Update October 27 - 31, 2017
Koepka opens with a 64 to lead HSBC Champions
Brooks Koepka of the United States tees off during the first round
of the 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions golf tournament at the Sheshan
International Golf Club in Shanghai, China Thursday, Oct. 26. (AP
Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Shanghai (AP) — The HSBC
Champions is the first stop for Brooks Koepka on his four-week Asian
adventure that will include two weeks on the beaches of Vietnam and
Thailand and a title defense in Japan.
Splotches of mud on his shirt
were evidence that it started with a wild ride at Sheshan
"Yeah, I had some fun in the
water," he said.
Koepka played so beautifully on
Thursday that the U.S. Open champion had reason to believe his
8-under 64 for a one-shot lead could have been much lower. He burned
the edge of cup on a few birdie putts, missed one birdie attempt
from 4 feet and turned a certain birdie into an aggravating bogey
when he three-putted from 4 feet on No. 3.
But he got away with his worst
swing of the day.
Wanting to play conservatively
on the par-5 eighth, Koepka hit 3-iron off the tee and pulled it so
badly that he disappeared down the banks of a winding stream along
the entire left side of the fairway. Enough of the golf ball was
showing from the shallow stream that he removed his shoes and tried
to whack it out. He did well enough to advance it some 50 yards,
leaving him 275 yards remaining over a pond that guards the front of
Koepka hammered a 3-wood right
at the flag, and the ball settled about 20 feet behind the cup. He
made it for birdie and a wry smile.
"It was an interesting hole to
say the least," Koepka said. "I hit an awful 3-iron, hit it in the
water and was lucky enough to at least hit it and advance it and hit
a great 3-wood in there just past the pin. We were laughing. It was
almost kind of destiny to make that putt."
Along the way, he ticked off
another goal for 2017 — the lead to himself after the opening round.
It wasn't much — just one shot
over Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand and Gavin Green of Malaysia —
but it was where he wanted to be.
"Any time you can get off to a
good start and be close to the lead or have the lead, that's what
you want," Koepka said.
Kiradech dressed in black out
of respect to the five days of funeral ceremonies back home for King
Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last October. This week ends a year of
mourning, and Thais throughout the country were clad in back in
honor of the late king.
Kiradech made 10 birdies,
including seven in a row around the turn.
"I wore all black today as my
own tribute," Kiradech said. "It is a special day as the final day
of official mourning. It would be a great honor if I could win and
take this trophy back to Thailand and dedicate it to our late king."
Patrick Reed and Haydn Porteous
of South Africa were at 66, while the group at 67 included Matt
Kuchar and Justin Rose.
"Drove it well. Found a lot of
fairways," Kuchar said. "If you're not playing in fairways, you're
just hoping for pars."
Koepka would have taken one on
No. 8, and instead he did one better.
The rest of the round — except
for that three-putt bogey from 4 feet — was crisp for Koepka
considering he had not played since the Presidents Cup.
Starting on the 10th hole under
abundant sunshine at Sheshan International, he capped off the back
nine with a 7-iron into 20 feet on the 17th for birdie and then a
massive drive on the par-5 18th that left him only a 6-iron to 20
feet, which he holed for an eagle.
He already was 6 under for the
round and looked to go even lower with a shot into 4 feet at No. 3,
only to walk away with bogey.
"I felt like I played really
well," he said. "I drove it pretty well and putted extremely well
except for litlte hiccup."
Dustin Johnson and Henrik
Stenson were among those at 68. Johnson, who won this World Golf
Championship in 2013, was moving closer to the lead until his wedge
into No. 8 went just over the green, his chip ran 6 feet by and he
took a bogey. It was on this hole two years ago that Johnson's shot
hit the pin and caromed back into the water, which he says is the
most irritated he's ever been on the golf course.
Defending champion Hideki
Matsuyama opened with a 74.
Kiradech didn't feel his game
was sharp except for the putter, which can atone for a lot. He
mainly was happy with his start, and his ambitious goal to honor the
king the best way he can by bringing home the trophy.
"It's not an easy situation
because it's hard to explain how deeply our king was loved, and how
sadly he is missed," Kiradech said. "He will always hold a special
place in my heart, but he loved sport and he would have been the
first to stay the show must go on."
Explosive Joshua values entertainment as much as wins
Britain's Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua, left, and challenger
Carlos Takam face-off during the press conference at the National
Museum in Cardiff Wales on Thursday Oct. 26. Joshua will take on
Takam in a world title fight in Cardiff on Saturday. (Nick Potts/PA
Cardiff, Wales (AP) -
Anthony Joshua's goal in boxing extends beyond the ambitious task of
unifying the world heavyweight titles.
He wants to put on a show while
Joshua is leading the
resurgence of a heavyweight division that suffered for at least a
decade amid the dominance and cautious style of the Klitschko
The IBF and WBA champion is as
popular for his explosive fighting style as his looks and easy-going
character, and is seeking a 20th straight professional win when he
fights Carlos Takam in Cardiff on Saturday.
His 19 victories have all come
by knockout and only one of those fights — against Wladimir
Klitschko in April — went beyond seven rounds.
"Right now, we are in the
division and the business of providing really good fights," Joshua
said Thursday in the fighters' final head-to-head news conference.
"We are not here to tip and tap and run for 12 rounds."
"I think the fans are always
going to be the winners in this division," the British fighter
added, "because you have hungry guys that are coming."
The late change of opponent for
Joshua — Takam was announced just two weeks ago as the replacement
for the injured Kubrat Pulev — should make the fight more
entertaining in front of an estimated crowd of 78,000 people at
Joshua is coming in lighter for
his first defense of the WBA belt and the fourth defense of the IBF
strap because he wanted to counter the speed of Pulev, who he
described as a "real amateur-style boxer."
Takam, though, is a different
kind of fighter, someone who will get in close, work the body and
slug it out. The Cameroon-born French boxer took Joseph Parker, the
current WBO champion, to 12 rounds last year in the last of his
three career losses.
"With his style and his
strength, I wish I'd have come in heavier," Joshua said, "so we can
stand there and slug it out. His punches are going to be ricocheting
through my whole body. So the bigger you are, the stronger you are."
Joshua called the fight a
"potential banana skin" after training for more than two months in
the expectation of taking on Pulev.
"Who knows what's going to
happen. You saw I got tired against Klitschko — am I going to find
out I'm only a five-round fighter?" Joshua said. "This is someone
who is tough, can go the distance. He's definitely going to take me
into late waters."
Takam, a mandatory challenger,
said it would be the biggest night of his 39-fight professional
career that "will change my sporting life, but not my personal
"Sometimes late notice means
less pressure," said Christian Cherchi, Takam's promoter.
Venus Williams reaches semifinals at WTA Finals
Venus Williams. (AP Photo)
Singapore (AP) — Venus Williams reached the semifinals at
the WTA Finals by beating Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza
7-5, 6-4 on Thursday.
The 37-year-old Williams
advanced from the White Group along with Karolina Pliskova, who lost
to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-1. Both Williams and
Pliskova finished with 2-1 records.
Williams, who first reached the
No. 1 ranking in February 2002, was asked how she has managed to
have such a long career.
"I use a lot of sun protection,
sunscreen. I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables," Williams said.
"That's been the key to my success."
Williams won the WTA Finals in
2008 and reached the final in 2009, which was the last time she
appeared in the year-end tournament.
On Thursday, Muguruza made 32
unforced errors to 26 for Williams.
"I'm very proud of this year."
said Muguruza, who reached the No. 1 ranking for the first time this
season. "I knew here that it's going to be tough, the best eight
players are playing."
Pliskova led 3-2 in the first
set of the early match, but the already-eliminated Ostapenko won the
next seven games for a 6-3, 3-0 lead.
"Really tough to push myself
into it and to play the best tennis if you know you're qualified,"
Pliskova said. "Wasn't being ever in this situation, so I felt weird
Pliskova, who earned the No. 1
ranking for the first time in her career after Wimbledon, remains in
contention to finish the season at the top. Muguruza, Simona Halep,
Elina Svitolina and Caroline Wozniacki also have a chance to become
the year-end No. 1.
No sweat, no sport: EU says bridge card game is not a sport
this Sept. 22, 2015 file photo, competitors play bridge at the Acol
Bridge Club in West Hampstead, London. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Brussels (AP) — The
European Union's top court ruled Thursday on a topic that vexes
sports fans and card players alike: Is a game like bridge a sport?
The answer: When it comes to
taxes, no sweat, no sport.
The European Court of Justice
announced in its ruling that "bridge, which is characterized by a
physical element that appears to be negligible, is not covered by
the concept of 'sport.'"
