Banged-up Pats hold off Jets 13-10
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — It wasn't pretty, it rained much of the second half and it might be best remembered for a near brawl at the end of the game. But when tempers cooled, the New England Patriots are 2-0 on the young NFL season.
Tom Brady threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Dobson on the game's first series and the Pats held off the New York Jets 13-10 despite managing just nine first downs and 234 yards total offense.
The 1-1 Jets cut the lead to 13-10 on Bilal Powell's 3-yard touchdown run with 5:05 left in the third quarter. But rookie QB Geno Smith threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter, two to Aqib Talib and one to Alfonzo Dennard.
The Pats played without wide receiver Danny Amendola and tight end Rob Gronkowski, who missed the game because of injuries.
Red Raiders upset Horned Frogs 20-10
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Freshman backup quarterback Davis Webb threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Bradley Marquez with 3:48 remaining to lead Texas Tech to a 20-10 victory over 24th-ranked TCU in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
The score came after the Red Raiders thought they'd scored on a 49-yard TD pass from Webb to DeAndre Washington, but he dropped the ball at the half-yard line. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty took them back to the TCU 14. Two plays later, Webb hit Marquez.
The Red Raiders are 3-0 with walk-on freshman Baker Mayfield starting at quarterback. Mayfield had to leave in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury He wanted to go to TCU, but wasn't offered a scholarship.
Vols suspend Couch for Saturday's game against Ducks
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Butch Jones says defensive lineman Maurice Couch has been ruled ineligible for Saturday's game against second-ranked Oregon. Tennessee is investigating allegations Couch was one of five Southeastern Conference players to receive improper benefits.
Yahoo Sports reported Couch received $1,350 from former Alabama defensive end Luther Davis, who served as a go-between for NFL agents and financial advisers.
Tied at the top in NL Central...Yanks go wild in Baltimore
UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates continued their September run for the playoffs. The Pirates climbed into a tie for the NL Central lead with St. Louis by beating the Chicago Cubs 3-1 for their fourth straight victory. Jeff Locke allowed three hits over seven innings to earn his first victory in nearly two months. He's 10-5.
__ Meanwhile, Milwaukee was doing the Pirates a big favor by knocking off St. Louis 5-3. That ended the Cards' five-game winning streak. Tyler Thornburg threw six solid innings and Sean Halton homered for the Brewers.
In other NL action:
— Adrian Gonzalez singled home the winning run in the 10th inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers reduced their magic number to five for clinching their first NL West title since 2009.
— Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer on his 24th birthday to help Atlanta top Miami 6-1. Evan Gattis and Chris Johnson had two-run doubles for the NL East leading Braves. Johnson had three hits to raise his average to .330. Freddy Garcia pitched well in a spot start for Atlanta. He gave up a run on five hits in six innings to pick up his first win since joining the Braves last month.
— Ryan Zimmerman's first inning solo home run was the first of four Washington hit in a 7-2 win over the Mets. Adam LaRoche, Wilson Ramos and Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN ') also went deep for the Nationals who won their sixth in a row. The Nats have pulled to within 5 1-2 games of the final wild card spot in the National League.
__Carlos Ruiz had three hits and three RBIs and rookie Cesar Hernandez reached base four times as the Philadelphia Phillies rode a six-run first inning to a 10-5 win over San Diego.
In the AL:
__A.J. Griffin allowed just two hits in seven innings to lead Oakland to an 8-2 win over Minnesota. Josh Reddick homered and had three RBIs to help the Athletics open a 3½ game lead over idle Texas in the American League West. It is Oakland's largest lead over the Rangers since Aug. 3. The teams are to scheduled play a three-game series this weekend in the Lone Star State.
__Wil Myers hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 to avoid a three-game sweep. The Rays lead the crowded race for the second AL wild card despite going 5-13 since Aug. 25.
__ The New York Yankees stayed within a game of the second AL wild card slot by edging Baltimore 6-5. Brendan Ryan scored the winning run in the ninth inning on a wild pitch by Jim Johnson, the Orioles closer who fell to 3-8.
__ The Cleveland Indians remained in the wild card hunt by walloping the Chicago White Sox 14-3. The Indians are a game and a-half out of the final wild card berth. Ryan Raburn went 3 for 3 with a homer and five RBIs.
__ The L.A. Angels nipped Toronto 4-3 to complete a three-game sweep. Garrett Richards pitched 6 2-3 innings for his third straight win. Kole Calhoun hit a solo home run.
Snedeker leads with a 63
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Brandt Snedeker (SNEH'-deh-kur) is the first-round leader at the BMW Championship. Snedeker made seven straight birdies on his way to an 8-under 63, giving him a one-shot lead over Zach Johnson in the next-to-last FedEx Cup playoff event before next weekend's Tour Championship.
Tiger Woods is tied for third following his 5-under 66. Masters champion Adam Scott is in a group another shot back at 4-under.
Clarke goes back to PGA Tour
ZANDVOORT, Netherlands (AP) — Darren Clarke will return to the PGA Tour for the first time in seven years, taking advantage of the five-year exemption he earned by winning the 2011 British Open.
He could rejoin the PGA Tour at the McGladrey Championship in Georgia on Nov. 7.
Clarke forfeited his PGA membership after his first wife Heather succumbed to cancer in 2006, choosing to concentrate on the European Tour to be closer to his two sons. He has since remarried and decided to take advantage of the remainder on his exemption.
First day of play washed out
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — The first day of play at the Evian Championship has been washed out after heavy morning rain soaked the course. They'll restart anew on Friday.
Officials still hope to complete the tournament on time by playing 36 holes on Sunday.
Driver Logano defends Chase status
CHICAGO (AP) — Joey Logano is defending his place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, saying he earned his spot in the 12-driver field.
Logano is the latest driver caught in the fallout of NASCAR's investigation into the field-deciding race at Richmond on Saturday. Radio traffic appears to show Front Row Racing offering to let Logano pass David Gilliland for a pivotal track position in exchange for something unidentified from Penske Racing.
There's nothing in Penske radio transmissions to indicate wrongdoing. NASCAR said Thursday it is still looking into the incident.
New Zealand keeps winning
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Emirates Team New Zealand continues to dominate the American's Cup, defeating defending champion Oracle Team USA by 47 seconds in race 6. Team New Zealand needs four more victories to claim the oldest trophy in international sports for the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.
Americans move up
ZURICH (AP) — The United States men's soccer team is No. 13 in the newest rankings by the sport's governing body. The Americans moved up six spots just days after clinching a seventh straight World Cup berth for next year's tournament in Brazil. The U.S. has won 12 of its last 14 matches.
Spain is No. 1 for the 25th straight month, followed by Argentina, Germany, Italy and Colombia.
Medal give back
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong says he has returned the bronze medal he won in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.
The International Olympic Committee stripped Armstrong of the time-trial medal in January after he publicly confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs during his career. Armstrong says he gave the medal back to the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Former Broncos quarterback dies
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) —Former Denver Broncos and Notre Dame quarterback Frank Tripucka (trih-PYOO'-kuh) has died at age 85. His son, former Notre Dame basketball standout, Kelly, says Tripucka died of congestive heart failure at his New Jersey home.
Tripucka quarterbacked the Broncos in their inaugural season, throwing for 3,038 yards and 24 touchdowns including the first TD pass in American Football League history. He also led Notre Dame to a 9-0-1 record and No. 2 ranking in 1948.