(Undated)  —  Here is the latest sports news:  Steelers stomp Titans behind “Big Ben.”  Celtics rally past Warriors for 14th straight win.  Marlins’ Stanton, Astros’ Altuve win MVP Awards.  Nine MLB free agents all reject one-year qualifying offers.  NFL owners to have special meeting to discuss Goodell extension.

>>Steelers Stomp Titans Behind “Big Ben”

(Pittsburgh, PA)  —  Ben Roethlisberger threw four touchdown passes as the Steelers stomped the Titans 40-17 on “Thursday Night Football’ in Pittsburgh.  Antonio Brown caught 10 passes for 144 yards and three of those scores as the Steelers won their fifth straight to lead the AFC at 8-and-2.  Marcus Mariota threw four interceptions as Tennessee tumbled to 6-and-4.

>>Celtics Rally Past Warriors For 14th Straight Win

(Boston, MA)  —  The Celtics winning streak is now at 14 games.  They rallied from 17 down to knock off the defending champion Warriors 92-88 in Boston.  Jaylen Brown had 22 points to lead the Celtics, who improved to an NBA-best 14-and-2.  Steph Curry scored just nine points on 3-for-14 shooting for Golden State, which had its winning streak stopped at seven.

>>Marlins’ Stanton, Astros’ Altuve Win MVP Awards

(Secaucus, NJ)  —  Marlins outfielder Giancarlo [[ zjon-CAR-lo ]] Stanton and Astros second baseman Jose Altuve [[ al-TOO-vay ]] are MLB’s Most Valuable Players this season.  Stanton beat Reds first baseman Joey Votto by just two total points in the National League.  Altuve claimed 27-of-30 first-place votes to beat Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge in the American League.

>>Nine MLB Free Agents All Reject One-Year Qualifying Offers

(New York, NY)  —  Nine MLB free agents are all rejecting the one-year qualifying offers they received from their previous teams.  They are pitchers Jake Arrieta, Wade Davis, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Greg Holland, first basemen Eric Hosmer and Carlos Santana, third baseman Mike Moustakas, and outfielder Lorenzo Cain.  The one-year offer was worth 17.4-million-dollars.

>>NFL Owners To Have Special Meeting To Discuss Goodell Extension

(Irving, TX)  —  NFL owners will sit down for a special meeting December 13th in Irving, Texas to discuss the proposed contract extension for commissioner Roger Goodell.  The session was scheduled after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones requested to meet with the league’s full ownership group this month.  Jones has threatened to sue the NFL if an extension for Goodell is approved.

 

>>THURSDAY’S SCOREBOARD

NFL
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Pittsburgh Steelers 40, Tennessee Titans 17

NBA
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Boston Celtics 92, Golden State Warriors 88
Houston Rockets 142, Phoenix Suns 116

NHL
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New York Islanders 6, Carolina Hurricanes 4
Toronto Maple Leafs 1, New Jersey Devils 0  (OT)
Tampa Bay Lightning 6, Dallas Stars 1
Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Ottawa Senators 1
Arizona Coyotes 5, Montreal Canadiens 4
Winnipeg Jets 3, Philadelphia Flyers 2  (SO)
Minnesota Wild 6, Nashville Predators 4
St. Louis Blues 4, Edmonton Oilers 1
Colorado Avalanche 6, Washington Capitals 2
Vegas Golden Knights 5, Vancouver Canucks 2
Florida Panthers 2, San Jose Sharks 0
Boston Bruins 2, Los Angeles Kings 1

Top-25 College Basketball  (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
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#5 Arizona Wildcats 91, CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners 59
#7 Florida Gators 108, North Florida Ospreys 68
#12 Miami (FL) Hurricanes 90, Florida A&M Rattlers 59
#13 Cincinnati Bearcats 97, Coppin State Eagles 54
#14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 105, Chicago State Cougars 66
#17 Xavier Musketeers 80, Wisconsin Badgers 70

PGA
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The RSM Classic  (at Sea Island, GA)

1.  Chris Clark  -9
2.  Joel Dahmen -8
3.  Jason Kokrak  -7
Hudson Swafford  -7
Brian Gay  -7

 

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

NBA
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7:00 p.m. – Miami Heat at Washington Wizards
7:00 p.m. – Detroit Pistons at Indiana Pacers
7:30 p.m. – New York Knicks at Toronto Raptors
7:30 p.m. – Utah Jazz at Brooklyn Nets
7:30 p.m. – LA Clippers at Cleveland Cavaliers
8:00 p.m. – Charlotte Hornets at Chicago Bulls
8:00 p.m. – Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs
8:30 p.m. – Minnesota Timberwolves at Dallas Mavericks
10:00 p.m. – Portland Trail Blazers at Sacramento Kings
10:30 p.m. – Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers
10:30 p.m. – New Orleans Pelicans at Denver Nuggets

NHL
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7:00 p.m. – New York Rangers at Columbus Blue Jackets
7:30 p.m. – Buffalo Sabres at Detroit Red Wings

Top-25 Men’s College Basketball  (USA Today Coaches’ Poll)
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7:00 p.m. – #1 Duke Blue Devils host Southern University Jaguars
8:00 p.m. – #3 Kansas Jayhawks host South Dakota State Jackrabbits  (Adolph Rupp Classic)
7:00 p.m. – #4 Kentucky Wildcats host East Tennessee State Buccaneers
8:00 p.m. – #6 Villanova Wildcats host Lafayette Leopards  (at Allentown, PA)
7:00 p.m. – #16 Louisville Cardinals host Omaha Mavericks
9:00 p.m. – #18 UCLA Bruins host South Carolina State Bulldogs
9:00 p.m. – #24 Baylor Bears host Alcorn State Braves
7:00 p.m. – #25 Alabama Crimson Tide host Alabama A&M Bulldogs  (Legends Classic – Campus Game)

PGA
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The RSM Classic  (at Sea Island, GA)