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Associated Press

Posted on December 1, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Updated Saturday, Dec 1 at 8:05 AM


Stanford Rose Bowl-bound

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Hogan threw for 155 yards and a touchdown and ran for 47 yards and another score to help eighth-ranked Stanford beat No. 17 UCLA 27-24 in the Pac-12 championship game. That sends the Cardinal to the Rose Bowl against the winner of tonight's Big Ten championship between Nebraska and Wisconsin.

This is Stanford's first trip to the Rose Bowl since 2000. Stanford finished 11-2 after beating UCLA for the second time in six days. The Cardinal won 35-17 last Saturday.

UCLA quarterback Brent Hundley almost brought the Bruins back. But Ka'imi Fairbairn missed a 52-yard field goal wide left in closing moments for a disappointing loss.


Northern Illinois repeats as MAC champ

DETROIT (AP) — Jordan Lynch ran for three touchdowns, including a 2-yarder in the second overtime, and Demetrius Stone's interception in the end zone gave No. 19 Northern Illinois a 44-37 victory over No. 18 Kent State to win the Mid-American Conference championship for the second straight year.

Kent State trailed 27-13 earlier in the fourth before scoring two touchdowns in a 15-second span to force OT.


Five straight for the Nets...Lakers wallop Nuggets behind Jamison's 33

UNDATED (AP) — Joe Johnson had 22 points and the Brooklyn Nets earned their fifth straight victory by beating the Orlando Magic 98-86. And the Nets did it without their star center, Brook Lopez, who missed his first game of the season with a sprained foot.

Gerald Wallace added 20 points, including five 3-pointers. All five Nets starters reached double figures.

The Nets beat the Magic for the third time this season. Now it gets tougher. The Nets wrap up their five-game road trip in Miami Saturday night.

In other NBA action:

— The L.A. Lakers reached .500 with their best offensive show of the season in routing Denver 122-103. The Lakers rode a 71-point first half. Antawn Jamison led the way with 33 points and 12 rebounds. Kobe Bryant had just 14 points but dished out eight assists. Dwight Howard added 28 points and 20 rebounds.

— Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith each scored 20 points, and the New York Knicks beat the Washington Wizards for the 10th straight time, 108-87. The Knicks are 6-0 at home and 11-4 overall.

— Kevin Durant scored 25 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder finished off a 3-0 homestand by beating the Utah Jazz 106-94. Russell Westbrook had a huge night -- 23 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and seven steals.

— Cleveland snapped a four-game losing streak by edging Atlanta 113-111. Alonzo Gee's putback with less than a second left won it. Jeremy Pargo led the Cavs with 22.

— Jeff Green scored 19 points, Jason Terry added 17 and the Boston Celtics cruised to a comfortable win without Rajon Rondo (RAH'-zhahn RAHN'-doh), topping the Portland Trail Blazers 96-78. Rondo served the first game of his two-game suspension for his role in a scuffle Wednesday night against Brooklyn.

— Rudy Gay had 18 points, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley added 17 each, and the Memphis Grizzlies won their fourth straight with a 90-78 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

— Alexey Shved scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and Kevin Love overcame a nasty stomach bug to collect 15 points and 14 rebounds in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 95-85 victory over Milwaukee.

— David West had 31 points and 11 rebounds to help the Indiana Pacers edge the Sacramento Kings 97-92.

— The Philadelphia 76ers won their third in a row, 104-98 over Charlotte. Evan Turner scored 25.

— The Toronto Raptors beat the Phoenix Suns 101-97 to snap a six-game losing streak. DeMar DeRozan scored 23.


League fines Spurs

UNDATED (AP) — The NBA has fined the San Antonio Spurs $250,000 for sending four players home before their game Thursday night in Miami.

Commissioner David Stern says in a statement Friday that the Spurs "did a disservice to the league and our fans" when they didn't bring Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) or Danny Green to Miami. Stern says the Spurs were penalized for not informing "the Heat, the media, or the league office in a timely way."

The Heat rallied late to beat the Spurs 105-100.

The Spurs didn't comment on the fine. But Celtics coach Doc Rivers says the NBA's fine against San Antonio was "probably overdone."


37 points? In a college game?

UNDATED (AP) — It wasn't so much a Top-25 college basketball game, as a war of attrition. It certainly wasn't a thing of beauty.

But when it was over, 20th-ranked Georgetown had nipped Tennessee 37-36 in the Big East/SEC challenge. Not surprisingly, no player from either team reached double figures. Mikael Hopkins, Otto Porter and Greg Whittington all tied for high-scoring honors with eight points.

"To play a game like that and come out with a win is miraculous," Hoyas coach John Thompson III said. "Any win is great but that's as ugly as it gets."

Georgetown won despite shooting an icy 36.4 percent.

In other AP Top-25 hoops:

— Sixth-ranked Syracuse outscored Arkansas 91-82 in an impressive road win in Fayetteville. James Southerland poured in a career-high 35. The Orange are 5-0.

— Ben McLemore scored 21 points, Travis Releford added 20 and No. 10 Kansas topped Oregon State 84-78.


No go for tainted stars

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball's all-time home run king and the most decorated pitcher likely will be shut out of the Hall of Fame in January. A survey by The Associated Press shows that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, as well as slugger Sammy Sosa, don't have enough votes to get into Cooperstown.

