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  • Bulls beat Pelicans 107-100 for 6th straight win Dec 28, 2014 3:32 AM
    Jimmy Butler scores 33 as Chicago Bulls beat New Orleans Pelicans 107-100 for 6th straight win

  • Kane helps Blackhawks to 5-2 win over Avs Dec 28, 2014 5:18 AM
    Patrick Kane scores 2 goals as Blackhawks beat Avalanche 5-2

  • Colts beat Titans 27-10 Dec 28, 2014 3:20 PM
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Andrew Luck threw for 160 yards and two touchdowns before sitting out the second half, and the Indianapolis Colts tuned up for the postseason by beating the Tennessee Titans 27-10 on Sunday. The Colts (11-5) bounced back from their worst performance this season by nearly matching what they did offensively in the loss at Dallas by halftime. They wound up outgaining the Titans 378-192 as the AFC South champs swept their division a second straight season for the first time in franchise history. Indianapolis will host the loser of Cincinnati-Pittsburgh in a wild-card game barring a tie in that game Sunday night. With their 10th straight loss and Tampa Bay’s loss to New Orleans, the Titans (2-14) finished their worst season since 1994 and likely will pick second overall in the draft. This franchise hasn’t picked No. 1 overall since trading for the right in 1978 to pick Earl Campbell.

  • Bills beat disinterested Patriots Dec 28, 2014 3:19 PM
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Kyle Orton threw for one touchdown, Anthony Dixon ran for another and the Buffalo Bills finished their first winning season in 10 years with a 17-9 win over the going-through-the motions New England Patriots on Sunday. With the top seed in the AFC playoffs already clinched, the Patriots used quarterback Tom Brady for only the first half and held out tight end Rob Gronkowski and five other starters. The victory snapped several streaks: Buffalo’s 0-12 record at Gillette Stadium and New England’s 35 straight home wins against AFC teams. It was a price the Patriots (12-4) were willing to pay to protect key players, although left tackle Nate Solder didn’t return after hurting his knee late in the first half. The Bills (9-7) were eliminated from the playoffs a week earlier.

  • Murray breaks Smith’s Cowboys season rushing mark Dec 28, 2014 3:20 PM
    DeMarco Murray broke the franchise single-season rushing record for the Dallas Cowboys, passing Emmitt Smith in the first quarter of Sunday’s victory over Washington. Murray set the mark with a 32-yard run that included a nice cutback, leaving safety Ryan Clark flat-footed at the line of scrimmage. Smith rushed for 1,773 yards in 1995. Murray entered the season finale needing 29 yards to break the record. “I couldn’t be happier for him,” Smith said. “He is very deserving of this recognition. ... I am proud of him because I know how hard it is to do what he did this year. I am also proud because I’ve watched him bounce back from some injury setbacks in his first few years. He’s a worked through all that, and he deserves to have this record.” Smith, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, ran for 18,355 yards over a 15-year career, including 13 seasons with the Cowboys. Also in the first quarter, Dez Bryant caught scoring passes of 65 and 23 yards to break Terrell Owens’ franchise record of 15 touchdown receptions, set in 2007.

  • Greenway out vs. Bears; Vikings down 2 linebackers Dec 28, 2014 4:18 PM
    With Chad Greenway out against Bears, Vikings down pair of starting linebackers

  • Ravens beat Browns to earn playoff berth Dec 28, 2014 3:22 PM
    The Baltimore Ravens earned a wild-card berth in the AFC playoffs Sunday, rallying to defeat the Cleveland Browns 20-10 while getting the help they needed halfway across the country. Down 10-3 in the fourth quarter, the Ravens kicked a field goal and then took the lead on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith with 7:33 left. Flacco’s 2-yard TD throw to Kamar Aiken with 3:44 remaining clinched it. To reach the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years, Baltimore (10-6) needed to beat the Browns (7-9) and have San Diego lose in Kansas City. That is precisely what happened. The first part of that equation seemed easy enough, given that the Browns had lost four straight, were starting rookie quarterback Connor Shaw and had dropped 12 of their past 13 against Baltimore. The Ravens prevailed, and the Chiefs completed Baltimore’s dream scenario with a 19-7 win.

