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Posted on December 21, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 21 at 10:33 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — Ryan Kesler scored the deciding goal in an eight-round shootout, and the Vancouver Canucks rallied to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 last night. Kesler fired a high shot past Antti Raanta to help Vancouver end a two-game losing streak. Mike Santorelli was successful in the first round as the Canucks improved to 2-4 in shootouts. Patrick Sharp had Chicago's only shootout score.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ryan Nicholas scored 18 points to lead University of Portland to a 74-53 victory over Bradley in the Holiday Hoops Classic last night. Nicholas got help from Thomas van der Mars and Alec Wintering, who contributed 15 points apiece for Portland, which managed to pull away late in the second half with a 13-4 run and continued to pad the lead down the final stretch. Bradley kept the score close most of the game, twice narrowing the gap to six points in the second half.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks will be without starting right guard J.R. Sweezy for tomorrow's game against Arizona after suffering a concussion last week. Seattle coach Pete Carroll announced Sweezy was out after practice yesterday. Sweezy suffered the concussion last week against the New York Giants, but the injury didn't surface until Wednesday.

ISLETA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Two emerging programs are preparing to kick-off the college football postseason after years of not reaching a bowl game. Colorado State will meet Washington State in the New Mexico Bowl today in Albuquerque in what is expected to be a showdown of two high-flying offenses. Washington State coach Mike Leach says Colorado State really doesn't have any weaknesses and the Cougars will have to play the best overall game.

CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Eastern Washington will make its third trip to the FCS semifinals in four seasons today, and if they want to advance to the title game they have to slow down Towson running back Terrance West. West has rushed for nearly 2,300 yards this season, including 354 yards as Towson upset Eastern Illinois in the quarterfinals. The semifinal winners advance to the national title game on Jan. 4 in Frisco, Texas.

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