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    Roger Federer says he plans to play at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Swiss great, a four-time Olympian, says 'at the end of the day my heart decided I would love to play at the Olympic Games again.' Federer made the announcement in Tokyo during at an exhibition event for his Japanese uniform supplier. Federer will turn 39 shortly after the Olympic tournament. He had previously planned his schedule up to Wimbledon, which ends two weeks before the Tokyo Games. He will need a wild-card exemption because he has not played Davis Cup games to be eligible. Federer won doubles gold for Switzerland with Stan Wawrinka at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver in singles at the 2012 London Games at Wimbledon. He missed the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics with an injury. ___ More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Yankees plan to use their bullpen against Houston from the start in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series. With the best-of-seven series tied 1-1, Luis Severino starts Game 3 on Tuesday against Gerrit Cole. Masahiro Tanaka started the opener and James Paxton was on the mound for Game 2. Manager Aaron Boone plans to use pitchers who have been in the bullpen in the postseason during the fourth game on Wednesday night. 'J.A. Happ could very much be in the mix, as well as I picture our bullpen being unleashed on that day,' Boone said Monday as the series shifted to New York. A starter during the regular season, Happ has relieved during the playoffs. The 36-year-old left-hander entered in the 10th inning of Game 2, escaped a two-outs jam, then allowed Carlos Correa's home run leading off the 11th that gave the Astros a 3-2 win. Weather could cause New York to alter its plans. Heavy rain is forecast for Wednesday, and if Game 4 is postponed, the Yankees would be able to bring back Tanaka, the Game 1 winner, on normal rest. Boone removed Paxton after 2 1/3 innings and 51 pitches, and the bullpen allowed two runs and three hits in 7 2/3 innings. George Springer hit a tying home run in the fifth on Adam Ottavino's first pitch. 'I don't think he's as far off maybe as is being talked, but he's certainly not as sharp as he's been most of the year,' Boone said. 'I feel like he's close to being that, and I think some small successes hopefully will spur him on because he needs to play a big role for us.' STANTON Boone says a decision won't be made until Wednesday on outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who strained his right quadriceps in the opener and missed Game 2. Limited by injuries to 18 games during the regular season, Stanton homered in the opener. If he were dropped from the roster against the Astros, he would be ineligible to return this year. 'It is a sensitive decision, a tough decision,' Boone said. 'We'll just try and evaluate and try and get as honest as feedback as we can from Giancarlo.' Aaron Hicks could get his first start since Aug. 3, taking over in center field from Brett Gardner, who would replace Stanton in left. Sidelined by an injured flexor near his right elbow, Hicks pinch-hit for starting left fielder Cameron Maybin and grounded out leading off the 10th inning in Game 2, then moved to center. 'Aaron is very much in play,' Boone said, 'Thought he had a good at-bat, looked like Aaron Hicks. So he'll very much be part of the conversation moving forward.' ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • England's European Championship qualifier against Bulgaria was stopped twice in the first half due to home fans chanting racist abuse on Monday. Bulgaria supporters in the crowd were seen directing monkey chants and England players, doing Nazi salutes and holding up shirts with the UEFA logo and the text 'No Respect' — a reference to the European governing body's 'Respect' campaign aimed at curbing racism in the sport. The referee briefly halted the game in 28th minute as the public announcer warned that the match could be called off completely unless the racist abuse stopped. That is step one of UEFA's anti-racism protocol for games. England captain Harry Kane, whose side was leading 2-0 at the time, conversed with referee Ivan Bebek on the halfway line and England coach Gareth Southgate talked to a number of his players as the announcement was made. England scored again once the game resumed, but there was another pause after 43 minutes, Southgate was again in conversation with officials on the touchline with players joining him on the side of the pitch. Dozens of Bulgaria fans involved in the chanting, many of them wearing dark hoodies, then left the stadium. England scored a fourth goal once the game resumed for the second time. England was leading 4-0 at half time. The Vasil Levski Stadium in Sofia was already subject to a partial closure for the match after Bulgaria was sanctioned for racist chanting during qualifiers against Kosovo and the Czech Republic. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • NASCAR's playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway has resumed after rain pushed it back a day to Monday. William Byron was the leader at the end of Sunday's first stage, completed moments before heavy rain arrived. NASCAR plans to run the race to its completion Monday with the final two stages. Title contender Brad Keselowski had an immediate issue when his car would not start as NASCAR sent them back to the track. A truck tried to push Keselowski's car to get it to fire, but it required an extended trip that warranted a penalty, sending Keselowski to the rear of the field on the restart. Ryan Newman immediately pitted as cars headed back on the track. Matt Crafton was driving Paul Menard's car when the race resumed. Menard has a sore neck. Chevrolet aggravated fans by holding a meeting for its teams during Sunday's rain stoppage to discuss strategy and how the manufacturer wanted its drivers to race. Ford, Toyota and Chevrolet have mandated brand alliance at Talladega and Daytona, where drivers work together in the draft to navigate through traffic. Byron was pushed to the opening stage victory by a train of Chevy drivers, and the bottom lane of Ford cars couldn't get enough traction to catch Byron. ___ More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Next stop Tokyo for Simone Biles. With Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps both retired since the last Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the U.S. gymnast will be the face of the games for much of the world. In gymnastics, no one else comes close. Biles won five of the six gold medals at last week's world championships and broke the all-time record of 25 medals by any gymnast, male or female. 'She's just above anything else that we have seen in the sport,' five-time Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci said of Biles on Sunday, praising 'the domination that she has toward all the other gymnasts that competed here.' Biles has not just got the talent. She's got the character of an Olympic star. There's the laser-like focus on training, the same easygoing humor which endeared the world to Bolt, and — crucially in the modern era — a savvy social-media style. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said Sunday that Biles' star status would make gymnastics a must-see event at the Tokyo Olympics. 'You can have legends confirming their status as we have just seen with Simone Biles, this amazing performance there on the beam, but you also have new stars,' he said. 'Gymnastics has all the ingredients to be top another time, I must say. A top Olympic event in Tokyo.' Despite its dispute with Biles over the scoring for her new double-double beam dismount — its grade was lessened in part so as not to encourage less-skilled gymnasts to attempt the risky move — the International Gymnastics Federation knows Biles is crucial to the sport. Labeling her 'wonder woman' and 'a hero,' FIG president Morinari Watanabe is keen for Biles not to retire after the Tokyo Olympics. 'I hope she will continue after 2020, because she is an excellent athlete,' he said Sunday. Biles is certainly the only athlete who could pull off her look in training at the U.S. nationals in August. She caused a stir with a leotard bearing her surname and a goat's head picked out in sequins, a nod to 'Greatest Of All Time.' Few disagree, but Biles hasn't yet won everyone over. 'There's no need to turn her into some unbeatable queen. If I was 15 years younger, I'd definitely take the fight to the American,' the Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina said in comments on the Russian Olympic Committee website Thursday. Khorkina won 20 world championship medals between 1994 and 2001 and held the women's record until Biles overtook her Tuesday. One record is likely to remain out of Biles' reach, however. Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina won a record 15 Olympic medals between 1956 and 1964. Biles won five Olympic medals in Rio de Janeiro, and could add six more next year in Tokyo, but appears highly unlikely to stick around until the 2024 Olympics. However, there's another record to aim for. Matching her world championship performance from last week would make Biles the first female gymnast to win five gold medals at a single Olympics, and the first female athlete to do so in any sport since East German swimmer Kristin Otto in 1988. After Biles pioneered a new beam dismount and triple-double on the floor this season, her coach Laurent Landi says he favors refining her existing routines for the Olympics over adding yet more upgrades. 'I can find plenty of (upgrades), but you need to be realistic and only the medals count at the end,' he said. 'We don't need to show off everything we can do.' ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Yankees went to the bullpen early and kept a parade of relievers going to the mound — even CC Sabathia. But New York's bullpen buckled in the 11th inning when Carlos Correa led off with a home run off J.A. Happ, the Yankees' ninth pitcher, to give the Houston Astros a 3-2 win Sunday that tied the AL Championship Series at one game apiece. On a night when starter James Paxton lasted just 2 1/3 innings and 51 pitches, Yankees manager Aaron Boone treated the third inning like he would the sixth during the regular season. 'Just felt like we were covered as far as today with getting some length and having guys rested. Obviously going into an off day tomorrow we're just going to be aggressive,' Boone said. Paxton allowed Correa's RBI double in the second, escaped further trouble, then was replaced by Chad Green with one on and one out in the third. 'Thought he was struggling with his command,' Boone said. Green retired six straight batters, and Yankees went ahead 2-1 on Aaron Judge's two-run homer in the fourth off Justin Verlander. Adam Ottavino came on with one out in the fifth and George Springer homered on his first pitch, a flat slider. 'He didn't miss it when I made the mistake,' Ottavino said. Tommy Kahnle pitched 2 1/3 hitless innings, Zack Britton worked around a one-out walk in the eighth and Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth around a two-out walk, a taxing inning that took 25 pitches. 'I think the sense was that some people were going to get extended, but I think the bullpen has been pretty prepared,' Britton said. 'We knew we were going to have to cover some innings, but I thought we pitched really well. It came down to making one more mistake than they did.' Sabathia made only the third relief appearance of his career when he entered to start the 10th, falling behind Michael Brantley 3-0 in the count before retiring him on a grounder. The 39-year-old former AL Cy Young Award winner, who plans to retire after this season, caused teammates to laugh when he left the mound after the first one-batter appearance in his big league career. 'That run in almost killed me,' burly Sabathia said, repeating what he told Boone about going to the mound from the bullpen in deep left field. Out of high-leverage relievers, Boone brought in Jonathan Loaisiga, who walked two batters, then was replaced by Happ. The 36-year-old left-hander escaped the jam, striking out rookie Yordan Álvarez and retiring Yuli Gurriel on a flyout. Happ tried to elevate a fastball to Correa on his first pitch of the 11th. 'He put a good swing on it and got it,' Happ said. Boone said he never really worried about running out of pitchers. Luis Cessa and Tyler Lyons were the only New York relievers not used. 'You're playing it to win the game. You're not playing it to ... what if we go 13?' Boone said. 'The bottom line is we end up giving up a third run in the 11th inning. I'd say from a run prevention standpoint it went pretty well.' Houston had five relievers combine for 4 1/3 innings of one-hit shutout ball after starter Justin Verlander left with the score 2-2. Tampa Bay used at least five pitchers in the Division Series, an ALDS-record 31 stints over five games. 'They're carrying the extra pitcher, so you know they have the opportunity to do just about anything they want,' Astros manager A.J Hinch said. 'I'm sure they watched closely what Tampa did in the first series, and that was a little bit similar to how they did it. And their guys came in, and there was one guy after another.' ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • In a battle of the bullpens, Carlos Correa felt the greatest relief. Injured down the stretch and slumping this month, Correa hit a leadoff home run in the 11th inning that lifted the Houston Astros over the New York Yankees 3-2 Sunday night, tying the AL Championship Series at one game apiece. Correa, who earlier lined an RBI double and made a sensational play at shortstop, connected for an opposite-field shot to right off J.A. Happ. 'Not playing a couple of weeks before the playoffs and then not producing for or my team offensively, obviously it's tough, getting hurt and everything,' the All-Star said. 'But it's all worth it for moments like this, moments like this where you give your team a chance to win every day, it's worth it, man.' Hours earlier, Correa was confident this would be the day he turned things around. About time, too, after starting out 3 for 22 in the postseason after returning from back problems. 'I've got my swing back,' he said then. 'I'm going to hit a homer tonight.' And with a swing that kept Houston from falling into an 0-2 hole, he did just that. 'Going into that last inning I thought: 'I got this. I feel like I got this,'' Correa said. 'And I had the right approach against him. I've been successful against him going the other way. And that's what I try to do, I saw a good pitch down the middle and I drove the other way.' Correa watched the ball sail, tossed his bat, put his hand to one ear to soak in the roars of the crowd and then held up one finger as he rounded the bases. As he approached home plate, he tossed his helmet as if shooting a basketball at the crowd of teammates waiting for him. 