Update on the latest sports
Russell Wilson goes for 100th regular-season win
UNDATED (AP) — Russell Wilson is hoping Week 2 of the NFL season provides a personal milestone. Wilson will try for his 100th regular-season win when he leads the Seattle Seahawks against the Tennessee Titans, who will try to avoid an 0-2 start.
Seattle’s fans will be back for the first time since Dec. 29, 2019 as Wilson goes for his 100th win in his 146th start. Only Tom Brady and Joe Montana have won 100 in fewer games.
In one of the week’s top matchups, Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) and Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson will face off for the fourth straight season in a matchup of MVP quarterbacks. Jackson is 0-3 vs. Mahomes, 30-5 against everyone else.
Andy Dalton will make his first home start with Chicago as the Bears face Cincinnati. Many Bears fans are eager to see first-round draft pick Justin Fields take over for Dalton. Fields played well in a brief appearance in the opener.
The New Orleans Saints will have eight coaches unable to attend their game at Carolina because of positive COVID-19 tests. Offensive line coach Brendan Nugent has cleared COVID-19 protocols and is now set to coach. On Saturday, assistant head coach and defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen, and defensive assistant Brian Young were added to the list of coaches unable to attend the game.
And the Saints have announced they will also be without injured cornerback Marshon Lattimore and safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson, which should make Sam Darnold’s job a little easier. The Panthers’ new starting quarterback is coming off a game where he threw for 279 yards and one touchdown and also ran for a score in a 19-14 win over his former team, the New York Jets. Despite the win, the Panthers struggled in the red zone, scoring just one touchdown on four trips inside the Jets 20-yard line.
Ohtani returns to mound
UNDATED (AP) — Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) is set to pitch for the Angels at home Sunday against Oakland, a few days after manager Joe Maddon contemplated shutting down the two-way star with arm soreness. Ohtani was scratched from a scheduled start Friday because of the discomfort but threw a 30-pitch bullpen instead and came out feeling encouraged.
Ohtani is 9-2 with a 3.36 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP in 21 pitching starts this season for the Angels. He has pitched 115 1/3 innings while also playing almost every day as the their designated hitter. He has slumped at the plate in the second half of the season, batting .201 with just seven homers in his previous 45 games before Saturday.
Ohtani also recently fell behind Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Kansas City’s Salvador Perez in the major league homers race after holding a healthy lead for much of the summer.
In other highlights of Sunday’s MLB schedule:
— Blue Jays right-hander José Berríos is slated to face his former Minnesota teammates for the first time since being traded to Toronto in June. Drafted by the Twins in 2012, Berríos was 55-43 over six seasons before the deal, including 7-5 with a 3.48 ERA this season. He’s been just as good for the Jays, going 4-3 with a 3.31 ERA over nine starts since the trade. Toronto enters the day half a game ahead of the Yankees for the final AL wild card.
— The Cincinnati Reds have dropped seven straight series going into the rubber game against the Dodgers at Great American Ball Park. Wade Miley starts against Los Angeles lefty Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers have already clinched a playoff spot and are trying to overtake the Giants in the NL West. The Reds are trying to stay in the NL wild-card race. They’ll be missing outfielder Jesse Winker, who is on the injured list again. After missing a month with an intercostal strain, he returned to the lineup Friday night and aggravated the same injury on a swing. He was put back on the 10-day IL Saturday.
— The Yankees will see how slugger Joey Gallo is feeling, a day after he was pulled from a game because of neck tightness. The left fielder exited after three innings Saturday in an 11-3 loss to Cleveland that dropped New York into the third spot in the AL wild-card race. Gallo is hitting .166 with 12 homers and 20 RBIs in 46 games since the Yankees got him from Texas before the trade deadline in late July. Gerrit Cole take the mound for the Yankees against fellow right-hander Eli Morgan.