BC-2013 Sports Chronology,8th Add


Associated Press

Posted on December 27, 2013 at 2:36 PM


Sept. 15 — Norway's Suzann Pettersen beat teen star Lydia Ko of New Zealand by two shots to win the Evian Championship and clinch the second major title of her career. Pettersen shot a 3-under 68 to finish with a 10-under total of 203 after the tournament was reduced to three rounds when the opening day was rained out. The 16-year-old Ko, who was trying to become the youngest major champion, finished with a 70. This was the first year that Evian counted as the fifth and final major of the year on the women's calendar.

Sept. 15 — Aaron Rodgers threw for a career-high 480 yards and James Jones had a career-best 178 yards receiving in Green Bay's 38-20 win over the Washington Redskins. James Starks of the Packers rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown. It was the first time in NFL history that any team had a 450-yard passer and 125-yard rusher in the same game.

Sept. 15 — Philip Rivers was 36 of 47 for 419 yards and three touchdown passes to Eddie Royal to lead San Diego to a 33-30 victory at Philadelphia. Michael Vick of the Eagles threw for a career-best 428 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score.

Sept. 15 — Denver's Peyton Manning passed for 307 yards and two touchdowns in the Broncos' 41-23 win over the New York Giants. Manning (60,256) became the third quarterback in NFL history to reach 60,000 career passing yards, joining Brett Favre and Dan Marino.

Sept. 15 — Houston rookie defensive end Andre Hopkins caught a three-yard touchdown pass in overtime in the Texans' 30-24 win over Tennessee. Houston became the first team since the 1970 merger to win each of its first two games of the season on the game's final play.

Sept. 16 — Hard-hitting Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson was suspended for one game for flagrant and repeat violations of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players. Goldson was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter of yesterday's game against New Orleans for making direct, helmet-to-helmet contact with a defenseless receiver, Darren Sproles. On Sept. 18 Goldson's suspension was reduced to a $100,000 fine by Matt Birk, who handles appeals of discipline of on-field punishment for players for the league and NFL Players Association.

Sept. 16 — Andrew Cashner carried a perfect game into the seventh inning and faced the minimum 27 batters in a one-hitter that sent the San Diego Padres past the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0. Cashner retired his first 18 batters before Jose Tabata grounded a clean single into right field leading off the seventh. Tabata was erased when Andrew McCutchen grounded into an inning-ending double play, and the right-hander cruised the rest of the way for his first complete game in 31 career starts.

Sept. 16 — The Washington Nationals postponed its game against the Atlanta Braves following shootings at the nearby Navy Yard.

Sept. 18 — American Jordan Burroughs earned another wrestling world title. Burroughs, a gold medalist at the 2012 Olympics, extended his undefeated streak to 65 matches with a 4-0 victory over Iran's Ezzatollah Akbarizarinkolaei in the 163-pound category at the Laszlo Papp Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary.

Sept. 19 — Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker won the WNBA MVP, making her the fifth player in league history to receive the award twice.

Sept. 20 — Alex Rodriguez set a major league record with his 24th career grand slam, passing Lou Gehrig with a tiebreaking shot in the seventh inning that sent New York Yankees to a 5-1 victory over San Francisco.

Sept. 20 — — Max Scherzer became baseball's first 20-game winner, pitching through a rainy six innings to help Detroit defeat Chicago 12-5. Scherzer (20-3) was making his fifth attempt to win No. 20. He had two losses and two no-decisions in his previous four starts.

Sept. 22 — Henrik Stenson held off a brief challenge by 20-year-old Jordan Spieth and closed with a 2-under 68 to win the Tour Championship by three shots over Spieth and Steve Stricker. The 37-year-old Swede also captured the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus. Stenson earned $1.44 million for winning the tournament.

Sept. 22 — Chicago's defense forced five turnovers and scored twice, and the Bears beat Pittsburgh 40-23. Major Wright returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, and Julius Peppers picked up Ben Roethlisberger's fumble and raced 42 yards for a score in the fourth quarter as the Bears held off a late rally. Roethlisberger completed 26 of 41 passes for 406 yards, and threw two touchdowns to Antonio Brown, but the Steelers fell to 0-3 for the first time since 2000.

