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January 4, 2013

NJN/am for Friday, January 4


Sports: Fourth time’s the charm. Clay-Chalkville has had Gardendale’s number in their three earlier meetings this season, winning each by mercy-rule margins. But not on Thursday night, as the Rockets got out to an early lead, stayed close as the Cougars regained the advantage later, then came back to win 60-58 on a Michael Sadler putback at the buzzer. The Cougars were setting up for the final shot of the game when Juan Jackson picked their pocket with a mid-court steal, drove to the basket and missed, but Sadler followed up. Jackson led all scorers with 25 points, including four 3-pointers in the second half. Elsewhere in boys’ hoops, Jirus Thornton scored 37 points for Shades Valley as they defeated Pinson Valley 72-68. Zach Jackson paced the Indians with 18. Pinson hosts Pleasant Grove tonight... College football: Fourth-ranked Oregon made it look somewhat easy in the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday, defeating No. 5 Kansas State 35-17. Perhaps the most notable thing about the game was the occurrence of the rarest scoinrg play in all of American football: the one-point conversion safety. It happened with the Ducks' extra-point kick by Alejandro Maldonado's was blocked and recovered by Kansas State at about the 1-yard line, and then pitched back and downed in the end zone. The one-point offensive conversion safety has only happened one other time in the entire history of NCAA Division I football, and a game between Texas and Texas A&M in 2004.

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