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Last Update on December 22, 2014 06:33 GMT

BROWNS-PANTHERS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Cam Newton threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and the Carolina Panthers defeated the Cleveland Browns 17-13 on Sunday to take over sole possession of first place in the NFC South.

The victory sets up a winner-take-all showdown next Sunday at Atlanta between the Panthers (6-8-1) against the Falcons (6-9) for the division title.

The winner will join the 2010 Seattle Seahawks as the only teams in NFL history to reach the postseason in a non-strike-shortened season with a losing record.

Newton threw for 201 yards and ran for 63 yards just 12 days after the quarterback suffered two fractures in his lower back following an automobile accident. Jonathan Stewart ran for 122 yards and caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Newton.

Johnny Manziel made his second NFL start for Cleveland but left with 1:49 left in the first half with a hamstring injury and did not return.

BENGALS-STEELERS-PRIME TIME

NEW YORK (AP) -- The showdown for the AFC North title will be played in prime time.

NBC says next week's meeting between the Bengals and Steelers in Pittsburgh will be on "Sunday Night Football." The winner will be division champion.

The NFL does not designate a Sunday night game for Week 17 at the start of the season, waiting to see which matchup has the most intriguing playoff implications.

The Steelers (10-5) beat Kansas City 20-12 on Sunday to clinch a postseason berth. Cincinnati (9-4-1) hosts AFC West champ Denver on Monday night. If the Bengals lose to the Broncos, they could go into the regular-season finale in danger of missing the playoffs.

The announcement was made during halftime of Sunday night's Seahawks-Cardinals game.

GRIZZLIES-CAVALIERS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James had 25 points and 11 assists, Dion Waiters scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and the Cleveland Cavaliers handled one of the Western Conference's best teams, beating the Memphis Grizzlies 105-91 on Sunday.

James scored 16 in the second half and the Cavs shot a season-best 61 percent from the field to improve to just 3-6 against West teams. Anderson Varejao scored 18 and Kyrie Irving had 17 points and 12 assists for the Cavs, who are 11-3 since their sluggish 5-7 start.

Cleveland, which has won eight of nine at home, is 9-2 when James has at least nine assists.

Marc Gasol scored 23 and added 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who played without forward Zach Randolph. He's nursing a sore and swollen right knee he injured in Friday's loss at Chicago.

USA-IRVING AWARD

NEW YORK (AP) -- Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, the MVP of the Basketball World Cup, was honored Sunday as the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.

Irving started in all nine games for the Americans in Spain and averaged 12.1 points and 3.6 assists. He scored 26 points in the gold-medal game, going 6 of 6 from 3-point range to spark a rout of Serbia.

Irving was selected by USA Basketball's board of directors.

SAN FRANCISCO-CLEVELAND ST

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Anton Grady scored 17 points, Charlie Lee had 15 and Andre Yates 13 and Cleveland State held San Francisco without a field goal in overtime to pull out a 69-65 win on Sunday.

Statistically the game was even in the battle between two teams that are now both 6-6.

Three different times USF made just one of two free throws in overtime. Grady and Yates had baskets to put the Vikings ahead 66-63. After USF's last trip to the line with eight seconds left, Trey Lewis iced it by making two free throws at five seconds.

Mark Tollefesen led USF, which had an 11-point lead in the first half, with 17 points. The Dons were up 30-26 at the break. Tim Derksen had 11 but missed a 3-pointer at the end of regulation.

FERRIS ST-BOWLING GREEN

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) -- Drew Lehman scored 29 points and Josh Fleming added 23 with 13 rebounds and Division II Ferris State ran away from Bowling Green on Sunday.

The win was the ninth-straight for the Bulldogs although the game counted as an exhibition, leaving them at 8-2. Bowling Green fell to 6-3 with its first loss at home.

Ferris State led 37-36 at halftime then out-scored Ball State 15-4 in the first four minutes of the second half with Dietrich Lever, Fleming and Lehman each hitting 3-pointers for a 52-40 lead. The advantage stayed around 10 until the closing minutes when the Bulldogs pulled away. Fleming's 3 at 1:47 made it 82-62.

The Bulldogs shot 49 percent, including 9 of 18 behind the arc, and were 19 of 22 from the line.

Richaun Holmes had 26 for Bowling Green, which shot 42 percent (2 of 8 on 3-pointers) and 14 of 23 from the line.

National Sports News

Last Update on December 23, 2014 04:04 GMT

T25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The 10th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks had their eight-game winning streak come to an end.

The Jayhawks shot under 33 percent and committed 17 turnovers in a 77-52 loss to unranked Temple. Will Cummings scored 19 points and Quenton DeCosey added 18 in the Owls' first victory over a ranked team this season.

Perry Ellis had been the Jayhawks' leading scorer before he was held to five points on 1 of 10 shooting.

Also in top-25 hoops:

-- Pat Connaughton had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 16 Notre Dame to a 91-66 win over Northern Illinois. Zach Auguste added 16 points on 7-for-7 shooting and eight rebounds for the 12-1 Fighting Irish.

-- No. 17 St. John's knocked off Long Beach State 66-49 as Chris Obekpa (oh-BEHK'-pah) provided 16 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots. The Red Storm improved to 10-1, their best 11-game start in 24 years.

-- Juwan Staten had 17 points and 10 rebounds as 18th-ranked West Virginia trounced Wofford 77-44. The Mountaineers scored 16 unanswered points to lead 18-2 just seven minutes into their fourth straight win.

-- No. 19 Oklahoma Sooners set an NCAA Division I record with 39 straight points in an 89-51 rout of Weber State. Jordan Woodward and Ryan Spangler each scored 15 points for the Sooners.

