HOUSTON (AP) â€” Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes, DeAngelo Williams ran for a score and the Carolina Panthers ended Houston's seven-game winning streak with a 28-13 win over the Texans on Sunday.
Newton completed 13 of 23 passes for 149 yards, outplaying opposing rookie quarterback T.J. Yates. The Panthers (5-9) built a 21-0 halftime lead, then ended Houston's second-half rally when linebacker James Anderson intercepted Yates in the end zone midway through the fourth quarter.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) â€” The Green Bay Packers' perfect season came to a crashing halt on Sunday against the beleaguered Kansas City Chiefs, who rallied behind interim coach Romeo Crennel and new quarterback Kyle Orton to a shocking 19-14 victory.
Orton finished 23 of 31 for 299 yards in his first start for the Chiefs (6-8), who fired coach Todd Haley last Monday with the team having lost five of its last six games. The loss also ended the Packers' 19-game winning streak.
Fred T. Foard won its host Tiger Land individual tournament on Saturday. The Tigers scored 233.5 points, easily edging second place Lake Norman, who scored 169 points in the events.
Bandys finished in third place with 117 points, narrowly surpassing the 116 points of Alexander Central.
Thirteen of 14 Tiger wrestlers finished in the top 4 of each weight division, including champions Ben Pitts (132), Ben Hughes (152), Trevor Cook (160), Hayden Albert (170) and Zack Edwards (195).
Caleb Griffin also finished in a runner-up in his weight class.
Bears finish third at Porter Ridge
The Bunker Hill wrestling team finished third at Saturday's Porter Ridge Invitational.
Indians compete well at Indian Duals
Round 1: West Lincoln 63 Alleghany 9, Kings Mountain 51 Lincolnton 30, St. Stephens 36 Shelby 27, Tuscola 60 Southwest 20.
Round 2: West Lincoln 84 Lincolnton 0, Kings Mountain 45 Alleghany 22, Tuscola 42 St. Stephens 34, Southwest 42 Shelby 36.
HOUSTON â€” The setbacks finally seemed to catch up to the Houston Texans in Cincinnati last week.
It had all been going remarkably well â€” while one key player after another went down with a major injury, Houston somehow continued to win.
At last, the Texans had run into a team good enough to beat them, and the Bengals had them down 16-3 at halftime, and 19-13 with just over two minutes left.
But not even that was too much for depleted Houston to overcome.
Tied late in the third quarter, the Lady Cougars of Alexander Central pulled ahead in the closing moments of the game and held off a late Foard surge to win 41-38 on Thursday.
Maddie Suddreth led Alexander Central (7-1, 2-0) with 22 points, while Marie Ritchie added 12 points.
Scoring a game-high 24 points was Foardâ€™s Brooke Robinson. Teammate Chelsea Turner added 14 points for Foard (4-4, 0-2).
Alexander Central 48, Fred T. Foard 36
Down 45-39 entering the fourth quarter, the St. Stephens boys basketball team scored 20 points in the final quarter, lifting them past South Caldwell, 59-55, for its first conference win of the season.
Drew Starkey scored a career-high 19 points, while Jordan James added 15 points in the victory for St. Stephens (6-3, 1-1).
Jordan Propst scored 30 points, leading South Caldwell (3-5, 0-2).
South Caldwell 56, St. Stephens 35
CHARLOTTE â€” Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith said when it comes to comparing Cam Newton to Tim Tebow there is no comparison.
Smith said time will prove Newton is by far the better NFL quarterback.
"If Tebow is standing next to me I would tell it to his face â€” come check me out in five years, Jack, and you'll know who's the best quarterback," Smith said.
Events slow down in the Hickory Metro this week as Christmas approaches, but many churches are holding special holiday services.
Newton-Conover High School will also offer a free lunch for the needy on Thursday.
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Frances Helen Roseman Goble, 89, of Claremont, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Goble family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.