Monday’s Sports Minute

Monday’s Sports Minute

STILL PERFECT: vCincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) reacts after sacking Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (not shown) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 11, in Cincinnati. Photo: Associated Press/Gary Landers

Here’s a look at some of the big sports stories making headlines today, Monday, Oct. 12.


New England, Green Bay, Denver, Cincinnati and Atlanta all remain unbeaten through Week 5 of the NFL season.

Tom Brady threw for two touchdowns and the Patriots improved to 4-0 with a 30-6 rout of the Cowboys. Brady also provided his first rushing touchdown since 2012, a one-yard plunge in the second quarter to put the Pats ahead to stay. The Cowboys managed just 59 total yards by halftime and settled for a pair of Dan Bailey field goals in dropping their third straight since Tony Romo broke his left collarbone.

The Packers improve to 5-0 with a 24-10 win over the Rams behind a pair of touchdown passes from Aaron Rodgers. However, the Packers quarterback had a couple of streaks snapped with a pair of interceptions. They were his first of the year, and his first at Lambeau Field since Dec. 2012. The Rams wasted a 159 yard rushing performance from Todd Gurley.

Chris Harris Jr. returned a fourth-quarter interception 74 yards for a touchdown and the Broncos overcame a shaky day from Peyton Manning to beat the Oakland Raiders 16-10. Manning finished 22 for 35 for 266 yards but was sacked twice and had two interceptions. Denver improved to 5-0 despite running for only 43 yards and posting its second-lowest scoring regular season game with Manning as quarterback.

Andy Dalton rallied Cincinnati from a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to a 27-24 overtime win over Seattle. Dalton threw for a touchdown and ran for another in the comeback. He finished with 331 passing yards and two scores to lead the Bengals to their first 5-0 start since 1988, when they last went to the Super Bowl.

Atlanta’s Robert Alford returned an interception 59 yards in overtime to give Atlanta a 25-19 win over Washington. The Falcons improved to 5-0 with the help of 159 yards rushing from Devonta Freeman, who also provided his eighth rushing touchdown of the season.

Also in the NFL:

  • The Cardinals had no trouble bouncing back from their first loss of the season as Carson Palmer threw for three touchdowns in a 42-17 rout of the winless Lions in Detroit. Palmer completed 11 of 14 passes for 161 yards as the 4-1 Cardinals took a two-game lead in the NFC West. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was intercepted three times before he was benched in favor of Dan Orlovsky in the third quarter.

  • The Giants picked up their third straight win since an 0-2 start by downing San Francisco 30-27 on Eli Manning’s 12-yard TD pass to Larry Donnell with 21 seconds left. Manning was 41 of 54 for 441 yards and three touchdowns, with Odell Beckham Jr. providing seven receptions for 121 yards and a TD. The 84-second winning drive came shortly after Colin Kaepernick engineered a seven-play, 80-yard drive that ended with Carlos Hyde’s two-yard scoring run with 1:45 to play.

  • Jay Cutler engineered a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to rally Chicago past Kansas City 18-17. He hooked up on a 10-yard scoring toss to Matt Forte with 18 seconds left to pull off the win.

  • Quarterback Tyrod Taylor used his legs to rally Buffalo from ten points down to a 14-13 win over Tennessee. Taylor rushed for 77 yards including a 22-yard touchdown run and connected with Chris Hogan on a short scoring toss with under six minutes left.

  • Sam Bradford threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns in Philadelphia’s 39-17 rout of New Orleans. DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews added scoring runs. The Eagles defense forced Saints quarterback Drew Brees into three turnovers.

  • Travis Coons’ 32 yard field goal gave Cleveland a 33-30 overtime win over Baltimore. The Browns’ Josh McCown threw for a team record 457 yards and two touchdowns to become the first player in team history to have three consecutive 300-yard passing games.

  • Doug Martin ran for 123 yards and three scores to lift Tampa Bay to a 38-31 win over Jacksonville. Jameis Winston threw for 209 yards and one touchdown without an interception for the Bucs, who blew a 20-7 lead before ending an 11-game home losing streak that dated to December 2013.


    The Houston Astros own a 2-1 lead in the AL division series, and the Toronto Blue Jays are still alive in their ALDS after avoiding a sweep by the Rangers in Texas.

