Denver Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson, left, looks to pass the ball under defensive pressure from Miami Heat guard Norris Cole, front right, and center Chris Bosh in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

“This is the worst back-to-back in the league,” guard Dwyane Wade said. “You come in to see what you can do. You try to come out and compete. We did that for a half and then it got away from us in the third quarter. It was one of those games.”

Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald (11) pumps his fist in celebration with teammate Ted Larsen (62) after a late first down by the Cardinals against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz.  The Cardinals defeated the Chiefs 17-14. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

“They’ve always been as good a front four as anybody in the league and you’re watching them jell and become an outstanding defense,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says. “(Safety) Mark Barron was a great addition. They’ve stayed healthy, that’s a big thing.”

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2014, file photo, Oakland Athletics pitcher Jon Lester throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif. A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Lester has agreed to a $155 million, six-year contract with the Chicago Cubs. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday, Dec. 9, because the agreement had not been announced. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

“It’s not often you get to win the lottery, and we won the baseball lottery this year,” new Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “Now it’s up to us to put it into effect.”

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, left, talks to quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) during practice at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. After spending 13 games as a backup, Manziel will start Sunday when the Browns, with their playoff chances on the line, host the Cincinnati Bengals. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

“I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t excited to see him play,” Pettine said Wednesday, a day after promoting the rookie sensation over slumping starter Brian Hoyer. “I’ve seen him in practice.”

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair speaks at an NFL press conference  during an owners meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Irving, Texas. At left is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

“This will be a highly qualified individual with a criminal justice background hired as soon as possible for the newly created position,” Goodell said. “The person will oversee our investigations and decide the discipline for violations of the policy.”

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) blocks a shot by Colorado Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla (12) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

“I was trying to get it as high as possible,” said Forsberg, who had success against Pickard in the minors last season. “I was coming pretty close and got cut off by the back-checker. So I was trying to go high, and I was fortunate on that one.”