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Associated Press

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 12 at 7:05 PM


Banged-up Pats host Geno and the Jets

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Jets and Patriots are getting the NFL weekend off to an early start tonight in Foxborough, both coming off last-second wins in their season openers.

Wide receiver Danny Amendola and tight end Rob Gronkowski are inactive for the New England Patriots in tonight's game with the New York Jets. Stephen Ridley is expected to get the start at running back after Shane Vereen broke his wrist last weekend.

With rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld also inactive (hamstring), Tom Brady's receiving corps is depleted. Amendola has a groin injury. Gronkowski is missing his second straight game after forearm and back surgery.

Also inactive are Patriots running back Brandon Bolden, linebacker Steve Beauharnais, offensive lineman Will Svitek and defensive tackle Chris Jones.

For the Jets, wide receiver Jeremy Kerley is inactive with a concussion after catching three passes in Sunday's 18-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The other inactive Jets are quarterbacks Mark Sanchez with a shoulder injury, and Brady Quinn; guard Will Campbell; tackle Ben Ijalana; offensive lineman Oday Aboushi; and linebacker Quinton Coples with an ankle injury.

Rookie Geno Smith gets his second start at quarterback for the Jets after having what coach Rex Ryan called a solid game in the one-point win over Tampa Bay Sunday.


Horned Frogs trailing early on the road

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — No. 24 TCU hits the road to take on Texas Tech in a Big 12 match-up tonight. The Red Raiders have jumped out to an early 10-0 lead.

The Horned Frogs are starting sophomore Trevone Boykin at quarterback since Casey Pachall is out indefinitely after surgery on his left arm. TCU dropped its season opener to LSU before rebounding with a win over Southeastern Louisiana.

The 2-0 Red Raiders go with walk-on freshman Baker Mayfield at quarterback. He wanted to go to TCU, but wasn't offered a scholarship.


Vols suspend Couch for Saturday's game against Ducks

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Butch Jones says defensive lineman Maurice Couch has been ruled ineligible for Saturday's game against second-ranked Oregon. Tennessee is investigating allegations Couch was one of five Southeastern Conference players to receive improper benefits.

Yahoo Sports reported Couch received $1,350 from former Alabama defensive end Luther Davis, who served as a go-between for NFL agents and financial advisers.


Snedeker leads

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Brandt Snedeker (SNEH'-deh-kur) is the first-round leader at the BMW Championship. Snedeker made seven straight birdies on his way to an 8-under 63, giving him a one-shot lead over Zach Johnson in the next-to-last FedEx Cup playoff event before next weekend's Tour Championship.

Tiger Woods is tied for third following his 5-under 66. Masters champion Adam Scott is in a group another shot back at 4-under.


Clarke goes back to PGA Tour

ZANDVOORT, Netherlands (AP) — Darren Clarke will return to the PGA Tour for the first time in seven years, taking advantage of the five-year exemption he earned by winning the 2011 British Open.

He could rejoin the PGA Tour at the McGladrey Championship in Georgia on Nov. 7.

Clarke forfeited his PGA membership after his first wife Heather succumbed to cancer in 2006, choosing to concentrate on the European Tour to be closer to his two sons. He has since remarried and decided to take advantage of the remainder on his exemption.


First day of play washed out

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — The first day of play at the Evian Championship has been washed out after heavy morning rain soaked the course. They'll restart anew on Friday.

Officials still hope to complete the tournament on time by playing 36 holes on Sunday.


Athletics pad lead over Rangers

UNDATED (AP) — A.J. Griffin allowed just two hits in seven innings to lead Oakland to an 8-2 win over Minnesota. Griffin improved to 14-9, striking out eight and walking one. He's won four in a row.

Josh Reddick homered and had three RBIs to help the Athletics open a 3½ game lead over idle Texas in the American League West. It is Oakland's largest lead over the Rangers since Aug. 3. The teams are to scheduled play a three-game series this weekend in the Lone Star State.

In the NL:

— Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer on his 24th birthday to help Atlanta top Miami 6-1. Evan Gattis and Chris Johnson had two-run doubles for the NL East leading Braves. Johnson had three hits to raise his average to .330. Freddy Garcia pitched well in a spot start for Atlanta. He gave up a run on five hits in six innings to pick up his first win since joining the Braves last month.

— Ryan Zimmerman's first inning solo home run was the first of four Washington hit in a 7-2 win over the Mets. Adam LaRoche, Wilson Ramos and Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN ') also went deep for the Nationals who won their sixth in a row. The Nats have pulled to within 5 1-2 games of the final wildcard spot in the National League.


Driver Logano defends Chase status

CHICAGO (AP) — Joey Logano is defending his place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, saying he earned his spot in the 12-driver field.

Logano is the latest driver caught in the fallout of NASCAR's investigation into the field-deciding race at Richmond on Saturday. Radio traffic appears to show Front Row Racing offering to let Logano pass David Gilliland for a pivotal track position in exchange for something unidentified from Penske Racing.

There's nothing in Penske radio transmissions to indicate wrongdoing. NASCAR said Thursday it is still looking into the incident.


New Zealand keeps winning

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Emirates Team New Zealand continues to dominate the American's Cup, defeating defending champion Oracle Team USA by 47 seconds in race 6. Team New Zealand needs four more victories to claim the oldest trophy in international sports for the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.


Americans move up

ZURICH (AP) — The United States men's soccer team is No. 13 in the newest rankings by the sport's governing body. The Americans moved up six spots just days after clinching a seventh straight World Cup berth for next year's tournament in Brazil. The U.S. has won 12 of its last 14 matches.

Spain is No. 1 for the 25th straight month, followed by Argentina, Germany, Italy and Colombia.


Medal give back

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong says he has returned the bronze medal he won in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

The International Olympic Committee stripped Armstrong of the time-trial medal in January after he publicly confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs during his career. Armstrong says he gave the medal back to the U.S. Olympic Committee.


Former Broncos quarterback dies

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) —Former Denver Broncos and Notre Dame quarterback Frank Tripucka (trih-PYOO'-kuh) has died at age 85. His son, former Notre Dame basketball standout, Kelly, says Tripucka died of congestive heart failure at his New Jersey home.

Tripucka quarterbacked the Broncos in their inaugural season, throwing for 3,038 yards and 24 touchdowns including the first TD pass in American Football League history. He also led Notre Dame to a 9-0-1 record and No. 2 ranking in 1948.