Brady in exclusive company
UNDATED (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars allowed Tom Brady to inflate his stats on Sunday.
Brady has etched his name further into the NFL record book by becoming the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw 400 touchdown passes. He accomplished the feat by connecting for a pair of scores in the Patriots 51-17 victory over Jacksonville.
Brady completed 33 of 42 passes for 358 yards while joining Peyton Manning, Brett Favre (fahrv) and Dan Marino in the 400-TD club.
LeGarrette Blount had three 1-yard touchdown runs, and Stephen Gostkowski delivered the extra point on all six New England TDs to run his streak to an NFL record 425 in a row.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
— The Dallas Cowboys played without Tony Romo for the first time this season, and the outcome wasn’t pretty as the Atlanta Falcons spotted them an early 14-0 lead before rallying for a 39-28 victory. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones connected for two touchdowns and Devonta Freeman ran for 141 yards and three scores as the Falcons upped their record to 3-0. The Falcons didn’t win their third game until Week 10 last year, and Week 13 in 2013. The loss snapped a six-game, regular-season winning streak for the Cowboys.
— The Falcons aren’t the only 3-0 team in the NFC South. The Cam Newton-led Carolina Panthers are 3-0 for the first time since reaching the Super Bowl in the 2003 season. Newton threw for 315 yards and a pair of touchdowns to tight end Greg Olsen and also ran for a score as the Panthers beat the Saints 27-22. Luke McCown, starting in place of the injured Drew Brees (breez), completed 31 of 38 passes for 310 yards for the Saints but it wasn’t enough as they fell to 0-3. It was the first game Brees has missed because of injury since joining the Saints in 2006.
— The Denver Broncos are 3-0 after Peyton Manning completed 31 of his 42 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-12 victory over the winless Lions in Detroit. Demaryius (deh-MAR’-ee-uhs) Thomas had nine receptions for 92 yards, including a 45-yard TD that put the Broncos ahead 14-6 with five seconds left in the second quarter. Matthew Stafford threw two interceptions, lost a fumble and was 31 of 45 for 282 yards and a touchdown for the 0-3 Lions.
— Cincinnati remains among the undefeated as Andy Dalton threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green with 2:10 left in a 28-24 win in Baltimore, dropping the Ravens to 0-3 for the first time since the franchise left Cleveland. The 3-0 Bengals blew a 14-0 lead and twice trailed in the fourth quarter before Dalton brought them back by repeatedly picking apart the Baltimore pass defense. Dalton went 20 for 32 for 383 yards and three touchdowns.
— Seattle picked up its first victory by dominating the second half of a 26-0 rout of Chicago. The Seahawks led just 6-0 until Tyler Lockett returned the second-half kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown. Russell Wilson connected with Jimmy Graham on a 30-yard TD and Steven Hauschka added four field goals for the Seahawks. Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen was just 9 of 17 for 63 yards in his first start in place of the injured Jay Cutler.
— Tyrod Taylor looked pretty good in his first NFL road start, throwing for 277 yards and three scores to lead Buffalo’s 41-14 rout of Miami. The Bills totaled 429 yards, intercepted Ryan Tannehill three times in the first half, and led 27-0 before Miami scored late in the third quarter. Tannehill was 26 of 49 for 297 yards and one touchdown for the 1-2 Dolphins.
— The Jets had been 2-0 until they were shot down by the Eagles, 24-17. Darren Sproles sparked the Eagles with an 89-yard punt return for a score and added a 1-yard touchdown run while Philly was building a 24-0 lead in the first half. The defense caused four New York turnovers as Philadelphia got its first win of the season. New Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford threw a TD pass to Ryan Mathews, who also rushed for 108 yards on 25 carries while starting in place of the injured DeMarco Murray.
— Adrian Peterson plowed through San Diego’s defense for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 20 rushes in three quarters of play as the Vikings beat the Chargers 31-14 to improve to 2-1. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers left the game midway through the fourth quarter when the team was down 24 points. He had been sacked four times for a loss of 28 yards.
— Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes 56 seconds apart in the fourth quarter as he rallied the Colts to their first win this season, beating the Titans 35-33. Luck improved to 7-0 against Tennessee. The 1-2 Colts trailed 27-14 before beating the Titans for the 13th time in their last 14 meetings.
— Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH’-lihs-bur-gur) was carted off the field with a knee injury in the second half, but Pittsburgh’s defense came through to lead a 12-6 victory over the Rams in St. Louis. Will Allen’s interception with 1:56 left set up a Josh Scobey field goal that put Pittsburgh ahead by six points. Roethlisberger left the game after a leg got caught underneath him on a diving, sliding sack by Mark Barron. He was replaced by Michael Vick.
— Ryan Mallett threw for threw for 228 yards and a touchdown and Alfred Blue had 139 yards rushing with a score to lead the Houston Texans to a 19-9 win over Tampa Bay. Top overall pick Jameis (JAYM’-ihs) Winston threw for 261 yards, one touchdown and an interception for Tampa Bay.
— The Raiders found Cleveland a lovely place to visit with a 27-20 win that snaps their 11-game road losing streak. Derek Carr threw two touchdown passes and Latavius Murray rushed for 139 yards in the win. The Browns staged a late rally, but it wasn’t enough and the offense was booed off the field.
Rockies complete sweep of Dodgers
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are no closer to winning the NL West than they were on Sunday morning.
Los Angeles still owns a magic number of two following a 12-5 loss at Colorado. Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) socked his 41st homer of the season, a go-ahead, three-run blast in the fourth. Arenado shares the NL lead in home runs and tops the majors with 126 RBIs after driving in five runs on Sunday.
The last-place Rockies completed a three-game sweep of Los Angeles, cutting the Dodgers’ division lead to six games over the Giants with seven games remaining.
Chris Heston carried a shutout into the fifth inning and San Francisco built a 5-0 lead before holding off Oakland, 5-4. Trevor Brown opened and closed the Giants’ scoring with a sacrifice fly in the first inning and an RBI single in the fifth.
In Sunday’s other major league finals:
— The Pirates ended their eight-game winning streak and fell three games behind the NL Central-leading Cardinals with a 4-0 loss to Jake Arrieta and the Cubs in Chicago. Arrieta picked up his major league-leading 21st victory and flirted with a perfect game until Gregory Polanco singled leading off the seventh. Arrieta also hit his second home run of the season and left after striking out nine in seven innings.
— The Cardinals were 8-4 losers to Milwaukee as pinch-hitter Jason Rogers launched a go-ahead, grand slam off closer Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth inning. Khris Davis homered twice and drove in four runs for the Brewers, who trailed 3-1 heading into the ninth. Davis belted a three-run shot in the final inning as the Brewers earned a split of the four-game series.
— The Rangers’ lead in the AL West is down to 2 1/2 games over Houston following their 4-2 loss to the Astros. Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) allowed a run and just two hits in seven innings to improve to 19-8 on the season and 15-0 at home. Jake Marisnick hit a two-run double and Chris Carter added a solo homer to back Keuchel, whose 213 strikeouts this season are a team record for a lefty.
— The Angels picked up their fifth straight win to stay a half-game behind Houston in the battle for the second AL wild-card berth. Kole Calhoun delivered a tiebreaking, RBI single in the eighth inning to lift Los Angeles over Seattle 3-2. David Freese (freez) homered for the Angels, who are within four games of the division-leading Rangers with seven games to play.
— Byron Buxton hit an RBI double and a solo homer as Minnesota earned a rather important 7-1 win over Detroit. Buxton also came home on Brian Dozier’s two-run double while the Twins scored six times in the second inning. Ervin Santana held the Tigers to a run and six hits in seven innings to help the Twins stay 1 ½ games behind Houston for the last AL wild-card slot.
— Toronto rallied from a 4-1 deficit to keep its four-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East. Josh Donaldson crushed a walk-off, solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Blue Jays a 5-4 triumph over Tampa Bay. Justin Smoak had three hits, including a two-run blast in the Jays’ fourth consecutive win.
— The Yankees kept pace with a 6-1 win over the White Sox as rookie Luis Severino scattered five hits in six scoreless innings. Dustin Ackley hit a solo homer and rookie Greg Bird went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored as the Yanks cut their magic number for clinching a playoff berth to three.
