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Pats Beat Jets; ValleyCats Take New York-Penn League Championship

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The Jets and the Patriots opened up week 2 of the NFL season Thursday night. Tom Brady threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Dobson on the game's first series and the Pats held off the Jets 13-10 despite managing just nine first downs and 234 yards total offense.

The Pats played without wide receiver Danny Amendola and tight end Rob Gronkowski, who missed the game because of injuries.  Jets rookie QB Geno Smith threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter. New England is now 2-0 on the season.

In college football action, Texas Tech beat No. 24 TCU 20-10.

In baseball, Wil Myers hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning and the Rays beat the Red Sox 4-3 to avoid a three-game sweep. Tampa Bay leads the crowded race for the second AL wild card despite going 5-13 since Aug. 25.

Elsewhere, the Yankees stayed within a game of the second AL wild card slot by edging Baltimore 6-5. Oakland defeated Minnesota 8-2. The Angels topped Toronto 4-3 and Cleveland cruised ahead of the White Sox 14-3.

In the National League, the Dodgers had a 3-2 victory over San Francisco and reduced their magic number to five for clinching their first NL West title since 2009. Washington bested the Mets 7-2. The Nationals have pulled to within 5 1-2 games of the final wild card spot in the National League. Atlanta took Miami 6-1. Pittsburgh defeated the Cubs 3-1. Philadelphia doubled up San Diego 10-5 and it was Milwaukee over St. Louis 5-3.

In golf, Brandt Snedeker is the first-round leader at the BMW Championship. Snedeker made seven straight birdies on his way to an 8-under 63. Tiger Woods is tied for third following his 5-under 66.

The United States men's soccer team is No. 13 in the newest rankings by the sport's governing body. The Americans moved up six spots just days after clinching a seventh straight World Cup berth for next year's tournament in Brazil.

Finally, the Tri-City ValleyCats won the New York-Penn League Championship after defeating the State College Spikes 4-3.

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