Ravens edge Broncos in 2 OT's/Niners dump Packers
UNDATED (AP) — Defense was not the name of the game in Saturday's NFL playoff games. In Denver the Broncos and Ravens combined for 73 points while in San Francisco the 49ers and Green Bay combined for 76 points.
In the second game of the day, San Francisco advanced to the NFC Championship game with a 45-31 thumping of Green Bay. The game was close for two quarters but the Niners came alive with 21 points in the second half to just 10 for the Packers.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk) led the way for the Niners, passing for two scores and running for two more. He completed 17 of 31 passes for 263 yards and ran the ball 16 times for an additional 181 yards. He set an NFL rushing record for yards gained in a playoff game by a quarterback.
For the game the Niners had 579 total yards against a Packers defense that held Adrian Peterson to just 99 yards the week before.
Aaron Rodgers passed for two scores.
Earlier in the day the Baltimore Ravens earned a spot in the AFC Championship game. Rookie Justin Tucker provided the heroics as he kicked a 47 yard field goal 1:42 into the second overtime to give Baltimore a 38-35 win over favored Denver in the AFC Divisional playoff.
The game-winning kick was set up when Corey Graham intercepted a Peyton Manning pass near midfield. For the game Manning was intercepted twice and he had a fumble as well.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco kept his team alive by throwing a 70-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones over Tony Carter and Rahim Moore with 31 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. The first overtime was scoreless.
This was the fourth longest playoff game in league history.
The Broncos became the latest No. 1 seed to lose in the divisional round. Since 2005, nine top-seeded teams lost their first game in the playoffs.
The Ravens will face either Houston or New England on the road next week in the AFC title game.
Vikes' Peterson, Texans' Watt unanimous picks
NEW YORK (AP) — It's unanimous for two members of the Associated Press All-Pro team. Vikings 2,000-yard man Adrian Peterson and Texans pass-swatting end J.J. Watt were unanimous picks for the honor.
Peterson, who came within 9 yards of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record, and Watt, who led the NFL with 20 1-2 sacks, were selected by all 50 members of a nationwide panel of media members who cover the league.
Peterson is a three-time All-Pro. Watt is among 17 players making their All-Pro debuts.
Peyton Manning made his sixth team, the previous five while quarterbacking Indianapolis. Also chosen for the sixth time was Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez, who this season moved into second place on the career receptions list. San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis made it for the fifth time in his six pro seasons.
KC names new GM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have hired longtime Packers personnel man John Dorsey to replace the fired Scott Pioli (pee-OHL'-ee) as their general manager. The Chiefs announced the hiring while the Packers were playing the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC playoffs.
Dorsey, who played linebacker for the Packers in the 1980s, was instrumental in building Green Bay into a perennial contender as director of college scouting from 2000-12.
AP sources: Eagles interviewing Seahawks' Bradley
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly interviewing Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley in Atlanta for their head coaching job. That's what two people familiar with the meeting told The Associated Press on Saturday.
Bradley is the eighth candidate interviewed since the Eagles fired Andy Reid on Dec. 31 following a 4-12 finish.
Duke falls to Wolfpack...Illini loses
UNDATED (AP) — Duke is unbeaten no longer. The 20th-ranked N.C. State Wolfpack pulled off the upset, sending the top-ranked Blue Devils to their first loss of the season following 15 victories, 84-76. C.J. Leslie scored 25 points, including six straight during a key second-half run, to lead N.C. State. Richard Howell added 16 points and 18 rebounds in the upset. Seth Curry scored 22 for Duke, which shot 45 percent and never led after halftime.
In other AP Top-25 hoops:
— Third-ranked Louisville got 17 points from Peyton Siva in a 64-38 win over South Florida. Center Gorgui Dieng added 12 points and 16 rebounds while forward Chane Behanan had 12 rebounds and seven points for the 15-1 Cardinals, who won their 10th in a row.
