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Romo returns from layoff to assist Dallas conquer Miami 24-fourteen

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tony Romo scrambled in the back of the end zone before improvising to throw his first pass in two months — left-handed for a short gain.

He did even better right-handed.

Romo pulled off his latest comeback victory Sunday, returning from a collarbone injury to throw for two scores, and the Dallas Cowboys won for the first time since he was hurt in Week 2, beating the Miami Dolphins 24-14.

The Cowboys (3-7) snapped a seven-game losing streak, their longest in a single season since 1989. They play host to undefeated Carolina on Thanksgiving.

“Winning,” Romo said, “is going to put a little more pep in everyone’s step.”

Romo went 18 for 28 for 227 yards and overcame two interceptions by throwing touchdown passes of 31 yards to Terrance Williams and 16 yards to Dez Bryant.

“I got more comfortable as the game went on,” Romo said.

Dallas’ dominating defense added to his comfort level, beginning when linebacker Rolando McClain scored the game’s first points and his first career touchdown on a 12-yard interception return. He stepped in front of a pass by Ryan Tannehill intended for Greg Jennings.

Another day of sputtering offense for the Dolphins (4-6) increased the likelihood they’ll miss the playoffs for the seventh year in a row.

Romo looked rusty at times, and heavy rain and gusty wind early in the game didn’t help.

“That’s the way it’s supposed to be,” Romo said. “That’s why it’s the NFL. You almost take it as a challenge, and it makes it almost more enjoyable.”

The Cowboys’ first scoring threat ended when he was blitzed and his pass was intercepted by Brent Grimes. A frustrated Romo yelled at intended receiver Bryant as they headed for the bench.

“I love that kid,” Romo said.

Romo soon settled down and showed his characteristic creativity. The left-handed desperation lob allowed him to avoid a safety on the Cowboys’ opening possession.

“I didn’t envision after my two-month layoff coming back with a left-hander,” he said. “I did practice that about seven or eight years ago, so I was ready for it.”

“It gave me a shiver,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, “and I know it inspired the team.”

As expected, Romo sparked a team tied for next to last in the NFL in points. Since Week 2 of 2014, the Cowboys are 16-3 when he starts and 0-8 when he doesn’t.

“He’s a damned good player,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He has been for a long time.”

Darren McFadden provided offensive balance by rushing for 129 yards. Robert Turbin, who joined the Cowboys on Wednesday, added 35 yards on seven carries against a team ranked next-to-last in run defense.

“We’ve got to stop the run,” Miami defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said. “We didn’t do a good enough job in that area. That’s pretty much as simple as it gets.”

The Dolphins had the ball for only 21 minutes and went 1 for 10 on third-down conversions. Their loss reduced the chances interim coach Dan Campbell will be back next year.

“I want to keep Dan around,” Tannehill said. “He does a great job. He’s exciting. Everyone in our locker room believes in him. But as players we’ve got to go out and do a better job.”

The game matched a pair of last-place teams and looked it at times. Dallas committed 10 penalties and Miami nine.

A dance celebration by Bryant and Williams following a score prompted an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that helped Miami score a touchdown in the final seconds of the first half.

But Bryant beat a linebacker and a safety for the touchdown that put the Cowboys ahead to stay, 21-14, on the first play of the fourth quarter.

“We looked like our old selves in a lot of ways,” tight end Jason Witten said.

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Daniel Sturridge has yet to enjoy underneath Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is edging nearer to a comeback after completing his 1st total education session in far more than a thirty day period, resources have advised ESPN FC.

Sturridge, 26, has yet to engage in beneath Jurgen Klopp soon after sustaining a knee harm on the eve of the new manager’s very first match at Tottenham on Oct. 17.

The England intercontinental has performed just 242 minutes throughout three matches this period soon after recovering from hip medical procedures which had ruled him out of the last 6 months of the preceding marketing campaign.

However, resources say that he skilled with the full Liverpool group — people not involved in internationals — at Melwood on Tuesday afternoon.

It was the initial time Sturridge experienced been component of the group given that a collision with Jordon Ibe in training sidelined him in mid-Oct.

He was monitored by healthcare workers in the course of and right after the session to assess how he reacted and they will keep on to hold a close eye on him for the relaxation of the week.

Klopp has resisted the temptation to try out to hurry again the striker — despite injuries to Danny Ings and Christian Benteke, which remaining him with Divock Origi as his only in shape centre-ahead at one phase. 

For that reason, the German is not likely to take any probabilities with Sturridge ahead of Saturday’s journey to Leading League leaders Manchester Metropolis, though another action forward in the player’s scheduled restoration will be a constructive for him.

He will be wary of rushing back a participant who has suffered five individual harm setbacks since the beginning of final time — and has manufactured only 10 league starts off in that time. Sturridge has skipped 7 matches because selecting up his newest harm, which took for a longer time than predicted to mend due to the fact of a build-up of fluid on his knee.

Injuries problems continue to problems Klopp, with captain Jordan Henderson nonetheless doing work his way again to health following an procedure on a damaged bone in his foot, which has prevented him working with his new supervisor.

Nonetheless, Klopp was boosted by the return to coaching on Monday of James Milner and Ibe after hamstring and knee injuries respectively dominated them out of intercontinental obligation.

Data from the Press Association was employed in this report.


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