(Undated)  —  Here is the latest sports news:  Panthers’ Richardson getting prepared to sell team.  Patriots lock up AFC East again.  Bengals’ Lewis reportedly leaving after season.  Steelers’ Brown suffers calf injury.  Lakers to honor Bryant tonight.

>>Panthers Owner Richardson To Sell Team

(Charlotte, NC)  —  Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is going to sell the team as he is surrounded by controversy.  Richardson made the announcement after Sports Illustrated posted a story with details of workplace misconduct, including accusations of sexual harassment and saying a racial slur.  The 81-year-old stated he will go through with the sales process after the season is complete.  Richardson bought the Panthers in 1993.

>>Patriots Win Ninth Straight Division Title

(Pittsburgh, PA)  —  A familiar face is going to finish in first in the AFC East again.  The New England Patriots won their division for a NFL record ninth consecutive season when they defeated the Steelers 27-24 at Heinz Field on Sunday.  New England is 11-and-3 and also leading the entire AFC.  The last time the Pats did not win the division was 2008, the season when Tom Brady was lost to a knee injury during Week One.

>>Bengals Coach Lewis Leaving After Season

(Minneapolis, MN)  —  Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is reportedly leaving after this season.  ESPN reports Lewis plans to pursue other opportunities when the season ends.  The 59-year-old has spent 15 years in Cincinnati and is the longest tenured coach in team history.  The Bengals fell to 5-and-9 with Sunday’s 34-7 loss in Minnesota.  The team is 123-112-and-3 overall under Lewis, but have gone 0-and-7 in the playoffs.

>>Report: Brown Suffers Partially Torn Calf Muscle

(Pittsburgh, PA)  —  The Steelers are suffering more than just a heartbreaking loss to the Patriots at Heinz Field on Sunday.  According to ESPN, Pittsburgh’s star wide receiver Antonio Brown suffered a partially torn calf muscle.  Brown isn’t expected to play next week, but should be ready by the time the playoffs roll around.  He left during the second quarter and eventually went to the hospital.

>>Lakers To Honor Kobe Bryant Tonight Against Warriors

(Los Angeles, CA)  —  Future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant will be honored at halftime of tonight’s Lakers’ matchup against the Warriors at the STAPLES Center.  Los Angeles is retiring both number-24 and number-eight.  Shaquille O’Neal, Derek Fisher, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and others are expected to be in attendance.  LA is 10-and-17.  The Warriors are 23-and-6.

 

>>SUNDAY’S SCOREBOARD

NFL
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Philadelphia Eagles 34, New York Giants 29
Buffalo Bills 24, Miami Dolphins 16
Washington Redskins 20, Arizona Cardinals 15
Carolina Panthers 31, Green Bay Packers 24
New Orleans Saints 31, New York Jets 19
Minnesota Vikings 34, Cincinnati Bengals 7
Jacksonville Jaguars 45, Houston Texans 7
Baltimore Ravens 27, Cleveland Browns 10
Los Angeles Rams 42, Seattle Seahawks 7
San Francisco 49ers 25, Tennessee Titans 23
New England Patriots 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 24
Dallas Cowboys 20, Oakland Raiders 17

NBA
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Toronto Raptors 108, Sacramento Kings 93
Detroit Pistons 114, Orlando Magic 110
Cleveland Cavaliers 106, Washington Wizards 99
Indiana Pacers 109, Brooklyn Nets 97

NHL
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Winnipeg Jets 4, St. Louis Blues 0
Chicago Blackhawks 4, Minnesota Wild 1
Vegas Golden Knights 5, Florida Panthers 2
Calgary Flames 6, Vancouver Canucks 1

Top-25 College Basketball  (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
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#6 Arizona State Sun Devils 76, Vanderbilt Commodores 64
#7 North Carolina Tar Heels 78, #20 Tennessee Volunteers 73
#21 Baylor Bears 118, Savannah State Tigers 86

 

>>MONDAY’S SCHEDULE  (All times are Eastern)

NFL
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8:30 p.m. – Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NBA
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7:00 p.m. – New York Knicks at Charlotte Hornets
7:00 p.m. – Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers
7:30 p.m. – Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks
8:00 p.m. – Denver Nuggets at Oklahoma City Thunder
8:00 p.m. – Portland Trail Blazers at Minnesota Timberwolves
8:00 p.m. – Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets
8:00 p.m. – Philadelphia 76ers at Chicago Bulls
8:30 p.m. – Los Angeles Clippers at San Antonio Spurs
8:30 p.m. – Phoenix Suns at Dallas Mavericks
10:30 p.m. – Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers

NHL
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7:00 p.m. – Los Angeles Kings at Philadelphia Flyers
7:00 p.m. – Anaheim Ducks at New Jersey Devils
7:00 p.m. – Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins
9:00 p.m. – San Jose Sharks at Edmonton Oilers
9:00 p.m. – Pittsburgh Penguins at Colorado Avalanche

Top-25 College Basketball  (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
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6:00 p.m. – #2 Michigan State Spartans host Houston Baptist Huskies
7:00 p.m. – #12 Kansas Jayhawks host Omaha Mavericks
9:00 p.m. – #13 Gonzaga Bulldogs host IUPUI Jaguars
9:00 p.m. – #14 TCU Horned Frogs host Texas Southern Tigers
7:00 p.m. – #19 Florida State Seminoles host Charleston Southern Buccaneers
9:00 p.m. – #23 Arizona Wildcats host North Dakota State Bison