— Solomon Hill had 16 points, including five 3-pointers, to help the No. 4 Arizona Wildcats bounce back from their first loss of the season with a 80-70 victory over Oregon State. The 15-1 Wildcats were coming off a 70-66 defeat Thursday night against the Oregon Ducks.
— Fifth-ranked Indiana improved to 15-1 by beating eighth-ranked Minnesota 88-81. Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE'-poh) had 20 points and six rebounds for the Hoosiers.
— Sixth-ranked Kansas fell behind early but came back to beat Texas Tech 60-46. Kevin Young scored 14 points for the Jayhawks who have won 13 straight.
— C.J. Fair had 22 points, Trevor Cooney hit a pair of 3-pointers to punctuate a late surge and No. 7 Syracuse beat Villanova 72-61. Syracuse is 16-1. The Orange have won 34 straight home games.
— Tenth-ranked Missouri was upset by Mississippi as Murphy Holloway scored 22 points and Jarvis Summers added 12 in 64-49 victory for the Rebels. Ole Miss, which is 13-2, led the entire game, jumping out to an early 9-0 lead thanks to timely shooting and superior defense.
— Kenny Boynton scored 20 points and Florida used a 31-6 run across the halves to rout LSU 74-52. Patric Young had 14 points for the 11th-ranked Gators, who are 12-2.
— Jared Berggren scored 15 points and grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds, and Traevon Jackson added a career-best 14 points to lead Wisconsin over No. 12 Illinois 74-51.
— Roosevelt Jones scored 16 points and 14th-ranked Butler extended its best start in four years, beating Dayton 79-73 for its 11th straight victory despite losing its top scorer, Rotnei Clarke, to injury. Clarke hit the padded backboard support hard after an intentional foul and had to be carried off the court.
— Chase Tapley scored 12 of his 19 points in overtime, including two 3-pointers and a layup off a steal, and No. 16 San Diego State held off Colorado State 79-72.
— Shabazz Napier scored 19 points, Tyler Olander scored 12 of his career-high 16 points in the second half and Connecticut ended the game with a 7-0 run to beat No. 17 Notre Dame 65-58. That ends the 12-game winning streak by the Fighting Irish.
— Shane Southwell made two free throws with 21 seconds left, then blocked Gary Browne's layup attempt with 1 second left to preserve No. 18 Kansas State's 65-64 win over West Virginia.
— Otto Porter had 19 points and a season-high 14 rebounds and No. 19 Georgetown broke out of its scoring funk with a 67-51 victory over St. John's. In their past two games, Georgetown managed just 48 points in each of those losses.
— Cincinnati, the 21st team in the AP poll, snapped a two-game losing streak with a 68-58 win over Rutgers. Cashmere Wright scored 23 points in the win.
— It took overtime but 24th ranked UNLV held-off Air Force 74-71.
— Alex Kirk had 19 points and a career-high 14 rebounds and No. 25 New Mexico posted a 72-45 rout over Fresno State.
Magic stuns Clippers in L.A.
UNDATED (AP) — Arron Afflalo (uh-FLAH'-loh) tied his season high with 30 points, and the Orlando Magic beat the Los Angeles Clippers 104-101 to snap a 10-game skid. J.J. Redick (RED'-ik) gave Orlando its first lead on a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left. Redick scored 21. The loss ended the Clippers' franchise-record 13-game, home-winning streak. The Clippers got a scare when All-Star guard Chris Paul went down holding his right knee with 54 seconds to go. Paul returned after a timeout and hit a 15-footer to draw his team within one with 33 seconds left. But it wasn't enough to prevent the upset.
— Washington's Wizards welcomed back guard John Wall with a win. Playing in his first game of the season, the former No. 1 pick had 14 points and 4 assists in a 93-83 win over visiting Atlanta. Wall's playing time will be limited as he returns from a knee injury, but he appeared to have his old speed and explosiveness back while playing seven minutes in the first half and 15 in the second half.
