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  • Lovie’s Bucs suffer another embarrassing rout Oct 12, 2014 4:08 PM
    Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens reverted to winning ways with a vengeance. Still smarting from a subpar road performance that ended a three-game winning streak, Flacco was nearly flawless Sunday in leading a 48-17 rout of the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Baltimore (4-2) scored on six straight possessions to begin the game, with Flacco becoming the first NFL quarterback to throw five touchdown passes in the opening half since Tom Brady did it in 2009 on the way to New England beating Tennessee 59-0. Torrey Smith caught the first two, and Kamar Aiken, Michael Campanaro and Steve Smith followed for a 35-0 lead early in the second quarter. Tampa Bay (1-5) trailed 38-0 at halftime and was embarrassed for the second time in six games under coach Lovie Smith. The Bucs were beaten 56-14 at Atlanta on Sept. 18, but rebounded from that debacle with a win over Pittsburgh and an overtime loss at New Orleans, outings that left Smith feeling his team was headed in the right direction. Flacco was sacked four times and Baltimore was just 1 of 11 on third-down conversions a week ago in a disappointing 20-13 loss at Indianapolis, however the offense was in synch from the very start against the Bucs’ porous Tampa2 defense. With help from Justin Forsett’s 52-yard run on the second play from scrimmage, the Ravens moved 80 yards in four plays to take a quick lead on Flacco’s 15-yard scoring pass to Torrey Smith. His next three TD throws — 9 yards to Torrey Smith, 17 yards to Aiken and 19 yards to Campanaro — came on third-down throws. Steve Smith is Baltimore’s leading receiver, but was hardly involved until he beat cornerback Alterraun Verner deep down the left sideline for a 56-yard score that made it 35-0 just over a minute into the second quarter. It was the 14th-year pro seventh career TD against the Bucs. The Ravens said it also was the fastest — 16:03 — that any NFL player has thrown for five TDs in a game. When the Bucs finally stopped Flacco for the first time, forcing Baltimore to settle for Justin Tucker’s 46-yard field goal midway through the second quarter, Tampa Bay safety Bradley McDougald raised his right fist in triumph. Flacco finished 21 of 29 passes for 306 yards with no interceptions. He was barely pressured by the Tampa Bay pass rush and was not sacked. The Ravens outgained the Bucs 347 yards to 101 in rolling to their big halftime lead. The Bucs broke through with a 47-yard field goal early in the third quarter and Mike Glennon threw touchdown passes of 17 yards to Mike Evans and 3 yards to Louis Murphy. Glennon went 24 of 44 for 314 yards, two TDs and one interception in his third start of the season for the Bucs, who lost Josh McCown to a thumb injury during its lopsided loss to Atlanta. In addition to Jimmy Smith’s first-quarter interception which set up Baltimore’s second touchdown, the Ravens sacked Glennon five times for 37 yards. Steve Smith finished with five catches for 110 yards, his eighth 100-yard day against Tampa Bay, a team he tormented for 13 seasons as a member of the Carolina Panthers. Forsett rushed for 111 yards on 14 carries.

     
  • Brady leads Patriots over Bills Oct 12, 2014 4:08 PM
    Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes and posted his 60th career 300-yard game to lead the New England Patriots to a 37-22 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Brandon LaFell had two touchdown catches, including a 56-yarder, and the Patriots’ defense forced three turnovers that resulted in 13 points in the second quarter. Brady finished 26 of 36 for 352 yards to spoil the Bills’ first game under new owners Terry and Kim Pegula, who completed their purchase of the franchise this week. Brady is now 23-2 against AFC East rival Buffalo with the Patriots (4-2). Kyle Orton went 24 of 38 for 299 yards with two touchdowns, an interception and a lost fumble in his second start for Buffalo since replacing EJ Manuel. The Bills (3-3) have lost three of four.

     
  • Lions dominate Vikings, now 4-2 Oct 12, 2014 4:08 PM
    Detroit’s defense was dominant again, making Teddy Bridgewater look like a rookie and Minnesota like a depleted team. Tahir Whitehead intercepted Bridgewater twice, Joique Bell put the game away with a fourth-quarter touchdown run, and the Lions beat the Vikings 17-3 on Sunday. With Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush missing, the Lions played a low-risk offense and punted nearly as often as the Vikings did on this sloppy afternoon. But the defense made another case for top billing in the league under new coordinator Teryl Austin. Ziggy Ansah had 2 1/2 of the eight sacks. Bridgewater threw three interceptions in his second career start for the Vikings (2-4). The biggest problem for Detroit was two more missed field goal attempts. Newcomer Matt Prater was 1 for 3, making a 52-yarder. The Lions (4-2) won at Minnesota for only the second time in their last 17 trips. Matthew Stafford wasn’t at his best, missing his three-time All-Pro wide receiver as Johnson rested his ailing ankle. But Stafford took care of the ball, and the Lions’ defense did the rest against the sloppy Vikings. Last week, the turnovers belonged to Christian Ponder while Bridgewater let his ankle heal. But the first-round draft pick’s return to lineup was a sharp contrast from the way he dazzled in his first start, a 41-28 home win over Atlanta. Two of the interceptions came off tipped balls, one at the line by Devin Taylor and another that went through running back Matt Asiata’s hands. On a promising opening drive, though, Bridgewater locked his eyes on Cordarrelle Patterson in the end zone and threw late on a post pattern, allowing Glover Quin to pick the ball off with ease. The Vikings talked this week about getting the ball more to Patterson, but he was a nonfactor again. Bridgewater was left largely unprotected against that fierce Lions front four on another shaky performance by the Vikings offensive line. Jerick McKinnon moved ahead of Asiata as the featured runner, but his 82 total yards on 17 touches weren’t nearly enough. Bridgewater went 23 for 37 for 188 yards. Stafford finished 19 for 33 for 185 yards. Bell carried 18 times for 74 yards and Theo Riddick caught five passes for 75 yards and a touchdown. Riddick, a sixth-round draft pick out of Notre Dame last year, became the latest running back worked into the Detroit game plan with Bush sidelined by an ankle injury and Bell coming off a concussion that kept him out last week. Riddick later hurt his hamstring. Prater, the third kicker used by the Lions in four weeks, was wide left from 50 yards and hit the left upright from 44. The Lions have missed 10 of 15 field goal tries this season.

     
  • Hoyer, Browns rout Steelers Oct 12, 2014 6:19 PM
    The Browns didn’t need a comeback this time. For once, they built a big lead and held on. Brian Hoyer passed for 217 yards and pulled off a rarity for a Cleveland quarterback, leading the Browns to a 31-10 rout over Ben Roethlisberger and the rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

     
  • Wolves fall 2-1 in OT Oct 12, 2014 8:20 PM
    The Chicago Wolves were topped 2-1 in overtime Sunday, but they earned 3 of a possible 4 points against Charlotte on opening weekend at the Allstate Arena.

     
  • Arizona triumphant in Palmer’s return Oct 12, 2014 7:19 PM
    Carson Palmer came back after a five-week absence and has Arizona alone in first place in the NFC West.

     
  • Murray, Cowboys shock Seattle Oct 12, 2014 6:50 PM
    DeMarco Murray ran for a 15-yard touchdown with 3:16 left and became the second running back in NFL history with six straight 100-yard games to start the season as the Dallas Cowboys stunned the Seattle Seahawks 30-23 on Sunday.

     
  • Eagles blank Giants in prime time Oct 12, 2014 10:43 PM
    Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes, LeSean McCoy had a season-high 149 yards rushing and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New York Giants 27-0 on Sunday night for their first shutout in 18 years. A rough night for the Giants (3-3) became worse when wide receiver Victor Cruz tore the patella tendon his right knee while leaping for a pass on fourth down from the Eagles 3 in the third quarter. Cruz, a 2012 Pro Bowl pick, was crying and holding his hands to his face as he was carted off the field with an injury that’s expected to end his season. Wearing all-black uniforms for the first time in franchise history, the Eagles (5-1) stayed tied with Dallas (5-1) for the lead in the NFC East. They hadn’t shut out an opponent since a 24-0 win over the Giants on Dec. 1, 1996, at old Veterans Stadium. The defense harassed and pressured Eli Manning often, sacking him six times and preventing New York’s upstart offense from getting on track.

     
  • Imrem: Redemption day for Tucker, Bears defense Oct 13, 2014 9:53 AM
    The victory at Atlanta earned redemption for many associated with the Bears, but nobody more so than defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. For two seasons he has endured as much criticism as anyone, and probably more. Sunday, the Bears finally hit somebody hard enough to be heard from Peachtree Street to Rush Street.

