Colts stretch division lead
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter on Thursday before padding their lead in the AFC South.
Donald Brown had two touchdown runs and the Colts bounced back from Sunday's 38-8 loss to St. Louis by rallying for a 30-27 triumph against Tennessee. The Titans led 17-6 until Brown and Andrew Luck ran for TDs 57 seconds apart midway through the third quarter. Luck completed 23 of his 36 passes for 232 yards and no interceptions.
Coby Fleener had a career-high eight catches for 107 yards to help the 7-3 Colts move three games ahead of the Titans for the division lead.
Titans running back Chris Johnson rushed for two touchdowns and 70 yards in the first quarter, but had only 16 yards after that.
Reed lands in New York...Peyton practices...Incognito files grievance
It didn't take Ed Reed long to find a new job. The 35-year old nine-time Pro Bowl safety has agreed to terms on a contract with the New York Jets, just a day after being released by Houston. The move reunites him with Jets coach Rex Ryan, who coached Reed for several years in Baltimore.
Also in the NFL on Thursday:
— Peyton Manning was back on the practice field for the Denver Broncos as they prepare for an AFC West showdown against Kansas City. The Denver quarterback missed Wednesday's workout while his sore right ankle heals. Broncos' interim coach Jack Del Rio said Manning will play for certain Sunday night in the huge divisional game between the 8-1 Broncos and 9-0 Chiefs.
— Suspended Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito has filed a grievance against the team over his suspension. Incognito was suspended indefinitely by the team Nov. 3 for misconduct related to the treatment of teammate Jonathan Martin, who abruptly left the Dolphins late last month to receive help for emotional issues. The NFL is investigating whether Incognito harassed or bullied Martin. Incognito has said the conduct was all part of the normal locker room environment.
— And there's a possibility Percy Harvin's debut for the Seattle Seahawks will come on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, his former team. He was a full participant in practice for the first time this season on Thursday. He hasn't played since hip surgery on Aug. 1 to repair an injured labrum.
Cabrera, McCutchen get MVP honors
NEW YORK (AP) — The American and National League most valuable players have been announced, capping baseball's postseason honors.
Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is the seventh American Leaguer to win back-to-back MVP awards after outdistancing Angels outfielder Mike Trout for this year's honor. Cabrera picked up 23 of 30 first-place votes after hitting a league-high .348 with 44 homers and 137 RBIs for the AL Central champs.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis finished third despite pacing the league with 53 homers and 138 RBIs.
Outfielder Andrew McCutchen is the first Pittsburgh Pirate to be named National League MVP since Barry Bonds in 1992. McCutchen led the Pirates to their first playoff appearance in 21 years, hitting .317 with 21 homers and 84 RBIs.
He picked up 28 of 30 first-place votes, Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt finished second in the balloting and St. Louis catcher Yadier (YAH'-dee-ehr) Molina was third.
Replay gets owners green light
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Major league baseball owners have approved funding for replay expansion next year and plan to approve the exact rules in January following the completion of negotiations with the unions for umpires and players.
MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred said present and former umpires likely would make the decisions on contested calls after reviewing video in New York.
A manager will be given a maximum of two challenges per game and a successful challenge would not count against his limit. If a manager is out of challenges, umpires likely would be able to call for a review on their own.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-CLEMSON/GEORGIA TECH
Boyd passes Rivers as Tigers whip Jackets
CLEMSON, S. C. (AP) — The ACC has a new all-time leader for passing touchdowns.
Tajh (tahzh) Boyd threw for 340 yards and four scores as eighth-ranked Clemson ripped Georgia Tech 55-31. Boyd has 97 touchdown passes, two more than San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers had at North Carolina State from 2000-03.
Sammy Watkins had touchdowns catches of 41 and 44 yards for the 9-1 Tigers.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-FLORIDA STATE/WINSTON
Prosecutors say they received Winston case on Tuesday
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An assistant state attorney says prosecutors in Tallahassee did not receive information about an 11-month-old sexual assault allegation involving Florida State quarterback Jameis (JAY'-mihs) Winston until Tuesday.
