Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) holds up the ball and acknowledges the crowd during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves after passing Michael Jordan on the NBA all-time scoring list in Minneapolis, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) holds up the ball and acknowledges the crowd during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves after passing Michael Jordan on the NBA all-time scoring list in Minneapolis, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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–KOBE BRYANT PASSES MICHAEL JORDAN FOR 3RD ON NBA’S CAREER SCORING LIST

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan for third on the NBA’s career scoring list in a 100-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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–MANZIEL ROUGHED UP IN FIRST GAME AS NFL STARTER, BENGALS BLAST BROWNS 30-0

Johnny Manziel spent his first NFL start being chased and taunted by Cincinnati defenders as the Bengals rudely welcomed the rookie quarterback to the league with a 30-0 demolition of the Cleveland Browns.

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–MAN UNITED KEEPS UP UNEXPECTED TITLE CHALLENGE WITH 3-0 WIN OVER STRUGGLING LIVERPOOL

Manchester United’s unlikely title challenge in the Premier League gained further momentum with a 3-0 win over great rival Liverpool, plunging last season’s runner-up into more disarray.

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–JAMES REIMER HELPS TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS BEAT LOS ANGELES KINGS 4-3 IN SHOOTOUT

James Reimer helped the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 shootout win over Los Angeles, shutting out the Kings in the tiebreaker.

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–VILLARREAL ENDS ATLETICO’S 27-GAME HOME UNBEATEN RUN WITH 1-0 WIN IN SPANISH LEAGUE

Villarreal ended Atletico Madrid’s streak of 27 straight home games without a loss in the Spanish league after striker Luciano Vietto scored late to grab a 1-0 win on Sunday.

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