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The Extra Point

Earl Thomas bounced back from a broken leg that had him contemplating retirement to reclaiming his place as the NFL's top safety. The Seattle Seahawks' playmaking star and defensive leader was voted the league's No. 1 player at his position in The Associated Press positional rankings. Thomas easily beat out Minnesota's Harrison Smith and Kansas City's Eric Berry in the voting, which was conducted by Pro Football Hall of Famer James Lofton and 10 AP football writers. "Forget the other Legion of Boom members, Thomas is the key to Seattle's secondary and defense overall," said AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner, who's based in New York. Thomas received six of 11 first-place votes in a 10-points-to-one-point system.

NFL capsules

Chiefs at Giants 1 p.m. Chiefs are 6-1 against NFC East since 2013. ... Coach Andy Reid 16-2 in games coming off bye. ...QB Alex Smith leads NFL with 113.9 quarterback rating. ... Rookie RB Kareem Hunt leads AFC with 1,131 yards from scrimmage and is second with 800 yards rushing. Giants' 1-8 record is worst since 1980, when they finished 4-12. ... QB Eli Manning will make 209th consecutive start, passing brother Peyton for second all-time. ...Defense has given up touchdown passes of 52, 67, 83 and 47 yards in past two games. Line: Chiefs by 101/2 Pick: Chiefs 30-13 Cardinals at Texans 1 p.m. Backup QB Drew Stanton threw for 273 yards and TD last week, but hurt his knee.


Cavaliers weather LeBron’s ejection

Cleveland Kevin Love scored 32 of his 38 points in the first half, LeBron James was ejected for the first time in his career and the Cleveland Cavaliers extended their longest winning streak since 2015 to nine games by downing the Miami Heat 108-97 on Tuesday night. Love had his way with every defender Miami put on him, finishing 10 of 16 from the field and 14 of 17 on free throws. He scored 22 in the first quarter and the Cavs opened a 27-point lead before halftime. James added 21 points before he was slapped with two technical fouls by referee Kane Fitzgerald and tossed with 1:59 left in the third quarter and the Cavs leading by 23. It was the first time James was thrown out in 1,082 career games.

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