Sports for Monday September 25th, 2017
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Drew Brees stood on the Saints sideline for the national anthem. His hand was firmly over his heart. Nearly a dozen teammates sat behind him on the bench in protest of recent remarks made by President Donald Trump. Brees called Trump’s recent comments about NFL players “unbecoming of the office of the President of the United States.” But he doesn’t agree it’s right to sit for the anthem.
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — NASCAR isn’t the NFL. It appeared no drivers, crew or other team members protested during the national anthem Sunday prior to a race at New Hampshire Motorspeedway. Several team owners and executives had said they wouldn’t want anyone in their organizations to protest. Richard Childress, who was Dale Earnhardt’s longtime team owner, said of protesting: “It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus.”
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Drew Brees shredded the league’s top-ranked defense for 220 yards and three touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints defeated the previously unbeaten Carolina Panthers 34-13. Brees led six scoring drives and threw TD passes to Michael Thomas, Brandon Coleman and ex-Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Junior as the Saints avoided an 0-3 start. The Saints sacked Cam Newton four times and intercepted him three times.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady connected with Brandin Cooks for a 25-yard touchdown pass with 23 seconds left as the New England Patriots rallied to beat the Houston Texans 36-33. Brady finished 25 of 35 for 378 yards and five touchdowns. New England has won five straight regular-season meetings with Houston and seven of eight overall. Cooks caught five passes for 131 yards and pair of scores. It was the fifth multi-touchdown game and eighth 100-yard game of his career.
Tonight the Dallas Cowboys play the Arizona Cardinals in Monday Night football. You can listen to the Cowboys game live right here. Pregame for Cowboys football at 6:30 p.m. and kickoff at 7 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas A and M coach Kevin Sumlin turned to the leaders of his team in a back-and-forth, potentially frustrating game against Arkansas on Saturday. With a young team, including a freshman quarterback, Sumlin asked his veteran players to show confidence. He wanted a calm demeanor, and he didn’t want anyone to panic. The players delivered on that mandate. Christian Kirk and the rest of the leadership group also made the key plays when the Aggies needed them in a 50-43 overtime victory at AT and T Stadium.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis hit another big home run, Jharel Cotton pitched five shutout innings of one-hit ball and the Oakland Athletics extended their season-best winning streak to seven games with an 8-1 victory over the Texas Rangers. Texas got swept over three games at an inopportune time. The Rangers entered the series in contention for the second AL wild card, but fell 5 1/2 games behind Minnesota with a week left in the season. The Twins swept Detroit over four games this weekend.
HOUSTON (AP) — Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning and Justin Upton tacked on an insurance run with a solo homer in the eighth, helping the Los Angeles Angels snap a six-game skid with a 7-5 win over the Houston Astros. It was a much-needed victory for the Angels, who are 4 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card.
Sports for Wednesday September 20th, 2017
SEATTLE (AP) — Shin-Soo Choo’s sacrifice fly broke a tie in the eighth inning, Elvis Andrus followed with an RBI single and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 to boost their slim playoff chances. The Rangers won their second straight after a five-game losing streak and pulled within 3½ games of Minnesota for the second American League wild card.
HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve homered, Alex Bregman hit an RBI double and the AL West champion Houston Astros extended their winning streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Collin McHugh allowed one run and five hits with five strikeouts in five innings for Houston.
Dexter Fowler hit a tying homer in the eighth inning and a go-ahead double in the 10th, helping the St. Louis Cardinals knock off the Cincinnati Reds 8-7. Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong also connected for St. Louis, which was swept by NL Central-leading Chicago over the weekend and had dropped four of five overall. Juan Nicasio (4-5) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win and Tyler Lyons got two outs for his third save.
Another home run in Major League Baseball Tuesday evening, but this wasn’t just any long ball.
Kansas City’s Alex Gordon hit MLB’s record 5,694th home run of 2017, breaking a season record set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. Gordon’s home run off Toronto’s Ryan Tepera, which cut the Royals’ deficit to 5-2, was his eighth this season and the 159th of his 11-year big league career.
