New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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–DREW BREES THROWS 3 TD PASSES, SAINTS BEAT BEARS 31-15 TO GRAB NFC SOUTH LEAD

Drew Brees threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints beat the Chicago Bears 31-15 on Monday to take the NFC South lead.

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-REAL MADRID GETS SCHALKE, BARCELONA GOES TO MANCHESTER CITY IN LAST 16 OF THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

A Champions League draw heavy with reunions on Monday paired Real Madrid and Barcelona with the same last 16 opponents as last season, and sent Arsene Wenger back to the club where he made his reputation.

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–SAILING IN SARDINIA AND ARCHERY IN THE VATICAN? ROME 2024 OLYMPIC BID TO REACH BEYOND CAPITAL

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi announced Monday that Rome will propose a cost-conscious bid to host the 2024 Olympics that will take advantage of IOC President Thomas Bach’s newly approved reforms allowing events to be held outside the host city.

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–JAMES HAS 27 POINTS, LOVE ADDS 22 POINTS AS CAVALIERS BEAT HORNETS 97-88

LeBron James scored 27 points with 13 assists, and Kevin Love added 22 points and 18 rebounds, as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Charlotte Hornets 97-88.

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–FLEURY STOPS 28 SHOTS, RUST AND DUMOULIN SCORE 1ST NHL GOALS AS PENGUINS BEAT LIGHTNING 4-2

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots, and Bryan Rust and Brian Dumoulin scored their first NHL goals as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2.

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