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Denver's defense leads Broncos past Vikings 23-20

DENVER (AP) — Brandon McManus kicked a 39-yard field goal with 1:51 left and Denver had seven sacks in the Broncos' 23-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Von Miller smothered the loose ball after T.J. Ward's sack-strip of Teddy Bridgewater in the closing seconds, sealing the win for the unbeaten Broncos (4-0), who got a 72-yard touchdown run from Ronnie Hillman.

Peyton Manning has led his teams to a 4-0 start seven times, most in NFL history by a long shot. Next up at four is Fran Tarkenton. Manning also joined Brett Favre as the only QBs to win 100 home starts in the NFL.

It wasn't a great day for Manning, who was picked off twice by the Vikings (2-2).

Adrian Peterson ran for a 48-yard touchdown to pull Minnesota to 20-17 and cap a 97-yard drive with 10 minutes left.


Dickerson, Morneau, Rockies rally for 7 in 9th, beat Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer, pinch-hitter Justin Morneau delivered a two-run single and the Colorado Rockies rallied for seven runs in the ninth inning Sunday to beat the San Francisco Giants 7-3.

The Giants finished 84-78, a year after winning 88 games in the regular season and going on to take their third World Series title in five seasons.

Colorado's comeback spoiled Matt Cain's outing. He started for the first time in six weeks and pitched two-hit ball for five scoreless innings.

The Giants wound up using 11 pitchers. They took a two-hit shutout into the final inning before the Rockies rallied. Charlie Blackmon also drove in a pair of runs for the Rockies.

Rex Brothers (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. George Kontos (4-4) took the loss.


67-year-old cyclist dies at Ute Canyon overlook

(Information in the following story is from: The Daily Sentinel,

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A 67-year-old cyclist died of an apparent medical condition at the Ute Canyon overlook in western Colorado.

The Daily Sentinel reports ( the Denver man was spotted Saturday on Colorado National Monument. He has not yet been identified.

National Park Service spokeswoman Arlene Jackson says it's believed the man was riding alone in the Tour of the Moon event before he lost consciousness.

Jackson said a bystander and off-duty paramedic tried to revive the cyclist.

The Mesa County Coroner's Office is investigating the exact cause of death.


Real Salt Lake eliminates Colorado Rapids from playoff race

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Joao Plata and Luke Mulholland scored 10 minutes apart in the first half and Real Salt Lake beat Colorado 2-1 on Sunday night to eliminate the Rapids from the playoff race.

The Rapids (8-12-10) struck first. Kevin Doyle headed a long cross from Sean St. Ledger in the 16th minute, snapping a shot from 15-yards out that found its way into the far corner.

Real Salt Lake (10-12-8) struck back in the 33rd minute when Plata bent a free kick over the Colorado wall and just under the crossbar.

Juan Manuel Martinez' shot in the 43rd minute was headed away by Colorado, but Mulholland headed the ball to his feet and one-timed a crisp shot from the top of the penalty area that found the far corner.

RSL is three points out of the final playoff spot with three games remaining.


Flames acquire center Freddie Hamilton from Avalanche

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Calgary Flames acquired center Freddie Hamilton from the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday for a conditional seventh-round pick next year.

Hamilton will report to the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League.

The 23-year-old Hamilton appeared in 18 NHL games last season, going scoreless in one game for San Jose and scoring a goal in 17 games for Colorado. He also had two goals and two assists in five games for Lake Erie in the AHL.


Houston headed to playoffs despite 5-3 loss to Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — The Houston Astros are going to the playoffs for the first time in a decade despite ending the regular season with a 5-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

The Astros led the AL wild-card race by a game heading into Sunday. They shared a few high fives in the dugout in the eighth inning after clinching it when the Los Angeles Angels lost to Texas.

Houston finished 86-76 to reach the postseason for the first time since playing the Chicago White Sox in the 2005 World Series. The Astros will play their first American League playoff game Tuesday night, against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Not bad for a team that had three 100-loss seasons before going 70-92 in 2014.

Arizona went 79-83 in its first season under general manager Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale, a 15-game improvement from finishing with baseball's worst record in 2014.