Sanchez to Play for the Dallas Cowboys This NFL Season

Mark Sanchez has found a new home, home on the range…

The Dallas Cowboys have made it official, signing the 29-year-old Mexican American veteran NFL quarterback two days after he was released by the Denver Broncos.

Mark Sanchez

To make room for Sanchez, Dallas released Jameill Showers, who was the team’s No. 3 quarterback during the preseason. Showers started the preseason finale for the Cowboys, completing 10 of 25 attempts for 91 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Sanchez, who didn’t play in the Broncos’ final two preseason games, completed 20 of 30 attempts for one touchdown and one interception in the first two exhibition games with Denver.

He previously spent several seasons with the New York Jets, as well as one season with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Cowboys were in need of a veteran presence after Tony Romo suffered a broken bone in his back, forcing him to miss as many as 10 weeks.

Dallas named rookie Dak Prescott as its starting QB.

Alonso Undergoes Surgery and Should Return for Play This Season

It looks like Kiko Alonso will be heading back on the field this season…

The 25-year-old Cuban/Colombian American linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee earlier this week and will be able to play again this season, according to an NFL source.

Kiko Alonso

Alonso, who injured the knee in Week 2 against the Dallas Cowboys, could return to the Eagles as early as a few weeks from now, the source told ESPN.

It was originally thought that Alonso had suffered a significant ACL tear, but further testing showed that was not the case.

The main reason he’s expected to play again this season is that there is good stability in his left ACL, the source said.

Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Wednesday that Alonso was rehabbing the knee and that the team would see him Friday.

Kelly has been asked a few times about the injury since Week 2, but only would say that Alonso had a sprain.

Guardado Leads Mexico to 3-1 Win Over Jamaica in CONCACAF Gold Cup Title Match

Andrés Guardado is returning south of the border as Mexico’s new soccer hero…

The 28-year-old Mexican futbol player, who plays for Dutch club PSV Eindhoven and the Mexico national team, scored his fourth goal of the knockout rounds to help propel Mexico to its seventh CONCACAF Gold Cup title Sunday with a 3-1 victory over upstart Jamaica.

Andrés Guardado

Jesus Corona and Oribe Peralta contributed goals as El Tri scored twice early in the second half to ensure this match wouldn’t come down to any calls in the final minutes.

It was a convincing performance for coach Miguel Herrera and his team after some rough play and contentious moments in the previous two games.

Jamaica had made a rousing run to the final, stunning the U.S. in the semis to become the first Caribbean nation to reach the Gold Cup’s championship match. And they looked as though they belonged in the opening minutes, keeping the pressure on Mexico with several promising scoring chances but never putting a shot on goal.

Jamaica hadn’t trailed since early in the second half of its Gold Cup opener before a yellow card helped lead to Mexico’s first goal.

Darren Mattocks scored in the 80th minute to pull the Reggae Boyz within 3-1.

El Tri will face the U.S., the 2013 Gold Cup champions, on October 9 for CONCACAF’S spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.

The only way Mexico had been able to score in the knockout rounds before Sunday had been on penalty kicks, all three by Guardado. And two of those came on late, questionable calls.

Against Costa Rica in the quarterfinals, a scoreless game was moments from going to a shootout when Guardado converted his penalty in the final minute of extra time. Mexico had been the better team that day, but that wasn’t the case in the semifinals. Down to 10 men, Panama was on the verge of victory when a disputed hand ball set up a penalty for Guardado in second-half stoppage time, and he scored on another for the winner in extra time.

Mexico had gone 272 minutes since one of its players scored on anything other than a penalty when Guardado put El Tri ahead for good Sunday. Jonathan dos Santos found Paul Aguilar out wide on a free kick, and Aguilar crossed it to Guardado, whose left-footed volley made it 1-0 in the 31st minute. It was his sixth goal of the tournament, one behind Clint Dempsey of the U.S.

Guardado came off to a thunderous ovation from the pro-Mexico crowd of 68,930 at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL‘s Philadelphia Eagles.

Romo Rallies the Dallas Cowboys in Final Minutes to Beat the New York Giants

Tony Romo has a giant(s) second half to lead his team to victory…

The 34-year-old Mexican American Dallas Cowboys quarterback made critical plays in the second half to beat the New York Giants on Sunday night.

Tony Romo

Romo threw two touchdown passes to Dez Bryant, the winner from 13 yards with 1:01 remaining, lifting the Cowboys to a comeback 31-28 victory.

“You gain an understanding that you’re never really out of it,” Romo said. “You are comfortable being in uncomfortable situations. That comes from having been through it and going out and finding a way to win. Once you do that a few times, the team can believe in that.”