'As soon as I hit it I knew it was going to go over the fence,' he said. 'The adrenaline started pumping like crazy. I don't even know what I did. I've got to go watch the video. But I know I was so hyped.' Correa's big night gave him 27 RBIs in the postseason to pass Lance Berkman for the most in franchise history. And it was a familiar scene — in Game 2 of the 2017 ALCS against the Yankees, Correa hit a walk-off double in the ninth. 'You look at his RBI totals in the postseason, you look at his walk-offs, you look at the big moments, he's a pretty special man,' manager AJ Hinch said. Game 3 is Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Gerrit Cole, who is 18-0 in his last 24 starts and led the majors in strikeouts, starts for the Astros against Luis Severino. 'The game of baseball, it's a beautiful game,' Correa said. The Yankees tied a League Championship Series record by using nine pitchers. The eight relievers had permitted only one run and two hits with 11 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings before Correa homered, ending a game that took 4 hours, 49 minutes and finished just before midnight. Houston's five relievers combined for 4 1/3 innings of one-hit shutout ball after taking over for Justin Verlander. Going into this best-of-seven series, the Yankees were considered the better team in the bullpen — the Astros amply held their own in this one. 'Our bullpen was nasty, gave us a chance to win the game,' Correa said. Gary Sánchez struck out looking to end the Yankees 11th with runners on first and second. The pitch appeared outside — it came right after he swung and missed with two strikes, but was ruled a foul ball. New York lost for the first time this postseason after four wins. 'It was a struggle tonight,' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. 'They're tough to score runs off, especially on a night when Verlander is out there.' Aaron Judge put the Yankees on top 2-1 with a two-run shot off Verlander in the fourth. It was his first homer this postseason and the eighth in his playoff career. George Springer tied it in the fifth with his franchise-record 12th career postseason home run. The 2017 World Series MVP homered on the first pitch after reliever Adam Ottavino entered. 'Just back and forth — the two best ballclubs in the game,' Judge said. 'I wish we could have come away with two here, but now time to regroup and get ready for Tuesday.' Along with his bat, Correa made the key play in the field to keep it tied at 2 in the sixth. With runners at first and second, and on the move on a full-count pitch with two outs, Brett Gardner hit a hard grounder that bounced off second baseman José Altuve for a single. The ball bounded away and Correa quickly retrieved it and threw a strike to catcher Robinson Chirinos, who tagged out the sliding DJ LeMahieu. Verlander pumped his fist and screamed 'let's go!' as he came off the field and Correa shook his finger with a look that said: 'not on my watch.' Cameras then panned to Verlander's supermodel wife, Kate Upton, who jumped and cheered from a luxury suite. 'I just tried creeping over and as soon as the ball hit him, I scooped it and he sent him, so I had to gun him down,' Correa said. Correa ended an 0-for-14 slump with an RBI double in the second off James Paxton, who lasted just 2 1/3 innings. Hours later, Correa ended it with his drive off Happ. Correa is 6 for 12 with two homers against the lefty. 'It's been a tough road this year but I'm finally here and I was able to contribute tonight,' he said. TRAINER'S ROOM Yankees: Slugger Giancarlo Stanton missed the game with a strained right quad. He homered in the opener. 'So hoping that it's something that with today and the off day, that he would be back in play for Game 3,' Boone said. UP NEXT Cole was 2-0 with a 0.57 ERA and 25 strikeouts across 15 2/3 innings against the Rays in the ALDS. The 29-year-old led the AL with a career-best 2.50 ERA and was first in the majors with 326 strikeouts in the regular season. This will be the eighth postseason start for Severino, who did not factor in the decision in New York's Game 3 win over Minnesota. Severino, who made just three regular-season starts because of a late injury, allowed four hits in four innings against the Twins. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Pittsburgh's Devlin Hodges walked into the stadium properly attired for his first NFL start. He was wearing a T-shirt with a duck on it that read 'I'm The Boss,' befitting his nickname and quiet confidence. The rookie quarterback directed the Steelers offense like a boss and not a third-string rookie as he led Pittsburgh to a 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night. 