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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Final Baltimore 26 Miami 23
Final Green Bay 22 Detroit 9
Final St. Louis 34 Jacksonville 20
Final Kansas City 26 Tennessee 17
Final Cincinnati 13 New England 6
Final New Orleans 26 Chicago 18
Final Philadelphia 36 N-Y Giants 21
Final Indianapolis 34 Seattle 28
Final Arizona 22 Carolina 6
Final Denver 51 Dallas 48
Final San Francisco 34 Houston 3
GLENDALE, AZ (AP) – Arizona sacked Cam Newton seven times, once for a safety, and intercepted him on three occasions to overcome a sluggish offensive performance, and the Cardinals beat the Carolina Panthers 22-6 on Sunday.
Daryl Washington, back after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, had two sacks and an interception for Arizona (3-2).
Calais Campbell had two sacks, one for Arizona’s first regular-season safety in nine years, the other forcing a game-clinching fumble. Karlos Dansby also had two sacks and an interception.
Carolina (1-3), playing for the first time since a 38-0 victory over the New York Giants two weeks ago, managed only Graham Gano’s field goals of 22 and 51 yards.
Arizona’s Carson Palmer threw for a touchdown but was intercepted three times.
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KANSAS CITY, KS (AP) – Kevin Harvick won a wreck-filled race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, keeping out of trouble all afternoon and making a big move in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Harvick pulled away from Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon on a restart with 19 laps to go for his third win of the year. It came after Harvick sat on the pole for the first time in 254 races.
The last time he qualified first, at New Hampshire in 2006, he also won the race.
He was chased across the line by Busch and Gordon. Joey Logano finished fourth, Carl Edwards was fifth and Jimmie Johnson finished sixth despite a hiccup with his engine on the final lap.
Matt Kenseth held onto his lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with an 11th-place finish. Johnson narrowed the gap to just three points.
PITTSBURGH, PA (AP) – Pedro Alvarez hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in best-of-five NL division series.
Alvarez pulled a grounder into right field that scored pinch-runner Josh Harrison from second base. Russell Martin followed with a sharp RBI single against reliever Kevin Siegrist, who took over after Carlos Martinez (0-1) faltered.
Mark Melancon (1-0) picked up the win despite allowing Carlos Beltran’s tying home run in the top of the eighth.
Jason Grilli worked the ninth to move the Pirates within one victory of winning a postseason series for the first time since the 1979 World Series.
Charlie Morton is set to start for the Pirates in Game 4 on Monday against rookie Michael Wacha.
RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Radek Dvorak scored the winner in the second period to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to their first win of the season, a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
Jay Harrison also scored, Jeff Skinner added two assists and Anton Khudobin made 17 saves in his Hurricanes’ debut.
Luke Schenn had the goal for the Flyers, who have opened the season 0-3-0 for the second year in a row. Before last year, Philadelphia had lost its first three games only one other time in franchise history.
Steve Mason made 32 saves for the Flyers, who were coming off a 4-1 loss to the Canadiens in Montreal on Saturday night.
HARRISONBURG, VA (UNCW) — Sophomore Meredith Peacock recorded a career-high 17 kills and added eight total blocks to lead UNCW to a 3-2 (22-25, 25-18, 16-25, 25-23, 15-8) victory over James Madison in Colonial Athletic Association volleyball action Sunday at Sinclair Gymnasium.
The Seahawks improved to 12-6 overall and 1-3 in CAA play as they halted a three-match losing skid. The Dukes, meanwhile, moved to 6-10 and 1-2 with the setback.
“I’m proud of our team for pulling out the win,” said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. “It wasn’t the prettiest match, but every player worked so hard on each point. We found a great match up with Meredith and she was successful the whole match in finding kills. Defensively, it was another impressive effort on the floor and at the net.”
Peacock committed just two attack errors in 29 total attempts for a .517 hitting percentage to lead three UNCW players in double figures. Senior Christi Laite added 11 spikes and freshman Nicole Lott pitched in 10 to go along with 13 digs as she posted her second straight double-double.
Peacock also played a key role in the team’s effort at the net, helping the Seahawks post 17 total blocks. Senior Siera Young added eight total blocks while Laite and junior Leah Gagliardi pitched in six total rejections each.
Junior Morgan Kline and sophomore Lindsay Hartmann tallied 24 digs apiece to pace a UNCW defense that surpassed the 100-dig plateau for the second straight contest as it finished with 101 bumps. Freshman Alyssa Desjardins dished out 33 assists and added 15 digs while senior Haley Collins chipped in 23 assists and 12 bumps to give both players a double-double.
Junior Lizzy Briones notched 19 kills and freshman Janey Goodman added 10 for the Dukes. Junior Kristi Richardson dished out a match-best 43 assists and added 17 digs for the double-double. MacKenzie Kleespies paced five JMU players in double figures with 25 digs.
James Madison captured the first set, 25-22, using a kill by Kate Whitmire to break an 18-all tie and spark the Dukes to a 7-4 spurt that would give them the opening-set victory.
UNCW responded with a 25-18 decision in the second set, scoring 11 of 18 points midway through the frame to stretch a 9-7 lead into an 20-14 cushion on its way to the seven-point victory.
JMU took a 2-1 match lead with a 25-16 victory in the third set as a ball handling error by UNCW with the score deadlocked at 11-all ignited the Dukes to a 14-5 run and the nine-point win.
The Seahawks battled back with a 25-23 victory in the fourth set, using a 9-2 run to erase a 21-16 deficit and force a fifth set.
UNCW carried its momentum into the fifth set, taking a 7-4 lead early in the frame before closing out the set on an 8-1 run to post a 15-6 victory and take the match.
Both teams return to action Oct. 11 with league matches. UNCW hosts College of Charleston while James Madison entertains Towson. Start time for both matches is set for 7 p.m.