Dorian O'Daniel returned an interception 22 yards for a TD. Virginia Tech's Josh Jackson threw two interceptions after throwing 11 touchdown passes and just one interception through four games. He accounted for the final score with a 30-yard pass to Savoy with 1:32 remaining. Sports Handicappers Rankings. THE TAKEAWAYClemson: The Tigers' defensive front was as stellar as Hokies coach Justin Fuente said it would be, giving Jackson little time to throw and seemin g to close running lanes easily. Despite some nicks in the secondary, the Clemson defensive backfield also ran step-for-step on long passing attempts by Jackson, while Kelly, who came in with three interceptions and two touchdown passes, showed no inclination to be rattled in the rare moments when Virginia Tech applied pressure. Virginia Tech: Despite playing the Tigers close in last year's ACC championship, the Hokies didn't appear quite ready for an opponent this good and seasoned after two straight appearances in the national championship game. Their offensive line got very little push and the Tigers didn't allow the Hokies' to get much productivity from their favored short passing game. UP NEXTClemson is at home against Wake Forest. Virginia Teach heads out on the road against Boston College. ---More college football: http://www. collegefootball. ap. org and http://www. twitter. com/-Top25---Follow Hank on Twitter: www. twitter. com/hankkurzjr

MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Dodgers (5) vs. Colorado Rockies (3) - 9/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Dodgers (5) vs. Colorado Rockies (3) - Date: 9/30/2017 Dodgers wrap up home-field advantage in 5-3 win; Rox clinch 1h ago. 3 min read DENVER The Los Angeles Dodgers secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs Saturday by beating Colorado 5-3 on a night when the Rockies clinched their first postseason appearance since 2009.It was also the Dodgers' 103rd win of the season, the most since the team moved to Los Angeles. At 103-58, they're assured of the best record in baseball.Healing from a sore knee, Chris Taylor drove in the go-ahead run with a ground out in the seventh after reliever Tyler Chatwood (8-15) hit both Yasiel Puig and Chase Utley to start the inning. Puig finished 2 for 2 with a homer, walk and four runs.Carlos Gonzalez hit a solo homer off Clayton Kershaw for the Rockies, who officially wrapped up the second NL wild-card spot when St. Louis rallied to beat Milwaukee earli er in the day. Gonzalez is the only player remaining from the last time the Rockies were in the playoffs.Colorado will be making its fourth trip to the postseason. Sports Handicapper Tracker. The Rockies travel to Arizona to face the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, and the winner will meet Los Angeles in Game 1 of an NL Division Series on Friday at Dodger Stadium - with a rested Kershaw waiting.Dodgers reliever Brandon Morrow (6-0) picked up the win. On his 30th birthday, Kenley Jansen got the final four outs to earn his 41st save.The first pitch was pushed back Saturday by 21 minutes for what was called a weather delay. Only, no rain fell and the tarp was never unrolled.The Rockies didn't mind. Sports Tipsters. They were busy celebrating in their clubhouse after watching the Cardinals record the final out. After that, they sprayed soda.On deck, champagne.Af ter the Rockies jumped out to a 3-1 lead on Kershaw, Puig tied it in the fifth with a two-run homer.Rockies righty German Marquez gave up three runs over six innings and struck out two. He leads all major league rookies with 147 strikeouts and remains tied with teammate Kyle Freeland for wins with 11.Kershaw's last impression for NL Cy Young Award voters went like this: four innings, three runs, seven hits and two strikeouts. He and Max Scherzer of Washington are the front-runners for the award - Scherzer left his start Saturday with what the team called a hamstring cramp.The left-handed Kershaw finished the regular season with an 18-4 mark and a 2.31 ERA.Kershaw has surrendered a career-high 23 homers this season. Soccer Predictions. That matches his total for the previous two seasons combined.''A direct reflection of a homer is a pitcher making a mistake. I guess he's made more mistak es,'' manager Dave Roberts said. ''That's an easy answer to probably a more complicated question. That's as simple as it gets.'' COORS FEELDodgers right-hander Yu Darvish threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session. That's pretty much as close as he's come to pitching at the hitter friendly park over his career. Darvish could possibly face Colorado in Denver during the postseason.''Yu just loves information,'' Roberts said. ''He takes it all in and then applies it accordingly.'' THIS & THATRockies manager Bud Black pulled most of his regulars by the middle innings. ... OF Charlie Blackmon had his 68th multihit game of the season with a pair of singles.UP NEXTDodgers: The final game of the regular season will be a start by committee, with right-handed reliever Ross Stripling likely beginning things off. ''It's not set in stone,'' Roberts said.Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (6-6, 4.81 ERA) i s 3-1 with a 1.19 ERA since his return from knee surgery.---More baseball:

MLB Game Recap: Oakland Athletics (4) vs. Texas Rangers (8) - 9/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: Oakland Athletics (4) vs. Texas Rangers (8) - Date: 9/30/2017 Gallo hits HRs 40, 41 to lift Rangers over A's 8-4 42m ago. 2 min read ARLINGTON, Texas Joey Gallo hit his 40th and 41st home runs, Andrew Cashner pitched six solid innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 8-4 on Saturday night.Gallo had a two-run homer in the second inning and a solo shot in the third, becoming the sixth Ranger to hit 40 homers in a season and the first since Josh Hamilton had 43 in 2010. Gallo ranks fifth in the majors in home runs. He also walked twice and scored on a single by Rougned Odor in the seventh.Cashner (11-11) limited Oakland to five hits and two runs in six innings. He finished his season with a 3.40 ERA, good for ninth in the AL.Gallo gave Cashner an early lead when he homered on a 1-1 pitch from Daniel Gossett (4-11) that hit the batter's eye in straightaway center.Texas tacked on two more runs in the second when Odor and Jared Hoying had back-to-back doubles and Delino DeShields singled, knocking out Gossett after 1 2/3 innings.Oakland cut the lead to 5-2 in the sixth on a double by Khris Davis and an RBI groundout from Matt Chapman.Texas added two more runs in the sixth when Willie Calhoun had an RBI single and then scored on a double from Elvis Andrus.Matt Joyce hit a solo homer for Oakland in the eighth and Marcus Semein homered in the ninth.HELPING OUTOakland RHP Kendall Graveman made his final start on Sept. 27 against Seattle, but he's still helping out his teammates during the series against Texas and has been volunteering his time as a clubhouse assistant.''He seems to be enjoying himself with it,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ''And actually you have to almost take a double take when you walk by him, because he actually looks like he fits in pretty well doing it. Sports Bett ors Email Leads. The guys are getting a kick out of it.'' MAXWELL KNEELS AGAINBruce Maxwell took to a knee in the Oakland bullpen during the national anthem. Free Sport Pick. The catcher was warming up Gossett and out of view from many fans, but was still booed by a handful of attendees.Maxwell has been the only major league baseball player to kneel for the anthem, a movement started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to protest police treatment of blacks. Mawell was booed before each plate appearance Saturday.TRAINERS ROOMRangers: Rangers manager Jeff Banister said 3B Adrian Beltre (strained hamstring) could make an appearance Sunday - possibly as a pinch hitter - so fans could see and honor the player to close out the season.UP NEXTAthletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (2-2) will make his fourth start since getting recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Sept. 5.Rangers: LHP Cole Hame ls (12-5) will close out the season for Texas and looking to rebound from a loss against the Houston Astros on Sept. 26.---More baseball:

NCAAF Game Recap: Ohio State (56) vs. Rutgers (0) - 9/30/2017

NCAAF Game Recap: Ohio State (56) vs. Rutgers (0) - Date: 9/30/2017 Oct 01, 2017 PISCATAWAY, N. J. J. T. Barrett threw three touchdown passes and became Ohio State's career passing yardage leader in leading the 11th-ranked Buckeyes to a 56-0 victory over Rutgers on Saturday night. Mike Weber ran for a career-high three touchdowns and Ohio State (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) blanked Rutgers (1-4, 0-2) for the second straight year. The Buckeyes have won three straight after being upset by Oklahoma. Free Winning Sports Picks. This marked the second meeting between Ohio Stata coach Urban Meyer and former defensive coordinator and now Scarlet Knights coach Chris Ash. It also marked the first time former Rutgers coach and current Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano returned to High Point Solutions Stadium for a game. Gambling Profit. This one wasn't much of a contest with Ohio State outgaining Rutgers 628-209. Sports Experts. The Scarlet Knights, who were beaten by the Buckeyes 58-0 last year, had an embarrassing end to their night as Andrew Harte's 32-yard field goal attempt banged off the upright in the final minute. Barrett threw touchdown passes of 70 and 39 yards to Johnnie Dixon in the first half in building a 35-0 lead. The fifth-year senior added a 22-yard strike to Binjimen Victor in the third quarter for his eighth touchdown in the last two games and 13th of the season. ''J. T. is a great player. J. T. is a leader, and I've got nothing but respect for J. T. , and he obviously makes a lot of plays for that football team,'' Ash said. Weber, a 1,000-yard rusher last year as a freshman, scored on runs of 1, 3 and 2 yards in showing signs that the hamstring injury that limited hi m to seven carries this season is healed. Barrett finished 14 of 22 for 275 yards. He has 7,622 yards passing, surpassing Art Schlichter (7,547) for the top spot in Buckeyes history. Barrett's 364 yards in total offense (89 rushing) put him over 10,000 for his career (10,350). ''I think it's a tremendous honor,'' Barrett said. ''I came to Ohio State, I always wanted to be a quarterback there, and win football games and be productive. This is a great honor and I'm just going to focus on winning football games. '' Backup Dwayne Haskins threw a 35-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Demario McCall, who also had a 48-yard scamper to close out the scoring. Rutgers quarterbacks Kyle Bolin and freshman Johnathan Lewis were under pressure. Bolin was 5 of 14 for 56 yards. Lewis was 3 of 10 for 21 yards and two interceptions, including one by linebacker Dante Booker at the Buckeyes 13 late in the first quarter with the Scarlet Knight s down 7-0. Ash said his team needs to keep working to improve. ''I mean, there's no magic formula, guys,'' he said. ''When you're talking about turning around a program, it's working, it's hard work, that's it. You coach your tails off every single day. You develop your players as much as you can physically, mentally, fundamentally, and you recruit. That's it. You build a culture. '' THE TAKEAWAYOhio State: The Buckeyes have found their offense the past two weeks, gaining more than 600 yards in total offense in each game in lopsided wins over UNLV and Rutgers. They are going to need it next week. Maryland has been surprising and the Terps knocked off Minnesota, running for 262 yards against a defense that was ranked No. 1 in the country against the run. Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights' Big Ten losing streak hit 16. Ash's team has not been competitive against the conference's big boys. It was beaten 7 8-0 by Michigan, 49-0 by Michigan State and 39-0 by Penn State last season. A week off should help. UP NEXTOhio State: Hosts Maryland (3-1), which beat Minnesota 31-24. Rutgers. At Illinois Oct. 14. ---More college football: www. collegefootball. ap. org and https://twitter. com/-Top25

