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24 September, 2018

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Lions Dominate Patriots

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September 24, 2018
Rachel Bowers & Mark Dunphy, The Boston Globe


On a night when Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia were facing off for the first time, Patricia and his Detroit Lions got the better of Belichick and his Patriots as the Lions notched a 26-10 victory at Ford Field on Sunday.

It was the first win of Patricia’s career as an NFL head coach and the Lions’ first win of this season. It was the Patriots’ second straight loss, the first time they have lost back-to-back games since the 2015 season, and the club’s first 1-2 start since 2012. It was also the first time in his career that quarterback Tom Brady lost to the Lions.

Patricia and Belichick had a quick postgame hug. Patricia joined Josh McDaniels as the only former Belichick coordinators to beat Belichick on their first try as head coaches.

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Late Games Scores and Recaps: Rams Reign Supreme in Battle for LA

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September 24, 2018
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CHARGERS 23 @ RAMS 35

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23 September, 2018

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He's Back: Tiger Wins Tour Championship

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September 23, 2018


Tiger Woods is a winner again, capping off one of the most remarkable comebacks in golf history.

More than five years after his last win, after four surgeries on his lower back that left him wonder if he could ever play again, Woods ended his comeback season with a dominant victory Sunday at the Tour Championship for his 80th career PGA Tour win.

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Early Games Scores and Recaps: Mahomes Continues to Dazzle

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Yankees Blow it Against Horrible O's

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September 23, 2018
Brendan Kuty, The Star Ledger


NEW YORK -- The autopsy report for the Yankees' loss Sunday will read:

Self-inflicted gunshot wound to the foot.

No other way to describe an awful loss at terrible time to the worst team in the league.

The Yankees fell, 6-3, to the 110-loss Orioles at Yankee Stadium -- a day after clinching a playoff spot with an extra-innings victory.

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Giants Hang on to Beat Texans, Earn First Win of Season

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September 23, 2018
Dan Benton, USA Today


The New York Giants entered a Week 3 game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium having not scored 30 or more points in 35 consecutive games — the last time coming in Tom Coughlin’s final game as head coach.

In an attempt to shake things up, the Giants benched Ereck Flowers prior to kickoff and named Chad Wheeler the starter at right tackle. He was tasked with stopping three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, J.J. Watt.

As harrowing as that may have seemed prior to the game, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur and offensive coordinator Mike Shula initially schemed well, allowing the running backs and tight end Rhett Ellison to pitch in on the right side.

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Clay Matthews Called for Another Bogus Roughing the Passer Penalty

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September 23, 2018
Zach Kruse, USA Today


Another week, another Clay Matthews hit, another disastrous penalty.

Seven days after Matthews was penalized for hitting Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, negating a game-sealing interception, officials once again flagged a Matthews’ hit, this time at the end of a sack on Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith.

The penalty was the same: Roughing the passer.

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Bucs to Stick with Fitzpatrick when Winston Returns

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September 23, 2018


Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain under center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following the return of fellow quarterback Jameis Winston, according to a report Sunday.

Jay Glazer of FOX reported that the Buccaneers will stick with Fitzpatrick when Winston is eligible to return from a three-game suspension from the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Winston is set to return from his ban following the Buccaneers' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1-1) on Monday.

Glazer, however, added that Fitzpatrick would lose the start if he does "something dramatically bad" for Tampa Bay 2-0).

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Yankees Top O's in Extra Innings, Clinch Wild Card Berth

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September 23, 2018
Ronald Blum, Associated Press


NEW YORK –  Aaron Hicks and the New York Yankees reached the playoffs the same way they played the regular season: They got hurt, stood up and kept on going.

Hicks doubled home the winning run in the 11th inning , just after a foul ball to an ankle sent him sprawling to the dirt face-first in pain, and the Yankees clinched an AL wild card for the second straight year with a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

"It hurts. It's going to be sore tomorrow, that's for sure," Hicks said after limping to his locker, his left ankle taped. "I think after I hit the ball, it was kind of all adrenaline."

