Sunday, September 30, 2018

NFL Game Recap: Baltimore Ravens (26) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (14) - 9/30/2018

NFL Game Recap: Baltimore Ravens (26) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (14) - Date: 9/30/2018 Sep 30, 2018 PITTSBURGH Joe Flacco threw a pair of early touchdown passes, Justin Tucker kicked four second-half field goals and the Baltimore Ravens pulled away from the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-14 on Sunday night. Flacco completed 28 of 42 passes for 363 yards and TD passes to John Brown and Alex Collins as the Ravens (3-1) ended a three-game losing streak to their AFC North rivals. Tucker accounted for all the scoring after halftime as Baltimore ended Pittsburgh's long run of success on Sunday nights. Football Picks. The Steelers (1-2-1) came in having won nine straight Sunday night appearances, a streak that included a pair of victories over the Ravens. Baltimore brought Pittsburgh's run to an abrupt end by shutting down Pittsburgh in the second half. Ben Roethli sberger finished 27 of 47 for 274 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Steelers. Antonio Brown caught five passes for 62 yards, including his second touchdown pass in as many weeks. Pittsburgh's high-powered offense, however, sputtered after erasing an early 14-point deficit. The Steelers managed just 47 yards in the second half and converted 2 of 12 third downs. Sports Handicapper King. The Ravens were only too happy to play keep-away after the break. Flacco put together a string of clock-consuming possessions that ended with field goals by the ever reliable Tucker as Baltimore proved its strong start was no fluke. Las Vegas Handicappers. The Steelers came in hoping the defense was slowly starting to find itself after forcing four turnovers last Monday night in Tampa during a victory Pittsburgh believed would resuscitate its season. No t quite. Flacco wasted little time helping Baltimore build a quick 14-point lead. He found Brown open on a 33-yard touchdown pass on Baltimore's opening possession. Brown was double covered when Flacco let the ball go. By the time Brown chased it down in the end zone, both Steelers were two steps behind him and the Ravens were in front. Three snaps later Baltimore had the ball back thanks to a strip by safety Tony Jefferson. It took the Ravens just four plays to go up two touchdowns, when Flacco flipped the ball in the flat to a wide-open Collins. The score marked the 13th straight red-zone trip by Baltimore that ended with a Ravens touchdown, the longest streak to start a season in NFL history. Baltimore's 14th red-zone trip ended up far differently and briefly swung momentum. The Ravens had the ball at the Pittsburgh 2 with a chance to move ahead three scores when Steelers free safety Sean Davis ripped the ball from Collins and Pittsburgh rookie strong safety Terrell Edmunds recovered. Pittsburgh put together a lengthy drive that resulted in a Chris Boswell field goal to get within 14-6. The Steelers tied it with 2:50 left in the first half on a pretty 26-yard back-shoulder throw by Roethlisberger to Brown in the end zone and the ensuing 2-point conversion grab by Conner. Baltimore, however, kept coming and Pittsburgh's offense sputtered. UP NEXTRavens: Visit Tennessee next Sunday. The Titans beat Baltimore 23-20 last season in Nashville. Steelers: Host Atlanta next Sunday. Pittsburgh has won its last two meetings against the Falcons. ---More NFL: https://apnews. com/tag/NFL and https://twitter. com/-NFL

NFL Game Recap: Cleveland Browns (42) vs. Oakland Raiders (45) - 9/30/2018

NFL Game Recap: Cleveland Browns (42) vs. Oakland Raiders (45) - Date: 9/30/2018 Sep 30, 2018 OAKLAND, Calif. Derek Carr threw four TD passes and a game-tying 2-point conversion with 30 seconds left in regulation to set up Matt McGrane's 29-yard field goal in overtime that gave the Oakland Raiders their first win since Jon Gruden's return as coach, 45-42 over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. McGrane missed a 50-yard field goal on the opening possession of overtime before Carr drove the Raiders (1-3) back down the field again after a defensive stop for the game winner with 1:46 left in the period. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The field goal dealt the Browns (1-2-1) another tough loss as they blew a 14-point lead in the second half and then allowed to get the game-tying TD and 2-point conversion in the final seconds of regulation to spoil Baker Mayfield's NFL starting debut. Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick, threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns to put Cleveland on position to win but also committed four turnovers, losing two fumbles and throwing two interceptions. The Browns were seeking their first back-to-back wins since November 2014. Carr threw for 437 yards, Marshawn Lynch ran for 130 yards for his most productive game in four years, and Amari Cooper (128 yards) and Jared Cook (110) each topped the 100-yard mark. It was a roller-coaster game that had the Browns break out to a 28-14 lead midway through the third quarter only to fall behind 34-28 early in the fourth thanks in part to Mayfield losing two fumbles deep in his own territory to set up TD passes by Carr. But the Raiders squandered a fourth-quarter lead for the second straight week, falling behind 42-34 after Mayfield's 59-yard pass to Antonio Callaway set up Carlos Hyde's 1-yard run and rookie Nick Chubb ran 41 yards for his second long TD of the gam e. It looked as if that would decide the game when the Browns forced Carr into two incompletions from the 9 with under two minutes left to lead to a turnover on downs. Cleveland appeared to be in position to run out the clock when Hyde converted a first down, but a replay review determined he was down just short of the marker and the Browns punted. Carr then engineered a 53-yard touchdown drive capped by a 7-yard pass to Jared Cook with 30 seconds to play. The Raiders still needed the 2-point conversion to tie it and they got it when Jordy Nelson came down with a fade despite physical coverage by ex-Raider TJ Carrie. Mayfield then led the Browns across midfield before his deep pass was intercepted by Reggie Nelson to force overtime as he was unable to duplicate the late-game heroics that allowed him to snap Cleveland's 19-game winless streak in relief last week against the Jets. CHUBB'S RUNSChubb had just three carries on the day, but the first went for a 63-yard sc ore in the second quarter and the last went for 41 yards and another TD. He finished with three carries for 105 yards. ROUGH STARTMayfield's first start got off to a rough start when his pass on the second play of Cleveland's second drive deflected off Antonio Callaway and went right to Gareon Conley, who returned his first career interception 36 yards for a TD that gave the Raiders their first pick-six since Khalil Mack had one Nov. 27, 2016, against Carolina. GO FOR 2Browns coach Hue Jackson went for a 2-point conversion twice in the first half. Mayfield's pass to Callaway was incomplete on the first attempt before Duke Johnson ran in the second try to make it 17-7. QUICK WHISTLEThe Raiders were upset by a quick whistle that possibly cost Lynch a long TD run. Lynch ran left and linebacker Joe Schobert tried to tackle him but Lynch appeared to spin out of it without going to the ground. He kept running for what could have been a 75-yard TD but the play was blown dead. That led Lynch to argue the call and the fans to boo, but nothing could be done. Sports Handicapping Software. The Browns were hurt by a quick whistle in the fourth quarter when Carr was ruled in the grasp, negating a fumble recovery that might have resulted in a TD. INJURIESBrowns S Terrance Mitchell (wrist) left the game in the first half. . . . Raiders RT Donald Penn left in the second half with a leg injury. UP NEXTBrowns: Host Baltimore on Sunday. Raiders: Visit Chargers on Sunday. ---More NFL: https://apnews. com/tag/NFL and https://twitter. com/-NFL

NFL Game Recap: San Francisco 49ers (27) vs. Los Angeles Chargers (29) - 9/30/2018

NFL Game Recap: San Francisco 49ers (27) vs. Los Angeles Chargers (29) - Date: 9/30/2018 Sep 30, 2018 CARSON, Calif. Philip Rivers threw for three touchdowns, Melvin Gordon rushed for 104 yards and the Los Angeles Chargers rallied for a 29-27 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Caleb Sturgis had three field goals, including one from 21 yards with 7:41 left that gave the Chargers (2-2) the lead, but he had an eventful day with two missed extra points. Rivers was 25 of 39 for 250 yards. Gordon had his first 100-yard game since last Oct. 29 against New England. Gordon and Austin Ekeler each caught touchdowns, the first time the Chargers have had two running backs catch touchdowns since Jessie Hester and Darren Sproles did it on Nov. 22, 2010, against Denver. C. J. Beathard, who got the start for San Francisco (1-3) after Jimmy Garoppolo's season-ending knee injury, was 23 of 37 for 298 yards with two touchdow ns and two interceptions. Free MMA Picks. The Niners got off to a strong start, taking a 17-6 lead early in the second quarter on an interception return for a touchdown and scores on two of their first three drives. Antoine Exum put San Francisco on the board 57 seconds into the game when he picked off Rivers' pass intended for Keenan Allen and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown. After Sturgis missed a 54-yard field goal, the Niners extended their lead to two touchdowns when Beathard threw a 2-yard score to Kendrick Bourne. Los Angeles answered that touchdown with one of its own as Rivers found a wide-open Antonio Gates for a 5-yard score to make it 14-6 after missing the extra point. Robbie Gould's 21-yard field goal extended the lead to 17-6 before the Chargers rallied to tie it at halftime. Rivers found Ekeler in single coverage on a go route for a 22-yard touchdown and Sturgis made a field goal from 48 yards that was set up by Desmond King's 55-yard punt return. Money Cappers. The Chargers scored on their first two drives of the second half to take a 26-17 lead. Gordon caught a 6-yard TD pass from Rivers and Sturgis made a 25-yard field goal. With 2:50 remaining in the third quarter, Beathard got back on track by connecting with George Kittle for an 86-yard touchdown. Gould's 33-yard field goal gave the Niners a 27-26 lead with 12:39 remaining. EXTRA-POINT WOESThe Chargers' kicking problems continued with two more missed extra points by Sturgis. Los Angeles has missed eight PATs since the start of last season, which is the most in the league. Los Angeles has missed 10 extra points since the kick was moved back in 2015 and is one of eight teams in the league to have missed 10 or more. INJURIESNiners: Wide receiver Dante Pettis and left tackle Joe Staley suffered knee injuries. Staley& #39;s injury meant San Francisco had to reshuffle its offensive line, moving first-round pick Mike McGlinchey to left tackle and putting Garry Gilliam at right tackle. Chargers: Wide receiver Travis Benjamin, who missed the past two games due to a foot injury, did not play during the second half. He had a catch for 2 yards. ---Follow Joe Reedy at www. twitter. com/joereedy---More NFL: https://apnews. com/tag/NFL and https://twitter. com/-NFL

