Redskins win fifth straight
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The Miami Dolphins staged an impressive comeback Sunday, Baltimore saved its season, Oakland continued to impress and San Francisco's stock rose a little higher.
But when it came to making NFL history, the Washington Redskins did it best.
Until Sunday, no team in the league had ever lost its first five games in a season and then won its next five. But Washington achieved that feat with a dominating defensive effort that brought the Redskins a 13-3 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Belittled after a dreadful start this year, the Redskins have not only climbed back to the .500 mark but are just one game behind the division-leading Eagles in the NFC East. The Redskins last two victories have come on the road in very difficult places to play -- Denver and Philadelphia.
Washington held Philadelphia to just 186 total yards and seven first downs. Washington also had two big fourth-down stands in its own territory in the fourth quarter.
Running backs Stephen Davis and Ki-Jana Carter did the job against the NFC's stingiest defense, rushing for a combined 135 yards.
In Orchard Park, N.Y., Jay Fiedler hit rookie Chris Chambers with a 32-yard touchdown with 48 seconds left to finish off a dramatic comeback and lift the Dolphins to a 34-27 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Miami scored 24 points in the final quarter and moved into a tie for the lead in the AFC East with the New York Jets.
Baltimore stayed in the hunt for a division title and playoff spot by downing Jacksonville, 24-21. But it took a three-yard touchdown pass from Elvis Grbac to Shannon Sharpe with nine seconds remaining to do it. The Ravens let a 17-0 lead disappear before Grbac put together the clutch, game-winning drive.
Oakland and San Francisco both dominated talk continued to heat up for a Bay Area Super Bowl. Oakland left the New York Giants gasping in a 28-10 victory and San Francisco took advantage of Indianapolis mistakes to down the Colts, 40-21.
And in Minneapolis, the Chicago Bears added to Minnesota's woes by holding the Vikings without a touchdown in a 13-6 win. The Bears remained a game ahead of Green Bay in the NFC Central.
Elsewhere Sunday, it was Atlanta 10, Carolina 7; Cleveland 18, Cincinnati 0; Kansas City 19, Seattle 7; Pittsburgh 34, Tennessee 24; New England 34, New Orleans 17; Arizona 20, San Diego 17.
Florida profits from upsets
MIAMI, Va., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The Miami Hurricanes, after their second straight rout, remained the top-ranked team in the latest college coaches' football poll while Florida took advantage of Nebraska's loss to move into the No. 2 spot.
The Hurricanes (10-0) received 59 first-place votes and a total of 1,499 points following their 65-7 dismantling of then-No. 12 Washington. The huge victory came just one week after Miami pounded No. 17 Syracuse (9-3), 59-0.
There was a major shakeup atop this week's rankings after a wild weekend of action.
Florida (9-1), which did not play, collected one first-place vote and moved up a notch to second, 67 points behind Miami. The Gators host fourth-ranked Tennessee (9-1) on Saturday with the Southeastern Conference East Division title on the line.
Nebraska (11-1), which was in line to play for the national championship in the Rose Bowl, was pounded by Colorado, 62-36, and dropped four spots to No. 6. The Buffaloes (9-2) soared four places to 10th.
Defending national champion Oklahoma will not be playing for another title this season. The Sooners (10-2), who were shocked by Oklahoma State, 16-13, were denied a spot in the Big 12 championship game and fell from fourth to No. 11.
Third-ranked Texas (10-1) and No. 5 Oregon (9-1) both leaped two places, while Brigham Young (11-0) and Maryland (10-1) were tied for seventh with 1,080 points. Ninth-ranked Illinois (10-1) completed the top 10.
Raptors slow down 76ers
TORONTO, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The Toronto Raptors scored the game's first 11 points and never trailed Sunday and Vince Carter collected 30 points, including three highlight-reel alley-oop dunks, in handing the Philadelphia 76ers their first loss of the season with Allen Iverson in the lineup, 107-88.
In a rematch of last season's dramatic Eastern Conference semifinal series -- won by the 76ers in seven games when Carter missed a shot that would have given Toronto the victory -- the Raptors outplayed Philadelphia from start to finish.
Carter got a bit of personal redemption. Criticized for attending his college graduation at North Carolina on the day of last season's Game 7, Carter highlighted the early 11-0 burst with a three-pointer.
Then, in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, he took feeds from Dell Curry and Alvin Williams to throw down thunderous dunks that enthused the crowed at the Air Canada Centre while demoralizing the visitors.
Other NBA results: Los Angeles Clippers 90, Houston 83; Seattle 99, Indiana 88; Golden State 101, New Jersey 85; Los Angeles Lakers 105, Denver 98.
Stars win in old home
ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Defenseman Sergei Zubov scored twice in a 57-second span of the third period Sunday as the Dallas Stars extended their road unbeaten streak to four games with a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild.
Dallas has struggled at the new American Airlines Center with just one win in its last eight home games. But a trip back to their former home helped the Stars end an overall three-game winless streak and kept them unbeaten in their last four on the road (3
Zubov had gone 12 games without a goal, but got two in less than a minute to break a 2-2 tie. With 11:37 remaining, his wrist shot from above the right faceoff circle was deflected over goaltender Dwayne Roloson's right shoulder.
Moments later, Joe Nieuwendyk won a faceoff in the right circle and got the puck back to Zubov, who fired a slap shot past Roloson for his fifth goal of the season.
