Saturday, August 31, 2019

NCAAF Game Recap: New Mexico State (7) vs. Washington State (58) - 8/31/2019

NCAAF Game Recap: New Mexico State (7) vs. Washington State (58) - Date: 8/31/2019 Sep 01, 2019PULLMAN, Wash. Anthony Gordon completed his first 15 passes, threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, and No. 23 Washington State rolled past New Mexico State 58-7 on Saturday night. Gordon made his first college start memorable throwing touchdowns of 41, 48, 19 and 54 yards in the first half as the Cougars (1-0) built a 35-7 lead and coasted to an easy opening victory. Gordon finished 29 of 35 for 420 yards and five TD passes before checking out late in the third quarter. Gordon, who had just five career passes coming into the season, beat out Eastern Washington transfer Gage Gubrud for the starting job with a stellar fall camp and his performance in camp continued into the start of the season. Gordon hit Rodrick Fisher on a 41-yard TD on the opening drive of the game and the passing onslaught was only getting st arted. Gordon added a 48-yard catch-and-run TD to Dezmon Patmon, hit Easop Winston Jr. on a 19-yard score and capped his big half with a 54-yard touchdown toss to Travell Harris. Gordon hit 22 of 23 passes in the first half. The only incompletion was a drop by Brandon Arconado midway through the second quarter. Harris added a 20-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, breaking a couple of tackles and traversing from one side of the field to the other to complete the run after catch. Max Borghi added 128 yards rushing on 10 carries, including a 12-yard touchdown. Borghi became the first Washington State running back to rush for 100 yards since Gerard Wicks against California in 2016. New Mexico State quarterback Josh Adkins scored on a 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter when he recovered a fumble and took the loose ball into the end zone to tie the game at 7-7. That was the highlight of the night for the Aggies (0-1) who were limited to 317 total yards, a bi g chunk coming in the fourth quarter. Adkins was 28 of 42 for 221 yards and two interceptions. QB TRIOThe night wasn't just about Gordon. Gubrud entered late in the third quarter and threw a 9-yard touchdown to Renard Bell. And, Trey Tinsley got some time in the fourth quarter going 1-of-3 passing in his limited action. Baseball Handicappers. THE TAKEAWAYNew Mexico State: The Aggies knew it was going to be a challenging start to the season beginning with the Cougars and No. 2 Alabama next week. New Mexico State must cut down on the miscues after committing three turnovers and was just 5 of 15 on third downs. Washington State: Part of Gordon's big debut was distributing the wealth to his pass catchers. Ten Cougars caught at least one pass, showing the depth of Washington State's receiver group. Patmon led the way with seven catches for 103 yards. UP NEXTNew Mexico State: The Aggies travel to face No. 2 Alabama. Washington State: The Cougars host Northern Colorado next Saturday. ---More college football: https://apnews. com/Collegefootball and https://twitter. com/-Top25

MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Dodgers (5) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (6) - 8/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Dodgers (5) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (6) - Date: 8/31/2019 Escobar homers late, Arizona tops Dodgers in a wild onePHOENIX Don't tell the Arizona Diamondbacks they are out of the race for the National League wild card.Not when Eduardo Escobar is on a tear, Archie Bradley is closing out important games and the Diamondbacks have come from behind for three straight wins over the rival Los Angeles Dodgers in front of raucous crowds.Escobar homered for the third straight game and the Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 on Saturday night before a crowd of 50,180, a single-game attendance record for Chase Field.Bradley got out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam by catching the throw from second base on a key ninth inning double play and screamed and thumped his chest after getting the game's final out.''My heart's still beating fast, I'm so excited,'' Bradley said after th e game. ''I caught it, the first thing I did was looked at the umpire and he gave a big punch out, and wow, it was massive right there. All I had to do was get one more out.'' Escobar's solo shot was his 10th home run in August and 32nd of the season. Basketball Handicappers. The homer came off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen in the bottom of the eighth inning.Christian Walker and Wilmer Flores hit back-to-back home runs off Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw (13-4).Kershaw, who lost his second straight start, was charged with five runs on five hits, six strikeouts and two walks in five innings. He failed to last six innings for the first time in 22 starts.''Felt pretty good today actually. Just kind of left a few pitches middle gain and gave up some homers,'' he said. ''They hit mistakes, tonight they did a good job with it, so don't make mistakes.'' The Dodgers load ed the bases in the top of the ninth off Bradley. But pinch-hitter Matt Beatty grounded into the big double play that scored a run, and pinch-hitter Russell Martin grounded out to end the game.Justin Turner and Will Smith homered for the Dodgers.This game could have went either way in that ninth inning, so the way we play the game, play 27 outs, that hasn't changed,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after his team dropped its sixth game in the past nine.The potential pitcher's duel never really materialized, with Arizona's Robbie Ray (12-7) exiting after allowing four runs on eight hits in five innings.Walker and Flores homered in the bottom of the fourth, tying the game after the Dodgers raced to a 3-0 lead. Walker's two-run shot was his fourth in 10 career at-bats against Kershaw.Kershaw hung his head in exasperation as Walker's drive hit above the yellow line on the center field batter's eye. He has consecutive losses for the first time s ince April 20-25, 2018, and his 23 home runs allowed matches a career high.''I feel like I've faced him enough now to where I have a pretty good feel for how he's going to try to get me out,'' Walker said. ''It's just a lot of fun showing up to the ballpark playing like we want to play. Free Predictions. This is who can be, this is who we are.'' The Dodgers went up 4-3 on a leadoff double from A. J. Pollock and Enrique Hernandez's sacrifice fly in the fifth. But the Diamondbacks took their first lead, 5-4, on Nick Ahmed's two-run double down the left field line with one out in the bottom of the inning.Turner connected on a 2-0 pitch for his 26th home run of the season with two outs in the top of the third.Smith hit his 13th homer of the season to open the fourth inning, another ball that landed in the seats in left field. Smith has 10 home runs since being called up from the minors July 26.The Dodgers added Jedd Gyorko's RBI double in the fourth for a 3-0 lead.''We are on a good path,'' Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. ''Something special's happening, and we'll see where it takes us.'' KERSHAW OFF THE MOUNDKershaw had an interesting night beyond pitching. He reached back to catch a wayward toss from Gyorko and forced out Walker at the bag in the second inning. Winning Sports Handicappers. Then, he was thrown out at second base trying to stretch a single into a double two batters before Turner's home run.CELEBRATING MEXICAN BEISBOLOn the day the Diamondbacks celebrated their relationship with Mexico's Pacific League, the team wore batting practice tops bearing the logos of the league's teams and black ''Los D-backs'' jerseys.Representatives from each of the LMP's 10 teams attended, and the ga me had a Mexican feel to it with a live band playing in the stadium left-field bleachers.The Hermosillo Naranjeros (Orange Growers) are often considered the most popular Mexican baseball team in Arizona, with its proximity to Mexico's northern state of Sonora, where Hermosillo is located.TRAINER'S ROOMDodgers: OF Alex Verdugo (oblique strain) will start a rehab assignment with rookie-level Ogden on Sunday, and manager Dave Roberts said Verdugo could be activated from the injured list next weekend.Diamondbacks: IF Ketel Marte was out of the lineup for the second straight game with a lingering hamstring problem, though he pinch hit for Ray in the fifth. ... RHP Luke Weaver (forearm tightness) will throw a simulated game Monday. ... RHP Yoshihisa Hirano (right elbow soreness) will throw off a mound as the next step in his progression toward a return.UP NEXTDodgers: RHP Ross Stripling is set to come off the injured list and start Sunday. Stripling (4-4, 3.64 earned run average) has made 12 starts this season.Diamondbacks: LHP Alex Young (6-3, 3.81 ERA) is set for his third appearance against the Dodgers this season on Sunday.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: San Diego Padres (4) vs. San Francisco Giants (1) - 8/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: San Diego Padres (4) vs. San Francisco Giants (1) - Date: 8/31/2019 Myers, Machado lead Padres to 4-1 win over the GiantsSAN FRANCISCO Wil Myers homered, Manny Machado was 2 for 3 with a triple and Joey Lucchesi pitched six strong innings as the San Diego Padres defeated the San Francisco Giants 4-1 on Saturday night.Machado tripled off reliever Tony Watson (2-2) to lead off the eighth inning of a 1-1 game. Josh Naylor singled through the left side of a drawn-in infield off Watson, scoring Machado with one out.Myers hit a two-run homer off Will Smith in the ninth to make the score 4-1.Craig Stammen (7-6) pitched two shutout innings for the Padres, who have won two of three after losing six of eight.Austin Slater homered for the Giants, who have lost four of their last five games and eight of 11.Padres closer Kirby Yates worked the ninth for his 39th save in 42 chances.Lucchesi gave up a run on eight hits and a wa lk in his team-leading 26th start. Sports Handicapping Services. The lefty, who played high school ball locally in the Oakland suburbs, was making his third start at Oracle Park. He was 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA in his previous two starts.Slater homered to center in the first. His fifth home run came on an 0-2 sinker Lucchesi left up in the zone.The Padres tied the game in the sixth off Giants starter Logan Webb when Manuel Margot followed Naylor's two-out double to left with a run-scoring single to center.Webb gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings on seven hits and one walk in his third career start and first in San Francisco. Best Sports Handicappers Free Picks. The 22-year-old rookie righty struck out seven.TRAINER'S ROOMGiants: RHP Reyes Moronta left the game with an apparent arm injury. Moronta fell off the mound, dropping to the grass after throwing a 9 8 mph fastball to Luis Urias on his third pitch. He appeared to clutch his right forearm or elbow as he rolled on the ground in pain. Make Money Betting Sports. The specifics of his injury weren't immediately known. ... INF Pablo Sandoval (right elbow inflammation) felt good after taking batting practice on Friday and could be activated on Sunday to be used as a pinch-hitter, manager Bruce Bochy said. The 2012 World Series MVP will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery in Los Angeles on Wednesday. ... RHP Johnny Cueto threw 75 pitches in his sixth rehab for Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday. He could join the Giants rotation within a week, Bochy said.UP NEXTLHP Eric Lauer (7-8, 4.48 ERA) will pitch Sunday's series finale for San Diego. Lauer is 2-0 with a 4.32 ERA in August. RHP Jeff Samardzija (9-10, 3.38) will pitch on regular rest in place of RHP Tyler Beede, whose start was pushed back. Samardzija is 5 -3 with a 1.99 ERA over his last 11 starts. Beede will pitch Monday in St. Louis.--More MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Pittsburgh Pirates (11) vs. Colorado Rockies (4) - 8/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: Pittsburgh Pirates (11) vs. Colorado Rockies (4) - Date: 8/31/2019 Bell hits 35th HR, Pirates clobber Rockies 11-4DENVER Josh Bell hit his 35th homer, Kevin Newman homered on the first pitch of the game and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 11-4 Saturday night.Newman has nine hits, including three homers, in 14 at-bats in the series, and this was his second leadoff shot. Jose Osuna also connected, and the Pirates won for the 14th time in 18 games at Coors Field. Pittsburgh will try for a sweep Sunday.Ryan McMahon and Daniel Murphy homered for the Rockies, who have lost five in a row and 11 of 13. A loss Sunday would be the second time in a week Colorado has been swept in a four-game series.Not even the feel-good story of Tim Melville could help the Rockies on Saturday. In his first two starts since being recalled Aug. 21, the 29-year-old journeyman was 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA. After two innings and fiv e runs - four earned - Saturday, his ERA was 3.21.Newman connected off Melville (1-1) during a two-run first. NBA Handicappers. The Pirates added three more in the second, two on a double by Bryan Reynolds.McMahon hit is 19th in the second and Colorado added another in the third, but Bell and Osuna had solo homers in the fourth off Wes Parsons to make it 7-2. Bell's 35 homers are a franchise record for a switch-hitter.Joe Musgrove (9-12) went six innings to get his first win in six starts.TRAINER'S ROOMPirates: OF Gregory Polanco (left shoulder) was transferred from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list.WAIVER WIREThe Pirates claimed left-handed pitcher Wei-Chung Wang off waivers from Oakland. Wang was 1-0 with a 3.33 ERA in 20 relief appearances with the Athletics. He is expected to join the team Tuesday.UP NEXTPittsburgh LHP Steven Brault (3-3, 4.06) will make his second career start against the Colorado. < a href="https://www.cappertek.com/accessPicks.asp">Best Sports Picks Today. The Rockies have not announced a starter for Sunday.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAF Game Recap: Louisiana Tech (14) vs. Texas (45) - 8/31/2019

