CINCINNATI (AP) -- Andy Dalton threw for three touchdowns and ran for another on Sunday, and the Cincinnati Bengals remained perfect at home and in control of the AFC North with a 42-28 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
The Bengals (9-4) improved to 6-0 at Paul Brown Stadium on a cold, windy day -- 28 degrees at kickoff with a wind chill of 19 and light flurries.
Dalton gave his most consistent performance since October, throwing for three touchdowns that kept the Bengals ahead and finishing it off with an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter. Dalton was 24 of 35 for 275 yards without a sack or interception.
The Colts (8-5) had another slow start in the cold, falling behind 21-0 before Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes to keep them close.
Despite the loss, the Colts were in position to clinch the AFC South later Sunday if Tennessee lost at Denver.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes in the final 61 seconds, helping the New England Patriots rally for a 27-26 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
The Patriots (10-3) cut the deficit to 26-21 on Brady's 2-yard touchdown pass to Julian Edelman with 1:01 left. Then Kyle Arrington recovered the onside kick at the Cleveland 40-yard line.
Brady completed a 10-yard pass to Danny Amendola. Then Leon McFadden was called for defensive pass interference in the end zone. That put the ball at the 1 where Brady connected with Amendola again.
The Browns (4-9) then moved the ball to the Patriots 40 with 1 second left, but Billy Cundiff missed a 58-yard field goal.
New England lost tight end Rob Gronkowski to a leg injury in the third quarter.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians pitcher Justin Masterson and designated hitter Jason Giambi have been honored with postseason awards.
Masterson, who went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA in 32 starts, has been named the team's Bob Feller Man of the Year by the Cleveland Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Masterson made the All-Star team for the first time and helped the Indians qualify for the postseason. The right-hander led the AL with three shutouts and was tied for second with three complete games.
All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis, outfielder Michael Brantley and pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez were also nominated.
Giambi was named winner of the team's Good Guy Award, given annually to the player who shows a consistent willingness to cooperate with the media. Masterson, manager Terry Francona, infielder Mike Aviles and outfielder Michael Bourn were also nominated.
The 42-year-old Giambi has re-signed with Cleveland.
MIAMI LAKES, Fla. (AP) -- Clemson had its chance against Florida State and got blown out. Ohio State fell one win short of getting an opportunity to face the Seminoles for the national title.
So instead, the 12th-ranked Tigers and No. 7 Buckeyes are headed to the Orange Bowl.
Ohio State and Clemson are the Orange Bowl's selections to play in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Jan. 3. The Buckeyes' 24-game winning streak and BCS title hopes ended Saturday with a loss to Michigan State in the Big 10 title game. Clemson gets its second Orange Bowl trip in three years, despite not winning its division of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Buckeyes will be vying to give Urban Meyer his fourth 13-1 season since 2006. Clemson could finish 11-2 in consecutive years with a victory.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Cincinnati Bearcats will look to defend their Belk Bowl title Dec. 28 against North Carolina.
The Bearcats will be making their second straight appearance in the game after defeating Duke 48-34 last year in Charlotte, Belk Bowl officials announced Sunday night.
Belk Bowl executive director Will Webb is excited about the matchup, saying in a release, "The Tar Heels finished the season very strong, as did Cincinnati, and it should provide a great matchup on the field."
Cincinnati (9-3) finished second place in the American Athletic Conference, winning six of their final seven games.
North Carolina (6-6) also finished the season strong, winning five of its last six games to become bowl eligible. It has lost its previous three appearances in the game by a combined six points.
LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA BOWL
DETROIT (AP) -- MAC champion Bowling Green will return to Detroit to face Pittsburgh in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26.
The Falcons (10-3) beat previously undefeated Northern Illinois 47-27 in the MAC title game at Ford Field on Friday, their fifth straight win.
It's the third bowl bid in five seasons for Bowling Green and the 11th in school history.
Pitt will be making its sixth straight trip to a bowl game. The Panthers, who went 3-5 in their first season in the ACC, are 2-1 against Bowling Green since 1999.
BEEF `O' BRADY'S BOWL
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Ohio University is headed to the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl to face East Carolina of Conference USA.
It's the second straight season that the Mid-American Conference will be represented in the pre-Christmas game held at Tropicana Field, home of baseball's Tampa Bay Rays. Ball State made the trip last December, receiving the bid when the Big East was unable to fulfill the league's bowl commitments.
This time, the American Athletic Conference was unable to supply a team, and Ohio (7-5) will face East Carolina (9-3) on Dec. 23.
It will be the fifth straight bowl trip for the Bobcats under coach Frank Solich.
East Carolina will be making its 19th bowl appearance. The Pirates last appeared in a Florida bowl in 1965, when they beat Maine in the Tangerine Bowl.
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MLB-HALL OF FAME
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox have been unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee.
Each of the inductees won more than 2,000 games in managerial careers that spanned more than four decades. Torre became the fifth manager to win at least four World Series titles. La Russa won championships with Oakland and St. Louis. Cox led Atlanta to one championship and 14 straight division titles.
