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Chiefs humble Pats...Raiders fire Allen...Twins ax Gardenhire...Astros hire Hinch...

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 30, 2014 at 12:10 a.m.



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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jamaal Charles ran for 92 yards and a touchdown as the Kansas City Chiefs handed Tom Brady his second-worst regular-season loss as New England's quarterback, beating the New England Patriots 41-14. Charles also grabbed a pair of scoring passes from Alex Smith, who threw for 248 yards and three scores for the 2-2 Chiefs. The only other time Brady has lost a game by at least 27 points was September of 2003 in a 31-0 shutout by the Bills in Buffalo.

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the move has confirmed to The Associated Press that Dennis Allen is out as head coach of the Oakland Raiders after just two-plus seasons and an 8-28 record. The decision comes one day after the team lost its 10th straight contest dating to last season, 38-14 to Miami in London. The Raiders went 4-12 in each of their two full seasons under Allen and haven't had a winning season since capturing the 2002 AFC championship.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have fired manager Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons and six AL Central division titles. The Twins finished first in their first three seasons under Gardenhire and captured back-to-back division crowns in 2009 and 2010. Gardenhire was the 2010 AL manager of the year, but the team has averaged 96 losses the last four seasons.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have introduced A.J. Hinch as their new manager, a job he previously held with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hinch takes over for Bo Porter, who was let go Sept. 1 before the team finished 70-92. The former major league catcher most recently was the vice president of professional scouting for San Diego from 2010 until August.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has suspended four freshmen football players for Saturday night's SEC game against South Carolina for their involvement with air pistol shots being fired near a residence hall on campus Sunday night. Running back and Wildcats all-purpose yards leader Stanley "Boom" Williams was suspended, along with backup quarterback Drew Barker, wide receiver Dorian Baker, and defensive end Tymere Dubose. No one was injured, but police issued an alert advising people to stay indoors on the Lexington campus as they investigated.

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