Colts beat Niners...Saints paste Cards to go 3-0...Defense rescues Super Bowl champs
UNDATED (AP) — There was a Stanford reunion in San Francisco Sunday as Andrew Luck beat his former coach.
Luck threw for 164 yards and ran for a big six-yard touchdown in the Indianapolis Colts' 27-7 win over Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers. The Colts were clinging to a 13-7 lead when Luck scored on a bootleg with 4:13 remaining, 78 seconds before Ahmad Bradshaw scored on a one-yard run to ice the victory.
Bradshaw rushed for 95 yards and newcomer Trent Richardson had a one-yard TD run as the Colts improved to 2-1.
Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nik) ran seven times for 20 yards and was just 13 of 27 for 150 yards and a late interception for the 1-2 Niners.
Drew Brees passed for three scores and scrambled for New Orleans' first touchdown rushing of the season in the Saints' 31-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Brees was 29 of 46 for 342 yards, with two TD strikes to tight end Jimmy Graham and the other to Robert Meachem.
In other Week 3 action:
— Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson was efficient in a 45-17 rout of Jacksonville, completing 14 of his 21 passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns. Zach Miller and Sidney Rice each had two scoring receptions.
— The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens were rescued by defense and special teams in a 30-9 win over Houston. Ray Rice missed his first game since 2008 with a strained hip flexor. Daryl Smith had a 37-yard interception return for a TD. Tandon Doss took a punt 82 yards for another TD.
— Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to Kenbrell Thompkins in leading the New England Patriots to a 23-3 win over the Tampa Bay. The Pats are 3-0 and the Bucs are 0-3.
— Miami is 3-0 for the first time in 11 years after Ryan Tannehill lobbed a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dion Sims with 38 seconds left to give the Dolphins a 27-23 win over Atlanta. Tannehill overcame five sacks and two turnovers by completing 24 of his 35 passes for 236 yards and two scores.
— Julius Peppers scored on a 42-yard fumble return and Major Wright returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown as Chicago posted a 40-23 win at Pittsburgh. Michael Bush and Matt Forte each had rushing touchdowns for the 3-0 Bears, who took advantage of five turnovers by the 0-3 Steelers.
— The Detroit Lions, who had been 0-21 in their history against the Redskins in Washington, finally scored a victory in the nation's capital, winning 27-20. Matthew Stafford went 25 for 42 for 385 yards and two TDs.
— The Carolina Panthers embarrassed the winless New York Giants 38-0 behind Cam Newton's three TDs. That's the worst defeat in Tom Coughlin's (KAWF'-lihnz) tenure as Giants coach.
— The New York Jets blew a 20-6 lead before Geno Smith hit Santonio Holmes for a 69-yard touchdown with 9:23 left to give the Jets a 27-20 win over Buffalo. The 2-1 Jets rolled up 513 yards of total offense, with Smith passing for 331 yards and Bilal (bih-LAL') Powell rushing for 149 yards.
— DeMarco Murray rushed for 175 yards and a touchdown, Tony Romo threw for three scores and the Dallas Cowboys beat the St. Louis Rams 31-7.
— Terence Newman returned a fumble 58 yards for a touchdown with 3:47 left, rallying the Cincinnati Bengals to a 34-30 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
— Jake Locker threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to rookie Justin Hunter with 15 seconds left and the Tennessee Titans rallied to beat San Diego 20-17 to improve to 2-1.
— Cleveland outscored Minnesota 31-27. Jordan Cameron caught three touchdown passes, including the go-ahead grab in the back of the end zone with 51 seconds left.
Braves, Cards, Athletics are in
UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and Oakland Athletics were able to celebrate playoff berths before they completed their games on Sunday. Washington's loss to Miami allowed the Braves to clinch their first NL East title in eight years and put the Redbirds back into the postseason. The A's became AL West champs when Texas fell at Kansas City.
The Braves also earned a 5-2 win over the Cubs. Andrelton (AN'-drehl-tuhn) Simmons homered twice and drove in three runs before Craig Kimbrel notched his major league-leading 49th save.
Coco Crisp hit a three-run homer and the Athletics overcame Oswaldo Arcia's six RBIs to beat Minnesota 11-7. Daric Barton and Jed Lowrie added solo shots for Oakland.
The Cardinals still lead the NL Central by two games over Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Norichika Aoki (nohr-ih-CHEE'-kuh ah-OH'-kee) drove in a run and scored three times as Milwaukee beat the Redbirds 6-4. The Brewers scored three unearned runs off Joe Kelly, who had one of the Cards' three errors.
Cleveland has a 1 ½-game lead over Texas for the second AL wild-card berth.
Michael Brantley and Michael Bourn drove in two runs apiece as the Indians hammered Houston 9-2 to cap a four-game sweep. Carlos Santana homered for the Indians, who are the first team since the 1961 Yankees to sweep six four-game series.
The Rangers lost to Kansas City 4-0 on Justin Maxwell's grand slam in the bottom of the 10th. Royals starter James Shields gave up six hits in eight innings.
The Rays beat Baltimore 3-1 to remain the AL's wild-card leader. Enny Romero allowed just one hit in 4 2/3 innings of his major league debut before five relievers finished a combined three-hitter.
Cincinnati and Pittsburgh are back in a tie for the two NL wild-card berths following the Reds' 11-3 rout of the Pirates. Jay Bruce hit a three-run double and Todd Frazier followed with a homer that capped the Reds' five-run first. Bruce finished with four RBIs and rookie Billy Hamilton added three hits and two stolen bases.
Detroit's magic number to win the AL Central remains two. Conor Gillaspie hit a two-run triple and Erik Johnson pitched into the seventh inning as the Chicago White Sox doubled up the Tigers 6-3.
