>>Dolphins Hold Off Patriots On “MNF”
(Miami, FL) — Jay Cutler threw three touchdown passes to outduel Tom Brady as the Dolphins held off the Patriots 27-20 on “Monday Night Football” in Miami. Brady was intercepted twice by Xavien Howard as New England’s eight-game winning streak came to an end. The Pats fell to 10-and-3 and failed to clinch the AFC East. The Dolphins improved to 6-and-7 with the victory.
>>NFL Network Suspends Faulk, Two Others After Sexual Harassment Suit
(Culver City, CA) — NFL Network is suspending Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk and two others after a lawsuit by a former wardrobe stylist claiming sexual harassment. Former players Ike Taylor and Heath Evans are also suspended pending an investigation. Jami Cantor filed suit claiming she was also sexually harassed by former NFL Network employees Donovan McNabb and Eric Weinberger.
>>Bears’ Miller Back At Facility
(Lake Forest, IL) — Bears tight end Zach Miller is back at the team facility. He returned yesterday for the first time since surgery to save his leg six weeks ago. Miller talked about how the injury against the Saints could have led to his left leg getting amputated. His leg is still immobilized in a brace and the long-term situation still hasn’t been figured out. Miller isn’t sure if he will play football again.
>>Bulls Stun Celtics
(Chicago, IL) — Nikola Mirotic [[ MEER-oh-titch ]] led the way with 24 points and eight rebounds as the Bulls stunned the Celtics 108-85 in Chicago. Bobby Portis pitched in 23 off the bench for the Bulls as they won their third straight. David Nwaba added 13 points and Kris Dunn scored 12. Chicago was without leading scorer Lauri Markkanen, who was sidelined with back spasms. The Bulls host the Jazz tomorrow.
>>Yankees Introduce Stanton
(Lake Buena Vista, FL) — The Yankees are showing off their newest slugger. They introduced new outfielder Giancarlo [[ zjon-CAR-lo ]] Stanton on Monday. He was acquired from the Marlins with cash in a deal that sent second baseman Starlin Castro and prospects to Miami. Stanton has 10 years and 295-million left on his contract. He led the majors with 59 homers this year.
>>Cubs’ Epstein Speaks At Winter Meetings
(Lake Buena Vista, FL) — Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein held court at the Winter Meetings. One of the main topics of conversation was Chicago’s failed attempt to land Japanese star Shohei Ohtani. ESPN reports the Cubs are one of a few teams interested in reliever Brandon Kintzler.
>>Cardinals Continue Winter Meetings In Florida
(Lake Buena Vista, FL) — All is quiet on the Cardinals’ front at the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The team made an early splash with the signing of veteran reliever Luke Gregerson to a two-year contract on Sunday. MLB.com reports the Cardinals are still interested in a trade for Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna, along with a handful of other clubs.
>>Former Cardinals Pitcher Stallard Dies
(Coeburn, VA) — The Cardinals are mourning the loss of former pitcher Tracy Stallard. His funeral was held Sunday in Coeburn, Virginia after he passed away last week in Tennessee at the age of 80. Stallard pitched for the Cardinals in 1965 and 1966, but is best remembered for serving up Roger Maris’ record 61st home run in 1961 as a member of the Boston Red Sox.
>>Yankees Give Cashman Five-Year Extension
(Lake Buena Vista, FL) — The Yankees are locking up general manager Brian Cashman. Multiple reports say they’ve agreed to a five-year, 25-million-dollar contract extension. Cashman’s previous deal expired at the end of the season. The 50-year-old has been GM of the Yankees since 1998. They’ve won four World Series titles and six American League pennants under Cashman.
>>Ball Brothers Sign With Lithuanian Club
(Los Angeles, CA) — Two-thirds of the Ball brothers are heading to Europe. ESPN reports LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball have agreed to play pro ball with Lithuanian club BC Vytautas [[ vee-TOW-toss ]]. “Jello” and ‘Melo are the younger brothers of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball. LiAngelo withdrew from UCLA after he was suspended for a shoplifting incident on the Bruins’ tour of China.
>>Blackhawks Host Panthers
(Chicago, IL) — The Blackhawks welcome the Panthers to the United Center tonight. Chicago has won two straight after beating the Coyotes 3-1 on Sunday. The Hawks are second-to-last in the Central Division with 33 points. Florida has 28 points.
>>Blues Host Bolts Tonight
(St. Louis, MO) — The Blues play the second game of their four-game homestand tonight against the Lightning. St. Louis opened the stand with a 3-2 overtime win against Buffalo on Sunday. The Blues have won four in-a-row since a season-high, three-game skid. They lead the West with 44 points, one ahead of Los Angeles. Tampa Bay leads the East with 44 points.
>>Illinois Hosts Longwoord Tomorrow
(Champaign, IL) — Illinois is back home tomorrow night. The Fighting Illini face Longwood, with tip-off at the State Farm Center set for 7 o’clock. Illinois is coming off an 89-82 loss at UNLV on Sunday. The Illini have lost four of their last five games overall following a 6-and-0 start to the season. The Lancers lost 81-70 at VMI on Saturday to slip to 3-and-6 on the year.
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