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Jay Cutler rallies Bears past 49ers in fourth

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Brandon Marshall walked up to Jay Cutler and planted a congratulatory kiss on his quarterback's head.

No doubt the admiration and appreciation - relief, too - went both ways. Down big, Cutler kept his poise on the road. Marshall relied on adrenaline to carry him on a bum ankle, cleared to play just 90 minutes before kickoff.

Cutler found Marshall for two of his three fourth-quarter touchdown passes after much of Chicago's starting defense went down, and the Bears beat the San Francisco 49ers 28-20 Sunday night to spoil their Levi's Stadium debut.

"The defense did a great job giving us short fields, causing turnovers and keeping it close enough so that we could get back in it," Cutler said.

Cutler and Marshall clicked as Chicago erased a late 13-point deficit and quieted the sellout crowd. Cutler threw for two scores in a 27-second span early in the final period, aided by the gutsy play of a backup cornerback.

Kyle Fuller made two late interceptions for the depleted Chicago secondary, and the first set up the go-ahead score.

"We all still had confidence, we knew we were going to pull it out," said Fuller, the Bears' first-round pick in this year's draft.

Kaepernick was hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for "inappropriate language" following Fuller's first big play. That gave the Bears first-and-goal on the 3, and Cutler threw a 3-yard TD pass to Martellus Bennett for a 21-20 lead.

Kaepernick threw three interceptions in all, lost a fumble and his cool, a far cry from his breakout start on the Monday night stage nearly two years ago in a rout of the Bears. Cutler sat out that night with a concussion.

"We hurt ourselves," Kaepernick said, insisting he didn't say anything wrong.

A sloppy game filled with 26 penalties - 16 by the Niners - and a crazy collapse overshadowed the fanfare of the regular-season debut for the sparkling $1.2 billion stadium.

The Bears (1-1), in a stretch with six of eight games on the road, go home with some serious momentum despite injuries on both sides of the ball. Cutler finished 23 of 34 for 176 yards and four TDs.

"Jay has had an excellent start to the season minus one play," coach Marc Trestman said. "He led the way this whole week."

Five key defenders are hurt: cornerbacks Sherrick McManis (quadriceps) and Charles Tillman(triceps), defensive end Trevor Scott (foot), safety Chris Conte (shoulder) and defensive tackleJeremiah Ratliff (concussion). Trestman had no updates on the injured players.

The 49ers (1-1) had a 17-7 halftime lead, but missed an opportunity to grab an early lead in the NFC West after the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks lost earlier in the day at San Diego.

"This is very disappointing, our first game in the new stadium," linebacker Patrick Willis said. "We put the loss on us as a football team. ... We have to cut down on the penalties."

Michael Crabtree caught a touchdown pass on his 27th birthday for one of his seven receptions, andFrank Gore ran for a score but also had his 54-yard TD burst negated by Anquan Boldin's costly holding penalty.

Cutler helped the Bears get on the board with a 25-yard run late in the first half. He took a jarring hit from Quinton Dial with 56 seconds remaining, but stayed in the game and threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Marshall, who made a leaping, one-handed catch to pull the ball into his body as he fell into the end zone.

"I just threw my hand out there and it stuck," Marshall cracked.

What a way for Chicago to forget that bitter 23-20 overtime loss to the Bills at home in Week 1.

San Francisco didn't give the ball away once in a season-opening win at Dallas.

In the first half, the 49ers outgained Chicago 197-93 and out-penalized the Bears 10-7 for 85 lost yards. The much-scrutinized field featured visible chunks of loose sod after new grass was laid for a third time since April.

Kaepernick made his first career start against the Bears in November 2012, and then held onto the No. 1 job over Alex Smith.

A concussion to now-Chiefs QB Smith thrust Kaepernick into the spotlight that night, and he threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns as the Niners pounded the Bears 32-7.

The 49ers were embarrassed at home for the second time in a month. They lost 34-0 in a rout by Denver in the first preseason game in the new stadium.

Chicago's patchwork offensive line looked shaky early with center Roberto Garza and left guard Matt Slauson each sidelined by ankle injuries.

"We played four quarters tonight," Trestman said. "The guys gathered themselves and went back to work."

RG3, Charles among big names injured in Week 2

After a tough week off the field, the NFL got back to playing - and the focus turned to big-name players who were injured all over the league.

Robert Griffin III, Jamaal Charles, DeSean Jackson, A.J. Green and Knowshon Moreno all left their games on a busy Sunday for team trainers and medical staffs.

Griffin dislocated his left ankle in the first quarter of Washington's 41-10 victory over Jacksonville, putting his season in jeopardy. The Redskins quarterback was scheduled for X-rays and an MRI to determine more about the injury. He and coach Jay Gruden did not offer a timetable for a return, but the injury typically sidelines NFL players for at least two months.

"Moments like this," Griffin said, "you just have to keep the faith."

If there is also a fracture, Griffin will need surgery and will almost certainly be done for the year. He was hurt when he landed awkwardly on his ankle as he finished the throw and then tumbled out of bounds. The pass was caught by Jackson for an 11-yard gain.

"It's an excruciating pain," Griffin said. "Anytime you look at your ankle and it's going in a strange direction, you don't want to get up."

Jackson also left the game shortly after he sprained the AC joint in his left shoulder in the first quarter. He hoped to be able to play next week against Philadelphia, his former club.

Other Redskins players injured included running back Roy Helu (strained quadriceps), guard Shawn Lauvao (sprained right knee) and fullback Darrel Young (sprained back).

Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis was carted off after leaving with a high left ankle sprain. Rookie receiver Allen Hurns injured his left ankle and was scheduled for X-rays.

In Denver, Charles left with a left ankle injury after being brought down in the first quarter against the Broncos, and did not return. Charles was stopped on a run up the middle by Broncos safety T.J. Ward and then hobbled to the bench.

Chiefs safety Eric Berry also sprained an ankle.

Green aggravated an injured toe during the Cincinnati Bengals' opening series and sat out the rest of the game, a 24-10 win over Atlanta.

Green missed practice time during the week with an injured toe on his right foot. He started against the Falcons, but came to the sideline after a few plays to have the foot examined. He walked off without assistance, limping slightly.

The Bengals lost four more players: Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict (pinched nerve in his neck), defensive tackle Brandon Thompson (left knee), tight end Alex Smith (left biceps) and right guard Kevin Zeitler (right calf).

At Orchard Park, New York, Moreno didn't return after injuring his left elbow 11 minutes into Miami's 29-10 loss to the Bills. He was hurt on his first carry, a 4-yard gain, when he was initially hit on the right side by Nickell Robey, and Nigel Bradham then struck him from the left, hitting him directly in the arm.

Five key defenders for the Bears are hurt after their 28-20 win at the 49ers: cornerbacks Sherrick McManis (quadriceps) and Charles Tillman (triceps), defensive end Trevor Scott (foot), safety Chris Conte (shoulder) and defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion).

Tennessee cornerback Jason McCourty injured a groin muscle and missed the second half of the Titans' 26-10 loss at home to Dallas.

Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer was ruled out against the New York Giants on Sunday because of a shoulder injury. After he was limited at practice all week, he was replaced by Drew Stanton, an eight-year veteran who had four previous career starts. Stanton went 14 of 19 for 167 yards and led the Cardinals on three long scoring drives in a 25-14 victory.

Giants cornerback Walter Thurmond left in the second half of the loss with a pectoral injury, and middle linebacker Jon Beason went out with a toe injury.

Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin sat out the Buccaneers' game against St. Louis because of a knee injury. The Buccaneers also lost defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (hand) and middle linebacker Mason Foster. Meanwhile, Rams quarterback Shaun Hill was active after being limited in practice with a thigh injury, but third-stringer Austin Davis got the start. Davis completed 22 of 29 passes for 235 yards with no interceptions in the Rams' 19-17 win.

The Rams also played part of the game without receiver Tavon Austin, who was injured when he was tackled by Mark Barron after a reception.

San Diego running back Ryan Mathews was carted off the field with an apparent right knee injury early in the fourth quarter of the Chargers' 30-21 win. Coach Mike McCoy said the team was still evaluating the injury.

New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker departed the team's 31-24 loss with a hamstring injury early in the fourth quarter.

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Rodgers, Packers roar back to beat Jets 31-24

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns, Jordy Nelson had a career-high 209 yards receiving and the Green Bay Packers rallied from an 18-point deficit for a 31-24 win over the New York Jets on Sunday.

New York appeared to tie it with 5 minutes left on a 37-yard touchdown catch by Jeremy Kerley on fourth down - but it was negated because the Jets (1-1) called a timeout from the sideline just before the snap. The Packers (1-1) held on from there to avoid its first 0-2 start since 2006.

Randall Cobb caught two short scoring strikes and a 2-point conversation that gave the Packers a 24-21 lead in the third quarter.

Green Bay (1-1) went up 31-24 late in the third quarter when Nelson worked a double move on Dee Milliner for an 80-yard touchdown catch.

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Gates' 3 TD catches carry Bolts to 30-21 upset

SAN DIEGO (AP) Antonio Gates had three touchdown catches - including a spectacular, one-handed grab - and the San Diego Chargers controlled the tempo to keep Russell Wilson off the field and upset the Super Bowl champion Seahawks 30-21 Sunday.

Gates' 21-yard catch late in the third quarter was epic, as the star tight end split two defenders and extended for Philip Rivers' pass, reaching out with his left hand to gather it in. Flat on his back, he held up the ball to show the referee he'd made the catch that gave San Diego a 27-14 lead.

Gates had two 8-yard scoring catches in the second quarter. The three touchdown receptions tied Gates' career high. Rivers was 28 of 37 for 284 yards.

Seattle was efficient when it had the ball, but it just didn't have it enough as the Chargers dominated time of possession on a steamy afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium.

San Diego (1-1) had blown an 11-point, fourth-quarter lead and lost its opener Monday night at Arizona. Seattle (1-1) had nine days to prepare after an impressive 20-point opening victory against Green Bay.

After Gates' third scoring catch, Wilson moved the Seahawks 70 yards, capping the drive with a 14-yard touchdown throw to Marshawn Lynch to pull to 27-21.

Seattle turned the ball over on downs on its 10 in the closing minutes and San Diego's Nick Novak kicked his third field goal, from 28 yards, with 16 seconds left.

San Diego used long drives all day to control play and wear out Seattle's vaunted defense.

Percy Harvin gave the Chargers a big gift when he fumbled the kickoff at the 28 after Novak's 43-yard field goal gave the Chargers a 13-7 lead with 4:40 to go before halftime.

After consecutive 10-yard penalties gave the Chargers a first-and-goal from the 23, Rivers completed a 15-yard screen pass to Eddie Royal before evading pressure and hitting Gates for their second scoring hookup of the quarter.

Wilson wasted no time in leading the Seahawks 61 yards in five plays, hitting Robert Turbin on a 3-yard TD pass to pull to 20-14. Turbin also had a 32-yard catch and a 10-yard run on the drive.

San Diego running back Ryan Mathews was carted off the field with an apparent right knee injury early in the fourth quarter.

Rivers hit Gates on an 8-yard TD pass early in the second quarter.

Dwight Freeney sacked Wilson to force the Seahawks to punt on their first drive. Novak kicked a 50-yard field goal for San Diego.

The Seahawks came back with a three-play, 60-yard drive capped when Percy Harvin took a pitch from Wilson, got the edge and ran 51 yards down the left sideline for a 7-3 lead.

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Vikings miss Peterson in 30-7 loss to Patriots

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The face of the franchise was nowhere to be found as the Minnesota Vikings flailed away against the New England Patriots on Sunday, and it's not clear when, if ever, Adrian Peterson will rejoin them.

The star running back was inactive for the team's home opener after being charged with child abuse for striking his 4-year-old son with a tree branch, a stunning development for one of the league's most popular and well-respected players.

For eight years Peterson has been the focal point of the Vikings offense, but on Sunday he stayed away from the stadium to avoid becoming more of a distraction.

Coach Mike Zimmer repeatedly declined to talk about Peterson after a mistake-filled 30-7 loss only to later describe an offensive malaise that he had previously not seen from his team.

"I told them after the game that's the first I've ever seen it," Zimmer said. "We've had bad practices and stuff, but I haven't seen it in three weeks maybe, guys just kind of milling around, getting lined up. I don't know, but I'm going to address it."

It's hard to imagine that it isn't rooted at least in some part to Peterson's situation. Matt Cassel threw a career-high four interceptions, the Vikings rushed for just 54 yards against a defense that gave up 191 last week and dynamic receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was held to just to just four catches for 56 yards.

"I think we were off a lot. I think it was just because 28 wasn't there," Patterson said, referring to Peterson. "We've got to learn how to not focus on 28 and just worry about this team with or without Adrian. So next week we've just got to come in and game plan without him. But if he's here, we really need him."

The Vikings (1-1) also had a field goal blocked and returned for a touchdown, went 4 for 11 on third down and allowed Stevan Ridley to rush for 101 yards and a score for the Patriots (1-1).

"It didn't affect the team," Zimmer insisted about Peterson's absence. "You know what affected the team? Throwing interceptions, getting a field goal blocked, not tackling well enough, having penalties on defense."

The former NFL MVP was indicted on Friday, booked and released from a Houston jail on Saturday.

In the wake of harsh criticism levied at the NFL when former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice initially received just a two-game suspension for knocking out his then-fiancee, the Vikings decided to deactivate Peterson.

Zimmer declined to discuss specifics and GM Rick Spielman was unavailable for comment. There was no timetable set for a decision on his status for next week's game at New Orleans.

In 2011, the Vikings suspended cornerback Chris Cook with pay after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and barred him from all team activities while his trial played out.

Cook wound up missing 10 games and was eventually acquitted. He never faced discipline from the NFL and played two more seasons with the Vikings before signing with the 49ers.

The NFL is looking into Peterson's case, and if convicted he could face a minimum six-game suspension under the league's new tougher domestic abuse policy that was implemented after Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted he botched Rice's initial punishment.

Peterson's attorney said his client was only disciplining his son, didn't intend to harm the boy and was cooperating with the investigation.

Even after the troubling allegations, there were still plenty of No. 28 jerseys on the backs of Vikings fans at the stadium.

"I don't think he was trying to abuse his child," said Nick Novak, a 29-year-old season-ticket holder from nearby Roseville. "I think he was trying to punish the child for wrongdoing. . He did cross a line though."

NOTES: Cassel completed 19 of 36 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown. ... Zimmer said he never considered going to backup Teddy Bridgewater and also said Cassel would start next week against New Orleans. ... Matt Asiata started in Peterson's place and rushed for 36 yards on 13 carries and caught a 25-yard TD pass. ... Chandler Jones had two sacks for the Patriots and returned the blocked field goal 58 yards for a TD just before halftime.

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Associated Press writer Amy Forliti contributed to this report.

Browns beat Saints 26-24 on last-second kick

CLEVELAND (AP) Billy Cundiff kicked a 29-yard field goal with three seconds left, giving the Cleveland Browns a 26-24 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Cundiff's kick helped the Browns (1-1) snap a nine-game losing streak in home openers and gave rookie coach Mike Pettine his first NFL win. Cleveland had not won at home since 2004.

Quarterback Brian Hoyer drove the Browns 85 yards in 14 plays in the final 2:46 to set up Cundiff's game-winner. Hoyer completed several big passes, none more crucial than his 28-yarder to Andrew Hawkins with 13 seconds to go.

The Saints (0-2) rallied from a 13-point deficit to take the lead on Mark Ingram's 1-yard TD run with 12:12 left.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes to Jimmy Graham and moved one spot up the NFL's career passing list.

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SEC dominating AP poll again

Breaking down the ballots for the AP Top 25 and wrapping up college football's third weekend.

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The Southeastern Conference's dominant status had taken a hit since Nick Saban wrapped his hands around the national championship trophy in 2013, following Alabama's second straight title.

The conference had its run of seven straight national championships end when Florida State beat Auburn in January, and some thought that the Pac-12 had become the better top-to-bottom league.

Well, look at those good ol' boys now.

While the Pac-12 has become a jumbled mess outside of No. 2 Oregon, the SEC again appears to be the class of college football.

With South Carolina's back-on-the-map, 38-35 win over then-No. 6 Georgia on Saturday, the Gamecocks vaulted 10 spots in The Associated Press college football poll to No. 14. That gives the SEC seven teams in the top 15, the first time that's happened since the AP poll started in 1936.

"We proved a point tonight," South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore said.

He was talking about the Gamecocks, who were crushed by Texas A&M just two weeks ago.

He could have been talking about the SEC, too.

Alabama, which crushed Southern Miss, remained at No. 3 in the poll behind top-ranked Florida State and Oregon. Auburn stayed at No. 5 behind Oklahoma after a bye and Texas A&M slid up to No. 6 with a rollover of Rice and Georgia's loss.

LSU moved up two spots to No. 8 after cruising over Louisiana-Monroe and Mississippi climbed four spots to No. 10 after routing Louisiana, the first trip to the top-10 for the Rebels since being ranked fourth on Sept. 20, 2009.

Mississippi's move up allowed the SEC to have five top-10 teams for the second straight week despite Georgia dropping seven spots to No. 13. With Missouri coming in at No. 18, the SEC has eight teams ranked for the third straight week.

Yes, we know, it's only three weeks into the season.

There's still plenty of games to be played, plenty of chances for teams to slip back - or, perhaps, move up even more.

"Oh, it's still early, it's still early," Georgia linebacker Ramik Wilson. "We'll keep trucking. This is in the past now, and we are not thinking about this from here forward. Our dreams and goals are still open for us."

PAC-12 CHAOS

Oregon has proven to be the class of the Pac-12 so far, looking like a legitimate playoff contender.

The rest of the conference has been scrambled.

UCLA is 3-0 and the next highest-ranked team from the Pac-12 at No. 13, but hasn't exactly looked dominating.

Arizona State looked like it could repeat as Pac-12 South champs and moved up at spot to No. 15 after beating Colorado on Saturday, but quarterback Taylor Kelly spent the second half on crutches and linebacker Viliami Moeakiola, a defensive captain, injured his right arm.

Stanford, the two-time Pac-12 champion, looks solid at No. 15, but did lose to Southern California, which plummeted eight spots in the poll to No. 17 after an inexplicable loss to Boston College.

Go ahead and try to figure this conference out.

IRISH RISING

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly doesn't like some of the things his team is doing, particularly when it had a hard time pulling away from Purdue this weekend.

Despite the flaws, the Irish are 3-0 and back in a familiar place: The top-10.

