The Cincinnati Bengals remained perfect at home and in control of the AFC North with a 42-28 victory over the Indianapolis Colts yesterday. Andy Dalton threw for three touchdowns and ran for another on a cold, windy day at Paul Brown Stadium.
Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes in the final 61 seconds, helping the New England Patriots rally for a 27-26 victory over the Cleveland Browns yesterday. New England lost tight end Rob Gronkowski to a leg injury in the third quarter.
Cleveland Indians pitcher Justin Masterson and designated hitter Jason Giambi have been honored with postseason awards. Masterson was named the team's Bob Feller Man of the Year by the Cleveland Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Giambi was named winner of the team's Good Guy Award, given annually to the player who shows a consistent willingness to cooperate with the media.
Clemson had its chance against Florida State and got blown out. Ohio State fell one win short of getting an opportunity to face the Seminoles for the national title. So instead, the 12th-ranked Tigers and Number 7 Buckeyes are headed to the Orange Bowl on January 3rd in Miami Gardens, Florida.
The Cincinnati Bearcats will look to defend their Belk Bowl title December 28th against North Carolina. The Bearcats will be making their second straight appearance in the game after defeating Duke 48-34 last year in Charlotte.
MAC champion Bowling Green will return to Detroit to face Pittsburgh in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on December 26th. The Falcons beat previously undefeated Northern Illinois 47-27 in the MAC title game at Ford Field on Friday, their fifth straight win. It's the third bowl bid in five seasons for Bowling Green and the 11th in school history.
Ohio University is headed to the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl to face East Carolina of Conference USA. It's the second straight season the Mid-American Conference will be represented in the pre-Christmas game held at Tropicana Field, home of baseball's Tampa Bay Rays. National
It will be top-ranked Florida State against No. 2 Auburn in the BCS championship game at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 6. The Tigers' title game berth marks quite a turnaround for a program that was 3-9 last season before hiring head coach Gus Malzahn. Four SEC teams - Alabama, Florida, LSU and Auburn - have combined to win the last seven BCS championships.
Drew Brees passed for 313 yards and four touchdowns in the New Orleans Saints' 31-13 win over Carolina. The outcome puts the Saints one game ahead of the Panthers for first place in the NFC South and ends Carolina's eight-game winning streak. Jimmy Graham had two touchdown catches for the 10-3 Saints.
Kobe Bryant played his first game since tearing his left Achilles' tendon late last season, but his presence actually contributed to the Los Angeles Lakers' 106-94 loss to Toronto. Bryant shot just 2-for-9 and had eight turnovers while contributing nine points, eight rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes.
A person familiar with the deal says the Sacramento Kings have reached an agreement to acquire forward Rudy Gay from Toronto in a multiplayer trade. The Kings also will acquire Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy and send Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes to the Raptors.
Zach Johnson rallied from four shots down with eight holes remaining to beat Tiger Woods at the World Challenge. Johnson holed out from a drop area for par on the last hole to force a playoff, and beat the No. 1 player in golf when Woods missed a 5-foot par putt on the first extra hole. It was only the fourth time in his career that Woods lost a lead of at least two shots going into the final round.