— Chris Young tossed five no-hit innings and Lorenzo Cain had three of the Royals’ nine hits in a 3-0 shutout of Cleveland. The Indians didn’t get a hit until Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) laid down a bunt single leading off the seventh. The Royals remain tied with Toronto in the battle for the AL’s best record and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
— Jacob deGrom worked six strong innings and the Mets ran their team-record road winning streak to 11 games by completing a dominating four-game sweep of the Reds, 8-1 in Cincinnati. DeGrom struck out nine and carried a shutout into the sixth before improving to 14-8. Dilson Herrera and Kevin Plawecki (plah-WEH’-kee) homered for the Mets, who outscored the Reds 36-12 in the series.
— Jonathan Papelbon (PAP’-ul-bahn) got into a physical confrontation with teammate Bryce Harper before serving up Andres Blanco’s go-ahead, two-run homer in the ninth inning of Washington’s 12-5 loss to Philadelphia. Papelbon began to yell at Harper from the dugout after the MVP candidate failed to run hard to first on a popup to right field in the eighth inning. Harper left the dugout immediately after the altercation, allowing him to miss the Phillies’ eight-run ninth.
— Ender Inciarte (EHN’-dur ihn-see-AHR’-tay) was 4-for-5 with two home runs, three RBIs and a stolen base as Arizona doubled up San Diego, 4-2. David Peralta (peh-RAHL’-tah) added a solo homer for the Diamondbacks.
— Justin Bour (bohr) homered twice and drove in three runs as Miami beat Atlanta 9-5 to complete a three-game sweep. Shelby Miller surrendered seven runs – four earned – and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings, leaving him 0-16 in 24 starts since May 17.
— Boston blanked Baltimore for the third straight game as Henry Owens gave up three hits in 7 2-3 innings to lead a 2-0 win at Fenway Park. Blake Swihart hit a solo home run in the Red Sox’s home finale.
Phillies cut ties with Lee
WASHINGTON (AP) — Interim general manager Scott Proefrock says the Phillies will decline their 2016 option for pitcher Cliff Lee and are shutting down rookie pitcher Aaron Nola for the rest of the season.
The 37-year-old Lee did not pitch this season because of an elbow injury. The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner will receive a $12.5 million buyout.
The 22-year-old Nola went 6-2 with a 3.59 ERA in 13 starts in the majors in 2015.
Big-Ten teams stay on top
UNDATED (AP) — Big Ten rivals Ohio State and Michigan State remain 1-2 in the latest Associated Press college football poll. The Buckeyes received 45 of the first-place votes, while the Spartans received five. Third-ranked Mississippi was given 11 first-place votes while somebody gave No. 10 Utah the remaining first-place nod.
Rounding out the top five after the top three are TCU and Baylor.
The second five features Notre Dame, UCLA, Georgia, LSU and Utah.
Oregon is out of the poll for the first time since 2009, snapping its streak of consecutive Top 25 appearances at 98.
ATLANTA (AP) — Jordan Spieth (speeth) is the winner of the $10 million FedEx bonus. The winner of the Masters and U.S. Open clinched the prize by winning the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
By shooting a final round 69 the 22-year old finished 9-under-par for a four shot win over Danny Lee and Justin Rose.
GOLF-FIRST TEE OPEN
Toledo spoils Watson’s bid to become oldest winner.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Tom Watson fell just short in his bid to become the oldest winner on the Champions Tour, finishing one shot behind Esteban Toledo (toh-LAY’-doh) in the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.
Watson closed with a 5-under 67, but Toledo won the event after his 3-under 69 gave him a 9-under total. Watson was trying to break Mike Fetchick’s record as the oldest winner in tour history. Fetchick won the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational on his 63rd birthday.
Kenseth takes late lead and wins
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Matt Kenseth was the winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, the second race of NASCAR’s Chase for the Spring Cup Championship.
Kenseth pushed Kevin Harvick down the stretch and took the lead for good when the defending series champion ran out of gas. Kenseth advanced to the second round of NASCAR’s playoffs and gave Joe Gibbs Racing its fourth straight win.
The retiring Jeff Gordon has set the NASCAR record with his 789th consecutive start.