It was the 17th of the night and came just after Detroit’s Alex Presley tied the record when he connected at home against Oakland’s Daniel Gossett.
There were 5,610 homers last year, an average of 2.31 per game, and this year’s average of 2.53 entering Tuesday’s action projects to 6,139. That would be up 47 percent from 4,186 in 2014.
Power subsided after the start of drug testing with penalties in 2004. The home run average dropped in 2014 to its lowest level since 1992, then started rising during the second half of the 2015 season.
When the previous record of 5,693 was set in 2000, Sammy Sosa led the major leagues with 50 home runs and Barry Bonds hit 49. Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton leads the major leagues with 55 home runs this year, followed by New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge with 44.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M freshman quarterback Kellen Mond has improved in each of his three games this season. The question for the Aggies is has he improved enough to help A&M be successful when Southeastern Conference play begins Saturday against Arkansas.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference last season, and he entered this year as the league’s leading returner in passing efficiency. So far, the senior’s encore has yet to live up to the lofty expectations he set a year ago in his first season as the starter for the Razorbacks.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor will get a boost for its Big 12 opener against third-ranked Oklahoma with the season debuts of 1,000-yard rusher Terence Williams and two starting defenders. Williams will be back in the lineup Saturday after missing the first three games while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. Coach Matt Rhule also says senior safety Taion Sells has completed his three-game suspension and that cornerback Grayland Arnold returns after breaking his left arm during a preseason scrimmage.
Sports for September 19th, 2017
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott was accused of quitting by Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson in Dallas’ 42-17 loss to Denver. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett never directly disagreed. While heaping praise on quarterback Dak Prescott for continuing to show fight in his first blowout loss as a pro, Garrett said he would eventually talk to Elliott about the second-year star running back twice failing to pursue a defensive back after an interception.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in Texas has denied the NFL’s request to suspend his injunction that blocked a six-game suspension for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant was expected and came after the NFL had already moved on to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans with the same request.
UNDATED (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are the NFL’s most valuable franchise for the 11th straight year at $4.8 billion. They also are the top-valued team in the world. Forbes magazine reports the Cowboys’ worth increased 14 percent in the last year. That’s more than $1 billion ahead of the Patriots. On average, an NFL franchise is worth $2.52 billion.
Listen to the Cowboys next game Sunday at Arizona on Monday night football , next Monday, pregame at 6:30 p.m. and kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas coach Tom Herman is defending not using 250-pound tailback Chris Warren more in an overtime loss at Southern California. Herman noted Warren averaged less than four yards per run on his four carries against the Trojans and says there was no reason to keep trying. Warren wasn’t considered an option on the play near the Trojans goal line when freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger fumbled to set up the winning field goal for USC. Texas next plays at Iowa State on Sept. 28.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The former financial adviser to Dallas Cowboy Darren McFadden is being ordered to pay McFadden’s attorneys because he failed to provide court-ordered information in a lawsuit by McFadden. McFadden, a former Arkansas Razorback, is suing Michael Vick in federal court in Little Rock for allegedly misappropriating millions of dollars of McFadden’s money. Court records show Vick was ordered last Tuesday to pay $3,382.50 for efforts by McFadden’s attorneys to get Vick to reply to provide information.
The Boston Red Sox were able to retain their three-game lead in the American League East by storming back from an early five-run deficit. Andrew Benintendi poked a two-run single with two out in the 11th inning to send the Bosox past the Orioles, 10-8 in Baltimore. Xander Bogaerts (BOH’-gahrts) tied the game with a solo homer in the seventh before Benintendi sent Boston to its ninth win in 12 games.
Listen to Texas Rangers baseball tonight at the Seattle Mariners. Pregame at 8:30 p.m. and first pitch at 9:10 p.m.