NCAAF Game Recap: South Carolina (17) vs. Texas A&M (24) - 9/30/2017

NCAAF Game Recap: South Carolina (17) vs. Texas A&M (24) - Date: 9/30/2017 Sep 30, 2017 COLLEGE STATION, Texas Keith Ford ran for 70 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead 17-yard score in the fourth quarter, to lift Texas A&M to a 24-17 win over South Carolina on Saturday night. Freshman Kellen Mond threw for 159 yards and ran for 95 to help the Aggies (4-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) rally for the victory. Handicapping Sports. Texas A&M trailed by a touchdown entering the fourth quarter before Ford tied it up with a 7-yard run. Mond looked to have scored two plays earlier, but Camron Buckley delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit while blocking on the play and it was called back. Buckley, who was called for a holding penalty earlier in the drive, was ejected for targeting after the play was reviewed. Otaro Alaka sacked Jake Bentley on third down on Sout h Carolina's next drive to force a punt. Ford put the Aggies on top on their ensuing possession when he dragged three defenders into the end zone for that 17-yard touchdown, which made it 24-17. Bentley was sacked twice on South Carolina's next drive and the Aggies got the ball back and they used run after run to get the clock down to less than two minutes. Bentley threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns for South Carolina (3-2, 1-2), but he was sacked seven times behind a line that often didn't give him enough time to make plays. Alaka led the way on defense for the Aggies, finishing with nine tackles, including five for losses and two sacks. Bentley pushed South Carolina's lead to 17-7 when he connected with OrTre Smith on a 13-yard touchdown pass with about nine minutes left in the third quarter. Sports Handicapper Picks. The Aggies took a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Trayveon Williams ea rly in the second quarter. South Carolina tied it up when Bentley wriggled out of a would-be sack and found Shi Smith wide open on a 45-yard touchdown pass to tie it at 7-all with about 13 minutes left in the second quarter. Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained. The Gamecocks took a 10-7 lead on a 29-yard field goal by Parker White with about nine minutes left in the first half. They had a chance to add to their lead when they were driving inside the 10-yard line late in the second quarter, but Bentley was sacked by Landis Durham, who caused a fumble which the Aggies recovered to end the drive. South Carolina had a shot to take an early lead after recovering the ball after Christian Kirk fumbled a punt in the first quarter. But White's 46-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left. South Carolina receiver Terry Googer was carted off the field on a stretcher after a hit on a punt. But school officials said he was moving all of his extremities after arriving at the hospital and coach Will Muschamp said on the television broadcast at halftime that he was OK. THE TAKEAWAYSOUTH CAROLINA: Bentley showed the ability to make throws when he had time on Saturday night. But the Gamecocks will need to protect him better for him to be successful as they continue SEC play. TEXAS A&M: Mond took another step forward, but will have to make another jump next week if the Aggies hope to compete with the top-ranked Crimson Tide. UP NEXTSOUTH CAROLINA: Hosts Arkansas next Saturday. TEXAS A&M: Hosts Alabama next Saturday night. ---More college football: http://collegefootball. ap. org and http://www. twitter. com/-Top25

MLB Game Recap: New York Mets (7) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (4) - 9/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: New York Mets (7) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (4) - Date: 9/30/2017 Cabrera's homer in 11th lifts Mets to 7-4 win over Phillies 26m ago. 2 min read PHILADELPHIA Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 11th inning to lift the New York Mets to a 7-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.Cabrera also had an RBI double in the seventh and finished with four hits and four RBIs.Jacob Rhame (1-1) pitched two shutout innings in relief to earn his first major league win.Jeurys Familia tossed a scoreless 11th for his sixth save, capping an impressive performance by New York's embattled bullpen. Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. The eight Mets relievers allowed just one hit in seven innings.The teams combined to use 17 pitchers in a game that took 4 hours, 10 minutes.Cabrera extended a Mets record with the clu b's 224th homer of the season, sending his drive to left-center off Adam Morgan (3-3).New York ace Jacob deGrom was supposed to start but got scratched Friday due to a stomach bug. Seth Lugo started in deGrom's place, allowing two runs and six hits in four innings.The Mets (70-91) will send Noah Syndergaard to the mound in Sunday's season finale for his second abbreviated start since returning from the disabled list. Sports Touts. The right-hander missed most of the season with a torn lat muscle.It is widely expected to be Terry Collins' final game as Mets manager, following recent reports of friction with the front office. Collins' contract expires after the season.Philadelphia, for its part, already made it official on Friday by firing manager Pete Mackanin, who will remain with the team as a special assistant to general manager Matt Klentak in 2018.Mackanin was in the dugout managing on Saturda y and will be again Sunday when the Phillies close out their season.Maikel Franco homered for Philadelphia.Franco's solo shot to left in the second and Cesar Hernandez's RBI infield single gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead. Sports Picks Today. The Mets got a run back in the fourth and went ahead on Brandon Nimmo's two-run triple in the fifth.New York took a 4-2 lead in the seventh on Cabrera's double, but the Phillies answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half on Aaron Altherr's sacrifice fly and Rhys Hoskins' RBI single.Hoskins nearly ended the game in the 10th, but his drive into a strong wind in left-center was caught just in front of the wall.TRAINER'S ROOMPhillies C Jorge Alfaro left the game after getting elbowed in the head by Juan Lagares on a play at the plate in the sixth inning. Alfaro caught Nick Williams' strong throw from right field and tagged Lagares to complete a dou ble play.UP NEXTMets: Syndergaard (1-2, 3.18), who got hurt April 30, is scheduled to pitch one inning just as he did against the Nationals last Saturday, when he allowed one hit on five pitches in his return.Phillies: Rookie RHP Nick Pivetta (7-10, 6.26) will make his fourth start against the Mets. He is 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA in three previous appearances.---More baseball:

NCAAF Game Recap: Air Force (38) vs. New Mexico (56) - 9/30/2017

NCAAF Game Recap: Air Force (38) vs. New Mexico (56) - Date: 9/30/2017 Oct 01, 2017 ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. Richard McQuarley's five rushing touchdowns tied a New Mexico school record and he finished with 179 yards to help the Lobos overcome a sluggish first half for a 56-38 victory Saturday night over Air Force. Four of McQuarley's scores came in the second half, including bursts up the middle of 63 and 65 yards on consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter. New Mexico (3-2, 1-1 Mountain West), which led the country in rushing last season, had just 83 at halftime before exploding for 280 second-half rushing yards. Arion Worthman threw for three touchdowns and had 90 rushing yards and another score for Air Force (1-3, 0-2). But Lobos quarterback Lamar Jordan, who only completed four passes, had 146 yards and two scores, hitting Jay Griffin IV for a 75-yard score and Delane-Hart Johnson for a 49-yard TD. Free Sports Picks Twitter. The game was delayed for an hour at the end of the first quarter because of lightning. Gambling Profit. THE TAKEAWAY: The second straight win for New Mexico helps the Lobos forget about its recent two-game skid that included a disappointing 30-28 home loss to rival New Mexico State. It also puts New Mexico within three wins of bowl eligibility for the third straight season. MLB Handicappers. The Falcons are all alone at the bottom of the conference's Mountain Division and have lost three straight in the series and four of the last five. UP NEXT: New Mexico has a week before resuming Mountain West play against Fresno State on Oct. 14. Air Force is at Navy on Oct. 7 in the opener of the Commander and Chief's trophy competition. The series also includes Army, but the Falcons ha ve takenw the trophy two of the last three seasons. ---More college football: http://collegefootball. ap. org and http://www. twitter. com/-Top25

NCAAF Game Recap: Washington (42) vs. Oregon State (7) - 9/30/2017

NCAAF Game Recap: Washington (42) vs. Oregon State (7) - Date: 9/30/2017 Sep 30, 2017 CORVALLIS, Ore. Jake Browning threw for three touchdowns, Myles Gaskin ran for 113 yards and a score and No. 6 Washington broke open a close game with a 21-point third quarter to beat Oregon State 42-7 on Saturday night. Browning completed 26 of 34 passes for 293 yards and had touchdown passes of 5, 15 and 34 yards to Dante Pettis, who had 12 catches for 105 yards. Browning has now accounted for 12 touchdowns, 10 passing, in three career games against Oregon State. Gaskin ran for a third-quarter touchdown of 32 yards, and had 15 carries in posting his second consecutive 100-plus-yard game for Washington (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12). Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Huskies finished with 509 yards after struggling to get going initially. Washington's defense was smothering , holding Oregon State (1-4, 0-2) to 184 yards and eight first downs. The Beavers didn't cross Washington's 45 until the final six minutes. Oregon State quarterback Darrel Garretson, making his first start of the season in place of injured Jake Luton, completed 11 of 22 passes for 74 yards. Washington carved up Oregon State on its first drive, marching 98 yards in 10 plays. Browning scored on an 11-yard run to give the Huskies a 7-0 lead. But Oregon State's defense, statistically one of the worst in Division I in nearly every category, rebounded with a strong performance the rest of the half. Washington threatened only once on its final four drives of the half and came up empty when Tristan Vizcaino bounced a 42-yard field goal attempt off the left upright. But the Huskies scored 35 points after halftime. The Huskies nearly had their first shutout against a Pac-12 opponent in eight years but Oregon State's Thomas Tyner scored on a 12-yard run with 3:23 r emaining. Free Sports Picks. THE TAKEAWAYWashington: The Huskies have had a difficult time getting going on the road this season, scoring only 27 first-half points in three games, but Washington is still off to a 5-0 start. Oregon State: The Beavers had a strong defensive showing in the first half, including three sacks, but were outmatched after halftime. Winning Sports Handicappers. THE PLAYMAKERPettis, whose eight career punt returns for touchdowns are tied for an NCAA record, rocketed up Washington's list of career touchdown receptions Saturday. The senior moved from sixth to third after catching three against Oregon State, increasing his career total to 23. POLL IMPLICATIONSWith the win, Washington figures to rise after No. 5 USC lost Friday night at Washington State. UP NEXTWashington: The Huskies return home to play California next Saturday. Oregon State: The Beavers travel south next Saturday to play at USC, which is coming off a 30-27 loss to Washington State. ---For more college football coverage: www. collegefootball. ap. org and www. twitter. com/-Top25

