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Update September 30, 2017

Americans running away in the Presidents Cup

Phil Mickelson reacts after missing a putt on the 17th hole during the four-ball golf matches on the second day of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Friday, Sept. 29. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Doug Ferguson

Jersey City, N.J. (AP) — Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner rehearsed the dance from "Three Amigos." The only question was whether to use it at the Presidents Cup, and as the veteran of 23 team events, Mickelson concluded it would need to be a big moment.

Their match was all square on the 18th hole Friday. Mickelson was 12 feet away for birdie. A victory would give the Americans a record lead.

"If this putt goes in," Mickelson said he told his rookie partner, "we're going to dance."

This turned out to be one big dance party for an American team that has gone nearly two decades without losing. They hammered the International teams on the back nine to go unbeaten in fourballs and build an 8-2 lead, the largest margin after two sessions since the Presidents Cup began in 1994.

Mickelson had his 24th match victory to tie the Presidents Cup record held by Tiger Woods, and he set a record with his 10th victory in fourballs.

As for that dance ?

It looked a little awkward, though Mickelson did slightly better than when he cropped most of his face out of a selfie he took during the opening ceremony with the last three U.S. presidents.

"I'm clearly the worst selfie taker. I'm the worst 'Three Amigos' dancer," Mickelson said. "But I can putt."

So can his teammates, who have followed the script set out by U.S. captain Steve Stricker to win every session. They won handily in the other three matches. The other match was a halve, but even in that one, Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Hadwin had a 2-up lead with four holes to play until Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed rallied. The Americans nearly won that one, too, except that Spieth narrowly missed birdie putts on the last two holes.

"Our guys stepped up again," Stricker said. "They have a knack for doing that. To finish like that is huge for us going into tomorrow."

Mathematically, the International team could be done Saturday, the first day of a double session — four matches of foursomes in the morning, following by four matches of fourballs in the afternoon. The Americans are 7 1/2 points away from clinching the cup.

"I think we saw the strength of the U.S. team come out today," Price said.

He also saw his team play its worst golf on the back nine at Liberty National. The Americans won 13 holes on the back nine. The Internationals won three.

Price was not about to give up, hopeful of gaining some momentum in the morning and riding it into the afternoon ahead of the 12 singles matches on the final day.

"We're only 10 points through 30. There's 20 points left," Price said. "We are not laying down. These guys are going to come out fighting over the next two days, and especially tomorrow."

Justin Thomas, already with a big year behind him as a major champion and the FedEx Cup champion, teamed with Rickie Fowler for another easy victory. They have trailed only one hole in their two matches, and they became the first partnership to beat Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace.

They took the lead for good when Fowler made a 15-foot birdie putt on the third hole, and then Thomas produced the loudest cheer of the afternoon at a pivotal moment on the 14th hole. Oosthuizen hit his approach to 6 feet, while both Americans missed the green. From the left bunker, Thomas blasted out perfectly and watched it drop in for a birdie that kept the International team from cutting the deficit to 1 down.

Thomas birdied the next hole, and his bunker shot on the 16th hit the pin and somehow stayed out.

The shortest match of the day belonged to a pair of American rookies, Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman, who sat out the foursomes matches in the opening session. They were 3 up after four holes against Charl Schwartzel and Anirban Lahiri and never let up in a 6-and-5 victory.

Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, close friends and the last two U.S. Open champions, took their first lead on the par-3 10th with Koepka's birdie, and Johnson showed rare emotion on his final two birdies in a 3-and-2 victory over Adam Scott and Jhonattan Vegas.

Scott set a record of his own — it was his 19th loss in the Presidents Cup, breaking the record held by Ernie Els.

The Americans have a 9-1-1 lead in the series, their only loss coming in 1998 at Royal Melbourne. But it has at least been close after the opening two sessions, with neither side leading by more than two points since 1998.

"We're going to keep the pedal down," Hoffman said. "These guys are going to keep pushing us. We're not going to get complacent where we're at right now."


Man City striker Sergio Aguero breaks his rib in car crash

This image shows the taxi carrying Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero crashed up against a lamp post in Amsterdam, Thursday Sept. 28. (KaWijKo Media via AP)

Steve Douglas

Manchester, England (AP) — Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero confirmed he broke a rib after being involved in a car accident in the Netherlands two days before his team's biggest Premier League game of the season so far.

"Hurts, but I'm fine, fully focused on recovery," Aguero tweeted late Friday. "Thank you all!"

Aguero attended a concert in Amsterdam on Thursday evening and was on his way to the airport for a private flight back to Manchester when the taxi he was traveling in crashed into a lamp-post.

The Argentina international spent the night in the hospital before returning to Manchester on Friday. He will not be available for the match against Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday and is expected to be out for up to a month.

The accident happened at 11 p.m. local time, on Aguero's day off. City had scheduled their training session on Friday for 11 a.m.

"The taxi I was riding made a wrong turn and crashed against a pole," Aguero said on Twitter. "It was a very heavy slam but seatbelts prevented it from being worse."

Asked if he had given Aguero permission to be in Amsterdam, City manager Pep Guardiola said: "I'm not the police."

"I want the players to be happy," Guardiola added. "They have to rest mentally and physically and they have to enjoy their lives. If he decides to go there, that's OK with me."

On Thursday, Aguero posted a picture on Instagram of himself alongside Colombian singer Maluma, saying: "Thanks for the invitation!"

Maluma was performing in Amsterdam on Thursday evening.

The absence of Aguero for the Chelsea match is another blow for Guardiola, coming a day after City confirmed that left back Benjamin Mendy had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Guardiola said Mendy would be out until the semifinals of the Champions League, which begin in April. The France defender has added a new dimension to City's attacking play this season with his powerful runs and delivery from the left wing.

City captain Vincent Kompany will also be absent, with Guardiola saying the defender hasn't taken part in a single training session over the last month.

Aguero lost his status as first-choice striker at City last season following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus. However, he has been in good form this season, scoring seven goals in eight games in all competitions.

He was selected in Argentina's most recent squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador.

City lead the Premier League on goal difference after six games, with Chelsea three points behind in third place.


Grosjean escapes injury as loose drain causes practice crash

Track crew lift the car of Haas driver Romain Grosjean after it crashed out on Turn 14 during the second practice for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, Sept. 29. (AP Photo/Thomas Lam)

Jerome Pugmire

Sepang, Malaysia (AP) — French driver Romain Grosjean escaped without injury after clipping a loose drain and flying into the crash barriers in the second practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix on Friday.

His tire shredded on impact, catapulting him at full speed from one side of the track to the other. It ended the session with 20 minutes left and, moments later, race director Charlie Whiting and another official from motorsport governing body FIA inspected the damage.

It was a spectacular incident but without consequence.

Grosjean climbed out of his Haas car unharmed, and was even able to talk about it pretty calmly moments later.

"I didn't see anything. Next thing I knew I was spinning and heading for the wall," he said. "I am fine, that is the most important thing."

But it could have been much more serious, with images showing the drain cover sticking up at an angle before Grosjean clipped it.

"It was on the racing line and I had a big hit and impact on rear right. I was spinning and heading to the wall," Grosjean said, after reviewing footage. "They need to sort things out, it is a shame. Hopefully we find a good setup for tomorrow and the drains stay in place."

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner was furious.

"Things like this in 2017 shouldn't happen on any circuit," he said. "In my opinion this is not acceptable. In a race this would have been a disaster."

Explaining the incident, Whiting said that some welding came loose on a Sepang circuit he claims is "fatigued" as it hosts a race for the last time.

"One drain grate has come up. It just seems that it has broken away," said Whiting, explaining that further checks would be made on other drains during the evening. "We have to get it fixed for tomorrow, of course."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was confident the issue would be taken care of.

"The good thing is no one was hurt," Horner said. "I'm pretty confident we won't see a repeat issue."

By the time the second practice was over, Ferrari had done enough to secure a 1-2 as Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time followed by Kimi Raikkonen. Vettel has reason to feel confident of securing a second straight pole position in Saturday's qualifying.

But it was a different story for Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas struggled with grip and went off track into the gravel within moments of each other.

Bottas' left wheel locked as he came out of Turn 10. Hamilton, out of Turn 7, skidded sideways and then backward into the dirt.

Hamilton was sixth and Bottas seventh on a poor day for a team that has won three straight drivers' and constructors' championships.

"The car seems to be unbalanced," Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff said. "One of the worst Fridays I can remember."

Renault driver Jolyon Palmer and Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr. — who is replacing Palmer next year — also went off track. Although there was a heavy downpour before the first practice, the track had largely dried out by the afternoon. Drivers have raced in far worse conditions.

There is a third and final practice on Saturday before qualifying at 5 p.m. local time.

Hamilton has won the last two races and holds a 28-point lead over Vettel, who crashed from pole in Singapore two weeks ago.

Earlier, in first practice, Max Verstappen posted the fastest time, followed by Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

Vettel and Hamilton were fifth and sixth respectively.

"We just lacked pace today and we have 12 hours to understand why," Wolff said.

It promises to be a long night in the Mercedes garage.

"We're definitely lacking performance, it seems like Ferrari and Red Bull are very strong," Bottas said. "We have work to do if we want to be on the front row. The key area we are going to need to focus on tonight will be getting the maximum out of the tires over one lap."


Indians rout White Sox 10-1, maintain AL's best record

Cleveland Indians' Edwin Encarnacion hits a three-run double off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher David Holmberg in the third inning of their baseball game, Friday, Sept. 29, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Brian Dulik

Cleveland (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion had a three-run double, and Jay Bruce and Jose Ramirez drove in two runs apiece, leading the AL Central champion Indians to a 10-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

Cleveland maintained its one-game lead — and owns the tiebreaker — over Houston for the best record in the AL with two games remaining. The top seed will play the winner of the wild-card game between the Yankees and Twins in the Division Series.

The Indians' 101 victories are the second most in franchise history and set a record for wins by an AL Central team.

Trevor Bauer (17-9) allowed one run over six innings, striking out seven, to win for the ninth time in his last 10 decisions.

Cleveland built a 10-0 lead after three innings, aided by six walks from Mike Pelfrey (3-12) and an error by shortstop Tim Anderson. Pelfrey allowed a career-high 10 runs, seven earned, in 2 2/3 innings.

The Indians are 32-3 since beginning their AL-record 22-game winning streak on Aug. 24. Last year's AL champions have won a franchise-best 10 straight series, seven of them via sweeps.

Bruce hit a two-run homer and Ramirez doubled in a pair in the second. It was Bruce's 36th homer and his seventh since joining the Indians in an Aug. 8 trade with the Mets.

Encarnacion's bases-clearing double came in the third off David Holmberg.

Bauer didn't allow a baserunner until Yolmer Sanchez left off the fourth with his 12th home run. Yoan Moncada had two of Chicago's five hits.

Ramirez went 3 for 4 with two doubles, increasing his AL-high total to 55 and giving him 90 extra-base hits. All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor was the lone Cleveland starter who failed to reach base.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: OF Michael Brantley (right ankle sprain), who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 9, participated in pregame outfield drills. Manager Terry Francona said he doesn't "think it's fair" to speculate on whether Brantley will play this weekend, but he didn't rule it out.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Carson Fulmer is 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA over his last three starts. He only recorded one out in his last outing Sept. 21 at Houston before exiting with a blister.

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber seeks to solidify his status as the AL Cy Young Award front-runner in his final start of the regular season. He is 18-4 with a 2.27 ERA and 262 strikeouts.


England crush West Indies by 9 wickets to win final ODI

England's Eoin Morgan poses with the trophy after the fifth one day international cricket match between England and the West Indies, at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, England, Friday Sept. 29. (Simon Cooper/PA via AP)

Southampton, England (AP) — Jonny Bairstow top scored with 141 not out as England chased down their target of 289 in 38 overs to win the fifth and final one-day international against West Indies on Friday.

England finished on 294-1 after Joe Root smashed a six off Marlon Samuels to win the series 4-0 with the second ODI a no-result due to rain.

Bairstow, who also got a ton in the first match, hit 17 boundaries in his 114-ball innings. Bairstow's innings was the highest ODI score by an England batsman against West Indies.

Jason Roy was the only English wicket to fall — trapped leg before wicket for 96 by Miguel Cummins in the 22nd over — after an opening stand with Bairstow of 156.

Root was 46 not out in 44 balls at Southampton with two fours and the winning six.

Earlier, Shai Hope struck 72 and Ashley Nurse added a late-innings 31 not out off 12 balls to help West Indies score 288-6 after England won the toss.

Chris Gayle hit five sixes — including four in a row across two overs — in a 29-ball 40 at the top of the innings to get the tourists off to a quick start.

Hope's knock was more measured, coming off 95 balls and including four fours and a six.

All eight of West Indies' batsmen got into double figures as they looked to avoid a series whitewash.

Jake Ball was smashed for 94 off his 10 overs, with spinners Adil Rashid (1-42) and Moeen Ali (1-36) the most economical of the England bowlers.


Chandimal ton leads Sri Lanka to 419, Pakistan 64-0 on Day 2

Sri Lanka's batsman Dinesh Chandimal celebrates reaching his century during the second day of the first test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Sept. 29. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Abu Dhabi, UAE (AP) — Dinesh Chandimal scored his ninth test century and first as captain as Sri Lanka posted 419 against Pakistan on day two of the first test on Friday.

