WASHINGTON (AP) – Patrick Corbin pitched six effective innings, and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 to strengthen their playoff positioning. Adam Eaton, Yan Gomes and Trea Turner homered for Washington, which moved a half-game ahead of idle Milwaukee for the top spot in the wild-card standings. The Nationals reduced their magic number to clinch a playoff berth to three.
NEW YORK (AP) – Steven Matz allowed two homers to Jorge Alfaro, including a grand slam, and the New York Mets lost to the Miami Marlins 8-4 to dim their fading postseason hopes. The Mets dropped five games behind idle Milwaukee for the final NL playoff spot with six games remaining. They also trail Washington by 5 1/2 games for the top wild card.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) – Mitchell Trubisky threw his first three touchdown passes of the season, all to Taylor Gabriel in the second quarter, to finally get the Chicago Bears offense going and build a big lead that held up to beat the Washington Redskins 31-15. Chicago had just a 1-yard touchdown run to show for its first two games. Washington has lost all three games this season.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Kansas has received a notice from the NCAA that alleges significant violations within its storied men’s basketball program, including a responsibility charge leveled against Hall of Fame coach Bill Self. The notice includes three Level 1 violations tied primarily to recruiting and cites a lack of institutional control. It also includes notice of a secondary violation in football tied to then-coach David Beaty that involved the use of an extra coach during practice.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphia Eagles receiver Nelson Agholor has invited a man who rescued children from a burning house to be his guest at a game. The former firefighter criticized Agholor’s catching skills during a TV interview. Hakim Laws said another man was “throwing babies” from a burning house and he was catching them, “unlike Agholor.” The Eagles receiver has had a few key drops this season. Agholor thanked Laws for being a hero and invited him on Twitter to the Eagles’ next home game.