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  • VIDEO: Preview of BCS Championship Game

    Top-ranked LSU and No. 2 Alabama will meet Monday night in the BCS championship game. The AP's John Klobucar is following the two teams in New Orleans.

  • W. Va. routs Clemson Wednesday

    MIAMI (AP) — As the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrated their first Orange Bowl victory, safety Darwin Cook shared a hug with the game’s mascot, Obie.
    They had run into each other earlier in the end zone when Cook scored the night’s pivotal touchdown, then leaped on the smiling orange. Only after the game did he learn a woman was wearing the Obie outfit.
    “I didn’t know you were a girl,” he told her. “I apologize.”
    The Mountaineers ran over everything in their path Wednesday night, including the Clemson Tigers. Geno Smith tied the record for any bowl game with six touchdown passes, and the No. 23-ranked Mountaineers set a bowl scoring record with their high-powered offense by routing No. 14 Clemson 70-33.

  • Michigan picks up win in Sugar Bowl, 23-20

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As Brady Hoke trotted across the Superdome field, his Michigan players celebrating all around him, a big bucket of ice water suddenly came splashing down on the coach’s head.
    It had been quite a while since the Wolverines won a BCS bowl and they were going to enjoy it.
    “All the tough times we’ve been through makes it even more special,” senior defensive tackle Mike Martin said. “To be the fifth team that ever in Michigan history has won 11 games in a season, it means a lot.”
    Brendan Gibbons drilled a 37-yard field goal down the middle in overtime, lifting No. 13 Michigan to a 23-20 victory over 17th-ranked Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl at the Superdome on Tuesday night.

  • Cowboys drop Luck, Cardinal

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Oklahoma State has its chance to be in the national-championship conversation.
    All the Cowboys need now is a little help from Alabama.
    Surviving a missed field goal at the end of regulation and getting a big kick of its own in overtime, No. 3 Oklahoma State opened the door for the chance at a split national championship with a wildly entertaining 41-38 win over the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal on Monday night.
    “There is nothing we can do from here,” said Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon, who tied the Fiesta Bowl record with three touchdown catches. “I do think we do have the best team in the nation.”

  • Lions, Pats Earn Playoff Berths

    The Lions are in the playoffs for the first time since 1999, after Saturday's win over the Chargers. The Patriots earned a first-round bye with a win. Cam Newton breaks Manning's rookie passing mark in Carolina's win over Tampa Bay.

  • Mike Locksley hired at Maryland

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland football coach Randy Edsall has hired Mike Locksley as his offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
    Locksley takes over for Gary Crowton, who lasted only one season.
    The 41-year-old Locksley returns to Maryland after previously serving as an assistant coach from 1998-2002 under Ralph Friedgen. He most recently spent two-plus years as the head coach at New Mexico after a four-year run as offensive coordinator at Illinois.
    During his first stint at Maryland, Locksley coached running backs and was the recruiting coordinator for five years.

  • Colo. artist creates 'Saint Tebow' retablo

    SANTA FE (AP) — A Colorado artist known for her Santa Fe’s Spanish Market awards has created a new “saint” on her latest retablo - Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
    Catherine Robles Shaw of Nederland, Colo., recently created the $195 Tebow retablo using an image of the Broncos quarterback kneeling down in his well-known “Tebowing” prayer pose.
    Retablos are traditional Latino devotional painting that use iconography from the Catholic church.
    Shaw says her Tebow boards, made of dirt and tree bark, aren’t much different from her other retablos that feature San Pascual, the patron saint of cooking, or San Ysidro, patron of farmers.

  • Buckeye football hit with NCAA sanctions

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State players broke the rules and got to play in the Sugar Bowl anyway. Jim Tressel knew about infractions and let it all happen.
    Now the Buckeyes and new coach Urban Meyer will pay for it next season.
    The NCAA hit Ohio State with a one-year bowl ban and additional penalties Tuesday for violations that started with eight players taking a total of $14,000 in cash and tattoos in exchange for jerseys, rings and other Buckeyes memorabilia.

  • Nittany Lions' sex abuse scandal is top sports story

    NEW YORK (AP) — The ouster of one of America’s most revered coaches, Penn State’s Joe Paterno, after shocking child sex abuse charges against his former assistant was overwhelmingly voted the sports story of the year by members of The Associated Press.

  • VIDEO: Wheldon Suffered 'Non-Survivable' Head Injury

    IndyCar said Thursday that driver Dan Wheldon was killed when his head hit a post in the fencing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, contact that created a 'non-survivable injury' to the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner.