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September 12, 2017


Unhappy homecoming for AP in Minnesota

UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings renewed acquaintances with Adrian Peterson on Monday, but they didn’t allow him to do much damage after building a 10-point halftime lead.

Sam Bradford completed 27 of his 32 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns as the Vikings whipped the New Orleans Saints, 29-19. The Saints led 6-3 until Bradford hit Stefon Diggs for a pair of scores over the final 4:08 of the first half.

Diggs had seven receptions for 93 yards, while Adam Thielen racked up 157 yards on nine catches. Rookie Dalvin Cook rushed for 127 yards in his first game since taking over the top running back chores from Peterson.

Peterson did little against his former team, carrying six times for 18 yards in his first game since leaving Minnesota. The Vikings also did a great job against the rest of the Saints’ running backs while limiting New Orleans to 60 yards on 21 carries.

Drew Brees (breez) passed for 291 yards but didn’t get the Saints into the end zone until his eight-yard TD pass to Coby Fleener with 1:56 left.

Also last night, the Broncos got a second chance to pull out a 24-21 win over the Chargers.

Shelby Harris deflected Younghoe Koo’s 44-yard field goal attempt with a second left. Koo had nailed the kick moments earlier, but Denver coach Vance Joseph called timeout before the snap to ice the kicker.

The block came after the Broncos had blown most of a 24-7, fourth-quarter lead. Philip Rivers was held to 115 yards passing before adding another 77 yards and two TDs in the final period.

Trevor Siemian threw two TD passes to Bennie Fowler and ran for another score to help Joseph win his NFL head coaching debut.


NFL moving quickly to reverse halt on Elliott’s 6-game ban

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL is moving quickly in hopes of reversing a federal judge’s decision that blocked the league’s six-game suspension of Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott in a domestic violence case in Ohio.

The league has asked the judge who ruled in Elliott’s favor to stop the preliminary injunction that cleared last year’s NFL rushing leader to play while the case is in court. A notice of appeal was also filed with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

The NFL’s latest filings came about 12 hours after Elliott rushed for 104 yards in the Cowboys’ 19-3 win over the New York Giants at home Sunday night.

Elliott had already been cleared to play in the season opener when U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant granted a temporary restraining order and injunction blocking the suspension Friday.


Cardinals lose star RB David Johnson to dislocated wrist

UNDATED (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals could spend a significant amount of this season without their top running back.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says David Johnson dislocated a wrist in Sunday’s loss at Detroit and probably will require surgery. Arians said Johnson is seeking a second opinion.

If the original prognosis is confirmed, the injury is the same as the one that sidelined rookie T.J. Logan in the preseason. Logan is expected to be out eight to 12 weeks.

Also in the NFL:

— Texans head coach Bill O’Brien says he hadn’t decided who will be his starting quarterback against the Bengals this Sunday. O’Brien pulled Tom Savage at halftime after he threw for just 62 yards and lost two fumbles, one that was returned for a touchdown in a 29-7 loss to the Jaguars. Rookie DeShaun Watson led the Texans to their only touchdown on his first drive, but lost a fumble and threw an interception.

— The Jaguars have confirmed that receiver Allen Robinson will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee in Sunday’s win over Houston. Robinson made the Pro Bowl in 2015 following a 1,400-yard, 14-touchdown campaign.

— The Eagles say starting cornerback Ronald Darby could return within six weeks after suffering a right ankle injury during Sunday’s win at Washington. The team also says kicker Caleb Sturgis could miss several weeks following an injury to his plant leg on the opening kickoff against the Redskins.

— Bears wide receiver Kevin White will go on injured reserve for the third straight season after suffering a broken collarbone against the Falcons Sunday. The seventh pick of the 2015 draft has played five games in three seasons.

— San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said the 49ers could be without promising rookie linebacker Reuben Foster for multiple games after he suffered a high ankle sprain in his debut against the Panthers. Foster had to be carted off the field following his 11th snap as a pro.


Indians win 19th straight

UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Indians are one away from tying the longest winning streak in American League history.

The Indians made it 19 consecutive wins as Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) drove in four runs and Jose Ramirez added a two-run homer in an 11-0 dismantling of Detroit. Ramirez finished with three RBIs before leaving the game with a bruised left forearm.

Carlos Carrasco was sharp over six innings scattering seven hits while striking out nine.

Cleveland’s winning streak is the longest in the majors since Oakland set the league mark with 20 in a row 15 years ago. The Indians haven’t lost since Aug. 23 and have outscored their opponents 132-32 in the streak.

Most important, Cleveland’s magic number to win the AL Central is down to six.

Checking out the other major league finals:

— Todd Frazier’s three-run homer capped a five-run fourth as the Yankees earned a 5-1 win over the Rays at New York’s Citi Field. Winning pitcher David Robertson worked a career-high 2 2/3 innings after CC Sabathia (sah-BATH’-ee-uh) was removed with two on and one out in the fifth. The Yankees are within three games of the AL East-leading Red Sox after taking the opener of a series that was moved from St. Petersburg because of Hurricane Irma.

— Milwaukee’s 7-0 loss to Pittsburgh puts the Brewers 2 ½ games behind the NL Central-leading Cubs. The Brewers never got a runner past first base and managed just three hits against Steven Brault and the Pirates bullpen. Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Jordy Mercer homered as the Pirates ended a five-game skid.

— Nolan Arenado’s three-run homer broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning before the Rockies held off the Diamondbacks, 5-4. Greg Holland put runners on second and third with two out in the bottom of the ninth before retiring A.J. Pollock on a grounder to end it. Colorado handed Arizona its third loss in four games and moved 3 ½ games ahead of the Cardinals for the second NL wild card.

—The National League-leading Dodgers lost their 11th straight game for the longest skid since the club moved to Los Angeles, finishing their 8-6 defeat to the San Francisco Giants at 2:10 a.m. local time after a pair of rain and lightning delays. Hunter Pence hit a go-ahead single in the sixth for San Francisco against Pedro Baez (3-5). The total delay time of 3:34 was more than the game time of 3:22.

— The Rangers bolstered their playoff hopes as Delino DeShields homered and Shin-Soo Choo delivered a two-run double in a 5-3 victory against the Mariners. Cole Hamels struck out seven in six innings to win for the first time in his last four starts. Texas is within two games of Minnesota for the second AL wild-card berth, with the Mariners now 3 1/2 games back.

— Ryan Goins homered and Marco Estrada combined with five relievers on a six-hitter as the Blue Jays nipped the Orioles, 4-3. Estrada struck out seven while allowing two runs and four hits over five innings, including Mark Trumbo’s home run. Trumbo also ended the game by striking out with the tying run on second, completing Baltimore’s fifth consecutive loss.

— Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) had four hits and Adam Engel crushed a three-run homer in the White Sox’s 11-3 mauling of the Royals. Abreu fell a homer shy of his second cycle in three games, one day after socking two home runs. The outcome slides Kansas City three games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card.


Surgery for Fulmer

UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Tigers say ace Michael Fulmer will undergo season-ending elbow surgery on Tuesday to repair a damaged nerve.

Manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that the All-Star will not throw for “three or four months,” but that the 24-year-old is expected to make a full recovery and should be ready for spring training.

Fulmer made his last start on Aug. 29. He went 10-12 with a 3.83 ERA in 25 starts.

Fulmer was the AL Rookie of the Year last season after going 11-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 26 games.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— The Rays are hoping to return to Tropicana Field for their three-game series with the Red Sox this weekend. Rays manager Kevin Cash says he’s been told that Hurricane Irma left the ballpark with some minor damage, leaving him optimistic that they will play at home this weekend. The hurricane caused the Rays and Yankees to switch their current series to New York’s Citi Field.


L.A. gets green light from IOC

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Los Angeles has received its formal go-ahead from the International Olympic Committee to host the 2028 Summer Games.

Los Angeles had originally bid for 2024, but because of the new date, it had to make changes to its host contract and will receive concessions to host four years later.

The full IOC will award the 2024 Games to Paris and the 2028 Games to Los Angeles on Wednesday.


Rebels hearing begins

UNDATED (AP) — Mississippi’s football program has begun its hearing in front of the NCAA’s infractions committee panel, nearly five years after the governing body first launched its investigation.

The Rebels are facing 21 allegations, 15 of which are classified as Level I, which the NCAA deems the most serious. The charges involve academic, recruiting and booster misconduct while former coaches Houston Nutt and Hugh Freeze were in charge.

The school has already self-imposed several penalties, including a postseason ban for this season, three years of probation, scholarship losses and recruiting restrictions.

In other college football news:

— Luke Falk will remain the starting quarterback when No. 21 Washington State hosts Oregon State on Saturday. Falk struggled in the second half of Saturday’s victory over Boise State and was removed from the game. Tyler Hilinski led the Cougars to a 47-44 victory in triple overtime.


Muguruza joins US Open champion Nadal at No. 1 for Spain

NEW YORK (AP) — Garbine Muguruza (GAHR’-been moo-gah-ROO’-thuh) has made her debut as the No. 1 women’s tennis player and joined U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal (nah-DAHL’) in making Spain the first country to top the WTA and ATP rankings simultaneously since 2003.

Muguruza has risen two spots from No. 3 after getting to the fourth round at Flushing Meadows for the first time. She is the 24th woman to lead the WTA since it introduced computer rankings in 1975.

U.S. Open women’s champion Sloane Stephens jumped to No. 17 from No. 83.

Muguruza takes over at No. 1 from Karolina Pliskova, who fell to No. 4. Venus Williams is back in the top five for the first time since 2011.

Nadal stayed at No. 1, while Roger Federer moved up one place to No. 2.


Don Ohlmeyer, longtime network TV executive, dies at 72

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Former “Monday Night Football” producer and NBA executive Don Ohlmeyer died Sunday at 72 following a battle with cancer, according to his family.

Ohlmeyer became producer of “Monday Night Football” in 1972, teaming with director Chet Forte and the on-air crew of Howard Cosell, Don Meredith and Frank Gifford. He later put comedian Dennis Miller in the booth during his second “MNF” stint.

Ohlmeyer came up with the phrase “Must See TV” in leading NBC to the No. 1 prime-time spot. He won 16 Emmys, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, and two Peabody Awards.


Sold-out women’s football friendly canceled over pay dispute

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A friendly rematch of the Women’s European Championship final was canceled by Denmark’s football federation today after wage talks collapsed.

The friendly between Denmark and the European champion Netherlands on Friday was sold out in Horsens, western Denmark.

The Danish federation DBU said it offered a 46 percent wage increase to the team that includes professional and amateur players. But it said the Danish Football Players’ Association wanted a 342 percent raise and demanded all players were hired by the DBU.

Denmark captain Pernille Harder, a member of the players’ association negotiation team, said she was “disappointed,” and urged the DBU to return to the negotiation table.

The Netherlands beat Denmark 4-2 last month to win its first European women’s title. Denmark knocked out six-time defending champion Germany in the quarterfinals and reached its first final after losing five previous semifinals.

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