Update on the latest sportsAP
AL wild cards to be decided
WASHINGTON (AP) — Red Sox ace Chris Sale takes the mound in Washington with a chance to pitch Boston into the postseason. A win would ensure the Red Sox host Tuesday’s AL wild-card game — they own a tiebreaker with the Yankees after winning the season series 10-9 — but Boston is still assured at least a tiebreaker game Monday with a loss to the last-place Nationals.
In other games that will help determine the wild card teams:
— Aaron Judge and the Yankees are tied with Boston for the top AL wild card and can also clinch a spot by beating 100-win Tampa Bay. If the Yankees win and the Red Sox lose, the wild-card game would come to the Bronx on Tuesday. New York is also assured at least another game Monday if it loses.
— The Blue Jays and Mariners each need to win and get help. Toronto is a game behind Boston and New York entering its finale against Baltimore and can force a tiebreaker game Monday with a win over the O’s and a loss by either the Red Sox or Yankees. Seattle is also a game back as the Mariners take on the Los Angeles Angels.
Any two-way tie for the second wild card would be settled by a one-game tiebreaker Monday. A three- or four-way tie gets more complicated.
Yanks’ LeMahieu to IL with sports hernia, Voit done for year
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees put All-Star infielder DJ LeMahieu on the 10-day injured list with a sports hernia ahead of their scheduled regular-season finale against the Tampa Bay Rays. New York also transferred slugger Luke Voit to the 60-day injured list, ending the 2020 home run champion’s season.
LeMahieu was pulled from New York’s game Thursday at Toronto after six innings and hasn’t played since. He’s been day to day, trying to work his way back into the lineup. When he still felt discomfort doing baseball activities Sunday morning, the Yankees decided to put him on the shelf.
Cleveland Indians play for the last time with that name
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cleveland plays for the last time as the Indians, the team’s name since 1915 when Shoeless Joe Jackson roamed their outfield.
The club will be called the Guardians next season. The team announced the name change earlier this year in the wake of a nationwide reckoning over racist names and symbols.
José Ramírez and his teammates will play at Texas in the regular-season finale.
Darnold achieves touchdown mark
DALLAS (AP) — Sam Darnold is the first quarterback in NFL history with at least five rushing touchdowns in the first four games of any season. Darnold’s second TD run came on an 11-yard draw and gave Carolina a 14-13 lead over Dallas in the second quarter. After rushing for five touchdowns in 38 career games with the New York Jets, Darnold matched the number in less than 3 1/2 games with the Panthers. The first score was on a 1-yard option keeper in the first quarter.
Dallas star receiver Amari Cooper exited early against Carolina with a right hamstring injury. Cooper has been playing with cracked ribs since the opener. The Cowboys’ leader in catches coming in was on the sideline without his helmet before the team’s second offensive possession started. The team said his return was questionable.
In other early action:
— Detroit Lions linebacker Romeo Okwara has been ruled out for the rest of the team’s game at Chicago. Okwara left in the first half. It was originally called an ankle injury, but then it was changed to a foot injury when it was announced that he would miss the rest of the game. The Lions trailed the Bears 14-0 at halftime. Detroit center Frank Ragnow is also out, dealing with a toe issue.
— The Atlanta Falcons have pulled off their longest play of the season. Matt Ryan found Cordarelle Patterson breaking free behind the Washington secondary and connected with him on a 42-yard touchdown pass that gave the Falcons a 10-0 lead in the second quarter. A couple of injuries have cost both teams in the early going. Washington lost tight end Logan Thomas to a hamstring injury in the first quarter. He was initially listed as doubtful to return, then downgraded to out for the game. A short time later, Falcons cornerback Isaiah Oliver had to be helped off the field with a knee injury. He was taken to the locker room on a cart and listed as doubtful to return.
Iowa up to No. 3; Clemson out of Top 25 first time since ’14
UNDATED (AP) — Alabama and Georgia remain the top two teams in The Associated Press college football poll after a week in which nine ranked teams lost.
Iowa moved up to No. 3 and is gearing up for No. 4 Penn State in its biggest home game since the 1980s. No. 5 Cincinnati has its highest ranking in 12 years. Oklahoma, Ohio State, Oregon, Michigan and Brigham Young round out the top 10.
Clemson is out of the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2014 despite beating Boston College. The Tigers had been ranked in 107 consecutive polls. Kentucky, Texas, Southern Methodist and San Diego State entered the AP Top 25.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-COLORADO COACH-PHOTOJOURNALIST
Karl Dorrell sorry for shoving photojournalist’s camera
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — University of Colorado football coach Karl Dorrell has apologized for shoving a photojournalist’s television camera as he trotted off the field following the Buffaloes’ blowout loss to Southern California on Saturday.
On Sunday, Dorrell apologized both publicly and personally. His acknowledgement came a day after athletic director Rick George was criticized on social media for tweeting an apology on behalf of his head coach.