Sports News for Sunday September 11, 2016

>>Cardinals Surge Past Brewers

(St. Louis, MO)  —  The Cardinals put together a five-run eighth inning to surge past the Brewers, 5-1, in St. Louis.  Kolten Wong notched the go-ahead RBI-single, with Stephen Piscotty adding a two-run double to highlight the frame.  Adam Wainwright tossed eight innings of one-run ball to secure the win.  The Cards have won two-of-three in the four-game series.  Corey Knebel blew the save and took the loss for Milwaukee.  Keon Broxton homered in defeat.


>>Astros Nip Cubs

(Houston, TX)  —  Alex Bregman launched a solo homer during a two-run third and the Astros went on to nip the Cubs, 2-1.  Collin McHugh fired five innings of one-run, two-hit ball to move to 10-and-10.  Ken Giles nailed down his 10th save.  Houston stopped a three-game skid.  Willson Contreras plated the only run for Chicago, which has dropped three of four.  John Lackey allowed both runs during his six-inning start to dip to 9-and-8.


>>Royals Hold Off White Sox

(Chicago, IL)  —  Eric Hosmer and Whit Merrifield each drove in a pair of runs as the Royals held off the White Sox, 6-5 at U.S. Cellular Field.  Kevin McCarthy earned the relief win on five pitches.  Wade Davis picked up his 23rd save, despite giving up a run and three hits.  Chicago’s Chris Beck took the loss, allowing three runs on two hits in a third of an inning.  The White Sox had the tying run on third with one out in the bottom of the ninth.  Adam Eaton and Tyler Saladino each collected three hits in the losing effort.


>>Arizona State’s Ballage Ties FBS Record With Eight Touchdowns

(Tempe, AZ)  —  Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage is in the record books.  Ballage racked up seven rushing touchdowns and one receiving score for the Sun Devils as they outlasted Texas Tech, 68-55, in Tempe.  Ballage tied the FBS record of eight touchdowns in a game set by Illinois running back Howard Griffin in 1990.  Ballage rushed 13 times for 137 yards and caught two passes for 48 yards.  The junior had nine career touchdowns entering this game.


>>USC’s Edoga Ejected For Contact With Referee

(Los Angeles, CA)  —  It’s week two in college football, and the USC Trojans have already had two players ejected.  Tackle Chuma Edoga was ejected in the first half of Saturday’s win after making contact with a referee while trying to get to a Utah State defender.  Edoga was knocked down after the whistle and threw a punch at the player while on the ground. He then attempted to chase after the player and knocked umpire Rick DiBernardo’s hands away in the process, earning a flag and an ejection.  Linebacker Jabari Ruffin was suspended for the first half of this game after being ejected for stomping on the groin of an Alabama player last week.

>>Johnson Extends Lead At BMW Championship

(Carmel, IN)  —  Dustin Johnson is still atop of leaderboard after three rounds at the BMW Championship in Carmel, Indiana.  Justin shot a four-under-68 on Saturday, giving him a three-shot lead.  Johnson is seeking his third win of 2016 after taking the U.S. Open and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.  Paul Casey is three shots back in second place, and J.B. Holmes sits in third at 14-under.  Jordan Spieth is 10 shots back in ninth place.

(STATS) – Three more FCS teams – North Carolina A&T, Illinois State and Eastern Illinois – defeated FBS opponents on Saturday, bringing the total to seven through two full weeks of the college football season. All three teams won in down-to-the-wire fashion.
North Carolina A&T, ranked 23rd in the STATS FCS Top 25, capped off the night by notching a 39-36 win at Mid-American Conference member Kent State in four overtimes. It was the MEAC school’s first win over the FBS in four games. Tenth-ranked Illinois State slipped past Big Ten member Northwestern 9-7 on Sean Slattery’s game-ending 33-yard field goal. Also, a MAC school fell to unranked Eastern Illinois from the Ohio Valley Conference. The Panthers scored two touchdowns in the final four minutes, including Mitch Kimble’s 7-yard pass to Devin Church with 56 seconds remaining, to drop Miami of Ohio 21-17. Next Saturday, top-ranked North Dakota State is among the FCS teams playing against the FBS, visiting No. 16 Iowa.

>>Vikings At Titans

(Nashville, TN)  —  The Vikings open the regular season on the road today against the Tennessee Titans.  Mike Zimmer enters his third season as Minnesota’s head coach and hopes to lead the team to a second straight playoff berth.  Kickoff is at noon.





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