>>Broncos Cut Down Colts On “TNF”
(Indianapolis, IN) — Brock Osweiler [[ OSS-why-ler ]] threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Broncos past the Colts 25-13 on “Thursday Night Football” in Indianapolis. Osweiler replaced Trevor Siemian, who left in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. Denver improved to 5-and-9. The Colts dropped their fifth straight to fall to 3-and-11.
>>Irsay: Luck Doing Well
(Undated) — Colts owner Jim Irsay says Andrew Luck is “doing well” and is still rehabbing the injured shoulder. Irsay told NFL Network yesterday that Luck is still in Europe seeking treatment, but he’ll be returning soon and there hasn’t been any setbacks in his recovery. Luck is expected to be ready for 2018 after missing all of this season.
>>Steelers’ Shazier Starts Rehab, Remains Hospitalized
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is beginning the rehab process as he remains hospitalized following spinal stabilization surgery last week. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center issued a statement through the team regarding his status. Shazier was hurt during Pittsburgh’s 23-20 win over the Bengals in Cincinnati on December 4th.
>>Bears At Lions Tomorrow
(Detroit, MI) — The Bears and Lions meet at Ford Field tomorrow. Chicago ended a five-game losing streak by crushing the Bengals 33-7 last weekend. The Bears are 4-and-9. Detroit is 7-and-6.
>>LeBron’s Triple-Double Carries Cavs Past Lakers
(Cleveland, OH) — LeBron James’ triple-double carried the Cavaliers to a 121-112 win over the Lakers in Cleveland. James tallied 25 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. The Cavs have won 16 of their last 17 games to improve to 21-and-8. Lonzo Ball just missed a triple-double with 13 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds for LA, which slipped to 10-and-17.
>>Cardinals Trade Piscotty To A’s
(Lake Buena Vista, FL) — The Cardinals made a deal on the last day of the Winter Meetings in Florida. They traded outfielder Stephen Piscotty to the A’s for minor-league infielders Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock. The deal allows Piscotty to be closer to home so he can be with his mother, who is dealing with ALS.
>>Cubs Adding Bullpen Help
(Undated) — The Cubs continue to work to improve their bullpen. Multiple outlets report Chicago has agreed to a two-year contract with righty reliever Steve Cishek [[ SEE-sheck ]]. It comes in at between 12-million and 14-million. The 31-year-old went 3-and-2 with a 2.01 ERA last season.
>>NBA All-Star Balloting Begins December 21st
(New York, NY) — NBA All-Star voting will begin next week. Fans can vote on NBA.com or with the NBA App starting Thursday, while voting begins on other platforms starting Christmas Day. There will be five 2-for-1 days where votes count double on NBA.com or the NBA App. They are December 31st, January 4th, 11th, 12th and the 15th, when voting ends.
>>Blackhawks Crush Jets
(Winnipeg, Manitoba) — The Blackhawks scored three goals in the first period and cruised to a 5-1 win over the Jets at the MTS Centre. Patrick Kane made it 4-0 midway through the second after Vinnie Hinostroza, Tommy Wingels and Nick Schmaltz got the scoring started. Corey Crawford turned away 27 shots as Chicago has won four straight. They host the Wild on Sunday.
>>Blues Bow To Ducks
(St. Louis, MO) — The Blues gave up two third-period goals to Kevin Roy and lost 3-1 to the Ducks at Scottrade Center. Patrick Berglund scored for St. Louis to avoid the shutout with just under six minutes to play. The Blues have lost two in-a-row after a four-game winning streak. They will host the Jets tomorrow.
>>Illinois Faces New Mexico State Tomorrow At United Center
(Chicago, IL) — Illinois will go up against New Mexico State tomorrow night in the Dynegy Shootout at the United Center in Chicago. The Fighting Illini licked Longwood 92-45 on Wednesday. Illinois has won two-of-three since a three-game skid. The Illini are 8-and-4 overall. The Aggies come in with an 8-and-2 record.