Packers win on "amazing" Hail Mary

DETROIT (AP) — Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is never out of a game. Just ask the Detroit Lions.

By:Andrew Weber
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Aaron Rodgers threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Richard Rodgers with no time left to give the Packers a stunning 27-23 victory over the Detroit Lions. The victory keeps the 8-4 Packers alive for the title in the NFC North as they trail Minnesota by a half-game. The Packers rallied from a 20-0 halftime deficit.

The Packers got the untimed down after Detroit defensive end Devin Taylor was called for grabbing Aaron Rodgers' facemask on a tackle on what would've been the last play.

Given that second chance, Aaron Rodgers scrambled out of the pocket and reached the end zone with his Hail Mary. Richard Rodgers, a Cal product just like his quarterback, outleaped a quartet of Detroit defenders for the winning TD. Afterward, Aaron Rodgers called the comeback "the most amazing game I've ever been a part of."


Foles to start for Rams...Revis likely out for Jets

UNDATED (AP) — The Rams' Nick Foles will start at quarterback for the second straight week after Case Keenum was not cleared to play as he recovers from a concussion.

Coach Jeff Fisher says that if Keenum is cleared on Friday, he would be the backup against the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Foles threw three interceptions with one of them returned for a touchdown, in a loss at Cincinnati last week.


— Darrelle Revis sat out practice again and it appears unlikely that the New York Jets cornerback will play against the Giants on Sunday. Revis suffered a concussion at Houston on Nov. 22 and has not practiced, played or even attended meetings since.

— Falcons running back Devonta Freeman took all the reps with the first team in practice in preparation for meeting Tampa Bay this week. Freeman sat out last week's loss to Cincinnati with a concussion.

— Coldplay is headlining the Super Bowl halftime show. The British rock band, which is releasing a new album Friday, will perform during halftime of the Super Bowl on Feb. 7. That's according to a spokesperson for Pepsi, which is sponsoring the halftime show.


Bruins knock Kentucky from ranks of unbeaten

UNDATED (AP)— In a matchup of the two most storied teams in college basketball, the Bruins beat Kentucky 87-77 as Thomas Welsh led five players in double figures with 21. UCLA leads all colleges with 11 national titles and Kentucky is second with eight.

It's the first time UCLA has knocked off a top-ranked team since 2003. UCLA led the entire game and shot 53 percent for the night. The Bruins held Kentucky to 38 percent percent shooting from the field.

Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton added 15 points each, Tony Parker had 11 and Aaron Holiday 10 for the 5-3 Bruins. Kentucky fell to 7-1.

In the only other game involving an AP Top-25 team, Jordan Woodard matched his career-high with 24 points to help No. 6 Oklahoma beat Central Arkansas 111-68.The 5-0 Sooners posted their highest point total since 1996.


Boeheim to start serving suspension immediately

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Legendary Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim won one and lost one with the NCAA Infractions Committee.

The NCAA has upheld its nine-game suspension of Boeheim. But it is allowing Boeheim to immediately begin serving it so he will be eligible for much of the Atlantic Coast Conference season. The Orange are banned from the ACC and NCAA tournaments.

The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee said Boeheim was not directly involved in underlying violations of academic misconduct, extra benefits and the university's drug testing policy.

The Committee on Infractions had ruled in March that the suspension be served during Atlantic Coast Conference play.

The change means the 71-year-old Boeheim will now miss six non-conference games and only three ACC games, returning for North Carolina on Jan. 9. Assistant coach Mike Hopkins will lead No. 14 Syracuse on Saturday at Georgetown.

Boeheim said it a statement he was "extremely disappointed" the NCAA didn't overturn its ruling.


Heat nip Thunder behind Wade's 28...Nuggets end 8-game slide

UNDATED (AP)— Dwyane Wade scored 28 points, including two free throws with 1.5 seconds left that put Miami ahead to stay and the Heat topped the Oklahoma City Thunder 97-95. It was a wild back-and-forth game that featured 38 lead changes and 11 ties.

Chris Bosh scored 16 points, Goran Dragic added 14 and Josh McRoberts scored 12 for Miami. The Heat escaped when Russell Westbrook's 3-point try from the right wing bounced off the backboard as time expired.

The Heat have a one-game lead over Atlanta in the Southeast Division.

In other NBA:

— Will Barton came off the bench to score 22 points and Danilo Gallinari added another 21 as the Denver Nuggets stopped an eight-game losing streak, beating the Toronto Raptors 106-105.

— Kawhi Leonard scored 27 and the San Antonio Spurs improved to 16-4 by pounding out a 103-83 road win over Memphis.

— In a game played in Mexico City, the Boston Celtics were right at home south of the border. They hammered Sacramento 114-97. Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 21 points, and added six rebounds and nine assists.

— The Portland Trail Blazers snapped Indiana's six-game winning streak, 123-111. Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 26 points and nine assists.

