AP Tuesday Sports Roundup
Monday night doubleheader
UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have opened their 2016 season by easily winning a road game against a reigning division champion.
Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lis-bur-gur) threw for three touchdowns and DeAngelo Williams rushed for two others as the Steelers ripped Washington, 38-16. Roethlisberger was 27 of 37 for 300 yards and one interception for the Steelers, while Williams carried 26 times for 143 yards. The Steelers saw a 24-6 lead shrink to 24-16 before Williams scored twice in the fourth quarter.
Antonio Brown was Roethlisberger's favorite target, catching eight passes for 126 yards and two TDs.
Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 30 of his 43 passes for 329 yards, but he finished with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Washington's lone TD was scored by Chris Thompson early in the fourth quarter.
The second and final game of Week One was a rout by San Francisco as Carlos Hyde ran for 88 yards and a pair of TDs in the 49ers' 28-0 shutout of the Rams. Blaine Gabbert was 22 of 35 for 170 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions while solidifying his spot as the Niners' starting quarterback.
Los Angeles QB Case Keenum was picked off twice while completing just 17 of his 35 passes for 130 yards.
Niners backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk) and teammate Eric Reid once again kneeled during the national anthem before the game. Kaepernick has refused to stand for the anthem all season in protest of police brutality and racial oppression in the United States.
No other Niners players joined in the protest, although Rams defensive lineman Robert Quinn and receiver Kenny Britt held fists up during the anthem.
Browns QB injured
UNDATED (AP) — Josh McCown is the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback once again after Robert Griffin III broke a bone in his left shoulder during the fourth quarter of Sunday's 29-10 loss at Philadelphia. Griffin was nearing the sideline when he was struck by Eagles rookie defensive back Jalen Mills, who delivered a blow to the QB's chest area.
The fourth-year pro is in his first season with Cleveland after playing his first three with Washington. He had a rough afternoon against the Eagles, completing 12 of 26 passes for 190 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.
Griffin will miss at least eight games and could sit out the rest of the season.
In other NFL news:
— Quarterback Russell Wilson was out of a protective boot and walking around the Seattle Seahawks' practice facility by Monday afternoon. Wilson sprained his right ankle during Sunday's 12-10 season-opening victory over Miami. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was a bit cautious on Monday morning during his weekly radio show, saying he believed Wilson would be able play against the Rams but that it wasn't certain.
— Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is out indefinitely with a sprained right medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Cushing was injured in the first quarter of Houston's 23-14 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
— Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he expects Cam Newton to play Sunday against San Francisco. Newton took at least four helmet-to-helmet hits in Carolina's 21-20 loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday night. Rivera says he has full confidence that the Panthers medical staff handled the situation properly.
Hendricks, Cubs inch closer to title
UNDATED (AP) — Kyle Hendricks has emerged as the ace of the Chicago Cubs' staff while the team runs away with the National League Central title. He almost added a no-hitter to the Cubs' exceptional season while also lowering his major league-leading ERA.
Hendricks is 15-7 with a 2.03 earned run average after working eight-plus innings to lead a 4-1 triumph over the Cardinals in St. Louis. The no-hit bid lasted until Jeremy Hazelbaker homered leading off the bottom of the ninth to end Hendricks' night.
Ben Zobrist (ZOH'-brihst) and Dexter Fowler homered as the Cubs improved to 92-51 and reduced their magic number to three for winning their division.
The Cardinals remain a half-game behind the New York Mets in the battle for the final NL wild-card berth.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Washington's magic number to win the NL East is down to nine after Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN') belted a three-run homer and pitcher Mat Latos (LAY'-tohs) launched a solo shot in the Nationals' 8-1 pounding of the second-place New York Mets. Wilson Ramos had two RBIs for the Nats, who've won four straight and seven of eight to stretch their division lead to double digits. The Mets lost for only the sixth time in their last 22 games.
— Jose De Leon worked five innings and the Dodgers scored four unearned runs off a pair of Yankees errors in an 8-2 rout in the Bronx. De Leon served up homers by Starlin Castro and Aaron Judge but allowed just one other hit in the Dodgers' seventh victory in nine games. Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) and Corey Seager homered as Los Angeles dropped the Yankees five games off the AL East lead and kept New York three games out of a playoff berth.
— The Dodgers' lead in the NL West is back up to five games following the Giants' 4-0 loss to San Diego. Paul Clemens worked five innings and combined with five relievers on a five-hit shutout. Hector Sanchez was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer as the Padres kept the Giants 1 ½ games ahead of the Mets for the first NL wild-card slot.
— The Red Sox retained their two-game lead over Toronto in the American League East as David Price struck out nine and gave up just three hits over eight innings of a 12-2 laugher against Baltimore. Mookie Betts put Boston ahead to stay with a two-run double to ignite a five-run first. Hanley Ramirez hit a solo homer and had three RBIs for the Red Sox, who also got solo shots from David Ortiz and Chris Young. Chris Davis and Manny Machado homered for the Orioles, who fell three games behind the Red Sox.
— Toronto had dropped five of seven before pinch-hitter Ezequiel Carrera belted a tiebreaking, solo homer in the eighth inning to lift the Blue Jays past Tampa Bay 3-2. Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer and Francisco Liriano combined with three relievers on a four-hitter, with Jason Grilli picking up the victory. Liriano was working on a one-hitter and a 2-0 lead until Evan Longoria and Brad Miller hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh.
— Daniel Norris was sharp in Detroit's 4-2 win against Minnesota, striking out 11 and holding the Twins to two runs and five hits over 6 1/3 innings. The Tigers trailed 2-1 in the seventh until Jose Iglesias lined an RBI double and Ian Kinsler added a sacrifice fly. Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera hit solo shots as the Tigers pulled within one game of Baltimore for the final AL wild-card berth.
— Detroit is six games off the AL Central lead after the first-place Indians were clobbered by the White Sox, 11-4. Avisail (ah-vee-sy-EEL') Garcia, Adam Eaton and Todd Frazier homered after Cleveland took an early 3-1 lead. Garcia was 4-for-5 with three runs scored for Chicago.
— Rougned Odor (ROOG'-nehd) Odor blasted a tiebreaking, solo homer in the 12th inning to send Texas past Houston 4-3. Odor fell a triple shy of the cycle while going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. The AL West-leading Rangers sliced their magic number to nine by beating the Astros for the 14th time in 17 tries this year.
— Seattle's 8-1 rout of Los Angeles puts the Mariners within 2 ½ games of an AL playoff spot. Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') smacked his 33rd homer of the season and Ben Gamel hit the first round-tripper of his career to power the Mariners to their sixth straight win. Ariel Miranda fired three-hit ball over six shutout innings to get the victory.
— Khris Davis and Marcus Semien banged out three-run homers and Stephen Vogt (voht) was 3-for-3 with two RBIs as Oakland ripped Kansas City 16-3. Six different A's had at least two ribbies as they moved the defending World Series champs another step closer to playoff elimination.
— Gerrit Cole was hit hard in his return from the disabled list, surrendering five runs and four hits in just two innings as Pittsburgh absorbed a 6-2 loss at Philadelphia. Jeremy Hellickson limited the Pirates to an unearned run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings.
— Scott Schebler hit a two-run single in a three-run first that gave Cincinnati a 3-0 win against Milwaukee. Blake Wood worked 1 1/3 innings of relief to get the victory in the Reds' combined six-hit shutout.
— Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY'-kihs) belted a solo homer and Tyler Flower delivered a pair of two-run singles in the Braves' 12-7 win against the Marlins. Freddie Freeman, Matt Kemp and Jace (jays) Peterson each had three of Atlanta's 17 hits.
— Yasmany Tomas (yahs-MAH'-nee toh-MAHS') and Brandon Drury each went 4-for-5 with a homer and three runs scored while combining for six RBIs as Arizona beat Colorado 12-9. Tomas provided five ribbies, including a grand slam that erased the Rockies' 9-6 lead.
Indians shelve Salazar...Bucs lose Harrison
UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Indians say starting pitcher Danny Salazar will be sidelined for three to four weeks with a forearm injury, leaving the AL Central leaders without one of their top right-handers through the stretch run. The AL Central-leading Indians say Salazar will stop throwing for approximately 10 days and receive a platelet-rich plasma injection tomorrow. The 23-year-old Salazar is 11-6 with a 3.87 ERA in 25 starts.
Also in the majors:
— Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison will likely miss the rest of the season with a strained right groin suffered in Saturday's game. Harrison is expected to miss four to six weeks, which would cost him the rest of the season. He is hitting .283 with four home runs and 19 steals in 131 games this year.
NCAA pulls tournaments from North Carolina
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA has pulled seven championship events from North Carolina for the coming year due to a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people.
The NCAA has issued a news release saying the decision by its board of governors came "because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections."
The season-opening NCAA men's basketball tournament games scheduled for Greensboro will be relocated. Also affected are the Division I women's soccer, golf and lacrosse championships, along with the Division II men's and women's soccer and tennis championships and the Division II baseball championship.
Soccer star reveals addiction
UNDATED (AP) — Telling the Associated Press "I was stubborn and I was in denial," soccer star Abby Wambach (WAHM'-bahk) says she abused alcohol and prescription drugs for years until her arrest in April for driving under the influence.
In "Forward," her memoir being released Tuesday, the retired U.S. national team star describes her bouts with vodka and pills, which included Vicodin, Ambien and Adderall.
Wambach is the leading career scorer — among men and women — with 184 goals in international soccer. She retired last December after 15 years with the U.S. women's national team where she won two Olympic gold medals and a World Cup title.
Three Captain's picks named
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III has chosen Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes and Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur) for three of his four picks for the upcoming showdown with Europe at Hazeltine later this month. The final captain's pick will be named on Sept. 25. The Ryder Cup begins on Sept. 30.
Move over Serena
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber has officially become the oldest woman to debut at No. 1 in the WTA rankings, ending Serena Williams' record-tying run of 186 consecutive weeks in the top spot.
The 28-year-old's rise from No. 2 was assured when Williams lost in the semifinals at Flushing Meadows. Kerber went on to win her second Grand Slam title of the season. She beat Williams at the Australian Open at the beginning of the year.
Williams slips to the second spot in the WTA rankings.
USA GYMNASTICS-SEXUAL ABUSE
Two gymnasts say former team doctor molested them
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former doctor for USA Gymnastics is being accused by two ex-tem members of sexual abuse.
A lawsuit filed last week in California accuses Dr. Larry Nassar of sexually groping and fondling a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic team under the guise of physical therapy during her gymnastics career. The Olympian is identified as "Jane Doe" in the lawsuit against Nassar and the USA Gymnastics organization.
A second gymnast has told the Indianapolis Star newspaper that Nassar sexually abused her in 2000, when she was 15. Rachael Denhollander said Nassar became gradually more abusive with her over the course of five treatments for lower back pain at Michigan State University, where Nassar is a faculty member.
Nassar worked for decades for the gymnastics organization until his dismissal last year.