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NL Central, NL West still up for grabs


UNDATED (AP) – It’s going to take a 163rd game to decide the National League Central and NL West titles after all four contenders won on Sunday.


Anthony Rizzo had four hits and scored three times as the Cubs doubled up the Cardinals, 10-5 to force a playoff game with Milwaukee for the NL Central championship. Rizzo picked up his 100th RBI with a tiebreaking double while Chicago was scoring four times in the third to erase a 2-0 deficit. Kris Bryant lined a two-run double and Willson Contreras added a two-run homer to make it an 8-2 game in the fifth.


The Cubs completed their victory after the Brewers clobbered the Tigers, 11-0 to keep their share of the NL Central lead. Jesus Aguilar and Travis Shaw homered to back Gio Gonzalez, who scattered three hits over five innings. Aguilar had three RBIs and MVP candidate Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) went 0-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.


Meanwhile, the Rockies and Dodgers created a one-game playoff for the NL West crown.


Charlie Blackmon hit for the cycle and drove in three runs in Colorado’s 12-0 thrashing of the Nationals. Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) leads the NL in home runs with 37 after hitting two more in the rout. David Dahl went deep for the sixth time in seven games to support Tyler Anderson, who allowed four hits over 7 2/3s for his first win since July 4.


Brian Dozier’s two-run homer and a two-run double by Matt Kemp highlighted a seven-run third as the Dodgers crushed the Giants, 15-0. Kemp and Dozier drove in three runs apiece for the Dodgers, who also got home runs by Max Muncy and Austin Barnes. Rich Hill combined with two relievers on a two-hitter to help Los Angeles stay alive in a bid to have home-field advantage in the division series.


The Dodgers are expected to start Walker Buehler Monday afternoon against German Marquez of the Rockies. Jose Quintana will take the mound for Chicago versus the Brewers, who will likely go with Jhoulys Chacin (zhoo-LEES’ shah-SEEN’)


Checking out Sunday’s other major league action:


– Mookie Betts claimed the big league batting title and J.D. Martinez hit his 43rd homer to lead the AL East-champion Red Sox to a 10-2 pounding of the Yankees. Betts finishes with a .346 average and Martinez ended up with a major league-leading 130 RBIs after driving in three more.


– Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer combined for a five-hitter and the Indians prepared for their ALDS with Houston by topping the Royals, 2-1. Bauer ended the season with a 2.21 ERA, second in the AL to Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell.


– Jimmy Yacabonis, Paul Fry and Mychal Givens combined on a one-hitter in the Orioles’ 4-0 shutout of the Astros. Baltimore finishes at 47-115, the most losses in franchise history and the most for a big league team since Detroit’s 119 in 2003.


– Taylor Ward hit a tiebreaking, two-run, walk-off homer in the ninth to give the Angels a 5-4 win over the Athletics in Mike Scioscia’s (SOH’-shuhz) finale after 19 seasons as Los Angeles manager. Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) led off the ninth with a single and scored on Jefry Marte’s RBI double before Ward went deep.


– Ryan Yarbrough got his rookie-leading 16th win and the Rays turned another bullpen game into their 90th victory, 9-4 against the Blue Jays. The Rays went 87-60 after losing 12 of their first 15 games.


– Roenis Elias allowed one hit in five innings of the Mariners’ 3-1 verdict over the Rangers. Adrian Beltre went 1-for-2 in what could have been his final big league game.


– Joe Mauer played one more game at catcher and doubled in his final at-bat of the Twins’ 5-4 victory against the White Sox. The 35-year-old Mauer was playing the final game of an eight-year, $184 million contract.


– Cesar Hernandez hit a leadoff home run and Rhys Hoskins provided an RBI double in the fifth inning as the Phillies topped the Braves, 3-1. The outcome means Atlanta will be opening the NLDS on the road, against either the Dodgers or Rockies.


– Noah Syndergaard (SIN’-dur-gahrd) pitched his first major league shutout and Todd Frazier doubled home the lone run to send the Mets past the Marlins, 1-0. Syndergaard threw a five-hitter for New York, whose starters allowed just one run over the team’s final six games.


– Pablo Reyes scored on Jackson Stephens’ wild pitch in the top of the 10th as the Pirates pulled out a 6-5 win at Cincinnati. Starling Marte and Josh Bell homered for Pittsburgh.


– Manuel Margot scored on a dropped third strike in the 10th inning to lift the Padres past Arizona, 4-3. The Padres tied it 3-3 on Eric Hosmer’s bloop single in the bottom of the ninth.




Yost to return as Royals’ manager next year


UNDATED (AP) – Ned Yost will return as the Royals’ manager next year following Kansas City’s poorest season since 2005.


Yost became Royals manager in May 2010, and led them to the 2015 World Series title, the team’s first since 1985 and second ever.


He also managed Milwaukee from 2003-08.


In other MLB news:


– Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH’-nihs SEHS’-peh-dehs) is scheduled for his second heel surgery in a few weeks, but the oft-injured Mets slugger says he can’t yet predict how much he’ll be able to play next season. Cespedes had surgery Aug. 2 to remove bone calcification in his right heel, the first of two operations expected to sideline the outfielder for eight to 10 months.




Patriots hammer Dolphins


UNDATED (AP) – So much for the demise of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.


The Pats had dropped two straight before Tom Brady threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday’s 38-7 romp over the previously-unbeaten Dolphins.


Running back James White finished with a rushing and receiving touchdown. Rookie running back Sony Michel rushed 25 times for 112 yards and his first career touchdown to help the Patriots even their record at 2-2.


But the Pats could be spending time without Rob Gronkowski, who didn’t play after suffering an ankle injury in the third quarter.


Ryan Tannehill failed to engineer a scoring drive for the 3-1 Dolphins, completing 11 of 20 passes for just 100 yards and an interception before he was pulled in the fourth quarter.


Elsewhere in the NFL:


– Joe Flacco threw for a pair of early touchdowns and was 28 of 42 for 363 yards in the Ravens 26-14 victory at Pittsburgh. Tucker accounted for all the scoring after halftime as Baltimore improved to 3-1 and ended the Steelers’ run of nine consecutive wins on Sunday nights. Ben Roethlisberger finished 27 of 47 for 274 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the 1-2-1 Steelers.


– The Titans moved to 3-and-1 by getting a 10-yard scoring strike from Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH’-tah) just before the end of overtime to complete a 26-23 win over the Eagles. Mariota passed for 344 yards and two touchdowns while also running for a score in his first start since suffering an elbow injury in the season opener. Carson Wentz had 348 passing yards for the 2-2 Eagles, who led by 14 in the third quarter.


– Mitchell Trubisky threw a career-high six touchdown passes and the Bears earned their third straight win by crushing the Buccaneers, 48-10. Trubisky finished one TD pass shy of a franchise mark set by Sid Luckman against the Giants in 1943. The 3-1 Bears also racked up 483 yards versus the 2-2 Bucs, nearly matching their record of 488 in Luckman’s record-setting game.


– The Cowboys pulled out a 26-24 victory over the Lions on Brett Maher’s 38-yard field goal as time expired. Maher’s fourth field goal was set up by Dak Prescott’s 34-yard completion to running back Ezekiel Elliott, who had a career-high 240 all-purpose yards with 152 yards on the ground. Prescott was 17 of 27 for a season-high 255 yards with two touchdowns, including tight end Geoff Swaim’s first career score. Dallas evened its record at 2-2 and dropped the Lions to 1-3.


– The Jaguars are 3-1 after Blake Bortles threw for a career-high 388 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-12 stifling of the 1-3 Jets. Bortles hit Donte Moncrief for a 67-yard touchdown to put Jacksonville ahead 25-3 late in the third quarter. Rookie QB Sam Darnold was sacked three times and nearly had three interceptions while the Jets were being held to just 178 total yards.


– Aaron Rodgers threw for 298 yards and finally connected with Jimmy Graham for a TD as the Packers blanked the Bills, 22-0. Rookie quarterback Josh Allen had 151 passing yards and accounted for three turnovers, including two interceptions and a fumble late in the fourth quarter that stood on review. Green Bay is 2-1-1 following its first shutout since 2010. The Bills are 1-3.


– The Falcons fell to 1-3 by dropping a heartbreaker for the second straight week. Andy Dalton tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green with 7 seconds remaining gave the Bengals a 37-36 triumph in Atlanta. Giovani Bernard ran for 69 yards and two touchdowns for the 3-1 Bengals. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan hit rookie Calvin Ridley for two of his three touchdown throws after tossing a team record-tying five TDs passes in last Sunday’s overtime loss to the Saints.


