In the NFL, the New England Patriots breezed past Baltimore 41-7 yesterday, ending the Ravens' four-game winning streak and diminishing the postseason hopes of the defending Super Bowl champions. New England took a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter and never let up behind a defense that forced four turnovers and had four sacks.
Elsewhere, Geno Smith threw two touchdown passes to David Nelson and ran for another score as the Jets topped Cleveland 24-13. Smith finished 20 of 36 for 214 yards and ran for 48 more without committing a turnover.
In the NFL, the Carolina Panthers have moved into a first-place tie with New Orleans in the NFC South. Cam Newton threw for 273 yards and a touchdown as the Panthers won 30-20 over the New York Jets.
The Miami Dolphins had a 24-20 breakthrough victory over the AFC East-leading New England Patriots. A fourth-down pass from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was intercepted by reserve safety Michael Thomas in the end zone with 2 seconds left, and Miami held on to win.
In the NFL, Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes in the final 61 seconds, helping the New England Patriots rally for a 27-26 victory over the Cleveland Browns yesterday. New England lost tight end Rob Gronkowski to a leg injury in the third quarter.
Elsewhere, Geno Smith threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the New York Jets set a season high for points in a 37-27 win over Oakland.
In the NFL, the New England Patriots beat the Denver Broncos 34-31 in overtime, after a misplayed punt led to a 31-yard field goal. Denver's Tony Carter ran into Ryan Allen's punt after it landed and Nate Ebner recovered for New England at the Broncos 13-yard line. After Tom Brady ran twice to line up the kick, Stephen Gostkowski connected for his 21st successful field goal attempt.
In the NFL, the Jets pulled an upset by stopping the Saints 26-20. The loss drops the Saints to 5-2 while the Jets are 5-4.
Elsewhere, the Pittsburgh Steelers gave up the most points in franchise history in suffering a 55-31 loss to New England. Tom Brady passed for 432 yards and four TDs for the 7-2 Pats. The 55 points were the most scored by an NFL team this season.
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.
The Jets and the Patriots opened up week 2 of the NFL season Thursday night. Tom Brady threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Dobson on the game's first series and the Pats held off the Jets 13-10 despite managing just nine first downs and 234 yards total offense.
The Pats played without wide receiver Danny Amendola and tight end Rob Gronkowski, who missed the game because of injuries. Jets rookie QB Geno Smith threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter. New England is now 2-0 on the season.
In college football action, Texas Tech beat No. 24 TCU 20-10.
In baseball, pinch hitter Mike Carp's bloop single to left in the eighth inning lifted the Red Sox over Baltimore 4-3 last night. Shane Victorino drove in a run for Boston with an RBI single.
Elsewhere in the American League, Toronto passed the Yankees 7-2. Texas beat Seattle 12-4. Oakland cruised ahead of Detroit 14-4. Tampa Bay outscored the Angels 4-1. The White Sox trumped Houston 6-1 and Kansas City defeated Minnesota 8-1.
Major League Baseball is expanding its video review process next season. Managers will be allowed one challenge over the first six innings of games and two after the seventh inning until the end of the game. Calls that are challenged will be reviewed by a crew in MLB headquarters in New York City, which will make the final ruling. The proposal is to be voted on by the owners in November.
In the NFL, the New England Patriots got a scare Wednesday when quarterback Tom Brady limped off the practice field. Brady sprained his left knee after he was hit after throwing a pass. His return is day to day.
In baseball news, the New York Yankees pounded the L.A. Angels 11-3. Alfonso Soriano homered twice for the second straight night and drove in a career-high seven runs. That gives him a staggering 13 RBIs in two games.