In Thursday Night Football play the Atlanta Falcons raced to a 17-0 lead and their defense intercepted off five of Drew Brees' passes and ended his NFL-record touchdown streak with a 23-13 victory against New Orleans. The 11-1 Falcons can clinch the NFC South if Tampa Bay loses at Denver this Sunday.
The Jets host Arizona Sunday afternoon, Tim Tebow was limited in practice again yesterday with two broken ribs he remains uncertain for this weekend. The Bills are also on home turf against Jacksonville and the Patriots play in Miami. The Giants and Redskins face off on Monday night.
Coming up in the NBA this weekend, the first place Knicks host the 1-12 Wizards tonight; Brooklyn plays in Orlando tonight and against defending champion Heat on Saturday. The Celtics will try for a second place standing behind New York and Brooklyn’s tied first as they go against Portland tonight and hit the road for Milwaukee tomorrow.
Boston point guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended two games by the league, without pay, for fighting with Brooklyn's Kris Humphries during the second quarter of a game Wednesday night. Additionally, Brooklyn's Gerald Wallace has been fined $35,000 and Boston's Kevin Garnett $25,000 for escalating the altercation.
In baseball news, WFAN radio is reporting that David Wright and the New York Mets have agreed to a $138 million, eight-year contract that would be the richest in franchise history. The deal would keep the All-Star third baseman under contract with the Mets through the 2020 season, when he will be 37. And a person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Mariano Rivera and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $10 million, one-year contract.
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