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Monday’s Sports Minute

Monday’s Sports Minute

SUPER BOWL REMATCH: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Bryan Walters runs with the ball as Denver Broncos' Omar Bolden chases in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 21, in Seattle. Photo: Associated Press/John Froschauer

Here’s a look at the sports news making headlines today, Monday, Sept. 22.

Seahawks win Super Bowl rematch in OT…Texans, Bills unbeaten no more…Bengals into the bye at 3-0

The Seattle Seahawks hosted the Denver Broncos in a rematch of last February’s Super Bowl. The score was much closer this time, but the result was the same.

Marshawn Lynch ran for a six-yard touchdown on the first series of overtime to give the Seahawks a 26-20 win over the Broncos. Lynch also grabbed a second-quarter touchdown pass from Russell Wilson, who was 24 of 34 for 258 yards, two TDs and one interception.

Kam Chancellor appeared to ice the victory by intercepting Peyton Manning deep in Seattle territory, setting up Steven Hauschka’s short field goal that put the Seahawks ahead 20-12 with 59 seconds left. However, Manning extended the game by hitting Demaryius Thomas for a two-point conversion after throwing a 26-yard scoring strike to Jacob Tamme with 18 seconds left. But Seattle recovered after the Broncos went 80 yards in just 41 seconds.

Manning threw both of his touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and completed 31 of his 49 passes for 303 yards and one interception.

The outcome leaves both teams 2-1.

In other Week 3 action:

  • Ben Roethlisberger threw a pair of seven-yard touchdown passes to Antonio Brown, and Pittsburgh shredded Carolina’s run defense in a 37-19 rout of the Panthers. The Steelers finished with 264 rushing yards, with Le’Veon Bell accounting for 147 yards on 21 carries. Bell ripped off an 81-yard run and LaGarrette Blount carried 10 times for 118 yards and a TD.
  • Jordan Matthews caught two touchdown passes and Jeremy Maclin grabbed another while Nick Foles threw for 325 yards as Philadelphia beat Washington 37-34 to improve to 3-0. Maclin had eight catches for 154 yards, including a 27-yard scoring grab in the fourth quarter to put the Eagles ahead to stay. The Eagles are unbeaten despite trailing by at least 10 points in each of their first three games, including 17-point deficits in the first two contests.
  • Drew Stanton threw a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes to rookie John Brown as Arizona beat San Francisco for the first time in five tries, 23-14. Stanton completed 18 of 33 for 244 yards and two scores in helping the Cardinals improve to 3-0. The 49ers never scored after mounting 80-yard touchdown drives on their first two possessions.
  • Rashad Jennings ran for a career-high 176 yards and a touchdown and Eli Manning threw two TD passes as the New York Giants overcame some early mistakes and beat the suddenly error-prone Houston Texans 30-17. The Giants defense intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick three times, and the special teams blocked a punt.
  • Andy Dalton caught a touchdown pass — the first Bengals quarterback to pull off that feat — as Cincinnati stayed undefeated by beating Tennessee 33-7. The 3-0 Bengals head into their bye week with their best start in eight years.
  • Justin Tucker kicked a 32-yard field as time expired, giving the Baltimore Ravens a 23-21 win over the Cleveland Browns. Tucker’s boot capped another challenging week for the 2-1 Ravens, who continue to be dogged by questions surrounding running back Ray Rice’s domestic violence suspension.
  • New Orleans cracked the win column for the first time by beating Minnesota 20-9. Drew Brees passed for 293 yards and two touchdowns for the Saints. For the Vikings, the loss capped a week of distractions. The club first announced that star running back Adrian Peterson would play, then later changed course and said Peterson would leave the team indefinitely to deal with child abuse allegations.
  • San Diego slapped around previously unbeaten Buffalo 22-10 as Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes to Eddie Royal. Rivers was 18 of 25 for 256 yards for the Chargers, who are 2-1 for the third time in four years.
  • The Indianapolis Colts posted their first victory in emphatic fashion, 44-17 over winless Jacksonville. Andrew Luck tossed four TD passes.
  • Detroit took over the NFC North lead by upsetting Green Bay 19-7. Don Carey returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown and Reggie Bush added a late 26-yard rushing TD.
  • Dallas rallied from an early 21-0 deficit to beat 1-2 St. Louis 34-31. Terrance Williams scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter, and Bruce Carter returned an interception 25 yards for a TD on the next snap.
  • In a low-scoring tussle, New England beat winless Oakland 16-9 in a game featuring one touchdown. Tom Brady threw a scoring pass and Stephen Gostkowski kicked three field goals as the 2-1 Patriots dropped the Raiders to 0-3 for the season and 0-15 in their last 15 East Coast games. The victory was sealed when defensive tackle Vince Wilfork intercepted a pass near his goal line as Oakland was driving for a potential game-tying TD.
  • Kansas City has its first win after Alex Smith shook off five sacks to throw three touchdown passes in a 34-15 rout of the Dolphins at Miami. Knile Davis put the Chiefs ahead to stay with a 21-yard TD run midway through the first quarter and finished with 132 yards on 32 carries. Joe McKnight grabbed a pair of scoring strikes from Smith, who was 19 of 25 for 186 yards.
  • Royals strengthen playoff chances