MLB Game Recap: Chicago White Sox (2) vs. Cleveland Indians (1) - 9/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: Chicago White Sox (2) vs. Cleveland Indians (1) - Date: 9/30/2017 White Sox wait out Kluber, beat Indians 2-1 1h ago. 2 min read CLEVELAND Carson Fulmer pitched five strong innings in a matchup against Corey Kluber, Kevan Smith drove in two runs and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Saturday night.Cleveland clinched the best record in the AL earlier in the day when Houston lost to Boston. Sports Touts. The AL Central champions will play the winner of the wild-card game between the Yankees and Twins in a Division Series.Michael Brantley had a pinch-hit single in the fifth for Cleveland, marking his first game action since spraining his right ankle on Aug. 8. Todays Free Sports Picks. The two-time All-Star worked Fulmer (3-1) for a 10 pitch at-bat before sharply singling to r ight.Smith doubled off Mike Clevinger (12-6) in the sixth, scoring Avisail Garcia for a 2-1 lead. His RBI single in the fourth off Kluber scored Jose Abreu.Kluber capped his resume for the AL Cy Young Award with five innings of one-run ball, lowering his ERA to an AL-best 2.25. He struck out three and threw just 81 pitches in his final postseason tuneup.Kluber finished the season with an 18-4 record and 265 strikeouts. He made a strong case in September for a second Cy Young while Boston's Chris Sale was inconsistent.Fulmer allowed a run and three hits for Chicago, which is 13-9 since losing four in a row to the Indians from Sept. 4-7. Winning Sports Handicappers. The right-hander ended the season with a flourish, posting a 2-0 record with a 1.56 ERA over his last four starts.Juan Minaya tossed a perfect ninth for his ninth save. Matt Davidson and Abreu also had two hits apiece for the White Sox.Francisco Lindo r accounted for Cleveland's lone run with a fielder's choice in the fifth. The Indians are 32-4 since the start of their AL-record 22-game winning streak on Aug. 24.TRAINER'S ROOMWhite Sox: LF Nicky Delmonico (left shoulder strain), who was injured Friday while diving for a ball, was sent back to Chicago for additional tests.Indians: C Yan Gomes (right hand) was hit by a pitch in the fifth, but remained in the game. His right wrist was broken by a pitch last September.UP NEXTWhite Sox: RHP Chris Volstad allowed six runs over five innings in a 9-3 loss to the Angels on Sept. 26. It was his first start in the majors since 2012 with the Cubs.Indians: RHP Josh Tomlin wraps up the regular season by making his 26th start. He is 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA in three appearances against the White Sox this year.---More baseball:

MLB Game Recap: Arizona Diamondbacks (3) vs. Kansas City Royals (4) - 9/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: Arizona Diamondbacks (3) vs. Kansas City Royals (4) - Date: 9/30/2017 Bonifacio's HR helps Royals rally to beat Diamondbacks 4-3 1h ago. 2 min read KANSAS CITY, Mo. Jorge Bonifacio hit a three-run homer with two outs in the sixth inning to help the Kansas City Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.Bonifacio's homer, his 17th, came off Archie Bradley (3-3) with Paulo Orlando and Ramon Torres aboard.Right-hander Jake Junis (9-3) allowed two runs on five hits, including A. J. Pollock's home run in the sixth, to pick up the win. Junis' nine victories are tied for the American League lead for rookies.David Peralta's fifth-inning double scored Rey Fuentes, who walked and stole second, with the first Diamondbacks' run.Arizona right-hander Taijuan Walker was pulled after five innings in his final start before the postseason. He allowed three hits and one run, whil e striking out six and walking one.Mike Moustakas grounded into a double play in the fourth, scoring Lorenzo Cain, for the only run Walker would allow.Daniel Descalso's run-producing triple in the eighth off Joakim Soria cut the Royals' advantage to one run.Mike Minor worked around a leadoff double in the ninth to collect his sixth save in eight chances.Zack Godley, who had a 3.40 ERA in 25 starts, made his first relief appearance of the year, pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings.Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt went 0 for 3 and finished September with a .175 batting average (14 for 80) to drop his average to .299.ZACK ON WEDNESDAYDiamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo made it official, announcing RHP Zack Greinke would start the Wednesday wild-card game against the Rockies. He said Greinke ''felt great'' after throwing 75 pitches in four-plus innings Friday. ''There's no mystery to it,'' Lovullo said. ''He's been ou r horse all year long. I know he surpassed 200 innings. He's won 17 games. He's paced us on days where we needed somebody to pitch a big game. He's been everything that we've needed all year long.'' GREINKE LACKED ROYALS' VISIONGreinke told the Royals he wanted to be traded after the 2010 season and the club accommodated him by sending him to Milwaukee. Among the players the Royals received in return were SS Alcides Escobar and CF Lorenzo Cain, two integral parts of the Royals' 2015 World Series championship club. ''Zack was a phenomenal player, but Zack didn't believe we were going to win,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said Saturday. ''Zack wanted to go somewhere he could win. I kept trying to tell him, `Zack, we're going to win here. Free Sports Picks Daily. These kids are going to be good.' But (he said), `I don't believe it.' After we won t he World Series, I saw him at the Gold Glove banquet and made him tell me he was wrong. He just smiled said, `I was wrong.' I had a good relationship with Zack. He really wanted to win. He just didn't have the vision I had.'' TRAINER'S ROOMDiamondbacks: C Jeff Mathis (fractured right hand) was activated and started, singling in his first at-bat. He was removed after five innings. . RHP Jimmie Sherfy has not pitched since Sept. 24 because of triceps tightness.Royals: LHP Danny Duffy will have minor surgery Tuesday to remove ''loose bodies'' in the back of his elbow that caused inflammation and landed him on the disabled list in late August.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray, who is tied for first in the NL with a 1.79 road ERA, will start the finale.Royals: LHP Jason Vargas will be going for his 19th win, which would lead the AL.

MLB Game Recap: Detroit Tigers (3) vs. Minnesota Twins (2) - 9/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: Detroit Tigers (3) vs. Minnesota Twins (2) - Date: 9/30/2017 Around The Horn: Romine plays all 9 positions for Tigers 1h ago. 2 min read MINNEOLIS Andrew Romine became the fifth player in baseball history to play all nine positions in one game, helping the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Saturday night.Romine, a 31-year-old utilityman, played catcher for the first time in his career and got one out on the mound. He was the first player to accomplish the feat since Shane Halter for Detroit against Minnesota on Oct. 1, 2000.Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was Halter's teammate in that game 17 years ago. He decided two years ago that the versatile Romine might be able to play each position, but the opportunity didn't present itself until Saturday night, with the Tigers eliminated from playoff contention and the Twins locked into the second AL wild card.Buck Farmer (5-5) pitched five strong innings for the win and Shane Greene recorded his ninth save. Aaron Slegers (0-1) took the loss for the Twins, allowing three runs in 4 1/3 innings.Romine started in left and worked his way across the outfield before moving to third base in the fourth inning. He played shortstop in the fifth, second base in the sixth and catcher in the seventh, when he caught Blaine Hardy for four batters and then switched back to second base.He pitched to Miguel Sano in the eighth, and the All-Star slugger bounced to third on a 3-1 pitch. Romine topped out at 87 mph on the stadium's radar gun.After retiring Sano, Romine moved to first base, his ninth position of the night.Romine's wife, mother and two sisters were at the ballpark to witness the achievement. He joined Bert Campaneris, Cesar Tovar, Scott Sheldon and Halter in the exclusive group of players to have played every position in a game.Romine also reached twice at the plate with a hit in the second inning and a walk in the fifth to start a two-run inning. Jeimer Candelario hit an RBI single and scored on Alex Presley's fielder's choice.TRAINER'S ROOMTigers: Candelario (left wrist) did not start for the second time in three games but entered as a pinch hitter in the fifth inning. Ausmus said before the game that the switch-hitting Candelario would be fine hitting as a left-handed batter.Twins: DH Sano (shin) made his first start since Aug. 19 and went 1 for 4 in a tuneup for Tuesday's wild-card game against the Yankees.UP NEXTTigers: RHP Anibal Sanchez (3-6) gets the ball for the season finale on Sunday, looking for his fourth straight quality start.Twins: RHP Bartolo Colon (4-6) takes the mound after leaving Tuesday's start in Cleveland after one inning with an illness. Colon has struggled lately with a 9.64 ERA in the month of September.

