Update on the latest sports


Tide rip Canes…Bulldogs stymie Tigers

UNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Alabama lost several All-Americans after winning the national championship. Nick Saban appears to have replaced all of them quite nicely as the Crimson Tide opened its latest title defense with a 44-13 blowout of No. 14 Miami.

Bryce Young completed 27 of his 38 passes for 344 yards, hooking up with Cameron Latu on a pair of scoring plays. Young also buried the Hurricanes with a 94-yard touchdown pass to Jameson Williams early in the third quarter.

Young has replaced Mac Jones, who is New England’s starting quarterback. He became the first Alabama quarterback to throw four TD passes in his starting debut.

Williams had four receptions for 126 yards in his Alabama debut.

The Tide sacked D’Eriq (dee-EHR’-ihk) King four times, forcing him into three turnovers and stuffing him on a goal-line stand.

In the best matchup of the day, Christopher Smith returned an interception 74 yards for a touchdown and No. 5 Georgia turned in a defensive effort for the ages, toppling third-ranked Clemson by a 10-3 margin. The Bulldogs held the Tigers to 2 yards rushing and recorded seven sacks.

Clemson didn’t score until 9:08 left in the game when a 44-yard reception by Joseph Ngata and a defensive pass interference penalty set up a 22-yard field goal by B.T. Potter.

In other top-25 action on Saturday:

— Spencer Rattler passed for 304 yards and a touchdown as second-ranked Oklahoma barely avoided a shocking upset by Tulane, 40-35. The preseason first-team AP All-American completed 30 of 39 passes, ran for a score and threw for another, but he also threw two interceptions.

— Sixth-ranked Texas A&M rolled to a 41-10 win over Kent State as Leon O’Neal Jr. had two interceptions, returning the second 85 yards for a TD. Devon Achane added two scores and finished with 124 yards on the ground.

— Datrone Young had a big interception with 2:05 left in the fourth quarter as seventh-rated Iowa State staved off upset-minded Northern Iowa, 16-10. Iowa State was in danger of joining Michigan as the only top-10 team to lose to an FCS opponent, a memorable upset by Appalachian State in 2007.

— Desmond Ridder was 20 of 25 for 295 yards and four touchdowns and No. 8 Cincinnati beat Miami of Ohio 49-14. Ridder threw an 81-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Scott on the second play from scrimmage, and Jerome Ford added 121 yards rushing yards on 12 carries.

— Anthony Brown scored on a 30-yard quarterback keeper with 2:57 left to give No. 11 Oregon a 31-24 victory over Fresno State. Oregon jumped to a 21-6 lead, but Fresno State scored two unanswered touchdowns to tie the game midway through the third quarter, then took the lead early in the fourth on Abraham Montano’s field goal.

— No. 16 LSU lost on the road as Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns in passing UCLA past the Tigers, 38-26. Tight end Greg Dulich had 117 yards receiving, including a 75-yard touchdown catch that helped the Bruins become the first Pac-12 team in 13 years to knock off a ranked SEC school.

— Jaquan Brisker and Ji’Ayir Brown intercepted Graham Mertz deep in Penn State territory in the final 2½ minutes to preserve the 19th-ranked Nittany Lions’ 16-10 victory over No. 12 Wisconsin. The Badgers dominated time of possession but had four scoreless trips inside Penn State’s 25, including three inside the 10.

— Emory Jones’ first career start included a touchdown pass and two interceptions as No. 13 Florida posted a 35-14 victory against Florida Atlantic. Jones did much of his damage with his legs, finishing with 74 of the team’s 400 yards rushing.

— No. 15 Southern Cal opened with a 30-7 romp over San Jose State as Drake London caught a career-high 13 passes for 144 yards. Kedon Slovis passed for 263 yards and two touchdowns, with more than half of his completions finding their way to the dominant London.

— No 18 Iowa cruised to a 34-6 win over No. 17 Indiana as Riley Moss returned two first-half interceptions for touchdowns. Iowa intercepted quarterback Michael Penix (PEH’-nihks) Jr. three times and had a fourth wiped out by a roughing-the-passer call.

— Montana became the first FCS team to upset a ranked FBS team in five years, shocking No. 20 Washington 13-7. Montana quarterback Cam Humphrey scored the go-ahead TD on a 4-yard run early in the fourth quarter, and the Grizzlies added a short field goal with 2:54 left to cap the scoring.

— Bijan Robinson scored twice and Hudson Card threw two touchdown passes in his first career start, leading 21st-rated Texas to a 38-18 victory over No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette. Robinson finished with 176 total yards rushing and receiving in helping Steve Sarkisian (sahr-KEE’-zee-ehn) win his Longhorns head coaching debut.


Kiffin to miss Ole Miss opener after positive COVID-19 test

UNDATED (AP) — Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin will miss the opener against Louisville with a breakthrough case of COVID-19.

Kiffin announced the positive test on Saturday, two days ahead of the Rebels’ opener in Atlanta.

