Plouffe leads Twins over Angels 6-3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trevor Plouffe went 2 for 3 and drove in the tying and go-ahead runs as the Minnesota Twins snapped a 10-game home losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Plouffe's two-run, two-out double in the fifth inning tied the game 3-3, and his bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the seventh made it 4-3 as the Twins won at home for the first time since Aug. 15, avoiding the longest home losing streak since the franchise started in Washington in 1901.
The home skid was the Twins' longest since moving from Washington in 1961. The Senators lost 10 straight home games in 1957.
Playing a makeup game for an April 17 rainout, the Angels continue their longest trip of the season — nine games — on Tuesday in Toronto. They also play three-game series at Houston and Oakland.
Uribe hits 3 of Dodgers' 6 HRs in win over D-backs
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Juan Uribe homered in each of his first three trips to the plate, and the Los Angeles Dodgers connected six times Monday night in an 8-1 romp over the Arizona Diamondbacks that reduced their magic number for clinching the NL West title to eight.
Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Hanley Ramirez also went deep in the Dodgers' biggest power display in almost seven years.
Ricky Nolasco (13-9) won his seventh straight decision over eight starts as the Dodgers scored their first seven runs on the long ball.
Uribe beat out an infield single to third base in the seventh against Heath Bell to drive in the Dodgers' final run, capping his first four hit game since April 23, 2001, against Atlanta.
DODGERS-URIBE'S THREE HOMERS
Dodgers' Uribe hits 3 HRs for 1st time in career
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Juan Uribe homered in his first three trips to the plate for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.
He reached on an infield single in the seventh inning to finish 4 for 4.
It was his first three-homer game.
Uribe sent a 2-0 pitch off Randall Delgado into the left field pavilion in the second inning, giving the Dodgers their fourth set of back-to-back homers this season. Andre Ethier led off the inning with a drive to center field.
Uribe went deep again off Delgado on a full count in the third, giving him his 10th multihomer game and first since Sept. 23, 2010. Uribe the homered on reliever Eury De La Rosa's first pitch of the fifth. Uribe has 10 homers this season.
Judge denies request to toss McCourt divorce deal
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge has denied a motion by former Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt to throw out a $131 million divorce settlement she believes was invalid because she was misled about the team's value.
Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ruled Monday that Jamie McCourt isn't entitled to more than she received in the settlement reached with former husband and ex-Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.
Jamie McCourt contended her ex-husband short-changed her $770 million by misrepresenting the Dodgers' assets during their divorce. She believes Frank McCourt knew the true value all along.
The team was later sold for $2 billion. The McCourts' marriage was dissolved in 2010, and less than a year later the Dodgers went into bankruptcy.
A phone message left for Jamie McCourt's attorney, Bert Fields, was not immediately returned.
Giants win on Belt's game-ending hit in 10th
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Belt's RBI single with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night, their second straight walkoff win.
The defending World Series champions, however, were eliminated from contention in the NL West earlier in the evening when the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Angel Pagan hit a one-out single off reliever Adam Ottavino (1-3) and took third on Marco Scutaro's single. Belt, who doubled in the tying run in the eighth, hit a 1-2 pitch over the head of left fielder Charlie Culberson for his second game-ending hit this season.
D.J. LeMahieu singled and doubled to extend his career-high hitting streak to 11 games, and Nolan Arenado scored from second base on an infield groundout for the Rockies.
Texans rally from 21 down to stun Chargers 31-28
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Randy Bullock kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired, and the Houston Texans rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second half for a 31-28 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Monday night.
Brian Cushing returned an interception 18 yards for the tying touchdown with 9:30 to play for the Texans, who roared back from a 28-7 deficit late in the third quarter to spoil the debut of San Diego coach Mike McCoy.
Matt Schaub threw a tipped interception on Houston's first play of the season, but recovered to pass for 346 yards and three TDs. He calmly engineered the final 36-yard drive to set up Bullock, who coolly nailed his NFL field goal.
Philip Rivers threw four touchdown passes as the Chargers gave their fans a tantalizing start under McCoy — and an agonizing reminder of last season, when they blew five halftime leads.
49ERS-BOLDIN'S BIG DAY
Boldin's memorable 49ers debut leads team to win
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Anquan Boldin sprinted off the field for the locker room following a memorable 49ers debut, then insisted afterward that's just how he rolls.
He gets paid to catch footballs, and he approaches each game as a job from the moment he steps onto the field to the way he exits the turf a few hours later — with a little bit of fun mixed in, of course.
Nobody will question anything he says or does after the performance he put on with 13 receptions for 208 yards to lead San Francisco past the Green Bay Packers 34-28 in Sunday's season opener.
Coach Jim Harbaugh saw no need to call big brother, John, and thank him for trading the wideout from Super Bowl champion Baltimore. Harbaugh has done it many times in recent months.
49ers' Harbaugh takes aim at Packers' Matthews
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh offered a parting shot at Packers linebacker Clay Matthews: Slapping is not the tough-guy way.
Harbaugh says Matthews threw one punch and slapped 49ers left tackle Joe Staley when they tussled following Matthews' late hit on quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the second quarter of San Francisco's 34-28 season-opening win against Green Bay on Sunday.
Matthews promised leading up to the game that Green Bay would target Kaepernick after he ran for a quarterback-record 181 yards to beat the Packers in the playoffs eight months ago, and Matthews did just that. On the play, he threw his right arm around the lower part of Kaepernick's neck.
Harbaugh says to Matthews, "If you're going to go to the face, come with some knuckles, not an open slap."
NFL stadium falls leave 1 fan dead, 2 hurt
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Medical examiners have identified a football fan who fell from an elevated walkway at Candlestick Park as 32-year-old Kevin Hayes of Hayward, Calif.
At the 49ers' game against the Packers at Candlestick Park Sunday, Hayes fell to his death from an elevated walkway, said an investigator at the San Francisco Medical Examiner's office.
The same day, a railing collapsed at the Colts' game against the Raiders in Indianapolis, injuring two unidentified fans who were leaning against the barrier above the tunnel leading to Oakland's locker room.
Seattle fortunate to get win in opener
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Pete Carroll started by acknowledging how fortunate the Seattle Seahawks were to get out of Carolina with a victory, knowing that a year ago that same performance would have likely been a loss.
Consider it another step in the growth of Carroll's team.
The Seahawks were able to find plenty of mistakes when they looked back at Sunday's 12-7 win over Carolina, highlighted by a running game that managed only 70 yards.
But it came in a victory and Seattle could get more help before its Sunday night showdown with NFC Wests rival San Francisco.
Defensive end Cliff Avril has a "good possibility" of playing on Sunday barring any setbacks this week. He's been out with a hamstring injury.
Raiders ready to ride Pryor at quarterback
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen doesn't need to play any games about who his starting quarterback will be this week.
Terrelle Pryor answered those questions in the season opener with his game-breaking running ability and vastly improved passing that almost helped Oakland pull off a shocker before losing 21-17 at Indianapolis.
After refusing to announce his starter last week for "competitive" reasons, Allen is all in with the dual-threat quarterback heading into Sunday's home opener against Jacksonville. Pryor spent most of training camp working with the backups while Matt Flynn ran with the first team.
Jaguars rule out QB Gabbert against Raiders
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without quarterback Blaine Gabbert against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Gabbert sliced open the back of his throwing hand on a defender's facemask in the final minutes of Sunday's 28-2 loss to Kansas City. He needed 15 stitches after the game, and coach Gus Bradley says he won't be able to practice this week.
Bradley says "it's pretty severe," adding the threat of infection is the biggest concern. Bradley says some of Gabbert's skin is missing from his hand.
Chad Henne will start against the Raiders, and Ricky Stanzi will serve as the backup.
Gabbert completed 16 of 35 passes for 121 yards and two interceptions against the Chiefs, including one Tamba Hali returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Jaguars rookie CB Gratz sidelined at least 3 weeks
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars rookie cornerback Dwayne Gratz will miss at least the next three games with a high ankle sprain.
Coach Gus Bradley ruled Gratz out Monday, a day after the team's 28-2 loss to Kansas City. Gratz, a starter opposite veteran Alan Ball, left the game in the second quarter with what the team initially thought was a bruised shin. But further evaluation determined a severely sprained left ankle.
Gratz, a third-round draft pick from Connecticut, was wearing a walking boot and using crutches Monday.
Gratz will miss games against Oakland, Seattle and Indianapolis. Without him, the Jaguars likely will start Will Blackmon and have Mike Harris and rookie Demetrius McCray serve as backups.
Left guard Will Rackley, meanwhile, has a sprained left knee and could miss practice Wednesday.
Suspended Blackmon to join Jaguars on West Coast
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Suspended receiver Justin Blackmon will join the Jacksonville Jaguars for their stay on the West Coast.
Coach Gus Bradley says the NFL confirmed that Blackmon can join coaches and teammates in Fremont, Calif., next week, where he will participate in meetings.
Blackmon is suspended the first four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. He's not allowed to practice or attend games during the suspension.
Since Jacksonville plays at Oakland on Sunday and then at Seattle the following week, Bradley decided to keep the team in northern California between games. Blackmon will join his teammates, but will have to fly west after Sunday's game and then return to Jacksonville before the team heads to Seattle.
Blackmon caught 64 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie last season.
Former Padres exec hired as Dolphins president
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Former San Diego Padres executive Tom Garfinkel has been named president and chief executive officer of the Miami Dolphins and their stadium.
He succeeds Mike Dee, who coincidentally replaced Garfinkel in July as president and CEO of the Padres.
Garfinkel, whose hiring was announced Monday, will be responsible for the Dolphins' business operations, including all budget responsibility. He will also lead efforts to obtain public money for stadium upgrades.
General manager Jeff Ireland and coach Joe Philbin will continue to oversee football operations, reporting directly to owner Stephen Ross.
