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October 3, 2017


Chiefs remain undefeated, beat Redskins 29-20 at home

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker drilled a 43-yard field goal with 8 seconds left in his first career game, atoning for an earlier miss and helping Kansas City to a 29-20 victory over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

Signed off the Carolina practice squad earlier in the week, Butker missed a 46-yarder in the first half before hitting three attempts in the second. The first tied the score 17-all, the next gave the Chiefs the lead and the last made Kansas City the league’s only undefeated team with 4 wins and no losses.

The Chiefs put an exclamation point on the win when linebacker Justin Houston picked up a fumble as the Redskins were trying to keep the game alive and returned it for a game-ending touchdown. Washington fell to 2-2 for the season.

The last time there was only one unbeaten team through the first four weeks of the season was 2010, when the Chiefs were the final team standing. They went on to win the AFC West.

Alex Smith threw for 293 yards with touchdowns on the ground and through the air, and it was his 37-yard strike to Albert Wilson on a broken play that set up Butker’s go-ahead kick.

Travis Kelce hauled in seven catches for 111 yards and a touchdown, while Chiefs rookie Kareem Hunt pounded away 21 times for 101 yards against the Redskins’ stout defensive front.

Kirk Cousins had 220 yards passing and two touchdowns for Washington, but his throw to the end zone with 50 seconds left was dropped by Josh Doctson and forced the Redskins to settle for a game-tying field goal.

In other NFL developments:

—The Minnesota Vikings say running back Dalvin Cook will miss the remainder of his rookie season because of a torn ACL in his left knee. Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed the diagnosis on Monday. Cook was injured trying to cut for more yards near the end of a run in the third quarter of Minnesota’s loss to Detroit on Sunday.

— The Chicago Bears are going to give prized rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky a try. The No. 2 overall draft pick from North Carolina will start against the Minnesota Vikings next Monday night after Mike Glennon struggled in the first four games. The team announced the move Monday.

—The Arizona Cardinals will have to move forward without one of their best defensive players after linebacker Markus Golden tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, an injury that ended his season. Golden, a third-year pro whose 12½ sacks led the Cardinals last season, was injured while rushing the passer in overtime of Sunday’s 18-15 win over the San Francisco 49ers.


Jury begins deliberations in NBA players’ trial

PHOENIX (AP) — The jury has begun deliberations in the aggravated assault trial of NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris.

Prosecutor Thomas Bailey told the jury the defendants “acted like high school bullies on a playground.”

The Morris brothers are accused of helping three other people beat 36-year-old Erik Hood two years ago.

Defense attorney James Belanger told the jury the case is inexcusably tainted by Hood’s mentor trying to solicit two witnesses to implicate the Morris twins for a cash payment in return. But Bailey stressed that Hood’s mentor did not have any effect on witnesses’ testimony, including the one made by the victim.

The prosecutor told the jury to consider the fact that Hood was beaten severely by the defendants and that he wants them to pay. He said the Morris brothers had a motive for the attack.


Warriors coach Steve Kerr arrives in China after flying solo

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has joined the team in China after flying separately because of a passport delay.

Team spokesman Raymond Ridder said in an email that Kerr arrived early Tuesday local time in Shenzhen, China. After a home preseason opener Saturday night, the Golden State charter plane departed Oakland on Sunday afternoon for two preseason games against Minnesota in China.

Kerr’s passport had been held up in a processing delay by no fault of his own.

ESPN first reported Kerr’s passport was among those delayed and he would be forced to travel on his own.


Panel OKs firing of Pitino

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville’s athletic board has authorized interim President Greg Postel to proceed with firing men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino in the wake of a federal bribery investigation involving the program.

The school’s Athletics Association, a separate body of officials that oversees Louisville’s sports program, unanimously approved a resolution to fire Pitino after meeting for more than two hours on Monday.

Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave last week after law enforcement officials announced the probe and the school acknowledged its inclusion in the investigation. Though Pitino is not named in court complaints, Postel says the allegations violated his contract and provided just cause to be placed on unpaid leave.

Athletic director Tom Jurich was placed on administrative leave and Postel says he plans to announce an interim replacement Tuesday.


Marlins sale is complete

MIAMI (AP) — Derek Jeter’s group has closed on its purchase of the Miami Marlins.

Major league owners last week unanimously approved the $1.2 billion sale of the franchise by Jeffrey Loria to the investment group led by Jeter and new controlling owner Bruce Sherman. The closing Monday came a day after the Marlins concluded their eighth consecutive losing season, the longest streak in the majors.

Among issues to be addressed by the new owners will be the future of major league home run and RBI champion Giancarlo Stanton, whose salary will nearly double next year to $25 million, which could make him unaffordable for the revenue-challenged franchise.

Also in question are the status of manager Don Mattingly and president of baseball operations Michael Hill.

Jeter and Bruce Sherman will speak publicly for the first time about the deal at a news conference Tuesday.


Braves GM out after investigation involving international players

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves say John Coppolella has resigned as general manager after it was learned that he was the target of a Major League Baseball investigation into a violation of rules in the international player market.

Braves president John Hart will take over GM duties while the team searches for a new one.

In a statement Monday, the Braves said, “the resignation comes as a result of a breach of Major League Baseball rules regarding the international player market.” Hart said the Braves will give MLB their full cooperation during the probe.

An MLB spokesman would not provide details on an ongoing investigation.

The Braves, who finished 72-90 this year, have been very active in the international market in recent years.

Coppolella was promoted to GM after the 2015 season.


Rose out of Fox TV postseason lineup; Ortiz, Hernandez in

NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Rose is out of the Fox Sports lineup.

The network says David Ortiz and Keith Hernandez have been added to the Fox studio for postseason telecasts. They’ll join Alex Rodriguez and Frank Thomas as analysts, along with host Kevin Burkhardt.

The 76-year-old Rose was part of Fox postseason telecasts the last two seasons. A woman’s claim that she had a sexual relationship with the career hits leader when she was a minor became public this summer. Her claim was part of testimony in a federal lawsuit Rose filed last year in Philadelphia against a lawyer whose investigation concluded the former Cincinnati star bet on the Reds while managing the team.

Ortiz worked in the Fox studio during the 2014 World Series. The Boston slugger retired after last season.

Hernandez has been an analyst on New York Mets telecasts since 2006. The first baseman helped the Mets win the 1986 championship.

The Fox telecasts begin Thursday before the start of the AL Division Series games.


NASCAR champion owner, engine maker Robert Yates dies at 74

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Robert Yates, a longtime NASCAR owner and engine builder, has died at age 74.

His son, Doug, made the announcement on Twitter Monday night.

Doug Yates runs the company he co-founded with his father, Roush Yates Engines.

No cause of death was given, but Robert Yates had been battling liver cancer.

Yates started out in auto racing as an engine builder. He won 57 Cup races as an owner, including three Daytona 500s with drivers such as Davey Allison and Dale Jarrett.

Yates was selected for the NASCAR Hall of Fame in May. He was set for induction in January.

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