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Sports Report: Cowboys Top Giants 31-21, Peyton Manning Breaks NFL TD Passing Record



The Dallas Cowboys won their sixth straight by beating the New York Giants 31-21 yesterday. Tony Romo threw three touchdown passes, and DeMarco Murray broke Jim Brown's 56-year-old NFL record with his seventh straight 100-yard rushing game to start a season. Eli Manning had three touchdown passes for the Giants, who have lost to the NFC East's top two teams in consecutive weeks.

Kyle Orton hit Sammy Watkins on a 2-yard touchdown for the winning score with 1 second remaining as the Buffalo Bills beat the Minnesota Vikings 17-16. The touchdown capped a 15-play, 80-yard drive which Orton extended by converting a fourth-and-20 and a third-and-12. Orton set up the decisive score with a 28-yard pass to Chris Hogan at the Vikings 2. Orton overcame an interception, a lost fumble and six sacks to finish 31 of 43 for 283 yards and two touchdowns — both to Watkins.

Peyton Manning has become the NFL's new all-time leader in touchdown passes, doing it by throwing three scoring strikes in the first half of the Denver Broncos' 42-17 rout of San Francisco. He entered the game two behind Brett Favre's old mark of 508 before hitting Emmanuel Sanders, Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas for touchdowns. Manning reached the milestone in just his 246th regular-season game, 56 fewer than Favre.

Elsewhere Green Bay beat Carolina 38-17, Baltimore bested Atlanta 29-7, Indianapolis trounced Cincinnati 27-0, Jacksonville won against Cleveland 24-6, Miami defeated Chicago 27-14, Detroit edged New Orleans 24-23, and it was St. Louis over Seattle 28-26.


The New York Rangers beat the San Jose Sharks 4-0 yesterday. Martin St. Louis and Rick Nash scored 4 seconds apart late in the second period, tying a New York Rangers record, and Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves. Carl Hagelin and Kevin Hayes also scored for New York.

Meanwhile Los Angeles edged Minnesota 2-1, Calgary bested Winnipeg 4-1, and Anaheim blanked St. Louis 3-0.


The World Series starts tomorrow at 8 P.M. when the San Francisco Giants face the Royals in Kansas City.


The SEC continues to dominate the new Associated Press Top-25 poll. Four of the top-five spots are SEC schools this week with all four schools coming from the western conference.

Mississippi State stayed No. 1 after a weekend off, followed by Florida State of the Atlantic Coast Conference. From there, it's all SEC, with Mississippi third, Alabama fourth and Auburn fifth.

Thirty times since 2001, a conference has placed three teams in the top five of the AP Top 25. The SEC had done it 16 times since 2009.

Rounding out the Top-10 this week are Oregon, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Georgia and TCU.

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