AP Tuesday Sports Roundup
Rodgers, Cobb hook up for 3 TDs in Packers win
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb were productive as the Green Bay Packers stayed unbeaten this season.
Rodgers threw three of his five touchdown passes to Cobb while the Packers were building a 38-14 lead by the fourth quarter of a 38-28 victory over the visiting Kansas City Chiefs. Rodgers was 24 of 35 for 333 yards and no interceptions. He still hasn't thrown an interception in a regular-season game at Lambeau Field since Dec. 12, 2012.
Cobb finished with seven receptions for 91 yards, while James Jones grabbed seven passes for 139 yards and a TD for the 3-0 Packers.
Green Bay rookie Ty Montgomery also had a scoring reception.
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles had three rushing touchdowns but rolled up just 49 yards on 11 carries. Alex Smith was 24 of 40 for 290 yards, one touchdown and one interception as the Chiefs dropped to 1-2.
Injury updates from around the league
UNDATED (AP) — The Steelers have announced that Ben Roethlisberger is out indefinitely with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. There is no timetable for his return, leaving Michael Vick to start Thursday night against winless Baltimore.
Roethlisberger left in the third quarter of Sunday's 12-6 win over St. Louis after his knee bent awkwardly while getting sacked by Rams safety Mark Barron. Vick completed 5 of 6 passes for 38 yards after Roethlisberger's departure.
In other NFL injury news:
— The Carolina Panthers say they've acquired veteran defensive end Jared Allen from the Chicago Bears for a future late-round draft pick, pending a physical. The Panthers made the move after their top pass rusher, Charles Johnson, went down with a hamstring injury in Sunday's 27-22 win over the New Orleans Saints. Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Johnson will not play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
— New York Jets right guard Willie Colon will be sidelined at least one game with a sprained knee suffered in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Eagles. The Jets have a bye-week break after the game against the Dolphins in London on Sunday, and it's uncertain whether Colon will be ready to return for the team's next game on Oct. 18 against Washington. Jets coach Todd Bowles said cornerback Darrelle Revis is dealing with a sore hamstring, and that tight end Jeff Cumberland is in the NFL's concussion protocol.
— Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins' status is uncertain for Sunday's game against the New York Giants because of a calf injury. Coach Rex Ryan provided the update, a day after Watkins left in the first quarter of the Bills' 41-14 win at Miami.
— Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Josh McCown injured his right throwing hand in Sunday's loss to Oakland but doesn't expect to miss any time. McCown isn't exactly sure when he got hurt but guessed that his hand was stepped on in the third quarter.
Cards, Jays pad division leads
UNDATED (AP) — Last night's major league schedule was for the birds. Both the Cardinals and Blue Jays padded their division leads and reduced their magic numbers to two.
St. Louis has opened up a four-game lead over Pittsburgh in the NL Central by scoring three times in the ninth to beat the Pirates, 3-0. Jon Jay snapped the scoreless tie with an RBI single before scoring on Mark Reynolds' two-run homer. Trevor Rosenthal picked up his 48th save by working in and out of a two-on, no-out jam in the ninth.
The Blue Jays picked up their fifth straight win as Dalton Pompey scored the tiebreaking run on a fielder's choice in the ninth inning of a 4-3 triumph in Baltimore. Ryan Flaherty's three-run homer put the Orioles ahead 3-1 in the second, and the lead held up until Ben Revere and Jose Bautista hit RBI singles in the eighth. Edwin Encarnacion homered for the Jays, who top the American League East by five games over the Yankees with six to play.
In the Bronx, Travis Shaw and Jackie Bradley Jr. belted two-run homers before Deven Marrero hit his first major league round-tripper in Boston's 5-1 win over the Yanks. Eduardo Rodriguez allowed seven hits over six innings and blanked the Yanks following a sacrifice fly by Alex Rodriguez in the bottom of the first. The Red Sox have allowed just one run in their last four games.
The Yankees' magic number for clinching a playoff berth remains three.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers had a chance to clinch the NL West last night until Alejandro De Aza lifted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 12th to give the second-place Giants a 3-2 victory over Los Angeles in San Francisco. Marlon Byrd and Kelby Tomlinson singled to start the rally, putting runners on first and third before Byrd scored the winning run. Jake Peavy got a no-decision despite allowing just one run and three hits over seven innings of a pitcher's duel with Zack Greinke.
The Giants have won three straight, while the Dodgers have dropped four in a row.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Houston is back within 1 ½ games of the AL West-leading Rangers after Chris Carter provided a tiebreaking, solo shot in the seventh inning to power the Astros past Seattle, 3-2. George Springer and Evan Gattis homered in the first inning, but the Mariners caught up before the Astros earned their third consecutive win. Houston leads the Angels by a half-game and the Twins by 1 1/2 games in the battle for the second AL wild-card berth.
— Tyler Collins hit a three-run homer while Detroit scored five times in the fifth to beat the Rangers' 7-4 in Texas. James McCann added a two-run single later in the fifth to put the Tigers ahead 6-1. The Rangers lost despite Prince Fielder's solo homer and four RBIs.
— The Angels outlasted the Athletics 5-4, thanks to David Mruphy's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Albert Pujols tied it in the sixth with his 38th home run, a solo blast. Johnny Giavotella and Erick Aybar furnished RBI doubles to help Los Angeles win its sixth in a row.
— The Chicago Cubs beat Kansas City 1-0 on pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia's walk-off blast in the 11th inning. Royals starter Yordano Ventura retired his first 15 hitters before Jorge Soler singled, the first of the Cubs' four hits. The Royals also managed just four hits in falling one game behind Toronto in the battle for the AL's best overall record and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
— Trevor Plouffe hit a two-run homer and Eduardo Rosario was 3-for-4 with a run scored as Minnesota doubled up Cleveland, 4-2, which currently puts the Twins one game out of the second AL wild-card berth. Emergency starter Tommy Milone held the Indians to two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings after Phil Hughes was scratched. Francisco Lindor hit a solo homer and an RBI grounder for the Indians, whose elimination number dropped to two with the Astros 3-2 win over Seattle.
— Max Scherzer took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and Matt den Dekker hit a solo homer and an RBI double in Washington's 5-1 win against Cincinnati. Scherzer was bidding for his second no-hitter of the season until Tucker Barnhart hit a one-out single in the eighth. Wilson Ramos smacked a solo homer in the Nationals' home finale.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals rookie Stephen Piscotty was carted off the field following a violent outfield collision with teammate Peter Bourjos in the seventh inning of Monday's 3-0 victory in Pittsburgh. Piscotty lay motionless on the grass in left-center field for several minutes before he was strapped to a backboard. The team says Piscotty has a bruise on his head and was taken to a hospital for observation.
Nats suspend Papelbon
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals have suspended Jonathan Papelbon for four games without pay for his dugout fight with Bryce Harper on Sunday. The decision means Papelbon's season is over, since the closer also dropped the appeal of his three-game suspension for throwing at Baltimore's Manny Machado last week.
Nats manager Matt Williams said he ordered Harper to sit out Monday's game, although the right fielder said Sunday that he was scheduled to have the day off.
Tulo takes BP, says he'll be ready for playoffs
BALTIMORE (AP) — Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki expects to return in time for the postseason.
The five-time All-Star took batting practice Monday as he tries to return from a cracked scapula and bruised muscles in his upper back. Tulowitzki was injured while colliding with teammate Kevin Pillar in a game against the Yankees on Sept. 12.
He's batting just .232 with the Blue Jays, but they're 30-8 with him in the starting lineup.
Dipoto named M's GM
SEATTLE (AP) — Jerry Dipoto has landed another general manager job in the American League West, hired by the Seattle Mariners less than three months after stepping down as GM of the Angels. He replaces Jack Zduriencik, who was fired late last month after seven disappointing seasons during which the club failed to end its playoff drought.
Dipoto inherits an organization that hasn't made the postseason in 14 years, the longest current drought in the majors.
Bennett goes north of the border
TORONTO (AP) — The third time might be the charm for Anthony Bennett. The former top overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by Cleveland has signed with Toronto. He was traded by Cleveland to Minnesota in the big Kevin Love to the Cavs trade a year ago and so far has had to deal with injuries in both of his pro seasons.
Bennett averaged 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 57 games for the Timberwolves last season.
Baseball and softball could be back in the Olympics
TOKYO (AP) — The host city for an Olympics has the right to propose the inclusion of at least one sport in that Olympics. Japan has announced that it would like to include baseball, softball, karate, surfing, skateboarding and climbing. Japan is set to host the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
The recommendations were welcomed by the IOC, which has not said how many sports it would add, if any.
HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER DEATH
Autopsy shows death from internal bleeding
WASHINGTON, N.J. (AP) — A North Jersey high school star quarterback who collapsed after taking a hit on the playing field died from massive internal bleeding caused by a lacerated spleen, according to autopsy reports made public. The Morris County medical examiner's office found that the spleen of 17-year-old Evan Murray was "abnormally enlarged," making it more susceptible to injury.
There was no evidence of head trauma or heart disease. The death has been ruled an accident.