The English Bridge Union, which
has some 55,000 members, wanted a tax exemption linked to sports so
that entrance fees to tournaments can become more affordable.
British courts and officials have already refused, claiming a sport
must have a significant element of physical activity.
The European court agreed,
saying that when considering value-added tax exemptions, sports
should be "characterized by a not negligible physical element."
The court's ruling disregarded
the initial advice of its advocate general — an exceptional but not
unique occurrence at the highest court in the 28-nation bloc.
It left the English Bridge
"That bridge incorporated many
of the attributes of more recognized 'sports', such as organized
competition, training, and exertion, was not deemed sufficient," it
The body said the ruling would
hit poorer players especially hard.
"A large percentage of bridge
players are from groups with limited disposable income — the
retired, and those in full-time education. Making the game cheaper
for them to play would increase their levels of participation," it
Britain's tax office said it
welcomed the European court's ruling, which it said confirmed its
views about bridge.
EU nations have different tax
rules related to whether or not bridge is recognized as a sport.
Thursday's decision could now negatively affect bridge organizations
in countries apart from Britain.
Springer's HR in 11th gives Astros 7-6 win, ties Series 1-1
Houston Astros' Marwin Gonzalez
celebrates his home run with Carlos Correa during the ninth inning
of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the Los Angeles
Dodgers, Wednesday, Oct. 25, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Los Angeles (AP) —
George Springer screamed with joy as he circled the bases after
hitting a two-run homer in the 11th inning.
Would it be enough? Was this
the final plot twist on one of the wildest nights in postseason
Yes, it was — barely — and the
Houston Astros won a World Series game for the first time in their
Charlie Culberson hit a two-out
homer in the bottom half off Chris Devenski, who then struck out
Yasiel Puig in a tense, nine-pitch at-bat for the win. The Astros
outlasted the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 in a Hollywood thriller
Wednesday to tie the Series at one game apiece.
"Wasn't that the best game
ever!?" Alex Bregman proclaimed to no one in particular in the
On a night of dramatic swings
and a World Series-record eight home runs, Marwin Gonzalez stunned
the Dodger Stadium crowd with a solo shot off dominant Los Angeles
closer Kenley Jansen on an 0-2 pitch in the ninth that made it
Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa
hit consecutive home runs against Josh Fields in the 10th to build a
5-3 Astros lead, with Correa flipping his bat to celebrate.
But there was more. Much, much
"This is an instant classic and
to be part of it is pretty special," Astros starter Justin Verlander
Puig homered off Ken Giles
starting the bottom of the 10th and Enrique Hernandez knotted the
score 5-5 with a two-out RBI single .
Devenski entered and, with
Hernandez at second, made a wild pickoff throw that appeared headed
toward left-center field before it struck second base umpire Laz
Diaz. An incredulous Hernandez put both hands on his helmet, unable
to advance, and was stranded when Chris Taylor flied out.
"We were pretty unlucky at the
beginning of the game when Taylor dove in center field and (the
ball) hit him in the face or head," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.
"I felt like the baseball gods were returning the favor, by having
an umpire standing in the way there."
Cameron Maybin, who had entered
in the 10th, singled leading off the 11th against losing pitcher
Brandon McCarthy, a surprise addition to the Dodgers' World Series
roster who was pitching for the first time since Oct. 1. Maybin
stole second and Springer hit a drive to right-center for a 7-5
lead, just the third 11th-inning home run in the Series after shots
by Kirby Puckett in 1991 and David Freese in 2011.
Springer, an All-Star leadoff
man, broke out of his slump with three hits and a walk after going 0
for 4 with four strikeouts in the Series opener Tuesday. His
decisive drive made the Astros the first team to hit three
extra-inning home runs in a postseason game.
Devenski retired Corey Seager
and Justin Turner on lineouts in the bottom half. Puig checked his
swing on a 2-2 pitch — the Astros jumped when first base umpire
Gerry Davis signaled no swing — and Puig fouled off two more.
Devenski threw his fifth straight changeup, and Puig swung over it
as the Astros ran onto the field to celebrate after finally closing
out a back-and-forth game that lasted 4 hours, 19 minutes.
"It was an emotional roller
coaster," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who removed starter
Rich Hill after he threw only 60 pitches in four solid innings and
struck out seven.
After another steamy night in a
Santa Ana heat wave, the series shifts to Texas and resumes Friday
night at Houston's Minute Maid Park, where the retractable roof has
not been open for a game since June 9. Lance McCullers Jr. starts
for the Astros and Yu Darvish for the Dodgers, who acquired him from
Texas at the July 31 trade deadline.
Houston is 2-5 on the road in
the postseason but 6-0 at home, where the Astros have outscored the
Red Sox and Yankees by a combined 31-7.
"We didn't expect these guys to
lay down. It's a very good ballclub over there," Roberts said.
"We'll be ready to go."
Before Gonzalez's home run, the
Dodgers had an 85 percent chance of winning, according to Fangraphs.
After Correa's long ball, the Astros were a 93 percent favorite.
Verlander, wearing an
undershirt, entered the dugout at one point and screamed at his
teammates that the game was not over.
"All of a sudden, two runs
seemed like it was the Grand Canyon," he said. "I was just trying to
remind these guys two runs is nothing."
Bregman's RBI single in the
third gave Houston its first lead of the Series, a hit that might
have turned into a three-run, inside-the-park homer had the ball not
caromed off the bill of Taylor's cap directly to left fielder Joc
Los Angeles had just two hits
through seven innings but led 3-1 behind Pederson's fifth-inning
solo homer and Seager's tiebreaking, two-run drive in the sixth
against Verlander. It was Pederson's first home run since July 26.
Jansen entered with a 3-1 lead
trying for his first six-out save in a year after Bregman doubled
leading off the eighth against Brandon Morrow, a ball that ticked
off the glove of a diving Puig in the right-field corner. Furious
that he didn't make what would have been a sensational catch, Puig
slammed his mitt to the ground.
Correa's RBI single off Jansen
ended a record 28-inning postseason scoreless streak by the Dodgers'
Gonzalez, choking up on the
bat, seemed an unlikely candidate for a tying homer. He had not
driven in a run in his 45 plate appearances since Houston's playoff
opener, and the blown save was just the second for Jansen this year.
The Dodgers had been 98-0 in 2017 when leading after eight innings,
including the postseason.
"I didn't make my pitch,"
Jansen said. "You can't beat yourself up about that."
As the slanting sun illuminated
the green hills of Elysian Park behind center field and the
ochre-tinted San Gabriel Mountains beyond, retired Dodgers
broadcaster Vin Scully took the mound for the ceremonial first pitch
. The 89-year-old, who left the booth in 2016 after his 67th season,
charmed the crowd when he began "somewhere up in heaven, Duke
Snider, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Gil Hodges are laughing
their heads off" at his presence on the mound. He feigned an arm
injury and turned the ritual over to Fernando Valenzuela, who helped
the Dodgers win their 1981 title.
The game-time temperature was
93 degrees — down 10 degrees from the opener. Celebrities in the
sellout crowd of 54,293 included golfers Tiger Woods and Fred
Couples, and former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.
Houston improved to 10-0 in
nine starts and one relief appearance by Verlander, the 2011 AL MVP
and Cy Young Award winner obtained in a trade from Detroit at the
Aug. 31 deadline to be eligible for the Astros' postseason roster.
Afterward, players were
"When that last out is made,
you finally breathe," Springer said. "That's an emotional high —
emotional high to low to high again. But that's why we play the
game. And that's the craziest game that I've ever played in. And
it's only Game 2."
Update October 25 - 26 , 2017
Venus beats Ostapenko, Pliskova reaches semis at WTA Finals
Venus Williams needed three match points
and more than three hours to defeat Jelena Ostapenko 7-5, 6-7 (3),
7-5 at the WTA Finals in Singapore on Tuesday, Oct. 24. (AP
Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
Singapore (AP) — Venus
Williams needed three match points and more than three hours to
defeat Jelena Ostapenko 7-5, 6-7 (3), 7-5 at the WTA Finals on
The match, lasting 3 hours, 13
minutes, featured 20 service breaks, with neither player finding
much confidence on their service games.
The 37-year-old Williams
dropped her serve nine times, while the 20-year-old French Open
champion conceded serve 11 times.
"I don't know if there was any
luck for me tonight, I just had to work for every point," the
fifth-seeded Williams said. "It's not easy to lose the first match,
and both of us were in the same situation. What else can you do but
fight to live another day?"
By contrast, Karolina Pliskova
capitalized on a fourth match point to easily beat Garbine Muguruza
6-2, 6-2. Pliskova, at 2-0 in the round-robin, is guaranteed a place
in the semifinals.
