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Perfect Irish in BCS title game...Irish will play Alabama-Georgia SEC championship winner

UNDATED (AP) __ Notre Dame is going to the BCS championship game to play for its first national title in 24 years.

Theo Riddick rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown, Kyle Brindza kicked five field goals, and the top-ranked Irish secured a spot in the BCS championship game with a 22-13 victory over Southern California.

Everett Golson passed for 217 yards as the 12-0 Fighting Irish completed their first perfect regular season since 1988. The Irish earned a trip to Miami on Jan. 7 and will play the winner of the Alabama-Georgia SEC championship game next Saturday.

Notre Dame's hard-nosed defense appropriately made the decisive stand in the final minutes. The Irish kept USC out of the end zone on four plays from the Irish 1 with 2:33 to play. USC finished 7-5.

In other AP Top-25 football:

—Alabama has reached the SEC championship game, which effectively has become a semifinal for the national championship game. AJ McCarron passed for four touchdowns and Eddie Lacy rushed for 131 yards and two scores to lead the Crimson Tide to a 49-0 rout of rival Auburn in the most lopsided Iron Bowl in 64 years. Next up for the second-ranked Tide is Georgia.

__Aaron Murray threw two touchdown passes, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall each ran for a pair of TDs to lead No. 3 Georgia to a 42-10 rout of Georgia Tech. The victory keeps the 11-1 Bulldogs in the thick of the national championship race.

__Carlos Hyde ran for 146 yards and No. 4 Ohio State's defense shut out 20th-ranked Michigan in the second half to grab a bruising 26-21 victory. The win completes an improbable 12-0 season for the Buckeyes who are ineligible for post-season play. Michigan finishes 8-4 and will now await a minor bowl bid.

__Fifth-ranked Oregon recovered from its loss to Stanford last week by rolling over Oregon State 48-24. The 10-1 Ducks got three touchdown runs from De'Anthon Thomas and two from Kenjon (KEHN'-yahn) Barner to keep their faint hopes for a national championship shot alive. Thomas ran for 198 yards and Barner added 122 rushing.

— Mike Gillislee ran for two touchdowns and No. 6 Florida scored 24 straight points in the fourth quarter to defeat Florida State 37-26 and keep its national title hopes alive.

__ Heisman Trophy hopeful Johnny Manziel threw for 372 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two more scores as No. 9 Texas A&M beat Missouri 59-29.

— Stepfan Taylor rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns, Kevin Hogan passed for 160 yards and another score, and No. 11 Stanford beat No. 15 UCLA 35-17 to win the Pacific-12 Conference North title. Stanford will host a rematch with the Bruins Friday in the Pac-12 Conference championship game.

— Backup quarterback Dylan Thompson threw for three touchdowns, Jadeveon Clowney had 4 1-2 sacks and No. 13 South Carolina won its fourth straight over 12th-ranked Clemson 27-17. Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier became the school's victories leader with 65 in eight seasons.

__Landry Jones threw for 500 yards and three touchdowns, and Brennan Clay scored on an 18-yard run in overtime to lift No. 14 Oklahoma to a 51-48 win against No. 22 Oklahoma State in the Bedlam rivalry.

— Chad Christen kicked a 30-yard field goal in the third overtime to give Connecticut a 23-20 upset win over No. 19 Louisville.

— Tino Sunseri passed for 227 yards and two touchdowns in his final home game as Pittsburgh overwhelmed No. 21 Rutgers 27-6.

— Chuckie Keeton passed for two touchdowns to lead 25th-ranked Utah State to a 45-9 drubbing of Idaho to secure its first outright conference title in 76 years. The Western Athletic Conference champion Aggies also got a 59-yard interception return for a touchdown from senior Will Davis.

— Bo Wallace threw for 294 yards and five touchdowns, Donte Moncrief caught three TD passes and Mississippi pulled away in the second half to beat No. 25 Mississippi State 41-24.


Nittany Lions finish challenging season 8-4

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Sam Ficken hit a 37-yard field goal in overtime, and Wisconsin's Kyle French attempt from 44 yards went wide left to seal Penn State's 24-21 win in an emotional season finale in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions finished the year 8-4 to end a challenging year that began with landmark sanctions from the NCAA for the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.


Ball sets career touchdown mark...Razorbacks ax Smith

UNDATED (AP) — Wisconsin running back Montee Ball set an NCAA record with his 79th career touchdown on a 17-yard run in the first quarter of the game against Penn State. The score broke a tie in the record book with Travis Prentice of Miami (Ohio), who had previously set the major college mark in 1999.

In other college football news:

— Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long says interim football coach John L. Smith will not return next season. Arkansas began the season ranked in the top 10 but quickly fell out of the polls after a stunning loss to Louisianan-Monroe on Sept. 8. The Razorbacks finished with a 4-8 record including a 2-6 mark in the SEC.


Heat still perfect at home...Wizards perfectly awful

UNDATED (AP) —The Miami Heat rallied from seven down in the final 1:52 to beat Cleveland 110-108 to improve to 6-0 at home. Ray Allen hit a huge three-pointer with 18.2 seconds left.

LeBron James led the Heat with 30 points. Chris Bosh added 23. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 18 and Allen finished with 17.

In the rest of the NBA:

__ The Washington Wizards are 0-11 after dropping their second straight overtime game. Reggie Williams hit his only basket of the game, a three-pointer in double overtime to give the Charlotte Bobcats a 108-106 win. Byron Mullens led the Bobcats with 27.