By stumps, Pakistan were a chanceless 64 without loss, Sami Aslam on 31 and Shan Masood on 30 to make honors even.

Sri Lanka resumed on 227-4 after Dimuth Karunaratne's 93, and Chandimal moved on from 60. He reached his ton in the morning with a cover drive. He needed 273 balls for his second century of the year.

His overnight partner, Niroshan Dickwella moved from 42 to 83 when he edged Hasan Ali onto his off stump at 295-5. The wicketkeeper's highest test score, surpassing 81 in July against Zimbabwe, lasted 117 balls, and included nine fours and a six.

Dilruwan Perera replaced Dickwella and took 33 balls to get off the mark. In the meantime, he reversed two lbw decisions before he scored.

After lunch, Perera also survived a stumping chance on 32 but was out for 33, the video this time confirming he was back leg before wicket, giving part-time spinner Haris Sohail a wicket on debut.

Sri Lanka took tea on 403-7, then the end came quickly. In an eventful 155th over bowled by paceman Mohammad Abbas, Chandimal lost his middle stump but the delivery was a no ball, and Lakshan Sandakan and Nuwan Pradeep were dismissed cheaply in consecutive balls to end the innings.

Chandimal was stranded on 155, seven shy of his career-high score. He'd faced 372 balls, hitting 14 to the boundary.

Abbas took 3-75 and left-arm spinner Yasir Shah had figures of 57-11-120-3.


Update September 29, 2017

Americans take another early lead in Presidents Cup

Jordan Spieth hits from a sand trap on the 11th hole during the Presidents Cup foursomes golf matches at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Thursday, Sept. 28. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Doug Ferguson

Jersey City, N.J. (AP) — The opening ceremony at the Presidents Cup was unlike any other in golf with former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton on the first tee.

The results were all too familiar.

The Americans led at some point in all five of the foursomes matches Thursday at Liberty National. They won the first three. And when they jumped on a ferry to take them across the New York Harbor to their Manhattan hotel, they had the lead.

Behind a new tandem of Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas, and an old one of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, the Americans jumped out to a 3 1/2-1 1/2 lead. It was the sixth consecutive time they led after the opening session in an event they haven't lost in two decades.

"Jordan mentioned that this first session is pretty critical and we need to go out there and take care of business," Fowler said. "I feel like as a team, we did a really good job of that. If we can do the same thing tomorrow and win another session, it puts us in a great position."

Thomas and Fowler lost only two holes in a 6-and-4 victory over Hideki Matsuyama and Charl Schwartzel. Spieth and Reed improved to 6-1-2 as a tandem in the Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup. Spieth holed a 35-foot putt on the 11th hole right when it looked as if Emiliano Grillo and Si Woo Kim might gain some momentum. Instead, the match was over three holes later, 5 and 4.

Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar remained unbeaten in four matches, not taking the lead until the 16th hole and making it stand in a 1-up victory over Adam Scott and Jhonattan Vegas.

"We've been off to poor starts for a while on Thursdays," International captain Nick Price said. "We have a resilient team. They have this ability to come back and bounce back, and they have done it. They did it last time in Korea."

Indeed, the Americans had a 4-1 lead after the first session two years ago, and that Presidents Cup came down to the final match.

Phil Mickelson, playing in his 23rd consecutive team competition, ended the tough, wind-swept afternoon at Liberty National by missing an 8-foot par putt, or the U.S. lead would have been even greater. He and Kevin Kisner were 1 down with two holes remaining to Jason Day and Marc Leishman, so a half-point wasn't bad.

Mickelson's only complaint was that he botched his selfie with the presidents, with barely his head showing.

For the most part, everything else went the Americans' way.

The lone bright spot for the International team was Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace, who improved to 5-0 as a tandem. The South African duo pulled away for a 3-and-1 victory over U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger.

"Listen, we're a half-point better than last time, so that's a big up for us," Grace said. "We've got a great team. We all want it really badly. ... I'm sure we're going to have a good night and then going to come back tomorrow blazing."

The stars on this day didn't hit a shot.

The leader of every country where the Presidents Cup is held are invited to be honorary chairman, but this was a first — three U.S. presidents together at this event, sitting together in a box on the first tee and then posing with the trophy, the players and their wives.

"I was looking forward to this Presidents Cup for a very long time, and I didn't expect all the presidents to be there," Schwartzel said. "Just to get to meet them was a dream come true for me. Then to hit that first tee shot with the wind pumping off the right was quite intimidating."

The Americans have a 9-1-1 lead in the series, their lone loss in 1998 at Royal Melbourne a few weeks before Christmas.

The gusts topped 20 mph and felt even stronger on exposed areas of Liberty National, which sits across New York Harbor from Manhattan.

The par-3 10th hole was so difficult to judge the wind that Scott hit a tee shot that sailed over the green into a hazard, while Spieth in the match behind him came up some 60 feet short of the hole in a bunker.

Johnson and Kuchar didn't make a single bogey, remarkable in the format and in the wind, and they still didn't take the lead until Johnson's tee shot on the par-3 16th with a strong wind at his back stopped 5 feet away. Scott came up short, and then missed a 6-foot par putt.

"In alternate shot, in these conditions, not to make a bogey and for us to just win 1 up, that's a heck of a battle that we had with those guys," Kuchar said.

Friday features five matches of fourballs, followed by a full day of foursomes and fourballs Saturday and the decisive Sunday singles.

"There's still a long, long ways to go," U.S. captain Steve Stricker said. "But we very much liked the day and the way it started."


Giroud scores 100th goal for Arsenal in 4-2 win over BATE

 

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud, left, celebrates with Theo Walcott after scoring his side's fourth goal during the Europa League group H soccer match between Bate and Arsenal at the Borisov-Arena stadium in Borisov, Belarus, Thursday, Sept. 28. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Borisov, Belarus (AP) - Olivier Giroud scored his 100th goal for Arsenal as the Gunners beat BATE Borisov 4-2 to go two-for-two in Europa League group play on Thursday.

Arsenal rested nine front-line players including Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette for the English Premier League and still had enough firepower at a venue usually hostile to visitors. Within 25 minutes, Arsenal were a decisive 3-0 up through two goals by Theo Walcott and Rob Holding.

Giroud sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot in the second half.

"Welcome to the 100 club!" tweeted Walcott, who has scored 107 for Arsenal.

Arsenal lead Group H with six points, two ahead of Red Star Belgrade who won at Cologne 1-0.

Mirko Ivanic and Mikhail scored for BATE, the Belarus champions.

AC Milan scored four minutes into overtime to edge Rijeka of Croatia 3-2, and Everton were held by Apollon at home to 2-2.

Lazio won a second straight Group K game after beating Zulte Waregem 2-0, while Marseille lost at Salzburg 1-0.

In Borisov, Jack Wilshere broke down the left and provided a perfect cross for Walcott to net from close range in the ninth minute, just a minute after he hit the post.

BATE goalkeeper Denis Scherbitski blundered in the 22nd when his clearance found Walcott at the edge of the area to score his second with a low shot.

Just three minutes later, Holding scored his first goal for Arsenal following a corner kick.

Ivanic reduced the deficit for the hosts with a header, Giroud restored the three-goal margin, and Gordeichuk finished off the scoring.

NO CHEERS FOR LAZIO

Lazio won in an empty home stadium, UEFA punishment for when their fans racially abused a Sparta Prague player in 2016. Lazio beat Zulte Waregem of Belgium 2-0 thanks to Felipe Caicedo's first-half header and substitute Ciro Immobile's last-minute goal.

LIGHTS OUT IN NICE

The Nice-Vitesse match was suspended in the second half for more than 15 minutes due to floodlight failure. Nice were already up 2-0. When the lights came back on, Alassane Plea scored his second. Nice, like Lazio, have two wins in Group K.

MILAN SQUEAK HOME

Patrick Cutrone scored the match-winner deep into stoppage time for Milan against Rijeka.

Milan looked in control at 2-0 with Andre Silva's fourth goal in two group matches. But Rijeka scored twice in six minutes at the end.

After AEK Athens drew with Austria Vienna 2-2 in the other Group D match, Milan have a two-point lead over of AEK.

EVERTON WINLESS

Everton's campaign suffered another blow when theycould only draw with Apollon 2-2 at home in Group E.

Everton rallied to 2-1 ahead and looked set to rebound from their previous 3-0 loss to Atalanta. Apollon looked buried when Valentin Roberge was sent off for a stamp in the 86th minute. But two minutes later, Hector Yuste headed home a free kick to salvage a draw at Goodison Park.

Atalanta lead Group E with four points following a 1-1 draw at Lyon, and Everton remain on the bottom with one point.

OTHER GROUPS

Marseille's loss at Salzburg was their first in six games in Europe this season, and Zenit St. Petersburg defeated Real Sociedad 3-1 to make it two wins from two and a three-point lead in Group L.


Australia end India’s ODI win streak at 9 in Bengaluru

 

Australia cricketer Adam Zampa celebrates taking the wicket of Indian batsman Hardik Pandya during the fourth one-day international in Bangalore, India, Thursday, Sept. 28. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Bengaluru, India (AP) — Australia ended India's one-day international winning streak at nine after taking the fourth match of their series by 21 runs on Thursday.

India had never won 10 successive ODIs - by comparison Australia have done it six times - and their bid was only just thwarted.

Australia made 334-5, the first 300 score in the series, including a 14th ODI century by opener David Warner.

India were in it until the game was suspended because of a shower and the hosts lost momentum. Kedar Jadhav, on 67, was caught in the deep in the 46th over. Three balls later, Manish Pandey was bowled on 33 by Pat Cummins.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni led India past 300, but the asking rate was too much in the face of inspired death bowling from the Australian quicks. India ended on 313-8.

India still lead the series 3-1 with one match to go, but lost an ODI for the first time since July.

"The pitch looked worse than it played," India captain Virat Kohli said. "At the 30-over mark, they were going strong. I thought if we restricted them below 350, it would be a great effort. We got a good opening partnership but we needed one big partnership after that as well. From that point of view, it wasn't a great batting performance from us."

Kane Richardson (3-58) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (2-56) shared five wickets to strangle the Indian run chase.

But India made a good start as Ajinkya Rahane (53 off 66 balls) and Rohit Sharma (65 off 55 balls) put on 106 runs for the opening wicket.

Rahane was caught at long on, then Sharma and Kohli were in a bad mixup, both ending up at the same end. Sharma was run out.

Kohli played on off Coulter-Nile in the 25th over as India were reduced to 147-3.

Hardik Pandya (41) came out to bat at No. 4 again, and attacked the spinners as in Indore. He made 88 with Jadhav as India's 200 came up in the 32nd over. Pandya was out hitting to long on.

Then came the fateful delay for a shower.

Earlier, Warner made 124 hitting 12 fours and four sixes in his 119-ball stay. He became the first Australian batsman to score a century in his 100th ODI.

He put on 231 runs with Aaron Finch (94), Australia's highest opening stand in ODIs. They eclipsed the 212 in 1986 by Geoff Marsh and David Boon at Jaipur.

"Warner and Finch were spectacular," captain Steven Smith said. "Warner's ODI form has been unbelievable in the last two years."

India rested first-choice pacemen Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, and Warner and Finch capitalized in a chanceless partnership. The Indian fielders looked short of energy.

Even the Indian spinners proved expensive. Yuzvendra Chahal (0-54) and Axar Patel (0-66) were plundered. Australia crossed 150 in the 26th over, and 200 in the 32nd over.

Warner reached his hundred off 103 balls. Overall, he became the eighth batsman to achieve this feat in the 100th ODI, joining Gordon Greenidge, Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan (all for West Indies), Chris Cairns (New Zealand), Mohammad Yousuf (Pakistan), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), and Marcus Trescothick (England) in this select club.

Warner was caught at long on in the 35th over. His opening stand with Finch was also the second highest in ODIs on Indian soil, after Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs put up 235 in 2000 at Kochi.

The last ODI is on Sunday at Nagpur.


Brewers beat Reds 4-3, close within 2 games of Colorado

Milwaukee Brewers' Domingo Santana, right, begins his slide to beat the throw to Cincinnati Reds' Stuart Turner, left, during the fourth inning of their baseball game Thursday, Sept. 28, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

Rich Rovito

Milwaukee (AP) — The Brewers headed to St. Louis still battling for the last available playoff spot.

Milwaukee closed within two games of Colorado for the National League's second wild card with three games left, rallying to beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Thursday as Brett Phillips hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning.

"This team is relentless. We keep fighting," Phillips said. "These are must-win games. Going to St. Louis for three, we owe it to each other to play hard and that's what we're going to do."

Starting Friday, Milwaukee (84-75) closes the regular season at St. Louis, and the Rockies host the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Brewers are assured of their best record since finishing 96-66 in 2011, when they lost to the Cardinals in the NL Championship Series — Milwaukee's last playoff appearance.

"To take it to the last weekend, it means a lot," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. "That we're jumping on a plane with three games left and with some possibilities is exciting and well-deserved for those guys."

After Cincinnati tied the score in the sixth on RBI singles by Scooter Gennett against starter Brent Suter and Jesse Winkler off Oliver Drake, Jared Hughes (5-3) entered with two on. The Reds loaded the bases when the reliever bobbled Jose Peraza's bunt for an error.

Hughes struck out Adam Duvall and got Stuart Turner to ground into a double play.

