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►  Pioneers Victorious over Urbana 31-28

The Glenville State Pioneer Football team picked up their first victory of the 2014 season today as they defeated the Urbana University Blue Knights at Morris Stadium by a final score of, 31-28.

Urbana would strike first as running back David Hill scored on a one yard run at the 9:23 minute mark of the first quarter as the Blue Knights went up, 7-0.

At the 1:24 minute mark of the first quarter quarterback Sean Steele hit wideout Dante Absher on a 20 yard touchdown pass as the Pioneers tied the game at 7-7.

Glenville State would then score the next 17 points as the Pioneers took a 24-7 lead into halftime.

In the second half the Pioneers would add another score at the 5:01 minute mark of the third quarter as Steele hit Ralph Gordon for a 77 yard touchdown pass as GSC went up, 31-7.

However Urbana would not be counted out as Quarterback Cody Schroeder hit Karim Jones Jr. on a five touchdown pass as Urbana made it, 31-14, just as the third quarter ended.

The Blue Knights would then add two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull with three points, 31-28.

The Pioneers would then get the ball back with only 4:06 left to play in the game however the drive would stall and Urbana would have one last possession.

Urbana would then drive the ball down to the Pioneers 25 yard line with under 1:30 left to play however on the Blue Knights third play of the drive defensive end Gray Henderson would cause a fumble as Jevon Webster recovered the ball for the Pioneers as GSC held onto the win, 31-28.

The Pioneers defense caused five fumbles on the day and also had an interception despite giving up 524 yards of offense to Urbana. The Pioneers only had four penalties for 36 yards while Urbana finished with six penalties for 43 yards.

Tevin Drake led the rushing attack as he rushed for 84 yards on 17 carries. Rahmann Lee carried the ball 18 times for 41 yards.

Sean Steele had a good game throwing the ball as he went 17 for 29 for 266 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

Wideout Ralph Gordon had a fabulous game as he caught five passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Dante Absher caught three passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.

On defense Gary Henderson finished with 9.5 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, and a forced fumble. Jeff Kidder finished with eight total tackles, a fumble recovery, and three pass breakups.

The Blue Knights were led by quarterback Cody Schroeder as he went 25 for 31 for 298 yards and three touchdowns. However Schroeder was sacked three times on the day. Karim Jones Jr. was Urbana’s leading receiver as he caught 13 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown.

Kevin Chapple led the Blue Knights defense with 9.5 total tackles.

The Pioneers hit the road next Saturday, October 04, 2014 as they travel to Buckhannon, West Virginia to take on the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. Game-time is set for 12:00 PM.

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Glenville State 31, Urbana 28 | Final Stats

Glenville State held off a late Urbana rally to claim its first victory of the season, 31-28, on Saturday afternoon at Morris Stadium.

The Pioneers (1-3, 1-3) led 31-7 late in the third quarter after Ralph Gordon hauled in a 77-yard touchdown pass from Sean Steele. However, Urbana rattled off 21-straight points to get to within three points with still four minutes off the clock. The Blue Knights had one last chance and worked the ball to the Glenville State 25-yard line before Gary Henderson registered a sack and forced a fumble that was recovered by the Pioneers that allowed them to run out the final 1:14 in the game.

GSC’s Tevin Drake rushed for 84 yards and Rahmann Lee was limited to 41 yards on 18 carries. Steele finished the game 17-of-29 for 266 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Henderson led the defensive effort by finishing the game 15 total stops with 2.5 sacks.

Urbana (1-3, 1-3) finished the game with more first downs (30-19) and more yards of total offense (524-377). Cody Schroeder was 25-of-31 for 298 yards with three touchdowns, and Cale Burdyshaw was 11-of-16 for 82 yards and added 14 carries for 55 yards.

Charleston 28, Notre Dame 14 | Final Stats

Charleston remained unbeaten with a 28-14 win on the road at Notre Dame College on Saturday.

The Golden Eagles (4-0, 3-0) built a 19-0 lead midway through the third quarter and kept the Falcons at bay the rest of the way to earn the win. UC allowed just 25 yards rushing in the game and came up with the only two turnovers. Charleston controlled the ball for 38 minutes of the game and three of its four scoring drives lasted longer than four minutes.

Marvin Elam led the rushing attack with 160 yards and a touchdown.John Knox was 11-of-25 for 135 yards and two touchdowns and added another 33 yards rushing. Torie Wagner and D’Andre Dickerson each came up with interceptions and Trevor Duncan led the way with seven total stops.

Notre Dame (3-1, 3-1) was led offensively by Ray Russ who thre for 240 yards on 23-of-44 attempts with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Mitchel Shegos had 10 receptions for 117 yards with a touchdown. Kenneth Butler was held to just 42 yards on 16 carries.

Concord 61, West Liberty 24 | Final Stats

Concord rushed for over 300 yards and scored a pair of special teams touchdowns on its way to a 61-24 victory over West Liberty.

