LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. - Amid the jerseys and baseball bats held in a secure room at SCP Auctions, there's a piece of sports memorabilia that speaks to much more than athletic prowess: an Olympic medal won by track star Jesse Owens at the 1936 Games in Berlin.
LANDOVER, Md. - In a span of seven Washington Redskins offensive plays, Justin Tuck sacked Robert Griffin III four times.
In a span of 10 pass attempts, Eli Manning completed all 10.
If Tuck and Manning had been humming like that all season, the New York Giants wouldn't be on the fringes of the playoff race.
As it is, they've made it to 5-7 — not bad after an 0-6 start — with Sunday night's 24-17 win over the Redskins.
Detroit 4 Ottawa 2
Vancouver 3 Carolina 2
Edmonton 3 Dallas 2 (SO)
Milwaukee 2 Charlotte 1
Bridgeport 3 Manchester 2
Providence 3 Hershey 2 (SO)
New England 34 Houston 31
Indianapolis 22 Tennessee 14
Jacksonville 32 Cleveland 28
Carolina 27 Tampa Bay 6
Philadelphia 24 Arizona 21
Miami 23 N.Y. Jets 3
Minnesota 23 Chicago 20 (OT)
San Francisco 23 St. Louis 13
Cincinnati 17 San Diego 0
Atlanta 34 Buffalo 31 (OT) at Toronto
WINNIPEG - Glenn Howard kept his sense of humour after losing his opening game at Sunday's Canadian Curling Trials.
"I guess we're not going undefeated," Howard said with a wry grin after losing 8-6 to John Morris of Vernon, B.C.
The four-time world champion from Penetanguishene,Ont., wasn't the only veteran skip to fall on the first day of the Trials, which will select Canada's men's and women's teams for next year's Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Brad Jacobs and his Sault Ste. Marie team upset hometown favourite Jeff Stoughton 7-4.
DALLAS - The Edmonton Oilers made the most of limited offence and both parts of their goalie tandem.
Jordan Eberle and David Perron scored in the shootout, and Devan Dubnyk come on in relief of injured goalie Ilya Bryzgalov in the Oilers' 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night.
"It's nice to get a win," Perron said, "mostly with the shot total that was tonight (Dallas 45, Edmonton 32). We greased one out."
OTTAWA - On the day Daniel Alfredsson returned to Ottawa, the Senators got yet another reminder that things aren't the same this season without him.
Despite an empty-net goal and an assist, Alfredsson wasn't primarily responsible for the Senators' second straight loss and fourth straight at home. But in helping the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-2 victory Sunday night at Canadian Tire Centre, the long-time captain contributed to the continuation of his former team's woes.
QUEBEC - Adonis Stevenson was in no mood to celebrate, even after defending his World Boxing Council light heavyweight title with a sixth round knockout of Englishman Tony Bellew.
There has been nastiness between them leading to the bout, including an exchange of mild head butts at the weigh in, and he was irked that the media in Quebec was abuzz over a feature story dredging up Stevenson's past troubles with the law.
Add to it all that the 36-year-old from Montreal was physically worn down from having fought four times in a year — all knockout wins.
TORONTO - Safety William Moore helped the Atlanta Falcons snap an ugly five-game losing streak and added to the Buffalo Bills' misery at Rogers Centre.
Moore's forced fumble in overtime set up Matt Bryant's 36-yard field goal that earned Atlanta a wild 34-31 win over Buffalo on Sunday. It came after Moore's key fumble recovery in regulation that allowed the Falcons to run out the clock.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In the words of Chiefs safety Eric Berry, Peyton Manning does not discriminate.
If you're playing wide receiver for the Denver Broncos, and you manage to get yourself open, you can bet that Manning is going to find a way to get you the ball.
On Sunday, he rewarded Eric Decker all afternoon.
Manning threw for 403 yards and five touchdowns, four of them to Decker, and the Broncos held off a rally to beat the Chiefs 35-28 and seize control of the AFC West.
OTTAWA - It was almost like Daniel Alfredsson never left.
For a few minutes Sunday afternoon, Ottawa Senators fans forgot about any animosity toward their team's former captain after he left to sign with the Detroit Red Wings. During and after a pre-game video tribute, the crowd of 20,011 showered Alfredsson with "Alfie" chants accompanied by a standing ovation.