Niners handle Packers again...Welcome home, Sean Payton... Reid era in Kansas City opens with a victory
UNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have opened this season the same way they began last year, with a win over the Green Bay Packers.
Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nik) was 27 of 39 for 412 yards and three touchdowns as the Niners downed the Packers 34-28. Anquan Boldin was Kaepernick's prime target, catching 13 passes for 208 yards and one touchdown.
Green Bay led 28-24 until Frank Gore scored on a one-yard run with 5:47 remaining.
The Niners have won their last three meetings with the Packers, including last year's NFC divisional playoff game.
Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb each over 100 receiving yards and one touchdown for the Packers as Aaron Rodgers passed for 333 yards, three TDs and one interception.
The Niners also benefited from an officiating error that gave them an extra down in what became a touchdown drive in the second quarter.
After a third-and-6 play at the Green Bay 10-yard line in the second quarter, Kaepernick was hit out of bounds by Clay Matthews. The Green Bay linebacker drew a personal foul penalty, but so did 49ers tackle Joe Staley for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Because both penalties came after the play ended with Kaepernick stepping out of bounds without gaining a first down, it should have become fourth down. The league said the penalties were dead-ball fouls and the ball should have been spotted at the Packers 6, making it fourth-and-2. San Francisco likely would have gone for a field goal, but they instead scored a touchdown on Kaepernick's 10-yard pass to Anquan Boldin.
The New Orleans Saints welcome back their coach Sean Payton the best way they know how -- by knocking off the defending NFC South champion Atlanta Falcons 23-17. Payton missed all last season because of his bounty ban.
Drew Brees passed for 357 yards and two scores. Brees connected with Marques Colston for a 25-yard touchdown pass during which the receiver also set a franchise mark for catches with 533. Brees also hit tight end Jimmy Graham for a 7-yard score in the third quarter.
In other Week 1 action:
— Dallas took advantage of six Giants turnovers in a 36-31 win over New York, the Cowboys' first win over the G-Men in five games at Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys clinched the victory on Eli Manning's third interception of the game, a tipped pass that Brandon Carr returned 49 yards for the clinching touchdown with 1:50 remaining. Dallas also scored on David Wilson's second fumble of the game.
— Kansas City's defense dominated all day and the Chiefs began the Andy Reid era with a 28-2 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Alex Smith tossed a pair of early TD passes and the Chiefs defense did the rest.
— Tennessee went on the road and stunned the lifeless Pittsburgh Steelers 16-9. Tennessee's defense sacked Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) four times and held the Steelers to 195 total yards.
— Reggie Bush was a hit in his debut with the Detroit Lions. Bush turned a short pass into a 77-yard touchdown in the third quarter and finished with 191 yards of offense to help the Lions pull away to beat the Minnesota Vikings 34-24.
— The New York Jets pulled out a 18-17 win over Tampa Bay as Nick Folk hit the game-winning 48-yard field goal with two seconds left. With the Jets trailing 17-15 and time running out, rookie Geno Smith scrambled for 10 yards — and was shoved while he was out of bounds by Lavonte (luh-VAHN'-tay) David. The 15-yard penalty gave the Jets the ball at the Buccaneers 30 and set up the winning field goal by Folk on the next play
— Stephen Gostkowski hit a 35-yard field goal with 5 seconds left to send the New England Patriots to a season-opening 23-21 win over the Buffalo Bills.
— Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck ran 19 yards for the winning touchdown in the Colts' 21-17 win over Oakland. It's the first Colts' opening day victory since 2009.
— CFL veteran Marc Trestman is a winner in his NFL coaching debut. Trestman's Chicago Bears nipped Cincinnati 24-21 on Jay Cutler's 19-yard TD pass to Brandon Marshall with 7:58 left.
— Ryan Tannehill passed for 272 yards and a touchdown in the Miami Dolphins' 23-10 win over the Cleveland Browns, who fell to 1-14 in Week 1 since 1999.
— In a low-scoring tussle, Seattle won on the road at Carolina 12-7. Russell Wilson threw for 320 yards, including a 43-yard fourth-quarter TD pass to Jermaine Kearse.
