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Jay Cutler rallies Bears past 49ers in fourth
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- All week, Brandon Marshall stayed optimistic that his bum ankle would heal enough to let him play against the San Francisco 49ers....

Patriots dominate Peterson-less Vikings, 30-7
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota's first outdoor home opener in 33 years was staged on a spectacularly sunny afternoon. The crowd was fired up for a premier opponent, New England....

Gates' 3 TD catches carry Chargers to 30-21 upset
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Antonio Gates hears the talk every offseason, that he's lost a step and isn't effective anymore....

ICYMI: Adrian Peterson, Jets' TO top NFL topics
It is not the case that an NFL player is suspended or deactivated because of - or kept around despite - a pending criminal case each and every day. Just seems that way lately. And the futures of some players, most notably 2012 MVP Adrian Peterson, are going to be a big deal this week....

McIlroy fades in season finale, Horschel wins
ATLANTA (AP) -- Rory McIlroy found his ball submerged in deep rough, next to a fence that separates the course from the driving range at East Lake. He jumped up and down, trying to see over a holly bush that obscured his view of the ninth green....

Dream Team, Barcelona Games continue to impact NBA
Officially, it was the U.S. Olympic team, together for just a few weeks....

Keselowski locks up spot in Sprint Cup's Round 2
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- Stop Brad Keselowski if you've heard this one before....

Denver's defense secures 24-17 win over Chiefs
DENVER (AP) -- The Denver Broncos have their issues on third down. Goal-line stands are another matter altogether....

SEC West dominant through early weeks of season
Outside of the Southeastern Conference's footprint, it's become commonplace to hope for stumbles by college football's most dominant league....

Pearce, Harrison among game's biggest surprises
Steve Pearce may be the perfect embodiment of Baltimore's surprising year....

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