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									                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ARAB TIMES, MONDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2011
    SPORTS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       47



Giants down Jets,
keep hopes alive
                               ‘Destiny in our hands’
EAST RUTHERFORD, New                                     he needs to shut up.”
Jersey, Dec 25, (RTRS): The                                 Coughlin credited the Giants’ defense
                                                         for saving the day.
Giants beat the Jets 29-14 in a                             “They kept turning the Jets offense
pivotal New York showdown                                back. That was the determining factor in
on Saturday that gave the win-                           the game,” said Coughlin after limping
                                                         into his postgame interview session after
ners a direct path to reach the                          absorbing a late game collision with his
playoffs and imperiled the los-                          running back D.J. Ware along the side-
ers’ chances of advancing.                               line.
  “We won the game and it keeps us in                       “We weren’t having a very good night
the playoffs, it keeps us in the hunt                    offensively.”
with destiny in our hands,” said Giants                     The Giants registered only 11 first
coach Tom Coughlin.                                      downs in the hard-fought contest, while
   The victory improved the Giants to 8-7                the Jets doubled that figure but New York
and made next week’s                                     made some big plays to compensate.
regular season finale                                       A huge touchdown connection late in
against the visiting                                     the first half from quarterback Eli
Dallas Cowboys a clash                                   Manning to wide receiver Victor Cruz
for the NFC East title. A                                turned the tide for the Giants.
loss would have all but
eliminated them.                                                             FOOTBALL
   The defeat dropped
the Jets to 8-7, derailing
their clear run for an                                     Outplayed to that point and trailing 7-3,
AFC wildcard berth.                                      Manning hit Cruz on a third-and-10 from
The Jets remained             Coughlin
                                                         their own one-yard line and the elusive
mathematically alive,                                    receiver escaped from three tacklers on
but need a win in next week’s game in                    his way to a 99-yard touchdown romp
Miami against the Dolphins and help                      that put the Giants ahead 10-7.
from other teams to qualify for the post-                  “We all got a tremendous lift when he
season.                                                  went coast to coast,” said Coughlin.
   A safety registered by defensive tackle                 The Giants extended their lead to 17-7
Chris Canty on Jets quarterback Mark                     on a 14-yard touchdown burst late in the
Sanchez effectively ended the game by                    third quarter by Bradshaw, who ran over
giving the Giants two points for a 22-14                 safety Brodney Poole on his way into the
                                                         end zone.                                            Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Houston (23) intercepts a pass intended for San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (left), in front of Detroit
lead with the Jets punting from their own                                                                              Lions free safety Chris Harris (center) during an NFL football game in Detroit, Dec 24. Detroit won 38-10 to clinch a playoff spot. (AP)
20 with just over two minutes left.                        The Jets whittled down the deficit from
   After a failed on-side punt by the Jets,              20-7 with a one-yard run by Sanchez
                                                         halfway through the fourth quarter that
Ahmad Bradshaw barged into the end
zone from 19 yards out to complete the                   made it 20-14, but the Giants’ defense                                                                    Davis sinks Nevada with late TD
scoring and turn what had been a tension-                rose up to make that cushion stand.
                                                           “This was a big win because everything

                                                                                                              Southern Miss wins Hawaii Bowl
packed game into a rout.
   In the run-up to the game, outspoken                  was on the line,” said Manning, who
Jets coach Rex Ryan said his team was                    completed only 9-of-27 passes but totaled
better and vowed to claim Big Apple                      225 yards.
supremacy and bragging rights in the sta-                  The Jets had some early success run-
                                                         ning the ball, but stuck with a game plan            HONOLULU, Dec 25, (AP):
dium they share with the Giants.                                                                              Austin Davis made the plays
   After the game, Ryan tipped his cap to                relying on the pass to try and take advan-
                                                         tage of a weak Giants secondary.                     when it counted to send                                        Inappropriate to go forward with deal
the Giants.                                                                                                   Southern Mississippi coach
   “We have to give Giants all the credit.                 As the game wore on, the pass rush                 Larry Fedora out a winner.
They played a great game,” said Ryan.
“They were definitely the better team this
year.”
                                                         increasingly pressured Sanchez, who was
                                                         sacked five times and finished 30-of-59
                                                         for 258 yards with one touchdown and
                                                                                                                 Davis threw two touch-
                                                                                                              downs, including a 4-yarder
                                                                                                              late in the game, and No. 22
                                                                                                                                                Orange Bowl scraps planned cigar sponsorship
   Giants running back Brandon Jacobs                    two interceptions.                                   Southern Miss earned a            MIAMI, Dec 25, (AP): Orange Bowl               Championship. Wahl said that plans          sider the deal. It followed a similar
shot back at Ryan for his trash talking                    Now the Giants will settle the NFC                 school-record 12th victory        officials said they’ve scrapped a                             were limited to non-         effort earlier this week by several pub-
before the game.                                         East face to face against the Cowboys.               by holding off Nevada 24-17       planned sponsorship deal with                                 game events and              lic health groups.
                                                           “It’s going to be another knock-down,              in the Hawaii Bowl on             Camacho Cigars.                                               geared        toward            The senators and health groups
   Asked if he had a message for Ryan,                                                                        Saturday night.
the big running back said: “I think you                  drag-out fight with Dallas next week,”                                                    Larry Wahl, an Orange Bowl                                 adults.                      said cigars contain the same toxic,
                                                                                                                 “It wasn’t his best game,      spokesman, said in an email that after                           On      Thursday,         cancer-causing chemicals that ciga-
need to shut up. He’s a great coach,                     said Giants defensive captain Justin Tuck.           but he did enough to help us      mutual review, it was determined that it                      Sens. Dick Durbin,           rettes do. They argued that promot-
comes from a great coaching family, but                  “I look forward to it.”                              win this football game,” said     would not be appropriate to go forward                        Frank Lautenberg             ing cigars at the Orange Bowl would
                                                                                                              Fedora, who is leaving after      with the sponsorship.                                         and          Richard         send the wrong message to young
                                                                                                              four seasons to take over at         The planned sponsorship called for a                       Blumenthal,        all       fans.
                                                                                                              North Carolina.                   large presence at several game-day                            Democrats, sent let-            This season’s Orange Bowl is sched-
    NFL Results/Standings                                                                                        Davis overcame a shaky         events, including lounges where fans                          ters to bowl officials       uled for Wednesday, Jan. 4 in Miami,
                                                                                                              game for the Conference           could light up. The three-year deal                           and the NCAA, ask-           where No. 23 West Virginia will play
                                                                                                              USA-champion          Golden      included the 2013 BCS National                     Wahl       ing them to recon-           No. 14 Clemson.
                                                                                                              Eagles (12-2), and the
                                                                                                              defense in the second half
    WASHINGTON, Dec 25, (AFP): Results and               Minnesota            33 Washington             26    managed to shut down
    standings after Saturday’s National Football         Baltimore            20 Cleveland              14                                      before being replaced by           Hardison, taking advantage         our defense was playing and     Khalid        Wooten       and
    League games:                                        New England          27 Miami                  24    Nevada’s potent pistol attack     Tyler Lantrip.                     of a miscue by Southern            our special teams,” Davis       Thaddeus Brown returned it
    Oakland            16 Kansas City OT 13              NY Giants            29 NY Jets                14    led by Lampford Mark.                The Golden Eagles got           Miss. Tracey           Lampley     said. “Our special teams has    16 yards to the Nevada 36.
    Tennessee          23 Jacksonville      17           Cincinnati           23 Arizona                16       “I thought we struggled        another big win after captur-      waved for a fair catch on a        made an unbelievable differ-       But the team from Reno
    Pittsburgh         27 St Louis           0           Detroit              38 San Diego              10
    Buffalo            40 Denver            14           San Francisco        19 Seattle                17    the entire game offensively.      ing their fifth C-USA title by     punt and was run into by           ence in our season this year.   gambled and ended up turn-
    Carolina           48 Tampa Bay         16           Philadelphia         20 Dallas                  7    We made a few big plays at        upsetting previously unbeat-       teammate Alex Smith. The           It seems like every time we     ing it over on downs on its
            American Football Conference                                   East Division                      the end, but really the           en Houston 49-28 in the con-       ball bounced off Lampley’s         needed it, they managed to      own 45 when Mark was
                                                                                                              defense, these guys were          ference championship game.         left leg and Nevada’s              come up with a game-chang-      stopped short on fourth-and-
                    East Division                                           W L       T    PCT     PF    PA
                                                         Dallas             8 7       0    .533   355   316   special and they’ve done that     This was the first 10-win          Brandon Marshall recovered         ing play.”                      1. That led to a 48-yard field
                  W L             T   PCT     PF    PA   NY Giants          8 7       0    .533   363   386                                     season for Southern Miss           on the Southern Miss 14,              Mark’s 45-yard run gave      goal by Hrappman with 1:21
    y-New England 12 3            0   .800   464   321   Philadelphia       7 8       0    .467   362   318
    NY Jets        8 7            0   .533   360   344                                                                FOOTBALL                  since 1988.                        leading to the field goal.         the Wolf Pack a 14-7 lead       left in the half.