"I'm just happy that I don't
have to play the next match (against Ostapenko) for qualifying,
because last year it was pretty stressful to do that," Pliskova
said. "If I win a few matches in a row it gives me confidence."
The second semifinalist from
the White Group will be decided by Thursday's match between Williams
and Muguruza, who both are at 1-1 in their group.
Williams and Muguruza met in
this year's Wimbledon final with the Spaniard winning the title.
Williams's first match point
came on Ostapenko's serve in the 10th game of the second set, but
she squandered the opportunity by netting a forehand.
Ostapenko kept the pressure on
to force a tiebreaker and levelled the match. Prior to this match,
Williams had only lost two tiebreakers in 12 played this season.
But Williams, the runner-up at
the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, then started taking
Ostapenko's second serve from well within the baseline. She broke
her Latvian opponent in the 11th game by forcing her into a backhand
Williams, the only player in
the field to have won the WTA Finals — back in 2008 — sealed victory
with a backhand crosscourt winner.
Seventh-seeded Ostapenko — who
is making her WTA Finals debut — fell to 0-2 in round-robin play.
Man City win League Cup shootout, Arsenal rescued by teen
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scores the winning penalty during the
English League Cup match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Etihad
Stadium in Manchester, Tuesday, Oct. 24. (Tim Goode/PA via AP)
London (AP) - Claudio Bravo
was a forgotten man at Manchester City. Even the most loyal Arsenal fan
probably knew little about Eddie Nketiah.
On Tuesday, both players were
showered with praise after match-winning performances in the English
Bravo, now the second-choice
goalkeeper at City after an underwhelming first season at the club, made
crucial saves in normal time and in the penalty shootout as Manchester
City ousted Wolverhampton Wanderers in a grueling last-16 match.
City won the shootout 4-1 — with
Sergio Aguero deftly chipping the clinching penalty high into the net —
after Bravo made flying saves from Wolves' second and third kicks. The
match was 0-0 after extra time, but only after the Chile goalkeeper came
to City's rescue in repelling a series of shots from counter-attacks by
the second-tier leaders.
Nketiah, an 18-year-old striker
making only his second appearance for Arsenal, entered as a substitute
against Norwich and scored the equalizer within 15 seconds. His first
touch of the ball took the game against another second-tier team to
extra time, where Nketiah then grabbed a 96th-minute winner as Arsenal
edged through 2-1 at home.
There were wins for Manchester
United, Leicester and Bournemouth, but fellow Premier League team
Crystal Palace came unstuck in losing 4-1 at second-tier Bristol City.
Here's a look at Tuesday's games:
THANKS TO BRAVO
Sergio Aguero might have scored the
winning penalty in the shootout, but he still requires one goal to break
City's all-time scoring record, which he shares with Eric Brook on 177
Instead, this was a night to savor
for Bravo, who was acclaimed by all four corners of Etihad Stadium as
City's players saluted the crowd after the match. Last season, City fans
were heard sarcastically cheering the rare saves made by Bravo, who had
the lowest save percentage in the Premier League and let in too many
He is second choice, behind summer
signing Ederson, but showed he can be called upon this season if
"I'm so happy for him," City
manager Pep Guardiola said. "Last season was not easy for him, but he is
a goalkeeper of a high level. He deserved that performance."
NKETIAH TO THE RESCUE
The home fans were chanting "Eddie,
Eddie, Eddie" during extra time as Arsenal unearthed a potential new
"To hear the fans singing my name
was an amazing thing for me," said Nketiah, an England under-19 player
who was released by Chelsea at under-15 level and has scored 48 goals in
the last two seasons for Arsenal's youth sides.
His only other senior appearance
was as an 89th-minute substitute in a Europa League game at BATE Borisov
Both of his goals came off corners
as Arsenal struggled after making 11 changes.
LINGARD STARS FOR UNITED
Jesse Lingard is saving his best
for the League Cup these days.
Four of the midfielder's last five
goals for Manchester United have been in this competition after he
scored in each half of a 2-0 win over Swansea at Liberty Stadium — one a
coolly taken, sidefoot finish and the other a header from just inside
It was comfortable for the
titleholders, who made seven changes from Saturday's 2-1 loss at
Huddersfield in the Premier League — the team's first defeat of the
In what is already a tough season
for Palace, there was further humiliation for the Premier League's
Palace manager Roy Hodgson made 10
changes from his last league lineup and it showed as Bristol City came
from behind by scoring four times between the 34th and 66th minutes.
Palace have lost eight of their
nine league games, scoring only two goals.
WINS FOR BOURNEMOUTH, LEICESTER
Callum Wilson converted a penalty
in his first match in nine months to help Bournemouth clinch a 3-1 win
over Middlesbrough. The striker has been out since February because of a
second cruciate knee-ligament injury in the space of three years.
Leicester also won 3-1 against a
second-tier team, Leeds, thanks to goals by Algeria teammates Islam
Slimani and Riyad Mahrez after a first strike for the club by summer
signing Kelechi Iheanacho.
The last 16 is wrapped up on
Wednesday when Chelsea host Everton and Tottenham are at home to West
The draw for the quarterfinals is
Oladipo, Pacers scorch Timberwolves 130-107
Pacers' Darren Collison, left, beats Minnesota Timberwolves'
Karl-Anthony Towns to the loose ball during the first half of an NBA
basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minneapolis (AP) — Victor
Oladipo scored 28 points and Cory Joseph added 21 to lead the
hot-shooting Indiana Pacers past the Minnesota Timberwolves 130-107 on
Darren Collison had 15 points and
16 assists, Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and Domantas Sabonis had
15 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who shot 67 percent from the
Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points
and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, who came out flat after a
thrilling last-second win at Oklahoma City on Sunday.
Minnesota was missing forward Jimmy
Butler, who sat out with an upper respiratory infection. Shabazz
Muhammad took Butler's spot in the starting lineup, and he contributed
to Minnesota's slow start, going 1-for-5 from the floor and missing two
free throws in the first quarter.
Oladipo scored eight points and
Indiana made 15 of 22 shots (68 percent) in the first quarter to take a
Muhammad and the Wolves bounced
back in the second quarter. After Nemanja Bjelica hit a pair of
3-pointers, Muhammad slammed home alley-oop dunks on consecutive fast
breaks to tie the game at 42.
That momentum didn't last long.
Coming out of a timeout, Joseph hit a 3-pointer and Oladipo knocked down
back-to-back jumpers, the second one from behind the arc, as Indiana
surged ahead 50-42.
Towns then scored nine points in an
11-2 Minnesota run and the teams entered halftime tied at 61.
The Pacers ended the third quarter
on a 24-5 run to pull ahead 98-84. Then they buried Minnesota with a
14-2 run early in the fourth.
Pacers: Indiana played without C
Myles Turner, who missed his third straight game with a sore neck and
concussion-like symptoms. ... Sabonis hit all seven of his field goal
attempts, while Oladipo began the game 6-for-6 from the floor. ... The
Pacers had lost two straight after opening the season with a win over
Timberwolves: PG Jeff Teague spent
the 2016-17 season with the Pacers. He played all 82 games and averaged
15.3 points and 7.8 assists per game. Teague had two points and seven
assists on Tuesday. ... Wiggins, a career 75 percent free throw shooter,
was just 1-for-6 from the line and finished with seven points. It was
his lowest output since he scored seven points at Memphis last November
Pacers: At Oklahoma City on
Timberwolves: At Detroit on
Gordon, Fournier rally Magic to 125-121 win over Nets
Magic's Evan Fournier, left, makes a shot against Brooklyn Nets' DeMarre
Carroll (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct.
24, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Orlando, Fla. (AP) — Aaron
Gordon scored a career-high 41 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with
35 seconds remaining, and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to a
125-121 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night.
Evan Fournier added 28 points in game
that went back and forth late in the fourth quarter. He finished the scoring
with two free throws with 15.5 seconds to play.
D'Angelo Russell scored 27 points for
the Nets, while DeMarre Carroll had 19 and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 18.
The Magic trailed by as many as 12
points in the second half, but Gordon and Fournier led Orlando on an
impressive comeback down the stretch to follow their win over Cleveland with
another victory. Orlando fought through a six-point deficit during the final
five minutes as Gordon, Fournier and Nikola Vucevic began to attack the
The Nets broke away from a 61-all tie
at halftime, with Carroll hitting a couple of 3-pointers to help Brooklyn
extend its lead to 12 points. But Gordon, who sat out with an injury when
the Nets beat Orlando in Brooklyn last week, and Fournier responded in the
final three minutes of the third quarter to pull the Magic to 96-87 going
into the fourth quarter.
