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October 16, 2013 02:22 PM EST | AP

Digest of sports enterprise stories moving for Oct. 19-20. For questions, please call (212) 621-1630. For repeats, call the service desk at (800) 838-4616.




SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Vernon Davis joked about burning past the Honey Badger, Arizona safety Tyrann Mathieu. He razzed Cardinals wide receiver and pal Larry Fitzgerald for having more body fat than the San Francisco tight end who is as fit and fast as ever pushing 30. The sensational day Davis put together last weekend allowed him a little bit of leeway: He caught touchdown passes of 61 and 35 yards and finished with a career-best 180 yards receiving in a 32-20 victory. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 8 p.m. Thursday.



INDIANAPOLIS — Peyton Manning is coming home, and Colts fans are expected to embrace his return. Until kickoff, that is. The biggest regular-season game of the year will be more than just a measuring stick between two of the league's top quarterbacks, Manning and the man who replaced him, Andrew Luck. It will be a barometer about how good the Colts truly are — and if Manning has a realistic shot of chasing perfection again. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 8 p.m. Thursday.


For all the high-flying offenses and high-scoring games, defense still matters in the NFL. And when the weather gets nasty, injuries and fatigue begin wearing down players, that will be even more true. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 8 p.m. Thursday.


When Houston visits Kansas City on Sunday, it will match up a title contender against a team trying to turn things around. With a twist, of course: The Texans are also-rans instead of AFC South leaders, and the Chiefs are undefeated rather than simply rebuilding from a 2-14 season. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 1,600 words, photos by 11 p.m. Thursday.


NEW ORLEANS — Rather than dwell on a dramatic Tom Brady pass that ruined their perfect record, the New Orleans Saints are trying to take a realistic approach to gauging their strong start to the 2013 season. They are pleased to be 5-1, leading the NFC South and tied with Seattle atop the conference. Leaders like Drew Brees and Lance Moore are quick to point out they could easily be 3-3 if not for last-minute successes against Atlanta and Tampa Bay earlier this season. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 8 p.m. Thursday.


ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders spent the first two years after late owner Al Davis' death looking for a quarterback to build around. They traded valuable draft picks for Carson Palmer and Matt Flynn, drafted Tyler Wilson and pursued Josh Freeman. Now they finally seem ready to build around the quarterback Davis left them when he used his final draft pick of a near half-century tenure on Terrelle Pryor. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 8 p.m. Thursday.


FBN--NFL NOTES. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1 p.m. Friday.



PHILADELPHIA — The old coach was fired three games into the season. The new one hasn't fared much better. And in a tough division — as early as it may be in this NHL season — time might be running out on the last-place Philadelphia Flyers and a management team that has made questionable move after questionable move for years. After a fall coaching change — and a summer of acquisitions — the focus is now on Paul Holmgren, the general manager, who may also be on his way out, should the team continue to struggle. By Dan Gelston. UPCCOMING: 800 words, photos by 1 p.m. Friday.


— AP Sportlight. UPCOMING.

— This Date in Baseball. UPCOMING.