INDIANAPOLIS — Michigan State shook up the BCS title chase again Saturday night.
The No. 10 Spartans regained the lead onÂ Connor Cook‘s 9-yard touchdown pass toÂ Josiah PriceÂ with 11:41 left and upset No. 2 Ohio State 34-24 to take the Big Ten title and put Auburn back in the national title hunt.
Ohio State (12-1) had the nation’s longest active winning streak end at 24 as coach Urban Meyer suffered his first loss since taking over in Columbus.
It was a game that almost defied logic.
The Spartans (12-1) led 17-0 after 21 minutes, then gave up the next 24 points before scoring the final 17.
Michigan State sealed the victory, and its probable trip to the Rose Bowl, withÂ Jeremy Langford‘s late 26-yard TD run. The Spartans haven’t played in Pasadena since 1988.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. –Â Jameis WinstonÂ threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, and No. 1 Florida State stormed into the BCS national championship game with a 45-7 victory over 20th-ranked Duke on Saturday night in the ACC championship game.
The Heisman Trophy favorite was 19 of 32 for 330 yards and set FBS freshman records for TD passes and yards passing in a season two days after prosecutors decided not to press charges against him in a sexual assault case.
Winston threw two touchdown passes to 6-foot-5, 234-pound receiverÂ Kelvin BenjaminÂ and ran for a 17-yard score to overcome two interceptions.
Florida State’s defense was dominant, holding Duke to 239 yards and forcing three turnovers to help the Seminoles win their second straight ACC title.
It was Florida State’s 12th win by at least 27 points. The Seminoles (13-0) entered as 29-point favorites after outscoring its opponents by an average of 43 points.
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WACO, Texas –Â Turn out the lights, the fiesta is just getting started for No. 9 Baylor.
These Bears are headed to a BCS game as the Big 12 champion, making a reality out of the goal that seemed so far out of reach whenÂ ArtÂ Briles became their coach six years ago.
“That’s what hit me,” quarterbackÂ Bryce PettyÂ said. “This is where it is. This is where that vision was.”
In what became aÂ de factoÂ Big 12 championship game after Oklahoma State’s loss, Petty threw for 287 yards with touchdown passes on the first drives after halftime and the Bears beat No. 23 Texas, 30-10, on Saturday in the final game at Floyd Casey Stadium after 64 seasons.
“It’s aÂ defining momentÂ for our program,” Briles said, adding he hopes they can repeat it multiple times.
“We always believed with him,” big offensive guardÂ Cyril RichardsonÂ said. “We weren’t going to disappoint him.”
The Bears (11-1, 8-1 Big 12), who never even had a winning record in the Big 12 before Briles arrived, have the first 11-win season inÂ school historyÂ and are headed to the Fiesta Bowl. That is the reward for their first outright title in any league since winning the Southwest Conference on 1980 when Mike Singletary called Floyd Casey Stadium home.
Antwan GoodleyÂ made a nifty one-handed grab on a slant pass for an 11-yard TD, one play after Petty overthrew his wide-open tight end at the goal line. After Texas (8-4, 7-2) went three-and-out,Â Lache SeastrunkÂ had three consecutive runs for 28 yards andÂ Glasco Martinran 10 yards to help set up Petty’s 6-yard TD pass toÂ Levi NorwoodÂ and a 17-3 lead.
Texas coach Mack Brown made joking references all week about being the only coach in America playing for a conference championship while also shrugging off speculation that he could be replaced.
Well, the intense speculation about Brown’s future is certain to increase now. The regular season is over for the Longhorns without a Big 12 title after losing two of three games — just like the year started before a six-game winning streak.
“I’m disappointed in the loss, obviously,” said Brown, who didn’t want to talk about his future. ” I told them they played hard enough, played tough enough, but we didn’t make the plays we needed to make.”
Norwood came to the postgame interview wearing a cap that read “RIP Floyd Casey,” and said it was hard to put into words what the final game in the stadium and the Big 12 championship meant.
Ahmad Dixon, the senior safety who grew up in Waco, placed in front of the podium a sign declaring the Bears Big 12 champion. He then told everyone to hold their questions, then reached down and pulled out two bags of Tostitos, the sponsor of the Fiesta Bowl.
“What does this mean to me?” Dixon said repeating a question, hold up the sign as an answer. “That’s about is. … It was all just a dream, and that dream just became a reality.”
Petty finished 21 of 37, with Goodley catching eight of those for 114 yards. Martin rushed for 102 yards with 18-yard TD run in the fourth quarter, one play after officials wiped outK.J. Morton‘s touchdown on a 60-yard interception return when he was penalized for celebrating before getting into the end zone.
Malcolm BrownÂ ran 25 times for 131 yards for the Longhorns.Â Case McCoyÂ completed only 12 of 34 passes for 54 yards, two interceptions and a touchdown. The score was a 2-yarder to Brown while scrambling on fourth down after the Longhorns took a field goal off the board after a Baylor penalty on the made kick.
