MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2013
Manning throws for 5 TDs in win over Chiefs KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Peyton Manning threw for 403 yards and five touchdowns, four to Eric Decker, and the Denver Broncos held off a furious rally to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-28 Sunday and seize control of the AFC West. Decker had eight catches for a career-high 174 yards for the Broncos (10-2), who moved a game clear of the Chiefs (9-3) in the division. With four games left, Denver also holds the tiebreaker by virtue of two wins over Kansas City in the last three weeks. Jamaal Charles had 93 yards rushing for the Chiefs, and capped a 17-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with 6:32 left in the game to close within a touchdown. After forcing a punt with 3:32 remaining, Kansas City used three long pass plays to move deep into Broncos territory. But Alex Smith’s pass to Dwayne Bowe in the end zone on fourth-and-4 with 1:45 left fell incomplete. Vikings 23, Bears 20, OT Blair Walsh’s 34-yard field goal with 1:43 left in overtime gave the Vikings the victory after both teams missed kicks in the extra period. Adrian Peterson rushed 35 times for 211 yards for the Vikings (3-8-1), who tied Green Bay the previous week. Peterson had two 11-yard runs on the final drive to get well within range for Walsh, who missed a 57-yard try earlier in overtime. Walsh had to kick that one because Rhett Ellison was called for a 15-yard face-mask penalty to wipe out a 39-yard make by Walsh that would’ve ended the game. The Bears (6-6) then reached the 29-yard line, but coach Marc Trestman called for a field goal on second-and-7. Robbie Gould’s 47-yarder went wide right. Panthers 27, Buccaneers 6 Cam Newton threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score, and the Panthers earned a franchise-record eighth straight regular-season victory. Newton threw touchdown passes to Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn Jr. and “Superman” leaped over the pile for another score as the Panthers (9-3) outgained the Buccaneers 426-206. The Carolina victory sets up a huge showdown next Sunday night with New Orleans with first place in the NFC South on the line.
Newton ran for 68 yards and overcame two interceptions. The third-year quarterback has thrown for 13 touchdown passes and run for five scores during the Panthers’ current win streak. Carolina’s defense came in allowing the fewest points in the league and flexed its muscles again, forcing two turnovers and sacking rookie Mike Glennon four times to snap a three-game winning streak for Tampa Bay (3-9). Glennon had thrown a touchdown pass in an NFL record eight straight games to start his career. Bengals 17, Chargers 10 Andy Dalton threw a go-ahead, 21-yard touchdown pass to wide-open A.J. Green late in the third quarter and the AFC North-leading Bengals (8-4), coming off their bye, kept a two-game lead over Baltimore. San Diego (5-7) lost the momentum it gained with a thrilling comeback win at Kansas City a week earlier and saw its playoff hopes dwindle after its fourth loss in five games. With the score tied at 7, the Bengals got the ball after Dre Kirkpatrick ripped it away from tight end Antonio Gates after a reception at the Cincinnati 25, the Chargers’ third turnover. Ten plays later, Green split the defense for an easy touchdown, with safety Eric Weddle and cornerback Marcus Gilchrist only able to watch. Eagles 24, Cardinals 21 Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes and the Eagles held on. Zach Ertz had two TD catches, LeSean McCoy ran for 79 yards and the Eagles (7-5) won their fourth straight to remain tied with Dallas for first place in the NFC East. Carson Palmer threw for 302 yards and three TD passes, but also had two interceptions and lost a fumble as the Cardinals (7-5) had their four-game winning streak snapped. Foles picked up where he left off in November, when he was the NFC’s Player of the Month and tied an NFL record with seven TDs in a game. Foles finished 21 of 34 for 237 yards against a defense ranked eighth. Foles set a team record for most passes without an interception (233), breaking Michael Vick’s mark of 224 set in 2010. He also moved within one TD pass of
Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery catches a 46-yard touchdown pass over Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook (20) during Sunday’s NFL game.
tying Peyton Manning’s mark of 20 and zero interceptions to start a season. Patriots 34, Texans 31 Tom Brady threw for 371 yards and two scores, and Stephen Gostkowski made two long field goals in the fourth quarter. The Texans’ franchise-record skid reached 10 games. Gary Kubiak coached from the sideline for the first time since suffering a mini-stroke Nov. 3. He missed one game before working the last two games from the booth. New England overcame a 24-point first-half deficit last week to beat the Broncos 34-31 in overtime. The Patriots (9-3) trailed by 10 at halftime in this one and the lead changed five times in a wild second half. New England tied it with a 53-yard field goal and took a 34-31 lead with another one from 53 with about three
COLTS: Luck is 17 of 32 passing for 200 yards
Local Sports Briefs • Boys Basketball Warriors score win MIDDLEBURY — Chandler Aspy scored 25 points, had seven rebounds and dished out three assists as Westview defeated Northridge 50-44. The Warriors also got 11 points from Jordyn Bontrager and nine points and eight rebounds from Judah Zickafoose.
