SAN DIEGO (AP) — Antonio Gates caught a 14-yard scoring pass from Philip Rivers on the game’s opening drive to snap a streak of six straight quarters without a touchdown and the San Diego Chargers went on to a 31-13 victory over the staggering Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.
The Chiefs, who lost their fifth straight, committed four more turnovers to run their NFL-high mark to a staggering 29, which have led to 104 points..
Snapping a three-game losing streak might take some heat off coach Norv Turner, who’s been heavily criticized by fans after the Chargers (4-4) blew double-digit, second-half leads in losses to New Orleans and Denver, and then lost 7-6 at Cleveland on Sunday.
The heat will surely intensify on coach Romeo Crennel of the Chiefs (1-7).
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A Lindenwood University football player remains hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a spinal injury during a game last weekend. Cornerback Sterling Thomas was hurt on Saturday at the suburban St. Louis school. Members of the Lindenwood football team plan to sell bracelets honoring Thomas.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame will honor two all-time basketball greats who played under former Tigers coach Norm Stewart. Willie Smith and Derrick Chievous will be inducted into the hall at a luncheon in Springfield on November 15th. Stewart and current Mizzou coach Frank Haith are expected to attend the event.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Longtime St. Louis Cardinals organist Ernie Hays has died at the age of 77. The St. Louis native spent 40 seasons as the Cardinals organist before retiring in 2010. Hays also served as organist for the St. Louis Blues, college sports teams and for professional soccer in St. Louis.