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WAMC's Daily Sports Wrap


Albany, NY – Well make it 30 straight non-Big East Conference home victories for Syracuse...

The top-ranked Orange improved to 12-0 by running past Bucknell 80-61. Kris Joseph led Syracuse with 17.

In other Top 25 college hoops, Ohio State soared past Lamar 70-50, Louisville survived Charleston 69-62, Kentucky routed Samford 82-50, and Pittsburgh crushed St. Francis 71-45.

On the Women's side, North Carolina dropped East Carolina 65-61, Stanford breezed past Tennessee 97-80, and Duke demolished UNC-Wilmington 107-45.

In NBA news, sources say reigning MVP Derrick Rose has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Chicago Bulls, worth approximately $94 million dollars. The deal is expected to be announced later today.

To the ice, last night in New Jersey, Marian Gaborik snapped a third-period tie with the first of two goals, and sealed New York's win with an empty-netter, as the Rangers skated past the Devils 4-1.

Elsewhere, Pittsburgh edged Chicago 3-2, Phoenix got by Florida 2-1, Washington whipped Nashville 4-1, Calgary held off Minnesota 2-1, Ottawa dumped Buffalo 4-1, and the Islanders downed Winnipeg 3-2 in a shootout.

In college football, Rakeem Cato threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns, as Marshall beat Florida International 20-10 in the Beef 'O'Brady's Bowl.

In other news, Urban Meyer's first Ohio State team won't be bowl bound. The NCAA hit Ohio State with a one-year bowl ban and other penalties for a scandal that involved players trading jerseys, rings and other Buckeyes memorabilia for cash and tattoos. Then-head coach Jim Tressel was hit with a five-year "show-cause" order, which effectively prevents him from being hired as a college coach during that time. Ohio State plays Urban Meyer's former team, Florida, January 2nd in the Gator Bowl.

In NFL news, the league will require teams to place certified athletic trainers in the press box to help monitor head injuries, a result of the Browns' failure to test quarterback Colt McCoy for a concussion.

And Abby Wambach has been voted the 2011 Female Athlete of the Year. Her thunderous header in the final seconds of the Women's World Cup quarterfinals led the U.S. to an improbable victory and sparked a nationwide frenzy rarely seen in women's sports.

I'm Tristan O'Neill, WAMC News.