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>>Bears Crush Colts To Spoil Luck's NFL Debut

(Chicago, IL)  --  Jay Cutler threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bears to a 41-21 season-opening win over Andrew Luck and the Colts yesterday at Soldier Field.  Brandon Marshall had 119 yards and a score in his Bears' debut, while Alshon Jeffrey finished with three catches for 80 yards and a touchdown in the win at Soldier Field.  Matt Forte [[ for-TAY ]] added 80 yards and a TD on the ground, and Michael Bush found the end zone twice.  The Bears play at Green Bay on Thursday night in Week Two.

>>Smith, Lions Edge Rams

(Detroit, MI)  --  Kevin Smith hauled in a five-yard touchdown from Matthew Stafford with ten seconds left in the game as the Lions walked away with a 27-23 season-opening win over the Rams.  St. Louis had taken the lead with under two minutes to play.  Cortland Finnegan took a 31-yard interception to the house and Sam Bradford added a 23-yard TD toss to Brandon Gibson for St. Louis.  Bradford finished 17-of-25 for 198 yards with a touchdown in defeat.  The Rams host the Redskins in their home-opener next Sunday.

>>Illini Fall To Arizona State

(Tempe, AZ)  --  The Illinois
Fighting Illini suffered a 45-14 loss at Arizona State on Saturday evening in
Tempe.  Donovonn Young had a 17-yard rushing touchdown and Eddie Viliunas hauled
in a five-yard TD from Reilly O'Toole for Illinois.  The Illini fall to 1-and-1
on the season after beating Western Michigan, 24-7, in their season-opener. 
Illinois hosts Charleston Southern on Saturday in Champaign.

>>Irish Edge Purdue

(South Bend, IN)  --  Kyle Brindza nailed a 27-yard field goal with seven seconds left to lead the 22nd-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish to a 20-17 win over Purdue on Saturday in their
home-opener from South Bend.  Everett Golson finished 21-of-31 for 289 yards and
a touchdown and also rushed for another score in the win.  The Irish improve to
2-and-0 on the season after routing Navy, 50-10, in their season-opener from
Dublin, Ireland.  ND plays at 11th-ranked Michigan State on Saturday evening.

>>Cards Clip Brewers In Ten Innings

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Allen Craig singled in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning
to give the Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Brewers.  Nori Aoki [[ aye-OH-kee ]]
hit a two-out, two-run homer off Jason Motte [[ Mott ]] in the top of the ninth
to tie the game at four and force extra innings for Milwaukee.  Matt Holliday
and Carlos Beltran hit first-inning home runs for St. Louis, which salvaged the
finale of the three-game series at Busch Stadium.  Lance Lynn got the win.  The
Cards start a three-game set in San Diego tonight as Jaime [[ HIGH-may ]] Garcia
takes the ball against Eric Stults.

>>Cubs Double Up Pirates

(Pittsburgh, PA)  --  Alfonso Soriano lifted a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to give the Cubs a 4-2 win over the Pirates yesterday in the Steel City.  Josh Vitters and Anthony
Recker each had a solo homer for Chicago, which swept the three-game series at
PNC Park.  James Russell picked up his seventh win out of the bullpen and Carlos
Marmol posted his 18th save.  The Northsiders kick off a three-game series at
Houston this evening.  Chris Volstad gets the nod opposite Dallas Keuchel in the

>>Royals Edge White Sox In Extras

(Chicago, IL)  --  Mike Moustakas [[ moo-STAH-kiss ]] and Jeff Francoeur [[ fran-COOR ]]
singled in runs in the top of the 10th inning and the Royals held on to beat the
White Sox, 2-1, yesterday in the Windy City.  Gordon Beckham doubled home a run
in the bottom half for Chicago, but Greg Holland struck out the final two
hitters with men at second and third to hold on for his 13th save.  Brett Myers
took the loss for Chicago, which has lost seven-of-ten.  The Southsiders open up
a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers this evening at The Cell.  Jose
Quintana goes up against Rick Porcello in the opener.

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