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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jamaal Charles returned from an ankle injury to rush for 92 yards and score three touchdowns as the Kansas City Chiefs crushed the New England Patriots 41-14 in Kansas City. The Pro Bowl running back caught two short TD passes from Alex Smith, who threw for 248 yards and three scores in a sharp performance. Knile (nyl) Davis finished with 107 yards rushing for Kansas City, and tight end Travis Kelce had eight catches for 93 yards and a score.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone (muh-ROHN') has announced that quarterback Kyle Orton will start Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. The move comes after EJ Manuel had another sub-standard performance in the Bills' loss to Houston on Sunday. Orton was signed in the offseason as a veteran back-up to Manuel, who was Buffalo's first-round draft pick in 2013 and has started 14 games over the past two seasons.

UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have fired manager Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons and six AL Central titles. He won division crowns in his first three seasons at the helm and took two more in 2009 and 2010 before the Twins averaged just 66 wins the next four seasons. Gardenhire's dismissal came as the Houston Astros were introducing A.J. Hinch as their new manager.

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart says he never considered retiring from racing following the death of Kevin Ward Jr. The three-time NASCAR champion talked with reporters yesterday in his first news conference since a grand jury decided last week not to charge him in Ward's death. The 20-year-old Ward was struck and killed by Stewart's car during a sprint car race in upstate New York on Aug. 9.

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have signed twin forwards Markieff and Marcus Morris to four-year contract extensions after both had career years in 2013-14. Markieff set career highs last season with 13.8 points per game, 6.0 rebounds and 48.6 shooting in 81 games. Marcus also had a career year, with 9.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 44.2-percent shooting.

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