Broncos top Chiefs again...Panthers keep winning
UNDATED (AP) — Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos continue to lead the AFC West following their second win over No. 2 Kansas City in three weeks.
Manning threw for 403 yards and five touchdowns as the Broncos outscored the Chiefs 35-28 in Kansas City. The Chiefs enjoyed a 21-7 lead in the second quarter until the next four TDs came off the arm of Manning. He hit Knowshon (NOH'-shahn) Moreno for a short touchdown and found Erick Decker for three straight scores to put the Broncos ahead 35-21.
Decker finished with eight receptions for a career-high 174 yards and four touchdowns to help the Broncos overcome Manning's two interceptions.
The Chiefs had a chance to force OT as they drove to the Denver 13 before Alex Smith threw an incompletion on fourth down, securing Kansas City's third straight loss since a 9-0 start.
Denver owns the AFC's top record at 10-2 and is one game ahead of New England in the battle for home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
In other NFL play:
— Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead Carolina to its team-record eighth straight win, 27-6 over Tampa Bay. Newton threw for 263 yards as part of a 426-206 Carolina yardage advantage. The Panthers quarterback has thrown for 13 touchdowns and run for five others during the current winning streak. The victory sets up a crucial showdown next Sunday night with New Orleans with first place in the NFC South on the line.
— Nick Foles threw for three touchdowns to pace Philadelphia to a 24-21 win over Arizona, allowing the 7-5 Eagles to pull back into a first-place tie with Dallas in the NFC East. Foles went 21 of 34 for 237 yards against a defense that came in ranked eighth in the league. He has set a team record for most passes without an interception with 233. He also moved within one TD pass of tying Peyton Manning's record of 20 TD passes and zero interceptions to start a season.
— The Bengals beat San Diego 17-10 to maintain their two-game lead in the AFC North and damage the Chargers' playoff chances. Andy Dalton's 21-yard touchdown throw to A.J. Green snapped a 7-7 tie late in the third quarter. Dalton was 14 of 23 for 190 yards, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 92 yards and a TD to help the Bengals get to 8-4.
— Blair Walsh booted a 34-yard field goal with 1:43 left in overtime to give Minnesota a 23-20 win over Chicago and knock the Bears a game back of Detroit for first in the NFC North. Adrian Peterson finished with 211 yards on 35 carries, including 51 yards in overtime and 30 on the game-winning drive.
— Stephen Gostkowski booted a pair of 53-yard field goals in the fourth quarter to give New England a 34-31 win over Houston. Tom Brady led a Patriots comeback throwing for 371 yards and two touchdowns. Houston has lost a franchise-record ten in a row.
— San Francisco bolstered its playoff position as Colin Kapernick (KAP'-ur-nik) threw for 275 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the 49ers' 23-13 triumph over St. Louis. Kaepernick's 17-yard scoring pass to Vernon Davis put the 49ers ahead 23-6 early in the fourth quarter. The outcome keeps the 8-4 Niners one game ahead of Dallas and Philadelphia for the second NFC wild-card berth and one game behind Carolina.
— Ryan Tannehill threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns to lead Miami to a 23-3 win over the New York Jets. Jets quarterback Geno Smith was benched in favor of Matt Simms after Smith went 4 for 10 for 29 yards with an interception and an 8.3 quarterback rating in the first half.
— Adam Vinatieri booted a career high five field goals to lead Indianapolis to 22-14 win over Tennessee. The victory gives the AFC South-leading Colts a three-game lead over the Titans and a season sweep of their two-game series.
— Atlanta quickly fell behind 14-0 before beating the Buffalo Bills 34-31 in overtime at Toronto. C.J. Spiller's 36-yard touchdown run put the Bills ahead 31-24 with 11:48 left in regulation, but the Falcons forced OT on Steven Jackson's one-yard run with 1:28 left in the fourth quarter before Matt Bryant won it with a 36-yard field goal three minutes into the extra session.
— Cecil Shorts snagged a 20-yard touchdown pass from Chad Henne (HEH'-nee) with 40 seconds left to give Jacksonville a 32-28 win over Cleveland.
NFL-PARKING LOT DEATH
Person killed in Arrowhead Stadium parking lot
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police say three people have been arrested after a person was killed in the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot on Sunday.
A police spokesman tells The Associated Press the death is being treated as a homicide but no arrests have been made. He says the victim had returned to his vehicle to find a stranger inside it and a struggle ensued.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BCS STANDINGS
Seminoles, Buckeyes top BCS
UNDATED (AP) — Florida State and Ohio State now find themselves as the top teams in the latest BCS standings following Alabama's loss at Auburn on Saturday. But there's not much distance between the Buckeyes, Auburn and Missouri with just one regular-season game remaining for the three teams.
The Seminoles' .995 BCS average makes them a lock for a BCS title game appearance if they beat Duke in the ACC championship game. Ohio State owns a .950 average, Auburn is at .923, Alabama is fourth at .854 and Missouri is next at .843.
The Buckeyes face Michigan State in the Big Ten title game next weekend, and Auburn meets Missouri for the SEC championship.
TOP 25 FOOTBALL-AP POLL
Seminoles take over as No. 1
UNDATED (AP) — Florida State is the new No. 1 in the Associated Press college football poll, ending Alabama's season-long reign.
