AP Tuesday Sports Roundup
Falcons hold off Eagles
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A dominant first half by the Atlanta Falcons allowed them to overcome a shaky second half against the Eagles on Monday.
Julio Jones had nine receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns as the Falcons held off the Eagles 26-24. Jones reached the end zone twice in the second quarter, including a 22-yard grab that put the Falcons ahead 20-3 with 45 seconds left in the first half.
Matt Ryan shook off a pair of interceptions to throw for 298 yards on 23 of 34 passing.
The Eagles managed just 125 yards in the first half, eight coming on the ground. DeMarco Murray scored a pair of third-quarter touchdowns but finished with just nine yards on eight carries in his Eagles debut.
Philadelphia had a chance to go ahead until Cody Parkey missed a 44-yard field goal with 2:27 to go and Ricardo Allen picked off a deflected pass with 1:11 left.
In San Francisco, Carlos Hyde helped Jim Tomsula win his 49ers head coaching debut by rushing for 168 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-3 stifling of Minnesota. Hyde had scoring runs of 17 and 10 yards while outplaying Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who had 31 yards on 10 carries. The second-year back never compiled more than 55 yards in a game last season.
Colin Kaepernick threw for 165 yards and improved to 5-0 on Monday night.
49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman had one of five sacks against Teddy Bridgewater and also recorded seven tackles in his first game since suffering a left knee injury 20 months ago.
Notes from around the league
UNDATED (AP) — Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been fined over $420,000 for on-field misbehavior during his five-plus NFL seasons, but he will go unpunished for his actions in yesterday's 17-10 win at Washington.
The league says it will not take action against Suh after he dislodged an opponent's helmet. The NFL says the contact by Suh following a play was determined not to be a kick.
Suh tackled Washington running back Alfred Morris, and when Suh rose, his right leg made contact with Morris' helmet, which came off.
— Colts Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton did not sustain any structural damage to his injured left knee and could play on Sunday. The injury forced Hilton to leave Sunday's 27-14 loss at Buffalo during the second half. Coach Chuck Pagano said running back Frank Gore was "fine" after being forced to leave the game early because of cramps in his calf.
— The Oakland Raiders are hopeful quarterback Derek Carr will be able to play this Sunday against Baltimore. Carr was knocked out of Sunday's loss to Cincinnati due to an injured throwing hand, but an MRI today showed he only had a bruise. The Raiders also say safety Nate Allen will miss time with a knee injury but is expected back this season.
— St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher said defensive end Eugene Sims and special teams ace Chase Reynolds have knee injuries that could sideline them for a few weeks. Both were injured in Sunday's 34-31 overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks. The coach added that cornerback Trumaine Johnson was feeling better following a concussion, and that running back Tre Mason could play Sunday after sitting out the opener with a hamstring injury.
— The Dolphins have announced the cutting of running back LaMike James, a day after he fumbled a kickoff return. Coach Joe Philbin says the release had nothing to do with a fight James got into with teammate Jarvis Landry during a team meeting last week.
— New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie isn't injured as badly as first expected. The club has announced that the veteran sprained his left knee in the second quarter of Sunday's win over Cleveland after it was initially feared he potentially suffered a season-ending ligament tear.
— Washington wide receiver DeSean Jackson could miss 3 to 4 weeks with a strained left hamstring. Jackson was injured on the first play of Washington's second possession against Miami Sunday.
— Skins cornerback Chris Culliver has been suspended by the NFL for the team's next game for violating the league's personal conduct policy. The league did not say exactly why Culliver was suspended, although he was arrested in March 2014 on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and reckless driving.
— Forbes Magazine has come out with its annual ranking of sports teams and their value. At the top are the Dallas Cowboys, worth an estimated $4 billion. The Cowboys top the list of NFL teams for the ninth consecutive year and are first among all sports teams for the first time since 2007. At the bottom of the list are the Buffalo Bills with a reported value of "just" $1.4 billion.
Rangers top Astros, tighten AL West race
UNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball's tightest division race just got a little tighter.
Prince Fielder smacked a tiebreaking, two-run blast in the eighth inning to left the Rangers past the Astros, 5-3 in Texas. Mitch Moreland hit a go-ahead, two-run homer that put the Rangers ahead 3-2 in the sixth, but Texas needed Fielder's 19th home run of the season to pull within a half-game of the AL West-leading Astros.
Fielder also scored three times for the Rangers, who are 15-8 since falling 5 ½ games off the pace on Aug. 26th.
The Astros have dropped five of their last seven.
Seattle damaged the Angels' playoff hopes by ripping Los Angeles 10-1. Seth Smith hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs as the Mariners kept the Angels 4 ½ games behind the Astros and dropped them four behind the Rangers. Taijuan Walker struck out seven and gave up one run and four hits in seven innings.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The New York Yankees are within three games of the AL East-leading Toronto Blue Jays after the Bombers staged a two-out, four-run rally in the ninth to beat Tampa Bay 4-1. Rookie Slade Heathcott launched a tiebreaking, three-run off closer Brad Boxberger after Alex Rodriguez lined an RBI double. Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez no-hit New York until Carlos Beltran singled leading off the eighth.
— Lonnie Chisenhall was 3-for-3 with three RBIs as Cleveland handed Kansas City its eighth loss in 10 games, 8-3. Giovanny Urshela and Jason Kipnis hit solo homers for the Indians, who are back at .500. Carlos Carrasco struck out nine and held the Royals to a run and five hits in six innings.
