FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – The New England Patriots picked up their seventh straight win as Tom Brady threw for 296 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-14 rout of Houston, leaving the Pats a game behind the Texans for the AFC lead. Texans quarterback Matt Schaub was 19 of 32 for 232 yards, no touchdowns and an interception as the 11-2 Texans ended a six-game winning streak. The 10-3 Patriots have won their last 20 December home games.
UNDATED (AP) – Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue (TAG’-lee-uh-boo) is expected to rule this afternoon on the latest round of player appeals in the league’s bounty probe. That’s according to a person close to the decision who says any potential punishment will be delayed by a week. The NFL’s decision to delay potential sanctions for four current or former New Orleans Saints means linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith may play Sunday when New Orleans hosts Tampa Bay.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) – The Washington Redskins are describing Robert Griffin III’s knee injury as a sprain. Coach Mike Shanahan says the rookie quarterback has mild swelling but could be back under center for next week’s game against the Cleveland Browns. Fellow rookie Kirk Cousins will start if Griffin can’t. The Redskins are 7-6 and trail the New York Giants by one game in the NFC East.
DENVER (AP) – The University of Colorado has hired Mike MacIntyre away from San Jose State. He’s being asked to turn around a football program that’s coming off its seventh straight losing season and its worst record ever. McIntyre has turned around a program before. The 10-2 Spartans are ranked No. 25 in the BCS and are heading to the Dec. 27 Military Bowl in Washington, D.C., two years after a 1-12 showing in McIntyre’s first season.
CINCINNATI (AP) – After emerging as one of the Reds’ most consistent run producers last season, Ryan Ludwick has decided to stick around in Cincinnati. The left fielder has signed a two-year, $15 million deal that includes a mutual option for the 2015 season. Ludwick batted .275 with 26 homers and 80 RBIs in 125 games last season.