GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have clinched an NFC playoff berth by hitting a late field goal before holding off Minnesota 23-20. Chandler Catanzaro nailed a tiebreaking, 47-yard field goal with 1:23 remaining, but the Vikings got to the Arizona 31 before Dwight Freeney forced Teddy Bridgewater to fumble the ball, allowing Calais Campbell to recover it with five seconds left. Carson Palmer threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns for the 11-2 Cardinals.
HOUSTON (AP) — J.J. Watt says he won't let a broken hand prevent him from playing Sunday against New England. The defensive end plans to take aim at Tom Brady this weekend despite breaking his left hand in Wednesday's practice. Watt leads the NFL with 13 ½ sacks and is sporting a black cast covering his left hand and wrist.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers have continued their wretched start to the NBA season, falling to 1-22 overall and 0-13 on the road. Andrea Bargnani (bahrn-YAH'-nee) scored a season-high 23 points and Brooklyn opened the fourth quarter with an 18-6 run to take control in a 100-91 win over the Sixers. Thaddeus Young had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who allowed only 13 first-quarter points en route to the sixth victory in their last seven home games.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt says All-Star guard Kyrie (KY'-ree) Irving might make his season debut Friday in Orlando or Saturday in Boston. Irving has been out since breaking his left kneecap in last season's NBA Finals. Fellow starting guard Iman (EE'-mahn) Shumpert is also close to a return after missing Cleveland's first 21 games with a wrist injury sustained before training camp.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Monte Morris hit a runner with nine seconds left to cap a game-winning 9-0 run that lifted Iowa State past Iowa 83-82. The Hawkeyes led by 20 in the second half until the Cyclones ended the game on a 32-11 spurt to improve to 8-0. Morris and Jameel McKay each had 20 points to help Iowa State overcome Jarrod Uthoff's 32 points.
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