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NFL: Pittsburgh 23, Cincinnati 7

Pittsburgh -- Troy Polamalu and LaMarr Woodley each ran interceptions back for touchdowns Sunday and the Pittsburgh Steelers rolled to a 23-7 win over Cincinnati.

Ben Roethlisberger piled up 258 yards on 21-of-33 passing, hooking up with Hines Ward on eight passes for 115 yards. But Pittsburgh's offense didn't record a touchdown and instead relied on its defense, which held the Bengals to just 190 total yards.

The Steelers (10-3) racked up a fourth straight victory and maintained their hold atop the AFC Central.

Carson Palmer yielded three interceptions -- including the Polomalu and Woodley touchdowns -- bringing his season total of pick-offs to 18. He tossed for 178 yards and a score on 20-of-32 attempts in the setback.

NFL: Detroit 7, Green Bay 3

Detroit -- Drew Stanton connected with Will Heller for the game's only touchdown with 7:55 to play Sunday and the Detroit Lions bested Green Bay 7-3.

Stanton finished with 117 yards on 10-of-22 passing with two interceptions and Maurice Morris gained 51 yards on 11 carries for the Lions (3-10), who won for the first time in six games.

The worst news for the Packers (8-5) may have been a concussion sustained by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was hit from behind by Landon Johnson with 2:43 left in the first half while scrambling for an 18-yard gain.

Matt Flynn came in and completed 15-of-26 passes for 177 yards with one interception for Green Bay, losers of two of their last three.

NFL: Jacksonville 38, Oakland 31

Jacksonville, Fla. -- Maurice Jones-Drew scored on a 30-yard touchdown run with 1:34 to go Sunday, lifting the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 38-31 decision over Oakland.

AFC South-leading Jacksonville (8-5) got 159 yards passing on 11-of-22 attempts from David Garrard, who winged three TD passes with one interception on the day.

Jones-Drew ended up with 101 yards on 23 carries and Rashad Jennings added 109 rushing yards and a 74-yard score for the Jaguars, who won for the fifth time in six games.

Jason Campbell tossed for 324 yards and two touchdowns for the Raiders (6-7), who who lost for the third time in four games.

Darren McFadden gained 123 yards and added two scores on 16 carries in the setback.

NFL: Tampa Bay 17, Washington 16

Landover, Md. -- Josh Freeman capped a fourth-quarter drive with a 41-yard TD pass to Kellen Winslow Sunday, handing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a 17-16 win over Washington.

Freeman's scoring strike to Winslow came with 3:47 left in the game. It gave the Bucs a 15-10 lead, and Freeman rushed into the end zone for a crucial 2-point conversion to make it 17-10.

Donovan McNabb found Santana Moss up the middle for 9-yard TD pass with 9 seconds left to pull Washington to within a point, but the Redskins botched the snap on the ensuing extra point try and Tampa Bay hung on for the win.

COL BKB: Ohio St. 85, W. Carolina 60

Columbus, Ohio -- Jared Sullinger struck for 17 points and second-ranked Ohio State stayed hot Sunday with an 85-60 victory over Western Carolina.

Sullinger grabbed five rebounds and Dallas Lauderdale and Deshaun Thomas both added 13 points for the Buckeyes (8-0).

Ohio State added to its streak of winning each of its games by double digits with its latest triumph.

The Catamounts (4-8) were led by Mike Williams with a game-high 22 points and Trey Sumler contributed 12 points off the bench in the loss.

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NFL: Atlanta 31, Carolina 10

Charlotte, N.C. -- Michael Turner scored three TDs, finishing with 112 yards on 28 carries Sunday in the Atlanta Falcons' 31-10 win over Carolina.

Matt Ryan connected on 20-of-34 pass attempts for 227 yards with one touchdown for the Falcons (11-2), who posted their seventh straight win.

The Falcons came into the game with a one-game lead over New Orleans in the NFC South and were seeking to secure a playoff spot with a Philadelphia loss.

The lowly Panthers (1-12) tumbled again despite 133 yards from 18 carries from Jonathan Stewart.

Jimmy Clausen went 14-of-24 passing for 107 yards in Carolina's loss.

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NBA: Los Angeles Lakers 99, New Jersey 92

Newark, N.J. -- Kobe Bryant pumped in 32 points and Lamar Odom added 22 Sunday in the Los Angeles Lakers' 99-92 victory over New Jersey.

Bryant distributed six assists, Odam pulled down seven rebounds and Pau Gasol chipped in with 15 points and 11 boards for the Lakers, who won for the second time in three games on their current road trip.

Derek Fisher contributed 10 points for the victors.

New Jersey, which dropped its seventh straight, got 25 points and nine rebounds from Brook Lopez while Kris Humphries added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

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NFL: Buffalo 13, Cleveland 6

Orchard Park, N.Y. -- Ryan Fitzpatrick hooked up with David Nelson on a 11-yard pass to provide the game's only touchdown and the Buffalo Bills edged Cleveland 13-6 Sunday.

Fitzpatrick's TD pass came early in the second quarter and Rian Lindell kicked a pair of field goals for Buffalo (3-10), which held the Browns to only 187 yards of offense and forced three turnovers.

Fitzpatrick went 14-of-23 passing for 142 yards and no interceptions and Fred Jackson rushed 29 times for 112 yards for the Bills.

Jake Delhomme completed 12-of-20 pass attempts for a mere 86 yards and was intercepted once for Cleveland (5-8).

Payton Hillis ran the ball 21 times for 108 yards and made four grabs for 10 yards but lost a pair of fumbles in the loss.

NBA: New York 129, Denver 125

New York -- Wilson Chandler's 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining gave New York the lead and the Knicks hung on Sunday to defeat Denver 129-125.

Carmelo Anthony's driving dunk with 43 seconds left produced Denver's last tie at 122-122, but Chandler's long-range bullet put the Knicks up for good and handed New York its eighth straight win.

Amare Stoudemire pumped in 30 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Raymond Felton chipped in with 19 points and 17 assists for the Knicks, who have posted their longest winning streak since the 1994-95 season.

Stoudemire's performance made him the first Knick to ever score 30 or more points in eight consecutive games.

NBA: Philadelphia 88, New Orleans 70

Philadelphia -- Lou Williams and Andre Iguodala teamed up to score 33 points Sunday and the Philadelphia 76ers cruised to an 88-70 victory over New Orleans.

Williams put in 17 points, Iguodala added 16 and 10 rebounds and Elton Brand chipped in with 15 points and 13 boards for the Sixers, who won for the third time on a four-game homestand.

Jrue Holiday contributed 12 points for Philadephia, which held the Hornets to a paltry 30.4 percent shooting from the floor.

New Orleans got 25 points from Chris Paul as well as nine points and eight rebounds from David West in losing for the fourth time in five games.

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