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Chiefs outscore Ravens


UNDATED (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs won a matchup of unbeaten teams despite the absence of their best running back, their top receiver and their outstanding left tackle.


Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) made up for the personnel losses by throwing for 374 yards and three touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 33-28 victory over the Ravens. LeSean McCoy and Darrel Williams combined for 116 yards rushing and a TD in place of the injured Damien Williams. Kansas City scored four times in the second quarter for the second consecutive week, this time getting three touchdowns and Harrison Butker’s 42-yard field goal to take a 23-6 lead.


Mark Ingram was the Ravens’ biggest bright spot, running for 103 yards and a trio of touchdowns while catching four passes for 32 yards. Lamar Jackson finished with 267 yards passing and 46 rushing, most of that when he was trying to rally Baltimore from a big halftime hole.


The Chiefs moved to 3-0 and dropped the Ravens to 2-1.


In other Week 3 NFL action:


– Quarterback Baker Mayfield was stopped four times from the 4-yard line in the final minute as the Rams hung on for a 20-13 win over the short-handed Browns. Cooper Kupp caught two touchdown passes from Jared Goff and finished with a career-high 11 receptions for 102 yards for the 3-0 Rams. Goff’s second TD pass to Kupp gave the Rams a 17-13 lead with 12:48 left.


– Teddy Bridgewater threw two TD passes and the Saints scored touchdowns on defense and special teams in a 33-28 triumph over the Seahawks. Deonte Harris took a punt back 53 yards for a score in the first quarter, and Vonn Bell returned a Chris Carson fumble 33 yards for a TD in the second quarter. New Orleans ended Seattle’s 15-game home winning streak and earned its first victory since signal-caller Drew Brees (breez) tore a thumb ligament.


– NFL rushing leader Dalvin Cook cruised past the 100-yard mark for the third straight game, gaining 110 on 16 carries and scoring a touchdown as the Vikings thumped the Raiders, 34-14. Kirk Cousins was 15 of 21 for 174 yards and one TD to Adam Thielen on Minnesota’s opening possession. Thielen scored two TDs and Eric Wilson had two of the Vikings’ four sacks.


– Matthew Stafford threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones on the first play of the fourth quarter to give the Lions a 27-17 lead in a 27-24 victory over the Eagles. Jamal Agnew returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score, and Jones had six receptions for 116 yards. Eagles QB Carson Wentz threw a pair of touchdown passes to Nelson Agholor (AG’-oh-lohr) but came up yards short on a scramble on fourth-and-8 late in the fourth.


– Jacoby Brissett (brih-SEHT’) threw a pair of first-half scoring passes and Marlon Mack scored on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter to lead the Colts past Atlanta 27-24. Brissett finished 28 of 37 with 310 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions as Indianapolis won its second straight since a season-opening loss. The 1-2 Falcons rallied from a 20-3 halftime deficit to get within three on Matt Ryan’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones with 4:11 to play.


– The Bills are 3-0 for the first time in eight years after knocking off the winless Bengals, 21-17 on Frank Gore’s one-yard scoring burst with 1:50 to play. Bills starter Josh Allen finished 23 of 36 for 243 yards with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Dawson Knox, who also bowled over two defenders for a 49-yard gain that set up the winning TD. The Bills forced four turnovers, with Tre’Davious White finishing with two interceptions and making the game-clinching pick in the final minute.


– The 49ers committed five turnovers before Jimmy Garoppolo (gah-RAH’-poh-loh) bailed them out with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Dante Pettis with 1:15 remaining in a 24-20 comeback over the Steelers. Garoppolo threw inceptions on two of San Francisco’s first three drives and lost a fumble before helping the Niners open 3-0 for the first time in 21 years. Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph threw two long touchdown passes in the second half of his first start since Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH’-lihs-bur-gur) left the lineup with a season-ending shoulder injury.


– Aaron Rodgers was 17 of 29 for 235 yards and a touchdown as the 3-0 Packers earned a 27-16 win over the 0-3 Broncos. Rodgers found Marquez Valdes-Scantling on a 40-yard strike on the opening drive before Aaron Jones tied a career high by running for two scores. Preston Smith matched a career high with three sacks as Green Bay got to Joe Flacco six times and forced three turnovers.


– Tom Brady threw a pair of touchdown passes and the Patriots didn’t allow a defensive touchdown for the third straight week in a 30-14 downing of the Jets. Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead each added a rushing touchdown for the 3-0 Patriots, who have won their last seven meetings with New York. Brady was 28 of 42 for 306 yards, leaving the game just long enough for rookie Jarrett Stidham to throw a pick-6 to Jamal Adams in the fourth quarter.


– The Cowboys became the latest team to hammer the Dolphins as Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes to Amari Cooper before running for another score in a 31-6 romp over Miami. Prescott was 19 of 32 for 246 yards with an interception, and Cooper had six catches for 88 yards. Ezekiel Elliott had his second straight 100-yard game after missing the entire preseason as a holdout.


– Rookie Daniel Jones and the Giants rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to beat the Buccaneers, 32-31. Jones threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for two TDs, including the go-ahead score with 1:16 remaining in his first NFL start. Jameis (JAY’-mihs) Winston threw for 380 yards and put the Bucs in position to pull out a dramatic win, but rookie Matt Gay’s 34-yard field goal sailed wide right as time expired.


– The Texans earned a 27-20 win over the Chargers as Deshaun Watson threw for 351 yards and hit Jordan Akins with two of his three TD passes. Akins made the first two TD catches of his career and fellow tight end Darren Fells also caught a TD pass for Houston, which trailed by 10 at halftime before scoring 20 consecutive points. Watt had two of the Texans’ five sacks.


– Kyle Allen passed for 261 yards and four touchdowns in place of the injured Cam Newton to lead the Panthers’ 38-20 downing of the Cardinals. Allen was 19 of 26, including two touchdowns to Greg Olsen and one each to Curtis Samuel and DJ Moore. Christian McCaffrey had 24 carries for 153 yards, including a 76-yard score in the third quarter.




Is Antonio Brown retiring?


UNDATED (AP) – Antonio Brown says he is finished with the NFL.


Brown said in a Twitter rant Sunday morning that he “Will not be playing in the NFL anymore.” He went on to take shots at other people in football who have been accused of sexual misconduct, including Patriots owner Robert Kraft and longtime Steelers teammate Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH’-lihs-bur-gur).


Brown was released by the Patriots on Friday, two days before their game with the Jets and 11 days after signing with the team. The four-time Pro Bowl receiver was cut by the Raiders two weeks ago, five months after he was acquired from the Steelers for draft picks and signed to a $50 million contract.




Astros take AL West


UNDATED (AP) – The Houston Astros have become the fourth major league team to clinch a division title, leaving only the NL Central and AL Central up for grabs.


George Springer belted a career-high three home runs by the fourth inning as the Astros crushed the Angels, 13-5 to wrap up the AL West.


Springer hit his team-record 12th leadoff home run of the season and had two chances to become the 19th player in major league history with a four-homer game. But he popped up with the bases loaded in the fifth inning and grounded out in the seventh.


Justin Verlander became the year’s first 20-game winner and helped Houston stay a half-game ahead of the Yankees for the best record in the majors. Verlander yielded six hits and two runs in five innings as the Astros clinched their third straight division crown.


Elsewhere on major league diamonds:


– Luis Severino struck out nine over five scoreless innings of his first win of the season as the Yankees whipped the Blue Jays, 8-3. Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner and D.J. LeMahieu (leh-MAY’-hyoo) went deep for New York, which is 47 games over .500 for the first time since its record-setting 114-victory season in 1998. LeMahieu has set career bests with 26 homers and 99 RBIs in his first season with the Yankees.


– Nelson Cruz slammed his 400th career home run and the Twins kept their four-game lead over Cleveland atop the AL Central title by outscoring the Royals, 12-8. Miguel Sano (sah-NOH’) connected twice for Minnesota, which scored six times in the bottom of the first. Kansas City joined Baltimore, Detroit and Miami with 100 losses, only the second time in major league history there have been four 100-loss teams in one season.


– The Indians rolled to a 10-1 win over the Phillies as rookie Oscar Mercado hit a three-run homer and Yaisel Puig (YAH’-see-ul pweeg) delivered a three-run double. The Indians put the game away with a six-run seventh, which included Puig’s double and a two-run homer by Franmil (FRAHN’-meel) Reyes. Carlos Carrasco made his longest relief appearance since his midseason cancer diagnosis, striking out three and allowed one hit in 2 2/3 scoreless innings.


– Tampa Bay’s 7-4 loss to the Red Sox allowed the Indians to pull into a tie with the Rays for the second AL wild card. Nathan Eovaldi (eh-VAHL’-dee) allowed three runs over six innings, Christian Vazquez hit a three-run homer and J.D. Martinez drove in two more runs to get within one of his third straight season with at least 35 home runs and 100-RBIs. Rays two-way player Brendan McKay got his first major league homer on a solo shot off Trevor Kelley as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.


– The Athletics had won 10 of 11 before Willie Calhoun hit two of the Rangers’ five home runs in an 8-3 pounding of Oakland. Shin-Soo Choo, Elvis Andrus (AN’-droos) and Nomar Mazara all went deep to help Texas stop a seven-game skid. The A’s continue to own a two-game lead for the first AL wild card.


