Here’s a look at the sports news making headlines today, Monday, Sept. 22.
Seahawks win Super Bowl rematch in OT…Texans, Bills unbeaten no more…Bengals into the bye at 3-0
The Seattle Seahawks hosted the Denver Broncos in a rematch of last February’s Super Bowl. The score was much closer this time, but the result was the same.
Marshawn Lynch ran for a six-yard touchdown on the first series of overtime to give the Seahawks a 26-20 win over the Broncos. Lynch also grabbed a second-quarter touchdown pass from Russell Wilson, who was 24 of 34 for 258 yards, two TDs and one interception.
Kam Chancellor appeared to ice the victory by intercepting Peyton Manning deep in Seattle territory, setting up Steven Hauschka’s short field goal that put the Seahawks ahead 20-12 with 59 seconds left. However, Manning extended the game by hitting Demaryius Thomas for a two-point conversion after throwing a 26-yard scoring strike to Jacob Tamme with 18 seconds left. But Seattle recovered after the Broncos went 80 yards in just 41 seconds.
Manning threw both of his touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and completed 31 of his 49 passes for 303 yards and one interception.
The outcome leaves both teams 2-1.
In other Week 3 action:
Royals strengthen playoff chances
Nori Aoki has capped one of the best weeks of his career by delivering a hit that put the Kansas City Royals within 1 ½ games of the AL Central lead.
The Royals blew a 2-0 lead before Aoki laced a two-run triple in the fourth inning of a 5-2 triumph over the division-leading Detroit Tigers. The Tigers were threatening to complete a three-game sweep and mar Kansas City’s playoff push until Aoki delivered his third hit of the series. The Royals right fielder went 3-for-9 in the series after collecting 11 hits in Kansas City’s series win over the Chicago White Sox last week.
Kansas City leads Seattle by 1 ½ games for the second AL wild-card berth, and are a half-game behind Oakland in the battle to host the winner-take-all wild-card playoff game .
The Athletics stayed ahead of the Royals by beating Philadelphia 8-6 on Josh Donaldson’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th. Donaldson had three hits and scored three times for the A’s, who also got three RBIs from Geovany Soto.
Seattle lost ground in the wild-card chase. Jake Marisnick had a three-run homer for the second straight game and Alex Presley drove in two runs as the Astros dealt the Mariners their eighth loss in 12 games, 8-3. Collin McHugh gave up three hits in six innings for his seventh straight win.
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh took a major step toward securing its second consecutive NL wild-card berth. Vance Worley scattered four hits in eight innings as the Pirates blanked Milwaukee 1-0, leaving the Bucs tied with San Francisco for the two wild-card berths and 4 ½ games ahead of the Brewers heading into the final week of the season. The game was scoreless until Russell Martin singled home the lone run in the seventh inning to give the Pirates the rubber match of the three-game set.
The Cardinals wrapped up an NL playoff berth with Milwaukee’s loss, but their lead in the NL Central dropped to 2 ½ games over Pittsburgh with a 7-2 loss to Cincinnati in St. Louis. Devin Mesoraco hit a three-run homer, and Jay Bruce added a solo shot and three RBIs as the Reds ended the Redbirds’ four-game winning streak.
Elsewhere in the majors:
East Carolina, Mississippi State crack Top 25
The new Associated Press college football poll is out, and there are a couple unfamiliar names on the list. East Carolina is ranked for the first time since 2008, and Mississippi State moved into the Top 25 for the first time in two seasons after breaking a long losing streak against LSU.
The Pirates are No. 23 after a record-setting 70-41 victory against North Carolina. Mississippi State is No. 14 after beating LSU 34-29 on Saturday.
Florida State remains No. 1 after escaping with a 23-17 overtime win against visiting Clemson. There’s no change to the top seven as second-ranked Oregon is followed by Alabama, Oklahoma, Auburn, Texas A&M and Baylor. Notre Dame, Michigan State and Mississippi round out the top 10.
‘Noles get Winston back
Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston is back.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher announced his quarterback was once again the starter shortly after the top-ranked Seminoles survived their biggest regular-season scare since Winston earned the job at the start of 2013.
Winston served a one-game suspension on Saturday for making “offensive and vulgar” comments about female anatomy on campus Tuesday.
Keselowski trying for third straight win
Joey Logano has advanced to the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
Logano pulled away on the restart to win a green-white-checkered finish Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He led 73 laps in his fourth victory of the season, a race that had a season-high 15 cautions that wrecked results for several Chase drivers. Rookie Kyle Larson was second.
Brad Keselowski failed in his bid to win a third straight Cup race, though he salvaged a seventh-place finish despite hitting the wall.
Kevin Harvick was third, followed by Jamie McMurray and Jimmie Johnson.
Hamilton closes the gap
Lewis Hamilton took the lead in the Formula One drivers’ championship by winning the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday.
Hamilton led comfortably but was forced into a late pit-stop. He briefly surrendered the race lead to Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel before he passed the German seven laps from the finish.
The Briton won his seventh race of the season and second in a row to move to 241 points, three ahead of Nico Rosberg with five races left. Rosberg had to retire early with a mechanical failure.
Hur and Reto tied
Mi Jung Hur held off top-ranked Stacy Lewis to win the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Hur birdied four of her final eight holes for a 6-under 66 and a 21 under total, four shots ahead of top-ranked Stacy Lewis.
She broke the tournament mark of 19 under set by Katherine Hull-Kirk in 2010.
Paul Goydos picked up his first Champions Tour victory at the Hawaii Championship, finishing one shot ahead of Fred Funk and Scott Dunlap.
Goydos broke out of a tight pack with four straight birdies and closed with a 4-under 68 for a tournament-record 19-under total.
France shocks U.S. women
Sandrine Gruda had 26 points and 15 rebounds to help France stun the U.S. women’s national team 76-72 in an exhibition game in Paris.
It’s the first loss by the Americans in an international game since falling to a team from the Czech Republic in 2011 when the U.S. was on a European tour.
The Americans had beaten the French in the gold medal game at the Olympics in 2012. The Americans had a 12-point halftime lead and were up 60-52 with 6:39 left in the game before France rallied.
Ex-NFL kicker killed in car crash
Former NFL kicker Rob Bironas has died in a car crash. He was 36.
Nashville police say the former Tennessee Titans player died Saturday night when he lost control on a curve in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali and crashed less than a mile from his home.
The Titans released Bironas in March after nine seasons.