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Colts vs. Cardinals final score, results: Indianapolis bolsters playoff hopes with win over Arizona

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With an impressive 22-16 road win over the Cardinals, the Colts are now a near-lock to reach the NFL playoffs.

Indianapolis quarterback Carson Wentz completed 18 of his 28 pass attempts for 225 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Colts capture their sixth victory in their last seven games. Wide receivers Michael Pittman Jr. and T.Y. Hilton combined for 12 catches, 133 yards and one touchdown. Running back Jonathan Taylor continued what has been a spectacular season, racking up 27 carries and 108 rushing yards.

On the other side, Kyler Murray and the Cardinals’ offense continued their recent struggles. Murray finished with 319 total yards, but he only found the end zone once through the air. He had to deal with multiple bad snaps that cost Arizona yardage and got called for a penalty in the second quarter that resulted in a safety. The Cardinals have now lost three games in a row.

The Colts (9-6) are currently holding onto the top wild-card spot in the AFC. They will face the Raiders in Week 17 and Jaguars in Week 18. The Cardinals (10-5), meanwhile, are now sitting behind the Rams (10-4) in the NFC West standings. They will play against the Cowboys and Seahawks to end their season.

Sporting News provided live scoring updates during the Colts vs. Cardinals game. Check out the best highlights from the Christmas Day contest right here.

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Colts vs. Cardinals score

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Colts 7 5 3 7 22
Cardinals 6 0 7 3 16

Colts vs. Cardinals live updates, highlights from NFL Christmas game

(All times Eastern)

Final: Colts 22, Cardinals 16

11:18 p.m.: Pittman recovers the onside kick at the Arizona 45 and seals the victory for the Colts.

11:15 p.m.: FIELD GOAL CARDINALS. After Murray throws an incomplete pass on second down, Prater drills a 28-yard field goal attempt, and the Cardinals trail the Colts 22-16 with 46 seconds remaining.

11:11 p.m.: Murray connects with Kirk for another 14 yards. He goes down at the 20.

11:08 p.m.: Murray completes a pass to Kirk for 14 yards. That’s another first down at the Indianapolis 45 ahead of the two-minute warning.

11:05 p.m.: Murray completes a pass to Edmonds for 16 yards. That’s a first down at the Arizona 47.

10:58 p.m.: Taylor picks up three yards on third down, but he falls short of the first-down marker. The Colts punt the ball away.

10:53 p.m.: Murray throws an incomplete pass on fourth down, and the Colts take over at the Arizona 43.

10:51 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN COLTS. Wentz hits Patmon in the back of the end zone. Indianapolis leads 22-13 with 6:37 remaining.

10:49 p.m.: Mauro sacks Wentz for a loss of one yard on second down.

10:48 p.m.: Wentz fires another deep pass to Hilton for 39 yards. Hilton is pushed out of bounds at the Arizona 15.

10:45 p.m.: Wentz completes a deep pass to Pittman for 20 yards. He goes down at the Indianapolis 44.

10:40 p.m.: Prater misses a 42-yard field goal attempt, his second miss of the night.

10:34 p.m.: Murray completes a deep pass to Green for 33 yards and positions the Cardinals at the Indianapolis 30.

Third Quarter: Colts 15, Cardinals 13

10:30 p.m.: FIELD GOAL COLTS. Badgley makes a 37-yard attempt and puts the Colts on top 15-13.

10:24 p.m.: Wentz fires a pass to Alie-Cox, who picks up 37 yards and positions the Colts at the Arizona 32.

10:18 p.m.: Murray throws an incomplete pass on third down, and the Cardinals punt. The Colts will start their next drive at their own 25.

10:12 p.m.: Wentz throws an incomplete pass, and that’s a turnover on downs. The Cardinals will take over at their own 36.

10:08 p.m.: Taylor rushes for eight yards, giving the Colts a first down at the Indianapolis 40. Then, on second down, he runs for 18 yards.

10 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN CARDINALS. Murray finds Wesley in the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown. After Prater makes the extra point, the Cardinals lead 13-12 with 10:53 remaining in the third.

9:54 p.m.: Wentz is sacked for a loss of four yards on third down, forcing the Colts to punt. Murphy takes the ball nearly 50 yards on the return, going down at the Indianapolis 42.

