GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) _ Carson Palmer completed 27 of 32 passes, 12 of them to
Larry Fitzgerald, and the Arizona Cardinals ended an eight-game losing streak
against NFC West foes by beating the St. Louis Rams 30-10 on Sunday.
ATLANTA (AP) Tre Mason ran for 304 yards and four touchdowns, leading No. 3 Auburn to a wild 59-42 victory over No. 5 Missouri in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday.
Auburn (12-1) is likely headed to the BCS ...Read More
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) The Live United Texarkana Bowl in Texarkana between Harding University and Texas A&M Commerce has been rescheduled.
Harding officials say the bowl game that was postponed because of wintry weather is now scheduled ...Read More
IRVING, Texas (AP) Dallas linebacker Sean Lee is set to return at Chicago after missing two games with a hamstring injury and cornerback Morris Claiborne will sit for a second straight game with the same issue.
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Michael Qualls scored 17 points as Arkansas held off a late Clemson rally to win 74-68 Saturday.
Arkansas (6-2) led by as many as 16 points in the second half, but the Tigers pulled within 70-66 on a K.J. ...Read More
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Jabari Brown scored 22 points and Jordan Clarkson added 21 to help Missouri upset Number 18 UCLA 80-71 yesterday. Two free throws by Johnathan Williams the Third gave Missouri a 62-60 lead it wouldn't relinquish with ...Read More
TULSA, Okla. (AP) The University of Arkansas-Little Rock at Tulsa men's and women's basketball games have been postponed again because of wintry weather conditions.
The games originally scheduled for Saturday were first postponed until ...Read More
Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.) -- Retired managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa were unanimously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, by the expansion era committee.
Cox managed for 29 years in the big leagues, where he compiled a record of 2,504-2,001. During his 25 seasons as skipper of the Braves, he won a World Series championship and the National League pennant five times.
As manager of the New York Yankees from 1996-2007, Torre won four World Series titles (’96, ’98-’00), becoming just the fifth manager in big league history to accomplish the feat. In addition to the Bronx Bombers, he also led the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers during his 29 year career (2,326-1997).
La Russa won two World Series championships as manager of the Cardinals and one as skipper of the Oakland Athletics. In his 33 year career, his record was 2,728-2,365.
Enshrinement ceremonies will take place in Cooperstown, N.Y. on July 27, 2014.
Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.) -- Two-time Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay announced his retirement with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.
The 36-year-old right-hander cited the desire to spend more time with his family and to avoid surgery on his back as the reasons he is hanging up his spikes after 16 seasons in the majors.
The Blue Jays signed Halladay to a one-day contract, so he can retire as a member of the team with which he spent his first 12 seasons. During his career in Toronto, he compiled a record of 148-76 with a 3.43 ERA.
Following the 2009 season, Halladay was traded to the Philadelphia. In four seasons with the Phillies, he went 55-29 with a 3.25 ERA.
Boston Globe(NEW YORK) -- The New England Patriots may still be riding high after their come-from-behind victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, but it came with a price. According to ESPN, tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered a torn ACL and MCL and will miss the rest of the season.
Gronkowski suffered the injury during the third quarter after catching a pass from quarterback Tom Brady. He took a hit to his right knee from safety T.J. Ward and immediately fell to the ground.
"It was a decision I made just to make a tackle on a big man and unfortunately he got hurt, but if I would've hit up high, there's a chance I would get fined and all that other stuff. I'm just being safe," Ward said.
This is just the latest injury setback for the Pro Bowl tight end. He missed the first six games of the season as he recovered from offseason back and forearm surgery.
In seven games this season, the 24-year-old Gronkowski caught 39 passes for 592 yards and four touchdowns. Since his NFL debut back in 2010, Gronkowski has caught 42 touchdowns in 50 games.
NBA via Memphis Grizzlies(NEW YORK) -- The Rudy Gay era in Toronto lasted just 51 games as the Raptors have traded the forward to the Sacramento Kings in a seven-player deal.
According to ESPN, the Kings will send John Salmons, Grevis Vasquez, Patrick Paterson, and Chuck Hayes while the Raptors will send Gay, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy.
The Raptors are moving on from Gay less then a year after they acquired him in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies.
This can be viewed as a salary dump for the Raptors as Gay is set to earn $20 million next season in the final year of his deal while three of the players acquired from the Kings will be free agents at season's end.
"Rudy is a prince of a guy," Raptors head coach Dwayne Casey said. "He's an athletic, dynamic wing player; gets to the basket at will; can shoot the ball; handle the ball. We were using him more in a drive situation, pick-and-roll situation. He was growing into that role, doing a better job because he can see over a defense."
