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BEARS-LIONS

Lions score 27 in 2nd quarter, beat Bears 40-32

DETROIT (AP) — Reggie Bush's 37-yard touchdown run helped Detroit score 27 points in the second quarter and he accounted for 173 yards of offense to help the Lions beat the Chicago Bears 40-32 on Sunday.

Detroit moved into a first-place tie with Chicago in the NFC North. The Lions scored 24 straight points, including three TDs in a span of 3 minutes, 26 second, after Matt Forte's 53-yard TD run gave the Bears 10-6 lead early in the second quarter.

Jay Cutler, who had four turnovers, threw a pair of touchdown passes and 2-point conversions in the final 4 minutes to pull Chicago within eight points to make the score look respectable.

Lions receiver Kris Durham recovered the onside kick to seal the win.

ROYALS-WHITE SOX

Chen pitches Royals to 4-1 victory over White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) — Bruce Chen pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning and Kansas City beat the Chicago White Sox 4-1 on Sunday in the finale of the Royals' best season in 24 years.

Kansas City won three of four in Chicago and went 17-10 in September for its most successful month of the season. The Royals' 86-76 record was their best mark since they went 92-70 in 1989.

Chen's sharp outing put a damper on what might have been the last major league game for White Sox captain Paul Konerko, who is eligible for free agency and isn't sure if he will play again next year. The veteran first baseman is second in franchise history with 427 homers and 1,361 RBIs, and third with 2,249 hits.

CUBS-CARDINALS

Cardinals clinch home field in NL postseason

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals clinched home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs when they beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 Sunday for their sixth straight win.

With the top seed, the NL Central champions will host the wild-card winner in Game 1 of a NL division series on Thursday.

Joe Kelly (10-5) pitched 5 1-3 innings of three-hit ball in relief of Jake Westbrook as the Cardinals matched a season high winning streak to finish 97-65, their most since reaching 100 in 2005. St. Louis also won six straight from April 30-May 5.

Jon Jay, Daniel Descalso, Shane Robinson and Tony Cruz drove in runs for St. Louis.

The Cubs finish last in the Central at 66-96.

NHRA

John Force wins NHRA Midwest Nationals

MADISON, Ill. (AP) — John Force raced to his record 136th career victory and moved into position for a 16th Funny Car season title Sunday in the NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.

The 64-year-old Force won for the second time this year, beating defending series champion Jack Beckman with a 4.097-second run at 310.13 mph in a Ford Mustang. Beckman had a 4.127 at 309.84 in a Dodge Charger.

Force is six points behind leader Matt Hagan with three events left.

Antron Brown won in Top Fuel, Erica Enders-Stevens topped the Pro Stock field, and Matt Smith won in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

BEARS-LIONS INJURIES

Detroit's Mathis leaves with head injury

DETROIT (AP) — Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis left Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears because of a concussion and will not return.

The 6-foot-1 Mathis, who signed with Detroit before this season after 10 years with Jacksonville, went down in the first quarter. He was able to walk off the field but was evaluated for a while on the sideline. He eventually started walking around with a helmet in his hand, but the plan was to evaluate him again at halftime.

During the second half, his status was downgraded, and he will not return.

Without Mathis, the Lions needed to rely more on rookie defensive back Darius Slay.

BEARS-LIONS INACTIVES

Bears' Charles Tillman, Lions' Reggie Bush active

DETROIT (AP) — Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman is in the lineup against Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions.

Tillman was questionable for Sunday's game because of knee and groin injuries.

Lions running back Reggie Bush is active, as expected. He was listed as probable with an ailing left knee, a week after missing a game. Bush's return bumped Mikel Leshoure back to the inactive list.

Detroit wide receiver Patrick Edwards is inactive with a sprained right ankle. That hurts the Lions' depth chart in their first game without Nate Burleson since he broke his left arm in a car accident.

The Bears are starting defensive tackle Nate Collins in place of Henry Melton, who had a season-ending knee injury, and activated defensive tackle Landon Cohen.

ILLINOIS-NEBRASKA KICKOFF

Nebraska home game vs Illinois will start at 11 am

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska home football game against Illinois will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

The Big Ten Conference announced the game time on Sunday. ESPNU will air the game.

The 3-1 Nebraska is coming off a bye week into the game against 3-1 Illinois to start Big Ten play.

Throughout the rest of the season, most of Nebraska's game times and TV broadcasts will be announced either six or 12 days ahead of the game.

The Nov. 29 game against Iowa starts at 11 a.m.