CHICAGO, IL (AP) - Robbie Gould kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired as the Chicago Bears rallied twice in the fourth quarter to beat the Carolina Panthers 23-22 on Sunday.
The Bears were trailing 19-7 in the fourth when the game turned in a big way.
Chicago (6-1) took over on the Carolina 38 after Brad Nortman shanked a 6-yard punt, and Jay Cutler connected with Kellen Davis on a 12-yard scoring pass with just under seven minutes left.
Then, on Carolina's next play from scrimmage, Steve Smith slipped on a pass pattern and Tim Jennings returned his second interception of the game 25 yards for the go-ahead score.
Cam Newton then drove the Panthers to the Chicago 27, and Justin Medlock's 45-yard field goal hit the right upright and went through to put Carolina (1-6) ahead 22-20 with 2:27 remaining.
Cutler then came up with the winning drive, moving the Bears 5 to the 23 before Gould nailed his game-winner. The Panthers lost their fifth straight game.
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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- Thomas Driver’s goal just prior to intermission lifted UNCW to a 1-0 win over visiting Towson in Colonial Athletic Association soccer action on Sunday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium. The win clinched a berth for the Seahawks in the conference championship tournament next week.
The Seahawks raised their record to 7-9-1 overall and 4-5 in the league. The Tigers, meanwhile, saw their season come to a conclusion with a mark of 4-10-2 and 2-6-2.
UNCW had opportunities and controlled the run of play in the first half, but it wasn’t until the 43rd minute that it was able to get on the board. Sophomore Jamie Dell beat his defender to the end line and sent a short cross from the left side. Driver, who was unmarked, ran onto the serve and delivered his first goal of the season.
The Seahawks fashioned a 17-8 advantage in shots and 12-7 in corner kicks. Sam Williams made two saves in posting the clean sheet. Felix Peterman made three stops for TU before suffering an injury in the 52nd minute and giving way to Conor Kregecz, who finished with five saves. Peterman had played every minute of the season for the Tigers in goal prior to the injury.
The Seahawks visit Delaware on Wednesday in the regular season finale for both sides. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- No. 3 seed UNCW advanced on penalty kicks, 4-3, after playing to a 1-1 draw against No. 6 seed Delaware in the first round of the 2012 CAA Women's Soccer Championship Sunday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.
Both teams are credited with a tie as UNCW moved to 12-6-2 overall and extended its undefeated streak to six games while the Blue Hens finished their season with a 9-8-1 mark.
The victory in the penalty kick shootout advances the Seahawks to the semifinals of the six-team tournament, where they will face No. 2 seed Drexel in the first semifinal contest Nov. 2 at Albert-Daly Field on the campus of William & Mary. Kickoff for the game is set for 5 p.m.
With the score tied at 1-all after regulation and two 10-minute overtime sessions, the two teams went to a five-player shootout to determine who would advance to face the Dragons.
In the shootout, both teams were successful on their first three attempts before UNCW senior keeper Caitlin Hunter turned away Blue Hens sophomore Andie Arnold's try in top half of the fourth round.
Senior Stephanie Rose converted her kick in the bottom half of the frame to put the Seahawks up one before Hunter dashed the Blue Hens hopes of extending the shootout as she turned away Delaware senior Ali Miller's opportunity in the top of the final round.
Earlier in the contest, freshman Maddie McCormick put UNCW ahead, 1-0, in the seventh minute as she corralled a loose ball in the middle of the box before placing it in the back of the net from five yards out for her seventh goal of the season.
Miller drew the Blue Hens level at 1-all at the 80:48 mark, knocking home a cross from senior Laura Klebe after a UNCW turnover on the endline for her seventh goal of the campaign.
Hunter finished with nine saves for UNCW while junior Jessica Levy and sophomore Jess Figueroa combined to make five stops in goal for the Blue Hens.