About the same time the coin toss was happening at midfield in Waco, No. 18 Oklahoma was wrapping up its 33-24 over No. 6 Oklahoma State (10-2, 7-2), which with convincing victories over both Baylor and Texas last month was in the position to win the Big 12′s guaranteed BCS berth.
Before moving next year into a new $260 million stadium on campus, along busy Interstate 35 and the Brazos River, Baylor had a memorable finish in the final game after 64 seasons at Floyd Casey.
Fans in black, green or gold didn’t even seem to mind the bitter cold — the temperature was 24 degrees at kickoff with the wind chill making it feel much colder. And most stayed around to share in the celebration and a stadium closing ceremony, chanting “Big 12 champs!” and “BCS!” That ceremony ended with representatives from different eras in Baylor history turning over one of the eight light standards in the stadium. The last was Briles.
“It was emotional for everybody,” Norwood said. “Everybody knew it was there, whether it was outright or a share. We wanted to be Big 12 champs.”
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ATLANTA –Â Tre MasonÂ struck a pose — a Heisman Trophy pose.
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There’s something theÂ Auburn TigersÂ running back wants even more than an individual award.
A shot at the VIZIO BCS National Championship.
Mason rushed for 304 yards and four touchdowns, leading No. 3 Auburn to a wild 59-42 victory over No. 5 Missouri in a Southeastern Conference title showdown Saturday that looked more like a video game.
Auburn (12-1) kept alive its hopes of playing for the national championship, though the Tigers would likely need either top-ranked Florida State or No. 2 Ohio State to lose in their respective conference title games, which began about the time Auburn was wrapping up the shootout at the Georgia Dome.
“We won the SEC championship,” receiverSammie CoatesÂ said. “What else do you want us to do?”
Added Mason: “We feel like we beat the best teams. … We feel like we deserve to be in the game.”
The Auburn players headed off to watch the games that could decide their fate, the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in Charlotte, N.C., and the Big Ten title contest in Indianapolis. If Auburn misses out on the big game, it will head to the Sugar Bowl as the SEC champion.
Missouri (11-2) should be in the mix for a New Year’s Day bowl, with the Capital One, Cotton and Outback games among the possible destinations.
“We’re playing our best football right now,” said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, making his pitch for a trip to Pasadena. “I don’t know if any other team can say that.”
Auburn is certainly playing its best offensively. The Tigers set an SEC championship record with 677 yards, including 545 on the ground.
Mason had scoring runs of 7, 3 and 1 yards before bursting up the middle on a 13-yard TD that clinched the victory with 4:22 remaining. He carried the ball a staggering 46 times, an easy choice as the game’s MVP. He celebrated by breaking out the familiar Heisman pose, his longshot candidacy getting a huge boost.
“You’re looking at one of the top running backs in college football,” Malzahn said. “He was a warrior today. Unbelievable.”
In a game where neither team played a lick of defense, Auburn finally stopped Missouri on fourth-and-1 deep in its own territory, setting up Mason’s final score.Â Chris DavisÂ broke up the pass, not quite as thrilling as his 109-yard return of a missed field goal to beat Alabama, but another huge play for the nation’s biggest turnaround team.
Auburn, which was 3-9 a year ago and didn’t win a game in the SEC, claimed the title in its first year under Malzahn. The Tigers didn’t even need a dramatic finish to do it, holding Missouri scoreless in the final quarter while Mason notched two more TDs to break open a game that was close most of the way.
Missouri had its own impressive bounce-back after struggling its first year in the SEC. But coach Gary Pinkel’s team was denied a quick championship in its new league after leaving the Big 12, unable to slow — must less stop — Auburn’s dynamic offense.
“There’s a real frustration that comes over you on defense when they’re coming after you over and over and over again,” Pinkel said. “We had trouble stopping it, obviously, and couldn’t get it fixed.”
James FranklinÂ passed for 303 yards and three touchdowns, whileÂ Dorial Green-BeckhamÂ hauled in six passes for 144 yards and a couple of scores. Missouri piled up 534 yards — the teams combined for 1,211 yards in a conference supposedly known for defense — but it wasn’t nearly enough against Auburn’s hurry-up spread.
Coming into the game, Missouri was one of the top teams in the nation against the run and ranked second in the SEC behind Alabama. The most yards they had given up on the ground was 184 the previous week in a victory over 2012 Heisman Trophy winnerÂ Johnny ManzielÂ and Texas A&M.
Mason had more yards than that in the first half, putting up 195 by the time he trotted to the locker room and just 6 yards off the SEC championship game record. He broke the mark set by LSU’s Justin Vincent in 2003 on the second play of the second half — and kept right on going from there.
“I’ve never had holes that big to run through,” Mason said, crediting the guys in the trenches. “No one expected 300 yards. I didn’t expect it.”
