49ers pound Schaub, Texans in lopsided 34-3 win
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tramaine Brock intercepted Matt Schaub's first pass of the night and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown, Schaub threw three interceptions in all before the embattled quarterback got replaced in the fourth, and the San Francisco 49ers pounded the Houston Texans 34-3 on Sunday night.
Colin Kaepernick threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis and Frank Gore ran for 81 yards and a score in his second straight impressive prime-time game. The 49ers (3-2) are right back in the NFC West race with Seattle after the Seahawks (4-1) lost at Indianapolis. Each team has beaten the Texans (2-3) and lost to the Colts, and Seattle still must visit San Francisco on Dec. 8.
Anthony Dixon added a 2-yard touchdown run for the NFC champions, while Brock had a second interception and nearly a third.
49ers LB Willis sidelined again with groin injury
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis sat out again for Sunday night's game against the Houston Texans because of a strained groin.
Willis also missed the NFC champion Niners' 35-11 win at St. Louis on Sept. 26 after getting hurt the previous week against the Colts.
Willis, who practiced in a limited role during the week, worked out on the field at Candlestick Park on an unseasonably warm October afternoon, then met with the training and strength staff in the end zone shortly before inactives were announced.
Also inactive was cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who missed his second straight game with a knee injury. The 49ers were also without linebacker Aldon Smith for the second straight game while undergoing treatment for substance abuse.
Goff credited with Cal passing record after review
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — After further review, California quarterback Jared Goff has set a single-game school record for passing yards.
Cal announced Sunday that a third-quarter play originally was credited as a 15-yard run by Chris Harper was actually a 15-yard completion. The change gives Goff 504 yards for the game Saturday against Washington State, one more than the school-record Pat Barnes set Nov. 2, 1996, in a quadruple-overtime game against Arizona.
Harper is now credited with 14 catches for 231 yards.
The Cougars won the game 44-22.
Nuggets beat Lakers 97-88 in Shaw's debut
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ty Lawson and Jordan Hamilton scored 15 points apiece, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 97-88 Sunday night in their preseason debut under new coach Brian Shaw.
Pau Gasol had 13 points and four rebounds in his preseason debut for the Lakers. Steve Nash had six assists in 22 scoreless minutes before going to the locker room in the third quarter of his own exhibition debut.
JaVale McGee had 12 points and seven assists for the Nuggets, who committed 28 turnovers and 33 fouls. They still won a poorly played game by both teams for Shaw, the longtime Lakers guard and assistant coach.
Xavier Henry had 15 points in his second high-scoring game for the Lakers.
Perry scores winner as Ducks outlast Jets 3-2
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Corey Perry took advantage of a defensive mistake to score the winner in the Anaheim Ducks' 3-2 victory over the Jets on Sunday night, when Teemu Selanne got a standing ovation in what could be his last visit to Winnipeg.
Selanne, who is retiring after this season, began his NHL career with Winnipeg in 1992-93 by setting rookie records of 76 goals and 132 points. The Ducks won't return to Winnipeg unless the teams meet in the playoffs.
Viktor Fasth made 15 saves for Anaheim, which also got goals from Mathieu Perreault and Andrew Cogliano.
Andrew Ladd had a pair of goals for Winnipeg, Blake Wheeler assisted on both in his 375th NHL game and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 31 shots.
Dodgers rout Braves 13-6 to take 2-1 NLDS lead
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carl Crawford hit a three-run homer, Juan Uribe added a two-run shot and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Atlanta Braves 13-6 on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five NL division series.
Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig each had three hits and scored three times on a big night at the plate for the Dodgers, who matched a franchise record for runs in a postseason game. Brooklyn beat the New York Yankees 13-8 in Game 2 of the 1956 World Series.
Los Angeles can advance to the NL championship series with a victory at home in Game 4 on Monday night.
Ricky Nolasco pitches for the Dodgers against veteran Freddy Garcia.
Torre says expanded replay system not ready yet
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Torre says he's "pretty hopeful" of having expanded video review by umpires in the major leagues next season.
The MLB executive vice president spoke about replay on Sunday before the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the NL division series.
Torre said the system isn't ready yet, but that it's getting closer to reality.
Managers would be allowed one challenge over the first six innings of a game and two from the seventh inning until conclusion.
Balls and strikes would not be reviewable, and challenged calls would be settled at MLB headquarters in New York after replays are viewed.
A's rookie Vogt delivers game-winning playoff hit
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Vogt triumphantly raised his right arm as he took off for first, and did it again with a celebratory whipped cream pie covering his face. Then, once more for the cheering home crowd as he left the field responsible for another improbable Oakland walkoff win.
