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Last Update on October 04, 2015 05:35 GMT


PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A.J. Burnett was outpitched by a rookie in the final regular-season start of his career, and the Cincinnati Reds prevented Pittsburgh from clinching home-field advantage in the NL wild-card game by beating the Pirates 3-1 Saturday night to snap a 13-game losing streak.

Pittsburgh still needs a win Sunday or a Chicago Cubs loss to host the one-game playoff Wednesday night. If the Cubs beat Milwaukee -- and the Pirates lose to Cincinnati again -- the wild-card showdown would be played at Wrigley Field.

Brandon Finnegan (5-2) limited the Pirates to one run in six innings. Adam Duvall hit his fifth homer and Aroldis Chapman got four outs for his 33rd save.


Kluber pitches 8 innings; Indians beat Red Sox 2-0

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Corey Kluber pitched eight innings while Carlos Santana and Ryan Raburn homered, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 2-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.

Kluber (9-16) ended his rocky season with a strong performance, allowing three hits and striking out nine. The right-hander, who won the AL Cy Young Award last season, recorded his first victory since Aug. 14.

Santana led off the second with a home run while Raburn's homer started the fourth. Both landed several rows deep in the bleachers in left field.

Craig Breslow (0-4) gave up both home runs, his only mistakes in 5 1/3 innings. The veteran left-hander made his second career start after 522 relief appearances.

Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 33rd save.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Ezekiel Elliott scored on touchdown runs of 55, 65 and 75 yards in the second half, and No. 1 Ohio State came up with a final goal line stand to escape with a 34-27 win over Indiana on Saturday.

Elliott had a career best 274 yards on 23 carries.

The Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) extended the FBS' longest winning streak to 18 in a row.

Indiana (4-1, 0-1) lost the nation's leading rusher, Jordan Howard, in the first half and its starting quarterback, Nate Sudfeld, in the third quarter. But the Hoosiers made things difficult for the defending national champions.

Elliott wiped out a 10-6 deficit with the 55-yard run, a 17-13 deficit with the 65-yard run and appeared to have sealed it when his 75-yarder made it 34-20.

But the Buckeyes still needed to break up a pass in the end zone on the final play.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Ohio State receiver Corey Smith was taken off the field on a golf cart after he appeared to injure his lower right leg during the third quarter of Saturday's game at Indiana.

It looked like Smith's leg got caught underneath a pileup on the Hoosiers sideline.

After several minutes, trainers lifted Smith onto the cart and placed a towel over his head. The crowd applauded politely as he was taken away.

Smith had not caught a pass for the top-ranked Buckeyes.


KENT, Ohio (AP) -- Colin Reardon threw for 136 yards and a score as Kent State held on to an early lead to beat Miami (Ohio) in Mid-American Conference play on Saturday.

Reardon finished with 12-of-21 passing for the Golden Flashes (2-3, 1-0). Antwan Dixon rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown and Shane Hynes kicked a pair of field goals.

Dixon broke away on a reverse play and ran 75 yards for a score midway through the second quarter to help give Kent State a 13-0 halftime lead. In the third quarter, Reardon connected with Ernest Calhoun for a 44-yard touchdown and the Golden Flashes were up 20-0.

The RedHawks (1-4, 0-1) started to click in the fourth quarter, scoring on a 1-yard run by Alonzo Smith and a touchdown pass by Drew Kummer, but it was not enough.

Kummer threw for 315 yards and a score but was intercepted four times.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Matt Johnson threw for a touchdown and ran for another, Donovan Wilson and Ronnie Moore each ran in scores and Bowling Green held off a late surge by Buffalo to win 28-22 in Saturday's Mid-American Conference opener.

Johnson, who threw for more than 400 yards in each of his first four games this season -- a school record -- was 23 of 29 for 324 yards. He scored on a 10-yard run and threw a 12-yard TD pass to Roger Lewis, who had 10 catches for 201 yards.

Wilson scored on a 1-yard run on the Falcon's opening drive and Bowling Green (3-2, 1-0) led 28-9 after Moore's 7-yard TD run in the third quarter.