QuarterbackÂ Nick MarshallÂ shook off two early fumbles, one of which Missouri returned for a touchdown. He ran for 101 yards and a touchdown and passed for 132 yards and another score.
The lead changed hands seven times. Missouri’s last gasp was Franklin’s 5-yard touchdown run, followed by a two-point conversion, that closed the gap to 45-42 heading to the final period. But Auburn dominated the final 15 minutes behind the play of Mason.
Late in the game, when Auburn had finally wrapped it up, Mason got a hug on the sideline from Auburn’s greatest back, Bo Jackson.
“He’s one of the better players ever to wear an Auburn helmet,” Malzahn said, referring to Mason, not Bo.
“Thanks, coach,” Mason said.
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COLLEGE STATIONÂ â A total of 13 victories and stellar performances highlighted the Aggie effort during the Texas A&M Reveille Invitational in front of 1,174Â fansÂ who enjoyed a cozy Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on very cold Saturday afternoon.
Among the wins supplied by theÂ Aggies, four were accompanied by a 1-2-3 A&M sweep of the event. The womenâs 60 meters even had Aggie sprinters claiming the first five places. In four other events A&M finished as the top collegian against post-collegiate competitors.
âThis is just like taking final exams, you have to see where you are,â noted Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. âThis group did very well tonight and I especially feel good about a number of people in this group. This ended up being a very good competition for us.â
Olivia EkponÃ© recorded one of the highlight performances on the day. She captured the 200 meters in 23.72 over a 23.74 from teammate Ashton Purvis and then rallied A&Mâs 4×400 relay from third to first with a 52.7 anchor split.
âI love running against Ashton since sheâs such a great competitor,â said EkponÃ©. âFor me to have lane 6 I just wanted to get out strong and finish my race. Weâve been doing a lot of finishing and getting out strong in practice, so for me to apply that here today in a meet setting was great.
âThe relay was really exciting. Just to be out there wearing an A&M uniform I was really excited. I just made sure I did what I was supposed to do and passed the girls at the right moment so it wouldnât haunt me later in the race. I wasnât expecting a split like that right now.â
The Aggies finished 1-2 in the relay with the first squad posting a 3:41.11 over the 3:42.52 from the second crew of A&M sprinters while Houston (3:43.27) and TCU (3:44.89) finished third and fourth. Running on the winning relay were Kamaria Brown (54.5), Ashley Collier (56.6), LaKesha Jelks (57.3) and EkponÃ© (52.7). The runner-up relay consisted of Shamier Little (55.7), Aliese Hyde (57.1), Jessica Laseak (56.0) and Ibukun Mayungbe (53.7).
Carlyle Roudette (46.4) ran the anchor leg of the menâs 4×400 relay that posted a winning time of 3:07.14 over TCUâs 3:08.61 and just missed the meet record of 3:06.82 set by the Aggies last December. Greg Coleman (47.8) led off the effort for A&M and was followed by Aldrich Bailey, Jr. (46.5) and Deon Lendore (46.5).
LaQue Moen-Davis sped to a personal best of 8.49 to win the 60 hurdles, the first event contested on the track, as she improved on her best of 8.53 from last season. In the long jump a mark of 20-6.25 (6.25) opened her campaign and it held up as the leading mark until the final round when she was passed by a quarter of an inch.
âItâs exciting to be back on the track,â noted Moen-Davis. âIâve been working on getting out of the blocks better in the hurdles so it was exciting to come and get a win in my first race this season. The start still isnât where I want it to be, but itâs definitely better than it was before. Iâm excited to see where this will go throughout this season.â
Wayne Davis II displayed a stellar early season form in running 7.85 to win the 60-meter hurdles with teammate Kenneth Minkah placing third with an 8.11 clocking.
âI was pleased to open with a time like that, I know Iâm on the right track,â said Davis. âThe goal is to be undefeated so this is one step in that process. The fall training has been going great. This is my last year and I need to make a mark.â
The weight throw produced a pair of monster efforts by Casey Strong (66-2.5) and Brea Garrett (64-10.5). Each won their respective event with marks that were the second best performances all-time at A&M only bettered by their own school records. Strong led an Aggie 1-2-3 sweep as Ben Skrla (60-1) and Austin Cook (58-8) moved to No. 3 and No. 4 on the A&M all-time list with their marks.
Brittany Wooten improved her best in the pole vault, clearing a height of 12-7.5 for second place as she move to No. 4 on the A&M all-time list. Houstonâs Karley King defended her title with a 13-7.25 mark and bettered the meet record she set last season. In the menâs vault A&Mâs Chase Wolfle won with his opening height of 16-6 and then had three attempts at 17-6.
