NFL: Skins' Morris replaces Seattle's Lynch in Pro Bowl
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris will head to his first Pro Bowl, replacing Super Bowl-bound Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks.
Morris got the spot in the Jan. 26 all-star game when Lynch and Seattle won the NFC championship game Sunday night.
Morris, a second-year player, ran for 1,275 yards on 276 carries this season for the Redskins, who went 3-13 and finished last in the NFC East.
He set a franchise record with 1,613 yards rushing as a rookie in 2012.
Morris joins left tackle Trent Williams as Redskins picked for the Pro Bowl this year.
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SEATTLE (AP) — All four of the NFL’s network partners have bid on the Thursday night television package, a person with knowledge of the bidding process told The Associated Press.
The league has used its NFL Network to televise the games, but recently put up the 13-game series for bids and received them from NBC, Fox, CBS and ESPN.
Turner Sports has also bid, and there’s a strong possibility ESPN would put the games on ABC should it be chosen by the league.
The NFL also has expressed a desire to simulcast the games on NFL Network.
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PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Shaun White, the two-time Olympic gold medalist in the halfpipe, will get a chance at a rare three-peat — and then some — when the Winter Games begin next month in Russia.
White was named to the U.S. Olympic team in his signature event, earning one of the three automatic spots on the men’s team by winning the final qualifier. White posted a score of 96.6 to edge a resurgent Danny Davis for his second victory in three days to cap a busy week.
The 27-year-old overcame an ugly crash during a slopestyle event Thursday to bounce back and clinch a spot on the inaugural slopestyle team. He was nearly flawless during the last two halfpipe events.
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IGLS, Austria (AP) — Lolo Jones talked Lauryn Williams into trying bobsledding, dangling the potential of another Olympic trip as her bait. Little did they know they were talking about history.
Jones and Williams — both Summer Olympic veterans — were among the selections for the U.S. Olympic bobsled team, putting them in position to become the ninth and 10th Americans to compete in both the summer and winter versions of the Games when they compete at the Sochi Olympics next month.
Jones, Williams and Aja Evans were the three women chosen for the push athlete spots. Jones and Williams will join Evans, another Winter Olympic first-timer, and drivers Jamie Greubel, Elana Meyers and Jazmine Fenlator on the women’s team.
The U.S. qualified three men’s two-man sleds and two four-man sleds for Sochi. Reigning Olympic four-man champion Steven Holcomb will drive USA-1 and Nick Cunningham will be at the control of USA-2 in four-man. Cory Butner will drive the other two-man entry.
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LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Reed found his putting touch right when things started to getting interesting in the final round of the Humana Challenge.
After shooting three straight 9-under 63s to open a seven-stroke lead, Reed had a 1-under 71 to beat Ryan Palmer by two strokes.
Finally resembling the guy who talked Saturday about being in a “putting coma,” Reed ran in an 18-footer for birdie on the par-3 15th to push his lead to three strokes. He did par the last three to finish at 28-under 260 in the three-course event that he opened and closed on the Arnold Palmer Private Course.
The 23-year-old Reed has two victories in his first 46 PGA Tour starts, winning the Wyndham Championship in August. He jumped from 69th to 41st in the world ranking, enough to lock up a spot in the 64-man Match Play Championship.
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KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Bernhard Langer birdied five of the last six holes to pull away from Fred Couples and Jeff Sluman and win the Mitsubishi Electric Championship by three strokes.
The 56-year-old German shot his second straight 64 in the final round of the winners-only event that opened the 35th season of the Champions Tour. He finished with a 54-hole total of 22-under 194 at Hualalai.
Langer, who is 41 under in his last seven rounds at Hualalai, earned his 19th senior victory, but first since April despite a string of top-10 finishes the last half of 2013.
No. 16 Penn St. rallies; beats Michigan St. 66-54
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dara Taylor scored 18 points, 10 coming at the free throw line, as No. 16 Penn State handed Michigan State its first Big Ten loss, 66-54 on Sunday.
Penn State trailed 34-27 at halftime, but outscored Michigan State 24-10 midway through the second half — highlighted by an 11-0 run— for a 51-44 lead. Aerial Powers scored Michigan State's final eight points and pulled her team to within five points, but Penn State made 7 of 8 free throws in the final minute.
Ariel Edwards and Maggie Lucas added 16 apiece for Penn State (13-4, 4-1). The Lady Lions shot just 33.3 percent, but made 26 of 36 free throws compared to nine makes by the Spartans.
Michigan State (12-6, 4-1) was paced by Annalise Pickrel with 17 points, while Klarissa Bell and Powers added 12 each for the Spartans. Powers grabbed 10 rebounds and Bell had nine.