(Undated) — Reigning national champion Clemson is the new number-one in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings. The Tigers are followed by Auburn, which jumped from sixth to second after beating previously top-ranked Alabama. Oklahoma is third with undefeated Wisconsin fourth. The first two teams out of the playoff picture are the Crimson Tide at number-five and Georgia at number-six.
McFadden Retires Following Release From Cowboys
(Frisco, TX) — Running back Darren McFadden is retiring from the NFL just two days after being released by the Cowboys. McFadden announced the decision on Twitter yesterday. He spent the last three seasons with the Cowboys after playing the first seven years of his career with Oakland. He led Dallas with 1,089 rushing yards in 2015, however, he had just 25 carries for 85 yards the last two years.
Cowboys Host Redskins Tomorrow
(Frisco, TX) — The Cowboys are making their final game plans for their “Thursday Night Football” showdown with the rival Redskins at AT&T Stadium. Dallas looks to snap a three-game skid after losing 28-6 to the Chargers on Thanksgiving. The ‘Boys sit at 5-and-6 on the season, two games out of the final wild card playoff spot in the NFC. The ‘Skins are also 5-and-6.
Texans Prep For Titans
(Houston, TX) — The Texans are preparing for their road game against the Titans on Sunday in Nashville. Houston has dropped four of its last five games after Monday’s 23-16 setback in Baltimore. The Texans are now 4-and-7 on the season, two games behind Baltimore for the final AFC wild card spot. The Titans are tied with Jacksonville atop the AFC South at 7-and-4.
Giants Bench Eli, Name Geno Smith Starting QB
(East Rutherford, NJ) — The New York Giants are benching two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Eli Manning. Head coach Ben McAdoo announced that Geno Smith will start at quarterback this Sunday against the Raiders in Oakland. The move will end a streak of 210 consecutive regular-season starts for Manning, which ranks second in NFL history.
LeBron James Ejected For First Time In His Career
(Cleveland, OH) — Cavaliers star LeBron James wasn’t able to see the end of their 108-97 win against the Heat in Cleveland. James was ejected for the first time in his career with 1:39 left in the third quarter. He received one technical and was tossed for arguing with referee Kane Fitzgerald. James finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and six assists as the Cavs won their ninth straight.
Washington Wizards 92, Minnesota Timberwolves 89
Phoenix Suns 104, Chicago Bulls 99
Utah Jazz 106, Denver Nuggets 77
Milwaukee Bucks 112, Sacramento Kings 87
Rockets Wrap Up Homestand Tonight Against Pacers
(Houston, TX) — The Rockets wrap up their four-game homestand tonight against the Indiana Pacers at the Toyota Center. Houston has won the first three and five straight overall after Monday’s 117-103 rout of Brooklyn. The Rockets are 16-and-4 overall. The Pacers come into the contest 12-and-9.
Mavs Open Homestand Tonight Against Nets
(Dallas, TX) — The Mavericks open up a three-game homestand tonight against the Brooklyn Nets at American Airlines Center. The Clippers and Nuggets will also come to town on Saturday and Monday, respectively. The Mavs sit at 5-and-16 after Monday’s 115-108 loss in San Antonio. The Nets are 7-and-13.
Stars Blank Golden Knights
(Las Vegas, NV) — Radek Faksa scored a hat trick as the Stars blanked the Golden Knights 3-0 in Vegas. Faska lit the lamp three times in the second period, including twice in the final 27 seconds for Dallas. Ben Bishop turned away all 34 shots he faced in his second shutout of the season. The Stars have won four-of-five and begin a home-and-home set with the Blackhawks tomorrow night in Chicago.
Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Carolina Hurricanes 2 (SO)
San Jose Sharks 3, Philadelphia Flyers 1
Florida Panthers 5, New York Rangers 4
New York Islanders 5, Vancouver Canucks 2
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Buffalo Sabres 0
Los Angeles Kings 4, Detroit Red Wings 1
Nashville Predators 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2
Edmonton Oilers 3, Arizona Coyotes 2 (OT)
Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Calgary Flames 1
Rangers Sign Fister
(Arlington, TX) — The Rangers are bolstering their starting rotation. The Rangers have signed veteran right-hander Doug Fister to a one-year contract that includes a club option for 2019. Fister went 5-and-9 with a 4.88 ERA in 18 games including 15 starts with Boston this past season. The 33-year-old is 82-and-85 with a 3.68 ERA over 230 career games. He was with Houston in 2016.
Yankees To Interview Beltran For Manager Position
(Bronx, NY) — The New York Yankees are expected to interview former outfielder Carlos Beltran for their managerial position. Multiple outlets report the Yankees will meet with Beltran today. He retired from baseball on Sunday after 20 seasons in the league. The 40-year-old won a World Series title with the Houston Astros this past season.