– Matt McGrane’s 29-yard field goal in overtime gave the Raiders their first win since Jon Gruden’s return as coach, 45-42 over the Browns. Derek Carr threw four TD passes and connected on a game-tying 2-point conversion with 30 seconds left in regulation to extend the game. Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 295 yards and two TDs, but he also lost two fumbles and threw two interceptions in his first NFL start.


– Alvin Kamara (kah-MAH’-rah) ran for three second-half touchdowns and finished with 134 yards on 19 carries in the Saints’ 33-18 victory over the Giants. New Orleans entered with the 30th-ranked defense before limiting the Giants to 299 total yards. Drew Brees (breez) finished 18 of 32 for 217 yards as the Saints picked up their third straight win and dropped New York to 1-3.


– Sebastian Janikowski missed a pair of field goal attempts before nailing a 52-yard boot as time expired to send the Seahawks past the Cardinals, 20-17. Arizona QB Josh Rosen completed 15 of 27 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions in his first NFL start. Seattle’s Earl Thomas suffered a left leg injury on the Arizona TD pass and was carted to the locker room.


– Houston’s nine-game losing streak is over after Ka’imi Fairbairn took advantage of his second chance on game-ending, a 37-yard field goal attempt to give the Texans a 37-34 overtime win over the Colts. Deshaun Watson was 29 of 42 with 375 yards, two touchdown passes and one interception in his finest performance since returning from a torn ACL in his right knee. Adam Vinatieri (vih-nuh-TEHR’-ee) became the league’s career leader in field goals when he made a 42-yarder with two seconds left in the first half, and he extended the mark to 567 with a 44-yarder to give the Colts a 34-31 lead in overtime. Both teams are 1-3.


– Philip Rivers threw for three touchdowns and Melvin Gordon rushed for 104 yards in the Chargers’ 29-27 comeback win over the 49ers. Caleb Sturgis hit three field goals, including a 21-yard kick that put Los Angeles ahead with 7:41 left. C.J. Beathard got the start for the Niners and was 23 of 37 for 298 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. L.A. is 2-2, while the 49ers are 1-3.




Dominant Europe team crushes US


SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) – Europe’s Ryder Cup winning streak on home soil continues.


The Europeans beat the U.S. team 17 1/2-10 1/2 to take back the cup they lost at Hazeltine in 2016. That’s the most lopsided victory since consecutive 9-point wins by Europe in 2004 and 2006.


The Americans haven’t won a Ryder Cup match in Europe since 1993.


Alex Noren closed out Europe’s dominating win with a brilliant putt. The Swedish golfer rolled in a 40-foot birdie at the final hole to secure a 1-up victory over Bryson DeChambeau.


Sergio Garcia set a Ryder Cup record with his third victory at Le Golf National. Garcia’s 2-and-1 triumph Sunday over American Rickie Fowler gave the Spaniard 25.5 points in his career, surpassing Nick Faldo’s record of 25 points.


Tiger Woods lost all four of his matches. Phil Mickelson lost both of his.




Blaney wins in “roval” debut


CONCORD, N.C. (AP) – Ryan Blaney was the winner of the debut race on the “roval” at Charlotte Motor Speedway.


Blaney was able to surge ahead when Cup contenders Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson wrecked with to turns remaining. The bump eliminated Johnson from the Cup playoff. Truex faded to 14th and deliberately spun Johnson after the race.


Brad Keselowski was on track to win for the fourth time in five races until he misjudged the entry into the first turn on a restart with six laps remaining.


Jamie McMurray was second, followed by Clint Bowyer, Alex Bowman and pole-sitter Kurt Busch.




Buckeyes climb


UNDATED (AP) – There’s a new No. 3 in the latest AP college football poll.


Ohio State moved past Clemson for the third spot, just behind top-ranked Alabama and Georgia. The Tigers dropped one spot with Saturday’s 27-23 comeback win against visiting Syracuse.


The Crimson Tide received 58 first-place votes, while the Buckeyes and Clemson picked up one each.


LSU remains fifth, Notre Dame surged two spots to sixth, Oklahoma fell to seventh, Auburn climbed from 10th to eighth, West Virginia moved up three spots to ninth and Washington went up one notch to 10th.




Ex-TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin charged in March attack


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Former Texas Christian University quarterback Trevone Boykin has been formally charged with aggravated assault for allegedly attacking his girlfriend and breaking her jaw at his home in March.


Prosecutors say the attack was captured on security system video at Boykin’s home in Mansfield.



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