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By: AP
By: AP

NASCAR-RICHMOND
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- NASCAR's Chase for the championship won't include last year's winner.
Brad Keselowski (kehz-LOW'-skee) failed to make it when an ill-timed caution ruined his run at Richmond International Raceway. Ryan Newman also was nosed out despite pulling ahead with 10 laps remaining at Richmond International Speedway.
Clint Bowyer spun three laps later to bring out a caution that ruined Newman's race. Newman and Martin Truex Jr. were locked into a race for the second of two wild cards in the 12-driver Chase field, and the race win would have given it to Newman. But Bowyer's spinout allowed his teammate - Truex - to grab the final spot in the Chase.
Joey Logano qualified for the Chase in sixth, followed by Greg Biffle, Bowyer, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kurt Busch claimed the first wild-card berth after finishing second to Carl Edwards in Saturday's race.

T25-FOOTBALL
(AP) -- The Michigan Wolverines were winners while playing in front of the largest crowd in NCAA football history. Over 115,000 jammed into Michigan Stadium to watch the 17th-ranked Wolverines down No. 14 Notre Dame 41-30.
Devin Gardner threw four touchdown passes, including a victory-sealing connection to Drew Dileo with 4:18 left. Gardner was able to atone for his fourth-quarter interception in his own end zone by hitting DiLeo after Notre Dame got within 34-30 with 9:15 remaining.
Michigan's Jeremy Gallon had career highs with three TDs and 184 yards receiving.
Tommy Rees was 29 of 51 for 314 yards with two TDs and two interceptions for the Irish.

In other results:
-- De'Anthony Thomas ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns as second-ranked Oregon blasted Virginia 59-10. The Ducks finished with 557 yards and did all their scoring while possessing the ball under 21 1/2 minutes.
-- Kenny Guiton ran for one touchdown and passed for two others while leading No. 3 Ohio State to a 42-7 romp over San Diego State. Guiton took over after Braxton Miller was sandwiched between two tacklers on the Buckeyes' seventh offensive play.
-- Fourth-ranked Clemson had an easy time of winning its second game of the season with a 52-13 shellacking of FCS opponent South Carolina State. Tajh Boyd ran for a touchdown and was 14-of-23 for 169 through the air in just one half of work.
-- Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') threw for 426 yards and three touchdowns in less than three quarters as seventh-ranked Texas A&M clobbered Sam Houston State 65-28. Mike Evans had a career-high 155 yards receiving for the Aggies, and Tra Carson ran for 51 with two touchdowns.
-- No. 11 Georgia bounced back from last weekend's loss to Clemson by downing No. 6 South Carolina 41-30. Aaron Murray threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns, including an 85-yard scoring strike to Justin Scott-Wesley with 13 minutes to play.
-- Stephen Morris threw a pair of first-quarter touchdown passes and Duke Johnson added a short scoring run that put the Hurricanes ahead 21-9 with 3:29 remaining in a 21-16 win over 12th-ranked Florida. Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel completed 22 of 33 passes for a career-best 291 yards and a late touchdown, but he also had two interceptions, fumbled once and was stopped on a fourth-down try for another giveaway.
-- No. 8 Louisville is unbeaten after Teddy Bridgewater threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-7 pounding of Eastern Kentucky. Linebacker Preston Brown had two sacks for Louisville, and Calvin Pryor had an interception as Louisville limited Eastern Kentucky to 76 yards total offense in the first half.
-- Zach Mettenberger passed for an LSU single-game record five touchdowns while completing 16 of 19 for 282 yards in ninth-ranked LSU's 56-17 thumping of UAB. Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. scored one of his four touchdowns on a 100-yard field goal return.
-- J.W. Walsh completed his first 10 passes and finished 24-of-27 for 326 yards and four touchdown throws as No. 13 Oklahoma State beat University of Texas-San Antonio 56-35. The Cowboys are now 2-0 on the young season.
-- Taysom Hill accounted for 388 yards of offense as BYU clipped No. 15 Texas 40-21. Hill carried 17 times for 259 yards and three touchdowns, and he also threw for another 129 yards to help the Cougars bounce back from last Saturday's loss at Virginia.
-- Brennan Clay had a career-high 170 yards rushing and 16th-ranked Oklahoma scored the final 16 points in a 16-7 win against West Virginia. The Sooners racked up 323 yards on the ground.
-- No. 19 Northwestern trounced Syracuse 48-27 behind Trevor Siemian, who threw for 259 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. Kain Colter passed for a touchdown and ran for another for the Wildcats, who gained 387 of their 581 total yards while taking a 34-7 halftime lead.
-- No. 21 Wisconsin blitzed Tennessee Tech 48-0 as Melvin Gordon ran for 140 yards and a score. Badgers quarterback Joel Stave was 24 of 28 for 219 yards and three touchdowns.
-- Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Ciante Evans returned first-quarter interceptions for touchdowns as No. 22 Nebraska demolished Southern Mississippi 56-13. Taylor Martinez threw for three TDs and Ameer Abdullah ran for 117 yards and two scores.
-- Bryce Petty threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns and Lache Seastrunk ran for 150 yards with three scores as 23rd-rated Baylor mauled Buffalo 70-13.
-- Trevone Boykin led three straight scoring drives after starter Casey Pachall left with an injury, and No. 24 TCU pulled away from Southeastern Louisiana 38-17.

