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September 23, 2018


Braves take NL East crown

UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves are NL East champions for first time in five years, one season after losing 92 games.

The Braves wrapped up the division by building an early 4-0 lead before holding off the second-place Phillies, 5-3. Freddie Freeman’s two-run single put the Braves up by four in the second, one inning after Johan Camargo singled home a pair. The Phillies got within 4-3 with a three-run eighth before Kurt Suzuki singled home an insurance run.

Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) carried a no-hitter into the seventh before he was finally reached for two runs in the eighth. Johnny Venters preserved Atlanta’s one-run lead by retiring Carlos Santana.

The outcome also puts the Phillies on the brink of playoff elimination. They trail the Cardinals by 7 ½ games for the second NL wild card with eight games remaining.

Checking out Saturday’s other major league finals:

— Manny Machado’s three-run homer gave the Dodgers a 6-0 lead in the third inning of a 7-2 victory over the Padres. Joc Pederson and Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) also homered for Los Angeles, which kept its 1 ½-game lead over Colorado in the NL West.

— Chris Ianetta (eye-ah-NEH’-tuh) drove in three runs with a single and a bases-loaded walk in the Rockies’ 5-1 win at Arizona. Antonio Senzatela outpitched Patrick Corbin by holding the Diamondbacks to one run and three hits over seven innings.

— Javier Baez ripped a two-run homer and had three RBIs as the Cubs whipped the White Sox, 8-3. Ben Zobrist (ZOH’-brihst) drove in two runs and Jon Lester improved to 17-6 by yielding two runs over five innings. Chicago moved 2 ½ games ahead of Milwaukee and lowered its magic number to six for winning the NL Central.

— Trevor Williams combined with three relievers on a five-hitter and Starling Marte (mahr-TAY’) lined a two-run double in the Pirates’ 3-0 shutout of the Brewers. Williams is 14-9 after fanning seven while allowing four hits over six innings. Milwaukee leads the first NL wild card by two games over the Cardinals.

— St. Louis pulled out a 5-4 win over the Giants on Tyler O’Neill’s solo homer with two out in the bottom of the 10th. Yadier (YAH’-dee-ehr) Molina tied the game with a two-run homer in the seventh after San Francisco scored three times in the top of the inning to pull ahead. Adam Wainwright hit an RBI single for the Redbirds, who remain 1 ½ games ahead of Colorado for the second NL wild card.

— The Yankees wrapped up an AL wild-card berth as Aaron Hicks delivered a walk-off double to complete a 3-2 win over the Orioles. Hicks and Luke Voit homered in the second inning, but Baltimore forced extra innings before suffering its major league-leading 110th loss. The Birds are one away from tying the franchise record for losses, set by the 1939 St. Louis Browns.

— Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) smacked a two-run homer to cap a nine-run eighth as the Astros rallied past the Angels, 10-5. Houston kept its 3 ½-game lead over Oakland in the AL West and reduced its magic number to five.

— Stephen Piscotty scored on a wild pitch by Trevor Hildenberger to push the Athletics past the Twins, 3-2. Marcus Semien slammed a two-run homer and A’s closer Blake Treinen improved to 9-2.

— The Athletics are a step closer to securing an AL playoff berth following the Rays’ 5-2 loss to Toronto. Rowdy Tellez supplied a two-run homer and an RBI double as the Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay for the second time in three days. Tommy Pham and Jesus Sucre (SOO’-kray) homered for the Rays, whose elimination number is one.

— The Indians pulled out a 5-4 win over the Red Sox on Michael Brantley’s run-scoring single in the bottom of the 11th. Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) hit a pair of RBI singles and Cleveland prevented Boston from earning their major league-leading and team record-breaking 106th victory.

— Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH’) was 3-for-4 with a three-run blast and four RBIs as part of the Mariners’ 16-hit attack in a 13-0 thrashing of the Rangers. Mike Zunino and Dee Gordon also homered and Marco Gonzales pitched one-hit ball over six innings.

— Rookie Austin Voth picked up his first big league win by working the first five innings of a combined one-hitter in the Nationals’ 6-0 shutout of the Mets. Trea Turner belted a two-run homer and Matt Wieters (WEE’-turz) added a three-run blast.

— Mikie Mahtook (MY’-kee MAH’-took) slammed a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift the Tigers past the Royals, 5-4. Niko Goodrum had two hits and two RBIs to help Detroit withstand home runs by Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon.