St Louis cardinals are at the Reds tonight
Fox sports Radio 92.7 Sports for Monday September 18th, 2017
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos relished the chance to go against the Cowboys’ star-studded offense. They did just that in a 42-17 whipping of Dallas. Linebacker Brandon Marshall says it shows the Broncos are back to being the kind of force they were in 2015 when the defense led Denver to a Super Bowl championship.
DENVER (AP) — Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has the worst game of his NFL career in a 42-17 loss to the Denver Broncos. He was held to 8 yards on nine carries
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have bounced back with a vengeance after being deflated in their opener against Kansas City. The 40-year-old Brady led the Patriots to a 36-20 victory on Sunday over the winless New Orleans Saints. Brady threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter for the first time in his career. He also eclipsed 300 yards passing in the first half for only the second time.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema’s history of success has been put to the test like at no other time during his career since the end of last season. After a 28-7 loss to TCU last weekend, the Razorbacks have lost three of four games. They have failed to score in the second half of each of those defeats. Athletic director Jeff Long is standing by his coach, who has big buyout numbers attached to the remaining four years of his contract.
You can listen to the Arkansas vs. Texas A&M game live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington this Saturday. On Fox Sports Radio 1400-Texarkana, Fox Sports Radio 92.7 FM in Camden, Arkansas and on Caddo Country 98.9 FM and 670 AM in Glenwood and Hot Springs we will have the Hogs broadcast. Pregame at 8 a.m. and kickoff at 11 a.m.
We will have the Texas A&M Broadcast of the game in Texarkana on 94.1 FM ESPN and in Atlanta, Texas on KPYN 900 AM and 95.5 FM. Pregame at 10 a.m. and kickoff at 11 a.m.
UNDATED (AP) — Clemson moved up to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, jumping Oklahoma and closing in on Alabama after beating a team ranked in the Top 15 for the second straight week. The Tigers received 15 first-place votes, the most the defending national champions have received this season, and 1,446 points after beating Louisville 47-21 on the road. Alabama remains No. 1.
The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sep. 16, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:
|1. Alabama (45)||3-0||1504||1|
|2. Clemson (15)||3-0||1446||3|
|3. Oklahoma (1)||3-0||1432||2|
|4. Penn St.||3-0||1306||5|
|5. Southern Cal||3-0||1241||4|
|6. Oklahoma St.||3-0||1154||9|
|10. Ohio St.||2-1||1015||8|
|12. Florida St.||0-1||922||11|
|13. Virginia Tech||3-0||730||16|
|17. Mississippi St.||3-0||532||–|
|18. Washington St.||3-0||419||21|
|21. South Florida||3-0||272||22|
|22. San Diego St.||3-0||201||–|
Others receiving votes: West Virginia 114, Colorado 93, Maryland 84, Vanderbilt 83, Notre Dame 57, Memphis 21, California 19, Stanford 16, Kentucky 11, Kansas St. 10, Duke 10, Tennessee 6, Texas Tech 4, Iowa 2, Wake Forest 2, Michigan St. 1, Houston 1.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Joey Gallo hit a monster home run and Miguel Gonzalez pitched well to lead the Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Angels on Sunday at Angel Stadium. Gallo hit the second-inning home run 490 feet according to Statcast. The Angels dropped two games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card, a day after closing within one game of the Twins.
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander struck out 10 over seven innings in his first home start for Houston, Derek Fisher and Marwin Gonzalez homered in a big fifth inning and the Astros clinched the American League West with a 7-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday for their first division title since 2001. The Astros become the first team in major league history to win titles in three divisions after previously winning the NL West and NL Central.