MLB Game Recap: Atlanta Braves (2) vs. Miami Marlins (10) - 9/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: Atlanta Braves (2) vs. Miami Marlins (10) - Date: 9/30/2017 Stanton remains at 59 homers, Marlins win 10-2 42m ago. 1 min read MIAMI Giancarlo Stanton remained at 59 home runs after failing to hit one in the Miami Marlins 10-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.Stanton had one hit in five at-bats and an RBI. He has one more game to become the first player to hit 60 home runs in a season since 2001 when Barry Bonds hit 73 and Sammy Sosa hit 64. Make Money Betting Sports. There have been five players in history to hit at least 60 in a season.Miami's Dee Gordon had three hits giving him 200 for the season and also stole two bases - including his 60th of the season. It is the fifth time in Marlins' history a player has recorded at least 200 hits in a season and the second time by Gordon.Derek Dietrich homered and drove in three runs, Migu el Rojas had four hits, Brian Anderson added three hits, and Odrisamer Despaigne (2-3) pitched seven innings and allowed two runs for the Marlins.Braves' starter Lucas Sims (3-6) allowed six runs in two innings allowing every position player he faced to reach base except for Stanton, who grounded out twice.Stanton struck out in the third before hitting an RBI single off Luke Jackson in the fifth to pick up his 131st RBI. Stanton also struck out looking in his final at-bat against Jim Johnson.The Marlins scored five runs on four hits in the first sparked by Dietrich's three-run homer, his 13th of the season.Dansby Swanson and Matt Adams drove in the runs for the Braves.UP NEXTBraves: RHP Max Fried (1-1, 3.74) takes the mound for the final game making his fourth start. Fried has allowed a home run to Stanton in two plate appearances.Marlins: RHP Jose Urena (14-7, 3.77) will pitch the finale looking to end his breakout season on a positive after allowing six runs and ni ne hits in a loss at Colorado in his last start.

NCAAF Game Recap: Troy (24) vs. LSU (21) - 9/30/2017

NCAAF Game Recap: Troy (24) vs. LSU (21) - Date: 9/30/2017 Sep 30, 2017 BATON ROUGE, La. Jordan Chunn ran for 191 yards and a touchdown, Troy's defense forced four turnovers and the surging Trojans upset No. 25 LSU 24-21 on Saturday night. Best Sports Handicapping Services. Troy, which celebrated wildly with traveling fans in largely empty Tiger Stadium as time ran out, became the first team from outside the Southeastern Conference to win in LSU's Death Valley since UAB in 2000. They snapped the Tigers' streak of 49 straight home victories over non-league opponents. Although the Tigers (3-2) were three-touchdown favorites, the result wasn't entirely unfathomable. LSU had looked vulnerable in a tense victory over Syracuse a week earlier, while Troy came in on a three-game winning streak and is among the favorites to win the Sun Belt Conference after a 10-victory 2016 campaign. Sports Handicapping Service Leads. Troy (4-1) raced to leads of 17-0 and 24-7 before Danny Etling's fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Russell Gage and Foster Moreau got LSU as close as a field goal with 1:59 left. But after failing to recover an onside kick, LSU had only 23 seconds to get into field goal range, and any hope of that ended when Blace Brown intercepted Etling's pass on the Troy 42 with 11 seconds to goEntering the third quarter with a surprising 10-0 lead, Troy continued to widen the gap. Chunn slipped a tackle near the line of scrimmage and broke loose for 74 yards, setting up his touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the 1. LSU appeared to squander a scoring chance when receiver Derrick Dillon fumbled on the Troy 7. But LSU's defense got the ball right back inside the Troy 10 on Chunn's fumble, and backup quarterback Myles Brennan found tight end Foster Mor eau for a 7-yard TD pass, making it 17-7. Brennan marched LSU into Troy territory again, but his pass was intercepted by Marcus Jones at the Troy 26. The Trojans then drove for Josh Anderson's 7-yard TD run. Etling, who'd left the game after being shaken up late in the first half, returned to pull LSU to 24-14 on a 34-yard scoring pass to Russell Gage with 7:41 left. After Chunn's second fumble of the game on the LSU 11, Etling drove LSU 92 yards for another touchdown on a 20-yard pass to Moreau. But with one timeout left, LSU was unable to recover an onside kick, allowing Troy to run the clock down to 23 seconds before punting. Etling finished 17 of 25 for 198 yards. Best Free Sports Picks. Troy's Brandon Silvers was 16 of 28 for 157 yards without an interception. LSU turned the ball over on its first play from scrimmage, when running back Nick Brossette was stripped by Troy safety Cedarious Rook ard and fellow defensive back Kris Weatherspoon recovered at the Tigers 30. Five plays later, quarterback Brandon Silvers scored on a short keeper to make it 7-0. Both teams missed field goals of about 35 yards in the second quarter, and it appeared the score would be 7-0 at halftime when receiver John Johnson was tackled at the LSU 20 as time ran out. But officials reviewed the play and determined there should be 2 seconds left. Troy capitalized with Evan Legassey's 37-yard field goal to make it 10-0. THE TAKEAWAYTory: Since falling 24-13 at Boise State to open the season, the Trojans have been steadily progressing. A road win over a Power 5-conference team should infuse Troy with confidence heading into the meat of its Sun Belt schedule. Another bowl bid, if not another season with double-digit victories, looks well within reach. LSU: The Tigers will fall out of the Top 25 Poll this week and there's no telling how rough this season could get with seven more S EC games on the schedule. UP NEXTTory hosts South Alabama in a Wednesday night game on Oct. 11. LSU travels to Florida for the first of seven straight games against SEC opponents to close the regular season. ---More college football: http://collegefootball. ap. org and https://twitter. com/-Top25---Follow Brett Martel at www. twitter. com/brettmartel

MLB Game Recap: Pittsburgh Pirates (4) vs. Washington Nationals (1) - 9/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: Pittsburgh Pirates (4) vs. Washington Nationals (1) - Date: 9/30/2017 Scherzer exits with hamstring cramp, Nats fall to Bucs 4-1 27m ago. 2 min read WASHINGTON Nationals ace Max Scherzer was pulled with a hamstring cramp while tuning up for the playoffs, and NL East champion Washington lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 Saturday night.The Nationals said Scherzer was sent for a precautionary MRI on his right hamstring. Manager Dusty Baker didn't elaborate on the severity of the injury.Scherzer, who leads the NL in strikeouts and is 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA, was preparing for the Nationals' matchup against the Chicago Cubs in the best-of-five Division Series that begins Friday in Washington. But the two-time Cy Young Award winner stumbled on a 2-2 pitch to Josh Bell in the fourth inning, briefly hopped around the mound and bent over at the waist.Scherzer then began to throw a full-count pitch, but abruptly stop ped when time was called.Baker, pitching coach Mike Maddux and team trainers visited the mound and quickly took out Scherzer.Scherzer had given up one hit and struck out five, raising his total to 268, in 3 1/3 scoreless innings when he was hurt.The Pirates rallied with four runs in the ninth inning off Brandon Kintzler (2-1). Sean Rodriguez singled home the tying run with Pittsburgh trailing 1-0 and down to its final strike. Max Moroff later hit a bases-loaded triple.George Kontos (1-6) got the win and Felipe Rivero had his 21st save.Ryan Zimmerman hit an RBI single in the second off Jameson Taillon, who gave up four hits in seven innings.HARPER AGAIN IN LINEUPA day after saying he wouldn't use Bruce Harper, Baker started the 2015 NL MVP. Harper returned this week from a hyperextended left knee that kept him out more than six weeks. Harper posted his second consecutive 0-for-4 day at the plate.Baker said Harper came through Friday's game with limited soreness and is getting the outfielder ready for the playoffs.TRAINER'S ROOMPirates: CF Andrew McCutchen was scratched just 90 minutes before the game with left foot discomfort after fouling a ball off that foot in Friday's loss to Washington. McCutchen, in the original lineup batting third, was seen limping badly in the Pirates clubhouse before the game.Nationals: Washington 3B Anthony Rendon asked for a night off and Baker granted it. Rendon told Baker ''he's a little fatigued'' after playing 146 games this season, but plans to play in Sunday's regular-season finale. . Sports Handicapper Leads. The Nationals reinstated IF Stephen Drew from the 60-day DL and placed RHP Sean Kelley (bone chips, right elbow) on the 60-day DL.UP NEXTPirates: LHP Steven Brault (1-0, 3.86 ERA) closes the season for Pittsburgh. He has never faced the Nationals. Best Free Sports Picks. The International League pitcher of the year (10-5, 1.94 ERA, 20 starts) has a 2.81 ERA in his three starts.Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (15-7. 2.68 ERA) gets the final regular-season start for Washington. Gonzalez has a chance to set his career low in ERA, which was 2.89 in 2012, when he finished third in the NL Cy Young Award voting.

