Irma Weakens But Still Packs A Punch As It Moves Toward Georgia

Sep 11, 2017

NFL:

The Green Bay Packers could be a lot more than an offensive juggernaut this season.

The Packers gave up no touchdowns and turned a big defensive play into a score to earn a 17-9 win over the Seahawks. Seattle had to settle for three field goals and finished with just 225 net yards, with Russell Wilson completing 14 of 27 passes for 158 yards.

The game turned on a defensive play early in the second half. The Seahawks were leading 3-0 when defensive lineman Mike Daniels stripped Wilson of the football to set up Ty Montgomery's six-yard TD run on the next play.

Montgomery had a team-high 54 yards rushing for the Packers.

Aaron Rodgers was 28 of 42 for 311 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson to make it an eight-point game late in the third quarter.

The Packers possessed the ball for 39 minutes, picked up 370 total yards and had a 26-12 edge over Seattle in first downs.

The other great matchup of the day was in Arlington, Texas, where Jason Witten scored the only touchdown and Dan Bailey drilled four field goals to lead the Cowboys past the Giants, 19-3.

Witten grabbed a 12-yard TD pass from Dak Prescott, who was 24 of 39 for 268 yards and no interceptions. Witten also became the Cowboys' all-time leader in receiving yards, passing Michael Irvin.

Bailey hit field goals of 48, 42 and 21 yards while Dallas was building a 16-0 halftime lead.

Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 104 yards, two days after his six-game suspension was blocked by a federal judge.

Eli Manning was 28 of 37 for 211 yards and an interception in his 200th consecutive start for the Giants.

Also in Week 1 action:

— Matt Ryan connected with Austin Hooper on an 88-yard TD and led two fourth-quarter scoring drives as the Falcons outlasted the Bears, 23-17 in Chicago. Ryan was 21 of 30 for 321 yards and a touchdown, while Hooper had two catches for 128 yards. The Falcons' defense delivered a game-saving, goal-line stand after the Bears had first-and-10 at the Atlanta 5 in the final minute.

— DeShone Kizer was 20 of 30 for 222 yards and a touchdown, but the Steelers spoiled his NFL debut by defeating the Browns, 21-18. Antonio Brown made a crucial, leaping catch with under three minutes left and finished with 11 receptions for 182 yards. Ben Roethlisberger completed 24 of his 36 passes for 263 yards, including two touchdowns to Jesse James.

— Matthew Stafford threw two of his four touchdown passes to rookie Kenny Golladay in the fourth quarter as the Lions rallied to beat the Cardinals, 35-23. Stafford was 29 for 41 yards for 292 yards, while Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer had one of his three interceptions returned by Miles Killebrew for a fourth-quarter score. The Cardinals scored the first 10 points of the game and led 17-9 late in the third period before giving up 26 straight points.

— Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-16 win at Tennessee. Marshawn Lynch finished with 18 carries for 76 yards in his first game since a one-year retirement. Giorgio Tavecchio kicked field goals of 20, 52, 52 and 43 yards in his NFL debut.

— Baltimore's rebuilt defense picked off Andy Dalton four times and forced him to fumble once in a 20-0 win at Cincinnati. The Ravens took control with a pair of touchdowns 24 seconds apart late in the half as Joe Flacco hit Jeremy Maclin for a 58-yard score and Terrence West added a two-yard TD run following an interception. Flacco was 9 of 17 for 121 yards with an interception in his first game since undergoing back surgery.

— Houston's newest starting quarterback lasted 30 minutes as Tom Savage was pulled in favor of rookie DeShaun Watson at halftime of a 30-7 loss to Jacksonville. Calais Campbell recorded four of the Jaguars' team-record 10 sacks, and Dante Fowler returned one of the Texans' four turnovers 53 yards for a score. Jags running back Leonard Fournette ran for 100 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut.

— Jared Goff picked up his first win as an NFL starting quarterback by throwing for a career-high 306 yards and a touchdown in the Rams' 46-9 dismantling of the Colts. Trumaine Johnson and Lamarcus Joyner each had interception returns for touchdowns while Los Angeles made things miserable for Scott Tolzien. The Colts quarterback passed for just 128 yards in place of Andrew Luck, who is expected to miss at least one more game following shoulder surgery.

