(Indianapolis, IN) — Adam Vinatieri nailed the winning field goal on the game’s final play as the Colts edged the Dolphins 27-24 in Indianapolis. Andrew Luck tossed three touchdown passes, including two to Eric Ebron. His final TD with 4:25 left tied the game before Vinatieri’s go-ahead field goal. The Colts have won five straight games and sit at 6-and-5. They’ll visit Jacksonville in Week 13. In a key AFC South matchup, the 5-and-5 Titans visit the 7-and-3 Texans tonight.
(Houston, TX) — The Houston Texans play host to the Tennessee Titans tonight on Monday Night Football. Houston is first in the AFC South at 7-and-3, while the Titans are close behind at 5-and-5. Tennessee seeks a season sweep after beating the Texans 20-17 in Week Two. The Texans have won seven straight games.
>>49ers Cut LB Foster After Arrest
(Tampa, FL) — The 49ers are cutting linebacker Reuben Foster after an arrest on Saturday at the team hotel in Tampa. Foster has been charged with misdemeanor domestic violence. His accuser is the same woman who testified that she made false claims against him this spring, resulting in domestic violence charges being dropped in California. Foster was a first-round pick by the Niners last year out of Alabama. Head coach Kyle Shanahan says he cares about Foster, but no man is more important than the team.
>>Chargers’ Rivers Ties Completion Record
(Los Angeles, CA) — Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers now shares the NFL record for consecutive completed passes. Rivers completed his first 25 passes during yesterday’s win over Arizona, tying the mark owned by Miami’s Ryan Tannehill, who accomplished the record over two games. His 25 completed passes to start one game broke Mark Brunell’s record of 22.
(Detroit, MI) — The Bears are preparing this week to play the Giants next Sunday on the road. Chicago has won five straight, including a 23-16 victory over the Lions on Thanksgiving Day. They lead the NFC North with a 8-and-3 record. New York is 3-and-8 after losing to the Eagles yesterday 25-22.
>>Bears Quarterback Trubisky May Not Play Against Giants
(Chicago, IL) — Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky could miss his second straight game. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the signal caller is hopeful to play against the Giants next Sunday but it isn’t certain he will. Trubisky missed Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day win over the Lions with a shoulder injury. Chase Daniel filled in, throwing for 230 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-16 victory.
(Champaign, IL) — Trent Frazier scored 16 points to lead Illinois past Mississippi Valley State 86-67 in Champaign. Kipper Nichols added 14 points and Da’Monte Williams and Alan Griffin both scored 10 for the Illini, who improved to 2-and-4. Illinois now travels to Notre Dame tomorrow for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge before opening Big Ten play Sunday at Nebraska.
>>Butler’s Buzzer-Beater Lifts Sixers Past Nets
(Brooklyn, NY) — Jimmy Butler drilled a go-ahead three pointer with less than a second remaining to lift the Sixers past the Nets 127-125 in Brooklyn. Philly trailed by as many as 20 and entered the fourth quarter down 13 points. Butler finished with 34 points and 12 rebounds. The Sixers are 5-and-2 since Butler joined the team.
>>North Carolina Fires HC Fedora
(Chapel Hill, NC) — Larry Fedora is out as North Carolina’s football coach. The university fired him on Sunday after seven seasons at the helm. Fedora compiled a 45-and-43 record during his time in Chapel Hill, but the Tar Heels just completed their second consecutive nine-loss season. They lost to rival North Carolina State at home on Saturday to end the year at 2-and-9.
(Evanston, IL) — Clayton Thorson threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another as Northwestern held on to defeat Illinois 24-16 in Evanston. Ricky Smalling caught seven passes for 71 yards and one score for the Illini, who finished the season with a 4-and-8 record. Illinois QB AJ Bush, Junior threw for a career-high 281 yards and added 56 yards on the ground. The Wildcats move on to face Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game this Saturday.
>>Illinois Extends Lovie Smith’s Contract Two Years
(Champaign, IL) — Illinois is sticking with football coach Lovie Smith. Athletic director Josh Whitman announced the school has extended his contract by two years, through the end of the 2023 football season. The decision comes after the Illini finished the season with a 4-and-8 record. Whitman said he isn’t satisfied with the season but there were signs of progress.
(Detroit, MI) — The Blues are on the road to face the Red Wings Wednesday night. St. Louis lost 8-4 to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. The Blues have lost four of their last five games. They are last in the Central Division with 19 points.
(Chicago, IL) — The Blackhawks host the Golden Knights tomorrow night. The Hawks beat the Panthers 5-4 in overtime Saturday night. Chicago is second-to-last in the Central Division with 23 points. Las Vegas is third in the Pacific with 25 points.
>>Blackhawks Trade Nick Schmaltz To Coyotes
(Chicago, IL) — The Blackhawks are trading away forward Nick Schmaltz. Chicago sent the former first-round pick to the Coyotes for forwards Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini. Schmaltz leaves the Hawks having posted 29 goals and 62 assists in 162 games. He is in the final season of his three-year entry-level deal.