The 12-0 Seminoles got 58 of the 60 first-place votes following their 37-7 romp over Florida. They are ranked No. 1 for the first time since Oct. 1, 2000. Unbeaten Ohio State is the new No. 2, while Auburn moved up to No. 3 with two first-place votes.
Alabama and Missouri round out the top five. Then it's Oklahoma State, Stanford, South Carolina, Baylor and Michigan State.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-FLORIDA-PEASE FIRED
Florida fires offensive coaches
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis after the program's first losing season since 1979. They were let go a day after the 4-7 Gators ended the season with a humbling, 37-7 loss to rival Florida State.
Heat on fire...Pacers win again
UNDATED (AP) — Chris Bosh almost singlehandedly stretched the Miami Heat's winning streak to 10 straight on Sunday.
Bosh scored 13 consecutive Miami points in the final four minutes to help the Heat turn a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit into a 99-98 win over Charlotte. He drained three straight three-pointers to put Miami ahead 93-91 with 80 seconds left, the Heat's first lead since the second quarter.
LeBron James scored a team-high 26 points and Bosh finished with 22 as the Heat improved to 14-3.
The only NBA team better than the Heat right now is Indiana, which picked up its seventh straight win and improved to 16-1 with a 105-100 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. David West scored 14 of his 24 points in the third quarter and finished with 12 rebounds. Roy Hibbert added 19 points against the Pacific Division leaders.
Elsewhere in the NBA:
— Kevin Durant had a triple-double of 32 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists to lead Oklahoma City to its seventh consecutive win, 113-103 against Minnesota. The Timberwolves led 83-78 entering the fourth quarter before Durant hit two of the Thunder's six three-pointers in the period.
— Nate Robinson hit five three-pointers and scored 23 off the bench in the Nuggets' sixth straight win, 112-98 win over Toronto. Timofey Mozgov scored 16 off the bench for the Nuggets, whose bench outscored the Raptors' reserves 72-16.
— Stephen (STEF'-ehn) Curry scored 12 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter and had 10 assists as Golden State nipped the Kings 115-113 in Sacramento. Curry hit two free throws with 8.6 seconds left to help the Warriors win for just the second time in their last seven games.
— Detroit whipped Philadelphia 115-100 behind Andre Drummond's 31 points, 19 rebounds and six steals. Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith added 20 points each for the Pistons.
— Ryan Anderson poured in 31 points and Tyreke (ty-REEK') Evans added 24 in New Orleans' 103-99 road win at New York. The Knicks are in a tie with Milwaukee for the Eastern Conference basement at 3-13 following their ninth straight loss and sixth in a row at Madison Square Garden.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Top-25 title game
UNDATED (AP) — No. 21 Memphis has won the Old Spice Classic while dealing fifth-ranked Oklahoma State its first loss of the season.
Shaq Goodwin scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Tigers downed the Cowboys 73-68. Chris Crawford added 14 points for Memphis, which trailed by 10 at halftime before improving to 5-1.
In other top-25 play:
— No. 11 Gonzaga coasted to an 86-51 win as Gary Bell Jr. delivered 15 points. Reserves Gerard Coleman added 14 and Kyle Dranginis 12 in the Bulldog's largest margin of victory this season.
— Ron Baker had 22 points to lead No. 12 Wichita State to a 70-65 win over St. Louis. The Shockers improved to 8-0.
— Chad Frazier scored 25 points and UAB made three free throws over the final 6.6 seconds to preserve a 63-59 upset of No. 16 North Carolina. The Blazers blew most of a 14-point, second half lead before dealing the Tar Heels their second loss of the season.
— Cory Jefferson had 16 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double this season to lead No. 18 Baylor to a 104-59 victory over Hardin-Simmons. Rico Gathers had 17 points and nine rebounds for the 7-1 Bears.
— No. 20 Creighton lost for the second straight day as Kevin Larsen scored 14 points, including the tiebreaking point with 63 seconds left to lead George Washington past the Blue Jays 60-53 in the third-place game at the Wooden Legacy. Creighton's Doug McDermott finished with just seven points after averaging nearly 28 points per game this season.
Twins land Hughes
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract with right-hander Phil Hughes.
A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the two sides came to agreement late Saturday night. The person requested anonymity because Hughes still has to pass a physical before the contract can become official. The Star Tribune of Minneapolis first reported the deal.
Hughes went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA last season for the New York Yankees.
Alfredsson receives ovation in Ottawa before helping Wings beat Sens...Kesler's two goals pace Canucks
UNDATED (AP) — Ottawa fans had seen Daniel Alfredsson produce multi-point games many times during his NHL career, but this was the first time he had done it against them.
The former Senators captain scored an empty-net goal and had one assist in helping the Detroit Red Wings earn a 4-2 victory in Ottawa. It was Alfredsson's first game in Ottawa since signing a free-agent contract with Detroit over the summer. He received a standing ovation from fans who chanted "Alfie! Alfie!" during a pregame video tribute to Alfredsson.
Drew Miller scored two goals, including the game-winner as the Wings earned their fourth straight win
Also on ice:
— Ryan Kesler scored two goals to lead Vancouver to a 3-2 win over Carolina. Kesler's second goal capped a stretch where the teams combined to score three times in 37 seconds.
— Jordan Eberle (EB'-ur-lee) and David Perron scored in a shootout to complete Edmonton's rally in a 3-2 win at Dallas. Andrew Ferrence tied the game for the Oilers with 5:07 remaining.