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Associated Press

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 10 at 8:03 AM

NFL-SCHEDULE

Eagles go up big, hold off Redskins

UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have begun the Chip Kelly era by beating the defending NFC East champions on their home field.

LeSean McCoy and Michael Vick helped the Eagles score 33 straight points in a 33-27 win over the Washington Redskins. Vick threw for 203 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and he also ran seven times for 55 yards and a score. McCoy led the Eagles ground attack with 184 yards, including a 34-yard scoring run that put the Eagles ahead 33-7 early in the second half.

The Redskins rallied as Alfred Morris scored on a five-yard run before Robert Griffin III tossed two TD passes to Leonard Hankerson, the last coming with 1:14 remaining. Griffin passed for 329 yards but had two interceptions and rushed only five times for 24 yards in his first game since undergoing major knee surgery last winter.

Unlike the Redskins, the Houston Texans were able to complete a huge comeback in a 31-28 win over the Chargers in San Diego. Randy Bullock hit a 41-yard field goal as time expired remaining to cap a Texans rally that began after the Chargers went ahead 28-7 in the third quarter.

Matt Schaub sparked the rally by throwing short touchdown passes to Garrett Graham and Owen Daniels. The Texans eventually knotted the score on Brian Cushing's 18-yard interception return for a TD.

Daniels caught two touchdown passes from Shaub, who was 34-of-45 for 346 yards.

Philip Rivers threw for four TDs but was just 14-of-29 for 195 yards and a costly interception.

NFL-INJURIES

Steelers lose two

UNDATED (AP) — The opening week of the season has been a disaster for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They lost the opener to Tennessee Sunday. And the loss cost them two key players for the season.

All Pro center Maurkice (mar-KEES') Pouncey tore ligaments in his knee and will need season-ending surgery. Linebacker Larry Foote is also done for the season after rupturing his right biceps.

In other injury related news around the NFL;

— Jacksonville quarterback Blaine Gabbert will sit out the week after cutting the back of his throwing hand on a defender's face mask in Sunday's loss to Kansas City. Gabbert needed 15 stitches to close the wound and won't practice this week. Chad Henne will start for the Jaguars against Oakland Sunday.

— Dallas quarterback Tony Romo should be able to keep playing through a rib injury sustained in the win against the Giants Sunday night. X-rays showed no structural damage.

— Carolina has lost starting right guard Garry Williams for the season after he suffered torn ligaments in his left knee in the loss to Seattle Sunday.

— Buffalo cornerback Ron Brooks and rookie receiver Marquise Goodwin are out indefinitely after they were hurt in a season-opening loss to New England. Brooks will have surgery to repair a broken bone in his right foot while Goodwin is having surgery to repair a broken bone in his right hand.

NFL-JETS-QUARTERBACKS

Smith gets second start, Sanchez gets second opinion

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Rookie quarterback Geno Smith will get his second start for the Jets when they play at New England on Thursday night. Coach Rex Ryan gave Smith the nod after saying he played solidly in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.

Ryan adds that Mark Sanchez will seek second opinion on his injured shoulder that has sidelined him for the start of the season. According to published reports, Sanchez will meet with Dr. James Andrews at some point this week to get further evaluation.

NFL-LIONS-SUH

NFL reportedly reviewing play

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAHM'-uh-kehn SOO) might've gotten himself in trouble with another nasty play on the field.

An NFL spokesman has confirmed via email to The Associated Press that Suh's illegal low block in Detroit's game against Minnesota will be reviewed for potential discipline.

Suh hit Vikings center John Sullivan during an interception return and the penalty against him negated a touchdown during Detroit's 34-24 win. Suh said he wasn't going after Sullivan's knees, adding the two talked about it at halftime.

MLB-SCHEDULE

Bucs top A's...Cubs blank Reds...O's, Indians win

UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have clinched their first winning season since 1992 and are within one game of the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals following a shutout victory. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Reds are two games behind the idle Redbirds after losing to the worst team in the division.

Gerrit Cole struck out nine while holding the Rangers to three hits over seven innings of the Pirates' 1-0 win at Texas. Rangers starter Yu Darvish was working on a two-hit shutout until Marlon Byrd and Pedro Alvarez hit consecutive two-out doubles in the seventh inning to put the Bucs ahead.

The Rangers are two games behind Oakland for the AL West lead.

The Reds were 2-0 losers to the visiting Chicago Cubs as Travis Wood scattered six hits and struck out seven over seven innings. Ryan Sweeney's solo shot put the Cubs ahead in the top of the second, one inning before Luis Valbuena (val-BWAY'-nuh) also went deep off Bronson Arroyo.

The Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians are within 1 ½ games of Tampa Bay for the final AL wild-card berth.

Chris Tillman struck out nine while allowing two runs and four hits in seven-plus innings of the Orioles' 4-2 triumph over the New York Yankees. Tillman outpitched CC Sabathia (suh-BATH'-ee-uh) despite giving up solo homers by Alex Rodriguez and Lyle Overbay.

Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY'-kihs) was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored to help Tillman improve to 16-5.

The Yankees are three games behind the Rays in the wild-card race.

Solo homers by Asdrubal (as-DROO'-bul) Cabrera, Yan Gomes (gohmz) and Carlos Santana powered the Indians past the Royals 4-3. Ubaldo Jimenez (oo-BAHL'-doh hih-MEH'-nehz) gave up only an unearned run while striking out 10 in seven innings.

