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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.

National Sports News

Last Update on October 04, 2015 18:38 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The NFL got an early start today as the Jets and Dolphins played in London. New York got the win and upped its record to 3-1 while the 27-14 loss dropped the Dolphins to 1-3. Chris ivory and Ryan Fitzpatrick led the attack for the Jets as Ivory ran for a career-high 166 yards and Fitzpatrick passed for 218 and one touchdown. Fitzpatrick passed for 172 yards in the first half as the Jets led the contest 20-7 after two quarters.

As a new day of play gets going there are seven remaining unbeaten teams in pro football. The Bengals are 3-0 and they are home to the Chiefs. The 3-0 Broncos are playing the Vikings, the 3-0 Panthers are at Tampa Bay while the 3-0 Falcons are home to Houston, 3-0 Arizona is entertaining St. Louis and the 3-0 Packers are at San Francisco.

The final unbeaten team is New England and the Patriots have the week off.

Today's other games feature the Bills at home to the Giants in a rematch of former Super Bowl combatants. The Raiders are in Chicago to play the Bears, the Colts, without injured quarterback Andrew Luck, are entertaining the Jaguars, the Eagles are at Washington, the Chargers are home to the Browns and the Cowboys are at New Orleans in the night game.


UNDATED (AP) -- It's hard to believe but the 2015 major league baseball season comes to an end today. The playoffs begin on Tuesday with the American league wild-card game.

That is unless a tie-breaking game is called for tomorrow. That could happen as the Rangers and Astros are still duking it out for the American League West title while the Astros and Angels are still contesting the second AL wild-card berth. As the final day gets going the Rangers, who entertain the Angels today, lead Houston by a game in the AL West.

Record wise the Rangers are 87-74 with the Astros 86-75 and the Angels 85-76. The Astros are facing the Diamondbacks in today's finale to the regular season.

Should Los Angeles beat Texas, the Angels would also need the Astros to lose at Arizona to force a tiebreaker on Monday.

There is still some unfinished business in the National League. Pittsburgh still needs a win or a Chicago Cubs loss to secure home-field advantage Wednesday night in the NL wild-card game. If the Cubs beat Milwaukee, and the Pirates lose to Cincinnati, the one-game playoff would be held at Wrigley Field. Each team is guaranteed a spot in the wild-card game; it's just a matter of home field advantage.

In some other notes from today's games:

-- The Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, the reigning NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner, enters his final regular-season start against San Diego with 294 strikeouts and could become the first pitcher to fan 300 in a season since Arizona's Randy Johnson in 2002.

-- Detroit's Miguel Cabrera heads into play with a .338 average, headed to his fourth AL batting title in five years, while in the NL, Washington's Bryce Harper is just ahead of Miami's Dee Gordon, .330754 to .330606

Once all is said and done the playoffs will start this week, followed by the off season, and that means spring training is just four months away.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox say manager John Farrell will be back next season after leaving the team to undergo cancer treatment. The 53-year-old has been on medical leave since Aug. 14 after being diagnosed lymphoma. He completed chemotherapy treatments in Boston this past week.


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