NCAAF Game Recap: Louisiana Tech (14) vs. Texas (45) - Date: 8/31/2019 Sep 01, 2019AUSTIN, Texas Sam Ehlinger threw four touchdown passes and No. 10 Texas rolled past Louisiana Tech 45-14 on Saturday night, giving coach Tom Herman his first season-opening victory in three years with the Longhorns. Winning Sports Handicappers. Texas had started each of the past two seasons with losses to Maryland, but had no trouble overwhelming the Bulldogs from Conference-USA in this one. Ehlinger was coolly efficient from the start with scoring passes on three of Texas' first four possessions. Herman dismissed the previous bad starts as ''irrelevant,'' but those losses had hung over his first two seasons, even when Texas finished 2018 with a Sugar Bowl win over Georgia. ''The preparation of our guys was really, really impressive the way they handled thei r business,'' Herman said after getting the victory. Texas was solely focused on Louisiana Tech, even with game against No. 6 LSU up next. ''The leaders in the locker room know how the openers turned out the last couple of years,'' Herman said. Sports Handicapper Scams. Texas is one of the favorites to challenge Oklahoma for the Big 12 title as long as Ehlinger can keep delivering touchdowns like he did last season and Saturday night. The junior passed for 25 TDs and ran for 16 more last season, and his four scoring thrown against the Bulldogs tied his career high. Ehlinger left the game at 38-0 and did not play in the fourth quarter. Devin Duvernay caught nine passes and Ehlinger's first touchdown, and Brennan Eagles caught touchdowns of 28 and 25 yards in the second and third quarters. Handicappers Free Picks. T HE TAKEAWAYLouisiana Tech: The Bulldogs (0-1) needed senior quarterback J'Mar Smith and his top playmaker, Adrian Hardy, to have big games and neither could deliver against a swarming Texas defense. Smith was under regular pressure and missed some open looks, most notably a wild pass in the first half that missed an easy touchdown when the game was still close. Hardy didn't have a catch in the first half. ''Poor Adrian, that guy is going to have bruises all over his body the way he got tackled tonight,'' Bulldogs coach Skip Holtz said. ''They weren't going to let him free. '' Texas: The Longhorns defense had eight new starters from a year ago and got off to a good start behind a dominant effort with so many fresh faces. Texas used a mix of looks that even included eight defensive backs on some plays, and forced three turnovers. Refine that scheme, and having that kind of coverage speed all over the field could have a big impac t when Big 12 play starts. POLL IMPLICATIONSThere's no reason to drop Texas down after a methodical dismantling of a Bulldogs team that has been known to give bigger programs fits. UP NEXTLouisiana Tech: The Bulldogs head back to Louisiana to face FCS opponent Grambling. Texas: The Longhorns host their biggest non-conference game of the year: No. 6 LSU (1-0), which beat Georgia Southern 55-3 behind five touchdowns passes from Joe Burrow. ---More college football: https://apnews. com/Collegefootball and https://twitter. com/-Top25---Follow Jim Vertuno at https://twitter. com/JimVertuno

MLB Game Recap: Seattle Mariners (2) vs. Texas Rangers (3) - 8/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: Seattle Mariners (2) vs. Texas Rangers (3) - Date: 8/31/2019 Kiner-Falefa hits walk-off single, Rangers beat Mariners 3-2ARLINGTON, Texas The night started with Texas celebrating retired infielder Michael Young. It was only fitting that the last remaining Ranger to play with Young helped end the night with another celebration.Elvis Andrus doubled to start a two-run, ninth-inning rally that ended with Isiah Kiner-Falefa's walk-off single, and the Rangers got some help from video review along the way to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 Saturday night.Andrus, Young's teammate on the Rangers' back-to-back World Series teams in 2010 and 2011, scored the tying run after he was originally ruled out by home plate umpire Jansen Visconti. Best Sports Picks Today. The play was overturned via replay review.''There were a lot of thoughts that I had before the game, a lot of things that I put in perspective,'' Andrus said. ''And one of those things was compete. Sports Handicapper Leaderboard. That was one of the things that Michael always told me.'' Texas had been held hitless since Andrus' RBI double in the third, when he started the ninth with a double against Matt Magill (4-2). After he went to third on Willie Calhoun's ground out, Nick Solak grounded to short. Andrus broke on contact and beat Dylan Moore's throw with a headfirst slide.''I love that play because I can be a lot more aggressive than I am usually,'' Andrus said. ''As soon as I made that contact I was gone.'' Visconti ruled out, but crew chief Jerry Meals called for a review that overturned the play.''You got to give it to him for getting an excellent read on it,'' Seattle catcher Austin Nola said. ''The re's nothing else you could do. He got a good read and had a great slide too.'' Solak reached first, then went to third when Rougned Odor's grounder squirted off second baseman Dee Gordon's glove for a single that was originally ruled an error. Danny Santana was intentionally walked, and Kiner-Falefa stroked the winning single to right-center.Emmanuel Clase (2-2) pitched out of a jam in the top of the ninth to get the win, one night after earning his first big league save.Daniel Vogelbach had given Seattle the lead with a sixth-inning RBI single.THE NIGHT IS YOUNG'SThe Rangers retired Michael Young's No. 10 in a pregame ceremony. Young, who played for the Rangers from 2000 to 2012, is the franchise's leader in games played, hits and runs scored.Some of Young's former teammates attended the ceremony, including the last two Rangers to have their numbers retired: Ivan Rodriguez and Adrian Beltre. Handicappers Watchdog. The loudest ovation was for former Texas manager Ron Washington, who guided Young and the Rangers to back-to-back World Series in 2010 and 2011. Washington, now a coach for the Braves, missed Atlanta's game to attend the ceremony.Rangers manager Chris Woodward is three months older than Young, and the two grew up together in Covina, California.''The ultimate professional, the most prepared guy, the most competitive guy and the most selfless teammate,'' said Woodward of Young. ''That's what I ask guys to be. How much can you impact the people around you?''Young's is the fifth number retired by the Rangers; the others are Nolan Ryan (34), Johnny Oates (26), Rodriguez (7) and Beltre (29).LAST MINUTE, GREAT STARTTommy Milone wasn't named the Mariners starter until early Saturday, but he gave up just three hits and one run in five innings, striking out four. He was in line for the win until the Ra ngers rallied. Matt Wisler, Taylor Guilbeau and Anthony Bass each threw a perfect inning before things unraveled in the ninth.''Tommy pitched great,'' Seattle manager Scott Servais said. ''Kept us right there. You got to score some runs on the road to win ballgames and we were close to pulling it out but offensively didn't get a ton going tonight.'' OUT OF TROUBLESeattle had runners on second and third with one out in the ninth, looking to get insurance when Clase entered. The Mariners tried a safety squeeze, but Keon Broxton couldn't get the bat on an outside pitch and Moore strayed too far off third base. He was caught in a rundown and tagged out. Clase then struck out Broxton to end the inning.SECOND TIME'S THE CHARMThe Rangers had lost a replay challenge in the seventh inning when Odor tried to bunt his way on to lead off the inning. Guilbeau scooped up the bunt and flipped to Gordon covering to narrowly beat Odor -- a decision the replay upheld.UP NEXTLHP Yusei Kikuchi (5-9, 5.36) will start for Seattle in the conclusion of the four-game series. The Rangers have not named a starter, but Woodward said LHP Brett Martin (1-2, 4.56) would probably get the nod.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAF Game Recap: Oregon (21) vs. Auburn (27) - 8/31/2019

NCAAF Game Recap: Oregon (21) vs. Auburn (27) - Date: 8/31/2019 Aug 31, 2019ARLINGTON, Texas Auburn true freshman quarterback Bo Nix threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Seth Williams with 9 seconds remaining and the 16th-ranked Tigers opened the season with a 27-21 comeback win over No. 11 Oregon on Saturday night. Nix barely converted a fourth-and-3 at midfield on the final drive when he tucked and ran. Only the nose of the ball was past the chain when officials measured. Then on third-and-10 from the Oregon 39 with no timeouts, Nix hit Williams for 13 yards, and then found him again on the next play to put Auburn ahead for the first time. Hockey Picks. The Tigers, who trailed 21-6 late in the third quarter, delivered another opening-weekend blow to the Pac-12. They beat the Pac-12's highest-ranked team in a season opener for the second year in a row - No. 6 Washington lost to them 21-16 in Atlanta last year. Nix finished 13-of-31 passing for 177 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, and also ran seven times for 42 yards. JaTarvious Whitlow ran 24 times for 110 yards for the Tigers. Justin Herbert, who bypassed early entry in the NFL draft to return to Oregon, was 28-of-37 passing for 242 yards with a touchdown. Best Sports Handicapping Services. THE TAKEAWAYOregon: The Ducks had several chances to keep this game from being that close. Already up 7-0, Bryan Addison couldn't pull in a catch in the back of the end zone on their second drive right before Camden Lewis missed a 20-yard field goal. There was also an exchange of 80-yard returns in the second quarter. Jevon Holland had an 81-yard punt return to the Auburn 9, setting up a chance to go up 21-3. But Herbert fumbled on the next play. Defensive end Big Kat Bryant scooped it up and ran 8 3 yards to the Oregon 3, though the Tigers had to settle for a field goal. Auburn: While Nix had some mistakes, like the sidearm throw into traffic that was picked off near the Oregon 10 in the second quarter, but he made plays when the Tigers needed them. His father and high school coach, Patrick Nix, played at Auburn from 1992-95. POLL IMPLICATIONSBoth Auburn and Oregon are Top 25 teams, but the Tigers should be the higher-ranked of the two in the next poll. UP NEXTOregon is home to play Nevada on Saturday night. Auburn plays at home Saturday night against Tulane. ---More college football: https://apnews. com/Collegefootball and http://www. twitter. com/-Top25

