Last Update on September 14, 2014 05:33 GMT
DETROIT (AP) -- Alex Avila hit a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers kept their slim AL Central lead, beating the Cleveland Indians 5-4 Saturday night.
The Tigers remained a half-game ahead of Kansas City, which topped Boston 7-1.
Avila sent a full-count pitch from reliever Bryan Shaw (5-4) into the right-field stands for his 11th home run.
Victor Martinez also homered for Detroit.
Joba Chamberlain (2-5) pitched an inning of scoreless relief. Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his 31st save.
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter saved two runs in the eighth with a two-out, diving catch of Yan Gomes' short fly ball with runners on second and third.
Michael Brantley homered for Cleveland.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- David Holmberg pitched six effective innings, Billy Hamilton hit a two-run triple and the Cincinnati Reds beat Milwaukee 5-1 on Saturday night, snapping the Brewers' three-game winning streak.
Holmberg (1-1) allowed two hits, including Aramis Ramirez's fourth-inning homer. The left-hander has yielded one earned run in 12 2-3 innings over three September appearances.
The Brewers' offense is struggling as it tries to keep pace in the National League playoff race. The Brewers entered the evening 1 1/2 games behind Pittsburgh for the second wild-card spot.
Cincinnati scratched out two runs in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk and sacrifice fly off Yovani Gallardo (8-10). The speedy Hamilton broke open a one-run game with his triple to the gap in right-center in the seventh.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Ethan Finlay's goal early in the second half lifted the Columbus Crew to a 2-2 draw with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night.
Finlay neatly headed home a left-footed cross from Waylon Francis in the 54th minute for his seventh of the season as the Crew rallied from two goals down.
Houston's Brad Davis served a corner kick and A.J. Cochran appeared to head it to the far post for what would have been his first MLS goal. Upon review, it was determined defender Aaron Schoenfeld deflected the ball, so it went down as an own-goal against Columbus (9-9-10).
Giles Barnes scored for Houston (9-13-5) in the 38th minute with his eighth goal of the season, completing a through-ball from Omar Cummings.
The Crew's Wil Trapp scored his first MLS goal to cut it to 2-1 in the 48th.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- South Africa's Richard Sterne shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Derek Fathauer and Justin Thomas in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship, the third of four events in the Web.com Tour Finals.
Sterne had an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys to match Fathauer and Thomas at 5-under 208 on Ohio State's wind-swept Scarlet Course.
Fathauer had a 76 after opening with rounds of 63 and 69 to open a three-stroke lead. He was 13th on the Web.com Tour's regular-season money list to secure a 2014-15 PGA Tour card.
Thomas shot 72.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Rakeem Cato completed 17 of 29 passes for 425 yards and four touchdowns, including a 77-yard third-quarter bomb to Angelo Jean-Louis, and Marshall smashed Ohio 44-14 on Saturday.
The 77-yard strike was Cato's 100th career touchdown pass, joining Chad Pennington as the only Marshall quarterbacks to reach that plateau.
Jean-Louis finished with 158 yards receiving and Davonte Allen added 137 more for the Thundering Herd (3-0), who racked up 705 yards of total offense and scored the first 41 points of the game.
The Bobcats (1-2) did not get onto the scoreboard until late in the third quarter, when quarterback Derrius Vick found Sebastian Smith from 7 yards out. Vick had 200 yards passing, a touchdown, and an interception for Ohio.
The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Thundering Herd against the Bobcats.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- J.T. Barrett matched a school record with six touchdown passes -- five in the first half -- to lead No. 22 Ohio State, rebounding from a loss to Virginia Tech, to a 66-0 victory over Kent State on Saturday.
The win was the 39th in a row over an in-state opponent for the Buckeyes (2-1), who haven't lost since a 7-6 setback to Oberlin in 1921.
Nick Holley had six receptions for Kent State (0-3), which got $850,000 to get pounded before a crowd of 104,404 at Ohio Stadium.
Now the Buckeyes, who plummeted 14 spots in the polls and weathered a lot of criticism after last week's 35-21 loss at home to the Hokies, have a bye week before hosting Cincinnati on Sept. 27.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Derrick Green ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns, and Michigan overcame three first-half turnovers to beat Miami (Ohio) 34-10 on Saturday.
The Wolverines (2-1) held the RedHawks (0-3) to eight first downs, but it wasn't a particularly impressive win against a Miami team that has lost 19 straight. Michigan was coming off a 31-0 loss to Notre Dame, and the Wolverines struggled to put this game away.
Standout wide receiver Devin Funchess, who appeared to hurt his leg against Notre Dame, did not suit up for Michigan. Devin Gardner went 13 of 20 for 184 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- Daveonn Porter ran for two touchdowns and Texas Southern beat Central State 30-16 Saturday.
Porter scored on runs of 26 and 5 yards, and gained 89 yards on 18 carries, as TSU moved to 3-0 this season. Jamal Small added 108 yards on 13 carries, and went 17 of 31 for 186 yards and two TDs, for the Tigers.
