SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) With Carson Palmer sidelined by a concussion, the one-win Arizona Cardinals turned to Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson and an opportunistic defense for a much-needed victory.
Drew Stanton threw two touchdown passes to Fitzgerald in the quarterback's first start in two years, Johnson ran for two scores and the Cardinals capitalized on San Francisco mistakes to beat the 49ers 33-21 on Thursday night.
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The Cardinals got 17 points off three turnovers by the 49ers - two interceptions of Blaine Gabbert and a fumbled kickoff return by Chris Davis - and also had one drive extended by a running-into-the-kicker penalty.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - The volatile nature of Odell Beckham Jr . was on John Mara's mind at a Vatican conference on faith and sport.
The New York Giants president, CEO and co-owner, appearing at the conference on Thursday, discussed the receiver's latest outbursts on the sidelines.
Beckham's antics were on full display in New York's 24-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night. While Beckham is one of the NFL's most talented receivers, he's been making more headlines lately for tantrums, outbursts and penalty flags.
After practice on Thursday, Beckham said he wants to act better on the field and be an inspiration for children, rather than setting a bad example.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Francisco Lindor's homer capped Cleveland's three-homer rampage in the third inning against 22-game winner Rick Porcello, and the Indians held on for a 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox in their AL Division Series opener.
Lindor, Jason Kipnis and Robert Perez went deep in the third off Porcello, who lasted 4 1/3 innings in his shortest outing this year.
Before a sea of red-towel waving, screaming fans, the Indians landed the first blow in the best-of-5 series against David Ortiz and the AL East champions.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Marco Estrada took a shutout into the ninth inning, Jose Bautista hit a long, punctuating three-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays opened their AL Division Series rematch with a 10-1 romp over the Texas Rangers.
Bautista, who had the emphatic bat flip after his tiebreaking homer in the ALDS clincher last October against the Rangers and got punched the last time the Blue Jays played in Texas in May, drove in four runs. He had an RBI single in Toronto's five-run third off All-Star left-hander Cole Hamels.
Bautista added a 425-foot blast in the ninth inning, and the Blue Jays slugger seemed to deliberately drop the bat softly near home plate after his second homer of this postseason.
TORONTO (AP) - The man who threw a beer at Baltimore outfielder Hyun Soo Kim during the seventh inning of Tuesday night's AL wild card game has been charged with mischief.
Ken Pagan, a 41-year-old copy editor for Postmedia, reported to a police precinct Thursday evening. He was later released and is due in court in late November.
Pagan contacted police Wednesday evening after police released a photo of him.
WEATHER & SPORTS
MIAMI (AP) - Fear of the damage that powerful Hurricane Matthew may cause prompted two college football postponements, and had the NFL plotting just-in-case scenarios for games scheduled in Tampa and Miami this weekend.
A pair of college games set to be played Saturday - LSU at No. 18 Florida, as well as Charlotte at Florida Atlantic - were postponed. The Tigers-Gators game that was scheduled for Gainesville is off indefinitely, and the Charlotte-FAU game scheduled for Boca Raton is now tentatively planned to be played Sunday.
Saturday night's game that has No. 23 Florida State visiting No. 10 Miami remains on as scheduled, though officials remain somewhat cautious. Also, the Georgia at South Carolina game has been pushed from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon.
A major issue with games in Florida this weekend isn't the weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday, because those days look to be generally fine around the state. It's whether police, first responders and other key personnel needed at football games that draw massive crowds will be deployed to assist in areas that will take the brunt of Matthew's wrath.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Kevin Harvick has already proven he's a factor at Charlotte Motor Speedway, especially during night races. With the top starting spot Saturday night, he'll be tough to beat in the opening race of the second round of NASCAR's playoffs.
Harvick turned a lap at 196.029 mph in a Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet to earn the top starting spot in qualifying. He edged Alex Bowman, the replacement driver for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is not racing for the championship.
It is Harvick's first pole of the season.
Chase Elliott qualified third and was followed by Kyle Busch, the highest qualifying Toyota driver, Tony Stewart and AJ Allmendinger. Martin Truex Jr., winner of two of the first three Chase races, qualified seventh.
He was followed by Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, the top qualifying Ford driver, and Jimmie Johnson as Chase drivers took eight of the top 11 spots.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The ex-girlfriend accusing NBA star Derrick Rose and his friends of rape battled her emotions as she tried to piece together a night she remembers only in ''flashes.''
Her vague recall and testimony that contradicted what she told lawyers during her deposition left her vulnerable to combative cross-examination by Rose's lawyer as the Knicks player looked on with little reaction.
In a soft voice that at times couldn't be heard by lawyers or jurors, the woman behind the $21.5 million lawsuit said she was intoxicated and felt like she had been drugged after a visit to Rose's mansion in Beverly Hills in August 2013.