UNDATED (AP) — The first Saturday of the college football season has reaped losses by a pair of top-5 teams.

Greg Ward Jr. passed for 321 yards and two touchdowns as Houston dumped third-ranked Oklahoma 33-23. Houston led 19-17 before Brandon Wilson went end line to end zone to score a touchdown off a missed 54-yard field goal try by Austin Seibert midway through the third quarter.

Coupled with the Peach Bowl win over Florida State, the Cougars have consecutive wins over top-10 teams for the first time in school history.

Baker Mayfield threw for 323 yards and two scores for the Sooners.

Fifth-ranked LSU suffered its first opening day loss in 12 years under coach Les Miles as Rafael Gaglianone drilled a 47-yard field goal with 3:47 left in Wisconsin's 16-14 triumph over the Tigers. Corey Clement ran for 86 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries for the Badgers, whose defense blanked the Tigers deep into the third quarter.

LSU tailback and Heisman Trophy hopeful Leonard Fournette ran for 138 yards on 23 carries but limped off on his final carry, a 15-yard run with less than two minutes left.


— J.T. Barrett threw six touchdown passes and No. 6 Ohio State rolled up a school record 776 yards in a 77-10 romp over Bowling Green. Barrett set a school record with seven touchdowns overall and was 21 of 31 for 349 yards and six scores.

— Wilton Speight threw three scoring strikes in the first half of seventh-ranked Michigan's 63-3 laugher against Hawaii. Freshman Chris Evans ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns for the Wolverines, who also scored on interception returns by Delano Hill and Channing Stribling.

— Fourteenth-ranked Washington crushed Rutgers 48-13 behind Jake Browning's 287 passing yards. John Ross grabbed two of Browning's three TD throws and returned a kickoff for another touchdown in his first game since the end of the 2014 season.

— Texas A&M was a winner at home as Trevor Knight scored the lone touchdown of overtime to lead the Aggies' 31-24 win against No. 16 UCLA. Knight threw for 239 yards and a touchdown, but his second scoring run was the difference.

— No. 17 Iowa hammered Miami of Ohio 45-21 as Akrum Wadley ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns. LeShun Daniels added 83 yards rushing and two scores for the Hawkeyes, and C.J. Beathard was 13 of 20 for 192 yards and a TD.

— Georgia won a battle of ranked teams as Nick Chubb rushed for 222 yards and two TDs to help the 18th-ranked Bulldogs down No. 22 North Carolina, 33-24. Chubb clinched the victory with a 55-yard touchdown run in his return from a serious knee injury.

— Jhajuan Seales caught two touchdown passes from Mason Rudolph as No. 21 Oklahoma State ripped Southeastern Louisiana 61-7. Barry J. Sanders compiled 76 all-purpose yards and scored a touchdown in his first game since transferring from Stanford to his father's alma mater.

— Dakota Prukop passed for 271 yards and three touchdowns in his Oregon debut as the 24th-rated Ducks thumped UC Davis 53-28. Royce Freeman rushed for 87 yards and two scores for the Ducks, while Darren Carrington caught seven passes for 117 yards and a TD.


Giants edge Cubs in duel of top pitchers

UNDATED (AP) — Madison Bumgarner has given the San Francisco Giants a chance to cut their deficit in the National League West by the end of the night.

Bumgarner outpitched Jake Arrieta (ar-ee-EH'-tuh) by giving up two runs and five hits while striking out 10 over six innings of the Giants' 3-2 triumph over the Cubs in Chicago. San Francisco supported Bumgarner with just four hits after collecting three in each of the first two games of the series. But the Giants scored their first run on an error by third baseman Tommy La Stella and made it a 3-1 game when Brandon Crawford scored on Arrieta's wild pitch.

Arrieta was reached for just two earned runs and four hits over six innings of his first loss since July 30.

The Giants improved to 16-29 since the All-Star break and currently sit 1 ½ games behind the NL West-leading Dodgers, who host San Diego today.

The Cubs ended a five-game winning streak, but their magic number to clinch the NL Central dropped to 12 when the Cardinals absorbed a 9-1 loss to Cincinnati. Ramon Cabrera singled home a pair to put the Reds ahead 4-1 in the seventh, one inning before they scored five times to break it open.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Washington's magic number to clinch the NL East remains 18 after Robert Gsellman (guh-SEHL'-mihn) tossed six innings and Curtis Granderson poked a two-run single in the New York Mets' 3-1 verdict over the Nationals. Gsellman gave up only a first-inning run and six hits as the Mets pulled within one game of the Cards for the final NL wild-card berth.

— Texas is 12-2 versus Houston this season after Nomar Mazara and Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) homered in a 12-4 pounding of the Astros. Mazara, Ian Desmond, Carlos Beltran, Rougned Odor (ROOG'-nehd oh-DOHR') and Mitch Moreland drove in two runs apiece to back Derek Holland, who allowed two runs over six innings to help the Rangers reduce their magic number for winning the AL West to 17.

— Kevin Kiermaier belted a two-run homer and Matt Duffy lined a three-run double in Tampa Bay's 7-5 triumph against Toronto. Blake Snell held the Blue Jays to a run and two hits in six innings as the Rays beat the AL East leaders for the second straight night.

— Baltimore pulled within two games of the Blue Jays as Adam Jones homered and Kevin Gausman struck out eight over six innings of a 2-0 shutout of the Yankees. Gausman gave up just two hits before the Orioles' bullpen completed a four-hitter and the Birds' third consecutive shutout of the Yankees.

— Jason Kipnis smacked a two-run homer and Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR') was 4-for-4 with an RBI as the Indians whipped Miami 8-3. Coco Crisp was 3-for-5 with three runs scored to back Trevor Bauer, who came within two outs of a complete game.

— Cleveland's lead in the AL Central is up to 5 ½ games over the Tigers, who took a 5-2 loss to Kansas City. Eric Hosmer smacked a two-run homer, Alcides (al-SEE'-dehs) Escobar slapped a two-run single and Yordano Ventura limited Detroit to a run and six hits over six innings.

Minnesota had dropped 14 of 15 before Brian Dozier, Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano (sah-NOH') and Trevor Plouffe (ploof) homered while the Twins scored 11 times over the first three innings of an 11-3 romp over the Chicago White Sox.

— Adonis Garcia homered twice and had three RBIs before scoring the tiebreaking run in the 10th inning of Atlanta's 6-4 victory at Philadelphia.


Serena eases into the round of 16

NEW YORK (AP) — Top-ranked Serena Williams has advanced to the round of 16 at the U.S. Open, while tying a record for victories in Grand Slam singles events. The 22-time major champion needed just one hour to knock off Johana Larsson 6-2, 6-1 for her 307th major singles victory, matching the mark held by Roger Federer and breaking the women's record she shared with Martina Navratilova.

Other third-round winners include fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska (ag-nee-EHSH'-kah rad-VAHN'-skuh), fifth seed Simona Halep (HA'-lehp), sixth seed Venus Williams, No. 10 Karolina Pliskova and No. 11 Carla Suarez Navarro.

Meanwhile, Juan Martin Del Potro (wahn mahr-TEEN' dehl-POH'-troh) continued his renaissance by knocking off 11th seed David Ferrer 7-6 (3), 6-2, 6-3 in men's third round action. The 2009 champ entered the tournament ranked 142nd. He returned to Grand Slam competition this year after missing 2 1/2 years of major tournaments because of operations on his left wrist.

Joining Del Potro in the fourth round are second seed Andy Murray, third seed Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRIHN'-kah), sixth seed Kei Nishikori (kay nee-shee-KOHR'-ee), No. 8 Dominic Thiem (teem) and No. 22 Grigor Dimitrov.


Eagles trade Bradford to Vikings

UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have acquired a starting quarterback following the recent knee injury to Teddy Bridgewater.

The Vikes have picked up Sam Bradford from the Eagles for a first-round pick in 2017 and a fourth-rounder in 2018. Bradford reunites with Minnesota tight ends coach Pat Shurmur, who was Philadelphia's offensive coordinator in 2015 and Bradford's OC his rookie season with the Rams.

Bridgewater is out for the season after dislocating his left knee and tearing the ACL on a non-contact play during practice.

Bradford had requested a trade earlier this year after the Eagles made quarterback Carson Wentz the No. 2 overall pick in the draft.

The deal means either Chase Daniel or second overall pick Carson Wentz will start the Eagles' season opener next week.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

— The Texans have activated star defensive end J.J. Watt from the physically unable to perform list and expect him to start the opener against the Bears next Sunday. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year missed the entire preseason after having back surgery in July.

— Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk) survived San Francisco's roster cuts when the 49ers determined that his ability as a quarterback more than offset any potential distraction over his refusal to stand during the national anthem. The 49ers announced that Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder will be the team's three quarterbacks.

— The Broncos have released quarterback Mark Sanchez in a move that was anticipated when the Broncos named Trevor Siemian the starter earlier this week. Sanchez was brought over in a trade with Philadelphia as a likely replacement for the retired Peyton Manning, but he became expendable when Siemian won the starting job.

— The Bengals have placed linebacker Vontaze Burfict on the suspension list while he sits out a three-game penalty for a hit to the head of Steelers receiver Antonio Brown in last season's playoffs.

— Baltimore has released former Pro Bowl running back Justin Forsett, who was an alternate in the 2014 Pro Bowl after running for a career-high 1,266 yards with the Ravens. Forsett returned as the starter last year and rushed for 641 yards in 10 games before breaking his arm.

— The Browns have shipped cornerback Justin Gilbert to the Steelers on Saturday for a sixth-round draft pick in 2018. Gilbert was a major disappointment for the Browns after being taking eighth overall in the 2014 NFL draft.

— Bears outside linebacker Pernell McPhee will start the season on the physically unable to perform list and miss at least the first six games. McPhee is recovering from offseason knee surgery.

— The New York Jets have cut cornerback Dee Milliner and tight end Jace (jays) Amaro, two high draft picks once considered future cornerstones of the franchise.

— Green Bay has released three-time Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton, who started 112 of 121 regular-season games since being drafted in the fourth round in 2008 out of Central Florida.


Dixon takes Glen pole

WATKINS, GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Scott Dixon has won the pole for Sunday's IndyCar race at Watkins Glen International.

Dixon was fastest in all three practices and topped the Fast Six with a track-record time of 1 minute, 22.5259 seconds at 147.008 mph.

Will Power will start second, followed by Sebastien Bourdais (bohr-DAY').


Hamilton takes Monza pole

MONZA, Italy (AP) — Lewis Hamilton took the pole position for the Italian Grand Prix by beating teammate Nico Rosberg's time by nearly half a second in a commanding performance.

The pole sitter has won at Monza the past six years, with Hamilton earning three of those victories.


Chappell has halfway lead

NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Kevin Chappell's 7-under 64 has given him the lead after two rounds of the PGA's Deutsche Bank Championship. That puts him 11-under halfway through the second of four FedEx Cup playoff tournaments.

Jimmy Walker shot a 64 and is tied with Paul Casey for second, one shot off the pace. Casey carded a second straight 66.


Lee leads, Jutanugarn is two back

CAMBRIDGE, Ontario (AP) — Mi Hyang Lee's 6-under 66 has given her the lead after three rounds of the LPGA Manulife Classic.

Her 14-under total gives her a one-shot lead over Hjo Joo Kim, who shot a 68.


Maggert pulls on top

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Jeff Maggert fired a second straight 7-under 63 to open a three-shot lead after two rounds of the Champions Tour Shaw Charity Classic.

Carlos Franco also posted a 63 to pull into second place, one shot ahead of Bernhard Langer.


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