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Kobe Bryant set to be rested by Lakers as fatigue concerns grow

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We begin in the NFL where the Dallas Cowboys are celebrating securing playoff football for the first time since 2009. Jim Caldwell’s team clinched the NFC East title after destroying the Indianapolis Colts 42-7.

Elsewhere the Seattle Seahawks showed their championship credentials in their 35-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals – accumulating a franchise record 596 yards on offense.

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Meanwhile in the NBA reports suggest that the Los Angeles Lakers are planning to rest Kobe Bryant over the Christmas period with the NBA superstar continuing to struggle with fatigue in this his 19th season in the league.

Lakers head coach Byron Scott said he plans to speak to the star in the near future to discuss the possibility of leaving him out for a couple of games.

"I think at times he does look exhausted, and I know he's trying to do so much, so like I said I've got to talk to him and I'm going to take what he says with a grain of salt," explained Scott.

"I know him, and I know he wants to play, but I've got to think about him as well. Maybe it is a game or two (that he rests). I don't know yet."

Bryant, who struggled in the Lakers' 108-101 defeat to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night, spoke to reports in the aftermath of the game about how he tries to put thoughts of injury and fatigue to the back of his mind.

"I try to dedicate as much time as possible to my body and making sure that I'm as loose and ready to go as possible, and try to put those thoughts on the back burner and come out every single night and give it my all the best I can."

The Lakers face the Warriors on Tuesday night before a Christmas Day showdown against the Chicago Bulls.

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And finally in the NHL the New York Rangers extended their winning streak to six games by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 1-0.

There were also wins for the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars in a busy night of action.

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