The first through fifth-place finish for the Aggie women in the 60 meters had Jennifer Madu leading the way with a 7.35 clocking followed by frosh Aaliyah Brown posting a 7.36 (equal No. 8 on the A&M all-time list). Collier ran 7.38 for third with Kamaria Brown (7.45) and India Daniels (7.49) following.
Shavez Hart led the sweep of the menâs 200 with a winning time of 21.03, the No. 11 mark all-time at A&M, as Michael Bryan and Prezel Hardy, Jr. shared times of 21.08 in second and third.
Joining Moen-Davis in the 60 hurdles were teammates Shamier Little (third in 8.53) and Jena Hemann (eighth in 8.94). Moen-Davis challenged the meet record of 8.42 set by A&Mâs Natasha Ruddock in 2009.
While an expected battle from TCUâs Lorraine Ugen, the defending NCAA Outdoor long jump champion, never materialized when the Horned Frog produced three fouls, post collegian Alesha Walker managed to claim the win over Moen-Davis with a sixth round mark of 20-6.5 (6.26). Walker and Moen-Davis topped the meet record of 20-2.5 (6.16) set by Ugen in 2011.
Setting personal best marks in the long jump were a trio of Aggies which included Melissa Mays (19-0.5), Jordan Wilson (18-9.75) and Haley Gooch (17-8) as they finished fourth, fifth and eighth.
Winning performances also included Devion Harris (6-8.25) in the high jump, Olabanji Asekun (24-1) in the long jump and LaKesha Jelks (2:20.35) in the 800. In addition to Moen-Davis finishing as the top collegian in the long jump, other Aggies achieving the feat included Hemann (5-6) in the high jump won by former NCAA silver medalist Krystle Schade (5-11.5), Cameron Cardwell (1:55.65) in the 800 and Dylan Williams (15:18.56) in the 5,000 meters.
Garrett added a runner-up effort in the womenâs shot put as she produced a mark of 51-3.5 while multi-eventer Hemann hit a mark of 42-8 for fourth. The menâs shot put had Jeff Bartlett placing third with a toss of 53-3. Aaron Murray (4:22.06) and Josh Hernandez (4:22.08) had a close battle in the mile as they finished third and fourth. Aliese Hyde (5:10.46) finished sixth as the top Aggie in the womenâs mile.
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AUSTIN, Texas âÂ Texas A&M pushed the nation’s No. 1 team to four sets with a gritty effort, but the Aggies fell to Texas, 25-14, 25-18, 15-25, 25-19, Friday night before a rowdy crowd of 3,831 at Gregory Gym in the second round of the NCAA Division I Womenâs Volleyball Championship.
The Aggies, who entered the match as winners of eight of their last nine matches, finish the season 19-12. The Maroon and White were playing in their third consecutive NCAA Championship, reaching the second round all three seasons. Texas improves to 25-2 and advances to the regional semifinal next weekend in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Sophomore middle blocker Shelby Sullivan led the Aggie arsenal with a .522 hitting percentage, 14 kills (two off a career-high) and four block assists. Sophomores Angela Lowak and Sierra Patrick each logged 10 kills from the left and right outside hitter positions, respectively. Playing her last collegiate match, senior setter Allie Sawatzky recorded her 21st double-double of the season and the 45th of her career with 37 assists and 10 digs. Senior libero Heather Reynolds logged a match-high 20 digs, marking the 11th consecutive match she reached double figures in digs, and freshman Victoria Arenas also reached double-digit digs with 11.
The Longhorns raced out to a 9-3 lead in the first and reclaimed a six-point lead at 11-5, before Patrick recorded consecutive kills to stem the tide. A&M remained in striking distance until 14-10 when the Longhorns went on a 7-0 run to stretch the lead to 21-10. The Maroon and White closed the gap to nine points, 21-12, with a service error by the Longhornsâ Amy Neal and a service ace by Sawatzky, but the Longhorns outscored the Aggies 4-2 down the stretch to finish the set.
Patrick paced the A&M attack with a .833 hitting percentage and five kills.
The Aggies got kills from Lowak, redshirt freshman middle blocker Jazzmin Babers and Patrick to take a 3-1 lead in the second set. Texas went on a 4-0 spurt to claim a 5-3 edge, but a service error by Khat Bell, a kill by Patrick, an attack error by UTâs Bailey Webster and a block assist by Patrick and Sullivan staked A&M to a 7-5 lead.
The match was tied on six occasions over the next 12 points before the Aggies gained their last lead of the second set at 13-12. UT responded with a 12-3 run to take 24-16 lead. Kills by senior outside hitter Ashley Vrana and Lowak staved of the close of the set before the Hornsâ Chiaka Ogbogu was successful on a swing.
In the third set, A&M was triumphant, 25-15, snapping a string of 16 consecutive sets won at home by the Longhorns. The Maroon and White outhit Texas in the third set, .306 to .094. Sullivan spearheaded the attack, hitting .625 with five kills and two blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Shelby Vaughn came off the bench to hit .429 with three kills, two digs and one block in the set.
