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BC-BKN--Grizzlies-Cavaliers,LongBox

December 21, 2014 06:49 PM EST | AP


Percentages: FG .453, FT .800.

3-Point Goals: 1-16, .063 (Pondexter 1-4, Adams 0-1, Gasol 0-1, Udrih 0-1, Leuer 0-2, Carter 0-3, Conley 0-4).

Grizzlies-Cavaliers, Box

December 21, 2014 06:49 PM EST | AP


Prince 1-4 0-0 2, Leuer 7-14 2-2 16, Gasol 10-17 3-4 23, Conley 5-13 1-1 11, Lee 1-5 2-2 4, Koufos 4-8 0-0 8, Calathes 2-2 0-0 4, Pondexter 1-4 2-4 5, Carter 5-9 2-2 12, Udrih 1-4 0-0 2, Adams 2-3 0-0 4, Stokes 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 39-86 12-15 91.

James 9-15 4-6 25, Love 4-9 0-0 8, Varejao 9-12 0-0 18, Irving 8-13 0-1 17, Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Waiters 9-16 1-1 21, Dellavedova 1-2 0-0 2, Thompson 1-2 1-2 3, Marion 5-6 0-0 11, Harris 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 46-76 6-10 105.

Vikings twice blow leads and lose to Dolphins 37-35

December 21, 2014 06:49 PM EST | AP


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater has already braced for the teasing to come.

The rookie returned to his hometown Sunday and threw for two touchdowns, but the Minnesota Vikings twice blew a lead and lost to the Miami Dolphins 37-35 on a late safety.

Rams CB Gaines carted off after collision with teammate

December 21, 2014 06:43 PM EST | AP


ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Rams rookie cornerback E.J. Gaines was carted off after getting his helmet knocked off in a collision with teammate T.J. McDonald late in the third quarter Sunday.

Gaines was sidelined with a left shoulder injury earlier in the first quarter, but returned in the second quarter. The Rams were examining him for a concussion after the second injury.

Cavs play as protest takes place outside arena

December 21, 2014 06:41 PM EST | AP


CLEVELAND (AP) — Several dozen peaceful protesters gathered outside Quicken Loans Arena during Sunday's Cavaliers-Grizzlies game trying to raise awareness about police shootings nationwide.

The protesters, carrying signs that said: "Don't Let Cops Get Away With Murder" and "No Justice, No Peace" stood at the bottom of steps leading into the building, where a crowd of more than 20,000 watched the NBA game.

Jets fall short against Patriots in 17-16 loss

December 21, 2014 06:41 PM EST | AP


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Rex Ryan fell just short in what could be his last home game as coach of the New York Jets.

Nick Folk's potential go-ahead 52-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Vince Wilfork, and the New England Patriots slipped past the Jets for a 17-16 win Sunday.

Chiefs playoff hopes dim in 20-12 loss to Steelers

December 21, 2014 06:38 PM EST | AP


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andy Reid refused to take the easy path. His aggressive decision made Kansas City's fading road to the postseason decidedly more difficult.

Needing all of an inch on fourth down deep in Pittsburgh territory late in the first half Sunday, Reid ordered the Chiefs to go for it. Alex Smith stuffed the ball into Jamaal Charles' gut. The Steelers stuffed Charles right back into Smith.

Williams y Lowry llevan a Raptors al triunfo

December 21, 2014 06:35 PM EST | AP


TORONTO (AP) — Lou Williams y Kyle Lowry anotaron 22 puntos cada uno, y los Raptors de Toronto vencieron el domingo 118-108 a los Knicks de Nueva York para hilvanar su sexta victoria.

El venezolano Greivis Vásquez tuvo 21 tantos y Terrence Ross aportó otros 18 por los Raptors, que nunca estuvieron abajo en el marcador para igualar su racha ganadora más larga de la temporada. Toronto también ganó seis al hilo entre el 15 y el 26 de noviembre.

Rodgers, Packers clinch playoff spot, 20-3 over Bucs

December 21, 2014 06:31 PM EST | AP


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nothing Aaron Rodgers does as a quarterback surprises the Packers.

