Tonight: Chargers at Broncos
When/where: 8:25; Sports Authority Field, Denver
TV/radio: Ch. 10, NFL; 1010-AM, 98.7-FM
Line/OU: Broncos by 7½; 51
Denver is 3-0 since last month's overtime loss to Seattle, with double-digit wins over the Cardinals, Jets and 49ers. Newly minted all-time passing touchdown leader Peyton Manning has seven TDs and no interceptions in his past two games and got help Sunday from RB Ronnie Hillman (two rushing touchdowns). LB Von Miller's eight sacks lead the NFL, and he will try to pressure San Diego QB Philip Rivers. This isn't saying much, but a duel between Manning and Rivers could make for the best Thursday night game of the year....
Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer was hospitalized last week for kidney stones and had a procedure done Tuesday to remove them....
TALLAHASSEE — Even when No. 2 Florida State trailed No. 5 Notre Dame in the second half Saturday night, the Seminoles' faith in themselves never wavered.
With the longest winning streak in school history, why would it?
"The Navy Seals have a saying for it: find an excuse to win," Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We find excuses to win."
Saturday night, the excuse was this: The game was too close....
TALLAHASSEE — Through one half Saturday night, Notre Dame did what no big-name opponent or off-the-field controversy has done: rattle Jameis Winston.
And then the second half started.
Florida State's star quarterback was nearly flawless in the final two quarters, completing 15 of 16 passes for 182 yards and getting help with a controversial late call to lead No. 2 FSU to a 31-27 win over No. 5 Notre Dame at Doak Campbell Stadium....
TALLAHASSEE — No. 2 Florida State entered Saturday night without one of its top assistants.
Assistant head coach Rick Trickett wasn't at the game because of a health reason, the school announced before kickoff against No. 5 Notre Dame.
Trickett, 66, has been at FSU since 2007 and is recognized as one of the top offensive line coaches in the game. All five starters on last year's team earned All-ACC honors, and he has coached 30 NFL players. One of his pupils, RG Tre' Jackson, has been named the ACC's offensive lineman of the week twice this season....
USF at Tulsa
noon, H.A. Chapman Stadium
TV/radio: ESPNews; 1010-AM, 98.7-FM
Line: USF by 1½
Weather: Partly cloudy, low to mid 60s, no chance of rain
UCF vs. Tulane
noon, Bright House Networks Stadium, Orlando
Line: UCF by 19½
Weather: Sunny, low 80s, no chance of rain
Florida vs. Missouri...
Florida State's conduct hearing for star quarterback Jameis Winston inched forward Friday when Winston adviser David Cornwell eliminated one of three judges assigned to rule on whether Winston violated up to four parts of the school's code of conduct.
Cornwell met Friday's deadline to schedule an information session to learn about the hearing's procedures and see evidence related to the sexual assault allegations made by a then-FSU student from the Tampa Bay area in December 2012....
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's latest career milestone could come tonight. He enters the game with 506 career touchdown passes and needs only two to tie Brett Favre for the most in NFL history. Even if he doesn't break the record in primetime against San Francisco, Manning will get another chance — on Thursday, against the Chargers. "I don't think anybody in here is on record watch," Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme told reporters in Denver. "It will be a real special moment when it happens, but it's not something we are in here talking about." But that doesn't mean we have to stop talking about it on the outside. Here's a closer look at Manning's 506 touchdown passes:...
10/16/14 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — Jonathan Drouin's NHL debut will have to wait.
With the wing derailed during training camp by a fractured right thumb, the Lightning assigned its 2013 first-round draft pick to AHL Syracuse on Thursday to begin a rehabilitation assignment.
"It's not really sending me down," Drouin said after Thursday morning's practice with the Lightning. "It's more getting me ready to come back here and making sure I'm 100 percent ready."...
Tonight: Jets at Patriots
When/where: 8:25; Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
TV/radio: Ch. 10, NFL Network; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM
Line/OU: Patriots by 9½; 45½
New England QB Tom Brady is 6-0 on Thursday nights, which might be a completely meaningless stat. What does matter is his ankle, which limited him in practice this week but isn't expected to keep him out of the game. The Patriots are already shorthanded with RB Stevan Ridley (knee) out for the year. But Brady is coming off his best game of the season (361 yards, 4 TDs) and New York has the league's worst passing offense (182.2 yards per game). This could become another Thursday night blowout....
TAMPA — Bucs FB Jorvorskie Lane was suspended for two games without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the team announced Wednesday.
Lane, the team's only fullback, had a 54-yard run in the season opener but has been used sparingly this season. In Sunday's lopsided loss to the Ravens, he played five offensive snaps.
In a statement released through his agent, David Canter, Lane said his positive test was a result of an "over-the-counter medication to help my weight-loss efforts and, without my knowledge, it contained a banned substance. … ...
10/15/14 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman revamped his offseason training a year ago to prepare for a strong start. He followed with a breakout season, ranking fifth in the league among defensemen in points (55) and tied for ninth in goals (13).
Four games into the 2014-15 season, Hedman is faring even better and entered Wednesday tied for the league lead with seven points.
"Sometimes good things happen," Hedman said....
TAMPA - The Bucs’ defensive woes – they’re last in the league in yards per game and scoring average – have been tough for linebackers coach Hardy Nickerson to watch....