"That was my best shot — throwing a strike and getting a ball put in play," Hughes said. "It just so happened that it worked out that way."

Anthony Swarzak worked around three walks in two hitless innings, and Corey Knebel struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 39th save in 45 chances.

Patrick Kivlehan's fourth-inning homer off Suter put Cincinnati ahead, but Orlando Arcia's sacrifice fly against Sal Romano (5-8) tied the score in the bottom half. Neil Walker hit an RBI double in the fifth and scored on Ryan Braun's single for a 3-1 lead.

Suter gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings. Romano allowed four runs — three earned — and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Counsell told his team to prepare for a lengthy stretch on the road. "Pack for 10 days, or you can pack for three and run out of clothes. I don't care, but we are going to be gone for 10 days," Counsell said.


Bayern Munich fire Ancelotti; appoint Sagnol interim coach

Carlo Ancelotti. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Munich (AP) — Bayern Munich fired Carlo Ancelotti as coach on Thursday after the German team's heaviest Champions League group-stage defeat.

Wednesday's 3-0 loss at Paris Saint-Germain led club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to warn of "consequences" after what he called a "very bitter defeat."

Bayern said the 40-year-old Willy Sagnol, a former Bayern defender who was Ancelotti's assistant, will take over the team on an interim basis.

Ancelotti, who won the Bundesliga in his first season in charge after taking over from Pep Guardiola, endured a shaky start to his second season. Bayern lost to Hoffenheim in the third round of the league and let a two-goal lead slip in a 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg last Friday. Bayern are three points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund after six rounds.

"Our team's performances did not meet our expectations from the start of the season. The game in Paris clearly showed that we had to draw consequences. That's what I told (sporting director) Hasan Salihamidzic and Carlo today in an open and serious talk, and I told him our decision," Rummenigge said.

Ancelotti's team of assistants — his son Davide, Giovanni Mauri, Francesco Mauri and Mino Fulco — were also released by the club.

"I would like to thank Carlo for our work together and regret the development it has taken," Rummenigge said. "Carlo is my friend and will remain so, but we had to make a professional decision on Bayern's behalf. I now expect the team to develop positively with absolute dedication so we can reach our goals for this season."

Both Ancelotti and predecessor Pep Guardiola, who failed to win the Champions League in three seasons at Bayern despite being considered one of the world's best coaches, toiled to meet expectations following Jupp Heynckes' Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble in 2013.


Update September 28, 2017

PSG style, Man Utd goals, Chelsea drama in Champions League

PSG's Neymar clenches his fist after scoring his side's third goal during the Champions League Group B match against Bayern Munich at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 27. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Graham Dunbar

Geneva (AP) — More routs, stunning losses and late drama made for a standout night in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Paris Saint-Germain tore apart five-time European champions Bayern Munich, and got goals from bickering forwards Edinson Cavani and Neymar in a 3-0 win that was the night's defining performance.

Yet another four-goal display from Manchester United this season seemed almost routine as Jose Mourinho's team won 4-1 at CSKA Moscow.

Teams swept aside by Man United and PSG two weeks ago bounced back. Basel hit Benfica with counter attacks in a shock 5-0 victory, and Celtic won 3-0 at Anderlecht.

The drama peaked at Atletico Madrid's new stadium where Chelsea trailed at halftime and struck with the last kick to clinch a 2-1 victory.

Group D rivals Barcelona and Juventus delivered expected victories.

Here’s a look at Wednesday's games:

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GROUP A

Romelu Lukaku might be the best striker in Europe on current form.

Lukaku scored twice in the first half as Man United cruised past CSKA Moscow 4-1 in Russia. It's now 10 goals in nine games for Lukaku at his new club this season.

Anthony Martial converted from the penalty spot, between setting up Lukaku's goals, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored in the second half. CSKA's goal came in the 90th minute from substitute Konstantin Kuchaev.

Basel were brushed aside 3-0 at Old Trafford in the opening round, but were rewarded with a 5-0 win over Benfica for giving a first Champions League start to Dimitri Oberlin, a Cameroon-born forward on loan from Salzburg.

On his 20th birthday, Oberlin used his pace and directness to score two goals, set up Michael Lang for the second-minute opener and earn a penalty that Ricky van Wolfswinkel scored.

Benfica had midfielder Andre Almeida sent off for a two-footed tackle when trailing 3-0.

Man United have six points, Basel and CSKA both have three and play each other next in Moscow.

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GROUP B

Paris Saint-Germain's hugely expensive forward line was good value at the Parc des Princes, giving Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti a miserable return to the club he led to a French title.

In just the second minute, Neymar created the chance for Brazil teammate Dani Alves to open the scoring. Cavani was set up by Kylian Mbappe to make it 2-0 before halftime. Neymar scored in the 63rd after Bayern failed to deal with Mbappe's threat.

For PSG, two wins, eight goals scored and none conceded means a clear lead in the group.

Hammered 5-0 at home by PSG, Celtic dished out a 3-0 home loss to struggling Anderlecht.

The Scottish champions got goals from Leigh Griffiths, Scott Sinclair, and an own-goal by Kara Mbodji, and next travel to face Bayern.

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GROUP C

Chelsea took control of the group with an unlikely 2-1 victory in the first Champions League game at Atletico's Metropolitano stadium, which will host the final next season.

Substitute Michy Batshuayi got free in the Atletico goalmouth to score in the fourth minute of stoppage time to win the game. Former Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata scored early in the second-half to cancel out Antoine Griezmann's first-half penalty for Atletico.

Striker Diego Costa, who left Chelsea for Atletico this month, watched in the stands.

After losing 6-0 at Chelsea, Qarabag lost 2-1 at home to Roma who labored to win in Azerbaijan.

Kostas Manolas and Edin Dzeko scored for Roma inside 15 minutes, while Pedro Henrique got Qarabag's first ever Champions League goal in the 28th.

Chelsea, with six points, next host second-place Roma.

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GROUP D

As expected, Barcelona won at Sporting Lisbon, 1-0, and Juventus beat visiting Olympiakos 2-0.

Barcelona needed an own goal from Sebastian Coates to win after Lionel Messi's free kick early in the second half deflected off two defenders.

Juventus were held until deep into the game when Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain came on as a substitute. Higuain scored in the 69th and was involved in the second, playing in Paulo Dybala, whose shot was hooked off the line by a defender but rebounded in off Mario Mandzukic.

Barcelona, who already beat Juventus 3-0, next host Olympiakos. Juventus host Sporting, with both on three points.


D/L method win sees England take ODI series over West Indies

West Indies' Evin Lewis plays a shot off the bowling of England's Moeen Ali during the fourth One Day International at the Oval cricket ground in London, Wednesday, Sept. 27. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

London (AP) — England survived without Ben Stokes as another of their influential allrounders set up victory over West Indies in the rain-shortened fourth one-day international on Wednesday to clinch the series.

Moeen Ali hit 48 from 25 balls and he and Jos Buttler put together a perfectly-timed and unbroken partnership of 77 from 48 balls to lift England from well behind the required run rate to just ahead when rain fell at the Oval and ended play.

England finished on 258-5 in 35.1 overs thanks to the late impetus provided by Ali and Buttler. That was good enough to win by six runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method after West Indies had posted 356-5 from 50 overs.

Buttler was 43 not out from 35 balls alongside Ali, and their match-winning stand put England 3-0 up with one game to play in the series.

West Indies lost despite their best batting performance of the series, with opener Evin Lewis producing a brilliant 176 from 130 balls before he had to leave on a stretcher, retiring hurt, after hitting the ball into his own ankle and sustaining a hairline fracture.

The victory completed a successful summer of cricket at home for England, who won test and one-day series over both South Africa and West Indies, and a Twenty20 series over the South Africans.

That success should have put England in buoyant mood ahead of the Ashes in Australia starting in two months' time, only for the arrest of allrounder Stokes over a late-night incident this week to cast a shadow over preparations.

Stokes, England's test vice-captain and star player in all formats, missed Wednesday's game after his arrest in the early hours of Monday morning on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in an altercation with another man, reportedly at a nightclub. Stokes was released without charge but is still under police investigation for the incident that followed England's win in the third ODI. Opener Alex Hales, who was with Stokes on the night out, also missed Wednesday's game at the Oval after returning to Bristol to help police with their investigation.

England's bowling attack felt Stokes' absence as West Indies posted a big total, powered by Lewis and captain Jason Holder (77 off 62 balls).

An unbalanced England attack couldn't keep West Indies under control despite making a strong start.

Chris Woakes took 3-71 and West Indies were 33-3 after 6.1 overs with those early strikes. But a 117-run stand between Lewis and Jason Mohammed (46) and a partnership of 168 off just 108 balls between Lewis and Holder saw West Indies race away. That Lewis-Holder stand was West Indies' best for the fifth wicket in ODIs.

Lewis, who was brilliant with his 17 fours and seven sixes, made the fourth highest score by a West Indian in a one-day game. He was closing in on becoming the first man to make 200 in an ODI in England when he was undone — not by a bowler, but by himself. He mishit a delivery from Jake Ball into his own ankle and, grimacing in pain, slumped to his knees. He was taken off on a stretcher with just over three overs to go in the innings.

Ali and Buttler came together with England 181-5. Jason Roy made 84 to lay the platform for England but Alzarri Joseph's five wickets had the West Indians in control, and England trailing well behind the required rate.

Ali and Buttler turned that around in the space of just eight overs, with Ali smacking six fours and two sixes and ensuring England will have a victorious end to theie summer despite the absence of Stokes.


Russell homers, Cubs beat Cardinals 5-1 to clinch NL Central

Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Sept. 27, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Joe Harris

St. Louis, Missouri (AP) — Addison Russell hit a three-run homer and John Lackey pitched six strong innings as the Chicago Cubs clinched their second consecutive National League Central title with a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

The Cubs reached the postseason for the third straight year for the first time since 1908. They are also the first defending World Series champion to win their division the next season since the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies and the first defending champion to reach the playoffs the next season since the Cardinals won the wild card in 2012.

The Cubs became the second visiting team to celebrate a title at Busch Stadium III. The 2009 Los Angeles Dodgers won the NLDS at St. Louis.

Lackey (12-11) retired the final 10 batters he faced. The former Cardinal struck out three and gave up two hits and two walks.

Six Cubs relievers combined for three scoreless innings of relief.


Vonn revives request to race in men's World Cup downhill

United States skier Lindsey Vonn has requested to race against men in a mixed gender World Cup downhill event. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Graham Dunbar

Geneva (AP) — Lindsey Vonn's request to race against men in a World Cup downhill will be studied again by the International Ski Federation (FIS) next week.

The United States team will make the formal proposal at pre-season meetings hosted by FIS in Zurich, the governing body said on Wednesday.

The revived plan is expected to involve a race at Lake Louise, Canada, in the 2018-19 season.

In 2012, FIS rejected a previous request on behalf of Alpine skiing great Vonn because its rules bar mixed gender races.

"Further details are still unknown, but this is certainly an anticipated topic that divides the FIS officials," the governing body said on Wednesday

Vonn, who turns 33 next month, has a longstanding ambition to race competitively against men before she retires.

Of her record 39 World Cup downhill wins, 14 have been at Lake Louise where the men typically race in late-November, one week before the women.

"All the men say, 'We don't think she's going to beat us,' which is what they're going to say, and also that, 'It will be great for our sport,'" Vonn told The Associated Press in April. "So, what's the harm?"

The subject will go first to meetings of the FIS Alpine skiing executive board which start next Tuesday, and could be resolved by a broader Alpine committee which meets on Friday next week.

In a rare direct comparison of men's and women's World Cup downhills in March 2014, the final races of the season were run back-to-back on the same course setting at Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

Vonn had suffered a season-ending injury and did not start. The men's winning time of Austrian Matthias Mayer was 2.32 seconds faster than Lara Gut of Switzerland, who won her race two hours later.


Update September 27, 2017

Ronaldo brace keeps Real Madrid level with Tottenham

Real Madrid's scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, rear, and his teammate Gareth Bale, front, celebrate their side's 2nd goal during the Champions League group H match against Borussia Dortmund in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 26. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Tales Azzoni

Madrid (AP) — A two-goal performance by Cristiano Ronaldo gave Real Madrid a 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday, keeping the defending champions at the top of Group H along with Tottenham, who defeated APOEL 3-0 in Cyprus for their second consecutive victory.

Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw at Spartak Moscow to remain winless after two matches, while Manchester City made it two wins in a row with a 2-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in England.

FC Porto picked up a stunning 3-0 victory at Monaco, while Sevilla easily defeated Maribor of Slovenia 3-0 in Spain.

Here’s a look at Tuesday's games:

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GROUP E

Sevilla took the group lead with the comfortable home win against Maribor, while Liverpool stumbled to their second consecutive draw.

Wissam Ben Yedder scored a hat trick in Sevilla's victory, finding the net twice in the first half and converting a late penalty. He had also scored one of the team's goals in the 2-2 draw at Liverpool in the first match.

Missed chances were costly for Liverpool as they dropped points again in Russia, where the hosts opened the scoring with a free kick by Fernando before Philippe Coutinho equalized a few minutes later.

Spartak look set for more UEFA punishment after their fans displayed a banner reading "UEFA mafia" and set off smoke bombs. They were protesting UEFA's decision to punish the club for a flare fired at the referee during the club's previous Champions League fixture.

