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September 16, 2018


Cougars end Badgers’ streak

UNDATED (AP) — BYU pulled off the biggest stunner of Saturday’s top-25 schedule while also ending the longest non-conference home winning streak in major college football.

Squally Canada ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns in the Cougars’ 24-21 win at No. 6 Wisconsin. BYU also reached the end zone on a trick play when receiver Aleva Hifo found open tight end Moroni Laulu-Pututau for a 31-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

The Badgers had a chance to force overtime until Rafael Gaglianone’s 42-yard field goal attempt went wide left with 41 seconds left, ending Wisconsin’s 41-game non-conference winning streak.

In other top-25 action:

— Top-ranked Alabama gave up a touchdown on the first play of its SEC opener before clobbering Mississippi, 62-7. Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tag-oh-vay-LOH’-ah) threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns before he was replaced by Jalen Hurts, who completed 7 of 10 passes for 85 yards, two TDs and one interception. The Tide’s offense had 516 total yards after Jordan Ta’amu hit D.K. Metcalf for a 75-yard touchdown on the opening play of the game.

— Travis Etienne ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns as second-ranked Clemson ripped Georgia Southern, 38-7. Trevor Lawrence threw for 194 yards, including a 57-yard score to fellow freshman Justyn Ross. Clemson outgained Georgia Southern 595-140 and held the Eagles to 20 yards and one first down in the opening half.

— Jake Fromm threw three touchdown passes and Elijah Holyfield ran for 100 yards before the duo sat out the second half of third-ranked Georgia’s 49-7 thumping of Middle Tennessee. Mecole Hardman had a touchdown catch and a 70-yard punt return touchdown, and Tyler Simmons provided a 56-yard touchdown run.

— Defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones returned an interception 28 yards for one of Ohio State’s three touchdowns in a four-minute span of the third quarter in a 40-28 victory over No. 15 TCU. The fourth-ranked Buckeyes finally went ahead to stay with that spurt that started Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw a short pass that Parris Campbell turned into a 63-yard touchdown. OSU finished the game without All-America defensive end Nick Bosa, who suffered an apparent left groin injury in the third quarter.

— Kyler Murray threw for 348 yards and three touchdowns as No. 5 Oklahoma held off Iowa State 37-27. Marquise Brown had 191 yards receiving and a TD to help the Sooners run the nation’s longest road winning streak to 17 games.

— Cole Tracy kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 12 LSU a 22-21 victory over No. 7 Auburn in their SEC opener. Joe Burrow held his own against the Auburn’s more heralded Jarrett Stidham, completing 15 of 34 passes for 249 yards.

— Eighth-ranked Notre Dame needed a goal-line stand before escaping with a 22-17 victory against Vanderbilt. Tony Jones Jr. finished with 118 yards on 17 carries for the Irish, who didn’t clinch the victory until Jalen Elliott knocked the ball loose from Vanderbilt receiver Kalija Lipscomb on fourth down with 1:07 remaining.

— K.J. Costello overcame a rough start to throw two touchdown passes to JJ Arcega-Whiteside as No. 9 Stanford beat FCS-level UC Davis 30-10. Costello threw interceptions on two of the first three drives before finishing 17-for-30 for 214 yards.

— Trace McSorley accounted for five touchdowns and broke Penn State’s record for most rushing scores by a quarterback in guiding a 63-10 dismantling of Kent State. The Heisman Trophy hopeful completed 11 of 22 passes for 229 yards with an interception and had three touchdown runs for the 11th-ranked Nittany Lions.

— Nick Fitzgerald accounted for 350 yards of offense and six touchdowns to lead No. 16 Mississippi State to a 56-10 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette Fitzgerald ran for 107 yards and four touchdowns while completing 14 of 21 passes 243 yards and two touchdowns.

— Justin Herbert threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns and Johnny Johnson III grabbed two scoring passes as No. 20 Oregon held off San Jose State, 35-22. Johnson, Jacob Breeland and CJ Verdell each finished with at least 70 yards receiving and combined for 247 yards.

— No. 21 Oklahoma State won a top-25 matchup as Taylor Cornelius ran for two touchdowns and passed for another in a 44-21 rout of 17th-rated Boise State. Justice Hill ran for 123 yards and a touchdown, and Tylan Wallace had five catches for 105 yards for the Cowboys.

— Shea Patterson threw three touchdown passes to Donovan Peoples-Jones as No. 19 Michigan outscored SMU, 45-20. Josh Metellus returned an interception 73 yards for a score as the first half expired, giving the Wolverines a 21-7 lead.

— No. 21 Miami rolled to a 49-24 win against Toledo as Malik Rosier threw for two touchdowns and ran for three more.

— Sam Ehlinger passed for two touchdowns and Anthony Wheeler returned a blocked field goal 46 yards for a score as Texas whipped No. 22 Southern California, 37-14.


Indians crush Tigers to wrap up AL Central

UNDATED (AP) — It seems fitting for the Cleveland Indians to complete their dominant drive to the AL Central title by crushing a division foe.

The Indians celebrated their third straight division crown after blasting their way to an 11-0 lead by the second inning of a 15-0 laugher over the Tigers. Michael Brantley and Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) belted first-inning homers and Yonder Alonso added a two-run shot in the third.

Alonso and Jose Ramirez each had three hits and two RBIs for the Indians, who have owned a double-digit lead in the division race since Aug. 8.

Mike Clevenger and four relievers combined on a two-hitter. Clevenger struck out five and tossed one-hit ball over six innings to move to 12-8 with a 3.06 ERA.

Checking out the rest of Saturday’s major league finals:

— Houston’s 10-4 rout of the Diamondbacks gives the Astros a 3 ½-game lead over Oakland in the AL West. Josh Reddick opened the scoring with a solo homer, Yuli Gurriel (gur-ee-EHL’) drove in three runs and Charlie Morton allowed two runs over six innings to improve to 15-3.

— Jake Bauers slammed a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning to send the Rays to a 7-5 win over the Athletics. Brandon Lowe hit a two-run shot and Bauers had four RBIs as Tampa Bay kept the A’s 1 ½ games behind the Yankees for the first AL wild card.

— The AL East-leading Red Sox trimmed their magic number to four by getting two-run doubles from Jackie Bradley Jr. and pinch-hitter Brock Holt in the fifth inning of a 5-3 comeback win over the Mets. Rick Porcello improved to 17-7 despite serving up a three-run homer to Brandon Nimmo, putting New York ahead 3-1 in the fourth.

— The Bosox also received help from the Blue Jays as Randal Grichuk (GRIH’-chuhk) slammed a pair of solo homers and Aledmys (ah-LEHD’-mees) Diaz collected three RBIs in an 8-7 victory over the Yankees. Kevin Pillar also went deep while Toronto built an 8-1 lead, but Giancarlo Stanton begin the New York seventh with a solo shot and Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) followed with his second homer of the afternoon before Miguel Andujar’s (an-DOO’-hahrz), grand slam got the Yanks within a run later in the inning.

— The Dodgers have taken over first place in the NL West after Yasiel Puig (YAH’-see-ul pweeg) homered three times and had a career-high seven RBIs in a 17-4 thrashing of the Cardinals. Cody Bellinger hit a three-run homer and had a career-high six RBIs for the Dodgers, who have moved a half-game ahead of Colorado by taking the first three games of the series.

— The Rockies now hold the second NL wild card by a half-game over the Redbirds after being shut out in San Francisco for the second straight day, 3-0. Madison Bumgarner scattered five hits over six innings, less than 24 hours after Chris Stratton tossed a two-hit shutout against Colorado.

— Jon Lester struck out nine and yielded just two hits over seven innings of the Cubs’ 1-0 shutout of the Reds. Willson Contreras broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the sixth.

