T25 FOOTBALL-LATEST SCORES
Boyd becomes all-time ACC TD leader...Buckeyes win 21st straight
UNDATED (AP) — Tajh Boyd threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score and No. 9 Clemson broke the game open with three touchdowns in the last five minutes of the first half in a 59-10 victory against reeling Virginia.
Boyd became the Atlantic Coast Conference's career leader in touchdown-making with a 33-yard pass to Sammy Watkins to start the scoring for the 8-1 Tigers. It broke a tie at 112 TDs with North Carolina State's Philip Rivers. Boyd later added TD throws of 10 yards to Roderick McDowell and 96 yards to Watkins, and scored on a 1-yard run 13 seconds before halftime to make it 35-7.
Virginia fell to 2-7. It lost its sixth in a row and for the 15th time in its last 19 games.
In other AP Top-25:
__The fourth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes are now riding a 21-game winning streak. Behind the passing of Braxton Miller the Bucks beat Purdue 56-0. Miller threw for 233 yards and four touchdowns in the lopsided Big Ten win. Ohio State is now 9-0 and 5-0 in conference play. Coach Urban Meyer, who hasn't lost in 34½ months, tied his personal best by winning a 22nd straight game, a streak that includes his final victory at Florida. Meyer also won 22 in a row with the Gators in 2008-09.
— Despite missing two days of practice with a virus, quarterback Connor Shaw threw for four touchdowns and Mike Davis ran for 128 yards to move past 1,000 yards this season as No. 14 South Carolina beat Mississippi State 34-12.
—Jordan Lynch ran for 119 yards and four touchdowns and threw for another in just over a half to lead No. 21 Northern Illinois to a 63-19 rout of Massachusetts.
— Wisconsin, the 22nd-ranked team in the AP poll, won its third straight game with a 28-9 win over Iowa. James White ran for 132 yards and a pair of late touchdowns in the win as the 6-2 Badgers became bowl eligible for the 12th year in a row.
__Michigan State's defense battered rival Michigan and the No. 24 Spartans remained unbeaten in the Big Ten with a 29-6 victory over the 23rd-ranked Wolverines. Connor Cook threw for a touchdown and ran for one TD.
Alabama and Oregon, the top two teams in the AP poll have the day off. Third-ranked Florida State is playing host to No. 7 Miami this evening. The Seminoles and Hurricanes are tied 7-7 after the first quarter.
Coach Fox hospitalized
UNDATED (AP) — Denver coach John Fox was taken to a hospital in the Charlotte, N.C., area after feeling light-headed while playing golf during the Broncos' bye week. Team spokesman Patrick Smyth said the 58-year-old Fox told him he was in good spirits and that he did not suffer a heart attack. Fox is undergoing additional tests to determine the best course of action.
Fox is in his third season as Broncos coach after a nine-year stint with the Carolina Panthers. He's 107-88 overall, including 6-5 in the playoffs.
In other NFL news:
The Chicago Bears agreed to a one-year contract with former Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jay Ratliff, hoping he can boost their struggling line once he's ready to play. He's a four-time Pro Bowler.
Fine for Nets big man
NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn center-forward Andray Blatche (BLACH) was fined $15,000 by the NBA for making an obscene gesture in the Nets' game against Miami on Friday night. Blatche made the gesture with 2:40 left in the Nets' 101-100 victory.
Bellamy passes away
ATLANTA (AP) — Walt Bellamy, the Hall of Fame center who averaged 20.1 points and 13.7 rebounds in 14 seasons in the NBA, has died at the age of 74.
The Atlanta Hawks confirmed the death, but didn't provide details.
The former Indiana University star won an Olympic gold medal in 1960 and was the first overall pick by the Chicago Packers in 1961. He was the rookie of the year with Chicago, averaging 31.6 points and 19.0 rebounds, and also played for the Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta and New Orleans Jazz.
Blackhawks beat Jets
WINNIPEG (AP) — Brandon Bollig, Patrick Sharp and Nick Leddy scored within a 4:55 span in the second period to lead Chicago to a 5-1 win over Winnipeg. The Blackhawks have won three straight to improve to 9-2-3 this season. The Jets have dropped three in a row and fall to 5-8-2.
Kings lose Carter...Columbus gets 2015 All-Star game
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings placed high-scoring forward Jeff Carter on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. He has five goals and four assists in 14 games this season, tying Justin Williams for the team lead in goals. Carter led the Western Conference with 26 goals last season for the seventh 20-goal campaign of his NHL career.
In other hockey news:
__The National Hockey League has announced that Columbus will host the 2015 All-Star Game and skills competitions. The weekend of events is set for Jan. 24-25, 2015.
