Raiders Eliminated from Playoffs

Harry How/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The Oakland Raiders (8-8) failed to show up at home with their playoff hopes on the line on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers (8-8).

Philip Rivers and the rest of the already eliminated Chargers team took care of the Raiders, 38-26.  Had Oakland won, they would have won the AFC West because the Denver Broncos (8-8) lost to the Kansas City Chiefs (7-9).

Despite 417 passing yards and two touchdown passes from Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer, his defense was unable to make the big stops when they needed to.

"To find out it worked out the way you needed it to and to lose this one," said Palmer.  "It's going to be a long offseason."

It's been an up and down season all year long for Oakland.

"It's unfortunate, I thought this team was ready to take the next step," said Raiders head coach Hue Jackson.  "Didn't get it done, it's my responsiblilty so I understand that and I'm pissed to say the least."

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Scoreboard Roundup - 1/1/12

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: The New York Giants (9-7) shot down the Dallas Cowboys (8-8), 31-14.

The Green Bay Packers (15-1) outlasted the Detroit Lions (10-6), 45-41.

The Miami Dolphins (6-10) eliminated the New York Jets (8-8), 19-17.

The Chicago Bears (8-8) downed the Minnesota Vikings (3-13), 17-13.

The Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11) edged the Indianapolis Colts (2-14), 19-13.

The Tennessee Titans (9-7) slipped by the Houston Texans (10-6), 23-22.

The Baltimore Ravens (12-4) ko'ed the Cincinnati Bengals (9-7), 24-16.

The New England Patriots (13-3) ran past the Buffalo Bills (6-10), 49-21.

The New Orleans Saints (13-3) pounced on the Carolina Panthers (6-10), 45-17.

The Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) sliced the Cleveland Browns (4-12), 13-9.

The San Francisco 49ers (13-3) beat the St. Louis Rams (2-14), 34-27.

The Atlanta Falcons (10-6) crushed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12), 45-24.

The Philadelphia Eagles (8-8) flew past the Washington Redskins (5-11), 34-10.

The Kanas City Chiefs (7-9) trimmed the Denver Broncos (8-8), 7-3.

The San Diego Chargers (8-8) bolted the Oakland Raiders (8-8), 38-26.

The Arizona Cardinals (8-8) got by the Seattle Seahawks (7-9) in overtime, 23-20.

NBA: The Boston Celtics (2-3) sliced the Washington Wizards (0-4), 94-86.

The Chicago Bulls (4-1) popped the Memphis Grizzlies (1-3), 104-64.

The Miami Heat (5-0) cruised past the Charlotte Bobcats (1-3), 129-90.

The Cleveland Cavaliers (2-2) topped the New Jersey Nets (1-4), 98-82.

The Orlando Magic (4-1) slipped by the Toronto Raptors (1-3), 102-96.

The Minnesota Timberwolves (1-3) surprised the Dallas Mavericks (1-4), 99-82.

The Denver Nuggets (3-2) took care of the Los Angeles Lakers (3-3), 99-90.

The Sacramento Kings (2-3) bopped the New Orleans Hornets (2-2), 96-80.

The Los Angeles Clippers (2-2) downed the Portland Trail Blazers (3-1), 93-88.

NHL: The Nashville Predators (21-14-4) defeated the Calgary Flames (18-17-5), 5-3.

Top 25 Men's Basketball: (1) Syracuse (15-0) downed DePaul (9-4), 87-68.

(5) North Carolina (13-2) rolled over Monmouth (NJ) (2-12), 102-65.

(7) Duke (12-1) crushed Pennsylvania (6-8), 85-55.

(14) Marquette (12-2) got by Villanova (7-7), 81-77.

(18) Michigan (12-2) slipped by Minnesota (12-3), 61-56.

Cincinnati (11-3) popped (22) Pittsburgh (11-4), 66-63.

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Rose Bowl Preview: Oregon-Wisconsin

BananaStock(PASADENA, Calif.) -- It's the granddaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl, set to take place Monday afternoon, featuring (6) Oregon against (9) Wisconsin. Both teams come into the contest with identical records of 11-2.

