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Eagles roll over Cowboys 33-10 for NFC East lead

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) LeSean McCoy ran for 159 yards a touchdown, Mark Sanchez had his first scoring run in almost three years and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Dallas Cowboys 33-10 in a Thanksgiving battle of NFC East co-leaders Thursday.

The Eagles (9-3) opened with quick drives of 80 and 88 yards for touchdowns. They took sole possession of the division lead with four games remaining, including a rematch in less than three weeks.

Tony Romo looked ragged in the first quick turnaround for his surgically repaired back as the Cowboys (8-4) lost their third straight home game.

McCoy, who led the NFL with 1,604 yards last season, had his fourth 100-yard game in the past seven after going without one the first five weeks and secured his fourth 1,000-yard season since 2010.

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:54:00 +0000
Boykin and No. 6 TCU romp over Texas, 48-10

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Trevone Boykin passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, and No. 6 TCU earned a dominating 48-10 win over Texas on Thursday night that kept alive its hope of pushing into the College Football Playoff.

The win kept the Horned Frogs (10-1, 7-1) in the hunt for their first Big 12 title. The question is whether it was impressive enough to impact the playoff standings, where they sit at No. 5, one spot out of contention for a national championship.

The Horned Frogs had an impressive defensive effort, forcing six turnovers, five by Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes. Defensive end Terrell Lathan scored the game's first touchdown on a 40-yard fumble return.

TCU made Texas (6-6, 5-4) pay for every mistake. Boykin's 10-yard scoring run in the fourth came after a muffed punt return. Defensive end Josh Carraway returned an interception for the final touchdown.

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:19:00 +0000
Badgers rally, top Georgetown 68-65 in Bahamas

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Sam Dekker scored 17 points, Nigel Hayes' acrobatic tip-in with 20 seconds left capped his 15-point day, and No. 2 Wisconsin needed to rally in the second half to beat Georgetown 68-65 on Thursday in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals.

The Badgers hadn't trailed in the second half this season, but found themselves down 53-44 with 11:36 left. A 22-6 run put Wisconsin (5-0) up for good, and the Badgers could finally exhale when D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera's 3-pointer rimmed out as time expired.

Smith-Rivera, who was 5 for 5 from beyond the arc until the game's final shot, led all scorers with 29 for Georgetown (4-1).

Wisconsin will face Oklahoma in Friday's title game. Georgetown, which got 10 points from Joshua Smith, will play Butler in an all-Big East matchup for third place.

Bronson Koenig tied a career best with 14 points for Wisconsin, which survived despite a six-point, 1-for-8 shooting day from standout center Frank Kaminsky.

Georgetown's players didn't get back to their hotel rooms until around 1 a.m. Friday, thanks to the Hoyas needing overtime to beat No. 18 Florida in the quarterfinals.

Less than 15 hours later, they tipped off against the Badgers.

Rest might be overrated: The Hoyas made their first six shots, setting the tone for how their offense was going to work all afternoon - or at least, until the final 10 minutes. Midway through the second half, Georgetown was at 61 percent shooting for the game, but the Hoyas missed eight of their final 10 shots.

Wisconsin led for only 56 seconds in the first half - but that included the final 3 seconds. Down by six early, the Badgers chipped away and went into the locker room with a 35-34 lead on Koenig's layup that followed a Georgetown turnover.

TIP-INS

Georgetown: The Hoyas were playing Wisconsin for the first time since Dec. 28, 1982, the season after Georgetown lost to Michael Jordan and North Carolina in the NCAA title game. ... Georgetown was just 1 for 2 from the foul line in the first half, while Wisconsin was 13 for 18.

Wisconsin: Among the musical selections blaring during Wisconsin games at Atlantis: The march "On, Wisconsin!" and "Jump Around," traditionally played before fourth quarters of football games at Camp Randall Stadium. ... G Josh Gasser started his 110th game. Syracuse's Rakeem Christmas (114) is the only active Division I player with more starts than Gasser.

UP NEXT

Georgetown: Faces Butler in Friday's third-place game.

Wisconsin: Faces Oklahoma in Friday's championship game.

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:51:00 +0000
RG3 benched: Redskins to start Colt McCoy vs. Indy

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Robert Griffin III mingled in the locker room and made small talk about shoes and food.

No sense talking about football, not when a player who once could do no wrong has been benched for the second time in two years.

The Redskins will start Colt McCoy over Griffin on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, the latest development in a stunning tailspin for the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

First-year coach Jay Gruden said McCoy will be given "every opportunity" to hold the job for the final five games of the season.

"We're searching for answers on offense," Gruden said. "And it starts at the quarterback position, quite frankly."

Now it's a question as to whether RG3 is done for good in Washington, and whether he'll develop the skills necessary to succeed as a pocket-passer in the NFL.

The Redskins (3-8) are 0-3 since he returned from an ankle injury and have scored only one touchdown in each of the past two games.

The former No. 2 overall draft pick seemed poised to revolutionize the quarterback position with his arm and legs when he led Washington to the playoffs two years ago, but he is 4-14 as a starter since the start of the 2013 season and has struggled to adjust his game.

"We just want him to take a step back, work on his craft a little bit more, study the game a little bit more," Gruden said.

Griffin will serve as the No. 2 quarterback on Sunday. Although he chatted informally with reporters Wednesday, he made no comment about Gruden's decision.

The Redskins have not permitted Griffin to speak publicly at various times this season, but a team spokesman said it was Griffin's decision to remain silent this time.

Gruden has had plenty to say, much of it quite candid, about Griffin's development. The coach was particularly brutal a week ago, citing "fundamental flaws" after an abysmal performance in a 20-point loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Griffin followed that up by throwing for just 106 yards in a 17-13 defeat against the San Francisco.

This is the fourth quarterback change made by Gruden this year. The coach called it a "merry-go-around," but it's almost par for the course for the Redskins, who have used 24 starters since 1993. The lack of continuity has its price - they've missed the playoffs in 18 of those 22 seasons.

And now they might have to start over yet again at the sport's most important position. They gave up three first-round picks in order to move up and select Griffin in the 2012 draft, a trade that had serious ramifications because it kept Washington from filling other vital needs in subsequent drafts.

The team will have to decide in the upcoming offseason whether to pick up a fifth-year option on Griffin's contract. That now seems unlikely, but Gruden nevertheless said he hasn't given up on the 24-year-old QB.

"For Robert to take a step back and be a backup quarterback is not the end of the world," Gruden said. "It's happened to great quarterbacks in the past. It will happen again. ... Doesn't mean he's not going to be a great quarterback one day, here or somewhere else or whatever."

The timing is particularly humiliating for Griffin because it comes as the Redskins are preparing to face the Colts and Andrew Luck, who was the No. 1 overall draft pick ahead of Griffin. The two will always be compared, but their paths have diverged incredibly since their rookie season.

Griffin was benched for the final three games last year as the season spiraled to a 3-13 finish under then-coach Mike Shanahan. He has also suffered two major leg injuries, a torn ACL in his right knee as a rookie and a dislocated left ankle this year.

The injuries have played a part in Griffin's desire to become a pass-first quarterback, rather than the dual-threat player who rushed for 815 yards as a rookie.

The ankle problem caused Griffin to miss six games and hindered his work with Gruden. But there had already been signs in training camp that he was having trouble with basics such as footwork and downfield reads.

Kirk Cousins took over after Griffin was hurt in the first quarter of the Week 2 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he lost his next four starts and proved to be turnover-prone. He was benched at halftime in favor of McCoy against the Tennessee Titans, and McCoy rallied the Redskins to a 19-17 win, then to a Monday night upset of the Dallas Cowboys.

Despite McCoy's success, Gruden went back to Griffin the following week - and the Redskins haven't won since.

"If we reversed the clock, obviously knowing what we know now, I'd stick with Colt," Gruden said.

For the season, Griffin has completed 70 percent of his passes, but he has only two touchdowns and three interceptions and has been sacked 20 times in five starts. His passer rating is 85.7.

McCoy joined the Redskins this season in need of a job in his fifth year in the league, willing to be a third-stringer behind Griffin and Cousins. He went more than two years between NFL starts, but he has completed 86 percent of his passes (36 for 42) in his two games with Washington this season.

Even with such numbers to back it up, the move is a bold one for Gruden, a rookie coach trying to get a handle on a struggling franchise. Asked why he isn't using the final five games to give Griffin more chances to develop, Gruden answered: "I think there's a case for that, but there's also a case that Colt is 2-0."

Gruden said he discussed the move with owner Dan Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen.

"I think ultimately it's the coach's decision, but they're on board," Gruden said. "Had they been adamant and said, `No, play him,' I don't know what would have happened."

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:49:00 +0000
Johnson helps No. 3 Arizona past SDSU for Maui title

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Stanley Johnson had 18 points and nine rebounds, helping No. 3 Arizona gut out a 61-59 victory over No. 15 San Diego State on Wednesday night for its second Maui Invitational title.

Arizona (6-0) survived a stiff semifinal challenge against Kansas State and faced a bigger one against the athletic Aztecs (5-1).

The Wildcats traded blows in this heavyweight bout in paradise, coming up with the big plays down the stretch to win their 33rd straight regular-season non-conference game.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson gave Arizona his usual exuberant boost and scored 14 points, while the Wildcats closed in around San Diego State defensively in the second half to add to the Maui title they won in 2000.

Trey Kell had a four-point play with 17 seconds to go and Winston Shepard hit a 3 with less than a second left, but it wasn't enough for the Aztecs.

Kell and Shepard had 14 points each to lead San Diego State, which made 11 of 29 shots in the second half.

An Arizona-San Diego State title game was what college basketball fans hoped for when the Maui Invitational brackets came out.

San Diego State got here by outlasting BYU in double overtime and dominating Pittsburgh in the semifinals.

Arizona pulled away from Missouri in its opener and pulled out a tight one against Kansas State.

That set up a marquee matchup in a budding rivalry.

Arizona has gotten the best of SDSU in recent years, winning three straight, including a thriller in Honolulu in 2012 and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament last season.

The game lived up to the under-the-spotlight billing, two athletic teams trading baskets, elbows and floor burns in front of a packed-and-rowdy Lahaina Civic Center crowd.

San Diego State was in control early, patiently and effectively probing Arizona's defense. The Aztecs made 10 of 19 shots in the half.

The Wildcats kept up with volume shooting, fueled by their ability to get to the offensive glass. Arizona made 11 of 33 shots, but had 13 points off 11 offensive rebounds, including five by Johnson.

That allowed Arizona to lead 32-31 at halftime despite Gabe York and T.J. McConnell sitting late in the half with three fouls each.

Little changed in the second half, other than Arizona's shooting percentage.

The Aztecs and Wildcats continued to trade athletic plays, neither able to gain much traction on the other, tension building with each basket or swatted shot.

Hollis-Jefferson gave Arizona a little room blocking a 3-pointer by Dwayne Polee II and racing out for a breakaway dunk that made it 53-49.

The Wildcats held on from there - barely.

San Diego State: Polee finished with 11 points.

Arizona: Johnson accidentally knocked over a ballboy during a first-half timeout, drawing boos from the San Diego State fans on that end of the floor. Shepard helped the kid off the floor.

San Diego State plays at San Diego on Dec. 4.

Arizona hosts Gardner-Webb on Tuesday night.

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:56:00 +0000

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