>>Giants Fall To Eagles On “Thursday Night Football”
(Philadelphia, PA) — Eli Manning threw three interceptions as the Giants fell to the Eagles 24-19 on “Thursday Night Football” in Philadelphia. The last pick came on New York’s final drive with a chance to win the game. The Giants failed to clinch a playoff spot but can when Week 16 resumes on Saturday.
>>Cowboys Clinch NFC East And A Bye
(Dallas, TX) — The Giants’ loss to the Eagles helped a NFC East rival. The Cowboys clinched the NFC East and the top overall seed in the conference. Dallas play the Lions on “Monday Night Football.”
>>Bears Host Redskins Tomorrow
(Chicago, IL) — The Bears play their final home game of the season tomorrow afternoon against the Redskins. Chicago is at the Vikings to conclude the year the next week. The Bears are 3-and-11. Washington is 7-6-and-1.
>>Colts Visit Raiders Tomorrow
(Oakland, CA) — The Colts look to keep pace in the AFC South division race as they visit the Raiders tomorrow. Indianapolis is 7-and-7, while the Texans and Titans are tied for the division lead at 8-and-6. Oakland is 11-and-3 and has already locked up a playoff spot.
>>Indians Sign Encarnacion
(Cleveland, OH) — The Indians are beefing up their offense with the hope of a return trip to the World Series. According to multiple outlets, Cleveland signed slugger Edwin Encarnacion. Encarnacion hit .263 with 42 home runs and 127 RBI for the Blue Jays last season.
>>Blues Can’t Hold Early Lead Against Lightning
(Tampa, FL) — The Blues blew an early 2-0 lead and lost 5-2 at Tampa Bay. David Perron and Wade Megan [[ MEE-gun ]] scored 32 seconds apart in the first for St. Louis, but the Bolts tallied twice in the second and three in the third. The Blues are now off until Wednesday when they host the Flyers.
>>Illinois Off Until Tuesday
(Champaign, IL) — Illinois is also on a holiday break. The Fighting Illini will be back in action Tuesday when they open Big Ten play at Maryland. Illinois knocked off Maryland in Wednesday’s Braggin’ Rights game in St. Louis for its sixth straight win. The Illini are 10-and-3 overall. The Terps are 12-and-1.
>>Heat Retire Shaquille O’Neal’s Number
(Miami, FL) — The Heat honored Shaquille O’Neal. Miami retired his number-32 at halftime of their win versus the Lakers. O’Neal helped the Heat win their franchise’s first NBA Championship in 2006 when they beat the Mavericks in six games.