Sep 12, 2014 6:31 AM
Update on the latest in sports:
The Associated Press
Back-to-work Ravens pound Steelers behind Flacco's 2 TDs
BALTIMORE (AP) Joe Flacco (FLAK'-oh) threw two touchdown passes and the Baltimore Ravens seemed motivated to get back to playing football in routing Pittsburgh 26-6 just three days after running back Ray Rice was released by the team.
Rice was reaching the end of a two-game suspension for domestic violence when a video of him striking his then-fiancee surfaced Monday. By the end of the day, the three-time Pro Bowl star had been cut by Baltimore and suspended indefinitely by the NFL.
The Ravens shrugged off the distraction to bounce back from a season-opening loss at home to division rival Cincinnati.
Bernard Pierce took over for Rice to gain 96 yards on 22 carries as part of a ground game that finished with 157 yards. Flacco went 21 for 29 for 166 yards and two TD passes to tight end Owen Daniels, and Justin Tucker kicked four field goals.
Pittsburgh managed only two field goals and committed three turnovers and fell to 1-1.
This lopsided game was an exception to an intense rivalry in which 10 of the last 13 games had been decided by three points or fewer.
Fans want Rice story behind them
BALTIMORE (AP) Music blared from the purple bus, and Baltimore Ravens fan Racquel Bailey stood with drink in hand amid her usual tailgate buddies while making a bold fashion statement: a black, rhinestone-decorated jersey with the white No. 27.
A Ray Rice jersey.
"There's two sides to every story," said the 23-year-old waitress from Baltimore. "I saw the video. That's their personal business, and it shouldn't have affected his career. I don't agree with domestic violence, but she's still with him, so obviously it wasn't that big of a deal. Everyone should just drop it."
Ravens fans male and female condemned Rice's actions, but there was little consensus as to what his punishment should be.
Network changes intro to "TFT"
LOS ANGELES (AP) The debut of CBS' "Thursday Night Football" broadcast was revised because of controversy surrounding the video of Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee unconscious. That's according to CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus.
The debut game, the Ravens' 26-6 win over Pittsburgh, eliminated a track of Jay-Z's "Run This Town" featuring Rihanna. Other "high-energy" elements and a comedic one also were being dropped.
McManus says the changes were made to give the game coverage a more "subdued" tone and journalistic approach.
Female senators voice their view
WASHINGTON (AP) Sixteen female senators from both parties are calling on the NFL to adopt a zero-tolerance policy on domestic violence. The senators say they are "shocked and disgusted" by the video showing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee and knocking her unconscious.
In a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') the senators say they are deeply concerned that a new policy he announced last month would let a player commit a violent act and return to the field after a six-game suspension. They say anyone who violently assaults a woman should not get a second chance to play in the NFL.
Rice's high school pulls his jersey
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) Ray Rice's suburban New York high school has reportedly removed his NFL jersey from its wall of fame. The Journal News reports that New Rochelle High School also removed a placard honoring Rice from a hallway.
Athletic Director Steve Young says removing the jersey sends a message that "actions like this have consequences."
George of the Pacers retracts tweet
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers star Paul George has deleted comments he posted on Twitter regarding the Ray Rice story. After tweeting that Rice should be allowed to continue his NFL career and suggesting he was merely responding to being attacked, George backtracked with an apology to women and victims of domestic violence.
Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird chastised the team's best player for the initial tweet.
Bad news for the Colts
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Linebacker Robert Mathis of the Colts will miss the rest of the season with a torn Achilles' tendon. He was injured during a private workout in Atlanta, less than two weeks after he started serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance enhancing drug policy.
Hill leads BYU to 3-0 start
PROVO, Utah (AP) BYU's double-threat quarterback Taysom Hill led the 25th-ranked Cougars past Houston 33-25 last night to raise their record to 3-0. Hill, a leading Heisman Trophy candidate, accounted for 360 yards of offense and two touchdowns.
Hiull completed 21 of 34 for 200 yards and one touchdown and added 160 yards on 26 carries and another TD on the ground.
BYU raced out to an early 23-0 lead but Houston rallied with 15 unanswered points to make it 23-15 at the half.
BYU rose into the AP Top-25 for the first time since September 2012 on the strength of its 41-7 rout at Texas last Saturday.
Young leads big Yankee comeback...Cueto first to 18
UNDATED (AP) Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Cobb's bid for a no-hitter was broken up by Chris Young's one-out double in the eighth inning. But Young wasn't done. He ended up launching a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the New York Yankees a stunning 5-4 comeback victory.
With his no-hit bid over, Cobb was immediately lifted by manager Joe Maddon after throwing 101 pitches.
Pinch-hitter Martin Prado (mar-TEEN' PRAH'-doh) then connected for a two-run homer off Brad Boxberger, cutting Tampa Bay's lead to 4-2. The Yanks remain four games out of the final AL wild card.
Cobb was trying to become the first visiting pitcher to throw a no-hitter at Yankee Stadium since Virgil Trucks did it for the Detroit Tigers in 1952.
In other baseball:
Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) outpitched the Cardinals Lance Lynn to become the majors' first 18-game winner in the Reds 1-0 victory. Cueto scattered three hits over eight innings to improve to 18-8. Lynn was locked in a scoreless duel with Cueto until Ramon Santiago's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth. Lynn retired 15 straight at one point, but still fell to 15-9. The NL Central-leading Cardinals have lost three in a row.
Adam LaRoche swatted his 24th home run, a two-run shot in the first inning, Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN') added his 19th and the NL East-leading Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 6-2. It's Washington's 12th straight win at Citi Field. The Nats lead idle Atlanta by eight a-half games with 17 left. Their magic number is nine.
Pittsburgh blanked Philadelphia 4-0. Francisco Liriano (leer-ee-AH'-noh) struck out 12 in his eight innings. Mike Gonzalez finished the four-hit shutout. The Pirates own a game and a-half lead over Milwaukee in the race for the final NL wild card.
Jake Peavy (PEE'-vee) struck out eight and didn't walk a batter to win his third start in a row and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 for their ninth straight home victory.
Boston doubled up Kansas City 6-3, dropping the Royals' lead in the AL Central to a half-game over idle Detroit. Clay Buchholz (BUHK'-ohlts) allowed three runs, two earned, over 6 1-3 innings to even his record at 8-8.
The Los Angeles Angels' lead in the AL West is now 10 games over Oakland. The Angels beat Texas 7-3 for their eighth straight win. Erick Aybar (EYE'-bar) hit a two-run homer.
The White Sox' Chris Sale sailed through the Oakland line-up allowing two hits in eight innings and striking out nine in a 1-0 Chicago win. Sale upped his record to 12-3 with a AL best 1.99 ERA. The left-hander retired 17 in a row at one point to send the slumping Athletics to their 11th loss in 14 games. Marcus Semien homered to lead off the sixth against Scott Kazmir who took the loss despite a 4-hitter.
Corey Kluber (KLOO'-bur) became the Indians' first 15-game winner since 2008 in an 8-2 win over Minnesota in the first of two. Cleveland completed the sweep with a 2-0 win in the second game. Rookie T.J. House allowed four hits and struck out eight in seven innings. Carlos Santana homered and drove in both runs. The sweep pulled the Indians to within 3 1/2 games of the last AL wild card spot.
Milwaukee beat Miami 4-2 to climb within a game and a-half of the final wild card in the NL. Ryan Braun hit his 19th homer for the Brewers.
Marlins star Stanton beaned
MILWAUKEE (AP) Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was hit under the left eye by a fastball and bleeding from the face as he was taken off the field in an ambulance Thursday night.
The major league RBI leader was struck by an 88 mph pitch from Mike Fiers (FY'-urz) of the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth inning. The Marlins said the major league RBI leader was being treated at a hospital for a facial cut. He was also undergoing X-rays and a CT scan.
Stanton immediately fell to the ground and trainers from both teams came to his assistance. He was placed on a backboard and then a stretcher.
Stanton's father was at the game and came on the field while his son was treated, and left with him in the ambulance.
Stanton leads the majors with 105 RBIs and tops the National League with 37 home runs but Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Stanton is likely was done for the season.
Harden paces US win
BARCELONA (AP) James Harden scored all 16 of his points in the third quarter when the United States pulled away for a 96-68 win over Lithuania in the World Cup semifinals. The Americans outscored Lithuania 33-14 in the quarter to roll to their 62nd consecutive international win.
The U.S. will take on either Serbia or France in the title game Sunday.
Kirk, Horschel open well
ATLANTA (AP) Chris Kirk and Billy Horschel share the lead after the first round of the Tour Championship after both posted 4-under 66's. Kirk is No. 1 and Horschel No. 2 in the FedEx Cup standings and either can take home the $10 million dollar bonus with a win in the playoff finale.
Masters champ Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) and Jason Day are among those a shot back in the finale of the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Top-ranked Rory McIlroy is just three shots off the pace. Watson, McIlroy and Hunter Mahan can also wrap up the FedEx Cup championship with a win. Mahan appears out of it after a 74.
Great round by a teenager
EVIAN-LES-BAINES, France (AP) South Korean teenager Hyo-Joo Kim set a record for lowest score in an LPGA major with a 10-under-61 in the opening round of the Evian (ay-vee-AWN') Championship . She tops (KAHR'-ee) Webb by four shots and Mi Jung Hur by five.
Michelle Wie's (wees) bid for a second major ended early as she retired after just 13 holes, clearly still feeling the effects of a recent finger injury.