TERRE HAUTE —
Sunday was a good day for quarterbacks in the National Football League, with lots of points and yardage racked up by some of them.
San Diego nipped Philadelphia 33-30. Phillip Rivers led the Chargers, completing 36 of 47 passes for 419 yards and three touchdowns. His team punted just once in the game. Michael Vick threw for two touchdowns and a career-best 428 yards and ran for another touchdown for the Eagles as the teams combined for 1,150 yards.
Green Bay whipped Washington (known in some places as the Redskins) 38-20. Aaron Rodgers finished with a career-high 480 yards and four touchdown passes. He had 335 yards in the first half. Robert Griffin III threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns, getting most of his yardage in the second half with the Pack up by three touchdowns.
Heritage Hills grad Jay Cutler completed the winning touchdown pass with 12 seconds left to give the Chicago Bears a 31-30 victory over Minnesota.
In a late game, Seattle defeated San Francisco 29-3. The 49ers will be looking to bounce back against the Indianapolis Colts.
Drew Brees was sacked four times but still had 322 yards passing for New Orleans in its 16-14 victory over Tampa Bay.
In high school football, Linton and North Vermillion remain unbeaten in Indiana while Casey and Robinson have yet to lose in Illinois.
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• Too close to call — With less than two weeks to play, the only real race left in major league baseball is in the National League Central Division. As of Sunday evening, Pittsburgh and St. Louis were tied for first and Cincinnati was 31⁄2 games back. The Reds had a 41⁄2-game lead over Washington for the second wild-card slot.
Pittsburgh won six of seven games after being swept by the Cardinals, but St. Louis is 7-3 in its last 10 games.
Here’s how it looks for the three leaders:
St. Louis — four at Colorado and three at Milwaukee and closing with Washington and Chicago Cubs at home.
Pittsburgh — four with San Diego and three with Cincinnati at home and closing with the Cubs and Cincy on the road.
Cincinnati — three with Houston and three with Pittsburgh on the road and closing with the Mets and Bucs at home.
You will notice that the Reds and Bucs play six games down the stretch.
• Tom-Cattin’ It — Standout distance runners Shalene Flanagan and Alan Webb have joined the coaching staff at Portland State. Flanagan is the daughter of Indiana State Hall of Famer Cheryl Bridges.
• Attendance was up but wagering down for the throughbred horse racing season at Ellis Park.
• A record crowd of 7,720 fans saw Indiana, then No. 1, lose to No. 9 UCLA in men’s soccer.
• John Lidy had a record of 209-112 in 30 years of coaching football and won two state titles at Castle. He was honored recently by Castle, which is 2-2 and lost to Terre Haute North in the opener.
• Marvin Harrison and Tony Dungy are two of the new candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
• Eastern Illinois defeated Illinois State 57-24 in football, matching two former Gateway Conference rivals currently ranked in the national polls. Taylor Duncan rushed for 78 yards on 25 carries for the Panthers.
• Pablo Montoya will return to IndyCar Series racing next season, driving a full schedule for Penske Racing. Teammates will be Will Power and Helio Castroneves.
• Bruno Mars will be the halftime entertainment for the Super Bowl.
n Vincennes University has been tabbed No. 3 in the preseason junior college poll for men’s basketball.
Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN, 47802.