    Nori Aoki has capped one of the best weeks of his career by delivering a hit that put the Kansas City Royals within 1 ½ games of the AL Central lead.

    The Royals blew a 2-0 lead before Aoki laced a two-run triple in the fourth inning of a 5-2 triumph over the division-leading Detroit Tigers. The Tigers were threatening to complete a three-game sweep and mar Kansas City’s playoff push until Aoki delivered his third hit of the series. The Royals right fielder went 3-for-9 in the series after collecting 11 hits in Kansas City’s series win over the Chicago White Sox last week.

    Kansas City leads Seattle by 1 ½ games for the second AL wild-card berth, and are a half-game behind Oakland in the battle to host the winner-take-all wild-card playoff game .

    The Athletics stayed ahead of the Royals by beating Philadelphia 8-6 on Josh Donaldson’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th. Donaldson had three hits and scored three times for the A’s, who also got three RBIs from Geovany Soto.

    Seattle lost ground in the wild-card chase. Jake Marisnick had a three-run homer for the second straight game and Alex Presley drove in two runs as the Astros dealt the Mariners their eighth loss in 12 games, 8-3. Collin McHugh gave up three hits in six innings for his seventh straight win.

    Meanwhile, Pittsburgh took a major step toward securing its second consecutive NL wild-card berth. Vance Worley scattered four hits in eight innings as the Pirates blanked Milwaukee 1-0, leaving the Bucs tied with San Francisco for the two wild-card berths and 4 ½ games ahead of the Brewers heading into the final week of the season. The game was scoreless until Russell Martin singled home the lone run in the seventh inning to give the Pirates the rubber match of the three-game set.

    The Cardinals wrapped up an NL playoff berth with Milwaukee’s loss, but their lead in the NL Central dropped to 2 ½ games over Pittsburgh with a 7-2 loss to Cincinnati in St. Louis. Devin Mesoraco hit a three-run homer, and Jay Bruce added a solo shot and three RBIs as the Reds ended the Redbirds’ four-game winning streak.

    Elsewhere in the majors:

  • Matt Kemp went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 8-5 to open a 4 ½-game lead over San Francisco in the NL West. Adrian Gonzalez collected his major league-leading 112th RBI.
  • The Giants were 8-2 losers at San Diego as Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run double and had three RBIs. Rene Rivera and Cameron Maybin each had two RBIs to support Ian Kennedy, who pitched into the seventh to help the Padres complete a three-game sweep.
  • Corey Kluber struck out a career-high 14 hitters for the second straight start and picked up his 17th win by allowing two runs in eight innings of Cleveland’s 7-2 triumph at Minnesota. Michael Brantley had three hits and two RBIs as the Indians stayed 3 ½ games behind the Royals for the final AL wild-card berth.
  • Masahiro Tanaka made a triumphant return from an elbow injury that sidelined him for 2 1/2 months and a rejuvenated Derek Jeter got yet another big hit on his final homestand, leading the New York Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2. Jeter went 2 for 4 and finished his next-to-last home series 8 for 15 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs.
  • Atlanta was eliminated from the NL wild-card race as NL Rookie of the Year candidate Jacob deGrom gave up two runs while striking out 10 over six innings of the New York Mets’ 10-2 pounding of the Braves. Anthony Recker had three hits and three RBIs as the Mets completed a three-game sweep and dealt the Braves their 14th loss in 18 games this month.
  • Joe Kelly allowed two runs and just three hits in seven innings as Boston topped Baltimore 3-2. Mookie Betts and David Ross homered against the AL East champs, who finished their home schedule 50-31.
  • East Carolina, Mississippi State crack Top 25