NCAAF Game Recap: Mississippi St (10) vs. Auburn (49) - 9/30/2017

NCAAF Game Recap: Mississippi St (10) vs. Auburn (49) - Date: 9/30/2017 Sep 30, 2017 AUBURN, Ala. Jarrett Stidham passed for 264 yards and two touchdowns, and Kerryon Johnson ran for three scores to lead No. 13 Auburn to a 49-10 victory over No. 24 Mississippi State on Saturday night. Free Soccer Picks. The Tigers (4-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) established themselves as the most likely challenger to No. 1 Alabama in the Western Division with an explosive offensive performance. The Bulldogs (3-2, 1-2) have lost two straight lopsided games since blowing out LSU to start a string of three matchups with Top 15 teams. Stidham launched a handful of deep balls for Auburn, including a 47-yard touchdown to a wide-open Will Hastings and a 57-yarder to Eli Stove from his own end zone. He wound up 13-of-16 passing and also had a 49-yard reverse pass to Dari us Slayton after lining up at receiver. ''He's repped that 20 or 30 times, and it was wide open,'' Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. Johnson gained 116 yards, including an early 59-yarder, in a strong follow-up to his five-touchdown effort in a 51-14 romp over Missouri. It's the first time since 1987 that Auburn has beaten back-to-back SEC opponents by 30-plus points. ''That's what we've been working on, those big plays down the field,'' Johnson said. ''That's hard on defenses. '' Backup quarterback Malik Willis got into the act with a 67-yard run in the final minutes, thrilling the smattering of fans still remaining. Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald passed for 157 yards and ran for 56 but was intercepted twice. The Bulldogs had seven false start penalties. ''We did everything you shouldn't do when you come on the road to win,'' Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. Sports Handicapper Tracker. The Bulldogs had two touchdowns overturned on replay in the first half, ultimately scoring after a ruling that Fitzgerald was tackled inside the 1. Earlier, Jeffery Simmons knocked the ball loose from Stidham and Montez Sweat picked it up and took it to the end zone. NBA Handicappers. The ball had been blown dead after the official called it an incomplete pass. Replay ruled it a fumble and gave it to Mississippi State at Auburn's 32, but the Bulldogs wound up only with a field goal. THE TAKEAWAYMississippi State: Moved the ball at times but went 5 of 19 on third down and converted just two of six fourth-down attempts. That included a failed fake punt in the first half. Fitzgerald completed 13 of 33 passes and ran 13 times. Auburn: The defense kept up its strong play while offensively Auburn had seven plays of 30-plus yards. Stidham set up one score with a 49-yard pass to Darius Slayton after Johnson took a direct snap and Stidham got the ball on a reverse. FOURTH & GOAuburn also had a fourth-down gamble, with good results. Johnson scored on a fourth-down run in the first quarter. Auburn initially lined up to kick before Malzahn called a timeout amid boos from the crowd, and decided to go for it. UP NEXTMississippi State has an open date before hosting BYU on Oct. 14. Auburn hosts Mississippi in another SEC West game.

MLB Game Recap: Baltimore Orioles (3) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (4) - 9/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: Baltimore Orioles (3) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (4) - Date: 9/30/2017 Archer gets 1st win since July as Rays top Orioles 4-3 43m ago. 1 min read ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Chris Archer won for the first time since July 24 and Brad Miller hit a three-run homer to lead the Tampa Bay Rays over the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 on Saturday night.Archer (10-12) pitched five shutout innings before two Rays relievers helped stretch Baltimore's scoreless streak to 23 innings. Pedro Alvarez halted the drought with a two-run single off Tommy Hunter in the eighth.Trey Mancini's 17-game hitting streak, a Baltimore rookie record, ended but he scored a run after drawing a walk.Archer, who had lost five straight starts, struck out six and allowed only two hits. He finished the season with 249 strikeouts, three short of his own club record set two years ago.Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 47th save in 53 tries. Bal timore put runners at the corners with no outs but managed only Anthony Santander's sacrifice fly.Miller's ninth home run of the season came off starter Miguel Castro in the fourth after hits by Corey Dickerson and Adeiny Hechavarria.Kevin Kiermaier scored on Wilson Ramos' sacrifice fly in the seventh.Making his first major league start after 75 relief appearances, Castro (3-3) gave up three runs and six hits in 3 1/3 innings.Hechavarria had three of Tampa Bay's 10 hits.The loss was the fourth straight for the Orioles, who have dropped 18 of their last 22 games.TRAINER'S ROOMOrioles: INF Tim Beckham has been shut down due to a hamstring strain. ... OF Adam Jones (leg soreness) was available only in an emergency.Rays: Manager Kevin Cash said he will give his regulars the option of whether to play in Sunday's season finale.UP NEXTLHP Blake Snell (4-7) will pitch the season finale for the Rays against RHP Kevin Gausman (11-11). Snell has a chance for a s trong finish after starting the season 0-4 and spending six weeks in the minors.---More baseball:

NCAAF Game Recap: Miami Ohio (17) vs. Notre Dame (52) - 9/30/2017

NCAAF Game Recap: Miami Ohio (17) vs. Notre Dame (52) - Date: 9/30/2017 Sep 30, 2017 SOUTH BEND, Ind. Brandon Wimbush threw for three touchdowns and ran for another and No. 22 Notre Dame beat Miami (Ohio) 52-17 on Saturday night for the 900th victory in school history. Josh Adams added touchdown runs of 72 and 59 yards in the first half before leaving the game with an injury to his left leg. Adams, who entered the game as the No. 9 rusher in the country, still led the Irish (4-1) with 159 yards on the ground despite the short night. ''Josh could have played; his ankle was not a serious situation,'' said Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. Wimbush, who had his eighth rushing touchdown of the season in the first quarter, finished with 119 passing yards in three quarters and had 36 yards on 11 carries. Sports Handicapper Tracker. The Irish led the RedHawks 45-14 at the half, the most first-half points scored by an Irish team under Kelly. It was only the second meeting between the Irish and the RedHawks (2-3), two teams that were coached by Hall of Famer Ara Parseghian. RedHawks quarterback Gus Ragland threw for 262 yards and a pair of first-half touchdowns to James Gardner, who had five catches for 115 yards. What is Sports Handicapping. THE TAKEAWAYMiami (Ohio): Though their record under Chuck Martin is only 13-29, the RedHawks have shown some improvement. They started last season 0-6 but Ragland returned from an injury to guide them to a 6-1 finish. Notre Dame: With its top three running backs - Adams, Tony Jones Jr. and Dexter Williams - questionable going forward, Notre Dame will need to find some healthy bodies soon. They face North Carolina next and then USC. Free Sports Picks. TURNOVERS INTO POINTSN otre Dame forced two turnovers in the game, giving the Irish 11 (five interceptions, six fumble recoveries) for the season. The Irish have turned the 11 turnovers into 70 points while the opposition has scored just three points off five Notre Dame turnovers (two interceptions, three fumbles). UP NEXTMiami (Ohio): The RedHawks return home next Saturday to play Mid-American East Division rival Bowling Green. Notre Dame: The Irish take to the road for the third time in four weeks when they visit North Carolina next Saturday. ---More college football: http://collegefootball. ap. org and http://www. twitter. com/-Top25

NCAAF Game Recap: Iowa (10) vs. Michigan State (17) - 9/30/2017

NCAAF Game Recap: Iowa (10) vs. Michigan State (17) - Date: 9/30/2017 Sep 30, 2017 EAST LANSING, Mich. Brian Lewerke threw two touchdown passes to Felton Davis in the first quarter, and Michigan State held on for a 17-10 victory over Iowa on Saturday. Sport Handicapping. The Spartans (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) dominated early, and their defense forced two crucial turnovers in the third quarter. Iowa (3-2, 0-2) managed only 19 yards rushing and has now lost its first two conference games for the first time since 2008. Davis surpassed his career high in receptions before halftime and finished with nine for 114 yards. His touchdown catches of 22 and 6 yards gave Michigan State a 14-0 lead, and that was enough for the Spartans to come away with an important home victory. ''I think Felton did a great job of getting off the DBs,'' Lewerke said. ''I trust h im every time I throw him the ball. '' Akrum Wadley scored for Iowa on a 9-yard run in the second quarter, but he was held to 30 yards on 17 carries. Free Soccer Picks. The Hawkeyes trailed 17-7 at halftime but were on the verge of scoring on the first drive of the third quarter. After a successful fake field goal, Iowa was inside the 10-yard line, but quarterback Nate Stanley had the ball slip out of his hand as he began a throwing motion, and linebacker Joe Bachie came diving in to catch it out of the air. Brandon Smith fumbled the ball away in Michigan State territory on Iowa's next possession. Profitable Handicappers. The Spartans held on at the end after Lewerke scrambled for a first down on third-and-12 with under 4:00 to play. By the time Iowa got the ball back, the Hawkeyes were back at their own 16 with 45 seconds remai ning. THE TAKEAWAYIowa: The Hawkeyes lost to Penn State on the final play last weekend, but they were outgained badly in that game, and their inability to move the ball against Michigan State is cause for concern. The last time Iowa started 0-2 in Big Ten play, the Hawkeyes did rebound quickly, winning five of their final six conference games. ''We wanted to come out big. We wanted to come out strong,'' linebacker Josey Jewell said. ''It just wasn't there for us today. '' Michigan State: The Spartans have already matched last season's win total, and this victory gives them a solid chance to go to a bowl. They still have some issues offensively, though. The running game was substandard against Iowa and prevented Michigan State from putting the game out of reach earlier. UP NEXTIowa: The Hawkeyes host Illinois next Saturday. Michigan State: The Spartans head to Ann Arbor for a Saturday night game against rival Michigan. The Wolveri nes were idle this weekend. ---More college football: www. collegefootball. ap. org and https://twitter. com/-Top25 . ---Follow Noah Trister at www. Twitter. com/noahtrister

