Dawson go-ahead field goal lifts 49ers by Seattle
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Phil Dawson kicked a 22-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining and the San Francisco 49ers held off the Seattle Seahawks 19-17 on Sunday.
Frank Gore broke a 51-yard gain with just more than four minutes left to set up the go-ahead 11-play, 76-yard drive as the 49ers (9-4) kept the playoff-bound Seahawks (11-2) from clinching the NFC West on San Francisco's home field.
Dawson's fourth field goal of the day gave him 20 straight converted field goals, a franchise record topping Joe Nedney's 18 consecutive in 2006-07.
Russell Wilson threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Luke Willson and Marshawn Lynch ran for an 11-yard score for Seattle, denied a franchise-best sixth road victory.
The 49ers are unbeaten at home against the West since losing to the Seahawks on Oct. 26, 2008.
Philip Rivers helps Chargers beat Giants 37-14
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Philip Rivers found rookie Keenan Allen for two of his three touchdown passes, and the San Diego Chargers beat Eli Manning and the New York Giants 37-14 Sunday to keep alive their long-shot playoff hopes.
Manning dropped to 0-3 against San Diego since 2004, when the Chargers took him with the No. 1 overall draft pick and then sent him to the Giants for Rivers and a handful of draft picks.
The Giants (5-8) were eliminated from the playoff picture.
Manning was picked off twice, the first time when Donald Butler came up with a deflected pass midway through the first quarter. Three plays later, Allen caught a 43-yard pass and lunged for the pylon for the score.
Allen had three catches to push his season total to 61, breaking LaDainian Tomlinson's team rookie record of 59 in 2001.
Kobe returns, but Raptors beat Lakers 106-94
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant had nine points and eight rebounds in his season debut for the Lakers, but Amir Johnson scored a career-high 32 points in the trade-depleted Toronto Raptors' 106-94 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday night.
Bryant began his 18th NBA season by going 2 for 9 with four assists and eight turnovers in 28 minutes. The fourth-leading scorer in NBA history hadn't played since tearing his Achilles tendon in April, undergoing several months of rehabilitation to return for Los Angeles' 20th game of the new season.
But the Lakers never led, and Toronto improbably snapped its five-game losing streak despite playing without forward Rudy Gay, who is expected to be traded to Sacramento on Monday as the centerpiece of an apparent seven-player deal.
AP Source: Toronto to trade Rudy Gay to Sacramento
A person familiar with the deal says the Toronto Raptors have reached an agreement to send Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings in a multiplayer trade.
The Raptors will receive Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes. The Kings also will acquire Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday night because the trade is still pending NBA approval, said the deal is expected to become official Monday. Toronto was playing at the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.
Yahoo Sports first reported the trade.
The move is the second major one for the Kings already this season as they begin rebuilding under new owner Vivek Ranadive. Sacramento sent Luc Mbah a Moute to Minnesota for Derrick Williams on Nov. 26.
BKC-E WASHINGTON-SAINT MARY'S (CAL)
St. Mary's runs past EWU for 93-65 win
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) - Brad Waldow scored 24 points to lead five Gaels in double figures as St. Mary's beat Eastern Washington 93-65 Sunday night.
After Drew Brandon hit a 3-point shot to pull Eastern Washington (5-3) within seven with 9:24 left in the first half, the Gaels went on a 16-5 run to open up a 33-15 lead, and EWU would never get closer than 12 the rest of the way.
Kerry Carter scored a career-high 18 points for St. Mary's (7-0). Beau Levesque added 14, and James Walker III had 12. Stephen Holt finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
St. Mary's outrebounded EWU 49-36, including 18-10 on the offensive glass.
Eastern Washington shot just 39 percent (23 of 59) from the field and a season-low 17.4 percent (4 of 23) from 3-point range.
Tyler Harvey scored 20 points in the loss.
St. Mary's led 41-26 at the half.
USC beats Boston College 78-62 to go 5-0 at home
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Julian Jacobs led five players in double figures with 16 points and Southern California pulled away over the final eight minutes to beat Boston College 78-62 Sunday, improving to 5-0 at home.
The Trojans (6-3) got 15 points from Nikola Jovanovic, 14 each from Roschon Prince and Pe'Shon Howard, and 12 from Byron Wesley in winning their second straight. Prince made all six of his free throws and Jovanovic hit all three of his as USC went 18 of 23 at the line.
