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Seminoles vs. Tigers for national championship at Rose Bowl
UNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Florida State and No. 2 Auburn will play in the final BCS championship game on Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl.
The Seminoles wrapped up their berth by crushing Duke 45-7 in Saturday's ACC title game. The Tigers were 59-42 winners over Missouri for the SEC crown on Saturday, but Auburn's spot in the BCS title game wasn't secured until Michigan State beat Ohio State 34-24 hours later.
In other BCS bowl matchups:
— Alabama gets the SEC's BCS consolation game as the Crimson Tide will face No. 11 Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2.
— Ohio State has to settle for a spot in the Orange Bowl against No. 12 Clemson after blowing a berth in the BCS title game.
— Fourth-ranked Michigan State and No. 5 Stanford have been selected for the Rose Bowl's centennial on New Year's Day.
— The Fiesta Bowl will pit sixth-ranked Baylor against No. 15 Central Florida in a battle of 11-1 teams.
Florida State and Auburn lead the way
UNDATED (AP) — Florida State and Auburn are 1-2 in the latest Associated Press football poll.
Alabama moved up one spot to third, just ahead of Michigan State and Stanford.
Baylor, Ohio State, South Carolina, Missouri and Oregon round out the top 10.
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Irish lose nose guard
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says nose guard Louis Nix III has signed with an agent and will forego his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft, where he is projected by many to be a first-round draft pick. The season came to an end for Nix on Nov. 21 when he underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
A wintry day of football
UNDATED (AP) — Week 14 of the NFL season has been highlighted by terrific finishes in Baltimore and New England, with the home team winning both games.
There were five go-ahead touchdowns scored in the last 2:05 of the Ravens' 29-26 triumph over Minnesota, the last coming on Joe Flacco's nine-yard scoring strike to Marlon Brown with four seconds left. Jacoby Jones returned a kickoff 77 yards for a TD that put Baltimore ahead 22-19 with 1:16 left, but the Vikings surged ahead for the third time in the quarter on Cordarrelle Patterson's 79-yard catch-and-run just 31 seconds later before the Ravens improved to 7-6.
Flacco threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns in the Ravens' third straight win.
Toby Gerhart had a 41-yard TD run with 1:27 left in the fourth quarter and finished with 88 yards on 15 carries. Gerhart replaced Adrian Peterson, who will undergo an MRI on his injured right foot.
The other exciting finish occurred in Foxborough, Mass., as the Patriots edged the Browns 27-26. Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes in the final 61 seconds to lead the Pats to their tenth win of the year against three defeats.
The Patriots cut the deficit to 26-21 on Brady's 2-yard touchdown pass to Julian Edelman with 1:01 left. After Kyle Arrington of the Pats recovered the onside kick at the Cleveland 40-yard line, a pass interference call against the Browns set up Brady's one-yard scoring toss to Danny Amendola with 31 seconds to play.
The 4-9 Browns moved the ball to the Patriots 40 with 1 second left, but Billy Cundiff missed a 58-yard field goal.
New England tight end Rob Gronkowski could be out for the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee during the third quarter. Gronkowski will undergo an MRI on Monday.
Playing in 28-degree weather, Andy Dalton threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as Cincinnati remained perfect at home with a 42-28 victory over the Colts. Dalton was 24 of 35 for 275 yards without a sack or interception.
The Bengals are 9-4 and 6-0 at home, giving them a two-game lead over Baltimore in the AFC North.
Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes for the 8-5 Colts, who clinched the AFC South title when Tennessee was clobbered by Denver.
Matt Prater broke an NFL record while helping the Denver Broncos clinch an AFC playoff berth. Prater clubbed a 64-yard field goal as the first half expired before the Broncos completed a 52-28 thrashing of the Titans. He broke the NFL mark of 63 yards shared by four players.
Peyton Manning was productive once again, completing a team-record 39 of his 59 passes for 397 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Eric Decker followed his four-touchdown performance last week with eight receptions for 117 yards and a TD as the AFC West-leading Broncos improved to 11-2.
