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Saturday's Results
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Top-25 College Football
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Jordan  Williamson  kicked a  37-yard field  goal in overtime,  and the No. 14
Stanford  Cardinal delivered a blow to Oregon's dream of reaching the national
championship   game   by  stunning   the  top-ranked  Ducks,  17-14.  Cardinal
quarterback Kevin Hogan had forced overtime with a touchdown pass to Zach Ertz
with  1:35 remaining.  Ertz was initially ruled  to have made the catch out of
the end zone, but replay overturned the call. Alejandro Maldonado missed a 41-
yard  field  goal try for the  Ducks in OT,  and the Cardinal survived a Hogan
fumble  in  the extra session  before winning the  game. Stanford had lost its
last five trips to Eugene since winning at Autzen Stadium on Oct. 20, 2001.

Elsewhere in the Top-25:
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Baylor 52, (2) Kansas State 24
(3) Notre Dame 38, Wake Forest 0
(4) Alabama 49, Western Carolina 0
(5) Georgia 45, Georgia Southern 14
(6) Ohio State 21, Wisconsin 14 (OT)
(7) Florida 23, Jacksonville State 0
(8) LSU 41, Ole Miss 35
(9) Texas A&M 47, Sam Houston State 28
(10) Florida State 41, Maryland 14
(11) Clemson 62, North Carolina State 48
(12) South Carolina 24, Wofford 7
(13) Oklahoma 50, West Virginia 49
(15) Oregon State 62, California 14
(16) Nebraska 38, Minnesota 14
(17) UCLA 38, (21) Southern California 28
Utah State 48, (19) Louisiana Tech 41 (OT)
(22) Rutgers 10, Cincinnati 3
(23) Michigan 42, Iowa 17
Oklahoma State 59, (23) Texas Tech 21
(25) Kent State 31, Bowling Green 24

Top-25 College Basketball
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Jerian Grant scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half, as the 20th-ranked
Notre  Dame  Fighting Irish edged  the BYU  Cougars, 78-68, in the third-place
game  of the Coaches  vs. Cancer Classic. Jack Cooley chipped in 19 points and
13  rebounds  and Eric  Atkins  netted  16 points  for  the  Irish (3-1),  who
rebounded  from Friday's  overtime  loss  to Saint  Joseph's  at the  Barclays
Center.

Elsewhere in the Top-25:
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(4) Ohio State 69, Rhode Island 58
(17) Memphis 65, Samford 54
(18) UNLV 77, Jacksonville State 58
(25) San Diego State 60, Missouri State 44

National Basketball Association
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Chris  Bosh had 24 points, LeBron James battled through an illness to score 21
and  the Miami Heat  closed out a six-game road trip with a 97-88 win over the
Phoenix  Suns. Shane  Battier hit four 3-pointers for the Heat, who wrapped up
their  trek  with a 4-2  mark. Miami's Dwyane  Wade missed his second straight
game with a sprained left foot.

Elsewhere in the NBA:
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Boston Celtics 107, Toronto Raptors 89
Utah Jazz 83, Washington Wizards 76
Memphis Grizzlies 94, Charlotte Bobcats 87
Dallas Mavericks 103, Cleveland Cavaliers 95
Milwaukee Bucks 117, New Orleans Hornets 113
San Antonio Spurs 126, Denver Nuggets 100
Los Angeles Clippers 101, Chicago Bulls 80

=== As of 2:15 a.m. (et) ===

=== COLLEGE FOOTBALL ===

The  Notre  Dame Fighting Irish  maintained an unblemished record on Saturday,
while  the Kansas  State Wildcats and Oregon Ducks were knocked from the ranks
of the unbeaten. The Wildcats, the No .1 team in the most recent BCS
standings,
were  on the wrong end of a 52-24 rout in Waco against the Baylor Bears, while
top-ranked  Oregon  was stunned,  17-14, in overtime  by the visiting Stanford
Cardinal. The third-ranked Fighting Irish,  meanwhile, improved to 11-0 with a
38-0 shutout of Wake Forest and control their destiny in reaching their first-
ever BCS title game.

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The  South Division representative in the Pac-12 title game will be UCLA after
the  17th-ranked  Bruins  bested  crosstown-rival  USC by  a  38-28  score  on
Saturday.  No. 10  Florida State also sewed  up a spot in the ACC Championship
Game  with a  41-14 rout  of  Maryland that  gave the  Seminoles the  Atlantic
Division crown.

=== NFL ===

Week  11  of the NFL season  resumes Sunday with an intriguing matchup between
6-3  teams  at Foxboro. Many  expected the New  England Patriots to be perched
atop  the AFC East, but few predicted a rapid return to playoff contention for
the  Indianapolis  Colts.  Patriots  quarterback Tom  Brady  is  directing  an
offensive unit that leads the NFL in points (33.2) and yards per game (430.3),
while  Colts  rookie quarterback Andrew Luck  will go up against a New England
defense that ranks 29th with 285.3 passing yards allowed per game.

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The  nightcap features a key AFC North clash as the Baltimore Ravens travel to
Pittsburgh to battle the Ben Roethlisberger-less Steelers. Byron Leftwich will
make  his  first start at  quarterback since Sept.  27, 2009 for the Steelers,
who,  at 6-3,  sit  one  game behind  the  first-place Ravens.  Roethlisberger
sprained the sternoclavicular joint in his right shoulder during Monday's game
against  Kansas City  and  further  examination revealed  he  also suffered  a
dislocation  of his  first rib,  an  injury that  is more  troubling with  the
possibility of the rib puncturing his aorta.

=== NASCAR ===

Joey  Logano  will start  from the pole  position at Homestead-Miami Speedway,
while  points leader  Brad  Keselowski  will start  third  in Sunday's season
finale.  Keselowski  will clinch his first  Sprint Cup championship as well as
the  first title for  team owner Roger Penske in NASCAR's premier series if he
finishes  15th or  better. Jimmie Johnson, who trails Keselowski by 20 points,
will start 10th.

=== NHL ===

The  NHL and NHLPA  will resume negotiations on Monday in an effort to end the
lockout  that has  lasted more than two  months. The sides last met on Nov. 11
for  90 minutes. Earlier this week, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman suggested to
union  head Donald Fehr that the sides take a two-week break in talks. Regular
season games have been canceled through Nov. 30, along with the Winter Classic
contest  that was  supposed to be held  on New Year's Day in Ann Arbor between
the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings. The two sides have been without
a CBA since the previous one expired just before midnight on Sept. 15.

=== TENNIS ===

The  Czech Republic won the doubles Saturday to take a 2-1 lead over defending
champion  Spain  in the  best-of-five 2012  Davis Cup final.  The Czech duo of
Tomas  Berdych  and Radek Stepanek beat  Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez by a
3-6,  7-5,  7-5, 6-3 margin  on a fast indoor  hardcourt at Prague's O2 Arena.
The  best-of-five tie  was even  at 1-1  after David  Ferrer and  Berdych were
opening  singles winners  on Friday. Berdych will try to clinch the series for
the  Czech  Republic in the  first reverse singles  Sunday with a victory over
Ferrer. The second reverse singles will pit Stepanek against Nicolas Almagro.



>>Bears Battle Niners Tonight In San Francisco

(San Francisco, CA)  --  The Bears are in San Francisco to battle the 49ers tonight on "Monday Night Football."  Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler has been ruled out due to a concussion and Jason Campbell will start in his place.  The Bears are 7-and-2 after last week's loss to Houston while San Francisco enters tonight's game at 6-2-and-1.

>>Former Bears Coach Mike Ditka Suffers Minor Stroke

(Undated)  --  Former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka is recovering from a minor stroke.  The 73-year-old was hospitalized Friday after suffering what doctors say is a "very minor stroke."  The "Chicago Tribune" reports Ditka was playing cards at a country club when he noticed his hands weren't working properly and he was having speech issues.  Ditka did not make any appearances this weekend on ESPN in his role as an analyst.

>>Bulls Lose In Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  Nate Robinson scored 18 points off the bench but the Bulls lost to the Trail Blazers last night in Portland, 102-94.  Joakim Noah had 16 points with 15 rebounds and eight assists for Chicago, which fell to 5-and-5.  The Bulls head to Houston to face the Rockets Wednesday.