— The Eagles were 30-17 winners at Washington behind Carson Wentz, who completed 26 of his 39 throws for 307 yards and two touchdowns. Wentz made fewer errors than Washington's Kirk Cousins, who was picked off at the goal line and fumbled twice. Fletcher Cox clinched the victory by returning a fumble 20 yards for a TD with 1:29 remaining.

— Kyle Shanahan's first game as an NFL head coach was a bust as the 49ers were silenced by the Panthers, 23-3. Cam Newton threw a pair of touchdown passes following turnovers by Niners quarterback Brian Hoyer. Russell Sheppard had a 40-yard scoring reception for Carolina.

— The Bills were 21-12 winners over the Jets as Tyrod Taylor threw one-yard scoring passes to Charles Clay and Andre Holmes. Taylor completed 16 of 28 for 224 yards and an interception, while LaSean McCoy provided 110 of Buffalo's 190 rushing yards. New York's running back tandem of Bilal Powell and Matt Forte combined for 38 yards rushing.

— Tampa Bay and Miami were postponed due to Hurricane Irma. The game has been rescheduled for Nov. 19, a bye week for both teams.

MLB:

Major League Baseball has its first division champion of the season.

The Washington Nationals wrapped up their second consecutive NL East crown with a 3-2 win over Philadelphia and the Marlins' 10-8 loss in Atlanta.

Stephen Strasburg threw eight innings of two-hit ball to extend his scoreless streak to a franchise-record 34 innings. Trea Turner homered and tripled to help Strasburg improve to 13-4.

The Marlins' bullpen fell apart, blowing an 8-5 lead in the ninth before Lane Adams belted a two-run, walk-off homer off Vance Worley in the 11th. Adams also scored on a game-tying, two-run single by Rio Ruiz with two out in the Braves' three-run ninth.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Indians now own the best mark in the American League after running their team-record winning streak to 18 games.

Francisco Lindor and Roberto Perez belted sixth-inning homers to help the Indians top Baltimore, 3-2. Perez snapped a 1-1 tie with a leadoff homer before Lindor added his 29th of the season.

Trevor Bauer won his ninth straight decision and 16th of the season to move into a tie with Boston's Chris Sale for the American League lead. Bauer allowed a pair of runs over 6 1/3 innings for the AL Central leaders, whose magic number is down to seven.

Checking out the rest of the major league finals:

— The Cubs' lead in the NL Central is down to two games over Milwaukee and St. Louis after the Brewers completed a three-game sweep at Wrigley Field, 3-1. Travis Shaw hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer to back Zach Davies, who is 17-8 after yielding just one run and seven hits over seven innings. The Cubs managed just three runs in the series.

— The Cardinals rolled to a 7-0 rout of Pittsburgh as Yadier Molina hit a three-run homer and tied a career high with five RBIs. Michael Wacha was sharp in the Redbirds' seventh win in eight games, allowing five hits and striking out seven over seven innings. Randal Grichuk's solo shot helped St. Louis move a season-high seven games over .500.

— Baseball's best team now owns its longest losing streak in 25 years. Mark Reynolds hit a grand slam and the Rockies dealt the Dodgers their 10th consecutive loss with an 8-1 drubbing of the NL West leaders. Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story also homered as Colorado stayed three games in front of the Brewers and Cardinals for the second NL wild-card slot.

— The Diamondbacks halted a two-game skid and won for the 14th time in 16 games by downing the Padres, 3-2. The game was knotted 2-2 in the sixth until J.D. Martinez hit his second homer of the afternoon. Paul Goldschmidt also homered and Robbie Ray allowed two runs and four hits over six innings to move to 13-5.

— Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello was dealt his major league-leading 17th loss as the Red Sox fell to the Rays, 4-3. Wilson Ramos and Evan Longoria hit solo shots for the Rays, who cut Boston's lead in the AL East to 3 1/2 games over the Yankees. The Bosox have scored two runs or fewer 18 times in 30 starts while Porcello was in the game.