MLB Game Recap: Chicago White Sox (5) vs. Atlanta Braves (11) - 8/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: Chicago White Sox (5) vs. Atlanta Braves (11) - Date: 8/31/2019 Keuchel's rare 2-run single helps Braves top White Sox 11-5ATLANTA Dallas Keuchel collected his first RBIs since his rookie season and held Chicago to two runs in six innings as the Atlanta Braves beat the White Sox 11-5 on Saturday night.The Braves knocked Reynaldo Lopez out of the game with a six-run first inning that included Keuchel's two-run single up the middle.The White Sox have lost five straight and allowed a combined 21 runs in losing the first two games of the interleague series with Atlanta.Josh Donaldson hit his 33rd homer in the eighth off Kelvin Herrera, Chicago's sixth pitcher.Keuchel (6-5) earned his third straight win. He allowed nine hits but no walks.Lopez (8-12), who did not allow a hit in five innings in a win over Texas on Sunday, recorded only two outs in his shortest start of the season. He was pulled after giving up Keuchel's single on his 42nd pitch of the inning.Ozzie Albies singled and scored from first on Dansby Swanson's double to left field to open the first. Albies slid under the tag of catcher Welington Castillo.Billy Hamilton had a run-scoring double in the big inning. Rafael Ortega drove in a run with a single. Matt Joyce walked and scored in the inning.Entering the game, Keuchel had driven in only one run - in his 2012 rookie season with Houston - in 63 career at-bats.Chicago scored three runs in the seventh off right-hander Chris Martin. Sports Handicapping Sites. Two errors led to two unearned runs. Martin's throwing error on Yoan Moncada's grounder and Joyce's missed attempt to catch Adam Engel's liner extended the inning. Engel advanced to third.Atlanta enjoyed the early offensive surge despite resting Ronald Acuna Jr. in an attempt to end his slump. Acuna drove in a run with a bases-lo aded, pinch-hit fly ball to left field in the seventh.Acuna's batting average has dropped from .299 to .286 in 15 games since his last multi-hit game on Aug. 13. He was tied with Seattle's Domingo Santana for the major league lead with 159 strikeouts.Braves third base coach Ron Washington, the former Texas Rangers manager, missed the game. Washington received permission to attend a ceremony at Texas to retire the No. 10 worn by former Rangers star Michael Young. Washington's appearance was a surprise, and he received a standing ovation.Catching coach Sal Fasano filled in as the third base coach.TRAINER'S ROOMWhite Sox: A welt immediately formed on Jose Abreu's left arm after he was hit by a pitch from Keuchel in the fourth. Abreu also was hit by a pitch in his side in the third, when he scored on Castillo's single. Abreu remained in the game.Braves: 1B Freddie Freeman, who was hit by a pitch in his left foot in the second inning, remained in the game for three innings but appeared to be favoring the foot. Charlie Culberson replaced Freeman in the sixth. ... RF Nick Markakis (left wrist) played catch for the second straight day. He hasn't been cleared to hit.UP NEXTWhite Sox RHP Lucas Giolito (14-7, 3.20) will make his first career start and second appearance against Atlanta on Sunday in the final game of the three-game series. Giolito will face RHP Julio Teheran (8-8, 3.39), who lost his only career start against the White Sox in 2016.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAF Game Recap: Georgia (30) vs. Vanderbilt (6) - 8/31/2019

NCAAF Game Recap: Georgia (30) vs. Vanderbilt (6) - Date: 8/31/2019 Aug 31, 2019NASHVILLE, Tenn. Jake Fromm threw for 156 yards and a touchdown, and third-ranked Georgia opened the season Saturday night routing Vanderbilt 30-6. Free Picks for Today. The Bulldogs won their 20th opener in 23 seasons and stayed perfect to kick off coach Kirby Smart's fourth season. They also easily won their 14th straight against the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division in their first league game to open a season since 1995. It sure didn't feel like a road trip with fans taking advantage of a holiday weekend to paint the stadium Georgia red. The Bulldogs rewarded them by scoring a touchdown on their first three possessions, giving the fans plenty to start celebrating early. D'Andre Swift ran 16 times for 149 yards, and Brian Herrien added 65 and a TD run as the Bu lldogs rolled up 326 yards rushing. Georgia finished with a 481-225 edge in total offense, and the Bulldogs also had two sacks and recovered a fumble. Vanderbilt debuted a new starting quarterback in Riley Neal, a graduate transfer from Ball State, along with new offensive coordinator Gerry Gdowski. The Commodores also had Ke'Shawn Vaughn, the SEC's top returning rusher who ran for 1,244 yards last season, and the league's top returning receiver in Kalija Lipscomb. But the Commodores were without three starters, including two on the offensive line with both left tackle Devin Cochran and left guard Saige Young out with injuries. That left Neal with little time to throw against a Georgia defense that returned seven starters on a unit that was 15th nationally giving up just 19. 2 points a game last season. Neal finished 15 of 25 for 85 yards before being replaced by Deuce Wallace for the final possession. Vaughn was held to 74 yards on 15 carries. Vanderbilt man aged only a pair of field goals by Ryley Guay of 26 and 46 yards. POLL IMPLICATIONSPlaying a league opponent, on the road no loss, to open the season should be more than enough to keep Georgia at No. 3. Best Sports Handicapping Services. THE TAKEAWAYGeorgia: The Bulldogs came into this season needing to replace their top six pass catchers from 2018 with four of those going to the NFL. Fromm showed he had no issues finding someone else to throw to, going 7 of 8 for 97 yards to open the game. Fromm completed passes to eight different receivers. But they struggled to pad their lead in the second half, settling for a trio of field goals by Rodrigo Blankenship. Kearis Jackson also fumbled at the Vandy 5 in the fourth quarter after a 32-yard reception. Vanderbilt: The Commodores now have lost three straight to Georgia since pulling off a 17-16 win in Athens in 2016. They also gave up more yards rushing than in any game last season. UP NEXTGeorgia: Hosts Murray State on Saturday. Vanderbilt: Visits Purdue on Saturday. ---Follow Teresa M. Walker at www. twitter. com/teresamwalker---More college football: https://apnews. com/Collegefootball and https://twitter. com/-Top25

NCAAF Game Recap: Miami Ohio (14) vs. Iowa (38) - 8/31/2019

NCAAF Game Recap: Miami Ohio (14) vs. Iowa (38) - Date: 8/31/2019 Aug 31, 2019IOWA CITY, Iowa Nate Stanley threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns, Mekhi Sargent ran for 91 yards and a score, and No. 20 Iowa beat Miami (Ohio) 38-14 in their season opener on Saturday night. Free Soccer Picks. The Hawkeyes got off to a slow start, but that was erased by the consistent ground game and some big plays from Stanley, who finished 21 of 30 in Iowa's sixth straight season-opening win. Iowa opened the scoring with a 21-yard field goal by Keith Duncan, but trailed in the second quarter after RedHawks quarterback Brett Gabbert - brother of NFL quarterback Blaine Gabbert - picked apart the Iowa secondary on a 77-yard scoring drive. Gabbert finished 17 of 27 for 186 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Sp orts Handicapping Service Units Gained. The Hawkeyes used a combination of Sargent and Toren Young on the ground and Stanley finding 10 different receivers to counter and slowly pull away. Sargent had 14 carries and Young finished with nine for 48 yards and one touchdown. Track Handicappers. Two moments stood out in particular for Iowa, for different reasons. Starting left tackle Alaric Jackson left the game in the first quarter with an apparent right knee injury. Conversely, Michigan transfer Oliver Martin caught his first pass with the Hawkeyes, a nine-yard touchdown from Stanley. He finished with two catches for 14 yards and the score. THE TAKEAWAYIowa: The Hawkeyes' performance may have been uneven - and the uncertain health status of starting left tackle Alaric Jackson looms - coach Kirk Ferentz's crew eventually did what was expected as the game wore on. The rushing attack was consistent, and Martin's splash onto the scene was the highlight. Miami: Despite how the game got away from the RedHawks, Gabbert had multiple shining moments. It remains to be seen if Miami's quarterback competition is finished, but Gabbert helped himself, especially with the touch he displayed on his touchdown passes. POLL IMPLICATIONSIowa may not have wowed anyone Saturday night, but the season-opening victory should keep the Hawkeyes comfortably in the top 25. UP NEXTIowa stays home next week, opening Big Ten play by hosting Rutgers on Saturday. Miami (OH) returns hosts Tennessee Tech on Saturday. ---More college football: https://apnews. com/Collegefootball and https://twitter. com/-Top25

NCAAF Game Recap: Virginia (30) vs. Pittsburgh (14) - 8/31/2019

NCAAF Game Recap: Virginia (30) vs. Pittsburgh (14) - Date: 8/31/2019 Aug 31, 2019PITTSBURGH Virginia looks ready to live up to the preseason hype. Bryce Perkins threw for 181 yards and two touchdowns and the Cavaliers took advantage of a series of Pittsburgh miscues in a 30-14 victory on Saturday night. Perkins found Chris Sharp for a 2-yard score in the first quarter after Virginia blocked a punt and connected with Hasise Dubois on a 13-yard touchdown in the third quarter following an interception by Matt Gahm to give the Cavaliers just their second win over the Panthers since Pitt joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013. Perkins also ran for 44 yards and Virginia's defense knocked around Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett, who had an uneven night operating new offensive coordinator Mark Whipple's more pass-heavy attack for the first time. Pickett attempted a career-high 41 passes, completing 21 of them for 185 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. The junior also spent large portions of the night on the run as Pitt's offensive line - featuring four first-year starters -struggled to keep the Cavaliers at bay. Professional Sports Handicappers. The Panthers are coming off a surprising Coastal Division title last fall, when they emerged from a rocky start to become the sixth different team in as many seasons to win one of the most unpredictable divisions in major college football. The Cavaliers - coming off an 8-5 mark in head coach Bronco Mendenhall's third season - were tabbed as the favorites heading into 2019 thanks in large part to Perkins and a defense coming off an impressive shutout of South Carolina in the Belk Bowl. Virginia took an early 10-point lead but the Panthers recovered as Pickett briefly found a rhythm. He hit 9 of 10 during one stretch in the second quarter, and his 3-yard fli p to Tre Tipton with 38 seconds left in the first half gave Pitt a 14-13 lead and momentum at the break. It didn't last. Brian Delaney finished off Virginia's opening drive of the third quarter by hitting a 45-yard field goal. Pickett then tried to force a sideline throw on Pitt's next possession that Gahm stepped in front of to give the Cavaliers the ball at the Pitt 29. Five plays later Perkins hit Dubois going over the middle and the senior extended every inch of his 6-foot-3 frame to stretch the ball over the goal line and put Virginia up by nine. Pitt never came close to getting back in it, not with Pickett under heavy duress on nearly every snap. Basketball Picks. THE TAKEAWAYVirginia: The defense - and not Perkins - might be the biggest reason for optimism in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers mixed up coverages and blitz schemes brilliantly and the front three spent most of the night o perating on Pitt's side of the line of scrimmage. Pitt's four running backs - A. J. Davis, Todd Sibley, V'Lique Carter and Vincent Davis - averaged just 3. 4 yards per carry. Pitt: The Panthers hired Whipple to reinvigorate a passing game that was one of the least effective in the FBS last season. The early returns were equal parts promising and problematic. There were times when receivers broke free down field, but either Pickett overthrew them or they dropped it. A bigger issue going forward? Finding a way to make sure Pickett doesn't endure the kind of punishment he took against Virginia. UP NEXTVirginia: Welcomes former Cavaliers coach Mike London and William & Mary to Scott Stadium on Friday. London went 27-46 at Virginia from 2010-15. Pitt: Hosts Mid-American Conference preseason favorite Ohio (1-0) next Saturday. The Panthers lead the all-time series with the Bobcats 7-1. ---More college football: https://apnews. com/tag/Collegefootball a nd http://www. twitter. com/-Top25

