Top-25 College Football
LSU faced its largest deficit of the season early in the second quarter, but the top-ranked Tigers scored 41 of the game’s final 44 points to complete a perfect regular season. With the 41-17 victory over the third-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks, the Tigers (12-0, 8-0 SEC) recorded their first 12-0 season in school history and clinched a berth in the SEC title game next weekend againstEastern Division champion Georgia. LSU used 286 rushing yards to reach the conference’s championship game for the fifth time in school history and third time under head coach Les Miles.
Elsewhere in the Top-25:
(8) Houston 48, Tulsa 16
(22) Nebraska 20, Iowa 7
Top-25 College Basketball
UCF halted No. 4 Connecticut’s nation-leading, 16-game win streak with a 68-63 comeback victory in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Marcus Jordan and Keith Clanton both poured in 20 points for UCF (4-1), which advanced to play Harvard in Saturday’s title game. The Knights outscored Connecticut 39-25 over the final 20 minutes of play to dispatch the defending national champions.
Elsewhere in the Top-25:
(1) North Carolina 87, South Carolina 62
(3) Ohio State 80, Valparaiso 47
(5) Syracuse 69, Stanford 63
(7) Louisville 59, Ohio 54
(10) Florida 107, Jacksonville 62
(11) Wisconsin 66, Bradley 43
(12) Xavier 70, Georgia 56
(17) Pittsburgh 78, Penn 58
(18) Vanderbilt 95, Monmouth 73
Harvard 46, (22) Florida State 41
(24) Mississippi State 76, Tennessee-Martin 50
National Hockey League
With a shift of the hips and quick wrist shot by Todd Bertuzzi, the Boston Bruins’ 10-game winning streak came to an end. Bertuzzi scored in the final round of the shootout to lift Detroit to a 3-2 victory over Boston and hand the Bruins their first loss since October 29. The Red Wings earned the shootout victory thanks to a standout performance by Jimmy Howard, who finished with 41 saves and turned aside 17 shots in the third period alone. Pavel Datsyuk and Valtteri Filppula scored in regulation for the Red Wings, won have won four in a row and eight of their last 10.
Elsewhere in the NHL:
Philadelphia Flyers 3, Montreal Canadiens 1
New Jersey Devils 1, New York Islanders 0
Chicago Blackhawks 6, Anaheim Ducks 5
Edmonton Oilers 5, Minnesota Wild 2
New York Rangers 6, Washington Capitals 3
Columbus Blue Jackets 5, Buffalo Sabres 1
Pittsburgh Penguins 6, Ottawa Senators 3
Winnipeg Jets 3, Carolina Hurricanes 1
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Florida Panthers 1 (OT)
St. Louis Blues 2, Calgary Flames 0
Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Dallas Stars 3 (SO)
Vancouver Canucks 5, Phoenix Coyotes 0
=== NBA ===
The NBA is closer to returning to court, and finally, it’s the basketball court. A meeting lasting roughly 15 hours ended early Saturday morning and resulted in NBA owners and the disbanded players association reaching a tentative agreement to end the lockout. Details of the agreed-upon deal were not immediately available. Several hurdles need to be cleared in order for the season to be officially salvaged, including both the owners and reformed union voting on the proposal. NBA commissioner David Stern mentioned December 25th as the tentative start to a 66-game regular season.
=== COLLEGE FOOTBALL ===
LSU faced its largest deficit of the season early in the second quarter, but the top-ranked Tigers scored 41 of the game’s final 44 points to complete a perfect regular season. Drew Alleman’s 37-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter capped LSU’s 41-17 victory over the third-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks. With the victory, the Tigers (12-0, 8-0 SEC) recorded their first 12-0 season in school history and clinched a berth in the SEC title game next weekend against Eastern Division champion Georgia. LSU used 286 rushing yards to reach the conference’s championship game for the fifth time in school history and third time under head coach Les Miles. Tyler Wilson connected on 14-of-22 passes for 207 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Razorbacks (10-2, 6-2), who had a seven-game win streak snapped.
LSU is not the only unbeaten team in major college football. Houston improved to 12-0 on Friday after pulling away for a 48-16 victory against Tulsa. The Cougars won the Conference USA West Division and will host the conference championship game next weekend. They are likely still in the mix for a lucrative BCS bowl berth.
The Miami Hurricanes gave head football coach Al Golden a four-year contract extension on Friday. The new deal, which will run through February 1, 2020, was announced during Miami’s season-finale against Boston College. Golden initially signed a five-year contract in December 2010 and led the Hurricanes to a 6-6 record this season, his first with the school. Miami lost to Boston College, 24-17, on Friday. Prior to taking the Miami job, Golden brought a Temple program back from the dead. In his first season of 2006, the Owls went 1-11 in their final year of football independence, but he led Temple to a nine-win season in 2009 and an eight-win campaign in 2010. The Hurricanes will not be going to a postseason game this season, deciding to withhold the team from bowl consideration while it deals with an ongoing NCAA inquiry.
=== NFL ===
In NFL injury news, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against Atlanta because of a high ankle sprain, while Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson is on track to play for the first time in almost two months. He has missed six straight games since injuring his hamstring in a Week 4 game against Pittsburgh. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (ribs) and cornerback (hyperextended knee) Nnamdi Asomugha are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots, while Browns running back Peyton Hillis could return Sunday at Cincinnati. Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said Monday that Hillis would miss the contest with a hamstring injury, but Hillis practiced on a limited basis Friday and is listed as questionable.
=== COLLEGE BASKETBALL ===
UCF halted No. 4 Connecticut’s nation-leading, 16-game win streak with a 68-63 comeback victory in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Marcus Jordan and Keith Clanton both poured in 20 points for UCF (4-1), which advanced to play Harvard in Saturday’s title game. The Knights outscored Connecticut 39-25 over the final 20 minutes of play to dispatch the defending national champions. In the other semifinal, Harvard shocked No. 22 Florida State, 46-41.
Notre Dame forward Tim Abromaitis will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during practice on Friday morning. The school said Abromaitis, a fifth-year senior, is expected to have surgery on the torn ACL in the next two weeks. The team co-captain averaged 14.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in two games after serving a four-game suspension to start the season over a misunderstanding about NCAA rules governing seasons of competition.
=== TENNIS ===
Serb Janko Tipsarevic and Czech Tomas Berdych rallied for victories Friday to earn semifinal berths at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals, while Novak Djokovic became the second top player to be ousted. In Group A play, Tipsarevic rallied for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win to send Djokovic to a second loss in round-robin action. The world No. 1 also fell to David Ferrer on Wednesday and didn’t gain a semifinal berth after Berdych rallied past Ferrer on Friday, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. Ferrer had already booked his spot in Saturday’s semifinals, and will face Roger Federer in the first match. Federer reached the semifinals from Group B along with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who will face Berdych in Saturday’s second match. Federer, who went unbeaten in Group B, is gunning for a record sixth title at the season-ending event. Tsonga beat Rafael Nadal on Thursday to earn his berth. Nadal, ranked second in the world, was the runner- up to Federer at this event last year.