Montee Ball and Knowshown (NOH'-shawn) Moreno each ran for more than 70 yards and a touchdown.
The Titans owned a 21-10 lead in the first half before falling to 5-8.
New Orleans has regained sole possession of the NFC South lead. Drew Brees (breez) passed for 313 yards and four touchdowns in the Saints' 31-13 win over Carolina. The outcome puts the Saints one game ahead of the Panthers and ends Carolina's eight-game winning streak.
The Saints scored three touchdowns in the second quarter against a Panthers defense that hadn't allowed more than two in any game this season. Brees was 14 of 16 for 159 yards in the period.
Jimmy Graham had two touchdown catches for the 10-3 Saints.
Kansas City broke a three-game losing streak and improved to 10-3 with a 45-10 embarrassment of the Washington Redskins. Jamaal Charles carried 19 times for 151 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Chiefs, who led 31-0 a little more than 20 minutes into the game.
The Chiefs sacked Robert Griffin III five times and Kirk Cousins once.
San Francisco prevented Seattle from clinching the NFC West crown while maintaining control of its playoff destiny. Phil Dawson's fourth field goal of the afternoon was a go-ahead, 22-yard kick with 26 seconds left to give the 49ers a 19-17 win over the Seahawks. The game-winning kick came about six minutes after Steven Hauschka drilled a 31-yarder to put the Seahawks ahead.
Frank Gore ran for 110 yards on 17 carries as the Niners avenged a blowout loss in Seattle earlier this season.
The Seahawks fell to 11-2, still tops in the NFC and two games ahead of San Francisco.
Arizona's 30-10 rout of St. Louis leaves the Cardinals 8-5 and one game behind the 49ers and Panthers in the battle for the two NFC wild-card berths. Carson Palmer completed 27 of his 32 passes for 269 yards, one TD and no interceptions as the Cardinals beat an NFC West foe for the first time in nine tries. Larry Fitzgerald was Palmer's primary target with 12 grabs for 96 yards and a touchdown that put the Cardinals ahead 14-3 in the first quarter.
Green Bay ended a five-game winless slide as Matt Flynn threw for 258 yards and the Packers' defense forced a key fourth-quarter turnover in a 22-21 win over the Falcons.
A sack of Matt Ryan by Mike Neal forced a fumble that was recovered by defensive lineman Johnny Jolly. Four plays later, Flynn connected with Andrew Quarless on a 2-yard touchdown pass for the go-ahead score with about 12 minutes left.
Green Bay is now 6-6-1 and within a half-game of the NFC North lead. The Falcons drop to 3-10.
Philadelphia was a 34-20 winner over Detroit as LeSean McCoy rushed for a franchise-best 217 yards, including touchdowns of 57 and 40 yards in the win. The Eagles have won five straight and are now 8-5, in first place in the NFC East by a half-game over Dallas. The 7-6 Lions are a half-game ahead of the Chicago Bears, who host the Cowboys on Monday night.
The Miami Dolphins topped the Steelers in Pittsburgh 34-28. Charles Clay caught two touchdowns, including a 12-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill with 2:53 remaining as the Dolphins improved to 7-6. Tannehill completed 20 of 33 passes for 201 yards and three scores for the Dolphins.
Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) passed for 297 yards and three scores, but the 5-8 Steelers lost their second straight.
Philip Rivers was efficient in San Diego's 37-14 romp over the New York Giants, completing 21 of his 28 throws for 249 yards and three touchdowns. All three scoring passes came in the first half to help the Chargers carry a 24-0 lead into intermission.
Geno Smith threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the New York Jets set a season high for points in a 37-27 win over Oakland. Chris Ivory had a touchdown run, Nick Folk kicked three field goals and Antonio Allen blocked a punt and returned it for a score for the 6-7 Jets.
Rookie Mike Glennon connected on a pair of touchdown passes to lead Tampa Bay to a 27-6 victory over the Bills. The Bucs intercepted EJ Manuel four times en route to their fourth win in five games following an 0-8 start.
