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Texans beat Bengals 20-19 for first playoff berth

Posted: December 12, 2011 10:54 AM ; Updated: December 13, 2011 10:43 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) Eighty yards to cover, little more than 2 minutes left, no timeouts to help. Rookie quarterback T.J. Yates faced his biggest challenge as he lined up for the snap.

With savvy and a scramble, he pulled it off.

Yates led the biggest drive in Texans history on Sunday, one that put them in the end zone and the playoffs. He threw a 6-yard touchdown pass with 2 seconds left for a 20-19 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that sent the expansion team into the playoffs for the first time.More »

Lakers' deal for Paul called off

Posted: December 08, 2011 8:23 PM ; Updated: December 09, 2011 9:42 AM

by Sam Amick,

A proposed three-team trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers has fallen apart, according to executives involved in the talks.

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Report: C.J. Wilson Signs Five-Year, $77.5 Million Deal With Los Angeles Angels

Posted: December 08, 2011 12:22 PM ; Updated: December 08, 2011 12:23 PM

Free-agent starting pitcher C.J. Wilson has signed a five-year, $77.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

Wilson was considered by many to be one of the top pitching prizes on the free-agent market this winter. The 31-year-old posted a 16-7 record this season for the Texas Rangers, while also recording a 2.94 ERA in over 220 innings of work. Today’s signing means the culmination of a seven-year career for Wilson in Texas, in which he served five years as a reliever, two as a starter, and helped the club reach two World Series.

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Pujols to sign 10-year deal with Angels

Posted: December 08, 2011 11:34 AM ; Updated: December 09, 2011 11:39 AM

DALLAS (AP) -- Three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols has agreed to a 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced.

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Ortiz, K-Rod, Johnson accepts arbitration offers

Posted: December 08, 2011 11:34 AM ; Updated: December 08, 2011 11:34 AM

DALLAS (AP) -- Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, Milwaukee reliever Francisco Rodriguez and Toronto second baseman Kelly Johnson have accepted salary arbitration offers from their former teams.

The three are considered signed players for 2012 following Wednesday night's decisions.

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Marlins showed Reyes the love -- and the money

Posted: December 08, 2011 11:28 AM ; Updated: December 08, 2011 11:32 AM

DALLAS (AP) -- Jose Reyes felt the love from the Miami Marlins. And the money.

When the free-agent signing period began last month, the Marlins wanted to meet the All-Star shortstop right away -- as in not a minute to spare.

So owner Jeffrey Loria, team president David Samson and their top baseball officials arranged a midnight rendezvous with Reyes and his agent at a table outside Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle, the New York hotel famous for hosting President John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe a half-century ago.

"12:01. Those guys are crazy," Reyes said Wednesday, when his $106 million, six-year contract was finalized. "They showed me a lot of love."

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Saints defeat Lions 31-17 for 4th straight win

Posted: December 05, 2011 12:13 PM ; Updated: December 05, 2011 12:15 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Drew Brees rifled a 20-yard pass over the middle in just the right spot for Lance Moore to make a leaping catch between two defenders in the end zone.

The receiver might have been impressed if he hadn't seen it so many times before.

"He doesn't amaze us. That's just Brees out there," Moore said. "He does it every single day in practice. The rest of the world doesn't get to see it but once a week."

Brees made a little more history for New Orleans and kept mistake-prone Detroit struggling, passing for 342 yards and three touchdowns as the Saints won their fourth straight, 31-17 over the Lions on Sunday night. The performance gave Brees 4,031 yards this season, making him the first quarterback in NFL history to eclipse the 4,000-yard mark in the first 12 games.

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