Sports News-December 19, 2011

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego Chargers kept their postseason
hopes alive by dismantling the playoff-bound Baltimore Ravens 34-14
last night. The Chargers improved to 7-7 in the AFC West while the
10-4 Ravens fell a half-game back of Pittsburgh in the AFC North
with both those teams already assured of making the playoffs.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indianapolis Colts have earned their
first victory in 14 years without Peyton Manning at the helm. The
Colts became the last NFL team to hit the victory column with a
27-13 victory over playoff hopeful Tennessee and said afterward
that Manning, their four-time league MVP, will not play this
     WACO, Texas (AP) - Baylor, the top-ranked team in women's
college basketball, rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second
half to beat second-ranked Connecticut 66-61 in a battle of
unbeatens. Brittany Griner led the way with 25 points, nine
rebounds and nine blocked shots.

The Green Bay Packers will not end the season undefeated.  In Kansas City, the Chiefs, with interim coach Romeo Crennel watching, pulled the upset of the year as they beat the Packers 19-14.  One of the first things Crennel did when he replaced the fired Todd Haley was announce that Kyle Orton was his quarterback.  In return for the show of faith, the veteran completed 23-31 passes for 299 yards.  The win was just the second in seven games for the Chiefs, who are 6-8 on the season.  Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was just 17-35 in the air for 235 yards and one score.  He also ran eight yards for a score with 2:12 left in the game.  Kansas City kicker Ryan Succop had a big day with four field goals.  The loss was Green Bay's first since Dec. 19, 2010 when the Packers were beaten by New England.

The New England Patriots clinched the AFC East by rallying from a 16-7 second-quarter deficit to beat Denver 41-23.  The Broncos scored on their first three possessions and outgained the Pats in rushing yards 167-4 in the first quarter.  But Tom Brady tossed a pair of TD passes and engineered a quarterback sneak for another score.  That's the Pats' sixth straight victory and ended Tim Tebow's run of producing six straight victories for Denver.

A person with knowledge of the plans says point guard Baron Davis will sign with the New York Knicks. Davis is expected to sign today.  Davis was waived last week by the Cleveland Cavaliers and designated as their amnesty player.  He was not claimed and chose the Knicks.  It's unknown when Davis will play, as he's been sidelined all preseason by a bulging disc in his back.

Local Schedule:  Creighton at Tulsa at Tulsa, OK (MBB-7:00).

Local Scores:  (25) Nebraska 94 Vermont 41 (WBB); Creighton 49 Bowling Green 47 (WBB); WSC 64 Minnesota-Crookston 49 (MBB); (9) WSC 66 Minnesota-Crookston 37 (WBB); (16) Nebraska 31 North Dakota St. 6 (WR Dual).
NFL Scoreboard:  Carolina 28 Houston 13; Cincinnati 20 St. Louis 13; Miami 30 Buffalo 23; New Orleans 42 Minnesota 20; Seattle 38 Chicago 14; Washington 23 N.Y. Giants 10; Detroit 28 Oakland 27; Arizona 20 Cleveland 17 (OT); Philadelphia 45 N.Y. Jets 19. 

     Final OT  Florida     3  Carolina   2
     Final     Chicago     4  Calgary    2
     Final     St. Louis   6  Columbus   4
     Final  ( 3) Notre Dame       92  ( 8) Kentucky         83
     Final  (10) Texas A&M        71       Southern Cal     70
     Final  (11) Rutgers          62       Iona             29
     Final  (16) Penn St.        103       Wagner           42
     Final       South Carolina   79  (18) North Carolina   48
     Final       NC State         66  (20) Vanderbilt       59
     Final  (22) Purdue           62       Auburn           54

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