Sports: NFL Playoffs; New Texas Coach; NBA; NHL; PGA

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Colts rally to shock Chiefs...Saints blew second-half lead, win anyway... Strong leaving Louisville for Texas... FCS Championship... Durant leads Thunder back to West lead...Heat dump Magic again... Top 3 men

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

NFL-PLAYOFFS
(AP) -- The Indianapolis Colts are just the second team in NFL history to win a playoff game after trailing by at least 28 points.
The Colts trailed 38-10 early in the third quarter before Andrew Luck threw three of his four touchdown passes to rally Indianapolis to a 45-44 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. That puts the Colts into the AFC divisional playoffs on the road against either Denver or New England.
The comeback comes one day after the 21st anniversary of Buffalo's rally from a 32-point deficit in a 41-38 victory against Houston.
The Colts didn't take their first lead of the day until Luck hit a streaking T.Y. Hilton for a 64-yard touchdown with 4:21 remaining. Luck was 29 of 45 for 443 yards and three interceptions in his first playoff victory. His prime target was Hilton, who had 13 receptions for 224 yards and two TDs.
Luck also scored on a two-yard fumble return with 10:38 to play.
The Chiefs managed just a pair of field goals after Alex Smith's 10-yard touchdown pass to Knile Davis 1:21 into the second half. Smith completed 30 of his 46 passes for 378 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
Kansas City finished the game without AFC rushing champ Jamaal Charles, who suffered a concussion on the opening possession.

Joining the Colts in the next round are the New Orleans Saints, who blew a 20-7 lead in the second half before Shayne Graham hit a 32-yard field goal as time expired to give them a 26-24 triumph at Philadelphia. The Saints' first road playoff victory puts them in the NFC divisional playoffs at Seattle.
The Eagles had a 7-6 lead until the Saints scored consecutive touchdowns in the third quarter. Drew Brees (breez) threw a 24-yard TD pass to Lance Moore early in the second half before Mark Ingram's four-yard scoring run put New Orleans ahead by 13. But the Saints needed Graham's fourth field goal of the night to oust the Eagles and win for the first time in six road playoff games.
Brees was 20 of 30 for 250 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, while Ingram carried 18 times for 97 yards.
New Orleans did a nice job neutralizing the Eagles' top offensive weapons, although Nick Foles thew for two touchdowns and LeSean McCoy ran for a one-yard score. Foles finished with just 195 passing yards, McCoy had 77 yards on 21 carries and DeSean Jackson was held to three receptions.

NFL-TITANS
Munchak canned by Titans
(AP) -- The Tennessee Titans have fired Mike Munchak after three seasons as head coach and 31 years combined with the franchise as a player and coach. Munchak, who had a year left on his contract, flew to Texas on Friday morning to meet with team officials. He was 22-26 since being hired Feb. 7, 2011.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-TEXAS/STRONG
(AP) -- Texas has found a new football coach.
People with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that Louisville coach Charlie Strong has informed Cardinals athletic director Tom Jurich that he is taking over the Longhorns program. Strong was 37-15 in four years with the Cardinals, including a 3-1 record in bowl games.
He replaces Mack Brown, who led the 2005 Longhorns to the national championship but went 18-17 in the Big 12 over the last four seasons.
Texas went 8-5 this season, ending it with a 30-7 loss to Oregon in the Alamo Bowl.

BOWL GAME
Vandy wins
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- In a back and forth game, Vanderbilt roared back to beat Houston 41-24 in the BBVA Compass Bowl. Patton Robinette threw two 50-yard touchdown passes to Jordan Matthews as the Commodores recovered after blowing a 24-point lead.
Vandy ends the season with a 9-4 record and five straight wins. Houston settles for an 8-4 mark after opening with eight straight wins.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- North Dakota State put the finishing touches on a 15-0 season by claiming its third straight FCS championship, ripping Towson 35-7 to win the title. Quarterback Brock Jenson threw for a score and ran for one in coach Craig Bohl's final game at the school before taking over Wyoming's football program. He finished 104-32 in 11 seasons at North Dakota State, which has won 24 consecutive games to match the FCS record.