Rookie manager Aaron Boone will lead the Yankees into the winner-take-all Oct. 3 wild-card game, most likely against Oakland. The Yankees are 1½ games ahead of the Athletics for home-field advantage and are 53-27 at home this season.

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Princeton Routs Monmouth in First In-state D1 Matchup Since 1980

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September 23, 2018
Associated Press


PRINCETON, N.J. - John Lovett threw for five touchdowns and ran for another and Princeton beat Monmouth 51-9 on Saturday afternoon.

Lovett was 21 of 27 for 332 yards passing for the Tigers (2-0). He also had 71 rushing yards. Charlie Volker led the ground attack with 87 yards and a score on 12 carries.

Lovett threw a trio of touchdowns in the first half, a 24-yarder to Stephen Carlson and two to Jesper Horsted, one from three yards and one from 29 yards. Volker added a 26-yard rushing score and the team picked up a safety late in the second quarter and the Tigers were up 30-9 at halftime.

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22 September, 2018

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Old Dominion Shocks #13 Virginia Tech

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September 22, 2018
Mike Niziolek, The Roanoke Times


NORFOLK — Virginia Tech's season took an unexpected turn during its trip across the commonwealth.

The No. 13 Hokies (2-1, 1-0 ACC) lost 49-35 Saturday to Old Dominion with starting quarterback Josh Jackson watching the end of the game from the sidelines on crutches wearing a protective boot.

Jackson injured his left ankle after a 19-yard run early in the fourth quarter and didn't return.

Backup Ryan Willis nearly rallied the Hokies, orchestrating one scoring drive, but the team's Lunch Pail defense failed to clock in giving up the most passing yards in a single game since 1993.

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Tiger Woods Leads After Three Rounds at Tour Championship

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September 22, 2018
Karen Crouse, The New York Times


ATLANTA — Tiger Woods moved closer to completing one of the most improbable comebacks in sports on Saturday, carding a sizzling five-under-par 65 at the Tour Championship to take a three-stroke lead as he goes into Sunday’s final round at East Lake Golf Club seeking his first title in five years.

Woods, who has had four back operations since spring 2014, missed all of the 2016 season and was limited to two rounds in 2017 and 11 starts in 2015. He has not won a tournament since August 2013 at the Bridgestone Invitational.

Woods birdied six of his first seven holes on Saturday, including five in a row, while grouped with the world No. 1 Justin Rose. The 30-player field here includes 18 of the top 20 players in the world rankings. Woods, who in his prime occupied the top spot for a record 683 nonconsecutive weeks, is now ranked 21st.



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Braves Clinch First Division Title Since 2013

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September 22, 2018


Exactly five years ago, the Braves celebrated their last division title before soon embarking on baseball’s latest trend: a complete teardown. One done with the promise of sustainable success, done in hope of recapturing the mystique of the 1990s and devising a roster with embraceable talents and well-renowned flair.

Mission accomplished. The Braves are National League East champions. The cupboard is stacked. The financial flexibility is existent. The standard is set. The new glory days have begun.

The Braves clinched their 17th division title with a 5-3 win over the Phillies on Saturday. They were presented the opportunity to take the division themselves and defeated the Phillies three consecutive games to end the division race.

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#8 Notre Dame Lays the Smack Down on Wake Forest

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September 22, 2018
Joedy McCreary, Associated Press


Number 8 Notre Dame threw the Book at Wake Forest .

Ian Book rushed for three touchdowns and threw for two more in his first start of the season, leading the Fighting Irish past Wake Forest 56-27 on Saturday.

Book replaced Brandon Wimbush in the starting lineup and was 25 of 34 for 325 yards with touchdown passes covering 3 yards to Brock Wright and 7 yards to Chase Claypool, along with three short scoring runs.

"Every week, I've tried to prepare like I'm the starter, and when my name's called, I need to go in there and play at my best and make sure the offense can succeed," Book said.

