UNDATED (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals still hold a one-game lead over Pittsburgh in the National League Central following the Cardinals’ 4-2 win over Milwaukee and the Pirates’ 5-4 triumph at Texas. The Rangers remain two games off the AL West lead after first-place Oakland fell to Minnesota 4-2. Tampa Bay lost 2-0 to Boston, keeping the Rays 1 1/2 games ahead of Cleveland and Baltimore for the final AL wild-card lead.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Second-half goals by Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan led the U.S. to a 2-0 victory over Mexico and its seventh consecutive World Cup berth. Johnson broke a scoreless tie with a header in the 49th minute off a corner kick by Donovan. The Americans actually clinched their 10th appearance in the World Cup when Honduras tied Panama 2-2.
DETROIT (AP) – Detroit Lions star Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAHM’-uh-kehn soo) has been fined $100,000 by the NFL for his illegal low block in the season-opening victory over the Minnesota. Suh hit Vikings center John Sullivan during an interception return, drawing a penalty that negated a touchdown. The NFL fined Suh $30,000 last year for unnecessary roughness when he kicked Houston quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin area.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -Oklahoma State boosters and assistant coaches reportedly handed out tens of thousands of dollars to players for at least a decade as the program grew into a national power. That’s according to Sports Illustrated, which quotes several former players by name and says some of them received $2,000 to $10,000 annually, with a few stars receiving $25,000 or more. Eight players told SI they received cash, while 29 others were named by teammates as taking money.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) – NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer (BOY’-ur) has told ESPN he didn’t intentionally spin his car in an effort to keep Ryan Newman from winning at Richmond Saturday night. Bowyer was making his first comments since NASCAR fined Michael Waltrip Racing $300,000 and docked MWR drivers Bowyer, Martin Truex, Jr. and Brian Vickers 50 standings points apiece for trying to manipulate the outcome of a race. The point deductions push Truex out of the Chase for the Championship and allows Newman to compete for the Sprint Cup title.