Dante Hall switched directions three times on a record-tying 93-yard punt return as the Kansas City Chiefs rallied to beat the Denver Broncos 24-23 in a game of unbeaten AFC West rivals on Sunday. \nHall extended his NFL record of returning a kick for a touchdown to four straight games, and equaled the season record for kick returns for scores. \nThe Chiefs are 5-0 for the first time, while the Broncos dropped to 4-1. \nWith the Chiefs trailing 23-17, Hall put on a dazzling display of speed. Just minutes after getting the wind knocked out of him on a 41-yard return, Hall took the punt on the 7 and went left, then right, turned and went backward before bearing left and racing to the end zone. \nHall began his streak with a 100-yard kickoff return against Pittsburgh, then had a 73-yard punt return against Houston and followed with a 97-yard kickoff return for a score against Baltimore. \nThe Chicago Bears rallied from an 18-3 halftime deficit, capped by Paul Edinger's 48-yard field goal on the final play, and beat the Oakland Raiders 24-21 for their first win. \nThe Raiders (2-3) got five field goals from Sebastian Janikowski, but he also missed the first extra point of his career and had a 47-yard attempt blocked in the second half. \nTravis Henry's 2-yard plunge capped a five-play drive 4:53 in overtime, lifting the Buffalo Bills (3-2) over the Cincinnati Bengals (1-4). \nWith Buffalo trailing 16-13, Drew Bledsoe marched the Bills 59 yards on 13 plays to set up Rian Lindell's 29-yard field goal with 28 seconds remaining in regulation. It was the 22nd fourth-quarter comeback of Bledsoe's career. \nThe New England Patriots' Mike Cloud returned from a four-game suspension for a substance-abuse violation and ran for a 15-yard TD and the lead against the Tennessee Titans with 3:14 left, then Ty Law clinched the 38-30 win with a 65-yard interception for a score. Both teams are 3-2. \nEmmitt Smith sprained his left shoulder against his former Dallas teammates in the first half, then watched the Cowboys win their third straight for the first time since 1999 at Arizona's expense. \nQuincy Carter threw for 277 yards and two TDs and the defense had two safeties in a four-play span in the third quarter as Bill Parcells won his first home game as coach of the Cowboys (3-1). \nSmith, the leading rusher in NFL history who was released six weeks after Parcells was hired, lost a yard on six carries for Arizona (1-4), marking the first time in his 206 games that he failed to gain at least 1 yard. \nOlindo Mare kicked three field goals and receiver James McKnight scored on a 68-yard reverse as the Miami Dolphins (3-1) took advantage of four New York (2-2) turnovers and an injury to Giants kicker Matt Bryant to win. Ricky Williams iced the third straight win for Miami with a 1-yard touchdown run. He finished with 22 carries for 39 yards, his worst game as a Dolphin. \nBrett Favre guided Green Bay (3-2) on five consecutive touchdown drives to help the Packers beat their former coach, Mike Holmgren, in a 35-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks (3-1). Green Bay's Ahman Green ran 27 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns against his former team. \nGus Frerotte filled in for the injured Daunte Culpepper again and threw a pair of touchdown passes to lead the Minnesota Vikings (5-0), who outscored the Atlanta Falcons 27-6 in the second half. Frerotte completed 14 of 24 passes for 239 yards, including two throws that picked up more than 50 yards against the Falcons (1-4). \nPatrick Ramsey rallied the Washington Redskins (3-2) from an 11-point deficit in the final 3:10 against Philadelphia (2-2), connecting with Darnerien McCants on a 32-yard touchdown pass in the final seconds. \nBut with a chance to tie, Ramsey overthrew Laveranues Coles on a 2-point conversion with 13 seconds left, and the Eagles won 27-25 for the first time at home after consecutive losses at their new stadium. \nByron Leftwich, starting his second game, threw like a veteran for 336 yards and two scores, and receiver Jimmy Smith caught eight passes in his return from a four-game substance-abuse suspension as the Jacksonville Jaguars won their first game 27-21. Dating to last season, San Diego (0-5) has lost nine straight. \nIn other NFL games: Cleveland 33, Pittsburgh 13.
As they celebrated Naomi Osaka’s victory in the final of the US Open in New York City’s Flushing Meadows on Saturday, Tokyoites were eager to embrace their heroines’ stand against racial injustice. Osaka, who won her third Grand Slam title with a victory over Victoria Azarenka, has used her platform to support the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, wearing a mask bearing the name of a different African American before each of her seven matches in the championship. She had donned masks bearing the names of Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, George Floyd and Philando Castile. On Saturday, she walked
KEY GOAL: Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei is now free to focus on taking her fourth doubles title of the year with Barbora Strycova; they are due to face Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya Taiwanese No. 1 Hsieh Su-wei on Monday returned to the court for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the WTA Tour, falling to a 6-3, 6-1 defeat to US Open quarter-finalist Elise Mertens, who made a solid transition from the hard courts in New York to the clay at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. “I’m not sure how well I adapted, to be honest,” Mertens told the WTA Web site. “I just feel like I might still be struggling a little. It was also [Hsieh’s] first match of the week, so that was a bit of an
THOROUGH THRASHING: Hualien City beat Taichung Blue Whale 2-1, ending their three-year winning streak with one round of matches left and eight points to spare Hualien City on Saturday clinched this year’s Taiwan Mulan Football League title with one game to spare, by beating Taichung Blue Whale 2-1 at Fu Jen Catholic University in New Taipei City. Hualien City have scored 38 points this season. Blue Whale are second on the scoreboard with 30 points, while Taipei Bravo are third with 23 points. One final round of matches is to be played on Saturday. It is the fourth league trophy for Hualien City, and ends Blue Whale’s three-year winning streak. Hualien had won the title from 2014 to 2016. Both teams defended well, leaving few chances in front
‘FUN TIME’: Denver’s Nikola Jokic said that his team would not accept that anyone else is better than them and the opposition need to play much better than they do Just about everyone had LA versus LA written in for the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but the resilient Denver Nuggets have crashed the party. Behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 2009 to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is scheduled to be played tomorrow. This was no ordinary road. The Nuggets fell behind 3-1 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz before bouncing back with three straight victories. Then they went down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round before winning in Game 7