Kiffin says he, his staff and his players are all fully vaccinated. He said no other members of the team are expected to miss the game because of COVID-19.


Dodgers whip Giants, pull even in NL West race

UNDATED (AP) — There’s now a dead heat atop the National League West. The Los Angeles Dodgers have pulled even with San Francisco by getting another strong start from their ace in a 6-1 victory over the Giants. Julio Urias (oo-REE’-uhs) picked up his major league-leading 16th victory and seventh in row by limiting the Giants to one run on eight hits while striking out eight over 5 2/3 innings.

Trea Turner and Corey Seager homered in the Dodgers’ 21st victory in their last 26 games.

Buster Posey was 3 for 4 with an RBI double for San Francisco, which lost for the fifth time in seven games.

In other MLB action:

— The Rays are 7 1/2 games ahead of the Yankees after Tampa Bay won for the 11th time in 13 games, an 11-4 rout of Minnesota. Yandy Díaz hit one of Tampa Bay’s franchise record-tying six homers and drove in four runs. Jordan Luplow (LOOP’-loh), Manuel Margot (mahn-WEHL’ mahr-GOH’), Randy Arozarena (ah-roh-zah-RAY’-0nah), Nelson Cruz and Brandon Lowe (low) also went deep for the Rays.

— The Yankees erased a 3-0 deficit before Pedro Severino lifted a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to send the Orioles to a 4-3 victory in the Bronx. Pinch-hitter Gleyber (GLAY’-bur) Torres ended Baltimore’s no-hit but with an RBI, infield single with one out in the seventh, one inning before Joey Gallo snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a game-tying, two-run homer.

— The Red Sox earned a 4-3 win over the Indians on Alex Verdugo’s (vur-DOO’-gohz) RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Boston broke a scoreless tie when Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer in the seventh, but Cleveland tied it on a two-run homer by Franmil (FRAHN’-meel) Reyes in the ninth.

— Teoscar (tay-AHS’-kur) Hernández hit his 100th career home run and José Berríos (beh-REE’-ohs) took a no-hitter into the fifth inning of the Blue Jays’ sixth win in seven games, 10-8 versus the Athletics. Breyvic Valera hit a two-run blast while Danny Jansen and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. each had solo shots as the Blue Jays boosted their home run total to a major league-leading 204.

— The Padres blew out the Astros, 10-2 behind two-run homers by Manny Machado, Wil Myers and Fernando Tatis (tah-TEES’) Jr. Winning pitcher Musgrove held his former team to two runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

— Kyle Seager hit a pair of three-run homers in the Mariners’ 8-5 decision over the Diamondbacks. J.P. Crawford added four hits and two RBIs for Seattle, which remains four games out of an AL wild-card berth.

— Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) went 3 for 3 with a home run and four RBIs while the White Sox were building a large lead in a 10-7 win over the Royals. Luis Robert homered and tied a career high with four hits for the AL Central leaders, who were ahead 9-3 in the fifth inning.

— Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) belted his major league-leading 43rd home run and Jose Suarez pitched a five-hitter as the Angels topped the Rangers, 4-1. Ohtani connected for a three-run homer in the sixth inning, a 426-foot drive to a chorus of “MVP!” chants.

— Adrian Houser threw a three-hitter in his first professional shutout, leading the Brewers to a 4-0 win over the Cardinals. Houser struck out seven and didn’t allow a runner until Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) led off the fifth inning with a single.

— Aristides Aquino launched a three-run homer and pinch-hitter Tyler Naquin (NAY’-kwihn) laced a two-run triple in the Reds’ 7-4 verdict over the Tigers. Cincinnati won for just the fourth time in 11 games as Tyler Mahle (MA’-lee) allowed four runs over five innings, including a three-run homer by Eric Haase (hahs).

— Charlie Blackmon homered for the third straight game and Raimel Tapia had a go-ahead sacrifice fly in Colorado’s second-straight win over the Braves, 7-6. Ozzie Albies homered for the second time in as many games for the NL East-leading Braves, who remained two games in front of Philadelphia and 3 1/2 games ahead of the New York Mets.

— The Marlins pulled out a 3-2 win over the Phillies on Lewis Brinson’s go-ahead, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth. Andrew McCutchen hit a leadoff homer for the Phils, who have dropped two straight since a six-game winning streak.

— The Mets squandered a 9-0 lead before Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) belted a two-run homer in the ninth inning to give them an 11-9 victory in Game 1 of a double-header. Lindor was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored as the Mets won their sixth in a row, not counting the suspended game that was completed this week.

— The Nationals gained a split of the twinbill and ended a seven-game losing streak by downing the Mets, 4-3 behind homers by Lane Thomas and Alcides (al-SEE’-dehs) Escobar. Washington starter Josh Rogers (1-0) earned his first big league win since 2018.