Sept. 22 — Jimmy Spithill and his mates with Oracle Team USA were masterful on San Francisco Bay, winning two races against Emirates Team New Zealand to stay alive in the America's Cup. Oracle's 72-foot catamaran jumped to huge leads in both races and has won four straight since the Kiwis reached match point on Sept. 18. Oracle cut the Kiwis' lead to 8-5. Docked two points in the biggest cheating scandal in the 162-year history of the America's Cup.

Sept. 23 — Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson was suspended 10 regular-season games for leaving the bench to take part in a fight during the third period of Toronto's 5-3 preseason win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sept. 22.

Sept. 23 — Alex Rios of Texas hit for the cycle in a 12-0 rout of Houston. Rios finished off the cycle with a triple to right-center field in the sixth inning, and later scored to put Texas up 11-0. He doubled in the first inning, had an infield single in the third and hit his 18th homer in the fourth.

Sept. 23 — After 20 consecutive years of losing, the Pittsburgh Pirates clinched at least a National League wild card when they beat the Chicago Cubs and Washington lost to St. Louis. It was Pittsburgh's first postseason berth since Barry Bonds, Jim Leyland and Co. won three straight NL East titles from 1990-92.

Sept. 24 — Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha lost his no-hit bid on Ryan Zimmerman's infield single with two outs in the ninth inning, and St. Louis beat the Washington Nationals 2-0. Making his ninth career start, Wacha came about as close as possible to finishing off the third no-hitter in the majors this season.

Sept. 24 — Skipper Jimmy Spithill and defending champion Oracle Team USA extended their almost unimaginable winning streak to seven to force a winner-take-all America's Cup finale against Emirates Team New Zealand.

Sept. 25 — The New York Yankees failed to make the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years, getting mathematically eliminated during their 8-3 loss to Tampa Bay.

Sept. 25 — Skipper Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA won the America's Cup with one of the greatest comebacks in sports history and kept the oldest trophy in international sports in the United States. Spithill steered Oracle's space-age, 72-foot catamaran to its eighth straight victory, speeding past Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand in the winner-take-all Race 19 on San Francisco Bay. All but defeated a week ago, the 34-year-old Australian and his international crew twice rallied from seven-point deficits to win 9-8.

Sept. 29 — On the last day of the season, Miami's Henderson Alvarez pitched one of baseball's most bizarre no-hitters. Alvarez celebrated in the on-deck circle when the Marlins scored on a two-out wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Detroit Tigers 1-0.

Sept. 29 — Jimmie Johnson held off teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. down the stretch to win for a record eighth time at Dover International Speedway. Johnson, who won the Sprint Cup AAA 400, had shared the mark of seven wins on the concrete mile with Bobby Allison and Richard Petty.

Sept. 29 — The Texas Rangers forced a one-game tiebreaker for the second AL wild-card spot, winning their seventh in a row when Geovany Soto hit a tiebreaking RBI double and later homered to beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-2. The Rangers (91-71) added game No. 163 to the regular season, and face Tampa Bay after the Rays assured themselves a tie for a wild-card berth by scoring six runs in the first inning and then holding off the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6.

Sept. 29 — Peyton Manning broke the NFL record with his 24th career game with at least four touchdown throws in Denver's 52-20 win over Philadelphia. The four TD passes gave him an NFL-record 16 in the first month of the season, besting the previous mark of 14 set by Don Meredith in 1966 and tied by Kurt Warner in 1999. Manning also joined Milt Plum in 1960 as the only quarterbacks to throw that many touchdown passes without an interception.

Sept. 29 — San Diego's Philip Rivers threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns, to help the Chargers beat the Dallas Cowboys 30-21.

Sept. 29 — Matt Ryan finished 34 for 54 for 421 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in Atlanta's 30-23 loss to New England.

Sept. 29 — Kenya's Wilson Kipsang set a world record set at the Berlin Marathon. Kipsang won in 2:03:23, breaking the previous record of 2:03:38 set by Patrick Makau at the 2011 Berlin race.

Sept. 30 — Drew Brees passed for 413 yards and tight end Jimmy Graham caught four passes for 100 yards and two scores as the New Orleans beat Miami 38-17.