In other major league action, Chris Yelich hit a two-run homer and Giancarlo Stanton added a solo shot as the Marlins beat Washington 4-2 in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The Nationals took the nightcap 5-4 as Eury Perez scored on third baseman Chris Coghlan's error in the bottom of the ninth. Denard Span had three RBIs in Game 2 for the Nats, who are five games in back of Pittsburgh and Cincinnati in the NL wild-card race.
— David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered to lead the AL East champion Boston Red Sox to a 5-2 victory over the last-place Toronto Blue Jays.
— Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) combined with three relievers on a two-hitter to lead the Dodgers over the Padres 1-0.
— Justin Smoak hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer and Felix Hernandez struck out 10 in four innings as Seattle nipped the Angels 3-2.
— Matt Davidson hit a three-run homer and Chris Owings had two RBIs as Arizona outscored Colorado 13-9.
— Wilfredo Tovar went 2-for-4 with a tiebreaking single in his major league debut to help the New York Mets beat Philadelphia 4-3 and complete a three-game sweep.
— And San Francisco beat the Yankees 2-1 in Mariano Rivera's final game in the Bronx. The 43-year-old all-time saves leader got the final five outs, including a strikeout. The Yankees held a 50-minute pregame ceremony and retired the No. 42 of Rivera, who announced during spring training that this will be his final season. Starting pitcher Andy Pettitte, who is also retiring, took the loss to fall to 10-11. The Yankees saw their wild card hopes dwindle and are four back of Cleveland for the final wild card spot.
Phils make Sandberg permanent manager
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have removed the interim tag from Ryne Sandberg, signing him to manage the next three years.
Sandberg had been serving as interim skipper since the Phillies fired Charlie Manuel on Aug. 16. The Phillies have gone 18-17 under Sandberg.
AP source: Broncos' Miller caught manipulating drug test
NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the case says Broncos All-Pro linebacker Von Miller was caught trying to manipulate the NFL's drug-testing system.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not announced the details of Miller's violation. The manipulation attempt was first reported by ESPN.
Miller is suspended for the first six games of the season under the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
Stenson's biggest payday
ATLANTA (AP) — Henrik Stenson capped off the best stretch of his career with the biggest payoff in golf.
Stenson held off a brief challenge by 20-year-old Jordan Spieth (speeth) and closed with a 2-under 68 to win the Tour Championship by three shots over Spieth (speeth) and Steve Stricker. The 37-year-old Swede clinched the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus in addition to $1.44 million for winning the tournament.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-HAWAII CHAMPIONSHIP
KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — Mark Wiebe (WEE'-bee) birdied the 18th hole to force a playoff and beat Corey Pavin (PAY'-vihn) on the second extra hole to win the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship. Both Wiebe and Pavin finished regulation at 11-under 205.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-AP RANKINGS
Tide still No. 1
NEW YORK (AP) — With most of the top teams merely tuning up, there is little movement in The Associated Press college football poll this week. Alabama remains No. 1 and the first 14 teams in the rankings held their positions from last week.
The Crimson Tide did lose some support from the media panel, dropping from 59 first-place votes last week to 56. Alabama beat Colorado State 31-6 on Saturday in a game that was 17-6 heading into the fourth quarter.
No. 2 Oregon, which didn't play, receives the remaining four first-place votes.
No. 4 Ohio State was one of four ranked teams to score at least 70 points Saturday. Never before had more than two ranked teams reached 70 points on the same weekend since the rankings went to top 25 in 1989.
No. 25 Fresno State is the only team to enter the rankings. Arizona State drops out.
Bearcats freshman lineman dies in accident
CINCINNATI (AP) — A freshman offensive lineman for Cincinnati was killed and two freshman receivers were injured in a one-vehicle accident following the Bearcats' 14-0 win over Miami of Ohio last night in nearby Oxford, Ohio.
Ben Flick of Hamilton, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred south of Oxford.
Receivers Mark Barr of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Javon Harrison of Dayton, Ohio, were taken by helicopter to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Barr and the driver of the vehicle — whose identity has not been released — were listed in critical condition. Harrison was in stable condition.
Kenseth wins second Chase race
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Matt Kenseth made it 2 for 2 in the Chase, holding off teammate Kyle Busch to win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Kenseth followed his win in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship opener at Chicagoland with his series-high seventh victory of the season. Kenseth made his 500th career start and maintained his points lead as the series shifts to Dover.
Kenseth and Busch made it a 1-2 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing for the second straight week
Penske says team didn't do anything wrong
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Roger Penske (PEHN'-skee) says his team didn't do anything wrong in the Richmond scandal that has rocked NASCAR.
Penske was at New Hampshire and back at a NASCAR track for the first time since the sport's big embarrassment. He insisted his team was in the clear and knew nothing about a deal with Front Row Motorsports to get Joey Logano in the Chase.
Penske says his team had "no deal" with Front Row.
He also says he's yet to make a decision on Sam Hornish Jr.'s future. Hornish leads the Nationwide Series standings but has no Cup ride for 2014. Penske says he told Hornish to look around at other offers.
Vettel goes wire-to-wire in Singapore
SINGAPORE (AP) — Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel recorded yet another start-to-finish win at the Singapore Grand Prix to further extend his lead in the Formula One championship.
The German won by a massive 32.6 seconds over Fernando Alonso and boosting his championship lead over Alonso from 53 points to 60 with six races remaining.
Oracle stays alive
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Skipper Jimmy Spithill and defending champion Oracle Team USA sped away from Emirates Team New Zealand to win Race 14 by 23 seconds on San Francisco Bay and remain alive in the America's Cup.
It was the third straight victory and fifth in seven races for Oracle, which has sailed much better after an awful start.