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Manning's 4 picks doom Broncos...Pistons cut Smith...Hughes gets extension...CSU Rams get a coach

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 23, 2014 at 3:40 a.m.



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CINCINNATI (AP) — Peyton Manning threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns, but he was intercepted four times in Denver's 37-28 loss to Cincinnati. Dre Kirkpatrick picked off two Manning throws, returning the first 30 yards for a game-clinching touchdown with 2:41 remaining. Jeremy Hill ran for 147 yards and a long TD as the Bengals clinched a playoff berth and prevented the Broncos from wrapping up a first-round bye.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have waived forward Josh Smith, less than halfway through the lucrative four-year, $54 million contract he signed before last season. Smith is averaging 13 points, seven rebounds and 4.7 assists per game this season, but he's hitting just 39 percent of his shots as part of the Pistons' collection of poor perimeter shooters.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes has agreed to a five-year, $58 million contract that adds $42 million in guaranteed money from 2017-19. The 28-year-old right-hander went 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA and led the majors among qualifying pitchers with an 11.63 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He had been scheduled to make $8 million each of the next two seasons as part of a $24 million, three-year contract he signed as a free agent after leaving the New York Yankees.

UNDATED (AP) — Colorado State has hired Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo as the Rams' new head coach. Bobo takes over for Jim McElwain, who left for Florida after leading the Rams to one of their best regular seasons in program history. Bobo had been on Mark Richt's staff since 2001 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2007.

MIAMI (AP) — Paxton Lynch threw for four touchdowns and ran for three more as Memphis outlasted BYU 55-48 in double-overtime. Lynch put Memphis ahead for good with a scoring pass to Roderick Proctor as the Tigers finished the year 10-3, their first 10-win season since 1938. Tigers kicker Jake Elliott made a 54-yard field goal to force the second overtime.

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