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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Make it 11 straight victories for the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys, who held off the 6-6 Minnesota Vikings 17-15 last night. Dez Bryant was big for the Cowboys with four catches for 84 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. Special teams coach Mike Priefer was the interim coach for the Vikings after head coach Mike Zimmer had emergency surgery to repair a detached retina Wednesday night.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski's season might be over. The star Patriots tight end is scheduled for surgery for a herniated disk in his back, and is likely to be out for eight weeks or more. The Super Bowl is scheduled for Houston on Feb. 5, should the Patriots get that far.
DETROIT (AP)— Undefeated and 13th-ranked Western Michigan take on 8-4 Ohio tonight in the Mid-American Conference championship. WMU is a whopping 19-point favorite as it is the only Football Bowl Subdivision team undefeated except for top-ranked Alabama.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP)— The Pac-12 championship is tonight between once-beaten and fourth-ranked Washington and No. 9 Colorado, which is 10-2. For Washington, a win bolsters its chance of remaining in the top four of the College Football Playoffs. For Colorado, a victory sends the Buffaloes to the Rose Bowl. The Buffaloes haven't been to a bowl since 2007.
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Tiger Woods had an erratic return to golf yesterday with two double bogeys over the final three holes for a 1-over 73 at the Hero World Challenge. It's his first competitive golf event in 15 months after back surgery. Woods was nine shots behind J.B. Holmes, in 17th place in the 18-man field.
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