Sept. 30 — David Price pitched his fourth complete game this year, Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer and Tampa Bay beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 in the AL wild-card tiebreaker game, the 163rd game for both teams.

Oct. 1 — Francisco Liriano tossed seven dominant innings and the Pittsburgh roared past Cincinnati 6-2 in the NL wild-card game. Russell Martin hit two home runs, Marlon Byrd also connected and McCutchen reached base four times.

Oct. 2 — Tampa Bay posted another must-have win on the road, beating the Cleveland Indians 4-0 in the AL wild-card game. The Rays played in their third city over four days and advanced to the best-of-five division series.

Oct. 4 — Jon Lester allowed three hits in 7 2-3 innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of poor Tampa Bay defense in a five-run fourth to beat the Rays 12-2 in Game 1 of the AL division series. Every Boston starter got a hit and scored a run, the first time a team had done that in the postseason since 1936. Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and the Yankees did it in the World Series.

Oct. 5 — Eighth-ranked Florida State stayed undefeated in Atlantic Coast Conference play with a 63-0 victory over No. 25 Maryland. Maryland matched the largest losing margin by a ranked team. UCLA beat No. 11 Texas 66-3, on Sept. 13, 1997.

Oct. 5 — Wladimir Klitschko retained his WBA and IBF heavyweight titles, unanimously outpointing previously undefeated Alexander Povetkin. Klitschko (61-3) knocked down Povetkin three times in the seventh round. Povetkin lost for the first time in 27 fights.

Oct. 5 — Marcus Mariota threw five touchdown passes and ran for two scores as No. 2 Oregon routed Colorado 57-16. The Ducks reached the 50-point plateau for a school record fifth straight time. Oregon scored at least 55 points in all of its games under first-year coach Mark Helfrich.

Oct. 5 — Bryce Petty and No. 17 Baylor needed only 40 seconds to score their first touchdown in the Big 12 opener and continued its high-scoring ways with a 73-42 victory over West Virginia. It was the third time this year the Bears scored 70 or more points. It's the fourth time a ranked team has scored 70 or more points three times in one season. Houston (1968), Florida State (1995) and Wisconsin (2010) were the others to accomplish the feat.

Oct. 6 — Tiger Woods beat Richard Sterne, 1 up, to give the Americans the 18 points they needed to win the Presidents Cup for the fifth straight time. It was the third straight Presidents Cup that Woods won the cup-clinching match — all three with Fred Couples as the captain.

Oct. 6 — Matt Prater kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired and Peyton Manning and Denver overcame the first 500-yard passing game in Dallas history for a 51-48 victory over the Cowboys. Tony Romo threw for 506 yards and five touchdowns for Dallas, but he was intercepted by Danny Trevanthan inside the Dallas 30 to set up Prater's winning kick. Manning finished with 414 yards and four scores for Denver. The teams combined for 1,039 yards of total offense in the second-highest scoring game in regulation since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.

Oct. 6 — Terrelle Pryor threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and Charles Woodson tied an NFL record with his 13th defensive touchdown to lead Oakland to a 27-17 win over San Diego. Philip Rivers of the Chargers had his third 400-yard passing game of the season, throwing for 411 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions.

Oct. 6 — Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes, Jimmy Graham tied an NFL record for tight ends with his fourth straight 100-yard game and New Orleans beat Chicago 26-18. Alshon Jeffery of the Bears had 10 receptions for a franchise-record 218 yards, breaking Harlon Hill's mark of 214 at San Francisco on Oct. 31, 1954. He also had a 3-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter.

Oct. 7 — Jose Lobaton hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and Tampa Bay staved off elimination once again by beating the Boston Red Sox 5-4. Lobaton's solo homer off Koji Uehara landed into the giant fish tank beyond the center-field wall. The Red Sox closer didn't allow a home run in his last 37 regular-season appearances.

Oct. 7 — Juan Uribe was unable to get a bunt down — and then hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning to give the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves and send Los Angeles into the National League championship series. Carl Crawford homered his first two times up for the Dodgers, who won the best-of-five playoff 3-1.