Sports Roundup Sep 15: Football..Baseball..Tennis..Golf

By: AP
By: AP


(AP) -- Even without Andrew Luck, Stanford still had every answer for Matt Barkley and Southern California.
Josh Nunes threw a go-ahead 37-yard touchdown to Zach Ertz, Stepfan Taylor ran for 153 yards and scored two touchdowns, and No. 21 Stanford upset second-ranked USC 21-14 for its fourth straight win in this series.
Heisman Trophy hopeful Matt Barkley threw for 254 yards and two interceptions while completing only 20 of 41 passes. He was sacked twice on the final drive for the Trojans and threw out of bounds on a final, desperate heave on fourth-and-39 from USC's 25-yard line.
Coming out of a two-year bowl ban, USC had national title hopes this season. Now the Trojans will have to climb out of another hole to get there.

In other AP Top-25 action:

-- Eddie Lacy ran for three touchdowns and No. 1 Alabama forced five turnovers in a 52-0 win over Arkansas. The shutout was the second straight for the Crimson Tide (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference). The last time Alabama, which has now forced 11 turnovers this season, had back-to-back shutouts was against Vanderbilt and Kentucky in 1980.

-- Ronald Martin and Lavar Edwards each intercepted deflected passes and returned them for scores, and No. 3 LSU rolled to a 63-14 victory over winless Idaho.

-- Marcus Mariota threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns before No. 4 Oregon pulled its starters early in a 63-14 victory over Tennessee Tech.

---- Notre Dame has given coach Brian Kelly his biggest win in three seasons in South Bend. Everett Golson threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score to help No. 20 Notre Dame beat No. 10 Michigan State 20-3. The 3-0 Fighting Irish snapped a six-game losing streak against ranked teams and beat a top-10 opponent for the first time in seven years.

-- Tajh Boyd threw for 310 yards and three touchdown passes to lead No. 11 Clemson to a 41-7 win over Furman. Boyd's three scoring throws gave him 43 for his career, second all time at Clemson and just six behind the record held by Charlie Whitehurst. Clemson has now beaten the Paladins 30 straight times.

-- Chris Thompson scored on runs of 74 and 80 yards on successive carries to lead No. 5 Florida State to a 52-0 victory over Wake Forest. Thompson suffered a broken back at Wake Forest a year ago that nearly ended his career. Florida State's defense has allowed just three points this season.

-- Aaron Murray passed for a career-best 342 yards and two touchdowns, also scored twice on short runs, and No. 7 Georgia bounced back from another slow start to rout Florida Atlantic 56-20.

-- Connor Shaw went 8 of 14 for 107 yards before reinjuring his throwing shoulder as No. 8 South Carolina beat UAB 49-6.

---- Ninth-ranked West Virginia scored on its first four possessions and piled up 569 yards in a 42-12 win over James Madison. Geno Smith set the school record for career yards passing, throwing five TDs for 411 yards.

-- Braxton Miller lofted a 72-yard touchdown pass to an all-alone Devin Smith with 3:26 left and Christian Bryant snuffed out California's last chance with an interception to power No. 12 Ohio State to a 35-28 win over the Golden Bears.

---- Pittsburgh's Ray Graham ran for 94 yards and two scores and added an 18-yard touchdown reception to lead the Panthers to a 35-17 upset of No. 13 Virginia Tech, which had won a national-best 13 straight road games. Tino Sunseri passed for 283 yards and three touchdowns.

-- Collin Klein threw for 230 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, Tyler Lockett returned a kickoff 96 yards for another score and No. 15 Kansas State eased past pesky North Texas 35-21.

-- No. 16 TCU beat Kansas 20-6 in its Big 12 debut. Casey Pachall threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns, both of them to Brandon Carter.

-- Denard Robinson put up 397 yards of total offense and accounted for four touchdowns in No. 17 Michigan's 63-16 rout of Massachusetts.

-- Jeff Driskel threw two touchdown passes and Trey Burton rushed for a pair of scores as No. 18 Florida scored the final 24 points to beat No. 23 Tennessee 37-20 and make it eight straight wins against its SEC East rival.

-- Teddy Bridgewater threw three first-half touchdowns and No. 19 Louisville scored on its first six possessions, and then had to hold off North Carolina with a late goal-line stand to win, 39-34.

Penn State breaks through...Pelini `doing fine'

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Penn State football finally has a victory to celebrate.
Matt McGloin threw for 231 yards and four touchdowns and Penn State overwhelmed Navy in a 34-7 win for rookie coach Bill O'Brien's first career victory.
The Nittany Lions (1-2) rolled to a morale-boosting victory following two draining losses to open a season of change in Happy Valley. Penn State picked up its first win since the NCAA levied landmark sanctions in July.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne says coach Bo Pelini is "doing fine" after leaving the game against Arkansas State by ambulance after halftime. Pelini was briefly hospitalized and released after the game.


NEW YORK (AP) -- With no fanfare and a similar lack of urgency, the NHL is locking out its players again and setting in motion the third work stoppage in pro sports in 18 months.
This is nothing new for the NHL. This is the NHL's fourth shutdown since 1992 -- including a year-long dispute that forced the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 season when the league held out for a salary cap. That eventual deal expired at midnight EDT on Saturday. Commissioner Gary Bettman is following through on his pledge to lock out the players with no new agreement in place.
The sides are so far apart in their discussions that they couldn't even find enough common ground to meet face-to-face for negotiations on Saturday. In fact, owners and players have been apart since Wednesday when the groups swapped proposals that seemingly did nothing to bridge the gap.
The regular season had been scheduled to begin Oct. 11, but that is also in peril.
The main issue is money -- how to split $3.3 billion in revenue.
There were several signings on the eve of the lockout:
-- The Bruins have signed Milan Lucic (LOO'-cheech) to a three-year contract extension, worth $6 million annually.
-- The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed forward Tyler Ennis to a two-year contract. A person familiar with the contract said the deal is worth $5.625 million.
-- The Nashville Predators have locked up another member of their defense crops. Kevin Klein has signed a five-year, $14.5 million contract.


BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon high school football player has turned in a performance that ranks among the most remarkable of all-time.
Aloha High School running back Thomas Tyner set a state record with 643 yards rushing and scored 10 touchdowns in an 84-63 victory over Lakeridge High School Friday night.
Tyner's rushing yards are third-most nationally for a prep player, behind John Giannantonio's record of 754 yards in a game for Netcong High School in New Jersey in 1950, and Paul McCoy's 661 yards rushing for Matewan High School in West Virginia in 2006.
Tyner's big day came on his 18th birthday.


(AP) -- So far, the Atlanta Braves have done what they've had to do in the first two games of their NL East showdown series with Washington. As a result, the Braves have cut the Nats' division lead to six and a-half games.
Ryan Mattheus grazed Andrelton Simmons' uniform with a bases-loaded pitch to send home the winning run in the Braves' 5-4 win. Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman homered for the Braves, who have won the first two games in the series and nine of 13.
Braves closer Craig Kimbrel earned his 36th save in 39 tries after striking out the side in the ninth.

In the rest of the NL:

Rickie Weeks hit a two-run homer during a five-run fourth inning to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 9-6 win over the New York Mets. The Brewers have won 19 of 25 to stay in the wild card hunt.

-- Buster Posey had a two-run home run in the fifth to help the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks for their fourth straight win.

-- The L.A. Dodgers rallied to beat St. Louis 4-3. Luis Cruz came up with his second clutch hit in two nights, a tying two-out RBI double in the ninth inning, and pinch-hitter Juan Rivera followed with a run-scoring single.

-- Carlos Lee homered and drove in three runs and the Miami Marlins beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4. Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) suffered his third straight loss in his bid to win his 18th game.

----The Philadelphia Phillies' hopes for a wild card berth suffered a blow when they were blanked by lowly Houston 5-0. Justin Maxwell cracked his 16th homer, a two-run shot as the `Stros avoided their 100th loss.

-- Pittsburgh remains above .500 and alive in the wild card chase after holding off the Chicago Cubs, 7-6. Andrew McCutchen homered and reached base four times while Wandy Rodriguez got the win, ending the Bucs' seven-game losing streak.

-- Rookie Casey Kelly carried a shutout into the seventh inning and Jesus Guzman hit a three-run homer, leading the San Diego Padres to a 4-3 win over Colorado.

Over in the AL:

-- Ivan (EE'-vahn) Nova was sharp in his return from a shoulder injury and the New York Yankees got back-to-back home runs from Curtis Granderson and Eduardo Nunez in a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
-- The Yankees took over first place in the AL East by one game when Oakland trimmed Baltimore 5-2. Chris Carter had a two-run double as part of a five-run third inning.

-- Justin Smoak homered in the eighth and drove in a run in the ninth to lead the Seattle Mariners to an 8-6 win over Texas.

-- Ernesto Frieri needed just four pitches to ruin a spectacular start by Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee). Frieri gave up two home runs in the ninth inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied to hand the playoff-contending Los Angeles Angels a stunning 3-2 loss.

-- Francisco Liriano took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and helped keep the Chicago White Sox on top of the AL Central with a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Liriano (6-11) was tremendous against his former team, allowing only a two-out homer in the seventh to Trevor Plouffe (pluhf). Paul Konerko homered and drove in three runs for Chicago.

-- Anibal Sanchez took a no-hitter into the seventh inning as Detroit beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3. Carlos Santana ruined Sanchez's no-hit bid with a two-out triple in the seventh.

-- The Red Sox have put together back-to-back wins in Toronto. Pedro Ciriaco drove in the tiebreaking run with a two-out double in the ninth inning and Boston Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 3-2.

Glasson leads in Hawaii

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) -- Bill Glasson fired a 7-under 65 and has the second round lead at the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship. Irishman Mark McNulty birdied three of his first six holes in his round of 68 and is tied for second with Peter Senior.
Glasson is seeking his first Champions Tour victory.

Shin surges ahead at Women's British Open

HOYLAKE, England (AP) -- High winds caused delays, but did little to knock Jiyai Shin (jee-eye shihn) off track in the Women's British Open at Royal Liverpool.
The South Korean opened a five-stroke lead, shooting an 8-under 64 in the wind-delayed second round. Shin is coming off a playoff victory just six days ago in the Kingsmill Championship in Virginia.
South Korea's Inbee Park is second after a 68, while Australia's Karrie Webb is another stroke back along with Japan's Mika Miyazato.

Bryans win, US trims Spain's Davis Cup lead to 2-1

GIJON, Spain (AP) -- Mike and Bob Bryan won Saturday's doubles match for the United States to trim Spain's lead in the Davis Cup semifinal to 2-1.
David Ferrer can clinch Spain's fourth trip to the final in five years Sunday when he faces John Isner in reverse singles.
The defending champions are 37-0 after opening the best-of-five World Group series with a sweep of the opening singles.
The U.S. has only once recovered from a 0-2 deficit -- in 1934 -- but its record improves when down 1-2, having done it five times.

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