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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Lions' playoff berth is in jeopardy after Dez Bryant and Ezekiel Elliott each scored two touchdowns in the Dallas Cowboys' 42-21 win over Detroit. Bryant threw his first career touchdown pass, Elliott ran for a 55-yard TD and Dak Prescott completed 15 of 20 for 212 yards, three scores and no interceptions. Detroit will need to beat Green Bay on Sunday to win the NFC North, but the Lions can also wrap up a playoff berth if the Giants knock off Washington.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA says two calls were missed in the final moments of Cleveland's win over Golden State on Sunday, both of which aided the Cavaliers. The league says LeBron James should have been assessed a technical foul for deliberately hanging on the rim after his dunk with 1:43 remaining. The NBA also felt that Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson should have been called for fouling the Warriors' Kevin Durant on the game's final play.

UNDATED (AP) — Villanova and UCLA remain 1-2 in the latest Associated Press men's basketball poll, with the 12-0 Wildcats claiming 56 of 65 first-place votes from the national media panel. Kansas, Baylor and Duke round out the top 5, and Louisville moved up four spots to sixth following its three-point win over Kentucky. Gonzaga is seventh, ahead of Kentucky, North Carolina and Creighton.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Penguins coach Mike Sullivan has received a three-year contract extension through the spring of 2020. Sullivan took over in midseason last year and took the Pens to the Stanley Cup title in a six-game win over San Jose. He is 55-24-10 with the Pens, who are currently second in the Metropolitan Division and just one point behind Columbus.

UNDATED (AP) — Simone (sih-MOHN') Biles has been named The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year after tying a women's gymnastics Olympic record with four gold medals. Biles picked up 31 of 59 votes from a panel of U.S. editors and news directors. U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky finished second with 20 votes after a four-gold, one-silver performance in the pool in Brazil.

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