The Sports Xchange
FOXBOROUGH, Ma.—Alex Smith threw for four touchdown passes, rookie running back Kareem Hunt scored three times after fumbling away the first carry of his pro career and the Kansas City Chiefs spoiled the Patriots' Super Bowl celebration with a stunning 42-27 upset of New England in the NFL season opener Thursday night.
A joint review by the NFL and NFL Players Association determined New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did not suffer a concussion in 2016. The league and players' union reviewed Brady's medical records with his permission as well as the records of the Patriots' medical staff and independent concussion spotters. The review announced Wednesday also confirmed Brady did not report any signs or symptoms related to a concussion last season.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Corey Dickerson hit a home run and two doubles, one of which drove in a run in a four-run sixth inning, as the Tampa Bay Rays got a much-needed 11-4 win over the Minnesota Twins on Monday, Sept. 4, to open a three-game series at Tropicana Field. The Rays (69-70) entered the night four games back of Minnesota (71-66) and made up ground in the chase for the final American League wild card.
MINNEAPOLIS—Lorenzo Cain hit a go-ahead, two-run triple and Melky Cabrera drove in two runs as the Kansas City Royals took two of three games from the Minnesota Twins with a 5-4 win on Sunday at Target Field. Cain's triple came shortly after Twins manager Paul Molitor was ejected by home plate umpire Marty Foster. Molitor was tossed after arguing when Cain checked his swing on an apparent third strike.
MINNEAPOLIS — Eduardo Escobar had three hits and six RBIs, including two homers, and Joe Mauer added four hits as the Minnesota Twins hammered out 14 hits in a 17-0 win over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night. Brian Dozier added a three-run homer and Byron Buxton had three hits in his return to the lineup for Minnesota, which drew within a game of the New York Yankees for the top wild card in the American League and extended its lead for the second wild card over Baltimore and the Los Angeles Angels.
MINNEAPOLIS—Max Kepler was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded as the Minnesota Twins completed a two-run, ninth-inning comeback in a 5-4 win against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, Aug. 31. Chicago's Alen Hanson hit a solo homer off Minnesota closer Matt Belisle in the top of the ninth to break a tie, but the Twins rallied against new White Sox closer Juan Minaya (2-2).
Thursday night's preseason game between the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium was canceled by the NFL on Wednesday to allow Houston players to return home to be with their families after the catastrophic flooding in Houston. The decision came days after the game was moved from Houston's NRG Stadium to the Cowboys' stadium in Arlington because of the massive flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
MINNEAPOLIS—Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco loves facing Chicago White Sox pitchers. Polanco has hit nine home runs this season. Seven of those have come against Chicago, including two in Minnesota's 6-4 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday. Polanco's bat was one of several highlights for Minnesota in the series-opening victory. Byron Buxton continued his hot August with an early RBI, and Eduardo Escobar drove in a pair of runs to back a strong start from right-hander Ervin Santana.
Stetson sophomore defensive back Nick Blakely died after collapsing during practice on Monday evening, the school announced. An official cause of death has not been released for the 19-year-old. "(Blakely) was on the sidelines shortly after practice began ... when he complained of not feeling well and collapsed," Stetson president Wendy B. Libby said in a statement. Blakely, who was an accounting major at the NCAA Division I central Florida University, was taken to Florida Hospital DeLand outside of Orlando, where he died.
Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson will sign a one-day contract with the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday and officially retire with the organization, the team announced. Dickerson, 56, told AM 570 in Los Angeles that he and the Rams are also working on a way for him to have an official role with team.