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Division champs crowned...Bengals make Manziel miserable...Lions catch Packers...Kobe passes M.J.

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 15, 2014 at 3:40 a.m.



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UNDATED (AP) — The Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts are the first three NFL teams to wrap up division titles. The Broncos are AFC West champs after beating San Diego 22-10 behind Connor Barth's five field goals, and Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes in a 41-13 pounding of Miami that gave the Patriots the AFC East crown. Andrew Luck tossed a pair of second-quarter TD passes as the Colts beat Houston 17-10 to win the AFC South.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals still lead the AFC North by a half-game over Pittsburgh and Baltimore after ruining Johnny Manziel's (man-ZEHLZ) first NFL start. Manziel threw for just 80 yards, ran for 13 yards and was intercepted twice in the Bengals' 30-0 shutout of the Browns in Cleveland. The Bengals held the Browns to 107 total yards and got a big day from Jeremy Hill, who carried 25 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Lions have moved into a tie with Green Bay for first place in the NFC North. The Lions beat Minnesota 16-14 on Matt Prater's (PRAY'-turz) 33-yard field goal with 3:38 left, and Aaron Rodgers made a game-clinching fumble after being picked off twice in the Packers' 21-13 loss to Buffalo. And Dallas leads the NFC East by one game over Philadelphia after DeMarco Murray ran for two touchdowns and Tony Romo threw for three others in the Cowboys' 38-27 win over the Eagles.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kobe Bryant moved ahead of Michael Jordan in the NBA's all-time scoring list during the Los Angeles Lakers' game last night at Minnesota. Bryant needed nine points to become the league's No. 3 scorer, and he did it with two free throws midway through the second quarter. Now only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone have scored more points than Bryant.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced that Sidney Crosby has been diagnosed with the mumps after the two-time MVP was held out of games Friday and Saturday as a precaution. The team had him tested late last week, when swelling developed on the right side of Crosby's face. The club says Crosby should be through the infectious stage by today but will not play tonight when Pittsburgh hosts the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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