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USF wins Meineke Bowl

Daniels helps South Florida down Clemson, 31-26 Mike Cranston



Skip Holtz came to South Florida in a tough spot, replacing a popular coach whose firing left some bad feelings in the locker room. The 3-3 start fueled by a shaky offense didn’t help matters. Slowly, Holtz got a grip on the young program and thanks to an impressive comeback from an injury by his quarterback, the Bulls have reached another milestone. B.J. Daniels threw two touchdowns passes and ran for a third and in South Florida’s 31-26 victory against Clemson in the Meineke Bowl that gave Holtz a strong finish to his first season

COLLEGE FOOTBALL and left his team full of smiles. “We are all so happy to be here,” Daniels said. “The coaches have been so supportive and have put a lot of confidence in us.” Mo Plancher also ran for a score for the Bulls (8-5), who took control after Tigers quarterback Kyle Parker left at halftime with a cracked rib. South Florida secured its fifth straight eight-win season and earned its first bowl win over a team from a BCS automatic-qualifying league. “It was really a great team effort all the way around,” said Holtz, who helped the beleaguered Big East move to 3-1 in bowls.


Clemson tight end Brandon Ford catches a touchdown pass as South Florida safety Jon Lejiste tries to break up the pass late in the fourth quarter of the Meineke Bowl.

Seminoles hold off Gamecocks Florida State wins Chick-fil-A Bowl, 26-17 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

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South Carolina wide receiver Tori Gurley pulls in a catch over Florida State cornerback Greg Reid during the second half of the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Florida State defeated South Carolina, 26-17

EJ Manuel threw a fourthquarter touchdown pass to stop a South Carolina rally and lead Florida State to a 26-17 victory against the turnover-plagued Gamecocks in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Friday night. Chris Thompson ran for 147 yards and a touchdown and Dustin Hopkins kicked four field goals for the No. 23 Seminoles (10-4), who reached 10 wins for the first time since 2003. Hopkins tied his own school record for a bowl, and the four field goals also

matched the bowl record. Manuel took over for senior quarterback Christian Ponder, who left early in the second quarter with a concussion. No. 19 South Carolina lost running back Marcus Lattimore when he was hit hard on the Gamecocks’ first drive. “I hate it for Christian,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. “He got dinged on the back of his head. He came off and he was kind of out of it a little bit. I hate that because of what he means to us, but EJ, oh boy, I’m glad he’s on our team.”

Irish score 3 times in 1st 4 possessions Sun Bowl continued from 17

“Clearly, we are gaining a lot of confidence,” Kelly said. “We’ve beaten some good football teams late in the year as we’ve come together and found our identity. It’s going to taste a

whole lot better in the offseason talking about a win.” Notre Dame (8-5) reached the end zone on three of its first four possessions. Rees tossed touchdown passes of 3 and 34 yards to Floyd and Cierre Wood broke free on a 34-yard scoring run

before David Ruffer added field goals from 40, 50 and 19 yards. “It’s not hard when you’re throwing the ball to Mike,” Rees said. He’s such a great player. I knew that if I threw it anywhere near him he was going to make the catch.”

23 racers take part in Telemark event Telemark continued from 17 el­­sen in a sprint classic event. Steamboat skiers emerged as the dominant force in the event, which attracted mostly competitors from across the region. Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club assistant coach Shane Anderson won the men’s division of the race, which is decided by a finisher’s time as well as scores awarded for Telemark turns and jumps. He finished with 104.44 points. Charlie Dresen was second with 106.55, and Jeffrey Gay was

third with 108.07, ensuring an all-locals podium. Steamboat’s Erika Walters, in town on break from Colorado School of Mines, won on the women’s side. She finished with 122.23 points, atop another podium full of Steamboat skiers. Madi McKinstry was second with 126.18, and Zoe Taylor was third with 133.89. “It was good, but it was cold,” Walters said. “I was happy with my runs. It was a lot like training. The upper part was difficult because it was really icy and was a big cranker, hard turn.”

The day was plenty successful for many of those who didn’t make the podium, too. In all, 23 racers took part, including many young Tele skiers. “This is the future of our program and the sport. It was great to see they were out there,” Steamboat coach Ty Upson said. “After all this training, all fall, they actually finally came out and got to do it. All the hard work they’ve done, all the skate skiing, all the weights we’ve lifted and video we’ve watched, finally they got to do it, and that was great.”

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Sports Scoreboard NHL The Associated Press All times MST Friday’s Games New Jersey 3, Atlanta 1 Montreal 3, Florida 2, OT Nashville 4, Minnesota 1 N.Y. Islanders 4, Detroit 3, OT Columbus 4, Ottawa 3, OT Anaheim 5, Philadelphia 2 Vancouver 4, Dallas 1 St. Louis 4, Phoenix 3 Calgary 3, Colorado 2 Saturday’s Games Boston at Buffalo, 5 p.m. Toronto at Ottawa, 5 p.m. New Jersey at Carolina, 5 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Tampa Bay, 5:30 p.m. Washington at Pittsburgh 6 p.m. San Jose at Los Angeles, 7 p.m. Calgary at Edmonton, 8 p.m.

