Last minute scores lift Panthers, Chargers
UNDATED (AP) —The Carolina Panthers, San Diego Chargers and Tennessee Titans all won today with last-minute touchdown passes, while the Dallas Cowboys got a field goal as time expired to win at the Meadowlands.
Cam Newton hit Greg Olsen with a one-yard touchdown pass with 43 second left to give Carolina a 20-16 win over Miami, the Panthers seventh straight victory. The game-winner capped a 12-play drive that was kept alive when Newton completed a pass on 4th-and-10 from the Panthers own 20 yard line.
It was the second comeback win in a week for the 8-3 Panthers, who rallied past the New England Patriots with a late drive last Monday.
The Panthers winning streak is their longest since 2003. Miami fell to 5-6 and 2-2 since tackle Jonathan Martin left the team and the Dolphins' bullying scandal began to mushroom.
Phillip Rivers threw a 26-yard scoring pass with 24 seconds left to give San Diego a 41-38 win over Kansas City. The Chiefs had taken the lead with 1:22 to go when Alex Smith found Dwayne Bowe for a score. But Rivers and the Chargers had a pair of time outs left and made the most of their opportunity.
Rivers finished up with 392 passing yards and three touchdowns to help the Chargers snap a three-game losing streak and keep their playoff hopes alive at 5-6.
Smith finished with 292 passing yards and three scores for the 9-2 Chiefs who dropped their second in a row. Jamaal Charles rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns.
Ryan Fitzpatrick's second touchdown pass of the game gave Tennessee a 23-19 comeback win over the Raiders. Oakland led 19-16 until Fitzpatrick hit Kendall Wright for a 10-yard TD with just 10 seconds left, six minutes after Matt McGloin's 27-yard touchdown pass to Marcel Reece put the Raiders ahead.
Fitzpatrick was 30 of 42 for 320 yards and no interceptions as the Titans improved to 5-6, good enough for the AFC's second wild-card berth.
The Raiders sunk to 4-7.
Dallas moved into a first-place tie with Philadelphia in the NFC East. The Cowboys blew a 21-6 lead in the second half before Dan Bailey hit a 35-yard field goal as time expired to lift Dallas past the Giants 24-21, ending New York's four-game winning streak.
Tony Romo engineered the winning drive with three third-down completions to help the Cowboys improve to 6-5. Romo was 23 of 38 for 250 yards and a pair of TDs to Jason Witten.
The Giants rolled up 202 rushing yards but fell to 4-7.
In other NFL finals:
—Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) threw two touchdown passes to lift Pittsburgh to a 27-11 win over Cleveland and move the 5-6 Steelers back into the playoff picture. Roethlisberger finished 22 of 34 for 217 yards. The Steelers started the season with four straight losses.
— Joe Flacco threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones and Justin Tucker kicked four field goals to pace the Ravens in a 19-3 win over the New York Jets. The defending Super Bowl champion Ravens had lost four of five before bouncing back to keep their playoff hopes alive. Jones had four catches for 103 yards and returned five punts for 108 yards. The Ravens' defense forced three turnovers and held the Jets to 1 for 12 on third-down conversions.
—Tavon (TAY'-vahn) Martin's 65-yard touchdown run highlighted a 21-point first quarter and St. Louis went on to beat Chicago 42-21. Josh McCown passed for 352 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Bears, who fell to 6-5 but are still tied with Detroit.
— Mike Glennon hit Tiquan Underwood for the go-ahead 85-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, and Tampa Bay went on to beat the Lions 24-21. The Buccaneers earned their third straight win after dropping eight in a row to open the season.
— Back-up quarterback Matt Flynn rallied Green Bay from 16 points down to a 26-26 tie with Minnesota. The Packers went ahead on their first possession of overtime before Blair Walsh hit a 35-yard field goal with 3:54 remaining. Adrian Peterson rushed for 146 yards and a score while Toby Gerhart added 91 more yards on the ground for the Vikings.
— Maurice Jones-Drew ran for a season-high 84 yards and a touchdown to pace Jacksonville to a 13-6 win over Houston. The Texans have lost a club record nine in a row. Both teams are now 2-9.
Cards acquire Peralta
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have a new shortstop.
Free agent Jhonny Peralta (JAH'-nee peh-RAHL'-tah) and the Cardinals have agreed to a four-year package expected to be worth more than $50 million. Peralta hit .303 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs in 107 games during the 2013 regular season, then batted .333 with one homer, four doubles and six RBIs in 10 playoff games. He also was suspended 50 games last season as a result of Major League Baseball's investigation in the Biogenesis case involving performance-enhancing drugs.
Peralta replaces the light-hitting platoon of Pete Kozma (KAHZ'-mah) and Daniel Descalso (deh-SKAL'-soh).
Tar Heels end Louisville's streak
UNDATED (AP) — Louisville's 21-game winning streak is over.
No. 24 North Carolina got 32 points from Marcus Paige in a 93-84 upset of the third-ranked Cardinals in the title game of the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament.
Brice Johnson added 13 points and Kennedy Meeks had 13 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the 4-1 Tar Heels, who lost just a week ago at home to Belmont.
Louisville's Russ Smith led all scorers with 36 points and Chris Jones added 18 points. The Cardinals drop to 5-1.
In other top-25 play:
— Sixth-ranked Duke escaped with a 91-90 win over visiting Vermont, thanks to Rodney Hood's free throw with five seconds left. Jabari Parker scored 24 points and Hood finished with 22 for the Blue Devils.
— D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 26 points and Georgetown fought off 10th-ranked Virginia Commonwealth in the second half to hang on for an 84-80 victory in the fifth-place game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
— Terrence Williams put back Willie Clayton's miss with 0.4 seconds left as Charlotte stunned No. 14 Michigan 63-61 in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Clayton had 10 points and 15 rebounds to help the 49ers overcome 20 points by Nik Stauskas.
— Elgin Cook scored 18 points and Damyean Dotson added 17 as 17th-ranked Oregon trounced San Francisco 100-82.
— Alex Kirk had 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 19 New Mexico to a 79-58 victory over Davidson.
Gators get Wilbekin back
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin has been reinstated from his five-game suspension and will be on the court when the 16th-ranked Gators visit Jacksonville on Monday.
Gators coach Billy Donovan suspended Wilbekin in June for undisclosed reasons, shortly after he helped lead the team to a third straight Elite Eight.
Top 3 the same, NIU climbs in BCS
UNDATED (AP) — The top three remain the same in the BCS standings, with No. 1 Alabama staying ahead of Florida State and Ohio State.
Baylor's loss to Oklahoma State dropped the Bears from fourth to nine and elevated the Cowboys three spots to seventh.
Auburn is fourth, followed by Missouri and Clemson.
Northern Illinois moved ahead of Fresno State and up to No. 14 as the Huskies and Bulldogs jockey to be the last BCS buster. NIU jumped two spots Sunday and Fresno State slipped one to 16th.
'Bama's No. 1
UNDATED (AP) — Alabama is still the overwhelming choice as No. 1 in this week's AP college football poll, but there have been some changes near the top. The Crimson Tide picked up 56 of 60 first-place votes after improving to 11-0 with a shutout win against overmatched Chattanooga yesterday.
Florida State got the other four first-place votes and remains No. 2 after blowing out Idaho.
Ohio State moved up to third in this week's poll, followed by Auburn, which jumped up from No. 6. Missouri moved up three spots to fifth.
The second five consists of Clemson, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Baylor and South Carolina.
Bulldogs Murray tears knee ligament
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will have season-ending surgery.
Murray suffered the injury during the Bulldogs' 59-17 rout of Kentucky on Saturday night.
Clippers roll over Rose-less Bulls
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Bulls were pounded in their first game since point guard Derrick Rose tore the meniscus in his right knee.
Jared Dudley scored a season-high 21 points, and Chris Paul added 16 points and 17 assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers over the Bulls 121-82. J.J. Redick scored 19 points and Blake Griffin had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the Pacific Division-leading Clippers' seventh win in nine games.
In other NBA play:
— Kevin Durant scored 19 points and Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds as Oklahoma City trounced Utah 95-73, dropping the Jazz to a league-worst 1-14. The Thunder won easily without All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook, who sat out to rest his surgically repaired right knee.
— Reserve Rodney Stuckey scored a season-high 27 points pacing Detroit to a 109-97 win over Brooklyn. The Nets have not lost five in a row and are in sole possession of last place in the Atlantic Division at 3-10.
— Goran Dragic scored 23 points and Gerald Green had 20 as Phoenix topped the Magic 104-96 in Orlando. Dragic made 10 of 17 shots and also had 13 assists in the Suns' second straight victory since a four-game skid.
Wings, Canes win
UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes won Sunday's only NHL games.
Daniel Alfredsson and Johan Franzen each had a goal and an assist in the Red Wings' 3-1 win at Buffalo. Franzen provided the game-winner with 8:17 remaining, Jonas Gustavsson finished with 21 saves and Henrik Zetterberg had an assist for his 700th career point.
The Hurricanes beat Ottawa 4-1 as Eric Staal led the offense with a goal and two assists. Cam Ward stopped 35 shots and was perfect after Jason Spezza (SPET'-suh) tallied 67 seconds into the game.
Day scores emotional win
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Jason Day made an emotional return to golf at the World Cup to win his first tournament in more than three years at Royal Melbourne. He shot a final-round 1-under 70 to earn a two shot win over Thomas Bjorn.
The victory came less than two weeks after Day learned eight of his relatives, including his grandmother, died in the Nov. 9 typhoon in the Phillippines.
Feng has good payday
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Shanshan Feng of China finished her year with a 6-under 66 and the richest prize in women's golf.
Feng got off to a quick start and played mistake-free to win the LPGA Titleholders by one shot over Gerina Piller. The victory in the final event of the LPGA season was worth $700,000 and pushed Feng to No. 4 on the money list with just over $1.7 million.
FORMULA ONE-BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX
Vettel closes with a win
SAO PAULO (AP) — Sebastien Vettel (VEHT'-ehl) spent the wrap up to the Formula One season much like he did most of it. Winning.
The four-time reigning FI champ won the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix to equal Michael Schumacher's record of 13 wins in a season. The victory also tied the F1 record of nine straight held by Alberto Ascari over the 1952 and 53 seasons.