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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys have lost both games without Ezekiel Elliott, and owner Jerry Jones is still trying to explain what the six-game suspension for his star running back has to do with his objections over a contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell. Jones said after a 37-9 loss to Philadelphia that he wants "unprecedented accountability to the ownership" while again referring to a desire to revisit the power Goodell has to punish players under the collective bargaining agreement.

HOUSTON (AP) - DeAndre Hopkins admitted that Andre Johnson being at NRG Stadium to become the inaugural member of the Houston Texans Ring of Honor gave him a little boost in a 31-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals. "Andre is always inspiring," Hopkins said. "Just his presence, being out there before the game ... for him to have this day, it definitely brought a spark to some people."

(AP) - The Big 12 already has a higher percentage of bowl-eligible teams than any other conference. The Big 12 has seven bowl games, and could make that eight out of 10. Plus, No. 3 Oklahoma needs an opponent for the conference's revived championship game. If No. 10 TCU wins at home against Baylor, the Horned Frogs will meet the Sooners again. Texas Tech has to win at Texas on Friday to become the Big 12's eighth bowl-eligible team, and maybe to save coach Kliff Kingsbury's job.

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Keenan Evans scored 25 points to lead Texas Tech over No. 20 Northwestern 85-49 in the championship game of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. It was the most-lopsided loss in head coach Chris Collins' five years at Northwestern, surpassing an 89-57 road defeat to then-No. 25 Indiana on Jan. 23, 2016.

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Rob Gray scored six of his 23 points during a late 8-0 run for Houston that broke a tie and the Cougars beat Wake Forest 78-73 in the fifth-place game of the Paradise Jam. Wes Vanbeck added 19 points and Devin Davis 15 for Houston (3-1). Bryant Crawford led the Demon Deacons with 17 points.

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - Shon Briggs scored 22 points, Jarkel Joiner added 18 more and Cal State Bakersfield pulled away in the second half for an 85-73 win over Lamar. Leading by three at the break, Bakersfield (2-2) opened the second half with a 7-2 spurt capped with Rickey Holden's 3-pointer to build a quick 43-35 lead.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Yes, Yante Maten scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in Georgia's 68-65 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, but he also turned the ball over seven times. Count on Coach Mark Fox to focus on the miscues in the coming days.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Carson Wentz threw for two touchdowns and three 2-point conversions after Philadelphia lost kicker Jake Elliott to a head injury, and the Eagles all but wrapped up the NFC East with a 37-9 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles outscored the Cowboys 30-0 in the second half while extending their winning streak to eight games, their longest since 2003-04 and tied with New Orleans for the longest current run in the NFL.

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