Vinatieri's redemption...Titans go down...Celtics and Lakers on cruise control

By: AP
By: AP

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A year after missing a 29-yard field goal attempt wide right late in a 23-21 loss at San Diego, Adam Vinatieri (vihn-uh-TEHR'-ee) split those very same uprights from 51 yards out on the last play of last night's game to give Indianapolis a 23-20 victory over the Chargers. The Colts' fourth straight win gives them a 7-and-4 record and keeps them in the hunt for an AFC wild card berth. San Diego has dropped four of five to fall to 4-and-7, but is just two games back of first-place Denver in the AFC West race.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jets quarterback Brett Favre (fahrv) picked apart the NFL's stingiest defense and threw a pair of touchdown passes in a 34-13 road win that handed Tennessee its first loss in 11 games this season. New York has won five straight and seven of its last eight to get to 8-and-3 and remain a game up on second-place New England in the AFC East.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The defending champion Giants returned to the stadium where they won their Super Bowl title and beat the Arizona Cardinals 37-29 to improve to 10-and-1. New York remains three-games up on second-place Washington and Dallas atop the NFC East. Arizona drops to 7-and-4 but maintains its four-game lead over San Francisco in the weak NFC West.

UNDATED (AP) -- The two clubs that met in June's NBA Finals are showing signs that there could be a repeat engagement. The defending champion Boston Celtics beat Toronto 118-103 for their fifth straight win, boosting them to an Eastern Conference-best 13-and-2. And the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers won their fourth in a row since their only loss with a 118-108 victory over Sacramento and are a league-leading 11-and-1.

UNDATED (AP) -- There were just two games on the NHL ice yesterday. New Jersey's Dainius Zubrus (DAYN'-ihs ZOO'-bruhs) tied a club record with four goals in a 7-4 win over Tampa Bay. And Nashville's Shea Weber and Jason Arnott (AHR'-niht) both scored two goals in a 5-2 win over Carolina.


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