The NFL's top-rated passer shrugged off the flu and played most of Sunday with a strained left calf, leading Green Bay to a 20-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — clinching at least a wild-card playoff berth.

BC-BKC--Southern Cal-Boston College Box

December 21, 2014 06:29 PM EST | AP


Clark 1-5 1-2 3, Jovanovic 8-10 0-0 16, McLaughlin 3-10 4-4 11, Marquetti 1-3 2-2 4, Stewart 10-10 0-4 22, Reinhardt 4-9 6-7 14, Martin 0-0 0-0 0, Bryan 0-0 0-0 0, Dukes 0-1 0-0 0, Jacobs 2-4 0-0 5. Totals 29-52 13-19 75.

Brown 6-14 4-6 18, Clifford 4-5 1-2 9, Batten 1-6 5-6 7, Hanlan 6-21 2-2 15, Heckmann 5-7 0-0 13, Owens 1-2 0-0 2, Odio 0-1 0-0 0, Magarity 2-3 2-2 7, Jackson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 25-61 14-18 71.

Powers, No. 18 Michigan State beat No. 19 Syracuse 89-76

December 21, 2014 06:27 PM EST | AP


WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — Aerial Powers had 32 points and 17 rebounds, leading No. 18 Michigan State over No. 19 Syracuse 89-76 in the final game of the Florida Sunshine Classic at Rollins College on Sunday.

The Spartans (8-3) took a 72-65 lead with 5:51 left when Tori Jankoska made a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer in a 14-second span. The Orange (8-3) closed to 78-72 on Cornelia Fondren's free throws with 2:21 left, but Michigan State made 11 of 12 free throws from there.

Satanic Temple puts up display at Michigan Capitol

December 21, 2014 06:21 PM EST | AP


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Christians and Satanists put up competing displays Sunday on the Michigan Capitol grounds as Christmas week got underway.

The Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple set up its "Snaketivity Scene" featuring a snake offering a book called "Revolt of the Angels" as a gift. The snake is wrapped around the Satanic cross on the 3-feet-by-3-feet display. Capitol rules require that displays have to be taken down each night.

France: Driver slams into passersby in rampage

December 21, 2014 06:19 PM EST | AP


PARIS (AP) — French authorities say a driver deliberately slammed into passersby in several spots around the southeastern city of Lyon, injuring several people and raising national concern.

The government said the driver's motives were unclear. But the strange incident Sunday evening came a day after an attack on police in another French town that counter-terrorist police are investigating, and amid general concern after several threats by Islamic extremist groups calling for attacks against France.

Southern California beats Boston College 75-71

December 21, 2014 06:16 PM EST | AP


BOSTON (AP) — Elijah Stewart scored 22 points and Nikola Jovanovic had 16 with nine rebounds on Sunday to help Southern California beat Boston College 75-71.

USC (7-4) won for the fifth time in six games, bouncing back from an overtime loss to Army last week. The Trojans had never played in Chestnut Hill before.

Jets players speak out on murdered NYPD officers

December 21, 2014 06:11 PM EST | AP


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson spoke out in support of two New York City police officers killed Saturday, saying "innocent blood was spilled."

Richardson, from the St. Louis area, had been critical of the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, which didn't indict officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown on Aug. 9. After the Jets' 17-16 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, Richardson says no officer deserves to die, and murdering "innocent cops" is "not the way to go."

BC-BKN--Knicks-Raptors,LongBox

December 21, 2014 06:05 PM EST | AP


Percentages: FG .488, FT .885.

3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Hardaway Jr. 2-4, Larkin 1-1, Calderon 1-3, Anthony 1-4, Prigioni 0-2).

Knicks-Raptors, Box

December 21, 2014 06:05 PM EST | AP


Anthony 12-26 3-5 28, Acy 3-8 1-2 7, Aldrich 4-4 3-3 11, Calderon 4-11 6-6 15, Hardaway Jr. 3-8 2-2 10, Dalembert 1-1 0-0 2, Ja.Smith 6-11 4-4 16, Prigioni 3-5 2-2 8, Larkin 2-3 0-0 5, Wear 2-5 2-2 6. Totals 40-82 23-26 108.