NBA Friday’s Games Chicago 90, New Jersey 81 New Orleans 83, Boston 81 Golden State 96, Charlotte 95 Indiana 95, Washington 86 Houston 114, Toronto 105 Oklahoma City 103, Atlanta 94 Phoenix 92, Detroit 75 L.A. Lakers 102, Philadelphia 98 Saturday’s Games Cleveland at Chicago, 5 p.m. New Orleans at Washington, 5 p.m. Golden State at Miami, 5:30 p.m. New Jersey at Minnesota, 6 p.m. Oklahoma City at San Antonio, 6:30 p.m. Sacramento at Denver, 7 p.m. Memphis at Utah, 7 p.m. Dallas at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.

NFL Sunday’s Games Oakland at Kansas City, 11 a.m. Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 11 a.m. Miami at New England, 11 a.m. Minnesota at Detroit, 11 a.m. Carolina at Atlanta, 11 a.m. Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 11 a.m. Buffalo at N.Y. Jets, 11 a.m. Cincinnati at Baltimore, 11 a.m. Arizona at San Francisco, 2:15 p.m. San Diego at Denver, 2:15 p.m. Chicago at Green Bay, 2:15 p.m. Jacksonville at Houston, 2:15 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Washington, 2:15 p.m. Dallas at Philadelphia, 2:15 p.m. Tennessee at Indianapolis, 2:15 p.m. St. Louis at Seattle, 6:20 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL FARED No. 2. Ohio State (14-0) beat Indiana 85-67. Next: at Iowa, Tuesday. No. 4. Connecticut (11-1) beat South Florida 66-61, OT. Next: at No. 15 Notre Dame, Tuesday. No. 7. San Diego State (15-0) beat Occidental 93-50. Next: at TCU, Wednesday. No. 11. Kentucky (11-2) beat No. 22 Louisville 78-63. Next: vs. Pennsylvania, Monday. No. 12. Purdue (13-1) beat Northwestern 82-69. Next: at Penn State, Wednesday. No. 13. Texas (11-2) beat Coppin State 95-75. Next: vs. Arkansas, Tuesday.

No. 14. Minnesota (11-3) lost to No. 20 Michigan State 71-62. Next: vs. Indiana, Tuesday. No. 17. Kansas State (11-3) beat North Florida 100-76. Next: vs. Savannah State, Monday. No. 18. Texas A&M (12-1) beat McNeese State 66-57. Next: vs. Nicholls State, Monday. No. 20. Michigan State (9-4) beat No. 14 Minnesota 71-62. Next: at Northwestern, Monday. No. 22. Louisville (11-2) lost to No. 11 Kentucky 78-63. Next: vs. Seton Hall, Wednesday. Saturday’s Games No. 5 Syracuse vs. No. 15 Notre Dame, 1:30 p.m. No. 9 Georgetown vs. DePaul, 11 a.m. Sunday’s Games No. 1 Duke vs. Miami, 5:45 p.m. No. 3 Kansas vs. Miami (Ohio), 4 p.m. No. 8 Villanova vs. Rutgers, 11 a.m. No. 21 Memphis vs. Tennessee State, 1 p.m. No. 23 Illinois vs. Wisconsin, 4 p.m. No. 24 Vanderbilt vs. Davidson, 3 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWLS AT A GLANCE Friday, Dec. 31 Meineke Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. South Florida 31, Clemson 26 Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas Notre Dame 33, Miami 17 Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. UCF 10, Georgia 6 Chick-fil-A Bowl At Atlanta Florida State 26, South Carolina 17 Saturday, Jan. 1 TicketCity Bowl At Dallas Northwestern (7-5) vs. Texas Tech (7-5), 10 a.m. (ESPNU) Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Michigan State (11-1) vs. Alabama (9-3), 11 a.m. (ESPN) Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. Florida (7-5) vs. Penn State (7-5), 11 a.m. (ABC) Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Michigan (7-5) vs. Mississippi State (8-4), 11:30 a.m. (ESPN2) Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. TCU (12-0) vs. Wisconsin (11-1), 3 p.m. (ESPN) Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Connecticut (8-4) vs. Oklahoma (11-2), 6:30 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Jan. 3 Orange Bowl At Miami Stanford (11-1) vs. Virginia Tech (11-2), 6:30 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday, Jan. 4 Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Ohio State (11-1) vs. Arkansas (10-2), 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)

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Steamboat Today, Jan. 1, 2011  
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