Sports News for Friday December 2, 2016

>>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.

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