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West side of A&M’s Kyle Field imploded
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:05:11 +0000

COLLEGE STATION — The west side of Texas A&M University’s Kyle Field has been imploded as part of football stadium improvements.

The Bryan-College Station Eagle reports that about 5,000 cheering spectators watched the Sunday morning implosion from a nearby parking lot. Police say another 2,000 were scattered across campus.

The updated west side of the Aggie stadium will include new suites and premium areas for fans, the Hall of Champions and upgraded TV broadcast facilities.

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Rookie Beckham’s two TDs lead Giants over St. Louis
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:16:54 +0000

ST. LOUIS — The New York Giants are peaking behind a rookie that no one can cover. They all have Odell Beckham Jr.’s back, too.

Beckham caught two touchdowns and rolled up 118 of his 148 yards receiving in the second half after absorbing two late hits in a 37-27 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. The Rams hadn’t allowed a TD in three straight games.

“Absolutely, they played dirty,” Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said.

“Man, they are a dirty team,” linebacker Jameel McClain yelled as he entered the locker room.

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Interim coaching presents challenges in bowl games
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:04:43 +0000

LINCOLN, Neb. — Barney Cotton choked up as he described the challenges that come with serving as Nebraska’s interim head coach.

He wants to accomplish what is clearly hard to do — maintain a business-as-usual atmosphere following Bo Pelini’s firing. He promises to make sure the players have the best experience possible at the Holiday Bowl.

Yet, he still feels the punch in the gut from Pelini’s firing and sadness for assistant coaches who don’t know what the future holds after new coach Mike Riley takes full control following the Dec. 27 game against Southern California.

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Memphis, BYU meet in inaugural Miami Beach Bowl
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:05:28 +0000

MIAMI — At BYU, they’re looking to restore tradition. At Memphis, they’re simply looking to build one.

Their paths will align in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl.

BYU (8-4) completes its up-and-down campaign on Monday afternoon against Memphis (9-3), one of the nation’s surprise teams this year after finishing in a three-way tie atop the American Athletic Conference despite being picked to finish in the bottom half of that league entering the season.

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Running backs key in Monday matchup
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:04:24 +0000

CINCINNATI — When Andy Dalton is on the sideline Monday night, he’ll make sure to steal a few glances at the field to check out his counterpart.

Who doesn’t want to watch Peyton Manning do his thing in prime time?

“Yeah, growing up I was watching Peyton play, so it’s fun to be able to go up against these guys,” Dalton said. “You definitely want to watch what they’re doing, see how they play, because he’s a guy that has been one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.”

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Cowboys reach playoffs
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:35:08 +0000

ARLINGTON — Tony Romo helped dump a bucket on Jason Garrett and playfully shoved him the same way the Dallas coach often does to his players.

The Cowboys had long since known their four-year playoff drought was over Sunday when they finally got to celebrate in the final seconds of a dominating 42-7 win over Indianapolis that clinched the NFC East title.

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High school football: Former Coronado standout Roberts playing in Tuesday’s Poinsettia Bowl
elpasotimes.com / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:45:59 MST
Former Coronado standout and San Diego State University fullback/tight end Adam Roberts will play in the Poinsettia Bowl game on Tuesday against the Navy Midshipmen.

Foster, defense lead Texans over Ravens
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:47:32 +0000

HOUSTON — A week ago, Case Keenum was perched in a tree with a bow in his hands looking for a white-tailed deer to shoot.

On Sunday he was starting in the NFL again, leading the Houston Texans to a 25-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

Running back Arian Foster threw for a touchdown, Randy Bullock made a franchise-record six field goals and Houston’s defense dominated.

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Davenport layup lifts Texas past Texas A&M
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:12:40 +0000

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Everything was set up with the postseason in mind at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena, the site of this season’s Southeastern Conference women’s tournament.

The two headliners lived up to the billing in the Big 12-SEC Challenge.

Empress Davenport’ made a layup with 4.2 seconds remaining, and No. 3 Texas overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to beat No. 4 Texas A&M 67-65 on Sunday.

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Raiders knock Bills out of playoffs   ASSOCIATED PRESS
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:17:37 +0000

OAKLAND, Calif. — With their playoff hopes at stake, the Buffalo Bills couldn’t manage to stop Derek Carr and the lowly Oakland Raiders.

Carr threw two touchdown passes and Sebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals to help the Raiders knock the Bills from playoff contention with a 26-24 victory Sunday.

The Bills (8-7) needed to win their final two games and get some help to end the NFL’s longest active playoff drought at 14 seasons. But they failed at the easiest part — beating the lowly Raiders (3-12) — and will miss the playoffs for a 15th straight year.

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