NCAAF Game Recap: Missouri (31) vs. Wyoming (37) - 8/31/2019

NCAAF Game Recap: Missouri (31) vs. Wyoming (37) - Date: 8/31/2019 Aug 31, 2019LARAMIE, Wyo. Quarterback Sean Chambers rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown, Xazavian Valladay had 118 yards rushing and a score and Wyoming upset Missouri 37-31 in a season opener on Saturday night. It was the second upset win on the day by a Mountain West Conference team against a Southeastern Conference member. Earlier Saturday, Boise State beat Florida State 36-31 in Tallahassee, Florida. Chambers averaged 10 yards on each of his 12 rushing attempts. He also completed 6 of 16 passes for 92 yards for a Wyoming team that took advantage of three Missouri turnovers while giving up 537 yards to the Tigers. Valladay averaged 7. 9 yards on 15 carries as Wyoming ground out 297 yards on 42 carries as a team. Missouri was led by Clemson transfer quarterback Kelly Bryant, who completed 31 of 48 passes for 423 yards and two touchdowns. However, Bryant th rew a costly interception in the end zone and lost a fumble that was returned by Wyoming for another score. Missouri entered the game favored by more than two touchdowns. The game began that way with the Tigers scoring on their first two possessions - a 3-yard TD pass from Bryant to Jonathan Nance and a 2-yard scoring run by Larry Rountree III - and dominating the Cowboys in total offensive yardage, 144-28 in the first quarter. But Wyoming reversed its fortunes in the second quarter, outscoring the Tigers 27-3 in a scoring spree that included a 30-yard fumble return by cornerback C. J. Coldon, a 61-yard scoring run by Valladay and a 75-yard TD run by Chambers. The runs by Chambers and Valladay were the longest of their young college careers. NFL Handicappers. The Cowboys extended their lead to 34-17 entering the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Trey Smith. Missouri closed the Wyoming lead to 37-31 in the final p eriod on a 1-yard TD run by Tyler Badie and a 53-yard TD pass from Bryant to Nance. But Missouri turned the ball over on downs at the Wyoming 24-yard line with 29 seconds left on an incomplete pass from Bryant to Johnathon Johnson. Sports Picks Today. THE TAKEAWAYMissouri: A major setback for the Tigers who were on the cusp of the Associated Press Top 25 poll entering the game. Wyoming: A signature win under sixth year coach Craig Bohl and a major statement for the Mountain West Conference on the whole. SEC IN LARAMIEMissouri's visit to Laramie was only the second time in history that Wyoming hosted an SEC opponent. In 2004, Wyoming hosted Ole Miss and defeated the Rebels 37-32. The Cowboys played at Missouri last year and lost 40-13. Overall, Wyoming has a 4-10 record against SEC teams. UP NEXTMissouri heads home for a nonconference showdown with West Virginia on Saturday. Wyoming hits the road for a game next Saturday at Texas State. ---More college football: https://apnews. com/Collegefootball and https://twitter. com/-Top25

NCAAF Game Recap: SMU (37) vs. Arkansas State (30) - 8/31/2019

NCAAF Game Recap: SMU (37) vs. Arkansas State (30) - Date: 8/31/2019 Aug 31, 2019JONESBORO, Ark. Xavier Jones ran for three touchdowns as SMU held on late for a 37-30 win over Arkansas State on Saturday in a season opener. SMU led by seven when Arkansas State began its final drive with just over two minutes left. The Red Wolves were threatening when, with seven seconds remaining, the Mustang's Delontae Scott sacked ASU quarterback Logan Bonner, forcing a fumble which was recovered by teammate Nelson Paul, sealing the win for SMU. SMU trailed early but took a 16-9 edge at halftime with the help of field goals by Kevin Robledo of 29 and 25 yards. Bonner opened the second half with a pair of touchdowns to Omar Bayless to give the Red Wolves a 23-16 lead with 7:36 to go in the third. C. J. Sanders answered for the Mustangs with a 98-yard punt return for a score and Jones ran for a touchdown, lifting SMU to a 30-23 lead at t he end of the third. Jones ran for another TD midway through the fourth to stretch it to 37-23. Shane Buechele threw for 360 yards for the Mustangs. Ke'Mon Freeman ran for 86 yards and Jones finished with 56 yards. Bonner threw for 324 yards and four touchdowns for the Red Wolves. ---More college football: https://apnews. com/Collegefootball and https://twitter. com/-Top25

MLB Game Recap: Baltimore Orioles (5) vs. Kansas City Royals (7) - 8/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: Baltimore Orioles (5) vs. Kansas City Royals (7) - Date: 8/31/2019 Royals load bases on 3 bunts, rally past Orioles 7-5KANSAS CITY, Mo. Whit Merrifield hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning after Kansas City loaded the bases on three bunts, and the Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-5 Saturday night.Bubba Starling hit his first homer at Kauffman Stadium after growing up about 30 miles away, and Hunter Dozier connected for the 24th time this season for Kansas City.Anthony Santander hit two homers for Baltimore. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The 24-year-old is the youngest Orioles player since 23-year-old Eddie Murray in 1979 to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game, according to .Baltimore fell apart defensively in the eighth when Kansas City tried to play small ball. Slow-footed Meibrys Viloria started the Royals' rall y with a bunt single. Brett Phillips tried to sacrifice him to second, but Viloria beat the throw. Nicky Lopez followed with another sacrifice attempt, and catcher Chance Sisco's throw to third was off the mark.Merrifield followed with his second sacrifice fly of the night to make it 6-5, and Dozier added an RBI on a groundout.The three bunts came against reliever Paul Fry (1-6), who took the loss even though those were his only batters faced.Scott Barlow (3-3) got the win with 1 2/3 perfect innings. Ian Kennedy pitched a perfect ninth for his 24th save in 27 chances.Starling homered leading off the second, Santander countered with a leadoff shot in the fourth, and then Kansas City pieced together a three-run fourth on two sacrifice flies and a groundout RBI. Sports Cappers. That rally was helped when Phillips' routine fly to center was dropped by Stevie Wilkerson.Baltimore got four runs in the fifth inning t o retake the lead. Sisco hit a two-out solo home run before Johnathan Villar and Trey Mancini singled to end the night for starter Jorge Lopez. Santander greeted reliever Tim Hill with his second home run of the night, the first multihomer game of his career.Dozier's solo shot tied it in the seventh.SWEEPING UPThe Royals acquired minor league slugger Ryan McBroom from the Yankees for international signing bonus pool money and a player to be named or cash. Free Sports Picks Daily. The 27-year-old first baseman and outfielder hit .315 with 26 homers for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.TRAINER'S ROOMRoyals LHP Danny Duffy is expected to be reinstated from the 10-day IL for Sunday's start against the Orioles. Duffy has been on the IL since Aug. 8 with a left hamstring strain. ... Royals SS Adalberto Mondesi and C Cam Gallagher also are expected to be activated Sunday. Mondesi has been on the IL since July 17 with a left shoulder subluxation and Gallagher has been on the IL since Aug. 8 with a left oblique strain.ROSTER MOVES:The Orioles had three players in the clubhouse and plan to activate them Sunday when rosters can be expanded. OF Dwight Smith, Jr. has played in 84 games with this season, hitting .238 with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs. RHP Branden Kline is 1-4 with a 7.44 ERA in 25 relief appearances. Tanner Scott is 1-0 with a 5.29 ERA in 15 appearances with the parent club. The Orioles are considering other call-ups but have not announced them.The Royals are expected to have some call-ups, but with most of their minor league teams preparing for postseason, no announcements were made, other than from the injured list.UP NEXTOrioles: RHP Aaron Brooks (4-7, 5.79 ERA) will try to duplicate his recent outing against the Royals when he allowed one run on seven hits over five innings.Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (5-6, 4.96 ERA) will return from his second stint on the 10-day injured lis t to make the start.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Miami Marlins (0) vs. Washington Nationals (7) - 8/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: Miami Marlins (0) vs. Washington Nationals (7) - Date: 8/31/2019 Strasburg strikes out 14, Nationals beat Marlins 7-0WASHINGTON Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 in eight crisp innings, Anthony Rendon homered twice and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 7-0 on Saturday night.Strasburg (16-6) retired 22 straight after allowing two first-inning singles. Sports Handicapping Software. The right-hander did not walk a batter while throwing 107 pitches, and he also contributed an RBI single at the plate.Strasburg picked up his 12th straight win against the Marlins dating to 2015. He improved to 4-0 with a 1.19 ERA against Miami this season and 21-7 with a 2.74 ERA in 35 career starts.Juan Soto and Kurt Suzuki also homered for the NL wild card leaders, who have won three straight and eight of nine.The Marlins extended the franchise record with their 14 th consecutive road loss.Miami's Pablo Lopez (5-7), making his second start since returning from a strained right shoulder that kept him out for more than two months, allowed six runs and six hits in three innings.Rendon, who hit a game-ending single during Friday night's 7-6 victory over Miami, opened the scoring with his 30th homer with two out in the first.Soto followed with his 30th homer, another shot to left.Strasburg singled in Suzuki in the second, and Suzuki's two-run homer in Washington's three-run third made it 6-0.Rendon added a solo shot in the eighth for his third multihomer game of the season.BASH BROTHERSRendon and Soto are the first Nationals teammates to each hit 30 homers in the same season since Adam Dunn (38) and Ryan Zimmerman (33) in 2009.TRAINER'S ROOMMarlins: RHP Tayron Guerrero (torn fingernail, right middle finger) has joined the team. Manager Don Mattingly said he'll be activated soon.Nationals: RF Adam Eaton, who was hit b elow the right knee by a pitch on Wednesday, was again out of the lineup but available off the bench. ... Closer Sean Doolittle (right knee tendinitis) and 1B Ryan Zimmerman (plantar fasciitis) are expected to be activated when the rosters expand on Sunday.UP NEXTMarlins: LHP Caleb Smith (8-8, 4.05 ERA) has allowed five or more runs in consecutive starts for the first time in his career. He's 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA in two career starts against Washington, both this season.Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (10-6, 3.15 ERA) is 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA in three starts against the Marlins this season, including a four-hit shutout on May 25.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Minnesota Twins (7) vs. Detroit Tigers (10) - 8/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: Minnesota Twins (7) vs. Detroit Tigers (10) - Date: 8/31/2019 Twins break HR record but lose to Tigers 10-7DETROIT The Minnesota Twins capped a night of sensational slugging by breaking the major league record for home runs in a season, but that wasn't enough to overcome Detroit's seven-run third inning in the Tigers' 10-7 victory Saturday night.The Twins homered six times to bring their season total to 268, one more than the New York Yankees managed last year. Minnesota broke the mark when Mitch Garver led off the ninth with a drive to left - his second home run of the game. Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco, C. J. Cron and Nelson Cruz also went deep for Minnesota, which passed the 1997 Seattle Mariners (264 homers) during the game.Ronny Rodriguez hit a pair of two-run homers for the Tigers, who snapped a six-game skid and halted a six-game winning streak by the AL Central-leading Twins. Detroit sent 12 men to the plate in the third.Matthew Boyd (7-10) allowed five runs and six hits in six innings for Detroit. He struck out 11 with one walk.Martin Perez (9-6) allowed seven earned runs in 2 2/3 innings.Minnesota led 2-1 in the bottom of the third, but with one out, Perez allowed eight straight hitters to reach base. Miguel Cabrera put the Tigers up 3-2 with an RBI double, and Rodriguez followed with a two-run shot.Victor Reyes had two hits in the inning, including a run-scoring single that made it 8-2.Garver led off the game with a towering home run to left field, and after the Tigers answered with an unearned run, Kepler put the Twins up 2-1 with his 36th homer of the year.Only one of Minnesota's home runs came with anyone on base, a two-run shot by Polanco in the fifth that made it 8-4.After Cruz tied the record with a 450-foot home run to the bushes beyond the wall in center, the Twins loaded the bases in the eighth, but Jose Cisnero struck out pinch hitter Luis Arraez to end the threat with Detroit up 10-6.TRAINER'S ROOMTwins: Manager Rocco Baldelli said RHP Michael Pineda is in a good spot right now in terms of his innings and should be fine going forward. Pineda missed all of last season after Tommy John surgery. He has thrown 134 innings in 2019.Tigers: Cabrera was in the lineup for the first time since Tuesday, when he left with tightness in his left biceps.UP NEXTTwins: Pineda (10-5) takes the mound Sunday in the third game of this four-game series.Tigers: Spencer Turnbull (3-13) starts for Detroit.---Follow Noah Trister at www. Best Sports Picks of the Day. Twitter.com/noahtrister---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (6) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (9) - 8/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (6) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (9) - Date: 8/31/2019 Rays overpower Indians, try for sweep Sunday in key seriesST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Tommy Pham and Avisail Garcia hit two-run homers, Ji-Man Choi and Travis d'Arnaud had solo shots, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 9-6 on Saturday night.The Rays have won the first two games of the three-game set to tighten the AL wild-card race. Cleveland holds a half-game lead over Tampa Bay and Oakland for the first wild card.Carlos Santana and Francisco Lindor hit two-run homers for the Indians, who also entered 4 1/2 games in back of AL Central-leading Minnesota.Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis left in the seventh with right wrist discomfort. Left fielder Tyler Naquin was placed on the 10-day injured list before the game with a season-ending torn ACL in his right knee after getting hurt Friday, the second big blow to Cleveland's lineup in a week after Jose Ramirez broke his hand.Choi homered in the second and Pham connected in the third off Zach Plesac (7-5) as the Rays went up 3-2.Plesac was pulled after walking d'Arnaud to start a three-run sixth that included Garcia's blast off Tyler Clippard. Plesac gave up four runs and six hits in five-plus innings.D'Arnaud hit his solo blast during a three-run seventh, his 15th of the season.Santana drove his 31st homer off opener Diego Castillo in the first. Soccer Predictions. The slugger had a one-out, third-inning double against Jalen Beeks (6-3), but Lindor was thrown out trying to score from first.After Lindor hit his 26st homer in the eighth, Greg Allen cut the deficit to 9-6 on a two-run double in the ninth off Ricardo Pinto.Beeks, the second of seven Tampa Bay pitchers, allowed four hits over three scoreless innings. Emilio Pagan retired both batters he faced in the ninth to get his 16th save.STORM WATCHThe Rays and Baltimore will play a doubleheader Tuesday due to Hurricane Dorian. Wednesday's finale of a three-game series was moved up one day. It's the second doubleheader at Tropicana Field as the result of a hurricane. Make Money Betting Sports. The Rays and Detroit split a pair on Sept. 30, 2004 following Hurricane Frances.IN MEMORYThe Indians announced that former Cleveland catcher Hal Naragon died Saturday. He was 90. Naragon played parts of the seven seasons with the Indians, including with the 1954 AL champions.TRAINER'S ROOMIndians: RHP Carlos Carrasco, who hasn't pitched in the majors since late May when he was diagnosed with leukemia, will be reinstated from the 60-day IL Sunday.Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier (bruised left rib cage) went 0 for 3 with a walk after missing the previous four games. ... RHP Tyler Glasnow (right forearm strain) could return in an opener /reliever role late next week. ... LHP Brendan McKay (left shoulder fatigue) struck out eight and allowed one hit in three scoreless innings for Triple-A Durham.UP NEXTIndians RHP Adam Plutko (6-3) and Rays RHP Charlie Morton (13-6) are Sunday's starters.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAF Game Recap: Syracuse (24) vs. Liberty (0) - 8/31/2019

