DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning threw for 289 yards and two touchdowns, but the San Diego Chargers controlled the ball for almost 39 minutes in a 27-20 win over the Broncos in Denver. Ryan Mathews had 127 yards on 29 carries, including a 23-yard scoring run that put the Chargers ahead 24-10 early in the second half. Philip Rivers tossed two TD passes to Keenan Allen as San Diego improved to 7-7 and dropped the Broncos to 11-3.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Quarterback Jay Cutler is set to return to the Chicago Bears’ lineup. Coach Marc Trestman says Cutler will start Sunday at Cleveland after missing the previous four games with a high left ankle sprain. Josh McCown goes back to a reserve role after playing well in Cutler’s absence.
UNDATED (AP) — Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis (JAYM’-ihs) Winston has come away with the Walter Camp player of the year award and the Davey O’Brien Trophy as the nation’s top quarterback. Fellow Heisman finalist Andre Williams of Boston College has won the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back. And Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron has captured the Maxwell Award, given to college football’s player of the year.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas football coach Mack Brown isn’t saying what he’s going to do after the upcoming Alamo Bowl. There has been plenty of speculation that he would either resign or be fired. Brown says he has yet to talk with new Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson and university president Bill Powers about his job following a disappointing season in which the Longhorns went 8-4.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Calgary Flames have dismissed general manager Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod with the team next-to-last in the Western Conference. The Flames did not make the playoffs in Feaster’s two full seasons as GM. Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke will serve as acting general manager.