NFL Game Recap: New Orleans Saints (33) vs. New York Giants (18) - 9/30/2018

NFL Game Recap: New Orleans Saints (33) vs. New York Giants (18) - Date: 9/30/2018 Sep 30, 2018 EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J. Alvin Kamara ran for three second-half touchdowns and the New Orleans Saints' defense stepped out of Drew Brees' shadow in a 33-18- victory over the New York Giants on Sunday. Wil Lutz matched his career high with four field goals as the Saints (3-1) built a 12-7 halftime lead. Kamara broke the game open with scoring runs of 9, 4 and 49 yards to ice New Orleans' third straight win and send New York to its third loss in four games. Kamara had 134 on 19 carries. If there was a surprise, it was the Saints' defense, which came in ranked 30th in the league. After giving up a 2-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Sterling Shepard on the Giants' opening drive, New Orleans limited New York to a 33-yard field goal by Aldrick Rosas in the third quarter and a late 1-yard TD run by Saquon Barkl ey, followed by a 2-point conversion pass from Manning to Shepard. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The anticipated slugfest between the 39-yard old Brees and the 37-year-old Manning never materialized. Brees, who came in needing 418 yards passing to break Peyton Manning's NFL career mark, finished 18 of 32 for 217 yards. Manning was 31 of 41 for 255 yards as the Giants (1-3) finished with just 299 total yards. Lutz connected from 42, 34, 37 and 26 in the first half. Kamara stretched the lead to 19-7 with 9-yard run that capped a nine-play, 69-yard drive on New Orleans opening possession of the second half. Las Vegas Handicappers. The 49-yard run capped a 97-yard drive for the Saints after Ted Ginn Jr. bobbled a kickoff after the Barkley score. The Saints had drives of 74 and 80 on the other touchdowns and finished the game with 392 total yards. Rosas c losed the gap to 19-10 in the third quarter, but the Saints took control with Kamara's final two TD runs in the fourth quarter. Todays Free Sports Picks. The Giants had scored on the opening possession with Manning capping a 10-play, 75-yard drive with his short TD pass to Shepard. After that, New York gained 22 yards the rest of the half. INJURIESSaints: No injuries were announced. Giants: Beckham finished the first half in the locker room getting an IV. He returned in the second half and finished with seven receptions for 60 yards. UP NEXTSaints: Home against Washington for a Monday night game on Oct. 8. Giants: At Carolina next Sunday. ---More NFL: https://apnews. com/tag/NFL and https://twitter. com/-NFL

NFL Game Recap: Seattle Seahawks (20) vs. Arizona Cardinals (17) - 9/30/2018

NFL Game Recap: Seattle Seahawks (20) vs. Arizona Cardinals (17) - Date: 9/30/2018 Sep 30, 2018 GLENDALE, Ariz. Sebastian Janikowski, who had missed twice earlier in the game, kicked a 52-yard field goal as time expired to give Seattle a 20-17 victory over Arizona on Sunday and spoil the debut of Cardinals rookie Josh Rosen as the starting quarterback. NFL Handicappers. The Seahawks (2-2) mounted their winning drive after Phil Dawson missed a 45-yard field goal that would have given the lead to Arizona (0-4) with 1:50 to play. Winning Picks. The Cardinals are 0-4 for the first time since 1986, two years before they moved from St. Louis. Rosen completed 15 of 27 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. He threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Chad Williams to tie it at 17-17 with 8:59 to play, then directed the drive to set up Dawson's errant field goal try. Dawson also missed from 50 in the game. Seattle's Earl Thomas was hurt on the Arizona TD pass and carted to the locker room with a left leg injury. Jankowski missed field goals of 38 and 52 yards. Mike Davis rushed for 101 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 21 carries after being pushed into extra duty by the absence of starter Chris Collins, out with a hip injury. Davis scored on a 20-yard sweep early and bulled in from a yard out for the go-ahead touchdown with a minute left in the third quarter. Seattle improved to 5-0-1 in its past six trips to the desert. David Johnson had his best game of the season for Arizona, rushing for 71 yards and catching three for 41. With the score tied at 10, the Seahawks' Russell Wilson threw to David Moore on a 30-yard play to the Arizona 23. After a pair of penalties against the Cardinals, Davis scored on a 1-yard run to put Seattle back in the lead at 17-10. Bu t Rosen had completions of 31 yards to Ricky Seals-Jones and 30 yards on a screen to Johnson before throwing 22 yards to Chad Williams for his first NFL TD to tie it at 17-17 with 8:59 remaining. Arizona led 10-7 at the half on Johnson's 1-yard TD run and Dawson's 23-yard field goal. Seattle used up 7:46 of the third quarter with a 14-play drive that ended with Janikowski's 40-yard field goal that tied it at 10-10 with 4:59 left in the quarter. INJURIES & INACTIVESIn the first quarter, rookie Will Dissly, the Seahawks' starting tight end, was carted into the locker room with a knee injury. Thomas was hurt defending Williams on the TD catch. After losing his starting job to Rosen, Sam Bradford was inactive. Mike Glennon was the backup quarterback, active for the first time this season. UP NEXTSeahawks: host the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday. Cardinals: play the 49ers in San Francisco next Sunday. ---More NFL: https://apnews. com/tag/NFL and https://twitt er. com/-NFL

MLB Game Recap: St Louis Cardinals (5) vs. Chicago Cubs (10) - 9/30/2018

MLB Game Recap: St Louis Cardinals (5) vs. Chicago Cubs (10) - Date: 9/30/2018 Cubs force NL Central tiebreaker game, beat Cardinals 10-510m ago 3 min read CHICAGO Anthony Rizzo had four hits and scored three times, and the Chicago Cubs set up a tiebreaker game for the NL Central title by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 10-5 on Sunday.Shortly after Milwaukee completed an 11-0 victory over Detroit, Jorge De La Rosa worked a hitless ninth inning to move the Cubs back into a tie with the Brewers at 95-67. Free Sports Picks. The crowd of 39,275 roared in delight after Francisco Pena flied to right for the final out on a wet, cool afternoon at Wrigley Field.Now, everything gets real crazy.Chicago hosts Milwaukee on Monday afternoon and the Colorado Rockies visit the Los Angeles Dodgers as baseball holds a pair of tiebreaker games on the same day for the first time. At stake is the postseason road for each club.The winner at Wrigley gets a spot in the division series and home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. Gambling Profit. The loser plays again Tuesday night, hosting the runner-up in the NL West in the wild-card game.St. Louis (88-74) was in contention heading into the final week of the season, but it was swept by Milwaukee before dropping two of three against Chicago. Catcher Yadier Molina, outfielder Marcell Ozuna and infielders Kolten Wong and Jedd Gyorko were held out of the finale due to nagging injuries.St. Louis missed out on the playoffs for a third straight year for the first time since it went 75-86 in 1999. It finished with a 41-28 record under Mike Shildt, who took over as manager after Mike Matheny was fired on July 14.The only other time Chicago began the final day of the regular season tied for the lead in its division or league was in 1908, when it beat Ch risty Mathewson and the New York Giants 4-2 at the Polo Grounds for the NL pennant. Sports Picking Services. The Cubs then won their second straight World Series title before enduring a championship drought that cruised past a century before they won it all again in 2016.Rizzo and company are looking for another October run, but they have been plagued by an inconsistent offense. It looked like more of the same when Jack Flaherty (8-9) cruised into the third inning with a 2-0 lead and then retired the first two batters.Then everything changed.The next six batters reached for Chicago, producing four runs. Rizzo hit a tiebreaking double to give him 100 RBIs on the year, waving his arms in the air as he coasted into second. Jason Heyward added an RBI single.The Cubs broke it open with four more in the fifth. Kris Bryant roped a two-run double into the left-field corner. Two batters later, Willson C ontreras hit a drive to left for his first homer since Aug. 1.Allen Webster (1-0), the first of eight Chicago relievers after Mike Montgomery was pulled in the third, got two outs for the win.Jose Martinez, Paul DeJong and Patrick Wisdom each had two hits for St. Louis, which left 12 runners on base. Yairo Munoz finished with three RBIs.TRAINER'S ROOMCardinals: Wisdom was visited by a trainer and Shildt after he was hit by a pitch in the third. The trainer examined Wisdom's left wrist for a short time, but he stayed in the game. ... Wong (left knee) is expected to undergo an MRI in the near future, general manager Michael Girsch said.UP NEXTJose Quintana is expected to start the tiebreaker game for Chicago. The veteran left-hander is 6-2 with a 1.60 ERA in 10 career starts against Milwaukee.---Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap---More MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Arizona Diamondbacks (3) vs. San Diego Padres (4) - 9/30/2018

MLB Game Recap: Arizona Diamondbacks (3) vs. San Diego Padres (4) - Date: 9/30/2018 Diamondbacks end deflating September with 4-3 loss to Padres8m ago 2 min read SAN DIEGO The deflated Arizona Diamondbacks concluded their disappointing September with a late miscue.Manuel Margot scored on a dropped third strike in the 10th inning to lift the San Diego Padres past Arizona 4-3 on Sunday.The Diamondbacks, a playoff team last year who led the NL West on the first day of every month this season, ran out of steam to finish in third place, nine games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies. Soccer Picks. The last-place Padres (66-96) took two of three from Arizona to close the season.Margot, who also homered on a 3-for-5 afternoon, reached in the 10th on his career-high eighth triple. When Jake Barrett (0-1) struck out pinch-hitter Francisco Mejia and the ball got away from John Ryan Murphy, Margot raced home on Murphy's throw to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Best Sports Picks Today. The relay back to home was tardy.Arizona went ahead 3-2 in the ninth on a sacrifice fly from Socrates Brito, but the Padres tied it 3-3 on Eric Hosmer's bloop single to left. Jose Castillo (3-3) pitched the 10th for the win.Arizona went 8-19 in September to finish 82-80, salvaging a winning record for the second consecutive year.''I think that is something,'' Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said earlier in the series. ''When it's all said and done after the month that we had, it is really positive and a good way to finish.'' The Padres, who spent all but four days in the NL West basement, again look ahead to better days. It was their eighth straight losing season and their third straight year with at least 91 losses.''From our standpoint, we expect to be a lot better,'' Padres general manager A. J. Preller said before the game. ''I don't get too much into a number goal from a win standpoint. I think from out standpoint next year, we're going to start to compete. You've got to get over .500 to do that. We're going to come in next year and not try to put a ceiling on anything. We expect to be a lot better here moving forward and I think the guys in that room understand that and believe that as well.'' Margot was thrown at the plate by Goldschmidt in the eighth when trying to advance on Marte's throwing error.Arizona starter Robbie Ray pitched four-plus innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He walked four and struck out eight.Joey Lucchesi was surrendered two runs and four hits over six innings. Professional Sports Handicappers. The rookie's eight strikeouts were one off his career high.Steven Souza's first career pinch-hit home run tied it 2-2 in the sixth.With Freddy Galvis and Wil Myers aboard on singles in the fifth, right fielder Brito dropped to one knee while trying to find the ball in the sun. Instead it landed beside him, with Galvis scoring for a 2-1 Padres advantage.Margot homered in the second, and the Diamondbacks pulled even when Marte connected in the fourth.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: Open next season in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.Padres: Host the San Francisco Giants on March 28, 2019.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: New York Yankees (2) vs. Boston Red Sox (10) - 9/30/2018