“Our guys are just excited to play against a very, very good Wisconsin team,” Ducks head coach Chip Kelly said. “We know it’s going to be a huge challenge, but that’s what this deal is all about.”

Both schools feature high power offenses, with the Ducks ranked third in the nation in scoring and the Badgers fourth.

Oregon's offense starts with star running back LaMichael James, who rushed for over 1600 yards this season, fourth most in the country.

“I want it really bad,” James said of his desire to win the Rose Bowl. “I wanted the other two really bad and I want every game really bad. This is a big game for us.”

Kickoff is set for 5 P.M. Eastern.

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Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich Wins 800th Game

San Antonio Spurs/NBA(SAN ANTONIO) -- Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich notched his 800th career victory as San Antonio defeated the Utah Jazz Saturday night, 104-89.

Popovich began his head coaching career, when he took over for Bob Hill during the 1996-97 season. In 16 seasons on the bench in the Lone-Star state, the 62-year-old Popovich has led the Spurs to four NBA Championships.

He was asked by a reporter if he feels old having won that many games.

“I don’t feel as old as you look,” Popovich said. “Other than that, you get that number of wins, it does mean you’ve been hanging around for awhile. And that you’ve got good staff and good players and a good management team. So, we’ve all achieved 800 wins, I haven’t really.”

Popovich will try for number 801 this Monday night at Minnesota.

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Auburn Wins Chick-fil-A Bowl

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Stepping up on the big stage! Onterio McCaleeb, filling in for suspended star running back Mike Dyer, rushed for over 100 yards and scored twice as the Auburn Tigers defeated the Virginia Cavaliers in the Chick-fil-A Bowl Saturday night, 43-24.

Dyer, an All-SEC selection, wasn't the only offensive cog the Tigers were missing. They lost starting quarterback Clint Moseley, after their second possession of the game, with an injured right ankle. Barrett Trotter and Kiehl Frazier took over under center, combining for 175 passing yards and three touchdowns.

“We felt like we had a good balance in terms of what we did, practice wise, to get us to the point where we can play in this game,” Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said.

A year after Cam Newton led Auburn to their second national championship in school history; the Tigers finished the 2011 campaign with an 8-5 record.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 12/31/11

JupiterImages/ YORK) -- NCAAF: Auburn (8-5) vaulted Virginia (8-5), 43-24 in the Chick-fil-a Bowl.

Illinois (7-6) hung on and beat UCLA (6-8), 20-14 in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

Cincinnati (10-3) cooked Vanderbilt (6-7), 31-24 in the Auto Zone Liberty Bowl.

Utah (8-5) defeated Georgia Tech (8-5), 30-27OT in the Hyundai Sun Bowl.

Texas A&M (7-6) defeated Northwestern (6-7), 33-22 in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.

Mens Top 25 College Hoops:  (13) Indiana (13-1) upset (2) Ohio State (13-2), 74-70.

(3) Kentucky (13-1) downed (4) Louisville (12-2), 69-62.

(9) UConn (12-1) powered by St. Johns (7-6), 83-69.

(10) Florida (11-3) floored Yale (8-4), 90-70.

Iowa (9-6) upset (11) Wisconsin (12-3), 72-65.

(12) Georgetown (12-1) gobbled Providence (11-4), 49-40.

(15) Mississippi State (13-2) held on against Utah State (8-6), 66-64.

(16) Michigan State (13-2) numbed Nebraska (8-5), 68-55.

(17) Kansas (10-3) conquered North Dakota (5-8), 84-58.

(19) UNLV (15-2) defeated Hawaii (8-6), 74-69.

(21) Creighton (11-2) beat Wichita State (10-3), 68-61.

(24) Harvard (12-1) took out Saint Joes (10-4), 74-69.

NBA: The Los Angeles Lakers (3-2) lapped the Denver Nuggets (2-2), 92-89.

The Detroit Pistons (1-3) popped The Indiana Pacers (3-1), 96-88.

The Houston Rockets (2-2) rocked the Atlanta Hawks (3-1), 95-84.

The New York Knicks (2-2) knocked out the Sacramento Kings (1-3), 114-92.