Sports for Sunday September 17th, 2017
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Freshman Chase McGrath kicked a 43-yard field goal in the second overtime after hitting a tying 31-yarder on the final snap of regulation, and No. 4 Southern California rallied for a wild 27-24 victory over Texas. Sam Darnold passed for 397 yards and three touchdowns to help the Trojans surge to their 12th consecutive victory. Christian Rector forced a goal-line fumble by Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger in the second overtime before McGrath coolly ended it.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M needed a second-half comeback to defeat Louisiana-Lafayette 45-21 at Kyle Field. The Ragin’ Cajuns (1-2) led 21-14 at halftime before the Aggies scored 31 consecutive points en route to the victory, one preserving embattled coach Kevin Sumlin’s job for at least another week.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Nic Shimonek threw for six touchdowns, receiver Dylan Cantrell had the go-ahead score on a 3-yard run in the final two minutes and Texas Tech beat Arizona State 52-45 in another high-scoring duel. Kalen Ballage had one TD for the Sun Devils after tying an NCAA record with eight scores in a 68-55 victory in the desert last year.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Nate Stanley threw for 197 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Iowa overwhelmed North Texas 31-14 to finish the non-conference season unbeaten. Freshman Ivory Kelly-Martin added 74 yards rushing and two TDs for the Hawkeyes (3-0), who played most of the second half without running backs Akrum Wadley and James Butler.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Shaun Wilson had two long touchdown runs to lead Duke past Baylor 34-20. Wilson rushed for 176 yards and scored on runs of 50 and 65 yards to help the Blue Devils open with three consecutive victories for just the second time since 1994. Baylor is 0-3 for the first time since the 1999 team opened with four straight losses.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jalen Reagor made a leaping 38-yard catch in the end zone on the final play of the first half to put No. 20 TCU ahead to stay in a 56-36 victory over SMU. Reagor caught the pass between four defenders. The Mustangs led 19-7 before Kenny Hill threw three TD passes in the final 7 1/2 minutes of the second quarter. Darius Anderson ran for two TDs in the second half for the 3-0 Horned Frogs.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jalen Hurts passed for 248 yards and two long touchdowns and rushed for 103 yards to lead Number 1 Alabama to a 41-23 victory Saturday night over Colorado State. The Crimson Tide dominated early and emphatically answered a comeback attempt before outlasting the Rams in Tuscaloosa.
HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel threw six solid innings, Carlos Beltran had three hits and two RBIs and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 8-6 to drop their magic number to one for clinching the AL West title. The Astros reached 90 wins for the first time since 2004.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Kamryn Pettway ran for 128 yards and three touchdowns as Number 15 Auburn overcame five turnovers to hold off FCS school Mercer 24-10 Saturday in another troubling performance by the Tigers’ offense. Much of Auburn’s woes could be attributed to an inability to hold onto the ball. The Tigers lost three fumbles in the first half and another returning a punt on what should’ve been their first possession of the second half. Jason Stidham also had an interception when Kam Lott ripped the ball away from Nate Craig-Myers.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Nick Fitzgerald threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores to help Mississippi State rout Number 12 LSU 37-7. Aeris Williams led the Bulldogs with 146 yards rushing and averaged 6.3 yards per carry. Mississippi State beat LSU for just the second time in 18 tries dating to 2000. It’s the largest margin of victory for the Bulldogs in a series that dates back to 1896.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) —Ross Bowers threw a touchdown pass and Cameron Goode returned an interception for a touchdown to seal the game as California won its third straight game to open the season under new coach Justin Wilcox, beating Mississippi 27-16 Saturday night. The Golden Bears withstood two long TD passes by Rebels quarterback Shea Patterson but didn’t allow a score over the final 43 minutes in Berkeley.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Nick Chubb ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns, freshman Jake Fromm threw three scoring passing in his first home start, and Number 13 Georgia’s defense was dominant in a 42-14 win over Samford Saturday night. With fellow senior Sony Michel held out with an ankle injury suffered in last week’s win at Notre Dame, Chubb had his busiest game of the season.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Justin Upton hit two home runs, Parker Bridwell outpitched Cole Hamels and the Los Angeles Angels moved up in the AL wild-card race, beating the Texas Rangers 2-0. The Angels closed within one game of Minnesota, which lost to Toronto, for the second wild-card spot. The victory also prevented Houston from clinching the AL West, leaving the Astros’ magic number at one over Los Angeles.
