NEW YORK—Carmelo Anthony popped in 22 points and Kyle O'Quinn posted his first double-double of the season to lead the New York Knicks to a 118-114 win over theMinnesota Timberwolves on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks (10-9) swept the home-and-home series. New York claimed a 106-104 win at Minnesota on Wednesday.
BOSTON — New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski will undergo back surgery and miss the remainder of the regular season. Gronkowski will have surgery for a herniated disk on Friday, multiple media outlets reports Thursday. Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, who broke the news via Twitter, reported that Gronkowski is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks, per NFL sources. That timetable would put Gronkowski on the shelf until the week of the Super Bowl should the Patriots, currently tied for the top record in the AFC, advance that far.
Major League Baseball and its players association were prepared to go extra innings but instead agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement Wednesday, with the five-year deal completed only hours before the old one was to expire. MLB announced that the sides reached a tentative agreement, pending ratification by both management and the players. The sides met at a hotel outside Dallas where the MLBPA held its annual executive board meeting.
MINNEAPOLIS—Minnesota quarterback Sam Bradford's pass sailed high out of the back of the end zone on a two-point attempt with 30 seconds left, and the Dallas Cowboys held on to beat the Vikings 17-15 Thursday night. Bradford led an eight-play, 65-yard drive that began with just over two minutes remaining, pulling Minnesota within two points. However, he was pressured on the conversion attempt, and his desperation attempt to Adam Thielen in the back of the end zone was too high. Dallas secured the ensuing onside kick.
MINNEAPOLIS—The New York Knicks overcame a career night from Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns to take down the Timberwolves by a 106-104 final Wednesday at Target Center. Carmelo Anthony hit the game-winning jumper with 2.3 seconds remaining as the Knicks fended off a furious fourth-quarter comeback by the Timberwolves. Minnesota tied the game with 24.2 seconds to play before Anthony's jumper over Andrew Wiggins.
PHILADELPHIA—Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Davante Adams as the Green Bay Packers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-13 on Monday night at Lincoln Financial Field. The Packers (5-6) are still behind Detroit (7-4) and Minnesota (6-5) in the NFC North, while the Eagles (5-6) remain in last place in the NFC East, although both teams are still in the hunt for an NFC wild-card playoff berth.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Minnesota lost for the first time this season and Florida State remained unbeaten at home with a 75-67 victory on Monday night in the opener of the 18th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Tallahassee, Fla. Guard Dwayne Bacon, as he has done in every game but one this year, led Florida State in scoring with 18 points. The Seminoles are 5-0 at the Donald L. Tucker Center and 6-1 overall.
Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney refuted an allegation that one of his players used a racial slur Saturday night in a game against bitter in-state rival South Carolina. Swinney labeled the accusation by South Carolina linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams as "absolutely false." Allen-Williams told The State newspaper that an offensive lineman for the Tigers used "the n-word," setting off a pregame skirmish. The Gamecocks linebacker was unclear which player allegedly uttered the slur.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck returned to the practice field Monday after missing last Thursday's night game because of a concussion. Luck remains in the NFL's concussion protocol, but Colts coach Chuck Pagano expects him to play next Monday night at the New York Jets, barring any setbacks. During the open media portion of practice, Luck participated in the team's individual drills, throwing to his receivers and tight ends. Safety Clayton Geathers also missed the Thanksgiving game after suffering a concussion against the Titans on Nov. 20.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was reprimanded by the Big Ten for violating the league's sportsmanship policy in his postgame news conference following Saturday's loss to Ohio State and the school was fined $10,000, the Big Ten announced Monday.