DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning became the first NFL quarterback in 44 years to throw seven touchdown passes and the Denver Broncos won the NFL season opener last night, routing the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens 49-27. The Broncos erased a three-point halftime deficit by scoring 28 unanswered points to open the second half as Manning passed for 462 yards and tied the NFL record for most TD passes.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds beat St. Louis 6-2 last night to take three of four from the Cardinals in their final series of the year. Todd Frazier homered twice and Jay Bruce and Shin-Soo Choo also went deep for the Reds, who are three games back of NL Central-leading Pittsburgh.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Red Sox pulled out a 9-8 thriller on Shane Victorino’s go-ahead RBI single in the 10th inning in the opener of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. The Yanks had scored six runs in the seventh and took a one-run lead into the ninth before Stephen Drew hit a tying single off Mariano Rivera with two out in the ninth.
NEW YORK (AP) — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) cruised into the semifinals at the U.S. Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-love victory over Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny (mih-KAYL’ YOOS’-nee). Djokovic’s path to Monday’s U.S. Open final got a little easier when third-seed and defending U.S. Open champion Andy Murray fell to ninth-seed Stanislaw Wawrinka (vah-VRIN’-kah) 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in yesterday’s men’s quarterfinals.
NEW YORK (AP) — With history on the line, the Bryan brothers finally met their match yesterday. Trying to become only the second men’s doubles team to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in a single year, Bob and Mike Bryan saw their bid end with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 loss to Leander Paes (lee-AN’-dur payz) and Radek Stepanek in the U.S. Open semifinals.