They will be inducted July 27 in Cooperstown, N.Y., along with any players chosen by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
UNDATED (AP) -- Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay has retired after 16 seasons in the major leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies. The 36-year-old right-hander cited a desire to avoid surgery for an ailing back and spend more time with his family,
Halladay signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Blue Jays, where he spent the first 12 years of his career. He choked up and held back tears while making the announcement at a news conference at the winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Halladay played for the Phillies from 2010-13, finishing with two injury-plagued seasons. He won an NL Cy Young Award in 2010, throwing a perfect game that season and a no-hitter in his first postseason appearance.
Halladay was 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA in 416 career games, including 390 starts. He had 67 complete games and 20 shutouts.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Two teams in the heat of division races meet on what's expected to be frigid weather in tonight's football game.
Chicago hosts Dallas with both teams vying for a share of first place in their respective divisions. The 7-5 Cowboys have won two straight and trail Philadelphia by a half-game for the NFC East lead, while the slumping Bears have lost six of their last nine to fall to 6-6. They enter tonight's play a half-game back of Detroit for first in the NFC North.
The numbers would suggest Dallas would be wise to establish a running game. The Bears rank last in the NFL in rushing defense yielding five yards a carry. That includes allowing 199 rushing yards or more in four of the last six games.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois governor Pat Quinn's office says he's declared it "Mike Ditka Day" in honor of the former Chicago Bears player and coach whose jersey is being retired.
The Hall of Famer's No. 89 is being retired during a halftime ceremony when the Bears host the Dallas Cowboys tonight.
Dikta is the 14th Bear to have his number retired by the team.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says he's thinking about sitting starting quarterback Robert Griffin III for the rest of the season because of concern that the quarterback could be injured. The possibility came a day after the Washington was routed by Kansas City 45-10.
Shanahan points out Griffin has been sacked 24 times in five games, and that two of the Redskins' three remaining games will be played on artificial turf, including yesterday at Atlanta.
It's a change of pace of Shanahan's previous stance that Griffin needed as many game snaps as possible to improve. Washington is 3-10.
UNDATED (AP) -- Arizona rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu is done for the season after suffering a torn ACL and further left knee damage. He was injured in yesterday's win over St. Louis while returning a kick. Mathieu's terrific rookie NFL season has come to a premature end.
Arizona coach Bruce Arians says Mathieu will undergo surgery.
In other injury news;
-- Wes Welker is unlikely to suit up for Denver's game Thursday against San Diego after leaving yesterday's win over Tennessee with his second concussion in four games. Coach John Fox didn't rule out his receiver but said Welker's health is the top priority, and he would go through the standard NFL protocol for players who have endured concussions.
-- A person familiar with the injury tells The Associated Press that New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has a torn ACL and damaged MCL. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team made no announcement. There was no word on when surgery would be done.
-- Minnesota star running back Adrian Peterson's X-rays showed no broken bones in his right foot, but he was having a CT scan for further evaluation. He was injured in yesterday's loss to Baltimore. Peterson says he is planning on playing Sunday against Philadelphia, but it was too early to determine his status.
-- An MRI shows Panthers' backup running back Jonathan Stewart tore the MCL in his right knee in last night's loss to New Orleans. Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Stewart will be out a minimum of 10 days, but remains optimistic he could return at some point this season.
UNDATED (AP) -- The best in the west takes on the worst as part of the six-game NBA schedule tonight.
Conference leading Portland is coming off only its second home loss of the season heading into Utah. Still the 17-4 Trail Blazers are off to their best start to a season in 23 years. Part of that record is a 32-point Friday night rout of the 4-18 Jazz who are tied for the fewest wins in the league. The Trail Blazers shot 74 percent from 3-point range in that victory.
The Los Angeles Clippers have struggled lately, losing three of their last four heading into tonight's road game at Philadelphia. The Clippers lead is down to just a game over second-place Golden State at the top of the Pacific Division. Los Angeles is playing the fourth game of a seven-game road trip.
Golden State is poised to pull into a first-place tie in the division should the Clippers continue to lose. The Warriors have won three of four heading into tonight's game at Charlotte.
Dallas rides a three-game winning streak into a meeting at Sacramento. That includes a win over Western Conference leading Trail Blazers at Portland Saturday.
UNDATED (AP) -- Memphis swingman Quincy Pondexter has a stress fracture in his right foot that will keep him out indefinitely. He hurt his foot Saturday night in a loss to Golden State. The 25-year-old Pondexter was averaging 6.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 18 minutes per game.
Elsewhere around the league:
-- Milwaukee general manager John Hammond says center Zaza Pachulia (pah-KOOL'-yuh) will be sidelined with a right foot fracture suffered in last week's 105-98 loss to the Detroit Pistons. The 6-foot-11 center will have to wear a walking boot before being re-examined in four weeks. He had been a solid contributor on a team beset by injuries, averaging 6.9 points and 6.5 rebounds in 17 games.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Chris Petersen says a combination of timing and fit led to his decision to leave Boise State after eight seasons to take the head coaching job at Washington. Petersen was introduced as the Huskies new coach at a news conference today.
The 49-year old was 92-12 at Boise State, including five conference titles and two Fiesta Bowl victories. He replaces Steve Sarkisian (sar-KEE'-zhun), who was 34-29 in five seasons at Washington before taking the job at USC.
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