— Kevin Durant scored 37 points, Russell Westbrook had 30 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Philadelphia 76ers 116-109 in overtime. The Thunder are 10-4.

— Jeff Teague had 19 points and 11 assists, Zaza Pachulia added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks won their fifth straight game with a 104-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, who've lost three straight.

— Metta World Peace hit three early 3-pointers to spark a Los Angeles barrage from long range, and the Lakers scored 36 points before Kobe Bryant took his first shot in a 115-89 blowout of the Dallas Mavericks. Bryant finished with 19.

__ Sacramento beat the Utah Jazz 108-97. Tyreke (ty-REEK') Evans hit for 27 to lead the Kings. He also dished out five assists.

— Carlos Boozer and Richard Hamilton scored 22 points apiece to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 93-86 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks to end a four-game losing streak.

__ Golden State held Minnesota to 11 fourth-quarter points and beat the Timberwolves 96-85. Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 24.


Duke wins Atlantis crown...Creighton big winner in Vegas

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Fifth-ranked Duke beat No. 2 Louisville 76-71 to win an early-season college basketball blueblood showdown in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament championship in the Bahamas.

Mason Plumlee led Duke with 16. Tournament MVP Quinn Cook scored 11 of his 15 points in the final 7:46, including the final eight points for the 6-0 Blue Devils.

Louisville fell to 5-1.

In other AP Top-25 hoops:

__Laurence Bowers had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Phil Pressey had 11 points and eight assists, leading No. 13 Missouri to a 68-65 victory over VCU in the third-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

__ The 14th-ranked Creighton (KRAY'-tuhn) Bluejays are this year's Las Vegas Invitational champs. Creighton beat Arizona State 87-73 behind Doug McDermott's 29 points.

— Freshman Anthony Bennett scored 22 points and No. 18 UNLV beat Iowa State 82-70 in the consolation game of the Global Sports Classic.

__Chris Crawford and Joe Jackson scored 18 and 15 points, respectively, and 19th-ranked Memphis avoided losing all three games in the Battle 4 Atlantis, beating Northern Iowa 52-47.

__Willis Hall scored six consecutive points for the College of Charleston to break the final tie and the Cougars held on for a 63-59 upset at 24th-ranked Baylor.


Vick, McCoy out for Eagles against Carolina...Browns not waving the white flag

UNDATED (AP) — Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy have been ruled out for the Eagles' game against Carolina on Monday night because of concussions.

Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder said Vick is symptom-free, but McCoy has headaches and dizziness.

In other NFL news:

__ The Cleveland Browns have waved off their white-flag giveaway after days of criticism. The Browns have decided to cancel a promotion to hand out white flags to fans before Sunday's game against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Because white flags symbolize surrender, the giveaway seemed to imply the Browns were giving up against the Steelers, who have won 16 of the past 17 games between the AFC North foes.


McIlroy, Donald share lead

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rory McIlroy sank a short birdie putt on the 18th hole to remain tied with Luke Donald as the world's two top-ranked golfers pulled three shots clear of the field after the third round of the Dubai World Championship. McIlroy also sank a long eagle putt on the way to a 6-under 66 that put him at 17-under par. Donald matched the 66 for a share of the lead.

South African's Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST'-hy-zehn) and Charl Schwartzel (SHAR'-uhl SHWORTS'-uhl) are tied for second.


Vonn fades in return race

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) —An exhausted Lindsey Vonn finished 21st in the women's World Cup giant slalom. It was her return race after missing time with an intestinal illness.

Vonn was 10th after the first run, but didn't have anything left for the second pass through the challenging course. The four-time overall champion wasn't sure if she was even going to compete in Aspen this weekend because of a stomach bug that landed her in the hospital.

Slovenia's Tina Maze won her second straight giant slalom.


Sullivan ties for third

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) — American Marco Sullivan earned a podium appearance in the men's World Cup downhill.

Sullivan tied for third with Austria's Klaus Kroell.

Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal won the season-opening downill with Austria's Max Franz second by 0.64 seconds.


Hamilton wins pole, Vettel fourth

SAO PAULO (AP) — Lewis Hamilton won the pole position for Sunday's season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix, while Formula One leader Sebastian Vettel (VEHT'-ehl) will start fourth and title challenger Fernando Alonso eighth.

Vettel leads Alonso by 13 points and needs to finish fourth or better to capture a third straight driving title at age 25. He could be the youngest three-time champion. Alonso needs at least a podium finish to have any chance of winning his third title.


Bolt named World Athlete of the Year

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Usain Bolt has won the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award for the fourth time over United States hurdler Aries Merritt and Kenyan runner David Rudisha.

The Jamaican sprinter, who defended his 100 and 200 meter gold medals at this summer's Olympic Games, also won the award in 2008, 2009, and 2011.


Camacho dies

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Former boxing champion Hector "Macho" Camacho has died after being taken off life support at his family's direction. The 50-year old had been unconscious since being shot in the face in a parked car outside of a bar Tuesday night. He was declared clinically brain dead by doctors on Thursday.

Camacho went into cardiac arrest Saturday morning and was taken off life support shortly after that.

Camacho's three decade boxing career was marked by high profile fights with the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad and Roberto Duran. He won world championships in three different weight classes. He ended his career in 2010 with a record of 79-6-3, with 36 knockouts.

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