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Last Update on September 21, 2014 05:31 GMT

INDIANS-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Yan Gomes homered and drove in four runs to help the Cleveland Indians advance in the AL wild-card race by beating the Minnesota Twins 7-3 on a rainy Saturday night.

The Indians are 3 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot after Oakland, Kansas City and Seattle all lost ahead of them earlier in the day.

The start of the game was delayed an hour because of rain.

Gomes, who had three hits, broke it open with a three-run homer off Trevor May (3-5) in the fifth inning that made it 7-2.

T.J. House (4-3) was removed after Joe Mauer and Kennys Vargas singled to start the sixth. Zach McAllister came in and struck out the side.

REDS-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Tony Cruz hit a three-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals connected three times, beating the Cincinnati Reds 8-4 on Saturday night and moving closer to their fourth straight playoff berth.

The Cardinals cut their magic number to one for clinching a postseason berth. The magic number is six for their second NL Central title in a row.

Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk also homered as St. Louis won for the seventh time in eight games.

Cincinnati has lost six in row and been outscored 30-8 in that stretch.

Jason Motte (1-0) needed just three pitches and one out to earn the win.

Mike Leake (11-13) took the loss.

BOWLING GREEN-WISCONSIN

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Melvin Gordon rushed for career highs of 253 yards and five touchdowns, and No. 19 Wisconsin ran for a Big Ten-record 644 yards to trample Bowling Green for a 68-17 victory Saturday.

Gordon had 179 yards and four scores by halftime alone before dashing for a 69-yard touchdown on his first carry of the second half. He silenced any doubters worried about his 38-yard outing the previous game.

The Badgers (2-1) forced two turnovers on back-to-back possessions by the Falcons (2-2) in the first half to break open a close game.

Gordon capitalized each time with scores before closing the half with a 21-yard touchdown run for the highlight reel.

The team rushing total was the most in the Big Ten's modern era, dating back to 1946.

BALL ST-TOLEDO

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Logan Woodside threw for 152 yards with a touchdown and rushed for two more scores as Toledo defeated Ball State 34-23 in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams on Saturday night.

Woodside helped the Rockets (2-2, 1-0 MAC) jump ahead in the first quarter, scoring on runs of 3 yards and 8. Kareem Hunt added a 13-yard touchdown to make it 20-3.

A 26-yard scoring pass from Woodside to Alonzo Russell made it 27-9 in the third. Damion Jones-Moore's 7-yard run capped a 14-play, 72-yard drive with 10:19 left.

Hunt finished with 142 yards on 12 carries in the first half before leaving with an undisclosed injury.

Ozzie Mann threw for 176 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns, but couldn't pull Ball State (1-3, 0-1) within single digits.

Jahwan Edwards had 125 yards rushing on 21 carries for the Cardinals.

Toledo won its seventh-straight MAC opener.

IDAHO-OHIO

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) -- A.J. Ouillette ran for two touchdowns and Derrius Vick threw for another Saturday to help Ohio hold off Idaho 36-24.

Quentin Poling had three interceptions, one of which led to a fourth-quarter score by JD Sprague that put Ohio up 29-17.

Ouillette scored on 1- and 3-yard runs and gained 130 yards on 27 carries. Vick was 4 of 6 passing for 68 yards, including a 12-yard TD to Sebastian Smith.

With Idaho (0-3) driving, but trailing 23-17 in the fourth quarter, Poling picked off a pass by Matt Linehan and returned it 32 yards to the Vandals' 5. Sprague scored three plays later on a 1-yard run.

Linehan responded with a 52-yard TD pass to Joshua McCain to make it a five-point game, but Ouillette put the game out of reach with a 3-yard TD run for Ohio (2-2). Linehan was 33 of 55 for 353 yards and two TDs, both to McCain.

ST FRANCIS (PA)-YOUNGSTOWN ST

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- Dante Nania threw three touchdowns to lead Youngstown State to a 52-23 win over St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday night.

Nania was 11 of 22 and 180 yards for the Penguins (3-1). His favorite targets were Andrew Williams, Jody Webb and Demond Hymes who each had a receiving touchdown. Webb also had a rushing TD. Martin Ruiz scored two rushing touchdowns and had 82 yards on 12 carries.

The Penguins had a 28-16 lead at the break and exploded in the second half, scoring 24 unanswered points on two Nania touchdown passes, a Hymes TD run, and a 25-yard field goal by Joey Cejudo.

Khairi Dickson led the Red Flash (1-3) with 151 yards on 29 carries. Dickson added a 10-yard touchdown run to close out the scoring with just over 5 minutes to play.

Zach Drayer threw 11 of 21 for 139 yards and a touchdown.

MIAMI (OHIO)-CINCINNATI

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Gunner Kiel followed his six-touchdown debut by throwing for four more on Saturday night, and Cincinnati held on to beat Miami of Ohio 31-24 for its ninth straight victory over the southwest Ohio rival.