'I liked his effort. We knew we couldn't give him a lot of exposure to that defense, so we did some things in other areas,' said coach Mike Tomlin, who nicknamed Hodges 'Duck Dynasty' during offseason workouts. Hodges, who was elevated into the starting spot after Mason Rudolph suffered a concussion last week against Baltimore completed 15 of 20 passes for 132 yards with a touchdown and interception. He benefited from a strong running game and a defense that scored the game's first touchdown and forced three turnovers. 'It's nice to get a win in my first start. It's something I have always dreamed about,' said Hodges, who got the shirt for $5 in Venice Beach on Saturday. 'I've always had a belief in myself and it's just amazing.' It is only the fifth time in 26 games in franchise history that the Steelers have won a road game with a quarterback making his first start. James Conner had his first game with both a rushing and receiving touchdown and accounted for 119 scrimmage yards (41 rushing, 78 receiving). He suffered a quad injury during the third quarter and did not return. On defense, Devin Bush recovered a pair of turnovers, including returning a fumble for his first NFL touchdown. 'It was a big win for us on the road in a very fragile state,' Tomlin said. 'I think we had a lot of quality efforts tonight from a lot of people.' The Chargers (2-4) trailed 24-0 after three quarters but rallied to get within seven on a Chase McLaughlin field goal and two TD passes from Philip Rivers to Hunter Henry. 'We dug ourselves in a hole. I still believe in this football team. We dug ourselves in a hole and I believe we'll dig our way out,' coach Anthony Lynn said. After Henry's 11-yard TD catch made it 24-17, Los Angeles tried an onside kick with 1:28 remaining, but it was recovered by Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton. The Chargers forced a three-and-out and got the ball at the 1 after a punt, but Rivers was picked off by Sutton to preserve the Steelers' win and improve to 2-4. 'It's pretty tough. I don't know if we've been down by three touchdowns, but we've had a comeback like this before,' said Rivers, who was 26 of 44 for 300 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. 'It's tough but our guys believed. You saw we gave ourselves a chance. They pin you down there on the 1 and have to go 99 yards with no timeouts, that's about as rough as it gets.' Bush scooped up a backward pass from Rivers that Melvin Gordon was unable to handle and went 9 yards to give the Steelers a 7-0 lead The rookie got his second turnover four plays later when he intercepted a Rivers' pass that was deflected by defensive end Tyson Alualu at the line of scrimmage. That would lead to Conner's first TD, a 12-yard run around left end with 4:39 remaining in the first quarter. Conner put Pittsburgh up by three touchdowns with 6:34 remaining in the second when he caught a short pass from Hodges and went 26 yards up the right sideline after Chargers linebacker Jatavis Brown was unable to tackle the third-year running back at the 25. Los Angeles didn't get on the board until one minute into the fourth quarter on McLaughlin's 38-yard field goal. Rivers ended the offense's seven-quarter drought without a touchdown when he found Henry in the back of the end zone from 5 yards out with 7:13 remaining. HEINZ FIELD WEST? It felt like a home game for the Steelers as the stadium was dominated by Pittsburgh fans. Hodges said he joked in the huddle on the first drive that he might have to motion for the crowd to quiet down. The Chargers' game staff did troll the Steelers fans during the fourth quarter when it started playing Styx's 'Renegade' only to go into a Rickroll with Rick Astley's 'Never Gonna Give You Up.' 'That was amazing until they made it a joke. It was cool,' Bush said. STAT OF NOTE Pittsburgh came into the game converting only 28.3% of its third downs (15 of 53), but was 8 of 13 on Sunday night. 'We were on schedule. More than anything, we were in manageable third downs,' Tomlin said. 'We've been working hard to be in manageable third downs and haven't necessarily done what we did tonight.' IMMEDIATE FORCE Bush has been involved in six of the 14 turnovers the Steelers have forced. He has had an interception two straight weeks and leads the NFL with four fumble recoveries. He is the first Steelers' linebacker to return a fumble for a touchdown since L.J. Fort last season against Atlanta. STILL IN NEUTRAL Los Angeles' running game struggled again as Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler were held to 13 carries for 32 yards. 'The run game is tough right now. Austin and I can't get things rolling,' said Gordon, who is averaging 2.5 yards per carry in the two games since he ended his holdout. 'How it's looking right now, the pass is going to have to open up the run.' STRONG RETURN Henry, who missed the past four games due to a knee injury, set career highs in receptions (eight) and yards (100). 