— Kansas City's lead in the AL Central is down to nine games after Eduardo Escobar hit a solo homer and an RBI single to help second-place Minnesota earn a 7-1 win against Detroit. Trevor Plouffe laced a two-run double to spark the Twins' four-run first. Joe Mauer had three hits and winning pitcher Tyler Duffey gave up one run while whiffing seven in 6 1/3 innings.
— The Mets rallied from a 3-1 deficit to earn their eighth consecutive win, 4-3 over Miami. Travis d'Arnaud tied it with a two-run blast in the sixth, one inning before David Wright doubled home Eric Young Jr. Yoenis Cespedes hit his ninth homer of the month and 35th of the season as the Mets reduced their magic number for winning the NL East to 10.
— Washington blew leads of 6-2 and 7-6 before Yunel Escobar's RBI grounder in the 11th gave the Nationals an 8-7 win at Philadelphia. Jayson Werth hit two homers and drove in five runs as the Nats won their second straight since a five-game skid. Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper also went deep for the Nationals, who stayed 9 1/2 games behind the NL East-leading Mets.
— Clayton Kershaw tossed another gem in the Dodgers' 4-1 victory over Colorado, limiting the Rockies to a run and three hits in seven innings. Kershaw improved to 14-6, lowered his ERA to 2.12 and helped Los Angeles stay 7 ½ games ahead of San Francisco in the NL West. Rookie Scott Schebler called the scoring with a two-run blast in the eighth.
— The Giants were 5-3 winners over Cincinnati as Matt Duffy and Brandon Belt each had two hits and two RBIs. Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer for the Reds.
— Kevin Gausman allowed just two singles while fanning seven over six innings of Baltimore's 2-0 shutout of Boston. Adam Jones drove in both runs on a fielder's choice in the first inning and a double in the seventh.
— Wil Myers hit a solo homer and had four RBIs in San Diego's 10-3 rout of Arizona. Scott Shields is 12-6 after yielding just one run and four hits in seven frames.
— And the White Sox blew a five-run lead before beating Oakland 8-7 on Melky Cabrera's RBI single in the bottom of the 14th. Jose Abreu and Trayce Thompson cracked two-run homers in the third inning.
New deal for Bucks' GM
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have extended the contract of general manager John Hammond through the 2016-17 season. He previously had one year left on a three-year extension.
Hammond was hired by the Bucks in 2008 and won the NBA Executive of the Year Award for 2009-10 following Milwaukee's 46-36 season.
Cause of death
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Virginia medical examiner's office says Hall of Fame basketball player Moses Malone died of natural causes. Malone was found dead in a Norfolk hotel Sunday morning. He was 60.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says Malone's cause of death was listed as hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
New deal for Johnson
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Six-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and sponsor Lowe's have worked out two-year contract extensions with Hendrick Motorsports that run through the 2017 season.
In addition to the extensions for Johnson and Lowe's, crew chief Chad Knaus had previously inked a new three-year deal through the 2018 season. The extensions solidify a powerhouse team that has been together since Lowe's came aboard in 2001, when Hendrick formed the No. 48 specifically for Johnson.
News from around the game
UNDATED (AP) — Tennessee defensive end/linebacker Curt Maggitt is out indefinitely after injuring his hip Saturday in a 31-24 overtime loss to Oklahoma. Maggitt, a fifth-year senior from West Palm Beach, Florida, had 14 tackles for loss and a team-high 11 sacks last season. He was hurt while working on a punt coverage unit.
Also in college football:
— One of the two Utah football players shot at a party late Saturday night has been released from the hospital. Freshman Marcel Brooks-Brown was discharged, and coach Kyle Whittingham said sophomore Lo Falemaka will remain in the hospital for a week or so. Police say both players were shot in the torso, and that no arrests have been made.
— Arkansas coach Bret Bielema says wide receiver Keon Hatcher will miss at least six weeks after undergoing surgery for a foot injury. Hatcher, who leads the Razorbacks with 13 catches for 198 yards and a pair of touchdowns, was injured during Saturday's 16-12 loss to Toledo.
— Central Florida coach George O'Leary says starting quarterback Justin Holman is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a hand injury. Holman left last week's 31-7 loss at Stanford after hitting his throwing hand on the helmet of a Cardinal player's helmet during the Knights' opening series.
— Maryland appears destined for a quarterback change after losing to Bowling Green on Saturday. The Terrapins' depth chart released Monday has junior Caleb Rowe as the starter and Daxx Garman as his backup. Perry Hills is not listed on the two-deep chart after starting the first two games. Rowe replaced Hills in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 48-27 defeat to Bowling Green.
— A star Rutgers receiver has been charged with assault in yet another arrest and suspension of a football player at the school. The team announced that Leonte Carroo was suspended after the senior was charged with assault under domestic violence in connection with an unspecified matter Saturday after the team's game.
FIFA corruption case
ZURICH (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says she expects more indictments in a widening investigation of corruption implicating FIFA, the governing body of soccer. In May, Lynch's department indicted 14 soccer and marketing officials and unsealed six guilty pleas in a $150 million bribery and racketeering conspiracy.
In a separate investigation of money laundering in World Cup bidding, Swiss federal agencies have seized properties in the Swiss Alps. Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber says houses were also searched in western Switzerland and evidence was seized.
Lauber says 121 different bank accounts have been reported as suspicious by a Swiss financial intelligence unit.