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Ohio State players cheer after the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal game against Alabama, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in New Orleans. Ohio State won 42-35.

Buckeyes rally and Ducks rout in college semis

The Ohio State Buckeyes and Oregon Ducks earned victories in the Sugar and Rose Bowls on Thursday, booking spots in the national championship.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer watches from the sidelines during the second half of the Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game against Wisconsin Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Indianapolis.

Sweet as Sugar: Buckeyes upset Alabama

Ezekiel Elliott ran for 230 yards, leading Ohio State to a 42-35 upset of top-ranked Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinal Thursday night.

Oregon Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich looks on from the sidelines during the third quarter of the college football game against Wyoming at Autzen Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in Eugene, Ore.

Rose Bowl rout! Oregon crushes Florida State

The Ducks rolled past the defending national champions 59-20 Thursday to turn the first College Football Playoff semifinal into a Rose Bowl rout.

Auburn running back Tre Mason (21) dances into the end zone after a touchdown run against Georgia during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.

Muschamp gets close look at Auburn’s loss to Wisconsin

Incoming Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp got an eyeful in the Tigers' latest loss.

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ESPN says average 7m watched New Year’s Eve bowls

ESPN says its New Year's Eve tripleheader averaged 7.1 million viewers, making the games the best performing Dec. 31 trio in the cable network's history.

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio walks with his team before the first half of an NCAA college football game against Ohio State in East Lansing, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.

No. 7 MSU shocks No. 4 Baylor in the Cotton Bowl

Connor Cook threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Keith Mumphery with 17 seconds left to cap a three-touchdown, fourth-quarter comeback in No. 7 Michigan State's 42-41 victory over playoff-snubbed Baylor on Thursday in the Cotton Bowl.

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No. 16 Missouri rumbles past Minnesota

Marcus Murphy ran for 159 yards, Russell Hansbrough added 114 yards and a touchdown and No. 16 Missouri beat Minnesota 33-17 on Thursday in the Citrus Bowl.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer talks with quarterback Braxton Miller during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

Meyer expects QB Miller back at Ohio State

Miller's place at Ohio State is in question because of the emergence of J.T. Barrett, who started most of this season, and Cardale Jones, who's performed well since Barrett broke his ankle in the regular season finale.

NFL logo on the field before an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the New England Patriots in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.

Doug Marrone steps down as coach of Bills

Bills owner Terry Pegula said Wednesday that Marrone exercised the opt-out clause in his contract.

Philadelphia Phillies' Marlon Byrd rounds the bases after hitting a home run during a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Philadelphia.

Phillies trade OF Byrd to Reds for minor leaguer

The Reds have been trying to get a left fielder in the offseason but failed to sign a free agent. The 37-year-old Byrd batted .264 last season with 25 homers and 85 RBIs.

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin (2) ce;berates a TCU touchdown against Mississippi during the first half of the Peach Bowl NCAA football game, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, in Atlanta.

Bowl Games: TCU crushes Ole Miss in Peach; Boise State claims Fiesta; Georgia Tech wins Orange Bowl

Playing like a team motivated by the playoff snub, No. 6 TCU rode three touchdown passes from Trevone Boykin and a dominant defense to a 42-3 rout of No. 9 Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl on Wednesday

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Lampard to stay at Man City to end of season

The 36-year-old former England and Chelsea midfielder has been on a short-term deal which was due to expire Thursday when he would officially become a player of MLS team New York City — a sister club of Manchester City

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Major upsets of 2014

A look back at some of the biggest losses in sports this year.

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Sports scandals leave cloud over memorable 2014

Sports were smeared by a series of scandals that exposed the ugly underbelly of the games people love.

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Head of Ravens security charged with sex offense

Darren Sanders, the head of the NFL team's security, faces charges stemming from a Dec. 14 incident.

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Giants ace wins honor

Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner has been named Male Athlete of the Year following his tremendous postseason.

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Wednesday’s Sports Minute

Here's a look at some of the top sports headlines making news today, Wednesday, Dec. 31.

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Suh has one-game ban overturned

The Detroit Lions defensive tackle is now eligible for Sunday's NFC wildcard game.

San Francisco Giants Madison Bumgarner pitches during the fifth inning of Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo.

Giants’ Bumgarner named AP Male Athlete of the Year

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who dominated the baseball postseason, is The Associated Press 2014 Male Athlete of the Year

Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire (8) is tripped up by LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander (4) in the first half of the Music City Bowl NCAA college football game Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.

Notre Dame & Georgia earn bowl wins

Kyle Brindza kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired, and Notre Dame upset No. 22 LSU 31-28 in a Music City Bowl shootout Tuesday.

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