Top National Sports Stories: Chiefs whip Pats...Browns without Garrett Sunday...Bengals reward Burfict...Stephens, Keys advance

Published on September 08, 2017 at 06:24AM

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The defending Super Bowl champs dropped their home opener last night as the Kansas City Chiefs scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat New England, 42-27 at Foxborough. Alex Smith threw for 368 yards and four touchdowns, including a 78-yard scoring strike to Kareem Hunt and a 75-yard TD to Tyreke Hill. Hunt fumbled on his first NFL carry before finishing with 141 yards rushing and another 98 through the air.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns rookie defensive end and NFL first-overall pick Myles Garrett will miss Sunday’s opener against Pittsburgh and possibly a few more games after severely spraining his right ankle during Wednesday’s practice. This is the second time Garrett already has been hurt as a pro after he was limited during his junior year at Texas A&M by a badly sprained left ankle. The Browns also released safety Calvin Pryor after he was involved in a fight with wide receiver Ricardo Louis.

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals have signed linebacker Vontaze Burfict to a three-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2020 season. He’s been a key playmaker on coach Marvin Lewis’ defense with 582 tackles, seven sacks, five interceptions, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in his first five seasons. The move comes despite Burfict being suspended for the first three games this season following his egregious hit on Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman in a preseason game.

NEW YORK (AP) — Unseeded Sloane Stephens has ended Venus Williams’ bid for a third Grand Slam final appearance this year. Stephens earned a 6-1, 0-6, 7-5 win over the ninth-seeded Williams in the U.S. Open semifinals last night before No. 15 Madison Keys knocked out Coco Vandeweghe, 6-1, 6-2. Stephens and Keys are in a Grand Slam final for the first time in their careers.

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Yankees shortstop, manager and executive Gene Michael has died at 79 following a heart attack Thursday, according to the team. During two terms as Yankee manager and two as general manager, he helped assemble the Derek Jeter-led clubs that won World Series titles in 1996 and from 1998 to 2000. He remained a key adviser to current general manager Brian Cashman.