MLB Game Recap: New York Yankees (2) vs. Boston Red Sox (10) - Date: 9/30/2018 Red Sox claim more titles, beating Yankees 10-2 in finale9m ago 4 min read BOSTON Mookie Betts claimed the big league batting title with one more hit and J. D. Martinez hit his 43rd homer Sunday to lead the AL East champion Boston Red Sox into the playoffs with their franchise-record 108th win, a 10-2 victory over the wild-card winning New York Yankees.Five days before they might meet in the postseason for the first time since Boston's epic comeback in their cathartic 2004 World Series championship run, the teams ran out 41 players in a meaningless Game 162. Red Sox manager Alex Cora compared it to the final day of spring training.Now they turn their attention to the playoffs: New York has to go through Oakland first, in Wednesday night's AL wild-card game. Winning Sports Gambling. T he winner will be in Boston for Game 1 of the AL Division Series, starting Friday.Betts finished with a major league-best .346 average, Martinez drove in three to give him an AL-best 130 RBIs, and Rick Porcello pitched two innings of no-hit ball before leaving with a 7-0 lead in his final tuneup for the postseason. Top Rated Sports Services. The 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner is expected to start Game 3 of the ALDS, following Chris Sale and David Price to the mound.Eduardo Rodriguez (13-5) was credited with the win by the official scorer as the most effective reliever under MLB Rule 9.17(b). Rodriguez was the fourth of eight Boston pitchers, going one inning and striking out two.Xander Bogaerts also homered for Boston.MOOKIE JARBetts had already taken the field at the beginning of the third inning when Cora sent Tzu-Wei Lin out to replace him, allowing the AL MVP favorite to get a cheer on his way back to the dugout. A brief ''M-V-P!'' chant broke out.Betts led the majors in slugging percentage, runs and WAR. He is the first player in baseball history to lead the majors in batting average and also top 30 steals and 30 homers. He is the first AL player to lead the majors in both batting average and extra-base hits since Mickey Mantle in 1956.FIRST-INNING FUMBLESFour of the first five Red Sox batters reached base in the first against Yankees starter Luis Cessa, plus an error by Aaron Judge that allowed Betts to score from first on Brock Holt's single. With one out and runners on second and third, Eduardo Nunez hit one to the right side, beyond the pitcher's reach.First baseman Luke Voit fielded it and flipped it to Cessa, who arrived at first at the same time as the runner, tagging him but dropping the ball. Both Cessa and Nunez need medical attention; Nunez stayed in the game but Cessa was relieved by David Robertson.It was the earliest Robertson has entered a game in his career.Cessa (1-4) got just one out, allowing four runs - three earned - on five hits. Boston added three more in the second inning.TRAINER'S ROOMYankees: DH Giancarlo Stanton was a late scratch from the lineup, replaced by Miguel Andujar. Free Sports Picks of the Day. The Yankees said it was not injury-related and only to give Stanton some rest.Red Sox: Nunez remained in the game after a bit of a collision with Cessa on his first-inning infield single but remained in the game until he was pinch run for after a sixth-inning walk.SEMI-USEFUL Yankees: New York finished 100-62, its 20th 100-win season and a nine-game improvement over last year. The Yankees had the third-best record in baseball, behind Boston and Houston. ... They join the Pirates as the only teams to play twice in the wild-card game. ... Have reached the playoffs in 20 of the past 24 seasons. ... Voit homered, No. 267 on the season for the Yankees, a major league record that topped the 264 hit by the 1997 Seattle Mariners. ... Andujar hit his 47th double, tied for second-most for a rookie in major league history.Red Sox: In winning their third straight AL East title and setting a franchise record for wins, the Red Sox improved by 15 victories over their 2017 record. ... Twelve teams in baseball history have won as many as 108 games. Seattle won 116 in 2001 but lost in the ALCS to the Yankees. The previous four won the World Series. ... Boston snapped a three-game losing streak but completed the season without losing four in a row. It was the only team in baseball to go all season without losing four straight. It also accomplished that in 1903 and 2013, winning the World Series in both years. ... The last Red Sox player to win the AL batting title was Bill Mueller, with a .326 average in 2003. Wade Boggs was the last Boston player to lead the majors in average, hitting .366 in 1988.---More MLB: https://apnews .com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Detroit Tigers (0) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (11) - 9/30/2018

MLB Game Recap: Detroit Tigers (0) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (11) - Date: 9/30/2018 Yelich, Brewers top Tigers; Central tiebreaker vs Cubs next5m ago 2 min read MILWAUKEE Triple Crown contender Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers advanced to an NL Central tiebreaker against the Chicago Cubs, putting themselves in that position Sunday with an 11-0 romp over the Detroit Tigers.The Brewers will play the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Monday in a one-game matchup for the division title. Best Sports Picks of the Day. The loser will host the NL wild-card game Tuesday vs. the loser of the Colorado-Los Angeles Dodgers tiebreaker in the NL West.The Brewers won their seventh in a row, and Chicago beat St. Louis 10-5 on the final scheduled day of the regular season.Yelich went 0 for 2 with two walks and scored twice, ending his 10-game hitting streak. He is hitting .323 in his first season with Milwaukee, locking up the first batting title in Brewers' history.Yelich has 109 RBIs, tied with Colorado's Nolan Arenado and two behind leader Javier Baez of the Cubs. Yelich's 36 home runs are tied with Colorado's Trevor Story and St. Louis' Matt Carpenter, one behind Arenado.The tiebreakers are considered game No. 163 of the regular season, meaning Yelich's stats - and those of Arenado and Baez - from Monday's game will count in the totals. Sports Handicapper Reviews. The last NL player to win the Triple Crown was Joe Medwick in 1937 for the Cardinals.The Brewers (95-67) already had secured their first playoff appearance since 2011, the last time they won the NL Central.Robin Yount, Milwaukee's two-time AL MVP and Hall of Famer, was on hand to cheer for Yelich. Yount came the closest (.331) to the batting title in 1982 but finished a decimal point behind Kansas City Roy als' Willie Wilson (.332).The partisan crowd of 41,848 at Miller Park serenaded Yelich with ''MVP! MVP!'' when he went to right field in the top of the first and then came to bat in the bottom of the frame.Yelich walked and scored on Jesus Aguilar's single in the first, struck out swinging in the third and fifth and was walked intentionally in the seventh as the fans booed the move. He came out of the game in the eighth to a thunderous ovation.Yelich tipped his cap just before ducking into the dugout as the crowd roared its approval. Hernan Perez took his place in the outfield.Gio Gonzalez (10-11) toiled efficiently through five scoreless innings in his fifth start since being acquired on Aug. 31 from Washington. Free MMA Picks. The left-hander, who helped the Nationals win four division titles in the last six seasons, scattered three hits.Aguilar hit his 35th homer, connecting in the fourth off Spencer Turnbull (0-2). Aguilar added an RBI grounder in the seventh.The Brewers, who went 86-76 last year, scored six times in the seventh. Ryan Braun and Orlando Arcia had two-run doubles.Travis Shaw hit his 32nd home run in the eighth.The Tigers, under first-year manager Ron Gardenhire, lost their fifth in a row and finished 64-98 for the second consecutive season. Gardenhire, who previously managed the Minnesota Twins (2002-2014), replaced Brad Ausmus.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (2) vs. Kansas City Royals (1) - 9/30/2018

MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (2) vs. Kansas City Royals (1) - Date: 9/30/2018 Carrasco and Bauer stifle Royals' bats in Indians' 2-1 win9m ago 2 min read KANSAS CITY, Mo. Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer combined for a five-hitter, Francisco Lindor homered and scored twice, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Sunday.Carrasco (16-10) was working with a limited pitch count in a tuneup before an anticipated start in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against Houston on Saturday. He went five innings, allowing one run on three hits, walking two and striking out six.Carrasco finished the season with a 3.38 ERA.Bauer took over in the sixth, hurling four scoreless innings of relief while striking out two for his first career save.Bauer ended the season with a 2.21 ERA, second in the American League to Tampa Bay's Blake Snell.Carrasco struck out 231 on the year, leading the Indians. B auer struck out 221.The Indians opened the scoring after Lindor led off the game by reaching on an error when Eric Skoglund (1-5) fumbled his grounder. After stealing second, Lindor then stole third and scored when Alcides Escobar failed to catch the throw to third for the second error of the inning.Lindor drilled a 1-0 pitch into the stands in left-center field to lead off the third, extending the Indians' lead to 2-0. He hit seven of his 38 homers this year against the Royals.The Indians finished the season 91-71, their sixth straight year above .500. It is their longest streak since they had winning records eight years in a row from 1994 through 2001.Skoglund allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks, striking out three over five innings.The Royals got on the board in the fifth when Brian Goodwin led off with a hit and stole second, then scored on Meibrys Viloria's single.Whit Merrifield closed the season with a single in the eighth, extending his h itting streak to a career-best 20 games. Sports Betting Leads. The streak was also the longest of the year in the majors.Merrifield finished the season with 192 hits and 45 stolen bases, leading the majors in both categories.Kansas City's attendance fell by 555,213 from the previous year - nearly 7,000 per game - and finished at 1,665,107, its lowest since 2010. Sports Handicapper Picks. The club stumbled to its worst season since 2005, when it set a team record for most losses at 106. Best Sports Picks Today. The 104 losses this year matched the 2004 team for the second-worst record in franchise history. This was the fifth time the club lost at least 100 games.Manager Ned Yost will be back in 2019, however. The Royals announced a one-year extension before the game.TRAINER'S ROOMIndians: C Yan Gomes' hand injury required two stitches but is not expected to prevent him from being available for the playoffs. ''The doctors and trainers all think he's going to be OK,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''That's really good news.'' ... OF Tyler Naquin is returning from rehab in Arizona to join the team in time for Tuesday's scrimmage. ... OF Lonnie Chisenhall has been running the bases and hitting, but will not join the team, instead returning to his home in North Carolina as his family deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.UP NEXTRHP Corey Kluber takes the mound for Cleveland in the first game of the ALDS at Houston on Friday.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Chicago White Sox (4) vs. Minnesota Twins (5) - 9/30/2018