Nets: Russell made his first four
3-pointers in the opening five minutes of the opening quarter. Russell
finished the first half with 15 points after cooling off the remainder of
the half. ... The Nets outscored Orlando 9-4 on second-chance points and
12-6 on fast-break points during the first two quarters.
Magic: Point guard Elfrid Payton missed
his second straight game with a hamstring strain. Coach Frank Vogel said he
is unsure when Payton will be ready to go. ... Vucevic, who had been the
Magic's most consistent player in their first three games, got off to a slow
start. He was 3 for 10 from the field and 0 for 3 from 3-point range to
finish the first half with just six points. ... Gordon scored a game-high 24
points in the first half on 9-of-11 shooting from the field and 3-for-3
beyond the 3-point arc. Gordon also had seven rebounds during the first two
Nets: Host Cleveland on Wednesday
Magic: Hosts San Antonio on Friday
Federer beats Tiafoe in 1st round at hometown Basel event
Switzerland's Roger Federer returns a ball to USA's Frances Tiafoe
during their first round match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at
the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Oct. 24.
(Christian Merz/Keystone via AP)
Basel, Switzerland (AP) —
Top-seeded Roger Federer eased past United States teenager Frances
Tiafoe 6-1, 6-3 in the first round of the Swiss Indoors on Tuesday.
Federer never faced a break point
in the 61-minute match and won every point when his first service landed
A seven-time champion at his
hometown event in Basel, Federer clinched the victory when the
76th-ranked American put a backhand volley into the net.
Federer improved to 3-0 against the
19-year-old Tiafoe, whom he beat in five sets in the U.S. Open first
round two months ago.
Federer next plays Benoit Paire of
France. Earlier Tuesday, Paire beat the 43rd-ranked American Steve
Johnson 6-3, 7-6 (4).
Second-seeded Marin Cilic also
advanced to the second round, winning the first set 6-3 before opponent
Florian Mayer of Germany retired injured.
David Goffin, the third-seeded
Belgian, beat qualifier Peter Gojowczyk of Germany 6-2, 7-5, and
fifth-seeded Jack Sock of the U.S. rallied for a 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5
victory against Vasek Pospisil of Canada.
The only seeded player to lose
Tuesday was Mischa Zverev of Germany. The eighth-seeded Zverev went down
7-5, 7-5 to Leonardo Mayer of Argentina.
South Korean Olympic organizers downplay concern over NKorea
Actress Katerina Lehou as high priestess, passes the Olympic Flame onto
a Pyeongchang torch bearer after it was lit from the sun's rays, during
the final dress rehearsal for the lighting of the Olympic flame at
Ancient Olympia, southwestern Greece on Monday, Oct. 23. The flame will
be transported by torch relay to Pyeongchang, South Korea, which will
host the Feb. 9-25, 2018 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Ancient Olympia, Greece (AP) —
South Korea's Olympic organizers played down concern over ongoing
tensions with North Korea on Monday and also said that work has been
completed on all venues for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.
Lee Hee-beom, president of the
Pyeongchang organizing committee, said the International Olympic
Committee has made it very clear that the Feb. 9-25 games will go ahead
"There is no Plan B," Lee said,
speaking at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics shortly after the
last rehearsal for Tuesday's official flame-lighting ceremony.
"We know that the world is watching
the current geopolitical situation on the Korean peninsula," he said.
"We continue to work very closely with all the relevant authorities and
stakeholders to ensure we can deliver a safe and secure games for
Lee said that all competition and
non-competition venues are complete. He said infrastructure works,
including high-speed rail and highways, are already done and will be
fully operational by December.
Lee added that his main concern for
the games is the weather, and told The Associated Press that artificial
snow will be provided if needed.
In the rehearsal among the ruined
temples and sports facilities of Ancient Olympia in southern Greece, a
Greek actress playing the part of an ancient priestess offered a token
prayer to the old pagan gods of the site.
It was the traditional appeal for
fire from heaven to light the Olympic flame, using a bowl-shaped mirror
to focus the sun's rays on her torch.
For a few fraught minutes, it
looked as if Apollo and Zeus would not oblige. The priestess shifted
position, walked around the mirror and tried again. On the third
attempt, the sun slipped out from behind clouds for long enough to light
the torch, which will serve as a back-up if Tuesday's ceremony is
overcast, as forecast.
Lee was delighted, saying that
Pyeongchang also won the games on its third bid, and said he isn't
really concerned whether it rains Tuesday.
"Lighting the torch is important,
the date is not so much important," he said.
Tuesday's first torchbearer will be
Greek skier Apostolos Aggelis. He will then pass the torch to former
Manchester United soccer player Park Ji-sung, a South Korean. The flame
will be carried around Greece before reaching South Korea on Nov. 1.
The South Korean leg of the relay
will involve 7,500 torch-bearers, who will cover a total 2,018
Lee said that the torch relay and
accompanying events should help boost ticket sales. He said that about
30 percent of tickets have been sold domestically, and international
sales are at about 50 percent of the target.
"We will be able to achieve full
stadia," Lee said. "Koreans are late decision-makers."
Everton fire manager Ronald Koeman with team in drop zone
Everton manager Ronald
Koeman is shown prior to the English Premier League match against Arsenal at
the Goodison Park in Liverpool, Sunday Oct. 22. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
Liverpool, England (AP) —
Ronald Koeman paid the price for Everton's poor start to the season, losing
his job Monday with the team in the Premier League relegation zone despite
huge summer spending on new players.
The Dutchman was dismissed two months
into his second season in charge following a 5-2 loss to Arsenal on Sunday.
That left Everton without a win in their last five matches in all
The Toffees have eight points so far in
the league and are faring no better in Europe, sitting last in their Europa
League group with one point from three games.
Everton returned to continental
competition by finishing seventh in the Premier League last season and
Koeman benefited from about 150 million pounds in spending to strengthen the
squad in the offseason to take the club to new highs.
Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen cost
almost 70 million pounds between them and striker Wayne Rooney was brought
back from Old Trafford on a high-profile free transfer. But Everton didn't
adequately replace Romelu Lukaku, who was sold to Manchester United for 75
million pounds, and have struggled for goals this season, netting only six
in the league.
Another 55 million pounds was spent on
goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and defender Michael Keane, yet Everton have
conceded 18 goals in nine league games and only last-place Crystal Palace
have a worse goal difference. Now Everton are searching for a new manager to
steer the club out of the drop zone.
"Chairman Bill Kenwright, the board of
directors and major shareholder Farhad Moshiri would all like to express
their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the club over the
past 16 months and for guiding the club to seventh place in last season's
Premier League campaign," Everton said in a statement.
Koeman, a former Barcelona player who
joined Everton after impressing as Southampton manager, is the third Premier
League coach to lose his job this season after Frank de Boer at Palace and
Craig Shakespeare at Leicester.
Pakistan whitewash Sri Lanka 5-0 in ODI series
Pakistan players celebrate the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera
during their fifth ODI cricket match in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates,
Monday, Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Sharjah, UAE (AP) — Fast
bowler Usman Shinwari dominated Sri Lanka's top order with 5-34 as
Pakistan whitewashed the tourists 5-0 for another convincing nine-wicket
victory in the fifth and final one-day international on Monday.
Shinwari claimed all his wickets in
a 21-ball spell to dismiss Sri Lanka for 103 in only 26.2 overs.
Fakhar Zaman (48) and Imam-ul-Haq
(45 no) then eased to 105-1 in 20.2 overs to cap Pakistan's string run
in the ODIs in 2017 that began in June when they won the Champions
Sri Lanka's poor run in
limited-overs continued this year under captain Upul Tharanga. South
Africa and India had earlier routed Sri Lanka 5-0 and the country has
now lost 12 ODIs in a row.
Shinwari, playing in only his
second ODI, claimed four of his wickets in his first two overs before
adding one more to make Sri Lanka 20-5.
"It wasn't easy, but the
environment of the team is as such that it gives you a lot of
confidence," said Shinwari, who made his ODI debut on Friday in the
fourth game of the series. "It was my second game and I thought hard
The last wicket pair of Dushmantha
Chameera (11) and Vishwa Fernando (7) took Sri Lanka beyond the 100-run
mark before No.1-ranked fast bowler Hasan Ali finished off with 2-19 by
clean bowling Chameera.
"The way Shinwari bowled, I guess
it's not seen quite a lot in cricket that you dismiss half the side
within your first three overs," Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said.
"The good thing is that (our) bench strength is getting stronger and
stronger and more good players are coming."
