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Coaches at odds after 49ers hand Lions first loss 4

Posted: October 16, 2011 4:13 PM ; Updated: October 17, 2011 10:17 AM

DETROIT (AP) -- Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz have helped turn San Francisco and Detroit into contenders, earning plenty of attention for the energy and attitude they bring to the sidelines.

That intensity was on full display Sunday during a postgame dustup after the 49ers handed the Lions their first loss of the season.

Harbaugh, the San Francisco coach, came running across the field and gave his Detroit counterpart an exuberant handshake and then a slap on the back. Schwartz took exception and chased Harbaugh back toward the tunnel, but the two were kept separated. Players gathered and appeared to restore order.

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Eagles beat Redskins 20-13 to end losing skid at 4 1

Posted: October 16, 2011 3:11 PM ; Updated: October 17, 2011 10:18 AM

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- The Philadelphia Eagles know a thing or two about turnovers, having committed more than their share during a four-game losing streak.

This time, they got the other team in the act.

Using Rex Grossman as a foil, the defense picked off four passes - more than doubling its total for the season - to pull off what was essentially a must-win while simultaneously creating a fresh quarterback controversy for a division rival.

Kurt Coleman had three interceptions, and the so-called dream team of the NFC East proved it isn't buried quite yet. Sunday's 20-13 victory over the Washington Redskins gives the Eagles some momentum headed into a bye week that's followed by three straight home games.

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Source: Big East to invite Boise State, Navy, Air Force, UCF 2

Posted: October 14, 2011 4:10 PM ; Updated: October 14, 2011 4:10 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Big East plans to invite Boise State, Air Force and Navy as football-only members, and Central Florida to compete in all sports, after it doubles the exit fee for current members to $10 million.

An official in the Big East, speaking on condition of anonymity because the conference had not authorized anyone to speak publicly about its plans, told The Associated Press the invites could go out as soon as next week, but could take longer.

The officials also said Commissioner John Marinatto was in Cincinnati on Friday meeting with representatives from UCF.

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Cubs still talking with Red Sox over compensation for Epstein 7

Posted: October 14, 2011 4:07 PM ; Updated: October 14, 2011 4:07 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Cubs are still talking with the Boston Red Sox about compensation in a deal to bring general manager Theo Epstein to Chicago, a person familiar with the negotiations said Friday.

Epstein has agreed to a deal with the Cubs and would leave Boston with a year remaining on his contract, the person said on condition of anonymity because the negotiations are confidential. The deal is reportedly for five years.

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Tim Tebow gets the nod in Denver 18

Posted: October 11, 2011 12:28 PM ; Updated: October 11, 2011 12:30 PM

-- Chris Burke,

Tim Tebow will be the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback when the team takes on Miami in Week 7, a decision announced Tuesday, two days after Tebow replaced Kyle Orton and nearly led a fourth-quarterback comeback against San Diego.

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Lions beat Bears for first 5-0 start since 1956 9

Posted: October 11, 2011 8:58 AM ; Updated: October 11, 2011 8:58 AM

DETROIT (AP) -- With a raucous crowd helping out every step of the way, Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions made the most of their long-awaited return to Monday night.

Stafford threw two touchdown passes and Jahvid Best added an 88-yard scoring run in Detroit's 24-13 victory over Chicago. The Bears looked unnerved from the start by the noise level at Ford Field. They committed nine false start penalties and struggled to protect quarterback Jay Cutler .

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Texans' Mario Williams will miss rest of season

Posted: October 11, 2011 8:54 AM ; Updated: October 11, 2011 8:55 AM

HOUSTON (AP) Houston Texans defensive end Mario Williams is out for the season after tearing a pectoral muscle in Sunday's 25-20 loss to Oakland.

Coach Gary Kubiak said Williams will go on injured reserve and undergo surgery in the next week.

Williams appeared to be hurt while sacking Jason Campbell with about five minutes left in the first quarter. He walked to the locker room on his own, and was on the sideline in the second half, wearing a T-shirt and shorts.

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