     
  • Gasol brings plenty to Bulls’ party Oct 12, 2014 10:19 PM
    Two weeks into Bulls training camp, a couple of things are obvious about newcomer Pau Gasol. The veteran center is one of the more intelligent players in the league and he's a better shot-blocker than advertised. After Saturday's win at Milwaukee, Gasol shared some thoughts on working with coach Tom Thibodeau.

     
  • Bears make a complete turnaround, beat Atlanta Oct 13, 2014 5:40 AM
    With a patchwork defense that played better than almost anyone expected, and an offense spearheaded by Jay Cutler's most productive day as a Bear, coach Marc Trestman's club climbed back to .500 with a 27-13 victory over the Falcons in Atlanta.

     
  • Wong’s 9th-inning HR evens Cards-Giants series Oct 12, 2014 11:11 PM
    Kolten Wong hit a leadoff home run in the ninth inning and the resilient St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Sunday night, evening the NL Championship Series at one game each.

     
  • Rodgers rallies Packers past Dolphins 27-24 Oct 12, 2014 6:10 PM
    Aaron Rodgers stood facemask to facemask with a teammate, screaming in jubilation at the end of a hot, harrowing afternoon. Rodgers had the last word Sunday, throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Quarless with three seconds left to help the Green Bay Packers rally past the Miami Dolphins 27-24.

     
  • Kenya's Kipchoge, Jeptoo win Chicago Marathon Oct 12, 2014 6:02 PM
    Kenyans ruled the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, with Eliud Kipchoge leading a 1-2-3 men's sweep and compatriot Rita Jeptoo repeating as the women's winner. Kipchoge pulled away over the last two miles for his first major marathon victory, finishing in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 11 seconds. Jeptoo was timed in 2:24:35 in winning her fourth straight major marathon. She also captured the 2013-14 World Marathon Majors points championship and took the Boston Marathon in April.

     
  • Images: Blackhawks on red carpet and home ice Oct 11, 2014 11:47 PM
    The Blackhawks got the red-carpet treatment as they walked into their home opener at the United Center in Chicago.

     
  • Blackhawks’ big 3rd period leads to 6-2 win in home opener Oct 11, 2014 11:07 PM
    An exciting first period in which the Blackhawks and Sabres tied 2-2 gave way to a strong third quarter by the Blackhawks in their 6-2 home-opening win. Corey Crawford finished with 21 saves, and the Hawks are 2-0.

     
  • Gasol, Butler lead Bulls over Bucks, 91-85 Oct 11, 2014 10:56 PM
    Pau Gasol scored 20 points, Jimmy Butler added 18 and the Chicago Bulls picked up their first win in three preseason games, beating the cold-shooting Milwaukee Bucks 91-85 on Saturday night. Derrick Rose had 16 points, five rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes for the Bulls. Gasol grabbed 11 rebounds. The Bulls jumped to a 10-0 lead and never trailed. Chicago shot 42 percent, compared with 35 for Milwaukee, which fell to 1-2. Larry Sanders, who struggled with off-court issues and injuries last season, continued his early resurgence, leading the Bucks with 14 points while grabbing eight rebounds. ZaZa Pachulia had 12 points and 11 boards. Jabari Parker, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, had 11 points in his debut on the Bucks’ home court. Milwaukee forward Ersan Ilyasova made his preseason debut after missing the first two games with the flu and shot 4 of 20.

     
  • Ball-strike calls get lots of postseason attention Oct 11, 2014 6:38 PM
    John Lackey slings a slider, and it ducks under Pablo Sandoval’s front kneecap and darts past the inside edge of home plate. The animated graphic on TV shows the ball barely touching the box. OK, Mr. Umpire: Ball or strike?

     
  • Bumgarner tames Cardinals, Giants take NLCS lead Oct 12, 2014 12:23 AM
    Madison Bumgarner pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and the San Francisco Giants combined just enough hitting with a couple of defensive flubs by St. Louis to beat the Cardinals 3-0 Saturday night in the NL Championship Series opener.

     
  • Wolves win season opener against Charlotte 2-1 Oct 11, 2014 11:47 PM
    The Chicago Wolves kicked off their 21st season with a 2-1 victory over the Charlotte Checkers on Saturday night in front of 10,399 at the Allstate Arena. Forwards Colin Fraser and Jeremy Welsh scored and goaltender Matt Climie posted 14 saves as the Wolves ran their record to 13-6-1-1 in season openers.

     
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