AP Sunday Sports Roundup
Cubs get even...Mets look to go 2-up
UNDATED (AP) — It began with a pair of squeeze bunts and ended with a two-run homer. By the time it was over, the Chicago Cubs had a 5-1 lead in the second inning of a 6-3 win over the Cardinals in St. Louis, evening the National League Division Series at a game apiece.
The Cubs' five-run second was sparked by pitcher Jaime Garcia's throwing error on Kyle Hendricks' bunt, allowing Austin Jackson to score. Addison Russell laid down a bunt that scored Miguel Montero, and Dexter Fowler added an RBI single before scoring on Jorge Soler's two-run homer that put the Cubs ahead 5-1.
Garcia left after two innings and took the loss. The Cardinals said Garcia was bothered by a stomach virus.
Hendricks also struggled, giving up three runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings before winning pitcher Travis Wood tossed 2 1/2 innings of one-hit relief. Hendricks was lifted after allowing back-to-back homers by Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk.
Matt Carpenter's solo blast in the first gave the Redbirds a brief lead.
The series shifts to Chicago's Wrigley Field for Game 3 on Monday. The Cubs are slated to start 22-game winner Jake Arrieta, who will be on the mound for the first time since his complete-game shutout of the Pirates in the NL wild card game. The Cards will go with 17-game winner Michael Wacha.
In another Game 2, the New York Mets are trying to go 2-up on the Dodgers after beating Los Angeles 3-1 in last night's opener. The Mets held a 2-0 lead heading into the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium.
Yoenis Cespedes and rookie Michael Conforto each homered off Dodgers starter Zack Greinke in the second inning. Conforto is the first Met to homer in his first career postseason at-bat since Edgardo Alfonzo in 1999 against Arizona.
Mets starter Noah Syndergaard allowed two hits and a walk while fanning six in his first three innings. Syndergaard is also making his postseason debut.
Beltre day to day with back strain
UNDATED (AP) — It's a travel day in both AL Division Series. The Texas Rangers are going home with a 2-0 series lead over Toronto. The Rangers can clinch at home in Game 3 Sunday night.
Adrian Beltre was excused from the Texas Rangers' workout at the ballpark Saturday to rest his back. Beltre missed Game 2 on Friday because of a lower back strain that also forced the third baseman's early exit from the series opener on Thursday.
The Rangers say Beltre is resting, taking medications and still considered day to day.
Meanwhile, the season is over for reliever Brett Cecil, who has a torn left calf muscle and has been replaced on Toronto's postseason roster. Rookie right-hander Ryan Tepera was added to Toronto's roster on Saturday. Tepera had a 3.27 ERA in 32 appearances over three stints with the Blue Jays this season.
The Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros are heading to Texas all knotted up. Ben Zobrist delivered a tiebreaking single in the Royals' 5-4 win over Houston Friday to knot the series. Game 3 is Sunday.
Unbeaten Buckeyes pull away from Maryland...Upset in the Red River Showdown
UNDATED (AP) — Texas has suffered a couple of excruciating losses already this season, which is why Saturday's victory in the Red River Showdown was so important.
Tyrone Swoopes threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as Texas stunned upset 10th-ranked Oklahoma 24-17 in Dallas. Coach Charlie Strong's Longhorns came to Dallas in the midst of the program's worst start in 59 years at 1-4, and as two-touchdown underdogs to the previously-unbeaten Sooners.
Oklahoma got the ball back with 6:05 left, but two sacks forced the Sooners to punt before the Longhorns killed the clock.
Texas is now 6-2 since 1989 in Red River games in which it was unranked and the Sooners were in the top 25.
Oklahoma dropped to 4-1.
In other top-25 finals:
— Cardale Jones threw two touchdown passes and J.T. Barrett scored three times as top-ranked Ohio State topped Maryland 49-28 to stretch the nation's longest winning streak to 19 games. The 6-0 Buckeyes scored four consecutive touchdowns after Maryland tied the game 21-21 in the third quarter. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer juggled his quarterbacks, using Jones to start drives and Barrett to finish them.
— Third-ranked Baylor ripped winless Kansas 66-7 as Seth Russell threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half. Shock Linwood ran for 135 yards and a score.
— Sixth-ranked Clemson overwhelmed Georgia Tech 43-24 as Deshaun Watson threw for two touchdowns and Wayne Gallman ran for two scores. Watson finished with 265 passing yards and Gallman ran for 115, including a 66-yard touchdown run on the game's third play for the 5-0 Tigers.
— Brandon Harris threw for a career-high 228 yards and Darrel Williams scored twice as seventh-ranked LSU thumped South Carolina 45-24. Tigers tailback Leonard Fournette finished with a season-low 158 yards on 20 carries in three quarters, but he also ripped off an 87-yard scoring burst.
— Michigan picked up its fifth straight win as Jehu Chesson returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown before the 18th-ranked Wolverines dominated all aspects of a 38-0 shutout of No. 13 Northwestern. Jake Rudock completed 17 of 23 passes for 179 yards without a turnover, while the defense posted its third consecutive shutout.
— Chad Kelly threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 14 Mississippi to a 52-3 rout of winless New Mexico State 52-3. Kelly came into the game leading the SEC in passing before topping 300 yards for the fourth time in six games this season, completing 24 of 33 throws.