No doubt Vogt will cherish this moment for all it was worth. Thanks to him, and fellow rookie Sonny Gray, the Athletics headed to Detroit tied with the Tigers 1-1 in their best-of-five AL division series.
This spring, the catcher sat for six days in Durham, N.C., wondering about his baseball future. He didn't make the Rays' opening-day roster and figured to start the season at Triple-A.
Fast forward six months and he's a playoff star.
Sanchez next in Detroit's impressive rotation
DETROIT (AP) — On another team, he might be an ace.
For the Detroit Tigers, Anibal Sanchez is the No. 3 starter — at least in this AL division series against Oakland.
Sanchez takes the mound Monday for Game 3 between the Tigers and Athletics after the teams split a pair of pulsating one-run games in Oakland. The A's evened the series Saturday night despite a brilliant performance by Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander, and now the Tigers will call on Sanchez, another standout from what's become an exceptional starting rotation.
After Saturday's 1-0 loss in Game 2, Detroit manager Jim Leyland will try to boost his offense by playing Jhonny Peralta on Monday. Peralta is less than two weeks removed from a 50-game suspension that followed baseball's investigation of the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic, which was accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Donovan ties goals mark, LA Galaxy beat Chivas 5-0
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Landon Donovan scored twice in the first half, tying Jeff Cunningham's MLS career goals record in the Los Angeles Galaxy's 5-0 victory over Chivas USA on Sunday.
Donovan has 134 regular-season goals, passing second-place Jaime Moreno (133) and matching Cunningham's total.
Robbie Keane also scored two goals for the two-time defending champion Galaxy, who ended a four-match winless skid.
Donovan scored in the 23rd minute on a sharp pass from Gyasi Zardes before tying the record in the 41st minute with a beautiful chip shot over Chivas goalie Dan Kennedy.
Zardes scored a goal and helped Donovan set up Keane's opening goal in the sixth minute as the Galaxy trounced their StubHub Center co-tenants. Los Angeles won the SuperClasico rivalry series for the sixth straight year.
LA's Landon Donovan ties MLS career goals record
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Landon Donovan has tied Jeff Cunningham's career goals record in Major League Soccer with two first-half scores for the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Donovan scored two goals in the first 41 minutes Sunday against Chivas USA, giving him 134 career MLS regular-season goals.
Donovan passed second-place Jaime Moreno (133) and pulled even with Cunningham, who played for five MLS teams in a 14-year career.
Midfielder Gyasi Zardes made a sharp run down the left side to put a pass on Donovan's foot in the 23rd minute. Donovan then used his speed in the 41st minute and put a beautiful chip shot over Chivas goalie Dan Kennedy.
The 31-year-old Donovan is widely considered the best player in American history. He has won three of his five MLS Cup titles with the Galaxy.
Aotearoa wins Zuma Beach Stakes
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Aotearoa rallied from last to beat 2-5 favorite Diamond Bachelor by three-quarters of a length in the $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes for 2-year-olds at Santa Anita on Sunday.
With jockey Corey Nakatani subbing for Garrett Gomez, 13-1 shot Aotearoa ran a mile on the turf in 1:34.42 and paid $28.60, $7.60 and $4.60. Gomez missed his return flight from Keeneland, causing him to miss all six of his scheduled mounts.
"I rode his daddy (Grade 1 turf winner Good Journey) and I knew he'd love the grass," Nakatani said. "On paper, there was a lot of speed in the race, I thought, top to bottom. My horse broke on the lead, but I was able to ease him back, no problem, and he ran a big race."
Diamond Bachelor returned $2.40 and $2.10, while Got Shades was another 1 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $3.20 to show.
The victory, worth $60,000, increased Aotearoa's career earnings to $114,000. It was his first start on the turf.
John Force wins again, pads Funny Car points lead
MOHNTON, Pa. (AP) — John Force raced to his second straight Funny Car victory to open a 65-point lead with two events left in the NHRA's Countdown to the Championship.
The 64-year-old Force, a record 15-time season champion, won for the third time this season and the record 137th of his unprecedented career. He beat rookie Chad Head in the final round with a 4.106-second run at 313.37 mph in a Ford Mustang.
Shawn Langdon won in Top Fuel to also extend his points lead, beating defending series champion Antron Brown in the final with a 3.779 at 323.81. Langdon, 83 points ahead of Doug Kalitta, has a series-high six victories this year.
Jeg Coughlin won in Pro Stock to take the season lead, and points leader Matt Smith topped the Pro Stock Motorcycle field.