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Rams Surprise Seahawks

Rams Surprise Seahawks

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- The St. Louis Rams pulled out all the stops to beat their division rival Seattle Seahawks with crafty special teams play in a 28-26 win on Sunday.

Stedman Bailey fooled everyone on a 90-yard fake punt return and Benny Cunningham's 75-yard kickoff return on a squibbed kick that rolled into the end zone in the second quarter put the Rams up 21-3.

The Rams would not be done though, Cunningham's 18-yard reception from kicker Johnny Hekker late in the fourth quarter extended a drive and a late fumble recovery closed the game out.

"It was great execution by them on a couple different scenarios," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. "It made a huge difference in this game."

The Seahawks have now lost back-to-back games and sit at 3-3.

"Grateful for the effort, an entire team effort," Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said.  "That's a really good football team and that's an understatement."

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

"We have a team that's full of fighters," Wilson said.  "There's nothing better than having your backs against the wall.  That's where we're at right now.  You just play 1-0 and try and focus on what you can control."

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Brad Keselowski Survives Round, Wins at Talladega

Brad Keselowski Survives Round, Wins at Talladega

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(TALLADEGA, Ala.) -- Brad Keselowski is into the eliminator round after holding off Matt Kenseth at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.

Keselowski needed to win in order to stay alive in the chase for the championship and took the lead during the final caution flag in the green-white checkered finish.

The win comes after last weekend's post-race brawl between Kenseth and Keselowski, but Keselowski will take a win no matter what.

"I know there's probably some people out there that aren't really happy I won. I can understand that. But I'm a man like anyone else and not real proud of last week," Keselowski said of last weekend's post-race brawl at Charlotte.  "But I'm real proud of today."

"It was funny how this racing world works out. I don't know why it is that way. I don't know why it seems like every week where there's either a fight in the garage or a mishap or something like that happens, those two cars and people end up together."

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne, and defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson were all eliminated from the Chase for the Championship.

Jeff Gordon, a Hendrick teammate of the three who were eliminated, said it's tough to see them go out that way.

"Great teams, great drivers, great friends. I hate to see them not in there," Gordon said about Johnson, Earnhardt and Kahne. "I really thought the chances of two of them getting in were very good, and certainly one of them. I thought two of us would be in there, and I thought there's a decent chance three could be there."

Gordon, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, and Kenseth are all moving onto the next round.

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Murray Breaks Record as Cowboys Beat Giants 31-21

Murray Breaks Record as Cowboys Beat Giants 31-21

NFL via Getty Images(DALLAS) -- DeMarco Murray continues to lead the charge as he rushed for his seventh straight 100-yard game.

In doing so, Murray broke Jim Brown's 56-year-old record of starting a season with six straight 100-yard games.

The Cowboys continue to showcase a balanced offense that they have lacked in recent years.

Tony Romo tossed three touchdowns on 279 yards passing, completing 17 of 23 passes. Second-year tight end Gavin Escobar reeled in two of Romo's touchdown passes. Dez Bryant is still a man on fire as he racked up 151 yards receiving.

After a scare in the second quarter in which Murray appeared to injure his ankle, he finished the day with 128 yards and one touchdown. 

Eli Manning put forth a valiant effort but it would not be enough to outduel Dallas.  Manning threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns. Rookie receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. continues to live up to his first round draft status as he hauled in two of Manning's touchdowns.

The Dallas Cowboys are now at 6-1 and host the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football next week.

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New Orleans Road Woes Continue in Loss to Detroit

New Orleans Road Woes Continue in Loss to Detroit

iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- The New Orleans Saints road losing streak moves up to seven as they lost to the Detroit Lions 24-23.

The Saints blew a 23-10 fourth quarter lead with less than four minutes remaining that saw Lions quarterback Matt Stafford toss two touchdowns.

Stafford threw a short pass to Golden Tate that saw the receiver break past three defenders. Seventy-three yards later the Lions had cut the Saints lead to 23-17. 

Drew Brees tried to lead a game clinching drive but was intercepted by Lions defensive back Glover Quin who returned the ball to New Orleans 14 yard line with 3:10 remaining.

