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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — DeAndre Hopkins caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson with 2:15 remaining as the Houston Texans inched closer to clinching the AFC South Division title with a 29-22 victory over the New York Jets on Saturday, Dec. 15, at East Rutherford. On first down, Watson ran a play fake and connected with Hopkins along the left sideline. Hopkins turned around and made the catch while getting by New York cornerback Morris Claiborne.
ST. PAUL — Another strong third period for the Calgary Flames gave the visitors a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, Dec. 15, in a heated matchup between the two Western Conference rivals. With the game tied in the final period, James Neal took the puck toward the corner and then sent a pass that deflected off a Wild defenseman. The bounce went right to Matthew Tkachuk, who buried the partially screened shot for his 14th goal of the season with 11:15 remaining.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers fired a touchdown pass with four seconds remaining Thursday, Dec. 13, connecting with Mike Williams, then the same duo added a decisive two-point conversion as visiting Los Angeles beat the Kansas City Chiefs 29-28. Rivers engineered two touchdowns in the final four minutes to rally the Chargers from a 28-14 deficit. The result leaves the Chargers and Chiefs tied atop the AFC West with 11-3 records, though the Chiefs hold a tiebreaker with a better division mark.
ST. PAUL -- Red-hot Nino Niederreiter scored twice and added an assist to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 5-1 win over the visiting Florida Panthers on Thursday night, Dec. 13. Eric Staal, Zach Parise and Jonas Brodin scored Minnesota's other goals, and Ryan Suter added three assists, giving him a team-high 22 for the season.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has a fractured vertebra in his back that may keep him out of Sunday's game, multiple outlets are reporting. Wentz underwent an MRI exam and other tests on Thursday to discover the source of his discomfort and soreness. A CT scan on Wednesday had come back inconclusive, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Eagles are in the process of determining the risk of Wentz continuing to play this season. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Wentz will not require surgery.
Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre offered suggestions as to who he thinks should fill the head coach position for his former team, including current Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, but he's keeping himself out of the mix. For now. "Never say never," Favre told TMZ Sports this week. "It's definitely interesting, but believe me, that's not going to happen. How can you not be intrigued by that? They would never offer, but even if they would, that's ... I'm not ready for that and neither are they."
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Wild rode a dominant special teams performance to a 7-1 rout of the visiting Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The Wild were a perfect four-for-four on power play opportunities. Charlie Coyle also converted a short-handed goal 12:33 into the second period, pulling in front of the net for a backhand shot. Matt Dumba scored twice on the power play, giving him 12 goals on the season. Dumba leads all NHL defensemen in scoring.
The NFL announced Tuesday that the salary cap will rise to about $190 million in 2019, a jump from $177.2 million this season. The league informed teams that the projected range is from $187.0 to $191.1 million. That marks a 40-percent increase since the 2014 season ($133.0 million) and the sixth consecutive year the cap has climbed by at least $10 million. "Total projected player costs, including benefits, will be more than $7.3 billion in 2019," the league said in a statement. The exact salary cap figure will be determined before free agency opens on March 13.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Draymond Green returned from an 11-game absence with a solid all-around performance, and Stephen Curry led a barrage from 3-point range with a game-high 38 points Monday, lifting the Golden State Warriors to a 116-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Oakland on Monday, Dec. 10. Green, who had seen the Warriors go just 6-5 while he recovered from a bruised toe, contributed seven points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to Golden State's fourth straight win. Karl-Anthony Towns paced Minnesota with 31 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
SEATTLE — Adam Thielen is now in company with Randy Moss and Cris Carter. With a 10-yard reception in the fourth quarter Monday night at Seattle, the Vikings wide receiver joined Moss and Carter as the only players in team history to have 100 catches in a season. Moss and Carter each did it twice. Carter became the first Minnesota receiver to have 100 in a season since Moss had 111 grabs in 2003. Moss had 106 catches in 2002.