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  • 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.

  • VIDEO: Packers Still Undefeated, Texans Playoff-bound

    Green Bay remained perfect at 13-0 with Sunday's 46-16 rout of Oakland. The Texans earned a playoff berth with a 20-19 win.

  • Griffin tops Luck to win Heisman Trophy

    NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Griffin III beat out preseason favorite Andrew Luck for the Heisman Trophy, dazzling voters with his ability to throw, run and lead Big 12 doormat Baylor into the national rankings.
    The junior quarterback known as RG3 became the first Heisman winner from Baylor on Saturday night by a comfortable cushion over the Stanford star.
    Griffin started the season on the fringe of the Heisman conversation, a talented and exciting player on a marginal team, while Luck was already being touted as a No. 1 NFL draft pick.
    Draft day might very well still belong to Luck, but Griffin diverted the Heisman to Waco, Texas, to a school that has never had a player finish better than fourth in the voting — and that was 48 years ago.

  • VIDEO: Griffin Wins First Heisman Trophy for Baylor

    Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III beat out preseason favorite Andrew Luck for the Heisman Trophy, awarded to college football's best player of the season.