The Saints defense held after the interception but on a fourth down were called for defensive pass interference. With second life Stafford found receiver Corey Fuller for the go ahead score.

Head Coach Sean Payton was not pleased after the game that saw his team commit 12 penalties.

"I thought the penalties ended up hurting us," New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. "I wasn't happy with how that game was officiated. I'll leave it at that, and yet that wasn't the reason in the end."

The loss leaves New Orleans at 2-4 with a tough matchup next week as they host the Green Bay Packers.

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Virginia High School Football Player Dies on Field

Virginia High School Football Player Dies on FieldiStockPhoto/Thinkstock(SOUTH HILL, VA) -- Another high school football player has passed away after an on-field collision. After sustaining a hit, Jamond Salley, a junior from Park View High School in South Hill, Viginia, was carried to the sideline. W...

Kessler Throws School-Record 7 TDs as (22) USC Clobbers Colorado

Kessler Throws School-Record 7 TDs as (22) USC Clobbers Colorado

BananaStock/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Cody Kessler threw for a school-record seven touchdowns to lead No. 22 USC past Colorado 56-28 Saturday.

Kessler was on fire throwing all seven of his touchdowns in the first three quarters to break the record previously set by Matt Barkley in 2011.

"It's an honor for me to break his record," Kessler said."But I'm thankful he (Barkley) set the bar so high and taught me as much as he did."

Kessler threw three of those touchdowns to receiver Nelson Agholor, who had six catches for 128 yards in the win.

The game was never in doubt for USC (5-2, 4-1 Pac-12), which led 28-0 after the first quarter.

The one bright spot for Colorado (2-5, 0-4) was receiver Nelson Spruce. He caught his 11th touchdown of the season, tying the school's record.

Javorius Allen ran for 128 yards and a touchdown and has now ran for over 100 yards in five of USC's first six games. He becomes the first Trojan's player to do that since Reggie Bush in 2005.

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(2) Florida State Survives (5) Notre Dame

(2) Florida State Survives (5) Notre Dame

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- Notre Dame's Everett Golson's potential game-winning touchdown was intercepted in the end zone as Florida State held on for a 31-27 win in a battle of top-five teams. For the second-ranked Seminoles (7-0), it was their 23rd straight win while the fifth-rated Irish are knocked from the ranks of the unbeatens.

Notre Dame (6-1) jumped on the board early, scoring when Golson found Corey Robinson for a touchdown in the first quarter. The Seminoles responded with a touchdown pass from Jameis Winston at the end of the quarter, starting an exciting contest on the right foot.

Both squads traded scores in the second, with the Irish taking a 17-10 lead into halftime. However, Winston came out of the locker room and immediately led Florida State down the field for the tying score when he found Rashad Greene for a 10-yard strike. After Notre Dame regained the lead on another pass from Golson, Karlos Williams answered with a game-tying touchdown run, making it a 24-24 game after three quarters.

Kyle Brindza would put Notre Dame back on top with his second field goal of the night, but the Irish defense could not hold a potent Seminoles offense. It would be Williams once again, scoring from 1-yard out, that gave Florida State their first lead of the night at 31-30 with under eight minutes to play.

After an Irish drive got stymied, the defense helped Notre Dame get one more chance at an upset. That seemed to have happened when Golson found Robinson for a third touchdown catch with less than 20 seconds remaining. However, an offensive pass interference penalty took the points off the board and forced the Irish in a 4th and goal situation. 

With time winding down, Golson scrambled to keep the play alive, but his pass to the end zone was picked off by Jacob Pugh. The Seminoles took a knee on the next play and celebrated their victory.

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(14) Kansas State Holds Off (11) Oklahoma

(14) Kansas State Holds Off (11) Oklahoma

Ed Zurga/Getty Images(NORMAN, Okla.) -- A blocked extra point and a pair of missed field goals helped the 14th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats knock off number 11 Oklahoma, 31-30, on Saturday. Sooners kicker Michael Hunnicutt missed a field goal that would have given Oklahoma the lead with less than four minutes to play.

"I feel for Michael," Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said. "He's been an excellent kicker for us and a great young man. We all love him. I feel that for him, because unfortunately, the kicker, that just kind of sticks out."