— The Cubs lead the NL Central by 2 ½ games over the Brewers after Ivan Nova held them to a run and four hits in Pittsburgh’s 3-1 victory at Milwaukee. Colin Moran and Francisco Cervelli provided RBI doubles to put the Pirates ahead after Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) homered in the bottom of the first.

— Juan Soto became the youngest player to steal three bases in a game as the 19-year-old rookie went 1-for-2 with an RBI single in the Nationals’ 7-1 win over the Braves. Jefry Rodriguez worked 4 2/3 innings of hitless relief after Jeremy Hellickson reinjured his right wrist while batting in the top of the fourth.

— Atlanta’s magic number to win the NL East remains nine following the Phillies’ comeback from a 4-0 deficit in a 5-4 triumph over the Marlins. Cesar Hernandez crushed a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fifth, three innings after Justin Bour’s two-run single sparked Philadelphia’s comeback.

— Kristopher Negron and Mitch Haniger hit solo homers and Robinson Cano (kah-NOH’) drilled a go-ahead, three-run double in the eighth inning to send the Mariners past the Angels, 6-5. Edwin Diaz served up a ninth-inning homer by Justin Upton before nailing down his major league-leading 55th save.

— Alex Gordon and Alcides (al-SEE-dehs) Escobar had three hits apiece and combined for eight RBIs in the Royals’ 10-3 blowout over the Twins. Gordon hit a pair of two-run doubles and drove in five runs, while Cam Gallagher added four hits and an RBI.

— Joey Gallo homered and Robinson Chirinos furnished a go-ahead, three-run double in the sixth inning as the Rangers doubled up the Padres, 6-3. Texas rallied after San Diego took a 3-1 lead on Eric Hosmer’s three-run blast in the third.

— The White Sox earned a 2-0 win over the Orioles as Reynaldo Lopez limited Baltimore to four hits over seven innings. Yolmer Sanchez snapped a scoreless tie with an RBI double in the sixth and Avisail Garcia added a solo blast in the ninth.


Rodgers returns to Packers practice after injuring knee

UNDATED (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers participated in practice Saturday for the first time this week after being held out with a left knee injury.

Rodgers said he sprained his knee in the second quarter of last week’s season opener over the Chicago Bears. He left the field on a cart but returned in the second half to throw three touchdown passes to help rally the Packers to a 24-23 victory.

Rodgers is listed as questionable on the injury report.

In other NFL news:

— The Bills have cut veteran receiver Jeremy Kerley, leaving the team with five receivers at a position that lacks proven depth behind starter Kelvin Benjamin.

— Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will miss Sunday’s game in New Orleans with a hamstring injury.


Olson takes 2-shot lead after 3rd round of Evian major

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — Chasing a first major title, Amy Olson fired a bogey-free 65 to take a two-shot lead through three rounds of the Evian Championship.

The American broke clear to a 14-under 199 total after twice being in a four-way share of the lead.

Mo Martin is two shots back at 10 under, one clear of Women’s British Open winner Georgia Hall and two others.


3-way tie at Tour Champions event

GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) — Scott McCarron shot a 9-under 63 for a share of the Ally Challenge lead with Tom Lehman and Jeff Maggert.

McCarron played an early three-hole stretch in 4 under, making an eagle on the par-4 12th. Lehman shot his second straight 67, and Maggert had a 68 to match McCarron at 10-under 135.


US stays alive in Davis Cup

ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — The United States is still alive in the Davis Cup semifinals.

Mike Bryan came out of Davis Cup retirement to team with Ryan Harrison for a 7-5, 7-6, 1-6, 6-7, 7-6 win over Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic. The outcome cuts Croatia’s lead to 2-1 heading into Sunday’s reverse singles.

Sixth-ranked Marin Cilic (CHIHL’-ihch) faces American Steve Johnson Sunday, and Borna Coric meets Davis Cup rookie Frances Tiafoe (TEE’-ah-foe).

The winner will meet defending champion France in the Nov. 23-25 final.

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