                                                         Washington         5 10      0    .333   278   333
    Buffalo        6 9            0   .400   351   385                                                                                             “I couldn’t be more proud          Just as Nevada seemed to        with about 5 minutes left in       “We worked so hard, all the
    Miami          5 10           0   .333   310   296                    North Division                                                        of this football team and          take control of the game,          the half, and Nevada took the   weeks and weeks of prepara-
                    North Division                                          W L       T    PCT     PF    PA
                                                                                                              all year,” Davis said. “We        what this team has accom-          Southern Miss scored 10            ball right back on the ensu-    tion. It doesn’t feel right not
                                                         y-Green Bay        13 1      0    .929   480   297   made a play or two on             plished. To be conference          points in the final 1-1/2 min-     ing kickoff.                    winning,” Mark said.
                       W L        T   PCT     PF    PA                                                        offense when we needed to.”
    x-Baltimore        11 4       0   .733   354   250
                                                         x-Detroit          10 5      0    .667   433   342                                     champs and Hawaii Bowl             utes of the first half to take a      Lorenzo Devers returned         On the kickoff, Wooten
    x-Pittsburgh       11 4       0   .733   312   218   Chicago             7 7      0    .500   315   293      Davis was off most of the      champs is tremendous,”             17-14 lead into the break.         the kickoff 61 yards and        fumbled        and    Southern
                                                         Minnesota           3 12     0    .200   327   432
    Cincinnati          9 6       0   .600   328   299                                                        night but made it count on        Fedora said.                          “That was big. I felt like      appeared to be heading for a    Mississippi’s       Emmanuel
    Cleveland           4 11      0   .267   209   294                                                        the game-winning drive. On
                                                                          South Division                                                           Nevada tied the game 17-        we played so bad, but we           touchdown. After shedding       Johnson recovered at the
                    South Division                                          W L       T    PCT     PF    PA
                                                                                                              third-and-goal, he scrambled      all late in the third quarter on   were winning at halftime and       the kicker, Devers was          Nevada 24.
                       W L        T   PCT     PF    PA   x-New Orleans      11 3      0    .786   457   306   right and found Kelvin            a 37-yard field goal by Allen      that’s a credit to how well        stripped from behind by            Seven plays later, Davis
    y-Houston          10 5       0   .667   359   255   Atlanta             9 5      0    .643   341   281   Bolden for the 4-yard score,                                                                                                            threw a 2-yard pass to
    Tennessee           8 7       0   .533   302   295   Carolina            6 9      0    .400   389   384   capping a seven-play, 68-
                                                         Tampa Bay           4 11     0    .267   263   449                                                                                                                                           Lampley in the back of the
    Jacksonville        4 11      0   .267   224   316                                                        yard drive. He had just 59
    Indianapolis        2 13      0   .133   230   411                                                                                                                                                                                                end zone for the go-ahead
                                                                          West Division                       yard passing at halftime and                                                                                                            score. A brief scuffle broke
                    West Division                                                                             finished 18 of 41 for 165                                                                                                               out between some of the
                                                                           W L T           PCT     PF    PA
                       W L        T PCT    PF       PA   y-San Francisco 12 3          0   .800   346   202   yards.                                                                                                                                  players after the catch, but
    Denver             8 7        0 .533 306       383   Arizona            7 8        0   .467   289   328      On the winning drive,                                                                                                                no one was ejected.
    Oakland            8 7        0 .533 333       395   Seattle            7 8        0   .467   301   292   Davis was 3 of 4 for 66
    San Diego          7 8        0 .467 368       351   St Louis           2 13       0   .133   166   373                                                                                                                                              With both teams strug-
    Kansas City        6 9        0 .400 205       335      x= clinched playoff berth                         yards, including a 43-yard                                                                                                              gling to get going, special
            National   Football   Conference                y= clinched division title                        completion to Dominique                                                                                                                 teams got the Golden Eagles
                                                                                                              Sullivan down the right side-                                                                                                           on the scoreboard from a
                                                                                                              line and a 19-yarder to a                                                                                                               blocked punt by Tim Green
                                                                                                              crossing William Spight.                                                                                                                early in the second quarter.
