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.
China wants to unite its 1.4 billion people through soccer, while also using the sport as “a bridge to work with the rest of the world,” Chinese Football Association secretary-general Liu Yi told reporters in an interview published yesterday. Liu spoke about what lies behind the country’s push to become a major soccer power by 2050. Under Chinese President Xi Jinping — who is described by state media as an “avid soccer fan” — the world’s most populous country has grand plans to host and even one day win a World Cup. Liu spoke about “using football to motivate the whole nation.” “Football is
‘JOB NOT DONE’: The outfielder, who hit a homer and stole two bases, said that players ‘have to be good at all aspects of game all the time and not take plays off’ Los Angeles outfielder Mookie Betts put himself in rarefied company with a standout performance in the Dodgers’ Game 1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the 116th World Series on Tuesday. Betts sparked the Dodgers’ four-run fifth inning with a walk and two stolen bases, joining Babe Ruth as the only players in World Series history to record such an inning. After walking to lead off the inning, Betts stole second base. After Corey Seager walked, Betts reached third on a double steal, giving the Dodgers runners on second and third with one out. Betts took an aggressive stance off the bag
TENNIS Federer eyes Australia Roger Federer is practicing pain-free after undergoing two knee surgeries this year and said that he expects to return to the circuit at the Australian Open in January. The 39-year-old Swiss reached the semi-finals at Melbourne Park at the start of the year, but missed the rest of the season after undergoing a second arthroscopic procedure on his right knee. “I’m on the right track,” he told German-language magazine Schweizer Illustrierte. “I’m gradually coming back, but I’m going to take my time and don’t want to put any pressure on myself. I will only take part in a
Marcus Rashford once again sank Paris Saint-Germain after netting the decisive goal in a 2-1 Champions League win in the French capital. Rashford, who scored the winning spot-kick when United knocked PSG out two seasons ago, drilled home a low shot three minutes from the end, which won a thrilling Group H contest at a near-empty Parc des Princes. United had taken the lead in the 23rd minute when Bruno Fernandes slotted home from the spot at the second attempt, but Anthony Martial inexplicably headed Neymar’s corner into his own net 10 minutes after the break. The rest of the match was an