The 49ers hadn’t been this competitive on the road since last year’s overtime win against the Chicago Bears and, early on, it seemed they would fold in this one. Colin Kaepernick’s touchdown run ties the score with 1:55 left, but the Cardinals win on a last-second field goal.
The fall for the Raiders was rapid: AFC West champions in 2002 to a four-win season the following year. The rebuild has taken far longer, with 13 straight years without a playoff berth or winning record. But after more than a decade of poor drafts, questionable personnel moves and a revolving door of coaches, the Raiders (7-2) are legitimate contenders.
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The Kings rank 14th in the NBA in turnovers but allow the ninth-most points off turnovers per game. After playing 11 times in 17 days to start the season, the Kings are in the midst of a four-day stretch with no games.
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Ohio State and Louisville move up behind No. 1 Alabama in The Associated Press college football poll after the most surprising Saturday of the season gave the rankings a major makeover. Three of the top four (Michigan, Clemson and Washington) in last week’s rankings lost to unranked opponents.
In an improbable turn of events, Matt Kenseth comes within two laps of a spot next week in the title-deciding finale to being eliminated from NASCAR’s playoffs. Joey Logano is gifted a victory Sunday that puts him in the final four after a tense double-overtime event at Phoenix International Raceway.
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