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(2) Virginia Tops Boston College, 66-51

Lance King/Getty Images(BOSTON) — The Virginia Cavaliers remained undefeated after their 66-51 win over Boston College on Saturday.

Virgina is off to their best start since Ralph Sampson led them to a 23-0 start during the 1980-1981. They’ve also won their first five ACC games for the first time since that same season.

Guard Malcolm Brogdon led the game with 20 points, while forward Anthony Gill was the only other Cavalier to score in double figures on the day.

Even though Virginia shot just under 43% from the floor, they held to Eagles to just under 39% shooting.

It was an impressive offensive performance by Virginia considering Boston College entered the game allowing the fewest points in the nation at 50.6 points per game.

Despite the win, it was anything but easy for Virginia on Saturday. They trailed by three points after halftime, and were outscored 14-6 by Boston College to start the second half.

Virginia leads Syracuse for the top spot in the ACC.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/17/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (1) Kentucky 70 (17-0) – Alabama 48 (12-5)

(2) Virginia 66 (17-0) – Boston College 51 (8-8)

(3) Gonzaga 72 (18-1) – Loyola Marymount 55 (5-14)

(4) Duke 63 (15-2) – (6) Louisville 52 (15-3)

(12) Notre Dame 75 (17-2) – Miami (FL) 70 (12-5)

(13) Wichita State 61 (16-2) – Evansville 41 (13-5)

(14) Maryland 75 (17-2) – Michigan State 59 (12-6)

(17) VCU (15-3) – Duquesne 64 (6-10)

Kansas State 63 (11-7) – (22) Baylor 61 (13-4)

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Duke Tops Louisville to End 2-Game Slide

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Amile Jefferson scored 19 and Jahlil Okafor added 18 to lead No. 4 Duke past No. 6 Louisville 63-52 Saturday to end a two-game losing streak.

Duke (15-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended the first half on a 15-6 run to take a 30-20 halftime lead.

The second half was close but Louisville (15-3, 3-2 ACC) couldn’t find its shot, shooting 30% from the field.

On Tuesday night, Duke had its 41-game home winning streak snapped by Miami. Prior to that they had lost to North Carolina State. The win Saturday means the Blue Devils avoid their first three-game losing streak since the 2006-07 season.

Duke will host Pittsburgh on Monday night, meanwhile Louisville’s next game is at Pittsburgh on Jan. 25.

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Bruins’ Marchand Suspended 2 Games

Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) — Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL’s department of player safety Friday for a slew-foot infraction on New York Rangers center Derick Brassard.

Marchand slew-footed Brassard during the second period of the Bruins’ 3-0 win over the Rangers Thursday night.

The league determined Marchand could have caused injury to a defenseless opponent, and because his action took place close to the boards, the risk of injury was higher. The NHL also reviewed Marchand’s prior history before making the decision.

This is the third time Marchand has been suspended since entering the league. In the 2010-11 season he was suspended two games for a hit on R.J. Umberger. The next season he was given a five-game suspension for a low hit on Sami Salo.

Marchand will miss Saturday night’s game against Columbus and Tuesday’s game at Dallas.

Marchand has played in 42 games this season, scoring 12 goals while dishing out 12 assists.

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Shane Vereen: Can’t ‘Lay an Egg’ Against Colts

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) — The New England Patriots are making their third straight AFC Championship game appearance on Sunday when they host the Colts.

Patriots running back Shane Vereen stressed the importance of getting off to a fast start and making sure they do everything they can to punch their ticket to Super Bowl 49.

“If we go out there and lay an egg then it really doesn’t matter if we’ve been here before or not,” Vereen said on Friday. “Each year is something different, each team each year is a different animal, and we have our hands full this Sunday.”

New England joined the San Francisco 49ers to become the first teams since the Eagles (2001-04) to go to at least three straight Conference championships after they beat Baltimore on Saturday.

“Unfortunately since I’ve been here we kind of got stopped a little quicker then we wanted to,” linebacker Dont’a Hightower said on Friday. “You kind of want to leave those things in the past. I definitely feel throughout this week, we’ve all been kind of approaching it as doing as much as you can each day.”

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has won five AFC title games out of eight appearances, which puts him in a tie with Hall of Famer John Elway for the most conference titles in NFL history during the Super Bowl era.

“As you get older experience is definitely good as long as you play well,” said Brady, who has three Super Bowl rings. “It’s a game like all the other games. We’re very fortunate to be in this position.”