Tallahassee police investigated the Heisman Trophy contender in connection with a sexual assault that was reported nearly a year ago in an off-campus apartment. FSU records show the first report was made to campus police on Dec. 7 by a student at a dormitory. The investigation was handed over to Tallahassee police.
Coach Jimbo Fisher said Winston took every scheduled practice snap and performed as usual Wednesday and Thursday. He also said nothing has changed Winston's status as a team leader.
Rockets top Knicks
UNDATED (AP) — Carmelo Anthony scored an NBA season-high 45 points last night, but it wasn't enough for the New York Knicks to avoid their fifth loss in eight games.
James Harden scored 36 points in his return to the lineup as the Houston Rockets downed Anthony and the New York Knicks 109-106. Chandler Parsons added 22 points and Jeremy Lin had 21 to help the Rockets earn their eighth straight win over the Knicks. Houston managed the victory despite a quiet night from Dwight Howard, who had 15 rebounds but just seven points.
The Knicks absorbed their fourth straight home loss despite Andrea Bargnani (bahrn-YAH'-nee), who had 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting.
Golden State won last night's other NBA game, blowing a 14-point lead in the final period before Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH'-lah) drained a baseline jumper at the buzzer to give the Warriors a 116-115 win over the Thunder. Iguodala finished with 14 points and nine assists, while Klay Thompson had a team-high 27 points for the Warriors.
Barnes sorry for ejection, tweet
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Barnes has apologized to his Los Angeles Clippers teammates and coaches for getting ejected and then sending out a profane tweet after Wednesday night's win over Oklahoma City.
Barnes took to Twitter again today to issue the apology for pushing Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) that led to the ejection and for his poor choice of words in the tweet about the altercation.
The NBA has fined Barnes $25,000 for failing to leave the court in a timely manner and using inappropriate language on Twitter.
Lightning thump Ducks...Hawks beat Coyotes, reclaim Versteeg
UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning won a matchup of NHL conference leaders while improving to 2-0 since leading scorer Steven Stamkos broke his right tibia.
Valtteri Filppula (val-TEHR'-ee FIHL'-puh-luh) collected two goals and an assist while the Lightning jumped out to a 4-0 lead in a 5-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Martin St. Louis (mahr-TAN' san loo-EE') added a goal and two assists as the Lightning improved to 14-5-0 and stayed three points ahead of second-place Boston in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Ducks fell to 15-5-1, one point better than Chicago in the West.
Brandon Pirri scored once in regulation before providing the deciding shootout goal in the Blackhawks' 5-4 verdict over Phoenix. Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Nick Leddy each had two assists for the Hawks, who outshot the Coyotes 52-30 for the game and earned their fourth straight win.
After the game the Hawks announced they have re-acquired Kris Versteeg, along with fellow forward Philippe Lefebvre (leh-FAY') from Florida. The Panthers get forward Jimmy Hayes and defenseman Dylan Olsen.
The Bruins kept pace with Tampa Bay by downing Columbus 3-2 on Milan Lucic's (LOO'-cheech-ehz) goal at 4:11 of overtime. Loui Eriksson and Shawn Thornton also scored to put the Bruins ahead 2-1, but Nick Foligno's (foh-LEE'-nohz) goal with 3:26 left in regulation allowed the Blue Jackets to earn a point.
Also in the NHL:
— Dan Boyle scored a power-play goal at 2:38 of OT to complete San Jose's comeback in a 2-1 win at Vancouver. The Sharks trailed 1-0 until Boyle set up Tomas Hertl's equalizer with 65 seconds left in regulation.
— Dallas whipped Calgary 7-3 as Tyler Seguin (SAY'-gihn) established career highs with four goals and five points. Jamie Benn also set personal highs with five assists and six points as the Stars won for the fifth time in six games.
— Alexander Steen notched his league-leading 15th and 16th goals in the Blues' 7-3 trouncing of Colorado. St. Louis scored three power-play goals and improved to 12-2-3, its best 17-game start in team history.
— Tyler Toffoli scored with 1:27 remaining to cap the Los Angeles Kings' three-goal third period in a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders. Slava Voynov had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who trailed 2-0 with 14 ½ minutes remaining before winning for the third time in four games.
NHL-MAPLE LEAFS/KADRI SUSPENSION
Leafs Kadri suspended
NEW YORK (AP) — Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (NAH'-zehm KAH'-dree) has been suspended for three games without pay by the NHL for a hit to Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom's head Wednesday night.
Kadri received a minor penalty for goaltender interference on the first-period play in the Maple Leafs' 2-1 shootout loss at Minnesota. Backstrom left the game a few minutes later.
Wildcats hold off Aztecs
UNDATED (AP) — — Sixth-ranked Arizona blew most of a 14-point lead in the second half on Thursday before improving to 3-0.
Nick Johnson scored 23 points and freshman Aaron Gordon added 16 points and eight rebounds to lead the Wildcats to a 69-60 triumph over San Diego State.
JJ O'Brien and Xavier Thames had 19 points each for the Aztecs, who had won two of the last three meetings with Arizona.
In other Top-25 action:
— No. 13 Memphis was a 95-69 winner against Austin Peay (pee) as Joe Jackson delivered 16 points and seven assists. The Tigers shot 54 percent and forced 22 turnovers in winning their season opener.
— Fred VanVleet had a career-high 18 points and Cleanthony Early added 14 as No. 16 Wichita State posted a 79-62 win against William & Mary. The Shockers fell behind 13-3 and trailed by a point at intermission before opening the second half on a 15-4 run.
— Omar Calhoun led six Connecticut players in double figures with 17 points in a 101-55 rout of Detroit in the opening round of the 2K Sports Classic. Niels Giffey tied the career high he set against Yale on Monday with 15 points, all in the first half for the 19th-rated Huskies.
Veteran driver told he can race no longer
UNDATED (AP) — Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti (DAH'-ree-oh fran-KEE'-tee) says that doctors have told him he can no longer race because of injuries sustained in an IndyCar crash last month. Franchitti fractured his spine, broke his right ankle and suffered a concussion in the Oct. 6 crash in Houston. The crash occurred on the last lap when his car made contact with another car and went sailing into a fence.
The 40-year-old underwent two surgeries on his ankle and recently returned home to Scotland to recover.
Phelps training again
UNDATED (AP) — Michael Phelps has rejoined the U.S. drug testing program, the strongest signal yet that the 18-time gold medalist is planning a comeback for the Rio Olympics. However, Phelps indicated that "nothing is set in stone" as far as future Olympic plans.
The swimming star has told The Associated Press that he got back into the pool to get into shape. He's lost 15 pounds already.
Former Heisman winner gets pardon
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — One-time Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers has been granted a pardon for his role in the holdup of a Lincoln, Neb., gas station in 1970. The Nebraska Pardons Board voted 3-0 on Thursday to pardon the 62-year-old Rodgers, who won the Heisman while playing for Nebraska in 1972.
It was after the last day of his freshman year that he and two other men robbed the gas station. The holdup netted $90. Rodgers pleaded guilty to a charge of felony larceny and was sentenced to two years of probation. A pardon restores the civil rights Rodgers lost after his conviction.
Rain delays completion of round 1
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — There's a three-way tie for the clubhouse lead in first-round action of the rain-delayed PGA's OHL Classic in Mexico.
Matt Jones, Will MacKenzie and Len Mattiace (mah-TEES') each shot 2-under-par 69s for a one-shot edge over Joe Durant among those who completed their round. However, Brian Stuard topped the leaderboard at 5-under with three holes left when play was suspended for the day because of rain and wet conditions.
Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton and Alvaro Quiros were a stroke back.
LPGA-LORENA OCHOA INVITATIONAL
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum has the lead after the first round of the LPGA Lorena Ochoa Invitational. She birdied seven of the first 13 on the way to a 6-under 66. Phatlum is looking for her first win in five years on tour.
Amy Yang was a stroke back.