Falcons take Packers, again...Denver dumps Dallas...Party time in Cleveland
ATLANTA (AP) — The Sunday night NFL game was a rematch of last season’s NFC championship and the results were the same -- an Atlanta Falcon win over the Green Bay Packers. Matt Ryan threw for 252 yards and a touchdown, Devonta (deh-VON’-tay) Freeman had a couple of scoring runs, and Desmond Trufant raced to the end zone off an attempted pass by Aaron Rodgers that was ruled a fumble. The Falcons 34-23 victory wasn’t really that close.
DENVER (AP) — The Cowboys’ high-powered offense sputtered in Denver on Sunday in a 42-17 loss against the Broncos. Cowboys’ running back Zeke Elliot had his worst game ever, gaining just 8 yards. Trevor Siemian tied a career high with four touchdown passes. Aqib Talib’s (ah-KEEB’ tah-LEEBZ) 103-yard interception return for a touchdown with 53 seconds left was the final indignity in the blowout.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians, the team that couldn’t lose for a few weeks, celebrated winning its second straight AL Central title at home on Sunday. Cleveland officially clinched on Saturday night when second-place Minnesota lost to Toronto. Just for good measure on Sunday, the Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3. After the game, players celebrated in the locker room with lots of suds.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg’s club-record scoreless streak is over at 35 innings. But two home runs from Ryan Zimmerman helped the All-Star win his fourth consecutive start as the Washington Nationals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-1 on Sunday night. The Nationals avoided a three-game sweep against the NL front-runners. The Dodgers magic number to clinch the NL West dropped to four when second-place Arizona lost at San Francisco.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Australian Marc Leishman didn’t give anyone much of a chance in the PGA’s BMW Championship. Leishman closed with a 4-under par 67 for a five-shot victory at Conway Farms. He entered the final round with a five-shot lead and determined to not let another FedEx Cup playoff event get away from him. PGA Tour rookies Xander Schauffele (ZAN’-der SHOFF’-lee) and Patrick Cantlay made late birdies to finish in the top 30 and get into the Tour Championship.