Vikings win 7th straight, North lead 3

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(TSX / STATS) -- DETROIT -- The Minnesota Vikings have not quite clinched the NFC North title. But by all appearances, their division opponents can forget about catching them.

The Vikings extended their winning streak to seven games with a 30-23 victory over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day at Ford Field. Minnesota (9-2) opened up a three-game lead in the NFC North with five games remaining.

"I like this football team," coach Mike Zimmer said. "They're a bunch of fighters. They compete. When things go bad, they don't panic."

Chargers, Cowboys desperate for win

(TSX / STATS) -- Perhaps it's because he's a native Texan, but Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn holds his team's Thanksgiving Day contest against the Dallas Cowboys at Arlington, Texas in particularly high regard.

Lynn, who played high school football at Texas small-town powerhouse Celina and college football at Texas Tech, said it's one of the two biggest days in the NFL season. (MORE)

No. 5 Villanova storms back to beat Vols

(TSX / STATS) -- Tennessee took an analytical approach after upsetting No. 18 Purdue on Wednesday with the task of facing No. 5 Villanova on Thursday in a semifinal game of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

"We told our guys that if you feel confident beating a team like Purdue, imagine how confident Villanova feels coming off an NCAA title two years ago and winning 32 games last year," Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. "They exude confidence. They take everybody's best shot night in and night out. Sure enough, they showed us what they're all about in the second half. (MORE)

Bears place LB Floyd on injured reserve

(TSX / STATS) -- The Chicago Bears placed linebacker Leonard Floyd on injured reserve Thursday.

Floyd was carted off the field with MCL and PCL injuries to his right knee following a collision with cornerback Kyle Fuller during Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Detroit Lions. (MORE)

Maye leads No. 9 UNC to rout of Portland

(TSX / STATS) -- PORTLAND, Ore.-- It wasn't the best of starts for No. 9 North Carolina.

Facing an overmatched foe in Portland, the Tar Heels needed a full half to put away the Pilots as Luke Maye led North Carolina to a 102-78 victory in the first round of the Phil Knight 80 Invitational on Thursday. (MORE)

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