Broncos scoop up victory at Arrowhead
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos have pulled off their first fourth-quarter magic act of the 2015 NFL season.
The Broncos improbably scored two touchdowns in a nine-second span of the final minute to stun their arch-rival Kansas City Chiefs 31-24 that left KC fans in disbelief at Arrowhead Stadium.
After Manning’s 19-yard TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders tied the game with 36 seconds left, the backbreaker came on the next play. Bradley Roby scooped up a fumble by Jamaal Charles and ran 21 yards for the winning score just nine seconds later.
Manning completed 26 of 45 passes for 256 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for the 2-0 Broncos. Manning is 14-1 lifetime against the Chiefs.
The Chiefs are 1-1. Charles led the Chiefs with 125 rushing yards on 21 carries, one TD. Charles had two fumbles as the Chiefs committed five costly turnovers.
Picture shows extend of Pierre-Paul’s injuries
UNDATED (AP) — New photos show the severity of the injury to Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul’s right hand, clearly showing his index finger mostly missing and his thumb and middle finger also damaged.
The New York Daily News posted a photograph showing Pierre-Paul without a bandage over his hand.
Paul still had small bandages on his thumb and middle finger. Part of his thumb appeared to be missing.
The two-time Pro Bowler missed all of training camp after the Fourth of July fireworks accident.
In other NFL notes:
— Browns coach Mike Pettine (PEH’-tihn) says quarterback Josh McCown will likely start Sunday’s home opener as long as he practices Friday. McCown was hurt last week against the New York Jets and under the NFL’s concussion protocol, he can’t practice until Friday at the earliest. If McCown can’t go, Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL’) will start.
— Houston coach Bill O’Brien says quarterback Ryan Mallett will start for the Texans on Sunday at Carolina. Brian Hoyer beat Mallett for the job in camp but was benched in the fourth quarter of Houston’s season-opening loss to the Chiefs after committing two turnovers.
Clemson drops Louisville to 0-3
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Deshaun Watson threw two touchdown passes, Wayne Gallman ran for 139 yards and No. 11 Clemson held off Louisville 20-17 in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both schools.
Despite ragged stretches including two interceptions by Watson, Clemson improved to 3-0. The Tigers followed up routs of Wofford (WAHF’-urd) and Appalachian (ap-ah-LA’-chihn) State with a solid conference win. Watson spot on when needed, finding Hunter Renfrow and Jordan Leggett wide open down the middle for TD passes of 32 and 25 yards, respectively.
The Cardinals are off to an 0-3 start for the first time since 1984. They were playing their third game in 12 days.
Pirates lose game and shortstop Kang…Rangers finish Houston sweep, lead by 2-1/2 games
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have completed a successful trip to Pittsburgh by taking three of four games from the Pirates. Anthony Rizzo started a six-run fifth inning with a two-run homer, and the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 9-6 victory.
The Cubs have now moved within two games of the wild card-leading Pirates. Should the teams end up tied at the end of the regular season, Chicago would have home-field advantage, having won the season series, 10-6.
The Pirates lost more than a game. Shortstop Jung Ho Kang left in the first inning with a significant left knee injury. According to media reports, Kang is out for the year with a torn MCL and a fractured tibia.
The 28-year-old rookie, the first position player to directly make the jump from the Korean Baseball Organization to the majors, was hurt when Chris Coghlan slid into him while unsuccessfully trying to break up a double play.
— The Texas Rangers completed a four-game sweep of Houston 8-2, dropping the fading Astros 2 and a-half games back of the Rangers in the AL West. Mitch Moreland hit a three-run homer to help Colby Lewis win his 16th game. Shin Soo-Choo matched his career high with four hits, scored twice and drove in two runs.
— Marco Estrada combined with Roberto Osuna on a three-hitter, Cliff Pennington, Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kar-nah-see-OHN’) and Josh Donaldson hit home runs, and the Toronto Blue Jays blanked the Atlanta Braves 5-0. The AL East-leading Blue Jays lead the idle New York Yankees by 3 ½ games.
— Miami got a three-run home run from Justin Bour and beat Washington 6-4. The loss dropped the Nationals eight games back of the NL East-leading Mets, who were idle.
— Kansas City doubled up Cleveland 8-4. Omar Infante (in-fahn-TAY’) drove in a career-high seven runs for the AL Central leaders.
— In a wild one at Target Field, the LA Angels outscored Minnesota 11-8. Mike Trout homered twice, including a grand slam, and had five RBIs. The loss drops the Twins a game and a-half out of the last AL wild card. The Angels are two and a-half games out.
— NL Central-leading St. Louis beat Milwaukee 6-3. John Lackey hurled seven shutout innings to improve to 12-9. The Cardinals stretched their lead to five games over Pittsburgh.