After the set started out tied 3-3, the Aggies stymied the Longhorns during an 8-1 charge to take an 11-4 lead. The sequence included three kills and two block assists by Sullivan. Texas closed the gap to four points at 13-9, but a 6-0 surge gave A&M a 19-9 cushion, finished off with a tandem block by Patrick and Babers. Consecutive attack errors by UTâs Molly McCage and Webster ballooned the lead to 12 points at 23-1,1 and an attack error by Ogbogu clinched the set for A&M.
The Maroon and White took a 6-3 lead in the fourth set, including two kills by Lowak and a service ace by Reynolds. Texas went on a 4-0 run to take a 7-6 lead, and the Longhorns would not trail for the remainder of the set. A&M tied the match at 12-12 on Lowakâs fifth kill of the set, but Texas went on a 7-0 surge to take a 19-12 lead.
The Longhornsâ maintained a sizeable cushion until 21-15, before the Aggies mounted one last rally. Kills by Sullivan and Lowak and an attack error by Webster trimmed the lead to 21-18. The gap was closed to three again at 22-19 before Texas finished the match with a 3-0 run.
In the fourth set, Sullivan hit 1.000 with five kills and Lowak hit .667 with six kills, but the rest of the squad registered a -.350 hitting percentage with seven errors on 20 swings.
After posting a .028 hitting percentage in the first two sets, A&M rebounded to hit .214 in the last two sets, including .306 in the third. The Aggies fell victim to 18.5 blocks by Texas, the most for an A&M opponent on the season.
The match marked the last collegiate match for five Aggie seniors: Sawatzky, who started every match of her four-year career (123), Reynolds, Vrana, Kelsey Kinley and Mariah Agre.
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NEW YORK (AP) _ A person familiar with the situation says free-agent outfielder Curtis Granderson and the New York Mets have agreed to a $60 million, four-year contract.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal was pending a physical and no announcement had been made.
The agreement was first reported by the New York Post.
The 32-year-old Granderson comes over from the crosstown Yankees, giving the Mets much-needed power in their punchless outfield. He batted .229 with seven homers and 15 RBIs this year, when injuries limited him to 61 games. But he surpassed 40 homers in each of the previous two seasons.
The move marks general manager Sandy Alderson’s most expensive free-agent signing _ by far _ after three years of bargain shopping as the Mets were rebuilding.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) _ The United States will play Germany and Ghana inÂ the first round of next year’s World Cup, facing the nations that eliminated the
Americans from the last three tournaments.
Making their seventh straight appearance at soccer’s showcase, the Americans were drawn Friday into Group G and will play Ghana in Natal on June 16, and Portugal on June 22. Â They will close group play against Germany on June 26 at Recife.
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Gary Kubiak is no longer the head coach of the Houston Texans.
The change was made Friday morning. The Texans fell to the Jaguars on Thursday night, 27-20, slumping to an NFL-worst 2-11 in 2013.
2013 started out with a pair of victories over San Diego on Monday Night Football and in overtime at home against Tennessee. But the Texans wouldn’t win again, as shakiness at the quarterback position, along with injuries to tight endÂ Owen Daniels, safetyÂ Danieal Manning, linebackerÂ Brian CushingÂ and running backÂ Arian FosterÂ helped to cripple to club’s chances.
Further, Kubiak collapsed on the field as he and the team headed into the locker room at halftime of the Week 9 loss to the Colts. He was taken from Reliant Stadium via ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital, and was diagnosed as having a transient ischemic attack (TIA). He missed the next game at Arizona, and coached the two following contests from the press box at Reliant Stadium.
Kubiak was hired by the Texans on January 26, 2006. His first season saw the team improve from just a pair of wins in 2005 to 6-10. A pair of 8-8 seasons in 2007 and 2008 followed, before the team broke through with a 9-7 record in 2009. In that season finale, the Texans came from behind to beat the Patriots at Reliant Stadium.
A 6-10 record the following season was followed by the franchise’s first playoff berth in 2011. It was, perhaps, Kubiak’s finest coaching performance, as he guided an injury-ravaged squad to an AFC South title. That team went 10-6, beat the Bengals at Reliant Stadium in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, and battled the Ravens on the road in a Divisional round loss.
The 2011 crew, at times, was without running back Arian Foster andÂ Andre Johnson, and saw outside linebacker Mario Williams’ season end due to injury after just five games. Furthermore, starting quarterbackÂ Matt Schaub‘s season was ended in a November win at Tampa Bay when he suffered a lisc franc injury. His backup, Matt Leinart, broke a collarbone in the next start at Jacksonville, and fifth-round rookieT.J. YatesÂ was under center throughout December and the two playoff games.
