Zach Miller made a one-handed grab of a 25-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler with 3:19 to go, and the Chicago Bears beat the Chargers 22-19 on Monday night in San Diego.
Cutler, who overcame an interception return for a touchdown and a fumble to throw for 345 yards, calmly led the Bears on the winning 10-play, 80-yard drive after the Chargers opened a 19-14 lead on rookie Josh Lambo's 22-yard field goal.
Miller made a leaping grab with his right hand and scored. Jeremy Langford, subbing for the injured Matt Forte, ran in the 2-point conversion.
Cutler's two TD passes broke the franchise record, giving him 139 with the Bears. He had been tied with Hall of Famer Sid Luckman.
•The NFL slapped Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib with a one-game suspension for poking Colts tight end Dwayne Allen in his right eye. ...Rams receiver Stedman Bailey was suspended four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. … Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns sprained his left foot against the Jets on Sunday and was wearing a walking boot Monday. … The Patriots put running back Dion Lewis on injured reserve, ending his season one day after a serious injury to his left knee in a win over Washington. … The Rams signed receiver Wes Welker.
Illinois fires athletic director
Illinois fired athletic director Mike Thomas, saying he had done nothing wrong but a change was needed after football and women's basketball players alleged they had been mistreated by their coaches. Thomas, who will be paid $2.5 million to buy out his contract, said he believes he acted appropriately but accepts the decision.
The school also released final reports on independent investigations into the players' allegations. The football report found that former coach Tim Beckman pressured players to play hurt and interfered in medical decisions, echoing details that were disclosed when he was fired, but the women's basketball investigation found no evidence of racially motivated player mistreatment as alleged by some former players.
Missouri will play football on Saturday
Missouri will resume football activities Tuesday now that University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe has resigned. With mounting pressure from the Mizzou campus in light of several racial incidents and an ongoing hunger strike by a black Mizzou grad student, Wolfe announced his resignation Monday morning at the Old Alumni Center at the UM System Board of Curators meeting.
•J.T. Barrett is once again the starting quarterback for No. 2 Ohio State after returning from a one-game suspension.
Russia accused of doping
Russia's status as a sports superpower and its participation in track and field events at next year's Olympics came under threat after a report accused the Russians of widespread, state-supported doping reminiscent of the darkest days of cheating by the former East Germany.
The findings by a commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency were far more damaging than expected.
The WADA investigation's findings that Russian government officials must have known about doping and coverups, with even its intelligence service, the FSB, allegedly involved.
All-America team announced
Seniors Kyle Wiltjer of Gonzaga, Georges Niang of Iowa State and Buddy Hield of Oklahoma were selected to the Associated Press preseason All-American team. Junior Kris Dunn of Providence and freshman Ben Simmons of LSU round out the team. Wiltjer, who averaged 16.7 points and 6.0 rebounds last season, was the leading vote-getter, receiving 51 votes from the 65-member national media panel.
•Five women have joined a lawsuit filed against escort Katina Powell and say she falsely alleges they participated in prostitution at the University of Louisville in her book.
Jemiah Nash, Marquease Richardson, Precious Burnley, Shinita Martin and Dolly Bolden joined a suit previously filed by four Louisville students that accuses Powell of damaging the school's reputation in her book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen."
Malnati wins first Tour title
Peter Malnati won for the first time on the PGA Tour, closing with a 5-under 67 to capture the Sanderson Farms Championship.
Malnati finished at 18 under in a rain-soaked tournament that was forced to complete play Monday. He was one shot behind going into the final round but closed with five birdies over his final 12 holes to beat William McGirt and David Toms by one stroke.
AROUND THE HORN
Baseball: Ken Griffey Jr. and Trevor Hoffman are among 15 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame ballot. David Eckstein, Troy Glaus, Mike Hampton, Mike Lowell and Billy Wagner also are among the players eligible for the first time on the 32-man ballot.
•The Angels could open the 2016 season without Albert Pujols after the slugger underwent foot surgery last week and will be out into mid-March. … Indians outfielder Michael Brantley could miss the start of next season following right shoulder surgery.