Halftime: Colts 12, Cardinals 6

9:30 p.m.: FIELD GOAL COLTS. Badgley makes a 41-yarder, giving the Colts a six-point lead heading into the locker room.

9:26 p.m.: Wentz rushes for 12 yards, but a holding penalty against Indianapolis pushes the Colts back to the 23.

9:22 p.m.: Wentz connects with Pittman on consecutive plays for a combined 26 yards.

9:13 p.m.: SAFETY COLTS. Murray is forced to get rid of the ball on a bad snap. The play is ruled as intentional grounding, which results in a safety.

9:08 p.m.: Wentz completes to Hilton for two yards on third down, but he falls short of the first-down marker. The Colts punt the ball away.

9:02 p.m.: Jones sacks Wentz for a loss of 10 yards and forces the ball loose. Jones recovers the ball at the 50, but an illegal contact call against Arizona gives Indianapolis a first down.

8:54 p.m.: Murray connects with Ertz for 16 yards on fourth down. After Indianapolis challenges the completion, the call is reversed. The Colts take over on downs at their own 34.

8:50 p.m.: Badgley misses a 53-yard attempt and allows the Cardinals to take over.

First Quarter: Colts 7, Cardinals 6

8:42 p.m.: Wentz connects with Dulin for 43 yards. The Colts will have a fresh set of downs at the Arizona 46.

8:38 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN CARDINALS. Edmonds rushes into the end zone. After Prater misses the extra point, the Colts lead 7-6 with 3:03 remaining in the first quarter.

8:35 p.m.: Murray finds a hole and breaks free for 57 yards before getting tackled at the Indianapolis 2.

8:32 p.m.: Edmonds rushes for 10 yards and goes out of bounds at the 28.

8:30 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN COLTS. Wentz connects with Hilton in the end zone, and the Colts lead 7-0 with 6:11 remaining in the first quarter.

8:27 p.m.: Wentz finds Pittman for nine yards, and the Colts are at the Arizona 4.

8:25 p.m.: Taylor breaks free and rushes for 43 yards to put the Colts at the Arizona 16.

8:23 p.m.: Murray throws an incomplete pass on third down, and the Cardinals will attempt a field goal. Prater misses a 51-yarder.

8:20 p.m.: Murray completes a pass to Ertz, who gets a first down at the Indianapolis 40.

8:17 p.m.: Edmonds rushes for a combined total of 11 yards on consecutive plays and gets a first down at the Arizona 31.

8:15 p.m.: The Cardinals win the coin toss and elect to start with the ball.

Colts vs. Cardinals start time

  • Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: NFL Network
  • Live stream: Amazon Prime | fuboTV

NFL Network will broadcast the Colts-Cardinals game, so those without the channel will have to turn to streaming alternatives to watch it. One of those options is fuboTV, which comes with a seven-day free trial. Joe Davis, Kurt Warner, Melissa Stark and Peter Schrager are the broadcast team.

NFL schedule Week 16

Game Kickoff time TV channel
Titans 20, 49ers 17  — NFLN
Game Kickoff time TV channel
Browns at Packers 4:30 p.m. ET Fox/NFL/Amazon
Colts at Cardinals 8:15 p.m. ET NFL Network
Game Kickoff time TV channel
Giants at Eagles 1 p.m. ET Fox
Rams at Vikings 1 p.m. ET Fox
Bills at Patriots 1 p.m. ET CBS
Buccaneers at Panthers 1 p.m. ET Fox
Jaguars at Jets 1 p.m. ET CBS
Lions at Falcons 1 p.m. ET Fox
Chargers at Texans 1 p.m. ET CBS
Ravens at Bengals 1 p.m. ET CBS
Bears at Seahawks 4:05 p.m. ET Fox
Steelers at Chiefs 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Broncos at Raiders 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Washington Football Team at Cowboys 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
Game Kickoff time TV channel
Dolphins at Saints 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN



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Chelsea and Liverpool prove Premier League excitement, even if title is a foregone conclusion

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LONDON — Manchester City have shown themselves to be in a league of their own, so the Premier League should be thankful that Chelsea and Liverpool are still able to keep us all entertained. Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge helped neither team and only consolidated City’s vice-like grip on the top spot, but football is about jeopardy, risk and overcoming flaws, and when it all comes together, you get an unforgettable game like this one.

