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All Alabama

The defending BCS National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide cruise to their second straight title late Monday night in Miami with a 42-14 demolition of the Fighting Irish.

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Georgia QB Murray to return for senior season

Georgia QB Aaron Murray announces late Sunday that he will hold off the NFL for another year and return for his senior season with the Bulldogs. (ADDS: item on Gurley being named to All-American Freshman Team)

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Rondo, Pierce help Celtics rally past Hawks

The Celtics erase a 19-point deficit to come back and beat the Hawks on Saturday, 89-81

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Texans knock Cincy out of playoffs for second straight year

After closing the regular season with three losses in their last four games, the Texans bounce back with a playoff-opening victory vs. the Bengals — just like last season.

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Packers beat Ponder-less Vikings, 24-10

With starting quarterback Christian Ponder sidelined with an injury, the Vikings and running back Adrian Peterson were held in check by the Packers.

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Alabama QB McCarron gunning for title No. 2

A.J. McCarron can become the first quarterback in Alabama history to win two national titles when the Tide clash with Notre Dame in Monday’s BCS National Championship game.

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Will coming playoff finally take down SEC?

College football will begin a new playoff format in 2014, which could make it tougher for the SEC to continue to rack up national titles.

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Georgia Tech falls to Miami in ACC opener

Georgia Tech’s six-game winning streak is snapped in its ACC opener when Miami uses its size and a deep bench to overpower the Yellow Jackets in a 62-49 victory in Atlanta. (ADDS: FSU wins ACC opener)

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PREVIEW: Rookie quarterbacks Wilson, RG3 in the spotlight

Washington's Robert Griffin III and Seattle's Russell Wilson have had two of the best rookie seasons in NFL history, and the quarterbacks lead their teams into the playoffs today.

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PREVIEW: Colts hoping inspirational year continues vs. Ravens

Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who is back on the sidelines after being treated for leukemia, leads Indianapolis into the playoffs today against Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens.

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Falcons using bye week to work on themselves

Atlanta hasn’t won a playoff game in Mike Smith’s five years as head coach, but the Falcons have plans to stop that streak this season.

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Pistons hold on for 85-84 win vs. Hawks

The Hawks trailed by as many as 19, but their comeback fell short against Detroit, which won, 85-84.

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Falcons’ White focused on postseason, not Pro Bowl snub

For the first time in five years, Roddy White is left off the Pro Bowl roster, but the Falcons receiver is more concerned about helping Atlanta win in the playoffs.

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Alabama not talking about a dynasty — yet

A win on Monday and Alabama becomes the first team to win consecutive BCS championships and three national titles in four years.

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Georgia linebacker Jones declares for NFL draft

Jarvis Jones, Georgia’s All-American linebacker, will enter the NFL draft and won’t be returning for his senior year.

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Oregon runs past K-State in Fiesta Bowl

Oregon dominated Thursday's Fiesta Bowl against Kansas State from the opening kickoff and never looked back in the 35-17 victory.

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Brisbane semis showdown set between Serena, No. 1 Azarenka

Serena Williams takes another step toward the No. 1 ranking in the world with a win in the Brisbane International quarterfinals vs. Sloane Stephens.

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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Auburn holds off Florida State, 78-72

Auburn trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half before storming out to a large lead in the second half and holding off the Seminoles in the final minutes. (ADDS: Georgia Tech men beat Chattanooga)

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Wife of former Brave Andruw Jones files for divorce

The wife of former Atlanta Braves star Andruw Jones filed for divorce about a week after she accused him of grabbing her neck and saying he wanted to kill her.

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Ravens' Lewis to retire after playoffs

Ray Lewis, the Ravens’ 13-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker, announces that he will retire after the playoffs, which begin for Baltimore on Sunday against the Colts.

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Georgia Tech finally finds defense in postseason

The Yellow Jackets play their best defensive game of the year in Monday’s 21-7 win against USC in the Sun Bowl after a regular season when they gave up more than 40 points six different times.

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Easing the pain

Tuesday’s victory in the Capitol One Bowl didn’t completely make up for Georgia’s loss in the SEC championship game, but it sure took away some of the sting.

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FSU routs Northern Illinois in Orange Bowl

The Seminoles and former Westover star and Albany native Rashad Greene took care of business in the Orange Bowl Tuesday night with a 31-10 victory against Northern Illinois. Greene caught his sixth TD of the season in the second quarter and finished the night with five catches for 45 yards.

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Smith lifts Hawks to 95-86 win vs. Hornets

Josh Smith scores 10 of his 23 points in the third quarter to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 95-86 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night.

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TUESDAY'S BOWL ROUNDUP: Late TD gives South Carolina win in Outback Bowl

South Carolina comes back to beat Michigan in the Outback Bowl, while Stanford holds off Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. (ADDS: Northwestern wins Gator Bowl, Oklahoma State wins Heart of Dallas Bowl)

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Smith: Injured Falcons will be ready for playoffs

Cornerback Dunta Robinson and defensive end John Abraham, two of Atlanta’s top defensive players, were injured in Sunday’s loss to Tampa Bay, but the duo will have two weeks to get healthy for the playoffs.

