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Celtics rally to drop 76ers to 0-16 (Yahoo Sports)  

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 25: Jerami Grant #39 and Nerlens Noel #4 of the Philadelphia 76ers look on during the game against the Boston Celtics on November 25, 2015 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Philadelphia 76ers found a way to tie the longest losing streak in major U.S. professional sports history. Blowing a late five-point lead in an 84-80 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night, the 76ers tumbled to their 26th straight loss and 16th in a row to start the season. Philadelphia tied the major U.S. professional sports futility mark set by the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976-77 and matched by the 76ers in 2013-14.


FSU official details favorable treatment of players (Yahoo Sports)  

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) leaves the field following the team's 32-18 loss to the New York Giants during an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The Florida State University official once in charge of the office that counsels campus rape victims told lawyers suing the school that football players receive special treatment, and that most of the 20 victims who alleged sexual assaults by team members during the past nine years declined to press student conduct charges. Melissa Ashton, who had been director of FSU's victim advocate program until August, made the statement in a deposition given this past June in an ongoing civil lawsuit filed by former student Erica Kinsman against the university. The Associated Press does not routinely identify people who say they are sexual assault victims.


Price exits after 2 periods but Canadiens beat Rangers 5-1 (Yahoo Sports)  

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) blocks a shot by New York Rangers right wing Kevin Hayes (13) as Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov (79) looks for a rebound during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, in New York. The Canadiens won 5-1. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

When star goalie Carey Price exited again with an injury, the Montreal Canadiens responded. Devante Smith-Pelly and Alex Galchenyuk scored in the opening 1:29 of the third period, and Montreal beat the New York Rangers 5-1 Wednesday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. Sven Andrighetto and Max Pacioretty also scored for the Canadiens, who have handed the Rangers (16-4-2) two of their four losses in regulation this season.


Browns didn't discuss cutting Johnny Manziel before benching (Yahoo Sports)  

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) plays during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, in Pittsburgh. Browns coach Mike Pettine says he benched Johnny Manziel because the quarterback violated the team's trust with his behavior during the bye week. Manziel was demoted from starter to third string on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, by Pettine, who was upset after a video emerged of the second-year QB partying last week in Texas while the Browns were off. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

The Browns believe sacking Johnny Manziel themselves will do him good. One day after taking Manziel's starting job from him for breaking his promise to stay out of the spotlight and behave during the bye week, Browns coach Mike Pettine explained his decision was necessary. Manziel was dumped as Cleveland's starter and dropped to third string by Pettine, who was angry after a video emerged of the second-year QB partying last week in Texas while the Browns were off.


Kansas freshman Diallo cleared to play beginning Dec. 1 (Yahoo Sports)  

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2015, file photo, Our Savior New American basketball player Cheick Diallo shoots a free throw against Linden during a high school basketball game in Kean, N.J. The NCAA will allow freshman Diallo to begin playing for No. 5 Kansas beginning next week, ending a months-long investigation into the five-star prospect's background. In a statement Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, the NCAA said Diallo received a limited amount of impermissible benefits. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)

Kansas freshman Cheick Diallo has been cleared to play for the fifth-ranked Jayhawks beginning next week, ending a laborious months-long investigation by the NCAA into the five-star prospect's education and background. In a statement Wednesday, the NCAA ultimately ruled Diallo had received a limited amount of impermissible benefits. Diallo, a native of Mali, will be allowed to play Tuesday night against Loyola.


Rams WR Bailey has surgery after being shot in Florida (Yahoo Sports)  

FILE - This Aug. 8, 2013, file photo shows St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey watching from the bench in the fourth quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, in Cleveland. Suspended Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey was shot and critically wounded as he and four other people were sitting in a car outside a home in the Miami area, police said Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. Bailey was at a hospital awaiting surgery for injuries that have not been disclosed by the Rams or the authorities. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

Many St. Louis Rams players woke to the news that Stedman Bailey had been shot in the head. Bailey was in intensive care and in stable condition at a Miami area hospital after undergoing a surgical procedure that Rams coach Jeff Fisher said lasted 4-6 hours. Fisher said he didn't anticipate Bailey, who is eligible to return from a suspension in two weeks, would play again this season.


Luck increases activity, but uncertain about return date (Yahoo Sports)  

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck celebrates after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Atlanta. Indianapolis Colts won 24-21. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Sitting out is not a role Luck is accustomed to. After winning Stanford's starting job as a redshirt freshman, Luck started 38 consecutive games. After being selected No. 1 overall in the 2012 NFL draft, he started 57 straight games, including the playoffs - a streak that ended earlier this season when he missed two games because of a sore throwing shoulder.


Frank Gifford's family says CTE found in his brain (Yahoo Sports)  

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2010, file photo, former New York Giants player Frank Gifford looks on during the Ring of Honor ceremony during halftime of an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The family of Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford says signs of the degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy were found in his brain after his death. In a statement released through NBC News on Wednesday, the family says Gifford suffered from unspecified

The family of Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford says signs of the degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy were found in his brain after his death. In a statement released through NBC News on Wednesday, the family said he had ''experienced firsthand'' symptoms associated with CTE but did not offer specifics. Gifford died of natural causes at his Connecticut home in August at age 84.


Seattle's Marshawn Lynch undergoes abdominal surgery (Yahoo Sports)  

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) breaks through a tackle-attempt by Dallas Cowboys' Sean Lee (50) as Cowboys Byron Jones, left, comes over to help on the running play in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

If the Seattle Seahawks are going to make a late charge toward a fourth straight playoff berth, they'll do it without Marshawn Lynch. Seattle is hopeful that Lynch will return at some point and will keep the bruising running back on the active roster. ''The doctor projected that he could get back pretty quickly,'' coach Pete Carroll said.


NFL: officials erred on Bills' final play against Pats (Yahoo Sports)  

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan instructs his team on the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Coach Rex Ryan took the diplomatic approach. The Buffalo coach was told the NFL acknowledged the Bills should have had the chance to run at least one more play in their loss to New England on Monday night. ''Sometimes mistakes do happen,'' Ryan said Wednesday.


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