Chiefs down Chargers to control AFC West

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Alex Smith threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns, Kareem Hunt ran for 155 yards and a score, and the Kansas City Chiefs routed the turnover-prone Los Angeles Chargers 30-13 on Saturday night to seize control of the AFC West.

Hunt also had a TD catch for the Chiefs (8-6), whose eighth straight win over the Chargers all but sewed up the division and a spot in the playoffs. The only way Kansas City can squander it is by losing its last two games and the Chargers or Oakland Raiders winning out.

The Chargers (7-7) led 13-10 early in the second half, but Philip Rivers threw three interceptions - two of them to Marcus Peters - and Austin Ekeler coughed up a fumble down the stretch.

Lions win to keep playoff hopes alive

DETROIT (AP) Matthew Stafford struck a balance between making plays and avoiding mistakes to keep the Detroit Lions in the playoff picture.

Stafford threw two touchdown passes and didn't have a turnover, helping Detroit beat the Chicago Bears 20-10 on Saturday night. (MORE)

Kemp rejoins Dodgers, Gonzalez to Braves

Matt Kemp is returning to the place where he began his major league career, reacquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday as part of a five-player trade with the Atlanta Braves that creates more financial flexibility for the reigning NL champions.

The Dodgers sent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, oft-injured starting pitchers Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy, infielder Charlie Culberson and cash to Atlanta for the 33-year-old Kemp. (MORE)

Yanks keep Sabathia on 1-year, $10M deal

NEW YORK (AP) C.C. Sabathia has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal to remain with the New York Yankees. first reported the deal Saturday. (MORE)

Rockets beat Bucks for 13th straight win

HOUSTON (AP) Nursing a sore knee, James Harden said he came close to not playing Saturday night.

When team doctors warned him that it would be painful, but he could play through it, he said, "Let's go." (MORE)

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