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New Years Eve College Football Bowl Games Roundup
Hokies thrash Vols; Cyclones, Middies, Sooners and Falcons also fly high in New Year's Eve college football bowl games.

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Meyer Coverup Doesn't Work
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Florida coach Urban Meyer says he tried to cover up the reason for his hospital visit following the Southeastern Conference championship game because he didn't want to alarm his family or football team.
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WIU Drops Road Game in Michigan
ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) -- Keith Benson scored 20 points and Johnathon Jones added 17 to lead Oakland of Michigan past Western Illinois 75-63 on Thursday.
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Rose, Noah Lead Bulls Past Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Derrick Rose scored 22 points, and Joakim Noah added 15 points and 21 rebounds to help the Chicago Bulls hand the Detroit Pistons their ninth straight loss, 98-87 on Thursday.
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Fox Grants Brief Extension in Cable Dispute
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Fox television network allowed its broadcast signal to be carried by Time Warner Cable for a brief extension past a midnight deadline as talks over fees continued.
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Huet, Blackhawks Beat Devils
CHICAGO (AP) -- Cristobal Huet stopped 26 shots, and Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist to lead the Chicago Blackhawks past the New Jersey Devils, 5-1 Thursday night.
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Cubs Sign Marlon Byrd to 3 Year Deal
CHICAGO (AP) -- Outfielder Marlon Byrd has agreed to a three-year contract with the Chicago Cubs.
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Bears' Brown Pins Problems on Loss of Urlacher
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- As the Chicago Bears wind down their disappointing season, defensive end Alex Brown isn't thinking about the players who might be on their way out.
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Cotton Bowl Hopes to Regain Elite Status
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Mississippi coach Houston Nutt admits begging Cotton Bowl officials. He wanted his Rebels to have a unique spot in the game's history.
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FSU's Bowden Set for Emotional Farewell
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Bobby Bowden's final game at Florida State has arrived.
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Local Sports Roundup -- 12/30/9
Galesburg girls basketball team takes third at Charleston, Streak boys finish fourth; Canton wins Macomb-Western Holiday Tournament, Brimfield girls advance to championship game at State Farm Holiday Classic.
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Illini Beat Northwestern in Assembly Hall Thriller
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Mike Tisdale had a career-high 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Illinois spoiled No. 25 Northwestern's return to the rankings after 40 years with an 89-83 overtime victory Wednesday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
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#18 Temple Too Much for Northern Illinois
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Juan Fernandez scored 26 points and Ryan Brooks added 19 for No. 18 Temple, which tuned up for a weekend game with No. 1 Kansas with a 70-60 victory over Northern Illinois Wednesday night.
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Huskers Harass Cats in First Holiday Bowl Shutout
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Zac Lee threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Niles Paul in the third quarter to highlight No. 20 Nebraska's 33-0 rout against No. 22 Arizona on a rainy Wednesday night, the first shutout in the 32-year history of the Holiday Bowl.
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Idaho Stuns Bowling Green in Humanitarian Bowl
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Max Komar made a sliding 16-yard touchdown catch with 4 seconds left and Nathan Enderle passed to Preston Davis for the 2-point conversion, lifting Idaho to a dramatic 43-42 victory over Bowling Green in Wednesday night's Humanitarian Bowl.
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Bears Receiver Picks Good Time for Career Game
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Devin Aromashodu figured he had about 60 congratulatory messages after his career game for the Chicago Bears against Minnesota on Monday night.
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Local Sports Roundup -- 12/29/09
Galesburg's boys and girls basketball teams will play in third place games Wednesday at Charleston Tournament, while GHS Freshman Boys place third in the Moline Tournament; Abingdon Girls take first place at Lady Rebel Tournament; Monmouth College boys basketball loses in California.
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Blackhawks Lose to Dallas
DALLAS (AP) -- Steve Ott had two goals, including a tiebreaking power-play tally early in the third period, and the Dallas Stars beat Chicago 5-4 on Tuesday night to end the Blackhawks' three-game winning streak.
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Rose Leads Bulls to Win Over Pacers
CHICAGO (AP) -- Derrick Rose scored 28 points and the Chicago Bulls blew an early 19-point lead before recovering in the second half to beat the Indiana Pacers 104-95.
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Bulls GM Won't Respond to Del Negro Reports
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman says he won't discuss reports that coach Vinny Del Negro's job is in jeopardy or go into detail about internal evaluations of staff, players or coaches.
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Bradley Beats Drake in MVC Opener
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Andrew Warren scored 24 points and Taylor Brown contributed 17 points and 11 rebounds as Bradley defeated Drake 67-59 Tuesday night.
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ISU Beats Wichita State
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) -- Osiris Eldridge scored 26 points to lead Illinois State past Wichita State 72-57 in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams Tuesday night.
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Southern Illinois Tops Indiana State
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- Tony Freeman scored 19 points and Southern Illinois went on a 22-6 run midway through the second half to seal its Missouri Valley Conference opener, defeating Indiana State 70-52 Tuesday night.
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St. Louis Downs Eastern Illinois
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Kwamain Mitchell had game highs of 19 points and seven assists to lead Saint Louis to a 60-42 victory over Eastern Illinois on Tuesday night.
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Illini Guard Leaving Team, School
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois junior guard Alex Legion is leaving the team.
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Oklahoma State Gets Past Western Illinois Women
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Andrea Riley had 22 points, six assists and five steals and Oklahoma State beat Western Illinois 68-55 on Tuesday night.
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12/29/09 Bowl Game Summary
Two bowl games were held Tuesday. Click here for recaps.
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Lovie Smith Not Looking Past Sunday
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith knows he'll be on the sideline this weekend against the Detroit Lions.
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Bears' Tillman Broke Ribs in Game Vs. Vikings
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman could miss the season finale against Detroit after breaking his ribs during the 36-30 overtime win over the Minnesota Vikings.
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Galesburg Girls Basketball Team Splits at Charleston
POSTED 10:40 p-m 12/29/09 Galesburg High School's girls basketball team split its two games on Tuesday, falling to undefeated Charleston and rebounding in the nightcap against Taylorville.
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