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September 11, 2018
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Jets crush Lions as Darnold throws 2 TD passes


UNDATED (AP) – Sam Darnold threw a pick-6 on his first career NFL pass to join the likes of Brett Favre (fahrv) and Jameis (JAY’-mihs) Winston. But the third player taken in this year’s draft was pretty sharp the rest of the way as the New York Jets coasted to a 48-17 win over the Lions in Detroit.


Darnold finished 16 of 21 for 198 yards and two touchdowns. His first scoring pass went to Robby Anderson for 41 yards, and he added a 21-yard TD toss to Quincy Enunwa (eh-NOON’-wah) in the third quarter to put New York ahead to stay.


Isaiah Crowell led the Jets’ ground attack with 102 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries. Bilal (bih-LAL’) Powell added 60 yards rushing and Darron Lee grabbed two of New York’s five interceptions.


The game was tied at 17 until the Jets scored 31 straight points in the third quarter. Lee returned an interception 36 yards for a TD, Andre Roberts brought back a punt 70 yards for a score and Isaiah Crowell took a 62-yard run to the house. Lee’s TD was the first by the Jets’ defense in 74 games.


Matthew Stafford had a rough night, completing 27 of 46 for 286 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions.


The second game of the Monday night doubleheader had the Rams spoiling coach Jon Gruden’s (GROO’-dehnz) return to the Oakland sidelines.


Jared Goff threw two touchdown passes and newcomer Marcus Peters returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown as the Rams pulled away in a 33-13 win over the Raiders. Goff threw a shovel pass to Todd Gurley for a 19-yard TD and hit Cooper Kupp for an eight-yard score.


Gruden’s second stint started well with the Raiders taking the opening kick and driving 75 yards for a touchdown on a 10-yard run by Marshawn Lynch who declined to stand for the national anthem. Oakland managed just six points the rest of the way.




Packers await more information on Rogers injury


UNDATED (AP) – Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says the team is still awaiting information on the extent of quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ knee injury.


Rodgers threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter after returning in the second half to rally the Packers from a 20-0 deficit for a 24-23 win in the season opener over the Bears on Sunday night.


Rodgers said he would undergo more tests Monday, but that he was planning to play next week against the Minnesota Vikings.


In other NFL injury news:


– Three-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker has been placed on injured reserve following the Titans’ season-opening loss to Miami. Walker was hurt when Dolphins safety T.J. McDonald tackled him at the end of a 15-yard reception with 3 1/2 minutes remaining. Quarterback Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH’-tah) is being evaluated after hurting his throwing arm, and two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan is in the concussion protocol.


– Panthers coach Ron Rivera offered no immediate updates on the injuries to three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen and second-team All-Pro right tackle Daryl Williams. Both were hurt while the Panthers were beating the Cowboys, 16-8 on Sunday.


– The Seahawks are still waiting to learn the severity of the injury to wide receiver Doug Baldwin’s right knee. Baldwin sprained the MCL early in Sunday’s loss to Denver.


– Browns starting defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah could miss a few games with a sprained left ankle. Ogbah got hurt on the final play of the first quarter in Sunday’s 21-21 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers.




Brewers just 1 back of Cubs


UNDATED (AP) – The Chicago Cubs’ lead in the National League Central is down to a single game over the second-place Milwaukee Brewers.


Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch by Carl Edwards in the sixth inning of the Brewers’ 3-2 verdict over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Lorenzo Cain was 4-for-5 with one run scored, and Moustakas scored twice while going 2-for-3.


Wade Miley combined with three relievers on a five-hitter, with Josh Hader striking out the side in each of his two innings of work.


The Cubs have dropped five of seven since opening a three-game series in Milwaukee on Labor Day. Chicago owned a five-game division lead before the skid.


Checking out the rest of Monday’s major league schedule:


– Matt Adams crushed a go-ahead, three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to send the Cardinals to an 8-7 win over the Pirates. Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’) lined a two-run double and Harrison Bader lifted a pair of sacrifice flies as St. Louis moved two games ahead of the Dodgers for the second NL wild card.


– Los Angeles also fell 1 1/2 games off the NL West lead when the Rockies blew out the Diamondbacks, 13-2. Trevor Story belted a three-run homer while Colorado scored six in the fifth inning. David Dahl added a grand slam and German (hur-MAHN’) Marquez struck out 11 over seven innings against Arizona, which now trails the division by 3 1/2 games.


– Scooter Gennett was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored as the Reds thumped the Dodgers, 10-6. Joey Votto (VAH’-toh) ignited Cincinnati’s four-run first with a two-run double. Eugenio (ay-oo-HAY’-nee-oh) Suarez slammed his 32nd home run and Tucker Bernhardt added a two-run single that put the Reds ahead 10-4 in the sixth.


– Atlanta’s 4-1 win at San Francisco gives the NL East-leading Braves a five-game edge over Philadelphia. Sean Newcomb struck out eight and limited the Giants to one run and three hits over six innings. Ozzie Albies tripled home a run and Kurt Suzuki was 3-for-3 with an RBI to support Newcomb’s 12th victory.


