The Chase for the NEXTEL Cup standings are rocked in a race that was red-flagged twice due to rain, shortened by 85 miles due to darkness, and finished under caution. Of the 12 drivers in the Chase, seven finished 29th or worse. The day started with the top six drivers separated by 28 points; now, the only drivers within 100 points of new Chase leader Johnson are Jeff Gordon and Bowyer.
Brett Favre completes a touchdown pass to Greg Jennings in the first quarter to become the sole owner of the career passing TD record, surpassing Dan Marino. Favre would later go on to throw another touchdown, putting the total at 422 as the Green Bay Packers go 4-0 for the first time since 1998.
The surprising 3-1 Lions set a league record with 34 fourth-quarter points, including returns of an interception and an onside kick for touchdowns; new Bears starting quarterback Brian Griese throws three interceptions.
LSU takes over the top ranking in the AP Poll from USC after the Trojans' sloppy 27-24 win over Washington. USC remains atop the Coaches and Harris Polls, with LSU second. USC becomes the first team to lose the #1 ranking in either poll after a victory since 2002. ESPN.com
After a tumultuous week that saw 10 of last week's Top 25 lose to lower-ranked or unranked teams, the remainder of the poll is completely overhauled, with only one team (Nebraska) holding down the same position in the AP Poll as last week. Highlights:
Tony Gwynn, Jr. victimizes his father's former team with a two-out triple off Trevor Hoffman in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, and the Brewers go on to win. The Padres' loss gives Arizona both the NL West title and home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.
The Bulls, a team that has only played Division I football for 10 years, take a 21-3 lead and never look back to give West Virginia its first loss of the year. To add injury to insult, Mountaineers quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Pat White suffers an injury in the 2nd quarter that caused him to leave the game.
The Yankees take a 9-6 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but Mariano Rivera blows the save, and Melvin Mora's bunt single in the 10th drives in the winning run and clinches the AL East for the Bosox. The Division Series are now set, with Boston playing Los Angeles and the Yankees playing Cleveland.
The Phillies reach a tie for first place in the NL East for the first time this season. Philadelphia first basemanRyan Howard strikes out twice; his first strikeout, his 196th on the season, breaks Adam Dunn's record for most strikeouts in a season.
The Brewers close to within 2 games of the Cubs in the NL Central. Also, the Brewers' Prince Fielder becomes the youngest player ever to hit 50 homers in a season, and also joins his father Cecil as the only father-and-son duo to do so.
The Rockies' eighth-straight win brings them within 4 games of Arizona in the NL West and 1½ games of San Diego in the wild-card chase. The game is the least of the Padres' losses, as left fielder Milton Bradley is lost for the season with a torn ACL suffered when his manager Bud Black spun him to the ground to keep him from confronting umpire Mike Winters.
The Eagles get their first win of the season, with Donovan McNabb throwing for 381 yards and four first-half touchdowns. Kevin Curtis was on the receiving end for 221 yards and three TDs, while Brian Westbrook had over 100 yards of both rushing and receiving and the other three Philly TDs.
A week after a timeout just before the snap nullified a game-winning Raiders field goal, Oakland coach Lane Kiffin uses the same strategy to nullify Phil Dawson's would-be successful attempt at a game-winning field goal. Raiders defensive tackleTommy Kelly blocks the ensuing attempt.
The Wildcats score 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win their SEC road opener for the first time since 1984. Wildcats quarterback Andre' Woodson breaks Trent Dilfer's major-college record for most consecutive pass attempts without an interception, with his total now standing at 296.
The Houston Astros eliminate the defending World Series champion Cardinals from playoff contention, and assures Major League Baseball of a new world champion for the seventh year in a row (the 2000 New York Yankees remain the last team to repeat as World Series champions).
Wigan, who only qualified for the play-offs in the last weekend of the season after a surprise win against minor premiers St Helens, come back from a 30–6 deficit in the last 20 minutes and eliminate Bradford.(Super League)
José Mourinho resigns as manager of Chelsea "by mutual consent" after a breakdown in his relations with the club hierarchy. The club and Mourinho agree to a £20 million buyout of the remaining three years of his contract. (ESPNSoccernet)
In his first game as the Browns' regular quarterback, Derek Anderson throws for five touchdowns, while Jamal Lewis rushes for 215 yards in the shootout. Carson Palmer racks up 401 yards and six scores in a losing effort.
What appears to be Sebastian Janikowski's game-winning field goal is waved off when officials rule the Broncos had called time-out before the snap. Janikowski's second attempt strikes the upright, while Jason Elam is true on a 23-yarder shortly thereafter.
Russia receives a direct berth in the 2008 Olympics. Since Spain already qualified for Beijing by winning the 2006 FIBA World Championship, Lithuania also books a place in Beijing. Greece, Germany, Croatia, and Slovenia advance to the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament.
LPGA and Ladies European Tour: Team USA wins the Solheim Cup 16–12 over Team Europe in Sweden, going 8–3–1 on the final day of singles matches and winning the Cup for only the second time ever in Europe. This came a day after television commentator Dottie Pepper called Team USA "chokin' freakin' dogs" in a comment that accidentally went over the air.
Russia book their place in the 2008 Olympics. With Spain already qualified for Beijing as reigning world champions, the winner of the third-place match tomorrow between Greece and Lithuania will also book a place in Beijing, with the loser going to the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament.
Croatia and Germany also book places in the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament. They will be joined by the winner of the seventh-place match tomorrow between France and Slovenia.
The New England Patriots, confirmed to have spied on the New York Jets' signals with a secret video camera in their season opener, have been fined $250,000USD as a team, with their coach, Bill Belichick, being fined $500,000USD. Also, if they make the playoffs this year, they forfeit their first round draft pick, but if they miss the playoffs, they forfeit their second and third round picks.
Far Eastern University avoids elimination as they force the defending champions University of Santo Tomas in a do-or-die affair to determine which team will advance to the playoffs.
The University of the East clinches the first Finals berth as they swept the elimination round, the first time a team was able to do so since 1993, by beating De La Salle University-Manila in a mostly tightly-fought contest.
Aya Miyama scores both goals for her team on free kicks, one in the final minute of extra time to steal a point for Japan. Kelly Smith scores both goals for England in the final ten minutes of regulation play.
Buffalo Billstight endKevin Everett is recovering after emergency surgery to stabilize the neck injury he sustained in the Bills' Week 1 loss to the Denver Broncos. Doctors stated that his spinal cord, injured between the third and fourth cervical vertebrae, was not severed, but that his chance of a full recovery are slim. Everett was conscious and alert following his injury up until entering surgery, and is aware of his situation. They will know more about his long-term prognosis in another 2-3 days.
: Rutgers RBRay Rice runs for two touchdowns and catches another en route to becoming the school's all-time leading rusher. The Scarlet Knights' defense also intercepts Navy QBKaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada three times.
The top three positions in both the AP and Coaches Polls remain the same from last week, with USC and LSU 1-2 in both polls, West Virginia holding steady at #3 in the AP Poll, and Florida remaining #3 in the Coaches Poll.
Argentina and the United States advance to the finals, therefore qualifying for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Brazil and Puerto Rico are eliminated from contention. However, as teams that exited in the semifinal round, Brazil and Puerto Rico join fifth-place finisher Canada in qualifying for the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament.