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Posted on December 31, 2013 at 4:03 AM

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Perry Ellis had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Naadir Tharpe added a career-high 20 points and No. 16 Kansas beat Toledo 93-83 last night. Andrew Wiggins also had 20 points and fellow freshman Joel Embiid had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks (9-3), who built a 16-point lead early in the second half.

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Shawn Long had 26 points with 12 rebounds and Elfrid Payton added 17 points and seven assists as Louisiana-Lafayette rolled past Central Methodist of the NAIA 90-58 last night. Central Methodist (7-8) started the game cold as it missed its first eight field goal attempts and had five turnovers, stumbling to a 36.8 shooting percentage.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It appears the Kansas City Chiefs will be near full strength when they visit the Indianapolis Colts for an AFC wild-card playoff game on Saturday. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was going through the protocol yesterday to be cleared from a concussion that he sustained against Indianapolis two weeks ago. Reid also said that linebacker Tamba Hali was progressing from inflammation in his knee. The Chiefs rested most of their starters in a 27-24 overtime loss at San Diego on Sunday.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — If the St. Louis Rams had anything left on the schedule, rookie Tavon Austin said he would have definitely been back from a high ankle sprain that sidelined him three games. The Rams (7-9) were eliminated from postseason contention two weeks ago, but many felt their time to contend was coming. Defensive end Chris Long says the youngest team in the NFL needs to grow up and prove it on game day.

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