Shinwari was on a hat trick in the
first over when he had Sadeera Samarawickrama clean bowled for his
second straight nought of the series and then lured Dinesh Chandimal to
drive but only got a big outside edge.
Tharanga, who won the toss and
opted to bat first, drove the hat-trick ball to cover boundary before
Shinwari had the skipper bowled off a delivery that nipped back sharply
into the left-hander.
Niroshan Dickwella was the third
man to get dismissed for nought when Shinwari had him lbw off another
sharp inswinging delivery. Milinda Siriwardana capped Sri Lanka's top
order batting woes in the series when he played another lose drive to
get caught at cover.
Ali then reduced Sri Lanka to 49-6
when Lahiru Thirimanne (19) was caught behind and Seekkuge Prasanna was
Thisara Perera (25) was one of the
four batsmen to cross the double-figure mark, hitting a six and three
fours, before falling to legspinner Shadab Khan, who finished with 2-24.
Imam and Zaman then hurried the
run-chase with an opening stand of 84 runs off 100 balls before Jeffery
Vandersay got the consolation wicket by having Zaman caught behind.
Zaman hit seven fours.
Imam raised the victory by cutting
Vandersay to the boundary as Pakistan made a remarkable turnaround of
form with a 5-0 victory after losing the test series 2-0.
"We are not playing to our
strengths, to our capability," Tharanga said. "We are making the same
mistakes again and again, (but) we can do much better than this,
hopefully we will learn from our mistakes and comeback strongly."
The teams will now play a
three-match Twenty20 series, starting from Thursday with the final T20
scheduled to be played at Lahore on Sunday.
Ronaldo joins Messi as five-time winner of FIFA player award
Portuguese soccer player Christiano Ronaldo, second from right, and son
Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., right, sit beside Argentinian soccer player
Lionel Messi, left, and wife Antonella during the The Best FIFA 2017
Awards at the Palladium Theatre in London, Monday, Oct. 23. (AP
London (AP) — Cristiano
Ronaldo has caught up with Lionel Messi to become a five-time winner of
FIFA's best player award.
The Real Madrid forward was crowned player of the
year on Monday at the FIFA Best ceremony at the London Palladium theater
attended by runner-up Messi and third-placed Neymar.
A second successive honor for Ronaldo was expected
after a season in which the Portuguese eclipsed his award counterparts
in the trophy stakes.
As well as Spanish league and Spanish Super Cup
success, Ronaldo scored twice in the Champions League final against
Juventus to win European soccer's elite competition for the third time
in four seasons.
Ronaldo's coach at Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, was
crowned coach of the year.
FIFA has shifted its award ceremony from its usual
January slot to October so players are judged across a season — based on
the typical European schedule — rather than the calendar year.
The women's award honored the Netherlands' success
at the European Championship in August. Lieke Martens, who scored in the
final win over Denmark, won the player's award and Sarina Wiegman
collected the coaching accolade.
The Puskas Award for best goal went to Arsenal
striker Olivier Giroud for a scorpion-style kick on New Year's Day in
Arsenal's 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the English Premier League.
4-time Iditarod winner named as musher in dog doping case
this March 16, 2015, file photo, volunteers help raise the Iditarod
finishers banner at the burled arch finish line in Nome, Alaska. (AP
Anchorage, Alaska (AP) —
Iditarod officials on Monday identified four-time champion Dallas Seavey
as the musher whose dogs tested positive for a banned substance.
The Iditarod Trail Committee met
Monday in an emergency meeting and decided to release the musher's
identity after initially refusing on a lawyer's advice.
"Because of the level of unhealthy
speculation involved in this matter, ITC has now decided to disclose the
name of the musher involved," the committee said in a statement.
Calls to Seavey's cellphone weren't
He will be allowed to participate
in next year's race and will not face any disciplinary action.
As a result of the positive test
findings, the race rule dealing with canine drug use was revised earlier
this month to hold mushers liable for any positive tests in future races
unless the mushers can prove the results happened because of something
outside of their control.
Previously, the rule could be
interpreted to require that race officials provide proof that a musher
intended to administer the prohibited substance.
Officials say four dogs in Seavey's
team tested positive after the finish of this year's Iditarod Trail Sled
Dog Race in Nome in March. The banned substance was the opioid pain
Organizers relented after scores of
professional mushers ay demanded that race officials identify the
A statement from the Iditarod
Official Finishers Club was signed by 83 current and former competitors
who called for the musher to be named within 72 hours.
The demand came after the group met
Sunday to discuss how organizers of the nearly 1,000-mile
(1,609-kilometer) race handled its first instance of dogs testing
positive for a banned drug.
"It is unacceptable that multiple
dogs tested positive for a drug in a single musher's team and that that
information was only recently made public when it was known since
shortly after the team finished," the club's statement said.
The dog team was tested six hours
after finishing the race in Nome, officials said. Race officials have
estimated the drug could have been administered 15 hours or less before
Seavey, who was not among the
mushers who signed the finishers club statement, won the Iditarod in
2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He finished second last year to his father,
Mitch, and has had nine straight top 10 finishes.
Dallas Seavey is a former Alaska
high school wrestling champion and also spent a year at the U.S. Olympic
Training Center before turning his attention back to dogs. He lives in
Willow, a community located about 50 miles north of Anchorage and widely
considered to be the dog mushing capital of the nation.
Only the first 20 teams to reach
Nome are tested, leading to a feeling among mushers that any of them
could be suspected because the musher whose dogs failed the test was not
identified, mushers said.
Officials had initially refused to
identify the musher because they said it was unlikely they could prove
the musher intentionally administered the drug and because a lawyer
advised them not to make the name public.
The Iditarod began testing sled
dogs for prohibited substances in 1994. Dogs on all teams are subject to
random testing between pre-race examinations and along the race trail.
Testing in Nome for top finishing teams, however, is not random but
Hamilton wins US Grand Prix to extend F1 championship lead
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain,
comes through a turn during the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at
the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Oct. 22, in Austin, Texas. (AP
Austin, Texas (AP) — The
fastest man on four wheels stood on the U.S. Grand Prix podium with the
fastest man on two feet.
Together, Mercedes driver Lewis
Hamilton and retired sprinter Usain Bolt struck Bolt's familiar "To the
World" pose, their fingers pointing to the sky and perhaps the way
toward another Hamilton Formula One championship.
Hamilton tightened his control on
the F1 season title by winning the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday ahead of
title rival Sebastian Vettel, who finished second in a race he said he
had to win.
It was Hamilton's fourth
consecutive win at the Circuit of the Americas and fifth since 2012. His
ninth win of the season also opened a 66-point lead on Vettel with three
races left. While mathematically still possible, Vettel's title hopes
are nearly wiped out as the series heads next week to Mexico City, where
Hamilton won last year.
"I think this is my favorite track
now," Hamilton said after another dominant performance in Texas.
Hamilton is on a late-season charge
toward a championship that would further define his legacy in the sport.
Formula One's first and only black driver could join Vettel as a
four-time season champion. Only Germany's Michael Schumacher (7) and
Argentina's Juan Manuel Fangio (5) have won more.
"I don't let my mind go there,"
Hamilton said. "Three races to go, three races to win.
Vettel seemed resigned to the
reality that his title hopes collapsed with his second-place finish.
"It wasn't our race to win," Vettel
said. "We tried to fight. We got beaten fair and square."
Vettel had pushed hard for the win
and surprised Hamilton when he grabbed the lead out of a fast start, but
the Mercedes reeled in the Ferrari just a few laps later.
Vettel bolted off the line and
Hamilton moved left to try to squeeze Vettel into the inside of the
first turn. The German held his ground, cut through the corner and
tucked the nose of his Ferrari in front as the cars did the slingshot
left turn back down the 130-foot elevation,
Vettel's advantage was quickly
swallowed up by the power that Hamilton's Mercedes had shown all week.
Hamilton caught Vettel on lap six and passed him heading into the turn
at the end of the circuit's long straight. It was the same move on the
same turn Hamilton used to pass Vettel to win the race in 2012.
"Sebastian had a great start. I was
kind of chill about it because I knew from the past you can overtake
here," Hamilton said. "I was a bit surprised Sebastian didn't defend
The duel was briefly engaged again
on lap 20. Hamilton pitted for fresh tires and emerged only a split
second ahead of Vettel, who had already stopped. Vettel missed his
chance at the lead when he ran wide on a turn — the same spot where he
spun into the gravel on Friday — as Hamilton was leaving his garage.
The moment missed, Hamilton gave
him no chance for another one. Vettel then found himself fighting just
to hold on long enough to extend the championship for another week.
Anything lower than fifth place
would have handed the title to Hamilton, and Vettel dropped as low as
fourth. A late charge by Red Bull's Max Verstappen forced Vettel to make
a second tire change and he powered back to toward the front.
"Not the result we wanted," Vettel
said. "There was no real secret other than they were quicker than us.
Those who are fastest have a good chance of winning."
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen finished
third after Verstappen was penalized 5 seconds when race officials
determined he left the track and gained an unfair advantage in passing
Raikkonen on the final lap.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo saw his
run of three straight podium finishes and four in the previous five
races end when engine failure ended his race on lap 16.Carlos Sainz'
finished seventh in his first race with Renault after switching from
Hamilton's win and teammate
Valtteri Bottas' fifth-place finish secured Mercedes' fourth consecutive
Liverpool, Everton both fall to north London clubs
Tottenham's Harry Kane, right, and Liverpool's Dejan Lovren
challenge for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match
between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in London,
Sunday, Oct. 22.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
London (AP) —Liverpool
and Everton endured a miserable Sunday in the English Premier League as
they were torn apart by Tottenham and Arsenal.
Arsenal had five different scorers
in a 5-2 victory that further weakened Everton manager Ronald Koeman's
job security. Harry Kane scored twice in front of a record Premier
League record of more than 80,000 as Tottenham beat Liverpool 4-1 at
EVERTON IN RELEGATION ZONE
The statistics are bleak for Koeman
in his second season in charge: Everton have no wins in their last five
matches, two victories in the last 13, eight points from nine games and
only six league goals.
Everton, who finished seventh in
the Premier League last season, are bottom of their Europa League group
with one point from three games.
"I am responsible for this team,"
Koeman said. "The final result is really poor but all these kind of
decisions (about my future) is not in my hands."
Although Wayne Rooney put Everton
in front, that was as good as it got for Everton. Nacho Monreal
equalized just before the break with further goals coming from Mesut
Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette — after Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye was
sent off — and Aaron Ramsey.
Substitute Oumar Niasse pulled one
back thanks to poor defending but Alexis Sanchez had the final say with
the last kick of the game as Arsenal eased to a first away win of the
Despite around 150 million pounds
being invested in new players in the offseason, Everton are now in the
"The team is underperforming, it is
in a difficult situation mentally and struggling for confidence. That is
what we need to change," Koeman said. "I still believe I can change the
whole situation but everybody knows how it works in football. That is
all I answer about this situation. I told the players that I believe the
players, I believe in the commitment of the players."
Juergen Klopp hopes to deliver
Liverpool's first league title since 1990. Some chance, now, in his
Liverpool have conceded 16 goals in
nine league games — their worst defensive start in 53 years — to sit 12
points behind leaders Manchester City in eighth place.
Tottenham, though, are on the up
after a sluggish start to the season. Mauricio Pochettino's side are
only behind second-place Manchester United on goal difference and within
five points of City.
Tottenham are finally looking at
ease at their temporary Wembley home, but few opponents will be as easy
to pick apart as Liverpool. Few Premier League players will be as
brittle in defence as Dejan Lovren, who was hauled off after a half
By that stage, Tottenham were
already 2-1 up after going in front after only four minutes through Kane
and then Son Heung-min netted in the 12th minute.
Liverpool hadn't threatened when
Mohamed Salah scored in the 24th but it would only prove a consolation.
Dele Alli restored Tottenham's two-goal cushion in first-half stoppage
time and Kane was on target again 11 minutes into the second half.
Roethlisberger leads Steelers past Bengals, 29-14
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looks to pass
during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati
Bengals in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 22. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pittsburgh (AP) —
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns, Le'Veon Bell
added 192 total yards, and Pittsburgh's defense dominated the Cincinnati
Bengals in the second half of a 29-14 victory on Sunday.
The Steelers (5-2) relied on their
stars to take the lead, then on their reinvigorated defense to blunt
Cincinnati and give themselves a significant cushion over the rest of
the underwhelming AFC North.
The Bengals (2-4) came in looking
to add some street cred to their resurgence after their 0-3 start, but
instead spent the second half reverting to the kind of ineffective
offense that got offense coordinator Ken Zampese fired two weeks into
the season. The Steelers picked off Andy Dalton twice and sacked him
three times over the final two quarters to pull away.
Chris Boswell added five field
goals for Pittsburgh, which posted its highest points total and appears
to be rounding into form as Halloween nears.
COWBOYS 40, 49ERS 10
Santa Clara, Calif. —
Ezekiel Elliott gained 219 yards from scrimmage and tied a career high
with three touchdowns just days after a legal reprieve put his
suspension on hold.
Elliott was granted his second
temporary restraining order on Tuesday, putting his six-game suspension
over domestic violence allegations on hold, and then gave the Cowboys
(3-3) a big boost on the field.
Elliott matched his season total of
rushing touchdowns with two in the first quarter, then took a short pass
from Dak Prescott 72 yards for another touchdown on Dallas' first
possession of the second half to put away the 49ers (0-7). Elliott ran
for 147 yards on 26 carries to go with the big catch, setting a career
high in scrimmage yards in a game.
That performance spoiled the
starting debut of rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard , who was sacked five
times, lost two fumbles and failed to lead the 49ers into the end zone
until he scored on a run with the game out of hand in the fourth
CHARGERS 21, BRONCOS 0
Carson, Calif. — Travis
Benjamin returned a first-quarter punt 65 yards for a touchdown and
caught a 42-yard TD pass in the fourth, and the Chargers played a
dominant defensive game in the first home victory of their relocation
Joey Bosa had two of the Chargers'
five sacks while they sent the Broncos (3-3) to the franchise's first
shutout defeat since a 24-0 loss to the Los Angeles Raiders on Nov. 22,
Philip Rivers passed for 183 yards
in his 100th victory, hitting Austin Ekeler for an early TD and Benjamin
for the late clincher.
The Chargers (3-4) have won three
straight under new coach Anthony Lynn following a winless opening month
in their first season back in Los Angeles after 56 years in San Diego.
Trevor Siemian passed for 207
yards, but Denver lost to the Chargers for the third time in the AFC
West rivals' past 14 meetings — and did so in historic fashion.
SEAHAWKS 24, GIANTS 7
East Rutherford, N.J. —
Russell Wilson threw three second-half touchdown passes and the Seahawks
limited the New York Giants' receiver-depleted offense to 177 yards.
Wilson hit Doug Baldwin with a
go-ahead 22-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter. He put
the game away with a 38-yard TD throw to Paul Richardson on a play that
had to be reviewed because of simultaneous possession. He closed out the
scoring with a 1-yard toss to Jimmy Graham with 2:14 to go.
The Seahawks (4-2) limited the
Giants (1-6) to 46 yards rushing, 14 first downs and 24:34 in time of
possession. The defense only forced one turnover, but the fumble by Eli
Manning led to the Richardson touchdown.
The Giants, who stunned Denver on
Sunday night for their first win, were only in this game because their
defense made plays and limited the Seattle to a field goal in the first
half despite being on the field for more than 20 minutes.
TITANS 12, BROWNS 9, OT
Cleveland — Ryan Succop's
fourth field goal, a 47-yarder with 1:55 left in overtime, extended his
NFL record for makes inside 50 yards to 55 straight and sent the
Tennessee Titans to an ugly 12-9 win on Sunday over the winless
Cleveland (0-7) lost durable Pro
Bowl tackle Joe Thomas with an injury. A 10-time Pro Bowler, he missed
his first play in 11 seasons. Thomas went out with a triceps injury that
snapped his streak of 10,363 consecutive offensive plays. The No. 3 pick
in 2007 has been the lone bright spot over the past decade for
Succop's clutch kick enabled the
Titans (4-3) to get their second win in six days. Succop made five field
goals in Monday night's win over Indianapolis.
Browns rookie Zane Gonzalez forced
overtime by kicking a season-long 54-yard field goal with 47 seconds
left in regulation to tie it 9-9. Gonzalez added kicks of 31 and 47
The Browns committed 12 penalties
and dropped to 1-22 in two seasons under coach Hue Jackson, whose future
is becoming less certain.
RAMS 33, CARDINALS 0
London — Jared Goff ran for
a touchdown and threw for another and Greg Zuerlein made four field
goals as the Rams won for the first time in three appearances in
Arizona (3-4) heads home with
significant questions after quarterback Carson Palmer injured his left
arm in the second quarter and did not return.
Goff completed 22 of 37 passes for
235 yards with an interception, and Todd Gurley ran for 106 yards and a
touchdown for the NFC West-leading Rams (5-2). Los Angeles has won five
of its first seven games for the first time since 2003 — the last time
the Rams finished with a winning record.