MLB Game Recap: Chicago White Sox (4) vs. Minnesota Twins (5) - Date: 9/30/2018 Mauer doubles, catches in emotional likely finale with Twins6m ago 2 min read MINNEOLIS Joe Mauer received one more pitch as catcher for the Twins, and Minnesota likely said goodbye to the longtime face of its franchise during an emotional 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.The 35-year-old Mauer was playing the final game of an eight-year, $184 million contract. He doubled into the left-center gap with a line drive of Juan Minaya in his final at-bat.The 2009 AL MVP then made a surprise appearance behind the plate in the ninth, his first time catching in a game since Aug. 19, 2013. He caught one pitch from Matt Belisle, then walked off to a final standing ovation and was replaced by Chris Gimenez.Mauer is a three-time AL batting champ and six-time All-Star over 15 major league seasons, all with Minnesota. A three-sport star from St. Paul' ;s Cretin-Derham Hall High School, Mauer was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 draft and made his debut with the Twins in 2004.Max Kepler and Jake Cave homered for the Twins, and reliever Andrew Vasquez (1-0) earned the victory for the Twins with one perfect inning of relief. Best Free Sports Picks. Trevor May replaced Belisle and got three straight outs with the tying run on second in the ninth to earn his third save.The White Sox lost their 100th game of the year, the first time they've done so since 1970. Meanwhile, the Twins won their sixth straight game to end the season, giving them 78 victories - seven fewer than last year, when they were the AL's second wild card.Dylan Covey (5-14) gave up five runs over six innings.Kepler hit a two-run home, his 20th of the season, onto the plaza in right field in the sixth.WHIFF WATCHWhite Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada struck out once, giving him a major league -leading 217. Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. That's just six behind the record of 223, set by Mark Reynolds of the Rockies in 2009.MAUER MOMENTSThe day was filled with memorable moments for Mauer, who started at first base and batted leadoff. For Sunday home games, each Twins player is joined at his position by a young fan for the national anthem. On Sunday, Mauer's 5-year-old twin daughters, Emily and Maren, surprised him by running out to meet him at first base.The crowd of 30,144 gave Mauer an extended standing ovation before his first at-bat. He then shook hands with umpire Jim Reynolds and White Sox catcher Wellington Castillo before facing Covey.BY THE NUMBERSIf Mauer retires after this season, he will finish second in Twins history in games played, third in runs scored, second in hits, first in doubles, and second in walks. He broke the Twins' career record for times on base earlier in the homestand.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Washington Nationals (0) vs. Colorado Rockies (12) - 9/30/2018

MLB Game Recap: Washington Nationals (0) vs. Colorado Rockies (12) - Date: 9/30/2018 Rockies rout Nats 12-0, to play at Dodgers for NL West title6m ago 3 min read DENVER The playoff-bound Colorado Rockies are headed to Los Angeles for a tiebreaking game to decide the NL West title after routing the Washington Nationals 12-0 on Sunday behind Charlie Blackmon's cycle.Tied atop the division with the Dodgers entering the last day, the Rockies won for the ninth time in 10 games, while Los Angeles routed San Francisco 15-0 to send the season to game 163.The one-game tiebreaker will be Monday at Dodger Stadium, and the loser goes to the Chicago Cubs or Milwaukee for Tuesday's wild-card game.Nolan Arenado hit two of the Rockies' five homers and took over the National League lead with 37, one more than teammate Trevor Story - who also went deep. David Dahl homered for the sixth time in seven games.Colorado (91-71), is trying for its first division title.Blackmon finished off his first career cycle and the ninth in Rockies history with a double in the eighth. He tripled in the first, homered in the third, singled in the fifth and struck out in the sixth.Tyler Anderson (7-9) didn't look the least bit bothered by a sore shoulder that sidelined him for about a week. He scattered four hits over 7 2/3 inninhs for his first win since July 4.Arenado got the Rockies rolling in the first, with a two-run shot off Erick Fedde (2-4), who was starting after the Nationals elected to skip NL Cy Young Award candidate Max Scherzer. Blackmon added a two-run drive in the third.Fedde lasted four innings and gave up four runs in place of Scherzer, who wound up with an MLB-best 300 strikeouts.The Rockies went 19-9 in September, marking the second-most wins in the month in franchise history. Sports Handicapper Picks. The team record is 20 in 2007, when th e Rockies made a late surge and beat San Diego in a play-in game to climb into the postseason. Best Sports Picks of the Day. They used the momentum to propel them all the way to their only World Series appearance, where they were swept by Boston.Before the game, Story said he planned to do sneak peeks at the large scoreboard in right field to see how the Dodgers were faring. It wasn't pretty, as Los Angeles scored early and often.Late in the game, the fans chanted ''Beat LA! Beat LA! Beat LA!'' The only cheer louder was the one Anderson received when he was taken out.Anderson appeared iffy for this start after complaining of shoulder soreness that led him to be bumped from his outing last Monday. He steadily progressed throughout the week.The left-hander was 0-6 with a 6.08 ERA over his past 13 starts. But he found his command and worked out of trouble courtesy of three double plays.Arenado and Story hit back-to-back homers in the seventh to help the Rockies earn their 91st win of the season, which is the second-most in team history. Football Tipsters. The record is 92 turned in by the 2009 team.The Nationals (82-80) finished with a winning record for a seventh straight season.HARPER'S FINAL NATS AT-BAT?Soon-to-be free agent Bryce Harper doubled in potentially his final at-bat in a Nationals uniform. He was 2 for 4 with two doubles.Asked if Harper remains in the team's plans, general manager Mike Rizzo said: ''Of course he is in our plans. He's a guy that we would love to have.'' UP NEXTNationals: Open the 2019 season on March 28 against the New York Mets at Nationals Park.Rockies: RHP German Marquez (14-10, 3.76 ERA) figures to get the start Monday in Los Angeles.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Toronto Blue Jays (4) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (9) - 9/30/2018

MLB Game Recap: Toronto Blue Jays (4) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (9) - Date: 9/30/2018 Rays use bullpen to beat Blue Jays 9-4 for 90th win9m ago 2 min read ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Ryan Yarbrough got his rookie-leading 16th win and the Tampa Bay Rays turned another bullpen game into their 90th victory, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4 on Sunday.The Rays (90-72) went to the unconventional plan of using relievers to start games in addition to traditional starters in mid-May due to injuries.The results were about equal, as Tampa Bay went 46-38 with regular starters and 44-34 when utilizing the bullpen.Ryne Stanek was Tampa Bay's ''opener'' for the 29th time and went two scoreless innings. Yarbrough (16-6) followed and gave up two runs and four hits over three innings to get his 14th relief win.The Rays went 87-60 after losing 12 of their first 15 games.Outgoing Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decided to have some fun in the finale and let 35-year-old catcher Russell Martin manage the game.Martin ''thought about it for a couple seconds'' before deciding not to be a player-manager.Toronto announced Wednesday that Gibbons will not be back as manager next season.''He's one of my favorites,'' Martin said. ''I'm going to miss him. He's a special guy. He's kind of like having a second dad.'' Over two stints totaling 11 seasons, Gibbons went 793-789 with the Blue Jays.Toronto finished 73-89, a three-game drop from 2017.Tampa Bay improved 10 games from last year and joined the 2012 Rays (90) and 2013 Texas Rangers (91) as the only 90-win teams since the second wild card was introduced in 2012 to miss the postseason.Joey Wendle and Jake Bauers both had two RBIs for the Rays, who went 13-6 against Toronto. Sports Picks. Tampa Bay has dominated the series at home, going 111-74.Loser Sam Gaviglio (3-10) allowed five runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.SEATS AVAILABLEDespite the strong on-field showing, the Rays' announced home attendance of 1,154,973 was their lowest since 2005 (1,141,699). Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. Tampa Bay drew 1,253,619 last season. Sunday's crowd was 13,313.STAYING THE COURSEThe Rays are happy with the progress of two-way player Brendan McKay at Class A Charlotte this season and plan to continue the experiment. ''Where this ends up going I think we don't know exactly still, but we're really encouraged,'' Tampa Bay senior vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom said.Bloom said McKay, whose season ended prematurely due to an oblique injury, has been at instructional league and has gotten back ''to where he's a healthy player.'' HOT STREAKRays LF Tommy Pham walked in the third to extend his on-ba se streak to 32 games, the longest active streak in the majors. Johnny Damon holds the team record with 39.UP NEXTBlue Jays: Open the 2019 season at home against Detroit on March 28.Rays: Host AL West champion Houston on March 28 in their 2019 opener.

MLB Game Recap: Pittsburgh Pirates (6) vs. Cincinnati Reds (5) - 9/30/2018

MLB Game Recap: Pittsburgh Pirates (6) vs. Cincinnati Reds (5) - Date: 9/30/2018 Stephens' wild pitch in 10th sends Pirates over Reds 6-55m ago 2 min read CINCINNATI Pablo Reyes scored on Jackson Stephens' wild pitch in the top of the 10th inning Sunday, rallying the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.The Reds finished 67-95, their fourth straight season with at least 90 losses - the second-worst stretch in franchise history. Free Picks and Parlays. Their first item in the offseason is choosing a next manager.Bryan Price was fired after a 3-15 start, and the Reds went 64-80 under interim manager Jim Riggleman. He'll be interviewed Monday, and the Reds plan to pick a manager by the end of the month. Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin has told the team he isn't interested at this time.The Reds were one of a record eight major le ague teams to finish with at least 95 losses this year. Sports Handicapper Records. There were seven in 2002.Starling Marte and Josh Bell homered for the Pirates, who finished 82-79 - their most wins since they last made the playoffs in 2015. Soccer Tipsters. They head into next season with a solid rotation and bullpen, their best hopes for getting back into contention in the NL Central.Reyes doubled off Stephens (2-3), advanced on an error and scored on the wild pitch. Michael Feliz (1-2) pitched the ninth, and Felipe Vazquez got his 37th save in 42 chances.Clint Hurdle got his 1,200th career win as a major league manager. Bruce Bochy, Mike Scioscia, Buck Showalter and Terry Francona are the other active managers with that many.LAST HURRAHRiggleman gave several regulars a curtain call. First baseman Joey Votto and center fielder Billy Hamilton took their p ositions to start the fourth inning and were subbed out, removing their jerseys and handing them to fans on the way to the dugout. Third baseman Eugenio Suarez got a curtain call in the fifth and tossed his cap to a fan.DWINDLING CROWDS AT GABPThe Reds drew 1,629,356 at Great American, their smallest home attendance since 1984 when they were at Riverfront Stadium. Attendance has slid significantly each of the last three seasons as the team languished in rebuilding mode.''Oh, it's definitely noticeable,'' catcher Tucker Barnhart said. ''It's pretty hard to not notice it when you can hear the light towers buzzing. It just means we have to play better. If you play better, more people will come.'' UP NEXTThe Ohio River rivals will reunite at Great American Ball Park to open next season, playing at 4:10 p.m. on Thursday, March 28.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Dodgers (15) vs. San Francisco Giants (0) - 9/30/2018

MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Dodgers (15) vs. San Francisco Giants (0) - Date: 9/30/2018 Dodgers rout Giants, head to NL West tiebreaker vs Rockies7m ago 1 min read SAN FRANCISCO Justin Turner and the free-swinging Los Angeles Dodgers headed for a one-game showdown against Colorado to determine the NL West champion, jumping on the San Francisco Giants from the start Sunday in a 15-0 win for a weekend sweep.The Rockies routed Washington 12-0 at Coors Field, setting up a tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium on Monday. Football Tipsters. The winner will get the division, the loser will go into the NL wild-card game Tuesday.Walker Buehler was set to start for the Dodgers as they try for a sixth straight West title.