The Mountain Lions (4-0, 3-0) scored five touchowns of 30 yards or longer in the victory. Jermell Douse had a 65-yard punt return and a 55-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter to help spark CU in the victory. Calvainaugh Jones led the ground game with 108 yards, and Jamal Petty added 92 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns, including 34-yard scamper in the third quarter. Quarterback Brian Novak was 15-of-21 for 223 and two touchdowns.

Nick Ortiz led CU with nine total tackles, including three for a loss, and Ervin Moore added eight stops and four TFLs. Cade Rogers recovered a punt blocked by Tiko Henderson in the end zone to supply a score for the Mountain Lions.

Dakota Conwell led West Liberty (2-2, 2-2) was 20-of-41 for 275 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, and also rushed for another score. Jeremiah Ortiz rushed 16 times for 68 yards.

No. 11 Shepherd 56, West Virginia Wesleyan 7 | Final Stats

After falling behind early 7-0, Shepherd scored 56 consecutive points on its way to a lopsided win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.

Trailing 7-0 after a Jeremy Musselman touchdown run, the Rams (4-0, 4-0) used big plays early to help set the tone for the game as C.J. Davis scored on a 91-yard punt return for a touchodwn, and then Octavius Thomas scooped up a fumble forced by Shaquille Melvin and rumbled 20 yards to move ahead 14-7. Jabre Lolley added another score late in the quarter to make it 21-7, and then the Rams put the game away with 23 points in the second quarter. Shepherd slowed things down in the second half owning the ball for 18 of the 30 minutes in the second half.

The Rams held West Virginia Wesleyan (1-3, 1-3) to just 158 yards of total offense and just 2.5 yards per play. Thomas finished the game with a team-best six total tackles.

Malik Henderson led SU with 93 yards rushing and a touchdown, and Lolley found the end zone twice while rushing for 64 yards. Jeff Ziemba was 9-of-16 for 122 yards and a touchdown.

Musselman was held to just 12-of-25 passing for 112 yards and was picked off three times.

Fairmont State 24, West Virginia State 12 | Final Stats

Fairmont State had over 200 yards both rushing and passing in a 24-12 road victory over West Virginia State on Saturday.

Tyler Pate started and completed 18-of-30 passes for 210 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions, and also had 52 yards rushing. Daniel Monroe had 96 yards rushing and one touchdown to lead FSU (2-2, 2-2) on the ground.

Trevor Malnick led the Falcons on defense with seven total tackles, including 1.5 sacks, a tackle for a loss and a forced fumble.

Fairmont State held WVSU (1-3, 0-3) to just 51 yards rushing, but WVSU quarterback Matt Kinnick completed 34-of-55 passes for 406 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Quinton Gray had 11 catches for 119 yards for the Yellow Jackets. Will Merritt had a game-high 14 tackles for WVSU.

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Final Score: (1) Florida State 56, North Carolina State 41

Top-ranked Florida State survived a scare last week without its reigning Heisman Trophy winner. The Seminoles’ unblemished record, which includes the nation’s longest active winning streak, was in doubt again on Saturday. This time, however, Jameis Winston made sure it stayed intact. Winston threw for 365 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions to lead Florida State to a 56-41 win over upset-minded North Carolina State at Carter-Finley Stadium. The signal caller was suspended for last week’s 23-17 overtime victory against then-No. 22 Clemson due to an inappropriate comment made in the student union. Backup Sean McGuire, making his first collegiate start, took over in Winston’s absense and led the ‘Noles to the tense home victory. Florida State has now won 20 straight dating back to its last setback against then-No. 6 Florida on Nov. 24, 2012. Karlos Williams had 126 yards on 21 carries with three touchdowns and Rashad Greene hauled in 11 passes for 125 yards and a score for the Seminoles (4-0, 2-0 ACC), who have won 16 straight games in conference.

Final Score: (5) Auburn 45, Louisiana Tech 17

Nick Marshall threw for three touchdowns to lead the fifth-ranked Auburn Tigers to a 45-17 victory over the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Saturday. Marshall finished with 166 yards on 10-of-17 efficiency and rushed for 105 more yards on 13 carries. Quan Bray finished with 189 all- purpose yards and three scores, including a 76-yard punt return touchdown for Auburn (4-0), which won its 300th game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. D’haquille Williams and C.J. Uzomah both caught receiving touchdowns and Cameron Artis- Payne led the ground game with 116 yards on 22 carries and a score. Cody Sokol completed 20 of his 35 passes for 216 yards with an interception and Kenneth Dixon had two rushing touchdowns for Louisiana Tech (2-3), which has dropped its last two games.

Final Score: (6) Texas A&M 35, Arkansas 28 (OT)

Malcome Kennedy’s touchdown catch in overtime helped No. 6 Texas A&M survive a scare with a 35-28 win over Arkansas. The Aggies (5-0, 2-0 SEC) trailed by two touchdowns entering the fourth, but touchdown grabs by Edward Pope and Josh Reynolds rallied Texas A&M. Reynolds’ 59-yard score tied the game with 2:08 left to set up overtime. Texas A&M began the extra session with the ball and the first play saw Kenny Hill rifle a pass over the middle where Kennedy caught the ball and ran it in for a 35-28 lead. Arkansas (3-2, 0-2) quickly faced a 4th-and-1, but Alex Collins was stuffed at the line and the Aggies held on for the win. Hill finished the game 21-for-41 for 386 yards with four touchdown passes and an interception, with Pope catching two of the scores among his four receptions for 151 yards for Texas A&M. Brandon Allen was 15-of-27 for 199 yards and one score for the Razorbacks, who got rushing scores from Collins, Jonathan Williams and Sam Irwin-Hill.

Final Score: (7) Baylor 49, Iowa State 28

Bryce Petty threw for 336 yards and a touchdown and scored twice on the ground, as No. 7 Baylor’s top-ranked offense put up another big number in a 49-28 win over Iowa State on Saturday. With a couple of receivers back from injury, Petty completed 30-of-44 passes—also throwing his first interception of the season—and Shock Linwood rushed for 82 yards and three touchdowns for the Bears (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), who were coming off a bye week after winning their first three games by a combined score of 178-27. Corey Coleman played after sitting out the first three games with a hamstring injury and caught 12 passes for 154 yards and a score. Antwan Goodley, last season’s leading receiver, appeared for the first time since injuring a quad in Week 1 and had six catches for 114 yards.

Final Score: (8) Notre Dame 31, Syracuse 15

Everett Golson had an uneven performance in eighth-ranked Notre Dame’s 31-15 win over the Syracuse Orange at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night. Golson was 32-of-39 for 362 yards with four touchdowns and set a Fighting Irish record with 25 straight completions, but also threw two interceptions—one of which was returned for a score—and fumbled twice. Notre Dame (4-0) committed a total of five turnovers, allowing Syracuse to hang around. Terrel Hunt completed 22-of-38 passes for 294 yards with one interception for the Orange (2-2).

Final Score: (9) Michigan State 56, Wyoming 14

Connor Cook threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for a score, as ninth-ranked Michigan State had another easy tune-up for the Big Ten schedule with a 56-14 rout of Wyoming on Saturday at Spartan Stadium. Jeremy Langford ran for 137 yards with a score on 16 carries and Nick Hill chipped in 71 yards on the ground for the Spartans (3-1), who completed their non-conference slate and will open Big Ten play next Saturday at home against Nebraska. After a bye following their 46-27 loss at No. 2 Oregon three weeks ago, the Spartans have dominated the opposition the last two weeks. Last Saturday, Michigan State piled up 336 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns in a 73-14 demolition of Eastern Michigan. Against the overmatched Cowboys, Michigan State bettered that mark with 338 yards on the ground with five scores. Shaun Wick ran for 85 yards on five carries, including a 57-yard score, for Wyoming (3-2), while Colby Kirkegaard threw for 188 yards with a touchdown and an interception in defeat. The Cowboys have won each of their three home games and have been blown out by ranked opposition in their road outings. Wyoming went to Oregon two weeks ago and left with a 48-14 setback against the Ducks.

Final Score: (10) Ole Miss 24, Memphis 3

Perhaps Mississippi was caught looking ahead with an October gauntlet in the SEC looming—at least through the first three quarters. Bo Wallace tossed both of his touchdown passes to Laquon Treadwell, who posted five receptions for 123 yards, and the 10th-ranked Rebels pulled away from Memphis, 24-3, on Saturday night. Turnovers, penalties and missed field goals marred the offensive and special teams side of the ball, despite the Rebels outgaining the Tigers, 426-104. They recorded four turnovers, were penalized 10 times for 117 yards and Andrew Fletcher missed a pair of field goals. Ole Miss outscored Memphis 17-0 in the fourth quarter.

Final Score: (12) Georgia 35, Tennessee 32

Todd Gurley had plenty of rest last week and his fresh legs carried 12th-ranked Georgia to a 35-32 win over Tennessee on Saturday at Sanford Stadium. Gurley sat out the final three quarters of last week’s 66-0 rout of Troy and was the workhorse on Saturday. The Heisman candidate ran for a career-high 208 yards with a pair of touchdowns on 28 carries and caught four passes for 30 yards for the Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1 SEC), who beat Tennessee for the fifth straight time. Hutson Mason threw for 147 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, while adding a score on the ground for Georgia. The Bulldogs, who rallied from an early 10-0 hole on Saturday, had lost their SEC opener two weeks ago at South Carolina. Saturday was the conference opener for Tennessee (2-2, 0-1), which started its SEC slate with an opponent other than Florida for the first time since 2001. Justin Worley completed 23-of-35 passes for 264 yards with three touchdowns in defeat, but sat out a majority of the third quarter with an elbow injury. Jalen Hurd ran for 119 yards with a touchdown, but also had a costly fumble in the end zone that gave Georgia its clinching score in an exciting fourth quarter that featured a combined 29 points.

Final Score: Missouri 21, (13) South Carolina 20

Russell Hansbrough had three touchdown runs, including a 1-yarder on fourth down with 1:36 left in the game that boosted Missouri to a 21-20 win over No. 13 South Carolina on Saturday. Missouri (4-1, 1-0 SEC) rallied from a 13-point deficit to win its conference opener, one week after suffering a 31-27 home loss to Indiana. It was a tough night for Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk, who completed only 12-of-34 passes for 132 yards, but more than half of them came during a big fourth-quarter drive. Marcus Murphy gained 98 yards on 16 carries, while Hansbrough ended with 43 yards on the ground. Dylan Thompson had 219 yards passing on 21-of-37 attempts along with a TD for the Gamecocks (3-2, 2-2).

Final Score: (16) Stanford 20, Washington 13

Quarterback Kevin Hogan overcame two second- half turnovers to rush for the winning 5-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, lifting No. 16 Stanford to a 20-13 win over Washington on Saturday. Hogan had a 17-yard touchdown pass to Ty Montgomery in the first half, but threw an interception in the third quarter and fumbled in the red zone in the fourth before scrambling for the go-ahead score with 4:29 remaining after the Cardinal defense stuffed a fake punt attempt by Washington. Stanford (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12) and its top-ranked defense has held all four of its opponents under 14 points this season, but many of the big plays on that side of the ball Saturday came from Washington (4-1, 0-1). Huskies linebacker Shaq Thompson scored on a fumble return to tie the game at 13-13 going into halftime and forced a fumble when he hit Hogan in the fourth quarter with Stanford threatening to take the lead. But Thompson was also the player who was stopped when Washington tried a fake punt on 4th-and-9 near midfield, leading to the Cardinal’s winning score.

Final Score: (17) LSU 63, New Mexico State 7

Freshman quarterback Brandon Harris took over for Anthony Jennings in the second quarter and scored five total touchdowns as the No. 17 LSU Tigers routed the New Mexico State Aggies, 63-7, on Saturday. Harris completed 11 of his 14 passes for 178 yards and three passing touchdowns. He also added 36 yards and two scores on the ground for the Tigers (4-1), who extended their non-conference regular season winning streak to 49 games. Malachi Dupree, Travin Dural and Melvin Jones each caught a touchdown and Leonard Fournette finished with a game-high 122 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in the best game of his young career. Tyler Rogers threw for 86 yards on 14-of-31 passing with two touchdowns for the Aggies (2-3), who had Andrew Allen run for 113 yards and a touchdown on five carries.

Final Score: (19) Wisconsin 27, South Florida 10

Melvin Gordon ran for two second-half touchdowns to lead the 19th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers past the South Florida Bulls, 27-10, on Saturday. Gordon carried the ball 32 times for 181 yards for the Badgers (3-1), who have won 32 consecutive home games against non- conference opponents. The junior running back was coming off a career-high 253 yards and school record-tying five touchdowns on just 13 carries in a 68-17 win over Bowling Green last Saturday. After blasting Bowling Green with a Big Ten modern-era record 644 rushing yards, Wisconsin was limited to 294 yards on the ground against South Florida. Tanner McEvoy completed 11- of-18 passes for 160 yards and one touchdown for the Badgers. Alex Erickson caught six passes for 91 yards. Mike White connected on 8-of-19 passes for 173 yards and an interception for the Bulls (2-3), who have lost three of four since starting the season with a win over Western Carolina.

Final Score: (21) Nebraska 45, Illinois 14

Ameer Abdullah ran for 208 yards and three touchdowns to carry 21st-ranked Nebraska to a 45-14 rout of Illinois in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Tommy Armstrong Jr. completed 10-of-21 passes for 166 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Cornhuskers (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten), who got rushing TDs from Imani Cross and Terrell Newby. Cross had 109 yards rushing, part of a 458-yard ground effort for the Cornhuskers. It was the second strong showing on the ground for Abdullah. Last week, the senior finished with 229 yards on a career-best 35 carries in a 41-31 win over Miami-Florida. Kenny Bell caught five balls for 105 yards and a score in the win, during which Nebraska piled up 624 yards. Reilly O’Toole started in place of an injured Wes Lunt (leg) and completed 17-of-38 throws for 261 yards with a score and three interceptions for Illinois (3-2, 0-1).

Final Score: (22) Ohio State 50, Cincinnati 28

J.T. Barrett threw four touchdown passes, Ezekiel Elliott had an impressive rushing performance and 22nd-ranked Ohio State pulled away to post a 50-28 victory over Cincinnati at Ohio Stadium. Barrett was 26-of-36 for 330 yards and added 79 yards on the ground, while Elliott ran for 182 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. Ohio State (3-1), which finished with 710 yards of offense and 45 first downs, hasn’t lost to an in-state school since a 7-6 defeat against Oberlin in 1921. The Buckeyes haven’t lost in 45 consecutive games against other Ohio-based teams. Chris Moore caught touchdown passes of 60, 83 and 78 yards from Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel. Those were Moore’s only three receptions in the game. Kiel also threw a touchdown pass to Johnny Holton and ended with 352 yards on 21-of-32 efficiency for the Bearcats (2-1), who were down only five in the third quarter before Ohio State scored the game’s final 17 points.

Final Score: (25) Kansas State 58, UTEP 28

Charles Jones rushed for 76 yards and three touchdowns, as No. 25 Kansas State staked its claim to remain in the rankings with a 58-28 thrashing of UTEP on Saturday afternoon. Jake Waters finished 10-of-15 for 209 yards with one touchdown through the air and one on the ground for the Wildcats (3-1), who face a Big 12 test next Saturday against Texas Tech. Tyler Lockett had 84 yards on four receptions and contributed a punt return for a score, while DeMarcus Robinson and Joe Hubener also added rushing TDs. Jameill Showers was 18-of-28 for 201 yards and four touchdowns for the Miners (2-2), who kick off their Conference USA slate at Louisiana Tech seven days from now. Ian Hamilton led all receivers with 112 yards on five grabs and a pair of scores, while Aaron Jones and Eric Tomlinson each posted a TD catch in defeat.

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►  NFL Inactives - Sunday, September 28, 2014

The following is a list of inactive players for today’s games.


Miami - LB Chris McCain, LB Koa Misi, RB Knowshon Moreno, C Mike Pouncey,

C Shelley Smith, DT Randy Starks, OT Billy Turner

Oakland - OL Tony Bergstrom, OT Matt McCants, WR Denarius Moore, LB Sio

Moore, LB Nick Roach, QB Matt Schaub, WR Rod Streater


Green Bay - WR Jarrett Boykin, LB Carl Bradford, C Garth Gerhart, CB

Demetri Goodson, LB Brad Jones, QB Scott Tolzien

Chicago - DE Jared Allen, C/G Roberto Garza, OT Charles Leno, LB Shea

McClellin, CB Sherrick McManis, NT Jeremiah Ratliff, G Matt Slauson


Carolina - S Tre Boston, LB Thomas Davis, G Andrew Norwell, RB Jonathan

Stewart, QB Joe Webb, RB Fozzy Whittaker, TE Brandon Williams

Baltimore - LB Arthur Brown, WR Michael Campanaro, DT Lawrence Guy, DT

Timmy Jernigan, OT Eugene Monroe, OG John Urschel, CB/RS Lardarius Webb


Tampa Bay - G Kadeem Edwards, DE Larry English, LB Mason Foster, WR Robert

Herron, RB Mike James, QB Josh McCown, OT Kevin Pamphile

Pittsburgh - WR Martavis Bryant, G Ramon Foster, OT Wesley Johnson, QB

Landry Jones, DL Daniel McCullers, LB Ryan Shazier, CB Ike Taylor


Tennessee - LB Akeem Ayers, WR Kris Durham, CB Brandon Harris, QB Jake

Locker, DE Ropati Pitoitua, OT Byron Stingily, TE Taylor Thompson

Indianapolis - S Colt Anderson, LB Jerrell Freeman, C/G Khaled Holmes, DE

Arthur Jones, WR Da’Rick Rogers, LB Andy Studebaker, G Hugh Thornton


Detroit - S Don Carey, TE Joseph Fauria, LB Travis Lewis, QB Kellen Moore,

DB Cassius Vaughn, OT LaAdrian Waddle, DE Larry Webster

NY Jets - DT T.J. Barnes, G Dakota Dozier, LB A.J. Edds, DE IK Enemkpali,

OT Ben Ijalana, CB Dee Milliner, WR Walter Powell


Buffalo - RB Bryce Brown, CB Ross Cockrell, WR Marcus Easley, WR Marquise

Goodwin, LB Randell Johnson, OT Cyrus Kouandjio, G Chris Williams

Houston - OT Jeff Adams, CB A.J. Bouye, LB Jadeveon Clowney, S Shiloh Keo,

SS Eddie Pleasant, WR DeVier Posey, QB Tom Savage


Jacksonville - LB Jeremiah George, CB Jeremy Harris, WR Tavarres King, WR

Marqise Lee, G Austin Pasztor, OG Tyler Shatley, TE Mickey Shuler

San Diego - LB Jeremiah Attaochu, TE David Johnson, RB Ryan Mathews, G

Rich Ohrnberger, LB Manti Te’o, CB Jason Verrett, LB Reggie Walker


Philadelphia - QB Matt Barkley, OT Kevin Graf, DE Taylor Hart, WR Josh

Huff, C Jason Kelce, LB Mychal Kendricks, CB Jaylen Watkins

San Francisco - CB Tramaine Brock, DT Tank Carradine, G/C Dillon Farrell,

QB Josh Johnson, C Marcus Martin, TE Vance McDonald, WR Quinton Patton


Atlanta - CB Javier Arenas, WR Harry Douglas, DE Cliff Matthews, QB Sean

Renfree, OT Ryan Schraeder, LB Tyler Starr, C James Stone

Minnesota - DE Scott Crichton, LB Chad Greenway, OT Charlie Johnson, TE

Kyle Rudolph, WR Rodney Smith, LB Brandon Watts, G David Yankey


New Orleans - None

Dallas - None

►  Chiefs RB Charles Probable for Monday Night

After missing last week’s game, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is listed as probable to play Monday night against the New England Patriots.