Romo could’ve written a book on winning drives while staging this one; he never was pressured in leading the Cowboys 80 yards to the winning score.

“Any time you’re afforded the amount of time at the end of the game, it’s huge,” he said. “They (the offensive line) are a special group of guys who work their butts off and deserve a lot of credit for this game and this season.”

Romo threw for two TDs in the third quarter and Barry Church‘s interception helped turn things around for the Cowboys. But the Giants (3-8), trailing 24-21, staged a 93-yard drive capped by Adrien Robinson‘s first career TD catch. That 1-yard score with 3 minutes remaining could’ve snapped New York’s slide that now stands at six losses.

Dallas (8-3) roared back. Romo found Bryant in the back of the end zone to win it, setting up an NFC East showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thanksgiving Day for first place.

“Now we have another challenge coming up real quick,” Romo said. “Philly is playing great football so we’re going to have to play better than we did tonight to win that game.”

Dallas, which was treated to chants of “Let’s Go Cowboys!” in the second half from hundreds of fans in Cowboys garb, is 5-0 on the road. New York was eliminated from division contention.

Romo was 18-of-26 for 275 yards and never appeared bothered by back problems that sidelined him for one of the Cowboys’ defeats this year.

Sanchez Agrees to a One-Year-Deal with the Philadelphia Eagles

Mark Sanchez is flying high after landing a new NFL gig…

The 27-year-old Mexican American pro football star, a former quarterback for the New York Jets, has signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Mark Sanchez

The deal comes a week after the Eagles lost quarterback Michael Vick to the Jets.

Sanchez’s deal is for $2.25 million and includes a $750,000 signing bonus, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The contract also includes up to an additional $1.75 million in bonuses, bringing the maximum value of the deal to $4 million. Sanchez can achieve his bonuses by playing up to 90 percent of the Eagles’ offensive plays.

The Eagles have called a news conference for 10:30 a.m. ET on Friday to introduce Sanchez.

Sanchez, released last Friday as soon as Vick’s deal with the Jets was complete, arrived in Philadelphia on Wednesday night and underwent a medical exam Thursday morning.

The parameters of the contract were set Monday, but the medical check was key because Sanchez is recovering from surgery on his throwing shoulder — a torn labrum that caused him to miss the entire 2013 season.

Sanchez, who resumed throwing recently, is said to be about 80 percent healthy. His hope is to be ready for OTA practices later in the spring. He also had arthroscopic knee surgery last season.

Nick Foles is the Eagles’ starter, but Sanchez’s presence should add some intrigue. Sanchez is 33-29 as a starter, and he has four playoff victories. He was the presumed opening day starter last season after outplaying rookie Geno Smith in the preseason, but he injured his shoulder in the fourth quarter of the Jets’ third preseason game.

Sanchez joins another former USC quarterback, Matt Barkley, on the Eagles’ depth chart. Presumably, Sanchez will be the No. 2.

Sanchez, the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft, reached the AFC Championship Game in his first two seasons. The Jets regressed after that, going 14-18 over the next two seasons and missing the playoffs each time.

Romo Surpasses Aikman’s Franchise Record in Cowboys Victory

The Dallas Cowboys have a new career touchdown passes leader… And, his name is Tony Romo.

The 32-year-old Cowboys quarterback threw for three touchdowns to pass Troy Aikman‘s career mark of 165 TD passes and claim Dallas’ franchise record as the Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-33 on Sunday night.

Tony Romo

The Cowboys (6-6) trailed 27-24 when Romo led an 86-yard drive that was sparked by a 35-yard pass to Dez Bryant on third down. Bryant gave Dallas the lead when he took a screen pass from the 6 and got inside the pylon with 5:40 remaining.

The Eagles (3-9) lost their eighth straight game despite 169 yards rushing and two touchdowns from rookie Bryce Brown a week after he set a team rookie record with 178 yards.

After Romo’s go-ahead touchdown pass, Dallas went up by 11 when Morris Claiborne returned a fumble by Brown 50 yards for a touchdown.

Brown’s fumble snapped a streak of eight straight scoring drives by both teams.

Philadelphia had a chance for an improbable rally when Damaris Johnson returned a punt 98 yards with 31 seconds left. After a failed 2-point conversion kept the score at 38-33, the Cowboys recovered the onside kick.

“It’s about winning games,” said Romo, who was 10 of 10 in the second half and completed his last 12 passes. “We desperately had to have this win tonight, and our team fought like heck to get a win.”

Romo completed 22 of 27 for 303 yards with no interceptions and a passer rating of 150.5. He’s the fifth QB since 2000 with three touchdowns and no incompletions in the second half of a game.