Sports News-December 22, 2011

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     SAN DIEGO (AP) - Casey Pachall tossed a 42-yard touchdown pass
to Skye Dawson with 4:26 left to lift No. 16 TCU to a 31-24 victory
against Louisiana Tech in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego last
night. It was the eighth straight victory for Mountain West
Conference champion TCU, which moves to the Big 12 next year.
      INDIANAPOLIS (AP)-The playoff-bound Houston Texans are hoping to
end their winless streak in Indianapolis when they take on the 1-13
Colts tonight. The 10-4 Texans, who already have clinched the AFC
South, has a 0-9 record all-time at Indianapolis.
     MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - AJ Allmendinger hit the jackpot
yesterday. After losing his primary sponsor with Richard Petty's
team, Roger Penske quickly hired the improving Sprint Cup driver to
replace Kurt Busch in the No. 22 car in what is believed to be a
two-year deal.
     LOS ANGELES (AP) -Darryl Sutter, who hasn't coached in the NHL
since the 2005-06 season, makes his debut behind the L.A. Kings
bench tonight against Anaheim at Staples Center. The Kings and
Ducks are two of six teams to make coaching changes since the start
of the NHL season.

A Las Vegas judge sentenced Floyd Mayweather Jr. to 90 days in jail after the boxer's guilty plea to reduced battery and harassment charges.  The plea deal avoids trial on felony allegations that he hit his ex-girlfriend and threatened two of their children during an argument at her home in September 2010.  The 34-year-old Mayweather also was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and pay a $2,500 fine.

Kobe Bryant did not play in the Los Angeles Lakers' preseason finale against the Clippers last night because of a torn ligament in his right wrist, and his status for the season opener on Christmas Day is up in the air.  An MRI revealed the extent of the injury, which occurred early in the third quarter of the Lakers' 114-95 loss to the Clippers on Monday night.  Depending on the degree of the tear, he could be sidelined as long as three to four weeks.  Lakers coach Mike Brown calls Bryant "day-to-day."

Reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose says he can now finally tell his mother that he's made it big in the NBA and has the contract to prove it.  Rose, the Chicago Bulls' superstar point guard, has agreed to a five-year contract extension worth
more than $94 million when it kicks in next season.

Nebraska football center Mike Caputo will be charged with reckless driving rather than drunken driving in connection with his Dec. 11 arrest in Lincoln.  Caputo was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after police found him slumped behind the wheel of a running vehicle in a parking lot.  He is to be arraigned today.  Nebraska coach Bo Pelini still has not said whether Caputo will play in the Capital One Bowl against tenth ranked South Carolina on Jan. 2.  Caputo's blood-alcohol level measured 0.103 percent after his arrest.  The legal limit to drive in Nebraska is 0.08 percent.  Chief assistant city attorney John McQuinn declined to say why he's charging Caputo with reckless driving instead of DUI.  He said Caputo is not receiving preferential treatment.

Local Schedule:  Wynot at LHNE (GBB-7:45); Northwestern at Creighton (MBB-7:05).

Local Scores: (24) Nebraska 80 South Dakota St. 71 (WBB); Colorado 52 Creighton 49 (WBB). 

     Final  Phoenix        4  Carolina    3
     Final  Chicago        5  Montreal    1
     Final  Philadelphia   4  Dallas      1
     Final  Colorado       3  St. Louis   2
     Final  Vancouver      4  Detroit     2
     Final  San Jose       7  Tampa Bay   2
     Final  ( 5) North Carolina   82  Texas       63
     Final  (22) Murray St.       78  UT-Martin   54
     Final  (24) Virginia         83  Seattle     77
     Final  ( 1) Baylor       90       McNeese St.           50
     Final  ( 2) UConn        72       Coll. of Charleston   24
     Final  (17) Georgetown   71  ( 7) Miami                 46
     Final  ( 8) Kentucky     90       Samford               61
     Final  (15) Texas Tech   75       W. Kentucky           38
     Final  (16) Penn St.     78       Bucknell              54

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