NBA-SCHEDULE
(AP) -- Kevin Durant allowed the Oklahoma City Thunder to shake off back-to-back home losses.
Durant scored 23 of his season-high 48 points in the fourth quarter of the Thunder's 115-111 victory at Minnesota. Durant allowed Oklahoma City to rally from a 13-point deficit, hitting four 3-pointers in the final period and adding the tiebreaking jumper with four seconds left. He also iced the victory by hitting two free throws with about two seconds remaining.
The outcome puts the Thunder atop the NBA's Western Conference, a half-game ahead of Portland and San Antonio.
The Trail Blazers lost the conference lead by falling 101-99 to Philadelphia. Thaddeus Young scored 30 points for the 76ers, who trailed by seven heading into the fourth quarter. Evan Turner had 23 points and Michael Carter-Williams added 16 and nine rebounds in the Sixers' fourth consecutive win.
The Spurs kept pace with Oklahoma City as Tiago (tee-AH'-goh) Splitter had a season-high 22 points before injuring his right shoulder in the fourth quarter of a 116-92 romp over the Los Angeles Clippers. Tim Duncan finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds against the Clippers, who played their first game since Chris Paul separated his right shoulder on Friday.
Dwyane (dwayn) Wade and Chris Bosh had 20 points apiece as Miami beat the Magic 110-94. The Magic led 57-54 early in the third quarter before LeBron James hit a layup to ignite a 19-2 run.
The Heat remain 1 1/2 games behind East-leading Indiana after the Pacers rallied from a seven-point, halftime deficit to beat New Orleans 99-82. Paul George contributed 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Lance Stephenson added 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting.

In other NBA action:
-- Gerald Green had a season-best 24 points and a career-high five steals as Phoenix hammered Milwaukee 116-100. Channing Frye shot 6-for-9 from 3-point range and finished with 22 points in the Suns' 11th victory in 14 games.
-- Mike Dunleavy scored a game-high 20 points and three other Chicago players had double doubles in a 91-84 win over Atlanta. Luol Deng (LOO'-ul deng) finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, while Taj Gibson and Joakim (JOH'-keem) Noah each added 10 points and 12 rebounds.
-- Brooklyn picked up its second straight win as Deron Williams scored 21 points and Paul Pierce added 17 in the Nets' 89-82 triumph against Cleveland. Pierce's third point of the night moved him ahead of Allen Iverson for 19th on the NBA scoring list.
-- Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson combined for 57 points in Charlotte's 113-104 win at Sacramento. Walker shot 4 for 6 from beyond the arc and finished with 30 points while Jefferson added 27 to help the Bobcats end a four-game losing streak.

T25-BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
(AP) -- The nation's top-3 teams remain unbeaten after winning Saturday afternoon.
Nick Johnson scored 24 points and top-ranked Arizona improved to 15-0 by beating Washington 71-62. Aaron Gordon had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats who are 2-0 in Pac-12 play and off to their best start since the 1931-32 season.
No. 2 Syracuse trailed by six with 12:22 left before pulling out a 49-44 win against Miami to improve to 14-0. C.J. Fair scored 15 points, including the go-ahead basket with 4:16 to go
Third-ranked Ohio State clobbered Nebraska 84-53 as Amedeo Della Valley had 15 points and Marc Loving added a career-high 13 for the 15-0 Buckeyes. LaQuinton Ross finished with just 11 points but hit consecutive 3-pointers to put the Buckeyes ahead 52-36 early in the second half.
In other top-25 action:
-- Fifth-ranked Michigan State is now 13-1 after a 73-56 win over Indiana. Gary Harris scored 17 of his 26 points in the first half before converting a 5-point play that put the Spartans ahead by 14 with about eight minutes left.
-- Marcus Foster scored 17 points and Nino Williams made two free throws with 5.7 seconds left to lead Kansas State past No. 6 Oklahoma State 74-71. Williams finished with 15 points in the Wildcats' ninth consecutive win.
-- Unranked Notre Dame won its ACC debut as Erik Atkins scored seven of his 19 points during a 20-4 run in the second half of a 79-77 upset of seventh-ranked Duke. The Blue Devils led 60-50 with about 11 minutes remaining before Demetrius Jackson drained a three to spark the decisive run.
-- Russ Smith scored 22 points and Luke Hancock added 15 as No. 14 Louisville barely got past Rutgers 83-76. The Cardinals hit 41 of 46 free throws and forced Rutgers to commit a season-high 19 turnovers.
-- Michael Frazier II hit three big 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 18 points as No. 12 Florida beat Richmond 67-58. Pat Young added 15 points to the Gators' 23rd consecutive home win.
-- Georges Niang scored 17 points and Melvin Ejim (EH'-jim) added 16 as 13th-ranked Iowa State knocked off Texas Tech 73-62. DeAndre Kane had 15 points for the Cyclones, who are off to a 13-0 start that ties a team record for consecutive victories.
-- Nic Moore had 20 points and six assists to lead SMU's Mustangs to a 74-65 upset victory over No. 17 Connecticut.
-- No. 18 Memphis was a 69-53 loser to Cincinnati and Sean Kilpatrick scored 11 of his 18 points down the stretch.
-- No. 23 Massachusetts got 18 points and eight assists from Chaz Williams in a 73-65 victory over Miami of Ohio.
-- Drew Barham and Kevin Pangos each scored 16 points to help No. 24 Gonzaga pound Pacific 86-64.
-- No. 25 Missouri beat Long Beach 69-59 behind Jabari Brown's 22 points.