The Patriots last Super Bowl appearance was in 2012 when they fell to the Giants, 21-17. Their last Super Bowl title came against the Eagles in 2005.

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Aaron Rodgers: ‘I Got to Play Really Well’ to Beat Seattle

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) — The Green Bay Packers will square off with the Seattle Seahawks for the third time in the playoffs on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

This is the first time that they’ll play each other with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is still battling a strained left calf, but he said on Friday that he plans on being on the field at Century Link.

“I got to play really well,” Rodgers said in order to knock off the defending Super Bowl champions. “You got to take care of the football, play great defense, you got to complete passes, move the chains, score touchdowns in the red zone, but that’s no different than any road game against a good football team.”

“We’ve played a lot of them this year, we’ve had our ups and downs,” Rodgers continued. “We’ve won some close games, we lost some, but we’ve competed all the way.”

The Packers are 3-2 in NFC Championship games and have won the last two they played on the road.

“You’d like to win a couple more,” Rodgers said of only having one Super Bowl ring. “That’s when you really kind of cement your legacy and do something really special; It’d be great to add a couple more trophies.”

Green Bay is playing in their third NFC Championship game in the past eight seasons.

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Andrew Luck Not Feeling Any Added Pressure

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Colts quarterback Andrew Luck isn’t feeling any added pressure on Sunday as they prepare for the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.

Luck will be playing in his first AFC title game and said on Friday that he isn’t feeling the heat.

“No I don’t think so,” Luck said of the pressure. “It’s football, same size field, still have to do your job.”

“If you make mistakes, you’ll be punished,” Luck continued. “Obviously win or go home, I don’t think any of the guys in the locker room feel any added pressure.”

The Patriots are playing in their third straight championship game and 10th overall.

“Everybody’s got to come to play,” Luck said of being the underdog. “It could be any one of those players making a play, it takes a whole team to win these types of games, and that’s what we’re going in there trying to do.”

This is the first AFC Championship game for the Colts since 2009.

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California Girls High School Basketball Coach Suspended After Lopsided Win

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(SAN BERNADINO, Ca.) — A California girls high school basketball coach has been suspended two games after being accused of running up the score.

Michael Anderson of Arroyo Valley High led his team to a 161-2 victory over last week over Bloomington High.

Bloomington High head coach Dale Chung had spoken with Anderson before the game. Anderson had requested that his team be able to play all-out in the first half in preparation for their next game. By half time, Arroyo Valley led 104-1.

“The game just got away from me,” Anderson told the San Bernardino Sun on Friday. “I didn’t play any starters in the second half. I didn’t expect them to be that bad. I’m not trying to embarrass anybody.”

Anderson announced that he was suspended by his school after the game.

His son Nick coached the next game, leading Arroyo Valley to an 80-19 victory over San Bernardino Indian Springs.

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Tigers, Price, Agree to One-Year, $19.75 Million Deal

iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT, Mi) — The Detroit Tigers and starting pitcher David Price avoid arbitration with a record breaking contract.

Price, 29, and the Tigers set a new high for a player in their arbitration year with a one-year $19.75 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com

The Tigers acquired Price from the Tampa Bay Rays last season as part of a three team trade that included the Seattle Mariners. The Tigers sent center fielder Austin Jackson to Seattle, who sent infielder Nick Franklin to Tampa Bay and in return Detroit obtained Price.

The four-time All Star and the 2012 Cy Young Award winner posted a 15-12 record with a 3.26 ERA. Price also hit career highs with 248.1 innings pitched, 25 home runs allowed and 271 strike outs in 2014 with the Rays and Tigers.

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Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders Suspended

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE, Wi.) — Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders has been suspended at least 10 games for a second violation of the NBA’s anti-drug policy.

Sanders, who is suspended effective Monday when the Bucks play the Raptors, will not be eligible to return until he has completed the league’s treatment program.

Milwaukee had been without Sanders since December 23 when rumors began to circulate that he would walk away from basketball.

Sanders spoke to the media after a January 6th game saying that he did not intend to leave the game but needed personal time.

“Without these things being corrected, I don’t think basketball will be something I can even do,” Sanders said at the time.

In 27 games this season, Sanders is averaging 21.7 minutes per game with 7.3 PPG and 6.1 RPG.

Since signing a four-year, $44 million contract extension before the 2013-2014 season, Sanders has played in 50 games with Milwaukee.

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