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Posted on January 15, 2013 at 3:03 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 15 at 3:03 AM


Bryant's late FG lifts Falcons over Seattle 30-28

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ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Bryant kicked a 49-yard field goal with 8 seconds left and the Atlanta Falcons bounced back after blowing a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter, defeating Russell Wilson and the gutty Seattle Seahawks 30-28 in an NFC divisional playoff game Sunday.

The Falcons (14-3) appeared ready to allow the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in NFL playoff history when Marshawn Lynch scored on a 2-yard run with 31 seconds left.

But Matt Ryan completed two long passes after the kickoff, setting up Bryant's winning kick and sending the Falcons to the NFC championship game for only the third time in franchise history. They will host the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday.

Wilson passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, but it wasn't enough for the Seahawks (12-6).


Kaepernick gives 49ers new look in NFC title game

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nobody is questioning Jim Harbaugh's decision now.

With a record-setting playoff debut sending San Francisco to the NFC championship game for the second straight season, Colin Kaepernick confirmed Harbaugh's much-debated move to supplant Alex Smith with the unproven second-year pro in a 45-31 rout of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

The 49ers (12-4-1) are back where they were a year ago, and seemingly more dangerous and daring on Kaepernick's strong arm and legs than when the eventual champion New York Giants eliminated them last January.

San Francisco will play Atlanta for another chance at reaching the Super Bowl.

Atlanta edged Seattle on Sunday, 30-28.


Title games feature Ravens-Pats, 49ers-Falcons

UNDATED (AP) — One game is a rematch. The other might feel like one.

For the second straight year in the AFC, the New England Patriots will host the Baltimore Ravens with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

In the NFC, it will be San Francisco traveling to Atlanta, with the Falcons defense trying to stop a versatile, running quarterback for the second straight week.

On Saturday, Colin Kaepernick led the Niners to the NFC title game with a 45-31 win over Green Bay. On Sunday, Atlanta edged Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks 30-28.

Last year, New England beat Baltimore 23-20 in the AFC title game.

The Patriots beat Houston 41-28 on Sunday to advance.

Baltimore beat Denver 38-35 in two overtimes on Saturday.


Durant has 33 and Thunder beats Blazers 87-83

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Kevin Durant had 33 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped Portland's nine-game winning streak at the Rose Garden with an 87-83 victory over the Trail Blazers on Sunday night.

Russell Westbrook added 18 points and nine assists for the Thunder, who played without starters Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha because of injuries.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 33 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who trailed by 11 points but pulled within one point on Nicolas Batum's (bah-TOOMZ') 3-pointer with 21.9 seconds to go.

Kendrick Perkins missed the first of two free throws and after a timeout Aldridge missed a tough fade-away jumper from about 20 feet out with 1.7 seconds left.

Westbrook made a pair of foul shots for the final margin.


Thunder F Serge Ibaka out vs. Trail Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka will miss the Thunder's game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night because of a chest contusion.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks says Ibaka will be replaced in the starting lineup by Nick Collison.

Ibaka had not missed any games previously this season, and was averaging 14.3 points and 8.4 rebounds.

The 6-foot-10 Ibaka was injured in the third quarter of Oklahoma City's 116-101 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.


Oregon defeats Arizona State 68-65

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Tony Woods scored 14 points for Oregon, including the go-ahead dunk in the final minutes, as the Ducks held on to defeat Arizona State 68-65 on Sunday night.

Damyean Dotson and Carlos Emory scored 14 points apiece for Oregon (14-2, 3-0 Pac-12), and Dominic Artis added 10.

Jahii Carson scored 20 points, and Evan Gordon had 17 for the Sun Devils (14-3, 3-1).

Carson's potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer was wide.

A 3-pointer by Felix with 2:08 to play put Arizona State up 60-59, but Woods answered for the Ducks with a two-handed slam to give Oregon a 61-60 advantage with 1:44 remaining.

Oregon went 7 of 8 from the free-throw line in the final minute to seal the win.

The Ducks used a 7-2 run in the final 3 minutes of the first half to lead 32-28 at halftime.


No. 14 UCLA women defeat Washington 85-68

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jasmine Dixon tied her season high with 13 points and also pulled down 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season, and No. 14 UCLA overcame a turnover-plagued first half to post its sixth straight victory, beating Washington 85-68 on Sunday.

Five Bruins scored in double figures. Atonye Nyingifa had 17 points, Markel Walker scored 11 and Alyssia Brewer and Thea Lemberger each scored 10.

UCLA (13-2, 4-0 Pac-12) committed 16 turnovers in the first half, the most the Bruins have turned it over in any half this season, and trailed the Huskies by one at halftime. They only had eight turnovers in the second half.

Jazmine Davis scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Huskies (10-5, 2-2), and Talia Walton added 18.

It's the first time Washington has lost consecutive games this season.


Arizona women blaze past Oregon 100-68

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Alli Gloyd led six Arizona players in double figures with 17 points, and the Wildcats routed Oregon 100-68 on Sunday.

Layana White had 16 points, connecting on all four of her 3-point attempts, and Keyahndra Cannon scored 14 for the Wildcats (10-5, 2-2 Pac-12). Davellyn White and Carissa Crutchfield scored 13 apiece and Nyre Harris had 10 points.

Crutchfield also had 11 assists as Arizona, which led 55-34 at halftime, scored 100 for the first time since Dec. 31, 2010. The Wildcats were 12 of 27 (45 percent) from 3-point range. They finished at 43 percent overall.

Jillian Alleyne led the Ducks (2-14, 0-4) with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Liz Brenner had 10 points and nine rebounds and Megan Carpenter added nine points and 11 rebounds for Oregon, which committed 26 turnovers leading to 35 Wildcats points.


Arizona State women defeat Oregon State 66-55

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Promise Amukamara scored 13 points Sunday and Arizona State defeated Oregon State 66-55.

Micaela Pickens added 12 points for the Sun Devils (10-6, 2-2 Pac-12), who beat Oregon on Friday after losing their first two conference games. Janae Fulcher scored 11 points for Arizona State, which scored the first eight points of the game and never trailed.

The Sun Devils shot 58 percent from the field in the first half and led 35-30. They finished at 52 percent while the Beavers connected on 46 percent from the field.

Samantha Siegner and Patricia Bright led Oregon State (7-9, 1-3) with 12 points apiece.

Jamie Weisner added 10 points.


Harberts leads USC over Washington State 61-59

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cassie Harberts scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds to lead USC over Washington State 61-59 Sunday afternoon.

Harberts was 4 of 11 from the field for the Trojans (7-8, 4-0 Pac-12). Ariya Crook had 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Kate Oliver had 10 points.

Washington State led 32-28 at halftime. USC shot 34 percent from the field for the game, but made 83 percent of its free throws.

The Cougars shot 31 percent. Both teams were 83 percent at the free-throw line.

Tia Presley scored 25 points for Washington State (5-10, 1-3). Lia Galdeira had 14 points.

Sage Romberg and Ireti Amojo led with six rebounds apiece.