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Michigan end Ohio State drought

UNDATED (AP) — Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh finally has his first win against Ohio State.

Hassan Haskins ran for 169 yards and tied a school record with five rushing touchdowns as the CFP No. 5 Wolverines whipped the No. 2 Buckeyes. Blake Corum returned from a two-plus game absence to run six times for 87 yards, helping the Wolverines gain a total of 297 yards on a ground.

Michigan had dropped eight straight to its archrival before Saturday’s win put the Wolverines in the Big Ten championship game for the first time.

C.J. Stroud was 34 of 49 for 394 with two touchdowns for Buckeyes, who put their CFP semifinal hopes in peril.

In other Top 25 action:

— CFP No. 1 Georgia has warmed up for the SEC title game by blowing out Georgia Tech, 45-0. Stetson Bennett passed for 255 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs secured a perfect regular season at 12-0. The Buldogs allowed just 171 total yards in their third shutout of the season.

— John Metchie caught a scoring pass from Bryce Young in the fourth overtime to give CFP No. 3 Alabama a 24-22 comeback victory over rival Auburn. Young capped a 97-yard drive with a 28-yard touchdown to freshman Ja’Corey Brooks with 24 seconds left in regulation. Metchie caught 13 passes for 150 yards.

— Blake Shapen (SHAY’-pen) and Abram (AY’-brahm) Smith carried the offense as CFP No. 8 Baylor pulled out a 27-24 win over Texas Tech. Shapen threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns in his first start for the Bears. Smith ran for 117 yards and a TD.

— Anthony Brown Jr. threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns while running for another score in 11th-ranked Oregon’s 38-29 victory against Oregon State. Devon Williams had six catches for 110 yards and a touchdown for the Ducks, who will play for the Pac-12 title for the third consecutive season.

— Payton Thorne threw two touchdown passes and ran for another to lead No. 12 Michigan State to a 30-27 victory over Penn State. Kenneth Walker III rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries as the 10-2 Spartans bounced back from last week’s 56-7 loss to Ohio State.

— North Texas running backs DeAndre Torrey and Ikaika Ragsdale combined for five touchdowns in a 45-23 rout of No. 15 UTSA. Ragsdale had a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns as North Texas’ conference-leading rushing offense finished with 340 yards.

— Tanner Morgan led Minnesota on three scoring drives after halftime to send the Golden Gophers past No. 18 Wisconsin, 23-13. Morgan finished 11 for 16 for 199 yards, shaking off an early interception that was returned for a touchdown.

— No. 19 Houston cruised to a 45-17 win over UConn as Clayton Tune threw for 301 yards and four touchdowns. Alton McCaskill had a 31-yard touchdown run before leaving the game in the second quarter holding his right shoulder.

— No. 21 Wake Forest advanced to the ACC title game as Sam Hartman threw for 236 yards and three scores in a 41-10 pounding of Boston College.


Bruins rip Runnin’ Rebels

UNDATED (AP) — UCLA has put itself in position to move to the top of The Associated Press men’s basketball poll following Friday’s loss by Gonzaga.

Jules Bernard scored 18 points and had two blocks to lead the second-ranked UCLA over UNLV, 73-51. Tyler Campbell had 15 points and Johnny Juzang (JOO’-zang) and Jaime Jaquez (HY’-may HAH’-kehz) each added 12 points each.

The 6-1 Bruins shot 47% from the field and from 3-point range.

Also in top-25 men’s basketball:

— AJ Green scored 35 points with four assists to lead Northern Iowa to a 90-80 win over No. 16 St. Bonaventure. Austin Phyfe and Nate Heise each had 15 points as the Panthers beat a ranked opponent for the first time since winning at then-No. 23 Colorado on Dec. 10, 2019.


Embiid returns after 9-game COVID-19 absence

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) has returned to the lineup after missing nine games because of COVID-19 protocols. The four-time All-Star hadn’t played since Nov. 6, with the 76ers going 2-7 without him.

Embiid is averaging 21.4 pints and 9.6 rebounds in 10 games this season. He also sat out on Nov. 1 against Portland to rest.


Titans place wide receiver A.J. Brown on IR

UNDATED (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have placed wide receiver A.J. Brown on injured reserve.

Brown is the Titans’ leading receiver with 46 catches for 615 yards and three touchdowns. Fellow wide receiver Julio Jones went on injured reserve with a hamstring injury Nov. 13.

In other NFL news:

— The Bills say Pro Bowl cornerback Tre’Davious White suffered a torn ACL during Thursday night’s 31-6 victory over the Saints. White has started 72 games in his Bills career and has become one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL, a two-time Pro Bowl selection and an All-Pro in 2019.

— The Browns have activated running back Kareem Hunt and Pro Bowl right tackle Jack Conklin from injured reserve and will play them in Sunday night’s critical game against AFC North-leading Baltimore. Hunt missed the past five games with a calf injury. Conklin was out for the past three with a dislocated elbow.

— Hall of Fame defensive lineman Curley Culp has died of complications from pancreatic cancer at age 75. Culp helped the Chiefs win their first Super Bowl during a 14-year NFL career.


NHL postpones 2 Islanders games amid COVID-19 outbreak

UNDATED (AP) — The NHL has postponed a pair of New York Islanders games after additional players went into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Saturday.

The team would have had as many as eight players unavailable for games Sunday against the Rangers and Tuesday versus the Flyers.

The Islanders have suffered eight straight regulation losses, a skid that began shortly after forward Josh Bailey became the team’s first place on the COVID-19 list.

In other NHL news:

— Rangers forward Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) has been fined $5,000 for throwing one of his gloves at Bruins winger Brad Marchand. The episode occurred during the third period of New York’s 5-2 victory at Boston on Friday. Panarin was assessed a misconduct penalty.


Rays shortstop gets big contract

UNDATED (AP) — Shortstop Wander Franco and the Tampa Bay Rays have finalized an 11-year, $182 million contract that includes a club option for the 2033 season. The deal could be worth up to $223 million if the club option is exercised and incentives are reached.

The contract is the largest financial commitment to a player in the Rays’ 24-year history and the biggest in major league history for a player with less than a year of major league service time.

The 20-year-old Franco batted .288 with 18 doubles, five triples, seven homers and 39 RBIs in 70 games. He finished third in the American League Rookie of the Year voting.

Franco put together a 43-game on-base streak to tie Cincinnati’s Frank Robinson for the longest in major league history among players under 21.

In other MLB news:

— The Red Sox have signed Michael Wacha (WAH’-kuh) to a $7 million, one-year deal, adding the right-hander to an already thin rotation that lost Eduardo Rodriguez in free agency. Wacha was 3-5 with a 5.05 ERA last season for Tampa Bay.

— The Mariners have acquired All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier from the Padres for two minor leaguers. The trade addresses one of Seattle’s biggest needs entering the offseason, finding a middle infielder to pair with shortstop J.P. Crawford.

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