-- Reserve guard Kam Williams scored 18 points and No. 21 Ohio State went on a 26-3 run in the first half to beat Miami-Ohio 93-55.

-- Rico Gathers had 16 points with 11 rebounds as 22nd-rated Baylor escaped with a 70-66 triumph over Southern.

-- Colorado State is 12-0 for the first time after Daniel Bejarno scored 15 points and John Gillon added 14 to help the 24th-ranked Rams beat Charleston Southern 75-54.

-- No. 25 TCU beat Grambling State 80-39 behind Kyan Anderson's 17 points.

T25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-POLL

UNDATED (AP) -- Make it three weeks in a row that Kentucky has been a unanimous pick as No. 1 in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll. The 12-0 Wildcats got all 65 first-place votes. Kentucky solidified its spot as the top team in the land with a crushing 83-44 win over UCLA Saturday in which the Wildcats rattled off the first 24 points in the game.

Duke, Arizona and Louisville held onto the next three spots.

The Cardinals have a showdown with Kentucky in Louisville on Saturday.

Virginia moves up a spot to No. 5, trading places with Wisconsin.

Villanova, Gonzaga, Texas and Kansas rounded out the top 10 in the same spots they held last week.

NBA-SCHEDULE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Charlotte Hornets own a season-high three-game winning streak after clobbering the Denver Nuggets.

Al Jefferson scored 22 points and Kemba Walker added 18 and nine assists as the Hornets ripped the Nuggets 110-82. Jefferson and Walker combined to shoot 15 of 25 from the field and didn't play in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand.

Rookie P.J. Hairston recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

NBA-PISTONS-SMITH

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- With Detroit sporting a 5-23 record, it was time for a Pistons change.

The Pistons have waived forward Josh Smith, less than halfway through the lucrative four-year, $54 million contract he signed before last season. Smith is averaging 13 points, seven rebounds and 4.7 assists per game this season, but he's hitting just 39 percent of his shots as part of the Pistons' collection of poor perimeter shooters.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MIAMI BEACH BOWL

MIAMI (AP) -- Fans attending the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl also witnessed an aerial show, some extra football and a Pier 6 brawl.

Several fights broke out between Memphis and BYU players moments after the Tigers secured a 55-48 double-overtime win over the Cougars. It took several minutes for order to be restored, but not before several punches had been thrown and tempers flared. The brawl involved many players from both teams after BYU's Christian Stewart threw an interception on the final play.

As for the game, Paxton Lynch accounted for seven touchdowns, including a scoring pass to Roderick Proctor in the second overtime to win it. Jake Elliott made a 55-yard field goal to force the second OT. Lynch threw for four scores and ran for three more as the Tigers secured their first 10-win season since 1938.

BYU finished 8-5.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-COLORADO STATE/BOBO

UNDATED (AP) -- Two people familiar with the negotiations tell the Associated Press that Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has tentatively agreed to become Colorado State's next football coach. Bobo would take over for Jim McElwain, who left for Florida after leading the Rams to one of their best regular seasons in program history. Bobo has been on Mark Richt's staff since 2001 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2007.

NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) -- Johnny Football is now Johnny Benched.

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') has been ruled out of the team's season finale against Baltimore after suffering a hamstring injury in Sunday's loss to Carolina. It was the second start of the season for the well-hyped rookie, who replaced Brian Hoyer a few days before the Browns' 30-0 loss to Cincinnati on Dec. 14.

Hoyer will start the season finale Sunday if he can recover from a shoulder injury suffered in Sunday's loss to Carolina. If he can't go, rookie Connor Shaw will become the second rookie quarterback to start for Cleveland this season.

In other NFL news:

-- Chicago quarterback Jimmy Clausen will miss the season finale against Minnesota because of a concussion, moving Jay Cutler back into the starting role. Cutler was benched in favor of Clausen for Sunday's loss to Detroit.

-- Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says he's leaning toward starting rookie quarterback Logan Thomas in Arizona's regular-season finale. Arians insists the decision is not a reflection on how Ryan Lindley played in Sunday's 35-6 home loss to the Seahawks.

-- Court documents unsealed today reveal a woman alleges former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald sexually assaulted her following a night of drinking and after she injured her head in a fall by his swimming pool. The woman told authorities she has no memory of the sexual encounter, which police say occurred at McDonald's home Dec. 14, a few hours after the 49ers lost in Seattle. No charges have been filed, and the San Jose police continue to investigate.

-- A dozen people are recovering after they were injured by an indirect lightning strike in the parking lot at Raymond James Stadium following Sunday's game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers. Rescue crews took seven people to the hospital. All were in stable condition when they left for St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Nashville Predators are within two points of the NHL's Central Division-leading Chicago Blackhawks after cooling off the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Craig Smith scored twice and the Predators won for the fifth time in six games by downing the Jackets 5-1. Colin Wilson and Smith scored 1:38 apart in the second period to put the Predators ahead 2-0. It became a five-goal lead once Seth Jones, Smith and Mike Fisher tallied in a 2:14 span of the third period.

Pekka Rinne (PEH'-kuh REE'-nay) stopped 30 shots against the Blue Jackets, who were 8-0-1 in their previous nine.

Elsewhere on ice:

-- Florida squandered a 3-1 lead in the last five minutes of regulation before Alexander Barkov scored the lone shootout goal in the seventh round to lift the Panthers over Pittsburgh 4-3. Barkov also assisted on Jimmy Hayes' second goal of the night.

-- Mike Green set up goals by Jay Beagle and Nicklas Backstrom in the second period of Washington's 2-1 triumph against Ottawa. Braden Holtby turned back 38 shots to help the Capitals beat the Senators for the first time in eight tries since December 2011.

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