Palmer, who finished 10 for 18 for
122 yards, was hit by linebacker Alec Ogletree and intercepted with 5:48
remaining in the first half. He was replaced by longtime backup Drew
Stanton, who completed 5 of 14 passes for 162 yards and an interception
and was unable to close what began as a 6-0 deficit.
Gurley's 18-yard touchdown run
immediately followed Palmer's interception, and Goff helped push the
Rams' lead to 20-0 after he took a zone-read keeper 9 yards for a
Zuerlein, who set a franchise
record by making seven field goals in a win against the Dallas Cowboys
on Oct. 1, connected from 23, 33, 53 and 34 yards.
SAINTS 26, PACKERS 17
Green Bay, Wis. — Drew Brees
threw for a touchdown and ran for another and Mark Ingram rushed for a
Will Lutz kicked two second-half
field goals, including a 44-yarder to put New Orleans up for good 19-17
with 10:26 left in the game. Brees' 1-yard sneak gave the Saints a
The sloppy Saints (4-2) were
fortunate to get their fourth straight victory. The Packers lost their
first game with Brett Hundley starting at quarterback for injured star
New Orleans' defense gave up a
46-yard touchdown run to rookie Aaron Jones on the opening drive. Brees
was picked off twice in the first quarter. Lutz had a blocked extra
point and New Orleans was penalized seven times for 80 yards.
But the Saints pulled away late at
overcast Lambeau Field, scoring on four second-half drives.
Trailing late, the Packers (4-3)
couldn't muster big plays late without Rodgers. He's out indefinitely
with a broken right collarbone.
BILLS 30, BUCCANEERS 27
Orchard Park, N.Y. — Rookie
cornerback Tre'Davious White forced and recovered a fumble to set up
Stephen Hauschka's 30-yard field goal with 14 seconds remaining.
LeSean McCoy had 91 yards rushing
and scored twice, including a 7-yard run to tie the score with 2:28
remaining. Tyrod Taylor went 20 of 33 for 268 yards and a touchdown,
while Buffalo's defense forced three turnovers.
Coming out of its bye week, Buffalo
improved to 4-2 under rookie head coach Sean McDermott. It marks just
the fourth time the Bills have won at least four of their first six
games during a 17-year playoff drought.
Jameis Winston showed no signs of a
sprained throwing shoulder that sidelined him during the first drive of
a 38-33 loss at Arizona last weekend. Winston finished 32 of 44 for 384
yards passing and three touchdowns. He threw an interception and also
lost a fumble.
Rookie tight end O.J. Howard caught
two touchdown passes for the Buccaneers (2-4), who have lost three
Hauschka tied an NFL record by
making 12 consecutive field goals from 50 yards or longer by hitting a
52-yarder that put Buffalo up 20-13 in the fourth quarter. The record is
shared by Blair Walsh, Robbie Gould, Justin Tucker and Matt Prater.
DOLPHINS 31, JETS 28
Miami Gardens, Fla. — Matt
Moore replaced an injured Jay Cutler and threw two touchdown passes in
the final 12 minutes, and the Dolphins pulled off another comeback win
by erasing a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit.
Josh McCown threw three touchdown
passes and ran for another for the Jets, but his interception in the
final minute set up the winning field goal.
Bobby McCain stepped in front of a
pass intended for Jermaine Kearse to give Miami the ball at the Jets 27
with 39 seconds left. Cody Parkey kicked a 39-yard field goal with 22
seconds to go for the Dolphins' first lead of the game.
It was the second consecutive
comeback win by the Dolphins, who overcame a 17-point deficit in the
second half a week ago for an upset victory at Atlanta. They've won 12
games in a row when the margin is seven points or less.
The Dolphins (4-2) earned their
third consecutive victory and avenged a loss to the Jets (3-4) in Week
Cutler left the game due to a chest
injury with his team trailing 21-14. After the Jets took a two-touchdown
lead, Moore threw scoring passes to Kenny Stills covering 28 and 2 yards
to tie the game.
BEARS 17, PANTHERS 3
Chicago — Rookie safety
Eddie Jackson became the first NFL player to score multiple defensive
touchdowns of 75 yards or more in a game. Jackson ran back a fumble
recovery 75 yards on the game's opening possession and returned an
interception of Cam Newton 76 yards for a score early in the second
quarter to give Chicago a 14-0 lead.
He became the first Bears player
since Fred Evans in 1948 — and the first NFL player since Tennessee's
Zach Brown in 2012 — with two defensive TDs in a game.
Chicago also sacked Newton five
times and intercepted him twice.
The big plays by Jackson and the
defense lifted the Bears (3-4) to their second straight win even though
they got dominated in just about every statistical category. Carolina
(4-3) held huge advantages in yards (293-153), time of possession
(38:35-21:25), offensive plays (69-37) and first downs (20-5).
Newton completed 21 of 34 passes
for 211 yards and ran for a team-high 50. But the Panthers dropped their
second straight game.
Chicago's Mitchell Trubisky was 4
of 7 for 107 yards in his third NFL start. The No. 2 overall pick threw
a 70-yard pass to Tarik Cohen, but did little else.
VIKINGS 24, RAVENS 16
Minneapolis — Latavius
Murray rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown and Kai Forbath kicked six
Forbath made kicks of 52, 51, 43,
43, 34 and 32 yards to back another suffocating effort from the defense
for the Vikings (5-2). Minnesota sacked Joe Flacco five times and
allowed just 208 yards. Everson Griffen had two sacks and has nine for
Murray averaged 6.3 yards per
Justin Tucker kicked three field
goals for the Ravens (3-4), including a 57-yarder in the first half.
Flacco completed 26 of 38 passes for 186 yards and a 13-yard touchdown
to Chris Moore as time expired.
The nine combined field goals tied
an NFL record for most in a game.
Former Vikings WR Mike Wallace left
in the first quarter after a vicious hit from S Andrew Sendejo. Wallace
appeared to be knocked out cold by the shoulder-to-head hit that knocked
his helmet off.
Wallace was later ruled out, but
appeared to be arguing with coaches on the sideline about wanting back
JAGUARS 27, COLTS 0
Indianapolis — Blake Bortles
threw for a season-high 330 yards and one touchdown, and T.J. Yeldon
scored on a 58-yard run. By ending a four-game losing streak at Lucas
Oil Stadium, the Jaguars (4-3) remained atop the AFC South.
Indy (2-5) lost its second
straight, both to division foes.
Bortles and the offense looked good
on a day when they played without rookie Leonard Fournette, the NFL's
second-leading rusher. Fournette was inactive because of a sprained
The quarterback finished 18 of 26
with a 124.7 rating, the fourth-highest rating of his career.
While Jacksonville didn't add to
its league-leading takeaway total, it matched the single-game franchise
record for sacks (10), set in the season opener against Houston. And the
Jags got their first shutout since a 41-0 victory over the New York Jets
on Oct. 8, 2006.
Indy, strangely, was shut out for
the first time since a 41-0 loss to the Jets in a playoff game on Jan.
4, 2003. Its only serious scoring chance was snuffed out with a
fourth-down stop at the Jaguars 6-yard line.
Marc Marquez wins Australian MotoGP
Race winner Spain's Marc Marquez, centre, stands on the podium
with second placed Italy's Valentino Rossi, left, and third placed
Spain's Maverick Vinales, right, after winning the Australian Motorcycle
Grand Prix at Phillip Island near Melbourne, Sunday, Oct. 22. (AP
Phillip Island, Australia (AP) —
Marc Marquez took a giant step toward retaining his MotoGP world title
when he won the Australian Grand Prix Sunday, extending his championship
lead to 33 points with just two rounds remaining.
Starting from pole position, the
Spanish Honda rider took the race lead with seven laps remaining, then
accelerated away from the field to win comfortably by 1.8 seconds from
Italy's Valentino Rossi and his Yamaha teammate Maverick Vinales.
Marquez's only remaining rival for
the world championship, Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso, finished 13th on
his Ducati to see his title hopes all but evaporate.
Already a three-time MotoGP
champion, Marquez, 24, has now won six races this season and can clinch
his fourth world title with a top-two finish in either of the remaining
"Amazing, amazing. I knew before
the race that today was an important day," said Marquez, who crashed out
while leading last year's Australian MotoGP.
"I was feeling really good and
during the race I was just waiting, waiting, waiting and then in the
last few laps I give all-in.
"I pushed really hard for three or
four laps. The fight was amazing."
Rossi timed his run to perfection
to finish second after a dogged battle with Vinales and Johann Zarco for
the other podium positions.
