LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant had nine points and eight rebounds in his season debut for the Lakers, but Amir Johnson scored a career-high 32 points in the trade-depleted Toronto Raptors' 106-94 victory over Los Angeles last night. The fourth-leading scorer in NBA history hadn't played since tearing his Achilles tendon in April. The Lakers never led, and Toronto snapped its five-game losing streak.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -Phil Dawson kicked a 22-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining and the San Francisco 49ers held off the Seattle Seahawks 19-17 yesterday. Frank Gore broke a 51-yard gain with just more than four minutes left to set up the go-ahead 11-play, 76-yard drive as the 49ers (9-4) kept the playoff-bound Seahawks (11-2) from clinching the NFC West.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Michigan State and Stanford have been selected for the Rose Bowl's 100th edition. The No. 4 Spartans will face the fifth-ranked Cardinal on Jan. 1, pitting two venerable programs.. Michigan State (12-1) upset Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game. Stanford (11-2) trounced Arizona State in the Pac-12 title game.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Josh Harding made 37 saves in another strong home outing, and the Minnesota Wild beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 last night despite recording only 13 shots. Patrick Marleau scored with 1:41 left for San Jose, which went 1-3 on a four-game trip. The Sharks have lost three in a row in regulation for the first time this season.
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