— Rookie Frank Schwindel hustled hard and sprawled for an RBI single that capped a three-run rally with two out in the ninth inning, lifting the Cubs to a 7-6 triumph over the Pirates. Schwindel had three hits, including a solo home run, as Chicago won its fifth in a row.


Djokovic advances

NEW YORK (AP) — Novak Djokovic’s (JOH’-koh-vihch-ihz) pursuit of the calendar-year Grand Slam is still alive at the U.S. Open. Djokovic dropped the first set to Kei Nishikori (kay nee-shee-KOHR’-ee) before he rallied to a 6-7, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Djokovic avoided a recent run of upsets at Flushing Meadows and improved to 25-0 in Grand Slam matches this season.

He’s trying to complete the first calendar-year Grand Slam in men’s tennis since Rod Laver in 1969.

After the top-ranked men’s player advanced, the No. 1 women’s player took a tumble. American Shelby Rogers rallied from down 5-2 in the third set to upset Ash Barty, 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 at Arthur Ashe Stadium for the biggest win of the 28-year-old’s career. Rogers had been 0-6 lifetime against top-seeded players before preventing Barty from advancing to the fourth round at Flushing Meadows for the first time.

Barty made 17 unforced errors in the first set and then three more when she held a 5-2 lead in the third.

Among other matches on Saturday:

— Alexander Zverev advanced to the fourth round of the U.S. Open when Jack Sock was forced to retire in the fourth set because of a groin injury. Zverev led 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 and held a 2-1 lead when Sock had to call it quits.

— Reilly Opelka is guaranteed the biggest US Open prize check of his career after beating Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 in third-round action. That prize money is guaranteed to be at least $265,000, minus 10 grand for being assessed a fine for a marketing infraction on his tennis gear.

— Oscar Otte (OH’-teh) has given the U.S. Open men’s bracket a trio of qualifiers in the fourth round for the first time since the tournament began keeping qualifying records in 1982. The German beat Andeas Seppi of Italy 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5. He is the lowest-ranked man to get to the fourth round in New York since No. 179 Jiri Novak in 2006.

— American Jenson Brooksby is into the Round of 16 following a 6-2, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 decision over No. 21 Aslan Karatsev.

— Sixth seed Matteo Berrettini dispatched Ilya Ivashka, 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. Berrettini is joined in the fourth round by No. 13 Jannik Sinner (13), who was a 7-6, 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4 winner against Gael Monfils.

— Over in the women’s bracket, fourth seed Karolina Pliskova had a relative easy third-round match as she knocked out Ajla Tomljanovic, 6-3, 6-2.

— Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic (BEN’-chich) is back in the fourth round. The 11th-seeded Bencic eliminated No. 23 Jessica Pegula (peh-GOO’-luh) 6-2, 6-4 in a rematch from the Summer Games.

— French Open semifinalist Maria Sakkari collected her eighth victory this season against an opponent ranked in the top 20, defeating two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT’-oh-vuh) 6-4, 6-3. The 17th-seeded Sakkari hit nine aces, was never broken and has made it to Week 2 at the U.S. Open for the second year in a row.

— Bianca Andreescu is now 10-0 for her U.S. Open career and back in the fourth round of the tournament she won in 2019. The sixth-seeded Canadian had little trouble advancing with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over 104th-ranked Greet Minnen of Belgium.

— Iga Swiatek reached the fourth round with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Anett Kontaveit.

— Emma Raducanu continues to roll at the U.S. Open, using a straight-sets victory to advance to the fourth round. Raducanu beat Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-0, 6-1 to set up a potential date with top-seeded Ash Barty.


Cantlay 2 up on Rahm

ATLANTA (AP) — Patrick Cantlay closed with a 25-foot birdie putt that gave him a two-shot lead over Jon Rahm through three rounds of the PGA’s Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.

Cantlay wound up with a 3-under 67 and was at 20-under par, leaving him one round away from the FedEx Cup and its $15 million first prize. Rahm finished with five straight pars for a 68.

Justin Thomas is the only other player within seven shots of the lead. Thomas is five off the pace.

Brooks Koepka pulled out of the tournament with a left wrist injury after hitting a tree root.


Steady Europe takes early lead over US at Solheim Cup

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Defending champion Europe has surged in front at the 2021 Solheim Cup in women’s golf.

The Europeans won three of the opening four alternate-shot matches to take a 3 1/2- 1/2 lead over the U.S. The matches were tight, with no group ever leading by more than two holes at any point.

The Europeans thrive in the foursomes format at the biennial event. The U.S.’s last victory in opening foursomes came in 2007. Europe is seeking its second victory on U.S. soil in the Solheim Cup’s 31-year history.


Pistons get Jordan from Nets

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have acquired veteran center DeAndre Jordan in a multiplayer trade with the Brooklyn Nets. The Pistons also received four second-round picks and cash considerations from the Nets for forward Sekou Doumbouya and center Jahlil Okafor.

The 33-year-old Jordan averaged 7.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in 57 games last season. He made 43 starts but had dropped out of the rotation by the end of the year.