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Titans beat Colts, 31-21, improve to NFL-best 7-0

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LenDale White ran for two touchdowns, Chris Hope intercepted Peyton Manning twice and the Tennessee Titans routed the visiting Indianapolis Colts, 31-21, last night to remain the NFL's only undefeated team. The Titans (7-0) have won an NFL-best 10 straight regular-season games, matching the second-best streak in franchise history. They grabbed control of the AFC South away from the team that has dominated this division in winning the past five titles. The Colts trail Tennessee by four games in the loss column with nine games left. Tennessee's Kerry Collins threw for 193 yards with no interceptions. The Colts (3-4), who had built a 14-6 third-quarter lead on two touchdown passes to Dallas Clark, have lost two straight in their worst start since Manning's rookie season. The NFL's stingiest scoring defense stopped the Colts on fourth-and-short on consecutive drives at the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth. Manning threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.

Steroids: : Six to eight players are under investigation by the NFL for allegedly violating the league's drug policy by taking a weight-loss diuretic that is considered a masking agent for steroids. A person familiar with the case provided the number of players involved, saying estimates of a higher figure were untrue. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the players are appealing the findings. Reports last week said that between six to as many as 18 10 players had tested positive for Bumetanide, a pill that decreases the amount of water retained in the body by increasing urination. Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, who according to Fox Sports tested positive for steroids, are expected to play Sunday against the Houston Texans, coach Brad Childress said. Childress declined to comment on the allegations.

Et cetera: : The San Francisco 49ers' Shaun Hill (Maryland) was promoted to the starting quarterback, replacing turnover-prone J.T. O'Sullivan in the first big personnel move by coach Mike Singletary. ...Washington Redskins defensive end Jason Taylor and cornerback Shawn Springs (strained left calf) are expected to miss next week's game against the Steelers. Taylor had a minor procedure done on his hurt left calf yesterday. ... Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck consulted with a back surgeon in Los Angeles regarding the bulging disc in his back. Coach Mike Holmgren said Seneca Wallace remains the starter. ... Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson was charged with simple assault for spitting his drink in a woman's face Oct. 10, police said. He turned himself in and was released after posting a $500 bond, a Kansas City (Mo.) police spokesman said. ... Buffalo Bills wide receiver Josh Reed is out indefinitely with injuries to his ankle and Achilles tendon. ... A 36-year-old Arizona man accused of planning to kill people at this year's Super Bowl in Glendale was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison. Kurt William Havelock was accused of bringing a semiautomatic rifle and 200 rounds of ammunition to a parking lot near University of Phoenix Stadium where pre-game activities were happening. He didn't attack, however, and he later turned himself in to police.

UMES bowling team national preseason No. 1

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The defending NCAA champion UMES women's bowling team is the favorite to repeat. The Hawks garnered the preseason No. 1 spot in the National Tenpins Coaches Association's poll, marking the first time a UMES team earned the top ranking in any sport. The women's team had been ranked as high as No. 2 last season.

Hockey: : Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, the NHL's reigning Most Valuable Player, will miss at least one game while in Russia to spend time with his ailing grandfather. Ovechkin left yesterday and will sit out tonight's game against the visiting Nashville Predators after appearing in 203 straight games.

Colleges: : Billionaire booster T. Boone Pickens will give $63 million to Oklahoma State to finish athletic projects that were supposed to have been paid for with a previous $165 million donation that took a hit during the economic downturn. He announced the gift yesterday and said he would be returning the $125 million remaining in the athletic department's fund to the university. Pickens' $165 million donation in 2006 was the largest gift to a college athletic program. He intended to grow it through his investments so it would pay for an estimated $420 million in campus construction projects. That plan was going smoothly until Pickens' BP Capital Energy encountered financial trouble in recent months. ... Two days after the Washington football team fell to 0-7, school officials announced that coach Tyrone Willingham will step down at the end of the year. Willingham, who was fired at Notre Dame in 2004, is 11-32 in his four seasons at Washington. Ex-Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin has expressed interest in the job hours later. ... Memphis freshman quarterback Tyler Bass (torn knee ligament) has become the second quarterback Memphis has lost for the season because of injury. ... Northwestern running back Tyrell Sutton will miss the rest of the regular season with a wrist injury. ... Kentucky coach Rich Brooks says he will switch starting quarterbacks this week, going to freshman Randall Cobb over Mike Hartline.

Et cetera: : Two-time Grand Slam champion Marat Safin said he is weighing retirement after losing to Juan Monaco in the first round of the Paris Masters, 6-0, 7-6 (4). Safin, 28, of Russia, hasn't won a title since the 2005 Australia Open. ... New Jersey Nets center Josh Boone (South Carroll) returned to practice after missing more than a week because of a rapid heartbeat. He said he will be ready for tomorrow's season opener at Washington. ... The Wizards exercised their third-year options on forward Oleksiy Pecherov and guard Nick Young. ... Rockies reliever Luis Vizcaino was out on bail in Tampa, Fla., hours after was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, police said. ... Kentucky racing authorities have postponed possible action on trainer Rick Dutrow, a Hagerstown native, over a drug test on one of his horses, saying they wanted more information. ... Australian swimmer Grant Hackett, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who holds the world record in the 1,500 and 800 meters, has retired.

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