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Dec042011

Tiger Woods Wins the Chevron World Challenge

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.) -- Seven hundred forty-nine days. That is how long it had been since Tiger Woods won an event, until Sunday. After hitting a birdie on the 18th hole, Tiger Woods won the Chevron World Challenge by shooting a -10.

He beat out Zach Johnson by just one stroke for his first win since the Australian Masters back in November of 2009. Woods had to work for the win, though. He trailed by one shot with just two holes to play. Two big putts at the end of each sealed the deal for Tiger.

"It feels great," Woods said. "To go basically head to head against Zach all day was just a bunch of fun for both of us."

Woods now has 83 career worldwide wins in tournaments that award ranking points.

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Sunday
Dec042011

NFL Week 13 Preview: Chargers (4-7) @ Jaguars (3-8)

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars (3-8) play host to the San Diego Chargers (4-7) Monday night in Week 13 of NFL action. The Jaguars will have a new coach roaming the sidelines for this showdown, having fired Jack Del Rio last Tuesday and replaced him with defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.

“The players have been very supportive and enthusiastic about what we are doing,” Tucker said. “It’s an ultimate team game, and in order for us to get anything done in a positive way, we have to pull together as a team.”

Since 2006, San Diego is 20-2 in the month of December.

Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.

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Sunday
Dec042011

Oklahoma State Wins Big 12 Championship

Jackson Laizure/Getty Images(STILLWATER, Okla.) -- It was a no contest in Stillwater Saturday night as Oklahoma State (3) pounded  Oklahoma (13), 44-10, to win their first Big 12 title. The Cowboys backfield of Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith joined forces earning 270 rushing yards and scoring four touchdowns.

“Our players had two really good weeks of practice,” Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy said after the game. “These are special kids. I told them in the locker room before the game that they are a special group and that they deserve it. They worked for a long time, so they’ve earned it.”

Oklahoma State's victory snaps an eight-game losing streak in the Bedlam rivalry.  

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Sunday
Dec042011

Questions Surround Howard's Future In Orlando

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Will he stay or will he go? That's the question on the minds of many Orlando Magic fans, as superstar Dwight Howard enters what could be his final season in Central Florida. The 6-ft-11-in center can opt out of his contract at the end of this upcoming season and enter the free agent market.

 “It certainly can be a distraction to guys,” Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy said. “Something we will have to deal with.”

The Magic selected Howard from the Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy with the overall number one pick in the 2004 NBA draft.

In seven seasons in Orlando, Howard has been named to four NBA-All Star teams, and has won the NBA Defensive Player of the year award twice.

“I expect that Dwight will be the same,” Van Gundy said. “He’s a great player; he’s a guy we build our team around. We expect him to be great.”

The Magic tip off the new season in Oklahoma City against the Thunder on Christmas Day.

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Sunday
Dec042011

Scoreboard Roundup 12-4-11

Mitchell Layton/Getty ImagesCollege Football Top 25:

(1) LSU (13-0) took down Georgia (10-3), 42-10

(3) Oklahoma State (11-1) took down Oklahoma (9-3), 44-10

(20) Clemson (10-3) dominated (5) Virginia Tech (11-2), 38-10

(24) Southern Miss (11-2) upset (6) Houston (12-1), 49-28

(7) Boise State (11-1) shut out New Mexico (1-11), 45-0

(11) Kansas State (10-2) edged Iowa Stae (6-6), 30-23

(15) Wisconsin (11-2) edged (13) Michigan State (10-3) 42-39

(17) Baylor (9-3) got past (22) Texas (7-5), 48-24

(18) TCU (10-2) took down UNLV (2-10), 56-9

College Basketball Top 10:

 (1) Kentucky (8-0) edged (5) North Carolina (6-2), 73-72

(2) Ohio State (7-0) handled TX-Pan American (2-6) 64-35

(17) Marquette (7-0) took down (7) Wisconsin (6-2), 61-54

(10) Connecticut (7-1) beat Arkansas (5-2), 75-62

NHL:

The Flyers (15-7-3) skated past the Coyotes (13-9-3), 4-2

The Canadiens (11-11-5) edged the Kings (13-9-4), 2-1

The Bruins (16-7-1) handled the Maple Leafs (14-10-2), 4-1

The Penguins (16-7-4) got past the Hurricanes (8-16-4), 3-2

The Capitals (13-11-1) defeated the Senators (12-11-3), 3-2 in overtime

The Jets (11-11-4) flew past the Devils (12-12-1), 3-2

The Blackhawks (16-8-3) topped the Blues (14-9-3), 3-2

The Rangers (15-5-3) doubled up the Lightning (11-12-2), 4-2

The Sabres (14-11-1) tamed the Predators (12-10-4), 3-2

The Islanders (8-11-5) edged the Stars (15-10-1), 5-4

The Flames (11-12-2) scorched the Oilers (13-11-3), 5-3

The Panthers (14-8-4) clawed the Sharks (14-8-1), 5-3

Saturday
Dec032011

LSU Dominates Georgia 42-10 Despite Early Deficit

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- There can be no argument as to who is the best team in college football heading into the bowl games. Despite trailing 10-0 after the first quarter against Georgia, LSU went on a 42-0 run to win the SEC Conference after beating Georgia 42-10.

When it looked like Georgia had all the momentum, LSU cornerback and return specialist Tyrann Mathieu ran back a punt 62 yards for a touchdown and the momentum shifted right back to LSU.

"I enjoy watching him play football except when he plays against us," Georgia head coach Mark Richt said after the game. "You appreciate the way he plays. There's just something about him."

Freshman running back Kenny Hilliard carried the rest of the load for the number one ranked Tigers on offense. He ran for 72 yards and two touchdowns, while also adding an 8-yard touchdown reception.

With the win, LSU sealed it's spot in the BCS National Championship Game.

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Saturday
Dec032011

Valentine Tracks Down Ortiz In Dominican Republic

G Fiume/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New Boston Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine wasted no time trying to bring back one of the team's best players in recent memory.

Valentine recently flew to the Dominican Republic to seek out a meeting with designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz is a free agent this offseason, and is still deciding whether or not he wants to remain in Boston. Valentine's efforts left Ortiz with a good first impression of his potential new manager.

"That speaks to me," Ortiz told the Boston Globe about his meeting with Valentine. "I'm impressed. That's good stuff."

Ortiz has spent the past 9 seasons with the Red Sox, and was a key member of their World Series teams back in 2004 and 2007. Last season, the 36-year old Ortiz hit .309 with 29 home runs and 96 RBI's.

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Saturday
Dec032011

Packers (11-0) @ Giants (6-5)

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Green Bay Packers (11-0) will travel to New York to take on the Giants (6-5) on Sunday seeking to continue their perfect season.

The Giants trail the Dallas Cowboys (7-4) by a game in the NFC East and will need to do the unthinkable in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.

"We will bounce back and that is the thing I believe in," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. "That is what we preach. It is a time for us to be bold and not sit back and listen to what all of you are saying. Rather, just to come out fighting and that is the position we will take."

As for Green Bay, they continue to take the game-by-game approach to the season.

"The most important mindset that we have as a football team is staying in touch with reality and the reality is we have to go to New York and beat the Giants," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said.

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Saturday
Dec032011

Magic Johnson Making Run at Buying Dodgers

Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Lakers star Magic Johson is making a run at buying the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to ESPN.

"I'm excited to be a part of a group that has Stan Kasten, who has run the Atlanta Braves as well as the Washington Nationals, and Mark Walter, who is an outstanding business man," Johnson said.  "I understand the Dodger brand and what the Dodgers mean to all the people who live in Los Angeles.  I want to bring the winning ways back to the Dodgers."

Johnson has known Stan Kasten, the former president of both the Braves and Nationals, for 30 years. Kasten approached Johnson in November about the idea.

Mark Walter, the CEO of Guggenheim Partners, a private global financial services firm, will be providing most of the money in the group. According to a fact sheet on his firm, Guggenheim Partners has more than $125 billion in assets under management.

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Saturday
Dec032011

Ducks Storm Past UCLA for Pac-12 Title and Rose Bowl Bid

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(EUGENE, Ore.) -- It wasn't exactly what UCLA Bruins (6-7) head coach Rick Neuheisel wanted in his final game as a coach. 

The Oregon Ducks (11-2) blew out his Bruin team on Friday night, 49-31 for the Pac-12 Title and a bid in this year's Rose Bowl.

Ducks running back LaMichael James ran for 219 yards and three touchdowns in the rout. This could possibly be his last year in Eugene as he is eligible for 2012's NFL draft.

As the team celebrated on the field, chants of "one more year" roared through Autzen Stadium.

"Just being with my teammates, I cherish that," James said. "I don't think about 'one more year.' I just think about today."

"They can take my job, but they can't take those boys away from me," said Neuheisel who was fired earlier this week by UCLA.

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