In 2012, Kubiak signed a contract extension, and the Texans roared to an 11-1 start. But a 2-3 December prevented the team from earning a first round bye and homefield advantage in the AFC. The Texans beat the Bengals again in the first round, before a Divsional round loss at New England ended what had promised to be a special season.
2013 started out with a pair of victories over San Diego on Monday Night Football and in overtime at home against Tennessee. But the Texans wouldn’t win again, as shakiness at the quarterback position, along with injuries to tight end Owen Daniels, safety Danieal Manning, linebacker Brian Cushing and running back Arian Foster helped to cripple to club.
Kubiak’s record is 61-64, with a 2-2 mark in the postseason.
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The player and his agents met Thursday night in Seattle with the Mariners’ top executives, and the source said the team made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.
The source said Cano, 31, will return to Seattle on Sunday and will undergo a physical Monday to complete what would be the third-largest contract in baseball history, tied with the one thatÂ Albert PujolsÂ signed withÂ Los Angeles AngelsÂ three years ago.
Alex RodriguezÂ has had baseball’s top two contracts. In the winter of 2007, he signed a 10-year, $275 million extension with theÂ New York Yankees. That deal replaced the 10-year, $252 million pact he signed with theÂ Texas RangersÂ in December 2000, when Rodriguez left Seattle after spending his first seven major league seasons with the Mariners.
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Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed in Washington’s news release announcing the hire, but according to ESPN sources the contract will make Petersen one of the highest-paid coaches in the Pac-12.
“Coach Petersen’s success and record are extraordinary, but even more impressive is the man himself,” Washington athletic director Scott Woodward said in the statement. “His integrity, work ethic and character make him an outstanding fit and leader of our student-athletes at UW. We are thrilled and proud to call Coach Petersen a Husky.”
Petersen met Thursday night with Woodward and senior associate AD Jennifer Cohen in Boise and signed an agreement on terms, ESPN sources said.
Petersen, 49, felt ready to leave because, according to a source, the timing was right for professional and family reasons and because he felt Washington was the right fit.
Petersen has been connected to various openings over the past few years, including those atÂ USC,Â UCLAÂ andÂ Stanford, but felt this was the best match. The California native has also worked in Idaho and Oregon and recruited those states as well as Washington.
The Huskies zeroed in on Petersen from the outset.
Once Woodward set quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo in place as interim coach, he turned his attention toward Petersen. A representative of Petersen’s said the meeting Thursday night in Boise was “not an interview.”
“Representatives from both sides spent all day Thursday working out the agreement,” the source said.
Petersen pursued the USC job and met with athletic director Pat Haden in Boise on Sunday morning. But Haden decided to hire Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, setting in motion Petersen’s move to Seattle.
Petersen has won 89 percent of his games (92-12) at Boise State over eight years, including five conference titles and two BCS wins.Â He was a candidate for the Huskies job in 2009 before Washington went with Sarkisian, who was then USC’s offensive coordinator.
Boise State slipped to an 8-4 mark this season, including a 38-6 loss to the Huskies in the opener for both teams.
Washington was to interviewÂ AlabamaÂ offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier earlier Thursday, a source said.
Nussmeier was the offensive coordinator at Washington under Sarkisian from 2009 to 2011 before being lured away by Nick Saban. In Nussmeier’s two seasons at Alabama, the Crimson Tide have averaged almost 39 points a game.
On Thursday,Â MissouriÂ coach Gary Pinkel withdrew his name from consideration. The former Washington assistant told “Mike and Mike” on ESPN Radio, “I’m a Missouri Tiger, and I’m going to stay a Missouri Tiger.”
Information from ESPN’s Joe Schad and Brett McMurphy, and ESPN.com’s Ivan Maisel and Ted Miller was used in this report.
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas âÂ Texas A&M junior midfielder Shea Groom was selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer All-America Third Team the NSCAA announced on Friday.
Earlier in the week, Groom was named to the NSCAA All-South Region First Team as a midfielder one year after earning the honor as a forward in 2012. This season, the Liberty, Mo.-product led the Aggies with 35 points on 14 goals and seven assists. She earned All-SEC First Team status and was named to the All-Tournament Team as A&M won its first-ever SEC Tournament title in November. In the Aggiesâ 3-1 win over UMass in September, Groom logged A&Mâs first hat trick since the 2011 season.
For her career, Groom has 68 points on 25 goals and 18 assists. Her freshman season was shortened by injury, limiting her to 10 games, but she posted 16 points on six goals and four assists in her abbreviated campaign. Last year she played in all 25 games, logging 17 points on five goals and seven assists.
Groom became the 13thÂ player in Aggie history to land on an NSCAA All-America squad and it marked the 16thÂ time an A&M player was honored as an NSCAA All-American. The Aggies have had players named to the NSCAA All-America team and the former Soccer Buzz All-America squad on 27 occasions. Last season, Meghan Streight earned NSCAA All-America Third Team status but was overlooked by the NSCAA coaches this year despite repeating as an NSCAA All-South Region First Team player.
The Aggies posted a historic season in 2013, finishing with an 18-5-2 overall record and winning a share of the SEC regular-season for the first time along while capturing their first SEC Tournament crown. A&M earned a berth to their 19thÂ consecutive NCAA Championship, appearing in the second round for the 16thÂ consecutive season and advancing to the Sweet 16 for the 12thÂ time in program history.
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Teddy BridgewaterÂ made several great escapes with the game on the line. Brendon KayÂ hobbled around on a bad ankle and matched him in the fourth-quarter cold. It went down to overtime for the second year in a row.
Some ending for this Ohio River rivalry.
Bridgewater rallied No. 19 Louisville in the fourth quarter, andÂ Dominique BrownÂ ran 2 yards for a touchdown in the first overtime Thursday night for a 31-24 victory over Cincinnati in the Cardinals’ farewell to the American Athletic Conference.
“I told my mom that I wanted to cry, but tears of joy,” Bridgewater said. “I’m so proud of this team. We have a lot of heart.
“Coach tells us all the time to ride the wave. We rode it. Then Cincinnati rode it for a while, but we knew we would ride it again and we did.”
The comeback clinched the first AAC title for Central Florida, which had a one-game lead over Cincinnati (9-3, 6-2) heading into the final weekend. UCF qualified for the school’s first BCS bid byÂ locking up the league’s automatic berth.
Louisville will play a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
“It was great to see this team finish the way they finished,” coach Charlie Strong said. “You talk about a team with a lot of resiliency and a lot of heart. There were high expectations this season.”
For the second year in a row, the Ohio River rivals went to overtime to decide who gets the Keg of Nails, this time for the foreseeable future with Louisville (11-1, 7-1) leaving for the ACC next season.
The Cardinals won 34-31 in overtime in the rain in Louisville last season. This one went to overtime on a wet, raw night when Cincinnati’sÂ Tony MilianoÂ kicked a 26-yard field goal with 7 seconds left.
An interference penalty in the end zone set up Brown’s 2-yard run to open overtime.
The Bearcats got the ball and wound up with a fourth-and-14 at the 29, and Kay’s pass went off the hands ofÂ Anthony McClungÂ at the 6, ending Cincinnati’s first overtime game at Nippert Stadium since 2003. The Bearcats could be headed to the Belk Bowl.
Bridgewater was 23-of-37 for 255 yards with three touchdowns, two of them in the fourth quarter. He eluded three tacklers for a 14-yard run on fourth-and-12 to keep one touchdown drive going, and finished it by scrambling away from defenders and throwing an off-balance pass for a 22-yard score.
“We’re athletic at defensive end, and we were grabbing air a lot of times,” Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville said. “We had him in our grasp. That fourth-down run, that was obviously the one that took the air out of our defense.”
Bridgewater and Kay kept topping each other in the fourth quarter, but Cincinnati’s sixth-year senior didn’t have one more big play left in him. He was 22-of-40 for 304 yards with two interceptions and two touchdown scrambles, one of which left him woozy.
For Louisville, the game amounted to a farewell.
The Cardinals head off to the ACC next season, leaving Cincinnati behind. Louisville claimed the final Big East football title last season, beat Florida in the Sugar Bowl and was favored to win the first AAC championship.
A loss at home to Central Florida ended the Cardinals’ chances of winning the league’s BCS bowl berth. Cincinnati’s slim hopes were extinguished by the loss Thursday.
Both defenses rank in the top 10 nationally for fewest points and yards allowed. They dug in during a cold rain that made it tougher to throw and catch the ball, until the two quarterbacks lit up in the fourth quarter.
Bridgewater rallied Louisville with two sensational plays. He slipped away from three tackles for his 14-yard run on fourth-and-12, then ran around in the backfield avoiding rushers before throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass toÂ Damian CopelandÂ with 8:08 left, ending up on his back after the off-balance throw.
“The plays Teddy made in that fourth quarter,” Strong said with admiration. “I thought he was sacked. Then he breaks free and gets the ball to Damian Copeland.”
Kay responded with a 57-yard completion that set up Ralph David Abernathy IV’s touchdown run, and Bridgewater matched it with a 4-yard touchdown pass toÂ DeVante ParkerÂ and a 24-21 lead with 2:26 to go — just enough time for Kay to lead the Bearcats in range for a tying field goal.
Kay hurt his left ankle on the opening drive of the second half and played the rest of the game with a pronounced limp. He went for an MRI after the game. He also got dazed on his second touchdown run, getting hit hard by two defenders as he crossed the goal line in the third quarter.
“That’s how tough the kid is,” Tuberville said. “You can’t say enough about him. I’m proud he was my quarterback for the last nine games.”
