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  • Something has to give in contest between Saints, 49ers Saturday

    As NFL matchups go, this one is a classic: unstoppable offense against impenetrable defense.
    The second round of the playoffs begins Saturday in San Francisco, where one of the league’s top defenses — the 49ers yielded 229 points and ranked fourth overall in yards allowed, first against the run — takes on Drew Brees and the Saints’ record-setting attack.
    If defense wins championships, as has been the theory in pro football for decades, the edge clearly belongs to the 49ers. Then again, the NFL hasn’t seen an offense as prolific as the Saints.

  • It's Official: Heisman Winner RG3 Jumping to NFL

    Baylor's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III made it official Wednesday, announcing he's entering the NFL draft. Griffin also displayed a pair of purple Barney character socks he wore to the press conference.

  • Larkin heading to Hall of Fame

    NEW YORK (AP) — Barry Larkin had no idea back in 1982 that he would become a baseball Hall of Famer thanks to Bo Schembechler.
    A two-sport standout in his senior year of high school, Larkin went to the University of Michigan on a scholarship to play defensive back for Schembechler’s Wolverines. When he arrived in Ann Arbor, Larkin learned he was being redshirted.
    “I was a better football player than a baseball player at the time,” Larkin recalled. “And that was influential because I just worked on my baseball talent, just that alone. And that was an eye-opener because I got so much better.”

  • VIDEO: Tebow, Broncos Stun Steelers in OT

    Tim Tebow found Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage in overtime, as Denver stunned Pittsburgh 29-23 Sunday in an AFC wild-card game. Tebow passed for 316 yards on only ten completions.

  • 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.