Kiel, who transferred from Notre Dame and sat out last season, tied the school record with six touchdown passes in his debut last week, a 58-34 win over Toledo. He had three in the first half on Saturday, putting Cincinnati (2-0) ahead to stay.

Miami fell to 0-4 under first-year coach Chuck Martin, who was Notre Dame's offensive coordinator. The RedHawks have lost 20 straight since a victory over Ohio on Oct. 27, 2012.

Kiel was 25 of 39 for 271 yards with two interceptions. He also ran eight times for 17 yards, taking advantage of a defense that dropped into pass coverage and left openings.

MARSHALL-AKRON

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Remi Watson rushed for 124 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown run, Devon Johnson added 103 yards rushing and a touchdown to help Marshall beat Akron 48-17 on Saturday.

Rakeem Cato threw for 210 yards with one passing touchdown and two rushing TDs for Marshall (4-0). The Thundering Herd has scored 40 or more points in their first four games of the season, their first such streak since 1938.

Marshall's defense forced four Akron turnovers, intercepting quarterback Kyle Pohl twice and recovering two fumbles.

The Thundering Herd scored the first 24 points of the game, before Akron got on the scoreboard with a 24-yard field goal by Robert Stein. Marshall would then rip off 17 more in a row until a Manny Morgan 11-yard touchdown gave the Zips their first touchdown with 8:03 remaining in the game.

National Sports News

Last Update on September 21, 2014 19:24 GMT

T25-AP POLL

UNDATED (AP) -- The new Associated Press college football poll is out, and there are a couple unfamiliar names in the rankings. East Carolina is ranked in for the first time since 2008 and Mississippi State moved into the Top 25 for the first time in two seasons after breaking a long losing streak against LSU.

The Pirates are No. 23 after a record-setting 70-41 victory against North Carolina. ECU has beaten Atlantic Coast Conference teams the past two weeks after winning at Virginia Tech.

The Pirates were last ranked Sept. 21, 2008. That team finished 9-5 and won Conference USA. East Carolina (3-1) is in its first season in the American Athletic Conference.

Mississippi State is No. 14 after beating LSU 34-29 to end a 14-game skid to the Tigers. The Bulldogs were last ranked in 2012.

The top seven teams are the same as last week, starting with No. 1 Florida State, which escaped 23-17 in overtime against Clemson on Saturday night.

T25-FLORIDA STATE

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Heisman Trophy winner Jameis (JAYM'-ihs) Winston is back.

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher announced his quarterback was once again the starter shortly after the top-ranked Seminoles survived their biggest regular-season scare since Winston earned the job at the start of 2013.

Winston cheered his teammates from the sideline Saturday night as Florida State squeaked by Clemson 23-17 in overtime at home. He was serving a one-game suspension for making "offensive and vulgar" comments about female anatomy on campus Tuesday. The schedule now favors the 3-0 Seminoles, who don't play any ranked opponents for the next 26 days.

The winner of Florida State-Clemson has played in the ACC championship the last five years.

"We ain't lost in 19 straight games," Fisher said. "We are No. 1 till somebody beats us."

NFL-WEEK 3 SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- After a tumultuous week of sad off-the-field headlines that included a NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's (guh-DEHLZ') mea culpa Friday admitting he has erred on failing to provide tougher personal conduct rules for players, the focus is back today to where the league wants it -- on the field.

Week 3 action sees the seven undefeated NFL teams facing various tests, including three playing later today and tonight.

The 2-0 Arizona Cardinals try to keep their perfect season going when they host 1-1 San Francisco.

Peyton Manning leads the 2-0 Denver Broncos into Seattle to play the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks, who are 1-1. This is a rematch of last February's Super Bowl.

Winless Kansas City hits the road in search of its first victory when it takes on 1-1 Miami.

And the Sunday night game features the 2-0 Carolina Panthers hosting the 1-1 Pittsburgh Steelers.

NASCAR-NEW HAMPSHIRE

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) -- Brad Keselowski is trying to become the first Ford driver to win three straight Sprint Cup races since Rusty Wallace in June 1994 if he gets the checkered flag today at New Hampshire, the second of 10 Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff races.

Keselowski and Jeff Gordon have finished 1-2 in the last two Sprint Cup races.

Keselowski is coming off consecutive victories at Richmond and the Chase for the Sprint Cup opener last week at Chicagoland. He swept the Cup and Nationwide races at New Hampshire in July.

FORMULA ONE-SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE (AP) -- Lewis Hamilton took the lead in the Formula One drivers' championship by winning the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday, leapfrogging teammate Nico Rosberg who had to retire early with a mechanical failure.

Hamilton led comfortably but was forced into a late pit-stop. He briefly surrendered the race lead to Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, before he passed the German seven laps from the finish to win by 13.5 seconds at the Marina Bay circuit.

The Briton won his seventh race of the season, and second in a row, to move to 241 points, ahead of Rosberg on 238 with five races left.

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