Sevilla have four points, two more than both Liverpool and Spartak.

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GROUP F

Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling scored either side of Sergio Aguero's penalty miss as Manchester City beat Shakhtar Donetsk to take the group's lead with six points, three more than Shakhtar and Napoli.

By seeing his penalty saved by goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov, Aguero missed a chance to join Eric Brook as City's all-time record scorer on 177 goals.

Napoli, who opened group play with a 2-1 loss at Shakhtar, rebounded with a convincing 3-1 home win over Feyenoord.

Dries Mertens extended his red-hot form by scoring one goal and setting up another, while Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon also found the net.

Goalkeeper Pepe Reina saved a penalty.

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GROUP G

FC Porto earned their first group win by stunning Monaco with a pair of goals by Vincent Aboubakar and a late strike by substitute Miguel Layun.

Monaco, last year's semifinalists, were taught a lesson in counterattacking football as they remained winless following an opening 1-1 draw at Leipzig.

Besiktas took the group lead with the home victory over Leipzig after first-half goals by Ryan Babel and Talisca. The Turkish club has six points, three more than Porto.

Besiktas had opened with a 3-1 win at Porto.

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GROUP H

Ronaldo scored two goals for the second straight match in the Champions League, leading Madrid to victory in Germany.

The Portugal forward had also found the net twice in the team's opening 3-0 win against APOEL.

Gareth Bale also scored for Madrid on Tuesday, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the hosts on the board.

Tottenham, who beat the German side 3-1 in their opener at Wembley Stadium, defeated APOEL with a Harry Kane hat trick, his sixth of the year.

Tottenham and Madrid are tied with six points and have the same number of goals scored and conceded.


Toro Rosso drops Kvyat, promotes Gasly for F1 Malaysian GP

French driver Pierre Gasly is shown in this July 15, 2017 file photo. Gasly will make his Formula One debut with Toro Rosso at the Malaysian Grand Prix, on Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.)

Sepang, Malaysia (AP) — Pierre Gasly will make his Formula One debut with Toro Rosso at the Malaysian Grand Prix this week after Daniil Kvyat was dropped.

The 23-year-old Russian driver has four points from 14 races which led to Team principal Franz Tost says Kvyat's poor performances led to them "standing him down for the next races."

Tost says Kvyat "has not really shown his true potential so far this year," citing technical problems and "mistakes of his own making."

Gasly, a 21-year-old Frenchman on the Red Bull junior drivers' program, has been racing in Japan in the Super Formula category.

Toro Rosso is a feeder team for Red Bull.

The Malaysian GP is at the Sepang Circuit on Sunday.


Wade set to sign with Cavaliers, reunite with LeBron

Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Tom Withers

Cleveland (AP) — Together again: LeBron and D-Wade. Just like old times.

Dwyane Wade has decided to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers and reunite with LeBron James, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press on Tuesday night.

Wade, a 12-time All-Star, is expected to clear waivers on Wednesday and then join the Cavs, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be completed until Wade goes through the waiver process.

In Cleveland, Wade will be reunited with James, his close friend, former Miami teammate and a player he confided in before signing with his hometown Chicago Bulls last year.

Wade and James won two NBA titles together during four seasons with the Heat and will now chase another one with the Cavs, who have been revamped after losing to Golden State in last season's Finals.

On Monday, James said he would "love" to play again with Wade.

"He brings another championship pedigree, championship DNA," James said at Cleveland's media day. "He brings another player to the team who can get guys involved, can make plays and also has a great basketball mind. ... I hope we can bring him here. I would love to have him."

Once Wade completes the waiver formality, he'll be the latest new, high-profile player to join the Cavs, who traded for All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, signed former league MVP Derrick Rose and added two strong wing defenders in Jae Crowder and Jeff Green, wing players who may help them defend the Warriors if those teams get back to a fourth straight Finals matchup.

Thomas isn't expected to play until January because of a hip injury, but until he returns the Cavs have plenty of firepower in James, Wade, Rose and All-Star Kevin Love, who could thrive as Cleveland's No. 2 scoring threat now that Kyrie Irving is in Boston.

Wade agreed to a contract buyout earlier this week with the Bulls, who signed him before last season as a free agent.

The Cavaliers emerged Tuesday as front-runners over the Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder to land the 35-year-old Wade, who many feel say has plenty of game left.

He'll now have a shot at another championship — his fourth — while playing alongside James, whom he has been friends with since they broke into the league together in 2003. When James left Cleveland as a free agent in 2010 and signed with Miami, much of his reason for leaving his home state was a chance to play with Wade and Chris Both.

Wade played his first 13 seasons in Miami, leaving in the summer of 2016 to sign a two-year deal with the Bulls. But the Bulls are in a rebuilding mode after trading Jimmy Butler this summer, and instead of paying Wade $23.8 million to play for what will likely be a struggling team they agreed this weekend to buy him out and let him find a better situation.

In an interview with AP, Wade said that whatever decision he makes would be "a pure basketball decision and I'll make the one that I feel fits me best at this point in my career and with what I feel I have to offer a team that needs what I have to offer."

Following practice on Tuesday, Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson said Wade would be a "great" fit in Cleveland.

"He's a guy that's proven, not just individually, but a team that won three championships," Thompson said. "He's pretty familiar with most of the guys on our team. ... He's always been a good locker room guy. We've never heard anything bad.

"It would be great for our team to have another championship-mentality player."

Wade has averaged 23.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 14 seasons. He averaged 18.3, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the Bulls.

One of the game's premier closers in the postseason, Wade has averaged 22.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 172 playoff games.


Ko looks to end title drought at New Zealand Open

New Zealand’s Lydia Ko. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Auckland, New Zealand (AP) — Lydia Ko's return home for the New Zealand Women's Open will give the former world No. 1 a chance to sustain her recent improvement in form and perhaps collect her first LPGA title in more than a year.

Ko has won her home open in three of the last four years — 2013, 2015 and 2016. However, she faces a stronger challenge when the latest edition starts Thursday, as the tournament has become part of the LPGA Tour for the first time.

The strongest field in the tournament's history includes seven major winners; an eighth, American Paula Creamer, withdrew Tuesday with a wrist injury.

The 20-year-old Ko will endeavor to become the first non-American to win an LPGA tournament in their home country since South Korea's Kyu Jung Baek in 2014.

Ko has gone 29 tournaments since her last win at the 2016 Marathon Classic. Her world ranking has dropped to No. 8 during a 2017 season in which she has had nine top-10 finishes in 20 starts without adding to her list of wins.

She comes into the New Zealand Women's Open in good form after finishing second at the Indy Women in Tech Championship in Indianapolis and third at the Evian Championships in which she missed a playoff by a shot.

Ko's earlier slump this season followed her decision to make changes to her swing, clubs, caddie and coach. She remains confident that those changes will bear fruit.

"I really feel like all changes were good changes and there are no regrets," she said. "Sometimes you might not see results right away but you have to keep with it and find what's best for you. It felt like there were a lot of positives but I was just not able to execute it when I was playing... You just have to be patient, and patience is the hardest thing."

Ko's main challenges this week are expected to come from Canada's Brooke Henderson, American Danielle Kang, Australian veteran Katherine Kirk, who tied Ko for third at the Evian Championship, and 15-time tour winner Yani Tseng of Taiwan.

World No. 22 Kang has the advantage of local knowledge after securing Tiger Woods and Adam Scott's former caddie, New Zealander Steve Williams, to carry her bag this week.

"I needed a local because my caddie isn't able to be here so I said 'okay I'll just hire a local'," Kang said. "Somehow someone said 'would you mind having Steve Williams on the bag?' I thought it was a joke at first.

"He's as local as it gets so I think I did pretty well there. He's a really cool guy. He knows all the numbers, he knows everything. He is like a walking yardage book. I don't even need to ask, he just tells me what I am thinking."

Henderson said weather conditions would be critical at the newly-established Windross Farm course east of Auckland.

"It's playing very firm, which is partly because it's so new of a golf course," Henderson said. "I think if the wind stays up like it is right now, it is gonna be a challenge for the girls.

"If the wind dies and the conditions are still suitable, then the scores might be very low."


England cricketer Ben Stokes arrested after disorder

England cricketer Ben Stokes. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Rob Harris

London (AP) — England test vice-captain Ben Stokes was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after an incident early Monday in Bristol, police and the team said.

The disorder that led to a man being hospitalized with facial injuries occurred hours after Stokes played in a one-day international victory over West Indies at the Bristol County Ground in southwest England.

Batsman Alex Hales, who was out with the 26-year-old Stokes after the match, returned voluntarily to Bristol on Tuesday to help police with the investigation, the England and Wales Cricket Board said.

Stokes and Hales were absent from practice on Tuesday and they will miss the fourth match in the five-match ODI series against the West Indies on Wednesday at The Oval in London.

The police force in Bristol said it was called to "disorder" on a city center street at 2:35 a.m. on Monday. The BBC and Guardian said the incident happened at the Mbargo nightclub.

An unidentified 27-year-old man "suffered facial injuries and was taken to the Bristol Royal Infirmary for treatment," Avon and Somerset Police said in an appeal for witnesses.

Asked about Stokes, the police force confirmed: "A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and has since been released under investigation." The ECB said Stokes was held until late Monday.

The incident came just as England prepare to name their squad for the Ashes tour of Australia.

Stokes has a checkered off-field disciplinary record. He was cautioned by police after being arrested for obstructing police during a night out in 2011.

The allrounder was sent home from an England Lions tour of Australia the following year for flouting rules on late-night drinking. He missed the World Twenty20 in 2014 after breaking his hand while punching a dressing room locker in Barbados while enduring poor form. Last year, Stokes was convicted of speeding for a fourth time.


Update September 26, 2017

Lacazette double gives Arsenal 2-0 win over West Brom

West Bromwich Albion's Hal Robson-Kanu, right, vies for the ball with Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny during their teams’ English Premier League match at the Emirates stadium in London, Monday, Sept. 25. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

London (AP) — Alexandre Lacazette scored twice for Arsenal to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 in the English Premier League on Monday and prolong the north London team's September fightback.

Arsenal lost two of their opening three matches but seven out of a possible nine points have been collected this month on top of victories in the Europa League and League Cup.

Lacazette, playing for the first time with Alexis Sanchez since joining in July for a club-record 60 million euros, combined with the Chile forward for the opener.

Sanchez's free kick in the 20th minute was tipped onto the crossbar by goalkeeper Ben Foster but the ball came back out and Lacazette pounced to tap in.

The lead was preserved before halftime when Jay Rodriguez's header beat goalkeeper Petr Cech but Nacho Monreal produced a goal-line clearance.

Lacazette was on target again from the penalty spot in the 67th after Allan Nyom fouled Aaron Ramsey, giving the France forward his fourth goal in an Arsenal shirt.

It was a disappointing way for West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry to celebrate making a record 633rd Premier League appearance.

The 36-year-old Barry, who has also played for Aston Villa, Manchester City, and Everton, passed the mark set by former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs. Barry's next target is breaking Giggs' top-flight record of 672 appearances, encompassing matches before the Premier League started in 1992.


Cowboys kneel before national anthem against Arizona

Members of the Dallas Cowboys, including owner Jerry Jones, take a knee before the national anthem ahead of a Monday Night Football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sept. 25, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) . (Matt York/Associated Press)

John Marshall

Glendale, Arizona (AP) — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, so the speculation was that he would not allow his players to kneel during the national anthem.

The Cowboys and their owner did kneel, though not during the anthem.

Following a weekend of kneeling and protesting across the NFL, the Cowboys and their owner displayed their own version of unity Monday night, kneeling on the field before rising as a group before the playing of the national anthem.

The Cowboys went into the locker room and returned to the field for the anthem, lining up between the sideline and the yard markers on the field.

Arm-in-arm, they dropped to a knee as a giant flag was carried onto the field, with Jones and his family in the middle near the 50-yard line.

Numerous boos rang out across University of Phoenix Stadium as the Cowboys kneeled and continued as the players rose, still arm-in-arm, and stepped back to the sideline as the flag was unfurled across the field. They remained connected as Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem.

The Arizona Cardinals had their own symbol of unity after a weekend of protests in the NFL, gathering along the goal line arm-in-arm during the national anthem. They were joined by owner Michael Bidwell, his family and general manager Steve Keim.

More than 200 NFL players kneeled, sat or prayed during the national anthem on Sunday after President Trump said any player who does not stand for the national anthem should be fired.

Three teams did not take the field for the national anthem and numerous NFL owners came out against Trump's statements.


Judge hits 49th, 50th HRs, breaking McGwire's rookie record

 

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge hits a two-run homer during the third inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium, Monday, Sept. 25in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

New York (AP) - Aaron Judge has broken Mark McGwire's major league record for home runs by a rookie, going deep twice on Monday to raise his total to 50.

The Yankees slugger hit a two-run drive to right-center off Kansas City's Jakob Junis in the third inning to tie the mark. He added a solo shot over the visitors' bullpen in left in the seventh inning against Trevor Cahill.

Judge has 13 home runs in September and six in five games. He hit two home runs for the second straight day and has four multihomer games this month.

McGwire hit 49 homers for Oakland in 1987, breaking the previous mark of 38 set by the Boston Braves' Wally Berger in 1930 and matched by Cincinnati's Frank Robinson in 1956.

Judge is second in the major leagues behind Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, who has hit 57.


