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The Steelers were banged up but left Baltimore victorious on Sunday night. Steelers safety Troy Polamalu forced a fumble by sacking Ravens QB Joe Flacco late in the fourth quarter. On the ensuing drive, Ben Roethlisberger threw a 9-yard score to RB Isaac Redman, giving the Steelers a 13-10 win over the Ravens. Despite suffering a broken nose early in the game, Roethlisberger finished with 253 yards 1 TD and 1 INT during the win.
The final BCS standings are now official. Top-ranked Auburn and No. 2 Oregon will play for the national championship January 10 in Glendale, Arizona. The other BCS matchups are : TCU against Big Ten co-champ Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl; Arkansas and Ohio State, which also won a share of the Big Ten title, in the Sugar Bowl; Big 12 champion Oklahoma taking on Big East co-champ Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl and Stanford playing ACC title-winner Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.
Let's make a deal. The Washington Nationals agreed to a seven-year, $126 million contract with former Phillies RF Jayson Werth. The first deal of the winter meetings was announced Sunday while Major League Baseball was still setting up the news conference room.
The Boston Red Sox have an announcement to make. This according to a baseball source, who said the team scheduled a news conference for Monday to announce it has completed a deal with the San Diego Padres for All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. The deal will happen without a long-term deal for Gonzalez, after talks broke off Sunday without an agreement in place.
Colts QB Peyton Manning is in unfamiliar territory following Indy's loss to Dallas Sunday. The Cowboys returned two of Manning's four interceptions for touchdowns and used the last one to set up David Buehler's 38-yard field goal for a 38-35 overtime win. Manning has thrown four picks in back-to-back weeks for the first time ever.
Oh no they didn't. The Super Bowl champion Saints drew the Cincinnati Bengals offside on fourth down with :34 seconds to play, giving New Orleans a new set of downs. On the next play, Drew Brees connected with WR Marques Colston for the winning 3-yard TD.
Vikings QB Brett Favre sprained the sternoclavicular joint in his throwing shoulder during Sunday's 38-14 win over Buffalo. The injury leaves the 41-year-old Favre unsure if he will be able to start his 298th straight regular-season game next week against the Giants. Tarvaris Jackson spelled Favre and threw 2 TDs and 3 INTs during the win. Vikings RB Adrian Peterson ran for 107 yards and 3 TDs.
Graeme McDowell bettered Tiger Woods in a playoff Sunday to win the Chevron World Challenge. The 2010 U.S. Open champion sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to force a playoff. McDowell then made another birdie putt from a farther distance, denying Woods a victory in his final tournament of the year. Tiger later tweeted, "Really hate losing, Graeme did what he needed to do to win and I didn't."
The NFL Players Association is close to filing a collusion grievance against NFL owners. This according to union sources, who say the decision is based on a case the players' union has been building since only one of 216 restricted free agents was signed to an offer sheet during the offseason.
Chris Paul and the rest of the New Orleans Hornets will soon be playing under new ownership. This according to sources close to the situation, who told ESPN.com Sunday that the league's fast-moving plans to take temporary control of the Hornets are going ahead "100 percent" and will be publicly confirmed within the next few days.
Note: The Elias Sports Bureau, ESPN Stats and Information group and The Associated Press contributed to this report.