Buffalo outscored Bowling Green 16-7 in the second half, with Joe Licata hitting Ron Willoughby with a 5-yard TD pass and Jordan Johnson scoring on a 1-yard run. Adam Mitcheson kicked three field goals for the Bulls (2-3, 0-1).


VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) -- Hunter Wells completed 15 of 26 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns, including a 51-yard strike to Andrew Williams, to help Youngstown State to a 31-3 victory over South Dakota on Saturday.

Williams finished with 79 yards receiving on four catches. Martin Ruiz added 86 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Penguins (3-1, 1-0 Missouri Valley Conference).

Defensively, Youngstown State held South Dakota to 262 total yards and just 10 first downs while forcing three turnovers.

The Penguins led 17-0 at halftime and were never seriously threatened, extending their lead to 24-0 midway through the third before the Coyotes (2-2, 0-1) finally got on the board after a Miles Bergner 39-yard field goal.

Ryan Saeger threw for 119 yards for South Dakota but completed just nine of his 25 passes with an interception.


MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Phillip Ely threw two touchdowns as Toledo won its fourth-straight with a 24-10 victory over Ball State In Mid-American Conference play on Saturday.

Ely was 16 of 22 for 164 yards for the Rockets (4-0, 1-0). Terry Swanson rushed for 139 yards and Damion Jones-Martin finished with 85 yards and a score.

A pair of Ely touchdown passes in the second quarter, along with a Jones-Moore scoring run and a Jameson Vest field goal gave Toledo a 24-3 advantage at halftime.

Ball State's Morgan Hagee got the Cardinals (2-3, 1-1) on the board just before the break with a 29-yard field goal and Riley Neal hit Jordan Williams for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to close the gap to 24-10.

With 5:34 left, Ely chewed up the clock with an 11-play, 57-yard drive to preserve the Toledo lead.

Neal had 236 yards and a touchdown for the Cardinals.


AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Derrius Vick threw for one touchdown, Daz'mond Patterson ran for another and the Ohio defense made that hold up for a 14-10 win over Akron in the Mid-American Conference opener on Saturday.

Despite out-gaining the Bobcats by nearly 100 yards, the Zips (2-3) were limited to four Robert Stein field goals.

After Stein's 30-yard field goal with 3:55 to play, Ohio (4-1) went three-and-out. However, the Bobcat defense got a sack by Quentin Poling on second down and Ian Wells broke up a fourth-down pass to seal the win.

After Stein staked Ohio to a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter, Vick connected with Keith Heitzman for a 24-yard score. Early in the second Patterson scored on a 4-yard run before Stein kicked a 33-yarder three seconds before halftime.

Stein booted a 41-yard field goal late in the third quarter.

Akron had 319 total yards to 227 for Ohio.


DELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Jeske threw three touchdown passes and Dayton converted an interception into a score to beat Stetson 27-14 on Saturday.

Jeske was 15 of 23 for 223 yards, hitting Tyler Tumpane on a 3-yard pass to open the scoring after Christian Searles intercepted a pass by Ryan Tentler and returned it 71 yards.

Jeske connected with Jack Euritt on a 14-yard TD pass for a 17-7 halftime lead, then hit Gus Madden on a 29-yarder in the third. William Will kicked field goals of 44 and 25 yards.

The Hatters outgained the Flyers (4-0, 1-0 Pioneer) 330 total yards to 280 and held Dayton to 57 yards rushing.

Tentler was 22 of 45 for 198 yards with two interceptions and an 8-yard TD pass to Chris Crawford. Tentler led Stetson (1-3, 0-2) in rushing with 90 yards on 11 carries, including a 35-yard TD run in the first quarter.

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Last Update on October 04, 2015 13:06 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- Top-ranked Ohio State and No. 2 Michigan State remain unbeaten despite struggling for a half on Saturday. The Buckeyes managed just six points in the first half of their game at Indiana, and the Spartans were held to a field goal during the second half of their home game against Purdue.

Ohio State needed a final goal line stand to secure a 34-27 win over the unranked Hoosiers. The Buckeyes trailed 10-6 before Ezekiel Elliott scored on touchdown runs of 55, 65 and 75 yards in the second half. Elliott had a career-best 274 yards on 23 carries to help OSU improve to 5-0.

Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones struggled in the first half before finishing 18 of 27 for 245 yards, a fourth-quarter TD and one interception.

At East Lansing, LJ Scott ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns as the Spartans pulled out a 24-21 triumph over the Boilermakers. Michigan State took advantage of three Purdue turnovers to take a 21-0 halftime lead before the Boilermakers pulled within 24-21 with 6:44 remaining. Michigan State's Connor Cook went 13 of 19 for 139 yards and a touchdown in his 28th win at MSU, breaking the school record of 27 set by Kirk Cousins.

The day's best matchup was supposed to be in Athens, Georgia, but 13th-ranked Alabama took out the suspense by halftime of a 38-10 rout of No. 8 Georgia. Jake Coker completed 11 of 16 for 190 yards, passed for one touchdown and ran for another. Derrick Henry rushed for 148 yards, including a 30-yard run that put Alabama ahead to stay midway through the second quarter.

The Crimson Tide made it 31-3 on the Bulldogs' first offensive play of the second half as Eddie Jackson intercepted a pass from backup quarterback Brice Ramsey and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown.

Another good matchup was in Clemson, where Deshaun Watson threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third to help the 12th-ranked Tigers beat No. 6 Notre Dame, 24-22. Tigers linebacker B.J. Goodson had an interception and a fumble recovery to halt a pair of fourth-quarter drives by the Fighting Irish. But the game was in doubt until Carlos Watkins brought down DeShone Kizer short of the goal line on a tying two-point conversion attempt with seven seconds left.


-- The day's biggest upset was in Gainesville, where Will Grier tossed four touchdown passes in the first half of No. 25 Florida's 38-10 rout of third-ranked Mississippi. Grier completed 24 of 29 passes for 271 yards in helping Jim McElwain become the first Gators coach to open his rookie season 5-0 since Steve Spurrier in 1990.

-- Fourth-ranked TCU rode a 30-point first quarter to a 50-7 win over Texas. Trevone Boykin threw five touchdown passes, four to freshman KaVontae Turpin for the 5-0 Horned Frogs.

-- Fifth-ranked Baylor outscored Texas Tech 63-35 behind Seth Russell, who threw for 286 yards, passed for four touchdowns and ran for two others. Shock Linwood rushed for a career-high 221 yards and two TDs to help the 4-0 Bears win their Big 12 opener.

-- Seventh-ranked UCLA will slide down the AP poll on Sunday after Mike Bercovici passed for 273 yards and accounted for three TDs in Arizona State's 38-23 win over the Bruins at Pasadena. Tim White and D.J. Foster caught scoring passes from Bercovici, who also ran for a score.

-- Leonard Fournette rolled up 200 rushing yards for the third straight game, finishing with 233 and three touchdowns on 26 carries to highlight ninth-ranked LSU's 44-22 win over Eastern Michigan. Fournette had a 75-yard scoring run and became the first player in SEC history with three straight 200-yard rushing games.

-- Eleventh-ranked Florida State held off Wake Forest 24-16 as Dalvin Cook had a 94-yard touchdown run before leaving with a left leg injury. Johnathan Vickers added a 9-yard touchdown run and Everett Golson was 20 of 31 for 202 yards and a score.

-- Kyle Allen threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns as 14th-rated Texas A&M beat No. 21 Mississippi State 30-17 to improve to 5-0. Allen threw touchdown passes of 1 and 29 yards in the first quarter, and Tra Carson ran for a score in the second.

--In a game that featured 245 yards in penalties, 15th-ranked Oklahoma improved to 4-0 by outscoring No. 23 West Virginia, 44-24. Baker Mayfield passed for 320 yards and three touchdowns for the Sooners in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

-- No. 16 Northwestern is 5-0 after freshman quarterback Clayton Thorson ran for two touchdowns and Justin Jackson ran for 120 yards in a 27-0 win over Minnesota. The Wildcats posted their first shutout victory in Big Ten play since their 1995 run to the Rose Bowl.

