TORONTO (AP) — José Berríos pitched into the seventh inning to beat his former team, Bo Bichette homered in a five-run first inning and the Toronto Blue Jays increased their lead in the playoff race by beating Minnesota 5-3. Toronto now leads the Yankees by 1 1/2 games for the second AL wild-card spot. The Blue Jays are one game behind Boston for the top slot. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had three hits and an RBI as the Blue Jays improved to 15-3 in September. Traded to Toronto on July 30 after six seasons with the Twins, Berríos faced his ex-teammates for the first time. He allowed three runs and four hits, and improved to 5-3 with a 3.39 ERA in 10 starts with the Blue Jays.


IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeyes remain 5th in the latest AP College Football Poll. The Hawkeyes are coming off a 30-7 victory over Kent State and coach Kirk Ferentz has been impressed with the depth during a 3-0 start.

The Hawkeyes finished with 418 yards of total offense and Ferentz likes the progress of a young offensive line.

Ferentz reaffirmed his belief in running back Ivory Kelly-Martin. The fifth year senior fumbled twice, losing one in Saturday’s win.

The Hawkeyes close out non conference play at home this Saturday against Colorado State. Kickoff from Kinnick Stadium is scheduled for 2:30 with the pre-game at 12:30 on AM-1300 KGLO


LAS VEGAS — Iowa State remains 14th in the AP College Football Poll. The Cyclones bounced back from a loss to Iowa by rolling to a 48-3 win over Nevada-Las Vegas before a partisan Cyclone crowd in Las Vegas.

That’s Cyclone coach Matt Campbell who was impressed with the pace of the game.

Campbell says the offense was efficient.

The Cyclones open Big 12 play Saturday at Baylor.



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Matthew Cook kicked four field goals, six Panthers scored touchdowns, the Northern Iowa defense made three interceptions and held Division I newcomer St. Thomas to 26 rushing yards to win 44-3. Northern Iowa (2-1), a Missouri Valley power, gave the newcomers from D-III a tuneup, building a 20-point lead after three quarters and then scoring three more touchdowns to close out the final quarter. Dom Williams and Vance McShane, Bradrick Shaw, Vance McShane and Kolby Gartner scored rushing touchdowns for the Panthers, who gained 193 yards on the ground and averaged 6.2 yards per carry. Isaiah Weston pulled in a 60-yard TD pass from Theo Day.



GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyler Murray threw for 400 yards and three touchdowns, and the Arizona Cardinals topped the Minnesota Vikings 34-33 after Greg Joseph missed a 37-yard field goal wide right in the final seconds. It was a fitting ending to a seesaw game that saw the lead change hands eight times. Murray also ran for a touchdown and tossed two costly interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown.