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Weekend Sports In Brief
December 9, 2013, 4:02 am

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

No. 1. Florida State will play No. 2 Auburn in the final BCS championship game on Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl.

Florida State wrapped up its spot with a blowout of Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game on Saturday night, and Auburn earned its spot when the Tigers beat Missouri in the Southeastern Conference title game and Ohio State was upset by Michigan State.

Next season the BCS will be replaced by a four-team playoff.

In the other marquee bowls:

- Alabama will play Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.

- Clemson will play Ohio State in the Orange Bowl.

- Michigan State will play Stanford in the Rose Bowl.

- Baylor will play UCF in the Fiesta Bowl.

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PRO BASKETBALL

LOS ANGELES (AP) Nearly eight months after Kobe Bryant limped off the Lakers' home court with a torn Achilles tendon and a career in doubt, he struggled to keep his composure when he finally stepped back onto the same hardwood.

And though his comeback night didn't quite go to script, Bryant couldn't help reflecting on the work necessary to get back on that court - and all the months of steady labor ahead to reclaim his game.

Bryant had nine points and eight rebounds in his season debut, but Amir Johnson scored a career-high 32 points in the trade-depleted Toronto Raptors' 106-94 victory over Los Angeles.

Bryant began his 18th NBA season by going 2 for 9 with four assists and eight turnovers in 28 minutes. The fourth-leading scorer in NBA history got hurt April 12 and persevered through several months of rehabilitation to return for Los Angeles' 20th game of the new season, only to struggle with his shot, his timing and his new teammates.

The Lakers never led, and Toronto improbably snapped its five-game losing streak despite playing without forward Rudy Gay, who is expected to be traded to Sacramento on Monday as the centerpiece of an apparent seven-player deal.

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PRO FOOTBALL

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was hurt when he was tackled near the sideline on an icy field. It was a low hit that shelved New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

The result was a pair of right leg injuries for two of the NFL's best players.

Peterson injured his right foot Sunday when he caught a short pass from Matt Cassel, headed to the right sideline and was tackled by Arthur Brown in the second quarter of Minnesota's 29-26 loss at Baltimore.

New England lost Gronkowski to a suspected torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the third quarter of a 27-26 victory over Cleveland.

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GOLF

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Zach Johnson delivered the kind of theatrics that usually belong to Tiger Woods to win the World Challenge.

Johnson holed out for par from the drop area on the 18th hole at Sherwood that got him into a playoff, and he won when Woods hit a poor shot into the bunker and missed a 5-foot par putt on the first extra hole.

The final World Challenge at Sherwood after 14 years was set up for the perfect sendoff. There was a record crowd and the tournament host was poised to win. Instead, Johnson rallied from four shots down with eight holes to play for his second win this year.

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OLYMPICS

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) - An Olympic gold medal won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Games sold for a record $1.4 million in an online auction.

SCP Auctions said Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle paid $1,466,574, the highest price for a piece of Olympic memorabilia.

"We just hope that it's purchased by an institution where the public could have access to it, a museum or something like that," Owens' daughter, Marlene Owens Rankin of Chicago, told The Associated Press before the sale.

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SKIING

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) - Ted Ligety turned in a flawless final run to win a fourth straight World Cup race, edging U.S. teammate Bode Miller.

Ligety completed the technical course in a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 35.77 seconds, eclipsing Miller by 1.32 seconds. Marcel Hirscher of Austria was third.

Moments after Miller took the lead with a hard-charging pass through the course, Ligety thrilled the capacity crowd in Beaver Creek, Colo., with a furious run of his own, leaning across the finish line.

It's the first time the Americans have placed two skiers on a GS podium since 2005, when Miller and Daron Rahlves went 1-2.

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) - Lara Gut of Switzerland won a super-G by three-hundredths of a second for her fourth victory of a World Cup season that is eight races old.

She's won two super-Gs, one downhill and one slalom.

Gut finished in 1 minute, 22.86 seconds to edge Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein, while Anna Fenninger of Austria was third in 1:23.19.

Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn was fifth Sunday in 1:23.71, showing more progress in her comeback from major knee surgery after coming 40th on Friday, then 11th on Saturday. Another American, Leanne Smith, was sixth in the super-G.

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BASEBALL

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - The baseball winter meetings are starting with a look back.

Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox were among the candidates considered by the Hall of Fame's expansion era committee. The trio of retired managers was joined on the 12-man ballot by a pair of much-debated figures who died in recent years: New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and pioneering players' union head Marvin Miller.

Among the nine managers with three or more World Series titles, Torre and La Russa are the only ones not in Cooperstown. The vote announcement is scheduled for Monday morning at the meetings site near Orlando.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - A year after retiring from baseball, former star Magglio Ordonez has been elected as the mayor of a city in his native Venezuela.

Ordonez's victory in the city of Sotillo in eastern Venezuela was announced by President Nicolas Maduro at a rally Sunday for pro-government candidates who won the majority of 335 races nationwide.

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SOCCER

CARY, N.C. (AP) - Kodi Lavrusky gave UCLA its first NCAA women's soccer title, scoring in the 97th minute to lift the Bruins past Florida State 1-0 in overtime in cold and rainy conditions.

SAO PAULO (AP) - A key Brazilian league soccer game was stopped for more than an hour after fans started fighting in the stands Sunday, prompting police to fire rubber bullets to contain the crowd and bring a helicopter onto the field to airlift an injured man to a hospital.

Supporters from Atletico Paranaense and Vasco da Gama charged each other and it took several moments for police to take control of the situation in the southern city of Joinville.

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