Falcons still perfect...Steelers end Giants' 4-game winning streak...Record game for Bucs rookie
UNDATED __There's still one undefeated team in the NFL -- the Atlanta Falcons at 8-0. The Falcons started slowly but rallied past Dallas 19-13 as Michael Turner scored the go-ahead TD on a 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter. Matt Ryan completed 23 of 34 for 342 yards. Roddy White became the Falcons' all-time leading receiver with 577 career receptions. He caught seven passes for 118 yards. Matt Bryant kicked four field goals to drop Dallas to 3-5.
In the rest of the Week 9:
— The Pittsburgh Steelers overcame some uncharacteristic early sloppiness and escaped Superstorm Sandy-ravaged New Jersey with a 24-20 win that ended the New York Giants' four-game winning streak. Isaac Redman ran for 147 yards and scored the go-ahead TD with 4:02 left. This was Mike Tomlin's 60th win as Steelers coach.
—The Chicago Bears have won 7 of their first 8 games. The most recent win came at the expense of Tennessee as Jay Cutler passed for three scores and linebacker Brian Urlacher (UR'-lah-kur) intercepted a pass for a score in their 51-20 win. It was a strong defensive showing for the Bears as cornerback Charles Tillman forced four fumbles and Chicago created five turnovers while winning its sixth in a row.
— The Houston Texans have also won 7 of their first 8 games. The Texans entertained Buffalo and walked off the field with a 21-9 win. Quarterback Matt Schaub (shahb) threw two touchdown passes and Arian Foster ran for 111 yards.
— Peyton Manning overcame a pair of interceptions by throwing three touchdown passes in Denver's 31-23 victory over the Bengals. Trindon Holliday also returned a kickoff a Broncos-record 105 yards for a score. In his career, Manning is now 8-0 against the Bengals, who have lost four straight.
— Manning's replacement with the Colts, top-draft pick Andrew Luck, broke the NFL's single-game rookie record by throwing for 433 yards in leading Indianapolis past Miami 23-20. The former Stanford star was 30 of 48 with two TDs and broke Cam Newton's previous mark of 422 yards set last season. The game also marked the return of Colts coach Chuck Pagano (puh-GAH'-noh) to Lucas Oil Stadium since being diagnosed with leukemia.
__ Tampa Bay rookie Doug Martin is the Buccaneers' new single-game rushing leader. The rookie out of Boise State ran for a Bucs-record 251 yards and four TDs in their 42-32 win over Oakland. Martin ran for TDs of 1, 45, 67 and 70 yards in the second half as the Bucs evened their record at 4-4.
— Marshawn Lynch ran for 124 yards and a touchdown, rookie QB Russell Wilson threw three first-half touchdowns, and the Seattle Seahawks overcame 182 yards rushing by Adrian Peterson in a 30-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Peterson had his best rushing game since 2008 in his personal matchup against Lynch in the matchup between the two top rushers in the NFL.
— Joe Flacco (FLAH'-koh) threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith with 4:26 left as the Ravens came back to beat the Browns in Cleveland, 25-15. The victory was Baltimore's 11th straight against AFC North teams. The Ravens, who are now 6-2, have beaten the Browns 10 straight games.
— Mikel Leshoure ran for three touchdowns as the Lions beat Jacksonville 31-14. Leshoure, who finished with 70 yards rushing and touchdown runs of 7, 1 and 8 yards, become the first player in franchise history to run for three touchdowns in the first half of a game.
— Cam Newton got the better of Robert Griffin III as Carolina beat the Redskins, 21-13. Newton completed 13 of 23 passes for 201 yards with a touchdown. He also ran eight times for 37 yards and a score as the Panthers snapped a five-game losing streak. Griffin, who was 23 for 39 for 215 yards, ran 11 times for 53 yards.
— The Green Bay Packers enter their bye week with a four-game winning streak. The Pack handed Arizona its fifth straight loss, a 31-17 decision. Green Bay, which is 6-3, finished with a season-high 176 yards rushing on 39 carries.
Open mic catches ref swearing
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An NFL referee lost his temper and used an obscenity during the Dolphins-Colts game, and it was obvious to everyone inside Lucas Oil Stadium and those watching on television. It occurred when a member of referee Tony Corrente's crew asked for a conference following a penalty with 5:22 left in the game. Indy's defense had just been called for having 12 men on the field, and it appeared the question was about where to spot the ball.
As a second official called over to the referee, and with Corrente's microphone on, Corrente shouted the obscenity.
That part was heard by the crowd of 66,479, but did not make it on the air.
Alabama remains No. 1
UNDATED (AP) — Alabama remained unbeaten Saturday night with a thrilling win over LSU, 21-17. The new AP poll came out has the Tide remaining No. 1, unanimously. In fact the top four picks remained the same as last week with Oregon No. 2, Kansas State No. 3 and Notre Dame No. 4.
