Matt Patricia beat mentor Bill Belichick, seemingly making all the right moves to help the Detroit Lions deafeated the New England Patriots 26-10 Sunday night. 'I'm sure it meant a lot, his first win as a head coach,' Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford said. 'Probably no sweeter than to do it against your old team. 'We needed this one.' The Lions (1-2) suddenly looked like a team with a plan on offense and defense under their first-year coach, and former New England assistant. They opened the season with a 31-point loss to the New York Jets at home and fell short in a comeback at San Francisco. The Patriots (1-2) have had weaknesses exposed on both sides of the ball, losing two of their first three games for the first time since 2012. Detroit was in control from the start, creating holes for rookie running back Kerryon Johnson and giving Matthew Stafford time to pass. Johnson had 101 yards rushing on 16 carries, becoming the first player to reach the mark for the Lions since Reggie Bush ran for 117 yards against Green Bay on Nov. 28, 2013. Detroit's 70-game stretch without a 100-yard rusher was the longest since the NFL-AFL merger. Tom Brady pulled the Patriots within three points on a 10-yard TD pass to James White early in the third. Detroit refused to let the five-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback get any closer. Stafford responded with a 33-yard TD pass, capping a 10-play, 75-yard drive that took more than 6 minutes off the clock. Darius Slay picked off Brady's pass at the Detroit 15 midway through the fourth quarter, helping the Lions seal the win. THE QBS Stafford was 27 of 36 for 262 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Brady was 12 of 24 for 113 yards with a touchdown and an interception. THAT'S COACHING Detroit ran the play clock down often in the second half, seemingly choosing to shorten the game and keep Brady off the field. Fans booed at Ford Field when Patricia chose to kick a 38-yard field goal instead of going for it on fourth-and-1. 'Any points against a team like that is going to be a good thing,' Stafford said. 'We had a positive drive and you would hate to come away from it with no points.' INJURY REPORT Patriots: WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) was inactive, delaying his New England debut, after warming up with teammates. S Patrick Chung and DE Trey Flowers were inactive because of concussions. RB Rex Burkhead left the game in the second half with a neck injury. Lions: DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) was inactive. UP NEXT Patriots: Hosts the AFC-East leading Miami Dolphins (3-0). Lions: Play at Dallas (1-2). ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Alexander Zverev beat Kevin Anderson on Sunday night to give Team Europe a victory in the second Laver Cup. Zverev won the final five points to defeat Anderson 6-7, 7-5, (10-7). His victory helped Team Europe beat Team World 13-8. 'Obviously it was an amazing feeling,' Zverev said. 'So special to clinch it for us guys and Europe. It's great how it ended.' Anderson, who lost in the Wimbledon finals this year, said Sunday night's setback affected more than just him. 'You're playing for something different. You feel like you didn't come through for the team,' he said. Had Anderson won, Nick Kyrgios of the World team would have played Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic in a deciding singles match. But it was not necessary because the European team had reached 13 points. Roger Federer earlier put Team Europe ahead by saving three match points for a 6-7, 7-6, (10-7) victory over John Isner. Isner staggered Federer with a body serve that caused the 20-time Grand Slam winner to stumble early in the match. But Federer regrouped and fought off two match points in the second-set tiebreaker before capturing the deciding 10-point tiebreaker used in the Laver Cup. In the opening doubles match, Jack Sock and Isner saved two match points in the deciding tiebreaker to beat Federer and Zverev 4-6, 7-6, (11-9). The three-day, five-session tournament at the United Center drew 93,584 fans. Team Europe won the first Laver Cup last year in Prague. The tournament moves to Geneva, Switzerland, next year.
Chris Carson dished out punishing runs. Russell Wilson made smart, decisive throws at key moments. A defense led by Bobby Wagner and an unhappy Earl Thomas forced turnovers, making Dak Prescott and Dallas look meager trying to move the ball. The Seattle Seahawks returned to a familiar, old formula to avoid a dreaded 0-3 start, beating the Cowboys 24-13 on Sunday. 'This is how we want to play. We couldn't be any more specific about it,' Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. Wilson threw two touchdown passes in the first half, Carson added a 5-yard TD run in early in the fourth quarter and the Seahawks won their 10th straight home opener. Wilson hit Jaron Brown on an 16-yard touchdown early in the second quarter, and later hit Tyler Lockett streaking up the sideline on a 52-yard scoring pass, and Seattle (1-2) built a 17-3 halftime lead and cruised past the Cowboys. The duo of Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott didn't have the answers against a Seattle defense that had Thomas on the field and welcomed back Wagner after the Seahawks' defensive leader missed Week 2 with a groin injury. Prescott was intercepted twice by Thomas , including with 3:09 remaining at the Seattle 15 on a deflected pass, with Thomas bowing to the Dallas sideline at the end of the play. It was Thomas' way of acknowledging the Cowboys should have done more by now to try to acquire him from the Seahawks after the former All-Pro made it clear he wanted out of Seattle if a contract extension wasn't coming. 'I felt like that was just in the moment and if they were going to trade for me and extend me, they should have did it,' Thomas said of his bow that drew a 15-yard penalty. Prescott was sacked five times and Dallas (1-2) had just 58 net yards passing entering the fourth quarter. Elliott had momentary flashes, busting off a few long runs, but they were too infrequent for Dallas' stagnant offense. Thomas' second interception was one of two turnovers forced by Seattle in the fourth quarter. Elliott broke free for a 26-yard run to the Seattle 19 earlier in the quarter, but had the ball punched free from behind by Bradley McDougald and recovered by the Seahawks. 'When you've got that ball in your hand, that's the team in our hand,' Elliott said. 'Me being a leader on the team, I've got to do a better job of taking care of the ball. I mean, that cost us the game.' Prescott finished 19 of 34 for 168 yards and a 3-yard shovel pass TD to Tavon Austin with 7:11 remaining. Dallas failed to pass for 200 yards for the ninth time in the past 11 games dating to last season. Elliott had 127 yards on 16 carries. 'We've got to find exactly our go-to in the passing game — and not necessarily am I speaking on a player,' Prescott said. 'I'm just speaking on our go-to concepts or go-to beaters or whatever it may be that we didn't get to.' Meanwhile, Wilson had the kind of protection that's been absent most of the season. After being sacked 12 times in the first two games, Wilson was 16 of 26 for 192 yards and sacked twice by Dallas' defense that was second in the league in sacks. Despite missing starting center Justin Britt, the offensive line gave Wilson enough time for a few big plays in the passing game. Wilson's strike to Brown gave Seattle a 7-0 lead and he took advantage of the absence of safety Jeff Heath when he found Lockett on a 52-yard TD late in the second quarter. Heath departed with a left ankle injury earlier in the drive and Wilson found Lockett streaking up the sideline. Heath's replacement, Kavon Frazier, was late to rotate over and Lockett went untouched, high-stepping the final few yards for a 14-3 lead. Carson's TD run was the first by a Seahawks running back since J.D. McKissic found the end zone on a 31-yard run in Week 4 of the 2017 season. Seattle went 14 games without a running back finding the end zone until Carson bulled his way in with 12:54 remaining. Carson finished with 102 yards, the first Seattle running back to top 100 yards since late in the 2016 season. 'This is the offense we claimed to be the whole offseason,' Carson said. THOMAS DRAMA Following a week of drama surrounding Thomas, the former All-Pro safety started and almost immediately made his presence known. Thomas missed two days of practice for personal reasons which Carroll provided only vague answers as to why, and left open the possibility Thomas wouldn't play. He was on the field as usual, and it took less than a quarter before Thomas was making a remarkable interception, pinning a deflected pass against his shin. It was the second two-interception game of his career and the first since his rookie season in 2010. FREE POINTS Seattle was gifted three points at the end of the half when Randy Gregory was baited into a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, smacking Seattle's Joey Hunt in the facemask. The penalty put Seattle in range for Sebastian Janikowski's 47-yard field goal and a 17-3 lead at the half. INJURIES Dallas also played a large portion of the second half without linebacker Sean Lee due to a hamstring injury. Lee said it was the same issue that had him listed as questionable on the injury report. 'It feels like the same deal, but I have to get (evaluated) and see where I'm at,' Lee said. UP NEXT Cowboys: returns home to host Detroit next Sunday. Seahawks: at division rival Arizona next Sunday. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL