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Associated Press

Posted on December 24, 2013 at 7:03 AM

BLUES-FLAMES

Colborne's SO goal lifts Flames over Blues 4-3

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Joe Colborne scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Calgary Flames an improbable 4-3 come-from-behind win over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Colborne took the first attempt in the shootout and beat Jaroslav Halak on a deke for his third goal on four attempts this season in the tiebreaker.

Reto Berra turned aside T.J. Oshie, Derek Roy and Magnus Paajarvi in the shootout to earn the win. Mark Giordano forced overtime by dramatically scoring the tying goal with five seconds left in the third period.

Jiri Hudler and Mike Cammalleri also scored for Calgary (14-17-6), which kicked off a five-game homestand. The Flames snapped a three-game losing streak.

Kevin Shattenkirk, Jaden Schwartz and Paajarvi scored for the Blues (24-7-5), which took three out of four points in Alberta and are 5-1-2 in their last eight.

CHIEFS-PLAY OR SIT

Chiefs' Reid could rest starts against Chargers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs coach Andy Reid says he hasn't decided whether to rest his starters on Sunday against San Diego, even though Kansas City has nothing to gain by winning the game.

The Chiefs already are assured of the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs, which means they'll head on the road for a wild-card game in two weeks.

If history is any indication, get ready to see Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles spend a whole lot of time on the sideline. Same with the Chiefs' other key players on both sides of the ball.

When presented with similar situations in Philadelphia, Reid mostly rested his players in Week 17. That included the 2004 season, when the Eagles advanced to the Super Bowl.

CHIEFS-HEAD INJURIES

9 former Chiefs players join brain injury lawsuit

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two NFL Hall of Famers are among nine former Kansas City Chiefs players who have joined a lawsuit that contends the team hid the risks of permanent brain injuries from repeated concussions.

Cornerback Albert Lewis and defensive end Art Still were added Saturday to the lawsuit initially filed this month on behalf of five former Chiefs players. Also joining the suit are Dino Hackett, Todd McNair, Fred Jones, Tim Barnett, Walker Lee Ashley, Emile Harry and Chris Smith.

All 14 plaintiffs were on the team between 1987 and 1993, a period when there was no collective bargaining agreement in place in the NFL.

The amended lawsuit also adds claims that artificial-surface fields during part of that time contributed to concussions.

IUPUI-SE MISSOURI

SE Missouri takes 83-79 overtime win over IUPUI

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Jarekious Bradley, who finished with 27 points, and Paul McRoberts each hit 3-pointers in the final 1:46 of regulation to send the game into overtime where Southeast Missouri took a 83-79 victory over IUPUI Monday night.

IUPUI (4-11) led throughout the second half and by as much as 55-42. The Jaguars were ahead 72-66 with 2:02 remaining but were held scoreless in the final minutes of regulation.

Bradley, who also pulled down 10 rebounds, made 18 points in the second half and four in overtime. Tyler Stone had 15 points and 15 rebounds for Southeast Missouri (8-4).

Jamaal Calvin, who opened the scoring in overtime with a layup and free throw, added 11 points. Bradley hit a jumper with 1:54 remaining in overtime for a 79-74 lead, then made two free throws with three seconds remaining to seal the win.

Marcellus Barksdale led IUPUI with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

RAMS-O-LINE

Long injury puts Saffold back at left tackle

ST. LOUIS (AP) — One series in, Rodger Saffold was back at left tackle for the St. Louis Rams. What a strange trip it has been.

Left tackle was Saffold's spot his first three NFL seasons after the Rams drafted him in the second round. He wears No. 76 in tribute to former Rams seven-time Pro Bowler Orlando Pace, who manned that position.

When Jake Long signed a free-agent deal with St. Louis last offseason, Saffold became a right tackle without much fuss.

Saffold's versatility got tested again when the Rams (7-8) wanted to plug a gap at guard for injured Harvey Dahl. After Long was carted off the field with a torn anterior cruciate ligament after the third snap of Sunday's 23-13 victory over the Buccaneers, Saffold was home again.

MICHIGAN-GARDNER

Michigan QB Devin Gardner still slowed by turf toe

BIG 12 PLAYER-BROWN

OSU's Brown is Big 12 Player of the Week

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The Big 12 Conference has named Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown as the Big 12 Player of the Week.

Brown was selected Monday after averaging 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in OSU wins over Delaware State and Colorado. The senior guard had a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds against CSU and had 14 points in the win over DSU.

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