Arizona's moribund attack (fourth in the NFL last season, 18th this year) showed signs of life in Sunday's 41--21 win over the Bears. The Cards entered the game averaging a league-worst 64.9 yards per game on the ground, but Tim Hightower (77 yards) and Beanie Wells (right, 72 yards) topped that.
TOYOTA IN NASCAR
Kyle Busch (right) won the Nationwide and truck series races last weekend in Fort Worth, then the Toyota driver just missed a historic triple on Sunday when he ran out of gas while leading late in the Sprint Cup race. His brother, Kurt, ended up winning (in a Dodge).
Freshman QB Andrew Luck threw for 251 yards and two TDs in a 51--42 win over Oregon that left the Cardinal ranked and bowl-eligible for the first time in eight years. "They're strong, mighty good men," beamed coach Jim Harbaugh, who took over a 1--11 program in 2006.
Asia's answer to the Yankees also ended a dry spell, beating the Nippon Ham Fighters in six games to win their 21st Japan Series—but first since 2002. "It felt great to be tossed in the air," manager Tatsunori Hara said after his players gave him the traditional celebratory heave.