NHL-SCHEDULE
Bruins win
(AP) -- Torey Krug (kroog) snapped out of an 11-game goal drought and helped the Bruins win for the fifth time in seven games.
Krug scored twice and had an assist as the Bruins thumped Winnipeg 4-1. He got hot after his giveaway in the Boston zone helped the Jets take a 1-0 lead.
Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask stopped 36 shots for the Bruins, who embark on a three-game California trip.
Elsewhere on ice:
-- St. Louis quickly fell behind 2-0 before Patrik Berglund scored twice in the Blues' 6-2 win over Columbus. Alex Pietrangelo (peh-TRAN'-jeh-loh) and Vladimir Sobotka each had a goal and an assist in the Blues' fifth consecutive win.
-- Jakub Voracek had the game-winner while Philadelphia was scoring three straight goals in the third period of a 5-3 win at Phoenix. The Flyers trailed 3-1 before improving to 4-1 on their six-game road trip.
-- Dominic Moore scored twice and the New York Rangers shattered their season high for goals in a 7-1 rout of the Maple Leafs in Toronto. Fifteen of the 18 Rangers skaters had at least one point, with Carl Hagelin (HAG'-lihn) delivering a goal and an assist.
-- Third-period goals by Dustin Brown and Jeff Carter gave Los Angeles a 2-1 win over Vancouver and ended the Kings' season-worst five-game losing streak. Jonathan Quick stopped 27 shots in his first game since injuring his groin on Nov. 12.
-- Henrik Zetterberg scored the first and last goals in Detroit's 5-1 rout of Dallas. Jimmy Howard handled 44 shots for the Red Wings, who were tied 1-1 until Joakim Andersson and Drew Miller scored 14 seconds apart late in the first period.
-- Ryan Suter notched his first career hat trick while scoring two of Minnesota's three power-play goals in a 5-3 victory over Washington, the Capitals' fourth straight loss. Suter scored his two power-play goals during a 42-second span of the second period.
-- Ottawa beat Montreal 4-3 on Clarke MacArthur's power-play goal 58 seconds into overtime. The Senators coughed up a two-goal lead in the third period after Mark Stone and Erik Condra scored 14 seconds apart to put them ahead 3-1 in the first.
-- Jordan Staal and Brett Sutter scored 57 seconds apart in the second period to put Carolina ahead 3-1 in a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders. Anton Khubodin stopped 37 shots in winning for the fourth time in as many starts this season.
-- Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots as Colorado earned its third straight win, 4-3 over San Jose. It was MacKinnon's first two-goal game.
-- Florida blew a two-goal lead in the last 5:08 of regulation before Tomas Kopecky scored the deciding shootout goal to give the Panthers a 5-4 win over Nashville. Tim Thomas stopped 38 shots for the Panthers.
-- Power-play goals by Matt Moulson and Matt D'Agostini pushed Buffalo past New Jersey 2-1. D'Agostini's tally snapped a 1-1 tie with 8:11 remaining and sent the Sabres to their fifth consecutive home win.

PGA-TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) -- Zach Johnson is the leader at the midway point of the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. Johnson fired a 7-under-par 66 for a 13-under total. He got into mix with four birdies on a five-hole stretch on the front nine, and never came close to a bogey.
Defending champion Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth are three shots back at minus-10.


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