Rams guaranteed non-winning season
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Rams got wins before and after their bye week last month to give them momentum toward posting the franchise's first winning record in a decade.
The past two weeks, they've struggled on the road against the 49ers and Cardinals.
The Rams (5-8) were 7-8-1 last season, almost over the hump under the new regime of coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead.
It likely won't happen this season. They've been eliminated from playoff contention and will have to win out to make it to .500 for the first time since 2006, plus they could be heavy underdogs this week against the Saints and in the finale at Seattle.
CHIEFS-BACK ON TRACK
Chiefs find Redskins to be tonic for ills
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs snapped a three-game skid by dismantling the Washington Redskins over the weekend.
It wasn't just a blowout, either. It was 45-10, that rare lopsided outcome in the NFL in which a team can start playing its backups by the fourth quarter. It was the kind of game that can fill a team with confidence.
Now, Kansas City (10-3) can clinch a playoff berth by winning at Oakland (4-9) on Sunday, or if the Dolphins lose at home to New England or the Ravens lose at Detroit on Monday night.
Auburn's Mason, Malzahn highlight AP All-SEC team
ATLANTA (AP) - Auburn running back Tre Mason is the offensive player of the year, while Gus Malzahn claimed the coaching award on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team.
The Tigers were rewarded on the team announced Monday after going from worst to first. Mason was a unanimous choice at running back and overwhelming pick as the top offensive player for leading the SEC with 1,621 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns. That includes a record 304-yard performance against Missouri in the league championship game.
Malzahn coached Auburn (12-1) to one of the great turnarounds in college football history. After going 3-9 a year ago, the Tigers will meet Florida State in the BCS championship game.
Missouri's Michael Sam is defensive player of the year. Alex Collins of Arkansas was named top freshman.
Wisconsin's Abbredris awarded Burlsworth Trophy
SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - University of Wisconsin receiver Jared Abbredris has been awarded the 2013 Burlsworth Trophy.
Abbredris was a finalist with running back Trey Watts of the University of Tulsa and lineman Max Copeland of Missouri. The trophy was awarded Monday during a ceremony in Springdale.
The Burlsworth Trophy is given to the most outstanding collegiate football player who began his career as a walk-on.
The trophy is named in honor of former Arkansas Razorback Brandon Burlsworth, who walked on at UA in 1994 and later became a three-year starter and was named an All-American in 1998. He was selected by Indianapolis in the 1999 NFL Draft but died in an auto accident 11 days later.
KANSAS CITY-NIELSEN RETIRES
Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen retires
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Sporting Kansas City captain Jimmy Nielsen is retiring, two days after making a pair of saves during penalty kicks against Real Salt Lake to help his team win its first Major League Soccer's championship since 2000.
The 36-year-old Nielsen, MLS's goalkeeper of the year in 2012, spent four years with Kansas City after playing in England for Millwall (1994-95) and Leicester (2007-08), and in Denmark for AaB Aalborg (1995-07) and Vejl (2008-10).
He set Kansas City's team goalkeeping records for games (128), wins (57) and shutouts (45).
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