"The youngster that missed the field goal, he will go another hundred years without missing another field goal," said Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder. "So we were just lucky. That happens."

The contest went back-and-forth throughout, with the Wildcats (5-1) taking a 21-17 lead into halftime. Hunnicutt's first missed field goal, a 32-yard try that went wide left, came at the end of the first half. Kansas State come out of the locker room and added to their lead, a 27-yard field goal to make it 24-17.

Both squads traded touchdowns in the third quarter, giving Kansas State a 31-24 lead heading into the final period. Oklahoma (5-2) was able to drive the ball and score Trevor Knight touchdown pass to Durron Neal. However, Hunnicutt's extra point was blocked by Travis Britz.

The Sooners eventually got the ball back and reached the Kansas State 1-yard line. After not being able to put the ball in the end zone for the win, Hunnicutt's 19-yard chip shot missed and the Wildcats were able to run out the clock.

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(7) Alabama Rolls (21) Texas A&M

(7) Alabama Rolls (21) Texas A&M

Football Texture/iStockphoto(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- The Alabama Crimson Tide scored 35 points in the second quarter on their way to a rout over 21st-ranked Texas A&M on Saturday, 59-0. The seventh-ranked team in the country put up 602 total yards while keeping the Aggies from even attempting a field goal.

"I think this is as close as we can get to the Alabama football that we want to try to get from our players in terms of effort, toughness, emotional excitement and execution that we got throughout the game," said head coach Nick Saban.

Alabama (6-1) scored on ever possession in the first half, opening up the scoring on an Adam Griffith field goal in the first quarter. The first touchdown came a few minutes later when T.J. Yeldon scampered in from nine yards out. Yeldon finished the game with two running touchdowns and 114 yards on the ground.

Quarterback Blake Sims through for 268 yards, three touchdowns and ran for another score. Reserve Jake Coker also threw a touchdown pass late for the Crimson Tide. Both Amari Cooper and Derrick Henry had a pair of receiving touchdowns in the blowout.

While the offense dismantled Texas A&M (5-3), the defense was as impressive. The Aggies only managed 172 total yards en route to their third straight loss.

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Terry Labonte to Retire After Talledega

Terry Labonte to Retire After TalledegaBananaStock(TALLEDEGA, AL) -- Two-time NASCAR champion Terry Labonte will compete in his final race at Talledega Superspeedway this Sunday. Labonte has zoomed around the track for 26 full seasons at the NASCAR level and run on a partial schedule for th...

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/18/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Football: West Virginia 41 (5-2) - (4) Baylor 27 (6-1)

(7) Alabama 59 (6-1) - (21) Texas A&M 0 (5-3)

(8) Michigan State 56 (6-1) - Indiana 17 (3-3)

(10) Georgia 45 (6-1) - Arkansas 32 (3-4)

(12) TCU 42 (5-1) - (15) Oklahoma State 9 (5-2)

(13) Ohio State 56 (5-1) - Rutgers 17 (5-2)

(14) Kansas State 31 (5-1) - (11) Oklahoma 30 (5-2)

(24) Clemson 17 (5-2) - Boston College 13 (4-3)

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West Virginia Upsets No. 4 Baylor

West Virginia Upsets No. 4 Bayloristockphoto(MORGANTOWN, WV) -- The Baylor Bears' college football playoff chances took a major blow today after losing to the West Virginia Mountaineers 41-27. Mountaineers quarterback Clint Tricket led the West Virginia aerial attack, completing 23 of...

Milan Lucic Apologizes for Obscene Gesture

Milan Lucic Apologizes for Obscene GestureChristian Petersen/Getty Images(BOSTON, MA) -- Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic lost his cool Thursday in a matchup with the Montreal Canadiens and made an obscene gesture towards the fans. Friday, the NHL fined him $5,000 and today he apologized to B...

Giants Victor Cruz Vows to Return better then ever

Giants Victor Cruz Vows to Return better then everNFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite suffering a a torn patellar tendon in his right knee that ended his season, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is confident this is only a setback and that he'll be able to continue his NFL career. Cruz ...

Don Mattingly will Return to the Dodgers in 2015

Don Mattingly will Return to the Dodgers in 2015Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Even though the Los Angeles Dodgers front office has undergone a shake up, manager Don Mattingly will be with the team next season. In his introductory press conference, Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers newly-named ...

