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  • Ravens' Lewis, Webb are finished

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will miss the remainder of the season with an arm injury, an enormous blow to an already depleted defense that has uncharacteristically struggled this year.
    Lewis tore his right triceps during Sunday’s 31-29 victory over Dallas. The 37-year-old Lewis leads Baltimore in tackles and is the voice of experience in the huddle.
    “Ray in the locker room afterward, we didn’t know (the extent of the injury) but he was worried about it,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday. “He said some things about his faith. He said some things that I’ll never forget.”
    Over a spectacular 17-year career, Lewis has been invited to 13 Pro Bowls, was named Super Bowl MVP and is a two-time NFL defensive player of the year. He turns 38 in May, so it’s possible that Sunday’s game was his last.
    Baltimore also lost cornerback Lardarius Webb for the year after he tore the ACL in his left knee Sunday when he collided with Dallas’ Dez Bryant.
    Neither Lewis nor Webb spoke after Sunday’s game and both were unavailable for comment on Monday.
    For Harbaugh, it was more about the players than the impact losing them would have on the team.

  • Manning's 3 TD passes spur Broncos' comeback

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Down 24-0 at halftime, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos reveled after one of the biggest comebacks in NFL regular-season history.

    On the flip side, the San Diego Chargers were saddled with an enormous collapse.

    Manning threw three touchdown passes in the second half and Tony Carter and Chris Harris scored off turnovers by Philip Rivers as the Broncos overcame a 24-0 halftime deficit to shock the Chargers 35-24 on Monday night.

    Asked if he'd ever been a part of such a big comeback, Carter replied: "Only in Pop Warner football."

    It took a quarterback of Manning's caliber to pull this one out.

    "It sure was special considering what was on the line," said Manning, a Super Bowl winner and four-time NFL MVP who's in his first season with the Broncos.

    Manning was 13 of 14 for 167 yards in the second half for the Broncos (3-3) who tied the Chargers (3-3) atop the AFC West.

  • The AP top 25 college football poll 10-14-12

    The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 13, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

  • Cards rally late, head to NLCS

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the end, it made sense that Yadier Molina and David Freese would work those key walks, and that Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma would come through with those tying and go-ahead, two-run hits.
    The names might change. Not the outcomes. This is what the St. Louis Cardinals do.
    Pushed to the brink, they never blink.
    Trailing by three runs before they recorded an out Friday night, then six before the third inning was over, and still behind when down to their last strike over and over again with two outs in the ninth inning, the defending World Series champions fashioned the sort of comeback they’ve made their specialty.
    Waiting until after midnight to finally take the lead, the never-give-up Cardinals erased the biggest deficit ever overcome in a winner-take-all postseason contest and beat the Washington Nationals 9-7 in Game 5 of the NL division series.
    “How did that happen?!” Carlos Beltran asked, speaking to no one in particular in the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park.
    Not long before that, a blue bin stuffed with ice and beer cans had been hurriedly wheeled from the Nationals’ side of the stadium to the Cardinals’ room. Yes, the Cardinals turn losses into wins — and then they steal the other guys’ bubbly, too.

  • Orioles hold on in ALDS, force Game 5

    NEW YORK (AP) — Just maybe the Baltimore Orioles' remarkable run into October is not so improbable after all.

    Seventeen wins in extra innings, 31 victories in one-run games. Staving off elimination from the postseason twice already.

    They've done all that, and might not be done yet.

    Bouncing back from a demoralizing defeat, the Orioles beat the New York Yankees 2-1 in, yep, 13 innings on J.J. Hardy's double in Game 4 of the division series Thursday night.

    Now they get a chance to prove one more time that they're unflappable, in a winner-take-all Game 5 Friday.

    "All these extra-inning games, all these close games. Obviously, it's fitting with the types of games we played all year," closer Jim Johnson said.

    On Thursday they played past midnight, winning a test of wills with the high-priced Yankees for a chance at a spot in the AL championship series against Detroit.

    Game 1 winner CC Sabathia was set to pitch the deciding game for the Yankees against Jason Hammel.

    "It's time to go," Sabathia said. "This is a one-game playoff, and this is what we play for. We're here in the Bronx at home, and like I said, I'll be excited and ready to go."

  • Bounty suspensions upheld by Goodell

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspensions of Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith on Tuesday for their role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal and reduced penalties for Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove.

    Though an appeal panel created by the NFL's labor agreement vacated the original suspensions on technical grounds, Goodell ruled he was sticking with his decision to suspend Vilma for the season and Smith for four games.

    Hargrove, a free agent defensive lineman, will face a two-game suspension once he signs with a team. He originally was hit with eight games, but that was reduced to seven with five games already served. Fujita, who plays for Cleveland, will now miss only one game instead of three.

    The responses of Vilma, Smith and the NFL Players Association left little doubt that the seven-month-old bounty saga is far from over.

    Vilma said on Twitter that the new ruling "this is not news to me pride won't let him admit he's wrong." Smith issued a statement saying he will continue to explore his appeal options.

  • Baseball Playoff Glance 10-09-12

    National League

    Wildcard, Oct. 5

    St. Louis 6, Atlanta 3

    Division Series

    Cincinnati 2, San Francisco, 0

    Saturday: Cincinnati 5, San Francisco 2
    Sunday: Cincinnati 9, San Francisco 0
    Today: San Francisco (Vogelson 14-9) at Cincinnati (Bailey 13-10)
    Wednesday: San Francisco (Zito 15-8) at Cincinnati (TBD), 2:07 p.m. (if necessary)

    Washington 1, St. Louis 1

    Sunday: Washington 3, St. Louis 2
    Monday: St. Louis 12, Washington 4
    Wednesday: St. Louis (Carpenter 0-2) at Washington (Jackson 10-11), 11:07 a.m.

    American League

    Wildcard, Oct. 5

    Baltimore 5, Texas 1

    Division Series

    Detroit 2, Oakland 0

    Saturday: Detroit 3, Oakland 1
    Sunday: Detroit 5, Oakland 4
    Today: Detroit (Sanchez 4-6) at Oakland (Anderson 4-2), 7:07 p.m.

    New York 1, Baltimore 1

    Sunday: New York 7, Baltimore 2
    Monday: Baltimore 3, New York 2
    Wednesday: Baltimore (Gonzales 9-4) at New York (Hughes 16-13), 5:37 p.m.

  • The AP top 25 college football poll 10-7-12

    The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 6, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

  • Rams total 9 sacks in 17-3 upset victory

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Without his favorite target, Sam Bradford seemed lost. The top pick of the 2010 draft completed a measly seven passes.

    The St. Louis Rams defense was there to pick him up — by continually knocking down Kevin Kolb.

    The Rams (3-2) totaled nine sacks, their most since 1998, in a 17-3 victory Thursday night that ended the Arizona Cardinals' early unbeaten run.

    "They've played great all year," Bradford said. "They've kept us in a lot of games. Fortunately, we were able to make the big play in the fourth quarter to go up two scores, but all the credit tonight to our defense."

    Danny Amendola made a spectacular one-handed grab for a 44-yard gain on an underthrown ball that set up Bradford's touchdown pass to Lance Kendricks' on the Rams' opening drive.

    Bradford misfired on five consecutive passes before Amendola injured his right shoulder making a diving attempt on a 22-yarder that was initially ruled a catch but was overturned after the Cardinals challenged. Amendola used his left arm to fling his helmet on the way to the X-ray room and had his arm in a sling after the game, when he was not made available to reporters.