NCAAF Game Recap: Syracuse (24) vs. Liberty (0) - Date: 8/31/2019 Aug 31, 2019LYNCHBURG, Va. Abdul Adams, Jarveon Howard and Moe Neal ran for touchdowns and No. 22 Syracuse spoiled a most unusual debut for Hugh Freeze as Liberty's coach with a 24-0 victory on Saturday night. Still recovering from back surgery for a herniated disk on Aug. 16 and a staph infection, Freeze coached from a hospital bed in the coaching box. The school said he was in communication with his coaches and players during the game and that the bed was used to support his healing back. Freeze addressed the team before the game via video hook-up, again at halftime and was to after the game as well. He couldn't have liked much of what he saw. Stephen Calvert threw two interceptions, as many as Freeze had said the fourth-year starter had thrown in all of fall camp, and was sacked eight times by a defense that returned players responsible for 34 sack s last season, the most in the football subdivision. With quarterback Tommy DeVito taking over the Syracuse offense, the Orange led just 10-0 at halftime thanks to Andre Szmyt's 45-yard field goal and Adams' 2-yard run. An interception by Andre Cisco in the third quarter set Syracuse up at the Flames' 37 and Howard capped a five-play drive with a 1-yard run. Neal's 42-yard burst capped the scoring in the final quarter. Las Vegas Handicappers. THE TAKEAWAYSyracuse: DeVito came in with a reputation for having a big arm, but displayed a bit of gunslinger mentality, too, when he tried to rifle a pass into the back left corner of the end zone just before halftime and Bejour Wilson intercepted for the Flames' second interception. The first came in the opening quarter when DeVito threw deep from his 42 and Ceneca Espinoza Jr. pulled it down at the 3 yard-line. DeVito finished 17 of 35 for 176 yards. Liberty: Antonio Gandy-Golden came into the game as the receiver to watch for the Flames, and was the only one to watch for most of the night. He had five catches for 115 yards by halftime, including a 56-yarder he took to the Orange five. Two plays later, Liberty fumbled it away. Gandy-Golden finished with six catches for 119 yards, exactly half of the 238 yards the Flames managed through the air. POLL IMPLICATIONSSyracuse was solid on defense, but did little else to enhance its Top 25 status. UP NEXTSyracuse: The Orange remain on the road, playing at Maryland. Liberty: The Flames go on the road for the first time, playing at Louisiana. ---More college football: https://apnews. com/Collegefootball and https://twitter. com/-Top25

MLB Game Recap: New York Mets (6) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (3) - 8/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: New York Mets (6) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (3) - Date: 8/31/2019 Ramos has 4 hits to lead Mets past Phillies 6-3PHILADELPHIA Wilson Ramos is focused on being relaxed at the plate. His hitting streak? Don't even mention it.Ramos matched his career high with four hits and extended his hitting streak to 24 games, helping the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 on Saturday.Ramos had three singles and a double, upping his average to .446 (41 for 92) during the streak. He drove in one and is hitting .299 for the season.''I'm not trying to do too much,'' Ramos said. ''Use all the field. It's helping me to be more relaxed.'' The streak is far from his mind in the batter's box.''I don't want to think about that,'' he said. ''I want to think about getting a pitch to hit, go out have fun and enjoy day by day.'' Todd Frazier had three hits, two RBIs and made a stellar, run-saving catch in the sixth inning for the Mets, who pulled within four games of the Cubs for the second NL wild card.''Guys just picked each other up,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. ''Big team win.'' The Mets will go for the series sweep Sunday night.Bryce Harper homered and drove in two for Philadelphia, which remained 3 1/2 games behind the Cubs.''Super frustrating,'' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. ''It's a game we have to win.'' Steven Matz (9-8) continued his strong second half, allowing two earned runs over five-plus innings. Matz didn't retire a batter in the sixth, but the lefty got a big lift from New York's bullpen and defense.After a leadoff homer to deep left-center by Harper, an error and a pair of singles loaded the bases and ended the 28-year-old's day, Cesar Hernandez lined Luis Avilan's pitch toward left field. Frazier ma de a leaping grab at third base for the first out to save at least one run.''What a great play,'' Callaway said. ''I've never seen him jump that high.'' Frazier joked that he used his ''go-go gadget arm,'' referencing the ''Inspector Gadget'' cartoon show he watched as a kid.''I take a lot of pride in my defense,'' he said. ''Glad I could help on the defensive end.'' After walking home a run to make it 5-3, Avilan got Adam Haseley to ground into an inning-ending double play.Matz is 4-2 with a 2.73 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star break. He earned his first career win in his seventh start in Philadelphia, where he had been 0-4 with an 8.18 ERA - including a 27.00 ERA this season - prior to Saturday.Seth Lugo pitched the last two innings, striking out four for his fourth save in nine chances.Former Mets lefty Jason Vargas (6-7) gave up five runs and nine hits in four-plus i nnings. Vargas was making his first start against the Mets since April 7, 2006 - a span of 257 starts between outings against them.Ramos extended his hitting streak with an RBI single in the first. After the Phillies tied it in the bottom half on Harper's RBI groundout, New York went up 2-1 in the third on Michael Conforto's RBI double. Vargas escaped a bases-loaded, no-out situation without further damage. But the 36-year-old lefty couldn't retire any of the four batters he faced in the fifth, and the Mets went ahead 5-1 thanks to an RBI double by Frazier and a two-run double by Joe Panik.HOSKINS EJECTEDPhillies' Rhys Hoskins, who entered leading the NL in walks, was ejected for the first time in his career in the third inning by home-plate umpire Will Little for arguing after being called out on strikes.ANOTHER METS STREAKNew York's Pete Alonso extended his on-base streak to 26 games with a walk in the first inning.METS MOVENew York recalled right-hande r Walter Lockett and optioned right-hander Chris Mazza to Triple-A Syracuse. Lockett is 1-1 with a 7.79 ERA in four starts this season.TRAINER'S ROOMMets: INF Robinson Cano, who tore his left hamstring on Aug. 5, had two hits, including a double and an RBI, while playing second base for Class A Brooklyn on Saturday in his first rehab game.Phillies: RHP Seranthony Dominguez (elbow) will be re-examined next week to determine whether he will be able to return to the mound this season. Dominguez last pitched on June 5.UP NEXTRHP Marcus Stroman (7-12, 3.29), making his sixth start for the Mets since being acquired from Toronto, opposes Philadelphia RHP Zach Eflin (8-11, 4.50) on Sunday night.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAF Game Recap: Virginia Tech (28) vs. Boston College (35) - 8/31/2019