Kyrie Irving excited about joining revamped Celtics

Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving takes questions from reporters during a news conference at NBA basketball media day, Monday, Sept. 25, in Canton, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Jimmy Golen

Canton, Mass. (AP) — Gordon Hayward was looking forward to playing with Isaiah Thomas, one of the Celtics players who recruited him to Boston during his whirlwind free agency.

By the time Hayward steps on the parquet floor, though, there will be another All-Star point guard dishing out the ball.

Thomas is out, shipped to Cleveland in a package that brought Kyrie Irving to Boston and completed — for now, at least — a near-total makeover of the team that had the best record in the Eastern Conference last year.

But that doesn't mean Hayward is disappointed that the team he is going to play with looks much different from the one he thought he had joined.

"You're talking about two superstar players, two incredible offensively talented players," Hayward said Monday at the Celtics media day.

"It would have been amazing to have the opportunity to play with I.T. I was looking forward to that; that was something that was enticing and exciting about the Boston Celtics. On the other hand, I get to play with another superstar."

The Celtics already had had quite the summer after they signed Hayward to a four-year deal worth about $128 million and traded Avery Bradley to clear cap space for him. When Irving asked for a trade, general manager Danny Ainge pounced, shipping out Thomas — a fan favorite and the team's biggest star — along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round draft pick.

Irving would not say whether he plans to talk to Cavaliers superstar LeBron James about his trade demand, telling reporters: "It's not anybody else's business."

"It's just really between two men," he said. "If it happens or not, I'm pretty sure you guys won't know about it."

For now, he is worried about his new team.

"There's just a lot of newness I have to get used to, which I'm excited about," he said Monday. "It's going to come in waves, man, these ups and downs we're about to face as a team. ... It will really echo in terms of our identity and how we're going to respond."

In all, just four players return from last year's conference finalists: Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier and Al Horford.

They're all new to Irving, a four-time All-Star who averaged 21.6 points and 5.5 assists in his six-year career, all of it for the Cavaliers.

Ainge said it wasn't his goal to shake up the conference finalists.

"Those guys were terrific players for us, and some of my favorite players that I've watched and been around during my time here. But we had a chance to get some players, too," Ainge said. "It wasn't because we were unhappy with our roster."

Ainge would like to see how it all works out.

"We don't plan on doing the same thing next summer," he said. "I plan on getting down to about a 1 handicap next summer."


Update September 25, 2017

Marquez wins Aragon MotoGP, Rossi 5th on return from injury

Spain’s Marc Marquez. (AP Photo)

Alcaniz, Spain (AP) — Marc Marquez won the Aragon MotoGP on Sunday for his second straight victory, taking the outright championship lead with four races to go.

Marquez rode his Honda to victory after starting fifth on the grid, finishing comfortably ahead of fellow Spaniards Dani Pedrosa of Honda and Jorge Lorenzo of Ducati.

Pole-sitter Maverick Vinales ended fourth, just ahead of Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi, who was racing for the first time since undergoing surgery for breaking two bones in his right leg while training with an off-road motorcycle three weeks ago. The nine-time world champion missed the San Marino GP because of the injury.

Marquez, who crashed in qualifying on Saturday, nearly lost control while trying to get past Rossi and Lorenzo early in the race, missing the braking point and going slightly off the track before being able to pick up the pace again.

Marquez took the lead with seven laps to go and held on to finish nearly one second ahead of Pedrosa.

"It was really tough," Marquez said. "If it wasn't at this track, in front of these fans, maybe I would have thrown in the towel. I wasn't comfortable out there. I was fighting against the bike and nearly crashed many times. I had to take some risks and I went for it. This victory means a lot."

It was the fifth win of the year for Marquez, who is 16 points in front of Andrea Dovizioso. The Italian could not manage more than a seventh-place finish at the MotorLand track in northeastern Spain. Marquez and Dovizioso were tied for the lead entering the weekend.

Vinales is third in the standings, 28 points behind Marquez and 26 points in front of fourth-place Pedrosa. Fifth-place Rossi is 56 points from the lead.

"The main opponents for the championship lost some points, so we opened a small advantage and it's very important to arrive in Japan with that very small advantage," Marquez said.

The Japanese GP is on Oct. 15.

Marquez reached his 60th career win, with 34 coming in the main MotoGP series.

The defending MotoGP champion hadn't won after starting outside of the first row since 2014.

It was the second podium of the season for Lorenzo with Ducati.

"We are progressing very quickly," Lorenzo said. "Especially my side, knowing more the bike, knowing the way to get the maximum, especially on the race."

It was the second time that the top 4 riders in a MotoGP race were Spaniards. It hadn't happened since the Japanese GP in 2013.

Seven of the top 10 finishers on Sunday were from Spain.

Italian Franco Morbidelli won the Moto2 race and Spaniard Joan Mir was first in Moto3.

Mir has won eight of the 14 races this season, a record for the series. He later was handed a six-place grid penalty for the next race for "irresponsible riding" after appearing to veer from side to side on the final lap.


Late review sees Falcons hold off Lions 30-26

Detroit Lions’ Matthew Stafford. (AP Photo/File)

Detroit (AP) — Matthew Stafford's pass to Golden Tate was ruled to be just short of the goal line in the final seconds, overturning the call on the field and allowing the Atlanta Falcons to hold on for a 30-26 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Stafford threw a slant to Tate and a video review determined he was down just inside the 1 with 8 seconds left. By rule, 10 seconds had to run off the clock, and that ended the game because the Lions didn't have any timeouts.

Former NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino, now a Fox analyst, explained the call in a tweet:

"To recap in DET: ruling on the field was a TD which stops the clock. After review, Tate was short which would have kept the clock running ...  This carries a 10-sec runoff. Had the call on the field been correct initially, the clock would have run out. That's the spirit of the rule."

The defending NFC champion Falcons (3-0) overcame Matt Ryan's three interceptions and many other mistakes, including on Detroit's last drive.

Detroit (2-1) never led in the game and failed to pull off another comeback in the fourth quarter.

EAGLES 27, GIANTS 24

Philadelphia — Jake Elliott kicked a 61-yard field goal as the clock expired.

Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, including a 77-yard score to Sterling Shepard, but Philadelphia (2-1) rallied twice.

Carson Wentz tossed a 19-yard pass to Alshon Jeffery to set up Elliott's kick. The rookie was a fifth-round pick by the Bengals and joined the Eagles after Caleb Sturgis was injured in Week 1. He was carried off the field by two teammates.

Elliott hit a 46-yard field goal to tie it with 51 seconds left after Aldrick Rosas kicked a 41-yarder to put the Giants ahead.

The Giants (0-3) hadn't scored 20 points in eight straight games before Manning led them to 21 in a span of 5:21. He tossed TD passes of 10 yards and 4 yards to Odell Beckham Jr. to tie it at 14. Manning then connected over the middle to Shepard, who broke a couple tackles and sprinted all the way for a 21-14 lead.

But Philadelphia (2-1) answered quickly. A 36-yard penalty for pass interference on Eli Apple put the ball at the 15 and rookie Corey Clement ran in on the next play for his first career TD to make it 21-21.

PATRIOTS 36, TEXANS 33

Foxborough, Mass. — Tom Brady connected with Brandin Cooks for a 25-yard touchdown pass with 23 seconds left, his fifth TD throw of the game.

Brady finished 25 of 35 for 378 yards as New England (2-1) won its fifth straight regular-season meeting with Houston (1-2) and seventh of eight overall.

Cooks caught five passes for 131 yards and pair of scores. It was the fifth multi-touchdown game and eighth 100-yard game of his career.

Texans rookie Deshaun Watson was strong in his second career start. The Patriots were thin on the edge without linebacker Dont'a Hightower for the second straight week, and Watson took advantage, completing 22 of 33 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns.

But he did have two interceptions, including one that set up a New England first-half touchdown.

The Patriots extended their halftime lead to 28-20 in the third quarter before Houston used a 12-yard TD pass from Watson to Ryan Griffin, and a 31-yard Ka'imi Fairbairn field goal to edge back in front 30-28 early in the fourth quarter.

The Texans forced New England to punt with just over seven minutes to play, but had to settle for a 36-yard Fairbairn field goal with 2:24 left. Houston failed on a third-and-1 at the Patriots 18.

That left Brady room.

BEARS 23, STEELERS 17, OT

Chicago — Jordan Howard scored on a 19-yard run in overtime to lead the Bears.

Howard's winning score came two plays after rookie Tarik Cohen broke off an electric run for what appeared to be a 73-yard winning touchdown. But he was ruled out at the Pittsburgh 37. Howard took over from there, and the Bears (1-2) came away with a surprising victory.

Howard had 138 of Chicago's 220 yards rushing, making up for a lackluster performance by quarterback Mike Glennon.

The Steelers (2-1) stayed off the sideline for the national anthem in the wake of President Donald Trump's comments that players who kneel in protest should be fired. Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, an Army veteran, stood near the tunnel with his hand over his heart.

Once the game ended, they found themselves in a familiar spot — losing to a lesser team and losing in Chicago, where they are 1-13.

Marcus Cooper committed an inexplicable fumble after the Bears blocked a field goal in the closing seconds of the half. With a clear path to the end zone, he slowed down and had the ball poked away at the 1.

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 235 yards and a touchdown. Antonio Brown had 110 yards receiving and a touchdown.

PACKERS 27, BENGALS 24

Green Bay, Wis. — Mason Crosby kicked a 27-yard field goal with 6:26 left in overtime set up by Aaron Rodgers' 72-yard pass to Geronimo Allison. Crosby's kick completed the Packers' comeback from a 21-7 halftime deficit.

On third-and-10 from his 21, Rodgers took advantage of yet another free play after defensive end Michael Johnson was whistled for offside. Officials let the play continue and the two-time NFL MVP found Allison on about a 40-yard pass before the receiver beat a couple defenders for more yards.

Crosby took care of the rest for the Packers (2-1).

The winless Bengals (0-3) won the toss in overtime but went three-and-out on their opening drive. It was so loud at Lambeau Field that they had to call timeout before their first overtime snap.

Rodgers thrived under the pressure. Rodgers finished 28 of 42 for 313 yards with three touchdowns and one score. Allison had six catches for 122 yards.

CHIEFS 24, CHARGERS 10

Carson, Calif. — Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes in the first 9 minutes against what used to be his hometown team, Terrance Mitchell had two interceptions and rookie Kareem Hunt scored on a 69-yard run.

The Chiefs (3-0) beat the Chargers for the seventh straight time and have won 12 straight AFC West games. Los Angeles' Philip Rivers threw three interceptions and the Chargers fell to 0-3 in their first season playing in the 27,000-seat StubHub Center after moving from San Diego.

After a quick start, the Chiefs held on through a defensive struggle in the second half. They got two huge plays in the closing minutes: Justin Houston's sack of Rivers and then Hunt's sensational run when he cut back against the flow and raced 69 yards down the left sideline with 1:49 left. The rookie finished with 172 yards on 17 carries.

The game couldn't have started more differently for Smith, who grew up in the San Diego area, and Rivers.

Rivers was intercepted by Mitchell on the game's third play from scrimmage. Four plays later, Smith hit Tyreek Hill on a 30-yard touchdown pass.

TITANS 33, SEAHAWKS 27

Nashville, Tenn. — Marcus Mariota threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns, and the Titans scored 21 straight points in rallying to beat the Seahawks.

Pro Bowl running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 115 yards, including a 75-yard TD run. Ryan Succop also kicked four field goals as Tennessee (2-1) scored at least 30 points for a second straight week.

The Seahawks (1-2) finally scored a bunch of touchdowns with Russell Wilson throwing for 373 yards and four TDs. His second TD, a 10-yarder to Chris Carson , put Seattle up 14-9 in the third quarter.

Then the Titans took control with Mariota answering with TDs on the next two drives for Tennessee.

Wilson pulled Seattle within 33-27 with his fourth TD, an 8-yarder to Paul Richardson with 1:50 left. But Titans tight end Delanie Walker recovered Seattle's onside kick. The Seahawks had one last chance with the Titans lined up to punt on fourth-and-3 with 11 seconds left. Then officials flagged the Seahawks for 12 men in the formation, giving Tennessee the clinching first down.

BILLS 26, BRONCOS 16

Orchard Park, N.Y. — Tyrod Taylor threw two touchdowns and the Bills intercepted Trevor Siemian twice in the final 19 minutes.

Taylor went 20 of 26 for 213 yards with a 2-yard touchdown to Andre Holmes and a 6-yarder to Charles Clay. Taylor got lucky on the touchdown pass to Holmes , as the ball deflected off the hands of Zay Jones just inside the goal line and bounced directly to Holmes in the back of the end zone.

The Bills (2-1) overcame their struggling running attack courtesy of Taylor's arm and a stout defense in a game LeSean McCoy was limited to 21 yards on 14 carries. Though he had seven catches for 48 yards, McCoy's latest poor outing came after he was limited to 9 yards rushing in a 9-3 loss at Carolina.

The Bills allowed just one touchdown, while Brandon McManus rounded out Denver's scoring with three field goals.

In falling to 2-1, the Broncos turned over the ball on each of their final four possessions, with Siemian being intercepted by E.J. Gaines and Tre'Davious White. The Broncos also turned the ball over twice on downs.