Even before City moved 11 points clear at the top of table with a 2-1 win at Arsenal on Saturday, this second-versus-third clash was always a case of both sides needing to win to maintain faint hopes of catching Pep Guardiola’s winning machine. City’s win at the Emirates was their 11th successive Premier League victory and they have all been won with such monotonous ease, scoring 33 goals and conceding just seven, that every three points is now met with little more than a shrug of inevitability.

Barring an unlikely collapse in the second half of the season, City will win a fourth league title in five years and you will struggle to count on the fingers of one hand the times they have had to dig deep into their reserves to overcome adversity during that period. Guardiola has built one of the all-time great teams in English football history during his six years at the Etihad, but they may simply be too good to contribute to games like this one.

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Chelsea and Liverpool gave us such a pulsating encounter because they both have weaknesses that can be exploited by their opponents. And as a result, they both had to take risks in an attempt to secure a crucial victory.

And they also had to go into the game with unwanted distractions hovering over both clubs.

Chelsea, with three wins from their past eight in the league, were without £97.5 million striker Romelu Lukaku, dropped by coach Thomas Tuchel because of an outspoken interview about his failure to impress so far at Stamford Bridge since returning to the club from Internazionale in the summer. And Liverpool were without manager Jurgen Klopp, goalkeeper Alisson, defender Joel Matip and forward Roberto Firmino — all isolating because of COVID-19.

City, in contrast, have enjoyed a remarkably serene run of successes since losing to Crystal Palace in October, which is why they are free-rolling to another title. But the Premier League is regarded as the most exciting in world football because of games like this, and teams like Chelsea and Liverpool and the drama they create.

From the first minute, when Sadio Mane was fortunate to escape a red card for appearing to strike Cesar Azpilicueta in the face with an elbow after just 14 seconds, the game was incident-packed. Azpilicueta later said it was a “clear red card” when interviewed after the game.

Christian Pulisic, playing centrally in the absence of Lukaku, wasted a golden chance to open the scoring on seven minutes when, with only stand-in keeper Caoimhin Kelleher to beat, he was indecisive and allowed the youngster to smother the ball. It proved a costly miss when, two minutes later, Mane took advantage of his lucky escape from a sending off by pouncing on a mistake by Trevoh Chalobah to score.

Chelsea were in disarray and Liverpool looked like the team that won the title in 2019. When Mohamed Salah made it 2-0 on 26 minutes with a stunning near-post finish after gliding past Marcos Alonso, it seemed as though Liverpool were about to give Chelsea the kind of hammering they inflicted on Manchester United during a 5-0 rout at Old Trafford earlier this season.

Liverpool were unable to score a third, though, and two Chelsea goals in the space of three minutes at the end of the first half turned the game on its head.

When Kelleher punched Alonso’s in-swinging free kick clear on 42 minutes, the keeper looked to have done well to deny the Chelsea defender. But the ball dropped the Mateo Kovacic on the edge of the penalty area and, as he was backpedaling, the midfielder somehow guided a volley beyond Kelleher and into the net. It was a spectacular display of technique by the former Real Madrid player and it gave Chelsea a foothold back into the game.

And it took them just three minutes to score the equaliser when Pulisic atoned for his earlier miss by latching onto N’Golo Kante‘s pass before beating Kelleher with a precise left-foot shot past the Republic of Ireland international. As the chaos continued on the pitch, Mason Mount almost put Chelsea 3-2 up in first-half stoppage time with a scuffed volley that bounced just wide of the post.

When a game is so eventful in the first half, it rarely delivers a second half of the same quality because of coaches plugging the holes that had led to the earlier excitement. But while the goals stopped flowing, the entertainment didn’t.

Salah forced a crucial save from Edouard Mendy with a 25-yard lob on 57 minutes and Mane was also denied by the Chelsea keeper. Kelleher, not to be outdone, then produced a stunning save to prevent Pulisic from scoring his second of the game.

In total, there were 25 chances over the 90 minutes, with both sides registering six on target. Neither could find a winner, though.