The Indians are within 4 ½ games of the AL Central lead after the first-place Tigers fell to the Chicago White Sox 5-1. Detroit starter Max Scherzer failed in his third bid for his 20th win, surrendering five runs and six hits in four innings. Miguel Cabrera was ejected in the first inning of the Tigers' fifth loss in six games for arguing about a check-swing.

Paul Konerko opened the scoring with a two-run single in the first inning before the White Sox won their second straight since a nine-game losing streak.

Also in the majors, Juan Uribe (yoo-REE'-bay) homered three times while going 4-for-4 with four RBIs in the Dodgers' 8-1 rout of Arizona. Ricky Nolasco allowed an unearned run and three hits in s 6 2/3 innings as Los Angeles reduced its magic number for clinching the NL West to eight.

Evan Gattis (GAT'-ihs) hit a two-run double while Atlanta put together a five-run fourth to beat Miami 5-2. Kris Medlen evened his record at 12-12, allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings as the Braves ended a four-game skid and reduced their magic number for winning the NL East to eight.

Gio Gonzalez tossed a one-hitter and Washington belted five home runs in a 9-0 romp over the New York Mets. Denard Span, Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth, Tyler Moore and Wilson Ramos (RAH'-mohs) went deep for the Nationals.

Trevor Plouffe (ploof) had three RBIs and Minnesota's bullpen tossed scoreless ball over 4 1/3 innings of a 6-3 win against the Angels. Josmil Pinto was 3-for-4 with an RBI double and two runs scored for the Twins.

San Francisco beat Colorado 3-2 on Brandon Belt's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th. Belt also forced extra innings with a run-scoring double in the eighth.

Houston took advantage of a pair of errors while scoring four runs in the ninth inning to beat Seattle 6-4. Jimmy Paredes (pah-REH'-dehs) and Jonathan Villar each had two RBIs for the Astros.

TENNIS-US OPEN

Nadal wins

NEW YORK (AP) — Rafael Nadal (nah-DAHL') is looking as good as ever, just 2 ½ months after losing his opening-round match at Wimbledon.

Nadal has captured his 13th Grand Slam title by downing top-ranked Novak Djokovic (JOH'-koh-vihch) in the U.S. Open final. Facing Djokovic for the third time in the last four Open finals, the second-seeded Nadal needed three hours and 21 minutes to post a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory. It's the second U.S. Open crown for Nadal, and his first since defeating Djokovic in 2010.

Djokovic was up 2-1 in the third set until he was broken on serve, beginning a match-ending run in which Nadal won 11 of the final 14 games.

Nadal is now 22-15 all-time against Djokovic, who was seeking his seventh major championship. Nadal also improved to 22-0 on hard court this year.

NASCAR-CHASE

Newman replaces Truex in Chase

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Newman is in. Martin Truex Jr. is out.

Newman is replacing Truex in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship as part of NASCAR'S penalties against Michael Waltrip Racing for manipulating the outcome of last weekend's race at Richmond.

The action by NASCAR is a result of MWR teammate Clint Bowyer (BOY'-ur) intentionally spinning with seven laps remaining to bring out a caution with Newman leading Saturday night. The caution led to Newman dropping to third place and losing a spot in the Chase to Truex.

Michael Waltrip Racing has been fined $300,000, and general manager Ty Norris is suspended indefinitely. Truex, Bowyer and Brian Vickers have been docked 50 points apiece.

Newman is leaving Stewart-Haas Racing after the season to drive for Richard Childress Racing.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OHIO STATE

OSU quarterback day-to-day

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Braxton Miller's status as No. 4 Ohio State's starting quarterback for Saturday's game at California is still up in the air. Miller sustained a sprained ligament in his left knee in last weekend's 42-7 victory over San Diego State.

Coach Urban Meyer says "Braxton Miller will be a day-to-day decision." Miller was hurt on Ohio State's first offensive possession when he kept the ball on a passing play and was pinned between two defenders, twisted and fell backward to the turf. He did not return to the game.

In other college football news:

— No. 14 Oklahoma has a new starting quarterback. Coach Bob Stoops says junior Blake Bell will start on Saturday against Tulsa. He adds Trevor Knight suffered a bruised knee late in the first half of Oklahoma's 16-7 win over West Virginia and will miss one to two weeks.

— Southern California coach Lane Kiffin has picked quarterback Cody Kessler to start Saturday against Boston College. Kessler and Max Wittek have been competing for the starting job since the spring, but neither has been able to take hold of it.

— Texas running back Daje Johnson will miss Saturday's game against No. 25 Mississippi with a sprained left ankle. Johnson scored two touchdowns in Texas' season-opening win over New Mexico State but was injured on the third play of last weekend's 40-21 loss at BYU.

— Also from Texas, defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has been replaced by former Longhorns defensive coordinator and Syracuse coach Greg Robinson. In Saturday's loss, BYU ran for 550 yards, the most ever allowed by Texas.

NHL-FLAMES

Kiprusoff retires

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff (MEE'-kuh KIP'-ruh-sahf) is retiring from the NHL after 12 seasons.

The 36-year-old, who began his career with the San Jose Sharks, joined the Flames in 2003 and spent nine seasons with Calgary.

Kiprusoff says he made the decision to retire at the end of last season, but wanted to think about it over the summer. He made the official announcement on Monday.

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