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NFL

Week 8 of the NFL season kicks off tonight when the Denver Broncos host the San Diego Chargers in a key AFC West matchup. Denver is 5-1 and owns a lead of just one-half game over the 5-2 Chargers in the division. Tonight's game comes just four days after Peyton Manning set the record for most career touchdown passes in a 42-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers and it will feature two of the NFL's best quarterbacks going head to head. Manning currently leads the league in passer rating with a 118.2 mark and San Diego's Philip Rivers is third at 113.0. The Chargers had won five in a row before a 23-20 home loss to Kansas City on Sunday.

BASEBALL

The Atlanta Braves have named John Hart as president of baseball operations. Hart, a former general manager of the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers, took over as Atlanta's interim general manager in September when Frank Wren was fired after the Braves were eliminated from playoff contention. At the time, Hart was not interested in a full-time position as head of the club's baseball department, but he has now signed on for three years. The 66-year-old Hart joined the Braves in November 2013 as a senior advisor.

It's a day off for the World Series after the Kansas City Royals claimed a 7-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night in Game 2 to even the best-of-seven set at a game apiece. Billy Butler snapped a 2-2 tie with an RBI single in the sixth inning for the Royals and Omar Infante capped the five-run frame with a two-run homer, leaving it to the Kansas City bullpen to close out the game. The trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland combined for 3 2/3 innings of one-hit relief, as the Royals successfully bounced back from their first loss of the postseason in Game 1 to earn the home split. The series will resume with Game 3 on Friday in San Francisco.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The college football weekend also opens tonight with 18th-ranked East Carolina at home against American Athletic Conference rival Connecticut. The 5-1 Pirates have won four straight since a 10-point loss at South Carolina and are tied for the conference lead with UCF at 2-0, while the Huskies are just 1-5 and have lost four in a row.

NHL

Wednesday's postponed game between the Maple Leafs and Senators at the Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa has been rescheduled for Nov. 9. The Sunday contest will begin at 6 p.m. ET. Wednesday's game was postponed following the shooting in Canada's capital earlier in the day. The Senators are set to return to the ice on Saturday at home against the New Jersey Devils, while Toronto is also in action again Saturday at home against the Boston Bruins. Ottawa and Toronto were each scheduled to have Nov. 9 off after each playing separate games on Nov. 8.

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