Dalton's 4 TDs lead Bengals over Colts 42-28
CINCINNATI (AP) - Andy Dalton threw for three touchdowns and ran for another on Sunday, and the Cincinnati Bengals remained perfect at home and in control of the AFC North with a 42-28 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
The Bengals (9-4) improved to 6-0 at Paul Brown Stadium on a cold, windy day - 28 degrees at kickoff with a wind chill of 19 and light flurries.
Dalton gave his most consistent performance since October, throwing for three touchdowns that kept the Bengals ahead and finishing it off with an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter. Dalton was 24 of 35 for 275 yards without a sack or interception.
The Colts (8-5) had another slow start in the cold, falling behind 21-0 before Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes to keep them close.
Despite the loss, the Colts were in position to clinch the AFC South later Sunday if Tennessee lost at Denver.
Durant's 36 points lift Thunder past Pacers 118-94
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant had 36 points and 10 rebounds and Oklahoma City turned a matchup of two of the NBA's best teams into a blowout with a 118-94 win over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night.
The Thunder (15-4) improved to 10-0 at home this season. They are the only Western Conference team to remain undefeated at home.
Durant was 14 of 23 from the field and Oklahoma City shot a season-best 61 percent (47 of 77). Russell Westbrook finished with 26 points, Reggie Jackson had 15 and Serge Ibaka 13 for the Thunder.
Paul George scored 32 points for the Pacers (18-3), who shot just 40 percent (34 of 85).
Indiana was playing its second game in two nights, having won at San Antonio on Saturday.
No. 16 Purdue overpowers IPFW in 91-70 win
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Courtney Moses scored a game-high 26 points to lead four players in double figures as No. 16 Purdue overpowered Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne in a 91-70 victory on Sunday.
KK Houser contributed 15 points and Whitney Bays had 13 for the Boilermakers (6-2), while Liza Clemons added 11 points and made it a double-double with 10 rebounds. Purdue shot 54 percent from the field, including 8 of 18 from 3-point range, and missed just one of its 20 free throws.
IPFW (4-6) battled back in the first half after a 16-3 Purdue run to trail by just five points at the break, 40-35. The Mastadons closed the gap to three early in the second half before Purdue began pulling steadily away to lead by as many as 27 points heading into the final minutes. The Boilermakers out-rebounded IPFW 35-22.
Amanda Hyde led IPFW with 17 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Kelly: Nix signs with agent, to enter NFL draft
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says nose guard Louis Nix III has signed with an agent and will forego his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft, where he is projected by many to be a first-round draft pick.
Nix's season came to an end Nov. 21 when he underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The 6-foot-2, 349-pound senior also had been slowed by tendinitis in the same knee.
Nix, who didn't play as a freshman, told media at the time he was undecided about whether he would return, saying his focus was on getting healthy.
Nix tweeted a message Friday of an emoticon crying and an Instagram photo taken from a car pulling away from Notre Dame with the Golden Dome reflected in the side driver's side mirror.
Ball State to face Arkansas State in GoDaddy Bowl
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Arkansas State will face Ball State in the GoDaddy Bowl.
Ball State accepted an invitation to the Jan. 5 game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Sunday. Arkansas State was already set to play in the GoDaddy Bowl for the third consecutive year.
Ball State (10-2) reached double-digit victories for only the third time with a 55-15 victory over Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 29.
ASU (7-5) beat Kent State in last season's game for the program's first victory over a ranked team and lost to Northern Illinois two years ago. The Red Wolves have won or shared the Sun Belt Conference championship three straight years.
Ball State lost 45-13 to Tulsa in the GoDaddy Bowl on Jan. 6, 2009.
Ball State is led by quarterback Kenneth Wenning, the school's all-time leading passer
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Arkansas St. to play Ball St in GoDaddy Bowl
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State will play Ball State of the Mid-American Conference in the 2014 GoDaddy Bowl.
The game is scheduled for Jan. 5 in Mobile, Ala.
ASU accepted the bowl invitation last Monday. Ball State was announced Sunday as the opponent.
ASU ended the season 7-5 overall and tied with Louisiana-Lafayette for the Sun Belt Conference championship with a 5-2 conference record.
Ball State was 10-2 and finished second in the MAC's West Division to Northern Illinois with a 7-1 conference record.
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