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Padres get Quentin from White Sox for 2 prospects 2

Posted: December 31, 2011 6:10 PM ; Updated: December 31, 2011 6:15 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Padres have acquired two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin from the Chicago White Sox in an attempt to bolster their anemic offense.

Quentin grew up in the San Diego area and was a two-time All-Star with the White Sox. He has four consecutive 20-homer seasons, including 36 in 2008.

The White Sox will receive minor league pitchers Simon Castro, a right-hander, and Pedro Hernandez, a left-hander.

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Brady practices, expected to play on Sunday 3

Posted: December 31, 2011 6:07 PM ; Updated: December 31, 2011 6:15 PM

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Tom Brady is practicing with the New England Patriots after being limited in Thursday's session by an injury to his non-throwing shoulder.

Two days after sitting out practice, Brady stretched with his teammates during the brief period open to reporters Friday.

Asked what Brady was able to do Thursday, coach Bill Belichick said Friday: "Play quarterback, the usual thing." When asked if Wednesday was a planned day off for Brady, Belichick said he thought that had been covered.

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Chris Paul, Clips beat Warriors 105-86 in opener 1

Posted: December 26, 2011 12:39 PM ; Updated: December 26, 2011 12:39 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Paul could nitpick everything the Clippers didn't do in his much-hyped debut - and he boldly referred to the rebounding as "horrendous."

Los Angeles' prize acquisition would rather envision how special his team might be once everybody's clicking and has more than 10 days together.

Paul had 20 points and nine assists, Blake Griffin added 22 points and seven rebounds and Los Angeles beat the Golden State Warriors 105-86 on Sunday night to spoil Mark Jackson's opener as a first-time coach.

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Packers beat Bears 35-21, clinch No. 1 seed 6

Posted: December 26, 2011 12:34 PM ; Updated: December 26, 2011 12:35 PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- With the first five-touchdown game of his NFL career, Aaron Rodgers ensured that the Green Bay Packers ' playoff road will go through Lambeau Field.

He also made sure the rival Chicago Bears will be spending the playoffs at home.

Rodgers broke a close game wide open by leading three quick scoring drives in the second half, and the Packers beat the Bears 35-21 on Sunday night.

Rodgers noted that he once threw six touchdowns in junior college - also in a rivalry game - but acknowledged this one was a little bit bigger.

"Yeah, this one's pretty special," Rodgers said.

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Bulls rally to stun Lakers on Rose's winner 5

Posted: December 26, 2011 12:32 PM ; Updated: December 26, 2011 12:32 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Derrick Rose drove the lane and lofted home a smooth floating shot for the winning points in the Chicago Bulls ' opener, just in case anybody doubted the youngest MVP in NBA history can shoulder the expectations that come bundled with that shiny new trophy and a huge contract extension.

Yet Rose realized the Bulls' dramatic comeback and his beautiful winner were only possible because Luol Deng did a whole mess of dirty work against Kobe Bryant.

Rose scored 22 points and hit a short go-ahead shot with 4.8 seconds to play, and the Bulls rallied from an 11-point deficit in the final 3:44 for an 88-87 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

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Lions rout Chargers 38-10 to clinch playoff spot 5

Posted: December 25, 2011 9:56 AM ; Updated: December 25, 2011 9:57 AM

DETROIT (AP) -- Matthew Stafford led a victory-lap parade around the perimeter of Ford Field, high-fiving fans that have been waiting since 1999 for the Detroit Lions to make the playoffs.

With the crowd chanting "Play-offs! Play-offs!" as the final few minutes ticked away, Detroit clinched a postseason spot thanks to Stafford's three touchdown passes in a 38-10 win over the San Diego Chargers on Saturday.

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Raiders stay alive with 16-13 OT win over Chiefs 1

Posted: December 25, 2011 9:50 AM ; Updated: December 25, 2011 9:50 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Carson Palmer knew that Darrius Heyward-Bey, perhaps the Oakland Raiders ' fastest wide receiver, could beat the Kansas City Chiefs defense if he went deep down the field.

The Raiders just had to wait for the right moment.

It came on the first play of overtime.

Heyward-Bey beat safety Kendrick Lewis down the left side and Palmer hit him for a 53-yard gain, setting up Sebastian Janikowski 's 36-yard field goal 2:13 into overtime Saturday for a 16-13 win that kept the Raiders' playoff hopes alive and eliminated Kansas City from contention.

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