— Baltimore scored four runs in the eighth and edged Tampa Bay 4-3. Adam Jones’ two-run single capped the rally.
— Billy Butler hit a three-run homer in the ninth giving Oakland a 4-2 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Who was that couple on “Kiss Cam?”
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves’ “Kiss Cam” entertainment at Turner Field featured a famous couple Thursday night: former President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn.
The two were in their usual seats near the Braves dugout during a 5-0 loss to Toronto, and they received a loud cheer when shown on the video board. Carter kissed his wife and then gave a big smile as the cheers continued.
The Carters stayed around for all nine innings of the game.
The 90-year-old former president announced last month he has cancer that spread to his brain.
News from around the NHL
UNDATED (AP) — Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks has addressed the sexual assault investigation against him for the first time, saying he has “done nothing wrong.” Kane is accused of assaulting a woman last month at his home near his hometown of Buffalo, New York, a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because police have not revealed details of the case. He has not been charged.
— The Florida Panthers have signed left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (HOO’-dur-doo) to a two-year contract. Huberdeau led the Panthers with 54 points last season. Panthers general manager Dale Tallon says the deal is “very fair” for both sides.
— The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired forward Michael Grabner in a six-player trade with the New York Islanders. The Maple Leafs gave up forwards Taylor Beck and Carter Verhaeghe, defensemen Matt Finn and Tom Nilsson and goaltender Christopher Gibson. Grabner has recorded 155 points on 95 goals and 60 assists and over 317 career NHL regular-season games.
— The New York Islanders agreed to a one-year deal with right wing Steve Bernier (burn-YAY’). The 30-year-old Bernier matched his career high with 32 points for New Jersey last season, tying for second on the team with 16 goals.
— Daniel Alfredsson is back with the Ottawa Senators. The Senators hired the former star player as senior adviser of hockey operations and advisor to GM Bryan Murray.
Weather delays BMW
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The opening round of the BMW Championship ended early due to threatening weather. They’ll get an early start today before the start of the regularly scheduled second round.
Jason Day is tearing up the course in the third of four FedEx Cup playoff tournaments with a 10-under total through 17 holes. His tee shot on the ninth hole, which is his final one, is 44 yards from the pin. If he holes out, he’ll shoot a 59.
Day is currently four shots ahead of clubhouse leader Daniel Berger who shot a 65. Brendon Todd shot 66.
Jordan Spieth (SPEETH) aced the 196-yard, par 3 second hole and is five shots back of Day through 17 holes.
Injured wrist sidelines vet
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Jim Furyk’s (FYOOR’-ihkz) status for both the Tour Championship and the Presidents Cup were uncertain after a left wrist injury forced him to withdraw from the BMW Championship on Thursday after just six holes.
The veteran says he’s “very concerned” about the injury.
Furyk, a former U.S. Open champion and the FedEx Cup winner in 2010, is in ninth place in golf’s playoff race. Despite pulling out, he has locked up a spot in next weekend in the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta, which includes the top 30 players in the standings after the BMW.
Furyk had a streak of 477 straight tournaments without a withdrawal.
US, Europe tied early
ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) — Europe and the United States are tied at 2-2 at the Solheim Cup following the morning’s alternate-shot foursome matches in Germany.
Morgan Pressel (PREH’-sehl) and Paula Creamer defeated Europe’s top-ranked players, Anna Nordqvist of Sweden and Suzann Pettersen of Norway, 3 and 2.
But English duo Charley Hull and Melissa Reid won 2 and 1 against Michelle Wie (WEE) and Brittany Lincicome (LIHN’-sih-kohm), and home favorite Sandra Gal teamed up with Catriona Matthew to put Europe 2-1 up with an impressive 3 and 2 win over Stacey Lewis and Lizette Salas.
Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson pulled the Americans level with a 2 and 1 victory over Karine Icher (kuh-REEN’ EE’-shur) of France and Azahara Munoz (MOON’-yohz) of Spain.
Former champ honored in hometown
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former heavyweight champion of the world Muhammad Ali has been honored at the University of Louisville. School President James Ramsey presented Ali the first-ever Grawemeyer Spirit Award winner for his role in inspiring others.
The 73-year-old Ali, who is battling Parkinson’s disease, appeared on stage during the event.
Longtime broadcaster dies
HOUSTON (AP) — Milo Hamilton, a Hall of Fame broadcaster who called Hank Aaron’s historic 715th home run in 1974, has died at the age of 88. No cause of death was released by the Astros, the team he had worked with since 1985. He retired from the Astros broadcast booth in 2012.
Prior to joining Houston, Hamilton called the Atlanta Braves’ games and years after calling the Aaron home run, called it the highlight of his career.