Thursday's Sports In Brief
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Matt Forte scored three touchdown runs and Ryan Fitzpatrick finally solved Rex Ryan's defense, leading the New York Jets to a 37-31 victory over the Buffalo Bills.
Forte's 3-yard run put New York ahead 27-24 with 2:12 left in the third quarter. He sealed the win by patiently waiting for a seam to open before scampering into the end zone from 12 yards to put New York up 37-24 with 4:02 left in the fourth quarter.
Forte finished with 100 yards rushing, and the offseason free-agent addition became the 13th New York player to score three rushing touchdowns in a game.
The Jets bounced back from a season-opening loss to Cincinnati and snapped a five-game skid against their AFC East rivals.
LAS VEGAS (AP) – A plan to build an NFL stadium in Las Vegas and lure the Raiders from Oakland crossed a major hurdle when a Nevada oversight committee voted unanimously to recommend $750 million in public funding for the project.
The Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee recommended raising the hotel tax in the Las Vegas area to help pay for a 65,000-seat domed venue that was promoted and would be partially financed by billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. Proponents still need to win over the governor, the Legislature and three-quarters of NFL owners to make the project a reality, but it's a significant milestone for a city that's never had a professional football team and has been hammering out the particulars of the Raiders deal for months.
The Adelson family plans to put $650 million toward the stadium, which would also be home to UNLV Football, while the Raiders plan to kick in $500 million.
CHICAGO (AP) – Wrigley Field was dark and empty when a loud cheer reverberated throughout the neighborhood surrounding the iconic ballpark. While the Chicago Cubs decided to delay their party, their long-downtrodden fans were ready to celebrate.
Chicago wasted its first chance to clinch the NL Central title when pinch-hitter Scooter Gennett delivered a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning Thursday night, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-4 victory. But St. Louis' 6-2 loss at San Francisco completed the Cubs' season-long dominance of the division.
It appeared manager Joe Maddon and his players were long gone when the West Coast game wrapped up. But the final out in San Francisco touched off a celebration in Chicago that included honking horns and chanting in the streets.
BOSTON (AP) – Major League Baseball suspended Padres general manager A.J. Preller for 30 days without pay, hitting the San Diego executive with an unprecedented punishment for failing to disclose medical information when pitcher Drew Pomeranz was traded to the Boston Red Sox in July.
The commissioner's office announced the discipline without elaborating on what Preller did wrong.
While baseball has suspended owners, including George Steinbrenner of the Yankees and Marge Schott of the Reds, for transgressions ranging from racism to gambling and other skullduggery deemed not in the best interest of baseball, it was believed to be the first time a general manager had been benched for hiding medical information from a trade partner.
GENEVA (AP) – A two-time Wimbledon singles champion, two Tour de France winners and an Olympic discus gold medalist had the same answer to the latest leak by hackers of confidential medical information: so what?
Petra Kvitova, Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Robert Harting – all Rio de Janeiro Olympians last month – reacted with sarcasm and shrugs to the leak from the World Anti-Doping Agency database.
The four athletes said their use of approved medications was already widely reported or they welcomed the openness resulting from an alleged Russian-led cyberattack that WADA believes is revenge for investigations into a state-backed doping program in Russia.
Standing, kneeling or gesturing in support of Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protests has come at a cost for the dozen NFL players who have joined the cause against social injustices. They've faced vitriolic, sometimes racist reactions, forfeited some of their fan base, and at least one has lost endorsements.
None is deterred by the backlash.
Detractors accuse protesting players of being unpatriotic or disrespecting the American flag. Broncos linebacker Marshall said he's also gotten lots of love from military veterans saying they fought for his right to peacefully protest as much as they did for those who stand and salute the Stars and Stripes.
While Kaepernick saw sales of his jersey skyrocket, Marshall has faced financial repercussions for taking a knee during the national anthem on opening night. Marshall lost endorsements from the Air Academy Federal Credit Union and CenturyLink before music mogul Russell Simmons offered him a deal with Rushcard this week.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem before a U.S. women's national team match against Thailand.
Rapinoe first knelt during the anthem Sept. 4 before a game with her National Women's Soccer League team, the Seattle Reign. She said she wanted to express solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is not standing during the anthem to bring attention to racial inequality.
After the United States' 9-0 win, U.S. Soccer issued a statement to ESPN that said representing the country is a ''privilege and honor'' for any player or coach associated with the national teams.
It was unclear whether Rapinoe would face any sanctions from the federation.
CINCINNATI (AP) – Greg Ward Jr. threw an interception in the end zone. Cincinnati responded by going down the field, getting a touchdown and grabbing the lead and the momentum.
For the first time this season, No. 6 Houston was on the road and feeling the pressure. How would the Cougars respond?
Ward ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, and the Cougars' fabulous defense returned a couple of interceptions for touchdowns as they pulled away to a 40-16 victory over Cincinnati.
ORANGE, Calif. (AP) – The father of former NASCAR driver Robby Gordon strangled his wife then shot himself in their Southern California home, police said Thursday.
The deaths of Robert Gordon, 68, and Sharon Gordon, 57, were an apparent murder-suicide, Orange police Lt. Fred Lopez said a day after the bodies were found. No further details on the motive or circumstances were released.
The couple were the father and stepmother of ex-NASCAR star Robby Gordon, who fought back tears and expressed disbelief outside the home on a Southern California hillside where he grew up and developed his love of racing.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Chael Sonnen is coming back to the cage, and he's doing it with Bellator.
Sonnen will return to mixed martial arts with the UFC's biggest competitor, the veteran fighter told The Associated Press. The 39-year-old Sonnen signed a multiyear, multi-fight deal with Bellator, the promotion also confirmed to the AP.
Sonnen hopes to begin in November by taking on fellow UFC alumnus Tito Ortiz, but the brash, loquacious, self-styled ''American Gangster'' says he starts the next chapter of his remarkable career with no other preferences about opponents, fight locations – or even weight classes.