JETS 20, DOLPHINS 6

East Rutherford, N.J. — Josh McCown threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson, Bilal Powell ran for a score, and the Jets' defense dominated Jay Cutler and the Dolphins.

While a lot of the focus heading into the season was on whether the revamped Jets roster would be good enough to win any games, New York made Miami look like the team in the middle of a rebuild.

McCown finished 18 of 23 for 249 yards, Chandler Catanzaro kicked two field goals, and the Jets (1-2) forced Cutler and the Dolphins (1-1) into mistakes all game. The Jets also avoided their first 0-3 start since 2003.

New York just missed having its first shutout since blanking Cincinnati 37-0 on Jan. 13, 2010 — in the Jets' last game at the old Giants Stadium. Cutler threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker on the final play. Cody Parkey missed the extra point, capping a miserable day for Miami in 88-degree heat at MetLife Stadium.

JAGUARS 44, RAVENS 7

London — Marcedes Lewis caught three of Blake Bortles' four touchdown passes as the Jaguars won in their fifth game in Britain's capital.

Allen Hurns and Leonard Fournette also scored touchdowns for the Jaguars (2-1), who have won each of their last three games played at the venue. This one, by far, was the easiest. The Ravens (2-1) managed just 186 yards of total offense, including minus-1 yard in the first quarter. They managed 15 yards in the first half, and picked up only 12 first downs.

A 6-yard pass from Ryan Mallett, who entered in relief of Joe Flacco in the fourth quarter, to Benjamin Watson with 3:24 remaining prevented the shutout. It was their worst defeat since Nov. 9, 1997, when they lost 37-0 at Pittsburgh.

Baltimore crossed midfield three times — and not until the third quarter, when Terrance West gained 7 yards to reach the Jaguars 45.

On the next play, West failed to secure a handoff and fumbled, leading to linebacker Telvin Smith returning it 52 yards to set up Lewis' third touchdown.

Jacksonville punctuated the victory with a fake punt minutes later, with Corey Grant taking a direct snap 58 yards before Fournette punched the ball in from the 3.

VIKINGS 34, BUCCANEERS 17

Minneapolis — Case Keenum gave Minnesota a brilliant performance in relief of Sam Bradford, passing for three touchdowns and a career-high 369 yards without a turnover.

Stefon Diggs had 173 yards receiving and caught two of Keenum's throws for scores, one short and one long .

Dalvin Cook produced 169 total yards plus his first NFL touchdown , which capped a 75-yard drive by the Vikings (2-1) to start the game.

They never slowed down, building a 28-3 lead by early in the third quarter on their way to compiling 494 yards.

Trae Waynes and Harrison Smith each picked off Jameis Winston in the end zone , and Andrew Sendejo returned an interception 36 yards in the fourth quarter to set up one of two field goals by Kai Forbath.

Winston completed 28 of 40 passes for 328 yards, but the Buccaneers (1-1) simply couldn't overcome having to play from behind all afternoon. They converted only one of six third downs.

COLTS 31, BROWNS 28

Indianapolis — Jacoby Brissett ran for two touchdowns, threw for another and the Colts held off Cleveland's late charge.

Brissett, acquired in a trade with New England earlier this month, looked much more comfortable in his second start, going 17 of 24 with 259 yards and running five times for 14 yards. Indy (1-2) avoided its first 0-3 start in six years.

Cleveland (0-3) lost its 15th consecutive road game despite being favored for the first time since 2015 and a road favorite for the first time since 2012.

Brissett was the primary reason for the Browns' latest loss. He started the scoring with a 5-yard TD run, broke a 7-7 tie by spinning away from pressure and scooting 7 yards for his second score, then hooked up with T.Y. Hilton on a 61-yard TD pass to make it 21-7 — all in the first half.

Frank Gore's 4-yard scoring run made it 28-7.

Cleveland spent the rest of the game playing catch-up, but had two second-half scoring chances snuffed out by Rashaan Melvin's interceptions.

SAINTS 34, PANTHERS 13

Charlotte, N.C. — Drew Brees shredded the league's top-ranked defense, throwing for three touchdowns and 220 yards.  Brees led six scoring drives and threw TD passes to Michael Thomas, Brandon Coleman and ex-Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. as the Saints avoided an 0-3 start. Rookie Alvin Kamara put the game away with a 25-yard TD run with 4:42 left.

Carolina (2-1) had allowed six points in its previous two games.

The Saints' defense, which came in ranked 32nd in the league, intercepted Cam Newton three times and sacked him four times before he was replaced late in the fourth quarter. Many of Newton's throws were either too hard or high as the seventh-year quarterback continued to struggle with his rhythm following offseason shoulder surgery.

The Panthers, who were already without injured Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen, lost wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin in the first quarter to a knee injury; his leg got bent back awkwardly after being dragged down from behind. Carolina's only real offense came from rookie running back Christian McCaffrey, who had 101 yards receiving on nine catches.


Ali blasts England to victory over West Indies in 3rd ODI

England's Moeen Ali bats during the third One Day International against West Indies at Bristol County Ground, England, Sunday Sept. 24. (David Davies/PA via AP)

Bristol, England (AP) — Moeen Ali's staggering century down the order — the fastest on English soil — propelled England to a heavy 124-run victory over West Indies in the third one-day international on Sunday.

Ali bludgeoned 102 off 57 balls, with seven fours and eight sixes, to get England to 369-9 batting first, their fifth-highest ODI total.

West Indies were all out for 245 in just 39.1 overs, with Chris Gayle's 94 from 78 balls the tourists' best response. Liam Plunkett picked up 5-52 for England, who now lead the series 2-0 with two to play.

Ali, who arrived with England 210-5 and wobbling at the County Ground, devastated the West Indian bowling with the second fastest ODI century by an Englishman. He went from 50 to 100 in a jaw-dropping 12 deliveries, an ODI record. He raced past 50 and to his century by hitting eight sixes and two fours in the space of 14 balls. Ali smashed 61 runs from those 14 balls.

"It was my best ODI innings," he said. "Everything seemed to come off today and it was nice to get myself in. It was just good to play a few shots.

"I feel very confident in my own game but the main thing is that we're winning the series. Hopefully we win it 4-0."

The game had been evenly balanced before Ali's late-innings onslaught.

Joe Root (84) and Ben Stokes (73) put on 132 for the fourth wicket but West Indies pulled it back by dismissing Stokes, Jos Buttler (2) and Root for just 11 runs to have England on 217-6.

Ali, who went to 50 off a relatively sedate 41 balls, completely changed the game in the final overs of the innings.

He hit back-to-back sixes off Miguel Cummins to go to his half-century, then launched three in a row off West Indies captain Jason Holder next over. After being dropped by Gayle, Ali hit two more sixes in three balls off Cummins again to reach 100.

He was dropped twice more before Holder finally held a catch at long-off to end the punishment.

Only Buttler has made a faster century for England in ODIs, when he went to three figures off 46 balls against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates in 2015.

Gayle did his best to match Ali, with the veteran left-hander clubbing six sixes in his 94. There were a hefty 28 sixes in all during the game, Ali and Gayle accounting for 14 of them.

Gayle was run out by a direct hit by Adil Rashid, though, and only Jason Mohammed (38) and Holder (34) got into the 30s after that.

Plunkett ended the West Indies innings, picking up Holder for his fifth wicket and his first five-for in ODIs at the age of 32.


Schauffele wins Tour Championship, Thomas takes FedEx Cup

Justin Thomas, left, parades the Fedex Cup as he stands with Xander Schauffele who holds Tour Championship golf tournament winner’s trophy at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Sunday, Sept. 24. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Doug Ferguson

Atlanta (AP) — Justin Thomas is the FedEx Cup champion, a surprise to no one who saw him power his way to scoring records, his first major at the PGA Championship and more PGA Tour victories than anyone this season.

Standing next to him at the trophy ceremony was Xander Schauffele, who never imagined being at the Tour Championship, much less winning it.

Both put on quite a show Sunday at East Lake.

Schauffele, a 23-year-old rookie from San Diego who was worried about keeping his card just over three months ago, capped off an amazing summer with four par saves on the back nine when he couldn't afford to drop a shot. He closed out his 2-under 68 by swirling in a 3-foot birdie putt for a one-shot victory over Thomas.

"My hands were shaking so much," Schauffele said. "I'm still kind of in shock."

Thomas did his part, even with a runner-up finish.

Five shots behind to start the final round and needing to play well to have a shot at the FedEx Cup, he nearly won the Tour Championship with two late birdies, only for his 25-foot birdie on the 18th snap hard to the left in front of the cup. He shot a 66.

No matter.

His repeat victory in Malaysia, his sweep of Hawaii — including a 59 and the lowest 72-hole score in PGA Tour history at the Sony Open — his first major and a bold finish at East Lake carried him to a FedEx Cup title and little doubt who was the best in golf this year.

Thomas won the $10 million bonus, along with second-place prize money of $945,000 that pushed him over $10 million for the year to win the money title.

"It's huge," he said. "It's awesome just because I feel like I played so well this year. I was consistent. A lot of great weeks and great memories even — life-changing events that just ended with another life-changing thing for me. To just have my name on the trophy with the rest of those guys is pretty awesome."

It was the first time in eight years that two players celebrated at East Lake. Tiger Woods won the FedEx Cup and Phil Mickelson won the Tour Championship in 2009.

The surprise guest to the party was Schauffele, the first PGA Tour rookie to win the Tour Championship since it began in 1987.

"It's been a wild ride," he said.

A year ago, he missed his PGA Tour card by $975 on the Web.com Tour, and then earned it in a four-tournament playoff series. Go back to the first week in June, and he was No. 134 in the FedEx Cup and just trying to keep his card when he qualified for the U.S. Open in a five-man playoff for two spots.

He tied for fifth at Erin Hills. He won the Greenbrier Classic a month later. A week ago at Conway Farms, his season was about to end until he played the final six holes at 6-under par to squeak into the Tour Championship.

"Five months ago, two months ago, three hours ago, I wasn't expecting a lot," Schauffele said. "I've hit every goal we've ever imagined."

And he looked like he belonged all along while doing it. Starting on the par-3 11th hole, he one-putted four straight greens from outside 6 feet — one of them for birdie, the rest for pars, all of them clutch.

Schauffele saved par from right of the 17th green for the fourth time on the back nine, and then smashed a 347-yard tee shot on the 18th that left him an approach just short of the green. He putted that up to 3 feet and then nearly missed. The ball hit the left edge and swirled 270 degrees before dropping in the front.

But it was enough to finish at 12-under 268, a victory worth $3.75 million, $2 million of that for finishing third in the FedEx Cup. He also moved to No. 32 in the world.

Schauffele is another member of the high school class of 2011, and by far the most unheralded against the likes of Spieth, Thomas, Daniel Berger and others. Asked earlier in the week what he knew about Schauffele, Thomas replied, "Not much, except that he's very good or he wouldn't be here."

Thomas won more than the FedEx Cup. He also wrapped up the PGA of America's points-based award for player of the year. He's a lock to get the players' vote as PGA Tour player of the year, and he won the Arnold Palmer Award for claiming the money title.

Thomas wrapped up the FedEx Cup when Jordan Spieth, the No. 1 seed, couldn't sustain momentum after holing out from the 10th fairway for eagle and nearly holing out again from the 13th fairway. Spieth closed with a 67 and tied for seventh, earning a $3 million bonus for finishing second in the FedEx Cup.

He won the Vardon Trophy for the lowest adjusted scoring average.

"J.T. obviously is very well deserving of winning the FedEx Cup," Spieth said. "Not winning a playoff event, I almost cheated my way into winning the FedEx Cup when he really deserved it."

Paul Casey, who now has gone 144 starts on the PGA Tour since his last victory in the 2009 Houston Open, lost a two-shot lead in five holes but was still in the game until he put his tee shot into the water on the par-3 15th. He played alongside Kevin Kisner, who also went into the water and lost his chance of winning at East Lake.

Kisner had a 70 and tied for third with Russell Henley, who shot a 65. Casey closed with a 73 and finished fifth.


Brighton win 1-0 to end Newcastle's winning streak

Brighton's Tomer Hemed (10) scores his side's winning goal during the English Premier League match against Newcastle United at the AMEX Stadium in Brighton, Sunday Sept. 24. (John Walton/PA via AP)

Brighton (AP) — Newcastle still can't draw in the Premier League.

The Magpies lost 1-0 at Brighton on Sunday to take their record to three wins and three defeats so far this season.

Israel forward Tomer Hemed denied Newcastle the chance to move fourth, scoring his second Premier League goal in manager Chris Hughton's first win over former club Newcastle at the seventh attempt. Hemed finished smartly from Dale Stephens' tee-up.

Brighton moved 13th with their second win of the season after the clash between the league newcomers.

Rafael Benitez's men arrived boasting three straight league wins, but paid the price for Joselu's glaring first-half miss in drawing a blank in front of goal.

Hamed struck in the 51st minute, hooking the ball into the net after Pascal Gross' free kick was headed down into the six-yard box by Stephens.

"I think in the last few games we've been playing well and today also and I think this win can give us a push for the next games and I think we deserve it," Hemed told British broadcaster Sky Sports. "First of all we need to win at home, of course. Away from home is difficult to get points. So first of all we need to get as much as we can from the Amex. Also, we're playing well and we will get enough points (to stay up) this season, I think."

Newcastle manager Benitez said Hemed's goal should not have stood.

