Sports News for Monday, January 2nd

>>Weather Could Delay Winter Classic For Blues

(St. Louis, MO)  —  Weather could delay the NHL Winter Classic today in St. Louis.  The Blues are scheduled to host the Chicago Blackhawks at Busch Stadium at noon, but the forecast is calling for rain.  The league says it will announce the start time at 7 a.m.

>>Vikings Blast Bears In Season Finale

(Minneapolis, MN)  —  The Bears suffered a 38-10 loss to the Vikings in their season finale in Minnesota.  Jordan Howard rushed for 135 yards for Chicago, which ends the year 3-and-13.  The Bears will pick third overall in this year’s NFL Draft.

>>Rams Finish 4-and-12 In Los Angeles Return

(Los Angeles, CA)  —  The Rams closed out their first season back in Los Angeles with an ugly 44-6 loss to the Cardinals at the Coliseum.  The Rams had just 123 yards of offense and finished the season 4-and-12.  They relocated from St. Louis last January.

 

>>Colts Escape Jaguars

(Indianapolis, IN)  —  Andrew Luck hit Jack Doyle for the winning touchdown with nine seconds left as the Colts escaped the Jaguars, 24-20, at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts fell into an early 17-point hole, but battled back to end the year with a win.  Luck threw for 321 yards, two scores and an interception and Robert Turbin rushed for a score.  Indy finishes the year at 8-and-8.

>>Colts’ Gore Reaches 1,000 Yards

(Indianapolis, IN)  —  At 33 years old, Colts running back Frank Gore is showing no signs of slowing down.  Gore rushed for 62 yards in Sunday’s win over Jacksonville to finish the year with 1,025 yards.  He’s the oldest running back to clear 1,000 yards since John Riggins did so at age 35 in 1984.  Gore is also the first Colts rusher to gain 1,000 since Joseph Addai [[ uh-DY ]] in 2007.  It’s the ninth time in his 12-year career that Gore has reached the mark.  He has 13,065 rushing yards in his career, good for eighth all-time.

 
>>Colts’ Mathis Retires

(Indianapolis, IN)  —  Colts linebacker Robert Mathis is officially retired.  Yesterday’s game served as the finale for Mathis, who announced his retirement Friday after 14 seasons in the NFL.  The 35-year-old spent his entire career in Indianapolis, and is 18th all-time in the NFL with 122 career sacks.  Mathis was a fifth-round pick by Indy back in 2003 and won a Super Bowl plus made five Pro Bowls in his career.

>>Pacers Cruise Past Magic

(Indianapolis, IN)  —  Myles Turner scored 23 with 12 rebounds as the Pacers topped the Magic 117-104 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  Paul George added 19 points for Indianapolis in its second straight win.  Indy improved to 17-and-18 overall but an impressive 13-and-5 at home.  The Pacers visit the Pistons tomorrow night.

>>Bulls Host Hornets

(Chicago, IL)  —  The Bulls battle the Hornets tonight at the United Center.  Chicago is coming off Saturday’s 116-96 home loss to the Bucks.  The Bulls have lost their last two games to enter tonight’s tilt 16-and-18 on the year.

 

>>Mizzou Hosts LSU In SEC Opener Wednesday

(Columbia, MO)  —  Missouri begins SEC play Wednesday night at home against LSU.  Mizzou lost to Lipscomb on Thursday for its fourth straight loss to slip to 5-and-7 on the season.  LSU lost its SEC opener to Vanderbilt on Thursday to fall to 8-and-4.

>>Illinois Beats Ohio State

(Champaign, IL)  — Malcolm Hill scored 20 points to lead Illinois to a 75-70 win over visiting Ohio State.  Leron Black had 15 rebounds for the Fighting Illini, who evened their Big Ten record at 1-and-1.  Illinois is 11-and-4 overall and plays Saturday at Indiana.

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