— Tobias Harris scored 17 points and the Orlando Magic beat the Utah Jazz 103-94 on Thursday night for their season-best fifth straight win.


Gobert is looking at long layoff...Irving practicing hard for return

UNDATED (AP) — Utah coach Quin Snyder says defensive anchor Rudy Gobert could be out the next couple months with a MCL sprain in his left knee. The 7-foot-1 center was injured in practice Wednesday after a player fell into Gobert's knee.

Gobert is the centerpiece of the No. 3 defense in the NBA. He's is tied for No. 3 in the league with 2.6 blocks per game.

In other NBA news:

— Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving has been fully cleared to practice and says he's made great strides in his comeback from a broken left kneecap suffered in Game 2 of the NBA Finals in June. Irving didn't disclose a date for his season debut.


Kane ties Bobby Hull's record with 20-game point streak

UNDATED (AP) — Patrick Kane has tied Chicago great Bobby Hull's franchise record by scoring at least one point in 21 straight games. Kane had a goal and two assists, but it wasn't enough as the Blackhawks fell to Ottawa 4-3 in overtime. Mike Hoffman scored his second goal of the game 30 seconds into overtime to give the Senators the win.

In other hockey:

— Chris Wagner and Matt Duchesne scored 4:16 apart in the second period to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers. It's only the second time the Avs have won consecutive games this season.

__ Washington continued its fine play in Montreal. The Caps beat the Canadiens 3-2 behind T.J. Oshie's two goals. The Caps have won six straight overall. They had 10-0-2 in their last 12 trips to the Bell Centre. They won despite being outshot 35-19.

— Mike Cammalleri scored twice, backup goalie Keith Kincaid stopped 30 shots, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1.

— Minnesota blanked Toronto 1-0. Devan Dubyk gets the shutout with 28 saves for his fourth shutout of the season.

— Florida nipped Nashville 2-1. Roberto Luongo turned away 32 shots between the pipes for the Panthers.

— Detroit routed Arizona 5-1. Gustav Nyquist notched his ninth goal of the season for the Red Wings.

— Dallas beat Vancouver 4-2. Patrick Sharp scored the go-ahead goal with 5:59 left. It was his ninth goal of the season. Jason Spezza added an empty net goal.


Kyle Busch to have surgery

LAS VEGAS (AP) — NASCAR champion Kyle Busch will have surgery this month on both the right leg and left foot he broke at the start of the season.

The Dec. 17 surgery is to remove a rod from his leg and plates and screws from his foot. Busch was injured when he crashed into a concrete wall the day before the season-opening Daytona 500.

He missed 11 races, but returned and reeled off a championship-winning season.


Miami, Mizzou and Memphis set to introduce coaches

UNDATED (AP) — The University of Miami has called a news conference for Friday to introduce its new head football coach.

The school hasn't said who it is, but a person with knowledge of the negotiations has told The Associated Press Mark Richt has agreed to terms.

The longtime Georgia coach departed this week after 15-years with the Bulldogs.

Richt won 145 games at Georgia.


— Missouri has promoted defensive coordinator Barry Odom to replace the retiring Gary Pinkel as head coach. Odom had agreed in principle to a five-year deal that will need to be approved by the school's board of curators next week. The 39-year-old Odom will be formally introduced Friday at a news conference.

— A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell will be the new head football coach at Memphis. University President Dr. M. David Rudd wrote on Twitter that he hired a "great football coach" who would be introduced at a news conference Friday. The 34-year-old Norvell replaces Justin Fuente, who was hired by Virginia Tech.

— D.J. Durkin has taken over as the new football coach at Maryland. The 37-year old says he will not continue his defensive coordinator duties at Michigan in its upcoming bowl game. He plans to devote his time to recruiting and assembling his staff at Maryland.


Woods opens up about failed marriage, future in golf

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Tiger Woods says he has a "fantastic" relationship with his ex-wife and he has taken steps to explain to his two children what happened to their marriage.

In an extensive interview with Time magazine, Woods also says he still wants to play golf at the highest level, though he is resigned that it might not happen if the nerve damage in his back doesn't allow for it.

Woods says he has told 8-year-old Sam and 6-year-old Charlie that his parents don't live in the same house because "Daddy made some mistakes."


Casey among three leaders

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Paul Casey, Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson shot 6-under 66s to share the lead after the first round of the 18-man Hero World Challenge.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth made a hole-in-one on his second hole and was in the large group at 67 that included Bubba Watson and Adam Scott.


More FIFA officials arrested

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA vice presidents Juan Angel Napout and Alfredo Hawit have been arrested as part of the U.S. Department of Justice's bribery case that has rocked soccer's governing body.

According to the Swiss justice ministry, both men have opposed their extradition to the United States.

The United States is accusing the two of accepting bribes of millions of dollars linked to marketing rights for Copa America and World Cup qualifying matches.

They were among 16 more people who have been indicted in the wide-ranging U.S. corruption investigation.