With its 30-14 win over the Boilermakers, Notre Dame moved up a spot to No. 10, its first top-10 ranking since finishing at No. 4 after being blown out by Alabama in the BCS championship game after the 2012 season.

MOVING IN

Nebraska's poll exile lasted a whole week. The Cornhuskers fell out of the ranking from No. 19 after a close victory over FCS McNeese State, but were back in this week at No. 24 after hammering Fresno State 55-19.

Oklahoma State has moved into the poll at No. 25. The Cowboys bounced back from an opening loss to No. 1 Florida State by beating Missouri State last week and easily handled a veteran Texas-San Antonio team 43-13 on Saturday.

MOVING OUT

Losing to East Carolina did not look good for Virginia Tech in the eyes of the voters.

The Hokies rallied from a 21-point deficit and tied the game with 1:20 left, only to let the Pirates race down the field for the winning score. The 28-21 loss dropped Virginia Tech from No. 17 all the way out of the poll.

Virginia's first ACC win in 672 days came at the expense of Louisville. Losing 32-21 to the Cavaliers, who entered with an 11-game conference losing streak, sent the Cardinals from No. 21 to unranked.

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Mayweather remains unbeaten despite bite complaint

LAS VEGAS (AP) Floyd Mayweather worked far too hard against Marcos Maidana their last time out to have to do it again in the rematch Saturday night.

Mayweather dominated Maidana from the opening bell, using his boxing skills to keep the Argentine off balance and pile up points on his way to a unanimous 12-round decision to retain his welterweight and super welterweight titles before a crowd at the MGM Grand that sometimes booed the lack of action.

It almost came at a cost, though, in a bizarre scene in the eighth round when Mayweather claimed that Maidana bit him on his wrist while they were in a clinch near the center of the ring.

"He bit me!" Mayweather yelled to the Showtime announcers working ringside.

Mayweather remained unbeaten in his remarkable 18-year pro career, winning for the 47th time and doing it with such dominance that about the only one complaining about the decision was Maidana.

"I was pressuring him and I was the aggressor," Maidana said. "I won the fight."

Mayweather earned at least $32 million for the rematch, bringing his total purses to more than $100 million in the last year. Though he wasn't marked up, he was upset over the bite.

"We were tangled in the center of the ring and I didn't realize what it was. Then I saw that he bit me," Mayweather said. "After the eighth round my fingers were numb, I couldn't use my left hand."

Maidana denied he bit Mayweather.

"How can he say I bit the glove with my mouthpiece?" Maidana asked. "I'm not a dog."

The fight was a marked contrast to their first bout in May, when Maidana roughed Mayweather up in a close fight. Mayweather won that bout, but it was close enough for Mayweather to offer an opponent only the second rematch of his career.

Maidana won't get a third fight after failing to land any big punches.

Two ringside judges scored it 116-111 for Mayweather, while the third had it 115-112. The Associated Press had it 117-110.

"I felt sharper in the first fight, my rhythm was off," Mayweather said. "I got hit with some shots tonight I shouldn't have gotten hit with. But that comes with the sport."

Mayweather complained long after the first fight that Maidana was a dirty fighter, and complained even more when Maidana seemed to try to hit him below the belt in a clinch in the eighth round, then apparently tried to bite him.

Mayweather immediately jumped back and gestured to referee Kenny Bayless that Maidana bit him on the wrist. He went to his corner and showed Bayless where the bite was, then went over to the Showtime announcers table to complain.

Maidana would later be penalized a point for tackling Mayweather as he tried desperately to find something that would work.

By the end of the ninth round, Maidana was so out of sorts he went to the wrong corner when the bell rang.

Maidana spent many of the early rounds trying to figure out a way to get inside like he did in May. Mayweather kept him at a distance, circling around and landing left jabs and hooks, then scampering out of the way before Maidana could respond.

Punch stats showed Maidana throwing far more punches (572-326) while Mayweather landed more (166-128). Mayweather's was hit with only 22 percent of punches while landing 51 percent of his own.

"I do have some bumps and bruises," Mayweather said. "But I listened to my dad (trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr.) who always said hit and not get hit. That's the way you last in this sport."

Mayweather was a 6-1 favorite in the fight, even though Maidana gave him a tough time in their first bout. He showed why in the early rounds as he moved and boxed while Maidana chased him futilely around the ring.

Mayweather was determined not to let the fight become anything like the first, when Maidana went after him wildly and mauled him at every opportunity. For the second fight, Mayweather came out boxing and did so beautifully during the opening rounds.

Maidana was more cautious early than he was in the first fight, willing to take his time to find Mayweather. He finally began to pick up the pace in the fourth round, trapping Mayweather on the ropes and landing some shots to his body and head.

Mayweather, though, showed he learned his lessons from the first fight, when he was cut over his right eye and took a lot of shots to the top of his head. A defensive wizard, he fought moving sideways and backward, throwing his left jab out and slipping the big punches thrown by the Argentine challenger.

Boston College runs over No. 9 USC 37-31

BOSTON (AP) Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy rushed for 190 yards, breaking free for a 66-yard touchdown with 3:30 to play on Saturday night as Boston College beat No. 9 Southern California 37-31 - the Eagles' first victory over a top 10 team in a decade.

Jon Hilliman ran for 89 yards and two touchdowns, and Myles Willis and receiver Sherman Alston each broke off runs of 50-plus yards to help BC (2-1) amass 464 rushing yards.

USC (2-1) was coming off an emotional victory over Pac-12 rival Stanford that moved the Trojans up five spots in The Associated Press Top 25. Cody Kessler completed 31 of 41 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns, but he was also sacked five times.

No. 11 Notre Dame holds off Purdue for 30-14 win

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Everett Golson threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as No. 11 Notre Dame scored the final 20 points Saturday night and beat Purdue 30-14.

The Irish are 3-0 for the second time in three years.

Purdue (1-2) has lost seven straight in this series, which has been played every year since 1946. The two teams will not meet again until 2020.

But this game didn't follow the expected script.

Golson's 15-yard TD run with 13 seconds left in the first half erased Notre Dame's only deficit of the season. Golson closed it out by throwing a 15-yard TD pass to Corey Robinson late in the third and leading the Irish to two fourth-quarter field goals.

He was 25 of 40 for 259 yards and rushed 18 times for a season-best 56 yards.