CLEVELAND (AP) — For the second year in a row, the Cleveland Indians are the AL Central champions. The Indians clinched their title on Saturday night when second-place Minnesota lost to Toronto. Earlier, the Indians bounced back after having their league record winning streak ended at 22 games by beating the Kansas City Royals 8-4. This is the first time the Indians have won consecutive division titles since 1999.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cody Bellinger hit his 38th homer to match the National League single-season record for rookies, and the Dodgers moved closer to the NL West title. Chase Utley had two doubles and scored twice to help Los Angeles reduce its magic number to win the division to five. Los Angeles also moved seven games ahead of Washington in the race to secure home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. The Dodgers have won four straight since dropping 11 in a row.
NORTH BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) — NASCAR officials say modified championship racer Ted Christopher was killed in a plane crash in Connecticut. The Federal Aviation Administration confirms that two people died when the small plane crashed in the woods Saturday afternoon but they didn’t release names. NASCAR says Christopher and the pilot died. The 59-year-old Christopher captured 13 track championships and competed at every level of NASCAR during his career.
Sports for Friday September 15th, 2017
UNDATED (AP) — When Texas and Southern California last met on the football field, they put on a show many still call the greatest game in college football history. Surrounded by the sizzling hype of Hollywood and contested by dozens of players who would go on to the NFL, Texas’ 41-38 upset victory in the 2006 Rose Bowl is still talked about today for its superstar performances, coaching decisions and two decisive fourth-down plays in the fourth quarter. The two teams play again Saturday night.
UNDATED (AP) — The results so far for Oklahoma, Texas and Baylor reflect the situations inherited by the Big 12’s three new head coaches. Matt Rhule never expected his job at Baylor to be easy, and the Bears have lost their first two games. The Longhorns have been up-and-down since being the league’s last national champ 12 seasons ago, and are now 1-1 under Tom Herman. Ten-time Big 12 champion Oklahoma has a No. 2 national ranking after an early signature victory for Lincoln Riley.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Deshaun Watson ran 49 yards for a touchdown in his first NFL start and led the Houston Texans’ depleted offense to a late clinching field goal in a 13-9 victory at the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday night. The Bengals managed only three field goals at home.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — DeMarcus Lawrence strapped on the faux boxing championship belt that goes to the weekly MVP for the Cowboys, ready for the cameras with a subtle jab at reporters that they only want to talk to him after the Dallas defensive end gets sacks. The big plays explained the crowd around Lawrence in the locker room three days after he had two sacks in a 19-3 defensive domination of the New York Giants.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield set off a firestorm when by planting a Sooners flag at midfield following a big win at Ohio State. If recent history is a guide, Mayfield and the Sooners won’t want to see the Buckeyes anytime soon. Teams that disrespect their opponents often don’t have to wait long before getting their comeuppance.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU quarterback Danny Etling has been willing to throw deep and has been rewarded with big catches by receivers who’ll likely face their toughest challenge yet at Mississippi State. Five different receivers already have catches of 27 yards or more in two lopsided victories to open the season. Etling says it’s ‘awesome’ to see receivers making the most of chances downfield.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have run their American League-record winning streak to 22 games with a 3-2 comeback win over Kansas City. Jay Bruce won it with an RBI double in the bottom of the 10th after Jose Ramirez led off the inning with a double. The Royals were one strike from a 2-1 win until Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) doubled home the tying run in the ninth.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick could be out for the season after breaking his right thumb while sliding headfirst into second base on Wednesday. The team says Marisnick will need surgery and will be out six to eight weeks. He is batting .243 with 16 homers and 35 RBIs in 106 games for the Astros.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his Saints counterpart Drew Brees will take the Superdome field just days after U2’s concert there. That’s fitting. The Irish rockers had a strong affiliation with the Saints’ return from Hurricane Katrina. And with Brady and the Patriots’ first Super Bowl win in New Orleans. U2’s latest Superdome show could be seen as a prelude to a matchup featuring two of the most accomplished QBs in NFL history.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Brad Peacock pitched six innings of three-hit ball and the Houston Astros lowered their magic number for clinching the AL West to three with a 5-2 victory over the second-place Los Angeles Angels. Yuli Gurriel had three hits and drove in a run for the Astros, who have a good chance to clinch a playoff spot and their first division title since 2001 at home this weekend against Seattle.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nelson Cruz went 4 for 4 with a home run and Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Texas Rangers 10-4. The Mariners remained 3 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card. Texas entered the game one-half game behind Seattle in the wild card race and fielded a surprise lineup looking for a spark from two injured veterans.
DENVER (AP) — Von Miller says he’s not perturbed by his career-long five-game streak without a sack. That’s because he’s still finding ways to hound opponents. Teams are double- and triple-teaming Miller to keep him away from their quarterback at the expense of limiting their offensive options. Miller counts that as a win.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence had two sacks in a season-opening victory over the New York Giants. He’s showing signs of a breakout year after three seasons slowed by injuries and a suspension. Lawrence was drafted in the second round just two months after the Cowboys released franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware in a cost-cutting move. Now he’s looking for his first double-digit sack season. That was a regular occurrence for the now-retired Ware in his eight seasons with Dallas.
Sports for Thursday September 14th, 2017
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have set an American League record with their 21st consecutive victory, 5-3 over the Tigers in Cleveland. The Tribe broke the previous AL record set by the 2002 Athletics. The Indians spotted Detroit an early 1-0 lead before Jay Bruce launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the first.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mike Zunino homered twice, Jean Segura also went deep and the Seattle Mariners won 8-1 at Texas. The Mariners jumped over the Rangers in the wild-card chase and handed Martin Perez his first loss in eight starts. Zunino broke a scoreless tie with one out in the fifth with his 22nd homer, a rare shot into the second-level club deck in left field. By time he homered again in the seventh, it was 8-1.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels scored five runs in the first inning and then rode left-hander Tyler Skaggs’ finest start of the season to beat the Houston Astros 9-1.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The NFL is trying to accelerate the timeline in its appeal of a federal judge’s injunction that blocked Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension over a domestic violence case. The NFL quickly answered a filing from Elliott’s attorneys Wednesday, telling U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant that the league would immediately go to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans if he didn’t rule on its request for a stay of his injunction by Thursday.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos plugged a leaky defense in free agency this offseason with the signings of nose tackles Domata Peko and Zach Kerr. The Dallas Cowboys will provide a litmus test of those repairs when they bring the NFL’s best offensive line and running back Ezekiel Elliott to Denver. Elliott is free to play while his six-game suspension is on hold.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The Saints’ defense aims to prove its latest flop in a season-opening loss was not so much an extension of a three-year trend, but rather one lousy game with a largely revamped lineup. Either way, there’s a lot to fix before facing Tom Brady and the Patriots next. Safety Kenny Vaccaro says New Orleans’ defense has come a long way from previous down years, and is confident it can fix the breakdowns it had in a 29-19 loss at Minnesota.
UNDATED (AP) — Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended for 10 games by the NFL for violating the league’s performance enhancers policy. It’s the second time Cushing has been suspended; he missed four games in 2010 under the same policy. Cushing had won 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year, an honor which was jeopardized by the suspension. He kept the award after a revote by The Associated Press’ awards panel.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Every time Holton Hill touches the ball, the field seems to open up for him all the way to the end zone. Three touches, three touchdowns. Pretty good production for a defensive back. The Texas junior has emerged as a surprising scoring threat for Texas and should give USC quarterback Sam Darnold plenty to think about when Longhorns and No. 4 Trojans face off Saturday night in their first meeting since the classic 2006 Rose Bowl.