'Going into the game I wasn't planning on playing probably 50-60 snaps,' Henry said. 'I was feeling really good, so it's just kind of how it went.' INJURIES Steelers: LB Stephon Tuitt (pectoral), LB T.J. Watt (oblique) and CB Joe Haden (groin) were also injured during the game and did not return. UP NEXT Steelers have their bye week before hosting Miami in a Monday night game on Oct. 28. Chargers travel to Tennessee next Sunday to start a stretch of three of their next four on the road. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • Sam Darnold returned — and so did the New York Jets' hopes to turn around a season that was quickly unraveling without him. Darnold gave the Jets' struggling offense a huge boost by throwing two touchdown passes in his return from mononucleosis, and New York held on to beat the Dallas Cowboys 24-22 on Sunday night for their first win of the season. 'I'm just really, really excited for the guys in this locker room,' Darnold said. 'We were starving for a win.' The Jets led 21-9 in the fourth quarter, but Dak Prescott and the top-ranked Cowboys offense stormed back — and had a chance to tie in the wild closing moments. With Dallas marching down the field, officials called six straight penalties during one stretch including four on the Jets putting the Cowboys in scoring position. Prescott ran for a 4-yard touchdown with 43 seconds left, making it a two-point game. Going for the tie, Prescott dropped back and was quickly met by a blitzing Jamal Adams and his pass on the conversion try fell short of Jason Witten in the end zone. The Cowboys (3-3) tried an onside kick, but Demaryius Thomas recovered for the Jets (1-4), who won for the first time under coach Adam Gase. It was the third straight loss for Dallas. 'To come out here and do it in the fashion we did and the defense getting a huge stop on the 2-point conversion,' Darnold said, 'I wouldn't want it any other way.' Darnold, who missed three games while recovering from mononucleosis, finished 23 of 32 for 338 yards — including a 92-yard touchdown toss to Robby Anderson and a 5-yarder to Ryan Griffin. Darnold was intercepted by Jourdan Lewis late in the third quarter after throwing 179 consecutive passes without being picked off, dating to Week 14 of last season at Buffalo. Le'Veon Bell also ran for a score, his first on the ground with the Jets. The Cowboys played without starting tackles La'el Collins and Tyron Smith, and star wide receiver Amari Cooper was sidelined most of the game with a quadriceps injury. But Dallas made it a five-point game on Ezekiel Elliott's 5-yard run with 6:30 remaining, capping an 11-play, 84-yard drive. Sam Ficken's 38-yard field goal with 3:24 left made it 24-16, but the Cowboys had one more long drive in them. And, the Jets' defense had one final stop in them. 'No one counted us to win that game,' linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. 'Everyone bet on the Cowboys. They thought we were going to come in and get blown out.' Prescott was 28 of 40 for 277 yards. Elliott finished with 105 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. 'We're putting ourselves behind,' Prescott said. 'We're putting our defense in a tough spot. We're not playing complementary football. It's simple as that. We've got to start faster. We've got to get points. We've got to get touchdowns and allow our defense to play from up. 'As long we have these slow starts, we're going to struggle.' QUICK START Darnold came out throwing in his first snap since the season opener and connected with Thomas for a 17-yard gain. But, Robert Quinn sacked him on the next play and the drive stalled — making it 29 straight games the Jets have failed to score a touchdown on their opening possession, the longest active streak in the NFL. But, Darnold and the Jets got on the scoreboard on their second drive, capped Bell's 2-yard touchdown run. Darnold was efficient on the 14-play, 83-yard drive, going 6 of 8 for 43 yards. New York was also helped by three penalties on Dallas, including a horse-collar tackle of Darnold by Maliek Collins on third-and-goal from the 7 that gave the Jets the ball at the 2. 'I definitely felt like myself out there,' Darnold said. 'Especially after the first play to D.T., that pass I made to D.T., I knew we were going to have a good game offensively.' New York finished with 382 yards after getting 233 combined in the last two games with Luke Falk at quarterback. 'It's unacceptable for us to give up that many points,' Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith said. 'That's not an elite defense.' SWING Trailing 7-3, Prescott and the Cowboys marched down the field and got to the Jets 6, but stalled. Elliott lost a yard on third down and Jason Garrett opted to go for it on four-and-2 from the 7. Prescott took the ball on a keeper, but was stuffed by rookie Quinnen Williams for a loss of a yard — and a turnover on downs. Darnold came out on the very next play and found a wide-open Anderson zipping down the field and hit him in stride for a 92-yard touchdown to put the Jets up 14-3 with 3:34 left in the opening half. It was the second-longest reception in franchise history behind the 96-yard TD catch by Wesley Walker on a pass from Ken O'Brien at Buffalo on Dec. 8, 1985. FOR KICKS Brett Maher kicked three field goals for the Cowboys, including tying his franchise record with a 62-yarder as the first half ended to make it 21-6. It was also the longest field goal ever made against the Jets. Maher also made a 62-yarder against the Eagles last December, making him the first kicker in NFL history, according to Sportradar, with two field goals of at least 62 yards. Denver's Matt Prater holds the NFL record for longest field goal, kicking a 64-yarder in 2013. Maher, who also had field goals of 50 and 32 yards, later missed a 40-yarder that sailed wide right 51 seconds into the fourth quarter. INJURIES Cowboys: CB Byron Jones left in the second half with a hamstring injury. ... DE Dorance Armstrong left in the second quarter to be checked for a neck injury. ... CB Anthony Brown left in the second half with a hamstring injury. Jets: LT Kelvin Beachum hurt an ankle in the third quarter and didn't return. .... LB Neville Hewitt, the team's leading tackler, left midway through the second quarter with an undisclosed injury but returned late in the third quarter. ... NT Steve McLendon suffered a concussion in the third quarter. ... LB Albert McClellan left in the third quarter to be evaluated for a concussion. UP NEXT Cowboys: home vs. NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday night. Jets: host undefeated AFC East rival New England Patriots next Monday night. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • The Denver Broncos' swarming defense sent Marcus Mariota to the bench and the Tennessee Titans to their fourth loss in five games with a 16-0 win Sunday. The Broncos (2-4) had seven sacks in a game for the first time since their 2015 Super Bowl season and they picked off three passes. Chris Harris Jr. and Justin Simmons intercepted Mariota, who was sacked three times and was replaced by Ryan Tannehill after Simmons' interception led to a 2-yard touchdown run by Phillip Lindsay that made it 13-0. Tannehill was sacked four times and picked off by Kareem Jackson on Tennessee's final drive, which reached the Denver 5-yard line before two offensive penalties and a sack pushed the Titans back to the 30-yard line. The Titans (2-4) lost for the fourth time in five games. The Broncos, who haven't allowed a touchdown in nine quarters, host Kansas City (4-2) on Thursday night with the chance to get back into the AFC West race after starting the Vic Fangio era with four frustrating losses. Mariota came into the game as the NFL's only QB who had started every game and hadn't lost a fumble or been intercepted — although he had been sacked 22 times. Both Denver and Tennessee were 2 of 14 on third down, leading to 17 punts. The first half featured more flags (10) and punts (11) than points (six). The Broncos took a shutout into the locker room for the second straight week. Last time, it was a 17-0 cushion against the Chargers; this time it was just 6-0 on a pair of Brandon McManus field goals, one of which snapped his streak of seven consecutive misses from 50 yards or more. Both teams bungled their way through the first two quarters. The Broncos were whistled for eight penalties and being forced to call two timeouts on special teams. The first was with 10 men on a punt by the Titans and the second one was because the play clock was at 1 second just before McManus' 53-yarder. Mariota threw his first interception of the season — to Harris, the 20th of his career but first this season. On Harris' runback, Denver defensive end Derek Wolfe was flagged for an illegal block. Mariota's second interception came when he stepped up to avoid another sack and lofted a pass down the middle to Darius Jennings that was picked off by safety Justin Simmons at midfield. HALL OF FAME At halftime, Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker presented Hall of Fame rings to Champ Bailey and the family of late owner Pat Bowlen. Also, Bailey was inducted as the 33rd member of the team's Ring of Fame. At a ceremony unveiling his 8-foot bronze pillar Friday night, Bailey chimed in on the current state of the Broncos, saying, 'It's just growing pains. There are a lot of new people around here, a good young corps, but I expect them to turn around. That's the good thing about here, we don't stay down long.' INJURIES Titans ILB Jayon Brown (groin) left the game on Tennessee's second defensive snap. Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders sat out the second half with a knee injury. UP NEXT Titans: Host the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Broncos: Host the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night. ___ Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL