(Arlington, TX) — The Titans shut out the Cowboys in the second half in a 28-14 win on Monday Night Football in Arlington. Marcus Mariota threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns for Tennessee, and also ran for a score. Dak Prescott tossed two TD’s for the Cowboys, but lost a fumble, threw an interception and was sacked five times. Amari Cooper caught a TD in his Dallas debut.
(Undated) — College basketball season tips off tonight around the country. Marquee games on the schedule include top-ranked Kansas against number-10 Michigan State in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis. Second-ranked Kentucky and number-three Duke play the nightcap of that event in the Hoosier state. Defending champion Villanova is at home against Morgan State.
(Champaign, IL) — The Illinois men’s basketball team is getting ready to open the regular season Thursday night at home against Evansville. It will be the start of head coach Brad Underwood’s second year with the Fighting Illini. Illinois finished 14-and-18 last season.
>>Illinois Football Plays Nebraska Saturday
(Lincoln, NE) — Illinois football is on the road this Saturday to face Nebraska. The Illini are 4-and-5 and 2-and-4 in the Big Ten after pounding Minnesota 55-31 this past Saturday. The Cornhuskers are 2-and-7 and 1-and-5 in league play after losing to 7th ranked Ohio State 36-31. Illinois is averaging 44 points over the last two games.
>>MLB Announces Award Finalists
(Undated) — The finalists for the MLB postseason awards are out. Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts is up for American League MVP, while skipper Alex Cora is one of three finalists for AL Manager of the Year. Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani [[ SHOW-hay oh-TAH-nee ]] is a candidate for AL Rookie of the Year. Milwaukee outfielder Christian Yelich is the NL favorite for MVP.
(Carlsbad, CA) — Cubs manager Joe Maddon will enter the 2019 season without a contract extension. Speaking yesterday at the annual general manager meetings, team president Theo Epstein said they aren’t going to be doing a contract extension this offseason. Maddon is in the final year of his five-year deal and ill make six-million-dollars, including a one-million-dollar bonus for winning the 2016 World Series.
(Undated) — Harold Baines is being considered for the baseball Hall of Fame. The former White Sox outfielder is one of six players on the Today’s Game Era 10-man ballot, which was revealed yesterday. The group also includes former South Sider Albert Belle. Voting for the Today’s Game Era Committee will take place on December 9th at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas.
(New York, NY) — Zach LaVine [[ luh-VEEN ]] scored a career-high 41 points to lead the Bulls to a 116-115 double-overtime victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Antonio Blakeney added 17 points and Jabari Parker chipped in with 15. Chicago ended a four-game losing streak and improved to 3-and-8. The Bulls travel to New Orleans tomorrow night.
>>Thunder’s Westbrook Sprains Ankle
(Oklahoma City, OK) — Former MVP Russell Westbrook is dealing with a sprained ankle. The Thunder guard had to be helped off the court during last night’s win over New Orleans. X-rays were negative and the team will re-evaluate him today. Westbrook missed the first two games of the season while recovering from knee surgery. OKC has won five straight after an 0-and-4 start.
>>Saints Schedule Workout With Dez Bryant
(New Orleans, LA) — Free-agent wide receiver Dez Bryant is scheduled to work out with the New Orleans Saints today. The former Cowboys’ standout has been without a team since Dallas cut him loose in the spring. Bryant reportedly had contract offers from Baltimore and Cleveland earlier this year, but did not sign. Brandon Marshall is also expected to work out for New Orleans.