Delaware held a 19-13 shot advantage in the contest, highlighted by a 17-7 edge in the second half and overtime. UNCW posted a slim 4-3 edge in corner kicks taken.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- Junior Christi Laite and sophomore Morgan Kline recorded 16 kills apiece to lead UNCW to a 3-1 (25-20, 27-25, 21-25, 25-21) victory over James Madison in Colonial Athletic Association volleyball action Sunday at Hanover Hall.
The Seahawks improved to 11-14 overall and 3-6 in CAA play as they won their fourth straight contest. The Dukes, meanwhile, slipped to 11-13 and 4-5.
Laite and Kline teamed up to power a balanced UNCW attack that combined for 58 kills and a .208 hitting percentage for the match. Junior Siera Young pitched in seven kills while sophomore McKenzie Keightley added six. Freshman Victoria Phillips dished out 28 assists and added a career-high 23 digs to post her fifth straight double-double and her sixth of the season. Junior Haley Collins tallied a team-high 24 digs and Kline added 12 bumps to post her team-leading ninth double-double of the campaign.
Senior Danielle Erb tallied 14 kills and sophomore Lizzy Briones pitched in 13 for JMU, who finished the afternoon with 58 kills and a .205 hitting percentage. Freshman MacKenzie Kleespies joined Erb and Briones in double figures with 11 spikes and added a team-best 22 digs to post a double-double. Erb added 12 digs to finish with a double-double of her own while senior Megan Wiechmann and freshman Meghan NIski joined Erb and Kleespies in double-figure digs with 11 and 10 bumps, respectively.
UNCW took the first set, 25-20, scoring three unanswered points to break a 16-all tie
and spark a 9-4 spurt that would give them a five-point victory and a 1-0 lead.
The second set was a back-and-forth contest that featured a total of 11 ties and six lead changes. With UNCW and JMU tied at 25-all, an attack error by the Dukes and a kill by Laite propelled the Seahawks to a 27-25 triumph and a 2-0 advantage.
The two sides were tied at 9-all in the third set when a spike by Niski ignited a 9-4 spurt that allowed JMU to build an 18-13 advantage. The Seahawks would get within one later in the frame, 21-20, but the Dukes would tally four of the last five points of the frame to post a 25-20 triumph.
The fourth set was another tight affair as the two sides battled through 13 ties and five lead changes until a kill by Kline with the score deadlocked at 16-all led to three unanswered points and a 19-16 advantage for UNCW. The Dukes got within two moments later, 22-20, but a spike by Laite led the Seahawks to three straight points, a 25-20 victory and the match.
UNCW returns to action Nov. 3 with a 1 p.m. match against Hofstra at Hanover Hall. JMU is back on the court Nov. 2 as it entertains George Mason in a 7 p.m. contest.
DETROIT, MI (AP) - In one of the most dominating Fall Classic performances, the San Francisco Giants swept the Detroit Tigers for their second World Series title in three years. It's their seventh title in franchise history.
Marco Scutaro (SKOO'-tah-row) delivered the big hit, a two-out RBI single in the 10th inning to drive in Ryan Theriot (TEHR'-ee-oh) with the winning run in the Giants' 4-3 win over the Tigers. That was the Giants' sixth straight win in the postseason. Buster Posey added a two-run home run in the sixth.
But the Giants did it with pitching. Giants pitchers posted a 1.46 earned run average, the 12th-lowest ERA in World Series history.
After throwing back-to-back shutouts in Games 2 and 3, the Giants got another clutch pitching performance. Matt Cain held the Tigers to three runs over seven innings. Three relievers delivered three hitless innings of relief. The Tigers got only five hits -- none after the sixth inning.
Closer Sergio Romo closed out the victory by striking out the side in the ninth for his third series save. When he fanned Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera to end it, the Giants broke into a wild celebration at the center of the Comerica Park diamond.
Pablo Sandoval, who hit three home runs in Game 1, was named World Series MVP. Sandoval batted .500 for the series, and drove in four runs. Sandoval had 8 hits in 16 at-bats in the 108th Fall Classic.