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Posted on December 25, 2013 at 7:03 AM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Pierre Desir, a defensive back from Lindenwood University in Missouri, has won a new award honoring the nation's top small college defensive player. The Cliff Harris award honors the top defensive player from Division II, Division III and NAIA schools. Desir, a three-time All-American, finished his career ranked first in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics history in passes defended. His 25 career interceptions are the second most in conference history and rank him in the top 10 in Division II history.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — There is no prescribed number of plays that Chiefs coach Andy Reid would like the ball to end up in the hands of Jamaal Charles, one of the most dynamic playmakers in the NFL. One thing Reid does know is that Kansas City would be better off if Charles got the ball more than the six times he did in the second half of Sunday's loss to Indianapolis. Charles ran for 106 yards and a touchdown, and caught five passes for 38 yards. But when the offense got stuck in the second half, it seemed Reid completely abandoned the run.

BROOKLYN (AP) — The short-handed Bulls will try to win consecutive games for the first time in more than a month when they face the Nets today in Brooklyn. Chicago (10-16) already is missing Derrick Rose and may also be without leading scorer Luol Deng, who is suffering from a sore left Achilles. Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich also are playing hurt.

DALLAS (AP) — The agent for Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton says his client didn't start an altercation at a Dallas-area bar that led to the NFL player's arrest. Agent Jordan Woy says several independent witnesses said Melton did not physically start the incident early Sunday in Grapevine. Police said Melton became belligerent, refused to leave and punched the manager of the sports bar in the face and bit his arm. The nearly 300-pound Melton was charged with assault and public intoxication.

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