– The Cubs are just about cooked in the NL wild card race after Paul Goldschmidt laced a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning to give the Cardinals a 3-2 victory at Wrigley Field. Dexter Fowler tied it with a sacrifice fly two batters before Goldschmidt allowed St. Louis to complete its first four-game sweep at Wrigley in 98 years. The NL Central leaders also wrapped up at least a wild card berth and stayed atop the NL Central by three games over Milwaukee.


– The Brewers moved into a tie with Washington for the first NL wild card by getting two home runs from Eric Thames (thaymz) in a 4-3 win against Pittsburgh. Orlando Arcia (AHR’-see-ah) connected for the Brewers, but he also let a line drive tip off his glove with one out in the seventh for a hit that ended a combined perfect game bid. Milwaukee has won eight of nine and extended its September record to a major-league best 17-4, including a 10-2 mark since reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) broke his right kneecap.


– The Nationals’ bullpen surrendered four runs in the seventh to turn a 3-1 lead into a 5-3 loss to the Marlins. Hunter Strickland and Wander Suero allowed two runs apiece in the seventh, and Tanner Rainey gave up an RBI triple by Starlin Castro. Austin Dean started Miami’s comeback by leading off the seventh with a blast off Strickland.


– Huyn-Jin Ryu (hyun jihn-ree-OO’) homered and allowed three runs over seven innings of the Dodgers’ 7-4 win against the Rockies. Cody Bellinger belted his fifth career grand slam and second this season to help Los Angeles reach 100 wins. The Dodgers have a magic number of one for clinching home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.


– Michael Conforto launched a three-run homer that put the Mets ahead 4-0 in the first inning of a 6-3 downing of the Reds. J.D. Davis and Brandon Nimmo also connected for the Mets, who remain 4 1/2 games behind Milwaukee for the second NL wild-card berth. Eight of New York’s nine hits went for extra bases.


– Rookie Seth Mejias-Brean hit a two-run homer with no outs in the 10th inning to send the Padres past the Diamondbacks, 6-4. The last gave interim manager Rod Barajas (bah-RAH’-hahs) his first win since taking over for the fired Andy Green on Saturday.


– Rookie Logan Webb allowed only two hits and one run in six innings to pitch the Giants past the Braves, 4-1. Evan Longoria drove in two runs with two hits to help San Francisco avoid a three-game sweep. Braves manager Brian Snitker rested outfielder Ronald Acuna (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr., third baseman Josh Donaldson and second baseman Ozzie Albies with the NL East title already sewn up.


– The Orioles pulled out a 2-1 win over the Mariners on a tiebreaking homer by Chris Davis in the seventh inning. Winning pitcher John Means allowed one run and seven hits over seven innings.


– Willi Castro’s first big league round-tripper was one of four home runs hit by the Tigers in a 6-3 decision over the White Sox. Jeimer (JAY’-mur) Candelario, Gordon Beckham and Victor Reyes also went deep for Detroit.




Price to have surgery


UNDATED (AP) – Red Sox left-hander David Price will have surgery Thursday to remove a cyst in his left wrist.


Price went 7-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 22 starts this season, making just two appearances since the end of July.


The 2012 Cy Young winner is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.


Also around the majors:


– Braves star Freddie Freeman is remaining in Atlanta for treatment on his sore right elbow instead of joining the team for its next series at Kansas City. Freeman has a bone spur in the elbow that caused him to leave the team’s final regular-season home game against San Francisco.


– The Indians expect third baseman Jose Ramirez to return to their lineup Tuesday night against the White Sox after missing a month with a broken right hand. Ramirez hasn’t played since Aug. 24 when he was injured taking a swing.




Wisconsin cracks top 10


UNDATED (AP) – The top four remain the same in the latest Associated Press college football poll.


Defending-champion Clemson remains No. 1 after earning its 19th consecutive win. Alabama is second, followed by fellow SEC schools Georgia and LSU.


Ohio State slipped past Oklahoma for the fifth spot, Auburn climbed one spot to seventh and Wisconsin moved up five places to eighth after clobbering previous No. 11 Michigan.


Florida and Notre Dame round out the top 10.




Munoz gets first PGA win


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Sebastian Munoz of Colombia closed with a 2-under 70 and rallied to earn his first PGA victory, taking the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippii.


Munoz made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to force a playoff before defeating Sungjae Im with a par on the first extra hole.




Mediate rallies to win


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Rocco Mediate birdies his last two holes for a 6-under 64 and won the Sanford International by two shots when Ken Duke made double bogey on the final hole. Duke had needed a par to force a sudden-death playoff but took four shots to reach the green.


Mediate won on the PGA Tour Champions for the first time in three years.



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