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This Week in Sports: Thanksgiving football, Michigan goes down, Vince Carter hits 25,000 and more

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Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) looks for room to run as he is pressured by Texas defenders Marqez Bimage (42) and Charles Omenihu (90) in the first half at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Texas won, 48-45. (Louis DeLuca/Dallas Morning News/TNS)

Welcome to another weekly roundup in the world of sports. This week, the Lions dropped a heartbreaker while the Cowboys took over first place in their division and got over the .500 mark for the first time this season. Ohio State shocked Michigan in a blowout and Oklahoma outlasted West Virginia in a crazy shootout. In the NBA, Vince Carter accomplished a feat that will undoubtedly strengthen his hall-of-fame resumé against one of his old teams.

National Football League

Thanksgiving means family, turkey and Detroit Lions football. The Lions hosted the first place Chicago Bears for a game early afternoon on Thanksgiving, and the Bears were without their starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

Chase Daniel filled in for the Bears and did a good job managing the game for Chicago. Daniel had 230 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears. Detroit’s defense shut down the run holding Chicago to a total of 38 yards on the ground. Defensively, the Lions did just about everything they needed to do to get out of the game with a win. The problem was once again Matt Stafford.

Stafford threw two interceptions in the game, including the game sealing pick-six to Eddie Jackson that put the game away for good. The Bears held on to win 23-16 and improve to 8-3. The Bears will travel to take on the 3-8 New York Giants on Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox.

The Lions on the other hand fell to 4-7 and will need to win out if they have any hopes of making the playoffs. That’s going to be a tall order considering they host the 10-1 Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. Detroit remains in the NFC North cellar and time is running out if they’re going to turn it around.

The other team that always plays on Thanksgiving is the Dallas Cowboys. They have been playing good football as of late, climbing back into the thick of the NFC East. Three weeks ago, they were 3-5 and in third place. This week they hosted the first place, 6-4 Washington Redskins with a chance to overtake them for the top spot in the division.

Washington lost their starting quarterback Alex Smith to a broken leg in the previous game forcing Colt McCoy to step in. Dallas took advantage of the backup quarterback and picked off McCoy three times in the game. Dak Prescott had 289 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Amari Cooper caught both scores and 180 yards for Dallas while Ezekiel Elliott had 26 carries for 121 yards and a score.

Dallas jumped out to a big 31-13 lead early in the fourth quarter. They allowed Washington 10 more points, but held on to win 31-23 for their third win in a row. Adrian Peterson had a quiet game out of the backfield for Washington. He had just 35 yards in the loss.

Both teams are now 6-5, but Dallas holds the tiebreaker between the two. Dallas will have a tough test on Thursday night when they host Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints at 8:20 p.m. on Fox. The Saints are 10-1 and arguably the best team in the NFL having won 10 straight games.

The Redskins will visit the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles Next Monday, Dec. 3 on Monday Night Football at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN. McCoy will look to bounce back after a rough outing and help Washington regain sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

Week 12 concludes tonight when Marcus Mariota and the 5-5 Tennessee Titans visit Deshaun Watson and the 7-3 Houston Texans on Monday Night Football at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN.

For a list of all NFL matchups, gameday finals, stats and standings, click here.

NCAA Football

There was a shakeup this weekend in the College Football Playoff standings when the No. 4 team in the country went down.

Arguably the biggest rivalry in all of sports took place Saturday afternoon when the 10th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes hosted the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines. Michigan was favored to win by at least four points.

Michigan’s Defense was ranked first in college football while Ohio State’s offense was ranked third. Something had to give, and did it ever. Ohio State ran away with this game scoring a season-high 62 points.

Dwayne Haskins inserted himself back into the Heisman conversation with his six touchdown passes. He threw for 396 yards on 20 completions in the Buckeyes’ win. Mike Weber added 96 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries while Parris Campbell had an astounding 192 yards and two touchdowns on only six catches.

Shea Patterson struggled for Michigan in the loss. He did throw for three touchdowns, but only had 187 yards through the air and threw an interception. Karan Higdon also had a quiet game. He has been a key contributor in the Wolverines’ recent success, but only managed to gain 72 yards on the ground and added no scores.

Michigan finishes the regular season with a 10-2 record and will wait to see which bowl game they draw. One thing is for sure though, Michigan will not be in the CFP after suffering this loss.

Ohio State on the other hand has put themselves in a place where they could be a surprise team to make the CFP. Ohio State is 11-1 and will face Northwestern on Saturday at 8 p.m. on Fox for the Big 10 Championship. Depending on the outcomes of other games, the Buckeyes still have a shot to get in.

Another team that still has a chance is the No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners. They traveled to Morgantown, West Virginia Friday night face the ninth ranked West Virginia Mountaineers.

If you’re a fan of defense, this game was probably the least enjoyable game in recent memory. Oklahoma has the No. 1 ranked offense in the country while West Virginia’s was ranked 14th. Both quarterbacks are serious Heisman candidates and neither disappointed.

The two teams combined for 1,372 total yards and 115 points. At the end of the game, OU held on to win a tight one 59-56. West Virginia quarterback Will Grier threw for 539 yards and four touchdowns in the loss. Gary Jennings Jr. had seven catches for 225 yards and two touchdowns for the Mountaineers.

It’s hard to believe that a stat-line like Jennings’ could be second best, but amazingly, Oklahoma wideout Marquise Brown managed to top him. Brown had 11 receptions for 243 yards and two scores. OU had their ground game working as well with Kennedy Brooks leading the way with 182 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Kyler Murray had another outstanding performance for OU both with his arms and his legs. Murray was 20-of-27 passing for 364 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 114 yards rushing on nine carries adding another score.

Oklahoma moves to 11-1 with the win and will get another crack at the Texas Longhorns in the Big 12 Championship. Oklahoma’s only loss this season came to the Longhorns back in October when Texas outlasted the Sooners in a 48-45 shootout. Oklahoma will get their shot at revenge on Saturday at noon on ABC. Despite losing last time, the Sooners are currently favored by a touchdown.

For a list of all other games, scores, news and rankings, click here.

National Basketball Association

On Wednesday night, the NBA saw the 22nd player join the 25,000 points club. Atlanta Hawks’ and 21-year NBA veteran Vince Carter slammed home a ball at the end of a 124-108 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

The home crowd in Atlanta didn’t seem to care about the score, and gave Carter a standing ovation while his teammates as well as the Raptors stood on the court applauding his accomplishment. Carter finished the game with 14 points which is double his season average of seven points per game.

Carter is a well-traveled veteran having played for eight NBA teams, but is probably most remembered for his six years as a member of the Raptors. Carter is now the oldest player in the NBA at the age of 41. Carter needs just 191 more points to pass NBA legend and logo Jerry West.

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