Sports Report: Patriots, Bills Win In Decisive Victories; Giants And Jets Suffer Loss
In the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals beat the error-prone New York Giants 25-14 yesterday. Eli Manning threw two touchdowns for the Giants, who turned over the ball four times. Elsewhere Buffalo topped Miami 29-10, and the New England Patriots beat the Minnesota Vikings 30-7 yesterday. Tom Brady and the Patriots took advantage of Adrian Peterson's absence and Matt Cassel's four interceptions, and Chandler Jones returned a field goal he blocked for a touchdown right before halftime.
The Jets fell to Green Bay 31-24. The Jets appeared to tie it with 5 minutes left on a 37-yard touchdown catch by Jeremy Kerley on fourth down — but it was negated because the Jets called a timeout from the sideline just before the snap.
ESPN is reporting that former Ravens running back Ray Rice is planning to appeal the NFL’s indefinite suspension levied against him after a video surfaced of Rice punching his then-fiancée Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City casino elevator.
In Major League Baseball, in the American League, the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 3-2 last night to inch closer to the AL East title. Brian McCann gave the Yankees a lead in the ninth, but Baltimore rallied for the walk-off win. Any number of Orioles wins and Toronto losses totaling three will give Baltimore its first division title since 1997.
Elsewhere, Boston doubled up Kansas City 8-4, Tampa Bay beat Toronto 6-5 in 10, Oakland blanked Seattle 4-0, Houston topped the Angels 6-1, Minnesota bested the White Sox 6-4, and it was Detroit over Cleveland 6-4. The Tigers’ victory, coupled with Kansas City's loss to Boston, increased Detroit's division lead to 1 ½ games over the Royals.
In the National League, Washington shut out the Mets 3-0, Pittsburgh beat the Cubs 7-3, Miami edged Philadelphia 5-4, Milwaukee topped Cincinnati 9-2, St. Louis defeated Colorado 4-1, Arizona trumped San Diego 8-6, and it was the Dodgers over San Francisco 4-2.
In interleague play, Texas bested Atlanta 10-3.
Kyrie Irving drained all six of his three-pointers and scored 26 points as the U.S. repeated as world champion for the first time by crushing Serbia 129-92 in the Basketball World Cup.
James Harden added 23 for the Americans, who made 11 of 16 3-pointers in a sensational-shooting first half.
The Americans have won 63 straight games and are automatically qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
In college football, Boston College's 37-31 upset over Number 9 USC last night puts the Eagles back in the bowl conversation. Quarterback Tyler Murphy ran for 191 yards, including a 66-yard clinching touchdown with 3:30 left in the first victory for an unranked BC team over a top 10 opponent since 2002.
Billy Horschel capped off the best three weeks of his career by winning the FedEx Cup and a $10 million bonus.
He closed with a 2-under 68 for a three-shot victory over Jim Furyk and Rory McIlroy in the Tour Championship and the biggest Sunday payoff in golf.
Horschel's career earnings were $4.5 million coming into the year. He was No. 69 when the playoffs began a month ago. No one had ever won the FedEx Cup starting lower than No. 19.
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