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Indiana beats No. 3 Wisconsin 75-72

Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell scored 25 points and Stanford Robinson added a career-best 13 to help the Hoosiers overcome a 10-point second-half deficit and stun No. 3 Wisconsin 75-72.

Harbaugh leads 49ers back to NFC championship

Jim Harbaugh has been at his emotional best — or, to some, worst — with his cartoon-like faces and quirky sideline antics in leading San Francisco back to the NFC championship game for the third time in as many years since taking over as 49ers head coach in January 2011.

Lions hire ex-Colts coach Jim Caldwell

The Detroit Lions hired Jim Caldwell on Tuesday to replace fired coach Jim Schwartz.

Patriots secondary set for rematch with Manning

"I practice against a great quarterback every day," Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan said before his playoff debut against Andrew Luck. "So I think practicing against Tom (Brady) makes everything a little bit easier."

No. 7 Florida wins, sets record for consecutive home victories

No. 7 Florida breaks the school record for consecutive home wins in its 72-50 rout of Georgia.

Optimism after hearing over NFL salary cap fight

The NFLPA is appealing a ruling by U.S. District Judge David Doty in Minneapolis rejecting the union's attempt to reopen the lawsuit that guided labor matters from 1993 until a collective bargaining agreement was reached in 2011.

Clarks' attorney: 'juicer' comment too vague to hurt Pujols

A motion filed Monday on behalf of Clark seeks dismissal of the defamation lawsuit filed by Pujols in October. Clark's attorney, Albert Watkins, said Clark's on-air comments were too vague to cause real harm to Pujols.

Emmert: Stipend 'less threatening' to NCAA members

NCAA President Mark Emmert said Monday that providing a stipend to student-athletes seems less threatening to the schools that earlier knocked down a proposal to increase the value of a scholarship to cover the full cost of attendance.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award

Having spent four years in the shadow of his great rival Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo broke down in tears after being elected the Ballon d'Or winner for 2013 on Monday — a rare display of emotion that showed just how important it was for the Portugal winger to get his hands on the trophy again.

A-Rod sues MLB, union to overturn drug ban

Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and its players' union Monday, seeking to overturn a season-long suspension imposed by an arbitrator who ruled there was "clear and convincing evidence" he used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct the sport's drug investigation.

49ers hope to quiet Seahawks' '12th Man'

In what has emerged as arguably the NFL's best rivalry, San Francisco is riding an eight-game winning streak as it returns to the Pacific Northwest for Sunday's NFC title game against the Seahawks.

Manning's neck might determine his future

Peyton Manning, who is coming off the most statistically-brilliant season of his career, says he's focused on winning his next playoff game against the Patriots, not reports by ESPN that his neck might keep him from playing next year.

Nearby N.J. towns hope to benefit from Super Bowl bucks

The towns of East Rutherford and Secaucus, both in New Jersey, have planned outdoor festivals to coincide with the Super Bowl in hopes of profiting off of the estimated $500 million that the game is expected to bring to the area.

Josh Brent wasn't driving drunk, attorney says at trial

The former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle's lawyer said in his opening statement that Josh Brent can drink more than the average person without becoming intoxicated.

Luck, Colts see improvements in playoff performance

While the Colts failed to achieve their goal of winning a Super Bowl, they have reason for optimism going into the offseason.

Whisenhunt named Titans head coach, returns to Nashville

The Tennessee Titans announced Monday that San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt will serve as the team's new head coach.

For Chargers, a year of highs and lows

The San Diego Chargers (10-8) proved to be a dangerous team on several occasions this year, but they came up short against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Blount has 4 TD runs, Pats top Colts 43-22

LeGarrette Blount ran the Patriots into their third straight AFC championship game.

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas make MLB Hall of Fame

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and other stars whose accomplishments were muddied by accusations of steroids use lost even more ground, dropping below 40 percent in an election where a 75 percent majority is needed.

Smith fined $50K for shoe-lace shenanigans

The New York Knicks' J.R. Smith was fined $50,0000 when he ignored an NBA warning and attempted to untie a second player's shoe laces on Tuesday — Smith had a similar incident on Sunday.