– Justin Verlander received a pair of ovations in his return to Detroit before allowing two runs over seven innings of Houston’s 3-2 victory against the Tigers. Francisco Liriano’s wild pitch and an error by shortstop Ronny Rodriguez allowed the Astros to score three unearned runs in the third. The win gives the AL West-leading Astros a three-game lead over Oakland.


– The Rays earned their team-record 12th consecutive home win by stunning Cleveland, 6-5 on Ji-Man Choi’s two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Brad Hand was in line to get the save until Tommy Pham singled and scored on the game-winning blast. Jose Ramirez and Brandon Guyer hit RBI doubles for the Indians, whose magic number is four to win the AL Central.


– Cleveland’s magic number dropped with the Twins’ 7-2 loss to the Yankees. Gary Sanchez crushed a 460-foot home run and J.A. Happ threw six scoreless innings as New York moved three games ahead of Oakland for the first AL wild card. The Yanks have won 20 of their last 24 meetings with the Twins.


– The Rangers were 5-2 winners over the Angels as Joey Gallo drove in four runs and Ronald Guzman (GOOZ’-mahn) smacked a solo homer. Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) had two hits and an RBI for Los Angeles.


– Alcides (al-SEE’-dehs) Escobar laid down a bunt that scored Brian Goodwin with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to give the Royals a 4-3 win over the White Sox. Escobar had two RBIs for the Royals, who also received home runs from Whit Merrifield and Ryan O’Hearn.


– The Phillies and Nationals were rained out in Philadelphia, as were the Mets and Marlins in New York. Both games have been rescheduled as single-admission doubleheaders Tuesday.




Late cautions send Keselowski to victory


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Brad Keselowski allowed Team Penske to reach the winner’s circle at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second time since Memorial Day weekend.


Keselowski overtook Denny Hamlin on the next-to-last lap and won the Brickyard 400, NASCAR’s last regular-season race before the Monster Energy Cup playoffs. Keselowski wasn’t a factor until two late cautions gave the 2012 series champion a chance to use fresher tires to chase down Hamlin.


Keselowski’s victory comes 3 1/2 months after Penske driver Will Power won the Indianapolis 500. Penske joins Chip Ganassi as the only owners to win the Indy double in the same season.


Erik Jones was second, followed by Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer.


Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman captured the final two open playoff spots in the 10-race sprint to the championship. Kurt Busch clinched the regular-season title with an eighth-place finish in the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.




Bradley tops Rose in playoff


NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP) – Justin Rose finished second in the BMW Championship today, but he’s now No. 1 in the world ranking.


Keegan Bradley ended a six-year victory drought by beating Rose on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. Rose led the tournament heading into the final round before Bradley fired a 6-under 64 to get to 20 under. But a runner-up finish allowed Rose to become the 22nd player to reach the top spot since the ranking began in 1986.


Rose had a chance to win in regulation but lipped out on the last hole.


Bradley’s previous victory at come in the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He gets a trip to Maui to start next year for the winners-only Sentry Tournament of Champions.




Tennis federation defends umpire at US Open


LONDON (AP) – The International Tennis Federation is defending the chair umpire who gave Serena Williams three code violations during the U.S. Open final, saying his “decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules.”


Williams was cited by Carlos Ramos three times Saturday during her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka: for getting coaching signals; for breaking her racket, which cost her a point; and for calling Ramos a thief, which cost her a game.


The tournament referee also docked Williams a total of $17,000.




Surgery for Suns’ top scorer…Cavs re-sign forward Rodney Hood


UNDATED (AP) – Phoenix Suns star guard Devin Booker has undergone surgery on his hand and is expected to be sidelined for six weeks.


The right hand procedure will likely cause him to miss the start of the regular season.


Last year’s NBA 3-point champion signed a maximum five-year, $158 million contract this summer.


Also in the NBA


– Restricted free agent forward Rodney Hood has signed his one-year, $3.4 million qualifying offer with the Cavaliers. Hood averaged 10.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 21 regular-season games after being acquired by the Cavs from Utah at the trade deadline.




Pacioretty deal extended


LAS VEGAS (AP) – The Las Vegas Golden Knights have signed Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REH’-tee) to a four-year, $28 million contract extension, one day after acquiring him from the Canadiens for Tomas Tatar (tah-TAHR’), prospect Nick Suzuki and a 2019 second-round pick.


Pacioretty scored 226 goals and 448 points in 626 career games with Montreal. He scored 17 goals and 37 points in 64 games last season after scoring at least 30 goals the previous four years. Pacioretty also was a minus-16 last season after leading the league with a plus-38 in 2014-15.


The 29-year-old Pacioretty was entering the final season of a six-year deal.




Monday deadline looms for claims in $75M Nassar settlement


EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A lawyer predicts 150 or more new claims against Michigan State University as a deadline looms for lawsuits by people who say they were sexually assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar.


The deadline to file is Monday for people who weren’t part of a $425 million May settlement between Michigan State and 332 victims. Michigan State has agreed to set aside an additional $75 million for additional claims.


Nassar is serving decades in prison for possessing child pornography and assaulting females, mostly gymnasts.


Attorney Gary Bender says he’s representing 10 women or girls. He says his clients were embarrassed or weren’t prepared to step forward earlier.


Bender predicts attorneys will file at least 150 new lawsuits, based on the filings so far and his talks with other lawyers.



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