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Stafford leads Lions...Woodson to retire...Western Kentucky gets bowl win

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 22, 2015 at 12:10 a.m.



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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Matthew Stafford was 22 of 25 for 254 yards, three first-half touchdowns and no interceptions as the Detroit Lions held off the Saints 35-27 at New Orleans. Stafford hit Golden Tate for a pair of TDs while the Lions were building a 28-3 lead. Drew Brees (breez) fueled the Saints' second-half rally and was 34 of 52 for 341 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson has announced he will retire after the season, saying he realized late last month that he couldn't play another year. The 39-year-old Woodson is tied for fifth in NFL history with 65 interceptions and is still playing at a high level. He ranks second in the league with eight takeaways this season, intercepting five passes and recovering three fumbles.

MIAMI (AP) — Brandon Doughty passed for 461 yards and three touchdowns in leading the 25th-ranked Western Kentucky Hilltoppers to a 45-35 win over South Florida in the Miami Beach Bowl. Anthony Wales rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns, including a 42-yarder with 5:05 left. Western Kentucky trailed by 14 before earning its sixth straight win and ending the season 12-2.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs are off to the second-best 29-game start in team history after they improved to 24-5 with their sixth consecutive win, 106-92 over Indiana. Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard finished with 24 points and the Spurs improved to 16-0 at home. Tony Parker delivered nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, and Boris Diaw (DEE'-ow) finished with 14 points for San Antonio.

UNDATED (AP) — The NHL's two conference leaders were winners on Monday. Backup Philipp Grubauer turned back 31 shots and the Washington Capitals claimed their sixth straight win by downing the Hurricanes 2-1 at Carolina. Jordie Benn, Vernon Fiddler and Tyler Seguin (SAY'-gihn) scored during the last 5:01 of the second period to help the Dallas Stars turn a 2-0 deficit into a 6-3 win at Minnesota.

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