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Posted on December 20, 2013 at 4:32 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alexander Steen scored twice and Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves against his former team to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 5-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens yesterday. St. Louis broke a two-game losing streak and improved to 14-3-2 at home. Steen, who signed a three-year, $17.4 million extension earlier in the day, has 24 goals, tying his career high set in 2009-2010.

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The Cotton Bowl Classic wasn't where No. 13 Oklahoma State wanted to wind up, but now that it is, they will take some solace in the friendly surroundings and familiar foe. After losing to No. 11 Oklahoma in the final 19 seconds back on Dec. 7, a setback that cost them the Big 12 Conference championship and a trip to the BCS, the Cowboys (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) are now preparing to face No. 9 Missouri (11-2, 7-1 SEC). The Tigers are coming off a 59-42 defeat to No. 2 Auburn in the SEC Championship game, reaching the final in just their second season since leaving the Big 12, where they resided since 1996.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie safety T.J. McDonald heard from a former Pro Bowler after he grabbed his first interception of the season. His father, Tim, played 13 years in the NFL with the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers as a strong safety. He earned Pro Bowl honors six times. He currently is a secondary coach for the New York Jets. McDonald picked off Saints quarterback Drew Brees on New Orleans' first play after the St. Louis had to punt Sunday. That set the tone for the Rams' a 27-16 victory.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Cornerback Darius Butler has a knack for making big plays. He has picked off four passes this season, and has eight overall since joining the Colts as a free agent last year. He's taken three of them back for touchdowns. Butler played a big role in helping the Colts (9-5) pull away in a 25-3 win over Houston last week. Now the task turns to trying to contain the league's third-highest scoring offense when Indy goes to Kansas City (11-3) on Sunday.

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