Central State (1-1) scored first on John Adams' 32-yard field goal, capping a 10-play, 64-yard first quarter drive. But Small connected with Fred Plummer for 26 yards for a score, then found Malik Cross from six yards to lead 13-3 at half.
Porter's first TD made it 20-3 early in the third. But Central State scored twice -- the latter a 25-yard interception return by Christian Wilson -- to cut it to 20-16.
Eric Medina kicked a 24-yard field goal, then Porter's fourth quarter, 4-yard scamper put it out of reach.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- Hunter Wells threw for 297 yards and four touchdowns and Youngstown State raced past Butler 44-13 on Saturday.
The Penguins (2-1) used a 28-point outburst in the second quarter to push ahead, fueled by three touchdowns from Wells to Jelani Berassa. The duo connected on scores of 25 yards, 72 and 26 to grab a 31-13 halftime lead.
Wells finished 16 of 22 and threw his fourth touchdown to Nate Adams in the fourth quarter. Berassa had six receptions for 167 yards.
Martin Ruiz rushed for 108 yards on 21 carries for Youngstown State, including an early touchdown in the second quarter to erase a 10-3 deficit.
Matt Shiltz completed 21 of 31 passes for 221 yards and added another 75 rushing for Butler (1-1). He connected with Daniel Cotter on a 10-yard touchdown on the game's opening drive.
Joey Cejudo kicked three field goals for the Penguins.
Last Update on September 14, 2014 19:39 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III has been knocked out of today's game against Jacksonville with an apparent left ankle injury.
Griffin was hurt in the first quarter while making an acrobatic, leaping, across-the-body throw near the sideline. He landed awkwardly on the ankle as he finished the throw and then tumbled out of bounds. Griffin's leg was put in a splint and he was carted off the field.
Redskins receiver DeSean (deh-SHAWN') Jackson injured his left shoulder and is also out for the rest of the game.
Cincinnati's Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green is out of the Bengals game after aggravating a toe injury. The Bengals also lost defensive tackle Brandon Thompson, who hurt his left knee and tight end Alex Smith, who injured his left biceps.
Dolphins running back Knowshon (NOH'-shawn) Moreno injured his left elbow on his first carry against the Bills today and will not return. Moreno rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown in the win against New England last week.
UNDATED (AP) -- The sizzling Los Angeles Angels are closing in on the AL West title thanks to a 10-game winning streak they take into today's game against Houston. That's reduced their magic number for clinching the division to four.
Baltimore's magic number is five for wrapping up the AL East title. They'll try to reduce that in the series finale against the Yankees tonight.
The Dodgers throw 18-game winner Clayton Kershaw in the wrap-up game of their NL West series showdown today in San Francisco. LA is two games up on the Giants for the division lead.
The Tigers take a half-game lead over Kansas City at the top of the AL Central into today's play. Justin Verlander gets the call for the Tigers against Cleveland while the Royals will play Boston.
A full 15-game schedule is on tap today and tonight.
UNDATED (AP) -- South Carolina's win over Georgia vaulted the Gamecocks 10 spots to No. 14 in The Associated Press college football poll. That gives the Southeastern Conference an unprecedented seven teams in the top 15.
Alabama is third behind No. 1 Florida State and No. 2. Oregon, followed by No. 5 Auburn, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 8 LSU and No. 10 Mississippi.
Georgia falls to No. 13 after losing to the Gamecocks 38-35 and Missouri is No. 18.
Florida State, which was off, has 37 first-place votes, losing one to the Ducks, who have 17.
Oklahoma held its position at No. 4 after beating Tennessee, Baylor moved up one to No. 7 with a rout over Buffalo and No. 9 Notre Dame was back in the top 10 for the first time since 2012 after moving up two spots.
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- The Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins today with the opening race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Kyle Busch is the pole sitter for the first of the 10-race playoff series. Joining him on the front row is Ryan Newman.
Under the new format this year, four drivers will be knocked out of the 16-driver field every three races. A win automatically advances a driver to the next round.
MADRID (AP) -- The United States will look to maintain its international basketball supremacy when it meets Serbia in the World Cup final. The Americans have rolled through the tournament undefeated, averaging 101.5 points and winning by 32.5 per game. The U.S. enters the game riding a 62-game winning streak and will try to repeat as world champs for the first time. Anthony Davis and Kenenth Faried (fah-REED') are the leading scorers for the US.
Serbia has peaked at the right time to play for their first world title. The Serbs finished group play with a 2-3 record, but have come on strong in the elimination round, including a semifinal victory over France, which had beaten tournament co-favorite Spain.
ATLANTA (AP) -- An 18-hole showdown for the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus is on in the final round of the Tour Championship. No. 1 ranked Rory McIlroy, Billy Horschel and Jim Furyk are tied for the lead at 9-under in the final FedEx Cup playoff event. Rickie Fowler is just a shot back and Jason Day is two off the pace.
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