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Thursday's Results
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National Football League
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Led  by a resurgent  Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos are on a roll. And now
the  AFC  West champs are  eyeing a  potential first-round bye following their
eighth  straight win.  Manning tallied his 5,000th career completion and threw
for  310  yards and  a touchdown  in the  Broncos' 26-13  win over the Oakland
Raiders.  Manning joined Brett Favre (6,400) as the only NFL quarterbacks with
5,000-plus  completions. Manning, who completed 26-of-36 passes, has tossed 19
touchdowns  and  seven interceptions during  his torrid eight-game stretch for
Denver  (10-3), which is  in the midst of its longest winning streak since the
1998 squad began the year 13-0.

National Basketball Association
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Raymond  Felton sank six of New York's 18 3- pointers en route to 27 points as
the  Knicks  downed the Miami Heat,  112-92, at American Airlines Arena. Steve
Novak added four shots from beyond the arc for 18 points, while J.R. Smith and
Jason  Kidd each connected on three from long distance for the Knicks, who won
their fifth straight game despite Carmelo Anthony sitting out the contest with
a lacerated middle finger on his left hand.

Elsewhere in the NBA:
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Dallas Mavericks 97, Phoenix Suns 94

Top-25 College Basketball
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C.J.  Fair led  five Syracuse  players in  double figures  with 16  points and
grabbed  a  career-high 13  rebounds, as  the fourth-  ranked Orange beat Long
Beach  State, 84-53. Michael Carter-Williams had a 15-point, 10-assist double-
double  for the Orange  (7-0), who have won their last 27 games at the Carrier
Dome, the longest home winning streak in Division I.

Elsewhere in the Top-25:
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(11) Cincinnati 87, Arkansas-Little Rock 53
(16) Creighton 64, Nebraska 42
(17) San Diego State 84, UC Santa Barbara 70

=== As of 1:45 a.m. (et) ===

=== BASEBALL ===

As  baseball's  Winter Meetings conclude  today in Nashville, the Philadelphia
Phillies and Minnesota Twins pulled off a trade. The Twins sent outfielder Ben
Revere  to the  Phillies in  exchange for  pitcher Vance  Worley and  pitching
prospect Trevor May. Revere played in a career-high 124 games in 2012, batting
a  career-best  .294 with 40 stolen  bases and 32 RBI. The 24-year-old Atlanta
native  is a .278 hitter with 74 stolen bases in 254 games over three seasons.
Worley  followed up  a strong rookie campaign  in 2011 that featured a mark of
11-3 and a 3.01 ERA with a 6-9 mark and a 4.20 ERA in 2012.

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The Tampa Bay Rays officially signed free agent first baseman James Loney to a
one-year  contract on  Thursday.  Financial  terms of  the  contract were  not
released,  but  multiple sources had  reported it to  be worth $2 million with
incentives that could make it worth an additional $1 million. Loney split last
season  with the Dodgers  and Red Sox, batting a combined .249 with six homers
and  41 runs  batted in. He was  part of the blockbuster August deal that sent
Adrian  Gonzalez, Carl  Crawford and Josh Beckett to Los Angeles. The 28-year-
old former first-round pick is a career .282 hitter with 73 homers and 459 RBI
in 926 games over seven big league seasons.

=== NFL ===

Led  by a resurgent  Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos are on a roll. And now
the  AFC  West champs are  eyeing a  potential first-round bye following their
eighth  straight win.  Manning tallied his 5,000th career completion and threw
for  310  yards and  a touchdown  in the  Broncos' 26-13  win over the Oakland
Raiders.  Manning joined Brett Favre (6,400) as the only NFL quarterbacks with
5,000-plus  completions. Manning, who completed 26-of-36 passes, has tossed 19
touchdowns  and  seven interceptions during  his torrid eight-game stretch for
Denver  (10-3), which is  in the midst of its longest winning streak since the
1998 squad began the year 13-0.

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Ben  Roethlisberger will  be back under center for the Steelers when they take
on  the San  Diego Chargers  this coming  Sunday. Pittsburgh  head coach  Mike
Tomlin  made the  announcement on Thursday afternoon, after the ninth-year pro
practiced  for  the  second  straight day.  Roethlisberger  suffered  rib  and
shoulder  injuries  in a Week 10  home win against Kansas City. Byron Leftwich
replaced  Roethlisberger the  following week and finished the club's home loss
to  Baltimore despite  suffering a rib fracture. Veteran signal-caller Charlie
Batch  took  over the reins  in a  Nov. 25 loss  at Cleveland, then directed a
fourth-quarter comeback this past Sunday at Baltimore.

=== COLLEGE FOOTBALL ===

On Thursday night, college football's best were honored individually during an
awards  ceremony at  Disney World,  and Notre  Dame's Manti  Te'o was  the big
winner.  The senior linebacker took home the Maxwell Award as the nation's top
all-  around player,  the Chuck Bednarik Award as the top defensive player and
the Walter Camp Award, which honors the player of the year as voted by coaches
and sports information directors. Te'o, the first person ever to win both the
Bednarik and Maxwell Awards, captured the Butkus Award, the Nagurski Award and
the Lombardi Award earlier in the week.

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Also on Thursday, USC's Marqise Lee won the Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver),
Wisconsin's  Montee Ball  was  given  the Doak  Walker  Award (running  back),
Mississippi  State's Johnthan  Banks was the recipient of the Jim Thorpe Award
(defensive  back), Tulane's  Cairo Santos captured the Lou Groza Award (place-
kicker),  Louisiana  Tech's Ryan  Allen repeated  as the  Ray Guy Award winner
(punter)  and Texas  A&M's Luke  Joeckel  won the  Outland Trophy  as the  top
interior lineman.

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Barry  Alvarez  will be back  on the sideline for  Wisconsin, but for just one
game. Alvarez, the current Wisconsin athletic director, will coach the Big Ten
champion  Badgers  in the Rose  Bowl on New  Year's Day against Stanford after
Bret  Bielema  stunned the school  earlier this week  when he decided to leave
Wisconsin  for  the vacancy at Arkansas.  Alvarez was the Wisconsin coach from
1990-2005  and  has a record of  118-73-4, including Rose Bowl victories after
the  1993,  1998 and 1999 seasons.  He now has  the chance to tie Ohio State's
Woody Hayes for most Rose Bowl wins by a Big Ten coach.

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Charlie  Strong  has decided to  remain the  head coach at Louisville, turning
down  an  offer from Tennessee.  Strong called  it "the toughest decision I've
ever  had  to make  in 29  years of  coaching." He  is in  his third season at
Louisville  and has guided  the Cardinals to a record of 24-14 with three bowl
appearances. This year's squad is 10-2 and will play in the Sugar Bowl against
Florida  after  capturing a share  of the Big  East title and the conference's
automatic BCS bid.

=== NHL ===

The  NHL  rejected the players' most  recent offer for a collective bargaining
agreement  on  Thursday, causing talks  between the  two sides to be suspended
indefinitely. The two sides had met for nearly 20 hours over the past two days
and  reportedly exchanged proposals Wednesday in an effort to end the lockout,
which  is approaching  the  three-month  mark. The  NHLPA  then submitted  its
counteroffer  on  Thursday, but the  owners quickly  shot it down. The current
work  stoppage,  which began Sept. 16,  has already forced the cancellation of
regular-season  games through  Dec. 14, as well as the Winter Classic and All-
Star Weekend.




 

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