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Tannehill Stays Poised, Dolphins Top Bills

(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) — Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill did just fine against the league’s best pass rush.

Tannehill, who was playing behind an offensive line that was missing left tackle Branden Albert, completed 26 of 34 passes for 240 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions to lead the Dolphins to a crucial 22-9 win over the Buffalo Bills Thursday night.

The win puts Miami (6-4) in sole possession of second place in the AFC East and evens their season’s series with Buffalo at a game apiece.

It was a game of field goals in the first half. Dan Carpenter’s second field goal, with 3:26 remaining in the second quarter, gave Buffalo a 6-3 lead which it took into halftime.

After Carpenter hit a field goal to put the Bills up six in the third quarter, the Dolphins scored 19 unanswered points, 12 of them coming off Tannehill touchdown passes to win the game.

Lamar Miller had 15 carries for 86 yards in the win.

While the Bills’ pass rush couldn’t force Tannehill to throw a pick, they did come up with five sacks, 3.5 of those coming thanks to Mario Williams.

The Bills (5-5) will look to get back on track next week when they host the New York Jets. Meanwhile, the Dolphins will be in Denver to take on the Broncos in Week 12.

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Scoreboard Roundup 11/13/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Miami Dolphins 22 (6-4) – Buffalo Bills 9 (5-5)

NBA: Dallas Mavericks 123 (6-3) – Philadelphia 76ers 70 (0-8)

Memphis Grizzlies 111 (8-1) – Sacramento Kings 110 (5-4)

Chicago Bulls 100 (7-2) – Toronto Raptors 93 (7-2)

Golden State Warriors 107 (6-2) – Brooklyn Nets 99 (4-4)

NHL: Colorado Avalanche 4 (5-8-5) – New York Rangers 3 (7-6-3) – Shootout

Winnipeg Jets 3 (9-6-2) – Carolina Hurricanes 1 (5-7-3)

Montreal Canadiens 5 (11-4-1) – Boston Bruins 1 (10-7-0)

San Jose Sharks 2 (9-7-2) – Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (11-4-2)

Minnesota Wild 6 (8-7-0) – Buffalo Sabres 3 (3-13-2)

St. Louis Blues 4 (11-4-1) – Nashville Predators 3 (10-4-2)

Calgary Flames 5 (10-6-2) – Arizona Coyotes 3 (6-9-1)

Ottawa Senators 4 (8-4-4, 20pts) – Edmonton Oilers 3 (6-9-2, 14pts) – OT

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Cutler: ‘We Have to Get Better, I Have to Get Better’

Nick Laham/Getty Images(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) — Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler decided to speak out about the team’s recent downslide.

The Bears have lost three in a row by a combined 72 points. During that time, Cutler has commited seven turnovers.

“We have to get better, I have to get better,” Cutler said. “That’s just kind of the focus right now, finding every little thing I can get better at to try to win a ballgame.”

Cutler’s received lots of criticism during the Bears’ recent poor stretch, something the 31-year-old understands and hopes to change.

“You have to look at everything,” Cutler said. “You have to go with a fine-tooth comb and just nitpick on every little detail. Nothing is too small, nothing can be overlooked. The finest little step, how you interact with your teammates, communicating more during the week so that there aren’t any miscommunications. Finding energy on Wednesday when everyone’s still a little down and trying to go out and have a good practice. You have to do all those little things to try to dig yourself out.”

The Bears (3-6) will get a chance to get back on track Sunday when they host the Minnesota Vikings (4-5).

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Cutler: ‘We Have to Get Better, I Have to Get Better’

Nick Laham/Getty Images(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) — Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler decided to speak out about the team’s recent downslide.

The Bears have lost three in a row by a combined 72 points. During that time, Cutler has commited seven turnovers.

“We have to get better, I have to get better,” Cutler said. “That’s just kind of the focus right now, finding every little thing I can get better at to try to win a ballgame.”

Cutler’s received lots of criticism during the Bears’ recent poor stretch, something the 31-year-old understands and hopes to change.

“You have to look at everything,” Cutler said. “You have to go with a fine-tooth comb and just nitpick on every little detail. Nothing is too small, nothing can be overlooked. The finest little step, how you interact with your teammates, communicating more during the week so that there aren’t any miscommunications. Finding energy on Wednesday when everyone’s still a little down and trying to go out and have a good practice. You have to do all those little things to try to dig yourself out.”

The Bears (3-6) will get a chance to get back on track Sunday when they host the Minnesota Vikings (4-5).

