Bears beat Cowboys 45-28 on Ditka Day
CHICAGO (AP) - Josh McCown threw for a career-high four touchdowns, and the Chicago Bears scored on their first eight possessions to grab a share of the NFC North lead with a 45-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on a frigid Monday night.
The Bears (7-6) retired Hall of Famer Mike Ditka's number at halftime and pulled even with Detroit in the division race on a night when the wind chill factor was below zero. Dallas (7-6) fell a game behind Philadelphia in the NFC East.
The conditions didn't stop McCown from throwing for 348 yards or keep the Bears from running away with a lopsided victory after consecutive losses.
Cousins powers Kings to 112-97 win over Mavericks
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points and 19 rebounds, and Derrick Williams scored a career-high 31 to pace the Sacramento Kings to a 112-97 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.
Using just 10 players, the Kings enjoyed one of their better games offensively all season. They led by 19 points after three quarters and by as many as 24 points in the fourth in winning their second straight.
Earlier in the day, the Kings completed a seven-player deal with Toronto that brought them Rudy Gay, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy. Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes went to the Raptors.
Monta Ellis had 21 points for the Mavericks, who had won three straight, including the last two on the road. The loss also snapped a five-game win streak against the Kings.
Cowboys LB Lee leaves game with injury
CHICAGO (AP) - Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee left Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears in the third quarter with a neck injury and will not return.
Lee, making his first start after missing a game with a hamstring pull, was injured trying to tackle Bears running back Michael Bush on a pitchout around left end. Twice he attempted to get up after the play on his own but needed assistance from team medical personnel to walk off the field.
Houston snaps 2-game skid, tops Alcorn State 89-58
HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Cougars snapped a two-game losing streak with an 89-58 win over Alcorn State Monday night.
TaShawn Thomas scored 19 points and added 9 rebounds for Houston (7-4), which had lost four of five after starting the year with a six-game winning streak.
Danrad Knowles added 19 points for Houston, which improved to 5-0 all-time against the Braves (3-5).
LeAntwan Luckett scored 17 points for Alcorn State, who have dropped three straight games, fell to 0-4 on the road and have not won a game since Nov. 18 against Dillard University.
Marquis Vance added 14 points for the Braves, who have given up at least 88 points in each of the five meetings against Houston.
With the win, Houston improved to 6-1 at home. Jherrod Stiggers added 16 points for the Cougars, who are off until Saturday when they play at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Heisman: Winston, Manziel, Lynch among 6 finalists
NEW YORK (AP) - Florida State's Jameis Winston, Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Alabama's AJ McCarron, Auburn's Tre Mason and Boston College's Andre Williams are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy.
Six finalists invited to Saturday's ceremony in New York are the most since 1994.
Winston is the overwhelming favorite to win the award Saturday night in New York now that a sexual assault complaint against him in Tallahassee, Fla., has been closed without charges being filed. He could also become the second freshman to win the award.
Manziel was the first last year. The Aggies quarterback is trying to join another exclusive Heisman club by becoming the second player to win the award twice. Ohio State's Archie Griffin won the award in 1974 and '75.
Gamble, timing helps No. 15 UCF reach 1st BCS bowl
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - UCF coach George O'Leary dubbed the Knights' football program a sleeping giant 10 years ago when he was hired.
Now as they prepare to play in a BCS bowl for the first time in school history against No. 6 Baylor in the Jan. 1 Fiesta Bowl, he acknowledges that many dominoes had to fall just right for this dream season to take place.
Among those dominoes was the decision last year to appeal a one-year football postseason ban. The NCAA eventually threw out the penalty, but had it not the No. 15 Knights would be ineligible for the BCS berth this season.
It has left players and coaches appreciating the position they're in and primed to capitalize on the national attention it's getting.
HARLON HILL FINALISTS
Quiteh, Rodgers, Vaughan Harlon Hill finalists
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - Bloomsburg University running back Franklyn Quiteh, Henderson State quarterback Kevin Rodgers and West Texas A&M quarterback Dustin Vaughan have been invited to the Harlon Hill Trophy ceremony.
The award chosen by Division II sports information directors will be presented Dec. 20 to the Division II player of the year.
Quiteh, from Tobyhanna, Pa., is a three-time finalist and finished third in 2012. He leads Division II with 2,195 rushing yards and 29 rushing touchdowns. He's the first Division II player with three 2,000-yard seasons.
Rodgers, from Rockwall, Texas, passed for 4,807 yards and 40 touchdowns and is the national leader in passing yards per game.
Vaughan, from Corpus Christi, Texas, finished fourth last year. He threw for 5,401 yards and 53 touchdowns in 14 games.
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