CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears have pulled even with Detroit atop the NFC North by scoring on their first eight possessions in a 45-28 rout of the Dallas Cowboys. Josh McCown threw for 348 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, and he also ran for a TD while the Bears were building a 42-14 lead. DeMarco Murray rushed for 146 yards, but the Cowboys dropped to 7-6 and slipped one game behind NFC East-leading Philadelphia.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots have placed tight end Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve with a damaged right knee. Gronkowski was hurt midway through the third quarter of the Patriots’ 27-26 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday when he was hit on the right knee by safety T.J. Ward after a 21-yard reception.
NEW YORK (AP) — Four quarterbacks and two running backs are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy, to be awarded Saturday in New York. Florida State’s Jameis (JAYM’-ihs) Winston, Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL’) and Alabama’s AJ McCarron made the cut, as did Auburn’s Tre Mason and Andre Williams of Boston College. Winston is the overwhelming favorite to win the award now that a sexual assault complaint against him in Tallahassee, Fla., has been closed without charges being filed.
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. 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 was 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA in 416 career games, including 390 starts.