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The Associated Press | December 23, 2013 04:02 AM EST | AP


PRO FOOTBALL

HOUSTON (AP) — Peyton Manning regained the single-season record for touchdowns, notching his 51st on a 25-yarder to Julius Thomas with 4:28 remaining in Denver's 37-13 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday that clinched the AFC West for the Broncos.

Manning achieved the mark despite missing the entire 2011 season after four neck surgeries weakened his right triceps and put his future in question.

"There was major unpredictability," Manning said. "So a lot of (doctors) said: 'Maybe you'll come back to this level and maybe not.' So there was definitely some wait and see ... but no, it would be hard to say you could have imagined this at that point."

Manning, 37, threw for 400 yards and four touchdowns against the Texans, including three in the fourth quarter. He surpassed the 50 TD passes Tom Brady threw in 2007.

NEW YORK (AP) — The showdown between Philadelphia and Dallas for the NFC East title is being moved to prime time next Sunday night.

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state lawmaker said he was just engaging in some sports trash talk when he called the state of Arizona a "racist wasteland."

Democratic Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon made his comment on Twitter after the Seattle Seahawks lost to the Arizona Cardinals. Fitzgibbon later deleted his message and said in an interview that people were taking his trash talk too seriously.

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — In a season full of lows for the Washington Redskins, receiver Pierre Garcon broke Hall of Famer Art Monk's franchise record for most catches in a season by getting to 107 on Sunday with a game to go.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama and the vacationing first family skipped the beach in Hawaii on Sunday to take in a college basketball game.

Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia attended the Oregon State-Akron game at the Diamond Head Classic tournament in Honolulu.

Oregon State is coached by Michelle Obama's brother, Craig Robinson. The Obamas sat just behind the Oregon State bench.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame will enter its first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference without leading scorer Jerian Grant.

The university posted a statement from Grant on its web site Sunday that said he is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame "due to an academic matter that I did not handle properly."

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PRO BASKETBALL

MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union are engaged.

The Miami Heat star proposed to his longtime girlfriend Saturday and the actress accepted. They announced the news through social media, around the same time as the two-time defending NBA champions were gathering for a team Christmas party.

"She said YES!!!" Wade posted to his Twitter and Instagram accounts, with a photo of Union wearing a large diamond solitaire on the ring finger of her left hand.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bobcats owner Michael Jordan unveiled the brand identity the Charlotte Hornets will use after this season.

Jordan introduced the team's primary new logo and word mark — as well as eight alternatives — during a halftime ceremony Saturday night.

The primary logo features the purple and teal formerly used by the Charlotte Hornets from 1988-2002 with a more aggressive-looking hornet with piercing eyes, a raised antennae, larger wings and pointed stinger.

The Bobcats officially become the Hornets the day after their final game this season.

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BASEBALL

Free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo agreed to a $130 million, seven-year contract with the Texas Rangers, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement about the deal that is pending a physical for Choo. That person said the physical is expected to be done before Christmas, and that any formal introduction in Texas likely wouldn't come until after the holiday Wednesday.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Former major leaguer Alex Cabrera broke a three-decade-old Venezuelan record for home runs in a season.

Cabrera hit his 21st home run on Sunday, a grand slam that soared into the left-field bleachers and surpassed the tally set in 1980 by former big league catcher Bo Diaz.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Trevor Adams passed for 277 yards and three touchdowns to lead Northwest Missouri State to a 43-28 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday in the Division II championship game.

The Bearcats (15-0) won their fourth national title to match Grand Valley State for second-most behind North Dakota State's five. They're the fifth team to go 15-0, managing that feat for a second time.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M suspended standout freshman linebacker Darian Claiborne after he was arrested on two drug possession charges.

Claiborne was arrested Sunday on charges of possession of a dangerous drug and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, according to the Brazos County Jail website.

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OLYMPICS

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) — Shaun White finished third at the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday, putting himself in strong position to earn a spot on the U.S. team for the Olympic debut of slopestyle.

White, who hurt his left ankle last week and skipped the halfpipe in Copper Mountain to focus on slopestyle, scored a 90.75 on his first run, which put him in second place.

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GOLF

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Teenage golf star Lydia Ko split with the only coach she has had since she took up the sport as a 5-year-old.

Guy Wilson, who has worked with the 16-year-old Ko for 11 years, issued a statement saying he was "incredibly disappointed" the partnership is over.

Ko said being based in the United States would make it impossible to continue with the New Zealand-based Wilson.

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SKIING

ALTA BADIA, Italy (AP) — Two-time defending overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher won the challenging giant slalom on the Gran Risa course with two solid runs Sunday and attributed his victory to a fixed screw in his equipment setup.

Favorite Ted Ligety finished third at the site of one of his most memorable victories and all of a sudden no longer looks dominant with the Sochi Olympics less than 50 days away.

VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) — Tina Wierather of Liechtenstein protected her lead from the first run to win a women's World Cup giant slalom on Sunday and clinch her second victory of the season.

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VOLLEYBALL

SEATTLE (AP) — Ariel Scott had 21 kills and Katie Slay added 14 to give Penn State a 3-1 victory over scrappy Wisconsin on Saturday night for the Nittany Lions' sixth NCAA volleyball championship.

Deja McClendon's tap over the net for match point gave second-seeded Penn State (34-3) a 25-19, 26-24, 20-25, 25-23 victory. It was the Nittany Lions' first NCAA title since their historic run of four straight from 2007-2010.