>>Cowboys’ Elliott Will Not Face Domestic Battery Charges
(Columbus, OH) — Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will not be facing domestic battery charges. The Columbus, Ohio prosecutor’s office says it will not be pursuing any charges against the rookie. Elliott is expected to start for the Cowboys when they host the Giants on Sunday.
>>Alabama, Clemson Remain 1-2 In Coaches’ Poll
(Undated) — Alabama and Clemson remain 1-2 in this week’s Top-25 Coaches’ Poll. The top-ranked Crimson Tide received 62-of-64 first-place votes after trouncing number-17 USC 52-6 in their season opener on Saturday. Florida State, Ohio State and Stanford round out the top-five.
>>Colts Ink Ayers
(Indianapolis, IN) — The Colts and linebacker Akeem Ayers are agreeing to a deal. Ayers joins the Colts after being cut by Los Angeles on Sunday. Indianapolis waived cornerback Neiko Thorpe to make room for Ayers on the roster. The Colts are preparing for Sunday’s season-opener against the Lions. Indianapolis has won the last four meetings between the teams dating back to 2000. However, the teams will be facing each other for the first time since 2012.
>>Bears Gearing Up For Texans
(Lake Forest, IL) — The Bears are gearing up for their season-opener against the Texans. Sunday’s game in Houston marks only the fourth all-time meeting between the teams. The Texans have won all three of the previous meetings.
>>Brewers Beat Up Hammel, Cubs
(Milwaukee, WI) — Ryan Braun homered and plated four as the Brewers flattened the Cubs, 12-5. Anthony Rizzo went deep twice and drove in three for Chicago. Jason Hammel allowed eight earned runs and 13 hits in five-and-two-thirds innings to fall to 14-and-8.
>>White Sox Trim Tigers
(Chicago, IL) — Miguel Gonzalez tossed six-and-a-third shutout innings to lead the White Sox to a 2-0 win over the Tigers. Gonzalez scattered six hits while striking out four and walking none to move to 3-and-6. David Robertson earned his 34th save. Jose Abreu belted a solo homer in the victory.
>>Cardinals Rally To Sink Pirates
(Pittsburgh, PA) — The Cardinals hit three home runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to rally for a 9-7 win over the Pirates. St. Louis was down to its final strike before Matt Carpenter’s pinch-hit solo shot tied the game. Randal Grichuk and Jhonny Peralta also went deep to send Pittsburgh to its eighth straight loss.
>>Djokovic Reaches Semifinals At U.S. Open
(Flushing Meadows, NY) — Novak Djokovic is into the semifinals at the U.S. Open for the 10th straight year. The men’s top seed advanced after ninth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had to exit their match early with a knee injury. Djokovic will face Gael Monfils in the semis.
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