Garfinkel had been with the Padres since 2009. Before that, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He spent five years with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams as executive vice president but has no NFL experience.
T25-UCLA PLAYER KILLED
No. 16 UCLA copes after death of freshman receiver
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA coach Jim Mora and the 16th-ranked Bruins have returned to football practice for the first time since the death of walk-on receiver Nick Pasquale.
The team practiced Monday in preparation for this weekend's game at Nebraska. Pasquale was hit by a car and killed while walking in his hometown of San Clemente on Sunday.
The 20-year-old receiver played in the final offensive series in UCLA's season-opening victory over Nevada on Aug. 31.
Mora says "it's a very tragic time, a very difficult time" with the loss of Pasquale.
Mora says he spent time with the freshman's family on Sunday in San Clemente, where hundreds of Pasquale's friends, family members and fellow football players gathered at the high school's field Sunday night for a vigil.
No. 23 Huskers out to settle score against Bruins
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska coach Bo Pelini doesn't mind if his Huskers have some extra incentive going into Saturday's game against No. 16 UCLA.
Last year, the Huskers lost 36-30 in Los Angeles and gave up 653 yards — the second-most ever against a Nebraska defense.
Pelini said Monday he's sure his team is always motivated.
The No. 23 Huskers said they were caught off-guard by the 2012 Bruins, who had a new coach in Jim Mora and new quarterback in Brett Hundley.
Senior defensive back Ciante Evans said besides Ohio State's Braxton Miller, Hundley is the best quarterback he's faced.
Kiffin picks Kessler to start for USC against BC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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. Kiffin did not announce his starting quarterback before the first two games of the season, choosing instead to reveal it at game time.
Kessler has started both game for the Trojans (1-1), including last week's ugly 10-7 loss at home to Washington State. The sophomore is 18 for 32 for 136 yards with a touchdown pass and two interceptions. He ran for USC's only touchdown against Hawaii.
Wittek has played in each game, going 8 for 18 for 90 yards with an interception.
T25-OHIO ST-BRAXTON MILLER
OSU's Braxton Miller is day-to-day for Cal game
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says that quarterback Braxton Miller, who has a sprained left knee, is listed as day-to-day and has yet to be cleared to play when the No. 4 Buckeyes play at California on Saturday.
Miller was hurt on Ohio State's first offensive possession of Saturday's 42-7 win against San Diego State when he was pinned between two defenders and fell backward to the turf.
He did not return to the game, with Kenny Guiton passing for two touchdowns and running for a score in his place.
Meyer says Miller is still sore but will play if he is cleared by team doctors. The injury has been diagnosed as a sprained medial-collateral ligament.
Billionaire fined for trying to undo Kings arena
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Billionaire Chris Hansen must pay the California Fair Political Practices Commission $50,000 for his role in a secretive effort to funnel money to a group trying to thwart Sacramento's efforts to build a new downtown arena.
Hansen gave $100,000 to a group gathering signatures to force a vote on the city's plan to help build a new home for the Sacramento Kings. It came just days after the NBA rejected his $625 million bid to buy the team and move it to Seattle.
The FPPC said Monday that Hansen is being punished for failing to file a campaign statement.
The hedge fund manager has apologized.
He tried to buy the team earlier this year as city officials scrambled to find a buyer who would keep the franchise in Sacramento.
Pelicans' Darius Miller has foot fracture
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans say second-year small forward Darius Miller has had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot.
Team officials say Miller had surgery in southern California on Friday and will return to New Orleans on Tuesday to begin his rehabilitation, which is expected to take from eight to 12 weeks.
The 6-foot-8 Miller, a 2012 second-round draft choice out of Kentucky, played in 52 games last season with two starts. He averaged 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game.
Race 4 victory saves Oracle's Cup chances
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Oracle Team USA's heart-stopping victory in Race 4 of the America's Cup may have saved the event as well as the syndicate's chances to retain the oldest trophy in international sports.
Skipper Jimmy Spithill aggressively sailed Oracle's 72-foot catamaran to an eight-second victory against Emirates Team New Zealand in lively conditions on San Francisco Bay on Sunday.
The victory came after the American syndicate let the Kiwis come from behind to win Race 3.
Oracle trails the best-of-17 series 3 to minus-1. It was docked two points in the biggest cheating scandal in the regatta's history.
Monday was a lay day. Oracle was out on the bay working on improving its performance upwind, where the Kiwis have shown better boat speed.
Rice names Karlgaard as athletics director
HOUSTON (AP) — Rice University has named Joe Karlgaard as athletics director.
School officials in Houston on Monday announced the selection of Karlgaard, who's currently senior associate athletics director for development at Stanford.
Karlgaard replaces Rick Greenspan, whose resignation was effective June 30. Greenspan said he was leaving to expand his consulting business and pursue other opportunities.
Karlgaard, who previously was athletics director at Oberlin College, starts his new job Oct. 7.