MLB Game Recap: Oakland Athletics (4) vs. Los Angeles Angels (5) - 9/30/2018

MLB Game Recap: Oakland Athletics (4) vs. Los Angeles Angels (5) - Date: 9/30/2018 Scioscia says he's leaving Angels after 5-4 win over A's6m ago 1 min read ANAHEIM, Calif. Mike Scioscia ended his 19-year run as Los Angeles Angels manager with a 5-4 win over the playoff-bound Oakland Athletics when Taylor Ward hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth inning.Scioscia, the longest-tenured manager in the major leagues, finished with a 1,650-1,428 record, including 80-82. He guided the franchise to its only World Series title in 2002.Los Angeles missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year and recorded its third straight losing season for the first time under Scioscia, who turns 60 in November.The A's (97-65) will face the Yankees in New York in the AL wild-card game on Wednesday.During the game, Scioscia sat on the bench and talked with his staff, while first-base coach Alfredo Griffin stood in Scioscia's u sual spot to the right of the dugout steps. Later, third-base coach Dino Ebel took Griffin's place.With Los Angeles trailing 4-2, Shohei Otani singled off Chris Hatcher (3-3) leading off the ninth, Jefry Marte hit an RBI double and Ward followed with a drive to left-center.Pat Bridwell (1-0) pitched the ninth for the win.Oakland's Khris Davis went 0 for 2 with a strikeout before being replaced in the sixth. He finished with a major league-leading 48 home runs and was second with 123 RBIs.Stephen Piscotty and Franklin Barreto hit two-run homers for the A's.Shohei Otani went 1 for 4 with a strikeout and finished his rookie season with a .285 average, 22 homers and 61 RBIs to go along with a 4-2 record and 3.31 ERA in 10 starts. Free Sports Picks of the Day. The two-way Japanese sensation is set to have Tommy John surgery this week.Mike Trout was 0 for 1 with a flyout and wound up hitting .312 with 38 home rs and 79 RBIs.Oakland starter Brett Anderson allowed two runs and four hits in three innings.Angels starter Matt Shoemaker gave up two runs and two hits in three innings. He struck out three and walked two.UP NEXTThe A's head to New York to play the Yankees on Wednesday in the AL wild-card game.The injury-plagued Angels had three straight losing seasons for the first time since 1992-94.---More MLB: www.apnews.com/tag/MLB and www.twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Atlanta Braves (1) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (3) - 9/30/2018

MLB Game Recap: Atlanta Braves (1) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (3) - Date: 9/30/2018 NL East champ Braves drop finale, wait for NL West champ4m ago 3 min read PHILADELPHIA Freddie Freeman, Nick Markakis and the NL East champion Atlanta Braves are set to open the playoffs on the road.All they need is an NL West champion to play.Needing at least a win to have a shot at home field in the NLDS, the Braves lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Sunday.The Braves needed a win and a loss by both Colorado and Los Angeles to secure home-field advantage when the division series starts Thursday.The Dodgers and Rockies both ended up winning big, setting up a one-game playoff to decide the NL West. But the Braves' second straight loss in Philadelphia made those results inconsequential for Atlanta.Cesar Hernandez hit a leadoff home run, and Rhys Hoskins' RBI double in the fifth inning helped a Phillies team that was 15 games over .500 on Aug. 5 finish with 80 wins.Losing home field was a mild disappointment to a Braves team that was a surprising, resounding success under manager Brian Snitker. Baseball Picks. The Braves had lost 90-plus games in three straight seasons in a rebuild that was expected to see them need at least another season to contend for a playoff spot. Freeman, Nick Markakis and NL rookie of the year contender Ronald Acuna Jr. instead helped them become the first NL team to win 90 games (90-72) after three successive seasons of 90-plus losses.''I'm happy for all the guys in there that endured all that,'' Snitker said.There's more work ahead before they play either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Colorado Rockies. Snitker said he'll meet with the coaching staff and other members of the organization on Monday to determine the 25-man playoff roster. Shortstop Dansby Swanson's sore left wrist ma y keep him off that roster. He took some swings on Sunday and continued to receive treatment.With or without him, the Braves are in the playoffs for the first time since 2013.''It's a good feeling what we accomplished this year; where we came from, where we started to where we are right now,'' Snitker said. ''There were multiple boxes we needed to check along the way here, and we did. It's very gratifying. I'm proud of the guys in that room and how they carried themselves and showed up to play every single day.'' Markakis led the way there, playing all 162 games for the Braves, and Freeman led the NL in hits.Kevin Gausman (10-11) took the loss in a game where the Braves used five pitchers.Tommy Hunter (5-4) earned the win in relief for the Phillies, and Seranthony Dominguez got his 16th save to end a season where expectations soared in early August only to become unraveled in one of the bigger - but not close to the biggest - late- season collapses in team history.HIT KINGFreeman led the National League with 191 hits. He's the first Brave to lead the NL outright since Terry Pendleton had 187 in 1991.Freeman went 0 for 1 with a walk against the Phillies.IRON MANMarkakis because the fifth Atlanta Brave to play 162 games since 1962. Markakis started in right field and struck out twice before he was replaced for some needed rest.''He's the definition of a pro,'' Snitker said.CHANGEUPSean Newcomb retired two batters in the sixth in the first relief appearance of his career. Newcomb went 12-9 in 30 starts this season and had started all 49 of his previous appearances.GOING FOR THREEPhillies starter Ranger Suarez struck out five in three innings - and hit a stand-up triple for his first career hit.BANK ON ITThe Phillies finished 49-32 at home, their third-best record ever at Citizens Bank Park. Gambling Profit. They finished 31-50 on the road, the first time the Phillies were at least 15 games over .500 at home and 15 games under .500 on the road since 1955.Hoskins addressed the crowd before the game and said there was ''obviously a little bit of disappointment with the way the season ended'' but added that the Phillies would learn from it and be better in 2019.On fan appreciation day, Hoskins said Phillies fans were the best in baseball.UP NEXTBraves: Play Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday, Game 2 Friday and Game 3 Sunday. Mike Foltynewicz is the likely Game 1 starter.Phillies: GM Matt Klentak and team president Andy MacPhail will meet the media this week to discuss plans for the offseason.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Miami Marlins (0) vs. New York Mets (1) - 9/30/2018

MLB Game Recap: Miami Marlins (0) vs. New York Mets (1) - Date: 9/30/2018 Syndergaard gets 1st shutout, Mets top Marlins 1-0 in finale10m ago 3 min read NEW YORK Noah Syndergaard pitched his first major league shutout and the New York Mets wrapped up a disappointing season Sunday with their second consecutive 1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins.Todd Frazier hit an RBI double for the Mets, who finished fourth in the NL East at 77-85 under rookie manager Mickey Callaway - a seven-win improvement over last year. After beginning the season with playoff aspirations, they jumped out to an 11-1 start before going 5-21 in June as injuries once again took a heavy toll.New York rebounded a bit to win 33 of its last 55 games, but it was way too late by then.Promising rookie Sandy Alcantara (2-3) struck out a career-high 10 over seven innings in his sixth major league start for the Marlins. After trading Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Dee Gordon in an offseason payroll purge, Miami ended up with the worst record in the National League at 63-98 in Derek Jeter's first year as chief executive officer. Make Money Betting Sports. The Marlins were scoreless over their final 24 innings.Looking to have some fun at the finish line, manager Don Mattingly appointed All-Star catcher J. Sports Bettors Phone Leads. T. Realmuto to pilot the team Sunday. Jeter indicated this month that Mattingly will be back next year.Syndergaard (13-4) allowed five hits and fanned six in a fast finale that took just 2 hours, 10 minutes. He walked none and threw 101 pitches for his second career complete game. Free Sports Picks. The other one came on Sept. 2 in San Francisco, and the big right-hander completed the season by tossing a care er-best 15 straight scoreless innings.Syndergaard's complete-game shutout was only the 19th in the majors this year, fewest in a season since 1874, when there were only eight teams. There were 27 such outings last season.Alcantara struck out five straight before Jeff McNeil opened the fourth with a single for New York's first hit. McNeil scored from first when left fielder Isaac Galloway misplayed Frazier's hard-hit double.One day after David Wright's emotional goodbye at Citi Field, the Mets gave Jose Reyes another ceremonial start at shortstop. The 35-year-old Reyes, who batted .189 in a bench role this season, was lifted after grounding out leading off the bottom of the first.He hugged teammates in the dugout and received a warm ovation while coming out for a curtain call for the crowd of 28,346.''I just thought he deserved to be on the field one more time,'' Callaway said.HOW'D THAT HPEN?Syndergaard's bat broke off just above his h ands as he started to swing - and obviously miss - at a third-inning pitch. Teammates cracked up in the dugout as Syndergaard stood dumbfounded in the batter's box. After getting some new lumber, the pitcher struck out but then lashed a sharp single in the fifth.NEW KID IN TOWNMcNeil had two hits to give him 36 in September, breaking the club record for rookies set by Gregg Jefferies in 1989.TRAINER'S ROOMMets: LF Yoenis Cespedes is scheduled for his second heel surgery Oct. 23 - this time on his left foot - but said he can't yet predict how much he'll be able to play next season. The oft-injured slugger had surgery Aug. 2 to remove bone calcification in his right heel, the first of two operations expected to sideline him for eight to 10 months.UP NEXTMarlins: Pitchers and catchers report to spring training Feb. 13, and Miami opens the 2019 season March 28 against Colorado.Mets: Begin next season at NL East rival Washington.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/ta g/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Houston Astros (0) vs. Baltimore Orioles (4) - 9/30/2018

