Sports Digest: Fire loses season finale

2013-10-27T21:15:00Z 2013-12-12T22:10:29Z Sports Digest: Fire loses season finale nwitimes.com
October 27, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro football

PACKERS CRUISE PAST THE VIKINGS: Aaron Rodgers threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Packers to a 44-31 victory over the Vikings on Sunday night. Rodgers completed 24 of 29 passes and Jordy Nelson had 123 yards receiving for the Packers. Micah Hyde returned a punt 93 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter, and Eddie Lacy rushed for 94 yards and a score for Green Bay (5-2).

Minnesota's Cordarrelle Patterson set an NFL record with a 109-yard return on the opening kickoff.

 

College football

OREGON PASSES FLORIDA STATE IN BCS POLL: Oregon passed Florida State and moved into second place behind Alabama in the BCS standings.

The Ducks jumping the Seminoles was not a surprise. Florida State had a slim lead on the Ducks in the first standings last week. Oregon's convincing 42-14 victory against UCLA gave the Ducks the boost it needed.

Oregon moved up to third from fourth in the computer ratings and remained second in both the USA Today coaches' poll and the Harris poll to give it a .9517 BCS average.

Florida State, after routing North Carolina State 49-17, has a .9211 BCS average. The Seminoles are third in each poll, though they gained a little ground on the Ducks, and second in the computer ratings.

Two-time defending national champion Alabama is first across the board.

Ohio State is still fourth in the standings after its 63-14 victory against Penn State. Stanford is sixth in the standings, followed by unbeaten Baylor and Miami. Fresno State, in 16th-place, and Northern Illinois, in 17th, are maneuvering to become the final BCS busters, in this the last year of the Bowl Championship Series.

BAYLOR CLIMBS TO NO. 5 IN AP POLL: Baylor climbed to No. 5 in The Associated Press college football poll, the best ranking for the Bears in 60 years.

The top four teams in the rankings all put on impressive displays Saturday and held their spots Sunday.

No. 1 Alabama received 55 first-place votes after beating Tennessee 45-10. No. 2 Oregon got three first-place votes following a 42-14 victory against UCLA. No. 3 Florida State pounded North Carolina State 49-17 and drew two first-place votes from the media panel. No. 4 Ohio State handed Penn State its worst loss in more than a century, 63-14.

Baylor beat Kansas 59-14 and moved up a spot after Missouri took its first loss. The only higher ranking for the Bears came in November 1953 when they were No. 3. Baylor lost three of its final four games that season and finished unranked.

 

Pro soccer

FIRE FALLS ON ROAD TO RED BULLS: Peguy Luyindula had three assists and the New York Red Bulls beat the Fire 5-2 on to finish with Major League Soccer's best record.

Ibrahim Sekagya scored early in the second half to help the Red Bulls (17-9-8) get to 59 points for the regular season, lifting them over Sporting KC, which had 58 points. Real Salt Lake led the Western Division with 56 points.

It's the first Supporters' Shield for the Red Bulls, who will carry an eight-game unbeaten streak into the playoffs. They also secured a spot in next season's CONCACAF Champions League.

Sekagya's second goal of the season made it 2-1 in the 49th minute, and Lloyd Sam scored seven minutes later for a 3-1 Red Bulls lead. Reserve Eric Alexander converted a breakaway chance in the 77th minute on a through pass from Luyindula.

Chicago (14-13-7) took a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute on Mike Magee's league-leading 21st goal of the season. Quincy Amarikwa scored in the 90th minute for the Fire.

 

Around the horn

Ryan Moore birdied the first hole of a playoff with Gary Woodland to win the CIMB Classic after an overnight wait caused by thunderstorms. The tournament was an official PGA Tour event for the first time. Moore received a two-year PGA Tour exemption and a spot in the Masters. ...  Suzann Pettersen successfully defended her title in the LPGA Taiwan Championship for her fourth tour victory of the year and third in her last five starts. The Norwegian star closed with a 3-under 69 for a five-stroke victory over Solheim Cup teammate Azahara Munoz. ... Kenny Perry made a 10-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Bernhard Langerto win the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship. Perry and Langer each shot 5-under 67 to finish at 13-under 203 on TPC San Antonio's AT&T Canyons Course. Perry saved par on the final hole of regulation with an 18-foot putt. ... John Force won his record 16th Funny Car season title Sunday, beating daughter Courtney Force in the final round in the NHRA Toyota Nationals. The 64-year-old Force has won three straight events and four overall this season to push his record career total to 138. "I read an article this morning about being humble, but right now I'd like to scream and shout," Force said.

 

 

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