Sports Minute: Here is the latest New Jersey sports news from The Associated Press - New York News

Sports Minute: Here is the latest New Jersey sports news from The Associated Press

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NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Yankees avoided a three-game sweep, beating the Houston Astros 3-0 yesterday. New York won for just the third time in 10 games. Chase Headley hit an early two-run double and the Yankees backed Brandon McCarthy with flawless fielding. McCarthy outpitched Dallas Keuchel as they both threw complete games without a walk.

NEW YORK (AP) - A foul ball nearly landed in the lap of comedian Chris Rock during yesterday's game between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees. Rock was sitting in the front row behind Houston's dugout when Astros rookie Jon Singleton lofted a high foul popup toward the third-base side in the seventh inning. The ball fell behind him, bounced off a seat and Rock corralled the souvenir. He held the ball aloft, got a cheer from the crowd and then gave it to a young boy.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Nick Foles threw for 179 yards and a touchdown to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a 31-21 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers last night. Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount both played one day after they were arrested for marijuana possession shortly before traveled to Philadelphia.

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Willie Colon says he and his New York Jets teammates heard rookie Andre Williams' remark that the Giants are New York's team and they will answer him on the field in their preseason game. After Jets coach Rex Ryan jokingly fired back at the running back, the fourth-round pick out of Boston College later wrote on Twitter that New York is big enough for two teams and he didn't "mean to come off as if I'm running my mouth."

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - With no guarantee of playing beyond this week, Bo Van Pelt combined a great start and a great finish for a 6-under 65 to take a one-shot lead yesterday at The Barclays in Paramus, New Jersey. He's Number 104 in the FedEx Cup. Only the top 100 advance to the next tournament.

NEW YORK (AP) - Two-time defending champion Serena Williams will face American teen Taylor Townsend in the first round of the U.S. Open. The 18-year-old Townsend is a former top-ranked junior player who reached the third round at the French Open this year. She got into her first U.S. Open main draw with a wild card.

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