Thursday 18 January 2018

Lions fight back to deny Dallas


The Detroit Lions battled back from the jaws of defeat to continue their 100pc start to the NFL season with a 34-30 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

In their last game, Detroit trailed 20-0 at half-time before rallying to beat the Minnesota Vikings in overtime and did even better as they recovered from a 24-point deficit to defeat the Cowboys.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson combined for two touchdowns in the final period to help Detroit make it four wins out of four and complete an NFL-best eight consecutive victories.

There was a similarly impressive second-half comeback from the San Francisco 49ers as they recovered from 20-0 down to edge out the Philadelphia Eagles 24-23 for their third win of the campaign.

Michael Vick threw for a career-high 416 yards and two touchdowns but he could not lead Philadelphia to victory as the 49ers claimed the win when Frank Gore ended a 77-yard drive with a 12-yard touchdown run with three minutes left.

The final 100pc winning record in the AFC disappeared after the Buffalo Bills lost 23-20 to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Devin Hester claimed an NFL record with his 11th punt return for a touchdown, moving ahead of Eric Metcalf, to help the Chicago Bears defeat the Carolina Panthers 34-29.

The Washington Redskins are 3-1 for the first time since 2008 after defeating the St Louis Rams 17-10, leaving their hosts -- who were booed off at half-time for the second successive week -- with a fourth successive loss.

The Tennessee Titans secured their third straight win under first-year coach Mike Munchak after thrashing the Cleveland Browns 31-13.

Matt Ryan threw for 291 yards, rookie Julio Jones caught 11 passes for 127 yards, as the Atlanta Falcons held off a second-half rally from Seattle Seahawks for a 30-28 victory.

The Green Bay Packers remain unbeaten thanks to a career-best day from Aaron Rodgers in a 49-23 rout of the Denver Broncos.

Rodgers threw for a career-high 408 yards, tied a personal best with four touchdown passes and ran for two more scores.


CONOR NILAND followed up his dramatic win over Louk Sorensen with an emphatic victory in the final qualifying round of the ATP Challenger Tour event in Mons, Belgium.

No 4 seed Niland needed only an hour and 13 minutes to see off Bosnia and Herzegovina's Mirza Basic 6-4 6-2.

After the opening eight games were shared, 206-ranked Niland broke his 344-ranked opponent in the ninth game before serving out for the opening set.

The 30-year-old Limerick man enjoyed a more comfortable passage in the second set, breaking in the fifth game, before reeling off the next three games to clinch a place in the main draw.

He now meets Belgium 's 89-ranked Steve Darcis. Sixth seed Andy Roddick was sent packing by South African Kevin Anderson 6-4 7-5 in the first round of the China Open.

Irish Independent

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