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ABC Scoreboard Roundup 11/13/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Miami Dolphins 22 (6-4) – Buffalo Bills 9 (5-5)

NBA: Dallas Mavericks 123 (6-3) – Philadelphia 76ers 70 (0-8)

Memphis Grizzlies 111 (8-1) – Sacramento Kings 110 (5-4)

Chicago Bulls 100 (7-2) – Toronto Raptors 93 (7-2)

NHL: Colorado Avalanche 4 (5-8-5) – New York Rangers 3 (7-6-3) – Shootout

Winnipeg Jets 3 (9-6-2) – Carolina Hurricanes 1 (5-7-3)

Montreal Canadiens 5 (11-4-1) – Boston Bruins 1 (10-7-0)

San Jose Sharks 2 (9-7-2) – Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (11-4-2)

Minnesota Wild 6 (8-7-0) – Buffalo Sabres 3 (3-13-2)

St. Louis Blues 4 (11-4-1) – Nashville Predators 3 (10-4-2)

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Tom Brady: We Have ‘to Put Up a Lot of Points’ Sunday

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) — The New England Patriots will travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts Sunday night.

New England quarterback Tom Brady said Wednesday that the key to beating the Colts will be putting up a lot of points.

“When you play another great offense you’re going to have to put up a lot of points,” Brady said. “My focus is on the other side of the ball, but you also know you’re not going to be able to score 13 points and win the game.”

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is on track to break Peyton Manning’s single season passing yards record and is the leader of the NFL’s highest scoring offense.

“He’s a great player,” Brady said of Luck. “He’s in his third year and he’s had a lot of success. They’re offense is doing a great job this year, they score a lot of points especially at home and he’s kind of the ring leader.”

With a win on Sunday, the Patriots will remain the top seed in the AFC.

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Brian Hoyer: Our Goal Is to Go 1-0

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — The Cleveland Browns (6-3) will host the Houston Texans (4-5) on Sunday.

Cleveland continues to impress this year and quarterback Brian Hoyer knows the importance of this game.

“Our main goal this week is to be 1-0,” Hoyer said. “We’re not going to get a berth into the playoffs based off this game. We realize its one game at a time, so from here on out its seven one game seasons.”

Hoyer will be going up against an old teammate — Ryan Mallett, the starting quarterback this week, who was a backup to Tom Brady in New England.

“I can honestly say it’s the strongest arm I’ve ever seen,” Hoyer said of Mallett.

Hoyer was also in New England when Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was the defensive coordinator for the Patriots.

“I don’t think I’d be the player I am today without Billy,” Hoyer said. “My time in New England, I remember him telling me ‘I don’t really coach Tom Brady, I just kind of guide him in the right direction and game plan’, I feel like I got the benefit of his extra coaching. It really helped me out as far as a quarterback in this league.”

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ESPN: Martinez Agrees to 4-Year Deal with Tigers

Leon Halip/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — The Detroit Tigers and Victor Martinez have agreed to a four-year deal that comes with an average annual salary of $17 million, according to ESPN’s Jim Bowden.

The Tigers originally offered Martinez a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer that the veteran designated hitter rejected. But Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski proceeded to declare re-signing Martinez was the team’s top priority.

The 35-year-old switch-hitting Martinez has been with Detroit since 2011 and missed the 2012 season with a knee injury. In his his three seasons on the field, Martinez hit .321 with a .381 on-base percentage, 58 home runs, and 289 RBIs.

Martinez arguably had his best offensive season in 2014, hitting .335 with 32 home runs, 103 RBIs, and an American League-leading .409 on-base percentage.

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Top NHL Prospect Connor McDavid Out 5-6 Weeks

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Top NHL prospect Connor McDavid will miss five to six weeks due to a fractured right hand.

McDavid endured the injury when he got into a fight in Tuesday’s Ontario Hockey League game between Connor’s Erie Otters and the Mississauga Steelheads.

The 17-year-old McDavid is expected to be the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

McDavid had been on fire this season: the teen has had 16 goals and 35 assists for the Otters over 18 games.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/12/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Washington Wizards 107 (6-2) – Detroit Pistons 103 (2-6)

Atlanta Hawks 100 (4-3) – Utah Jazz 97 (3-6)

Oklahoma City Thunder 109 (3-6) – Boston Celtics 94 (3-4)

Indiana Pacers 81 (3-6) – Miami Heat 75 (5-3)

Orlando Magic 97 (3-6) – New York Knicks 95 (2-7)

New Orleans Pelicans 109 (4-3) – Los Angeles Lakers 102 (1-7)

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs 6 (9-5-2; 20pts) – Boston Bruins 1 (10-7-0; 20pts)

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