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Associated Press

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 10 at 7:05 AM


Cowboys play through tragedy...RGIII's backup rallies Redskins

UNDATED (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys, still grieving the day after learning a teammate had died and another had been charged with intoxication manslaughter, rallied from nine points down in the final minutes to score a 20-19 victory at Cincinnati. Dan Bailey's 40-yard field goal at the final gun won it.

The Cowboys rallied behind QB Tony Romo, who held his hand over his heart during a moment of silence to honor teammate Jerry Brown before the kickoff.

Brown died in an auto accident early Saturday. Defensive lineman Josh Brent, who was driving, was released from jail in Irving, Texas, on $500,000 bond Sunday.

Romo hit Dez Bryant with a 27-yard TD pass with 6:35 to go. He then completed four passes on the winning drive that led to Bailey's kick.

In other Week 14 action:

__ The Washington Redskins have been accused of being a one-man team, but they showed they are at least a two-quarterback team. Backup QB Kirk Cousins took over when Robert Griffin III went down with a sprained knee and led the Redskins to a 31-28 overtime win over Baltimore. He hooked up with Pierre Garcon (gahr-SOHN') for an 11-yard touchdown pass with 29 seconds to play before running for the two-point conversion that sent the game to OT. An MRI on Griffin's knee showed no serious ligament damage.

__ The New York Giants kept their one-game lead in the NFC East over Washington and Dallas by routing New Orleans 45-27. Eli Manning tossed four TD passes. Rookie David Wilson accounted for three touchdowns with 227 return yards and 100 yards rushing from scrimmage. He ran a kickoff back 97 yards for one TD and ran for two more scores.

__ San Diego ruined Ben Roethlisberger's (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gurz) return to the Steelers lineup, beating Pittsburgh 34-24 at Heinz Field. Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes.

__ Cam Newton threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns and ran 72 yards for a third score in the Panthers' 30-20 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, who wrapped up the NFC South a week ago and appeared to suffer a letdown.

-- Andrew Luck engineered the sixth second-half comeback of his rookie season as the Indianapolis Colts beat the visiting Titans 27-23.

__ NFC West-leading San Francisco improved to 9-3-1 by whacking Miami 27-13. Frank Gore ran for 63 yards and went over 1,000 yards rushing for the sixth time in his career.

__ Seattle remained a game and a-half back of the Niners by clobbering Arizona 58-0 in the most lopsided shutout in Seahawks history. Marshawn Lynch had three TD runs. The Seahawks defense was magnificent, forcing eight turnovers for the 8-5 Seahawks.

__The Minnesota Vikings handed the Chicago Bears their fourth loss in five games, 21-14. Adrian Peterson ran for 154 yards and two TDs.

__ Rookie QB Nick Foles rallied Philadelphia to a 23-21 victory at Tampa Bay, ending an eight-game losing streak that was the Eagles' longest in 42 years.

__ The New York Jets improved to 6-7 and stayed in the AFC wild card hunt by handing Jacksonville its 11th loss in 13 games, 17-10.

-- Cleveland routed Kansas City 30-7. Rookie Travis Benjamin returned a punt 93 yards for a touchdown for the 5-8 Browns, who've won three straight.

__ Sam Bradford capped a 14-play, 84-yard drive with a 13-yard TD toss to Brandon Gibson with 48 seconds left and St. Louis held on to beat Buffalo 15-12 in a battle of two teams prepping for 2013. The Rams are on their first three-game win streak since 2006.

__ In the Sunday night game at snowy Lambeau Field, Green Bay spotted Detroit an early 14-0 lead and then roared back to beat the Lions 27-20. That's the 22nd time the Packers have beaten the Lions at home. The 9-4 Packers took over sole possession of first place in the NFC North, one game ahead of Chicago. Those teams meet next Sunday at Soldier Field.


Thunder, Clippers keep streaking...Melo's back

UNDATED (AP) —Kevin Durant scored 27 points, Kevin Martin added 24 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Indiana Pacers 104-93 for their eighth straight win. It's the 12th straight game in which the Thunder has reached the century mark.

Russell Westbrook added 21 points.

In other NBA action:

__Jamal Crawford led a fourth-quarter rally by the reserves with 16 points and the L.A. Clippers defeated Toronto 102-83 to win their sixth in a row while handing the Raptors their 10th consecutive road loss. The Raptors have just four victories all season. Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 19 points.

— Carmelo Anthony returned from a two-game absence with 34 points against his former team, and the New York Knicks beat the Denver Nuggets 112-106 to remain the NBA's lone unbeaten team at home. 'Melo missed two games because of a cut on his finger that required stitches.

— Rookie Andrew Nicholson scored nine of his career-high 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Orlando Magic pulled away to hand the Phoenix Suns their seventh loss in a row, 98-90.

— Brandon Jennings scored 26 points, Monta Ellis had 24 points and the Milwaukee Bucks withstood Brooklyn's fourth-quarter rally in a 97-88 victory over the Nets.

__ Utah beat the L.A. Lakers 117-110 behind 24 points from Paul Millsap. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 34 for the Lakers, who've lost seven of their last 11.


Bluejays top Zips

UNDATED (AP) —Sixteenth-ranked Creighton (KRAY'-tuhn) broke away late in the first half and beat Akron 77-61. Doug McDermott made a career-high six 3-pointers and tied his career-high with 30 points while leading the Bluejays to their ninth win in 10 games this season.

The Zips drop to 0-25 against ranked opponents since becoming a Division I program in 1980-81.

In the only other Top-25 game, 21st-ranked UNLV beat California 76-75. Quintrell Thomas grabbed Anthony Marshall's airball under the basket and scored on a short hook shot with 1.2 seconds left for the winning bucket.


Dodgers packing rotation...Royals get Shields from Rays

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Dodgers have signed South Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin to a $36 million, six-year deal.

Ryu is expected to join a loaded rotation next season. The Dodgers also are trying to sign free-agent right-hander Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee).

In other Hot Stove League news:

— The Kansas City Royals acquired former All-Star James Shields and fellow right-hander Wade Davis from the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Wil Myers and a package of minor league prospects. Shields has won a combined 31 games the past two years for the Rays.

— A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent slugger Mark Reynolds. The 28-year-old Reynolds batted .221 with 23 homers and 69 RBIs in 135 games for Baltimore in 2012.

— The Philadelphia Phillies confirm they have acquired seven-time All-Star infielder Michael Young from the Texas Rangers for two relief pitchers. The deal was announced a day after Young agreed to waive his no-trade clause.


Guess who's back talking?

NEW YORK (AP) — The on-again, off-again labor negotiations to end the 85-day-old NHL lockout appear to be on again. They could be back at the bargaining table soon.

After a few days to cool off following an epic collapse in negotiations, the league and the union have been in touch with each other in an attempt to restart conversations that could save the hockey season.

Negotiations broke down Thursday night after three straight days of talks at a New York hotel.


Notre Dame's Te'o wins Lott award

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o (MAN'-ty TAY'-ow) has won the Lott IMPACT Trophy as the collegiate defensive player having the biggest impact on his team.

The linebacker led the Irish in tackles each of the past three seasons, including 103 this year when top-ranked Notre Dame went undefeated in the regular season.

It was the seventh national award for Te'o in a week. He was runner-up to Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M for the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in New York.


O'Hair and Perry hang on

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Third-round leaders Sean O'Hair and Kenny Perry carded a 12-under-par 60 in a final-round scramble to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

Charles Howell III and Rory Sabatini made a move with a 15-under 57 but ended up a shot short.


Senior makes history down under

SYDNEY (AP) — Peter Senior won the Australian Open by one stroke. The 53-year-old regular on the U.S. Champions Tour carded an even-par 72 in severe weather conditions that forced a three-hour suspension because of gale-force winds.

Senior is the oldest Australian Open champion.


Schwartel ends drought

CHON BURI, Thailand (AP) — Charl Schwartzel (SHAR'-uhl SHWORTS'-uhl) shot a 7-under 65 for the third time at the Thailand Golf Championship, wrapping up a wire-to-wire victory 11 shots clear of second place.

It's the South African's first title since last year's Masters


Messi delivers

SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi broke German great Gerd Mueller's 40-year-old record for most goals in a year by scoring twice in Barcelona's Spanish league match on Sunday. The Argentine forward scored has 84 this year -- 74 for Barcelona and 12 for Argentina. Mueller scored 85 for Bayern Munich and West Germany in 1972.


Vonn finishes back in the pack

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Tina Maze (MAH'-zeh) of Slovenia won her third straight World Cup giant slalom to extend her lead in the overall standings.

Defending champion Lindsey Vonn placed 27th after almost crashing out.


Hircher breaks through

VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) — Defending World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher comfortably won Sunday's giant slalom race in the French Alps.

It's the Austrian's first win of the season, his third consecutive podium spot and fifth so far.

American Ted Ligety (LIHG'-eh-tee) finished in third place.


Yahoo, NBC Sports hooking up

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC Sports Group and Yahoo have announced a content deal that combines the website's sports reporting with its partner's digital assets and television access.

Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Group will maintain separate websites and newsrooms, but will work together on news and events coverage online and on the air.