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Eagles near elimination, fall 27-24 to Redskins

Eagles sputter in 27-24 loss to Redskins, on brink of elimination in playoff race
Joseph White, The Associated Press

LANDOVER, Md. - The Philadelphia Eagles have proved themselves to be a mirage, a team that got away with its faults until it couldn't any longer. Leaders in the NFC East as recently as a week ago, they're now just about done in the playoff race, and they're in no position to argue that they deserve any better.

Raptors hand Pistons 12th straight home loss

Valanciunas scores 17 as Raptors hand Pistons 12th straight home loss, 110-100
The Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The Toronto Raptors felt right at home at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday night.

The Raptors overcame a slow start to pull away in the second half and beat Detroit 110-100 on a night the Pistons' home arena was dominated by Canadian flags and chants of "We The North" and "Let's Go Raptors."

Padres to acquire OF Justin Upton from rebuilding Braves

Padres pull off another big move, acquiring slugger Justin Upton from Braves for 4 prospects
Paul Newberry, The Associated Press

ATLANTA - With the focus firmly on the opening of their new stadium, the Atlanta Braves dealt away slugger Justin Upton and made it clear that contending next season is not their primary goal.

Just one year removed from an NL East championship and a perennial playoff team, the Braves are now aiming to rebuild and take a top club into suburban SunTrust Park in 2017.

Jaguars hold off Titans late, win 21-13 in home finale

Jaguars rally from early deficit, hold off Titans late, win 21-13 in home finale
Mark Long, The Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Blake Bortles revived a stagnant offence. Jordan Todman provided some cushion. And Sen'Derrick Marks sealed it with the most rewarding sack of his career.

The trio provided all the highlights in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 21-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night.

In a matchup that was widely billed as unwatchable, Bortles, Todman and Marks offered some compelling moments in a relatively meaningless game.

Arsenal's top-4 consistency a target for Liverpool

Struggling to rejoin elite, Liverpool hosts an Arsenal side used to overcoming blips in season
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

LONDON - However many blips and bumps Arsenal endures through the season one outcome is a constant: finishing in the Premier League's top four.

Arsenal has spent 17 consecutive seasons among the elite, ensuring itself of a place in the Champions League year after year. Fans might be frustrated by the shortage of silverware, but it's a level of predictable consistency Liverpool would accept now.

Coyotes pull out 2-1 win over Oilers in OT

Ekman-Larsson scores in overtime, Coyotes beat Oilers 2-1 to end 9-game home losing streak
John Marshall, The Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Oliver Ekman-Larsson looked up in overtime and saw 15 seconds on the clock, but lost track after a couple of turnovers.

Knowing he had to hurry, Ekman-Larsson whipped a shot at the net, hoping it was in time.

It was, just barely, ending Arizona's team-record home losing streak in the process.

Bucks F Parker out for season with knee injury

Bucks rookie Jabari Parker out for season after tearing ACL in left knee
Genaro C. Armas, The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE - Bucks rookie Jabari Parker will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Monday night's 96-94 win at Phoenix.

The team said late Tuesday night that Parker will have surgery after tests revealed the extent of the injury.

The 19-year-old Parker was hurt when he took an awkward step before colliding with the Suns' P.J. Tucker. It's a huge blow for a rebuilding franchise off to a good start under new coach Jason Kidd.

MMA fighters file antitrust lawsuit against UFC

MMA fighters file antitrust lawsuit in California against UFC, claim it's a monopoly
The Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Mixed martial arts fighters filed an antitrust lawsuit against the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Tuesday, alleging the organization is a monopoly that chokes off competition, crushes athletes' earnings and controls the right to market their names even after their deaths.

"UFC has taken over the entire industry and dictated its terms upon the fighters ... they don't have any rights. It's the new religion, as it were ... it's time for things to change," said Nathan Quarry, who is a plaintiff in the suit along with Cung Le and Jon Fitch.

Saints beat Bears 31-15, grab South lead

Drew Brees throws 3 TD passes, Saints beat Bears 31-15 to grab NFC South lead
Andrew Seligman, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Turns out all Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints needed to solve their problems was to show up in Chicago.

Nothing like playing the Bears to break a slump. Even better, the Saints jumped into first place.

Brees threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns, and New Orleans beat Chicago 31-15 on Monday night to grab the NFC South lead.

Spezza scores 2, Ottawa blanks Rangers

Spezza, Anderson and rest of Senators shut down streaking Rangers 3-0
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Henrik Lundqvist has been among the NHL's best goalies lately. Ottawa's Craig Anderson won't be joining his New York Rangers counterpart at the all-star game, but he sure is making a good case that he should be.

Anderson made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season, Jason Spezza scored twice and the Senators beat the surging Rangers 3-0 on Thursday night.

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