>>Cowboys Hold On To Down Vikings
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Cowboys keep on rolling. Dallas extended its franchise-record win streak to 11 games with a 17-15 victory over the Vikings last night in Minnesota. The ‘Boys are unbeaten since Week One. Minnesota failed on a two-point conversion attempt with 25 seconds left en route to falling to 6-and-6.
>>Gronkowski To Have Back Surgery
(Foxboro, MA) — Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is heading for back surgery. “Gronk” will undergo surgery today to repair a herniated disc. The team and Gronkowski’s family said in a statement they don’t expect him to play again this year.
>>Bears’ Cutler Done For The Season
(Chicago, IL) — Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is out for the rest of the season. Cutler will undergo shoulder surgery and be placed on injured reserve. The veteran signal-caller was injured in Week 11 against the Giants. Matt Barkley will make his second straight start Sunday at home against the one-win 49ers.
>>Colts Visit Jets Monday
(Indianapolis, IN) — The Colts hit the field on Monday as they visit the New York Jets on “Monday Night Football”. Indy is 5-and-6 on the year while the Jets enter the matchup at 3-and-8. Andrew Luck is expected to play after missing the last game with a concussion.
>>Blues Beat Lightning Behind Tarasenko Hat Trick
(St. Louis, MO) — Vladimir Tarasenko notched a hat trick as the Blues held off the Lightning 5-4 at Scottrade Center. Kevin Shattenkirk added two power-play goals for St. Louis, which built a 4-1 lead and hung on for its third straight win and seventh in eight games. The Blues host Winnipeg tomorrow.
>>Blackhawks Dump Devils In OT
(Chicago, IL) — Marian Hossa’s goal 1:31 into overtime gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 win over the Devils in Chicago. Marcus Kruger, Artem Anisimov and Niklas Hjalmarsson all scored in the second period for the Blackhawks, who improved to 16-6-and-3 with their second straight win. Corey Crawford kicked away 30 shots in the victory. The ‘Hawks visit the Flyers tomorrow.
>>Cardinals Deal Jaime Garcia To Braves
(St. Louis, MO) — The Cardinals are moving on without pitcher Jaime Garcia. The 30-year-old left-hander has been traded to the Braves for three prospects. Garcia went 10-and-13 with a 4.67 ERA this past season. He was 62-and-45 with a 3.57 ERA in eight seasons with St. Louis overall.
>>Cards Get Son Of Lenny Dykstra In Garcia Deal
(St. Louis, MO) — One of the three prospects the Cardinals got from the Braves for Jaime Garcia is the son of a former big leaguer. They acquired second baseman Luke Dykstra, the 21-year-old son of Lenny. The others are pitchers John Gant and Chris Ellis. Garcia will make 12-million in 2017.
>>Clippers Crush Cavs
(Cleveland, OH) — The Clippers went into Cleveland and crushed the Cavaliers, 113-94. J.J. Redick scored 23 points to help LA improve to 15-and-5. LeBron James had a season-low 16 points for the Cavs, who dropped to 13-and-4 with their second straight loss.
>>Woods One-Over In Return
(Nassau, Bahamas) — Tiger Woods is one-over-par after the opening round of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Woods shot a 73 in his first competitive round in 15 months. He was four-under through eight holes before carding a 40 on the back nine.
>>Illinois vs. VCU Tomorrow In Miami
(Miami, FL) — Illinois is in Florida tomorrow to take on VCU in the HoopHall Miami Invitational. The Fighting Illini knocked off North Carolina State on Tuesday in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge to stop a three-game slide and move to 5-and-3. The Rams have won their last three games and are 6-and-1 overall.