-- Kevin Hogan was 17 of 19 for 217 yards and two touchdowns as 18th-ranked Stanford clobbered Arizona, 55-17. The Cardinals racked up over 300 rushing yards, with Christian McCaffrey providing 156 and a TD on 17 carries.

-- Jordan Canzeri ran for 125 yards and Iowa took advantage of four turnovers by Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave to pull off a 10-6 upset of the 19th-ranked Badgers. The win gives the Hawkeyes a 5-0 record and snaps the Badgers' 10-game home winning streak.

-- Ben Grogan hit a 37-yard field goal with 32 seconds left to lift No. 20 Oklahoma State past Kansas State, 36-34. Grogan's second game-winning kick in two weeks came after Joe Hubener scored on an 8-yard run to give the Wildcats a 34-33 advantage with 3:01 left.

-- Michigan has won its first Big Ten opener under new coach Jim Harbaugh, beating Maryland 28-0. Desmond Morgan had nine tackles and an interception, part of a dominating defensive performance in which the 22nd-ranked Wolverines allowed just 105 total yards for the second straight week.

-- Jared Goff threw for 390 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 24 California to a 34-28 victory over Washington State. The Bears trailed by eight until Goff tossed two TD passes in a span of less than two minutes late in the third quarter.


UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Mets' offense has completely shut down in the final week of the season.

Max Scherzer tossed his second no-hitter of the season and set a Nationals franchise record with 17 strikeouts in a 2-0 shutout of the slumping Mets. Scherzer struck out nine straight before he got Curtis Granderson to hit a game-ending popup to third base.

The All-Star righty became just the sixth pitcher to throw two no-hitters in a year, and the first since Roy Halladay in 2010. Scherzer also no-hit the Pirates on June 20, and carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning of his previous start Monday against Cincinnati. His latest gem allowed the Nats to complete a sweep of their doubleheader.

It's the second time the Mets have been no-hit this year. Chris Heston did it for the Giants at Citi Field on June 9.

New York has scored just one run in its last 35 innings. The dearth of offense has allowed the Dodgers to clinch home-field advantage in the NL Division Series against the Mets.

Washington opened its day-night doubleheader in New York by beating the Mets' 3-1 on Bryce Harper's tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth. Mets starter Noah Syndergaard (SIHN'-dur-gahrd) struck out 10 and allowed just two hits in seven innings for the Mets.

Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers were within three outs away of winning the American League West before the bullpen imploded.

The Rangers enjoyed a 10-6 lead before the Angels scored five times in the ninth to pull out an 11-10 triumph at Texas. Erick Aybar (EYE'-bahr) and Kole Calhoun hit back-to-back homers to start the rally against Shawn Tolleson, who was pitching for the fifth consecutive day. Ross Ohlendorf followed Tolleson and surrendered consecutive RBI singles by C.J. Cron (krohn), Carlos Perez and Johnny Giavotella with two out to put Los Angeles ahead. The inning was prolonged by the Rangers' inability to catch Albert Pujols' (POO'-hohlz) popup to short right.

Josh Hamilton homered twice for the Rangers, who still need one victory or a Houston loss on Sunday to take the division. The Angels remain one game behind the Astros for the second AL wild-card slot.

Collin McHugh earned his 19th victory and the Astros clinched at least a tie for the second AL wild-card slot with a 6-2 win at Arizona. Colby Rasmus homered twice and Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) added a round-tripper in the Astros' sixth victory in seven games.

In other major league play:

-- Dodgers hurler Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) ends his regular season 19-3 with a 1.66 ERA after limiting San Diego to a run and four hits in eight innings of a 2-1 decision over the Padres. Justin Turner homered to help the Dodgers wrap up home-field advantage in the NLDS.

-- Minnesota was eliminated from the AL wild-card race with a 5-1 loss to Kansas City. Yordano Ventura carried a no-hitter into the fifth and struck out 11 over seven innings for the AL Central champs.

-- Tampa Bay pulled out a 3-2 win over Toronto on Tim Beckham's two-run single in the bottom of the ninth. The Blue Jays are one game behind the Royals in the race for the AL's best record and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, but Toronto holds the tiebreaker.