    Dallas Keuchel allowed a run and five hits in seven innings to pitch the Astros past Kansas City 4-2. The Houston ace worked out of several jams before improving to 15-0 at home this season.

    Jason Castro put the Astros ahead to stay with a two-run single in the fifth. Carlos Gomez added an RBI single in his first start of the series, and Chris Carter smacked a solo shot that put the Astros ahead 4-1.

    Luke Gregerson gave up Alex Gordon’s leadoff homer in the ninth before finishing off the Astros’ first home playoff game in 10 years with a four-out save.

    Kansas City starter Edinson Volquez fell to 0-3 in his postseason career by allowing five hits and three runs in 5 2-3 innings.

    The Astros could wrap up the best-of-five series with a win over the defending AL champions in Game 4 on Monday.

    Toronto will be playing a Game 4 on Monday after Troy Tulowitzki and Marco Estrada led them to a 5-1 victory over the Rangers.

    Tulowitzki finished with four RBIs, including a three-run homer that put the Jays ahead 5-0 in the sixth. Tulowitzki went 2-for-3 after going hitless in 10 at-bats during the first two games.

    Estrada was reached for just one run and four hits with no walks over 6 ½ innings. He carried a three-hit shutout into the seventh but was lifted after allowing back-to-back singles with one out.

    Losing pitcher Martin Perez was reached for four runs and six hits in five-plus innings.

    Derek Holland will start Game 4 for the Rangers against R.A. Dickey.


    Southern California’s Steve Sarkisian is taking an indefinite leave of absence after athletic director Pat Haden determined that the troubled football coach is “not healthy.”

    Haden announced the decision after Sarkisian didn’t show up for Sunday’s practice, saying he asked Sarkasian to take a leave during a phone conversation. Haden wasn’t specific about the reasons for Sarkisian’s absence, only saying that “it was very clear to me” that the second-year USC coach was unwell.

    Offensive coordinator Clay Helton will take charge of the Trojans, who have lost two of their last three games.


    Randy Edsall has been fired as Maryland’s football coach following the team’s third straight lopsided defeat, 49-28 against top-ranked Ohio State Saturday. Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley will take over on an interim basis.

    Maryland is 2-4 and mired in a three-game skid in which the Terps have been outscored by a combined 122-34.

    Edsall went 22-34 after taking over before the 2011 season.


    Joey Logano won at Charlotte Motor Speedway to automatically advance to the third round of NASCAR’s playoffs.

    His fourth victory of the season and his first career win at Charlotte came in the opening race of the second round of the Chase.

    Logano beat reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick to the finish line by 0.704 seconds in a race originally schedule for Saturday night, but postponed by rain. Martin Truex, Jr. finished third.

    Joe Gibbs Racing’s Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch suffered through problems that led both of them to fall to the back of the championship standings. Same with Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was one of three Hendrick Motorsports drivers to have a rough day. Busch finished 20th, Earnhardt 28th and Kenseth 42nd.


    Lewis Hamilton took a huge step toward retaining his Formula One title by winning the Russian Grand Prix as his main rival Nico Rosberg failed to finish.

    Hamilton started second behind Rosberg, but took over the lead when his Mercedes teammate had mechanical problems that forced him out of the race.

    Hamilton then cruised to victory by 5.9 seconds over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

    Hamilton can now win his third career title at the next race in Texas.


    The Montreal Canadiens spoiled Ottawa’s home opener and won the only game on Sunday’s NHL schedule.

    Tomas Plekanec scored a pair of first-period goals and new backup netminder Mike Condon faced just 21 shots in a 3-1 win over the Senators. Plekanec allowed the Habs to carry a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. Condon blanked the Senators after Jean-Gabriel Pageau notched a short-handed goal midway through the second period.

    Torrey Mitchell added an insurance goal in the third period to help the Canadiens improve to 3-0 on their season-opening four game road trip.

    Ottawa had been 2-0.


    Jessica Korda shot a final-round 6-under 65 to score a four-shot win at LPGA Malaysia. It’s the fourth tour title for the 22-year old American, who previously only had one top ten finish all year.

    Second-ranked Lydia Ko, No. 3 Stacy Lewis and 2014 winner Shanshan Feng tied for second.

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