In 18 games this season for the Raptors, Gay averaged 19.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Just as the Philadelphia Flyers started to play to their expectations, they've lost one of their best offensive players. Forward Vincent Lecavalier will miss the next 3-4 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his lower back.
Lecavalier hasn't played since Nov. 30 because of the injury. It was originally believed the 33-year-old Lecavalier merely had back spasms, but the injury proved to be more severe.
"It was coming along yesterday when he skated and as the day went on, it tightened up a little bit," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told CSNPhilly.com Sunday night. "He had an X-ray in Dallas and it didn't look great, flew back to Philadelphia this morning and had an MRI."
After spending the first 14 seasons of his NHL career with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Lecavalier signed a five-year deal with the Flyers worth $22.5 million during the offseason.
In 22 games this season for Philadelphia, Lecavalier has scored nine goals and has five assists as well.
After a slow start to the season, the Flyers have won six out of their last 10 games.
Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Kobe Bryant's return to action was dampened by Los Angeles' 106-94 home loss to Toronto on Sunday night. The 35-year-old made his season debut at the Staples Center after sitting out following a torn Achilles tendon in April.
Bryant had nine points and eight rebounds in his first game since the injury occured on April 12, but he also had eight turnovers.
"The biggest thing for me was just trying to take care of the basketball," said Bryant after the game, giving himself an "F" for his performance. "My rhythm is completely out of sync in terms of being able to read passing lanes and judge the timing of players in between those lanes and so forth."
The game marked the beginning of his 18th season in the NBA and the first under his new two-year, $48.5 million contract extension he signed in November. With the loss, the Lakers fell to 10-10 on the season. The team has lost two of their last three games.
Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- The New Orleans Saints took a big step towards securing a division title by beating the Carolina Panthers 31-13 on Sunday night. Both teams entered the game tied atop the NFC South standings.
After falling behind 6-0 in the first quarter, Drew Brees led an offensive onslaught on one of the NFL's best defenses. The Saints (10-3) quarterback threw for three touchdowns in the first half, finding Marques Colston in the endzone twice before connecting with tight end Jimmy Graham with just 18 seconds left in the half for a 21-6 lead.
New Orleans continued their assault in the second half. Graham caught his second touchdown pass of the night in the fourth as the Saints reeled off 31 straight points. The Panthers (9-4) tried to answer late when Cam Newton and Steve Smith combined for the only Carolina touchdown of the night on a 17-yard pass with less than six minutes remaining.
Brees finished the night with 313 passing yards and became just the fifth quarterback all-time to eclipse the 50,000-yard mark. Newton ended his night with just 160 passing yards while rushing for 48 more.
The two teams will meet again in two weeks on Sun., Dec. 22 in North Carolina.
Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the final year of the BCS, Florida State and Auburn will play for the National Championship on Jan. 6 in Pasadena, Calif., at Rose Bowl Stadium.
The top-ranked Seminoles capped off a 13-0 season with a 45-7 win over #20 Duke in the ACC Championship game on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, the second-ranked Tigers won the SEC title over #5 Missouri, 59-42, Saturday night and earned their spot when #2 Ohio State lost the Big Ten championship game.
For Florida State it is the first time they will play for a national title since 2000, They are looking for their first championship since 1999.
Florida State is led by quarterback Jameis Winston, a likely Heisman Trophy candidate who recently avoided charges in a sexual assault investigation.
As for Auburn, they will look to make it eight consecutive national championships for the Southeastern Conference and the school's second in the last four years. The Tigers won the 2010 BCS title when current head coach Gus Malzahn was the team's offensive coordinator.
The last non-SEC school to win the national title was Texas in 2006, when the Longhorns defeated Southern California at the Rose Bowl.
Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- The Indianapolis Colts suffered a 42-28 defeat at Cincinnati on Sunday but were still able to clinch a playoff spot. Despite the loss, Denver's win over AFC South rival Tennessee later in the day gave the Colts the division title.
The Bengals (9-4) put the game out of reach early, scoring the first 21 points of the game, including a 14-0 halftime lead. Quarterback Andy Dalton threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns while running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for two more scores. The victory helps Cincinnati close in on their first AFC North crown since 2009.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck led the first scoring drive of the day for Indianapolis in the third quarter when he connected with Da'Rick Rogers on a 69-yard touchdown strike. A few minutes later he found LaVon Brazill to cut the deficit to seven, but that would be as close as the team would get. Luck finished the game with 326 passing yards and four touchdowns.
Indianapolis has struggled in recent games, getting blown out 40-11 at Arizona two weeks ago and barely getting past the Titans last week, 22-14. The Colts fell to 8-5 with the loss. They will host Houston next week.