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DETROIT — Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes while leading a ball-control attack, and the Detroit Lions handed former New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia his first head coaching victory by defeating the visiting Patriots 26-10 on Sunday, Sept. 23. Stafford hit on 27 of 36 passes for 262 yards with one interception. Kenny Golladay caught six passes for 53 yards and a touchdown, and Marvin Jones caught four passes for 69 yards and a score for Detroit (1-2).
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Steve Stricker birdied three of his first four holes and held on to post a four-stroke victory in the Sanford International on Sunday, Sept. 23, at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls. Stricker finished with a 3-under-par 67 for the second consecutive day to claim his third career win on the Champions Tour. He wrapped up the tournament at 13-under-par 197.
ATLANTA — Tiger Woods won his first title since 2013 when he captured the Tour Championship by two strokes in Atlanta on Sunday, Sept. 23, and proved to the golf world that he is far from done. Woods led throughout the final round and finished at 11-under-par 269 at East Lake, where he carded a closing 71 for his 80th PGA Tour victory. Amid raucous scenes, with the massive gallery chanting his name as he played the final hole, he tapped in to move within two victories of Sam Snead's all-time record of 82 titles.
OAKLAND, Calif.—The Oakland Athletics recorded their second consecutive walk-off win Saturday night, Sept. 22, scoring the game-ending run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning on a wild pitch by Minnesota Twins reliever Trevor Hildenberger in a 3-2 win. The result lowered Oakland's magic number for clinching an American League playoff spot to one. A win by the A's (91-64) on Sunday or a loss by the Tampa Bay Rays (86-68) at Toronto would assure Oakland's first trip to the playoffs since 2014.
MINNEAPOLIS — With its fading playoff hopes in jeopardy, Minnesota United jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on despite losing a man to a red card in defeating the visiting Portland Timbers 3-2 Saturday night, Sept. 22. With just six games left in the season and 14 points out of an MLS playoff spot, Minnesota (10-16-3, 33 points) still has an uphill battle to get a playoff spot, trailing sixth-place Seattle by 11 points with five games remaining on Minnesota's schedule.
RICHMOND, Va. — Kyle Busch, who was forced to start 39th in the 40-car field after being penalized for unapproved alterations to his car prior to the race, came all the way back to win the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night, Sept. 22. The victory at Richmond in the second event of the 10-race Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs gives Busch and his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota an automatic berth in the second round, which will begin after next weekend's event on the infield road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Khris Davis led off the bottom of the 10th inning with his second home run of the game, delivering the Oakland Athletics a 7-6, walk-off victory over the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a three-game series in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Sept. 21. A ninth walk-off win of the season kept Oakland (93-61) 6 1/2 games ahead of Tampa Bay in their battle for the second wild-card spot in the American League. The Rays had beaten Toronto earlier in the evening. The A's remain 3 1/2 games back of the Astros, who routed the Angels, for the AL West lead.
Three rules changes were approved by the NBA Board of Governors on Friday. The NBA announced adjustments, unanimously recommended by the league's competition committee, were unanimously approved. Beginning with the 2018 NBA preseason, the shot clock will reset to 14 seconds in offensive rebounding situations, as opposed to 24; the clear path foul rule will be simplified; and the definition of a "hostile act" will be expanded for purposes of triggering instant replay review.
CLEVELAND --N Rookie No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield relieved a concussed Tyrod Taylor and rallied the Cleveland Browns from a 14-point deficit past the visiting New York Jets for a 21-17 win to break a 19-game winless streak Thursday night at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mayfield, in his NFL debut, finished 17 of 23 for 201 yards in a little over one half of work for the Browns (1-1-1), who tallied their first victory since Dec. 24, 2016. It was just Cleveland's second win in 38 games.
CHICAGO — Mitchell Trubisky threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns, and the Chicago Bears held on for a 24-17 win over the visiting Seattle Seahawks on Monday night, Sept. 17, at Soldier Field. Tight end Trey Burton and wide receiver Anthony Miller each caught touchdown passes for Chicago (1-1), which won its home opener for the first time since 2013. Bears coach Matt Nagy earned his first career victory. Trubisky completed 25 of 34 passes and was intercepted twice.