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.”

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.”

Brazilian soccer great Pele gestures during a news conference at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. The 74-year-old Pele was discharged from the hospital two weeks after being admitted to treat a urinary tract infection. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

“It was really a scare,” Pele said in a news conference broadcast live on Brazilian television. “What happened was a surprise to me. I was worried, of course, but I never had any fears about dying.”

Buffalo Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons (28), of Latvia, celebrates his third period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jen Fuller)

Girgensons credits his popularity to his Latvian fans back home. He leads Buffalo with eight goals but has only 14 points, well off the 35 points held by three league leaders.

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin speaks to reporters during Major League Baseball's winter meetings Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in San Diego. Baseball's winter meetings opened Monday with Oakland jettisoning yet another All-Star, Brandon Moss. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

“That one’s more just for my industry curiosity as much as anything,” he said. “Like Arthur Miller being married briefly to Marilyn Monroe — that’s who we are. We’re the Arthur Miller in Lester’s career.”