UNDATED (AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield set off a firestorm when by planning a Sooners flag at midfield following a big win at Ohio State. If recent history is a guide, Mayfield and the Sooners won’t want to see the Buckeyes anytime soon. Teams that disrespect their opponents often don’t have to wait long before getting their comeuppance.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — All-Big 12 linebacker Travin Howard and the rest of the TCU defenders don’t worry about the different offenses they face. The 20th-ranked Horned Frogs just do what their coach tells them to do. Howard says they trust coach Gary Patterson. Next up is Saturday’s home game against SMU, which is averaging 56 points and 479 yards per game.
Local Sports for Wednesday September 13th
UNDATED (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars will play their home opener against Tennessee as originally scheduled. Team president Mark Lamping and Mayor Lenny Curry made the announcement at a Jacksonville fire station. It came just a few hours after the team returned home following an extended stay in Houston because of Hurricane Irma.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No. 23 Tennessee and 24th-ranked Florida will play as scheduled Saturday in Gainesville. The Southeastern Conference announced that the league opener for both teams will remain a 3:30 p.m. kickoff at Florida Field. The decision keeps the game intact less than a week after Hurricane Irma devastated parts of the Sunshine State. Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin says the call was made after meeting with city and campus officials. The stadium sustained only minor damage to signage.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Baker Mayfield is one of the most visible players in college football. Oklahoma’s energetic quarterback has finished in the top four of the Heisman race the past two years. His supporting cast is relatively unknown. Many of his skill position players are new or are in new roles. Mayfield has been as good as usual. His six touchdown passes this season have gone to six different players. The second-ranked Sooners face Tulane on Saturday.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor quarterback Anu Solomon is in a concussion protocol because of symptoms he felt after the last game. Coach Matt Rhule says Solomon felt banged up when he came in the day after the Bears’ 17-10 loss to UTSA. Rhule had already said sophomore Zach Smith will be the starting quarterback Saturday at Duke. True freshman Charlie Brewer will be the backup.
UNDATED (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville and San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny are among the early standouts on The Associated Press preseason All-America team. Penny piled up 216 rushing yards in a win against Arizona State and Jackson leads the nation in total offense. The AP has been honoring college football’s best with an All-America team since 1925.
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN is trying to distance itself from tweets by one of its anchors. Anchor Jemele Hill called President Donald Trump “a white supremacist” and “a bigot.” The network’s public relations account tweeted Tuesday that “the comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN. We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched eight innings of one-hit ball in a stellar second start for Houston, and the Astros snapped their four-game skid with a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Yuli Gurriel’s second-inning single drove in the only run for the Astros, who lowered their magic number for clinching the AL West title to five by blanking the second-place Angels. Verlander struck out nine and walked one in another overpowering performance for his new team.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ben Gamel and Kyle Seager both hit three-run homers and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 10-3 in a matchup of wild card hopefuls. Texas and Seattle have split the first two games of their four-game series. Seager’s 24th homer in the third made it 7-1 and chased Texas starter Miguel Gonzalez. Marco Gonzalez struck out six in five innings to get his first win in six starts for the Mariners.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The prized prospect the Texas Rangers got in the Yu Darvish trade had his major league debut last night. The Rangers say Willie Calhoun’s contract was purchased from Triple-A Round Rock and the second baseman/outfielder joined the team before their game against Seattle. Calhoun was one of three minor leaguers the Rangers got from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the July 31 trade that sent Darvish to the NL’s top team. By the way, Calhoun singled in his first major league at bat.
Paul DeJong homered, Yadier Molina drove in three runs and the streaking St. Louis Cardinals outslugged the Cincinnati Reds 13-4 The Cardinals have won four straight and six of their last seven to stay two games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — About a dozen Michigan State players are expected to travel to Texas later this week to help relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Offensive lineman Tyler Higby, who is from Houston, says the players will all be staying at his house and spending a couple days helping the community. The Spartans have an open date on their schedule this coming weekend.
Fox Sports Radio 92.7 FM will host a silent auction and raffle for the family of Tyler Kelley who passed away Sunday after an auto accident. The raffle and silent auction fundraiser will be this Thursday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Car Mart in Camden located at 635 California Avenue SW.