MLB-SCHEDULE
(AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals are back atop the NL Central, a half-game ahead of Pittsburgh following the Redbirds' 5-0 shutout of the Pirates. Adam Wainwright is 16-9 after limiting the Bucs to two hits while striking out eight in seven innings.
David Freese (freez) drove in the game's first run with a sacrifice fly before belting a solo homer in the Redbirds' second straight win.
The Reds are within 1 1/2 games of the NL Central lead. Cincinnati earned a walkoff win as Todd Frazier's single brought home Billy Hamilton as the Reds downed the Dodgers 4-3. Cesar Izturis (ihz-TOOR'-his) went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored to help the Reds overcome Yasiel Puig's (YAH'-see-ul pweegz) two-run homer.
The Boston Red Sox have surrendered 25 runs in the first three games of a four-game series in the Bronx, yet they've won all three contests.
Mike Napoli (NAP'-oh-lee) hit two of the Red Sox's four homers and drove in three runs in a 13-9 win over the New York Yankees. Jonny Gomes (gohmz) went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and four RBIs as the Bosox won their fifth in a row while becoming the first visiting team in 101 years to score at least nine runs on three straight days against the Yankees franchise.
Boston has scored 54 in its last four games after scoring 26 the previous seven contests. They've won the last two games without center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who's out indefinitely and wearing a protective boot on his injured right foot.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was pulled for a pinch-runner and was sent to a hospital for a precautionary CT scan on his surgically repaired left ankle. The team said the preliminary results of the scan were negative.
Boston's lead in the AL East is a comfortable 8 1/2 games over Tampa Bay following the Rays' 6-2 loss to the Mariners. Kendry Morales was 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBIs as the Mariners dealt the Rays their 11th loss in 14 games. Justin Smoak also went deep to back James Paxton, who held the Rays to one earned run and four hits in six innings.
Oakland now tops the American League West by 1 1/2 games over Texas. The Athletics were 2-1 winners against Houston as Dan Straily tossed seven shutout innings in his third straight victory. Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) and Jed Lowrie homered as the A's won for the seventh time in nine games.
The Rangers lost ground as Mark Trumbo belted a two-run homer and Grant Green had three RBIs as the Angels downed Texas 8-3. Garrett Richards looked good over seven innings, limiting the Rangers to one earned run and six hits.

In other major league action, Matt Wieters (WEE'-turs) laced a two-run single in the bottom of the 10th to give Baltimore a 4-3 win over the White Sox, which leaves the Orioles just one game behind Tampa Bay for the second wild-card berth. The White Sox pulled away on Conor Gillaspie's pinch-hit homer in the top of the 10th before absorbing their ninth consecutive loss.
Freddy Galvis smacked a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to end Philadelphia's 6-5 triumph against Atlanta. Carlos Ruiz had three RBIs as the Phillies kept the Braves' magic number to win the NL East at nine.
Salvador Perez hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning of Kansas City's 4-3 win against Detroit. Miguel Cabrera had two RBIs for the Tigers, who new lead the AL Central by 5 1/2 games over Cleveland.
The Indians have a four-game winning streak after Asdrubal (as-DROO'-bul) Cabrera hit a three-run homer and Nick Swisher added a solo shot in a 9-4 pounding of the New York Mets. Corey Kluber allowed two runs in five-plus innings to win his first start since spraining his middle finger last month.
Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer and a solo blast in Washington's 9-2 thrashing of Miami.
Brandon McCarthy scattered six hits in eight innings as Arizona downed San Francisco 2-1.
San Diego beat Colorado 2-1 on Jedd Gyorko's (JUR'-kohz) tiebreaking, solo homer in the eighth.
Adam Lind socked a pair of three-run homers that opened and closed Toronto's scoring in an 11-2 laugher at Minnesota.
Johnny Hellweg pitched six innings for his first career major league victory and Logan Schafer hit a three-run triple to help Milwaukee beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3.

MLB-BLUE JAYS
Surgery for Cabrera
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera has had a benign tumor removed from his spine. Cabrera, who hasn't played since Aug. 1 after a season-ending ankle injury, had the surgery on Aug. 30. The team expects Cabrera to be ready for spring training.

US OPEN
Men's semifinals
NEW YORK (AP) --
Second seed Rafael Nadal (nah-DAHL') coasted into Monday's final with a 6-4, 7-6, 6-2 triumph over No. 8 Richard Gasquet (ree-SHAHRD' gas-KAY'). Nadal has dropped just one set the entire tournament, and that was a first-set tiebreak in the fourth round. He's also lost just 52 games during his 19 sets in the tournament, and he extended his streak of service games won to 73 before Gasquet broke him in the fourth game of the second set.
Top seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) had his hands full with No. 9 Stanislas Wawrinka (vah-VRIN'-kah), needing five sets and 4 hours and 9 minutes to win 2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Djokovic rallied after losing the third game of the final set, a 21-minute epic in which he wasted five break points before breaking Wawrinka in the next game.
The victory puts Djokovic in the Open final for the fourth straight year. He is now 20-7 in five-set matches.

OLYMPICS-TOKYO
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- The International Olympic Committee has selected Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Games.
Tokyo defeated Istanbul 60-36 in the final round of secret voting. Madrid was eliminated earlier after an initial tie with Istanbul.
Tokyo hosted the 1964 Olympics and billed itself as the "safe pair of hands" at a time of global political and economic turmoil, a message that clearly resonated with the IOC.

CHAMPIONS TOUR
Langer takes lead
SAINTE-JULIE, QUEBEC (AP) -- Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur) leads after two rounds of the Champions Tour's Montreal Championship. He shot a 5-under 67 to open a three-stroke lead over five players. Langer had five birdies in a bogey-free second round to reach 6 under. The two-time Masters champion has two victories this year and 18 overall on the 50-and-over tour.


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