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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 1974, photo, Baltimore Orioles' Paul Blair is greeted at the plate after a home run in the opening game against the Oakland Athletics in the American League baseball playoffs in Oakland, Calif. Blair, the eight-time Gold Glove center fielder who helped the Orioles win World Series titles in 1966 and 1970, has died. He was 69. Blair died Thursday night, Dec. 26, 2013, at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, according to a hospital spokeswoman. (AP Photo)

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 1974, photo, Baltimore Orioles' Paul Blair is greeted at the plate after a home run in the opening game against the Oakland Athletics in the American League baseball playoffs in Oakland, Calif. Blair, the eight-time Gold Glove center fielder who helped the Orioles win World Series titles in 1966 and 1970, has died. He was 69. Blair died Thursday night, Dec. 26, 2013, at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, according to a hospital spokeswoman. (AP Photo)

NFL

Cowboys’ Romo has surgery, out for season finale

IRVING, Texas – Tony Romo’s season is over, and the Dallas Cowboys will have to win without their star quarterback in a third straight playoffs-or-bust finale.

Coach Jason Garrett said Romo had back surgery yesterday, and Kyle Orton will start when Dallas faces Philadelphia tomorrow night with the NFC East title and a postseason berth on the line.

Garrett said Romo underwent treatment all week in hopes of playing after injuring his back in a season-saving 24-23 victory against Washington. Romo hurt himself when he tripped over his foot while trying to escape pressure in the fourth quarter.

Dallas will have to do it without its defensive leader, too. Linebacker Sean Lee will miss his third straight game with a sprained neck. He’ll wind up sidelined for five of the last six regular-season games. He was out for two with a hamstring injury.

NFL

Packers’ Matthews has surgery on right thumb

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Packers linebacker Clay Matthews had surgery after aggravating a right thumb injury in last week’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Coach Mike McCarthy said yesterday that he didn’t know when Matthews would return. The pass-rushing specialist has already been ruled out for tomorrow’s game against the Bears in Chicago for the NFC North title.

Matthews missed four games earlier in the season with the thumb injury. He was wincing in pain on the sideline after hurting the thumb again on a sack in the second quarter of the 38-31 loss to the Steelers.

NFL

Texans’ Phillips: NFL agrees 50th TD was a bobble

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Wade Phillips would like to put an asterisk on Peyton Manning’s touchdown record.

The Houston Texans’ interim coach said yesterday the league agreed with him that Manning’s record-tying 50th TD toss last Sunday shouldn’t have counted because Eric Decker bobbled the ball.

The touchdown still counts, however, as does Manning’s 51st TD throw. That one to Julius Thomas minutes later capped Denver’s 37-13 win and broke Tom Brady’s record of 50 TD passes set in 2007.

NFL

Vikings RB Peterson doubtful for finale

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Adrian Peterson tried to play through a sprained foot and a lingering groin injury, but he is doubtful to play in tomorrow’s final regular-season game at home against the Detroit Lions.

Peterson is third in the league in rushing with 1,266 yards. He practiced on a limited basis this week for the Minnesota Vikings (4-10-1), who tomorrow play the final game in the Metrodome’s history.

Peterson started last week’s game but sat out much of the second half in the Vikings’ 42-14 loss at Cincinnati.

BASEBALL

Angels sign veteran OF Ibanez

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Veteran outfielder Raul Ibanez agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels. The club announced the deal yesterday.

The 41-year-old Ibanez batted .242 with 29 homers and 65 RBI for the Seattle Mariners last year. He hit his final homer of the season at Angel Stadium on Sept. 21, tying Ted Williams’s record for the most homers by a 40-and-over player.

Ibanez has 300 career homers and is seven hits shy of becoming the 18th active major leaguer with 2,000 hits. He played his first major league game with Seattle in 1996, also making stops with the Royals, Phillies and Yankees between three stints with the Mariners.

BASEBALL

Former Orioles star Blair dies

BALTIMORE – Paul Blair, the eight-time Gold Glove center fielder who helped the Baltimore Orioles win World Series titles in 1966 and 1970, has died. He was 69.

Blair died Thursday night at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Blair was with the Orioles from 1964-76. He then played for the New York Yankees – winning World Series in 1977 and 1978 – and the Cincinnati Reds.

In 17 seasons in the majors, he hit .250 with 134 home runs, 620 RBI and 171 stolen bases. Blair appeared in six World Series, two All-Star games and won Gold Gloves in 1967 and 1969-75.

NBA

Thunder’s Westbrook out until after All-Star break

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and won’t return until after the All-Star break.

That means Westbrook will miss a minimum of 27 games.

General Manager Sam Presti said in a news release that Westbrook has been playing pain-free, but “recently had experienced increased swelling” in his right knee.

Westbrook’s knee problems began in April when he tore his meniscus in the second game of the Western Conference playoffs, sidelining him for the remainder of the postseason and all but ending Oklahoma City’s chance to get to the NBA Finals.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Video: Gamecocks’ Clowney tells officer he is late

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Video from a traffic stop shows South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney telling an officer he had just three minutes to make it to the stadium when he was stopped for doing almost 30 mph over the speed limit.

The dash camera video was released yesterday by the Columbia police, a day after Clowney was stopped on Interstate 26 about 6 miles from Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks were gathering there to travel to Florida for the Capital One Bowl against Wisconsin on Jan. 1.

The officer tells Clowney he was clocked doing 84 mph in a 55 mph zone. Clowney tells him he was trying to get to the stadium before the team left.

At the end of the video, Clowney switches places and lets a passenger drive.

NHL

Dupuis could miss rest of season with knee injury

RALEIGH, N.C. – Pittsburgh Penguins Coach Dan Bylsma said top-line forward Pascal Dupuis could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Bylsma said yesterday after the team’s game-day skate that Dupuis will have surgery “in a couple of weeks” to repair his anterior cruciate ligament.

Bylsma said he has no timetable for Dupuis’s return and it’s “likely that it might” end his season.

Dupuis hurt his right knee in a loss at Ottawa on Monday when Senators defenseman Marc Methot hit Sidney Crosby, sending him into Dupuis.

He has seven goals and 13 assists in 39 games. Joe Vitalie will replace him on the top line.

Bylsma also said defenseman Brooks Orpik and forward Tanner Glass were scheduled to be activated from injured reserve before last night’s game at Carolina.

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