Kobe scores nine in return...Thunder hammer Pacers
UNDATED (AP) — Kobe Bryant's legs appeared to be in fine shape as he made his season debut. His shooting touch and passing skills were another story as he went 2-for-9 with eight turnovers in the Los Angeles Lakers' 106-94 loss to Toronto.
Bryant played almost 28 minutes and finished with nine points, eight rebounds and four assists in his first game since tearing his left Achilles' tendon late last season.
Amir Johnson poured in a career-high 32 points, DeMar DeRozan had 26 and Kyle Lowry had 23 as the Raptors ended a five-game losing streak.
The Oklahoma City Thunder remain unbeaten at home after blowing out the NBA's top team.
Indiana entered the game 18-2 before Kevin Durant had 36 points and 10 rebounds in the Thunder's 118-94 rout of the Pacers. Durant was 14 of 23 from the field to help Oklahoma City shoot a season-best 61 percent.
Russell Westbrook finished with 26 points as the Thunder improved to 10-0 at home.
Also in the NBA:
— LeBron James had 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and Miami whipped Detroit 110-95. The Heat are 16-5 and winners of two straight since a two-game skid.
— Dwight Howard celebrated his 28th birthday by dominating his original team, getting 20 points and 21 rebounds to lead Houston past Orlando 98-88.
— Jordan Crawford scored 23 points and Jared Sullinger added 21 as Boston embarrassed New York 114-73.
Kings get Gay from Raptors
UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the Sacramento Kings have reached an agreement to acquire forward Rudy Gay from Toronto in a multiplayer trade. The Kings also will acquire Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy and send Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes to the Raptors.
Ducks, Aztecs win
UNDATED (AP) — Thirteenth-ranked Oregon and No. 24 San Diego State won Sunday's top-25 basketball games.
Mike Moser scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half and overtime to lead the Ducks past Mississippi, 115-105. Johnathan Loyd added 25 points and Joseph Young had 19, including an important 3-pointer in overtime.
Xavier Thames scored 19 points and San Diego State rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to beat Washington 70-63. Winston Shepard added 17 points for the 7-1 Aztecs.
Hawks end slide
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have broken a tie with Anaheim for first place in the NHL's Western Conference by ending a three-game losing streak.
Eight goals were scored on Chicago's power play, but the Hawks notched six of them in a 6-2 trouncing of Florida. Patrick Sharp collected a goal and two assists, and Patrick Kane set up three goals to help the Blackhawks withstand short-handed goals by Dylan Olsen and Marcel Goc (gahch).
Although the Hawks moved two points ahead of the Ducks, they ended the game without goalie Corey Crawford after he sustained a lower-body injury in the first period.
Elsewhere on ice:
— Carl Soderberg and Torey Krug (kroog) scored power-play goals 94 seconds apart to put Boston ahead to stay in a 5-2 triumph at Toronto. Soderberg and Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhur-ahn) each had a goal and an assist as the Bruins moved one point ahead of Pittsburgh and Montreal for the Eastern Conference lead.
— Mike Santorelli had two goals and an assist in Vancouver's 3-1 triumph over Colorado.
— Minnesota was outshot 38-13, but Josh Harding made 37 saves and Zach Parise (pah-REE'-say) scored twice as the Wild downed San Jose 3-1.
— Philipp Grubauer stopped 30 shots and Mikhail Grabovski scored on a penalty shot to highlight Washington's 4-1 win over the Rangers in New York.
Johnson rallies to beat Woods
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Zach Johnson rallied from four shots down with eight holes remaining to beat Tiger Woods at the World Challenge. Johnson holed out from a drop area for par on the last hole to force a playoff, and beat the No. 1 player in golf when Woods missed a 5-foot par putt on the first extra hole.
Johnson closed with a 4-under-par 68 for a 13-under total before defeating the tournament host.
It was only the fourth time in his career that Woods lost a lead of at least two shots going into the final round.