-- Cincinnati ended a 13-game losing streak and prevented the Pirates from clinching home-field advantage in the NL wild-card game. Brandon Finnegan gave up a run and three hits in six innings as the Reds stopped Pittsburgh, 3-1. Adam Duvall hit a solo homer against the Bucs, who will head to Chicago for the wild-card game if Pittsburgh loses to Cincinnati on Sunday and the Cubs beat the Brewers.

-- Kyle Hendricks struck out eight while allowing just one hit in six innings of the Cubs' 1-0 shutout of Milwaukee. Addison Russell singled home the game's lone run in the second inning to send the Cubs to their seventh consecutive win.

-- Manny Machado slammed his 34th home run and Gerardo Parra went 4-for-5 with three RBIs in Baltimore's 9-2 rout of the Yankees in Game 1 of a day-night twinbill. The Orioles tagged Yankees starter Ivan Nova for five runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

-- The Birds also took the nightcap as Paul Janish (YAH'-nish) scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch by Dellin Betances (DEH'-lihn beh-TAN'-sehs) in the eighth inning of a 4-3 triumph against the Yanks. Machado homered in both ends of the twinbill.

-- Jake Peavy won his fifth consecutive start and rookie Kelby Tomlinson hit an inside-the-park home run in San Francisco's 3-2 decision over Colorado. Brandon Crawford and Marlon Byrd also homered to back Peavy, who gave up a run and four hits in five innings.

-- The White Sox scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to beat Detroit 4-3. J.B. Shuck tied it with an RBI double and scored the winning run on Leury Garcia's two-out single.

-- Miami took the opener of a doubleheader as Christian Yelich (YEH'-lihch) had a career-high five hits and Marcell Ozuna singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning of the Marlins' 7-6 win at Philadelphia. Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon collected his 200th hit and stole two bases to take over the National League lead.

-- The Marlins completed the sweep with a 5-2 at Philadelphia, leaving the Phillies in danger of a 100-loss season. Justin Bour hit a two-run double and Yelich was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

-- Corey Kluber and Cody Allen combined on a three-hitter in Cleveland's 2-0 verdict over Boston. Carlos Santana and Ryan Raburn homered to back Kluber's eight innings of three-hit ball.

-- Oakland beat Seattle 7-5 on Marcus Semien's two-run homer in the 13th inning. Danny Valencia belted a three-run shot for the Athletics.

-- The Cardinals and Braves were postponed in Atlanta, creating a season-ending doubleheader on Sunday.


PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Gerrit Cole isn't going to miss the NL wild-card game this year. He will start Wednesday's one-game playoff against the Cubs after being unable to pitch last year's playoff due to his start in the regular-season finale.

Cole is third in the National League with 19 wins and went 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA in four starts against Chicago during the regular season.


UNDATED (AP) -- Josh Scobee's miserable fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens has cost him his job with the Steelers. The veteran kicker was cut by Pittsburgh less than 48 hours after a pair of late missed field goals by Scobee helped the Ravens rally for a 23-20 overtime victory.

The Steelers have replaced Scobee on the roster with Chris Boswell, who has spent time with the Texans and Giants but has never kicked in a regular season game.


-- The Ravens have obtained wide receiver Chris Givens from the St. Louis Rams for a conditional draft pick. The trade comes after Baltimore lost two receivers during Thursday's win over Pittsburgh. Steve Smith hurt his back and was listed as week-to-week on Saturday, and Michael Campanaro was placed on injured reserve with a back issue.

-- The Bears have signed punter Spencer Lanning and waived defensive tackle Brandon Dunn. Punter Pat O'Donnell has a right knee injury and is questionable for the Bears' home game Sunday against Oakland.

-- Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch and nose tackle Brandon Mebane will be game-time decisions Monday against Detroit. Lynch hurt his hamstring on a fourth-down catch late in the first half of the Seahawks' 26-0 win over Chicago, and Mebane injured his groin in the first quarter.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings have picked up the 2016-17 option on guard Ben McLemore's contract. He was Sacramento's first-round pick in 2013 and averaged 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists last season.


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