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Cowboys, Stars And Mavs Collapse Plus Sproles Retires

The Dallas Cowboys went into the day needing a win over Philadelphia to clinch the NFC East. After the game they put together last week against the LA Rams this seemed like a foregone conclusion. Philadelphia had a different agenda though. The Eagles held the number one offense to only three field goals as they beat the Cowboys 17-9. Ezekiel Elliott only carried the ball 13 times in the loss. Dallas can still win the division if they beat Washington this Sunday and the Eagles lose to the Giants.

On Saturday, the Houston Texans edged the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-20 to win their division.

The Dallas Mavericks enjoyed a 30-point lead over the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors before Toronto scored a team record 47 points in the fourth quarter. Dallas lost 110-107 on the road. Jalen Brunson finished with 21 points to lead Dallas. Kristaps Porzingas finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Dallas was once again without Luka Doncic who is still nursing a sprained ankle. Dallas is off until Thursday when they host the San Antonio Spurs.

And to close out the day the Dallas Stars got rocked by the Calgary Flames 5-1 At home. Dallas has been outscored 12-5 in the last two games. The Stars are off until Saturday when they host the Colorado Avalanche.

Philadelphia Eagles’ running back Darren Sproles will retire after the season, ending his 15-year career in the NFL.  Sproles, who is out for the remainder of this season with torn right hip flexor muscle, announced his decision Saturday, saying in a statement that “I gave it everything I had on every play.” Sproles, 36, rushed for 66 yards on 17 carries this season, his sixth with the Eagles. The three-time Pro Bowler also spent three seasons with the Saints and six with the Chargers.

The sweet memories of perfection are still best served with a glass of champagne, and the 1972 Miami Dolphins shared a Dom Perignon toast while being honored during halftime of the Dolphins’ home finale against the Cincinnati Bengals. The NFL named the 17-0 1972 Dolphins the greatest team in NFL history as a part of its “NFL 100 Greatest” series. Many of the surviving members of the 1972 Dolphins were at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday to be honored. The Dolphins beat the Bengals in overtime 38-35.  Cincinnati with the loss, get the first pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

Marvin Harrison’s NFL record of 143 catches in a season has stood for 17 years — and no one came within even six catches of it. Until Sunday, when New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas broke Harrison’s mark with one game to spare. Thomas is now up to 145 catches on the year after he caught 12 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 38-28 come-from-behind victory over the Tennessee Titans.

A big one in Monday Night Football tonight, as 11-3 Green Bay travels to 10-4 Minnesota.

Only one Bowl game scheduled for today. It’s the BAD BOY MOWERS GASPARILLA BOWL featuring UCF vs Marshall from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Kickoff is set for 1:30pm on ESPN.

Yoenis Cespedes’ base salary for 2020 has been cut to $6 million from its original $29.5 million as part of an amended contract with the New York Mets that avoided a grievance hearing. The oft-injured outfielder, however, would make $20 million if he has 650 plate appearances next season.