— Austin Dean blasted a two-run homer and had three RBIs to back Jose Urena (yoo-RAY’-nuh) in the Marlins’ 5-1 win over the Reds. Urena scattered three hits over 5 2/3 scoreless innings.


Monarchs shock Hokies in Norfolk

UNDATED (AP) — Old Dominion pulled off Saturday’s biggest stunner in top-25 college football.

Blake LaRussa came off the bench to throw for 495 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Monarchs to a 49-35 upset of No. 13 Virginia Tech. LaRussa entered the game on ODU’s second series and completed 30 of 49 and rushed for a touchdown after the Monarchs entered the game as 28 ½-point underdogs.

Jeremy Cox’s 40-yard touchdown run with 1:34 remaining sealed the biggest win in program history.

The Hokies led 28-21 after a 72-yard touchdown pass from Josh Jackson to Damon Hazelton with 32 seconds left in the third quarter. Old Dominion scored on its next two possessions, taking a 35-28 lead on a 15-yard touchdown run by Cox with 9:57 remaining.

It was Virginia Tech’s first game at ODU since the school restarted its football program in 2009.

Army almost engineered a major upset until fifth-ranked Oklahoma escaped with a 28-21 victory over the Cadets. Kyler Murray threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb in overtime and Parnell Motley intercepted Kelvin Hopkins’ fourth-down pass to secure the win. Kenneth Murray had a school-record 28 tackles for the 4-0 Sooners.

In other Top 25 games:

— Top-ranked Alabama posted a 45-23 win over No. 22 Texas A&M behind Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tag-ah-vay-OH’-lah), who passed for 387 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score. Tagovailoa completed 22 of 30 passes before leaving after Henry Ruggs III took a shuttle pass 57 yards for a score late in the third. The Tide recorded seven sacks of Kellen Mond and held conference leading rusher Trayveon Williams to 31 yards on eight carries.

— Jake Fromm threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns as second-ranked Georgia outscored Missouri, 43-29. Fromm tossed touchdown passes of 33 yards to Riley Ridley, 61 yards to Jeremiah Holloman and 54 yards to Mecole Hardman in the second half. The Bulldogs also had a defensive touchdown and returned a blocked punt for a score.

— Freshman Trevor Lawrence came off the bench to throw four touchdown passes in guiding No. 3 Clemson past Georgia Tech, 49-21. Lawrence entered the game early in the second quarter and finished with 176 yards on 13-of-18 passing after replacing an ineffective Kelly Bryant.

— Fourth-ranked Ohio State rolled to a 49-6 rout of Tulane in coach Urban Meyer’s first game since serving a suspension for his handling of domestic violence allegations against a former assistant. Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw for 304 yards and five touchdowns in the first half, giving him 16 scoring throws through four games.

— Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for a career-high 136 yards and two TDs in sixth-ranked LSU’s 38-21 win against Louisiana Tech. Nick Brossette scored three touchdowns, but the Tigers led just 24-21 early in the fourth quarter before Edwards-Helaire and Brossette reached the end zone.

— K.J. Costello’s third touchdown pass of the day was a 23-yarder to Colby Parkinson in overtime to lead No. 7 Stanford past 20th-rated Oregon, 38-31. Bryce Love ran for 89 yards and a touchdown as the Cardinal remained undefeated heading into next week’s clash with eighth-ranked Notre Dame.

— Ian Book rushed for three touchdowns and threw for two more as Notre Dame clobbered Wake Forest 56-27. Book replaced Brandon Wimbush in the starting lineup and was 25 of 34 for 325 yards.

Noah Igbinoghene scored on a 96-yard kickoff return and Freshman JaTarvious Whitlow ran for two touchdowns as ninth-ranked Auburn stifled Arkansas, 34-3. The Tigers won easily despite just 134 passing yards from Jarrett Stidham and 91 yards rushing.

— Will Grier had five touchdown passes for the fifth time in his career to highlight No. 12 West Virginia’s 35-6 drilling of Kansas State. David Sills had three TD grabs for the Mountaineers, who outgained the Wildcats 464-318 and had four sacks.

— Benny Snell Jr. scored two of his four touchdowns in the fourth quarter and Kentucky held No. 14 Mississippi State to 56 yards rushing for a 28-7 upset. Snell went 36 yards for his third score with eight minutes remaining to break Randall Cobb’s previous team record of 37 career touchdowns.

— Texas Tech ended a nine-game losing streak to Oklahoma State with a 41-17 pounding of the No. 15 Cowboys. Alan Bowman was 35 of 46 for 397 yards and two touchdowns in guiding the nation’s top offense to 621 total yards.