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Serena Williams closes in on No. 1 ranking

Serena Williams, who is 31-years-old and currently No. 3 in the world, is on pace to become the oldest player to be ranked No. 1 thanks to her recent dominance.

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Finishing strong

The Bulldogs wrap up Tuesday’s Capital One Bowl — and their season — with 22 unanswered points to beat Nebraska.

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Regular season winners in NFL don’t always make champions

The Falcons enter the playoffs as the NFC's No. 1 seed, but that hasn't always translated to success in the NFL playoffs.

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College Football Hall to break ground in Atlanta

Groundbreaking for the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta will be Jan. 28 and the facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.

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Clinton receiving blood thinners to dissolve clot

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton continues to recover in a New York hospital where she's being treated for a blood clot in her head.

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Sunny Delight

Georgia Tech celebrates its first bowl victory since 2004 with a 21-7 win against USC in the Sun Bowl — the same game the Yellow Jackets lost to Utah in overtime last season.

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UGA seeks redemption in Capital One Bowl

Georgia and Nebraska are both coming off conference championship losses and will look to erase some of that sting in today’s Capital One Bowl.

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Americus native Gailey among seven NFL coaches sacked in firing frenzy

Americus native Chan Gailey was one of seven NFL coaches fired Monday when the Bills released him after a third straight losing season. Other coaches fired were Andy Reid in Philadelphia, Lovie Smith in Chicago, Norv Turner in San Diego, Pat Shurmur in Cleveland, Romeo Crennel in Kansas City and Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona.

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Seminoles not overlooking unimposing NIU in Orange Bowl

The No. 13 Seminoles are heavy favorites against BCS buster Northern Illinois, which has never beaten an opponent ranked higher than 15th.

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NFL WEEK 17 ROUNDUP: Georgia grad Walsh kicks Vikings into playoffs

UGA grad Blair Walsh’s 29-yard FG as time expired against the Packers lifts the Vikings into the playoffs, while Vikings RB Adrian Peterson comes up nine yards short of the single season rushing record. (ADDS: Sunday Night Football --- Redskins hold off Cowboys)

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Orange Bowl ends difficult season for FSU’s Manuel

Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel has led the Seminoles to an 11-2 record this season, but his mother’s battle with breast cancer has never been far from his mind.

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Let’s try this again

One year after losing to Utah in OT in the Sun Bowl, Georgia Tech returns to El Paso, Texas, in search of its first bowl victory since 2004.

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Falcons end regular season with injuries, loss to Bucs

The Falcons might be limping into the playoffs after Sunday’s loss to the Buccaneers that left DE John Abraham and CB Dunta Robinson with game-ending injuries.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: UGA ready to defend Nebraska's Martinez; FSU's Werner went from German unknown to superstar in Tallahassee

Georgia coaches and players speak to the media Saturday for the first time since arriving in Orlando about Tuesday's Capital One Bowl against Nebraska and its dangerous QB, Taylor Martinez. (ADDS: items on FSU's Bjoern Warner; N.D. installing 11 p.m. curfew in Miami for players)

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Hawks jump on Pacers early, hold on for fourth win in a row

Lou Williams had 21 points and a career-high 12 assists, Al Horford added 20 points and the Atlanta Hawks won their fourth straight, 109-100, against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: UGA men win third straight; Auburn nearly upsets No. 12 Illinois; FSU, Georgia Tech both extend win streaks

It wasn't pretty, but Georgia managed to win its third straight game Saturday against a four-win FAMU program, 82-73. (ADDS: stories on FSU, Auburn and Georgia tech; men's Top 25 roundup; recap of No. 1 Stanford women vs. No. 2 UConn)

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Staying away: Nebraska fans not eager to buy tickets for bowl against Georgia

The general feeling in Nebraska is that Georgia is going to crush the Cornhuskers in the Capital One Bowl on Tuesday, so many longtime Big Red fans are just staying home.

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Nadal (stomach virus) pulls out of Aussie Open, delays comeback

Rafael Nadal says he won't play again until some time in February after pulling out of the season's first major Friday with what he's calling a stomach virus.

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Retired Gen. Schwarzkopf, 78, dies

Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991, has died. He was 78. U.

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Woman charged with scamming families of Newtown victims

A New York City woman has been arrested by federal authorities who say she tried to scam donors by posing as a relative of one of the children killed at a Connecticut elementary school.

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Ego fragile, Vick eager to start Eagles’ 2012 finale

After being benched, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will get the final start Sunday in what’s basically an audition for the rest of the NFL.

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Ugly details of Andruw Jones’ arrest emerge

Police reports released Wednesday say that on Christmas Day, former Atlanta Braves star Andruw Jones threatened to kill his wife after dragging her down the staircase of their Atlanta home.

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Volunteer firefighters shot in New York

Four volunteer firefighters responding to a pre-dawn house fire were shot Monday morning, two fatally, leading to a shootout in suburban Rochester, N.Y., police said.

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Auburn star freshman Price misses NCAA 3-point record in loss to Winthrop

Needing four straight 3-pointers to tie the NCAA's consecutive-made made of 14 --- and five in a row to break the 22-year old record --- Jordan Price misses his first two shots of the night and finished with just two points.