NCAAF Game Recap: Virginia Tech (28) vs. Boston College (35) - Date: 8/31/2019 Aug 31, 2019BOSTON Anthony Brown threw two touchdown passes and ran for another to lead Boston College to a 35-28 victory over Virginia Tech Saturday in the schools' opener. AJ Dillon and David Bailey each had a scoring run for the Eagles, who earned an Atlantic Coast Conference victory over the Hokies for the second straight year. Kobay White (17 yards) and true freshman Zay Flowers (33-yarder) each had a TD catch. Brown was 15 of 26 for 275 yards and didn't throw an interception. Dillon was held to 81 yards on 23 carries, but sealed it with an 11-yard run on a third-and-9 with just over 2 minutes left. Ryan Willis competed 29-of-47 passes for 344 yards with four TDs, but also was picked off three times for Virginia Tech, which finished last season with a losing record for the first time since 1992. Clinging to a one possession lead, the Ea gles marched 56 yards in 10 plays with Bailey capping it with a 1-yard TD to make it 35-21. But the Hokies cut it to 35-28 when Willis hit Kaleb Smith with an 11-yard score with 2:13 to play. It was tied 14-all before BC capitalized on a pair of turnovers, scoring two TDs in the final 6:02 of the half. Cornerback Tate Haynes forced Willis' fumble on a blitz and defensive end Marcus Valdez recovered at Virginia Tech's 17. Two plays later, Brown lofted a TD pass to White, who made an acrobatic catch along the left sideline for a score. With just under 2 1/2 minutes left in the half, Hezekiah Grimsley fumbled a punt that was recovered by BC's Nolan Borgersen at the Hokies' 28. Brown took off through the left side on an option play and went untouched for a score. Willis hit tight end James Mitchell on slant pattern for a 10-yard score, slicing it to 28-21 late in the third quarter. Sports Handicapping Monito r. THE TAKEAWAYVirginia Tech: The Hokies' defense was 106th in the nation against the run last season, allowing 210 yards per game on the ground. BC exploited them through the air with a handful of deep passes and unless the Holies get the D shored up it will be a long final season - his 33rd - for defensive coordinator Bud Foster, who announced this will be his last year. Boston College: Brown, a red-shirt junior, looked like the QB the Eagles have been hoping for, at times. His reads seemed better and his touch improved. But when the Hokies were making their comeback, he made a few bad decisions. If he becomes more consistent it would add a tough one-two punch with quality RB Dillon. UP NEXTVirginia Tech: Faces Old Dominion in its home opener next Saturday. Boston College: Hosts Richmond next Saturday. ---More college football: https://apnews. com/tag/Collegefootball and http://www. twitter. com/-Top25

NCAAF Game Recap: Northwestern (7) vs. Stanford (17) - 8/31/2019

NCAAF Game Recap: Northwestern (7) vs. Stanford (17) - Date: 8/31/2019 Aug 31, 2019STANFORD, Calif. K. J. Costello threw a 2-yard touchdown pass before getting knocked out of the season opener on a late hit and No. 25 Stanford went on to beat Northwestern 17-7 on Saturday. Costello completed 16 of 20 passes for 152 yards and the TD pass to Michael Wilson that capped a 90-yard drive in the second quarter for the Cardinal (1-0). But his day ended early when he was hit with a forearm to the facemask while sliding on a scramble by Earnest Brown IV with just 2 seconds remaining in the first half. Brown was called for a late hit that set up Jet Toner's 51-yard field goal but wasn't ejected for targeting. Costello stayed down on the turf for a few minutes before being helped to the locker room. He didn't return to the game and there was no immediate word on his condition. Northwestern also lost a quarterback with TJ Green leaving with a leg injury in the third quarter after being sacked and losing a fumble on a play in the red zone. Green had replaced the ineffective former Clemson five-star recruit Hunter Johnson late in the first half. Johnson came back in to finish and went 6 for 17 for 55 yards and two interceptions. He also lost a fumble that Stanford's Jordan Fox recovered in the end zone for a touchdown that sealed the game with 20 seconds remaining. Sports Handicappers Rankings. Things were so bad for the Wildcats that they failed to score after Stanford backup quarterback Davis Mills lost a fumble that Gavin Newsome returned to the 21. Northwestern gained 1 yard on three plays before Charlie Kuhbander missed wide right on a 38-yard field goal try. Best Sports Handicappers in the World. The Wildcats finally got on the board on a 1-yard run by John Moten IV midway through the fourth quarter. Sports Predictions. THE TAKEAWAYNorthwestern: Coach Pat Fitzgerald kept the starting quarterback secret until just before game time, not that it helped much. Johnson threw an incompletion on his first pass, was intercepted on a ricochet on his second throw and was 1 for 4 for 3 yards and an interception on his first three drives. Green entered on the fourth drive and led the Wildcats into Stanford field position for the first time before that stalled with an incompletion on fourth-and-6 from the 34. It only got slightly better in the second half but Northwestern also lost running back Isaiah Bowers to an apparent knee injury. Stanford: The Cardinal came into the season relying heavily on Costello to lead the offense and when he went down things stalled a bit. An interception in Northwestern territory by Paulson Adebo led to no points when Toner hit the upright on a 29-yard attempt and Mills missed several open receivers and lost two fumbles. He finished 7 for 14 for 81 yards. The Cardinal also lost star tackle Walker Little to an apparent leg injury late in the game. UP NEXTNorthwestern: Hosts UNLV on Sept. 14. Stanford: Visits Southern California next Saturday. ---More college football: https://apnews. com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter. com/-Top25

NCAAF Game Recap: South Carolina (20) vs. North Carolina (24) - 8/31/2019

NCAAF Game Recap: South Carolina (20) vs. North Carolina (24) - Date: 8/31/2019 Aug 31, 2019CHARLOTTE, N. C. True freshman quarterback Sam Howell threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns, Myles Wolfork had two late fourth quarter interceptions and North Carolina battled back to beat South Carolina 24-20 on Saturday in Mack Brown's return to the sideline following a five-year hiatus. Howell capped second half drives of 98 and 95 yards with a 22-yard TD strike to Dyami Brown and a 17-yard scoring toss to Beau Corrales to give Brown his first win since 2013, when he coached at Texas. Brown was holding back tears as he was interviewed leaving the field. Good Return on Investment. The Tar Heels' defense was strong in the second half, and Wolfork sealed the win by intercepting Jake Bentley twice on South Carolina's final three possessions helping North Carolina r egister its first win over a power-conference opponent in a season opener since topping Indiana in 1997, Brown's final season in his first stint at the school. Sports Cappers. The Tar Heels were remarkably conservative on offense in crucial situations in the first half, not wanting to put Howell in difficult situations. North Carolina ran 12 plays inside the South Carolina 25-yard line in the first half and 11 were runs. The only pass attempt resulted in a sack. But as the game progressed, the Tar Heels began to take the handcuffs off Howell and he responded with two big TD passes and no major mistakes. North Carolina did most of its damage on the ground though, rushing for 238 yards on 52 carries. Javonte Williams led the way with 102 yards on 18 carries. Clemson graduate transfer Tavien Feaster, who won two national championship rings with the Tigers and ran for 1,109 yards and 13 touchdowns over the past tw o seasons, ran for 72 yards and a touchdown for the Gamecocks. Bentley was limited to 142 yards passing. Sports Illustrated Picks. THE TAKEAWAYSouth Carolina: The Gamecocks defense appeared to wear down in the second half, allowing TD drives of 98 and 95 yards. Coach Will Muschamp will likely take some heat for his decision to punt at midfield on fourth and 1 in the fourth quarter. The Gamecocks need to find some receivers for Bentley and the offensive line has to protect better. North Carolina: The Tar Heels will need to learn to trust Howell more as they grow as on offense. On the game's first drive, the Tar Heels reached the Gamecocks 11 and ran it up the middle three times. On the third drive they ran a draw play on third-and-8 resulting in a three-and-out. And then late in the first half they ran the ball on third-and-goal from the South Carolina 8 instead of taking a shot at the end zone. In the sec ond half, Howell responded with some big plays. UP NEXTSouth Carolina: Host Charleston Southern next Saturday. North Carolina: Host Miami next Saturday. The Hurricanes lost 24-20 to No. 8 Florida in their season opener. ---More college football: https://apnews. com/Collegefootball and http://www. twitter. com/-Top25

NCAAF Game Recap: Georgia State (38) vs. Tennessee (30) - 8/31/2019

NCAAF Game Recap: Georgia State (38) vs. Tennessee (30) - Date: 8/31/2019 Aug 31, 2019KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Dan Ellington threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third score as 26-point underdog Georgia State upset Tennessee 38-30 on Saturday in one of the first stunners of the college football season. Georgia State (1-0) beat a Power Five opponent for the first time since this Sun Belt Conference school launched its program in 2010. The Panthers' closest call before this had come in 2016, when they lost 23-17 to Wisconsin after leading in the fourth quarter. Sports Handicapper Records. Tennessee (0-1) suffered one of the more embarrassing setbacks in its history, the latest blow for a storied program attempting to bounce back from two straight losing seasons. Georgia State was coming off a 2-10 season in which it had lost its last seven games. Only one of those sev en losses was decided by less than two touchdowns. But the Panthers outplayed and outworked Tennessee on Saturday. Sports Betting Leads. The hard times for Tennessee were evident from a look at the Neyland Stadium stands. Although the announced attendance was 85,503, thousands of fans apparently left at halftime and many others headed for shaded areas, leaving plenty of sections of the 102,455-seat facility virtually empty as Tennessee attempted its comeback. Football Picks. Tra Barnett put Georgia State ahead for good 28-23 when he raced untouched around the right side with 8:56 remaining. Barnett ended up rushing for 95 yards on 21 carries. Tennessee crossed midfield on its next possession before Jaylon Jones came in from Guarantano's blind side and sacked him, forcing a fumble that Georgia State's Jhi'Shawn Taylor recovered at the Vols' 39 with 7:10 left. That led to the game-clinching touchdown by Ellington with 4:45 left. Ellington faked a handoff and then made multiple moves to elude defenders before running into the left corner of the end zone for a 22-yard score that left Tennessee defensive backs Alontae Taylor and Shawn Shamburger lying on the field hurt as the Panthers celebrated in the end zone. Brandon Wright made it 38-23 by kicking a 48-yard field goal with 2:37 left after a Guarantano interception. Guarantano ended up 26 of 40 for 311 yards with two touchdowns, including an 18-yarder to Jauan Jennings that capped the scoring with two seconds remaining. A huge momentum swing early in the fourth quarter made it seem as though Tennessee would avoid the upset. Georgia State led 21-20 and had the ball at Tennessee's 19-yard line when DeAndre Johnson sacked Ellington, forcing a fumble that LaTrell Bumphus recovered for the Vols. On the next play, Guarantano found tight end Dominick Wo od-Anderson wide open down the left sideline for a 54-yard gain. That completion set up a Brent Cimaglia 31-yard field goal that put Tennessee ahead 23-21 with 12:05 left. That's the moment when the Panthers could have let the game get away from them. They instead regrouped and delivered the most memorable moment this program has ever produced. THE TAKEAWAYGeorgia State: Ellington's a senior quarterback who showed the kind of veteran moxie that's needed to produce this kind of upset. After completing just one of his first nine passes, Ellington ended up going 11 of 24 for 139 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 61 yards on 14 carries. Most importantly, he found a way to bounce back after committing the turnover early in the fourth quarter that helped Tennessee take the lead. Tennessee: Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt had overhauled his coaching staff after going 5-7 in his debut season last year. Tennessee's paying $1. 5 million this season to new offens ive coordinator Jim Chaney and $1 million to new defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley. That new-look staff opened the season with an utterly unimaginable lossUP NEXTGeorgia State hosts Football Championship Subdivision program Furman on Saturday. Tennessee hosts Brigham Young on Saturday. ---More college football: https://apnews. com/Collegefootball and https://twitter. com/-Top25---Follow Steve Megargee at https://twitter. com/stevemegargee

