MILWAUKEE (AP) — Paul DeJong knocked in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the ninth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 to salvage a split of their doubleheader Monday. Both games went to extra innings after being scheduled for seven. The Brewers won the opener 2-1 when Keston Hiura hit a sacrifice fly to score Avisail Garcia with the winning run in the eighth. Monday’s doubleheader opened a three-day, five-game series between these NL Central rivals who were facing each other for the first time this season.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Sun Belt Conference went 3-0 against the Big 12 over the weekend, a stunning performance highlighted by Louisiana’s romp over then-No. 23 Iowa State. Arkansas State also won at Kansas State and Coastal Carolina won at Kansas. It may have been the best day in the history of the league. In the latest Top 25, Louisiana-Lafayette landed at No. 19 and Appalachian State is tied with Kentucky at No. 23 following its win over Charlotte. Arkansas State received the sixth-most votes of schools that are just outside the weekly rankings.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs threw the adage that defense wins championship right on the ol' barbecue and cooked it till it was charred last season, relying instead on their dynamic offense to win their first Super Bowl in 50 years. They also leaned on it to win their season opener against Houston. That game to kick off the NFL’s season on Thursday night, though, may have illustrated just how exceptional their offense can be. They used balance in the run game and the pass game to blow out a team that has Super Bowl aspirations of their own this season.
UNDATED (AP) — Louisiana-Lafayette and Appalachian State are among 10 new teams ranked in the first regular-season Associated Press college football poll, which was stripped of the schools not yet scheduled to play a fall season. After all Division I teams were eligible to be voted on for the preseason Top 25, the panel of 61 voters was permitted to consider only teams playing in the fall now that the season has started. That meant preseason No. 2 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State and No. 9 Oregon, along with six other Big Ten and Pac-12 teams, slipped out of the rankings. Among the replacements were Sun Belt powers Louisiana-Lafayette and Appalachian State. Clemson is still No. 1, followed by Alabama, Oklahoma, Georgia and Florida.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger threw for three touchdowns as the Pittsburgh Steelers opened their schedule with a 26-16 win over the New York Giants. The Giants led 10-3 until Roethlisberger hit JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington for scores in the second quarter. It remained 16-10 when Daniel Jones engineered a 19-play drive that ended when Bud Dupree deflected a pass that was intercepted near the goal line.
DENVER (AP) — Tennessee Titans newcomer Stephen Gostkowski drilled a 25-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining in a 16-14 win over the Denver Broncos. Derrik Henry rushed for 116 yards in the victory and Ryan Tannehill completed 29 of 49 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Broncos running back Melvin Gordon ran for 78 yards and scored a touchdown that put Denver ahead, 14-13 in the fourth quarter.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Dallas Stars have advanced to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in 20 years. The Stars erased a two-goal deficit in the last half of the third period before Denis Gurianov scored on a one-timer during a power play 3:36 into overtime to give the Stars a 3-2 triumph over Vegas. The Golden Knights led, 2-0 until Jamie Benn and Joel Kiviranta scored in the last half of the third period.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jorge Ona’s tiebreaking, RBI double sparked a five-run seventh as the San Diego Padres knocked off Los Angeles, 7-2 to get within 1 1/2 games of the NL West-leading Dodgers. The Padres also scored in the seventh on a pair of fielder’s choices and an RBI grounder en route to their eighth straight win. Winning pitcher Dinelson Lamet struck out 11 while limiting the Dodgers to a run and three hits over seven innings.
CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Engel delivered a tiebreaking pinch-hit single in the eighth inning to lead the Chicago White Sox to their ninth win in 10 games, 3-1 over the Minnesota Twins. Tim Anderson had three hits, including an RBI single that capped the scoring. The outcome allowed the Pale Hose to open a two-game lead over the Twins in the AL Central.
Final Baltimore 14 Atlanta 1
Final Seattle 6 Oakland 5
Final Oakland 9 Seattle 0
Final Chicago White Sox 3 Minnesota 1
Final Cincinnati 3 Pittsburgh 1
Final Miami 6 Philadelphia 2
Final Milwaukee 2 St. Louis 1
Final Cincinnati 9 Pittsburgh 4
Final San Diego 7 L.A. Dodgers 2
Final St. Louis 3 Milwaukee 2
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Final OT Dallas 3 Vegas 2
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Final Pittsburgh 26 N-Y Giants 16
Final Tennessee 16 Denver 14