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Houston, TX ( - Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two of his career- high six touchdown passes to DeAndre Hopkins as the Houston Texans cruised past the Tennessee Titans, 45-21, in an AFC South blowout on Sunday. Fitzpatrick, back as Houstons starter because of the injury to Ryan Mallett, and Hopkins hooked up nine times and accounted for 238 of the quarterbacks 358 passing yards. J.J. Watt punctuated the rout with his third touchdown catch of the season and threw in two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for good measure. Hes a dynamic player, Texans head coach Bill OBrien said. Hes everything that you want in a great player. Its just fun to watch him play. Arian Foster, who missed the previous two games with a groin injury, totaled 105 yards from scrimmage and caught a touchdown pass for the Texans (6-6), who still trail the division-leading Colts by two games with four to play. The Titans (2-10) dropped their sixth straight and saw starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger exit with a shoulder injury in the third quarter. After the game, Mettenberger said he had a Grade 1 AC sprain and will be getting an MRI on Monday. Im a pretty tough guy. I think I will be able to come back next week, Mettenberger added. Mettenberger and Kendall Wright connected on a 36-yard touchdown pass out of the break, but on the next series, Tennessees rookie QB took a big hit from Watt and exited with a right shoulder injury. Jake Locker, who was replaced by Mettenberger as the starter last month, came on in relief, and his first pass was intercepted by Jumal Rolle. On the next snap, however, Jason McCourty stripped Andre Johnson, picked up the loose ball near the sideline and sprinted 62 yards untouched to pull the Titans within 24-14. The Texans answered with the next 21 points to win going away. Hopkins caught a 34-yard toss from Fitzpatrick with cornerback Brandon Ghee draped all over him in the end zone, then had a 56-yard catch-and-run to set up Johnsons 4-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter. Watt stripped Locker on the ensuing series, recovered the fumble, then made a diving catch in the end zone with his fingertips after another Hopkins catch put the ball on the 1-yard line. Locker threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Nate Washington to account for the final margin. Houston took the opening kickoff and held the ball for nearly 7 1/2 minutes. Hopkins caught a pair of third-down passes from Fitzpatrick, who kept the drive alive by rushing for a first down on 4th-and-2 from the Tennessee 35. On the 14th play of the trek, Ryan Griffin was left uncovered out of the backfield and caught Fitzpatricks 8-yard touchdown pass. Johnathan Joseph picked off Mettenbergers first pass and returned it to the Titans 20, and Fosters 7-yard grab made it 14-0 just over 10 minutes in. Randy Bullock tacked on a 37-yard field goal with 3:25 left in the half, and the Texans got the ball back with under a minute to play. Hopkins got behind the secondary and hauled in Fitzpatricks perfectly-thrown bomb, and the 58-yard strike gave the hosts a 24-0 cushion at halftime. Game Notes Watt has accounted for six takeaways this season ... Mettenberger finished with 184 yards on 13-of-19 passing, while Locker was picked off twice and tossed for 91 yards on 6-of-12 throws ... Wright caught seven passes for 132 yards ... Foster and Johnson remain tied for the most touchdowns (63) in franchise history. Nike Air Max Thea LevnÄ› . -- At the beginning of training camp, Andrew Bogut set a goal to play all 82 regular-season games and regain his place among the NBAs best centres. Nike Air Max Thea Cz . - Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II says the NFL has told the team it will not be docked a pick in this years draft for coach Mike Tomlins foray onto the field against Baltimore last November. … -boty.html . Down 2-1 after Rick Nash scored on a penalty shot, the Oilers ran off four unanswered goals in the remainder of the second period on the way to a 6-3 victory on Sunday. … -boty.html .com) - Jeff Teague finished with a game-high 26 points and eight assists as the Atlanta Hawks held off the Utah Jazz, 98-92, on Friday. … nkava.html . Colton Sissons also scored for Milwaukee (19-12-8), which went ahead with a two-goal third period. Wade MacLeod and Greg McKegg replied for Toronto (23-12-4). BALTIMORE -- A winning season was never an objective for the Baltimore Orioles. Reaching the playoffs was all that mattered. So, after the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-5 on Wednesday night to clinch a winning record for the second straight year, the players saw absolutely no reason to celebrate the moment. "We didnt make it to the playoffs. That was our goal," shortstop J.J. Hardy said. "I dont know how much we look at it as, All right, we got a winning season. Hurrah, hooray." The Orioles were eliminated from the wild-card hunt one night earlier, so manager Buck Showalter rested Adam Jones, Brian Roberts and Matt Wieters and moved Chris Davis from first base to designated hitter. Jonathan Schoop, a 21-year-old prospect making his major league debut, homered, singled, walked and scored three runs. Now that, Hardy contended, was exciting. "I think thats more important right now, seeing Schoopy go out there and do what he did," Hardy said. "Its pretty special, fun to be a part of." Perhaps that was the biggest benefit from playing a game that did not have playoff ramifications. With a lineup that included Jason Pridie, Schoop and Steve Clevenger, the Orioles ended a streak of 21 straight games of scoring five runs or fewer. Schoop couldnt contain his excitement, even after receiving two post-game pies to the face, an Orioles tradition. "My major league debut, it was good," he said. "Its the first experience and Im never going to forget." Ryan Flaherty hit a pair of two-run homers, Steve Pearce hit a solo shot and Davis doubled in a run to increase his RBI total to 137 -- tied with Detroits Miguel Cabrera for the major league lead. Flaherty connected in the third and eighth innings. It was his second career two-homer game, both of which came against Toronto this season. And so, after a run of 14 straight losing seasons, Baltimore (82-76) is assured of having a winning record in successive years for the first time since 1996-97. "Were disappointed, but one of the most impressive things in team sports to me is people who can consistently be competitive and win," Showalter said. "Its hard to do." Munenori Kawasaki and Josh Thole both had four hits for the lastt-place Blue Jays, who stranded 14 and went 4 for 22 with runners in scoring position.dddddddddddd "We kept getting guys on base. We just couldnt get them in enough," manager John Gibbons said. "You run into those. Thats where we could have used that home run. They got a couple of homers. We could have used one. Might have been a different story." T.J. McFarland (3-1) pitched one inning of relief for Baltimore and Jason Hammel worked 2 1-3 innings for his first save since 2011. Starter Bud Norris allowed three runs and seven hits over four innings and needed 96 pitches to do so. Esmil Rogers (5-9) yielded six runs and eight hits -- including two homers -- in 4 1-3 innings for Toronto. "You make a couple of mistakes, you pay at this level," Rogers said. "It doesnt matter who you are. It doesnt matter if youre a baby. If you got a mistake, youre going to pay." An RBI single by Jose Reyes put the Blue Jays up 1-0 in the second inning, and Toronto added two runs in the third when Anthony Gose tripled in a run and scored on a single by Thole. Baltimore closed to 3-2 in the third. After Schoop singled in first major league at-bat, Flaherty homered to right. One inning later, Pearce homered to tie it. The Orioles used an RBI single by Nick Markakis, a run-scoring double by Davis and an RBI groundout by Pridie to go ahead 6-3 in the fifth. In the sixth, Schoop ripped a 2-1 pitch from Kyle Drabek over the wall in centre field. Two batters later, Drabek was struck in the right ankle by a line drive and left the game. X-rays were negative. NOTES: Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos said his priority during the off-season will be to bolster the starting rotation. "Thats the most glaring hole on this team. We can go across the diamond, but if we dont get improvement on the mound it isnt going to matter," he said. ... Baltimore placed 3B Manny Machado on the 60-day DL to make room for Pridie, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Norfolk. Pridie is the 54th player to suit up for the Orioles, tying the 1955 team for most in a season. ... Baltimores first nine hits were by nine different players. ... The winner of Thursdays game wins the season series. Each team has nine victories. 23:40ET 25-09-13 Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '



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