SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) -- Tyler Tettleton threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns, Beau Blankenship scored four touchdowns and Chase Cochran caught three passes for 162 yards and a TD as Ohio pounded Louisiana-Monroe 45-14 at the Independence Bowl. Virginia Tech beat Rutgers 13-10 in the Russell Athletic Bowl, thanks to Cody Journell's 22-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime. Eric Ward grabbed a game-tying touchdown pass in the final minute before Ryan Bustin's 28-yard field goal as time expired gave Texas Tech a 34-31 comeback victory over Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl at Houston.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers picked up their team-record 16th consecutive victory while the Charlotte Bobcats were claiming their 17th straight loss. Chris Paul scored L.A.'s final seven points and finished with 29 as the Clippers beat Utah 116-114. Brook Lopez had 26 points and 11 rebounds as Brooklyn beat the Bobcats 97-81 in P.J. Carlesimo's (kahr-LES'-ih-mohz) first game as the Nets' interim coach.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NHL says it's made a new contract offer to the players in an attempt to end the lockout and save the season. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says in a statement yesterday that a "comprehensive" proposal was made a day earlier and he's waiting for a response. He adds the league is "hopeful" that once the union and its negotiating committee review the proposal "they will share it with the players."
NEW YORK (AP) -- Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed has been fined $55,000 by the NFL for his high hit on the New York Giants' Victor Cruz last weekend. Reed struck the wide receiver in the head and neck area, and was penalized for the hit in the game. Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was fined $21,000 for abusive conduct toward a game official, and another $10,000 for kicking Oakland's Tommy Kelly after a play was over last weekend.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte expects to start tomorrow against the Lions despite an ankle injury suffered last week. Forte went through a full practice today and was listed probable for the game at Detroit, which the Bears will need to win to have any shot at making the playoffs.
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