Friday's Sports In Brief


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Rafa Marquez scored a tiebreaking goal on a header in the 89th minute, giving Mexico a 2-1 win for its first victory at the United States in World Cup qualifying since 1972.

Miguel Layun put Mexico ahead in the 20th minute in the opener of the final round of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean, but Bobby Wood tied the score in the 49th.

The U.S. dominated the second half before the 37-year-old Marquez, unmarked and drifting across the penalty area at the near post, got the back of his head on Layun's corner kick. The Mexican captain lifted the ball over goalkeeper Brad Guzan for his 17th international goal.

U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard pulled a muscle in his right leg and was replaced by Brad Guzan late in the first half. Howard was to have a scan Saturday, and U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he was doubtful for Tuesday's qualifier at Costa Rica.


WASHINGTON (AP) – For all of LeBron James' achievements, from MVP awards to NBA championships, the hootin' and hollerin' coming from the Cleveland Cavaliers' locker room Friday night – and the water dumped on No. 23 by teammates – was to mark a relatively obscure milestone: youngest NBA player to reach 27,000 career points.

The impromptu celebration capped a perfect trip to the nation's capital for the Cavs, who added a win to their White House visit by beating the Washington Wizards 105-94 as James had 27 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. He made three of Cleveland's 14 3-pointers.

At 31, James is about 1 1/2 years younger than Kobe Bryant was when he became the previous youngest to 27,000 points.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Saying he fears for the country's future, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich made his frustrations and anger over Donald Trump's election known.

''He is in charge of our country,'' Popovich said. ''That's disgusting.''

Popovich spoke before his team played Detroit after initially suggesting he needed more time to put his thoughts together. He then vented without being asked another question for the next several minutes, even telling a reporter who tried to interrupt at one point that he wasn't done talking.

With that, he followed NBA coaches such as Golden State's Steve Kerr and Detroit's Stan Van Gundy in lashing out at Trump's election.


NEW YORK (AP) – Turns out that was one costly towel toss for Travis Kelce.

The Kansas City Chiefs tight end was fined $24,309 by the NFL after he protested a non-call by mockingly chucking his towel toward an official and being ejected.

Kelce thought Jacksonville's Prince Amukamara should have been called for pass interference in the end zone during the Chiefs' 19-14 victory last Sunday when he grabbed his towel and made like it was a penalty flag. The official threw his hat in response, another official tossed a penalty flag on Kelce and the tight end was tossed from the game.

Chiefs teammate Daniel Sorensen was also fined $9,115 for a late hit out of bounds on Allen Robinson in that game.

Others fined included Cleveland center Cam Erving and Dallas defensive end David Irving, each docked $9,115 for their tussle in the Cowboys' 35-10 win. Irving punched Erving before getting his helmet ripped off.


HONOLULU (AP) – James Blackmon, Jr. scored 22 of his 26 points after halftime to lift No. 11 Indiana to a season-opening 103-99 overtime victory over No. 3 Kansas in the Armed Forces Classic.

The Hoosiers had five players score in double figures with Thomas

Bryant notching a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Curtis Jones had 15 points, OG Anunoby had 13 and Robert Johnson added 10.

Indiana trailed by as many as nine points, but shot 50 percent (14 of 28) in the second half which ended in an 87-87 tie.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida State has had its share of struggles in Atlantic Coast Conference play. On Friday night, the Seminoles took advantage of Boston College's timely visit for their most-complete game of the season.

The 20th-ranked Seminoles grabbed the early lead and cruised to a 45-7 victory.

Florida State has had to play from behind a lot in conference play. In their previous six conference games it had scored first only once and had trailed by double digits in five.

The Seminoles took control by scoring on their first two drives and led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. They had been outscored 31-3 in the first 15 minutes in the previous five games.


ATLANTA (AP) – The Atlanta Braves are getting older in their starting rotation next season. A lot, lot older.

Not content to add one 40-something starter, the Braves made it two by agreeing to terms with 43-year-old Bartolo Colon, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

No announcement was expected from the Braves until next week on the reported $12.5 million, one-year deal with Colon. The agreement is subject to a physical and comes one day after the Braves said they had an agreement with 42-year-old knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Phillies acquired Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Dodgers for first baseman Darin Ruf and utilityman Darnell Sweeney.

A 2011 AL All-Star, Kendrick hit .255 with 26 doubles, eight home runs, 40 RBIs, a team-leading 10 stolen bases and a .326 on-base percentage for the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The 33-year-old Kendrick is a career .289 hitter with 95 homers, 595 RBIs, 111 stolen bases and a .332 on-base percentage. He is signed to a deal that pays him $10 million next year in the final season of his contract.

Kendrick will likely begin the season as the starting left fielder.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Brewers and manager Craig Counsell announced a three-year contract extension through the 2020 season.

The 46-year-old Counsell just finished his first full season as skipper. He has a 134-165 record since taking over in May 2015 for the fired Ron Roenicke. The rebuilding Brewers finished 73-89 this past season, a five-win improvement from 2015.