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Police clash with fans during NFL season opener

Cop that! Police clash with rival fans during NFL season opener

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UPDATED:

10:31 GMT, 11 September 2012

Police clashed with American football fans as violence marred the start of the NFL season.

Several fans were arrested after fighting broke out during the San Diego Chargers' 22-14 victory over AFC West divisional rivals the Oakland Raiders on Monday.

Trouble: Police move in as fans fight during the second half of the NFL game

Trouble: Police move in as fans fight during the second half of the NFL game

Philip Rivers avoided the turnovers that plagued his 2011 season and helped the San Diego Chargers open the new campaign with a victory over AFC West divisional rivals on Monday.

Rivers led the Chargers on drives that produced five field goals from Nate Kaeding and finished a steady day with one touchdown throw, and more importantly, no interceptions.

Rivers threw 20 interceptions last season during a disappointing 8-8 campaign for San Diego.

The Raiders too, were hoping for a new beginning as they entered the 2012 season with a new coach and general manager.

Hand off: Sheriff officers grapple with a female fan

Hand off: Sheriff officers grapple with a female fan

Alameda County Sheriff officers contain a football fan

However, they found themselves 10-6 behind at half-time before Kaeding kicked four successive field goals to leave the home team with a mountain to climb.

Carson Palmer, who joined Oakland in the middle of last season, threw for 297 yards but could only muster a consolation touchdown in the final minute.

In Baltimore, Joe Flacco passed for 299 yards and two touchdowns, while Ray Rice rumbled into the end zone twice as the Ravens ditched their traditional bruising, methodical attack in favour of a no-huddle offense that blew away the Bengals.

Mayhem: Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden takes on Chargers' defence

Mayhem: Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden takes on Chargers' defence

Cincinnati, coming off a surprising season where they reached the playoffs with then-rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, stayed in touch at 17-13 halfway through the third quarter before Baltimore broke loose.

Flacco tossed a touchdown, Ed Reed returned an interception 34 yards for a score and the Ravens ended the game with 27 unanswered points to cap an impressive victory – especially for their quarterback.

'We know what we've got in this guy, he's won a lot of football games,' Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

'Joe Flacco is a great football player.'

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Kevin Pietersen hits T20 century for the Delhi Daredevils

It's like a dream, beams KP as England star hits stunning T20 century for the Delhi Daredevils

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UPDATED:

14:56 GMT, 19 April 2012

Kevin Pietersen's first Twenty20 century carried the Delhi Daredevils to a five-wicket victory over the winless Deccan Chargers as they moved to the top of the Indian Premier League standings.

Pietersen smashed his ninth six straight back down the wicket to score the winning runs with five balls to spare, taking his tally to 103 and Delhi's to 162 for five, four clear of their target for victory.

Delight: Pietersen scored the winning runs in the victory over the Deccan Chargers

Delight: Pietersen scored the winning runs in the victory over the Deccan Chargers

The England batsman needed just 64 balls to bring up three figures, and his masterful innings covered for the failures of others as only Yogesh Nagar, unbeaten at the close on 23, and Ross Taylor (13) made it into double figures for the Daredevils.

They had run into early trouble when opener Naman Ojha went for just one and Virender Sehwag followed for seven, bringing Pietersen into the action sooner than he might have expected.

Take bat: KP described his maiden T20 ton as a 'dream come true'

Take bat: KP described his maiden T20 ton as a 'what dreams are made of'

His partners continued to fall, with Mahela Jayawardene managing just six and Irfan Pathan five, but Pietersen stood firm, even if he rode his luck a few times.

The Chargers will be left to rue mistakes in the field as they had dropped him three times, when he was on six, 68 and 94.

Mistakes: The Chargers dropped Pietersen on three occasions

Mistakes: The Chargers dropped Pietersen on three occasions

Bharat Chipli put him down at mid-wicket early on, a moment that could have altered Deccan's fortunes entirely, while JP Duminy and Kumar Sangakkara were guilty of later spills.

Pietersen's previous T20 best had been a 79 for England against Zimbabwe in 2007.

'This is absolutely amazing, this is what dreams are made of,' Pietersen told ITV4.

'You come here as an England player and it's very, very intimidating but to come here and have all these fans cheering for you is very special.

'That was my first Twenty20 100 so it will be pretty hard to beat.'

Earlier, the Chargers had made 157 for eight, with Parthiv Patel making 45 and Shikhar Darwan 44, but Delhi had Shahbaz Nadeem (three for 16) and Morne Morkel (three for 23) to thank for keeping them in check.

The win sends Delhi above the Rajasthan Royals, having played a game less, while Deccan are stuck at the opposite end of the standings.