MLB Game Recap: Milwaukee Brewers (6) vs. St Louis Cardinals (7) - 9/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: Milwaukee Brewers (6) vs. St Louis Cardinals (7) - Date: 9/30/2017 Brewers' playoff hopes dashed after Cards rally for 7-6 win 15m ago. 2 min read ST. LOUIS The Milwaukee Brewers were eliminated from playoff contention Saturday when they squandered a six-run lead in a 7-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, handing baseball's final postseason spot to the Colorado Rockies.Brewers reliever Anthony Swarzak gave up a tying, two-run single to Stephen Piscotty in the eighth inning and a go-ahead single to Harrison Bader. Milwaukee tried to rally in the ninth, but Brett Phillips struck out with a runner on second to end it.Milwaukee's loss clinched the second NL wild card for Colorado, which plays at division rival Arizona in the wild-card game Wednesday.The young Brewers began the day two games behind Colorado and had hoped to force a tiebreaker Monday by winning their last two regular-season games in St. Loui s while the Rockies dropped their final two at home to the Dodgers.Instead, the Brewers (85-76) blew an early 6-0 lead and their surprising season came to an abrupt end.Milwaukee hasn't reached the playoffs since 2011.Piscotty's single tied it 6-all, capping a Cardinals comeback after they trailed 6-0 in the third. Piscotty was initially called out trying to reach second on the throw home, but then was ruled safe following a replay review. Free Sports Picks. That set up Bader's decisive hit off Swarzak (2-1) with two outs.Juan Nicasio earned his sixth save and Ryan Sherriff (2-1) got the win as four Cardinals relievers combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings.The loss snapped a three-game losing streak for St. Louis and a four-game winning streak for the Brewers at Busch Stadium.Domingo Santana hit a two-run homer and Travis Shaw drove in two runs and scored twice as Milwaukee jumped out to a 6-0 lead.Santa na's 30th home run, a 428-foot shot to right-center field, and Shaw's two-run single highlighted a five-run third for the Brewers. Shaw's single gave him 100 RBIs in a season for the first time.Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell showed a sense of urgency by pulling starter Junior Guerra with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the third. But Jeremy Jeffress came in and allowed back-to-back, two-run doubles to Paul DeJong and Jose Martinez that cut the Brewers' lead to 6-4.Orlando Arcia's sacrifice fly scored Shaw to make it 1-0 in the second.Cardinals starter Luke Weaver was pulled after a two-out walk in the fifth.All six runs Weaver allowed were earned. After going 7-1 with a 2.05 ERA in his first 11 appearances, Weaver finished the season losing his last two with a 16.40 ERA (14 runs in 7 2/3 innings) during that span.TRAINER'S ROOMBrewers: C Manny Pina (strained left thumb) missed his seventh consecutive game.Cardinals: 2B Kolten Wong (low er back tightness) was not in the lineup for the fifth straight game.UP NEXTBrewers: RHP Zach Davies (17-9, 3.90 ERA) is coming off a no-decision in his last outing at Cincinnati. He is 2-0 with a 3.41 ERA in six career starts against St. Louis.Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (12-11, 3.64) will make his career-high 33rd start in the season finale. He is 5-4 with 2.18 ERA in 23 career appearances against Milwaukee.---More baseball:

NCAAF Game Recap: Arizona State (24) vs. Stanford (34) - 9/30/2017

NCAAF Game Recap: Arizona State (24) vs. Stanford (34) - Date: 9/30/2017 Sep 30, 2017 STANFORD, Calif. Bryce Love rushed for a school-record 301 yards and three touchdowns, quarterback K. J. Costello passed for one score and Stanford beat Arizona State 34-24 on Saturday. Love entered the day leading the nation in rushing and padded his total with another big day on the ground. Stanford's junior running back had scoring runs of 61, 43 and 59 yards. He has 1,088 yards overall this season, the third player since 2004 to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in his team's first five games. Costello, who came off the bench to lead Stanford past UCLA a week ago after starter Keller Chryst was injured, completed 15 of 24 passes for 173 yards as the Cardinal (3-2, 2-1 Pac-12) won consecutive games for the first time this season. Stanford also got a lift from its defense which forced two turnovers and held Arizona State to seven poin ts in the second half, one week after the Sun Devils rallied to upset then-No. 24 Oregon. Demario Richard rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns for the Sun Devils (2-3, 1-1). Quarterback Manny Wilkins passed for 181 yards but was intercepted twice, ending his school-record streak of 192 attempts without one. Arizona State trailed by double digits most of the second half but pulled within 31-24 following Richard's second touchdown, a 2-yard run, with 8:02 remaining. Love, who broke Christian McCaffrey's year-old record of 284 yards, helped Stanford secure the win with a series of clock-draining runs that set up Jet Toner's 22-yard field goal. Handicappers Watchdog. TAKEAWAYArizona State: The Sun Devils couldn't build off the momentum they gained by beating Oregon and missed a chance to secure their spot atop the Pac-12 South standings. Todd Graham's group did a good job rushing straight at the heart of Stanford's defense in the first half but got away from it in the second half when they had to play catch-up. The turnovers didn't help but didn't hurt as much as the defense's inability to slow down Love. Stanford: David Shaw's team has bounced back nicely after losing back-to-back games to San Diego State and Texas Tech. This was a better litmus test for the Cardinal than UCLA, even though the pattern was the same. Love is a major force on the ground but Costello has also provided a big lift at quarterback, something Chryst struggled doing consistently before he got hurt. The defense's play in the second half was also encouraging. UP NEXTArizona State: The Sun Devils return home and will have a week off before hosting No. 6 Washington on Oct. 14. Stanford: The Cardinal go back on the road to play at No. 20 Utah on Saturday.

NCAAF Game Recap: Florida State (26) vs. Wake Forest (19) - 9/30/2017

NCAAF Game Recap: Florida State (26) vs. Wake Forest (19) - Date: 9/30/2017 Sep 30, 2017 WINSTON-SALEM, N. C. James Blackman shook off a struggle-filled day to connect with Auden Tate on a 40-yard touchdown throw with 53 seconds left, helping Florida State rally past Wake Forest 26-19 on Saturday for its first win. Blackman - the freshman pressed into a starting role due to injury earlier this year - had thrown for just 81 yards entering that final drive for the Seminoles (1-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). But after the FSU defense forced a three-and-out, Blackman was perfect with the downfield shot to Tate. Blackman had another big fourth-quarter throw, a 43-yarder down the left sideline to Keith Gavin on a third-and-20. That ultimately set up Ricky Aguayo's 35-yard kick to tie it at 19 with 6:20 left. Wake Forest (4-1, 1-1) had a final chance to tie, but John Wolford's desperation heave to the end zone for Scot ty Washington fell incomplete to end it. Winning Picks. THE TAKEAWAYFSU: The Seminoles closed a tough first month, from the crushing opener against top-ranked Alabama that included a season-ending injury to starting quarterback Deondre Francois to an altered schedule following Hurricane Irma that had limited them to just two games. But the preseason No. 3-ranked team and ACC favorite is headed into October with a desperately needed win - one that maybe can help the Seminoles regain their shaky footing. Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons were trying to reach 5-0 for the first time since its unexpected ACC championship run in 2006. Their defensive front gave FSU fits, but the Demon Deacons struggled to run the ball and just made too many mistakes - most notably losing two turnovers after committing just one through the first four games and giving up a big kickoff return to set up FSU's first touchdown. UP NEXTFSU: The Seminoles host No. 14 Miami on Oct. 7 in a game rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma. Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons visit second-ranked and reigning national champion Clemson on Oct. 7. ---More college football: http://collegefootball. ap. org and http://www. twitter. com/-Top25---Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www. twitter. com/aaronbeardap

MLB Game Recap: San Diego Padres (3) vs. San Francisco Giants (2) - 9/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: San Diego Padres (3) vs. San Francisco Giants (2) - Date: 9/30/2017 Cain calls it a career, he's sharp as Giants fall to SD 3-2 32m ago. 3 min read SAN FRANCISCO Matt Cain pitched five shutout innings, then raised his arms and waved his cap, fighting off tears amid a standing ovation as he walked off the mound for final time Saturday in the San Francisco Giants' 3-2 loss to San Diego.Cain's decorated 13-year career came to an end and the home crowd at AT&T Park saluted the right-hander, a cornerstone of the Giants' championship era who pitched the only perfect game in franchise history.Cain took a curtain call and exited with a 1-0 lead. He gave up two hits, struck out four and walked one. He made his last start a day ahead of his 33rd birthday and at the close of a $127.5 million, six-year contract.Beset by injuries in recent years, Cain has said he couldn't imagine pitching for another t eam. Best Sports Handicapping Services. The three-time All-Star finished 3-11 with a 5.43 ERA this year.Cain pitched the clinching games of the 2010 and 2012 World Series and is among four current players on the team who were part of their three World Series championships over a five-year period. Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval are the others.Cain hugged Posey on the field, and was greeted by Bumgarner in the dugout.Giants manager Bruce Bochy put Cain's career up there with Hall of Famers Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry. Cain was 104-118 lifetime.''This game is about winning championships and this man played a critical role in us winning championships with the job that he did,'' Bochy said before the game.''He may not have the lifetime numbers of some of these guys, but the impact that he made in putting some rings on our fingers is something that the others can't quite say,'' he said.Making his 342nd start in a career that began with the Giants in 2005, Cain threw 73 pitches in his first game in September.Wil Myers hit his 30th homer off Giants reliever Reyes Moronta in the top of the sixth to tie it. Myers has six home runs in eight games at AT&T.The Padres rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the top of the ninth on Austin Hedges' two-out, two-run double off Sam Dyson (3-4), who blew his third save in 17 chances.Buddy Baumann (2-1) pitched a scoreless eighth and closer Brad Hand worked the ninth for his 21st save.Cain threw 2,085 2/3 innings, and started the All-Star Game in his best year in 2012. He was 16-10 with a 2.79 ERA that season and placed sixth in the NL Cy Young Award voting. His perfect game came that June against Houston.During his prime, Cain established himself among the game's top clutch performers, going 4-2 with a 2.10 ERA in eight career postseason starts. He didn't allow an earned run in 21 1/3 innings in the 2010 postseason.Cain missed the Giants' run to the 2014 title after having bone chips removed from his right elbow.Elbow, arm and hamstring injuries limited his workload and effectiveness the last four years of his career.''He's thrown a perfect game and he's won a World Series, he's done everything there really is to do in the game,'' Padres manager Andy Green said.TRAINER'S ROOMPadres: RHP Carter Capps underwent surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome earlier this week. ''Everything went as it should,'' Green said. ''The expectation is that he's going to be ready to go when spring training rolls around.'' UP NEXTPadres: RHP Luis Perdomo (8-11, 4.65 ERA) is 1-3 with a 4.43 ERA over his last four starts. He's 2-0 with a 3.55 ERA in eight career starts against the Giants.Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto (8-8, 4.43) is 8-4 with a 3.09 ERA in 14 career starts against the Padres.---More baseb all coverage:

MLB Game Recap: Cincinnati Reds (0) vs. Chicago Cubs (9) - 9/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: Cincinnati Reds (0) vs. Chicago Cubs (9) - Date: 9/30/2017 Lester looks sharp as Cubs pound Reds 9-0 1h ago. 2 min read CHICAGO Jon Lester struck out seven over five innings, Kyle Schwarber hit his 30th home run and the Chicago Cubs pounded the Cincinnati Reds 9-0 on Saturday for their 15th win in 18 games.Lester (13-8) allowed four hits and walked none in a possible tuneup for Game 1 of the NL Division Series against Washington. Inside Info. The veteran left-hander has allowed one run in 11 innings over his past two outings after posting an 8.22 ERA in his previous five starts.Lester's second straight win was a welcome development for the Cubs with Jake Arrieta coming back from a strained right hamstring. Kyle Hendricks also could start the playoff opener against the Nationals next Friday.The defending World Series champions continue to roll along with the playoffs approaching and their sights set on another big run. Winning Sports Gambling. They had their top players back in the lineup after resting most of them the previous two games with their second straight NL Central title locked up.Schwarber finished with four RBIs. He hit a two-run drive in the second and a two-run single in the third against rookie Jackson Stephens.Rene Rivera came off the bench to hit a two-run single in the sixth and a solo homer in the seventh.Stephens (2-1) gave up four runs and four hits, and the last-place Reds lost for the 10th time in 11 games.Willson Contreras singled leading off the second and Schwarber drove the next pitch about halfway up the center-field bleachers, with a fan reaching out to make a neat catch. Sports Picking Services. The home run was the sixth in 15 games for the slugger, who was sent to the minors after struggling early in the season.Chicago had the bases loaded in the third when Schwarber shattered his bat on a bloop single to center. That brought in Ian Happ and Kris Bryant.TRAINER'S ROOMReds: SS Zack Cozart (right quadriceps tightness) was held out of the lineup after playing on Friday. ''It wasn't 100 percent yesterday,'' manager Bryan Price said. ''I really want him to be able to play tomorrow.'' Cubs: Arrieta will throw a simulated game Wednesday, as will healthy LHP Jose Quintana. Though manager Joe Maddon was not ready to announce his rotation for the NLDS, they would figure to start Game 3 and Game 4, if necessary, at Wrigley Field.UP NEXTLeft-hander Mike Montgomery (7-8, 3.45 ERA) starts the finale for the Cubs with Arrieta resting for the playoffs, while right-hander Deck McGuire (0-1, 4.15 ERA) makes his second career start for the Reds.---More baseball:

NCAAF Game Recap: Baylor (20) vs. Kansas State (33) - 9/30/2017

NCAAF Game Recap: Baylor (20) vs. Kansas State (33) - Date: 9/30/2017 Sep 30, 2017 MANHATTAN, Kan. Jesse Ertz ran for two touchdowns and Kansas State withstood a furious second half rally to post a 33-20 win over Baylor Saturday. Ertz had 12 carries for 95 yards, including a 15-yard run in the 3rd quarter to extend the Kansas State lead to 27-13. The Wildcats tipped the balance of their offense in the second half with just five pass attempts compared to 23 rushes. For the game, Kansas State (3-1,1-0 Big 12) ran the ball 43 times for 225 yards and two touchdowns. After falling behind 17-3 at the half, Baylor (0-5, 0-2 Big 12) had a chance to tie, but a bad snap over the head of Zach Smith was recovered by Kansas State near the end of the 3rd quarter. Smith finished the contest with 291 yards passing on 44 attempts and one touchdown. TAKEAWAYSKansas State: Kansas State is now 10-5 after coming off of a bye week since 2009. Baylor: The Bears fall to 0-5 for the first time since 1978. POLL IMPLICATIONSKansas State should receive votes into the Poll this coming week. NEXT UPKansas State: The Wildcats are at Texas Saturday. Baylor: The Bears play at Oklahoma State on Saturday, October 14. ---More college football: http://collegefootball. ap. org and http://www. twitter. com/-Top25

NCAAF Game Recap: Georgia (41) vs. Tennessee (0) - 9/30/2017

NCAAF Game Recap: Georgia (41) vs. Tennessee (0) - Date: 9/30/2017 Sep 30, 2017 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Jake Fromm threw a touchdown pass and ran for two more scores Saturday as No. 7 Georgia rolled to a 41-0 blowout of Tennessee, which suffered its first shutout in nearly a quarter-century. Nick Chubb added 109 yards rushing to help Georgia race to its first 5-0 start since 2012, the last year the Bulldogs reached the Southeastern Conference championship game. ''The culture in practice is what created games like today, buying into that,'' Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. ''Right now the kids are buying into that. We're not having to convince them because they're seeing the results. '' Tennessee (3-2, 0-2) was shut out for the first time since a 31-0 loss to Florida in 1994. ''It was as bad of an offensive performance as I've ever been a part of,'' Tennessee coach Butch Jo nes said. ''It's inexcusable. '' The Bulldogs got more good news in the fourth quarter when quarterback Jacob Eason made his first appearance since spraining his left knee in the season opener. Fromm was 7 of 15 for 84 yards and also rushed for 20 yards before giving way to Eason with the game well in hand. Before Saturday, none of the last six games in this series had been decided by more than eight points. Each of the last three years, the winning team had erased a double-digit deficit. Sports Handicapper Tracker. There would be no frantic finishes or dramatic comebacks this time. Georgia (2-0 SEC) made sure of it. Sports Cappers. The game's first play from scrimmage set the tone for the rest of the day. Georgia's Tyrique McGhee picked off Quinten Dormady's pass at Tennessee's 27-yard line to set up Rodrigo Blanken ship's 38-yard field goal. freepick. That started a tough afternoon for Dormady, who was 5 of 16 for 64 yards with two interceptions before Jarrett Guarantano replaced him late in the third quarter. Fromm was much more effective. The poised freshman found Javon Wims for a 12-yard touchdown pass on a third-and-5 play to give Georgia a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. He added touchdown runs of 9 and 4 yards in the second quarter as Georgia led 24-0 by halftime. His biggest mistake came on the first play of the second quarter when Tennessee's Justin Martin picked off a pass at the Georgia 27, but the Vols failed to capitalize. Tennessee's best scoring chance vanished when a shotgun snap from center Jashon Robertson appeared to hit his rear end and came in low to Dormady, who couldn't handle it. Georgia's Lorenzo Carter recovered the fumble at the Georgia 29. Even Tennessee's biggest gain of the afternoon resulted in a turnover, as Aaron Davis forced a fumble by John Kelly that J. R. Reed recovered at the end of a 44-yard completion. It was such a bad day for Tennessee that punter Trevor Daniel, one of the Vols' most effective players this season, had a rare misstep. Daniel's low punt early in the fourth quarter went off the face of Georgia's D'Andre Walker to set up the Bulldogs' final touchdown. Tennessee's Darrell Taylor was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and ejected from the game on Georgia's final touchdown drive. ''Everyone should hurt,'' Jones said. ''If it doesn't hurt, then that shows you're not heavily invested. If you're invested, you hurt. This one stings. It's going to take a while. Like I told them, if you don't feel like coming to practice, you better remember how you feel right now. And if that's not motivation, I don't know what is. '' THE TA KEAWAYGeorgia: Now that Eason has returned to action, Georgia must decide how to use its quarterbacks the rest of the way. Fromm has played well enough the last month that Georgia coach Kirby Smart could have quite a dilemma on his hands once Eason's back at full strength. Tennessee: The Vols have plenty of questions to answer in their bye week. They need to decide whether to stick with Dormady or give Guarantano more playing time. If Dormady keeps the job, he must do better at avoiding turnovers. Tennessee also needs more consistency from its offensive line, which hasn't created enough running room. POLL IMPLICATIONSGeorgia's lopsided victory gives the Bulldogs a decent shot at moving into the top five. UP NEXTGeorgia is at Vanderbilt. Tennessee has next week off before hosting South Carolina on Oct. 14. ---More college football: http://collegefootball. ap. org and https://twitter. com/-Top25---Follow Steve Megargee at www. twitter. com/stevemegargee

NCAAF Game Recap: Indiana (14) vs. Penn State (45) - 9/30/2017

NCAAF Game Recap: Indiana (14) vs. Penn State (45) - Date: 9/30/2017 Sep 30, 2017 STATE COLLEGE, Pa. DaeSean Hamilton caught nine passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns and became Penn State's career receptions leader in the No. 4 Nittany Lions' 45-14 victory over Indiana on Saturday. Hamilton teamed with quarterback Trace McSorley on the first two scoring passes and caught the third from running back Saquon Barkley to cap the scoring in the fourth quarter. Hamilton hauled in his 180th career catch midway through the fourth quarter to break the record set by Deon Butler in 2008. Barkley returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and finished with 221 yards to pad his Heisman Trophy resume. Penn State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) turned two first-quarter turnovers into touchdowns to spark the rout. McSorley added a rushing touchdown, Nick Scott scored on a fumble return, and Tyler Davis added a pair of field goa ls for Penn State. Sports Betting Leads. The Hoosiers (2-2, 0-2) turned the ball over on their second play of the game when Morgan Ellison coughed it up to linebacker Jason Cabinda after an 18-yard gain. McSorley capped an ensuing six-play, 39-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Indiana fumbled it away again when Irvin Charles ripped the ball out of punt returner J-Shun Harris' hands. Scott scooped it up and returned it 13 yards to put Penn State up 21-0 less than 10 minutes in. On his team's next possession, Barkley made a pretty one-handed catch well behind the line of scrimmage that he turned into a 36-yard gain. It set up McSorley's 8-yard touchdown pass to Hamilton, who made a nice adjustment on the catch over a defender four plays later. But Penn State, wearing white cleats and throwback jerseys that blended design elements from past teams, went quiet in the second quarter. Free Picks and Parlays. The Hoosiers found some momentum with a quarterback change. Peyton Ramsey relieved an ineffective Richard Lagow and led two scoring drives. Ricky Brookins scored on a 2-yard run late and Simmie Cobbs caught an 18-yard scoring pass from Ramsey to cut Penn State's lead to 28-14 before halftime. Ramsey was 8 of 17 for 78 yards with an interception and added 53 yards on 12 carries. Best Sports Handicapping Services. THE TAKEAWAYIndiana: The Hoosiers were done in by an awful first quarter but their defense was able to keep Penn State's dynamic offense off balance for much of the second quarter. The Hoosiers might have a quarterback decision to make as Ramsey outplayed Lagow. Penn State: For the second straight game, the Nittany Lions looked shaky on offense for stretches. The offensive line struggled to protect McSorley as Indiana threw a few different blitzes at him for five sacks. Meanwhile, nearly every yard Barkley gained on the ground was hard-earned as he had little room to run inside all afternoon. Penn State will need to find ways to create more push for its running game as the weather turns cold. UP NEXTIndiana hosts Charleston Southern on Saturday. Penn State plays at Northwestern on Saturday. ---More college football: http://collegefootball. ap. org and http://www. twitter. com/-Top25

NCAAF Game Recap: Murray State (10) vs. Louisville (55) - 9/30/2017

NCAAF Game Recap: Murray State (10) vs. Louisville (55) - Date: 9/30/2017 Sep 30, 2017 LOUISVILLE, Ky. Lamar Jackson had a short but productive day, throwing for 249 yards and three touchdowns after playing in just over a half and No. 17 Louisville routed Murray State 55-10 on Saturday. Track Handicappers. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner, who had just one play after halftime, added 100 yards rushing and a TD on seven carries. He's now just 13 yards short of becoming the seventh player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to reach 10,000 total career yards. Jawon Pass stepped in after Jackson's day ended, throwing for 115 yards and one touchdown and adding another TD on the ground with 29 seconds left in the game. The two completed passes to 14 separate players as the Cardinals (4-1) totaled 364 yards through the air. Louisville rolled up 312 yards on the ground. Free Pick. The Cardinals led 35-3 at halftime as they held the Racers (1-4) to eight rushing yards in the first half. The Racers' only touchdown came after Pass fumbled the snap on the first play in the third quarter and defensive back Jason Johnson recovered and returned it 23 yards for the score. At halftime, the Louisville men's basketball team received a more than 90-second standing ovation from the crowd of 47,826 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The school announced David Padgett as the team's interim coach on Friday. The school has acknowledged its involvement in a federal investigation and placed head basketball coach Rick Pitino on unpaid administrative leave. Sports Handicapping Monitor. THE TAKEAWAYMurray State: The Ohio Valley Conference school was easily outclassed by the Cardinals. After gaining j ust 88 yards in a loss to Austin Peay last week, the Racers got only 80 against Louisville. Louisville: As the game became a blowout early, the Cardinals got to spread the ball around. In all, 14 receivers caught a pass, with 10 hauling in multiple catches. Freshman Corey Reed posted a team-high 94 yards on his four catches. UP NEXTMurray State: The Racers return to OVC play and travel to Tennessee-Martin next Saturday. Louisville: The Cardinals have a short week coming up and will travel to North Carolina State on Thursday night. ---More college football coverage: http://collegefootball. ap. org and on Twitter at http://twitter. com/Top25

NCAAF Game Recap: Syracuse (25) vs. NC State (33) - 9/30/2017

NCAAF Game Recap: Syracuse (25) vs. NC State (33) - Date: 9/30/2017 Sep 30, 2017 RALEIGH, N. C. North Carolina State focused all week on avoiding a letdown after its upset win at then-No. 12 Florida State a week ago. With failures of the recent past in their minds, the Wolfpack started fast to make sure there would be no such disappointment this year. Nyheim Hines rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown, Jaylen Samuels and Reggie Gallaspy each ran for a score as well, and N. C. State held off a late rally to beat Syracuse 33-25 on Saturday afternoon. Sports Handicapper Tracker. The Wolfpack (4-1, 2-0 ACC) racked up 256 rushing yards and never trailed en route to their fourth consecutive win. They began conference play 2-0 for the first time since 2006 with the victory. ''We're trying to build a legacy,'' Hines said. ''We're the firs t (N. C. State) team to go 2-0 in the ACC in 11 years. That was a point of emphasis. . The team that beat Florida State last time lost the next week, so really it's about not repeating history and living a legacy of our own. '' Ryan Finley completed 20 of 33 passes for 186 yards and threw a 20-yard touchdown to Stephen Louis. Samuels racked up 111 total yards, 74 rushing and 37 receiving. N. C. State scored on its first five possessions and led 26-7 at halftime. The Orange (2-3, 0-1 ACC) rallied to cut the deficit to 26-17 in the fourth quarter, but the Wolfpack put it away with a 10-play, 65-yard drive capped by Hines' 1-yard touchdown run. Eric Dungey tried to rally Syracuse back with a touchdown pass and two-point conversion run to make it a 33-25 game with 4:39 to go, but it was too little, too late. N. C. State's Cole Cook recovered the Orange's onside kick attempt and the Wolfpack ran out the clock, including a key 4th-and-1 conversio n on a quarterback sneak by Finley. ''We've got to find a way to start faster,'' Syracuse coach Dino Babers said. ''You can't spot (teams) leads like that and then expect to run them back down in their venues with their crowds behind them. '' Dungey passed for 385 yards and ran for 44 yards and two scores for the Orange. Ervin Philips made 17 catches for 188 yards, both career-highs, and Steve Ishmael made six catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. Syracuse hampered itself with 12 penalties for 93 yards. The Orange offensive line had a long day as well, allowing three sacks and nine tackles for a loss. Sports Betting Leads. THE TAKEAWAYSYRACUSE: The Orange continue to struggle to get stops defensively. They have allowed 29 points per game against FBS foes this year, including 30-plus points in back-to-back weeks. N. C. State: This year's Wolfpack continue to show they may be different than their predecessors, who made a frequent habit of letdowns and close, late losses. ''We're a lot more mature than we have been in the past,'' senior defensive end Bradley Chubb said. ''A lot of guys in the past would've been like `Oh we beat the No. 12 team so we don't have to come out as hard this week. ' We just all executed exactly what we needed to do. '' KEEP AWAYN. C. State didn't commit a turnover for the fourth consecutive game. Finley ran his streak of consecutive attempts without an interception to 257, the longest active streak in the nation. Best Free Sports Picks. TOUGH LOSSNot everything went positively for the Wolfpack. Senior running back Dakwa Nichols was carted off with a knee injury late in the first quarter and coach Dave Doeren said after the game that Nichols would undergo season-ending surgery on Sunday. He did n ot specify the exact nature of the injury. RECORD WATCHDungey's effort was the 18th 300-yard passing game of his career, passing Ryan Nassib for the most in Syracuse history. His two rushing touchdowns leave him just one shy of the school quarterback record of 19 rushing touchdowns, shared by Bill Hurley and Donovan McNabb. UP NEXTSYRACUSE: The Orange return home to face Pittsburgh after back-to-back road games. N. C. STATE: The Wolfpack have a short week and host No. 17 Louisville on Thursday. ---------http://collegefootball. ap. org and http://www. twitter. com/-Top25

MLB Game Recap: Houston Astros (3) vs. Boston Red Sox (6) - 9/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: Houston Astros (3) vs. Boston Red Sox (6) - Date: 9/30/2017 Red Sox clinch AL East, top Astros 6-3; rematch in playoffs 1h ago. 2 min read BOSTON David Price came on in relief of Drew Pomeranz and squelched a dangerous seventh-inning rally to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 6-3 on Saturday, clinching the first back-to-back AL East titles in franchise history.The Red Sox avoided the possibility of a one-game tiebreaker with the rival Yankees, and instead left New York with a wild-card spot. Boston also set up an immediate rematch with the Astros in the playoffs.Boston leads New York by two games with one to play. Number #1 Sports Handicapping Service. The lead had been five games when the Red Sox returned to Fenway Park for a season-ending homestand; a loss Saturday - coupled with the Yankees' 2-1 win over Toronto - would have forced Boston to use Chris Sale on the final day of the season to avoid a tiebreaker on Monday.Now the Red Sox can rest their ace for the best-of-five Division Series against the AL West champion Astros, which will start in Houston on Thursday. Football Handicappers. The AL East has not had needed a one-game playoff since Bucky Dent's homer cleared the Green Monster to help the Yankees eliminate Boston in 1978.The Yankees will host Minnesota in the wild-card game Tuesday, with the winner playing at Cleveland in the ALDS.Mookie Betts homered and scored three times, and Pomeranz (17-6) had a two-hit shutout through six innings. With a heavy rain beginning to fall in the top of the seventh, the Astros scored two runs before Price struck out George Springer with the bases loaded to end the threat.Pomeranz allowed one run on three hits and two walks, striking out three.With one hit in four at-bats, Jose Altuve's major le ague-leading batting average fell one point, to .347.Brian McCann homered off Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth to make it 6-3. Cameron Maybin then doubled before Kimbrel struck out Tony Kemp and Springer to end it.Lance McCullers (7-4), who was pitching for a spot in the postseason rotation, allowed five runs on six hits and two walks, striking out six in 4 1/3 innings.FINAL PAIRINGSThe Astros' loss meant Cleveland, with 101 wins entering Saturday and the tiebreaker over Houston, clinched the best record in the AL.LUCKY BOUNCEWith two in and two on, nobody out and the tying run at the plate in the Houston seventh, McCann hit a chopper toward first that Mitch Moreland couldn't handle. It bounced off his glove and high into the air, but second baseman Brock Holt leaped to catch it, then threw to Price covering first base for the 3-4-1 out.Price struck out Maybin and walked pinch-hitter Tyler White to load the bases before fanning Springer looking on three pitc hes to end the threat.TRAINER'S ROOMAstros: RF Josh Reddick (sore back) remained in Houston. He missed his third straight game.Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia was scratched on Saturday morning because of concerns over how the wet conditions might affect his sore left knee.UP NEXTThe teams finish out the regular season on Sunday. With all positions clinched and the teams expecting to face each other, Dallas Keuchel will not start. Instead, he will throw a simulated game and be replaced by RHP Collin McHugh. Chris Sale had been scheduled to start for the Red Sox.