Tyler Kelley passed away Sunday morning from injuries sustained in an auto accident.
Tyler Kelley was 16 years old and he had a bright future ahead of him. He played on the Camden Fairview Cardinals football and basketball teams.
Tyler Kelley’s funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. @ Emmanuel Baptist church 2409 Mt. Holly Rd in Camden, Arkansas.
At this Thursday’s radio remote; Fox Sports Radio 92.7 FM will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win 2-tuickets to the Arkansas Razorbacks football game vs.Missouri at Donald W. Reynolds Razorbacks Stadium.
“Our goal is to raise $3,000 for the Kelley family,” Mr. DelGiorno said. “I can’t imagine what they are going through; we’re just are glad to use our time, resources and radio airwaves to help.”
If your business would like to donate an item for the auction benefiting Tyler Kelley’s family, email Fox Spots radio 92.7 FM at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the radio station at 870-837-2081. You can also call Jennifer O’hara, Fox Sports Radio 92.7 FM’s manager on her cell phone at 870-818-1158.
VINTON, La. (AP) — Delta Downs is canceling the $1 million Jackpot race for 2-year-olds on Nov. 18 that offers qualifying points for next year’s Kentucky Derby. The Louisiana track says it’s also canceling seven other stakes races during the first half of its meet that starts Oct. 18 because of the impact of Hurricane Harvey. Downs general manager Steve Kuypers says the track is disappointed but it’s an appropriate decision.
Local sports for Sunday September 3rd, 2017
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have released quarterback Kellen Moore, completing undrafted rookie Cooper Rush’s surprising rise to the backup job behind reigning NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott. The Cowboys sent an undisclosed 2019 draft pick to Cincinnati for cornerback Bene Benwikere while cutting the roster to 53 players Saturday. The trade is an indication that several of the rookie defensive backs Dallas drafted might not be ready for the opener September 10th against the New York Giants.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Baker Mayfield passed for 329 yards and three touchdowns to help Number 7 Oklahoma roll past UTEP 56-7.Mayfield completed 16 straight passes to start the game. The Sooners rolled up 676 yards of offense in their first game under new head coach Lincoln Riley.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Jesse Ertz threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns in only three quarters of work, sending Number 20 Kansas State to a 55-19 rout of overmatched Central Arkansas Saturday night. The Wildcats had seven different players reach the end zone to give coach Bill Snyder another season-opening win. Snyder was back on the sideline after treatment this past season for throat cancer.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas senior forward Arlando Cook has been arrested on accusations of first-degree assault, public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Cook was booked into the Washington County Detention Center at 2:48 a.m. Saturday and was released just before noon on a $1,250 bond. Jail records do not indicate if Cook has an attorney.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Stacy Lewis took a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Cambia Portland Classic in her bid make a big donation to hurricane relief in her hometown and end a long winless streak. From The Woodlands in the Houston area, Lewis has pledged to give her earnings — first place is worth $195,000 — to the relief efforts. The 11-time LPGA Tour champion also is trying to win for the first time since June 2014.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Shay Knighten hit a three-run double Tuesday night as Oklahoma defended its NCAA softball title with a 5-4 win over Florida. Knighten, who also homered in the 17th inning in Game 1, was picked as the World Series’ Most Outstanding Player. The Sooners earned their third NCAA title in five years.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo’s two-run homer helped the Texas Rangers defeat the New York Mets 10-8 on Tuesday night. Nomar Mazara added four hits, including a home run, for the Rangers, who ended a four-game losing streak. Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker went deep in the third inning for the Mets.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals rallied from six runs down to beat the Houston Astros 9-7 on Tuesday night. Mike Moustakas hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Royals the win. The Royals’ victory snapped the Astros’ 11-game winning streak.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Scooter Gennett tied a major league record with four home runs in the Cincinnati Reds’ 13-1 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. Gennett, who was claimed off waivers from Milwaukee in March, finished with 10 RBIs in the game. Stephen Piscotty drove in the Cardinals’ lone run with a solo homer.