NCAAF Game Recap: Duke (3) vs. Alabama (42) - 8/31/2019

NCAAF Game Recap: Duke (3) vs. Alabama (42) - Date: 8/31/2019 Aug 31, 2019ATLANTA Tua Tagovailoa threw for 336 yards and four touchdowns as No. 2 Alabama overcame a sluggish start to blow out Duke 42-3 Saturday in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Returning to the stadium where they won the Southeastern Conference title last December and the national championship two seasons ago, the Crimson Tide (1-0) was held scoreless in the first quarter - which happened only one time in 2018. But the Blue Devils (0-1) merely delayed the inevitable. Sports Handicapper Leaderboard. Tagovailoa, whose brilliant sophomore season ended with a bit of a thud, put his tight ends to good use. The left-hander hooked up with Miller Forristall on a 27-yard touchdown pass and then went to Major Tennison for a 1-yard scoreAlabama's dynamic receiving corps also got in on the fun. DeVonta Smith hauled in an 8-yard TD pass and Jerry Jeudy broke loose for a 21-yard score. Jerome Ford and Brian Robinson Jr. ran for the Tide's other TDs. With Alabama up 35-3, Tagovailoa's day was done by late in the third quarter. He completed 26 of 31 passes before giving way to backup Mac Jones. Sports Handicapping. Tagovailoa's younger brother, Taulia, even got a chance to play late in the game. He handed off to Ford on his 37-yard touchdown. Free Sports Picks. This was just the sort of performance Tua Tagovailoa and the Tide were hoping for after a blowout loss to Clemson in last year's national championship game. Tagovailoa was thoroughly outplayed in that 44-16 setback, on the heels of an ankle injury that knocked him out of the SEC championship game. The Tide finished with a staggering 512-204 edge in total yards, and Duke simply made too m any mistakes to have any shot at a monumental upset. After recovering an early fumble deep in Alabama territory, the Blue Devils couldn't hang on to a potential touchdown pass in the back of the end zone before getting stuffed on fourth-and-1 at the 7. Duke was stopped on another fourth-down play early in the second half, basically its last hurrah, and three turnovers sealed the fate of the Atlantic Coast Conference school better known for its powerhouse men's basketball team. GETTING THE HEAVEDuke defensive tackle Edgar Cerenord was ejected in the third quarter when he stomped on Alabama lineman Landon Dickerson. The two got into a scuffle away from the play, with both losing their helmets. Dickerson was on the turf when Cerenord delivered the stomp in clear view of the officials. The Duke player was immediately flagged for a personal foul and thrown out of the game. THE TAKEAWAYDuke: With Daniel Jones now in the NFL, the Blue Devils didn't show much offensive ly against Alabama's stellar defense. Quarterback Quentin Harris struggled as Jones' replacement, completed 12 of 22 for 97 yards with two interceptions. The running game wasn't much better, managing 107 yards. Alabama: There wasn't much for coach Nick Saban to complain about as his team won its eighth straight neutral-site game to begin a season. If there is one area of concern, it's the kicking game. After beating out Joseph Bulovas for the job, Will Reichard clanked a 49-yard field goal off the right upright and missed again from 48 yards. UP NEXTDuke: Takes on FCS school North Carolina A&T in its home opener. Alabama: Hosts New Mexico State in the first game of the season at Bryant-Denny Stadium. ---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www. twitter. com/pnewberry1963 His work can be found at https://apnews. com---More college football: https://apnews. com/Collegefootball and https://twitter. com/-Top25

MLB Game Recap: Houston Astros (4) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (6) - 8/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: Houston Astros (4) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (6) - Date: 8/31/2019 Biggio homers, drives in 3 as Blue Jays beat Astros 6-4TORONTO Cavan Biggio and Teoscar Hernandez each hit a two-run home run, Clay Buchholz pitched into the sixth inning to win for the first time in more than a year, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 6-4 Saturday.Biggio went 2 for 3 with a walk, drove in three and scored twice against the team his Hall of Fame father Craig starred with for 20 seasons.Bo Bichette and Brandon Drury each had two hits as the Blue Jays won for the second time in five games.Houston has lost two of three after winning six straight and nine of the previous 10.Buchholz (1-3) allowed two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings, using four double plays to overcome a season-high five walks, including four leadoff walks.Houston's Jose Altuve was doubled off first base on a deep flyball by Yordan Alvarez in the fi rst, and the Astros grounded into double plays to end the third, fourth and fifth innings.The victory was Buchholz's first since Aug. 22, 2018, with Arizona, when he pitched seven shutout innings to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers.Former Astros closer Ken Giles struck out George Springer, Altuve and Alex Bregman in the ninth for his 18th save in 19 opportunities.Astros left-hander Framber Valdez (4-7) matched a career worst by allowing six runs and gave up a career-worst nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. Valdez has won just once in his past six outings.Bregman hit a sacrifice fly in the first, but Toronto scored three in the third. Randal Grichuk hit an RBI single and Hernandez, a former Astro, followed with his 21st homer.Biggio hit a two-out blast in the fourth, his 11th and second in two games. He hit a solo homer in Friday's 7-4 loss.Yuli Gurriel hit a two-run double off Derek Law in the sixth, but Biggio responded with a two-out RBI double off Joe Smith in the bottom hal f.Bregman cut it to 6-4 with a bases-loaded walk off Law in the seventh, but Buddy Boshers came on and struck out Alvarez looking to leave the bases full.The Astros put runners at first and second with one out in the eighth, but Jordan Romano retired pinch-hitters Michael Brantley and Aledmys Diaz to preserve the two-run lead.TRAINER'S ROOMAstros: RHP Collin McHugh (right elbow) was placed on the 10-day injured list and RHP Jose Urquidy was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock. McHugh got the win Friday by recording the final out of the fourth inning. He threw 14 pitchers to two batters. McHugh missed 34 games because of elbow soreness in May and June. ... RHP Ryan Pressly (right knee) played catch in Houston Saturday, manager AJ Hinch said.UP NEXTAstros: RHP Justin Verlander (16-5, 2.69) starts for Houston in Sunday's series finale. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The AL ERA leader is 2-1 with a 2.51 ERA in five August starts.Blue Jays: RHP Wilmer Font (3-3, 4.35) will open for the Blue Jays Sunday. Font is 0-1 with a 1.76 ERA in eight opening appearances, striking out 24 batters in 15 1/3 innings.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Milwaukee Brewers (2) vs. Chicago Cubs (0) - 8/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: Milwaukee Brewers (2) vs. Chicago Cubs (0) - Date: 8/31/2019 Brewers beat Cubs 2-0, snapping Chicago's 4-game win streakCHICAGO Manny Pina drove in two runs with a first-inning single and Josh Hader finished a strong performance by Milwaukee's bullpen, helping the short-handed Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 2-0 on Saturday.Ben Gamel added three hits as Milwaukee pulled within four games of Chicago for the second NL wild card. Gamel was recalled from the minors before the victory.The Brewers used five pitchers in the six-hitter. Zach Davies worked 4 2/3 innings before Matt Albers finished the fifth. Drew Pomeranz got two outs and Junior Guerra (8-4) worked 1 2/3 innings of hitless ball.Hader then earned his 27th save, recording five outs on just 12 pitches. Sports Betting Leads. The All-Star left-hander struck out two.Regulars Ryan Braun, Lorenzo Ca in, Mike Moustakas and rookie Keston Hiura were out of Milwaukee's starting lineup. Braun pinch-hit in the sixth and Cain entered in a double switch in the bottom of the eighth.Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo had two hits in his return after missing the previous five games with mid-back tightness.Chicago wasted a solid performance by Cole Hamels (7-5), who allowed five hits in six innings. Todays Free Sports Picks. The Cubs had won four in a row.Gamel led off the game with a double to left. One out later, Christian Yelich and Yasmani Grandal drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Pina then singled to center.Despite pitching a shutout, Davies was lifted before he qualified for the win. Hamels doubled with one out in the fifth and Jason Heyward followed with a lineout to first base. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell then brought in Albers to face Nicholas Castellanos, who flied out to right to end the inning. ROSTER MOVESHiura, who left Friday's game in the sixth, was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain.''He's going to play again this year, but he's going to miss some time,'' Counsell said.The Brewers also recalled Gamel and infielder Travis Shaw from Triple-A San Antonio. Right-hander Devin Williams was sent down.ON HIS WAYBen Zobrist is expected to rejoin the Cubs before the series finale. Winning Sports Handicappers. The veteran utilityman has been on the restricted list since May 8 while going through a divorce.TRAINER'S ROOMBrewers: LF Braun (back) and CF Cain (sore left knee) both are day to day, and it's uncertain when they might return to the starting lineup. Moustakas (left palm, wrist) likely will be out a few more days.Cubs: C Willson Contreras (right hamstring strain) went 0 for 1 and was hit by a pitch Friday night in a rehab game with Triple-A Iowa. He was expected to play again Saturday night.UP NEXTCubs right-hander Yu Darvish (5-6, 4.25 ERA) faces Brewers left-hander Gio Gonzalez (2-2, 4.34 ERA) Sunday in the series finale. Darvish is coming off perhaps his best start of the season, allowing one run in eight innings in a victory over the Mets. Gonzalez was roughed up by St. Louis on Monday, allowing nine runs in five innings.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Oakland Athletics (3) vs. New York Yankees (4) - 8/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: Oakland Athletics (3) vs. New York Yankees (4) - Date: 8/31/2019 LeMahieu homers in 11th, Yanks hit 4 and finally top A's 4-3NEW YORK It was only fitting the New York Yankees finished August with one last long ball.DJ LeMahieu homered on the first pitch in the bottom of the 11th inning and the Yankees beat Oakland 4-3 Saturday for their first victory in five tries against the Athletics this season.''Finally got one against those guys,'' manager Aaron Boone said.Aaron Judge hit a tying homer for New York with two outs in the eighth, his sixth in eight games. Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. The 6-foot-7 Judge also took a potential home run away from Matt Chapman in the 10th, barely needing to leave his feet for a grab at the right field fence.''It was about time I caught one at the wall,'' Judge said. ' 'I feel like a couple of those at the wall have been kind of slipping over.'' Gary Sanchez went deep twice and the AL East leaders finally took down the A's, once again a potential playoff opponent come October. New York defeated Oakland in the AL wild-card game last year, and the Athletics are in a close race with Cleveland and Tampa Bay for the league's two wild cards this season.New York hit 74 home runs in August, shattering the major league record for any month. Sports Bettors Phone Leads. The previous mark of 58 was shared by Baltimore (May 1987) and Seattle (May 1999).''It's lots of fun,'' Sanchez said through a translator. ''We have a powerful lineup and any given moment any of our guys can hit a homer. Soccer Picks. That's no secret.'' LeMahieu, a batting title and MVP contend er in his first season with the Yankees, was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts before sending a 97 mph fastball from Lou Trivino (4-6) the other way to right field for his 24th home run.''I knew he was getting a hit there,'' Judge said. ''He just always produces.'' It was LeMahieu's third career walk-off hit and New York's first game-ending homer this season.''It was a pretty good feeling,'' LeMahieu said. ''Didn't really help the team too much at the plate today, so it was good to come through there at the end.'' Cory Gearrin (1-2), the seventh Yankees reliever, tossed two scoreless innings for his first win with the team.Matt Olson launched a mammoth two-run homer off New York starter Domingo German, who leads the majors with 17 wins. The right-hander gave up two runs and four hits in five innings - and received a pointed pep talk on the mound from Boone before retiring his final batter, Chapman, with two on.Sanchez homered twice off starter Homer Bailey, who handed German two of his three losses this year. Bailey struck out nine and permitted four hits in 5 2/3 sharp innings.''We've played really well against a good team. They've got one of the best records in the league,'' Bailey said. ''You're going to lose some tight ones. That's sometimes just how it goes.'' With two outs in the eighth, Judge homered off Joakim Soria into the second deck in right to tie it 3-all. Soria struck out the other three batters in the inning.Oakland loaded the bases in three consecutive innings beginning with the sixth, but mustered only one run.''We left 15 on. That comes back to bite you at some point,'' manager Bob Melvin said.ON SECOND THOUGHTChapman gave the A's a 3-2 lead in the seventh with an RBI double off Adam Ottavino that appeared to land just foul down the left field line. There was no replay review, and Boone s aid his players bailed him out.''We waited a long time. Ultimately, I think I probably should have challenged it,'' he said. ''That one's on me.'' POWER TO ALL FIELDSSanchez hit a 436-foot drive into the second deck in left and later cleared the auxiliary scoreboard in right-center for his 13th career multihomer game and third this season.TRAINER'S ROOMAthletics: LHP Sean Manaea is set to come off the injured list Sunday when rosters expand. He will start the series finale, making his season debut after recovering from left shoulder surgery. With a day off Monday, right-hander Mike Fiers (13-3) gets pushed back to Tuesday at home against the Angels to give him extra rest. ... DH Khris Davis is expected back from the paternity list Sunday.Yankees: LHP Zack Britton exited in the eighth with cramping in his right calf. No tests were scheduled. ... DH-1B Edwin Encarnacion could go to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to begin a rehab assignme nt Sunday that would likely last a couple of days. He might even be able to return on the current homestand that concludes Wednesday. ''It looks like it's imminent in the coming days,'' Boone said. Encarnacion has been out since Aug. 3 with a broken right wrist. ... CC Sabathia (right knee inflammation) was placed on the 10-day injured list for the fourth time this year. RHP Jonathan Loaisiga was recalled from Triple-A and threw several 99 mph fastballs to pitch out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth.UP NEXTAthletics: Manaea went 12-9 with a 3.59 ERA in 27 starts last year and pitched a no-hitter in April against eventual World Series champion Boston. He has been rehabbing in the minors and his most recent outing was a gem: Manaea struck out 12 over seven shutout innings of two-hit ball for Triple-A Las Vegas on Aug. 23 at Tacoma.Yankees: LHP J. A. Happ (11-8, 5.57 ERA) struck out seven in five innings of two-hit ball to win Monday at Seattle. He is 4-2 w ith a 3.96 ERA in his career against Oakland.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAF Game Recap: Boise State (36) vs. Florida State (31) - 8/31/2019