    The new Associated Press college football poll is out, and there are a couple unfamiliar names on the list. East Carolina is ranked for the first time since 2008, and Mississippi State moved into the Top 25 for the first time in two seasons after breaking a long losing streak against LSU.

    The Pirates are No. 23 after a record-setting 70-41 victory against North Carolina. Mississippi State is No. 14 after beating LSU 34-29 on Saturday.

    Florida State remains No. 1 after escaping with a 23-17 overtime win against visiting Clemson. There’s no change to the top seven as second-ranked Oregon is followed by Alabama, Oklahoma, Auburn, Texas A&M and Baylor. Notre Dame, Michigan State and Mississippi round out the top 10.

    ‘Noles get Winston back

    Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston is back.

    Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher announced his quarterback was once again the starter shortly after the top-ranked Seminoles survived their biggest regular-season scare since Winston earned the job at the start of 2013.

    Winston served a one-game suspension on Saturday for making “offensive and vulgar” comments about female anatomy on campus Tuesday.

    Keselowski trying for third straight win

    Joey Logano has advanced to the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

    Logano pulled away on the restart to win a green-white-checkered finish Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He led 73 laps in his fourth victory of the season, a race that had a season-high 15 cautions that wrecked results for several Chase drivers. Rookie Kyle Larson was second.

    Brad Keselowski failed in his bid to win a third straight Cup race, though he salvaged a seventh-place finish despite hitting the wall.

    Kevin Harvick was third, followed by Jamie McMurray and Jimmie Johnson.

    Hamilton closes the gap

    Lewis Hamilton took the lead in the Formula One drivers’ championship by winning the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday.

    Hamilton led comfortably but was forced into a late pit-stop. He briefly surrendered the race lead to Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel before he passed the German seven laps from the finish.

    The Briton won his seventh race of the season and second in a row to move to 241 points, three ahead of Nico Rosberg with five races left. Rosberg had to retire early with a mechanical failure.

    Hur and Reto tied

    Mi Jung Hur held off top-ranked Stacy Lewis to win the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Hur birdied four of her final eight holes for a 6-under 66 and a 21 under total, four shots ahead of top-ranked Stacy Lewis.

    She broke the tournament mark of 19 under set by Katherine Hull-Kirk in 2010.

    Goydos wins

    Paul Goydos picked up his first Champions Tour victory at the Hawaii Championship, finishing one shot ahead of Fred Funk and Scott Dunlap.

    Goydos broke out of a tight pack with four straight birdies and closed with a 4-under 68 for a tournament-record 19-under total.

    France shocks U.S. women

    Sandrine Gruda had 26 points and 15 rebounds to help France stun the U.S. women’s national team 76-72 in an exhibition game in Paris.

    It’s the first loss by the Americans in an international game since falling to a team from the Czech Republic in 2011 when the U.S. was on a European tour.

    The Americans had beaten the French in the gold medal game at the Olympics in 2012. The Americans had a 12-point halftime lead and were up 60-52 with 6:39 left in the game before France rallied.

    Ex-NFL kicker killed in car crash

    Former NFL kicker Rob Bironas has died in a car crash. He was 36.

    Nashville police say the former Tennessee Titans player died Saturday night when he lost control on a curve in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali and crashed less than a mile from his home.

    The Titans released Bironas in March after nine seasons.

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