Monday, September 26
Bills bounce back with 33-18 win over Cardinals
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — LeSean McCoy scored twice and safety Aaron Williams returned a botched field-goal snap 53 yards for a touchdown in leading the Buffalo Bills to a 33-18 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor also scored on a 20-yard run at a time the Rex Ryan-coached Bills spent the past week taking the brunt of criticism after opening the season 0-2.
The win also came on the heels of Ryan firing offensive coordinator Greg Roman and replacing him with running backs coach Anthony Lynn.
The Bills limited Arizona to 348 yards and intercepted Carson Palmer on each of Arizona's final four possessions.
Arizona (1-2) unraveled a week after a 40-7 win over Tampa Bay, and had a five-game road winning streak snapped going back to last season.
The Cardinals combined for just 2 yards net offense and no first downs on their first five possessions. Palmer finished 26 of 50 for 264 yards and was sacked five times.
David Johnson scored on 4- and 22-yard runs for Arizona.
Kim's two-run homer leads Orioles past Diamondbacks, 2-1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Hyun Soo Kim hit his fifth home run, a two-run shot in the second inning, and the Baltimore Orioles completed a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 2-1 victory Sunday.
Baltimore entered the day a half-game ahead of Detroit for the second AL wild card and trailed Toronto by 1 1/2 games for the top spot. The Orioles begin a crucial three-game series at the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Baltimore finished the regular season 50-31 at Camden Yards. Arizona has been swept 13 times this season, including six on the road.
Orioles rookie Dylan Bundy (10-6) allowed the one run on three hits with five strikeouts over five innings. Bundy hasn't gone past the sixth inning in his past six starts.
Baltimore's Zach Britton picked up his American League-leading 46th save in as many chances. Manny Machado went 2 for 4 for his team-high 54th multi-hit game.
Suns sign Bakumanya, Cooke, Harrison, Jones
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns signed center Gracin Bakumanya, forward Derek Cooke Jr., guard Shaquille Harrison and forward Derrick Jones Jr. on Sunday, bringing their roster to 19 players.
The 6-foot-11 Bakumanya went undrafted as an international early entry candidate. From the Congo, the 19-year-old center played in France last season.
The 6-9 Cooke spent last season with the Suns' NBA D League affiliate in Bakersfield, California, averaging 4.8 points and 7.0 rebounds in 47 games. He played at Wyoming.
The 6-4 Harrison went undrafted after four seasons at Tulsa. A starter in all 133 games in his four years, he averaged 11.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals for his career. As a senior, he averaged career highs of 15.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists.
The 6-7 Jones was undrafted after averaging 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 30 games as a freshman at UNLV.
Arnold Palmer dies at 87, made golf popular for masses
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Arnold Palmer brought a country-club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch. At ease with both presidents and the golfing public, and on a first-name basis with both, "The King," died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87.
Alastair Johnson, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed that Palmer died Sunday afternoon of complications from heart problems.
Palmer ranked among the most important figures in golf history, and it went well beyond his seven major championships and 62 PGA Tour wins. His good looks, devilish grin and go-for-broke manner made the elite sport appealing to one and all. And it helped that he arrived about the same time as television moved into most households, a perfect fit that sent golf to unprecedented popularity.
Beyond his golf, Palmer was a pioneer in sports marketing, paving the way for scores of other athletes to reap in millions from endorsements. Some four decades after his last PGA Tour win, he ranked among the highest-earners in golf.
On the golf course, Palmer was an icon not for how often he won, but the way he did it.
Grayson Murray wins Web.com Tour event in Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Grayson Murray won the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship on Sunday and Cameron Smith and Kevin Tway wrapped up PGA Tour cards.
Already guaranteed a PGA Tour card with an 18th-place finish on the Web.com Tour's regular-season money list, Murray closed with a 3-under 68 to beat Smith by a stroke in the third of four events in the Web.com Tour Finals. Tway tied for third with third-round leader Martin Flores.
Murray finished at 12-under 272 on Ohio State's Scarlet Course and earned $180,000 to jump from 11th to second with $407,963 on the PGA Tour priority list among the 25 card-earners from the Web.com money list. The former Wake Forest and Arizona State player will be 23 on Saturday.
Murray lost in a three-man playoff in August in the Web.com Tour event in Wichita, Kansas.
Smith also shot a 67. After finishing 157th in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cups standings, the Australian made $108,000 to go from 48th to third with $114,910 in the series race for 25 more PGA Tour cards.