Boston College (3-6) was led by Ryan Anderson with 13 points. KC Caudill and Joe Rahon added 11 points each. Olivier Hanlon, who came in averaging a team-high 20.9 points, was held to six after not starting for the first time this season.
The Eagles were held to season lows in points as well as field goal (37) and free throw (60) percentages.
Northern Illinois, Utah State in Poinsettia Bowl
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Star dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch and the No. 24. Northern Illinois Huskies will face Mountain West Conference Mountain Division champion Utah State in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 26 at Qualcomm Stadium.
Northern Illinois (12-1) saw its hopes of playing in a BCS game dashed by a 47-27 loss to Bowling Green in the Mid-American Conference title game.
Lynch ran for 1,881 yards, an NCAA record for quarterbacks, and passed for 2,676.
Utah State (8-5) lost 24-17 to No. 21 Fresno State in the inaugural Mountain West title game Saturday night. It will play in its school-record third straight bowl game.
Arizona State, Texas Tech to play in Holiday Bowl
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Pac-12 South Division champion Arizona State and Texas Tech have accepted invitations to play in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30 at Qualcomm Stadium.
It will be the fourth appearance for Arizona State (10-3) and the second appearance for Texas Tech (7-5).
Arizona State lost to Stanford 38-14 in the Pac-12 championship game Saturday night.
T25-LAS VEGAS BOWL
Fresno State, USC matched up in Las Vegas Bowl
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Fresno State will face Southern California in the Las Vegas Bowl.
The 21st-ranked Bulldogs (11-1) capped their spectacular season by earning their first outright conference championship since 1989 on Saturday, trouncing Utah State in the Mountain West title game.
Although Fresno State fell one loss shy of busting the BCS, the Bulldogs' reward is a high-profile matchup with the transitioning Trojans (9-4) at Sam Boyd Stadium on Dec. 21.
USC (9-4) will have its third head coach of a tumultuous season, with offensive coordinator Clay Helton directing the Trojans in their second straight bowl appearance following a two-year NCAA ban.
Interim coach Ed Orgeron went 6-2 after Lane Kiffin was fired, but he resigned Monday after USC chose Steve Sarkisian for the permanent job.
FIGHT HUNGER BOWL
Washington, BYU to meet in Fight Hunger Bowl
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Washington has been picked as the opponent for BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl.
The Cougars locked up a bid to the Dec. 27 game in San Francisco earlier this year, and bowl officials selected the Huskies as the Pac-12 participant Sunday night.
Washington went 8-4 this season before coach Steve Sarkisian left to take the job at Southern California. The Huskies hired Chris Petersen away from Boise State on Friday, but quarterbacks coach and former Washington standout Marques Tuiasosopo will be the interim head coach for the bowl game.
BYU also finished 8-4 and is headed to a bowl for the ninth straight season under coach Bronco Mendenhall. The Cougars are 6-2 in those games, including winning the last four.
This is expected to be the final Fight Hunger Bowl played at the San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park. The bowl is moving to the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara next year.
Stanford, Michigan State headed to 100th Rose Bowl
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Michigan State and Stanford have been selected for the Rose Bowl's centennial.
The No. 4 Spartans will face the fifth-ranked Cardinal on Jan. 1 in the 100th edition of the Rose Bowl game, pitting two venerable programs in Pasadena's traditional Midwest-West Coast intersectional matchup.
Michigan State (12-1) upset Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday to earn its first trip to Pasadena since Jan. 1, 1988, when the Spartans beat USC 20-17.
Stanford (11-2) is back in Pasadena for the second straight season after trouncing Arizona State in the Pac-12 title game on Saturday. The powerful Cardinal held off Wisconsin 20-14 last season for the school's first Rose Bowl victory in 40 years.
Harding makes 37 saves, Wild beat Sharks 3-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Josh Harding made 37 saves in another strong home outing, and the Minnesota Wild beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 on Sunday night despite recording only 13 shots.
Zach Parise scored twice - once into an empty net - and Mikko Koivu added a goal for the Wild, who have won three of four.
Patrick Marleau scored with 1:41 left for San Jose, which went 1-3 on a four-game trip. The Sharks, who have lost three in a row in regulation for the first time this season, are 0-5-1 in their last six games in Minnesota.
Antti Niemi made 10 saves.
Parise and Koivu scored second-period goals to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead. Parise pushed the Wild's edge back to two goals when he scored at 19:54.
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