MLB Game Recap: Houston Astros (0) vs. Baltimore Orioles (4) - Date: 9/30/2018 Jones, Showalter preside over Orioles' 4-0 win over Astros1m ago 3 min read BALTIMORE The Baltimore Orioles ended a trying season Sunday with a salute to outfielder Adam Jones and a 4-0 victory over the Houston Astros that could end up serving as a parting gift to manager Buck Showalter.Jimmy Yacabonis, Paul Fry (1-2) and Mychal Givens combined on a one-hitter against the AL West champions, who open the playoffs at home Friday against Cleveland.Baltimore finished at 47-115, the most losses in franchise history and the most for a big league team since Detroit's 119 in 2003. Fixed Games. The Orioles were only the fifth team since 1900 to lose 115 or more.Baltimore is already in full rebuilding mode, which means the 33-year-old Jones and Showalter may not be back.When it came time for t he Orioles to take the field before the game, Jones went out alone while players from both sides applauded and the fans stood and cheered. Jones started in center field, the position he held from 2008 until he was bumped to right field in August by 23-year-old rookie Cedric Mullins.Many in the crowd of 24,916 stood before each at-bat by Jones, who went 0 for 4.In the top of the ninth, Showalter sent Joey Rickard in to replace Jones, who received yet another standing ovation as he jogged off the field. Upon his arrival in the dugout, the chain of hugs and high-fives ended with his arms wrapped around Showalter.Hired by Orioles owner Peter Angelos in 2010, Showalter - like Jones - has a contract that expires this year and may not be renewed.''Mr. Angelos' family has been great to me and mine,'' Showalter said before the game. ''So whatever direction they decide to go, I'm at peace with it.'' Houston manager A. J. Hinch rested most of his regulars, making sure they're fresh for the postseason. Charlie Morton started and worked three innings, allowing just one hit in a performance that showed he's ready to be a factor in the playoffs.Brad Peacock (3-5) gave up four runs in the fourth inning, getting only one out.Houston's only hit came in the fourth, when Jose Altuve hit a sharp single to right before leaving for a pinch runner.WHITTLING THE ROSTERHinch shaved five players off his projected playoff roster, with more cuts to come.Right-hander Dean Deetz, OF Kyle Tucker and LHP Reymin Guduan had their seasons end Sunday. Pitchers Framber Valdez and Cionel Perez will work at the team's spring training facility to ''stay as active as they can in case of an injury or in case of a call from us,'' said Hinch, adding that in the next few days he will decide whether to carry three catchers.CORREA SHARPAstros shortstop Carlos Correa was rested Sunday after an abbreviated appearance Satur day that indicated he was no longer bothered by back soreness.''I think (Saturday) was a really good sign, with two good swings and a couple of difficult plays on defense,'' Hinch said. ''I don't think we can forget he's a really good player, and really good players step up when you need them the most. We're going to need that starting Friday.'' DUBIOUS RECORDOrioles first baseman Chris Davis sat out the entire series and finished with a .168 batting average, lowest in major league history by a qualifier.The previous record was .177, by Rob Deer in 1991 and Dan Uggla in 2013.It's been a harsh decline for Davis, who signed a $161 million, seven-year contract after the 2015 season.The Orioles probably can't find a taker in a trade, and it would be extremely costly to cut him.ATTENDANCE DROPThe Orioles drew 1,564,192 for 78 home dates, their lowest figure in a non-strike season since 1978.''It's up to us to give th em something they want to embrace,'' Showalter said. ''Attendance is down. It's our fault, not theirs.'' UP NEXTAstros: Hinch hasn't announced his rotation for the playoffs, but Justin Verlander is the likely starter in Game 1. ''I don't think it's too much of a secret,'' the manager said.Orioles: The 2019 season opener will be at Yankee Stadium on March 28.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NFL Game Recap: Houston Texans (37) vs. Indianapolis Colts (34) - 9/30/2018

NFL Game Recap: Houston Texans (37) vs. Indianapolis Colts (34) - Date: 9/30/2018 Sep 30, 2018 INDIANOLIS Ka'imi Fairbairn took advantage of his second chance on a 37-yard field goal attempt Sunday, making it as time expired in overtime to give the Houston Texans a 37-34 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. He had missed the first kick wide left - just after Indy called timeout. Houston (1-3) ended the league's losing streak at nine games with its first victory since Nov. 19. Free Sports Handicappers. The Colts threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-four from their own 43, giving the ball back to Houston with 24 seconds to go. Deshaun Watson then connected with DeAndre Hopkins on a 24-yard pass to set up the winning kick. It's the third time in four weeks Indy (1-3) has come up short in the closing minutes. The loss spoiled Adam Vinatieri's record-br eaking day. Free Guaranteed Sports Picks. The 45-year-old kicker became the league's career leader in field goals when he made a 42-yarder with 2 seconds left in the first half and he extended the mark to 567 with a 44-yarder to give the Colts a 34-31 lead in overtime. But Fairbairn tied the score with a 29-yard kick and won it with the 37-yarder. Vinatieri moved past Hall of Famer Morten Andersen, who had 565 career field goals. Watson, who missed the final nine games last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, looked like his old self. He was 29 of 42 with 375 yards, two touchdown passes and one interception. He also rushed six times for 41 yards and his first rushing score of the season. Hopkins had eight catches for 134 yards and Keke Coutee had 11 catches for 109 yards. Luck nearly matched the franchise's regular-season record with a 21-point comeback. But his final pass hi t the ground. He was 40 of 62 for a career-high 464 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He tied the single-game franchise record for completions and broke the mark for attempts. Indy struck first, using T. Y. Hilton's 40-yard reception to set up a 4-yard TD pass from Luck to Zach Pascal. Number #1 Sports Handicapping Service. The Texans tied it on Jadeveon Clowney's recovery of a botched snap in the end zone, then took the lead on Watson's 3-yard TD pass to Will Fuller V. They made it 21-7 when Hopkins caught a 5-yard TD pass. Vinatieri's field goal got the Colts within 21-10 at halftime. The Texans made it 28-10 with Watson's 5-yard scoring run to open the second half. But Luck methodically brought Indy back. He hooked up with Nyheim Hines on a 14-yard TD pass to make it 28-17 and Eric Ebron on a 5-yard TD pass to make it 28-23. After Fairbairn made a 40-yard field goal to giv e the Texans a 31-23 lead with 2:58 left, Luck took the Colts 85 yards in a little more than two minutes and threw a 9-yard TD pass to Hines and a 2-point conversion pass to Chester Rogers with 45 seconds left in regulation. INJURY REPORTTexans: Hopkins started despite dealing with thumb, ankle and hamstring injuries all week. Fuller left with a hamstring injury late in the first half and linebacker Brian Peters did not return after injuring his ankle. Colts: Hilton left with a chest injury and cornerback Kenny Moore III departed with a concussion in the first half. But Hilton returned then left in the second half with a hamstring injury. Moore did not return. UP NEXTTexans: Host cross-state rival Dallas next Sunday night. Colts: Head to New England on Thursday night. ---More NFL: https://apnews. com/tag/NFL and https://twitter. com/-NFLMore NFL: https://apnews. com/tag/NFL and https://twitter. com/-NFL

MLB Game Recap: Texas Rangers (1) vs. Seattle Mariners (3) - 9/30/2018

MLB Game Recap: Texas Rangers (1) vs. Seattle Mariners (3) - Date: 9/30/2018 Beltre farewell? Mariners top Rangers 3-1 to finish off 201821m ago 3 min read SEATTLE Roenis Elias allowed one hit in five innings, and the Seattle Mariners closed out the regular season with a 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Sunday in what could be the final game of Adrian Beltre's career.The Texas third baseman has not announced whether this was his final season, although Sunday had the feeling of finality. Beltre played 4 1/2 innings before being lifted before the bottom of the fifth, given a standing ovation by the crowd of 21,146. Beltre went 1 for 2 and finished with a .273 average, 15 homers and 65 RBIs.Like his demeanor for most of his career, Beltre had fun should it be his final game. Beltre blooped a single to right leading off the second inning. He was almost immediately doubled off when Joey Gallo's liner was caught by first base man Ryon Healy. After he was called out, Beltre jogged to the Mariners dugout railing and gave close friend Felix Hernandez a hug before heading back to the Rangers dugout.Beltre had another humorous moment on the final out of the fourth inning with runners on first and second. Ryon Healy stopped running to third and retreated toward second base, but Beltre waved Healy back toward third and tagged him for the final out.Beltre, who spent five seasons with the Mariners from 2005-09, was given a standing ovation leading off the fifth inning as a ''Thank You, Adrian'' message was shown on the video board. Beltre tipped his helmet to the crowd before flying out to right field. Beltre took the field for the bottom of the fifth and was replaced by Jurickson Profar, receiving hugs from all of his teammates on the field and in the dugout.The blooper by Beltre was the only hit allowed by Elias (3-1), who struck out four and walked none in a game that took just 2 hours, 14 minutes. David Freitas had an RBI double and Andrew Romine a run-scoring single off Yovani Gallardo (8-8) in the second inning. Kyle Seager added a sacrifice fly in the fifth.Seattle finished with 89 victories, its most since 2003, but it was a hallow accomplishment after seeing the longest playoff drought in any of the four major U. S. pro sports extended to 17 years. Free Picks and Parlays. The Mariners last made the postseason in 2001 and in the middle of June appeared set to finally end that streak leading Oakland by 11 games in the wild-card race. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. That lead disappeared quickly as Oakland caught Seattle by August and raced past the Mariners over the final two months.After having the 11-game lead, Seattle went 43-48 over the final 101 games.Texas finished last in the AL West for the first time since 2014 and had conse cutive losing seasons for the first time since going four straight years under .500 from 2005-08. MLB Handicappers. The 95 losses matched the most for Texas since losing 99 games in 1985.FAREWELL?Seattle slugger Nelson Cruz was replaced in right field with one out in the top of the fourth inning by Ben Gamel. Cruz was given a standing ovation as he jogged to the dugout in what could be his final game with the Mariners with his contract up after the season. Cruz has been one of the best free agent signings in Mariners history. Cruz, who turned 38 in July, hit .256 with 37 home runs and 97 RBIs this season. He hit 163 homers and had 414 RBIs in his four seasons with Seattle.HOMERS OVER HITSRangers slugger Joey Gallo finished with more home runs (40) than singles (38). Gallo had 103 hits in 500 at-bats on the season. He batted .206UP NEXTRangers: Texas opens on March 28 at home against the Chicago Cubs.Mariners: Seattle starts on March 20 in Tokyo against Oakland.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NFL Game Recap: Philadelphia Eagles (23) vs. Tennessee Titans (26) - 9/30/2018