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Buffalo Embarrasses Rutgers

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September 22, 2018
Associated Press


PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers has become the latest team to find out just how good Buffalo and quarterback Tyree Jackson are.

Jackson threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns and the Bulls used their big-play offense to remain unbeaten and roll over the reeling Scarlet Knights 42-13 Saturday.

The win was Buffalo's first over a Big Ten Conference opponent and pushed its record to 4-0. It's the best start for the Mid-American Conference team since 1981 and it also extended its winning streak to seven straight games dating to last season.

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21 September, 2018

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Browns 21, Jets 17: Baker Mayfield Leads Cleveland to First Win in 635 Days

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September 21, 2018
Mark Inabinett, The Birmingham News


In the Cleveland Browns' last victory before their 19-game winless streak, former Alabama State standout Isaiah Crowell ran for two touchdowns in a 20-17 win over the San Diego Chargers on Dec. 24, 2016.

On Thursday night, Crowell again ran for two touchdowns at FirstEnergy Stadium as the Browns finally won again. Except this time, Crowell did his scoring for the New York Jets, and Cleveland overcame the two-touchdown deficit provided by Crowell to post a 21-17 victory.

The Browns rallied after quarterback Tyrod Taylor left the game to be tested for a concussion (with a passing line of 4-of-14 for 19 yards).

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Red Sox Rout Yankees, Clinch Third Straight Division Title

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September 21, 2018
Erik Boland, Newsday


An ugly performance by the Yankees on Thursday night brought about the ugliest of sights for their fans:

The Red Sox celebrating on the Stadium field.

Another home run by Luke Voit and a grand slam by Giancarlo Stanton provided noisy jolts to the evening, but it wasn’t enough to overcome sloppiness in the field and some atrocious pitching in an 11-6 loss to the Red Sox in front of a sellout crowd of 47,351.

The victory clinched the AL East title for the Red Sox a third straight year and allowed the A’s to climb within 1½ games of the Yankees (93-59) for homefield advantage for the AL wild-card game.

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20 September, 2018

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Severino, Yankees Wallop Price, Red Sox

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September 20, 2018
Randy Miller, NJ Advance Media


NEW YORK -- That old October buzz was back at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.

Yankees righty Luis Severino was dealing again, late-season find Luke Voit hit two more homers, rookie sensation Miguel Andujar went yard again, face-of-the-franchise slugger Aaron Judge got his first hit since coming off the DL and for the second night in a row the Red Sox were forced to wait at least one more day to clinch the American League East.

This 10-1 Yankees romp was a powerful message sent to the Red Sox.

Beware in October.

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19 September, 2018

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Bills' Vontae Davis Explains Abrupt Retirement

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September 19, 2018
Lorenzo Reyes, USA Today


For the first time since he abruptly retired, leaving the Buffalo Bills at halftime in their Week 2 blowout loss on Sunday, former cornerback Vontae Davis broke his silence to explain his motives and expressed being at peace with his decision.

“Leaving was therapeutic, bro,” Davis said in an interview with The Undefeated. “I left everything the league wanted me to be, playing for my teammates while injured, the gladiator mentality, it all just popped. And when it popped, I just wanted to leave it all behind. So that’s why I don’t care what people say. That experience was personal and not meant for anyone else to understand. It was me cold turkey leaving behind an identity that I carried with me for so long.”

Davis told The Undefeated that he “didn’t feel right, I didn’t feel like myself" throughout the first two quarters and right before halftime of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, an eventual 31-20 defeat.


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Antonio Brown Disciplined for Missing Meeting

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September 19, 2018


Antonio Brown will be disciplined for missing a team meeting, but two Pittsburgh Steelers captains don’t think that punishment will include missing the game Monday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Captains Cameron Heyward and Maurkice Pouncey said whatever penalty is meted out by coach Mike Tomlin should not involve benching Brown, whose absence Monday coincided with his controversial “trade me” tweet.

