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Bulls Hold Off Magic

(Orlando, FL)  --  Carlos Boozer totalled 31 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Bulls to a 96-94 win over the Magic.  Taj Gibson also had 11 boards to go with 21 points and four blocks for Chicago, which has won two-of-three overall.  Luol Deng chipped in with 23 points in the win.  Jameer Nelson had 32 points to lead all scorers in defeat.  Nikola Vucevic added 20 points and 12 caroms for Orlando, which has lost seven straight.

{CHIThibodeau102a}  Q...great game  :14
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau says Taj Gibson was lights out.




Wednesday's Results
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College Football Bowl Games
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The  Sugar  Bowl was  decided early  and it certainly  wasn't the outcome most
prognosticators  expected. Louisville,  after needing a tiebreaker to gain the
automatic   BCS   bowl  bid  from   the  underwhelming  Big  East  Conference,
surprisingly  handled SEC  powerhouse Florida,  33-23,  in a  showdown at  the
Superdome  more lopsided  than the  final score  indicated. Teddy  Bridgewater
threw  for 266  yards with a pair  of touchdown passes and an interception for
the  No.  22 Cardinals (11-2), whose  defense held the fourth-ranked Gators to
285  yards and  forced three turnovers. Florida (11-2) went 4-1 against ranked
opponents in the regular season and was a double-digit favorite coming in, but
played  from  behind after  the first  play from  scrimmage after Terell Floyd
returned an interception for a touchdown.

Top-25 College Basketball
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Syracuse  coach Jim Boeheim picked up his 903rd career victory on Wednesday to
move  past Bob  Knight for  sole possession  of second  place on  the all-time
Division  I wins list. Brandon Triche led the way on the historic night at the
Carrier  Dome, making  five  3-pointers en  route  to 25  points  to help  the
seventh-ranked Orange beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 78-53, in the Big East
opener  for both  programs. Michael Carter-Williams added a double-double with
12  points  and 10  assists for Syracuse  (13-1, 1-0 Big  East), which has won
three in a row since a loss to Temple on Dec. 22. C.J. Fair tallied 15 points.

Elsewhere in the Top-25:
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(1) Duke 67, Davidson 50 (Charlotte, NC)
(4) Louisville 80, Providence 62
(8) Ohio State 70, Nebraska 44
Purdue 68, (11) Illinois 61
(16) Creighton 79, Illinois State 72
(17) Butler 70, Penn 57
(19) San Diego State 72, CS-Bakersfield 57

National Basketball Association
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LeBron  James finished just shy of a triple-double and the Miami Heat extended
Dallas'  overtime struggles  by posting  a 119-109  victory over  the slumping
Mavericks at American Airlines Arena. James tallied 32 points, 12 rebounds and
nine assists to lead the Heat to a second consecutive triumph in extra time.

Elsewhere in the NBA:
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Sacramento Kings 97, Cleveland Cavaliers 94
Indiana Pacers 89, Washington Wizards 81
Chicago Bulls 96, Orlando Magic 94
Toronto Raptors 102, Portland Trail Blazers 79
Memphis Grizzlies 93, Boston Celtics 83
Houston Rockets 104, New Orleans Hornets 92
San Antonio Spurs 117, Milwaukee Bucks 110
Brooklyn Nets 110, Oklahoma City Thunder 93
Phoenix Suns 95, Philadelphia 76ers 89
Utah Jazz 106, Minnesota Timberwolves 84
Golden State Warriors 115, Los Angeles Clippers 94

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

=== COLLEGE FOOTBALL ===

The  Sugar  Bowl was  decided early  and it certainly  wasn't the outcome most
prognosticators  expected. Louisville,  after needing a tiebreaker to gain the
automatic   BCS   bowl  bid  from   the  underwhelming  Big  East  Conference,
surprisingly  handled SEC  powerhouse Florida,  33-23,  in a  showdown at  the
Superdome  more lopsided  than the  final score  indicated. Teddy  Bridgewater
threw  for 266  yards with a pair  of touchdown passes and an interception for
the  No.  22 Cardinals (11-2), whose  defense held the fourth-ranked Gators to
285  yards and  forced three turnovers. Florida (11-2) went 4-1 against ranked
opponents in the regular season and was a double-digit favorite coming in, but
played  from  behind after  the first  play from  scrimmage after Terell Floyd
returned an interception for a touchdown.

