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Last Update on December 21, 2014 06:33 GMT

BLACKHAWKS-BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Jack Johnson scored the winner in the ninth round of a shootout and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 39 shots in regulation and eight in the tiebreaker to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Johnson faked a forehand and then jammed in a backhand before Bobrovsky clinched the win by blocking Bryan Bickell's low attempt.

It was the sixth game in a row to go past regulation for the Blue Jackets, who have a nine-game point streak (8-0-1).

Jack Skille and Kevin Connauton scored goals for Columbus. Patrick Sharp and Ben Smith tallied for the Blackhawks, and Corey Crawford made 17 saves.

The Blue Jackets ended a 13-game losing streak (0-10-3) to the Blackhawks.

BROWNS-GIPSON

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Browns have placed safety Tashaun Gipson on injured reserve with a knee injury he sustained four weeks ago.

Gipson was having a Pro Bowl-caliber season, leading the NFL with six interceptions when he hurt his knee on Nov. 23. He had hoped to return, but the Browns put him on IR before traveling to Carolina on Saturday.

Gipson is still tied for the league lead in interceptions.

The 24-year-old finished with 52 tackles in 11 starts and had a 62-yard interceptions return for a touchdown. Gipson led the Browns with five interceptions last season.

Cleveland's defensive secondary has been ravaged by injuries. Star cornerback Joe Haden (shoulder) is questionable for the Panthers while cornerback K'Waun Williams (hamstring) is out.

To take Gipson's roster spot, the Browns promoted linebacker Scott Solomon from the practice squad.

OHIO ST-NORTH CAROLINA

CHICAGO (AP) -- Brice Johnson had 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting and nine rebounds, and No. 24 North Carolina used its stout defense to hold off No. 12 Ohio State for an 82-74 victory Saturday.

Marcus Paige added 16 points for the Tar Heels (8-3), and Kennedy Meeks finished with eight points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots. Meeks and Johnson led North Carolina to a 53-40 rebounding advantage.

Marc Loving made five 3-pointers and scored 19 points for Ohio State (9-2), which had won four in a row. Sam Thompson scored 17, and D'Angelo Russell had 11 points and eight rebounds.

But the Buckeyes shot 35 percent. They were averaging 84.2 points and shooting 53.7 percent coming into the day.

VCU-CINCINNATI

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Melvin Johnson scored 18 points with four of Virginia Commonwealth's 15 3-pointers on Saturday in a 68-47 win over Cincinnati, which was playing without coach Mick Cronin.

The Bearcats (7-3) were dealing with the unexpected absence of their coach, who was diagnosed with an aneurysm that was revealed earlier in the day. A school release did not say where the aneurysm was in the 43-year old Cronin, who is in his ninth season with the team. Associate head coach Larry Davis will run the team in Cronin's absence.

VCU (8-3) held Cincinnati to 33 percent shooting and forced 15 turnovers. The Rams were 15 of 31 from 3-point range.

Cincinnati, which was led by Octavius Ellis' 12 points, had won its last 16 regular-season nonconference home games.

The Rams led 20-9 midway through the first half on the strength of six 3-pointers, two each by Terry Larrier and Jordan Burgess. The Rams had two more 3s in the first half to build a 34-21 lead and then scored the first seven points of the second half to go up by 20.

National Sports News

Last Update on December 21, 2014 04:46 GMT

NFL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Critical turnovers and missed field goals have the Philadelphia Eagles on the brink of elimination from the NFC playoff hunt.

Kai (ky) Forbath hit a 26-yard field goal with five seconds left to give Washington a 27-24 win over the Eagles. It came following an interception by Mark Sanchez, who also had a first-quarter fumble that set up a field goal.

Cody Parkey missed field-goal tries of 34 and 46 yards after stalled drives by the Eagles.

Sanchez completed 37 of his 50 passes for 374 yards and two touchdowns, but his two turnovers contributed to the Eagles' third straight loss.

Philadelphia dropped to 9-6 and now needs the Dallas Cowboys to lose their final two games to have a shot at repeating as NFC East champs.

Robert Griffin III threw for 220 yards, no touchdowns and one interception for Washington, which improved to 4-11.

San Diego is facing a "must win" situation as it visits the 49ers tonight. Things weren't going well for the Chargers, who trailed 28-7 midway through the third quarter.

The 8-6 Chargers are on the periphery of the AFC playoff picture and not only need to win out, but have to get some help to grab a wild-card spot. Things have fallen apart for the 7-7 49ers, who are out of the postseason derby following three straight losses.

NFL-BROWNS/GIPSON

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Browns have placed safety Tashaun Gipson on injured reserve with a knee injury he sustained four weeks ago.

Gipson was having a Pro Bowl-caliber season, leading the NFL with six interceptions when he hurt his knee on Nov. 23.

Gipson is still tied for the league lead in interceptions.

T25 BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Top-ranked Kentucky made an impressive statement while improving to 12-0.

The Wildcats scored the first 24 points in an 83-42 rout of UCLA. The 24-0 run was eight shy of the record between two Division I teams at the start of a game, set by Connecticut against New Hampshire on Dec. 12, 1990. And the 41-point margin was seven shy of the Bruins' record for most-lopsided loss.

The Wildcats led 41-7 at the intermission, the lowest points total in a half for UCLA and the fewest by a Kentucky opponent since December 1943.

In other top 25 play:

-- Terry Rozier scored a career-high 32 points and fourth-ranked Louisville improved to 10-0 by holding off Western Kentucky 76-67. Montrezl Harrell scored 14 points before he was tossed near the end of the first half for throwing an elbow after a shoving match.

-- JayVaughn Pinkston had 25 points, including the game tying basket with 4.2 seconds left in regulation to help No. 7 Villanova beat Syracuse 82-77 in overtime. The 11-0 Wildcats never led until OT and rallied from a 15-point hole to stun their former Big East rival.

-- Javan Felix hit three 3-pointers and scored a season-best 17 points on 6 of 9 shooting to help ninth-ranked Texas beat Long Beach State 78-68. Jonathan Holmes finished with 14 points and Cam Ridley added 13 for the 10-1 Longhorns.

-- Freshman Kelly Oubre Jr. had 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Frank Mason added 14 points and nine assists to help No. 10 Kansas beat Lafayette 96-69. The Jayhawks improve to 9-1.

-- Naz Long scored 13 points and Monte Morris had 12 to lead 13th-ranked Iowa State's 83-54 rout of Drake. Dustin Hogue added 10 points to help the 9-1 Cyclones earn their sixth straight win.

-- No. 21 Notre Dame was a 94-63 winner ov Purdue behind Pat Connaughton's 19 points and 14 rebounds. Demetrius Jackson scored 22 points for the 11-1 Irish.

-- Troy Williams matched his career high with 22 points and Yogi Ferrell added 20 to help Indiana beat No. 23 Butler 82-73 for coach Tom Crean's 300th victory. The 9-2 Hoosiers beat a ranked opponent for the 17th time since 2011-12, the most in the Big Ten.

-- Brice Johnson had 18 points and No. 24 North Carolina used its stout defense to hold off No. 12 Ohio State 82-74. Johnson shot 8-for-10 from the field and also hauled in nine rebounds.

-- Texas Southern shocked No. 25 Michigan State 71-64 in overtime at East Lansing as Chris Thomas scored 22 points for the Tigers. Texas Southern held the Spartans to 4-for-21 shooting from 3-point range and bounced back from a 40-point loss to Gonzaga.

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Portland Trail Blazers have followed Friday night's triple-overtime victory with a laugher at New Orleans.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Blazers to a 114-88 rout of the Pelicans at New Orleans. Damian Lillard added 17 points and seven assists in Portland's fifth straight win, while former New Orleans center Chris Kaman (KAY'-mihn) had 16 points and six rebounds off the bench.

The Trail Blazers drained nine 3-pointers, shot 53 percent and forced 17 turnovers.

Also in the NBA:

-- Charlotte beat Utah for the first time in six years as Kemba Walker had 20 points in a 104-86 win over the Jazz. Al Jefferson added 19 points and 10 rebounds before sitting out the last six minutes with a mild groin strain.

-- Eric Bledsoe had 25 points and 10 rebounds as Phoenix downed the Knicks 99-90 in New York. Isaiah Thomas chipped in 22 points and Markieff Morris added 19 points to help the Suns win their second straight since a six-game skid.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BOWLS

UNDATED (AP) -- The college football bowl seasons has kicked off with five of the 39 postseason games that are scheduled.

Travis Wilson ran for three touchdowns and passed for another in leading No. 23 Utah to a 45-10 rout of Colorado State in the Las Vegas Bowl. Wilson rushed for a season-high 91 yards on 11 carries and completed 17 of 26 passes for 158 yards.

Shayne Davern ran for a career-high 101 yards and two touchdowns to lead Air Force to a 38-24 over Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Dexter Walker returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown to help the Falcons finish 10-3.

Terrance Broadway passed for 227 yards and a touchdown as Louisiana-Lafayette beat Nevada 16-3 to win the New Orleans Bowl for the fourth straight time. Hunter Stover kicked three field goals for the 9-4 Ragin' Cajuns.

Nick Vigil ran for a touchdown and also combined with his brother to make 16 tackles as Utah State shut down UTEP 21-6 in the New Mexico Bowl. It's the t third straight bowl victory for the 10-4 Aggies, a first in school history.

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