AP Friday Sports Roundup
Bills win in Ryan's return to the Meadowlands
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Rex Ryan made a triumphant return to the Meadowlands on Thursday, and the Buffalo Bills' head coach watched his team take over second place in the AFC East.
The Bills had two interceptions, recovered a fumble and stopped the Jets inside the Bills 10 in the final minutes of a 22-17 victory over New York. Duke Williams put Buffalo ahead to stay by returning a fumbled kickoff 19 yards for a touchdown with 5:38 left in the first half.
Karlos Williams grabbed a 26-yard touchdown pass while the Bills were building a 22-3 lead in the third quarter. LeSean McCoy carried 19 times for 112 yards to help Buffalo keep the ball from the Jets.
It was Ryan's first game at the Meadowlands since being fired last winter after six years as head coach of the Jets.
Former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for a pair of second-half touchdowns, but his second interception of the night came in the final minute and clinched the victory for Buffalo.
Both teams are 5-4, but the Bills own the tiebreaker after handing the Jets their third loss in four games.
Murray, Cooper back at practice for Raiders
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray practiced Thursday for the first time since suffering a concussion and is optimistic about his chances of playing against Minnesota. It was his second concussion in less than a year. He leads the Raiders in rushing with 630 yards.
Rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper also practiced without limitations after sitting out Wednesday with a quadriceps injury.
In other NFL news:
— Dallas receiver Dez Bryant went on a profanity-filled rant at a reporter in the locker room on Thursday, and was further agitated when another reporter tweeted about the exchange. Bryant was upset about something a reporter had written, and had been asking for days where he was. After the tweet, Bryant called all the reporters in the locker room "dirty" several times before he was led out.
— Chicago Bears defensive tackle Ego Ferguson has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
— Cardinals linebacker Alex Okafor is practicing in full this week after missing the past three games with a calf injury. Okafor led the Cardinals with eight sacks last year and had two in the first game this season.
Warriors win streak hits double digits
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have set a team record for the longest season-opening winning streak, breaking a mark established 55 years ago.
Stephen Curry poured in 46 points and the Warriors improved to 10-0 with a 129-116 win at Minnesota. Curry scored 21 points in the first quarter, including a 3-pointer that put Golden State ahead 40-27 late in the period.
Curry shot 15-for-25 overall, including 8 of 13 from beyond the arc. He also had five rebounds and four assists for the defending NBA champs.
Draymond Green finished with 23 points on 8-for-10 shooting and delivered 12 assists and eight rebounds.
The Warriors shot 54 percent from the floor, including an 18-for-38 mark from 3-point range. Their marksmanship allowed them to become the fourth team to open their NBA title defense with 10 straight wins.
Andrew Wiggins had a team-high 19 points for the Timberwolves.
Also in the NBA:
— Phoenix ripped the Los Angeles Clippers 118-104 behind Brandon Knight's 37 points. Knight hit six of the Suns' 13 3-pointers and Eric Bledsoe added 25 points on 9 of 13 from the field. The Clippers were without starting guards Chris Paul and J.J. Redick due to injury.
— Chris Bosh scored 25 points and Tyler Johnson came off the bench to add 17 in Miami's 92-91 win against Utah. Goran Dragic finished with 14 points and Hassan Whiteside grabbed 14 rebounds to help the Heat improve to 3-0 on their seven-game homestand. Miami played without Dwyane Wade, who was excused for a family emergency.
Rasmus takes Astros' qualifying offer
UNDATED (AP) — Colby Rasmus has become a trend-setter.
A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press the outfielder has accepted the Houston Astros' one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer. The decision comes after all 34 qualifying offers had been turned down in the first three years of baseball's current collective bargaining agreement. When a player rejects the deal in order to test the market, his former team receives an additional high selection in the June draft.
Nineteen other free agents have until Friday afternoon to accept or reject their qualifying offers.
The 29-year-old Rasmus hit .238 with a career-high 25 home runs and 61 RBIs last season, his first with the Astros. He had four homers in six postseason games, including one in the AL wild-card game against the Yankees.
Rasmus is a career .245 hitter in seven major league seasons.
The deal was first reported by Fox Sports.
Also in the majors:
— The Angels have acquired two-time Gold Glove shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the Braves for shortstop Erick Aybar and top pitching prospects Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis. The Braves also get $2.5 million, while the Angels get minor league catcher Jose Briceno in the trade announced Thursday night.
— The Seattle Mariners have acquired 38-year-old right-hander Joaquin Benoit from the San Diego Padres for two minor league prospects, pitcher Enyel De Los Santos and infielder Nelson Ward. Benoit was 6-5 with a 2.34 ERA and a .159 batting average against in 67 appearances for the Padres last season.
— Veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski has agreed to a one-year, $3 million pact that keeps him in Atlanta. The 38-year-old Pierzynski batted .300 with nine homers and 49 RBIs in 113 games this year.
Horned Frogs lose Doctson
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU's loss at Oklahoma damaged its national championship hopes and cost the Horned Frogs the services of one of their top offensive threats.
Coach Gary Patterson said in an interview with SiriusXMCollege Thursday that star receiver Josh Doctson will miss the rest of the season with a left wrist injury. Players fell on Doctson's arm after he made a catch in TCU's 49-29 loss to the Cowboys.
The senior scored 14 touchdowns this season and is second in the nation with 146.1 receiving yards per game and third with 8.7 receptions per game.
Badgers RB cuts hand in dispute off campus
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin running back Corey Clement cut his hand after getting involved in an argument at his off-campus apartment building.
The team says in a statement that the junior for the 23rd-ranked Badgers was returning to his apartment early Sunday when he saw an argument between a security guard and a group of people. Wisconsin said Clement was cut when he and the guard were assaulted by the others.
The Badgers have a bye this weekend. Clement attended practice on Wednesday but did not take part as planned as he rehabs from sports hernia surgery.
Blueshirts thump Blues
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Rangers own a seven-game winning streak after knocking off one of the top teams in the NHL's Western Conference.
Mats Zuccarello had a goal and two assists as the Rangers doubled up St. Louis 6-3. Dan Girardi, JT Miller and Derick Brassard each had a goal and an assist for the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 31 saves.
The Blues fell behind 3-0 in the first 15 minutes but pulled within 4-3 on Troy Brouwer's power-play goal late in the second period. Ryan McDonagh's power-play tally at 2:44 of the third restored the Rangers' multi-goal lead.
New York owns the NHL's second-best record at 12-2-2, two points behind Montreal.
The Blues dropped to 11-4-1.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— The Dallas Stars have stretched their lead in the Western Conference and Central Division standings by scoring three times in the last six minutes of a 6-3 triumph over Winnipeg. Jamie Benn snapped a 3-3 tie with his 11th goal of the season before Antoine Roussel and Vernon Fiddler added empty-netters. Kari Lehtonen stopped 35 shots for the Stars, who top their division and conference by three points over the Blues.
— Jason Chimera scored twice and had an assist in Washington's 5-2 win at Philadelphia. The Flyers led 2-1 until Chimera and Justin Williams scored 45 seconds apart midway through the second period.
— Toronto has its first winning streak of the season following a 2-1 shootout victory in Nashville. Peter Holland provided the lone shootout goal in the fifth round after Tyler Bozek's third-period goal forced overtime.
— Sergey Kalinin's power-play goal with 2:27 left pushed New Jersey past the Blackhawks 3-2 in Chicago. Kalinin and Kyle Palmieri each had a goal and an assist in the Devils' ninth victory in 12 games.
— Steven Stamkos notched a power-play goal to snap a 1-1 tie with 7:09 remaining in Tampa Bay's 3-1 verdict over Calgary. Brian Boyle and Tyler Johnson also scored, and Ben Bishop stopped 30 shots as the Lightning moved back to .500 with their third victory in 10 games.
— Buffalo is a .500 hockey team at 8-8-0 after Linus Ullmark turned back 36 shots in the Sabres' 3-2 win at Florida. Sam Reinhart's power-play goal in the third period was the difference as the Sabres won for the fifth time in six games.
— Minnesota erased an early 2-0 deficit and beat Carolina 2-0 on Jason Zucker's goal 3:50 into overtime. Zucker tallied twice and Devan Dubnyk made 37 saves as the Wild won their third straight and improved to 10-3-2.
— Like the Wild, Colorado quickly fell behind 2-0 before nipping Boston 3-2. Matt Duchene snapped a 2-2 tie with 13:11 remaining after setting up Francois Beauchemin's tying goal late in the first period.
— Chris Wideman and Bobby Ryan scored power-play goals and Mike Hoffman had two assists in Ottawa's 3-2 victory against Vancouver. Andrew Hammond made 19 of his 33 saves in the second period.
— Rookie Max Domi had 15 points after collecting a goal and an assist to carry Arizona past Edmonton 4-1. It was a 1-1 game until Shane Doan and Stefan Elliott scored late in the second period.
— Milan Lucic snapped a 1-1 tie in the second period and the Kings won for the 10th time in 13 games by downing the New York Islanders 2-1 in Los Angeles. Jonas Enroth stopped 31 shots and blanked the Isles following Brock Nelson's goal midway through the first period.
Four-way tie Mexico
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Justin Leonard was part of a four-way tie for the lead when the first round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba was suspended due to darkness. Leonard shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 to grab a share of the lead with Aaron Baddeley, Shawn Stefani and Derek Fathauer.
LPGA-LORENA OCHOA INVITATIONAL
LPGA returns to Mexico City.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Inbee Park made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke lead in the LPGA Tour's Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
The second-ranked Park had seven birdies and three bogeys at tree-lined Club de Golf Mexico.
Angela Stanford, Suzann Pettersen and Minjee Lee are tied for second.
Russian official admits guilt
UNDATED (AP) — Officials from the governing body of world track and field are meeting today to discuss what to do with the Russian track and field program. In the wake of a report from the World Anti-Doping Agency that said Russia was involved in a doping scandal, the Russian track team might be banned from next year's Olympics.
Already the specter of a boycott has been brought up but a Russian official says none will take place.
Another Russian official, from the track federation, says it will partially admit to the charges leveled against it by the World Anti-Doping Agency commission as it bids to keep its place in competition.