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MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Denver at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
Soccer: Premier League, Swansea City at Stoke City, 3:55 p.m. NBCSN
NFL: Patriots 41, Bills 25
NFL: Bengals 27, Redskins 27
NFL: Texans 20, Lions 13
NFL: Chiefs 30, Colts 14
NFL: Chargers 27, Broncos 19
NFL: Cowboys 29, Eagles 23
NFL: Panthers 30, Cardinals 20
NFL: Saints 25, Seahawks 20
NFL: Jets 31, Browns 28
NFL: Raiders 30, Buccaneers 24
NFL: Falcons 33, Packers 32
MLB: Cubs 3, Indians 2
NBA: Warriors 106, Suns 100
NBA: Pistons 98, Bucks 83
NBA: Grizzlies 112, Wizards 103
NBA: Spurs 106, Heat 99
NBA: Thunder 113, Lakers 96
NBA: Rockets 93, Mavericks 92
NBA: Clippers 88, Jazz 75
NHL: Panthers 5, Red Wings 2
NHL: Sabres 3, Jets 1
NHL: Rangers 6, Lightning 1
NHL: Senators 2, Oilers 0
NHL: Flyers 4, Hurricanes 3
NHL: Islanders 5, Maple Leafs 1
NHL: Blackhawks 3, Kings 0
NHL: Capitals 3, Flames 1
AROUND THE WEB:
— Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall wants Joe Namath to pump the brakes on tweeting his critiques of the team before the game is over.
The Jets beat the Browns, 31-28, on Sunday, but were trailing by 13 at halftime when Namath took to Twitter to suggest the Jets put in another quarterback.
Tweeted Namath: Who thinks we should see Bryce Petty start the 2nd half? I know I do. It hurts to say this, but we’re not goin anywhere with Fitzpatrick.
Ryan Fitzpatrick went 3-for-14 with 30 yards in the first half when Namath sent the tweet. And Brandon Marshall had a problem with him jumping the gun.
“I ain’t going to fight with Joe, they’ll throw me out of the city,” Marshall said, before expressing his true feelings about Namath’s tweet. “Joe can’t say that! Come on Broadway.”
“I mean, it’s four quarters. I would ask Joe, can you reserve your comment until after the game,” Marshall went on. “That’s two weeks in a row that you’ve been wrong, Joe!”
Namath went after Jets quarterback Geno Smith last week for not re-entering the game after suffering a knee injury.
“I like Joe. I have his number, we talk,” Marshall said. “[But] come on, Joe. He got on Geno, too, last week when Geno had an ACL! But Joe I’m not fighting against you. For all the New York fans, I’m not going against Joe. But Joe, come on, you can’t say that.”
— It turns out hugging a referee warrants a penalty in the NFL.
Seahawks safety Earl Thomas found this out the hard way during Sunday’s loss to the Saints. Thomas recovered a fumble and ran it 34 yards for a touchdown and celebrated by handing the ball to a fan in the stands before running to an official and giving him a hug.
The referee, Alex Kemp, was not in a playful mood and flagged him for an unsportsmanlike penalty. Thomas didn’t even realize it until after the game.
“I just found out they penalized me for that,” Thomas said afterward. “I’m having fun, just excited about the moment. I only live three hours away from here. I’m just thinking like, ‘Man, everybody back home just saw me score.’ You never know what happens when you go into these games, and then the ball goes your way. Just an exciting moment. That’s just how I celebrated.”
However, the penalty for Thomas could have been worse.
The NFL rule for touching officials states, “Under no circumstances is an official to allow a player to shove, push, or strike him in an offensive, disrespectful, or unsportsmanlike manner. The player shall be disqualified from the game, and any such action must be reported to the Commissioner.”
— The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s office said Saturday Jose Fernandez had cocaine in his system at the time of his fatal boat crash last month.
Fernandez also had a blood-alcohol level of .147. The legal limit in Florida is .08.
The 24 year-old suffered blunt-force trauma to the head torso as well as jaw and skull fractures.
Fernandez and two friends, Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Jesus, were killed in the Sept. 25 crash in Miami.
Jesus and Rivero had blood-alcohol levels below the legal limit, and Rivero had traces of cocaine in his system.
It is unknown who was driving the boat.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I did see it. Yes I did, I did see it. I thought it was funny the ref didn’t want to pick it up. He was kicking it. Nobody wanted to reach down and grab it.” — Tom Brady, on the sex toy thrown on the field from the stands during the Patriots’ win over the Bills on Sunday
ON THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: On Halloween in 2004, the Patriots saw their 21-game win streak come to an end when the Steelers and rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger defeated them, 34-20. The streak was the longest in NFL history at the time. However, the Patriots got the last laugh when they won the Super Bowl that season.