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DETROIT—Sam Darnold threw two touchdown passes in his NFL debut, and the New York Jets scored 31 unanswered points in the third quarter to ruin Matt Patricia's head-coaching debut and thump the host Detroit Lions 48-17 on Monday night. Darnold, the youngest quarterback starter since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, overcame a pick-6 on his first pass attempt. The 21-year-old rookie completed 16 of 21 passes for 198 yards. Jets running back Isaiah Crowell gained 102 yards on 10 carries and scored twice.
Veteran forward Luol Deng agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, according to multiple reports. The two-time All-Star met with Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who doubles as president of basketball operations, on Monday, according to reports from ESPN and The Athletic. The Athletic reported the deal was worth $2.4 million, pending results of a physical.
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.—Fiery Keegan Bradley parred the only hole needed in a sudden-death playoff on Monday to outlast Justin Rose of England at the rain-delayed BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club and win for the first time in six years. Rose, who had a 67 in the final round, and Bradley, who fired a scintillating 64 on Monday, went back to the 18th tee for a sudden-death playoff after both bogeyed the closing hole to finish at 20 under 260 after 72 holes.
GREEN BAY, Wis.—Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday "no decision has been made" about whether quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be able to play Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings. "We're still collecting all the information on his specific situation," McCarthy told reporters. "I know Aaron wants to play and is always driven to play, but that's all I have for right now." Rodgers said in his postgame interview Sunday night on NBC that he would play vs. the Vikings, against whom he broke his collarbone last year.
MINNEAPOLIS—Catcher Willians Astudillo hit a two-run walk-off homer with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Minnesota Twins a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 9, at Target Field in Minneapolis. It was just the 10th hit and third homer of the major league career for the 26-year-old Astudillo, who clobbered a 1-0 hanging slider off reliever Jason Hammel (2-13) deep into the bleachers in left-center field.
MINNEAPOLIS—Kansas City right-hander Jorge Lopez pitched eight perfect innings before allowing a baserunner Saturday night, Sept. 8, and the Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-1 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Lopez, in only his seventh career start, flirted with history, retiring the first 24 Twins he faced. Max Kepler led off the ninth and induced a walk on a 3-1 count to break up the perfect game bid. There have only been 23 perfect games recorded in major league history—the last one by Seattle's Felix Hernandez on Aug. 15, 2012, against Tampa Bay.
PHILADELPHIA—The Philadelphia Eagles came up with another goal-line stand against the Atlanta Falcons and eked out an 18-12 victory in an ugly, flag-filled affair to open the NFL regular season Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
MINNEAPOLIS — A wealth manager already convicted of defrauding one former NBA star also stole $77 million from Kevin Garnett, and Garnett is suing his longtime accountant and accounting firm, saying they helped it happen. Garnett, who began and ended his NBA career with the Minnesota Timberwolves and also played for the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets, is suing accountant Michael Wertheim and his firm, Welenken CPAs, for malpractice, saying they enabled Charles Banks IV to swindle Garnett by way of businesses in which they both held an interest.
HOUSTON—Alex Bregman homered for the fourth time in five games, and the Houston Astros completed a three-game home sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 9-1 win on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park. Bregman, who had his streak of consecutive games with a homer snapped at three on Tuesday despite hitting three doubles in the that game, knocked in five runs Wednesday. He smashed a two-run homer to left field with two outs in the second inning, giving the Astros a 2-0 lead, and he added a three-run double in the eighth.
Jim Furyk announced Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods as his first three captain's picks for the United States Ryder Cup team on Tuesday, Sept. 4. The three will join the eight players who previously earned automatic spots on the U.S. team that will take on Team Europe at Le Golf National in France beginning Sept. 28. Furyk will announce his final captain's pick after this week's BMW Championship.