AP Sunday Sports Roundup
Wildcats stun Stanford
UNDATED (AP) — Northwestern has opened its college football schedule with a victory over a ranked team.
Clayton Thorson and Justin Jackson led the Wildcats' offense while the defense shut down Stanford in a 16-6 triumph over the 21st-rated Cardinal in Evanston. Thorson scored the game's first touchdown on a 42-yard run in the second quarter and was 12 of 24 for 105 yards and no turnovers. Jackson had 134 yards rushing to help Northwestern keep the Cardinals' offense off the field.
Stanford wasn't the only ranked Pac-12 team to fall on Saturday. Kyle Allen threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Texas A&M topped 15th-ranked Arizona State 38-17. Allen's 12-yard scoring run put the Aggies ahead 24-14 in the fourth quarter.
Alabama won a top-25 matchup as Derrick Henry rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns to carry the third-ranked Crimson Tide to a 35-17 triumph over No. 20 Wisconsin. Jake Coker started at quarterback for the Tide and was 15 of 21 passing for 213 yards and a touchdown while playing until late in the third quarter.
No. 14 LSU and McNeese State had their game canceled following persistent lightning strikes near Baton Rouge. The two teams waited through a delay of almost four hours before the game was called early in the first quarter.
In other games:
— Sixth-ranked Auburn overcame Jeremy Johnson's three interceptions in a 31-24 triumph over Louisville. Justin Garrett returned a fumble 82 yards to make it 14-0.
— Vernon Adams threw for two touchdowns and Royce Freeman ran for a career-high 180 yards and three scores to highlight seventh-ranked Oregon's 61-42 shootout over Eastern Washington. Adams was helped to the locker room following a late hit in the fourth quarter.
— Cody Kessler was sharp in Southern Cal's 55-6 rout of Arkansas State, completing 19 of his 26 passes for 236 yards and four touchdowns before sitting out the fourth quarter. Tre Madden and Ronald Jones II combined for 192 rushing yards and two scores.
— No. 9 Georgia rolled past Louisiana-Monroe 51-14 in a game that was called off by both coaches with just under 10 minutes left because of lightning in the area. Nick Chubb and Keith Marshall each had two touchdown runs for the Bulldogs.
— Everett Golson made his Florida State debut and was 19 of 25 for 302 yards and four touchdowns to carry the 10th-ranked Seminoles to a 59-16 pounding of Texas State. Dalvin Cook padded FSU's attack by running for 156 yards and two scores.
— Malik Zaire was 19 of 22 for 313 yards in his first home start to engineer 11th-ranked Notre Dame's offense in a 38-3 rout of Texas. Will Fuller caught a pair of touchdown passes and finished with 142 yards, while the Irish defense limited the Longhorns to 163 total yards.
— Deshaun Watson threw for 194 yards and two TDs in less than a half as 12th-ranked Clemson hammered Wofford 49-10. Tigers All-ACC receiver Mike Williams was carted off the field following a scary neck injury, but team officials said he was standing up at the hospital and had full use of all extremities.
— Freshman Josh Rosen passed for 351 yards and three touchdowns for 13th-ranked UCLA in a 34-16 victory over Virginia. Thomas Duarte, Devin Fuller and defensive tackle Kenny Clark caught scoring passes from the 18-year-old Rosen, who went 28 for 35 with no turnovers in an auspicious Rose Bowl debut.
— Chad Kelly threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another to lead No. 17 Mississippi to a 76-3 rout of Tennessee-Martin. The Rebels finished with 662 total yards in their highest scoring output since 1935.
— No. 18 Arkansas hammered UTEP 48-13 as Brandon Allen threw for a career-high 308 yards and four first-half touchdowns. Keon Hatcher finished with six catches for 106 yards and two scores.
— Baker Mayfield passed for 388 yards and three touchdowns, and Joe Mixon had 142 yards from scrimmage to lead No. 19 Oklahoma's 41-3 rout of Akron.
— No. 24 Missouri was a 34-3 winner against Southeast Missouri State behind the defensive work of Kentrell Brothers, who had a career-best 16 tackles and blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown.
— Jalen Hurd had three first-half touchdown runs and Alvin Kamara ran for two more as No. 25 Tennessee thumped Bowling Green 59-30 in a game delayed 80 minutes by lightning.
(Big Ten Conference)
Alabama 35, Wisconsin 17
Brigham Young 33, Nebraska 28
Illinois 52, Kent State 3
Indiana 48, Southern Illinois 47
Iowa 31, Illinois State 14
Maryland 50, Richmond 21
Northwestern 16, Stanford 6
Rutgers 63, Norfolk State 13
Temple 27, Penn State 10
Augustana 35, Bemidji State 14
Carleton 27, Macalester 12
Concordia-Moorhead 41, Jamestown 17
Hamline 40, Minnesota-Morris 7
St. Olaf 16, Northwestern (MN) 13
St. Thomas 62, UW-Eau Claire 7
Wartburg 35, Augsburg 27
Arrieta gets MLB-best 18th win
UNDATED (AP) — Jake Arrieta leads the majors with 18 victories after he followed his no-hitter in Los Angeles with a shutout performance versus Arizona.
The Chicago Cubs ace is 18-6 after scattering four hits and striking out seven over eight innings of a 2-0 whitewash of the Diamondbacks. Arrieta has won his last seven starts, tossing shutout ball in six of those outings while compiling a 0.36 ERA in 50 1/3 innings.
Dexter Fowler hit a solo homer for the Cubs, who reduced their magic number for clinching an NL wild-card berth to 21 over Washington.
Elsewhere around the majors:
— Bartolo Colon tossed a nine-hitter and Travis d'Arnaud hit a three-run homer while collecting four RBIs in the New York Mets' 7-0 shutout of Miami. Wilmer Flores and Juan Lagares also went deep to help the NL East-leading Mets keep their five-game lead over Washington.
— Bryce Harper smacked a two-run homer and Ryan Zimmerman drove in a pair as the Nationals handed Atlanta its 11th straight loss, 8-2. Gio Gonzalez fans 10 and gave up just two hits in six innings for his 10th win.
— St. Louis has regained a 6 ½-game lead in the NL Central by downing the second-place Pirates 4-1. Matt Carpenter belted a two-run homer and Jaime Garcia struck out nine while limiting Pittsburgh to four hits in seven innings.
— Alex Wood was terrific in the Dodgers' 2-0 shutout of San Diego, holding the Padres to three hits in seven shutout innings. Carl Crawford hit an RBI double and Joc Pederson singled home an insurance run as the Dodgers kept their 7 ½-game lead over the Giants in the NL West.
— Nick Noonan had two RBIs and Matt Duffy lined a two-run double as San Francisco beat Colorado 7-3 to end a seven-game losing streak. Angel Pagan and Gregor Blanco hit solo homers for the Giants.
— David Price gave up a run and three hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings as Toronto beat Baltimore 5-1 to take a 1 ½-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East. Jose Bautista belted his 32nd homer and had two RBIs to help Price pick up his 100th career victory and improve to 5-1 with a 2.15 ERA since joining the Blue Jays.
— Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run single that gave Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead in the third inning of a 3-2 triumph over the Yankees in the Bronx. The Rays' bullpen tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings, with Brad Boxberger working a perfect ninth for his 34th save.
— Eddie Rosario laced a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the ninth to send Minnesota past Houston 3-2. Winning pitcher Ervin Santana struck out 11 and yielded a run and six hits in eight innings.
— The Astros' lead in the AL West is down to two games over Texas after Rougned Odor hit a tiebreaking, sacrifice fly in the eighth inning of a 2-1 victory over the Angels. Derek Holland lowered his ERA to 2.37 by holding the Angels to a run and three hits in eight innings.
— Carlos Quintana blanked Kansas City on seven hits over seven innings of the Chicago White Sox's 6-1 triumph over the Royals. Alexei Ramirez ripped a two-run homer and Geovany Soto added a solo shot as the White Sox trimmed the Royals' lead in the AL Central to 12 games over the Twins.
— Detroit blanked Cleveland 6-0 as J.D. Martinez banged out his 35th homer and Alfredo Simon held the Indians to two hits in seven innings.
— Elian Herrera hit a tiebreaking, solo homer in the eighth inning and finished with two RBIs as Milwaukee downed Cincinnati 8-6 in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader. Herrera also had a key hit in the nightcap, blasting a three-run homer in the ninth inning to lead the Brewers to a 7-3 win and a sweep of their twinbill with the Reds.
— Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run double and came around to score on an error during the play, highlighting Boston's eight-run fourth in a 9-2 pounding of Philadelphia.
— And Logan Morrison delivered a two-run homer and three RBIs in Seattle's 8-3 rout of Oakland.
Eagles cut Tebow
UNDATED (AP) — The Patriots have cut veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne and 10 others on the final day to get NFL rosters to the 53-player limit Saturday.
The 14-year-veteran played his entire career with Indianapolis. He was signed by New England in late-August and is seventh in NFL history with 1,070 receptions.
In other moves:
— Quarterback Tim Tebow was released by the Eagles, one day after the team dealt QB Matt Barkley to Arizona. Coach Chip Kelly candidly says that Tebow is not good enough to be a No. 3 right now.
— Cincinnati has released defensive tackle Devon Still, whose 5-year-old daughter Leah has overcome cancer in the last year. Still tweeted his gratitude to the Bengals organization and the city of Cincinnati after his release.
— Jarryd Hayne will make the transition from rugby to football after the Australian made the 49ers' 53-man roster. The 27-year-old rookie return man made good on his goal nearly a year after leaving his old sport to chase an American football dream
— Former Ohio State and Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor has made the Browns' roster as a wide receiver despite not catching a pass during the preseason.
— The Bills have released quarterback Matt Cassell, the Jets have cut quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Josh Johnson, and the Broncos have parted with seven-year cornerback Tony Carter.
Hoffman charges to lead
NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Charley Hoffman carded nine birdies in an 8-under 63 that gives him a three-shot lead over Brendon de Jonge at the midway point of the Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston.
Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson are among four players at minus-8.
Jordan Spieth has missed the cut in consecutive events for the first time in his career, shooting a 74 that left him 6-over.
US OPEN-DAY 6
Federer, Kvitova move on
NEW YORK (AP) — Five-time champ Roger Federer has moved into the fourth round of the US Open for the 15th straight year with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Germany's Phillip Kohlschreiber. The No. 2 seed has yet to lose a set in the tournament and has only dropped 20 games in the three wins.
Federer will now face hard serving John Isner for a spot in the quarterfinals. No. 13 seed Isner advanced when opponent Jiri Vesely retired in the third set of their match, after Isner won the first two.
The day's two best matches were held concurrently. American Donald Young stormed back from a two-sets deficit to beat No. 22 Viktor Troicki, 4-6, 0-6, 7-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the third round. Young pulled off the rally after receiving treatment for his back following the second set. Meanwhile, 20th seed Victoria Azarenka needed nearly three hours to oust No. 11 Angelique Kerber, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, a third-round match that included 12 service breaks.
Other third-round winners on the women's side include second seed Simona Halep, fifth seed Petra Kvitova, Sam Stosur, Flavia Pennetta, American Varvara Lepchenko and Johanna Konta, who upset No. 18 Andrea Petkovic. Fifth seed Stan Wawrinka advanced to the men's fourth round, as did No. 6 Tomas Berdych, No. 12 Richard Gasquet and No. 15 Kevin Anderson.
Canadian Eugenie Bouchard injured her head in a locker room fall and has pulled out of the doubles and mixed doubles. Last year's Wimbledon runner-up is scheduled for a fourth round singles match Sunday, but it's unknown if she'll be able to play.
Keselowski grabs pole
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Brad Keselowski has his first pole of the season, taking the top spot for Sunday night's running of the Southern 500 at Darlington. Kurt Busch will start from outside on the front row. It's the fifth time he's qualified on the front row this season.
Jeff Gordon qualified fifth in his last race at the Darlington before he retires at the end of the season. Gordon is winless this year but has seven victories at the South Carolina track.
FORMULA ONE-ITALIAN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING
Hamilton domination continues
MONZA, Italy (AP) — Lewis Hamilton extended his recent stranglehold on the pole position in Formula One, earning the top spot for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.
It was Hamilton's seventh straight pole and 11th in 12 races this season.
Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel earned the next two qualifying spots.