— Sam Ehlinger passed for two touchdowns and ran for a score, all in the second half to push Texas past No. 17 TCU, 31-16. Ehlinger passed for 255 yards and Collin Johnson finished with 124 yards on seven catches to help the Longhorns beat the Horned Frogs for the first time in their last five meetings.

— Alex Hornibrook threw a go-ahead, 17-yard TD pass to A.J. Taylor with 57 seconds left before 18th-rated Wisconsin escaped with a 28-17 triumph at Iowa. Jonathan Taylor had 113 yards rushing and Alec Ingold ran for a 33-yard score with 22 seconds left as the Badgers rebounded from last week’s loss.

— Karan Higdon ran for 136 yards and a touchdown before resting in the second half of No. 19 Michigan’s 56-10 pounding of Nebraska. Fullback Ben Mason ran for three touchdowns as the Wolverines sent the Cornhuskers to their seventh consecutive loss dating to last season, their longest skid in 61 years.

— No. 21 Miami coasted to a 31-17 victory over Florida International as N’Kosi Perry came off the bench to throw three touchdown passes. Travis Homer rushed 13 times for 114 yards and a touchdown for the Hurricanes, who allowed just 31 yards on FIU’s first 10 possessions.

— Rondale Moore caught two touchdown passes and Purdue picked off four passes in beating No. 23 Boston College 30-13. David Blough passed for 296 yards and three touchdowns for the Boilermakers.

— Brian Lewerke threw two touchdown passes, had his first career catch and made the perfect pitch to kicker Matt Coghlin for a 6-yard scoring run in No. 24 Michigan State’s 35-21 victory over Indiana. Jalen Nailor grabbed a 16-yard scoring pass from Lewerke and capped the scoring with a game-clinching, 75-yard TD run with 3:17 remaining.

— Freshmen Lopini Katoa ran for two touchdowns and No. 25 BYU took advantage of McNeese State’s second-quarter mistakes in a 30-3 victory. The Cowboys led 3-0 in the first quarter but had four turnovers, 10 penalties, a timeout request they no longer had available, a missed field and a blocked field goal.


Woods 3-up through 54

ATLANTA (AP) — Tiger Woods has put himself in position to earn his first victory in five years.

Woods fired a 5-under 65 for a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and world No. 1 Justin Rose through three rounds of the Tour Championship. Wood is at 12-under and will be paired for the first time in a final group with McIlroy on the PGA Tour.

McIlroy birdied two of his last three holes for a 66.

It’s the first time Woods has owned the 54-hole lead since winning the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational. He’s never lost a tournament when leading be more than two shots heading into the final round.


Stricker, Jobe stay on top

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Steve Stricker and Brandt Jobe continue to top the Sanford International leaderboard.

Striker and Jobe each shot 67 to get to 10-under 130 at Minnehaha Country Club. Jerry Smith owned a piece of the first-round lead before a 68 dropped him one off the pace in the inaugural PGA Tour Champions event.


Busch gets 7th win of the year, 6th career at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Kyle Busch has won at Richmond for the sixth time in his career by holding off a hard-charging Kevin Harvick in the NASCAR Cup series playoff race.

Busch passed Brad Keselowski with 38 laps to go and earned his season-best seventh win of the year.

Harvick closed a gap of more than 1.5 seconds over the final few laps, but Busch held on for his sixth career victory at Richmond.

Martin Truex Jr. swept the first two stages before a penalty forced him to rally for a third-place finish, followed by Chase Elliott and Aric Almirola.


Newman moving to Roush-Fenway

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ryan Newman will drive full-time for Roush-Fenway Racing in the No. 6 Ford next season in NASCAR’s Cup series.

Newman has driven the No. 31 for Richard Childress Racing since 2014, but did not make the playoffs as one of the top 16 teams for the second time in three years. He announced earlier this year he would leave the team at the end of the season.


Steelers’ DeCastro out

UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without All-Pro guard David DeCastro for a second straight week when they visit Tampa Bay on Monday night.

DeCastro is still recovering from a fractured right hand suffered during Pittsburgh’s Week 1 tie against Cleveland.

Right tackle Marcus Gilbert is doubtful with a hamstring issue. Safety Morgan Burnett is also doubtful with a groin injury.

In other NFL news:

— The Titans will be without linebacker Kamalei Correa and safety Kendrick Lewis against the Jaguars. The Titans downgraded both Correa and Lewis to out on Saturday.

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