“For the outside world it was quite a good game to watch, but we came here for three points and didn’t get them,” Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk said.

Even if one team had done enough to claim all three points, it’s difficult to imagine they would have been able to close the gap on City, who are destined for another title. And the challenge facing both chasing clubs only grows more daunting in the next month, with Salah (Egypt), Mendy and Mane (both Senegal) now heading off to the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

But the Premier League still knows how to excite, even if the title is already a foregone conclusion.

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Michael Scudamore has Do Your Job in mind for Doncaster | Racing News

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Doncaster’s Lightning Novices’ Chase could be next on the agenda for Do Your Job following his creditable effort in defeat at Kempton over the festive period.

Runner-up to My Drogo and Belfast Banter in Grade Two and Grade One novice hurdles in the spring, Michael Scudamore’s stable star made a successful start to his chasing career at Warwick in November.

The eight-year-old fell at the eighth fence when stepped up in class for the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown, but bounced back to finish second to Edwardstone in the Wayward Lad last week.

With Scudamore keen to avoid a rematch with the winner, who is seemingly bound for the Kingmaker at Warwick, Do Your Job could instead bid for Grade Two honours at Doncaster on January 29.

Reflecting on his Kempton performance, the trainer said: “I was very pleased. He jumped well and travelled well and did everything right, he was just beaten by a better horse on the day.

“The main objective was a clear round really and maybe if we hadn’t fallen at Sandown we might have pressed on a bit more and made it more of a staying race.

“The most important thing was to get a clear round under his belt and get some more experience over fences for him.

“I think we’ll stick to novice races while we can and we might look to the race at Doncaster. That is what we have pencilled in at the moment, anyway.

“It would certainly be Plan A to try and avoid Edwardstone and I was very pleased to read he was going to go for the Kingmaker. Hopefully they stick to that plan!”

While Do Your Job looks set to remain in novice company on his next start, Scudamore admitted is considering a step into the handicap arena for the Grand Annual at Cheltenham – a race he won with Next Sensation in 2015.

He added: “I’m sure he’ll have an entry in that. He also ran very well at Aintree last year, so there’s that to consider as well.

“He looks like a horse that could have the right sort of profile for a Grand Annual and we’ll see nearer the time.

“In some ways it might make more sense to go for a handicap now, but as we saw at Kempton some of these novice events don’t have a lot of runners in them and there’s some decent prize-money on offer, so it seems silly to pass them over when you’ve only got one chance to run in them really.”



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Adiwang hopes to fight Saruta next

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Lito Adiwang was booted out of ONE Championship strawweight rankings after coming up short against Jarred Brooks. ‘The Thunder Kid’ is already itching to step back inside the cage and hopes to fight a ranked fighter next.

Of the fighters in the ONE Championship strawweight division rankings, the 28-year-old Filipino seeks to score a date with No.2-ranked Yosuke Saruta.

“I want a big comeback. I still want a big name. I want to challenge Yosuke Saruta. Maybe if ONE allows it, and he wants it, then I’ll take it. Saruta is someone who I really want to test myself against,” said Adiwang in an interview with ONE Championship.

The 28-year-old admits it is a dangerous fight and a huge risk to take. The high-risk, high-reward scenario is something that Adiwang would like to take as he seeks to put his name back in the rankings again by beating a former champion.

“It’s a big risk for me because I’m coming off a loss, but I want a great comeback and a big name in my return so I don’t fall far off from the rankings.”


Lito Adiwang seeking for a better year in 2022 at ONE Championship

Adiwang now holds a professional record of 13-4 and has been competing in ONE Championship since October 2018. He won his first five fights before receiving his first loss against Koha Minowa via a split decision two years later.

The Benguet-based fighter had three fights in 2021. However, he also suffered his second loss in ONE Championship against Jarred Brooks.

Still in his prime, Adiwang goes back to the drawing board and seeks to polish his MMA skills in 2022.

“I have to check my mistakes inside the Circle, but I also have to check my mistakes outside the Circle. It has to be a balance. Sometimes, I forget other personal obligations and those are the things that I have to work on. I have to balance things out based on last year. I have to correct this in 2022.”




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