AP Monday Sports Roundup
First Sunday of the 2016 season
UNDATED (AP) — The New England Patriots were able to survive without quarterback Tom Brady as they opened their 2016 season with a victory against one of the NFL's top teams.
Jimmy Garappolo (gah-RAP'-uh-loh) filled in nicely for Brady as the Patriots beat the Cardinals 23-21 at Arizona. However, the Cardinals had a chance to win it in the final minute until a bad snap led to Chandler Catanzaro's (kat-an-ZAR'-ohz) miss on a 47-yard field-goal attempt.
The Patriots blew a 17-7 lead and trailed 21-20 before Garappolo engineered a 13-play drive that ended with Stephen Gostkowski hitting a 32-yard field goal with 3:48 left. Garoppolo was 24 of 33 for 264 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in place of Brady, who is serving a four-game suspension for his role in "Deflategate."
Larry Fitzgerald had eight receptions for 81 yards and two touchdowns for the Cardinals. Arizona running back David Johnson ran for 89 yards and a touchdown and had four catches for 43 yards.
In other NFL finals:
— The Giants won their first game under new coach Ben McAdoo as Eli Manning hit Victor Cruz for a go-ahead touchdown with 6:13 remaining to send New York past the Cowboys 20-19 near Dallas. Cruz had four catches for 34 yards in his first game in nearly two years. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was 25 of 45 for 227 yards, while rookie Ezekial Elliott ran for 51 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
— Russell Wilson's two-yard scoring strike to Doug Baldwin with 31 seconds left sent Seattle past Miami 12-10. Wilson's go-ahead TD pass came after the Seahawks surrendered an 86-yard touchdown drive to Ryan Tannehill that gave the Dolphins a 10-6 lead with 4:08 remaining. Wilson's 19th fourth quarter or overtime comeback ruined Adam Gase's (GAYS'-uhz) debut as Miami's coach. The Dolphins had just 145 yards total offense until their go-ahead drive.
— Matt Prater (PRAY'-tur) atoned for a missed extra point in the fourth quarter by hitting a go-ahead, 43-yard field goal with eight seconds left to push Detroit past Indiana 39-35. Prater's game-winning kick came moments after Andrew Luck hit Jack Doyle for his second touchdown reception of the day. Both quarterbacks were productive as Matthew Stafford was 31 of 39 for 340 yards and three TDs, while Luck completed 31 of his 47 attempts for 385 yards and four touchdowns.
— Carson Wentz threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns in his NFL debut as Philadelphia whipped Cleveland 29-10. The second pick in this year's draft was 22 of 37 while outplaying new Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III, who completed just 12 of his 26 passes for 190 yards, no touchdowns and one interception before leaving with a sprained shoulder. Wentz hit Jordan Matthews for a 19-yard TD on the opening drive and tossed a 35-yard scoring pass to Nelson Agholor for a 22-10 lead in the third quarter.
— Brock Osweiler (AHS'-wy-lur) looked good in his Houston Texans debut, going 22 of 35 for 231 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 23-14 victory against Chicago. The Texans trailed 14-13 until Osweiler found first-round pick Will Fuller for an 18-yard TD with 12:44 left. Fuller finished with 107 receiving yards and running back Lamar Miller had 106 yards rushing in his first game with the Texans.
— Baltimore's defense allowed just 160 total yards in a 13-7 triumph over Buffalo. Joe Flacco (FLAK'-oh) was sharp in his first game since suffering a knee injury midway through last season, completing 23 of 34 passes for 258 yards. Flacco's lone scoring pass was a 66-yard bomb to Ravens newcomer Mike Wallace. Cornerback Shareece Wright had 11 tackles for the Ravens, who sacked Tyrod Taylor twice.
— Tampa Bay knocked off Atlanta 31-24 as Jameis (JAY'-mihs) Winston completed 23 of his 33 attempts for 281 yards and four TD's. Winston hooked up with receiver Mike Evans, running back Charles Sims III and tight ends Austin Sefarian-Jenkins and Brandon Myers on scoring plays. Matt Ryan threw for 334 yards and two TDs for the Falcons, who managed just 52 yards on 22 carries.
— QB David Carr hit Seth Roberts for a 10-yard touchdown with 47 seconds left, then connected with Michael Crabtree on a 2-point conversion in the Raiders' 35-34 win over the Saints. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (breez) had another outstanding day, passing for 424 yards and four touchdowns. It's the 14th time Brees has had a 400-yard passing game, tying Peyton Manning for the most in league history.
— The Packers were 27-23 winners at Jacksonville as Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score. Rodgers completed 20 of 34 passes for 199 yards, with second-quarter TD passes to Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams. Jaguars QB Blake Bortles was 24 of 39 for 320 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
— Quarterback Alex Smith dove for a touchdown on the first possession of overtime to complete Kansas City's big rally in a 33-27 triumph against visiting San Diego. The Chiefs trailed 24-3 at halftime before forcing overtime on Spencer Ware's five-yard burst and an extra point by Carlos Santos with 1:03 left in regulation. Smith threw for 363 yards and two touchdowns.
— Mike Nugent drilled a 47-yard field goal with 54 seconds left to send Cincinnati past the New York Jets, 23-22. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw for 366 yards and a touchdown to A.J. Green, who caught 12 passes for 180 yards to help the Bengals beat the Jets for the first time in 10 meetings in New Jersey. Jets kicker Nick Folk missed an extra point in the first half and had a field goal attempt blocked.
— Minnesota's defense accounted for two touchdowns in a 25-16 win against Tennessee, allowing the Vikings to win their season opener under quarterback Shaun Hill. Eric Kendricks returned an interception 77 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter and Danielle Hunter scored a 24-yard TD off a fumble return. The defending NFC North champs needed the help from their defense in scoring 25 straight points after being shut out in the first half.
NFL to investigate Panthers medical team
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is reviewing how the Panthers medical team handled a hit to Cam Newton's head during Carolina's season-opening loss to Denver. The league says it wants to ensure the concussion protocol is being "uniformly applied across all 32 teams."
Newton took several hard hits in Thursday night's game, including one after which he appeared woozy. The union has questioned why Newton didn't undergo a cognitive exam on the sideline during the game.
Men's No. 1 falls
NEW YORK (AP) — Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRIHN'-kuh) has become the oldest U.S. Open men's champion in 46 years.
The third-seeded Wawrinka wore down Novak Djokovic (JOH'-koh-vihch) and knocked off the defending champion 6-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3. Wawrinka had dropped 19 of his previous 23 meetings with Djokovic before capturing his first U.S. Open crown and third Grand Slam title. All three of his major championships have been highlighted by victories against Djokovic, including the 2014 Australian Open quarterfinals and last year's French Open final.
The 31-year-old Wawrinka is the oldest U.S. Open men's champion since Ken Rosewall was 35 in 1970.
Bosox pad lead...Birds improve playoff position...Dodgers fall, Nats win
UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have managed to widen their lead in the very tight American League East race, doing it by taking the rubber match of their three-game set in Toronto.
Jackie Bradley Jr. and David Ortiz each hit three-run homers and Hanley Ramirez added a solo shot as the Bosox outscored the Blue Jays 11-8. The Jays led 8-7 in the sixth until Ortiz belted his 32nd home run of the season.
Xander Bogaerts (ZAN'-dur BOH'-gahrts) had two hits and two RBIs to help the Red Sox overcome Edwin Encarnacion's (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHNZ') two home runs and Troy Tulowitzki's (too-loh-IHTS'-keez) grand slam.
Boston leads the AL East by two games over Toronto and Baltimore, with the Yankees four games back.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Chris Tillman picked up his 16th win by allowing a run and four hits in six innings of the Orioles' 3-1 victory at Detroit. Michael Bourn smacked a two-run homer and Jonathan Schoop (skohp) added a solo shot as the Birds moved two games ahead of Detroit and the Yankees in the battle for the final AL wild-card berth.
— Corey Dickerson hit a two-run homer before Logan Forsythe and Brad Miller added solo shots to put Tampa Bay ahead 4-1 in the sixth inning of a 4-2 triumph over the Yankees. Matt Andriese helped the Rays end the Yankees' seven-game winning streak by holding New York to a run and six hits in five innings.
— Cleveland's 7-1 win at Minnesota gives the Indians a seven-game lead in the AL Central and reduces their magic number to 14. Carlos Santana launched a three-run homer and Corey Kluber picked up his 16th victory by limiting the Twins to an unearned run and four hits while striking out 10 over seven innings.
— Ian Kennedy combined with three relievers on a two-hitter in Kansas City's 2-0 shutout of the White Sox in Chicago. The Royals remain four games out of an AL wild-card spot following solo homers by Kendrys (KEHN'-drees) Morales and Eric Hosmer.