NCAAF Game Recap: Boise State (36) vs. Florida State (31) - Date: 8/31/2019 Aug 31, 2019TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Through the uncertainty, the travel and the adversity, Boise State never lost focus. Not even when the Broncos were down by 18 points in the second half. And they have authored the latest chapter in Boise State's history of upsets. Hank Bachmeier tossed a third-quarter TD pass and Robert Mahone had a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth and Boise State rallied from an 18-point deficit to knock off Florida State 36-31 on Saturday. ''The first half, it was tough,'' Boise State offensive lineman John Molchon said. ''But we knew if we were going to just fall over it would have been an embarrassment. At the end of the day our mentality was still fast and physical. '' Boise State (1-0) was quick to rally and overwhelmed Florida State on a humid afternoon. In a game moved from Jacksonville to Tallahassee due to Hurricane Dorian, Florida State squandered a 31-13 lead and lost its season opener for the third straight time. Bachmeier, a true freshman, was pounded early by Florida State's defensive front for five sacks and eight hurries. But he threw for 407 yards as Boise State defeated a Power 5 team for the sixth time since the 2014 season. It was the most passing yards by a Boise State first-time starting quarterback. And Bachmeier delivered on third downs, completing 8 of 12 passes for 136 yards. All eight of the completions were first downs. ''The No. 1 thing is toughness,'' Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said. ''He took shots. . . . But at the end of the day, why do you play the game? To compete. Why do you compete? To win. What I found out about our quarterback today is he wanted to win and he wanted to win so bad that he found a way to get that done. '' James Blackman had three touchdown passes in the first half as Florida State took a 24-6 lead with 10:53 left. Blackman finished completing 23 of 33 passes for 327 yards but the Seminoles (0-1) were held scoreless after halftime. His third touchdown pass, a 58-yard toss to Keyshawn Helton, put the Seminoles up 31-13 with 4:07 left in the second quarter. Sports Picks for Today. The second half was all Boise State. Bachmeier connected with Khalil Shakir on an 11-yard touchdown, Eric Sachse had three second-half field goals and Mahone then put the Broncos ahead with his plunge with 12:44 to go. Mahone had 24 carries for 142 yards, surpassing the combined 128 yards he had in 2018. ''I always knew that I could carry a game,'' Mahone said. Money Cappers. The Broncos were 8 of 8 in the red zone but settled for field goals, especially early. Sachse connected on field goals of 36, 36, 41, 26 and 30. Flo rida State had two fumbles in the third quarter on back-to-back drives, both of them in Boise State's end of the field. ''Let one get away as a team,'' Florida State coach Willie Taggart said. ''I think everybody played a part in the mistakes. But I will say one game will not define this football team. Our guys will bounce back. '' GAME PLAN: RUNBoise State's 57 rushing attempts were the second-most during Harsin's tenure as coach since 2014. The Broncos ran for 214 yards and were consistently able to build methodical scoring drives. The 57 carries was just two shy of the mark of 59 set Oct. 3, 2015 against Hawai'i. Sports Bettors Phone Leads. THE TAKEAWAYBoise State: The Broncos scored the final 23 points of the game and the defense limited the Seminoles to just 99 rushing yards on 28 carries. Florida State: The Seminoles couldn't sustain the first-half energ y and managed just 68 yards in the second half. UP NEXTBoise State: Plays host to MarshallFlorida State: Plays host to Louisiana-Monroe

NCAAF Game Recap: South Alabama (21) vs. Nebraska (35) - 8/31/2019

NCAAF Game Recap: South Alabama (21) vs. Nebraska (35) - Date: 8/31/2019 Aug 31, 2019LINCOLN, Neb. Nebraska scored two defensive touchdowns and one on special teams, bailing out a sluggish offense and leading the No. 24 Cornhuskers to a 35-21 victory over South Alabama on Saturday. Sports Handicapper King. The five-touchdown favorite Huskers led only 14-7 at halftime and totaled just 66 yards in the second half. But their defense had five takeaways, the biggest one Eric Lee Jr. 's 38-yard interception return for a touchdown, and JD Spielman ran back a punt 76 yards to make it a three-touchdown game early in the third quarter. Any easing of the anxiety at Memorial Stadium was temporary. South Alabama converted two straight turnovers into touchdowns to cut it to 28-21 and had the ball heading into the fourth quarter. Winning Sports Handicappers. Things started turning for Nebraska when Cam Taylor hammered Jaguars quarterback Cephus Johnson, popping the ball loose, and Alex Davis picked it up at the goal line and stepped into the end zone for a touchdown. Free Sports Picks of the Day. Then, with South Alabama threatening from the Nebraska 12, Taylor stepped in front of Johnson's pass and ran in back to midfield. ''Defensive-wise, getting to the ball, everyone was competing for tackles, everyone was competing to get turnovers,'' Taylor said. ''Everybody wants to get to the ball. '' It was the second straight time the Huskers struggled against an opponent from the Sun Belt Conference. Last year they lost at home to Troy, one of the lowest points in a 4-8 season. Nebraska had difficulty establishing the run against what was the 101st-ranked rushing defense last season. The Huskers averaged 2. 2 yards per carry and finished with 98 on the ground. ''Defense won the game for us,'' Nebraska coach Scott Frost said. ''That's as anemic an offensive effort I've seen in a long time. '' Martinez was intercepted once and nearly two other times, center Cam Jurgens shot a snap over Martinez's head for a 20-yard loss and the offensive line was beaten often by pass rushers. The Huskers' best series was their first, when they drove 81 yards for a touchdown. That marked the seventh time in eight games they've scored on their opening possession. Only three of their remaining possessions lasted more than five plays. Lee's interception return was the first defensive touchdown since Frost took over last year. ''To finally reach this day and make the plays I'm capable of, to showcase it on this level, I've been waiting all my life,'' said Lee, who switched from cornerback to safety in the s pring. Then it was Spielman's turn. He sidestepped the South Alabama gunner, took off to his right, nearly stepped out of bounds at the 35 and pulled away from a diving defender for his second career punt return for a touchdown. But Spielman muffed the next punt, and South Alabama recovered and scored three plays later on Johnson's 9-yard toss to Davyn Flenord. The Jaguars' A. J. DeShazor then intercepted Martinez to set up Johnson's 13-yard TD pass to Khameron Taylor. Nebraska went three-and-out, and South Alabama started its next series at its 12. That's when Cam Taylor took over, first forcing the fumble with his big hit on Johnson and then all but shutting the door on South Alabama with his interception. THE TAKEAWAYSouth Alabama: The Jaguars look like they could be better than the 3-9 team in coach Steve Campbell's first year. Nebraska: The Huskers will be facing questions all week about their poor production on offense. They were outgained 314-276. POLL IMPLICATIONSNebraska was in the preseason Top 25 for the first time since 2014. The voters must decide if the Huskers still merit a spot after having to fight for four quarters against a Sun Belt Conference opponent. UP NEXTSouth Alabama hosts Jackson State. Nebraska visits Colorado, which came from behind to win in Lincoln last year. ---More college football: https://apnews. com/Collegefootball and https://twitter. com/-Top25