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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The coach no longer wears houndstooth. The result is the same. Another Alabama dynasty. Quieting the Irish by the first play of the second quarter, Eddie Lacy, AJ McCarron and the No. 2 Crimson Tide rolled top-ranked Notre Dame 42-14 for the BCS championship Monday night, locking up a second straight national title and third in four years with another laugher of a title game. The Bear would’ve been especially proud of this one — Nick Saban and the Tide romping to the second-biggest rout of the BCS era that began in 1999.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Nearly six months after a bloody rampage in a Colorado movie theater left 12 people dead, prosecutors will go to court today to outline their case against the suspect, James Holmes. Holmes is charged with more than 160 counts, including murder and attempted murder. Investigators say he was wearing body armor and a gas mask when he tossed two gas canisters and then opened fire in a theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora on July 20. A midnight showing of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” had just begun.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NBC executives said Sunday they are conscious about the amount of violence they air in the wake of real-life tragedies like the Connecticut school shooting, but have made no changes in what has gone on the air or what is planned. NBC isn't a “shoot-'em-up” network, said network entertainment President Jennifer Salke.
HOUSTON — Another trip to New England awaits the Houston Texans, and coach Gary Kubiak knows what his team has to do to have a chance against the Patriots in the second round of the playoffs. “We had a rough trip up there last time, but we’ve earned our right to go back,” Kubiak said. “We want to go back and play a heck of a lot better than we did.” The AFC East champion Patriots trounced the Texans 42-14 at Foxborough on Dec. 10, and Houston gets another shot after beating Cincinnati 19-13 in Saturday’s wild-card game.
By Dave Campbell, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS — Austin Hollins hit five 3-pointers during an impressive three-minute stretch in the second half, finishing with 19 points and sparking ninth-ranked Minnesota to a 69-51 victory over Northwestern on Sunday night. Hollins missed his career scoring high by one, collecting 17 points during a 26-7 run that gave the Gophers a 45-25 lead. Minnesota (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) has won 10 in a row for its longest winning streak since it opened the 2008-09 season with 12 straight victories.
By Paul Newberry, AP Sports Writer MIAMI — Sometimes, the buildup to a game can overwhelm what actually happens on the field. Certainly, No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama would have to play nothing less than a classic to live up to all the hype for Monday night’s BCS championship.
NHL, union reach tentative agreement IRA PODELL,AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Hockey is back, and it took nearly four months and one long night to get the game back on the ice. With the season on the line, the NHL and the players' association agreed on a tentative pact to end a 113-day lockout and save what was left of a fractured schedule.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The North Dakota State Bison have a second straight FCS championship in what's becoming their second home. Backed by more than 10,000 fans wearing green and gold in the same suburban Dallas stadium where they beat Sam Houston State a year ago, the Bison outnumbered their Texas counterparts in the stands and outplayed them on the field — again.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers showed how dangerous they can be when they're at full strength Saturday night, overwhelming the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 in an NFC wild-card game that was never really close.
Ponder out, Webb in at QB for Vikings vs. Packers DAVE CAMPBELL,AP Pro Football Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Christian Ponder is out, and backup Joe Webb is in at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. Ponder was inactive for Minnesota's wild-card playoff game against Green Bay on Saturday night because of a right elbow injury. The pre-kickoff surprise was made about 90 minutes before the game started.