Cards widen gap over Bucs...Yanks avoid sweep
UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates entered St. Louis leading the National League Central by 1 ½ games over the Cardinals. The Bucs are leaving town 1 ½ games behind the Redbirds after the Cards completed a three-game sweep.
Michael Wacha (WAH'-kah) hit a two-run single and pitched seven shutout innings as the Cards thumped the Pirates 9-2. Wacha allowed two hits and never had more than one runner on base at a time.
Matt Carpenter and Jon Jay each had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run for the Redbirds, who outscored the Bucs 26-10 in the series.
Cincinnati is in a virtual tie with the Pirates for the two NL wild-card berths after Ryan Hannigan hit a walkoff double in the bottom the ninth to give the Reds a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cincy's other runs came on solo homers by Jay Bruce, and the Dodgers tied the game on a solo blast by Hanley Ramirez.
Starters Homer Bailey and Clayton Kershaw each allowed two runs in seven innings.
The outcome gives the Reds and Pirates eight-game leads over Washington in the NL wild-card hunt. The Dodgers continue to pace the NL West by 11 games over Arizona.
Oakland still owns a 1 ½-game lead over Texas in the AL West.
Bartolo Colon (bahr-TOH'-loh koh-LOHN') won for the first time in more than a month, allowing a run and five hits in six innings of the Athletics' 7-2 win against Houston. Seth Smith hit a three-run homer and Brandon Moss had three hits and two RBIs in Oakland's third straight win.
Alex Rios hit a first-inning homer and doubled home the go-ahead run in the seventh as the Rangers downed the Angels 4-3. Elvis Andrus (AN'-droos) drove in a pair of runs for Texas.
Detroit's lead in the AL Central remains 5 ½ games over Cleveland after the Tigers and Indians both lost.
Bruce Chen is 7-2 after yielding two runs and five hits in seven innings of Kansas City's 5-3 win over the Tigers. Eric Hosmer recorded his 53rd multi-hit game by going 3-for-4 with a three-run homer.
The Indians failed to complete a three-game sweep by falling to the New York Mets 2-1 on Eric Young's RBI double with two out in the top of the ninth. Daisuke Matsuzaka (DYS'-kay math-soo-ZAH'-kah) had his best start since joining the Mets late last month, allowing one run in 5 2/3 innings as New York dropped the Indians two games behind Tampa Bay for the final Al wild-card berth.
Boston failed to complete a four-game sweep of the Yankees in New York, leaving the AL East-leading Red Sox 7 ½ games ahead of Tampa Bay.
Ichiro Suzuki (EE'-cheer-oh soo-ZOO'-kee) scored on Brandon Workman's wild pitch with two outs in the ninth to give the Yanks a 4-3 win over the Red Sox. Will Middlebrooks tied the game with a solo homer off Mariano Rivera in the top of the ninth before Ichiro singled, stole second, moved to third on a fly ball to right and scored the winning run.
Robinson Cano had two RBIs for the Yankees, who were outscored 36-25 in the first three games of the series.
The Rays were 4-1 winners at Seattle as James Loney and Desmond Jennings hit RBI doubles during Tama Bay's last two at-bats. Rays pitcher Matt Moore allowed a run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings but left trailing 1-0.
Atlanta suffered its fourth consecutive loss to keep its magic number at nine for winning the NL East. Darin Ruf hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning to back a strong outing by starting pitcher Cole Hamels and lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-2 victory and three-game sweep of the Braves. Hamels allowed two hits over eight innings and improved to 7-13.
Also in the majors, the Chicago White Sox ended a nine-game losing streak by holding off the Baltimore Orioles 4-2, leaving the Birds two games behind the Rays for the last AL wild-card slot. The game ended when Orioles pinch-runner Chris Dickerson got lost on the bases and was doubled up for the final out.
San Francisco beat Arizona 3-2 on Angel Pagan's RBI single in the bottom of the 11th. Madison Bumgarner allowed four hits in six shutout innings to help the Giants drop the Diamondbacks further out of playoff contention.
Jose Reyes (RAY'-uhs) hit a late double to break a scoreless tie and lead the Toronto Blue Jays past the Minnesota Twins 2-0 for a three-game sweep.
