Pats rout Colts…Packers clobber Eagles…Cardinals improve to 9-1
UNDATED (AP) — Whether it’s Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck, the New England Patriots usually find a way to beat the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots are 13-6 versus the Colts in regular-season games since Manning was drafted by Indianapolis in 1998.
New England’s fifth straight victory in the overall series was Sunday’s 42-20 pounding of the Colts at Indianapolis as Jonas Gray rushed for four touchdowns, one in each quarter. Gray rolled up 199 yards on 38 carries on a night when Tom Brady threw for 257 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
The Pats had 502 total yards in reaching the 40-point mark for the fourth time during their current six-game winning streak. They lead the AFC at 8-2.
Luck was 23 of 39 for 303 yards, two TDs and one interception for the 6-4 Colts, who top the AFC North by one game over Houston.
Week 11 of the NFL schedule also featured a pair of key NFC matchups, one of which was a blowout in Green Bay.
The Packers raced out to a 30-6 lead in a 53-20 laugher over the Philadelphia Eagles. Aaron Rodgers passed for 341 yards and three touchdowns, and Julius Peppers returned his second interception of the season for a score. Peppers finished off the Eagles by returning Mark Sanchez’s pass 52 yards for a 39-6 lead in the third quarter. Micah Hyde scored on a 75-yard punt return as the Packers improved to 7-3. The Eagles are also 7-3.
The other marquee game was in Arizona. The Cardinals are 9-1 for the first time since 1948 after Drew Stanton threw touchdown passes to Michael Floyd on Arizona’s first two possessions in a 14-6 win over Detroit. The Cardinals became the first team to hold the high-octane Lions without a touchdown this season. The defense also toughened up following Stanton’s two interceptions, allowing the Cards to pick up their sixth straight win and keep their three-game lead in the NFC West. Detroit fell to 7-3 and into a virtual first-place tie in the NFC North.
Also in the NFL:
— Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was intercepted twice while completing 34 of 54 passes with just one touchdown in Denver’s 22-7 loss to St. Louis. The performance ended Manning’s streak of 15 straight games with a least two touchdown passes and factored into the Broncos’ fall to 7-3. Shaun Hill was effective in his first start since regaining the quarterback job for the Rams, and rookie Tre Mason had 29 carries for 113 yards, the most allowed by the Broncos’ top-ranked run defense.
— J.S. Watt is the first defensive lineman since 1948 to score four touchdowns in a season. He caught a two-yard scoring pass from Ryan Mallett and also had an interception and a fumble recovery in Houston’s 23-7 win over Cleveland. Mallett threw a pair of TD passes and finished with 211 yards in his first career start to help the Texans improve to 5-5. The Browns fell to 6-4.
— Matt Ryan threw for 268 yards and a touchdown, Matt Bryant added four field goals and the Atlanta Falcons moved into a tie for first place with New Orleans in the NFC South by downing Carolina 19-17. Bryant’s 44-yard field goal with 2:08 left put the 4-6 Falcons ahead for good before the Falcons survived a pair of late field goal tries by the Panthers. Carolina quarterback Cam Newton overcame two early interceptions to throw for 292 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough for the Panthers to fall to 3-6-1.
— Andy Dalton rebounded from one of the worst outings of his career by passing for three touchdowns in Cincinnati’s 27-10 victory. The game represented a dramatic reversal from a week ago, when Dalton completed only 10 passes for 86 yards and had a passer rating of 2.0 in a 24-3 loss to Cleveland. Against the Saints Dalton was 16 of 22 for 220 yards and no interceptions. Drew Brees (breez) passed for 255 yards and one TD for the 4-6 Saints
— The Chiefs own a five-game winning streak after holding on for a 24-20 win over the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks in Kansas City. The Chiefs’ defense stopped the Seattle offense on fourth down three times late in the final quarter. Jamaal Charles ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns in the win as the Chiefs upped their record to 7-3, tied with Denver atop the AFC West. Russell Wilson passed for 178 yards and two scores for the 6-4 Seahawks.
— Tampa Bay snapped a five-game losing skid with a 27-7 triumph over Washington. Rookie Mike Evans had 209 yards receiving and two touchdowns as the Bucs improved to 2-8. Evans accounted for 73 percent of Josh McCown’s 288 yards passing, including scoring grabs of 36 and 56 yards in the second half. The 3-7 Redskins committed three turnovers, and Robert Griffin III was sacked six times.
— Chicago’s Bears are back in the win column as Jay Cutler threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns in a 21-13 win over Minnesota. The victory is just the second in seven games for the Bears, who are 4-6. Ryan Mundy intercepted Teddy Bridgewater’s 29-yard pass in the end zone in the closing minute, and the Bears hung on for the win after suffering two of the worst blowout losses in franchise history.
— Things just keep going bad for the New York Giants, who earned their fifth straight loss by falling 16-10 to San Francisco. Colin Kaepernick (KAP’-ur-nihk) threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree and Phil Dawson kicked three first-half field goals for the 6-4 Niners. The 49ers also picked off Eli Manning five times, including a fourth-down pass at the San Francisco 2 with 4:43 to play.
— San Diego ended its three-game losing streak and improved to 6-4 with a rather lackluster 13-6 victory over the 0-10 Oakland Raiders. Philip Rivers threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Malcom Floyd on the game’s third play from scrimmage to put the Chargers ahead to stay. Rivers hurt his right leg midway through the third quarter but stayed in the game. The Raiders were held to a pair of field goals and ran through losing streak to 16 games.
DEA investigating NFL
UNDATED (AP) — Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced Sunday to check at least three visiting NFL teams’ medical staffs as part of an investigation into former players’ claims that teams mishandled prescription drugs.
A DEA spokesman said no arrests were made after the San Francisco 49ers’ Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ and Seattle Seahawks’ medical staffs were checked following their road games.
The operation was still ongoing, and other teams may be checked later.
The Drug Enforcement Agency did not target specific teams, but the checks were done to measure whether clubs were generally in compliance with the Controlled Substances Act.
Season finale in Florida
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Harvick is NASCAR’s reigning champion.
The new Sprint Cup format has given Harvick his long sought-after first title, capping a magical first season at Stewart-Haas Racing with a victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Harvick had to win last week at Phoenix just to advance into the final four. He had a decent car early at Homestead but seemed to fade behind Denny Hamlin when the sun went down. A debris caution with 20 laps remaining forced the four championship contenders to make tough strategy decisions that ultimately decided their fate. Harvick restarted 12th with 15 laps to go but was helped out by a series of cautions that allowed him to nose out Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano for the championship.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has decided to dismiss head football coach Will Muschamp, who’s in his fourth season at the post. Muschamp will stick around for the final two regular-season games against Eastern Kentucky and Florida State. He is 27-20, including 17-15 in conference play.
His departure was announced a day after the Gators lost in overtime to South Carolina.
Florida State regains top spot
UNDATED (AP) — Florida State is back on top of The Associated Press top-25 football poll. The Seminoles regained the No. 1 spot with a win Saturday over Miami while then No. 1 Mississippi State lost at Alabama.
The top five now has FSU on top followed by Alabama, Oregon, Mississippi State and TCU.
The Seminoles received 43 first place votes while the Crimson Tide got 16 and the Ducks 3.
At 10-0 Florida State is the last unbeaten school among the big five conferences.
Rockets pick up ugliest of ugly wins
UNDATED (AP) — The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder combined to take 148 shots on Sunday. They missed on 105 of those attempts.
Both clubs shot 29 percent as the Rockets beat the Thunder 69-65. According to basketball-reference.com, it was the fewest points for a winning team in a regular-season NBA game since Detroit beat Utah 64-62 in March 2005.
James Harden scored a team-high 19 points on just 5 of 17 shooting. Harden also was 2-for-9 from 3-point range, while the Rockets went 7-for-35 from beyond the arc.
Reggie Jackson led the Thunder with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
In other NBA finals:
— Golden State improved to 8-2 as Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry hit five 3-pointers, poured in 30 points and had 15 assists in the Warriors’ 136-115 laugher against the Lakers in Los Angeles. Marreese Speights added 24 points to help the Warriors overcome Kobe Bryant’s 44 for the Lakers.
— The New York Knicks’ seven-game losing streak is over after Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith each scored 28 points in a 109-93 rout of Denver.
— Brandon Knight made three 3-pointers down the stretch and scored 20 points in Milwaukee’s 91-84 downing of Miami.
Report: New deal for Gay
UNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal says the Sacramento Kings and forward Rudy Gay have agreed to a three-year, $40 million contract extension that runs through the 2017-18 season and includes a player option in the final year.
Sacramento acquired Gay in a trade with Toronto last season and he is averaging 22.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists this season.
Habs stretch win streak to 6 games
UNDATED (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens lead the entire NHL with 29 points after running their winning streak to six games.
Brendan Gallagher, P.K. Subban (SOO’-ban) and Tomas Plekanec (pleh-KAH’-nets) each had a goal and an assist as the Canadiens topped the Red Wings 4-1 in Detroit. Neither team scored until Brandon Prust and Subban beat Jimmy Howard five minutes apart early in the second period.
Dustin Tokarski turned back 28 shots and was perfect until Riley Sheahan scored a power-play goal in the third period.
The Habs are 14-4-1 and three points ahead of Tampa Bay and Anaheim in the overall standings.
Also in the NHL:
— Florida blasted the Ducks 6-2 in Anaheim as Brad Boyes and Nick Bjugstad (BYOOG’-stad) each scored twice. Bjugstad finished with a career-high four points.
— Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg (vur-STEEG’) each had a goal and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied with four goals in the third period to defeat the Dallas Stars 6-2.
— Troy Grosenick was terrific in his NHL debut, turning back 45 shots in San Jose’s 2-0 shutout at Carolina.
— Minnesota blew a 3-0 lead in the third period before Marco Scandella’s goal 61 seconds into overtime gave the Wild a 4-3 victory against Winnipeg.
— Devan Dubnyk (DOOB’-nihk) beat his old team by stopping 33 shots in the Phoenix Coyotes’ 2-1 triumph at Edmonton.
Health deteriorating for hockey great
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Gordie Howe’s family says the hockey Hall of Famer “has taken a turn for the worse” after suffering another stroke recently. Mark Howe says his father’s most recent stroke occurred about a week ago in Lubbock, where the 86-year-old former Detroit Red Wings star is staying with his daughter. He was at her home last month when an initial stroke caused some impairment.
The younger Howe says chronic back pain, advanced stages of dementia and high blood pressure are taking a toll on his bedridden father.
T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Wildcats rally to beat Buffalo
UNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Kentucky was in action as part of Sunday’s busy men’s basketball schedule.
The Wildcats trailed 38-33 at intermission before Trey Lyles opened the second half with five straight points in a 71-52 victory over Buffalo. The freshman forward finished with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting as the Wildcats pulled away. Tyler Ulis scored 12 points on four 3-pointers for the 2-0 ‘Cats.
Elsewhere in top-25 action:
— Freshman Stanley Johnson scored 17 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 14 to lead second-ranked Arizona past Cal State Northridge 86-68.
— Sam Dekker scored 18 points to lead four players in double figures Sunday as third-ranked Wisconsin cruised past Chattanooga 89-45.
— No. 6 North Carolina beat Robert Morris 103-59 as Brice Johnson scored 23 points while Kennedy Meeks had 21.
— Ninth-ranked Virginia shot 8-for-11 from 3-point range while building a 42-22 halftime lead in a 67-39 romp of Norfolk State.
— Freshman Myles Turner had 10 points and six blocks as No. 10 Texas cruised to an 85-53 win over Alcorn State in the 2K Classic.
— Buddy Hield hit all seven of his 3-point shots and scored 25 points as No. 19 Oklahoma whipped Southeastern Louisiana 78-53 in the Sooners’ season opener.
— Terran Petteway drained six 3-pointers and finished with 25 points as 21st-ranked Nebraska topped North Kentucky 80-61.
— Rakeem Christmas had 15 points and 16 rebounds as No. 23 Syracuse beat Hampton 65-47 in the 2K Classic.
— Justin Burrell scored 16 points, including a pair of free throws with two minutes left to lead Holy Cross past No. 25 Harvard 58-57.
Hoffman gets No. 3
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Charley Hoffman rallied from a three-shot deficit with a 5-under 66 for a one-shot victory over Shawn Stefani in the OHL Classic in Mexico. The win is Hoffman’s third in his PGA career. He had gone 105 starts between his first and second victory, and this time went 108 starts until winning the final PGA Tour event of the calendar year.
LPGA-LORENA OCHOA INVITATIONAL
Kim gets the win
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Christina Kim won the Lorena Ochoa (lohr-AY’-nah oh-CHOH’-uh) Invitational for her first LPGA Tour title in nine years, beating China’s Shanshan Feng in a playoff after blowing a five-stroke lead. Kim won with a par on the par-4 18th on the second extra hole. The 30-year-old American won for the first time since the Tournament of Champions in November 2005. She also won the 2004 Longs Drug Challenge.