Charles missed last week’s 34-15 win against the Miami Dolphins after suffering a high ankle sprain early in a Week 2 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Charles was limited in practice this week. The Texas product has just 23 yards on nine carries this season.

Knile Davis carried the load with Charles out last week. Fellow running back Joe McKnight, who caught six passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns against the Dolphins, ruptured his Achilles during Thursday’s practice.

Running back De’Anthony Thomas (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Monday.

As expected, safety Eric Berry (ankle) was ruled out. He missed practice all week.

►  Patriots Place Siliga on Short-Term IR

The New England Patriots signed defensive lineman Casey Walker off Carolina’s practice squad and placed defensive lineman Sealver Siliga on injured reserve with a designation to return.

Siliga suffered a foot injury against Oakland last Sunday. He played in the first three games with two starts.

Siliga is eligible to return on November 23 against the Detroit Lions.

Walker spent part of the 2013 season on the Carolina practice squad.

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►  76ers Acquire G Bogans from Cavaliers

The Philadelphia 76ers acquired a 2018 second-round draft pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers along with guard Keith Bogans in exchange for the Sixers’ protected 2015 second-round pick.

As a result of the trade, the Cavs will receive a trade exception of approximately $5.3 million.

Bogans was recently acquired by the Cavaliers via a trade with Boston.

Bogans has played in 671 career games (333 starts) with Orlando, Charlotte, Houston, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Chicago, Brooklyn and Boston, averaging 6.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

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►  Reds Give GM Jocketty Two-Year Extension

The Cincinnati Reds signed president of baseball operations and general manager Walt Jocketty to a two-year contract extension on Saturday.

Jocketty’s original contract was to have expired at the end of this season.

“This franchise has had great success under Walt’s guidance, and we’re delighted he has signed a two-year extension,“ said Reds president/CEO Bob Castellini.

Jocketty joined the organization in January 2008 as a special assistant to Castellini and was named to his current position three months later. The Reds entered Saturday’s action with a 74-86 record.

Jocketty’s best season with the team came in 2010 when the Reds finished with a 91-71 record and took the National League Central crown by five games over the St. Louis Cardinals.

It was the team’s first postseason berth since 1995.

Following the 2010 campaign, Jocketty was named Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year. He also won the award in 2000 and 2004 with St. Louis.

The Reds also won the NL Central in 2012 and earned a wild card berth in 2013.

►  Orioles Bring Up Casilla from Minors

The Baltimore Orioles announced Saturday that the contract of infielder Alexi Casilla was selected from Triple-A Norfolk.

Casilla has spent the entire 2014 campaign in the minors, hitting .264 with one home run, eight doubles and 19 RBI over 56 games at Norfolk after a four- game stint at Single-A Aberdeen.

The 30-year-old native of the Dominican Republic last played in the majors in 2013 with the O’s, appearing in 62 games and hitting just .214. Over 577 games with Minnesota and Baltimore, he has collected 12 homers, 76 doubles, 15 triples, 225 runs scored and 157 batted in with a .248 average.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated pitcher Preston Guilmet for assignment. Guilmet went 0-1 with a 5.23 earned run average in 10 games this season.


Final Score: Arizona 5, St. Louis 2

Mark Trumbo homered twice and knocked in four runs to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-2 win over St. Louis to prevent the Cardinals from wrapping up the NL Central title. David Peralta went 3-for-4 with a homer and two runs scored, while Ender Inciarte extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Arizona snapped a three-game losing streak. The Cardinals squandered the opportunity to clinch the division championship with a win because of Pittsburgh’s loss earlier in the day. St. Louis remains a game up on the Pirates for first place with just one game remaining for each team. If the clubs end in a tie after Sunday, there will be a one-game playoff in St. Louis Monday to determine the division winner.

Final Score: Cincinnati 10, Pittsburgh 6 (10 innings)

Ramon Santiago hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th to lift the Cincinnati Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates, 10-6, in the middle installment of a three-game series. The Pirates sent John Axford (0-1) to the mound in the 10th. Todd Frazier walked, Chris Heisey singled and Ryan Ludwick walked to load the bases with one out. Bobby LaFromboise came in from the bullpen and got pinch-hitter Brayan Pena to fly out to shallow right field. Santiago then stepped to the plate and smacked a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left.

Final Score: Los Angeles 6, Colorado 5 (12 innings)

Scott Van Slyke stole third base and then scored on a Franklin Morales wild pitch in the 12th inning to boost the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-5 win over the Colorado Rockies. Van Slyke singled to right field with one out and Tim Federowicz was hit by a pitch. Van Slyke then swiped third and Morales’ errant pitch ended the 4-hour, 6-minute contest. Adrian Gonzalez homered for the NL West champions. Van Slyke scored twice for the Dodgers, who notched their fourth straight win.

Final Score: Washington 5, Miami 1

Stephen Strasburg tossed six scoreless innings and drove in a run, as the Washington Nationals downed the Miami Marlins, 5-1, in the third contest of a four-game set. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run double and Adam LaRoche drove in a run for the Nationals, who bounced back from a 15-7 loss in the nightcap of Friday’s doubleheader. Strasburg (14-11) surrendered just two hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over six scoreless innings for the win for the NL East champions. Casey McGehee scored and had two hits for Miami, which has dropped two of its last three games. Nathan Eovaldi (6-14) allowed two runs on eight hits and three walks with five strikeouts over seven frames to lose his career-high eighth straight decision.

Final Score: San Francisco 3, San Diego 1

Brandon Crawford’s two-run single in the bottom of the eighth lifted the San Francisco Giants over the San Diego Padres, 3-1, in the third contest of a four-game series. The Padres sent Dale Thayer (4-5) to the mound in the eighth. Matt Duffy reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on Cory Spangenberg’s throwing error. Brandon Belt and Andrew Susac walked to load the bases. After pinch- hitter Pablo Sandoval struck out swinging, Crawford hit a two-run single to right. Hunter Strickland (1-0) retired the side in the top of the eighth for the Giants, who are locked into the second wild card spot in the National League. Santiago Casilla tossed a scoreless ninth for his 19th save of the season. Giants outfielder Hunter Pence wasn’t in Saturday’s starting lineup, ending his major league-leading streak of 331 consecutive starts. A pinch-hitting appearance in the seventh inning kept alive his MLB-best streak of 382 games in a row. Jake Peavy got the start for San Francisco and allowed one run on four hits with three walks over five innings against his former team. San Diego starter Eric Stults gave up one run on six hits over seven innings.

Final Score: Atlanta 4, Philadelphia 2

Justin Upton and B.J. Upton both homered and threw a runner out at home as the Atlanta Braves held on for a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night. Justin Upton broke a tie with a two-run blast in the seventh off Philadelphia starter A.J. Burnett (8-18). The Phillies loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but closer Craig Kimbrel earned his 46th save when Andrelton Simmons snagged Ben Revere’s liner. The shortstop had committed a fielding error earlier in the inning. Aaron Harang (12-12) gave up two runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings to pick up the win, just the third in the last 15 games for Atlanta. Burnett, who has hinted that this could be his final season, allowed four runs on five hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings. Ryan Howard finished 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI for Philadelphia.

Final Score: NY Mets 2, Houston 1

Lucas Duda hit a two-run home run with two outs in the ninth inning to give the New York Mets a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros in the second of a season-ending three-game set. With one out and Tony Sipp (4-3) on the mound, Eric Young tripled to left-center field and remained there after Daniel Murphy flied out. Duda, though, drilled a pitch that hit hard off the netting on the right field foul pole for the win. The home run made a winner out of Jenrry Mejia (6-6), who tossed a scoreless ninth inning. Rafael Montero gave up a run on six hits with a pair of walks and six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings for the Mets, who had lost three of four coming in. Jason Castro drove in the lone run for the Astros, who have lost four of their last five. Samuel Deduno gave up a hit and a walk while striking out four over four innings.

Final Score: Milwaukee 2, Chicago 1

Wily Peralta tossed seven solid innings and Carlos Gomez homered to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the middle test of a three-game set on Saturday. Jonathan Lucroy hit an RBI double and had three hits, while Peralta (17-11) surrendered just one run on five hits and a walk with a career-high 13 strikeouts for the Brewers, who snapped a two-game skid. Anthony Rizzo finished with two hits and an RBI for Chicago, which entered the game with three straight wins. Tsuyoshi Wada (4-4) was tagged with the loss after giving up two runs on eight hits across five-plus frames. 


Final Score: Seattle 2, LA Angels of Anaheim 1 (11 innings)

Austin Jackson hustled down the first-base line and his final lunge toward the bag kept the Seattle Mariners in the AL wild-card chase heading into the final day of the season. Brad Miller scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning and the Mariners edged the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 2-1, in the middle test of a three-game set on Saturday night. The Mariners, who were unable to take advantage of a bases- loaded, no-out situation in the ninth, struck in the 11th. Miller lined a one- out double down the right-field line off Mike Morin (4-4) and Chris Taylor blooped a base hit into center to put runners on the corners. Vinnie Pestano came on for Morin and Jackson bounced one to a drawn-in Grant Green at second. Green went to second for the force out, but Gordon Beckham’s relay throw to first was a tad too late. Seattle is one game behind Oakland for the AL’s final wild card spot. The A’s lost to Texas earlier Saturday.

Final Score: Texas 5, Oakland 4

Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run home run to lead the Texas Rangers in a 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics in the second of a season-ending three-game series. Oakland has yet to clinch the final playoff spot in the American League, as the loss has them one game ahead of Seattle going to the final day of the regular season. The Mariners beat the Angels in 11 innings Saturday night. If the teams end in a tie, there will be a one-game playoff at Safeco Field Monday to determine the second wild card team. Jake Smolinski hit a solo home run and score twice while Adrian Beltre and Rougned Odor each drove in a run for the Rangers, who came into the game having won 12 of their previous 14 games. Scott Baker pitched four-plus innings and allowed two runs on four hits with five strikeouts. Spencer Patton (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh inning to pick up his first career win. Josh Donaldson was 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored while Josh Reddick also had three hits with an RBI and a run scored for the Athletics, who have lost four of their last five games.

Final Score: Minnesota 12, Detroit 3

Eduardo Escobar had four hits and knocked in a career-high six runs, leading the Minnesota Twins to an easy 12-3 win over the playoff-bound Detroit Tigers on Saturday night. Escobar, who didn’t have more than two RBI in any other game this season, had three singles and a three-run homer for the Twins, who have won four of their last five, including two of the first three in this series as they try to play the role of spoiler. The Tigers entered play with a one-game lead over Kansas City for first place in the AL Central and could have clinched their fourth straight division title with a win and a Royals loss to the White Sox. Instead, they lost for the second day in a row to the division’s last-place team. The Royals fell to the White Sox 5-4, remaining one game behind going into the last day of the regular season. Brian Dozier added a solo homer for the Twins, who hit 70 wins (70-91) for the first time since 2010. Ricky Nolasco (6-12) gave up two runs in six innings and snapped a nine-start winless streak, gaining a victory for the first time since July 01. Nick Castellanos hit a solo homer and drove in all three runs for the Tigers while rookie left-hander Kyle Lobstein (1-2) was charged with six runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Final Score: Chicago 5, Kansas City 4

Josh Phegley homered twice to help the Chicago White Sox to a 5-4 win over Kansas City to keep the Royals a game behind the lead in the AL Central. The Royals already locked up a playoff berth, but a win coupled with a Detroit loss on Sunday to Minnesota will force a tie for the division crown. Because of Oakland’s loss to Texas, Kansas City is guaranteed a home game in the wild card round if it does not win the division. If the Royals and Tigers end with identical records, a tiebreaker would be played Monday at Detroit to determine the division winner. Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer and Alexei Ramirez drove in a run for Chicago, which snapped a four-game losing streak. John Danks (11-11) again kept the Royals off-balance, limiting them to two runs on five hits and two walks over seven innings. Danks improved to 7-0 in 16 career starts against KC. Danny Duffy (9-12) was charged with the loss after he allowed four runs on five hits over two-plus innings. Salvador Perez homered, while Nori Aoki, Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas each knocked in a run for the Royals.

Final Score: Boston 10, New York 4

Daniel Nava collected three hits and drove in three runs as Boston routed New York, 10-4, in the middle test of a season- ending three-game set from Fenway Park. Yoenis Cespedes added two hits and two RBI, while Rusney Castillo picked up three hits, drove in a run and scored once for the Red Sox. Garin Cecchini doubled twice, scored a run and drove in one for the hosts, who cruised to victory thanks to an eight-run second. Backed by his prolific offense, Joe Kelly (4-2) allowed four runs on nine hits over 7 1/3 innings, but it was enough to snag the win. Stephen Drew hit a two- run double, while Chris Young and Brendan Ryan added an RBI each for the Yankees. Derek Jeter finished with an infield single in two at-bats as the designated hitter in what could have been his final MLB appearance. He did not play in Friday’s opener and could sit out Sunday.

Final Score: Toronto 4, Baltimore 2

Jose Reyes finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored, as Toronto topped Baltimore, 4-2, in the second of three between the clubs. Kevin Pillar added two hits and crossed home twice, while Steve Tolleson posted an RBI double for the Blue Jays, who have taken the first two in the series along with six of eight overall. J.A. Happ (11-11) worked 6 1/3 innings for the win, giving up just two runs on four hits. Casey Janssen had a quiet ninth to notch his 25th save. Adam Jones homered and Delmon Young knocked in the other run for the Orioles, who have lost three in a row and five of seven. Wei-Yin Chen (16-6) took the loss, charged with five hits and three runs—two earned—over six full frames.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 2, Cleveland 0

Alex Colome threw scoreless ball into the seventh inning and three relievers combined for a five-hit shutout as Tampa Bay silenced Cleveland, 2-0, in the middle portion of a season-ending three- game series. Colome (2-0) worked the first 6 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out six. Joel Peralta completed the seventh, Grant Balfour retired the side in order in the eighth and Jake McGee struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his 19th save. Wil Myers ended up with two hits and an RBI for the Rays, while James Loney knocked in the other run. Carlos Carrasco (8-7) fanned a career-best 10 batters, but walked three and allowed four hits and two runs—one earned—over 7 2/3 frames for the Indians, who had won two in a row.

Final Score: NY Mets 2, Houston 1

Lucas Duda hit a two-run home run with two outs in the ninth inning to give the New York Mets a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros in the second of a season-ending three-game set. With one out and Tony Sipp (4-3) on the mound, Eric Young tripled to left-center field and remained there after Daniel Murphy flied out. Duda, though, drilled a pitch that hit hard off the netting on the right field foul pole for the win. The home run made a winner out of Jenrry Mejia (6-6), who tossed a scoreless ninth inning. Rafael Montero gave up a run on six hits with a pair of walks and six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings for the Mets, who had lost three of four coming in. Jason Castro drove in the lone run for the Astros, who have lost four of their last five. Samuel Deduno gave up a hit and a walk while striking out four over four innings.

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