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Last Update on October 19, 2014 05:48 GMT


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Cincinnati and Indianapolis have two of the best offenses in the NFL. On Sunday, the two division leaders with two of the league's best young quarterbacks meet in a game that could have long-term playoff implications.

Indianapolis' Andrew Luck and Cincinnati's Andy Dalton both have quarterback ratings topping 98, lead offenses that are ranked in the top five and have a cadre of talented receivers and runners. And neither has missed the playoffs during their pro careers.

This is the weekend's only game between teams that have sole possession of their division lead, giving the winner the inside track to potential playoff positioning.


OTTAWA (AP) -- Mike Hoffman made up for missing a penalty shot by scoring the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period to give the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Jackets on Saturday night.

David Legwand and Erik Karlsson also scored and Robin Lehner stopped 38 shots to help Ottawa get its fourth straight win after losing its opener.

Nick Foligno and David Savard scored for the Blue Jackets. Curtis McElhinney allowed two goals on 16 shots before being replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky, who gave up one goal on 18 shots.

With the score tied 2-2, Hoffman -- who had been a healthy scratch the past two games -- used his speed to get to the net and beat Bobrovsky on the backhand at 9:38 of the third.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- J.T. Barrett completed his first nine passes, ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns and threw for three more scores to lead No. 13 Ohio State past Rutgers 56-17 on Saturday.

The Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) have averaged 56 points in a four-game win streak since losing at home to Virginia Tech.

Eli Apple, a New Jersey native, added a fumble return for a score.

The victory was Ohio State's 18th in a row in the Big Ten, drawing within two of tying the conference mark set by the 2005-07 Buckeyes.

It was the worst loss in 12 years for Rutgers (5-2, 1-2), which had a three-game winning streak end. The Scarlet Knights played before their largest crowd ever (106,795).


KENT, Ohio (AP) -- Colin Reardon passed for a career-high 360 yards and three touchdowns as Kent State earned its first victory of the season, beating Army 39-17 on Saturday.

The sophomore quarterback also rushed for a 7-yard score as the Golden Flashes (1-6) snapped a six-game losing streak, winning for the first time since last Nov. 19 at Ohio.

Reardon connected with tight end Casey Pierce on a 10-yard score in the second quarter to put the Golden Flashes ahead for good at 13-10. They later teamed up for a 5-yard TD.

Reardon, who finished 27-of-40 with an interception, also tossed an 8-yard TD to wide receiver Chris Humphrey.

The Black Knights (2-5) amassed 295 yards on the ground, but senior Angel Santiago only completed 3-of-10 passes for 17 yards and an interception on the rainy, 46-degree afternoon. The Black Knights have not won a game at an opponent's stadium since 2010.


ATHENS, Ohio (AP) -- JD Sprague threw two TD passes and Ohio cashed in on a late fumble with a field goal by Josiah Yazdani Saturday to beat Akron 23-20.

With the game tied at 20 in the fourth quarter, Devin Bass forced a fumble by Akron's Andrew Pratt and Jovon Johnson recovered it on the Zips' 42. Yazdani kicked the winning 22-yard field goal with less than 2 minutes left after Ohio's ensuing drive stalled at the 6.

Sprague was 17 of 37 for 197 with an interception and TD passes of 49 yards to Ian Dixon and 3 yards to A.J. Ouillette. Yazdani also hit field goals of 42 and 38 yards for Ohio (4-4, 2-2 Mid-Atlantic).

Tommy Woodson threw for two TDs for the Zips (4-3, 2-1), including a 10-yarder to Conor Hundley and a 13-yarder to Zach D'Orazio, and finished 23 of 45 for 238 yards. Robert Stein kicked field goals of 40 and 38 yards.

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Last Update on October 20, 2014 02:40 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- Peyton Manning is the NFL's new all-time leader in touchdown passes.

Manning did it by throwing three scoring strikes in the first half of the Denver Broncos' game tonight against San Francisco. He entered the night two behind Brett Favre's old mark of 508 before hitting Emmanuel Sanders, Wes Welker and Demaryius (deh-MAR'-ee-uhs) Thomas for touchdowns.

Manning reached the milestone in just his 246th regular-season game. Favre needed 302.

Denver led the 49ers 28-10 in the third quarter following Manning's fourth TD of the night.

Also in the NFL:

-- DeMarco Murray ran for 128 yards and Tony Romo threw for three touchdowns in the Cowboys' sixth straight win, 31-21 over the New York Giants. Murray became the first player in NFL history to have at least 100 yards in his first seven games of a season, breaking Jim Brown's 56-year-old record. Murray also scored on a one-yard plunge that put the Cowboys ahead 28-14 in the final period. The Cowboys are 6-1 for the first time since their 12-1 start in 2007. Eli Manning had three touchdown passes for the Giants, who are 3-4 following back-to-back losses to division rivals.

-- The Rams used a heavy dose of trickery in a surprising 28-26 win over Seattle. Punter Johnny Hekker's pass from the St. Louis 18 caught the Seattle Seahawks by surprise for the last of three big plays. Stedman Bailey had a 90-yard touchdown on a trick return that fooled the Seahawks into thinking another player was going to catch the punt. Benny Cunningham's 75-yard kickoff return set up an early touchdown for the 2-4 Rams. The defending Super Bowl champs fell to 3-3 despite Russell Wilson, who rushed for 106 yards on seven carries and also passed for two touchdowns while going 23 for 36 for 313 yards.

-- Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes in his return to Oakland and finished with 253 yards in Arizona's 24-13 victory over the Raiders. Stepfan Taylor caught one touchdown and ran for another to help the Cardinals improve to 5-1, their best start since 1976. Andre Ellington gained 160 yards from scrimmage against the 0-6 Raiders. Oakland is off to its worst start since dropping their first 13 games in 1962, the year before late owner Al Davis joined the franchise.

-- Elvis Dumervil (DOO'-mur-vihl) and Pernell McPhee each had two sacks and Baltimore's defense didn't allow a point over the first 3 1/2 quarters of a 29-7 win over Atlanta. Joe Flacco threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns, including a game-clinching, 39-yard TD pass to Torrey Smith with 1:46 left. Ryan lost a fumble and completed 29 of 44 passes for 228 yards as the Falcons sunk to 2-5 while the Ravens moved to 5-2.

-- Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes and the Green Bay Packers reached the end zone on their first three possessions en route to a 38-17 romp over Carolina. Rodgers had 255 passing yards in just over three quarters, with Randall Cobb making six receptions for 121 yards and a TD. Jordy Nelson opened the scoring with a 59-yard scoring grab for the 5-2 Packers, who dropped the Panthers to 3-3-1.

-- Cincinnati is 0-2-1 since a 3-0 start after Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes and Ahmad Bradshaw scored two TDs in the Colts' fifth straight win, 27-0 over the Bengals at Indianapolis. Luck finished 27 of 42 for 344 yards for the Colts, who rolled up 506 total yards and caused the Bengals to punt a team record-tying 11 times. The Bengals were shut out for the first time since the end of the 2009 season.

-- Jacksonville picked up its first win of the season as Denard Robinson ran for a career-high 127 yards and a touchdown in a 24-6 pounding of Cleveland. The Jaguars ran 35 times for 185 yards in earning their first victory in nine games since last year. The Browns fell to 3-3, compiling just 69 rushing yards after entering the game with the NFL's third-best ground attack.

-- Ryan Tannehill was 25 of 32 for 277 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Miami Dolphins to a 27-14 victory over the Bears in Chicago. He found tight end Charles Clay for 13-yard score and added a 10-yard TD pass to Mike Wallace in the back of the end zone, both coming in the first half. Jay Cutler threw an interception and lost a fumble as Chicago dropped to 0-4 when he throws at least one pick.

-- Buffalo pulled out a 17-16 win over Minnesota on Kyle Orton's two-yard touchdown pass to Sammy Watkins with one second left. The TD capped a 15-play, 80-yard drive that Orton extended by converting a fourth-and-20 with a 24-yard pass to tight end Scott Chandler over the middle. The 4-3 Bills snapped a two-game home losing streak and improved to 3-0 this season against NFC North opponents despite playing without injured running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller in the second half. Teddy Bridgewater went 15 of 26 for 157 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions as the 2-5 Vikings lost their third in a row.

-- Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes in the final 3:38, including the winner to Corey Fuller with 1:48 remaining in Detroit's 24-23 comeback win against New Orleans. The rally began with Golden Tate grabbed a 73-yard scoring reception from Stafford, who had 229 yards through the air for the 5-2 Lions. Glover Quin lifted Detroit with a crucial interception that set up the winning score and dropped the Saints to 2-4.

-- Kansas City is 3-3 after Cairo Santos kicked a 48-yard field goal field goal with 21 seconds left to give the Chiefs a 23-20 triumph at San Diego. Alex Smith completed three straight passes for 53 yards on the winning drive, including a 29-yarder to Dwayne Bowe. Jamaal Charles scored once and gained 95 yards to give him 6,113 for his career, moving him to the top of Kansas City's career list. Philip Rivers was 17 of 31 for 205 yards and two touchdowns for the 5-2 Chargers, who ended a five-game winning streak.

-- Kai Forbath hit a 22-yard field goal as time expired to kick Washington past Tennessee 19-17. Colt McCoy completed 11 of 12 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown after starting quarterback Kirk Cousins was benched at halftime. McCoy's first pass was a career-long 70-yard touchdown to Pierre Garcon (gahr-SOHN') after Washington trailed 10-6. Both teams are 2-5.


UNDATED (AP) -- The SEC continues to dominate the new Associated Press Top-25 poll. Four of the top-five spots are SEC schools this week with all four schools coming from the western conference.

Mississippi State stayed No. 1 after a weekend off, followed by Florida State of the Atlantic Coast Conference. From there, it's all SEC, with Mississippi third, Alabama fourth and Auburn fifth.

Thirty times since 2001 a conference has placed three teams in the top five of the AP Top 25. The SEC had done it 16 times since 2009.

Rounding out the Top-10 this week are Oregon, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Georgia and TCU.


UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Rangers have set a club record while earning their second straight win since a three-game skid.

Martin St. Louis (mahr-TAN' san loo-EE') and Rick Nash scored four seconds apart in the second period of the Rangers' 4-0 shutout of San Jose. It set a team mark for the fastest two goals without one being an empty-netter.

Nash already has seven goals in six games this season.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 33 shots in his 51st career shutout, extending his team record.

Elsewhere on ice:

-- Anaheim picked up its fifth straight win as Sami Vatanen (SAM'-ee VAH'-tah-nehn) scored a pair of power-play goals in a 3-0 shutout of St. Louis. Frederik Andersen made 16 of his 28 saves in the final period to preserve his first career shutout.

-- Los Angeles has a four-game winning streak after Jonathan Quick made 40 saves and Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist in the Kings' 2-1 triumph over Minnesota. Tanner Pearson's goal put the Kings ahead 2-0 three minutes into the third period.

-- Calgary was a 4-1 winner at Winnipeg as Mason Raymond had a goal and two assists. Johnny Gaudreau (guh-DROH') and Dennis Wideman each had a goal and an assist to support Jonas Hiller's 34-save effort.


TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Brad Keselowski pulled away in overtime at Talladega Superspeedway for one of the biggest wins of his career, giving him an automatic berth into the third round of NASCAR's Chase for the championship.

Keselowski had to win at Talladega to stay alive in the Sprint Cup title hunt. It was the sixth win of the season for the 2012 Sprint Cup champion.

The Hendrick Motorsports trio of Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne (kayn) all were eliminated from contention. Kyle Busch could not recover from an early wreck and also was eliminated from the Chase.

Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth also advanced.


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Ben Martin is the winner of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, finishing two shots ahead of Kevin Streelman.

Martin took the lead with an eagle on 16 and birdied the final hole for a 3-under-par 68 and a 20-under total. It's his first PGA title after recording three third-place finishes last year. Martin was on the Tour in 2012 and 2013.

Streelman fired a 6-under 65 to move ahead of Russell Knox for second at 18-under.

Webb Simpson, Brooks Koepka and Jimmy Walker tied for fourth.


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