Aaron Judge is the second major league rookie with a 40-homer season after going deep twice in the Yankees' 16-7 pounding of the Rangers. Gary Sanchez also hit two solo homers for the Yankees, giving him 30 this season and 50 in his 161 games since his 2015 debut. Didi Gregorius added four hits and four RBIs to a victory that leaves the Yankees 3 1/2 games ahead of Minnesota for the first AL wild-card spot.

— The Twins were 11-3 losers at Kansas City as Jason Vargas picked up his career-high 15th victory. Vargas was reached for just one run and four hits over five innings after going 2-7 with an 8.13 ERA in his previous 11 starts. Brandon Moss crushed a three-run homer to finish with four RBIs.

— The Angels are within one game of the Twins for the second AL wild-card slot after Los Angeles beat the Mariners, 5-3. Justin Upton broke a 2-2 deadlock with a two-run double in the eighth. Mike Trout and Luis Valbuena had solo homers as the Angels avoided a sweep.

— The Athletics completed a four-game sweep by taking advantage of a wild Dallas Kuechel in a 10-2 drubbing of the Astros. The Houston ace walked in two runs and hit a batter to force in another during a shaky sixth inning that allowed Oakland to take a 4-1 lead. The A's also got homers from Matt Chapman, Ryon Healy, Boog Powell and Matt Olson.

— Teoscar Hernandez hit his first two home runs of the season and finished with five RBIs in the Blue Jays' 8-2 whipping of the Tigers. Darwin Barney had four hits for the Jays, who assured the Tigers of just their second losing season in a decade.

The Mets ended a four-game winning streak by blowing a 5-2 lead for Jacob deGrom in a 10-5 loss to the Reds. Zach Cozart tied it with a three-run homer off Paul Sewald and Tucker Barnhardt added a three-run blast to finish with five RBIs.

— Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY'-oo) homered twice and Carson Fulmer won his first major league game as a starter by outpitching Madison Bumgarner in the White Sox's 8-1 rout of the Giants. Bumgarner gave up six earned runs and 10 hits in five innings, his worst start of the season.

TENNIS-U.S. OPEN:

Rafael Nadal is a Grand Slam champion for the 16th time following an easy win over No. 32 seed Kevin Anderson at the U.S. Open.

Nadal completed his dominant two-week run at Flushing Meadows with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory over the 31-year-old South African. Nadal broke Anderson four times and never lost on serve in completing his third U.S. Open championship and first since 2013.

It's the second major title of the year for Nadal, who also captured the French Open.

Anderson was the lowest-ranked U.S. Open men's finalist since the ATP computer rankings began in 1973.

Sloane Stephens dominated a shaky Madison Keys in the U.S. Open final and won 6-3, 6-0 on Saturday to earn her first Grand Slam title, capping a remarkably rapid rise after sitting out 11 months because of foot surgery.

The 83rd-ranked Stephens is only the second unseeded woman to win the tournament in the Open era, which began in 1968.

This was the first all-American women's final at Flushing Meadows since 2002, when Serena Williams beat Venus Williams.

It was also only the second time in the Open era that two women in New York were making their Grand Slam final debuts against each other.

Keys, 22, and Stephens, 24, have known each other for years and are close friends. They texted and spoke on the phone early in 2017, when both sat out the Australian Open because of operations — Keys on her left wrist, Stephens on her left foot.

When the match ended, they met at the net for a hug.

T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Alabama stays atop the latest Associated Press college football poll, but there's a new No. 2.

The Crimson Tide claimed 58 of 61 first-place votes following Saturday's 41-10 win over Fresno State.

Oklahoma climbed from fifth to second with its convincing victory at Ohio State. The outcome also dropped the Buckeyes from second to eighth.

Clemson holds at No. 3, followed by Southern Cal and Penn State.

Washington, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin fill out the top 10.

UCLA cracked the poll at No. 25, and Notre Dame fell out following a 20-19 loss to Georgia.

NHL:

Hall of Fame defenseman Pierre Pilote has died at age 85, according to the Chicago Blackhawks. The three-time Norris Trophy winner helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 1961.

Pilote played 13 of his 14 NHL seasons for Chicago and captained the Blackhawks from 1961-68. His No. 3 jersey was retired by the team in 2008.

The Quebec native had 80 goals and 418 assists in 890 career NHL games.