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Michigan State needed a miracle. Hail hog helped Alabama get here. A swat saved Oklahoma’s season. Clemson turned away a late 2-point conversion that could have cost the Tigers their perfect record. A season filled with fantastic finishes helped shape the College Football Playoff, even if it led...
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs relied on experience when little else seemed to work against the Boston Celtics. Manu Ginobili had seven of his 15 points in the final quarter and added a key rebound in the final minute, enabling San Antonio to hold off Boston 108-105 on Saturday night...
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins didn’t specify the kind of illness that sidelined him for four games. He just knows he’s healthy and can be ready Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was listed as questionable Friday against the Eagles after being a...
NEW YORK (AP) — San Francisco 49ers defensive end Quinton Dial has been fined $17,363 by the NFL for his hit on Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer last weekend. Dial was called for a debated roughing the passer penalty on Arizona’s winning drive. While the 49ers thought it was clean,...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford is expected to return when Philadelphia visits the New England Patriots on Sunday. Bradford is listed as probable on the injury report Friday. He missed the Eagles’ last two games after sustaining a concussion and left shoulder injury in a 20-...
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning will stay behind in Denver when the Broncos travel to San Diego. Manning was scheduled to have his walking boot removed Friday afternoon so he can begin rehab on his injured left foot. Coach Gary Kubiak said Manning will stay in Denver with safety T.J....
ATLANTA (AP) — Alabama has set the bar high for the rest of the Southeastern Conference. Heading into another appearance in the SEC championship game, there’s no indication that anyone is close to knocking off Nick Saban’s behemoth from Tuscaloosa. Certainly not Florida, which will face the No...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Larry Fedora believes his North Carolina Tar Heels deserve a spot in the College Football Playoffs if they snap Clemson’s 15-game winning streak Saturday night in the ACC championship. “I most definitely do,” The Tar Heels fourth-year coach said Friday at a news conference...
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Stanford used its first meeting against Southern California back in September as a springboard to a successful season that carried the Cardinal to a Pac-12 North title and top 10 ranking. A win in the rematch in the Pac-12 title game on Saturday night will send No. 7...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Joe Gibbs Racing is not discussing upcoming personnel changes to its four-car Sprint Cup lineup. Both team owner Joe Gibbs and driver Carl Edwards said they were not ready to comment on speculation crew chief Darian Grubb will move into an engineering role with the organization...

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