>>Dodgers’ Roberts, Indians’ Francona Win Managerial Honors
(New York, NY) — The Dodgers’ Dave Roberts and the Indians’ Terry Francona are baseball’s top skippers. Roberts has been named National League Manager of the Year, while Francona took AL honors. Francona captured the award for the second time in four seasons.
>>Blues Beat Sharks With Three-Goal Third
(St. Louis, MO) — Jaden Schwartz snapped a 1-all tie 44 seconds into the third period and the Blues went on to beat the Sabres 4-1 at Scottrade Center. Kyle Brodziak and Scottie Upshall also scored in the third as St. Louis snapped a three-game skid. The Blues host the Sharks tomorrow night.
>>Romo Supports Prescott
(Frisco, TX) — Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is throwing his support behind rookie Dak Prescott. Romo is ready to return after being sidelined since August with a back injury, but will serve as Prescott’s backup going forward. Prescott has helped lead Dallas to an NFL-best 8-and-1 record in Romo’s absence.
>>Colts Back From Bye
(Indianapolis, IN) — The Colts are back from their bye week and host the Tennessee Titans in a big divisional match-up this weekend. Indy is 4-and-5 on the year has alternated wins and loses since Week Two. The Colts will be on a short week next week as they host the Pittsburgh Steelers on “Thursday Night Football”. Kickoff with the Titans is set for 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.
>>Rams Going With Goff
(Los Angeles, CA) — The future is now for the Rams. Rookie Jared Goff will start at quarterback when LA hosts the Dolphins on Sunday. The Rams traded up to take Goff with the top pick in this year’s NFL Draft.
>>’Bama, OSU, Michigan, Clemson Top Four In CFB Playoff Rankings
(Undated) — Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson are the top four teams in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings. The Crimson Tide retained the top spot, while the Buckeyes jumped three spots to number-two. The Wolverines and Tigers remain in the top four despite suffering losses last Saturday.
>>Bulls Turn Back Trail Blazers
(Portland, OR) — Jimmy Butler had 27 points and 12 rebounds as the Bulls blasted the Trail Blazers, 113-88, in Portland. All five starters scored in double-figures to help Chicago improve to 7-and-4. The Bulls battle the Jazz in Utah tomorrow night.
>>College Basketball Roundup
(Undated) — In area college basketball, Illinois hit 16 three-pointers in a 112-65 rout of McKendree. Saint Louis University hosts Eastern Illinois tomorrow night. The Billikens are 1-and-1 thus far. Missouri goes up against 10th-ranked Xavier tomorrow afternoon in the Tire Pros Invitational in Orlando, Florida.
>>Kansas Downs Top-Ranked Duke
(New York, NY) — The top-ranked team in men’s college hoops has already been dealt its first loss. Frank Mason the Third’s jumper with 1.8 seconds left lifted eighth-ranked Kansas to a 77-75 win over number-one Duke in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden. Duke dropped to 2-and-1.