— Andrelton Simmons drove in two runs and Jered Weaver scattered four hits while allowing two runs over 6 2/3s to send the Angels past Texas 3-2. Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer for the Rangers, whose magic number to win the AL West is 10.
— Ketel Marte (mahr-TAYZ') RBI single in the ninth was the difference in Seattle's 3-2 verdict over Oakland. Mike Zunino clubbed a two-run homer as the Mariners stayed 3 ½ games behind Baltimore for the final AL wild-card spot.
— The Cubs' magic number to win the NL Central is down to five after Addison Russell went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and three runs scored in a 9-5 rout of Houston. Jake Arrieta (ar-ee-EH'-tuh) carried a 9-1 lead in the sixth inning and improved to 17-6 as Chicago dropped the Astros 3 1/2 games behind in the AL wild-card chase.
— Gio Gonzalez was sharp in Washington's 3-2 triumph against Philadelphia, yielding just a run and four hits in seven innings. Red-hot rookie Trea (tray) Turner was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored as the Nationals trimmed their magic number for winning the NL East to 11.
— Jose Urena (yoo-RAY'-nuh) came within one out of a complete-game shutout before A.J. Ramos picked up his 34th save in Miami's 3-0 decision over the Dodgers. Martin Prado (mahr-TEEN' PRAH'-doh) had two hits and scored twice as the Marlins sliced the Dodgers' lead in the NL West.
— San Francisco is within three games of Los Angeles after Hunter Pence laced a big two-run double and Denard Span homered in the Giants' 5-3 win at Arizona. Matt Moore fanned 11 over seven innings for the Giants, who lead the first NL wild-card spot by 1 ½ games over the New York Mets.
— Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) reached the 30-home run mark by crushing a grand slam in the third inning of the Mets' 10-3 pounding of Atlanta. James Loney also went deep and Seth Lugo worked seven strong innings to help the Mets regain control of the final NL wild-card berth, a half-game ahead of St. Louis.
— The Cardinals absorbed a 2-1 loss to Milwaukee on Ryan Braun's solo homer off Kevin Siegrist in the top of the ninth. The Redbirds managed just five hits and wasted a good outing by Luke Weaver, who tossed three-hit ball over six innings.
— Tyler Holt's three hits and three RBIs highlighted the Reds' 13-hit attack in an 8-0 romp over Pittsburgh. Brandon Finnegan struck out seven over five innings as Cincinnati dropped the Pirates six games out of a postseason slot.
— Mark Reynolds homered in the top of the 10th to carry Colorado past San Diego 3-2. Charlie Blackmon also hit a solo homer and delivered an RBI single that gave the Rockies a brief 2-0 lead before the Padres tied it in the sixth.
Alabama retains top spot
UNDATED (AP) — Alabama remains the No. 1 team in The Associated Press football poll following the Crimson Tide's 38-10 win over Western Kentucky on Saturday.
The Tide picked up 56 of 61 first-place votes and will carry a 2-0 record into next weekend's SEC opener against Mississippi. Florida State received four first-place votes to move up a notch to second, followed by Ohio State and Michigan. Clemson dropped three places to fifth after a close call against Troy.
Houston is sixth, followed by Stanford, Washington, Wisconsin and Louisville.
Georgia dropped from ninth to 16th after beating FCS Nicholls by just 26-24. Oklahoma State fell out of the poll following its controversial loss to Central Michigan, a setback in which the officials erroneously gave the ball to the Chippewas on what became a game-winning final play.
UNDATED — The officials who worked Saturday's Central Michigan-Oklahoma State game have been suspended. The Mid-American Conference says the eight-man officiating crew that botched the end of the game has been suspended for two games, and the Big 12 has announced that the two-person video replay crew that worked the same game has also has been suspended for two games.
Officials mistakenly gave Central Michigan an untimed final play from midfield after Oklahoma State was penalized for intentional grounding while trying to run off the last four seconds of the fourth quarter with a three-point lead.
On that play, the Chippewas scored a touchdown on a long pass and lateral to win 30-27.
Johnson wins at Crooked Stick
CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — Reigning U.S. champion Dustin Johnson now owns the lead in the FedEx Cup points race after winning the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick.
Johnson closed with a 5-under 67 for a 23-under total in his third victory in his last eight tournaments. He saw a four-stroke lead vanish before he answered with consecutive birdies on the back nine.
Paul Casey finished three shots back and three ahead of Roberto Castro.