"The goal, for me, was a foul, it's a blocking movement," Benitez said. "He's pushing and blocking in the movement. And it's so clear, but you cannot change the decision. I feel like we did enough to get a point at least. They had some chances, we had some chances. We had a lot of control and chances at the end. I think we deserved more."


Hardik Pandya takes India to 3-0 series win vs Australia

India's Hardik Pandya bats during the third one-day international cricket match between India and Australia in Indore, India, Sunday, Sept. 24. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Indore, India (AP) — Hardik Pandya was promoted to No. 4 and smashed 78 off 72 balls as India beat Australia by five wickets in the third one-day international on Sunday to clinch the series.

India finished on 294-5 in 47.5 overs in reply to Australia's 293-6 and took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

"I saw the promotion as an opportunity rather than a surprise," Pandya said. "I try to contribute in every way I can. I want to get better."

Pandya won his second man-of-the-match award in three games.

This was India's sixth successive win in a bilateral ODI series against all teams and puts them top in the one-day rankings. It was Australia's 11th loss in 13 ODIs away from home.

Allrounder Pandya struck five fours and four sixes after he was surprisingly promoted up the order. He built on the groundwork laid by openers Ajinkya Rahane (70) and Rohit Sharma (71).

Earlier, Aaron Finch scored his eighth ODI hundred for Australia.

Finch scored 124 runs off 125 balls, with 12 fours and five sixes, and shared 154 runs for the second wicket with Australian captain Steve Smith (63 off 71) to shore up the misfiring Australian batting.

Smith had won the toss and elected to bat first at Holkar Cricket Stadium.

Pandya bowled with great control on a batting-friendly wicket, returning figures of 1-58 in 10 overs.

Unchanged India began their chase with a 139-run opening stand. Sharma reached his 33rd ODI half-century off 42 balls, while Rahane got his second successive half-century - and 21st overall in ODIs - off 50 deliveries.

India's 100 came up off only 90 balls as the duo continued to attack Australia. Sharma was the first to fall, miscuing a shot to deep midwicket off Nathan Coulter-Nile in the 22nd over. Sharma faced 62 balls overall, and hit six fours and four sixes.

When Rahane was trapped leg before by Pat Cummins (2-54), Pandya and skipper Virat Kohli (28) were brought together at the crease, and they kept the attacking momentum going.

"It was (head coach) Ravi Shastri's thought to promote him," said Kohli. "He felt we needed to attack their spinner. We totally back Hardik."

The duo added 56 runs for the third wicket. Pandya took a liking to Ashton Agar and carted him for four sixes, bringing up his 50 partnership with Kohli off 55 balls. India crossed 200 in the 34th over and the result seemed a formality.

Australia struck back with a double-blow. Kohli holed out to long-on off Agar in the 35th over, while in the next over, Kedar Jadhav (2) was caught behind off Kane Richardson. India were reduced to 206-4.

Manish Pandey (36 not out) then joined Pandya and put on 78 runs for the fifth wicket. Pandya fell with 10 runs needed, holing out to mid-on off Cummins. MS Dhoni (3 not out) completed the formalities.

This was Kohli's 30th win in 38 ODIs as captain, second only to Ricky Ponting (31).

"I felt they were 35-40 runs short. That gave us a lot of confidence. Rohit and Rahane were very good, and then Hardik, only he can do what he does when he bats like that," Kohli said. "He possesses ability with the bat, ball and in the field as well. We have wanted a guy like that for the past five, six years."

The fourth ODI is at Bengaluru on Sept. 28.


Sagan becomes 1st man to win 3 straight world road titles

Peter Sagan of Slovakia, center, finishes in first place with Alexander Kristoff of Norway, right, in second place in the Men's Elite Road Race at the UCI 2017 Road World Championship, in Bergen, Norway Sunday Sept. 24. (Cornelius Poppe/NTB Scanpix via AP)

Bergen, Norway (AP) — Peter Sagan ended a year of mixed fortunes on a high note by becoming the first man to win three straight world road race titles.

The colorful rider from Slovakia defended his crown on Sunday after holding off Norwegian Alexander Kristoff in a sprint finish at the road world championships in Norway.

Sagan was unnoticed during most of the 267.5-kilometer (166-mile) race. He perfectly timed his final effort, powering to the front in the final straight. Australia's Michael Matthews was third.

Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe tried to go for a solo win in the final 10 kilometers after a sudden acceleration on the final climb of Salmon Hill. He was joined by Gianni Moscon of Italy but the pair were ultimately reined in.

Sagan said he thought until the final kilometers that the breakaway riders would not be caught by the bunch.

"In the end, it came to a sprint and it was unbelievable," Sagan said. "Kristoff is racing at home, and I'm sorry for that, but I'm happy to win again."

Sagan became the fifth rider in history to win three road world titles, joining Alfredo Binda, Rik Van Steenbergen, Eddy Merckx and Oscar Freire. It's unlikely that he will compete for a fourth consecutive title next year in Austria as the course in Innsbruck will be suited to climbers.

"I want to dedicate this to Michele Scarponi," said Sagan, referring to the former Giro d'Italia winner who died in a training accident earlier this year. "Because he would have had a birthday tomorrow. It was a very sad story this year."

Sagan, who was excluded from the Tour de France in July for elbowing British rival Mark Cavendish during a sprint, also dedicated his win to his wife.

"We are expecting a baby," Sagan said. "It's a very nice end of the season."


Wozniacki beats Pavlyuchenkova to retain Pan Pacific title

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates after beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia at in the final of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Sunday, Sept. 24. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Tokyo (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki overwhelmed Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-0, 7-5 to retain her Pan Pacific Open title on Sunday.

The victory gives Wozniacki, also champion in Tokyo in 2010, her first title of the year. The Dane had lost all six of her previous finals in 2017.

"This was my seventh final of the year — it gets harder to get that last win," said world No. 6 Wozniacki, who has now won at least one title every year since 2008. "I've been putting myself in a position to win all year. It was really important for me to stay focused and positive."

Wozniacki had crushed world No.1 Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-0 in the semifinals and a similar score looked on the cards here Sunday.

"The court suits my game. She plays powerfully so it was important for me to make her move around early on. In the first set everything was going my way. In the second set she served better, so it was tricky for me to break."

The first set lasted only 20 minutes as Pavlyuchenkova struggled to get a foothold.

"I was really disappointed in the first three games," said the Russian. "I felt I was a bit unlucky and really believe if I had turned those points round and won the games, it may have been a different match. I was a little down on myself and missed more than I should."

The Russian fought harder in a second set that went with serve until the 12th and final game.

Yet she failed to earn a break point in the match and appeared outclassed in her first Premier-level final since Moscow in 2015. Semifinal opponent Angelique Kerber was the only seed she faced this week before third-seeded Wozniacki.

"It's disappointing to lose no matter which round it is, even more disappointing in the final," said Pavlyuchenkova, who needed three sets to win all four of her matches en route to the final.

"I felt a little flat due to the previous matches. I didn't have so much energy left."


Update September 23-24, 2017

Thomas tied for lead as $10 million comes into view

Justin Thomas, right, watches his shot after teeing off on the sixth hole as Jordan Spieth steps up to hit during the second round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Friday, Sept. 22. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Doug Ferguson

Atlanta (AP) — With two swings, Justin Thomas showed that every shot counts in the FedEx Cup, even at the season-ending Tour Championship.

Thomas had six players ahead of him Friday when he smashed a 335-yard drive down the bottom of the hill on the par-5 18th hole at East Lake, and then a 5-iron that settled 6 feet below the cup for a closing eagle.

Just like that, Thomas had a 4-under 66 and a share of the lead with Paul Casey and Webb Simpson and was back in control — a loose term the way this tournament is shaping up going into the week — of his chase for the $10 million bonus.

"It's nice to have everything in my own hands and know that if I just take care of what I need to do, then it's over," Thomas said.

It's not over yet, not even close.

Casey stumbled with some errant tee shots into the troublesome rough for back-to-back bogeys in a 67 that slowed his momentum. Simpson paid for a wild drive on No. 13 with a double bogey and made nothing pars coming in for a 67.

They joined Thomas at 7-under 133.

As one of the top five seeds, Thomas only has to win the Tour Championship to capture the FedEx Cup. Even a third-place finish might be enough to take home golf's richest bonus depending on who wins.

But that list is plenty deep after two sweltering days at East Lake.

Jon Rahm, the No. 5 seed who also has a clear path to the top prize, played bogey-free for a 67. He was one shot behind, along with Patrick Reed (65), Justin Rose (66) and Gary Woodland (67), all of them trying to win for the first time this year.

Dustin Johnson, the No. 3 seed, has been sputtering along. He failed to birdie either of the two par 5s, managed only a 69 and still was only four shots behind.

"I just want to get within striking distance," Johnson said. "If I can get it within three, I would be happy."

He was four behind, so it doesn't require much math to figure out he's not far away.

Jordan Spieth was lucky to still be just four shots behind. The No. 1 seed in the FedEx Cup missed five straight greens in regulation on the back nine and kept in the game with some crucial par putts. He had to settle for a 70 and headed straight for the practice area.

Twenty players from the 30-man field were under par, meaning they were separated by just six shots with 36 holes ahead of them.

"It's the easiest one to win because there's only 30 guys," said Kevin Kisner, who shot another 68 and was three behind. "But then I look up there and everyone is 6 under, and it doesn't look so easy."

Thomas made birdies with a wedge in his hand, failed to save par from a bunker on the fifth hole, and then turned a mediocre round into a solid one with that 5-iron into the 18th for birdie.

He already can state his case as the best player on the PGA Tour this year, with five victories and his first major at the PGA Championship. Thomas outlasted Spieth and Marc Leishman to win at the TPC Boston three weeks ago, and now he's tied for the lead going into the weekend at East Lake.

Much like Spieth in 2015 when he ended his best season with the FedEx Cup, Thomas would love to have the perfect ending.

"I want to win any week," he said, "but it definitely would be a nice cap."

Casey and Simpson are enduring long droughts. Casey last won at the KLM Open in 2014, while Simpson last won four years ago in Las Vegas. Both overcame a few stumbles on the back nine to share the lead.

Casey seems to have done everything but win the last three years, with six top-5 finishes in the last eight FedEx Cup playoff events.

"It would cap off a very good season, make a very good season a great season," he said. "Yeah, it would be a lot of satisfaction in that. Hopefully, ask me again on Sunday and I can give you the full explanation. Right now, I'm too busy just trying to focus on trying to string together four great rounds of golf. It's amazing how this golf course just bunches and you can't seem to get away.

"Guys are right there, sort of biting at your heels," he said. "So it's going to be a tough one."


IOC tries to calm Olympic concerns amid North Korea tension

French President Emmanuel Macron, right, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, center, and French Minister for Sports Laura Flessel arrive for a meeting in Marseille, southern France, Thursday, Sept. 21. (Jean-Paul Pelissier/Pool Photo via AP)

Lausanne, Switzerland (AP) — With France's sports minister raising questions about security, the IOC is trying to calm concern about the Pyeongchang Games.

The International Olympic Committee said Friday it has been in close contact with the United Nations and the "heads of government concerned."

IOC President Thomas Bach met with China President Xi Jinping in Tianjin last month and with South Korea President Moon Jae-in at the U.N. in New York.

"In none of the discussions, has anybody expressed any doubt" about the Winter Games, the IOC said in a statement.

Tensions fueled by North Korea's missile testing rose this week after U.S. President Donald Trump used his U.N. General Assembly speech to threaten the country's destruction. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un described Trump as "deranged."

France's sports minister, Laura Flessel, suggested on Thursday its team could stay home if its security could not be assured in South Korea.

"Athletes' safety and security are of course a primary concern for the IOC," the Olympic body said.

U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said "we will continue to work with our State Department and local organizers to ensure that our athletes, and our entire delegation, are safe." He added that the USOC is confident South Korean organizers would deliver a "great games."

Olympic officials in winter sports hubs like Austria, Denmark and Sweden said Friday it was too early to doubt participation in Pyeongchang, where the games open Feb. 9.

"We feel safe," Peter Reinebo of Sweden's Olympic Committee said, adding that a decision to stay away would require an "international decision from the United Nations and a strong warning from Swedish authorities."

"But such things do not exist today. We are completely focused on going and taking part," Reinebo said.


Bayern let 2-goal lead slip in home draw with Wolfsburg

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery controls the ball under pressure from VfL Wolfsburg's Paul Verhaegh, right, during their teams’ German Bundesliga soccer match in Munich, Germany, Friday, Sept. 22. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)

Ciaran Fahey

Berlin (AP) — Bayern Munich let a two-goal lead slip at home in the German Bundesliga as they were held by struggling Wolfsburg 2-2 on Friday.

First-half goals from Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben counted for little as Bayern dropped points for the second time in six games following a lackluster performance.

New Wolfsburg coach Martin Schmidt celebrated as if his side won. Schmidt, who replaced the sacked Andries Jonker on Monday, has claimed two points from his two games in charge, but his side showed marked improvement from his predecessor's.

"He tried to bring life back into us as a team, and you saw that," goal-scorer Daniel Didavi said.

Schmidt handed a Bundesliga debut to 18-year-old defender Gian-Luca Itter, who had the formidable task of stopping Robben.

Wolfsburg worked hard, winning challenges, closing down space, and Bayern made a sluggish start.