Washington held off Miami 6-4. Stephen Strasburg balked in two runs but went six innings to improve to 7-9. Ryan Zimmerman and Wilson Ramos homered for the Nats.
Yovani Gallardo (gy-YAR'-doh) tossed seven strong innings and Jeff Bianchi delivered a key pinch-hit single in the Milwaukee Brewers' 3-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.
Pinch-hitter Nick Hundley's three-run double in the seventh was the difference as San Diego downed Colorado 5-2 to complete a three-game sweep.
Buchholz set to rejoin Sox rotation on Tuesday
NEW YORK (AP) — Clay Buchholz (BUHK'-ohlts) is ready to rejoin the Boston Red Sox rotation after missing three months with a strained neck.
The right-hander says he threw about 30 pitches in a routine bullpen session Sunday at Yankee Stadium, his final hurdle before starting Tuesday night at Tampa Bay.
Serena takes the fifth
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams is a major singles champion for the 17th time, and the fifth at the U.S. Open.
The top-seeded Williams survived a second-set meltdown to beat No. 2 Victoria Azarenka, 7-5, 6-7, 6-1. Azarenka extended the match by breaking Williams twice after falling behind 4-1 in the second set. Williams quickly gained her composure and took the last five games to improve to 67-4 with a career-best nine titles this year.
Four times, Azarenka was only two points from taking the opening set.
Williams dropped just 16 games in the tournament, a career best for a major championship and 13 fewer than she dropped at this year's French Open.
TENNIS-US OPEN DOUBLES
Paes teams with Stepanek for Open title
NEW YORK (AP) — Leander Paes (lee-AN'-dur payz) won his eighth Grand Slam men's doubles title Sunday, teaming with Radek Stepanek to defeat Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 6-1, 6-3 in the final of the U.S. Open.
This is the second title for the Paes-Stepanek pairing. They also won the 2012 Australian Open.
Texas, Southern Cal out, Clemson moves up to No. 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Texas and Southern California have dropped out of The Associated Press college football poll after ugly losses and Miami jumped in at No. 15 for its first showing in the AP rankings since November 2010.
Alabama is still No. 1 after an off week, heading into a much-anticipated rematch with No. 7 Texas A&M on Saturday.
Oregon is No. 2. Clemson moved up a spot to No. 3 and Ohio State slipped one to No. 4. Stanford remains No. 5.
The Longhorns came into the weekend ranked 15th, but a 40-21 loss at BYU in which Texas allowed a school-record 550 yards rushing has Mack Brown's team unranked.
Longhorns fire defensive coordinator after BYU rout...Duke loses QB
UNDATED (AP) — Texas has fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz a day after one of the worst defensive performances in the history of the program. Former Longhorns defensive coordinator and Syracuse coach Greg Robinson will replace Diaz.
BYU ran for 550 yards, the most ever allowed by Texas, in a 40-21 victory against the Longhorns on Saturday night.
In other college news:
— UCLA freshman wide receiver Nick Pasquale has been struck by a car and killed while walking in San Clemente, Calif. He was 20. The Orange County Sheriff's Department reports that Pasquale was struck about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
Toledo at the top
SAINTE-JULIE, Quebec (AP) — Esteban Toledo (EHS'-teh-bahn toh-LAY'-doh) won the Montreal Championship for his second Champions Tour victory of the season, beating Kenny Perry with a birdie on the third extra hole.
The 50-year-old Toledo won in May in Texas to become the first Mexican winner in Champions Tour history
AUTO RACING-FORMULA 1
Vettel wins in Italy
MONZA, Italy (AP) — Sebastian Vettel withstood a tricky start from the pole position to win the Italian Grand Prix and extend his championship lead over Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who finished second.
With seven races remaining, it looks increasingly likely that Vettel will clinch a fourth straight Formula One title — unless he has an alarming drop in form or Ferrari finds a way to get faster.
It was Vettel's third career win at Monza, his sixth of the season and 32nd overall — moving him even with Alonso.
Wrestling is back!
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Wrestling has been reinstated for the 2020 Olympics, seven months after losing its spot. It beat two other sports in a vote by the International Olympic Committee.