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
FinalÂ (24) San Diego St.Â Â 65Â San DiegoÂ Â 64
TOP-25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL<
FinalÂ ( 1) UConnÂ Â 97Â Â Â Â Â Â UC DavisÂ Â 37
FinalÂ ( 2) DukeÂ Â Â 99Â (16) PurdueÂ Â Â Â 78
FinalÂ (25) IowaÂ Â Â 97Â (22) SyracuseÂ Â 91
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final OTÂ TorontoÂ Â Â Â Â Â 3Â DallasÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2
FinalÂ Â Â Â N-Y RangersÂ Â 3Â BuffaloÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1
FinalÂ Â Â Â PittsburghÂ Â Â 5Â San JoseÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 1
FinalÂ Â Â Â MontrealÂ Â Â Â Â 2Â BostonÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1
FinalÂ Â Â Â Tampa BayÂ Â Â Â 3Â OttawaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1
FinalÂ Â Â Â FloridaÂ Â Â Â Â Â 5Â WinnipegÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 2
FinalÂ Â Â Â CarolinaÂ Â Â Â Â 5Â NashvilleÂ Â Â Â Â Â 2
FinalÂ Â Â Â MinnesotaÂ Â Â Â 4Â ChicagoÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3
FinalÂ Â Â Â St. LouisÂ Â Â Â 5Â N-Y IslandersÂ Â 1
FinalÂ Â Â Â EdmontonÂ Â Â Â Â 8Â ColoradoÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 2
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Chad Henne (HEH’-nee) threw for two touchdowns and
receiver Ace Sanders supplied the Jaguars’ third scoring strike in a 27-20 win
over the Texans in Jacksonville. The 4-9 Jaguars took the opening kickoff and
drove 80 yards for the team’s fourth opening-drive touchdown in its last five
games. Maurice Jones-Drew had 103 rushing yards on 14 carries as the Jaguars
handed the 2-11 Texans their 11th consecutive loss.
SierraÂ PatrickÂ had 15 kills and 7 blocks to lead Texas A&M to a 26-24, 25-21, 25-18 sweep of UTSA Thursday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Gregory Gym in Austin.
TheÂ AggiesÂ advance to meet the winner of No. 1 national seed and defending national champion Texas and Texas State in the second round on Friday at 7 p.m.
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -Â Texas A&M had two players named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) NCAA Division I All-South Region team, announced earlier this week.
Juniors Shea Groom and Meghan Streight were named to the NSCAA All-South Region First Team.
The Aggies were one of four squads to have multiple players named to the 11-player First Team, joining Florida (3), Ole Miss (2) and South Alabama (2). The South Region encompasses all the members of the Southeastern Conference, Sun Belt Conference and Ohio Valley Conference.
Groom was named a first-team midfielder after earning first-team recognition as a forward in 2012. The Liberty, Mo.-product led the Aggies with 35 points on the year with 14 goals and seven assists. She earned All-SEC First Team status and was named to the All-Tournament Team as A&M won its first-ever SEC Tournament title in November.
Streight, who earned NSCAA/Continental Tire All-America Third Team recognition as a midfielder last season along with All-South Region First Team status, was tabbed a first-team defender. The McKinney, Texas product tallied six points on the season, including two goals. She helped the squad post eight shutouts and register a 0.98 goals-against average. This season, Streight repeated as a member of both the All-SEC First Team and the SEC All-Tournament Team.
The Aggies finished the regular-season ranked No. 13 in the NSCAA Coaches Poll. A&M posted an 18-5-2 record for the year and claimed their first-ever SEC regular-season title with a 9-2-0 league ledger. The Maroon and White appeared in their 19th consecutive NCAA Division I Championship, advanced to the Second Round for the 16thÂ consecutive year and appeared in the Sweet 16 for the 12th time in program history.
National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) NCAA Division I All-South Region First Team
POS.Â Â Â Â Â PLAYERÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â CLASSÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â SCHOOLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â HOMETOWN
KÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Sabrina DâAngeloÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Jr.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â South CarolinaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Welland, Ontario
DÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Christen WestphalÂ Â Â Â Â Â So.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â FloridaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Brecksville, Ohio
DÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Meghan StreightÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Jr.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Texas A&MÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â McKinney, Texas
DÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Jessica OramÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Sr.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â South AlabamaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Pace, Fla.
MÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Shea GroomÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Jr.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Texas A&MÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Liberty, Mo.
MÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Havana SolaunÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Jr.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â FloridaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Gainesville, Fla.
MÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Mandy McCallaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Sr.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Ole MissÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Fayetteville, Ga.
FÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Rafaelle SouzaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Sr.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Ole MissÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Salvador, Brazil
FÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Savannah JordanÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Fr.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â FloridaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Fayetteville, Ga.
FÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ArinÂ GillilandÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Jr.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â KentuckyÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Lexington, Ky.
FÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Lauren AllisonÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Fr.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â South AlabamaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Bicester Oxfordshire, England
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