The breakthrough came after half an hour when referee Christian Dingert pointed to the penalty spot when Lewandowski went down under light contact from Marcel Tisserand. Lewandowski duly sent Koen Casteels the wrong way to score.

Robben made it 2-0 before the break with the aid of a deflection from Rafinha.

Maximilian Arnold pulled one back 10 minutes into the second half with a free kick that reserve 'keeper Sven Ulreich flapped at with one hand instead of catching.

"Ulle was more annoyed than anyone. But such a mistake won't knock him back," Bayern defender Mats Hummels said of the goalkeeper, playing in place of the injured Manuel Neuer.

"Unfortunately we let Wolfsburg back in the game. At 2-1 we wanted and had chances. But we weren't coordinated."

Robben fired wide when he had only the goalkeeper to beat, and Bayern were to rue the miss when Paul Verhaegh crossed for Didavi to score with a glancing header in off the far post with seven minutes remaining.


Top-seeded Muguruza advances to Pan Pacific Open semifinals

Garbine Muguruza of Spain returns a shot to Caroline Garcia of France during their quarter-final match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Friday, Sept. 22. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Tokyo (AP) — Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza advanced to the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open by beating Caroline Garcia 6-2, 6-4 Friday.

A rare double-fault by the top-seeded Muguruza allowed Garcia to pull even at 3-3 in the second set, but the Spaniard broke back in the next game.

Playing in her first tournament since earning the No. 1 ranking, Muguruza will next face Caroline Wozniacki. The former top-ranked Dane advanced when Dominika Cibulkova was forced to retire with a right thigh injury while trailing 3-6, 7-6 (5), 3-1.

Also, Angelique Kerber upset second-seeded Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (5), 7-5. The seventh-seeded Kerber took advantage of several unforced errors by the Czech player and won with a powerful cross-court shot on her fifth match point.

Kerber will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the semifinals. The Russian beat Barbora Strycova 5-7, 6-3, 6-1.


Banned from tennis, Nastase starts new career as diplomat

Former Romanian tennis player Ilie Nastase.
(AP Photo,CTK/Michal Krumphanzl)

Karel Janicek

Prague (AP) — Ilie Nastase is taking on a new role as a diplomat for the Czech Republic.

The Romanian tennis great has been banned by the International Tennis Federation for two years because of his foul-mouthed comments and bad behavior as Romania's Fed Cup captain.

But after a meeting on Friday, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said Nastase agreed to become the Czech Republic's new honorary consul in Romania. He will be based in the Black Sea port of Constanta.

"It's a great honor," Nastase said. "My country didn't give me this chance but you gave me this chance and I appreciate it."

Nastase will have time to focus on his new job. In addition to the ITF ban, the 1973 French Open champion will not be able to work in an official tennis capacity for a further two years, until 2021.

Nastase was provisionally suspended in April after he speculated about the skin color of the baby that Serena Williams was expecting, and for outbursts during the Fed Cup matches against Britain where he hurled abuse at opposing player Johanna Konta. He also made advances of a sexual nature toward Britain captain Anne Keothavong.

Nastase, a former top-ranked player, was barred from the French Open and was not invited to the Royal Box at Wimbledon, where he was a two-time finalist.

Despite his reputation, Zaoralek, who said he is a tennis fan, insisted Nastase was the right choice.

"I trust Mr. Nastase," Zaoralek said. "(In diplomacy) we have to weigh our words, and I think Mr. Nastase is fully aware of that.

"I am sure that his transfer from sports to diplomacy will be successful because I can see him as person who realizes the responsibility he has in the new function."

Nastase was expected to attend the opening day of the new Laver Cup tennis tournament in Prague, which starts Friday. His ban applies only for ITF events.


Update September 22, 2017

India legspinners destroy Australia's chase in 2nd ODI

India's Kuldeep Yadav celebrates after taking his third wicket in an over during the second one-day international cricket match against Australia at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

KOLKATA, India (AP) — Kuldeep Yadav became the third India bowler to take a one-day international hat trick as Australia was bowled out for 202 in a 50-run loss at Eden Gardens on Thursday.

Yadav took 3-54 and his legspin partner Yuzvendra Chahal took 2-34, and India took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

Marcus Stoinis' 62 not out off 65 balls at the end went in vain, as Australia was all out in the 44th over, and India won its eighth consecutive ODI.

Chasing 253 to win on a slow pitch, Australia was in bother from the beginning. Under lights, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-9) used the new ball to dismiss both openers and reduce them to 9-2 in the fifth over. Hilton Cartwright (1) was bowled, and David Warner (1) was caught at second slip.

This brought captain Steven Smith (59) and Travis Head (39) together, and they added 76 runs for the third wicket. They attacked India with 50 runs off 43 balls.

Head was dropped on 15 by Rohit Sharma in the slips. But the batsman couldn't make it count and, against the run of play, holed out to midwicket off a full toss from Chahal in the 17th over.

Chahal bowled tight lines and bamboozled the Australia middle order.

At 106-4, the onus increased on Smith, who answered with his 19th half-century off 65 balls in his 100th ODI. The skipper looked resolute against pace and spin, and his dismissal was the turning point. Smith holed out to the deep off Hardik Pandya (2-56) in the 30th over.

Yadav returned for his second spell and made history in the 33rd over. First, Matthew Wade (2) played on to his stumps, Ashton Agar (0) was trapped lbw for a first-ball duck, and Pat Cummins (0) was caught behind off the next ball.

"I could never even dream about it," Yadav said. "Initially, I was struggling to bowl in a particular area. MS Dhoni told me to bowl what I wanted on the hat trick ball. He and Virat Kohli have always backed me. This is a special feeling."

Yadav joined Chetan Sharma (against New Zealand in 1987) and Kapil Dev (against Sri Lanka in 1991) as India hat trick achievers in an ODI. Overall, he became the fifth India bowler after Sharma, Dev, Harbhajan Singh (against Australia in 2001) and Irfan Pathan (against Pakistan in 2006) to reap a hat trick in international cricket. Singh and Pathan did theirs in tests.

Also, Dev, Singh and Yadav achieved theirs at Eden Gardens.

Australia lost five wickets for 42 runs. Stoinis farmed the strike with Nathan Coulter-Nile (8) and Kane Richardson (0), and reached his second ODI half-century off 58 balls.

He hit six fours and three sixes to lead Australia past 200, but the threat of victory didn't materialize as he ran out of partners.

Australia made India bat first and restricted the home side to 252 all out.

Virat Kohli scored 92, and Ajinkya Rahane 55. They put on 102 for the second wicket Kohli overcame a patchy start to reach his 45th ODI half-century off 60 balls. Shortly afterwards, Rahane notched his 20th ODI half-century off 62 balls, including seven fours.

Soon after their partnership scored 100, Kohli forced Rahane to run a second in the 24th over, and the latter was run out, unable to beat Hilton Cartwright's throw from long on.

Manish Pandey was bowled cheaply and Kedar Jadhav joined Kohli in the middle. They put on 55 for the fourth wicket but Australia was exerted great control over the run rate.

Jadhav perished for 24 trying to force the pace, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, playing his 300th ODI for India, was caught on 5.

Kohli led India past 200, and he was bowled on 92 when he played on Coulter-Nile. He faced 107 balls and hit eight fours.

India lost momentum, Coulter-Nile took 3-51 and Kane Richardson, playing his first ODI since February 2016, took 3-55.


England-West Indies 2nd ODI abandoned because of rain

Spectators wait as rain stops play during the second One Day International match between England and West Indies at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — The second one-day international between England and West Indies has been abandoned because of rain.

Only 2.2 overs of play were possible at Trent Bridge before the rain came. England was put in to bat by West Indies and was 21-0 when the players went off. They didn't return.

The umpires waited 3 1/2 hours to see if there was any chance of the game resuming before calling it off.

England leads the five-match series 1-0 after a comfortable seven-wicket win in the first game.

The third ODI is in Bristol on Sunday.
 


Strycova advances to quarterfinals at Pan Pacific Open

Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic returns a shot to Johanna Konta of Britain during their second round match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

TOKYO (AP) — Barbora Strycova advanced to the quarterfinals at the Pan Pacific Open by beating fourth-seeded Jo Konta 7-5, 7-6 (5) Thursday.

At 31, Strycova is the oldest singles player in this year's tournament and is making her eighth straight main draw appearance in Tokyo. She will next play Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Strycova was playing in her second match at the tournament, while Konta had a first-round bye.

"I didn't feel I was as match fit as I would like, but given it was my first match in a while I didn't think I did that badly," said Konta, who is ranked No. 7.

The victory was Strycova's first over a top-10 player in seven attempts this year.

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, Caroline Garcia and Dominika Cibulkova also reached the quarterfinals.

Wozniacki rallied to beat Shelby Rogers 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, while the fifth-seeded Cibulkova defeated Katerina Siniakova 6-2, 6-2. Garcia beat Kurumi Nara 6-1, 6-3 and will next face top-seeded Garbine Muguruza.


2 trophies on the line as PGA Tour season ends at East Lake

In this Sept. 25, 2016, file photo, Rory McIlroy poses with the trophies after winning the Tour Championship golf tournament and the FedEX Cup at East Lake Golf Club, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

By Doug Ferguson, AP Golf Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — Two trophies are better than one, especially when one of them comes with $10 million.

The PGA Tour's season ends this week at the Tour Championship, and that means the end of the FedEx Cup season that began 342 days ago in California's wine country. The top five seeds only have to win the tournament to claim the richest bonus in golf, though there has been three occasions that the FedEx Cup was won by someone else.

Bill Haas won it as the No. 25 seed, making him the inspiration for long shots.

It sounds like a sure-fire recipe for excitement Sunday, and last year was proof of that. Rory McIlroy, the No. 6 seed, had to hole a shot from the fairway for eagle on the 16th hole to get into a three-man playoff that he eventually won.

This year holds the promise of split trophies — one Tour Championship winner, a different FedEx Cup champion — because the competition has been extraordinarily tight, and the depth of talent is greater than ever.

That hasn't happened since 2009 , when Phil Mickelson (the No. 14 seed) won the Tour Championship and Tiger Woods (No. 1) seed won the FedEx Cup.

"Let me see if I get this straight," Mickelson said at the trophy presentation. "I shot 65, and he gets a check for $10 million."

He was kidding.

Jordan Spieth is the No. 1 seed for the first time, and that was important to him because of the potential for someone outside the top five to win. Every point matters. He is followed by Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Marc Leishman and Jon Rahm.

They earned those spots. Thomas, Johnson and Leishman won FedEx Cup playoff events. Spieth was runner-up in two of them and tied for seventh in the other. Rahm finished in the top five at all three of them.

The LPGA Tour has a week off after its fifth and final major of the year. The Web.com Tour Finals enters its third week ahead of its Tour Championship, which decides which additional 25 players earn PGA Tour cards for next season.
That next season starts 11 days later.

TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

The PGA Tour is contemplating a change to the end of the FedEx Cup. One concept being explored is staging the Tour Championship, handing out a trophy, and then the top FedEx Cup finishers playing the next day over 18 holes to determine the winner.

That's a long way off from becoming a reality, and it includes feedback from the players. One area of dissent is that the current system works fine. There certainly has been no shortage of highlights since it shifted to the current model in 2009.

Haas delivered the signature moment when he saved par from the lake on the second playoff hole against Hunter Mahan, and then got up-and-down from a bunker on the next hole to win both titles.

Jim Furyk had his hat on backward when he saved par from a bunker in the rain. Furyk joined Tiger Woods as the only FedEx Cup champions who didn't play the opening playoff event — Woods skipped The Barclays on purpose in 2007, Furyk missed it in 2010 when his phone (and alarm) died overnight and he missed his pro-am, which back then meant he was ineligible to play.

The rest have been decided by three shots or more.

TV: Thursday-Friday, 1-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2:30-6 p.m. (NBC). Sunday, Noon-1:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 1:30-6 p.m. (NBC).

DAP CHAMPIONSHIP

The Web.com Tour is the main gateway to the PGA Tour. It also is a chance to groom players for the big leagues, and there is some significant grooming going on at the DAP Championship. It is being held at Canterbury Golf Club outside Cleveland, better that many courses they will see on the PGA Tour.

Canterbury is where Jack Nicklaus set the record for most majors at the 1973 PGA Championship , no matter how they were counted — his 14th, including two U.S. Amateur titles, to break the mark held by Bobby Jones; and his 12th professional major, breaking the mark of Walter Hagen.

The top 25 on the money list in the regular season already have their cards. The next 25 will get cards. Still with work to do are Hunter Mahan, the only Ryder Cup player in the field, and Sam Saunders, the grandson of Arnold Palmer who would rather not rely on sponsor exemptions that PGA Tour events are more than willing to offer.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 2:30-5:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).

PURE INSURANCE OPEN

The PGA Tour Champions has the most iconic venue for the week — Pebble Beach. As usual, there will be plenty of memories.

The field features Tom Watson, who famously chipped in on the 17th for birdie to beat Jack Nicklaus in the 1982 U.S. Open. Mark O'Meara is a five-time winner of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Also playing is Colin Montgomerie. He made his U.S. Open debut in 1992 and finished strong in a howling wind. Nicklaus was in the broadcast booth and practically congratulated him on winning. Alas, Tom Kite came through to win and Montgomerie wound up third.

Montgomerie never won a major, and he doesn't need Pebble Beach to remind him of that.


 


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