HOUSTON (AP) — Charlie Morton is becoming a Fall Classic fixture, set to start in the World Series for the third time in five seasons this week.
Houston Astros lefty Framber Valdez is virtually unknown to a national audience, with the 27-year-old poised to make his Series debut when he pitches against Morton and the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 on Tuesday night.
Tom Brady had one memento he wanted back from a fan in the stands and one he wanted to give his biggest little fan after his latest historic performance.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As home races go, the U.S. Grand Prix was just like the rest of the season for Haas F1.
The only Formula One team owned by an American finished last again.
SEATTLE (AP) — Three straight losses overall for the first time in a decade. An 0-3 start at home for the first time in nearly 30 years.
The Seattle Seahawks are learning that life without quarterback Russell Wilson is rough, especially when making a series of blunders.
SEATTLE (AP) — Alvin Kamara and Jameis Winston were the happy beneficiaries of the Seattle Seahawks' many mistakes.
Then it was rookie Brian Johnson's turn to make sure the New Orleans Saints got the win they needed to keep pace in the NFC South.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The injury-riddled Denver Broncos acquired inside linebacker Kenny Young from the Los Angeles Rams on Monday, four days after they were gouged by third-string Cleveland running back D’Ernest Johnson.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets were fired up coming off their bye-week break, eager to get back on the field and put their woes of the first five games behind them.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech never made the Top 25 in two-plus seasons under Matt Wells, and hasn't been higher than 24th since predecessor Kliff Kingsbury's splashy debut eight years ago.
Athletics director Kirby Hocutt, who hired and fired them both, again is looking for a coach to get the program where he thinks it should be.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets will try to turn around their season without Zach Wilson for a few games.
The rookie quarterback has a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will be sidelined two to four weeks, coach Robert Saleh confirmed after Wilson had an MRI on Monday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams were trailing 10-0 midway through the first quarter before Matthew Stafford even got to touch the ball Sunday in his reunion game with the Detroit Lions.
Stafford and the Rams (6-1) then went about demonstrating just how well they can handle unexpected circumstances while keeping their season on an upward trajectory.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The lineup keeps changing, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep on winning.
The reigning Super Bowl champions (6-1) are off to their best start in franchise history, with Tom Brady showing no signs of slowing down at age 44 and an injury-depleted defense that’s thriving, too, despite being without several key players.
It took seven games for Nick Sirianni to have to publicly support Jalen Hurts.
The Philadelphia Eagles are off to their worst start since 1999 at 2-5 and there’s plenty of blame to spread around.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — With the San Francisco 49ers mired in a four-game losing streak and starter Jimmy Garoppolo coming off the worst game of his career, coach Kyle Shanahan still isn't ready to make a change at quarterback — even if rookie Trey Lance is healthy.
DETROIT (AP) — There were a lot of positives for Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell to take out of Sunday's 28-19 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
After all, the winless Lions, who hadn't played a single offensive snap with the lead in their first six games, led 10-0 before Matthew Stafford got on the field and 19-17 going into the fourth quarter.
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks will be without starting guard Damien Lewis and pass rusher Darrell Taylor against the New Orleans Saints.
Both Lewis and Taylor were among Seattle’s inactives.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — It's a play that would have haunted the Arizona Cardinals in previous years: Cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. was called for a taunting penalty after a third-down defensive stop, giving the Houston Texans a chance to continue their drive.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Carl Madsen, who worked as an NFL on-field umpire and then as a replay official, died Sunday. He was 71.
The league confirmed Monday that Madsen, who had worked the Kansas City-Tennessee game, died on his way home.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have demonstrated all season they can win games when they’re not even close to full strength.
Now they’re about to face a challenge unlike anything they’ve encountered all year.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — After the past two weeks, John Harbaugh’s point about the nature of the NFL is well taken.
“A week ago, you’re being crowned the best ever, and we’re sitting there going, ‘Whoa whoa, it’s one week,’” the Baltimore coach said Monday.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons activated offensive lineman Kaleb McGary from the COVID-19 reserve list Monday.
McGary missed a 30-28 victory over the Miami Dolphins after starting the first five games for the Falcons (3-3).
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs normally lean on the “first 15,” the opening scripted plays in coach Andy Reid’s offense designed to get his team into a rhythm and set the tone for the game.
Nothing went according to plan against Tennessee on Sunday, however, as a false-start penalty, a run for a loss, an interception and a fumble in the first 16 offensive snaps put Kansas City in a 27-0 deficit before halftime en route to a 27-3 loss to the Titans.
A new coach has made the Las Vegas Raiders look like a new team the past two weeks.
The Raiders went from back-to-back double-digit losses in their final two games under Jon Gruden to consecutive double-digit wins after following last week's victory at Denver with a 33-22 win at home against Philadelphia on Sunday.
Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't walking through that door any time soon, which means Washington will continue to roll with Taylor Heinicke at quarterback with the season slipping away.
Coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Fitzpatrick would have an MRI on his injured right hip in a couple of weeks, which would then allow the team to set a course for the 38-year-old's return.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Carson Wentz needed a fresh start. The Indianapolis Colts gave him a chance.
Now, as the midway point of the season nears, Wentz is rounding into form, winning games and starting to play with the efficiency and effectiveness scouts always envisioned.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers likely will have to face the unbeaten Arizona Cardinals without 2020 All-Pro receiver Davante Adams and defensive coordinator Joe Barry.
General manager Brian Gutekunst announced Monday afternoon that the team has placed Adams on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — It's hard to predict where the New York Giants are headed after playing their best game of the season in beating the struggling Carolina Panthers 25-3.
The defense, which was supposed to be the heart of the team, finally had a good game in holding the Panthers without a touchdown and limiting them to 173 total yards.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield isn't healthy enough to practice, and he may not be much closer to playing either.
The Browns' quarterback sat out Monday's workout because of a troubling shoulder injury and there are early signs pointing to Mayfield missing this week's home game against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy insisted he understands why his comments about the team's closeness and unity might ring hollow to those on the outside.
A 38-3 beatdown by Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't exactly scream togetherness.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — It has become a sad and unwanted tradition for the Miami Dolphins this season. The opposing team kicks a field goal on the game’s final play, begins celebrating a dramatic victory and the Dolphins can only watch in disbelief.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are on quite a roll winning, three straight and five of their last six. Beating Buffalo and thumping the two-time defending AFC champ Kansas City could be a big ego boost.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons find themselves in an unusual place — .500.
For the first time since Week 2 of the 2019 season, the Falcons have won as many games as they've lost.
A last-second, 30-28 victory over the Miami Dolphins was Atlanta's second straight win and pushed the team's record to 3-3.
HOUSTON (AP) — After the Houston Texans dropped their sixth straight game Sunday with a lopsided loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the first question asked to coach David Culley wasn’t even about the game.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots experienced their share of near misses in opening the season with four consecutive losses at Gillette Stadium.
On Sunday there wasn’t much they didn’t do well in routing the Jets 54-13 to post their first home victory of 2021.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Seven games into Sam Darnold’s tenure with the Carolina Panthers there are serious concerns about his ability to develop into the team’s quarterback of the future.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy says he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Nagy, who is vaccinated, announced the result during a Zoom call Monday minutes after his usual in-person session was switched.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady’s latest milestone is another untouchable one.
Brady became the first player to throw 600 career touchdown passes and then tacked on two more in Tampa Bay’s 38-3 rout over Chicago on Sunday.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati safety Jessie Bates III had a message for reporters waiting outside the locker room after the Bengals' biggest win in years.
"If you’re not believing now, you’d better start,” Bates said after the Bengals (5-2) rolled over the Baltimore Ravens 41-17 on Sunday for their best start since 2015.
The St. Louis Cardinals plan to announce Monday that bench coach Oliver Marmol will be promoted to replace fired manager Mike Shildt, according to a person familiar with the decision.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday night because the team hadn’t revealed the hiring publicy.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — A game that started with three straight scoring drives in the first quarter ended with a couple of interceptions by Jimmy Garoppolo.
Now the question is where do the San Francisco 49ers head from here following a fourth straight loss?
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Colts coach Frank Reich wasn't about to make the same mistake twice.
After being burned by a conservative third-down run call late in a loss to Baltimore two weeks ago, Reich put the ball in Carson Wentz's hands this time — and it paid off.
Monday, Oct. 25
Saints at Seahawks, 8:15 p.m. EDT. New Orleans (3-2) returns from its bye coming off a victory over Washington two weeks ago. Seattle has dropped two straight after last week’s 23-20 overtime loss to Pittsburgh in its first game without quarterback Russell Wilson.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Joe Burrow threw for a career-high 416 yards and three touchdowns, including a pivotal 82-yarder to rookie Ja’Marr Chase in the third quarter, and the Cincinnati Bengals won their AFC North showdown against the Baltimore Ravens in style, pulling away in the second half for a 41-17 victory Sunday.
The New York Jets' already disappointing season took a more ominous turn when rookie quarterback Zach Wilson suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of a 54-13 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Dan Campbell emptied the playbook in an effort to get his first NFL victory as a head coach, only to see it fall short.
The Detroit coach saw his Lions successfully execute an onside kick and two fake punts Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Whatever hopes the Chicago Bears had of upsetting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the second straight season were long gone before the first quarter ended.
Poor protection for rookie quarterback Justin Fields, defensive breakdowns and turnovers contributed to the Bears (3-4) falling behind by three touchdowns before the opening 15 minutes had elapsed in Sunday’s 38-3 loss to the Super Bowl champions.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady says he's not one for collecting a lot of mementos documenting his many accomplishments during an unsurpassed 22-year career. Becoming the first player to throw 600 career touchdown passes is pretty special, though.