"I enjoyed the race very much,"
Rossi said. "This track is unbelievable and it was a great, great race.
"All the riders in front are very
aggressive so you needed to be more stupid than them, more aggressive.
"I wanted to try for the podium at
the maximum and the end with second place I'm very happy."
Joan Mir was earlier crowned world
champion in the Moto3 class when he won his rain-shortened race.
The race was stopped with seven
laps remaining because of heavy rain with the 20-year-old Spaniard in
With his ninth victory of the
season, Mir has an unassailable 70-point lead over his nearest rival,
Italy's Romano Fenat, with a maximum 50 points available from the last
"It's unbelievable ... I've dreamt
about this for a lot of years," Mir said. "I've worked really hard for
this and now to achieve it is amazing.
"I'm a world champion — it's
incredible to say."
Mir's teammate Livio Loi finished
second while Jorge Martin was third after starting from pole position.
Italy's Franco Morbidelli stretched
his lead in the Moto2 championship to 29 points after finishing third in
Sunday's Moto2 race.
Portugal's Miguel Oliveira grabbed
his first win in the class, crossing the line ahead of South African
rookie Brad Binder just as the weather started to turn foul.
"With three laps to go it started
raining and I had a six seconds lead then I was too cautious and the gap
was reduced," Oliveiri said. "I stressed a little bit. It was the
longest race of my life but I'm so happy for my team."
Switzerland's Thomas Luthi, who is
second in the championship standings, lost slipped even further behind
Morbidelli when he finished 10th.
"I wanted to get a podium to I was
pushing really hard because I had to get this one," Morbidelli said.
"It's great for the championship."
Latham helps NZ beat India by 6 wickets; Kohli hits 31st ton
New Zealand's Tom
Latham plays a shot during the first one-day international cricket match
against India in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Oct. 22. (AP Photo/Rafiq
Mumbai, India (AP) — Tom
Latham scored his fourth ODI hundred as New Zealand pulled off a
stunning six-wicket win against India with an over remaining in the
first one-day international on Sunday.
Latham hit an undefeated 103 off
102 balls and added 200 runs with Ross Taylor (95) for the fourth
wicket. New Zealand ended on 284-4 in 49 overs in the highest chase in
ODI cricket by any team at this ground in Mumbai as the tourists took
the lead in the three-match series.
"It was one of the best chases I've
seen during my time with the Black Caps," New Zealand captain Kane
Williamson said. "The way Tom and Ross controlled the innings was
Earlier, Virat Kohli scored his
31st hundred as India reached 280-8 in 50 overs.
Playing in his 200th ODI, Kohli hit
121 runs off 125 balls as the Indian innings revolved around its captain
thanks to a disciplined bowling effort from New Zealand.
Chasing 281, Martin Guptill (32)
and Colin Munro (28) provided a solid start for New Zealand, adding 48
runs for the first wicket. Jasprit Bumrah (1-56) provided the
breakthrough as Munro was caught at cover.
Kuldeep Yadav (1-64) got the big
wicket as Williamson (6) was caught at extra cover. New Zealand were
reduced to 80-3 in the 18th over when Hardik Pandya (1-46) got rid of
Guptill, with Dinesh Karthik holding a great catch running in from deep
This brought Latham and Taylor
together and their 50 partnership came off 60 balls as the duo started
carefully against the Indian spinners.
Taylor scored his 39th ODI
half-century off 58 balls, while Latham reached his half-century off 58
balls too, as they put on 100 off 108. Their 200 partnership came off
187 balls in the Black Caps' highest fourth-wicket stand in ODI cricket.
"Batting after keeping for 50 overs
was pretty tough. It was pretty humid out there. The biggest thing is
communication, and we were talking regularly between overs," Latham said
after putting in a man-of-the-match performance.
Latham reached his hundred off 95
balls, becoming the first New Zealand wicketkeeper to score an ODI
century against India.
Taylor just missed out on his
century. Henry Nicholls (4 not out) finished up without any bother.
India won the toss and chose to
Tim Southee (3-73) and Trent Boult
(4-35) shared seven wickets, while Mitchell Santner (1-41) limited the
Boult struck quick double blows
early on and dismissed both openers Shikhar Dhawan (9) and Rohit Sharma
(20), reducing India to 29-2.
Kohli then put on 42 runs with
Kedar Jadhav (12) for the third wicket. Santner had an opportunity to
further punish the hosts when he dropped Kohli off Colin de Grandhomme
(0-27) in the 19th over when he was on 22.
Jadhav was out against the run of
play shortly afterward, with Santner making up for the lost chance and
accepting a simple return catch. India crossed 100 in the 22nd over.
Kohli added 73 runs with Dinesh
Karthik (37) for the fourth wicket. The skipper reached his half-century
off 62 balls.
India kept losing wickets at
regular intervals as Karthik holed out to long leg off Southee. It
brought Kohli together with MS Dhoni (25) and the duo added 57 runs for
the fifth wicket. The total crossed 200 in the 41st over.
Boult returned to account for both
Dhoni and Hardik Pandya (16) as India were reduced to 238-6 in the 46th
However, Kohli held one end
together until close to the finish. He reached his century off 111
balls, a knock that included seven fours and a six.
His ton moved Kohli past
Australia's Ricky Ponting, who scored 30 ODI centuries in his career.
Only India great Sachin Tendulkar with 49 is now ahead of Kohli in the
Kohli provided the final flourish
with two more fours and a six as he added 32 runs with Bhuvneshwar Kumar
(26) for the seventh wicket but the total wasn't enough.
"When you get a 200-run partnership
in ODI cricket, more often than not you end up on the winning side,"
Kohli said. "We would have liked to have had a better batting
The second ODI is in Pune on
Thomas birdies 2nd hole of playoff to win CJ Cup
Justin Thomas of the United States watches his shot on the 12th hole
during the final round of the CJ Cup golf tournament at Nine Bridges on Jeju
Island, South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 22. (Park Ji-ho/Yonhap via AP)
Jeju, South Korea (AP) — Justin
Thomas beat Australia's Marc Leishman on the second playoff hole Sunday to
win the inaugural CJ Cup in South Korea and cap his breakout year on the PGA
Thomas sealed his fifth PGA title in
2017 — and his first of the new 2017-18 PGA season — when he birdied the
second extra hole and Leishman made bogey after finding the water.
The pair went to a sudden-death playoff
after completing the first U.S. PGA Tour regular-season event in South Korea
tied at 9-under 279.
Thomas, who shared the overnight lead
with Scott Brown, fell behind when he had a double bogey on the 550-yard
par-5 No. 3 hole.
"I just kept telling myself it was a
bad golf swing," Thomas said. "It wasn't a mental error or wasn't a wrong
judgment that we made but just a bad golf swing at a pretty bad time but I
knew you are going make bogeys out here today."
Thomas regained the lead and looked set
for the win in regulation until he bogeyed No. 17, a 195-yard par 3 hole.
But he made amends with a birdie at the last to join Leishman in the
"I really played some great golf after
the third hole but it's just such a long day with these conditions," Thomas
Thomas said he is looking forward to
some time off after his breakout season.
"I'm so excited to not do anything,"
Thomas said. "I officially have nothing left in the tank at this moment."
Leishman, who ended a 5-year drought on
the PGA Tour when he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, then added
the BMW Championship in September, looked to have slipped out of contention
when he made bogeyed the 5th, 7th and 8th holes to tumble down the
leaderboard. But he birdied No. 9, No. 12 and No. 14 to join Thomas at
9-under then finished bogey-birdie to get in the playoff.
Replaying the par-5 18th, the pair both
made par on the first extra hole before Leishman gambled and lost on his
next attempt at the 568-yard final hole, finding the water after trying to
reach the green in two.
"Obviously, disappointing to finish off
that way. I probably got a little bit of a lifeline on the first play-off
hole and I didn't take advantage of it. You give one of the best players in
the world a chance like that, he's probably going to take it. Disappointed
but second is not all bad," Leishman said.
"It was a bit of a dodgy lie. I was
certainly not going to lay up. I just chunked it a little bit and goes in
the water. If you go down, you want to go down like that. You don't want to
go down laying up and making par. I rather attack and try to take it. I
would certainly sleep better at night just doing that."
Cameron Smith of Australia finished one
stroke back in third place at 8-under with Whee Kim, the highest placed
finisher of the 16 South Korean players in the field, finishing fourth at
7-under after closing with a 72.
Thomas' five tournament wins this
calendar year included his first major, the 99th PGA Championship, which he
won in August.
"I'm so pumped," Thomas added. "I
probably wasn't very fun to be around those first two days. I was just glad
I finally got back to myself being patient these last two days."