J.Johnson 5-7 0-0 10, A.Johnson 4-7 1-4 9, Valanciunas 2-6 6-6 10, Lowry 7-12 6-6 22, Ross 7-15 0-1 18, Vasquez 9-13 0-0 21, Patterson 2-6 0-0 5, Williams 6-14 6-6 22, Hansbrough 0-2 1-4 1, Caboclo 0-3 0-0 0, Nogueira 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 42-86 20-27 118.

Williams, Lowry lead Raptors past Knicks

December 21, 2014 06:05 PM EST | AP


TORONTO (AP) — Lou Williams and Kyle Lowry each scored 22 points, and the Toronto Raptors beat the New York Knicks 118-108 on Sunday for their sixth consecutive win.

Greivis Vasquez had 21 points and Terrence Ross scored 18 for the Raptors, who never trailed in matching their longest winning streak of the season. Toronto also won six straight from Nov. 15 to 26.

NY cop killer had long criminal history

December 21, 2014 06:03 PM EST | AP


NEW YORK (AP) — The gunman who fatally ambushed two New York City police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, authorities said Sunday.

Moments before opening fire, Ismaaiyl Brinsley approached people on the street and asked them to follow him on Instagram, then told them, "Watch what I'm going to do," Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.

Pats edge Jets 17-16, clinch 1st-round playoff bye

December 21, 2014 06:00 PM EST | AP


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Tom Brady and the Patriots will be resting at home for the start of the playoffs.

The only question left is whether the AFC's road to the Super Bowl will run through New England.

Steelers, Packers win, move into playoffs

December 21, 2014 05:55 PM EST | AP


The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers have both qualified for the NFL playoffs with wins. Next week, they will play for division titles at home.

The Steelers (10-5) beat Kansas City 20-12 on Sunday to secure at least a wild-card berth. They will win the AFC North by beating Cincinnati next Sunday. The Bengals (9-4-1) host Denver (11-3) on Monday night.

No. 19 Oklahoma St rallies for 66-62 win over USC

December 21, 2014 05:54 PM EST | AP


LOS ANGELES (AP) — It wasn't pretty, but Oklahoma State's run of nonconference dominance remains intact.

Liz Donohoe scored 21 points, Roshunda Johnson added 17 more and the No. 19 Cowgirls rallied in the second half to beat Southern California 66-62 on Sunday.

Dareus out for Bills with knee injury

December 21, 2014 05:53 PM EST | AP


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has left the game against the Oakland Raiders with a knee injury.

Dareus was helped off the field after getting hurt early in the second quarter on Sunday. He was originally listed as questionable to return but the Bills announced later he is out for the game.

Notice scores 19 points as South Carolina routs Coker 78-52

December 21, 2014 05:52 PM EST | AP


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Duane Notice scored 19 points and led four players in double figures to propel South Carolina to a 78-52 victory over Coker Sunday afternoon.

The contest with the Division II Cobras was close for the opening 16 minutes before the Gamecocks used an 11-2 run over the final four minutes of the half.

BC-BKC--San Diego Christian-San Diego Box

December 21, 2014 05:52 PM EST | AP


Rodriguez 3-7 1-2 8, Lambert 0-0 2-2 2, McBride 1-1 0-0 2, Thomas 6-11 1-3 15, Wirsing 4-9 4-4 14, Angulo 1-2 0-1 2, Nielson 5-12 0-0 12, Eden 0-5 0-0 0, Davis 1-5 2-2 4, Arceneaux 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 21-54 12-16 61.

Anderson 1-4 2-3 5, Dee 3-7 1-1 8, Sarbaugh 5-5 1-1 12, Jacobs 5-8 4-4 14, Kok 4-10 4-6 12, Perry 4-6 2-4 10, Sanadze 1-5 2-3 4, Harris 0-1 0-4 0, Neubauer 0-2 0-0 0, Pusica 1-1 0-0 2, Fajemisin 1-3 0-0 2, Bailey 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 26-55 16-26 71.