Friday's Sports In Brief
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) Even with the first opening-session sweep in four decades, the Americans were reminded anew that no lead is safe in the Ryder Cup.
Not after one session. Not after one day.
Europe battled back from a 4-0 deficit behind its best tandem, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose, and capped off a long and rowdy day at Hazeltine when its best player, Rory McIlroy, holed a 20-foot eagle putt and then mocked the crowd by taking a bow.
The American celebration turned into a consolation.
They had a 5-3 lead, the margin after the first day at Medinah four years ago that ended in another European victory. They lost a chance to really put Europe in a hole.
To honor Arnold Palmer, who died Sunday night, Ryder Cup officials placed on the first tee Palmer's golf bag from when he was captain of the 1975 Ryder Cup team. Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed then set the tone with a 3-and-2 foursomes victory over Stenson and Rose, and the Americans delivered the first sweep of the opening session since that 1975 team at Laurel Valley.
BOSTON (AP) - David Ortiz isn't quite finished with the late-inning heroics.
The soon-to-retire Red Sox slugger opened his final weekend with yet another game-winning homer, lining a two-run shot into the right-field stands to break a seventh-inning tie and help Boston beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3.
With his image mowed into the grass in center for the final regular-season series of his career, Ortiz was honored in a pregame ceremony and responded with an RBI single in the first. The Red Sox trailed 3-1 in the seventh when they scored two to tie it and then Brett Cecil came in to face Ortiz.
The crowd, which sat through a 25-minute rain delay, rose to its feet chanting ''Papi!'' After working the count to 2-1, Ortiz lined the ball past the Pesky Pole for his 38th homer of the season - and No. 541 of his career.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner wants another even-year World Series championship. That's what drives him, not the milestones and accolades he piles up along the way.
Bumgarner lined a key two-run double in the sixth and emphatically pumped his arms while yelling in celebration at second base, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-3.
The Mets stayed one game ahead of the Giants for the top wild card, while San Francisco remained a game up on St. Louis for the second spot.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - If Matt Holliday's return on Friday night was his final appearance with the St. Louis Cardinals, he made it one to remember.
Holliday connected for his first career pinch-hit homer after he was activated from the disabled list before the series opener against Pittsburgh, giving the veteran outfielder an opportunity to get back on the field with his future in St. Louis in doubt.
Holliday, who broke his left thumb when he was hit by a pitch Aug. 11, asked the club to activate him to make what could be his farewell appearance in a Cardinals uniform. The Cardinals are not planning to pick up their $17 million option on his contract for 2017.
HOUSTON (AP) - Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien confirmed that star defensive end J.J. Watt will miss the rest of the season after back surgery.
The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year had surgery Thursday, a day after he was placed on injured reserve.
On Friday, O'Brien answered a simple ''yes'' when asked if Watt would miss the rest of the season.
The 27-year-old Watt has started 83 straight games since he was drafted in the first round in 2011.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ben Simmons has a broken bone in his right foot and its unknown how long the No. 1 overall pick will be sidelined for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Simmons was injured Friday during the final training camp scrimmage at Stockton University in New Jersey. The Sixers said Simmons rolled an ankle, and X-rays and an MRI revealed a fractured fifth metatarsal bone.
The Australian forward played at LSU last season. He missed time early during his stay with the Tigers while waiting for an ankle injury to heal, and also left an NBA Summer League contest in July after suffering cramps in both legs.
Simmons' injury is the latest blow to a franchise that has been beset in recent years by injuries to their players. Joel Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in 2014, has yet to play because of surgeries on his right foot. Nerlens Noel missed his rookie year in 2013 with a torn ACL. Jahlil Okafor had his rookie season cut short with season-ending knee surgery on his right knee. He sat out practices this week because he still experienced soreness in the knee.
MIAMI (AP) - The relationship between Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat continued disintegrating, with the All-Star saying that the team did not tell him before going public with their belief that he will not play for them again.
The Heat denied that assertion, with a team spokesman saying that calls, texts and emails to Bosh in the days before team president Pat Riley made that announcement earlier this week were not acknowledged.
Bosh released another installment of his video series as well as a blog post Friday, with neither offering any specifics about his health. Bosh's last two seasons ended at the All-Star break because of the discovery of blood clots. He failed a preseason physical and was not cleared by the team to resume basketball activities.
CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James didn't hold back in weighing in on J.R. Smith's contract impasse with the Cavaliers.
James feels the Cavs owe the shooting guard, who helped them win an NBA title last season.
Smith remains unsigned as his agents and the Cavs have been unable to finalize a contract. When the team opened training camp earlier this week, general manager David Griffin said the Cavs have made Smith an ''incredibly competitive and aggressive offer.''
The sides, however, remain apart on the length of a deal for Smith, who came to Cleveland in a trade with the New York Knicks midway through the 2014-15 season.