  • Brees rallies Saints past Bucs Dec 28, 2014 3:23 PM
    Drew Brees threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston with 1:57 remaining Sunday, helping New Orleans overcome a 13-point, second-half deficit to beat Tampa Bay 23-20 and keep the Buccaneers on course to land the top pick in the NFL draft. Brees shrugged off three interceptions — two of them stopping promising third-quarter drives — to throw for 281 yards. His only TD pass gave the Saints (7-9) their first lead, and Junior Galette sacked Josh McCown for a safety that provided the final margin of victory. Doug Martin rushed for a season-best 108 yards and rookie Mike Evans set a Tampa Bay record with his 12th touchdown reception as the Bucs (2-14) flirted with damaging their chances of winding up with the No. 1 overall selection in the draft.

  • Rex Ryan and Jets beat Dolphins in finale Dec 28, 2014 3:31 PM
    The New York Jets won their season finale Sunday, which might not be enough to save coach Rex Ryan’s job. Embattled Geno Smith had his best game in a rocky season, throwing for a career-high 358 yards and three touchdowns to help Ryan and the Jets beat the Miami Dolphins 37-24. Smith’s performance negated a 97-yard run by Lamar Miller, the longest play from scrimmage in Dolphins history. The Jets rallied from a 10-point third-quarter deficit, and Ryan ordered a fake punt with four minutes left that sealed the victory. With the Jets sitting out the postseason for the fourth consecutive year, owner Woody Johnson is widely expected to fire Ryan, and perhaps general manager John Idzik.

  • Watt helps Texans to 23-17 win over Jaguars Dec 28, 2014 3:31 PM
    J.J. Watt had three sacks and a safety and Andre Johnson had 134 yards receiving and a touchdown to lead the Houston Texans to a 23-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. The Texans (9-7) had a shot at making the playoffs, but Baltimore beat Cleveland 20-10 to claim the final AFC wild-card spot. Johnson gave Houston a 21-17 lead with an 8-yard reception early in the fourth. Watt made it 23-17 when he sacked Blake Bortles in the end zone for a safety a few minutes later. The sack gave him 20 1/2 this season, making him the first player in NFL history to have two seasons with 20 or more sacks. The Jaguars (3-13) had a chance to take the lead late, but Cecil Shorts III was out of bounds on a catch on fourth down.

  • Sanchez, special teams lead Eagles over Giants Dec 28, 2014 3:31 PM
    Mark Sanchez threw two touchdowns and the Philadelphia Eagles’ special teams scored their seventh touchdown of this otherwise frustrating season in a 34-26 victory over the Giants on Sunday, in what could have been Tom Coughin’s final game as New York’s coach. Backup tight end Trey Burton returned a blocked punt 27 yards for a score in the third quarter, and Nate Allen iced the game with a late interception. The Eagles (10-6) snapped a three-game losing streak that knocked them out of playoff contention last week. The 10 wins matched their total last season when they won the NFC East. Rookie Odell Beckham Jr. had 12 catches for a career-best 185 yards, including a 63-yard fourth-quarter touchdown that got the Giants within 31-26. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Giants (6-10), who have missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

  • Chiefs beat Chargers, both miss playoffs Dec 28, 2014 3:28 PM
    The Kansas City Chiefs beat San Diego 19-7 on Sunday to eliminate the Chargers from playoff contention, moments before they were eliminated themselves by games happening elsewhere. The Chiefs needed Cleveland to beat Baltimore and Jacksonville to beat Houston, and neither of those outcomes transpired. The Ravens wound up with the AFC’s final playoff spot. San Diego (9-7) needed merely to beat Kansas City (9-7) to reach the postseason. Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston piled up four sacks to finish with 22 on the season, breaking Derrick Thomas’s franchise record, and Cairo Santos had four field goals. The Chargers’ Philip Rivers threw for 291 yards, but was picked off twice. Branden Oliver ran for 71 yards and a touchdown.

