Bennett, Georgia D lead No. 3 Dawgs to 49-3 rout of Oregon
ATLANTA (AP) — Stetson Bennett threw for 368 yards and accounted for three touchdowns and Georgia’s revamped defense didn’t miss a beat. The third-ranked Bulldogs looked very much like a team intent of defending their national championship with a 49-3 rout of No. 11 Oregon. Bennett completed 25-of-31 with two touchdowns and ran for another score before calling it a day in the...
Bennett, Georgia D lead No. 3 Dawgs to 49-3 rout of Oregon
ATLANTA (AP) — Stetson Bennett threw for 368 yards and accounted for three touchdowns and Georgia’s revamped defense didn’t miss a beat. The third-ranked Bulldogs looked very much like a team intent of defending their national championship with a 49-3 rout of No. 11 Oregon. Bennett completed 25-of-31 with two touchdowns and ran for another score before calling it a day in the third quarter of the season opener. The Dawgs thoroughly ruined the head coaching debut of Oregon’s Dan Lanning, their former defensive coordinator. Lanning saw up close just how far his new team has to go.
Jefferson generates 4 TDs to power Arkansas past Cincinnati
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — KJ Jefferson threw for 223 yards with three touchdowns and ran for another 62 yards and a score to lead No. 19 Arkansas to a 31-24 win over No. 23 Cincinnati on Saturday. Rocket Sanders added 117 yards rushing for the Razorbacks, who played in their first game between Top 25 teams in Fayetteville since 2016. Cincinnati committed 10 penalties, including five on the offense in the red zone, countering its 436 yards of total offense. Cincinnati was held scoreless in the first half despite four of its seven drives reaching Arkansas territory. Bearcats kicker Ryan Coe missed two field goals.
Second-half safeties lead Iowa past South Dakota State 7-3
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s defense came up with two second-half safeties, and the Hawkeyes opened the season with a 7-3 win over South Dakota State on Saturday. Jack Campbell’s tackle of Isaiah Davis in the end zone in the third quarter was the first safety, then Joe Evans sacked quarterback Mark Gronowski in the fourth quarter for the second. Iowa finished with 166 yards of offense, while South Dakota State had 120. The two teams combined for more punts (21) than first downs (16). Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras completed 11 of 25 passes for 109 yards. Gronowski was 10 of 26 passing for 87 yards.
Serena’s gone, Open must go on: Kvitova, Pegula set rematch
NEW YORK (AP) — Much like for so many other folks, Serena Williams’ last match at the U.S. Open was must-see TV for players still in the tournament, so Jessica Pegula and Petra Kvitova tuned in from their hotel rooms the night before their victories led off Saturday’s schedule and set up a fourth-round showdown. Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion from the Czech Republic, credited Williams’ last stand with offering inspiration for her third-set tiebreaker victory over Garbiñe Muguruza. Pegula eliminated qualifier Yuan Yue 6-2, 6-7 (6), 6-0. Men advancing included No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz and No. 9 Andrey Rublev.
Rublev tops Shapovalov in five sets | US Open updates
NEW YORK (AP) — Andrey Rublev won the final point in a match that lasted more than hour four hours and beat No. 19 Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (10-7). The ninth-seeded Rublev is set to play No. 7 Cameron Norrie in the fourth round. Rublev hit only only 38 winners and had nine aces to Shapovalov’s 76 winners had 23 aces. Rublev needed five match points to finally win the match. Rublev advanced to the U.S. Open quarterfinals in 2017 and 2020 and also lost in the fourth round in 2019.
Texans to host Uvalde high school team at season opener
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans will host the Uvalde high school football team and wear “Uvalde Strong” decals on their helmets when they open the season Sept. 11 against Indianapolis. The Texans previously donated $400,000 to the Robb Elementary School memorial fund after 19 children and two teachers were killed in a shooting there in May. A contingent from the team, including coach Lovie Smith and linebackers Christian Kirksey and Kamu Grugier-Hill, visited Uvalde on Thursday night and surprised the team with new uniforms provided by Nike during a team dinner.
Cavaliers add All-Star G Mitchell, jump into East title hunt
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers are back in the Eastern Conference title hunt. Cleveland made official its acquisition of three-time All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell in a trade with Utah and now can start figuring out ways to best integrate his talents into their young core. Cleveland sent guard Collin Sexton, forward Lauri Markkanen and rookie guard Ochai Agbaji to Utah along with unprotected first-round draft picks in 2025, 2027 and 2029. The teams will also swap their first-round drafting rights in 2026 and 2028. The Cavs won 44 games last season and just missed the playoffs.
Gooch has 1-shot lead over Niemann in LIV Golf Boston event
BOLTON, Mass. (AP) — Talor Gooch has a one-shot lead over Joaquin Niemann in the LIV Golf Invitational-Boston event. Gooch shot a 65 on a day of low scoring and plenty of shorts. Players were allowed to wear shorts. Niemann just signed on with the Saudi-funded league this week. Dustin Johnson had a 63 and was two shots behind. Gooch and Johnson have finished in the top 10 in the all three LIV Golf events in this inaugural season. Both are looking to win for the first time. British Open champion Cameron Smith made eagle on his final hole. That put him five behind.
Lucy Li starts slow and finishes strong to lead LPGA Tour
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Lucy Li is one round away from her first LPGA Tour victory. The 19-year-old Californian felt the nerves with a lead for the first time. Li started slowly in the Dana Open. But she responded with five birdies for a 67. That gives her a one-shot lead over Lexi Thompson and Caroline Masson. Lydia Ko and defending champion Nasa Hataoka are in a large group only three behind. Li was 11 when she set the record as the youngest player in the U.S. Women’s Open. She broke the record in 2014 that had been set by Thompson.
NASCAR quartet of first-timers eager for playoff experience
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Austin Cindric knew since February he’d be in NASCAR’s playoffs and competing for a Cup Series title. The Daytona 500 winner has been thinking, planning and wondering what his initial playoff experience might be. He’s not alone. Chase Briscoe, Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez are also in the playoffs for the first time. There’s excitement for all of them, along with a bunch of uncertainty. The playoffs begin Sunday with the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.