Cowboys, Huskies To Meet In Cactus Bowl

Oklahoma State needed to win its final game to become eligible after losing five straight. The Cowboys did it in dramatic fashion, beating rival Oklahoma 38-35 in overtime after Tyreek Hill returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown with 45 seconds left in regulation. Washington won eight games in its first season under former Boise State coach Chris Petersen, most in school history for a first-year coach. The Huskies closed out the season with victories over Oregon State and rival Washington State in the Apple Cup. The Cactus Bowl will be played Jan. 2 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - December 8, 2014

QB Stars When Florida St Meets Oregon In Rose Bowl

Jameis Winston won the last Heisman Trophy. It looks as if Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH'-tah) is going to win the award this year. And on New Year's Day, the two most decorated quarterbacks in college football will go head to head in the Granddaddy of Them All. Defending national champion Florida State will face West Coast king Oregon in the 101st edition of the Rose Bowl. The tantalizing matchup was determined by the College Football Playoff committee on Sunday. The schools will meet for the first time in a playoff semifinal that could be a showcase for Winston and Mariota, who both finished up their regular seasons by leading their teams to victories in their conferences' championship games. PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - December 8, 2014

Mariners Sign Nelson Cruz To 4-Year Deal

cruz marinersRight-handed slugger led MLB with 40 home runs in 2014. Free agent outfielder/designated hitter Nelson Cruz has agreed to a 4-year contract with the Mariners."Our number one goal this off-season was to improve our offense, ideally by adding right-handed power, and with the addition of Nelson Cruz we think we've accomplished that goal," Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said.

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Williams Leads UCSB Over Seattle 87-46

Alan Williams scored 16 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked three shots to lead UC Santa Barbara over Seattle 87-46 on Thursday night. Michael Bryson added 14 points and John Green and Gabe Vincent 11 apiece for the Gauchos (4-3), who made 36 of 61 shots for 59 percent, including 12 of 22 from 3-point range for 54.5 percent. The Redhawks (3-4) had one player in double figures, Isiah Umipig, with 10 points. Seattle hit just 17 of 53 shots for 32.1 percent, making only 5 of 20 from beyond the arc. The Gauchos sped to a 27-8 lead over the first 9 minutes of the game and led 49-19 at halftime. Seattle, which opened with five games at home and then another in nearby Kent, Washington, had a two-game win streak snapped. UC Santa Barbara has won four of its last five games. SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) – December 5, 2014

Stakes Are High For Pac-12 Championship Game

National title implications, a possible Heisman Trophy at stake and a new $1.3 billion stadium to showcase the whole thing. The Pac-12 will have the spotlight to itself Friday night when No. 3 Oregon (11-1) and No. 8 Arizona (10-2) meet in the conference championship game at sparkling Levi's Stadium. The Ducks are all but guaranteed a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff with a win, and the selection committee could have a hard time keeping Arizona out if the Wildcats upset Oregon for the second time this season. For all the success the conference has enjoyed in recent years, the Pac-12 has not celebrated a national champion since Southern California after the 2004 season. SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – December 5, 2014