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Clemson moves to No. 2...Tigers’ Boyd hitless through 8...Contreras suspension reduced to 1 game

September 17, 2017

UNDATED (AP) — Clemson has moved up to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, jumping Oklahoma and closing in on Alabama after beating a team ranked in the Top 15 for the second straight week. The Tigers received 15 first-place votes, the most the defending national champions have received this season, after beating Louisville 47-21 on the road. Alabama remains No. 1, while Oklahoma slipped one spot to No. 3. Penn State moved up a spot to No. 4, flip-flopping with No. 5 Southern California.

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Tigers pitcher Matt Boyd is hitless after eight innings against the Chicago White Sox. Boyd threw 105 pitches, struck out five and walked one. The 26-year-old left-hander had not thrown a complete game in 52 previous major league starts and had never thrown a nine-inning complete game in 121 previous professional starts. Boyd retired his first eight batters, walked Rob Brantly on 3-1 pitch in the third, then retired his next 16. Detroit scored in each of the first six innings and led 9-0.

UNDATED (AP) — Cubs catcher Willson Contreras’ two-game suspension for his argument with umpire Jordan Baker has been reduced to one game, and he served the penalty in the finale of their weekend series against the Cardinals. Contreras and pitcher John Lackey were ejected in the fifth inning of Friday’s 8-2 win. Contreras threw down his mask in anger after he was thrown out, and it bounced up and hit Baker’s leg. Contreras and Lackey also were fined by Major League Baseball. Contreras appealed the punishment.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has broken the NFL record for total field goals made from 20 to 29 yards. His 29-yarder with 11:42 left in the game gave the Colts a 13-3 lead over Arizona — and gave Vinatieri 177 career field goals made from that distance. The 44-year-old had been tied with Morten Andersen.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Penny Chenery, who bred and raced 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, has died. Chenery also realized her disabled father’s dream to win the Kentucky Derby in 1972 with Riva Ridge. Her children say Chenery died yesterday in her Boulder, Colorado, home following complications from a stroke. She was 95.