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Warriors Rout Cavs...Celtics and Hawks Surging


UNDATED (AP) — As far as the Golden State Warriors are concerned, their 126-91 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers came about seven months too late.




The Warriors held a 3-1 lead over the Cavs last June in the NBA Finals with two chances to win the series at home. Cleveland won both those games while sweeping the last three to win their first NBA title.


Golden State enacted some revenge Monday night in the Cavs first visit back at Oracle Arena since the Finals. Stephen (STEH'-fihn) Curry hit five 3-pointers and had 20 points while matching his season best with 11 assists. Klay Thompson scored 26 points with five 3s. Draymond Green produced his third triple-double of the season with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. He also equaled his career best with five blocks.


LeBron James had 20 points on 6-of-18 shooting and eight rebounds for the Cavs.



Packers, Cowboys Make TV History


NEW YORK (AP) — The Packers thrilling last second win over Dallas yesterday was a record breaker.


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The playoff game was seen by 48.5 million views on Fox, making it the most viewed NFL divisional playoff game in history.


Pittsburgh's two-point win over Kansas City Sunday night was seen by 37.4 million people on NBC and its digital platform, including 37.1 million on the network.


Bengals' Pacman Jones Jailed Over Cincinnati Confrontation


CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones is facing assault, disorderly conduct and other charges after being arrested in Cincinnati's downtown entertainment district.


Authorities say Jones is accused of pushing and poking someone in the eye, then struggling with officers during his arrest and spitting on a nurse while being booked into the Hamilton County jail early Tuesday.


He has been jailed on misdemeanor charges of assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business, and a felony count of harassment with a bodily substance.


The 33-year-old Jones was being held pending an initial court appearance Tuesday morning. No attorney was listed for him.


It is the latest incident for a player who has repeatedly had legal issues after going to college at West Virginia University and making his NFL debut with Tennessee.



Clemson, Alabama Cruise to The Title Game


UNDATED (AP) — Clemson is getting another crack at Alabama in college football's national championship game, one year after the Crimson Tide earned a 45-40 win over the Tigers for the title.


DeShaun Watson ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as Clemson blasted Ohio State, 31-0. Watson was 23 of 36 for 259 yards and two interceptions before taking a seat on the bench with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. He also had 57 yards rushing for the Tigers, who scored in each quarter and held the Buckeyes to 215 total yards and nine first downs.


Clemson improved to 13-1 and dropped the Buckeyes to 11-2. Ohio State was seeking its second national title in three years. It was the first time Urban Meyer has been shut out in his 194 games as head coach. OSU hadn't been blanked since a 1993 loss to Michigan.


The top-ranked and unbeaten Crimson Tide are 14-0 after scoring 10 points off turnovers in a 24-7 win over No. 4 Washington in the Peach Bowl. Ryan Anderson returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown to put Alabama ahead 17-7 with 1:13 left in the first half. It came after Anthony Averett forced a fumble that set up Adam Griffith's tiebreaking, 41-yard field goal.


Bo Scarborough carried the Tide's offense by running for 180 yards and two touchdowns to earn game MVP honors. He capped the scoring by rumbling 68 yards for a TD with 11:56 remaining.


Scarborough almost outgained the entire Huskies offense, which was held to 194 yards and didn't score after Jake Browning's 16-yard TD pass midway through the first quarter. Browning was 20 of 38 for just 150 yards and two interceptions for the 12-2 Huskies.


The national championship game is slated for Jan. 9 at Tampa, Fla.


In Saturday's other bowl games:


— LSU whipped Louisville, 29-9 in the Citrus Bowl as sophomore running back Derrius Guice ran for 138 yards. Guice rushed 70 yards for a touchdown and caught a scoring pass while the Tigers sacked Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson eight times. Jackson completed just 10 of 27 passes for 153 yards and led the Cardinals with just 33 yards rushing.


— Dedrick Milles ran for a career-high 169 yards and a TD to lead Georgia Tech's 33-18 win over Kentucky in the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville. Senior P.J. Davis returned a fumble 38 yards for a touchdown, and fellow linebacker Terrell Lewis blocked a punt late in the first half to set up one of Harrison Butker's four field goals.




Columbus Blue Jackets Reach 15 in Row with 4-2 win, Stop Wild Streak at 12


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Cam Atkinson scored twice and the Columbus Blue Jackets stretched their winning streak to 15 games by stopping Minnesota's 12-game run with a 4-2 victory over the Wild on Saturday night.



Never in NHL history had two teams taken winning streaks that long into a game, and Sergei Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets made sure their party would stretch into the new year. Bobrovsky made 29 saves, yielding two or fewer goals for the 10th time during the run, and defensemen Jack Johnson and Seth Jones each had goals assisted by Brandon Saad in a frenetic second period sparked by consecutive fights.


Jason Zucker reignited the arena with his breakaway flip past Bobrovsky just 24 seconds into the third period for the Wild after he raced past Jones, but that was as close as they came. Devan Dubnyk stopped 21 shots, surrendering four goals for the second straight game after allowing three or fewer in his first 27 turns.



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