>>Carr Rallies Raiders Past Texans
(Mexico City, Mexico) — Derek Carr threw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes to rally the Raiders to a 27-20 win over the Texans in Mexico City. Amari Cooper hauled in the go-ahead score with 4:43 to play. Oakland has won four in a row and leads the AFC West at 8-and-2. Houston fell to 6-and-4.
>>Colts’ Luck In Concussion Protocol
(Indianapolis, IN) — Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is in the NFL’s concussion protocol. His status for Thursday’s Thanksgiving night game against the Steelers is unclear. Luck suffered the injury in Sunday’s 24-17 win over Tennessee. The Colts and Steelers are both fighting for a playoff spot at 5-and-5.
>>Bears’ Freeman Suspended Four Games
(Lake Forest, IL) — Bears linebacker and leading tackler Jerrell Freeman is being suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. He becomes the second Bears player in a week to be suspended for PEDs after wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey was handed a four-game ban last week. Freeman will be eligible to return to action in Week 16.
>>Bears’ Cutler Has Shoulder Injury
(Lake Forest, IL) — Bears quarterback Jay Cutler could be done for the year. Cutler sustained a shoulder injury during Sunday’s loss to the Giants. The “Chicago Tribune” reports it could be serious enough to end his season. Matt Barkley would take over under center if Cutler is sidelined.
>>Oilers Blank Blackhawks
(Edmonton, Alberta) — Cam Talbot turned away all 31 shots he faced to lead the Oilers to a 5-0 win over the Blackhawks in Edmonton. Corey Crawford made 22 saves for Chicago, which dipped to 2-and-2 on its seven-game road trip. The ‘Hawks visit the Sharks tomorrow night.
>>Bulls’ Butler Honored
(New York, NY) — Bulls star Jimmy Butler is the Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Butler averaged 27.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in helping Chicago go 3-and-1 last week. Butler netted a season-high 40 points in Sunday’s win over the Lakers.
>>College Basketball Roundup
(Undated) — In college hoops last night, Keon Johnson scores 38 points as Winthrop stunned Illinois in overtime, 84-80. The Illini are 4-and-1. Northwestern upset 21st-ranked Texas, 77-58, in the opening round of the Maui Invitational in Hawaii. Loyola topped Washington State, 88-79. TCU trimmed Illinois State, 80-71. Southern Illinois sunk Mount St. Mary’s, 73-63, while Hofstra beat Bradley, 92-90.
>>Kentucky Hoop Takes Over Top Spot In Coaches’ Poll
(Undated) — Kentucky basketball is the new number-one in this week’s “USA Today” Top-25 Coaches’ Poll. The 4-and-0 Wildcats took over the top spot from Duke, which dropped to third following a 77-75 loss to Kansas last week. Villanova is now second, followed by the Blue Devils, North Carolina and Indiana.
>>Texas Football Coach Strong Denies He’s Been Fired
(Austin, TX) — Texas head football coach Charlie Strong is denying that he’s been fired. He says he was told by athletic director Mike Perrin on Sunday that he will be evaluated after the Longhorns’ season finale against TCU on Friday. Multiple reports said Strong was fired on Sunday, but would still coach the last game.
>>U.S. Men’s Soccer Fires Coach Klinsmann
(Chicago, IL) — The U.S. men’s national soccer team is moving on without head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. The 52-year-old was fired Monday after a 55-27-and-16 record in five seasons. The “New York Times” says former U.S. coach Bruce Arena is the leading candidate to replace him.
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