Cowboys get 6 TOs to beat Manning, Giants 36-31
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Brandon Carr returned an interception 49 yards for a clinching touchdown, and the Dallas Cowboys beat Eli Manning for the first time at their fancy $1.2 billion stadium with six takeaways in a 36-31 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday night.
Tony Romo threw two scoring passes to Jason Witten.
Manning threw three touchdown passes to Victor Cruz and had New York in position for a comeback despite the flurry of mistakes.
But with the Giants trailing 30-24, a pass from Manning went off the hand of running back De'Rel Scott into Carr's arms.
The cornerback beat Manning down the sideline for Dallas' second defensive touchdown with 1:50 remaining.
The Giants and Manning won in their first four trips to Arlington, including the stadium's first regular-season game in 2009.
Colon ends long winless skid, A's beat Astros
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bartolo Colon won for the first time in more than a month, Seth Smith homered during a seven-run third inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 7-2 on Sunday.
Brandon Moss had three hits and drove in two runs while Yoenis Cespedes added two hits and an RBI for the AL West-leading A's.
Oakland won the final three games of the series after dropping the opener.
Colon allowed one run and five hits over six innings for his first victory since July 26. The 40-year-old struck out seven and walked one, ending his personal five-game winless streak.
Henry, Steele lead Red Bulls past Dynamo, 4-1
HOUSTON (AP) — Thierry Henry scored the go-ahead goal in the 47th minute, and Jonathan Steele had a goal and an assist to help the New York Red Bulls rout the Houston Dynamo 4-1 on Sunday.
The Red Bulls took advantage of a short-handed Houston lineup to score three second-half goals, becoming the third road team to win at BBVA Compass Stadium since it opened in 2012.
Eric Alexander, Jonathan Steele and Lloyd Sam also scored for New York, which became the first team in the series to win on the road. Since 2006, New York was just 0-4-3 at Houston.
Jason Johnson scored for Houston.
Giants CB Amukamara out with concussion
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara has been knocked out of Sunday night's opener because of a concussion sustained after a helmet-on-helmet collision with a teammate.
The collision with safety Ryan Mundy occurred when they were making a tackle on Cowboys rookie receiver Terrance Williams late in the first half.
Both Amukamara and Mundy came off the field and were taken to the locker room. Mundy was cleared to return to the game after halftime.
On an earlier pass intended for Williams, the ball instead deflected off Amukamara into the arms of Mundy, who raced 91 yards before being caught from behind at the 1.
Spencer out, Pierre-Paul active for Cowboys-Giants
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer is out for Sunday night's season opener against the New York Giants, who list pass-rushing playmaker Jason Pierre-Paul as active.
Spencer was inactive after missing the entire preseason following left knee surgery in late July. He aggravated an offseason injury in the conditioning test before training camp.
Pierre-Paul had surgery in June to repair a disk in his lower back. He returned to practice Aug. 26, but didn't play in a preseason game.
Backup running back Lance Dunbar and special teams standout Danny McCray are inactive for Dallas, along with receiver Cole Beasley.
Guard David Diehl and center David Baas had already been ruled out by the Giants. Backup defensive linemen Damontre Moore and Johnathan Hankins also are inactive.
TCU QB Pachall to miss multiple games
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU quarterback Casey Pachall is out indefinitely and will miss multiple games after surgery on his injured left arm.
While the 24th-ranked Horned Frogs started preparations Sunday for their Big 12 opener Thursday night at Texas Tech, Pachall was recovering from surgery.
Pachall fractured a bone in his non-throwing arm in the second quarter Saturday in a 38-17 win over Southeastern Louisiana, and had surgery later in the day.
Pachall, the senior who missed the final nine games last season after leaving school for substance abuse treatment, got hurt at the end of a running play.
Sophomore Trevone Boykin took over and will return to the starting role. Boykin's three wins as a freshman quarterback were all Big 12 road games.
Aggies' defense back to full strength for Alabama
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — No. 6 Texas A&M's defense didn't look great against FCS school Sam Houston State, giving up some huge plays in the Aggies' 65-28 win.
The good news is that several suspended defensive starters will be back this week.
The bad news? Their first live action of the season will be against top-ranked Alabama on Saturday.
Cornerback De'Vante Harris, linebacker Steven Jenkins and defensive end Gavin Stansbury return this week after missing the first two games serving suspensions for violating team rules. Cornerback Deshazor Everett was suspended for the first half for a targeting penalty last week, but returned after halftime and had an interception.
Coach Kevin Sumlin says that they've had to run a "vanilla" defense with so many starters on the bench. He's looking forward to seeing his defense at full-strength.
ASTROS-PAUL CLEMENS OUT
Astros scratch Clemens from start
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Houston pitcher Paul Clemens has been scratched from his scheduled start against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday because of a blister on his right hand.
Lucas Harrell, who began the season in the Astros rotation before being moved to the bullpen in July, replaced Clemens. Harrell is 6-15 with 21 starts this year.
Clemens was scheduled to make his third start of the season for Houston before getting scratched.