NFL Game Recap: Philadelphia Eagles (23) vs. Tennessee Titans (26) - Date: 9/30/2018 Sep 30, 2018 NASHVILLE, Tenn. Marcus Mariota hit Corey Davis with a 10-yard touchdown pass just before the end of overtime, and the Tennessee Titans beat the Philadelphia Eagles 26-23 on Sunday for their best start since 2013. Handicappers Free Picks. The Titans trailed by 14 in the third quarter before rallying for the lead. They also trailed 23-20 in overtime before coming back again behind Mariota, who in his first start since being knocked out of the season opener with an injured elbow threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns while also running for a score. On the game-winning drive, the Titans converted three fourth downs, one by penalty. Mariota hit Taywan Taylor with a 19-yarder on fourth-and-15, and Mariota found a wide-open Dion Lewis on fourth-and-2 for a 17-yard gain. Fac ing third-and-goal and the clock running out, Mariota found Davis for the receiver's first TD catch in the regular season. Good Return on Investment. The Titans (3-1) also came up with four sacks. Rookie Harold Landry got his first and also stripped Carson Wentz of the ball within the first minute of the fourth quarter, setting up the second of Ryan Succop's two field goals. Soccer Tipsters. The Eagles (2-2) had their chances to win both at the end of regulation and in overtime but were forced to settle for a pair of field goals by Jake Elliott. Philadelphia had three chances inside the Tennessee 20 to win in regulation after DeAndre Carter returned a punt 42 yards to the Titans 39 with 1:41 left, but Wentz threw incomplete on first and third down. Elliott kicked a 30-yarder to force overtime. In the extra period, the Eagles had first-and-10 at th e Tennessee 17 but had to settle for a 37-yard field goal by Elliott for the lead. The Eagles led 10-3 at halftime and 17-3 after a masterful drive that ate up more than 7 minutes of the third quarter before Wentz hit receiver Alshon Jeffery with a 16-yard TD. Mariota finally got the Titans' offense going after just two offensive touchdowns through the first three games. He capped a 75-yard drive with a 2-yard TD run to pull Tennessee within 17-10 late in the third, and he hit Tajae Sharpe with an 11-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter. The Eagles outgained Tennessee 432-397 with Wentz throwing for 348 yards. Jeffery finished with 105 yards receiving and a TD, and Zach Ertz had 10 catches for 112 yards. Davis finished with 161 yards on nine catches for the Titans. INJURIESEagles: Right guard Brandon Brooks limped to the sideline late in the fourth quarter. Titans: Linebacker Wesley Woodyard, Tennessee's leading tackler, hurt his shoulder in the first quarter and did not return. Safety Kenny Vaccaro went to the locker room with trainers late in the first half with an injured right elbow and watched the second half with his arm in a sling on the sideline. UP NEXTEagles: Host Minnesota. Titans: Visit Buffalo. ---Follow Teresa M. Walker at www. twitter. com/teresamwalker---More NFL: https://apnews. com/tag/NFL and https://twitter. com/-NFL

NFL Game Recap: Cincinnati Bengals (37) vs. Atlanta Falcons (36) - 9/30/2018

NFL Game Recap: Cincinnati Bengals (37) vs. Atlanta Falcons (36) - Date: 9/30/2018 Sep 30, 2018 ATLANTA Andy Dalton threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to A. J. Green with 7 seconds remaining, lifting the Cincinnati Bengals to a 37-36 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Dalton moved the Bengals 75 yards in about four minutes. He completed two passes on fourth down to Tyler Boyd, who had 11 catches for 100 yards, to keep the drive alive. Green, the former University of Georgia star making his first return to the state of Georgia, made a diving catch in the right side of the end zone to cap the drive. He had four catches for 78 yards. Giovani Bernard ran for 69 yards and two touchdowns for Cincinnati (3-1). Matt Ryan continued his resurgence by throwing three scoring passes, including two to rookie Calvin Ridley, for the Falcons. As was the case last week, when he had his first career game with five touchdown passes in a loss to New Orleans, Ryan had too little support from an injury-depleted defense. Best Bets of the Day. The Falcons (1-3) topped 30 points for the third straight week. Ryan, the 2016 NFL MVP, has thrown eight touchdown passes in his past two weeks and has 10 through four games after throwing only 20 in 2017. Atlanta's Matt Bryant, who kicked three field goals, including a 55-yard field goal in the second quarter, was good from 32 yards to give the Falcons a 36-31 lead with 4:15 remaining. Profitable Sports Handicappers. That was too much time for Dalton, who completed 29 of 41 passes for 336 yards and three touchdowns and one interception. Baseball Handicappers. There were no punts in the first half. The Bengals scored touchdowns on each of their four possessions. Ridley had scoring catches of 1 1 and 30 yards, giving him five in his past two games and six for the season. Ridley's second TD catch, a 30-yarder, gave Atlanta a 33-28 lead early in the fourth quarter when the 2-point pass attempt was no good. Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert had four catches for 38 yards, including a 15-yard scoring catch in the first quarter, before suffering a gruesome lower right leg injury early in the third quarter. Eifert, the team's third-leading receiver entering the game, caught a 2-yard pass and was tackled by De'Vondre Campbell and Jack Crawford. Eifert brought his hands up to his helmet as he was on his back in obvious pain. His leg stabilized by the medical staff, Eifert received encouragement from teammates before he was carted off the field. Each team was without its top running back. Devonta Freeman missed his third straight game for Atlanta with a sore right knee. Joe Mixon was held out for the second straight week for the Bengals after having debris remov ed from his right knee. INJURY REPORTBengals halfback Mark Walton did not return and was being treated for a possible concussion after a helmet-to-helmet penalty hit by Brian Poole near the end of the third. Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett had an ankle injury late in the fourth and did not return. UP NEXTBengals: host Miami Dolphins next Sunday. Falcons: Visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in first road game since opening season at Philadelphia. ---For more NFL coverage: https://apnews. com/tag/NFLfootball and www. twitter. com/-NFL

NFL Game Recap: Buffalo Bills (0) vs. Green Bay Packers (22) - 9/30/2018

NFL Game Recap: Buffalo Bills (0) vs. Green Bay Packers (22) - Date: 9/30/2018 Sep 30, 2018 GREEN BAY, Wis. Aaron Rodgers and Jimmy Graham connected on their first touchdown pass of the year, and the Green Bay Packers put together their most complete defensive effort of the season in a 22-0 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Aaron Jones added 65 yards and a score on 11 carries for the Packers, who slowed in the second half after a fast start on offense. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The defense didn't let up against the Bills. Green Bay (2-1-1) posted its first shutout since a 9-0 win over the Jets in 2010. Rookie quarterback Josh Allen accounted for three turnovers, including two interceptions and a fumble late in the fourth quarter that stood on review. He was 16 of 33 for 151 yards. Free Sports Betting Pi cks. The Bills had a much tougher time on the road in the NFC North, a week after a stunning win at heavily favored Minnesota. Buffalo did manage to force Rodgers to throw his first interception of the year. Rodgers also fumbled the ball away early in the fourth quarter after a sack by Taron Johnson. But a 16-0 lead at the half was more than enough cushion against Buffalo's feeble offense. Even the return of running back LeSean McCoy, who missed a game because of a rib injury, didn't help the Bills (1-3). Mason Crosby kicked two 52-yard field goals, bouncing back after an extra-point attempt in the first quarter hit the right upright. A physical defense for Green Bay held the Bills to eight punts and three turnovers on their first 11 drives. Allen was sacked seven times, three by Kyler Fackrell. Leading Handicappers. Things went so well for the D that linebacker Clay Matthews was credited for a half-sack after drawing roughing-the-passer penalties in each of the first three weeks. Rodgers was 22 of 40 for 298 yards. He had a little more mobility in the pocket, playing a third straight week with a brace on his injured left knee. Rodgers did misfire on a couple throws. Receivers dropped a couple passes. An offense playing without Randall Cobb because of a hamstring injury also lost Geronimo Allison in the second half after he had to be evaluated for a concussion. The offense wasn't quite as effective in the second half. Still, it was a confidence-building win following a disheartening 14-point loss last week to Washington. Davante Adams had 81 catches for eight yards. Running back Ty Montgomery had a 43-yard completion on a wheel route that set up Graham's 3-yard touchdown catch with 5:15 left to open the scoring. Graham had three catches for 21 yards. Signed in the offseason as a free agent, the athletic tight end made his first official Lambeau Leap a fter a touchdown earlier this season was wiped out by a flag. For Buffalo, McCoy finished with 24 yards on five carries, and 13 yards on three receptions. INJURY REPORTWR Kelvin Benjamin had one catch for 34 yards before leaving in the third quarter to be evaluated for a head injury. Benjamin absorbed a hard hit from Clinton-Dix on a play that also led the safety's interception. . . . S Micah Hyde had a disappointing return to Lambeau after leaving in the first quarter with a groin injury. Hyde left the Packers as a free agent after the 2016 season. UP NEXTBills: Host Tennessee Titans on Oct. 7. Packers: Visit Detroit Lions on Oct. 7. ---More NFL: https://apnews. com/tag/NFL and https://twitter. com/-NFL

NFL Game Recap: New York Jets (12) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (31) - 9/30/2018

NFL Game Recap: New York Jets (12) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (31) - Date: 9/30/2018 Sep 30, 2018 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Blake Bortles threw two touchdown passes, including a 67-yarder to Donte Moncrief, and the Jacksonville Jaguars used a dominant defensive performance to handle the New York Jets 31-12 on Sunday. Bortles ended up with a career-high 388 yards passing, topping 375 yards for the second time in three games. He found T. J. Yeldon wide open for a 31-yard score in the second quarter and then beat a blitz with the deep pass to Moncrief down the sideline. Money Cappers. The pass to Moncrief was Jacksonville's lone offensive highlight in an ugly second half. The Jaguars (3-1) had three turnovers that led to nine points for the Jets (1-3), who have dropped three straight. Jets rookie Sam Darnold was harassed early and often, getting sacked three times and nea rly throwing three interceptions. Tashaun Gipson's pick was overturned by a holding penalty on the other side of the field, and Pro Bowl cornerbacks A. J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey each dropped INTs that would have ended New York's scoring drives. Football Handicappers. The Jaguars allowed 178 yards and recorded a safety . The Jets scored their lone touchdown following Yeldon's fourth-quarter fumble, a 2-yard pass from Darnold to Jordan Leggett. Nonetheless, it was hardly the "identity game" the Jets had wanted. It was about what the confident Jaguars expected. They improved to 6-1 following losses in coach Doug Marrone's two seasons. Jacksonville's biggest concern coming out of the victory was the health of running back Leonard Fournette, who re-injured his strained right hamstring. Fournette missed the last two games while trying to get back to full speed, but tweaked it during his return. Bortles completed 29 of 38 passes, with an interception on a ball tipped at the line of scrimmage. Fournette ran 11 times for 30 yards before leaving the game for good. Darnold was 17-of-34 passing for 167 yards. The 1-2 punch of Bilal Powell and Isaiah Crowell combined for 26 yards on the ground. BAD BLOOD? The Jaguars were upset about something, maybe a late body slam on receiver Dede Westbrook by Jets safety Jamal Adams. Marrone called for a 2-point conversion on the final touchdown, a strange decision in a lopsided game. FIRST SACKSJets defensive lineman Leonard Williams and Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue recorded their first sacks of the season. Williams took down Bortles in the second quarter. Ngakoue sacked Darnold on the last play of the first half. BOUYE OLOGIESBouye had plenty to apologize for in the victory. First, he took blame for Gipson missing out on his first interception of the season. Later, he dropped a sure pick that hit him in the ha nds. KEY INJURIESJaguars center Brandon Linder was ruled out at halftime with a back injury. . . . Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne left game with a stomach illness, and linebacker Josh Martin was ruled out with concussion-like symptoms. UP NEXTJets: host Denver next Sunday. Jaguars: play at Kansas City next Sunday. ---More NFL: https://apnews. com/tag/NFL and https://twitter. com/-NFL

NFL Game Recap: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10) vs. Chicago Bears (48) - 9/30/2018

NFL Game Recap: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10) vs. Chicago Bears (48) - Date: 9/30/2018 Sep 30, 2018 CHICAGO Mitchell Trubisky threw a career-high six touchdown passes and the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears pounded the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-10 on Sunday. Good Return on Investment. The Bears (3-0) won their third straight with Trubisky delivering the sort of breakout performance general manager Ryan Pace envisioned when he traded up a spot to draft the prized quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick last year. He finished one TD pass shy of a franchise mark set by Sid Luckman against the New York Giants in 1943. The Bears also racked up 483 yards, nearly matching their record of 488 in that same game, on the way to their highest point total since 51-20 victory over Tennessee in 2012. Handicapping Sports. The def ense did its part, harassing Ryan Fitzpatrick before Jameis Winston took over to start the second half. And the Bears (3-1) won their third straight, matching their longest run since a 3-0 start in 2013. Free Sports Picks of the Day. Trubisky had never thrown for more than two touchdowns in a game. But he threw for five in the first half alone as Chicago grabbed a 38-3 lead. The only other player with more in a single half since 1991 was Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers with six in the first two quarters against the Bears in a romp at Lambeau Field in November 2014. Trubisky had no trouble finding wide-open receivers against a struggling secondary, completing 19 of 26 passes for 354 yards. Khalil Mack had a strip-sack in the first half against Fitzpatrick. That made him the first player with a sack and forced fumble in four straight games since Robert Mathis for Indianapolis in 2005. He also appeared to tip the b all as Winston released a pass that Danny Trevathan picked off on the first drive of the second half. Coming off a tight loss to Pittsburgh on Monday night, the Buccaneers (2-2) were simply overwhelmed in this one. Tampa Bay decided to stick with Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback even though Winston was back from a three-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. But after becoming the first player in NFL history to top 400 yards passing in three consecutive games, he was 9 of 18 for 126 yards and got sacked two times. Winston was 16 for 20 with 145 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Chicago's Tarik Cohen had a career-high 121 yards receiving and a touchdown. Taylor Gabriel had a personal-best 104 yards receiving to go with two TD catches. Trey Burton caught a 39-yard touchdown on the game's opening drive and finished with 86 yards. Allen Robinson caught a 14-yarder late in the first quarter - his first TD since signing with Chicago in the offseason. NATIONAL ANTHEMThere were no obvious protests by either team. INJURIESBuccaneers: TE O. J. Howard left in the first half because of a knee injury. . . . CB Carlton Davis III aggravated a groin injury. . . . DT Vita Vea, the No. 12 overall draft pick this year, was active for the first time after being sidelined by a calf injury. Bears: LB Sam Acho left in the first half with a pectoral injury. UP NEXTBuccaneers: Have bye week. At Atlanta on Oct. 14. Bears: Have bye week. At Miami on Oct. 14. ---More NFL: https://apnews. com/tag/NFLfootball and https://twitter. com/-NFL

NFL Game Recap: Detroit Lions (24) vs. Dallas Cowboys (26) - 9/30/2018

NFL Game Recap: Detroit Lions (24) vs. Dallas Cowboys (26) - Date: 9/30/2018 Sep 30, 2018 ARLINGTON, Texas Brett Maher kicked a 38-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Dallas Cowboys to a 26-24 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Maher's fourth field goal was set up by Dak Prescott's 34-yard completion to running back Ezekiel Elliott on a deep throw after Matthew Stafford had put the Lions in front with a 38-yard touchdown to Golden Tate, their second TD connection of the day. Elliott had a career-high 240 all-purpose yards, with 152 yards rushing and 88 receiving. The rushing total was 1 yard shy of his best. Fighting Predictions. The best offensive day of the season for a previously struggling Dallas offense spoiled Stafford's homecoming again, with his third straight loss at the home of the Cowboys (2-2). The former Dallas-area high school star threw for 307 yards. Gambling Profit. Trailing 20-10, Stafford led the Lions (1-3) 75 yards to rookie Kerryon Johnson's first career touchdown, an 8-yard run that started a back-and-fourth final quarter. After the Cowboys settled for Maher's third field goal on an 85-yard drive, Stafford found Tate for 35 yards into Dallas territory before Tate easily beat zone coverage down the sideline and strutted toward the end zone, just as he had on a 45-yard score in the first quarter. But Prescott had an answer while throwing for at least 200 yards for the first time this season. The Dallas quarterback saved the final drive by picking up a fumble when he was hit on the arm and scrambling before throwing the ball out of bounds. Prescott then converted a third down on the next play and two plays later threw deep to Elliott with linebacker Jarrad Davis trailing the 2016 NFL rushing leader by a couple of steps. The Cowboys then killed the clock to set up Maher, the kicker they chose over trusty Dan Bailey at the end of the preseason in a cost-cutting move. Elliott had a season-high 25 carries for his 152 yards, and Prescott was 17 of 27 for 255 yards with two touchdowns, including tight end Geoff Swaim's first career score. Stafford was 24 of 30 with the two scores to Tate, who had eight catches for 132 yards. ROUGHING THE PASSERThe touchdown screen to Elliott was set up by a roughing-the-passer penalty against Romeo Okwara. The question was whether the whistle had blown when he hit Prescott, who was trying to escape pressure when he stumbled out of an attempted tackle and went to a knee. Prescott popped up but had stopped moving, anticipating that he was down, when Okwara knocked him to the ground. Officials discussed the play before announcing two defensive penalties. The other was an illegal contact call against Darius Slay. CAREER FIRSTDallas receiver Terran ce Williams was a healthy scratch for the first time in his six-year career. The Cowboys have struggled for consistency with their pass catchers in the first season without Jason Witten and Dez Bryant. They have seven receivers on the 53-man roster. Williams was the odd man out this week, and was a no-show at practice Friday. INJURIESLions: RG T. J. Lang didn't return after sustaining a concussion in the first quarter. Cowboys: WR Tavon Austin injured his right shoulder falling to the ground after dropping a potential touchdown catch in the first half. He returned in the second half. . . . DT Antwaun Woods left in the first half with a calf injury. Woods was questionable before the game because of a groin injury. UP NEXTLions: Green Bay at home next Sunday. Cowboys: At Houston next Sunday. ---More NFL: https://apnews. com/tag/NFL and https://twitter. com/-NFL

NFL Game Recap: Miami Dolphins (7) vs. New England Patriots (38) - 9/30/2018

NFL Game Recap: Miami Dolphins (7) vs. New England Patriots (38) - Date: 9/30/2018 Sep 30, 2018 FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Tom Brady threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns and the New England Patriots handed Miami its first loss of the season in a 38-7 rout on Sunday. It denied the Dolphins their first 4-0 start since Hall of Fame coach Don Shula's last season in 1995. Brady improved to 15-1 as a starter against Miami. But New England lost one of its best players in the process. Tight end Rob Gronkowski, one of Brady's favorite targets, left the game in the third quarter with a right ankle injury and did not return. It put a slight damper on an afternoon in which New England showed the kind of consistency on both sides of the ball that had been missing in back-to-back losses to Jacksonville and Detroit. Since 2002, the Patriots are 7-0 after back-to-back lossesIn its two losses, New England's offense struggled to find i ts rhythm and sustain drives on third down. It did both Sunday, taking advantage of a Dolphins defense that couldn't seem to match the Patriots speed. Running back James White finished with a rushing and receiving touchdown. Rookie running back Sony Michel rushed 25 times for 112 yards and his first career touchdown. Miami struggled in every phase and looked very much like the team that has lost 10 straight road games to New England. Ryan Tannehill finished 11 for 20 for 100 yards and an interception. He was pulled in the fourth quarter in favor of Brock Osweiler. Osweiler connected with Frank Gore for a 6-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter for Miami's lone score. Miami was just 3 of 11 on third down and managed only 172 total yards. The Dolphins also had two turnovers. Miami had a strong start on defense, intercepting Brady on New England's second offensive series. But following quick Dolphins' punt, the Patriots bounced back with a 55-yard TD pas s from Brady to Cordarrelle Patterson to take a 10-0 lead. Sports Handicapper Records. The 55-yard pass was New England's longest play of the season. Patterson caught the pass over his shoulder along the sideline and stutter-stepped past safety T. J. McDonald to find a clear path to the end zone. Sports Bettors Email Leads. Then about midway through the second quarter, Tannehill fumbled a snap to begin a series that was recovered by Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy on the Dolphins 2 . White ran it in for a touchdown on the next play to make it 17-0 . Free Picks for Today. The Patriots then ended the half with a 15-play, 85-yard drive capped by an acrobatic touchdown grab in the end zone by Phillip Dorsett. Dorsett, who had no catches in last week's loss to Detroit, finished with four c atches for 55 yards. GORDON DEBUTSPatriots receiver Josh Gordon made his debut Sunday, making his first playing time in New England since his trade from the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 17. He made his first reception at the 7:27 mark of the first quarter, hauling in a 13-yard grab. Gordon was inactive in Week 3 in New England's loss to Detroit with a hamstring injury and was limited in practice this week. He finished with two catches for 32 yards. MR. 200Dolphins running back Frank Gore became the eighth running back in NFL history to appear in 200 NFL games. Gore took the field in the first quarter of Miami's matchup with the Patriots. With 14,124 rushing yards, Gore entered the day ranked fourth on the NFL's all-time rushing list behind only Emmitt Smith (18,335), Walter Payton (16,726) and Barry Sanders (15,269). SPREAD IT AROUNDPatterson became the 70th different player to catch a touchdown pass from Brady. It tied Brady with Vinny Testaverde for the most pl ayers with a touchdown reception from a single quarterback in NFL history. INJURIESDolphins center Daniel Kilgore left the game in the first half with an arm injury. Safety Bobby McCain left with a knee injury. Patriots defensive lineman Adam Butler was helped off the field in the fourth quarter. Linebacker Elandon Roberts also limped off late. UP NEXTThe Dolphins visit Cincinnati next Sunday. The Patriots host the Colts on Thursday night. ---More NFL: https://apnews. com/tag/NFL and https://twitter. com/-NFL