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Manning passes Favre's TD mark in Broncos' big win
DENVER (AP) -- Leave it to Peyton Manning to plan his own prank....

Royals, fans bond over improbable postseason run
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The game had been over for hours. Kauffman Stadium had gone dark. The roars of a sold-out crowd, which had rooted the Kansas City Royals to a sweep of the mighty Los Angeles Angels, had drifted away into the cool night air....

Giants rely on core of 4 relievers
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants have their own version of the Core Four that has fueled their recent October dominance....

Record-setting Murray, Cowboys top Giants 31-21
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- DeMarco Murray's workload is a frequently asked question during the week for the Dallas Cowboys. There is no doubt about the answer when the game is on the line....

Rams hold off Seahawks 28-26
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Walking off the field, his back to the huddle, Austin Davis had no idea the St. Louis Rams would gamble in this spot. Not backed up at their 18....

Romo, Murray carry Cowboys past Giants 31-21
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- If Tony Romo really is becoming the second option in the Dallas offense, he's perfectly happy handing the leading role to DeMarco Murray....

Keselowski keeps title hopes alive at Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Brad Keselowski packed a punch on the track, the only place that mattered after a controversial week....

SEC is 1st conference to put 4 in top 5 of AP poll
The Southeastern Conference has reached a new milestone in The Associated Press college football poll, becoming the first league to place four teams in the top five - all from the western division....

Pick play calls tough to call for officials
The pick play is one of most effective and difficult-to-defend in football, often freeing up receivers for big gains or creating an extra bit of space in the crowded red zone....

Denkinger's miss revisited as Series returns to KC
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Of course Don Denkinger plans to watch the World Series. He always does. He'll tune in to root for the umpires, check out familiar faces on the Giants and Royals, and see how Kansas City is looking these days....

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