Packers run fake FG, beat Bears 23-10
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers rattled and robbed Jay Cutler and backup tight end Tom Crabtree scored on a fake field goal in the second quarter of a 23-10 victory over the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field last night.
The Packers (1-1) intercepted four Cutler passes, including a pair by Tramon Williams. Facing a fierce pass rush all night, Cutler was sacked seven times, including 3½ for Clay Matthews. New wide receiver Brandon Marshall was held to two catches for 24 yards for the Bears (1-1).
The Bears also lost running back Matt Forte to an ankle injury.
After Williams collected his second interception, Aaron Rodgers finally found the end zone in the fourth quarter, hitting Donald Driver for a 26-yard touchdown pass and a 23-3 lead.
Bears RB Forte injures ankle vs. Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Running back Matt Forte left the Chicago Bears' game against the Green Bay Packers with an ankle injury.
Forte went to the locker room in the middle of the third quarter last night. He appeared to twist his right ankle while being tackled by the Packers' Charles Woodson.
Before leaving the game, Forte provided the bulk of what little offense the Bears could manage. He had seven carries for 31 yards and caught four passes for 49 yards.
Cards edge Dodgers 2-1, extend wild-card lead
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Allen Craig drove in Shane Robinson with the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals extended their NL wild-card lead over Los Angeles to two games with a 2-1 victory over the struggling Dodgers last night.
Lance Lynn (15-7) pitched six innings of five-hit ball to earn his first win since July 27 for the Cardinals, striking out seven in the All-Star's return to the rotation after a bullpen demotion.
Skip Schumaker had an early run-scoring single as St. Louis (76-68) snapped its three-game skid and a four-game road losing streak with a nail-biting win over the Dodgers (74-70), who have lost four straight.
Adrian Gonzalez had an RBI double in the Dodgers' seventh loss in eight games.
Tigers-White Sox postponed
CHICAGO (AP) — Thursday night's series finale between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox has been postponed by rain.
The game was called after a little more than an hour's delay. It will be made up on Monday, Sept. 17 at 1:10 p.m. at U.S. Cellular Field.
The AL Central leading White Sox won the opener of the four-game series before the Tigers took the next two. Chicago has a one-game lead in the division.
Aces Justin Verlander of the Tigers and Chris Sale of the White Sox were scheduled to pitch Thursday night but neither warmed up.
The White Sox now go to Minnesota and Detroit heads to Cleveland before returning to Chicago on Monday to play their final regular-season. Detroit leads the series 12-5.
Nneka Ogwumike leads Sparks past Sky, 86-77
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rookie Nneka Ogwumike scored a career-high 30 points and had 11 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Chicago Sky 87-77 last night.
DeLisha Milton-Jones added 19 points for Los Angeles. Coming off a 1-4 trip, the Sparks improved to 13-1 at home and 21-10 overall. They moved to two games ahead of San Antonio for second place in the Western Conference with four games remaining. The top two teams get home-court advantage in the playoffs.
Swin Cash scored 19 of her 23 points in the second half for Chicago, and Epiphanny Prince had 19. The Sky (12-18) fell a game behind New York for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Sky center Sylvia Fowles, an Olympian and the WNBA's second-leading rebounder, missed her third straight game because of a strained calf.
Bulls G Rose says knee's improving
CHICAGO (AP) — Derrick Rose says his surgically repaired left knee is getting better and he is even jumping on it.
The Chicago Bulls' superstar started doing that "a couple of days ago," another step in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He is rehabilitating five days a week in an effort to return sometime this season after a devastating injury.
Rose spoke yesterday at an unveiling of his new shoe and apparel line for Adidas. The 35-minute session was moderated by a company executive, and he did not take questions from the media.
Rose got emotional, though, particularly when a video of him tearing the ACL and rehabbing was shown.
Linebacker gets big deal, puts up big numbers
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The day before the St. Louis Rams opener, middle linebacker James Laurinaitis signed a five-year contract extension. The business of sport out of the way, he put up the usual double-digit tackle day.
Laurinaitis led the Rams in tackles his first three seasons and he got a nice head start on making it four straight after participating in 15 tackles in the loss at Detroit in Week 1.
Laurinaitis said his new contract gives him a measure of security. He also believes the Rams, who have won just 15 of their last 81 games, are poised to make a move.
Rams re-sign backup quarterback Clemens
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams have re-signed quarterback Kellen Clemens, released in the final round of cuts before the opener.
Defensive tackle Darell Scott was released yesterday to make room for Clemens, who understood he'd be the backup behind Sam Bradford on Sunday against the Washington Redskins in the home opener. Rookie Austin Davis was the backup for the opener.
The 29-year-old Clemens has a home in St. Louis and stayed in town after getting released with the understanding the Rams would add him to the roster when they could.
Clemens made three starts last year, completing 52.7 percent of his passes for 546 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
Scott played in 13 games with one start last season. He was a fourth-round pick in 2009.