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Johnson runs for 3 TDs, Cardinals beat Eagles 40-17 (Yahoo Sports)

The Arizona Cardinals are NFC West champions. David Johnson ran for 187 yards and three touchdowns, Carson Palmer threw a TD pass and the Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Eagles 40-17 on Sunday night to clinch their first division title since 2009. The Cardinals (12-2) will earn a first-round bye with a victory over Green Bay next week.
Dec 21, 2015 |

FIFA ethics court bans Blatter, Platini for 8 years (Yahoo Sports)

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were each banned for eight years by the FIFA ethics committee on Monday in a stunning removal of world soccer's most powerful leaders. FIFA President Blatter and his one-time protege Platini were kicked out of the sport for conflict of interest and disloyalty to FIFA in a $2 million payment deal that is also the...
Dec 21, 2015 |

Weeden leads Texans past Colts 16-10 for AFC South lead (Yahoo Sports)

After suffering through 13 miserable years in Indianapolis, a third-string quarterback finally gave the Texans some relief Sunday. Brandon Weeden also put them in the AFC South lead. With Houston's top two quarterbacks out, Weeden was pressed into service late in the first half Sunday, and the 32-year-old responded by giving the Texans their...
Dec 21, 2015 |

Panthers remain perfect, outlast Giants 38-35 in nasty game (Yahoo Sports)

After one of the strangest and nastiest games this NFL season, Cam Newton had an odd feeling. Newton, who threw for five touchdowns to further state his case for NFL Most Valuable Player honors, wasn't quite sure what he'd just been through. ''It was kind of a weird feeling in that locker room, and I'm still feeling kind of weird, but not enough...
Dec 21, 2015 |

Steelers rally past Osweiler, Broncos 34-27 (Yahoo Sports)

The Pittsburgh Steelers didn't need to be reminded how badly they looked while falling behind Denver by two touchdowns at halftime Sunday, even though linebackers coach Joey Porter decided to provide one anyway. ''I don't think it was just Joey. The NFL's best offense provided the alarm clock.
Dec 21, 2015 |

Bucks coach Kidd out indefinitely for hip surgery (Yahoo Sports)

Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd is taking an indefinite leave to have hip surgery. Assistant coach Joe Prunty will direct the team in Kidd's absence, general manager John Hammond said Sunday night after the Bucks' 101-95 victory over the Phoenix Suns. ''I tried to put off surgery for as long as I could, but after consulting with my doctor, he...
Dec 21, 2015 |

Chiefs cruise past Ravens 34-14 for 8th straight victory (Yahoo Sports)

During their eight-game winning streak, the Kansas City Chiefs have made this abundantly clear: The opposition will pay for its mistakes. Tyvon Branch returned a fumble 73 yards for a touchdown and Marcus Peters scored on a 90-yard interception return for the Chiefs, who also scored touchdowns following a drive-extending penalty by Baltimore and a...
Dec 21, 2015 |

Jets top Cowboys 19-16, keep pressure on in AFC wild card (Yahoo Sports)

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw his first interception in almost a month and probably should have ended up with one or two more. Randy Bullock kicked a 40-yard field goal with 36 seconds left and the Jets moved a half-game ahead of the Steelers and Chiefs with a 19-16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night. Fitzpatrick's 43-yard pass to...
Dec 20, 2015 |

Ohio State upsets No. 4 Kentucky 74-67 (Yahoo Sports)

Ohio State was playing No. 4 Kentucky at a neutral site but it sure didn't sound that way. The Buckeyes, who led by 16 points with 11:26 to play, appeared destined to be another opponent unable to hold a lead against the talented and deep Wildcats. Ohio State, with all eight of its players scoring between six and 14 points, held off the furious...
Dec 20, 2015 |

Northern Iowa upsets No. 5 Iowa State 81-79 (Yahoo Sports)

Northern Iowa has a knack for playing its best against the best. The unranked Panthers pulled off another big upset Saturday night, handing fifth-ranked Iowa State its first loss of the season. Wes Washpun set career highs with 28 points and 11 assists as Northern Iowa upset the Cyclones 81-79 Saturday night for its second win over a top-five...
Dec 20, 2015 |

Utah upsets No. 7 Duke 77-75 in overtime in New York (Yahoo Sports)

Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak says the Utes weren't fixated on avenging the Sweet 16 loss to Duke in March. Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points to lead Utah (9-2) and Jakob Poeltl had 19 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out with 31 seconds left in OT. Duke's Luke Kennard led all scorers with 24 points.
Dec 20, 2015 |

Cavs star guard Kyrie Irving will make season debut Sunday (Yahoo Sports)

Kyrie Irving's long road to recovery has reached the end. All the pain, the grueling hours of rehab, the unceasing wait is finally over for the Cavaliers' star point guard. Irving will make his season debut on Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers, returning to the floor for the first time since breaking his left kneecap in Game 1 of the NBA...
Dec 20, 2015 |

Utah scores on turnovers early, holds on 35-28 over BYU (Yahoo Sports)

BYU kept turning the ball over, and Utah kept scoring. About the only question left after five first quarter touchdowns by the Utes was how big their Las Vegas Bowl rout would be. Until BYU regained its composure, that is, and made it a game for both teams to remember.
Dec 20, 2015 |

Drummond leads way, Pistons beat Bulls 147-144 in 4 OT (Yahoo Sports)

Andre Drummond didn't have to say much to describe this four-overtime marathon. Drummond had 33 points and 21 rebounds, Reggie Jackson added 31 points and 13 assists, and the Pistons outlasted the Chicago Bulls 147-144 on Friday night. The Pistons scored the first seven points of the fourth OT and hung on after things got real tense in the final...
Dec 19, 2015 |

Warriors avenge only loss by rallying past Bucks, 121-112 (Yahoo Sports)

The pregame chatter about Milwaukee's exuberant celebration after handing Golden State its first loss of the season last week carried on throughout the game, peaking in a postgame dustup between Draymond Green and O.J. Mayo. Before that, the Bucks and Warriors played a thrilling game. Stephen Curry scored 26 points and Green fueled a key...
Dec 19, 2015 |

Hiddink returns to Chelsea as manager until end of season (Yahoo Sports)

Guus Hiddink returned to Chelsea for a second spell as manager on Saturday, hired until the end of the season with the tough task of turning round the struggling Premier League champions following Jose Mourinho's firing. The 69-year-old Dutchman won the FA Cup when he previously filled the Chelsea managerial void in 2009 for around four months...
Dec 19, 2015 |

St. Louis aldermen approve financing for football stadium (Yahoo Sports)

St. Louis aldermen on Friday agreed to spend $150 million to help finance a new riverfront football stadium as part of the effort to keep the Rams from moving. Aldermen voted 17-10 to approve the measure. The vote does not guarantee that owner Stan Kroenke will keep the team in St. Louis, but was considered vital toward the effort to build the...
Dec 19, 2015 |

Brady listed as questionable for Sunday vs Titans (Yahoo Sports)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was listed on the team's injury report Friday with an illness that made him questionable Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Brady did not practice with the team, according to the injury report. Since he took over when Drew Bledsoe was injured in Week 2 of the 2001 season, Brady has played in every game...
Dec 19, 2015 |

Rivera: TE Olsen, CB Tillman will play against Giants (Yahoo Sports)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers coach Ron Rivera says tight end Greg Olsen and cornerback Charles Tillman will play Sunday against the New York Giants.
Dec 19, 2015 |

Peyton Manning too sore to practice Friday (Yahoo Sports)

Peyton Manning's left foot was sore Friday so he didn't practice after running the Denver Broncos' scout team for two days. ''So we said, OK, we'll stop for the weekend and go from there,'' coach Gary Kubiak said. Kubiak had already ruled out the league's only five-time MVP for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh (8-5), when Brock Osweiler will make his...
Dec 19, 2015 |

Hezbollah buries militant Qantar, says Israel will be held accountable

Lebanon's Hezbollah group said on Monday that Israel would be held accountable for killing prominent militant Samir Qantar in an air strike in Syria, and accorded him an elaborate funeral of... Read More

Russia says black box from warplane downed by Turkey unreadable

Investigators in Moscow said on Monday they were unable to retrieve information from the damaged black box of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey last month, data the Kremlin hoped would support... Read More

Exclusive: U.S. glossed over Oman's human rights record during Iran talks

By Jason Szep, Matt Spetalnick and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON/MUSCAT (Reuters) - As the United States negotiated this year’s nuclear pact with Iran, the State Department quietly agreed to spare the... Read More