In addition to the latest on the Ray Rice case, and the triumphant FIBA win by Team USA, here is a look at the other big sports news making headlines today, Monday, Sept. 15.
Chargers top Super Bowl champs…Manning throws 3 TD passes
The San Diego Chargers have bounced back from their season-opening loss at Arizona by beating the defending Super Bowl champs.
Philip Rivers completed 28 of 37 passes for 284 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions as the Chargers outscored the Seahawks 30-21. Rivers hit Antonio Gates for a pair of eight-yard touchdowns while the Chargers were scoring 17 straight points in the second quarter to take a 20-7 lead. Gates finished with three scoring grabs.
Russell Wilson had two touchdown passes for the Seahawks, who took their only lead on Percy Harvin’s 51-yard run late in the opening period. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch had just six carries for 36 yards.
Both teams are 1-1.
In other NFL finals:
Peyton Manning added three more touchdown passes to his career total, hitting Julius Thomas, Jacob Tamme and Demaryius Thomas for scores in Denver’s 24-17 win over division rival Kansas City. The Chiefs led 10-7 until Manning threw two scoring strikes during a 6:10 span late in the third quarter.
The Jets built a 21-3 lead before Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns in the Packers’ 31-24 win over New York. The game was tied at 24 until Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson for an 80-yard touchdown with 2:08 left in the third quarter. Rodgers completed 25 of his 42 passes for 346 yards and no interceptions. Jets quarterback Geno Smith threw for two interceptions after running for a touchdown and throwing for another to give the Jets a 14-0 lead just over 6 ½ minutes into the game.
The Vikings missed star running back Adrian Peterson in their 30-7 loss to New England. Matt Asiata could only muster 36 rushing yards in place of Peterson, who was inactive after being indicted on child abuse charges Friday. Minnesota wasn’t helped by four interception of Matt Cassell. Stephen Ridley led the Patriots with 101 rushing yards and Chandler Jones blocked a field goal and returned it for a score just before halftime.
Kirk Cousins completed 22 of 33 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns in Washington’s 41-10 romp over Jacksonville. Cousins came in after starter Robert Griffin III dislocated his left ankle in the first quarter. The Redskins also finished the game without DeSean Jackson due to a sprained shoulder, but Cousins still completed his first 12 passes and helped Washington mount a resounding 449 to 148 yardage advantage.
Running back Giovanni Bernard rushed for 90 yards and turned some short passes into big plays to help Cincinnati top Atlanta 24-10. Bernard helped make up for the loss of Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green early in the game to a toe injury. The Bengals defense limited Matt Ryan to 22 of 44 passing for 231 yards and three interceptions.
Cleveland has its first win over coach Mike Pettine after Billy Cundiff kicked a 29-yard field goal with three seconds left to give the Browns a 26-24 win over New Orleans. Quarterback Brian Hoyer drove the Browns 85 yards in 14 plays in the final 2:46 to set up Cundiff’s game-winner. The 0-2 Saints rallied from a 13-point deficit to take the lead on Mark Ingram’s 1-yard TD run with 12:12 left.
The Bills are 2-0 for the first time in three years after C.J. Spiller returned a kick-off 102 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to sparking Buffalo to a 29-10 win over Miami. Rookie receiver Sammy Watkins caught 8 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown for Buffalo. Miami fell to 1-1 and lost running back Knowshown Moreno to an elbow injury on his first carry of the game.
DeMarco Murray rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown to pace Dallas to a 26-10 win over Tennessee. Dan Bailey kicked four field goals to help the Cowboys avoiding their first 0-2 start since 2010.
Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera decided to bench defensive end Greg Hardy before their game against Detroit.
Rivera defended his late decision to make Hardy inactive by saying the “climate has changed” in the NFL and the team “has to get this right.” Hardy was convicted in July of assault on a female and communicating threats, a ruling that he’s appealing.
Rivera said he wouldn’t rule out Hardy playing this season but refused to put a timetable on that decision.
Tigers widen lead
The Detroit Tigers were able to tack another game on their lead in the American League Central.
Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh and the Tigers completed a three-game sweep by beating the Indians 6-4. The victory, coupled with Kansas City’s loss to Boston, increased the Tigers division lead to 1 ½ games over the Royals.
In Kansas City, Daniel Nava hit a grand slam to lead Boston to an 8-4 win over the Royals. Xander Bogaerts added a three-run homer to help the Red Sox win three of four from Royals.
In other major league finals:
Clayton Kershaw picked up his major league-leading 19th victory and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened a three-game lead in the NL West by beating the second-place Giants 4-2 in San Francisco. Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer to back Kershaw, who’s 19-3 with a major league-best 1.70 ERA after yielding two runs and seven hits in eight innings.
Oakland strengthened its hold on a wild-card berth by blanking Seattle 4-0 as Jon Lester combined with three relievers on a seven-hitter. Sam Fuld and Brandon Moss hit solo home runs for the Athletics, who hold a 1 1/2-game advantage over Kansas City and a 2 1/2-game lead over the Mariners.
The Angels’ 10-game winning streak is over after being no-hit by Dallas Keuchel for six innings of Houston’s 6-1 triumph at Anaheim. Gregorio Petit hit a three-run homer and Robbie Grossman added a two-run single in the Astros’ ninth win in 13 games.
Nelson Cruz, Steve Pearce and Kelly Johnson doubled as the Baltimore Orioles scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to beat the New York Yankees 3-2. The rally trims the Birds’ magic number for winning the AL East to three over Toronto and two over the Yanks.
Luis Sardinas doubled his career total with four RBIs to pace Texas to a 10-3 win over Atlanta, completing the Rangers’ first series sweep in nearly five months. The Braves completed a 2-7 road trip that leaves them four games behind Pittsburgh for the National League’s second wild card with 13 games left.
Keselowski strikes first
Brad Keselowski has won the opening race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, a victory that automatically advances him into the second round.
As Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick staged a hold-your-breath, side-by-side race for the lead following a restart with 19 laps remaining, Keselowski charged through the middle to grab control of the race. He easily pulled away from the field while Harvick and Larson had their hands full trying to hold off Jeff Gordon, who finished second. Larson was third, followed by Joey Logano and Harvick.
The Chase this year will eliminate four drivers after every third race, and a win guarantees a driver an automatic berth into the next round. Keselowski already was the top seed in the Chase after picking up his fourth win of the season last week at Richmond.
Horschel take FedEx Cup title
Billy Horschel capped off the best three weeks of his career by winning the FedEx Cup and a $10 million bonus.
He closed with a 2-under 68 for a three-shot victory over Jim Furyk and Rory McIlroy in the Tour Championship and the biggest Sunday payoff in golf.
Horschel’s career earnings were $4.5 million coming into the year. He was No. 69 when the playoffs began a month ago. No one had ever won the FedEx Cup starting lower than No. 19.
Kim edges Webb
South Korean teenager Hyo-Joo Kim overcame a one-shot deficit on the final hole to beat Australian veteran Karrie Webb by one shot to win the Evian Championship. Kim becomes the third-youngest major winner at 19 years, two months.
Kim trailed the 39-year-old Webb by one shot heading into the final hole. But she turned the tables with a superb birdie from 12 feet out, and Webb then missed a chance to force a playoff when a difficult attempt for par from the same distance drifted left of the hole.
Norman still has hand following chain saw accident
Greg Norman is recovering from a chain saw accident that nearly cost him his left hand.
The Hall of Fame golfer and entrepreneur was cutting back trees in his South Florida home when the weight of a branch pulled his left hand toward the chain saw. He said the blade hit him just below where a person would be wearing a wrist watch. Norman said doctors told him it missed his artery by a fraction of an inch.