Marines take home opener HAMILTON — Hamilton won its first game of the season in its home opener by a 67-52 score over Clinton Christian Saturday night. The Marines (1-1) outrebounded the Couriers 41-19 and led 30-20 at the half. Aaron Kelley had 22 points and five rebounds to lead Hamilton. The Marines had eight players score. Casey Rote had his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 16 rebounds for HHS. Addison Stephens also had 15 points, and Colton Rose grabbed 11 rebounds. Daine Johnson had three steals and three assists.
Hornets win on buzzer beater SYRACUSE — Angola won its season opener over Wawasee 46-44 Saturday night on Kent Kohart’s basket at the buzzer. The Warriors (0-2) rallied from seven points down in the fourth quarter in their home opener to tie. Gage Reinhard hit a basket with 29 seconds remaining to tie it at 44. Angola led 16-10 after one quarter. The Warriors played better in the second quarter to take a 24-21 halftime lead. The Hornets
led 33-31 after three quarters. Angola built a seven-point advantage at 38-31 after a Craig Nofziger basket with just under 5 minutes left. Wawasee pecked away at that deficit before AHS built the lead back up to six at 44-38 after Aaron Lloyd made one of two free throws with about 1:10 left. Lloyd had 17 points, including four three-pointers, to lead the Hornets. Justin Davis added 10 points and nine rebounds. Nofziger had seven points and six assists, and Simon Gardner had three steals. Alex Clark had 15 points and four rebounds for Wawasee.
Wrestling Levitz leads Prairie Heights at invite WEST LAFAYETTE — Sophomore Doug Levitz won the 145-pound championship to lead Prairie Heights at Lafayette Harrison’s War on the Wabash tournament Friday and Saturday. Levitz won all 10 of his matches by first period pins in a time span of 8 minutes, 49 seconds. The Panthers were 4-6 in their seasonopening competition over the weekend. They beat Rossville 50-30, Hammond Gavit 69-6, Griffith 48-25 and Fairfield 54-23. Heights lost to the state’s 18th-ranked team Lake Central 40-34 and also lost to host Harrison 62-6, LaPorte 39-33, South Bend Riley 50-27, Goshen 48-31 and Columbus North 43-33. Junior Lane Waite went 8-2 at 138 for PH. Junior Kyle Mockensturm was 7-3 at 120, and sophomore Alex Steele was 6-4 at 113. Going 5-5 on the
minutes left. Ben Tate ran for 102 yards and three touchdowns for the Texans (2-10), who haven’t won since Sept. 15. It was the first 100-yard rushing game since 2011 for Tate, who has been slowed since Oct. 20 with four broken ribs. The victory ended a three-game road skid for the Patriots, who have won 16 of their last 17 December games. 49ers 23, Rams 13 Anquan Boldin caught nine passes from Colin Kaepernick, and Michael Crabtree made his long-awaited season debut six months after Achilles tendon surgery. Kaepernick threw for 275 yards and Frank Gore ran for a 3-yard touchdown as the reigning NFC champion Niners (8-4) boosted their position in the playoff picture. Crabtree had a 60-yard catch, while Vernon Davis
hurdled into the end zone on a 17-yard reception. With Hall of Famer Jerry Rice in the house, Boldin made six of his receptions in the first half on the way to his secondmost productive game of the year behind his 13-catch performance in the opener against Green Bay. Phil Dawson kicked three field goals, and San Francisco’s swarming defense rattled Kellen Clemens and the Rams (5-7) all day. Dolphins 23, Jets 3 Ryan Tannehill threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns, leading Miami past the listless Jets to keep the Dolphins in the playoff mix. The Dolphins (6-6) played with more of a sense of urgency while sending the Jets (5-7) to their third straight loss. New York also has a quarterback controversy on its hands as Geno Smith was benched in favor of Matt Simms after a dismal first half. Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace had touchdown receptions for Miami, while Tannehill finished 28 for 43 with an interception. Smith was 4 for 10 for 29 yards with an interception and an 8.3 quarterback rating before being replaced by Simms, who went 9 for 18 for 79 yards and an interception as New York’s postseason hopes were severely damaged. Jaguars 32, Browns 28 Cecil Shorts caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Chad Henne with 40 seconds left, rallying the Jaguars. On third-and-9, Henne lofted a perfect pass to the left corner for Shorts, who had beaten cornerback Joe Haden to get open. Shorts got both feet down in the end zone before tumbling out of bounds. It was a dream moment for Shorts, who grew up in Cleveland. Henne drove the Jaguars (3-9) 80 yards in nine plays for the winning TD. The Browns (4-8) had taken a 28-25 lead on Brandon Weeden’s 95-yard TD pass to Josh Gordon with 3:55 remaining. Gordon returned from a head injury and finished with 10 catches for a team record 261 yards. Gordon is the first player in NFL history to have consecutive 200-yard games. He had 237 in a loss last week against Pittsburgh.
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weekend for the Panthers were Riley Rasler (126), David Rodriguez (152), Brady Johnson (160), Gabe Reger (195), Kade Gerbers (182) and Dakota Johnson (285).
Reyes wins title at Wawasee SYRACUSE — Oscar Reyes won the 195-pound championship to lead West Noble at the Wawasee Super Duals Saturday. He went 4-0 on the day. The Chargers went 2-3 in their dual matches. They beat the host Warriors 56-18 and Fort Wayne South Side 51-21, but lost to Columbia City, Whitko (42-35) and Tippecanoe Valley (48-24). In addition, Cameron Francis (106-pounds); Chandler Hyndman (138 pounds); Keaton Taylor (160), Oscar Reyes (195) and heavyweight Jesse Newman had four wins each for the Chargers.
Area wrestling teams do well at EC ELKHART — Central Noble went 4-1 while Lakeland went 2-3 at the Elkhart Central Turkey Classic Saturday. The Cougars beat John Glenn (45-30), Concord (44-21), Mishawaka Marian (52-27) and the host Blue Blazers (49-24). CN lost to South Bend Clay 60-24. The Lakers defeated South Bend Washington (48-34) and Mishawaka Marian (42-41), but lost to South Bend St. Joseph’s (42-36), South Bend Clay (61-18) and Bremen (43-33). Lukas Long went 5-0 at 106 pounds to lead Lakeland. Cole Long (120), Nathan Hippenhammer (182) and Tristin Kohlheim (195) all had 4-1 days. Tristyn Martz was 3-1 at 160.
So coach Chuck Pagano shook up things after two blowout losses in the last three weeks. He surprised many by moving Brown into the starting lineup ahead of Richardson, the No. 3 overall pick in 2012 by Cleveland who Indy traded for in September. Pagano replaced Mike McGlynn at right guard with Jeff Linkenbach and also started cornerback Darius Butler ahead of Cassius Vaughn. Vaughn picked off two of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s passes, and Brown continued to beat up on the Titans despite rushing for only 8 yards in the first 52 minutes. He had 46 yards on the final drive and gave Indy its only touchdown. “I guess it was time to put something together and with the division hanging in the balance, the guys manned up,” Pagano said, explaining that Brown earned a rare start and the two backs would both continue rotate. “Just like the first game down there, we were able to run the ball, chew up the clock.” They needed Vinatieri even more than Brown. The soon-to-be 41-yearold resembled his much younger self, tying a career high with four field goals in the first half and matching his full-game career high when he hit a perfect 49-yarder for a 15-14 lead late in the third quarter. His fifth field goal also equaled Jason Elam’s NFL record with a 16th 100-point season, and he joined
and one interception. Fitzpatrick wasn’t much better. Though he scored on a 1-yard plunge in the first half and gave the Titans a 14-12 lead in the third quarter on an ugly 1-yard TD pass to Chris Johnson, Fitzpatrick was 21 of 37 for 201 yards with one TD. Johnson managed only 69 yards on 18 carries. “I didn’t play well. We had a shot at the end there,” Fitzpatrick said. “I didn’t get the job done, and it hurts. For me to come out and not play well hurts.” The miscues proved costly. Tennessee gave away three points just before halftime when Moise Fokou’s personal foul AP extended the half by one Indianapolis Colts’ play. Vinatieri cashed in Andrew Luck (12) looks with a 37-yarder. to throw during Sunday’s Then, after taking the NFL football game against 14-12 lead, Fitzpatrick had the Tennessee Titans. the Titans in scoring position again until NFL sacks leader Morten Andersen as the only Robert Mathis stripped him of the ball. Jerrell Freeman players to score 800 points scooped it up and ran it to with two teams. He’s the 10th player in league history the Titans 32. Four plays later, Vinatieri hit the to make four 40-yard field 49-yarder to give Indy the goals in a game. lead for good. To Vinatieri, it was just “It puts us in a spot now another work day. where we’ve got to win “You never know how four games in a row,” coach it’s going to go, and you Mike Munchak said. “We don’t know how you’re have no control of what that going to be needed and may or may not mean.” used,” he said. “Today was Fitzpatrick was picked one of those days that I was off two more times before needed and used a bunch.” Brown sealed it with his Without him, the Colts might be lamenting their first strong run up the middle. “Pros grind it out,” back-to-back losses since Brown said. “They take it December 2011. one week at a time and just Luck was just 17 of 32 keep rolling along.” for 200 yards with no TDs
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Oilers 3, Stars 2, SO Jordan Eberle and David Perron scored in the shootout, and Devan Dubnyk come on in relief of injured goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and helped Edmonton earn a win
over Dallas. Dubnyk stopped two of three shots in the tiebreaker. Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen failed to make a save in the shootout. Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky scored 5 seconds
before the second period ended, and Andrew Ference fired in a slap shot with 5:07 remaining in regulation to tie it again. Ryan Garbutt scored two goals, including a short-handed tally.
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