— C.J. Prosise rushed for 129 yards and three touchdowns to help 15th-ranked Notre Dame outscore Navy 41-24. The Midshipmen rallied to tie the score at 21 late in the second quarter on TD runs of 45 and 22 yards by fullback Quentin Ezell after quarterback Keenan Reynolds went down with a leg injury.
— No. 19 Georgia grabbed a 21-point lead before unranked Tennessee rallied for a 38-31 win over the Bulldogs. Volts quarterback Joshua Dobbs threw for 312 yards, ran for 118 more and accounted for five touchdowns. Georgia also lost running back and Heisman candidate Nick Chubb to a left knee injury on the first play from scrimmage.
— No. 22 Iowa improved to 6-0 by holding off Illinois 29-20. Jordan Canzeri ran for 256 yards on an Iowa-record 43 carries, while C.J. Beathard had 200 yards passing and two TDs for the Hawkeyes.
— Terry Swanson ran for 161 yards and a touchdown and Kareem Hunt had two scores in leading No. 24 Toledo's 38-7 win over Kent State. Hunt had 16 carries for 85 yards for the 5-0 Rockets.
Rangers seek big trophy after getting an Oscar
UNDATED (AP) — Rookie Oscar Lindberg is a big reason for the New York Rangers' 3-0 start this season.
Lindberg scored his third and fourth goals to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead just over five minutes into a 5-2 win over Columbus. Lindberg has scored in each of the Rangers' first three games after spending most of the last two seasons with the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack.
Dominic Moore, Derick Brassard and Derek Stepan also scored to back Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped 37 shots and blanked the Blue Jackets until the third period.
Elsewhere on ice:
— Lars Eller scored twice and Alex Galchenyuk had three assists as Montreal doubled up Boston 4-2. David Desharnais' power-play goal put the Habs ahead to stay just 85 seconds into the game.
— The Tampa Bay Lightning are 2-0 after Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov each scored their first goals of the season in a 4-1 triumph at Buffalo. Ben Bishop stopped 24 shots and blanked the Sabres after Nicolas Deslaurier tied the game late in the second period.
— Carolina led 2-1 early in the third period until Detroit's Teemu Pulkkinen scored twice during a 1:57 span to lead a 4-3 win over the Hurricanes. Justin Abdelkader scored for the fourth time in two games, the eventual game-winner with 3:35 left.
— Nashville beat Edmonton 2-0 as Pekka Rinne stopped 31 shots in his 37th career shutout. Craig Smith snapped a scoreless deadlock with 68 seconds left in the second period.
— Alex Ovechkin, Matt Niskanen and Jason Chimera each had a goal and an assist in Washington's 5-3 triumph over New Jersey. The Capitals blew a 2-0 lead in their season opener before Ovechkin scored 6:33 into the third period.
— Vincent Trocheck scored the opening goal and had three assists in Florida's 7-1 blowout win over Philadelphia. Jaromir Jagr and Reilly Smith each scored twice for the Panthers.
— Ottawa coughed up leads of 3-0 and 4-3 before Mike Hoffman scored in the third shootout round to give the Senators a 5-4 triumph at Toronto. Kyle Turris provided a goal and an assist in regulation before netting the Senators' other shootout tally.
LB Shazier out against Chargers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ryan Shazier's injured right shoulder will force the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker to miss a third straight game. The Steelers ruled Shazier out for Monday night's trip to San Diego after Shazier didn't practice on Saturday.
Shazier has now missed 10 of 21 games since the Steelers took him in the first round of the 2014 draft. Sean Spence will start in his place against San Diego.
In other NFL injury updates:
— The Green Bay Packers likely will be without wide receiver Davante Adams and safety Morgan Burnett again for Sunday's game against St. Louis. Both players were downgraded to doubtful after not participating in the team's light Saturday practice.
— The Oakland Raiders have upgraded defensive back TJ Carrie to questionable for Sunday's game against Denver. He originally had been designated as out for the game before the Raiders made the change.
Presidents Cup finally has some drama, with US up by a point
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The Presidents Cup is up for grabs heading into the 12 singles matches, which is underway.
The U.S. and International teams split the four four-ball matches on Saturday in South Korea, keeping the Americans ahead by just one at 9 ½ to 8 ½. American Jordan Spieth takes on Marc Leishman and International player Jason Day squares off with Zach Johnson in two of the key singles matches.
Second round in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Jessica Korda took a two-stroke lead in the LPGA Malaysia, shooting a bogey-free 6-under 65 in sweltering conditions. Fellow American Stacy Lewis and South Korea's Ha Na Jang were tied for second.
Second-ranked Lydia Ko was three strokes back at 9 under along with defending champion Shanshan Feng and Xi Yu Lin.
Perry has one-shot lead
CARY, N.C. (AP) — Kenny Perry fired his second straight round of 4-under 68 and has a one-shot lead over Joe Durant after the second round of the SAS Championship on the Champions Tour. Lee Janzen and first-round lead Bernard Langer are tied for third, two shots off the lead.
Rosberg on Sochi pole
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Mercedes' Nico Rosberg took pole position for Sunday's Russian Grand Prix ahead of his teammate and title rival Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg set an unbeatable time of 1 minute, 37.113 seconds midway through the final qualifying session in Sochi, more than three tenths of a second faster than Hamilton.