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Novak's 40-yard FG lifts Chargers past 49ers
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Philip Rivers looked at the 21-point deficit on the scoreboard at halftime and even he wondered whether the San Diego Chargers had it in them to come back. The season depended on it, so Rivers took charge....

Eagles near elimination, fall 27-24 to Redskins
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- 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....

Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- 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....

Kentucky scores first 24 points, beats UCLA 83-44
CHICAGO (AP) -- No. 1 Kentucky made it look so easy that coach John Calipari felt the need to point out he had actual human beings on the court....

No. 24 North Carolina beats No. 12 Ohio St 82-74
CHICAGO (AP) -- Playing in Michael Jordan's longtime home is a big deal for North Carolina, and the Tar Heels honored their most famous basketball alum with a winning performance....

No. 4 Louisville holds off Western Kentucky 76-67
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- Terry Rozier took charge after the first-half ejection of Montrezl Harrell to score a career-high 32 points, including 26 in the second half, to lead fourth-ranked Louisville past Western Kentucky 76-67 on Saturday....

Vonn wins women's World Cup downhill in France
VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) -- Just four races back into her skiing career, Lindsey Vonn is on the verge of World Cup history....

Interim coaching jobs present challenges in bowls
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Barney Cotton choked up as he described the challenges that come with serving as Nebraska's interim head coach....

Canucks' Hansen taken to hospital after hit
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Canucks forward Jannik Hansen is expected to be OK after it appeared he collapsed on the bench Saturday night after taking a hit during Vancouver's game against the Calgary Flames....

Meyers Taylor, Humphries race against men
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- American Elana Meyers Taylor and Canada's Kaillie Humphries became the first women to race in a four-person event in World Cup bobsled history Saturday....

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