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Peyton Manning wins his 5th NFL MVP

Peyton Manning wins his 5th NFL MVP

T25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Fisher's 300th win at San Diego State
(AP) -- Arizona loses, Syracuse wins and now it appears the Orange are poised to take over as the No. 1-ranked team in the country.
-- Top-ranked Arizona fell at California 60-58. Justin Cobbs keyed the upset with 19 points for coach Mike Montgomery's Bears. David Kravish added 14 points and 11 rebounds.
-- Longtime Hall of Fame Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim (BAY'-hym) called it the greatest game in the history of the Carrier Dome. When the screaming of more than 35,446 ended at the Dome, second-ranked Syracuse was still unbeaten after outlasting 17th-ranked Duke 91-89 in overtime. C.J. Fair led the Orange with 28 points. Jerami Grant scored eight of his career-high 24 in overtime. The Orange are 21-0.
Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon (SOO'-lah-mahn) beat the buzzer in regulation with an off-balance 3-pointer that tied it at 78. The Blue Devils led 87-84 with 80 seconds left in overtime before Syracuse rallied. Jabari (juh-BAHR'-ee) Parker had 15 points and nine rebounds before fouling out.

In other Top-25 play:
-- The third-ranked Florida Gators had an easy time of it in beating Texas A&M, 69-36. The win gives the Gators a mark of 19-2.
-- The fourth-ranked Wichita State Shockers improved to 23-0 with an 81-67 win over Evansville. Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker scored 14 points apiece for the Shockers who also got 13 points from Cleanthony Early. Wichita State is now 10-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
-- Coach Steve Fisher won his 300th game at San Diego State when Xavier Thames scored 24 points and Winston Shepard had 17 to lead the No. 5 Aztecs over Colorado State 65-56. SDSU is the 18th school to have a coach win 300 or more games.
-- Isaiah Taylor scored 23 points, Jonathan Holmes had 22 and No. 25 Texas rolled over No. 6 Kansas 81-69 for its sixth consecutive victory. The Longhorns' suffocating defense held Kansas to 39 percent shooting.
-- Georgetown snapped a five-game losing streak by beating seventh-ranked Michigan State 64-60. Markel Starks had 16 points for the Hoyas. Michigan State, which is 19-3, played without injured frontcourt players Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson and the Spartans had a tough time shooting.
-- Oklahoma State, ranked eighth by the AP, was upset by Bradley 76-70. Brady Heslip scored a season-high 20 points in the win, which brought to an end a five-game losing streak. Markel Brown scored 24 points and made 6 of 8 3-pointers and Le'Bryan Nash scored 19 points for Oklahoma State, which fell to 16-5.
-- James Bell scored 19 points to lead No. 9 Villanova to a 90-74 win over Temple to earn Philly bragging rights. The win earned Villanova a perfect 4-0 record in Big 5 play and its 22nd Big 5 championship in program history.
-- 11th-ranked Kentucky edged Missouri 84-79. Aaron Harrison scored 21 points and James Young added 20 for the Wildcats. Kentucky is now 16-5 overall and 6-2 in the Southeastern Conference. Jabari Brown finished with a career-high 33 points and Jordan Clarkson scored 28 to keep Missouri in the game.
---- The 12th-ranked Louisville Cardinals beat Central Florida 87-70. Russ Smith scored 27 points and Luke Hancock added 16 for the defending national champions.
-- Gabriel Olaseni had 15 points and 12 rebounds and No. 15 Iowa overcame Illinois' furious comeback to pull out an 81-74 victory in Champaign.
-- In a game of two ranked schools, No. 16 Iowa State beat 23rd-ranked Oklahoma 81-75. Sophomore Georges Niang scored a career-high 27 points in the victory which gives the Cyclones a record of 16-4. The Sooners, by losing, fell to 17-5.
-- Saint Louis, the 19th-ranked team in the AP poll, is now 20-2 after an 87-81 victory over George Mason. Rob Loe scored 10 of his career high 23 points in overtime to help the Billikens get the win. The Billikens have reeled off 14 victories in a row, the sixth-longest active winning streak in the country.
---- Halil Kanacevic scored 18 points and Saint Joseph's broke away from a late tie to beat No. 21 Massachusetts 73-68.
-- Nic Moore had 14 points with 10 assists as SMU stayed undefeated at home by beating No. 22 Memphis 87-72. The 16-5 Tigers lost a conference road game for the first time in two years.
-- No. 24 Ohio State beat 14th-ranked Wisconsin 59-58 on the Badgers' home court. Aaron Craft wrapped it up by scoring all seven of his points in the final 4 minutes. LaQuinton Ross added 13 for the game as the Buckeyes upped their record to 17-5. Sam Dekker missed a 3 at the buzzer for Wisconsin, which suffered a third straight home loss.

NFL-HALL OF FAME
NEW YORK (AP) -- This summer there will be seven new inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- including the first punter ever elected.
Longtime Oakland Raiders punter Ray Guy, whose booming punts were often unreturnable because of their hang time, was the first such specialist elected. Former Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks and offensive tackle Walter Jones were elected in their first year of eligibility.
The class of 2014 also included defensive end Michael Strahan (STRAY'-han), receiver Andre Reed, defensive back Aeneas (ah-NEE'-uhs) Williams and defensive end Claude Humphrey, who like Guy was a senior selection.
The announcement was made Saturday night at NFL Honors, less than 24 hours before the Denver Broncos meet the Seattle Seahawks in the first Super Bowl in a non-domed stadium in a cold-weather city.

NFL-AP AWARDS
NEW YORK (AP) -- Peyton Manning has won his fifth Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award in a landslide. He got 49 of 50 votes from media covering the league. New England QB Tom Brady got the lone dissenting vote.
Manning won his other MVPs with Indianapolis in 2003, `04, `08 and `09. He also was the runner-up last season to Adrian Peterson.
No one else has won more than three NFL MVP awards.
Manning's record-setting season also earned him his second Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year award Saturday night.
Manning shattered the league record by throwing for 55 touchdowns. He also set a mark with 5,477 yards passing in leading the Denver Broncos to a 13-3 record, best in the AFC. They play Seattle on Sunday in the Super Bowl.

In other AP honors:
-- The Carolina Panthers grabbed two major awards with Ron Rivera winning The Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year and linebacker Luke Kuechly (KEEK'-lee) voted top defensive player.
-- Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, and accepted the honor with tears in his eyes.
-- Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy and Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson were the top rookies for 2013.
-- San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers took the Comeback Player of the Year award at the NFL Honors show.

NBA-SCHEDULE
Wizards end OKC's 10-game streak
(AP)-- John Wall scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and the Washington Wizards took advantage of a rare off-game from Kevin Durant in a 96-81 win over the Thunder stopped Oklahoma City's 10-game winning streak. Wall also had 15 assists and six steals.
Trevor Ariza (ah-REE'-zuh) added 18 points and did a solid job defending Durant, whose 26 points came on 8-for-21 shooting, including 0 for 6 from 3-point range, along with five turnovers.

In other NBA action:
---- The Atlanta Hawks overcame a huge night from Kevin Love to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 120-113. Kyle Korver's 24 led the Hawks. Love had 43 points and 19 rebounds for the T-Wolves.
---- After their tough loss to Oklahoma City Thursday night, the Miami Heat downed the New York Knicks 106-91. LeBron James had a great overall game -- 30 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and six steals. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 22 points.
-- James Harden returned from injury to score 28 points and Jeremy Lin had his first career triple-double to lead the Houston Rockets to their third straight win, 106-92 over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
-- Tim Duncan had 23 points and 17 rebounds, Tony Parker added 18 points and 10 assists, and the San Antonio Spurs snapped a three-game slide by rallying past skidding Sacramento 95-93. The Kings have lost seven in a row.
-- -- Goran Dragic (GOHR'-uhn DRAH'-gitch) scored 25 points and the Phoenix Suns made almost 57 percent of their shots through three quarters in a 105-95 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. The Suns have won five straight and seven of eight.
-- LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 15 rebounds, Damian Lillard hit a go-ahead free throw with 11.8 seconds and the Portland Trail Blazers edged the Toronto Raptors 106-103.
-- Anthony Davis scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to an 88-79 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
----Nick Calathes, subbing for an injured Mike Conley, scored a career-high 22 points and the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 99-90.
---- Paul George and Roy Hibbert both had 20 points, and the Indiana Pacers overcame an early deficit to beat the Brooklyn Nets 97-96.
---- Detroit overwhelmed Philadelphia 113-96. Andre Drummond had 22 points and 14 rebounds.

