Bears beat Cowboys 45-28 on Ditka Day
CHICAGO (AP) - Josh McCown threw for a career-high four touchdowns, and the Chicago Bears scored on their first eight possessions to grab a share of the NFC North lead with a 45-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on a frigid Monday night.
The Bears (7-6) retired Hall of Famer Mike Ditka's number at halftime and pulled even with Detroit in the division race on a night when the wind chill factor was below zero. Dallas (7-6) fell a game behind Philadelphia in the NFC East.
The conditions didn't stop McCown from throwing for 348 yards or keep the Bears from running away with a lopsided victory after consecutive losses.
Cowboys LB Lee leaves game with injury
CHICAGO (AP) - Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee left Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears in the third quarter with a neck injury and will not return.
Lee, making his first start after missing a game with a hamstring pull, was injured trying to tackle Bears running back Michael Bush on a pitchout around left end. Twice he attempted to get up after the play on his own but needed assistance from team medical personnel to walk off the field.
White Sox agree to deal with Paulino
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago White Sox and right-handed pitcher Felipe Paulino have agreed to a one-year, $1.75-million contract that includes a club option for 2015.
Paulino will receive $1.5 million next season. The White Sox hold a $4-million club option for 2015, which includes a $250,000 buyout.
Paulino spent last season in the Kansas City Royals' organization, going 0-3 with a 6.51 ERA over seven injury rehabilitation starts with Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha.
He made his season debut on June 11 after undergoing ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow on July 3, 2012.
Paulino was 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA and 39 strikeouts over seven starts with the Royals in 2012 before undergoing surgery.
Heisman: Winston, Manziel, Lynch among 6 finalists
NEW YORK (AP) - Florida State's Jameis Winston, Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Alabama's AJ McCarron, Auburn's Tre Mason and Boston College's Andre Williams are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy.
Six finalists invited to Saturday's ceremony in New York are the most since 1994.
Winston is the overwhelming favorite to win the award Saturday night in New York now that a sexual assault complaint against him in Tallahassee, Fla., has been closed without charges being filed. He could also become the second freshman to win the award.
Manziel was the first last year. The Aggies quarterback is trying to join another exclusive Heisman club by becoming the second player to win the award twice. Ohio State's Archie Griffin won the award in 1974 and '75.
Rams guaranteed non-winning season
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Rams got wins before and after their bye week last month to give them momentum toward posting the franchise's first winning record in a decade.
The past two weeks, they've struggled on the road against the 49ers and Cardinals.
The Rams (5-8) were 7-8-1 last season, almost over the hump under the new regime of coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead.
It likely won't happen this season. They've been eliminated from playoff contention and will have to win out to make it to .500 for the first time since 2006, plus they could be heavy underdogs this week against the Saints and in the finale at Seattle.
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