The Oklahoma City Thunder (5-0) topped the Phoenix Suns (1-3), 107-97.

The San Antonio Spurs (3-1) defeated the Utah Jazz (1-3), 104-89.

The Philadelphia 76ers (2-2) zipped past the Golden State Warriors (2-2), 107-79.

NHL: The New York Islanders (13-17-6) defeated the Edmonton Oilers (15-19-3), 4-1.

The New Jersey Devils (21-15-1) cooled off the Pittsburgh Penguins (21-13-4), 3-1.

The Tampa Bay Lightning (17-17-3) trampled the Carolina Hurricanes (13-21-6), 5-2.

The Phoenix Coyotes (19-16-4) doubled up the Minnesota Wild (21-13-6), 4-2.

The Florida Panthers (20-12-7) flashed past the Montreal Canadiens (14-18-7), 3-2.

The Ottawa Senators (19-15-5) beat the Buffalo Sabres (17-17-4) in shootouts, 3-2.

The Detroit Red Wings (24-13-1) downed the St. Louis Blues (21-12-5), 3-0.

The Winnipeg Jets (19-14-5) one upped the Toronto Maple Leafs (18-15-5), 3-2.

The Washington Capitals (20-15-2) clipped the Columbus Blue Jackets (10-23-5), 4-2.

The Dallas Stars (21-15-1) stomped the Boston Bruins (24-10-1), 4-2.

The Colorado Avalanche (21-18-1) sunk the Anaheim Ducks (10-21-6), 4-2.

The Los Angeles Kings (19-14-6) crowned the Vancouver Canucks (24-13-2), 4-1.

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The Wildcats Win the Battle of Kentucky 69-62

Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(LEXINGTON) -- The Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Louisville Cardinals 69-62, to claim college basketball bragging rights in the state of Kentucky.

Kentucky freshman Michael Kidd Gilchrist led the way for the Cats with 24 points and 19 rebounds.

"It was crazy out there," Kidd-Gilchrist said. "And I'm (just) a freshman."

The win extended Kentucky's home winning streak to 44 games, the longest in the country.

Both teams get a couple days off before resuming play Tuesday.


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Carlos Quentin Traded to Padres

Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The Chicago White Sox traded outfielder Carlos Quentin to the San Diego Padres for two prospects on Saturday.

"It's exciting. First of all, with the trade happening this morning, your whole life has been shifted," Quentin said. "It will take time to set in but it's exciting that it's shifting to San Diego where I grew up. It's definitely a positive to me and I look forward to contributing to the Padres."

Padres General Manager Josh Byrnes and Quentin have a previous history.

Four years ago, Brynes was the General Manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks and traded Quentin to the White Sox.

"Trading him is pretty high on my list of regrets," Byrnes said. "That group in Arizona had a lot of talent. Carlos always stood out for his intensity and his style of play. Having a chance to get him back became very appealing here this offseason."

The 29 year old Quentin has hit 20 home runs or more in four consecutive seasons. 

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Mavericks' Get First Win of 2011-12 Season

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- It took four games, but the defending NBA champions finally got their first win of the season on Friday night.  The Dallas Mavericks (1-3) got by the Toronto Raptors (1-2) 99-86.

Dirk Nowitzki chipped in 18 points and Jason Terry was right behind him with 17. 

The last NBA defending champion to start a season 0-4 were the 1969-70 Boston Celtics.

"We're playing better basketball," Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said. "The first couple of games were horrible. The last couple of games are games we can build on."

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Heat Tested Against Timberwolves

National Basketball Association(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Dwyane Wade came through again for the Miami Heat on Friday night.  With four seconds remaining, his teammate LeBron James tossed him an alley-oop on the inbounds pass that gave Miami a 103-101 lead.

The Timberwolves (0-3) did get one last look but Wayne Ellington missed a 21-foot jumper and Miami escaped with a win and improved to (4-0).

As for the inbounds play, well Miami did admit, they got it from another team.  It was the same play the Celtics used on Miami to beat them in a playoff game in 2010.  Wade suggested it during the timeout before.

"We stole it," James said. "And D-Wade, that's two game-winners back to back, right? Good for him. I like it."

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