EAGLES RETIRE MCNABB'S NUMBER, THEN LOSE TO CHIEFS: Andy Reid's coaching return to Philadelphia was a success Thursday night as he guided the Kansas City Chiefs past the Eagles 26-16.
The Chiefs' defense forced four turnovers and sacked Michael Vick six times, 4 1/2 by linebacker Justin Houston. Kansas City (3-0) has won more games already under Reid than it did all of last season.
Reid's homecoming coincided with the Eagles retiring Donovan McNabb's No. 5 at halftime. Reid drafted McNabb, a Mount Carmel graduate, with the second overall pick in 1999, and the coach-quarterback duo turned the Eagles into one of the NFL's elite teams for a decade.
RICHARDSON ARRIVES IN INDY: Trent Richardson likes being in Indianapolis, and his new teammates are excited to have him.
One day after the Colts swung a blockbuster trade to pair the No. 1 and No. 3 overall picks in the 2012 draft, the Colts' new running back walked into the locker room and was greeted by hoots and hollers.
Richardson, once considered the foundation for Cleveland's latest rebuilding project, said he was shocked when the Browns called to say they had dealt him for a first-round pick in next April's draft. He believes, however, Indy is a good landing spot.
Coach Chuck Pagano said Richardson is likely to play Sunday at San Francisco. Richardson said he would be keeping late-night hours to study the playbook so he's ready to play against the 49ers.
CUBS END 5-GAME SKID: Luis Valbuena, Nate Schierholtz and Brian Bogusevic homered, and the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 Thursday to stop a five-game losing streak.
Jake Arrieta (3-2) allowed three hits, struck out five, walked one and drove in a run.
DODGERS CLINCH NL WEST: The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first team to clinch a postseason berth, wrapping up their first NL West title since 2009 when they rallied past the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 on Thursday behind two homers from Hanley Ramirez.
Despite an NL-high payroll of $214 million-plus on opening day, the Dodgers got off to an 30-42 start and were last in the division, 9½ games behind the first-place Diamondbacks, before play on June 22. Los Angeles has gone 58-23 since.
HAWKS FALLS TO PENGUINS IN SHOOTOUT: Beau Bennet scored the lone goal in the shootout, and the Pittsburgh Penguins rebounded after giving up a two-goal lead to beat the Blackhawks 4-3 Thursday night.
Chicago's Brandon Bollig shoveled in a rebound from a scrum in front of the net with 6:53 left in the third to tie it at 3 and send it to overtime. Patrick Sharp and Ben Smith both scored for the second straight game for the Blackhawks (1-1-0).
BETTMAN TOUTS OUTDOOR HOCKEY GAME AT SOLDIER FIELD: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was in Chicago on Thursday promoting the second Winter Classic, to be held at Soldier Field. The Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins will face off March 1 in the middle of the football field.
The last Winter Classic in Chicago was a sellout between Blackhawks and Detroit at Wrigley Field on Jan. 1, 2009.
STENSON OPENS WITH 64 TO TAKE LEAD AT EAST LAKE: Henrik Stenson looked like he couldn't miss Thursday in the Tour Championship.
Stenson ran off five birdies over a six-hole stretch on the front nine at East Lake. His last birdie from 4 feet on the 18th hole gave him a 6-under 64 and a one-shot lead over Adam Scott. Stenson and Scott only have to win the Tour Championship to capture the FedEx Cup and its $10 million prize.
OILMEN LEAD LEAGUE IN TOTAL ATTENDANCE: The Northwest Indiana Oilmen led the Midwest Collegiate League in total attendance this season. A total of 15,060 fans attended home games at Oil City Stadium this summer. The average of 579 fans was second in the MCL.
PUC FINISHES EIGHTH IN TOURNAMENT: Purdue Calumet carded a 324 in Tuesday's final round of the Mike Lalaeff Memorial Invitational at Lost Marsh, finishing eighth out of 16 teams with a score of 652.
Crown Point grad Patrick Mudd shot a team-best 78 in the final round.
SENIOR LEAGUE TOURNEY AT STEEL YARD: Home Field Advantage, in conjunction with Indiana District 1 Little League and the RailCats, will hold a Senior League (age 15-16) tournament at U.S. Steel Yard.
Teams involved are Gary Metro, Miller, Portage, South Haven, Valparaiso, East Chicago, Hobart and Longfellow. The quarterfinals will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the semifinals and championship Sunday.
NFL PUNT, PASS AND KICK SATURDAY IN HOBART: Hobart Brickie football will host a NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Brickyard. Children aged 6 to 15 are eligible. There is no cost for the event. For details, go to www.nflppk.com.
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Purdue Calumet women's basketball coach Tom Megyesi is the guest on "Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230). ... Darren Hayes is driving a 1952 John Deere 60 tractor from Chiefland, Fla., to New Buffalo, Mich., to raise money for Riley Children's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House. He is traveling with a guitar and small stage in tow and is stopping in parking lots along the way to put on impromptu shows. Hayes will be at the Wanatah American Legion from noon Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday. Anyone interested in making a donation or contributing an item for silent auction can visit www.trackthetractor.com.