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/17/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/17/14

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (3-1-0, 6pts)- Calgary Flames 2 (3-3-0, 6pts) 

Florida Panthers 1 (1-2-1, 3pts) - Buffalo Sabres 0 (1-4-0, 2pts)

Detroit Red Wings 4 (2-1-1, 5pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (2-3-0, 4pts)

Nashville Predators 2 (3-0-1, 7pts) - Winnipeg Jets 0 (1-3-0, 2pts)

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Cardinals Begin Contract Extension Talks with Carson Palmer

Cardinals Begin Contract Extension Talks with Carson Palmer

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- Armed with one of the best records in the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals have reportedly begun contract talks with starting quarterback Carson Palmer.

"I won't get into specific points of the negotiations, but we've had some dialogue with [Palmer's agent] Dave Dunn," Cardinals general manager Steve Keim told the Arizona Republic. "[Palmer] has done a great job for us."

The 34-year-old Palmer is in his second season of a three-year contract with the Cardinals, and 11th NFL season overall. His contract will pay him $9 million this season.

Palmer has played much better since coming over to Arizona after playing for the Oakland Raiders for two seasons. The Cardinals have seen enough from Palmer to determine they want him leading the franchise for the foreseeable future. The team has gone 12-6 with Palmer as the starting quarterback.

In 2013, he threw for a career-high 4,274 yards and became the first player in NFL history to throw for over 4,000 yards in a single season with three different teams.

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Nets Center Brook Lopez Out 10-14 Days with Foot Injury

Nets Center Brook Lopez Out 10-14 Days with Foot Injury

NBA via Brooklyn Nets(NEW YORK) -- Brooklyn Nets fans are holding their breath as center Brook Lopez will miss the next 10-14 days to deal with a "soft tissue" injury in his surgically repaired right foot.

The team will give him some time off to recover, but his status for the start of the season is in question now.

"X-ray and CT scan studies done Thursday in New York reveal no fractures or bone injuries," Nets medical director Dr. Riley Williams II said in a statement. "Brook has been diagnosed with a mild midfoot sprain and is likely to be out for approximately 10-14 days."

Lopez' health will go a long way in determining just how good the Nets can be this season.

When healthy, Lopez is one of the more offensively skilled centers in the NBA. In his six-year career, the 26-year-old Lopez is averaging 18.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

He's battled injuries in recent years though. He played in just 17 games last season and played in just five games three seasons ago. He's missed 134 games over the last three seasons.

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Patriots Edge Jets, 27-25 Thanks to Blocked Field Goal

Patriots Edge Jets, 27-25 Thanks to Blocked Field Goal

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- In a game that ended closer than some had previously predicted, the New England Patriots look to be back on track after narrowly defeating the New York Jets 27-25 on Thursday Night Football.

With time expiring, Jets kicker Nick Folk lined up for a 58-yard field goal but it was blocked by defensive tackle Chris Jones.

"It's good to feel that ball hitting my hand and it's good to get the win," Jones said. "I just played it legally and did all that I could."

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was solid on Thursday night as he completed 20 of 37 passes for 261 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Running back Shane Vereen was the leading rusher and receiver for the Patriots as he racked up 43 yards one the ground, had 71 receiving yards, and caught two touchdowns.

After a tough start to the season, the Patriots find themselves at 5-2 through seven weeks of the regular season and are in first place in the AFC East.

The Jets meanwhile fell to 1-6 on the season.

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Durant has Successful Foot Surgery

Durant has Successful Foot Surgery

Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(NEW YORK) -- Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant had successful surgery on his right foot to repair a Jones fracture, the team announced Thursday.Durant will be re-evaluated in six weeks; he's expected to miss six to eight weeks."Successful surgery, thanks for all the prayers and concerns! Headed back to okc. Move em," Durant tweeted Thursday.The team became aware of Durant's problem after practice Saturday when the reigning league MVP said his foot was "aching." The Thunder then announced Sunday that Durant had endured the Jones fracture, which is a broken bone at the base of the small toe, and that surgery would probably be necessary.The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson at the OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina.The 26-year-old Durant averaged 32 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game last season.

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