Other NHL results: Tampa Bay 4, Carolina 0; Columbus 4, Calgary 3; Anaheim 3, New York Rangers 2; Detroit 4, Chicago 4; Vancouver 4, Philadelphia 1.
Duke wins home opener
DURHAM, N.C., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Carlos Boozer scored 20 points Sunday night as top-ranked Duke overcame a sluggish first half to win its 20th consecutive home opener, 104-62 over Portland.
Boozer, who went 11 for 11 in last season's meeting with Portland, was eight of 14 and grabbed 13 rebounds as Duke breezed through the final 20 minutes.
The Blue Devils (4-0), who played three games in three days en route to winning their third Maui Invitational, scored the first eight points but missed 14 of its first 15 shots en route to a 37-21 halftime lead.
Duke shot just 38 percent in the first half but warmed up to shoot 57 percent during the final 20 minutes.
Norman wins it all in Skins Game
INDIO, Calif., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Greg Norman, who does not even plan to play on the PGA Tour next year, showed signs of his old self Sunday by winning the entire $1 million purse at the Skins Game.
The former world No. 1 from Australia, Norman took advantage of a new rule that forced players to validate a skin by at least halving the following hole.
While holes were won Saturday, all $300,000 was carried over to Sunday. Norman finally cashed in at No. 17, claiming his second straight hole and $800,000 with a three-foot birdie putt.
Norman won the final $200,000 on the second playoff hole, sinking a four-footer. The new rule did not apply to the playoff.
Thanks to the new rule, Norman surpassed the $635,000 record set by Fred Couples in 1999. He also claimed all 18 skins, beating Fuzzy Zoeller's mark of 14 established in 1986.
Norman, who turns 47 in February, plans on playing a limited schedule around the world in 2002 while he concentrates on his golf course design business.
Under the old rules, Parnevik would have been the winner with $430,000. Norman would have won $295,000, Montgomerie $250,000 and Woods $25,000.
Uruguay wins World Cup berth
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Second-half substitute Richard Morales scored two goals in the final 20 minutes Sunday to send Uruguay into the 2002 World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Australia.
Australia had won the first leg of the two-match series, 1-0, but was defeated on aggregate goal total in yet another frustrating bid to reach the World Cup. The Australians were in a similar situation four years ago and seemed headed for a victory over Iran, but were beaten in the final minutes.
Uruguay becomes the 32nd and final nation to earn a berth in the World Cup, ending a two-year, worldwide qualifying process.
There will be 15 countries from Europe in the competition, five from Africa, four from Asia, five from South America and three from North and Central America.
Defending champion France and co-hosts Japan and South Korea were the only countries receiving automatic bids into the event, which will begin May 21.
The draw, which will place the 32 teams in eight, four-team groups, will be held next Saturday.
Top seeds wins in NCAA soccer
DALLAS, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Top-ranked Southern Methodist downed New Mexico Sunday to move into the third round of the NCAA soccer tournament, where the Mustangs will take on UCLA.
Second-seeded Virginia, meanwhile, became one of a host of upset victims as the tournament concluded its first weekend. Virginia was one of six home teams to come up short among the 16 games played Sunday.
SMU, the only unbeaten team in Division 1-A this season, improved to 20-0 with a 2-0 decision over the Lobos, who surprisingly earned their way into the tournament despite a losing record.
New Mexico beat Florida International in the first round Friday night, but gave up goals to Kevin Hudson and Luchi Gonzalez Sunday.
SMU will host UCLA next weekend with the time to be announced Monday. UCLA recorded an easy 4-0 victory over San Diego Sunday with Matt Taylor scoring two goals. UCLA narrowly defeated Loyola Marymount in the opening round in double overtime.
Virginia, meanwhile, fell at home to Seton Hall, 1-0. Princeton, South Carolina, Wake Forest and Washington -- in addition to San Diego -- became upset victims in the second round.
Third-seeded Stanford, however, defeated Santa Clara, 3-1; fourth-seeded Indiana beat Michigan State, 1-0; and fifth-seeded Clemson was a 1-0 winner over Kentucky in a game that went three overtimes.
In addition to the SMU-UCLA matchup next weekend, the third round games will include Penn State vs. St. John's, Clemson vs. Alabama-Birmingham, Rutgers vs. Indiana, Stanford vs. Portland, Loyola (Md.) vs. St. Louis, North Carolina vs. American and Fairleigh Dickinson vs. Seton Hall.
Surprise winner in World Cup skiing
ASPEN, Colo., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Croatia's Ivica Kostelic pulled off one of the biggest upsets in World Cup skiing history Sunday when he came from the pack to win the season's first slalom race.
The older brother of women's overall World Cup champion Janica, Kostelic, wearing a starting bib number of 64, twisted his way down a deteriorating Ruthie's Run course in a two-run combined time of one minute, 38.81 seconds to claim his first career win.
Only Liechtenstien's Marcus Foser has come from farther back to claim a World Cup win, crossing first in the 1993 Val Gardena downhill while wearing a starting bib number of 66.
Italy's Giorgio Rocca added to a day of upsets when he came from the 26th starting position to take second in 1:38.93. World champion Mario Matt of Austria, the leader after the opening leg, settled for third in 1:39.00.
Casey Puckett posted the top American finish, placing 14th in 1:40.53.