Brown was back at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Wednesday and practiced with his teammates.


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Jimmy Butler Wants to be Traded to the Clippers, Nets, or Knicks

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September 19, 2018
Dan Devine, Yahoo! Sports


Less than a week before the start of training camp, during a much-publicized high-stakes meeting with head coach and team president Tom Thibodeau intended to clear the air after a summer filled with reports of acrimony and discontent, All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler requested that the Minnesota Timberwolves trade him, according to Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

Charania reports that Butler — whom the Wolves acquired at the 2017 NBA draft in a blockbuster deal that sent guards Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn, along with a draft pick that became forward Lauri Markkanen, to Chicago — has “given Minnesota a list of one-to-three teams with whom he’s open to signing [an] extension.” Those teams, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, all play in the NBA’s biggest markets:


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Yankees at Full Strength as Chapman Comes off DL

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September 19, 2018
Associated Press


NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has been activated from the disabled list.

New York announced the move Wednesday before the second game of a three-game series against the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox.

Chapman has been out since Aug. 21 with left knee tendinitis. The All-Star left-hander threw a simulated game Monday and said Tuesday that he had recovered well.

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Tom Brady Would ‘Divorce’ Bill Belichick if he Could

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September 19, 2018
Doug Kyed, NESN


ESPN has more juicy details on the reported rift between New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady from Ian O’Connor’s upcoming book, “Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time.”

So, in other words, the storyline Patriots fans desperately wanted to go away all offseason just got new life breathed into it.

“If you’re married 18 years to a grouchy person who gets under your skin and never compliments you, after a while you want to divorce him,” a source told O’Connor after the 2017 season.

“Tom knows Bill is the best coach in the league, but he’s had enough of him. If Tom could, I think he would divorce him.

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Walker's Dinger Sends Yankees Past Red Sox

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September 19, 2018
Erik Boland, Newsday


The Yankees got one of their big guns – their biggest one – back just in time for the stretch run.

Aaron Judge, out since July 27 with a right wrist fracture, cleared his final hurdle Tuesday morning in a simulated game and was in the starting lineup for Tuesday night’s game against the Red Sox.

“I felt like I never left,” Judge said. “That’s all you can really ask for after missing so many weeks.”

Judge, who batted second and played rightfield, hit a couple of balls hard but went 0-for-4 in the Yankees’ 3-2 win that kept the Red Sox, for one night at least, from clinching the AL East title at the Stadium.

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WATCH: Mets' Matz Makes Incredible Catch to Start Double Play

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September 19, 2018
Peter Solari, Editor-in-Chief 


Things aren't so good in Queens these days. After starting the season 11-1, the Mets are currently sitting 11 games under 500, with no hope of playing in October. On Tuesday, starting pitcher Steven Matz gave Amazins fans a rare reason to smile, albeit in another losing effort for the club.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, with his team leading the Phillies 2-0, Matz made an incredible behind-the-back catch on a line drive by Philadelphia outfielder Roman Quinn, then threw to first to double up Rhys Hoskins. Take a look:

In the third inning, Matz took Cy Young contender Aaron Nola deep for his second home run of the year.

Despite Matz' big day, the Mets ultimately fell to the Phillies 5-2.

With the club limping to the finish of what has been a very long season, all Mets eyes are on the future, of which, Matz figures to be a big part of. Tuesday night, the 27-year old flamethrower showed us why. His future is bright.

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The 2018 Orioles are the Worst Team in Baltimore History

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September 19, 2018
Jace Evans, USA Today
 
 
The 2018 Orioles have made history: This is the worst squad in the team's 64 years in Baltimore.
 
With a 6-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Orioles picked up loss No. 108 on the season, the most the team has ever accumulated in a year since moving to Baltimore for the 1954 season.
 
With 11 games to go, and with series against the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros to end the campaign, the Orioles still have a realistic shot at setting the franchise's overall mark for futility. The 1939 St. Louis Browns hold that "record" at 111 losses.  

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