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Late-peaking Rams, Giants meet first time since 2011

Odell Beckham Jr. has been virtually unstoppable. The St. Louis Rams could just be the team to hold down the prolific New York Giants rookie.

Steelers look to lock up playoff spot vs. Chiefs

Ben Roethlisberger doesn't need to bother with the math, not matter how simple the equation. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback understands a win over Kansas City on Sunday sends his team back to the playoffs for the first time in three years.

Saturday's NBA Capsules

Games played on Dec. 20, 2014

NBA ROUNDUP: Monta Ellis equaled his season high with 38 points, including 11 during the final four minutes, to spark a late rally as the Dallas Mavericks beat the depleted San Antonio Spurs 99-93 Saturday in Rajon Rondo's debut with the Mavericks.

Lincoln teams split against Nebraska-Kearney

Lizzie Nessling posted her first career double-double Saturday and the Lincoln Blue Tigers picked up their first Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association victory this season after claiming a 90-68 win against Nebraska-Kearney at Jason Gym. Meanwhile, the Lincoln men posted its highest point total this season, but it wasn’t enough as the Blue Tigers suffered a 95-85 loss to Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday.

Portis' 24 leads Arkansas past SE Missouri 84-67

Bobby Portis made the most of his homecoming to central Arkansas.

Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night.

Eastern Michigan holds on to beat Missouri State 77-65

Karrington Ward scored 18 points and led his team with nine rebounds as Eastern Michigan held on to beat Missouri State 77-65 on Saturday.

Saturday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Dec. 20, 2014

NHL ROUNDUP: Derrick Pouliot scored in his NHL debut and Sidney Crosby ended his drought with a third-period goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in their 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

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Novak's 40-yard FG lifts Chargers past 49ers

Philip Rivers prevailed through a balky back and a sore chest to keep San Diego's slim playoff chances alive. Those three interceptions in the season's second-to-last week will all but be forgotten if this improbable comeback somehow leads the Chargers into the postseason.

Saturday's College Bowl Capsules

Games played on Dec. 20, 2014

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL ROUNDUP: Utah quarterback Travis Wilson ran for three touchdowns and passed for another Saturday, leading the No. 23 Utes to a 45-10 rout of Colorado State in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Saturday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Dec. 20, 2014

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Devin Booker had 19 points and No. 1 Kentucky scored the game's first 24 points in an 83-42 victory over UCLA on Saturday.

Saturday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Dec. 20, 2014

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Ariel Massengale scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half and No. 10 Tennessee beat No. 7 Stanford 59-40 on Saturday for its fifth consecutive victory.

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Eagles near elimination, fall 27-24 to Redskins

The Philadelphia Eagles have proved themselves to be a mirage, a team that got away with its faults until it couldn't any longer. Leaders in the NFC East as recently as a week ago, they're now just about done in the playoff race, and they're in no position to argue that they deserve any better.

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Rice's 3-pointer sinks Missouri 62-59

During a timeout with 17.8 seconds remaining in a tie game on Saturday, Missouri coach Kim Anderson figured Illinois would attempt to find guard Rayvonte Rice for the final shot. Rice did end up with the ball as the clock wound down, dribbling around behind the 3-point line, guarded by Tigers Keith Shamburger and Johnathan Williams III. Unable to drive forward, Rice stepped back for a fade-away attempt that converted at the buzzer for a 62-59 win.

Pintos win title at Linn Invitational

The California boys basketball team beat Fatima 54-37 in the title game of the Linn Invitational on Friday.

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Lady Crusaders bounce Lady Bulldogs, 43-13

The Helias Lady Crusaders made their first shot Friday night, then missed missed their next 15 the remainder of the first quarter.

Falcons finish third in Linn Invitational

The Blair Oaks boys basketball team defeated Linn 57-39 to finish third in the Linn Invitational.

Calvary uses balanced attack to rip Higbee

When you score 85 points in a basketball game, odds are you’re going to have a lot of players get in on the action, and the Calvary Lutheran Lions were sharing the wealth Friday night.

Lady Lions battle back from rough start before falling to Lady Tigers

When the Calvary Lutheran girls basketball team found themselves down 11-0 less than four minutes into Friday’s game against Higbee, it looked as if it might be a long night for the Lady Lions.

Late 3-pointer dooms Crusaders

In loss at Branson

BRANSON — Helias fell Friday night after Branson’s Colby Sutton drilled a 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left, sending the Pirates to a 47-44 victory.

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