Johnson stands on top
SHANGHAI (AP) — Round 3 of the PGA's HSBC Champions event in China is over and the leader is mid-way leader Dustin Johnson. He shot a 66 and stands 18-under-par, three shots in front of Ian Poulter. Four shots off the pace is Graeme McDowell.
Couples in front
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fred Couples will take a five-shot lead into Sunday's final round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Winless this season, Couples shot a 3-under 68 to reach 15-under 198 at TPC Harding Park.
Mark O'Meara was second after a 67. Defending champion Tom Lehman had the best round of the day, a 65, to join Bart Bryant and Peter Senior at 9 under.
Red-hot Keslelowski wins
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Brad Keselowski led 106 of 200 laps at Texas to win for the sixth time in his last eight Nationwide Series starts, while Austin Dillon and Sam Hornish Jr. got closer Saturday in the battle for the season title. Dillon has a six-point lead with two Nationwide races left.
Hornish recovered from being a lap down early in the race to finish third, two spots ahead of Dillon.
Webber wins pole
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Red Bull's Mark Webber nosed out teammate Sebastian Vettel for the pole for Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The pole is his second from the past three races and 13th of his career. Unlike Vettel, who has won the last six races, Webber is winless this season. Webber clocked 1 minute, 39.957 seconds while Vettel timed 1:40.075.
LONDON (AP) — Defending champion Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) and last year's runner-up Roger Federer have been placed in the same group at next week's ATP finals in London. Djokovic also won the title in 2008, while Federer has won it a record six times.
The pair will be playing in a tough Group B that also includes Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mar-TEEN' dehl POHT'-roh) and Richard Gasquet (ree-SHARD' gas-KAY').
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') was placed in Group A in Saturday's draw, alongside fellow Spaniard David Ferrer (feh-REHR'), Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') and Stanislas Wawrinka (vah-VINK'-ah).
MLB-HOT STOVE LEGUE
Rays keeping Zobrist and Escobar...Giants part ways with Zito
UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have exercised options on All-Star Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar. Zobrist hit .275 while starting games at four different positions and leading American League second basemen in fielding percentage this year. Escobar played in a career-high 153 games and led major league shortstops with a .989 fielding percentage this season.
In other baseball news:
__ The San Francisco Giants have formally parted ways with left-hander Barry Zito, declining to exercise his $18 million contract option for next season and instead owing him a $7 million buyout. San Francisco also declined its $3 million mutual option for outfielder Andres Torres and must pay him a $500,000 buyout.
MLB-RED SOX PARADE
World Champs celebrated
BOSTON (AP) — They gave a parade celebrating Boston's World Series win over St. Louis. The parade route went from Fenway Park to the Charles River. Players still sporting their beards, manager John Farrell, coaches and team officials boarded 25 amphibious "duck boats" on the warning track. The vehicles paused when they reached the Boston Marathon finish line, still painted blue and yellow, where three spectators died in the bombings during the April 15 race.
The route included a boat trip from Boston to Cambridge.
Former Yankees' pitcher passes away
HILLSDALE, N.J. (AP) — Johnny Kucks, who pitched a three-hitter for the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 1956 World Series, has died. He was 81.Kucks pitched in four World Series with the Yankees from 1955-58, going 1-0 with a 1.89 ERA in eight games. The right-hander is best known for his crisp performance in New York's 9-0 victory against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the last World Series game at Ebbets Field.
HORSE RACING-BREEDERS' CUP
Mucho Macho Man wins Classic
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Trainer Kathy Rivo made history as she became the first female trainer to send out a winner in the 20 years of the Breeders' Cup Classic. Rivo saddled Mucho Macho Man, who held off Will Take Charge to win the $5 million Classic. Gary Stevens, who is enjoying a renaissance in his first year following a brief retirement, rode the winner who won by a nose.
In other Breeders' Cup results:
— Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan defended his title in the $2 million Mile, winning by three-quarters of a length. Jockey Jose Lezcano a late replacement for injured John Velazquez, was who was thrown from his mount in an earlier race. He later underwent surgery to have his spleen removed.
__Magician rallied on the outside to win the $3 million Turf by a half-length, denying defending champion Little Mike a second straight Breeders' Cup title.
— New Year's Day overtook betting favorite Havana deep in the stretch to win the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile by 1¼ lengths.
— Mizdirection defended her title in the $1 million Turf Sprint, extending Mike Smith's record for most Breeders' Cup wins by a jockey to 20.
— Favorite Groupie Doll got a second wind in the stretch to hold off Judy The Beauty by a half-length and win the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint for the second straight year.
— Secret Circle won the $1.5 million Sprint by a neck, giving Hall of Famer trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Martin Garcia their second Breeders' Cup victories.
__ Ria Antonia won the Juevenile Filles and favored Dank captured the Filly & Mare Turf event.