The fifth spot in the poll is shared by Georgia and Ohio State. They replace LSU.
Rounding out the top-10 this week are Florida, Florida State, LSU and Clemson.
Wildcats dump coach
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Joker Phillips has been fired as head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats. He will finish out the season. Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart announced Phillips' dismissal in an open letter on the athletic department's web site.
Kentucky lost its eighth straight game on Saturday, a 40-0 home loss to Vanderbilt. It was their worst loss to the Commodores in 96 years.
The 49-year-old Phillips is 12-23 overall in three seasons at Kentucky.
Lakers finally break through...Hawks use fourth-quarter surge to win at OKC
UNDATED (AP) --The new-look Los Angeles Lakers won their first game of the new NBA season in a big way, trouncing Detroit 108-79. New Lakers center Dwight Howard led the way with 28 points. Kobe Bryant added 15 points and eight assists.
Metta World Peace scored 18 points. Pau Gasol (pow gah-SOHL') added 14 for the Lakers, who went 0-8 in the preseason and started the regular season 0-3 for just the fourth time in franchise history despite adding Howard and Steve Nash over the summer.
In other NBA action:
— Al Horford had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Lou Williams added 10 of his 19 points during Atlanta's decisive fourth-quarter surge and the Hawks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-95.
— Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan each scored 22 points, Alan Anderson had 18 and the Toronto Raptors earned their first victory of the season by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-86.
— J.J. Redick scored 24 points, Arron Afflalo (uh-FLAH'-loh) and Glen Davis each had 22 points, and Nikola Vucevic (NEE'-koh-lah VOO'-cheh-vihch) added 18 points and 13 rebounds as the Orlando Magic rallied to beat the Phoenix Suns 115-94.
__ Carmelo Anthony had 27 points, JR Smith had 20 and the New York Knicks beat the 76ers, 100-84. Jason Kidd added 12 points and six assists. Raymond Felton added 11 points for the Knicks, who've won their first two games. Jrue (zhroo) Holiday had 27 points and seven assists for the 76ers, who dropped to 1-1.
Lehman goes back-to-back
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Tom Lehman (LAY'-muhn) won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship to become the first Champions Tour player to win the season points title two straight years.
After shooting 68-63-62 to take a one-stroke lead into the final round, Lehman birdied four of the last five holes for a 5-under 65 and a six-stroke victory.
Lehman wins a $1 million annuity in addition to the $440,000 first-place check.
Poulter comes out of nowhere to win
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Ian Poulter shot a 7-under 65 to rally from four strokes back to win the HSBC Champions. Poulter, the Ryder Cup star for Europe's winning team this year, won by two strokes. He finished at 21-under-par, two shots in front of Ernie Els, Scott Pierce, Jason Dufner and Phil Mickelson.
After the event, organizers said that the HSBC Champions will become an official PGA Tour event next year.
Lewis winds up on top
SHIMA, Japan (AP) — American Stacy Lewis won the Mizuno Classic in Japan. She shot a final round 8-under-64 to finish 11 shots under par, one shot in front of Japan's Bo-Mee Lee. The round by Lewis consisted of 8 birdies and two bogeys.
Johnson wins in Texas, pads series lead
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jimmie Johnson regained the lead on the final restart, beating Brad Keselowski in a two-lap shootout to win at Texas Motor Speedway and pad his NASCAR Sprint Cup points lead. Johnson leads Keselowski by seven points with two races left.
During that restart on the 333rd of 334 laps, Johnson and Keselowski were side-by-side. Johnson charged hard on the outside, and cleared him on the backstretch. He held on the final 1½ laps and won from the pole for the second week in a row.
Keselowski had never finished better than 14th at Texas.
Tight race with two races left
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kimi Raikkonen (KEE'-mee RAY'-koh-nehn) won the Abu Dhabi (AH'-boo DAH'-bee) Grand Prix for his first victory since returning to Formula One this year. He held off Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who finished second, with two-time defending F1 champion Sebastian Vettel third.
In the overall world standings, Vettel leads Alonso by 10 points with two races left on the schedule.
There's a gleam
NEW YORK (AP) — A secret, long-awaited bargaining session on Saturday has done some good in the NHL labor fight — so much so that the sides already have plans to get back to the bargaining table early this week.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and players' association special counsel Steve Fehr (feer) met for long stretches Saturday in an undisclosed location, marking the first time the sides had gotten together for talks in more than two weeks.
PARIS (AP) — David Ferrer (feh-REHR') beat Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 6-3 to win the Paris Masters, clinching the first Masters title of his career.
The fourth-seeded Spaniard lost his three previous Masters finals, twice to Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') and once to Andy Murray, but this time he didn't have a Grand Slam winner in front of him and never looked in real danger.
The 69th-ranked Janowicz made an incredible run to the final, eliminating five top-20 ranked players in a row, including third-ranked Andy Murray.