NHL-SCHEDULE
Flyers' Mason still stingy...Hat trick for Kessel
(AP) -- Steve Mason posted his second shutout in three games with 35 saves and Wayne Simmonds scored his 100th NHL goal, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

In other NHL action:
-- Phil Kessel scored three goals, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Ottawa Senators 6-3 for their sixth straight win at home.
-- The Phoenix Coyotes became the first Pacific Division team to beat the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins in regulation this season with a 3-1 victory. Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist for Phoenix.
-- David Krejci (KRAY'-chee) scored a second-period power-play goal and Chad Johnson made 22 saves for his second career shutout as the Bruins blanked Edmonton 4-0.
-- Nate Thompson scored twice, including the winner at 4:36 of overtime, to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Ben Bishop stopped 28 shots for Tampa Bay, which snapped a two-game losing streak. The Lightning have a five-point advantage over the Canadiens in the Atlantic Division.
-- Colorado walked all over Buffalo 7-1. Jamie McGinn had two goals and an assist while Gabriel Landeskog also had two goals in the win.
-- Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Florida Panthers 4-1
-- Vladimir Tarasenko scored and added an assist in regulation, and then netted the deciding goal in the shootout to lead the St. Louis Blues past Nashville, 4-3.
-- Dan Ellis made 26 saves against his former team in his 14th career shutout, and Trevor Daley scored in the Dallas Stars' 2-0 victory over Anaheim.
---- Calgary downed Minnesota 4-3 in overtime. Mikael (mih-KY'-ehl) Backlund scored the game-winner.

MLB-HOT STOVE LEAGUE
Nats and Fister agree
(AP) -- Right-handed starter Doug Fister and the Washington Nationals have agreed to terms on a contract, avoiding arbitration. He was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in a trade this offseason after he went 14-9 with a 3.67 earned run average over 208 2/3 innings in 2013. Only one other Nationals player, right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard, could still go to arbitration. He asked for a raise to $6.35 million from $4 million while the team offered $4.45 million.

In other baseball news:
---- The Kansas City Royals have announced the signing of veteran pitcher Bruce Chen to a $4.25 million, one-year deal that includes a mutual option for the 2015 season. Royals manager Ned Yost says he projects Chen as part of the rotation, which is where he finished last season after spending time in the bullpen.
-- The Dodgers and catcher A.J. Ellis have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract. Ellis drove in 52 runs last season, his second as the team's starting catcher.

PGA-PHOENIX OPEN
Watson leads
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Bubba Watson has a two-shot lead after three rounds of the PGA's Phoenix Open. The former Masters champ shot a 3-under-68 to finish play 15-under par. He tops Kevin Stadler by two strokes and three players, Ryan Moore, Harris English and Hideki Matsuyama, by three.

DAVIS CUP
US stays alive
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The U.S. Davis Cup team lives to play another day.
After watching teammates drop both singles matches on Friday, the doubles team of Mike and Bob Bryan has won their match, forcing the reverse singles on Sunday. For the U.S. to advance over Britain, and move on to another round of Davis Cup play, the Americans will have to win both singles matches on Sunday. Britain can clinch with a win in one of the singles matches.
Sunday's pairings feature Wimbledon winner Andy Murray of Britain against Sam Querrey (KWEER'-ee) and James Ward of Britain against Donald Young.
The Bryan's beat Colin Fleming and Dominic Inglot 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

SOCCER
US wins friendly against South Korea 2-0
CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Wondolowski is pretty sure his only chance to make the U.S. World Cup roster is to keep creating offense at every opportunity. When he got a chance to start on Saturday, Wondo jumped all over it.
Wondolowski scored two goals in the United States' 2-0 victory over South Korea in its first exhibition of the World Cup year.

HORSE RACING
Pletcher has record 42 horses nominated for Triple Crown races
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Undefeated Shared Belief and Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner-up Havana lead the list of 413 early nominees for the Triple Crown series for 3-year-olds.
It's the most nominees since 2008, when 449 horses were made eligible for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont stakes during the early nomination phase.
Trainer Todd Pletcher has a record 42 horses nominated -- or 10.2 percent of the overall total.


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