With steroid scandals still very much on the minds of longtime members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America as they cast their ballots, the trio failed to muster even 50 percent support among the 112 voters contacted by the AP — nearly one-fifth of those eligible to choose.

Candidates need 75 percent for election.

So Bonds, the only seven-time MVP, and Clemens, the only seven-time Cy Young Award winner, are likely to remain outside the Hall along with career hits leader Pete Rose, who was banned for betting on baseball as manager of the Cincinnati Reds.


Wright gets long-term deal...Giants cut ties with closer Wilson

NEW YORK (AP) — David Wright and the New York Mets have agreed to a $138 million, eight-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press. He'll be 37 years old when it expires.

The richest deal in franchise history replaces Wright's $16 million salary for next season and includes $122 million in new money.

The contract with the All-Star third baseman probably will be announced at next week's winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn.

The Mets declined to offer contracts to outfielder Andres Torres, right-hander Mike Pelfrey and reliever Manny Acosta. They become free agents Saturday.

In other news from around the major leagues:

— The San Francisco Giants declined to tender a one-year contract to bearded closer Brian Wilson, making him a free agent as he recovers from a second ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow. Wilson led the majors in saves with 48 in 2010.

— The Braves have traded Tommy Hanson to the Los Angeles Angels for former closer Jordan Walden. The 26-year-old Hanson set a career high with 13 wins this year but his 4.48 ERA also was a career worst. The right-hander was 45-32 in four seasons with the Braves. Walden had 32 saves in 2011, then lost his closer's role to Ernesto Frieri and was 3-2 with a 3.46 ERA and one save this year.

— A day after agreeing to the deal in principle, the Pirates signed free-agent Russell Martin to a $17 million, two-year contract. The 29-year-old catcher is a three-time All-Star who hit a career-low .211 with 21 homers and 53 RBIs in 133 games last year with the New York Yankees.

— The Indians avoided arbitration by signing pitcher Blake Wood to a one-year contract for next season. Cleveland claimed the right-hander off waivers from Kansas City on Nov. 2. The 27-year-old had Tommy John surgery in May. The Indians did not tender Jack Hannahan a contract. Third base now belongs to Lonnie Chisenhall.

— The Oakland Athletics have acquired right-hander Chris Resop from the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league right-hander Zach Thornton. To clear a roster spot for Resop, the A's also announced that they will not offer a contract to outfielder Jermaine Mitchell.

— The Boston Red Sox declined to tender 2013 contracts to right-hander Scott Atchison, left-hander Rich Hill and outfielder Ryan Sweeney, making them eligible for free agency.

— The Chicago Cubs have declined to offer a 2013 contract to third baseman Ian Stewart, making him eligible for free agency.

— The Baltimore Orioles have declined to offer a 2013 contract to slugger Mark Reynolds, who is a free agent.

— The first South Korean-born player in Major League Baseball is retiring. Thirty-nine-year-old Chan Ho Park spent 17 years in the big leagues, beginning with the Dodgers in 1994, compiling a 124-98 mark.


No Big Ben again this week

UNDATED (AP) — The Steelers say quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) will not play Sunday at Baltimore. That means veteran Charlie Batch will make another start for Pittsburgh.

Roethlisberger will miss a third consecutive game since sustaining a sprained right shoulder and a dislocated rib. The club is 0-2 in his absence and at 6-5 is scrambling for a playoff berth.


— The Raiders have suspended linebacker Rolando McClain for two games for conduct detrimental to the team.

— Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says it "looks like" injured running back DeMarco Murray will end a six-game absence Sunday against Philadelphia. Coach Jason Garrett won't say whether Murray will play.

— Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin has been listed as doubtful to play the rival Packers on Sunday because of a sprained left ankle. He hasn't played since Nov. 4.

— Four Raiders and one Bengal have been fined $26,250 each for fighting last week. Cincinnati tackle Andrew Whitworth and Oakland defensive linemen Desmond Bryant, Lamarr Houston, Tommy Kelly and Matt Shaughnessy drew the fines.


Another win for Vonn

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) — Lindsey Vonn won the season-opening downhill Friday for her 12th career World Cup victory at the Canadian resort. Vonn finished in 1 minute, 52.61 seconds and beat American teammate Stacey Cook by 1.73 seconds.

Vonn raced for the second time since returning from a stomach bug that landed her in the hospital. Last week in Aspen, Colo., the four-time overall champion finished 21st in the giant slalom, then skipped the slalom.


Funeral held for boxer 'Macho' Camacho in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — A funeral Mass is being held in New York for former world champion boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho as police in Puerto Rico continue to investigate his fatal shooting.

The ceremony is taking place at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in Manhattan's Spanish Harlem, the neighborhood where the flamboyant boxer spent his childhood.

A carriage drawn by white horses carried his body through the neighborhood to a public wake at the church Friday night.

Camacho was fatally wounded in a shooting on Nov. 20. He was 50.

In the 1980s, he won titles in three weight classes and had memorable bouts with Felix Trinidad, Julio Cesar Chavez and Sugar Ray Leonard.

Camacho is to be buried after the service at St. Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx.

They chanted "Macho time!" — the phrase Camacho regularly used before his fights.