In the NFL, the Miami Dolphins dominated the second half on the way to a 33-20 win over the New England Patriots. Knowshon Moreno rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown, and Ryan Tannehill threw for two scores for the Dolphins. It was New England's first loss in an opener since 2003. The New York Jets beat the Oakland Raiders 19-14 yesterday. Chris Ivory burst through a few tackle attempts for a 71-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter, and the Jets' defense clamped down on Oakland rookie quarterback Derek Carr. Geno Smith threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Chris Johnson as the Jets sent the Raiders to their 14th straight loss in the Eastern time zone. Buffalo edged Chicago with a field goal in overtime, 23-20.
Serena Williams began her bid for a third consecutive U.S. Open title with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over American teen Taylor Townsend last night. Five-time champion and No. 2 seed Roger Federer won his first-round match at the U.S. Open.
The biggest upset of the day was authored by CiCi Bellis, who ousted women's 12th seed Dominika Cibulkova in three sets. The 15-year-old Bellis became the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match since 1996.
It will be the Seattle Seahawks taking on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 48 at the Meadowlands.
Peyton Manning threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns as Denver beat New England 26-16 to win the AFC championship. The Broncos had to settle for four Matt Prater field goals, but the drives allowed them to control the ball for almost 36 minutes and keep the Patriots' offense off the field.
There were only three NBA games scheduled Thursday.
Joe Johnson scored 26 of his 29 points in the first half to lead Brooklyn over Atlanta 127-110 in London. It was the fourth regular-season NBA game to be played in the British capital.
After reeling off five straight victories, the New York Knicks now are on a two-game losing streak. Lance Stephenson's had a career-high 28 points in Indiana's 117-89 rout of the Knicks. Paul George added 25 for the Pacers.
On Tuesday UAlbany football coach Greg Gattuso announced the hiring of defensive coordinator Bob Benson, offensive coordinator Joe Bernard, assistant head coach and linebackers coach Bernard Clark and offensive line coach Jim Sweeney. Gattuso has worked with Bernard, Sweeney and Clark in the past.
In the NBA, the Knicks' five-game winning streak is over.
The World Series is tied at two games apiece. Jonny Gomes blasted a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the sixth inning to lead Boston to a 4-2 triumph over the Cardinals in St. Louis. He was inserted into the starting lineup once Shane Victorino was scratched due to lower back tightness.
David Ortiz provided three of the Red Sox's six hits and scored twice, including once on Stephen Drew's sacrifice fly. Game 5 is today in St. Louis. Jon Lester will start for the Red Sox against Adam Wainwright.
In baseball, the Boston Red Sox pummeled the Detroit Tigers 20-4 last night. David Ortiz hit two of Boston's eight home runs and also doubled for his 2,000th career hit. The AL East-leading Red Sox took two of three from the AL Central-leading Tigers and kept the best record in the American League.
In baseball, the Yankees put together a five-run eighth to turn a 4-1 deficit into a 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox. Alfonso Soriano sparked the comeback with a two-run single and Curtis Granderson singled home the tying run before Eduardo Nunez lined a two-run double.
Elsewhere in the American League, Boston defeated Detroit 2-1. Will Middlebrooks hit a two-run single in the fifth off Max Scherzer.