>>Bulls To Build Practice Facility

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Bulls are planning to build a new training facility near the United Center.  The team along with Mayor Emanuel announced the details on Friday.  The project will be funded by the team and is expected to be ready for the 2014-15 season.  The Bulls have practiced in Deerfield since 1992.

>>Cubs Finalize One-Year Deal With Navarro

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Cubs finalized a one-year deal with catcher Dioner Navarro on Friday.  According to the "Chicago Tribune," it's worth 1.75-million-dollars.  Navarro played in just 24 games with the Cincinnati Reds last season, spending most of the year with Triple-A Louisville.  He hit .290 with two home runs and twelve RBI for the Reds.

>>NHL To Resume Labor Talks Today

(New York, NY)  --  The NHL labor talks are set to resume today.  The NHL and NHLPA haven't met since November 11th.  Last week, commissioner Gary Bettman suggested a two-week break on labor talks.  The league has already cancelled games through November as well as the Winter Classic.

>>Illinois Football Falls To Purdue

(Champaign, IL)  --  Despite Nate Scheelhaase's late touchdown run, Illinois fell to Purdue on Saturday, 20-17.  Scheelhaase finished with 76 rushing yards and 160 through the air as the Illini fell to 2-and-9 while turning the ball over three times.  The Illini face Northwestern in Evanston next week to close the season.

>>Northwestern Football Holds Off Spartans

(East Lansing, MI)  --  Dan Vitale caught nine passes for 110 yards as Northwestern took down Michigan State Saturday, 23-20.  The Wildcats defense forced four Spartan turnovers in the win.  Northwestern moved to 8-and-3 with a 4-and-3 Big Ten record.  The Wildcats host Illinois next week to end the regular season.

>>Notre Dame Football Blows Out Wake Forest

(South Bend, IN)  --  Notre Dame kept its perfect season alive with a 38-0 win over Wake Forest Saturday.  Cierre Wood ran for 150 yards and a touchdown while Everett Golson threw for 346 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.  The top-ranked Irish wrap the regular season in Los Angeles against USC on Saturday.

>>Irish Remain Lone Eligible Unbeaten

(Undated)  --  Notre Dame is the top-ranked team in the BCS for the first time in history.  The Fighting Irish are 11-and-0 and the lone undefeated team eligible to play of the national championship.  After Kansas State and Oregon lost over the weekend, Notre Dame moved from third to first in the BCS Standings.  The Irish square off with USC on Saturday in Los Angeles and with a victory will head to South Florida to play for the BCS title.

>>Illini Hoops Open Maui Invitational

(Maui, HI)  --  Illinois basketball starts the Maui Invitational late tonight against USC.  The Illini slipped past Hawaii on Saturday in overtime, 78-77, to improve to 3-and-0.  Tonight's game is scheduled to tip off at 11:00 p.m. central time.

>>Northwestern Crushes Fairleigh Dickinson

(Evanston, IL)  --  Northwestern basketball pounded Fairleigh Dickinson yesterday, 80-53.  Reggie Hearn had 14 points in the victory.  The 3-and-0 Wildcats host Delaware State tomorrow night.

>>DePaul Continues Play At Cancun Challenge

(Wichita, KS)  --  DePaul is continuing play in the Cancun Challenge this week.  The Blue Demons beat Austin Peay 98-67 on Saturday to move to 2-and-1.  DePaul will square off with Wichita State tomorrow in Kansas.

>>Irish Play GW Wednesday

(South Bend, IN)  --  Notre Dame has a couple more days before its back on the floor.  The Fighting Irish lost to St. Joe's in overtime at the Coaches vs Cancer Classic in Brooklyn on Friday.  Notre Dame came back to beat BYU on Saturday night.  The Irish will host George Washington on Wednesday.

>>Jets Beat Rams To Snap Three-Game Skid

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Rams had three turnovers in a 27-14 loss to the Jets yesterday.  Sam Bradford was 23-of-44 for 170 yards with two TDs and an interception as St. Louis fell to 3-6-and-1.  Brandon Gibson had two TD catches in the setback.  The Rams head to Arizona to face the Cardinals next week.

>>Cardinals Introduce New Alternate Home Jersey

(St. Louis, MO)  --  There is a new alternate home jersey for the St. Louis Cardinals.  The team has unveiled its first uniform update since 1998.  The jersey will be cream colored with St. Louis in script under the bat instead of Cardinals.  The "Birds on the Bat" logo has been given more detail, red piping has been added down the front and player numbers on the front will be smaller.

>>NHL To Resume Labor Talks Today

(New York, NY)  --  The NHL labor talks are set to resume today.  The NHL and NHLPA haven't met since November 11th.  Last week, commissioner Gary Bettman suggested a two-week break on labor talks.  The league has already cancelled games through November as well as the Winter Classic.

>>Mizzou Falls To Syracuse

(Columbia, MO)  --  Missouri surrendered a late touchdown in a 31-27 loss to Syracuse on Saturday.  Kendial Lawrence ran for 119 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers, who fell to 5-and-6.  James Franklin added 279 yards through the air with two touchdown tosses.  Mizzou ends the regular season next week at Texas A&M.

>>Illinois Football Falls To Purdue

(Champaign, IL)  --  Despite Nate Scheelhaase's late touchdown run, Illinois fell to Purdue on Saturday, 20-17.  Scheelhaase finished with 76 rushing yards and 160 through the air as the Illini fell to 2-and-9 while turning the ball over three times.  The Illini face Northwestern in Evanston next week to close the season.

>>Mizzou Tops Nicholls State

(Columbia, MO)  --  Missouri basketball defeated Nicholls State on Friday, 74-54.  Alex Oriakhi had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the 15th-ranked Tigers, who moved to 3-and-0.  The Tigers take on Stanford on Thursday in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Nassau, Bahamas.

>>Saint Louis Coach Majerus Will Not Return

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Saint Louis head coach Rick Majerus will not return to the sidelines for the Billikens.  The university made the announcement Friday.  Majerus took a leave of absence on August 24th because of health issues.  The school says Majerus' health problems won't allow him to resume coaching in the near future and therefore will not return to SLU.

>>SLU Battles Texas A&M In KC

(Kansas City, MO)  --  Saint Louis takes on Texas A&M in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic tonight from the Sprint Center.  The Billikens are 1-and-1 after last week's loss to Santa Clara.  SLU will face either Kansas or Washington State tomorrow night.

>>Illini Hoops Open Maui Invitational

(Maui, HI)  --  Illinois basketball starts the Maui Invitational late tonight against USC.  The Illini slipped past Hawaii on Saturday in overtime, 78-77, to improve to 3-and-0.  Tonight's game is scheduled to tip off at 11:00 p.m. central time.

Ravens Edge Steelers In Pittsburgh

(Pittsburgh, PA)  --  The Ravens won a defensive slugfest over the Steelers in Pittsburgh, 13-10.  Jacoby Jones returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown late in the first quarter to provide Baltimore with its lone touchdown of the game.  Justin Tucker added two field goals as the Ravens moved two games ahead of the Steelers in the AFC North at 8-and-2.  Joe Flacco finished with 164 yards passing while Ray Rice ran for 40 yards on 20 carries.  Anquan Boldin caught eight passes for 79 yards in the win.  Pittsburgh's Byron Leftwich threw for 201 yards and an interception in place of the injured Ben Roethlisberger.  Emmanuel Sanders had 82 yards receiving for the Steelers, who fell to 6-and-4.

Steelers safety Ryan Clark says losing to the Ravens is always difficult. SPT11-19



Keselowski Wins First Sprint Cup Championship

(Homestead, FL)  --  Brad Keselowski has won his first Sprint Cup championship.  Keselowski finished 15th in NASCAR's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to become the first driver other than Jimmie Johnson or Tony Stewart to win the title since Kurt Busch in 2004.  It's also the first championship for the owner of the number-two car, Roger Penske.  Jimmie Johnson entered the race in second in the points standings, but did not finish due to a mechanical issue and slipped to third in the standings.  Clint Bowyer finished second at Homestead to grab second place in the Chase, 39 points behind Keselowski and one point ahead of Johnson.  Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle round out the top-five.  Jeff Gordon captured the checkered flag at Homestead to finish 10th in the final standings.

 

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