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Bucs Hire Lovie Smith, 105,591 Fans At NHL's Winter Classic


In the NFL, Tampa Bay may have found a new head coach.

The Bucs have hired former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, just two days after dismissing Greg Schiano. Terms of the deal are not known.

On the college football bowl scoreboard, fourth-ranked Michigan State capped a 13-1 season by earning its first Rose Bowl victory in 26 years.

Connor Cook threw for a career-high 332 yards and two touchdowns as the Spartans rallied to beat fifth-ranked Stanford 24-20.

At the Fiesta Bowl, Blake Bortels led No. 15 Central Florida to a 52-42 win over No. 6 Baylor. Bortels passed for 301 yards and three touchdowns, and he also scored once while running for 93 yards on eight carries.

At the Capital One Bowl, Connor Shaw threw for three touchdowns and scored two others as eighth-ranked South Carolina beat No. 19 Wisconsin 34-24.

At the Gator Bowl, Nebraska beat, 23rd-ranked Georgia 24-19.

At the Outback Bowl, No. 14 LSU was a 21-14 winner over Iowa.

In the NBA, Toronto defeated Indiana 95-82, ending the Pacers' five-game winning streak. Dallas knocked off Washington 87-78. Minnesota beat New Orleans 124-112. Philadelphia beat Denver 114-102 and Charlotte fell to the Clippers 112-85.

Checking news on the ice, the NHL's Winter Classic was played in front of 105,591 fans at Michigan Stadium, the largest crowd ever to see a hockey game. The Toronto Maple Leafs' beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout.

Tampa Bay doubled up Vancouver 4-2.

Finally, Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher remains in critical but stable condition in a French hospital. The 44-year-old suffered critical head injuries when he fell and hit his head on a rock while skiing on Sunday. His manager says Schumacher showed small signs of improvement on Tuesday, following his second operation.

He remains in a medically induced coma.

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