                           RB could be out for 9 months                                                       Sullivan had five catches for                                                                                                              Green burst through the
                                                                                                              75 yards.                                                                                                                               middle and leaped in the air,
                                                                                                                 With Davis held in check,                                                                                                            getting his hand on the ball
Vikings’ Peterson has torn ACL                                                                                the Golden Eagles relied on
                                                                                                              their defense, stopping Mark
                                                                                                              on fourth-and-1 at midfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      as he flipped over a blocker.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tray Becton-Martin then
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      dropped on the ball in the
LANDOVER, Md, Dec 25, (AP):                              Peterson for some nine months and make               with 3:56 left. Mark had 183                                                                                                            end zone, giving the Golden
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian                    it difficult for him to return for the start of      yards rushing for the Wolf                                                                                                              Eagles a 7-0 lead. Becton-
Peterson tore a ligament in his left knee                next season.                                         Pack (7-6) but was held to                                                                                                              Martin is the 25th different
                                                                                                              just 21 yards in the second                                                                                                             player to score for the
Saturday after taking a direct hit in a 33-26               On the play after Peterson was hurt,              half.
win over the Washington Redskins.                        Minnesota’s Christian Ponder suffered a                                                                                                                                                      Golden Eagles this year,
                                                                                                                 “Our offense in the second                                                                                                           which leads the nation.
   An MRI showed the anterior cruciate                   head injury when sacked by Adam                      half-our offensive front just                                                                                                              Nevada answered with a
ligament tear after the team returned to                 Carriker and London Fletcher. Ponder                 didn’t get it done at all and I                                                                                                         5-yard touchdown run by
Minnesota.                                               remained in the game for one more play-a             was really disappointed in                                                                                                              Mark, who had a 25-yard
   Peterson said he knew “it was some-                   third-down incomplete pass-before head-              that aspect of it. We got                                                                                                               scamper to begin the 81-yard
                                                         ing to the locker room.                              stopped on two fourth-and-                                                                                                              drive. Mark had 41 yards
                   FOOTBALL                                 Coach Leslie Frazier said Ponder had              1s,” Wolf Pack coach Chris                                                                                                              rushing on the drive, giving
                                                         “concussion-like symptoms.” The coach                Ault said.                                                                                                                              him 112 yards and his sixth-
                                                         said he’s uncertain whether the quarter-                Nevada was without its                                                                                                               straight game with 100 or
thing bad” the moment he was hit and that                back will play in next week’s season finale          top     receiver,      Rishard                                                                                                          more.
he was in “severe pain” on he lay on the                 against the Chicago Bears.                           Matthews, who has 91 recep-                                                                                                                Both teams blew good
field. He was hurt when tackled by                                                                            tions for 1,364 yards and                                                                                                               scoring opportunities in the
                                                            “We’ll have to weigh it when we get               eight TDs.
Redskins safety DeJon Gomes at the end                   back,” Frazier said, “and I’ll follow the                                                                                                                                                    first quarter.
                                                                                                                 The game featured a                                                                                                                     Mark burst up the middle
of a 3-yard gain on the first offensive play             doctor’s lead.”                                      Hawaii Bowl-record 17 punt,
of the second half.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   for 43 yards and was chased
                                                            Peterson had 12 carries for 38 yards              and the 41 combined points                                                                                                              down from behind by
   “Anytime you take a blow to the knee                  when he left. He also had a 1-yard touch-            was the fewest in bowl histo-                                                                                                           Presley, getting Nevada
like that, you’re concerned about the ACL,               down run in the second quarter.                      ry.                                                                                                                                     inside the red zone. But
MCL,” Peterson said as he stood on                          Ponder completed 8 of 13 passes for 68               Cody Fajardo was 8 of 19                                                                                                             Fajardo’s pass on third down
crutches in the locker room. “I’m trying to              yards. He was replaced by Joe Webb, who              for 60 yards for Nevada. He       Southern Mississippi head coach Larry Fedora holds up the 2011 Hawaii Bowl trophy after               was tipped and intercepted in
stay as positive as I can.”                              scored on a 9-yard run on the next series to         also was held to just 14 yards    an NCAA college football game Dec 24, in Honolulu. Southern Mississippi defeated                      the end zone by Jacorius
   The torn ACL would likely sideline                    give the Vikings the lead.                           rushing on nine carries                         Nevada 24-17 to win the 2011 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. (AP)                                 Cotton.

								
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