Column: Maybe the key word in NFL stretch drive is balance
Football purists are smiling. For one week, the video game nature of the NFL hit pause. Only one quarterback on Saturday or Sunday threw for 300 yards, let alone 400.
NFL ICYMI: As of now, Brady, Patriots not what they've been
Tom Brady scrambled and heaved up a wobbly pass off his back foot, the sort of thing a less-experienced, less-accomplished and, well, less-cool QB might do.
East features MVP candidates even with LeBron in the West
With eight shopping days to Christmas, the NBA's decision to have Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo and Philadelphia's Joel Embiid in its holiday lineup is more than just sides in another hoop smorgasbord.
LeBron's season-low 13 in blowout caps Lakers' eventful week
WASHINGTON (AP) — This was hardly the ideal way for LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers to cap what amounted to an eventful week of highs and lows.
Voight's career night of 52 points leads Northern Illinois
NEW YORK (AP) — Northern Illinois senior guard Mikayla Voight had a game to remember against Western Illinois. She set two school records when she had a career-best 52 points in the 86-61 win on Dec.
Back in the game: Foles leads Eagles past Rams 30-23
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles already knew Nick Foles could do it. After all, it was only last December when the veteran quarterback replaced an injured Carson Wentz and upset the Los Angeles Rams at the Coliseum.
Bears clinch NFC North with 24-17 victory over Packers
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North and helped knock Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers out of playoff contention.
Scheifele scores in OT, sends Jets past Lightning 5-4
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Mark Scheifele was in a joking mood after setting up the tying goal and scoring the winner for the Winnipeg Jets.
Loves set scoring records to win Father-Son Challenge
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Davis Love III and his son Dru played so well Sunday that they set two scoring records, rallied from a three-shot deficit to win the PNC Father-Son Challenge and then wondered if they would get to play again.
Steelers ride rookie Samuels past Patriots 17-10
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger didn't want to use the word "crossroads." He did anyway. His team mired in a three-game losing streak and with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on the other sideline Sunday — a sight that typically signals doom for Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers — the longtime quarterback understood his team's enigmatic season had reached a tipping point.
Dolphins' Gore injures left ankle against Vikings
Miami's Frank Gore hurt his left ankle on the second-to-last play of the first quarter and didn't return to the Dolphins' loss at Minnesota on Sunday.
AP source: Wilson Ramos, Mets agree to $19M, 2-year deal
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets have agreed to a $19 million, two-year contract with free agent catcher Wilson Ramos, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
Colts use Mack attack, defense to shut down Cowboys 23-0
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack kept his eyes down the field and his legs churning Sunday. His teammates took the cue.
The Latest: Steelers beat Pats for first time since '11
The Latest on NFL's Week 15 (all times Eastern): 7:30 p.m. The Pittsburgh Steelers have beaten the New England Patriots for the first time since 2011.
Simmons, Embiid lead 76ers past Cavs in Butler's return
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jimmy Butler's return brought out the best in his Philadelphia teammates. Ben Simmons had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists for his third triple-double of the season, Joel Embiid scored 24 points and the 76ers routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-105 on Sunday.
Heupel, Kelly, Saban are finalists for AP coach of year
UCF's Josh Heupel, Notre Dame's Brian Kelly and Alabama's Nick Saban are the finalists for The Associated Press national college football coach of the year after leading their teams to unbeaten regular seasons.
US coach: Vonn plans to return to racing next month
SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — Lindsey Vonn is hoping to return from injury next month and resume her pursuit of the all-time World Cup wins record, according to the U.S.
Johnson leads Redskins to late scores, 16-13 win at Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Josh Johnson's Madden rating should get a bump after his first NFL start in seven years. Johnson, who played Madden NFL 19 to learn his new teammates' names, led Washington on two scoring drives in the fourth quarter to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 16-13 on Sunday.
Cook carries Vikings past Dolphins 41-17
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With a new play caller in place, the Minnesota Vikings recommitted to running the ball. And Dalvin Cook proved again his capability, when healthy, of taking over a game.
TOP 25 REWIND: No. 4 Gonzaga pushing through tough stretch
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Gonzaga has spent the early part of the season traveling around the country to face high-profile nonconference opponents, and coach Mark Few has no regrets about that.
Shaqiri double earns Liverpool 3-1 win over Man United
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Substitute Xherdan Shaqiri scored two goals from deflected shots to help Liverpool beat fierce rival Manchester United 3-1 and lift his team back atop the Premier League on Sunday.
Redskins QB Alex Smith released from hospital, back home
Washington quarterback Alex Smith has been released from the hospital following multiple surgeries to his broken right leg. His wife, Elizabeth Smith, posted an update on Instagram on Sunday morning and said she was grateful to have her husband home.
Hirscher dominates to win Alta Badia GS 6th straight year
LA VILLA, Italy (AP) — Marcel Hirscher dominated to extend his record by winning the Alta Badia giant slalom for a sixth straight year Sunday and reclaimed the overall World Cup lead.
Alvarez stops Fielding in 3rd round for 3rd division title
NEW YORK (AP) — Canelo Alvarez threw a Garden party Saturday night. A short and powerful fiesta. Alvarez landed dozens of body punches, knocking down Rocky Fielding four times and stopping him in the third round to earn his third weight class title, taking the WBA super middleweight belt.
Cleveland Browns beat injury-plagued Broncos 17-16
DENVER (AP) — Whether it was "The Fumble" or "The Drive" in the playoffs in the 1980s or the 11 consecutive times Denver had dumped Cleveland, the Broncos always served as the Browns' biggest bugaboo.

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