— George Hill had 19 points as the Pacers beat the Bobcats 96-88. Indiana also got 18 points from D.J. Augustin while Lance Stephenson had 17 and David West 14. For the visiting Bobcats the leading scorer was Ben Gordon with 21. Indiana is riding a four-game winning streak.
— Jrue (DROO) Holiday scored 30 points, Thaddeus Young had 18 points and 12 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 107-100 win over the Houston Rockets. James Harden led the Rockets with 29 points and Chandler Parsons had 23. Jeremy Lin missed 11 of 13 shots for seven points.
—Playing in Auburn Hills, Mich., Utah rallied to beat the Pistons 90-87. Al Jefferson scored 10 of his 20 points in the third quarter in the win. Detroit's Brandon Knight missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds that would have tied the game after the Pistons trailed by 13 points with 3:26 left.
— Luis Scola scored 22 points to help the Phoenix Suns beat the Chicago Bulls 97-81 and snap a five-game losing streak. Michael Beasley added 20 points for Phoenix, which had lost 12 straight on the road and got their first win away from home since beating Cleveland on Nov. 27.
— Shawn Marion scored a season-high 20 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 17 and the Dallas Mavericks won consecutive games for the first time in a month with a 104-83 victory over Memphis. The Grizzlies were ragged a night after a big overtime win against Southwest Division-leading San Antonio.
— Mario Chalmers led the Heat with 34 points as Miami rolled over Sacramento 128-99. LeBron James added 20 while Isaiah Thomas had 34 for the Kings.
NHL's lockout is now over
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL lockout is officially over. The league and players union completed the memorandum of understanding that allowed training camps to open following ratification of the new collective bargaining agreement in a vote of the players.
The owners unanimously approved the deal Wednesday.
Training camps are slated to open Sunday. The 48-game regular season is expected to open next Saturday, with no preseason games.
Kelly staying put
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is not headed to the NFL. In a statement, Kelly said his interest in the NFL is done, for now. He interviwed with Philadelphia earlier in the week for their position.
The remarks were the first comments by Kelly since news broke late Wednesday that he had interviewed with the Eagles a day after the Irish were beaten 42-14 by Alabama in the BCS title game.
AP source: Lance to admit doping to Oprah
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong apparently is coming clean. A person with knowledge of the situation says the cyclist will make a limited confession to doping during his televised interview with Oprah Winfrey next week.
Armstrong, who has long denied doping, will also offer an apology. The interview is scheduled to be taped Monday at his home in Austin, Texas. That's according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no authorization to speak publicly on the matter.
While not directly saying he would confess or apologize, Armstrong sent a text message to The Associated Press that said: "I told her (Winfrey) to go wherever she wants and I'll answer the questions directly, honestly and candidly. That's all I can say."
Co-leaders after three
HONOLULU (AP) — The third round of the PGA's Sony Open is over in Honolulu and there's a two-way tie for the lead. Russell Henley, the leader after two rounds, birdied the 18th hole to wind up tied with fellow American Scott Langley at 17-under par.
SKI-MEN'S WORLD CUP
Ligety of US wins World Cup giant slalom
ADELBODEN, Switzerland (AP) — Ted Ligety (LIHG'-eh-tee) of the U.S. won a duel with Marcel Hirscher in a World Cup giant slalom Saturday for his fourth victory of the season in his specialist event. The 28-year-old American skied cleanly in the fast-fading light to take the victory after first-run leader Hirscher made a mistake on the dark slope.
SKI-WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
US skier McKennis claims downhill for 1st World Cup victory; Vonn 6th
ST. ANTON, Austria (AP) — American Alice McKennis earned her first World Cup victory by winning a downhill and Lindsey Vonn placed sixth on her return from a nearly month-long break. Vonn, the defending overall champion who returned to the circuit after recovering from an intestinal illness, was 0.34 behind. American teammate Laurenne Ross was fifth.