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A  pair of teams who had hoped to be playing for the BCS National Championship
will  instead square off  in the 2013 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Thursday, as the
Oregon  Ducks  do battle with the  Kansas State Wildcats. Both teams went 11-1
during  the  regular season,  but K-State  won its  conference (Big 12), while
Oregon  failed  to reach its league's  title tilt (Pac-12). Oregon is just the
fourth team in history to appear in four or more consecutive BCS bowl games --
USC  (2003-09),  Ohio State  (2006-11) and Miami-  Florida (2001-04) being the
others.  The  Ducks, under  the tutelage  of Chip  Kelly, are  2-2 in BCS bowl
games, which includes a 38-16 win over Colorado in their only previous trip to
the  Fiesta  Bowl. Kansas State's  first BCS bowl game  was also in the Fiesta
Bowl back in 2003 after the team won its last, and only other, Big 12 title.

=== COLLEGE BASKETBALL ===

Syracuse  coach Jim Boeheim picked up his 903rd career victory on Wednesday to
move  past Bob  Knight for  sole possession  of second  place on  the all-time
Division  I wins list. Brandon Triche led the way on the historic night at the
Carrier  Dome, making  five  3-pointers en  route  to 25  points  to help  the
seventh-ranked Orange beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 78-53, in the Big East
opener  for both  programs. Michael Carter-Williams added a double-double with
12  points  and 10  assists for Syracuse  (13-1, 1-0 Big  East), which has won
three in a row since a loss to Temple on Dec. 22.

=== NHL ===

The  NHL and NHLPA met twice on Wednesday as they continue negotiations toward
a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, with the union submitting another offer
to  the league.  The  union  delivered its  latest  proposal  during an  early
afternoon  meeting between  the two sides in response to the latest offer from
the  league,  which was  made Tuesday  night. It was  the fourth proposal made
between  the  two sides  in the  past six days.  NHL commissioner Gary Bettman
confirmed  neither  side had  mentioned a disclaimer  of interest, which would
have  dissolved the  union, and also added  that the two sides will meet again
Thursday  at 10 a.m. (et) with mediator Scott Beckenbaugh, who was present for
both of Wednesday's sessions.

=== NFL ===

Baltimore  Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis announced Wednesday that he will retire
after  the team concludes its playoff run. Lewis suffered a torn right triceps
in  October and missed  the team's last 10 games of the regular season. He was
activated  off  the team's injured  reserve with  a designation to return last
month,  but  remained sidelined and is  expected to play Sunday when Baltimore
hosts  Indianapolis  in the wild  card round of  the AFC playoffs. The 17-year
veteran  and former  Super Bowl  MVP is  bound for  the Hall  of Fame  after a
stellar career as the heart and soul of Baltimore's defense.

=== MLB ===

The  Tampa Bay  Rays have  officially  avoided arbitration  with David  Price,
signing the 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner to a one-year, $10.1125
million  contract. The 27-year-old southpaw went 20-5 with an AL-best 2.56 ERA
and  205 strikeouts  in 31  starts last  season. Twenty-three  of his  outings
lasted  seven innings  or more, the most in the majors. A three-time All-Star,
Price has a 61-31 career record with a 3.16 ERA in five seasons with the Rays.


Bulls, Pacers Rescheduled

(New York, NY)  --  The Bulls at Indiana Pacers game that was postponed on December 26th has been rescheduled for February 4th.  The contest will take place at 7:00 p.m. local time at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  A snowstorm caused the game to be postponed.

NHL, NHLPA Continue CBA Talks

(New York, NY)  --  The NHL and the Players' Association met twice on Wednesday to continue talks for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Earlier Wednesday, the NHLPA made a response to the latest offer from the league.  Both sides are meeting again this morning with a mediator.  NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says a regular season schedule of 48 games must start by January 19th.  Games have already been cancelled through January 14th.

Illinois Loses At Purdue

(West Lafayette, IN)  --  Brandon Paul scored 15 points as number-14 Illinois fell to Purdue, 68-61.  Joseph Bertrand added 14 points off the bench for the Illini, who drop to 13-and-2 and 0-and-1 in the Big Ten.  The Illini host Ohio State on Saturday.

Wildcats Open Big Ten Slate

(Evanston, IL)  --  The Northwestern Wildcats begin their Big Ten season tonight at home against number-two Michigan.  The Wildcats are 9-and-4 in non-conference play.  The Wolverines are 13-and-0 on the year.

DePaul Dropped By Seton Hall

(Rosemont, IL)  --  Jamee Crockett scored 16 points to go with seven rebounds and five steals as DePaul fell to Seton Hall, 73-72.  Brandon Young had 15 points and five boards for the Blue Demons, who fell to 9-and-5 and 0-and-1 in the Big East.  The Blue Demons are at Providence on Saturday.

Cubs Ink Jackson

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Cubs made it official with free agent Edwin Jackson, signing the pitcher to a four-year contract on Wednesday.  The deal had previously been reported to be worth $52-million.  The 29-year-old former White Sox starter will be joining his eighth club since debuting in the majors in 2003.  He made 31 starts last season with the Washington Nationals, going 10-and-11 with a 4.03 ERA.

 

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