  • Another loss ends Bears’ season Dec 28, 2014 2:57 PM
    If the continued employment of Bears coaches’ or higher-ups was hanging in the balance going into the final game of the season, they didn’t get any help in a 13-9 loss to the Vikings. After struggling to score on its own, the Bears’ offense couldn’t even capitalize when it was given advantageous field position by special teams and the defense.

  • Bridgewater, Vikings get by Bears 13-9 Dec 28, 2014 8:45 PM
    Bridgewater, Vikings post 13-9 victory, as Bears close year with another ugly game

  • Michael Sam tells Oprah coming out was right thing to do Dec 27, 2014 7:51 PM
    ST. LOUIS — Michael Sam says in a TV documentary airing Saturday night that coming out as gay was the right thing to do. The Oprah Winfrey Network said in a release that the 90-minute program followed by a one-on-one with Winfrey and Sam was the player’s first TV appearance since being cut by the Dallas Cowboys in mid-October. After one day of filming last spring, the Rams pulled the plug on the network’s plans for a Sam documentary during training camp. In a transcript released by the network, Sam called the NFL draft “the longest three days of my life.” The St. Louis Rams drafted Sam late in the seventh round. Sam said the reassuring hand of his boyfriend, Vito, on his shoulder during the wait to get picked affirmed the decision last February to reveal his sexual orientation. Sam was a defensive end who was the SEC co-defensive player of the year. “In that moment, I was like, ‘I don’t care what happens. I made the right choice to come out,”’ Sam said. In a voiceover promo for the show, Winfrey questions whether Sam got a fair shot. Sam kissed his boyfriend as a national television audience looked on. “Some say the kiss, the cake, it was all just too much,” Winfrey said. “Some say he wasn’t good enough. Others say he should have never come out.” The Rams made Sam, the co-defensive player of the year at Missouri, the 249th overall pick out of 256 in the draft. He was among 21 players waived by the team to reach the 53-player limit before the season opener. Echoing his remarks after drafting Sam with the 249th overall pick, coach Jeff Fisher said several times it was purely a football decision. The Rams were well-stocked with pass rushers, and undrafted Ethan Westbrooks grabbed the final defensive end spot. “I will tell you this: I was pulling for Mike,” Fisher said then. “I really was, and I don’t say that very often. Mike came in here and did everything we asked him to do.” On Twitter, roughly an hour after he was cut, Sam thanked the Rams and the city of St. Louis. He also wrote, “The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I’ve always known. The journey continues.” Sam spent seven weeks on the Cowboys’ practice squad before being released and is a free agent.

  • Pelicans coach in sync with Bulls’ Thibodeau Dec 27, 2014 11:58 PM
    New Orleans coach Monty Williams spent his second summer working with Tom Thibodeau on the Team USA coaching staff. Before Saturday's game at the United Center, Williams talked about long walks and late nights spent with his good friend.

  • Late Blackhawks staffer Clint Reif honored throughout hockey Dec 27, 2014 9:08 PM
    The hockey world has been mourning beloved Blackhawks assistant equipment manager Clint Reif ever since word of his death Dec. 21. The latest salute to Reif came in a minor league hockey game Saturday. Pictures posted on social media showed hockey pucks arranged in a “CR” before a hockey game between the Fort Wayne Komets and the Evansville IceMen in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

  • Sluggish start, strong finish for Blackhawks Dec 27, 2014 11:17 PM
    Looking to bounce back after a dreadful 5-1 loss to Winnipeg before the Christmas break, the Blackhawks wanted to start fast Saturday night in Colorado. Call it a holiday hangover if you want, but that didn’t come close to happening. But not surprisingly, the Hawks came away with a victory.

  • Jimmy Butler scores 33 in Bulls’ win Dec 27, 2014 11:58 PM
    Jimmy Butler scored 33 points and the bench played well as the Bulls won their sixth straight, beating New Orleans 107-100 on Saturday at the United Center.

  • For Bears’ Forte, it’s always team first Dec 27, 2014 7:43 PM
    Bears running back Matt Forte can reach some impressive personal milestones and NFL records against the Vikings, but he's more concerned with getting a victory.

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