With the already short-handed Irish losing more players to injury and safety Max Redfield to an ejection, and a series of uncharacteristic mistakes, Notre Dame needed Golson to pull out every move he had.

His nifty scramble just before halftime gave Notre Dame the lead for good. In the third quarter, he kept a scoring drive moving by sprinting right and throwing a 17-yard completion to Greg Bryant. Two plays later, he connected with Robinson for the score in the back of the end zone. And Golson ended any hope Purdue had of a comeback with two time-consuming drives in the fourth quarter. Both ended with field goals.

The Irish celebrated by taking home the Shillelagh Trophy yet again and on the verge of cracking the Top 10 for the first time this season after No. 6 Georgia lost to No. 24 South Carolina.

Purdue, which has traditionally performed well against its rival, did it again Saturday - exactly one week after an inexplicably poor showing in a loss to Central Michigan. Quarterback Danny Etling kept the starting job and rewarded coach Darrell Hazell by going 27 of 40 for 234 yards with two touchdowns. He also had two interceptions.

Brandon Cottom scored on a 7-yard TD pass in the first quarter to tie the score, and Etling somehow fit in a 19-yard TD pass to DeAngelo Yancey, who tip-toed the end line despite drawing a pass interference call, to give the Boilermakers a 14-10 lead with 3 minutes left in the first half.

But against Golson's improv act, it wasn't nearly enough.

Notre Dame receiver Amir Carlisle left in the first half with what appeared to be a right knee injury and did not return.

Peterson case creates new crisis for NFL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson's booking on a child abuse charge Saturday has created another crisis for the embattled NFL, already derided for not responding strongly enough to acts of domestic violence by its players.

It also has touched off a national debate about the role of corporal punishment in parenting.

In the eyes of a Texas grand jury, Peterson crossed the line when he repeatedly struck his son with a tree branch, or switch, in May. Peterson's attorney has said he has never run from what happened - and that Peterson was inflicting the same discipline he endured as a child.

"Obviously, parents are entitled to discipline their children as they see fit, except when that discipline exceeds what the community would say is reasonable," Montgomery County Prosecutor Phil Grant said about 12 hours after Peterson was booked and released from jail on $15,000 bond. He is charged with causing injury to a child age 14 or younger.

Peterson, one of the NFL's most popular players and widely considered one of the best running backs to ever play, flew from Minnesota to Houston in the early morning hours after authorities indicted him on Friday evening. He has a home in both locations.

The Vikings almost immediately decided to deactivate him for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots, and NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said on Saturday that Peterson's case "will be reviewed under the NFL's personal conduct policy."

The situation comes as the NFL proceeds with a self-commissioned investigation by a former FBI director into how it handled the case of Ray Rice, who knocked his then-fiancee unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator. Rice was released Monday from the Baltimore Ravens after a video surfaced that showed the violence. The NFL said it hadn't seen the video before then, but a law enforcement source told the AP it was sent to a league executive's office in April and provided a voice mail confirming it was received.

Unlike Rice's situation, Peterson's case is complicated by his stance that he meant his son no harm but rather was applying the same discipline he experienced growing up.

"Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in East Texas," Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, said.

Steve Eudey, who coached Peterson as a young boy in Palestine, Texas, and has remained a family friend, said he has heard stories from Peterson about his father Nelson "being a firm disciplinarian."

"Some of the things his dad did to him was to make him tough," Eudey told The Associated Press.

Eudey said he had yet to speak to Peterson since his arrest, but said his actions were consistent with the type of upbringing he had.

"I will go to my grave defending Adrian, but at the same time you can't harm a child, either," Eudey said. "I know that was never his intent."

Grant, the Texas prosecutor, said the grand jury felt the charge was warranted after spending several weeks reviewing "lots of evidence."

It's not unusual for people subjected to physical discipline as children to use corporal punishment against their own children, experts say, and courts will sometimes consider that as a mitigating factor when sentencing an abuser. Peterson faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if found guilty.

News of Peterson's charges led several prominent athletes to tweet about their experiences with corporal punishment when they were children.

"Am I the only one that got hit with a switch? I had to go outside and pick my own switch. It taught values, respect (and) accountability," former NBA star Tracy McGrady said. But he later qualified those remarks, tweeting, "Disciplining a child is vital. Of course any early physical punishment should be within reason, not overboard, and inside certain boundaries."

While the legal process plays out, the NFL is facing a potential test case for the tougher penalties it declared last month for players involved with domestic violence.

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced an initial offense will draw a six-week suspension without pay, though "more severe discipline will be imposed if there are aggravating circumstances such as the presence or use of a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child."

It is not clear if Peterson's case will invoke those penalties.

Corporal punishment is legal in Texas, and the law spells out that non-deadly force against a child by a parent or guardian is permissible.

But the punishment is abusive if it causes injury. While a blow that causes a red mark that fades in an hour is not likely to be judged abusive, a blow that leaves a bruise, welt, or swelling, or requires medical attention, could be judged abusive. The child's injuries will likely be under scrutiny as the case proceeds.

The guidelines also say while spanking with the bare, open hand is least likely to be abusive, use of an instrument "is cause for concern."

The Vikings jumped ahead of the NFL and the legal system by shelving Peterson for the game Sunday. Two other teams - Carolina and San Francisco - have taken heat for allowing players involved in alleged recent domestic violence incidents to continue to play.

The team - and the league - will likely face scrutiny as they decide whether Peterson returns to the field as the legal process plays out. As of Saturday, no decision had been made about his outlook this season, and no court date had been set in Texas.

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Associated Press writers Jeff Baenen in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, David J. Phillip in Spring, Texas, Mike Graczyk in Houston and Tim Jacobs and Jason Keyser in Chicago contributed to this report.

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No. 24 South Carolina upsets No. 6 Georgia 38-35

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Dylan Thompson threw for three touchdowns and No. 24 South Carolina's maligned defense stood strong on a fourth-quarter goal line stand to topple No. 6 Georgia 38-35 on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) had a first-and-goal on the Gamecocks' 4 down three points with 5:24 remaining. But Hutson Mason was called for intentional grounding to set Georgia back and the usually reliable Marshall Morgan missed a 28-yard field goal.

Todd Gurley ran for 131 yards and a touchdown, yet the Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) kept the Bulldogs' star from making a bigger impact.

The victory was South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier's 201st as a SEC coach, tying him for second alltime with Georgia great Vince Dooley. It put the Gamecocks back in the SEC East race.

Rams sign Quinn to 4-year contract extension

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams have signed defensive end Robert Quinn, who led the NFC with a franchise-record 19 sacks last season, to a four-year contract extension through the 2019 season.

The 24-year-old Quinn bested the team record of 17 by Kevin Carter in the 1999 Super Bowl championship season. He also forced seven fumbles and recovered two fumbles, returning one of them for his first career touchdown.

In the past three seasons, Quinn has 29 1/2 sacks, second most in the NFL behind J.J. Watt's 32. He was the 14th overall pick in 2011.

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Mercury finish sweep of Sky for third WNBA title

CHICAGO (AP) The Phoenix Mercury were without star center Brittney Griner. However, they still had Diana Taurasi.

Taurasi scored 14 of her 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Mercury beat the Chicago Sky 87-82 Friday night to complete a three-game sweep of the WNBA Finals for their third championship.

"We have the best player in the world, Diana Taurasi," Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello said. "When you put the ball in her hands at crunch time, she makes it happen."

Taurasi made big plays as the Sky were threatening to force a Game 4.

She hit a tiebreaking 16-foot jumper and was fouled with 14.3 seconds left and made the ensuing free throw to put Phoenix up 85-82.

Taurasi shot 4 for 9 on 3s and became the WNBA's all-time leading scorer in the finals.

She had some help.

After she reached the podium, she slid her MVP trophy over toward her teammate Candice Dupree, a former Sky player who also scored 24 points on 11-for-16 shooting.

"Candice has probably been overlooked her whole career on whatever team she has played on," Taurasi said. "I've never played with someone that I'm so confident going into a game with. You always know she's going to be able to play.

"She led us in assists. She never passes, so you knew we were going to win today," Taurasi said with a smile.

DeWanna Bonner had 12 points and Penny Taylor added 11 for the Mercury, who also won titles in 2007 and 2009. Phoenix, which had a WNBA-record 29 wins during the regular season, shot 49.3 percent overall from the field and never led by more than five.

Elena Delle Donne, who battled a back injury during the series, scored 23 points, Sylvia Fowles had 20 points and Allie Quigley had 19 for the Sky.

Dupree and the rest of the Mercury had to step up in the absence of Griner, who sat out following surgery to correct a retinal issue after she was hit in the right eye in Game 2. She averaged 15.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.0 blocks in the first two games.

Ewelina Kobryn had eight points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots in Griner's place.

"Sandy told us before the game started we all had to pick up the slack, play harder," Dupree said.

Courtney Vandersloot's jumper with 3:32 cut Phoenix's lead to 77-74.

Taurasi completed a three-point play a minute later for a four-point lead before Delle Donne cut it to two again. Quigley's jumper tied it with 33.1 seconds left before Taurasi took control.

After Taurasi's three-point play put Phoenix ahead, Delle Donne missed a 3-pointer with 10.9 seconds left, and the Sky fouled Taylor, who made both free throws with 9.3 seconds left for the final score.

Phoenix's sweep in the finals was the fourth in the last five years, and fifth since the championship round went to a best-of-five format in 2005.

Taurasi said she thought the Mercury would have the opportunity to win several titles after their last championship in 2009. They were able to enjoy the sweep after the long wait.

"We do finally get here and knowing we have to take full advantage of it, we have to enjoy it," she said. "Today, with two minutes left, we enjoyed that. That pressure of not knowing we were going to win, we enjoyed that."

The Mercury had averaged 57 percent shooting and 90 points in winning the opener 83-62 and Game 2 97-68 by a finals-record margin in Phoenix.

Chicago was the first team with a losing record during the regular season to reach the finals.

"The first two games, we weren't where we wanted to be," Fowles said. "We tried to take into consideration we were home in front of our crowd and go out and play tough."

The game was played at the UIC Pavilion because Allstate Arena was unavailable due to a Garth Brooks tour.

"It stings right now. It's sad we didn't have the showing we wanted," Sky coach Pokey Chatman said. "I want to credit a team that when they had a man down their All-Star players stepped up.

"There were some crucial times in there we had opportunities to separate. D would hit a big shot, and that's what big-time players do."

Vikings' Adrian Peterson accused of child abuse

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Authorities in Texas issued an arrest warrant Friday for star Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after he was indicted on a charge of child abuse for using a branch to spank his son. He was swiftly benched by his team for this weekend's game against New England.

Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, said that the charge in Montgomery County, near Houston, accuses Peterson of using a switch to spank one of his sons. Hardin said Peterson didn't mean to hurt the boy, whose injuries and age were not disclosed.

"Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in East Texas," Hardin said.

"Adrian has never hidden from what happened. He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours," he said. "Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning. It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury."

The Vikings, about an hour after issuing a statement acknowledging the case, said Peterson would be on the inactive list Sunday for their home opener against New England. Houston police and authorities in Montgomery and Harris counties declined comment.

Peterson will have to surrender to authorities, but there is no timeline for when he will appear in Texas, Hardin said.

"We are just obligated to try to get it done as soon as possible, which we intend to honor," he said.

Peterson is in his eighth season, all of them with the Vikings. Widely considered the best running back in the league, he has rushed for 10,190 yards and 86 touchdowns in his career.

The allegations against one of the NFL's biggest stars came during a week in which the NFL has been under heavy criticism and scrutiny for the way it handled a domestic violence case involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his then-fiancee. Commissioner Roger Goodell initially suspended Rice for two games, but he was suspended indefinitely this week after a longer version of security video surfaced showing Rice punching her in the face.

Critics are also closely watching how the league proceeds in the cases of Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy and Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers, both still playing with domestic abuse cases pending. Hardy was convicted July 15 of assaulting a woman and communicating threats, but is appealing. San Jose police are still investigating an Aug. 31 incident involving McDonald.

The NFL didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on Peterson's situation.

Peterson did not practice on Thursday because of what coach Mike Zimmer called a "veteran day," allowing experienced players to rest, but Peterson was at the team facility that day and spoke to reporters about the upcoming game against the Patriots.

He returned to practice on Friday and was in the locker room following the workout with the rest of his teammates for lunch. Shortly thereafter, Peterson posted a message on his Twitter account that said in part: "It's your season! Weapons may form but won't prosper! God has you covered don't stress or worry!"

A man who identified himself as Peterson's uncle, Chris Peterson, answered the door at the running back's home in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and said Peterson wasn't there and that the family had no comment.

Peterson grew up in little Palestine, Texas. When he was 7, his 8-year-old brother Brian was riding his bicycle when he was killed by a drunk driver. Years later, his half-brother, Chris Paris, was shot and killed the night before Peterson worked out for scouts and coaches at the NFL combine.

His mother, Bonita Jackson, was a former Olympic sprinting hopeful and his father, Nelson Peterson, spent eight years behind bars for laundering drug money yet still managed to be a positive influence on his son's life.

"I told him to always introduce himself, look a man in the eye, give him a firm handshake and say, `I'm Adrian Peterson,"' Nelson said at the Pro Bowl in 2009. "Respect others. That will take you a long way in life."

Peterson rushed for 2,960 yards and 32 touchdowns during his senior season at Palestine High School, then racked up an NCAA freshman record 1,925 yards in his freshman season at Oklahoma in 2004. He hasn't looked back, even with some bumps in the road.

Last season, not long after finding out that he had a 2-year-old son living in South Dakota, Peterson rushed to the hospital after authorities said the boy was brutally beaten by his mother's boyfriend. The boy died, and a 28-year-old man is scheduled to go on trial next month on second-degree murder charges in the case.

Hardin, the defense attorney, is a familiar name in sports circles. He successfully defended Roger Clemens in his recent perjury trial over the alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs and two years ago represented Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill, who was sentenced to one year of probation after pleading no contest to assaulting his former girlfriend.

He has worked with Peterson before, too: In 2012, he said Peterson was the victim after the player was charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest following an incident at a Houston nightclub.

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Players' union reps approve HGH testing for '14

NEW YORK (AP) Hours after the players' union voted Friday to accept an NFL proposal on drug policy changes that included HGH testing, the league says it is not a done deal.

Player representatives to the union also voted for changes to marijuana testing, classification for amphetamines, punishment for driving under the influence, and neutral arbitration on appeals.

But NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email to The Associated Press: "There are unresolved issues. More negotiation ahead."

Aiello did not specify which issues are not resolved, but called them "significant."

Testing for human growth hormone was originally agreed upon in 2011, but the players have balked at the science in the testing and the appeals process for positive tests. If the proposal they voted on Friday is put into action, testing would begin for this season.

The player reps also approved an increase for the threshold for positive marijuana tests. Some players have complained that the NFL threshold of 15 nanograms per milliliter is so low that anyone within the vicinity of people smoking marijuana could test positive. The threshold was increased to 35 ng/ml in the league's proposal.

Overall changes are retroactive for players suspended under previous policies, as well as for those in the appeal process. Those players, including Browns receiver Josh Gordon (suspended for the season) and Broncos receiver Wes Welker (four games), are subject to standards of the new policies. Their suspensions could be reduced - no immediate announcements were made regarding those suspensions, probably because the NFL doesn't consider anything official yet.

Welker was suspended for amphetamine use in the offseason, but punishment for that is being switched from the performance enhancers policy to the substance abuse program - except for in-season violations.

A two-game suspension would be issued for a player convicted of driving under the influence. But an NFL proposal to immediately suspend a player, owner, coach, team executive or league employee for a DUI arrest was rejected by the union.

The players approved arbitration for appeals under the substance abuse and the PED policies. The NFL and NFL Players Association would hire between three and five arbitrators.

The league and the union also would retain independent investigators to review cases in which player confidentiality under the drug policy had been breached. Punishment for leaks could range up to $500,000 and/or termination of a job.

"This is an historic moment for our players and our league," NFLPA President Eric Winston said long before the NFL basically put matters on hold. "We have collectively bargained drug policies that will keep the game clean and safe, but also provide our players with an unprecedented level of fairness and transparency."

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Hawks GM Ferry takes indefinite leave of absence

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry took an indefinite leave of absence Friday, making the move under fire for his racially charged comments about a player.

Hawks CEO Steve Koonin has resisted calls for Ferry to be dismissed, but said the 47-year-old GM asked for the leave.

"My hope that this time away from the Hawks organization allows him the privacy he needs to listen to the community, to learn about his mistakes, and to begin the long process of personal healing," Koonin said in a statement.

Ferry issued his own statement, saying he plans to undergo sensitivity training and meet with local leaders. He gave no indication that he plans to step down.

"My focus moving forward is to tirelessly work to rebuild trust with this community and with our fans," he said.

Ferry made an inflammatory assessment of Luol Deng during a conference call with the Hawks' ownership group in June as the team was pursuing the free agent. The GM described Deng as someone who "has a little African in him."

"He's like a guy who would have a nice store out front and sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back," Ferry said on the call, which was recorded.

Deng, who was born in what is now South Sudan, signed with the Miami Heat but didn't know if Ferry's comments until this week. Deng said he was proud of his African roots, while adding he was "saddened and disappointed that this way of thinking still exists today. I am even more disturbed that it was shared so freely in a business setting."

Koonin said Ferry was disciplined for his comments, but refused to disclose the punishment. Both Ferry and Koonin have said the GM was merely repeating statements made by others in scouting reports on Deng.

Former NBA great Magic Johnson is among those who have recommended that Ferry step down.

An internal investigation into Ferry's comments uncovered an unrelated email sent two years ago by the team's controlling owner, Bruce Levenson, who theorized that black fans were keeping suburban white fans from attending games.

Levenson said he was embarrassed by what he called an ill-advised attempt to improve the team's attendance and that he intends to sale his share of the Hawks.

The whole affair has been another embarrassment to the NBA, which only last month forced Donald Sterling into selling the Los Angeles Clippers after he was heard on secretly recorded conversations with his girlfriend asking that she not to bring African-Americans to his games. Steve Ballmer bought the Clippers for a record $2 billion.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who quickly issued a lifetime ban against Sterling, said he supported Levenson's decision to sell the Hawks but doesn't think Ferry should lose his job.

"No words can adequately describe my remorse for the hurt that I have caused many people through the statements I repeated, most importantly Luol Deng," Ferry said in his statement. "While these were not my words, I deeply regret repeating them. Almost all the background information I provided during the lengthy presentation regarding Luol was positive and my personal and professional recommendation during the call was very much in favor of adding Luol to our team, but I never should have uttered those offensive remarks and for that I apologize."

Ron Klempner, acting executive director of the NBA Players Association, said the union was "pleased to learn that Ferry acknowledges his statements were offensive, has extended a personal apology to Luol Deng and the other Atlanta Hawks players, and that the Hawks organization has determined that discipline of Ferry was warranted."

After listening in on the conference call, co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. sent a letter to Levenson recommending that Ferry resign or be fired. That led the team to hire a law firm to investigate the matter, which led to the discovery of Levenson's email.

Koonin said Ferry's comments were "deeply troubling" but added that the matter was exasperated by discord among the ownership group, presumably referring to Levenson and Gearon.

"At the heart of this dispute is an unfortunate disagreement amongst owners," Koonin said. "That said, we have taken several steps to address what we can do as an organization to be better and stronger, including working with a diversity consultant to examine us and to train us to ensure something like this never happens again."

Koonin said the team plans to hire a "chief diversity officer" and will consult with community leaders, though a scheduled meeting this week with civil right activists was canceled by the team.

Coach Mike Budenholzer will take over as the head of basketball operations during Ferry's absence, reporting directly to Koonin.

The Hawks, who have made the playoffs seven years in a row, have largely assembled their expected roster for this season. Ferry has been credited for his efforts to overhaul the team and build a culture modeled on reigning NBA champion San Antonio, where he worked before joining the Hawks in 2012. Two of his most lauded moves were dumping the big-money contracts of Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams.

Now, Ferry is fighting for his future with the team.

"I realize that my words may ring hollow now and my future actions must speak for me," he said. "I will maximize my time during this leave to meet with community leaders and further educate myself and others on the extremely sensitive issues surrounding race, diversity, and inclusion. I will find a way to make a positive difference in this area."

There is other important business, as well,

"The process of selling the team, which is to remain in Atlanta," Koonin said, "is already underway."

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Orioles slugger Chris Davis suspended 25 games

BALTIMORE (AP) Orioles slugger Chris Davis was suspended 25 games without pay on Friday following a positive test for an amphetamine, a punishment that will extend into the postseason and perhaps 2015.

Baltimore started Friday leading the AL East by 10 games with 17 left in the regular season, so the team will be without the 2013 home run champion deep into the playoffs.

"I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Orioles organization and especially the fans," Davis said in a statement. "I made a mistake by taking Adderall. I had permission to use it in the past, but do not have a therapeutic use exemption this year. I accept my punishment and will begin serving my suspension immediately."

Adderall is a drug often used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy, and 119 TUEs were issued for 40-man roster players in the year ending with the 2013 postseason. It is, however, also known as a performance and cognitive enhancer.

Initial positive tests for a banned stimulant result in the player being given an additional six unannounced urine tests over the 12 months following the violation. The 25-game discipline is the penalty for a second positive test.

The 28-year-old Davis informed manager Buck Showalter of the suspension on Thursday night. Davis is prohibited from entering the clubhouse during the ban.

Davis has denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs.

The Orioles are already without catcher Matt Wieters and third baseman Manny Machado, both of whom sustained season-ending injuries. The loss of Davis further hampers Baltimore's chances of advancing in the playoffs.

"First of all, we got to get to the postseason," Showalter said. "Our goal right now is to get there. It just means we will be without him for the rest of the regular season."

Davis is batting .196 with 26 homers and 72 RBIs in 145 games, quite a dropoff from his numbers last year: .286 with 53 home runs and 138 RBIs.

"A lot of people would like to hit 25 to 30 home runs and drive in 80 runs," Showalter said, projecting what might have been Davis' final numbers for the season.

Davis loses 17/183rds of his $10.35 million salary, which comes to $961,475. He already has earned a $150,000 bonus for reaching 500 plate appearances, and the suspension costs him the chance to earn another $150,000 for reaching 600.

If he serves any part of the penalty during the 2015 regular season, he would lose part of next year's salary.

Because a team can't make roster changes in the middle of a postseason series except to replace injured players, Davis likely would be inactive through the league championship series.

The suspension does not apply to spring training games.

During spring training this year, Davis scoffed at accusations that his power surge came from PEDs.

"It was frustrating when it first came up last year, because what happened to me was the culmination of a lot of hard work over the years," Davis said. "It was funny because people who didn't even know me were accusing me of using PEDs. My response was: I've always had power. You go back to high school, Little League, minor leagues, college, I've always had power. It was just a matter of putting the ball in play consistently."

Although Davis' performance this year has tailed off significantly, he's still been a big part of Baltimore's surprising success.

He's contributed several clutch hits, played solidly at first base and often manned third base in the wake of Machado's departure.

"I'm disappointed," Showalter said. "I know Chris is too. It is what it is. We're going to try and deal with it and move on. The timing is never good. It's one of those challenges."

The Orioles immediately set out to make adjustments to cover his absence.

"I've got a lot of confidence in our guys," Showalter said. "I'm always looking at the what-ifs. We've had to plug some people in and they've done a nice job for us."

Having already been forced to cope with the loss of Wieters and Machado, Showalter didn't complain about the situation.

"You have to learn to deal with the problems and challenges along the way," he said. "If they are self-inflicted, there is no woe is me. And this is self-inflicted."

The suspension came as the Orioles were set to open a four-game series against the Yankees, who were 10 1/2 games back in the AL East.

"It's disappointing any time a guy is suspended. You hate to see it in our game," New York manager Joe Girardi said. "I don't think we'll ever get away from it unfortunately. I think people are always going to try and beat the system. We're going to have to do deal with it."

Davis is the fifth player suspended this year under the major league drug program and the second because of a positive amphetamine test. When San Diego outfielder Cameron Maybin was suspended for 25 games in July, he also cited use of an ADHD medication for which he previously had received a TUE.

Stanton beaning: Multiple fractures, dental damage

MILWAUKEE (AP) Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton sustained multiple facial fractures, dental damage and cuts that needed stitches after being hit in the face by a pitch Thursday night.

Marlins manager Mike Redmond said he expected Stanton, the major league RBI leader and a top candidate for the NL MVP award, was finished for the season.

The team said Stanton would return to Miami on Friday.

Stanton was hit under the left eye by a fastball from Milwaukee's Mike Fiers in the fifth inning of a 4-2 loss. Stanton was driven off the field in an ambulance.

Stanton's father was at the game and came on the field while his son was treated, and left with him in the ambulance.

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