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WWAY's Monday night sports - Dec. 17

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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) -- We've posted scores and notes from a light night of high school basketball.

FAIRMONT GIRLS 31 - SOUTH COLUMBUS 29

FAIRMONT BOYS 66 - SOUTH COLUMBUS 61

TOPSAIL GIRLS 42 - PENDER 32

TOPSAIL BOYS 51 - PENDER 45
SENIOR TREVOR SAVIDGE LED THE PIRATES WITH 16 POINTS
FRESHMAN QUATE MACKENZIE LED THE PATRIOTS WITH 17 POINTS

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Men's College Basketball from BCC Holiday Classic
CAPE FEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE 76 - HARFORD 72
FARONTE DRAKEFORD LED CFCC WITH 20 POINTS

Women's College Basketball from BCC Holiday Classic
IN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CAPE FEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE BEAT SOUTH GEORGIA TECH 59-53
JORDAN HILL LED THE SEADEVILS WITH 28 POINTS

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(AP) -- Duke is back in a familiar place - No. 1

The Blue Devils advanced one spot to replace Indiana at the top of The Associated Press' Top 25 on Monday, drawing closer to UCLA's record for most No. 1 rankings.

Indiana (9-1) held the top spot from the preseason poll through the first five weeks of the season. Butler beat the Hoosiers 88-86 in overtime Saturday. The Blue Devils (9-0), who were off last week, received 62 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

This is the 123rd week Duke has been No. 1, 11 weeks behind UCLA.

Michigan (11-0), which received the other No. 1 votes, and Syracuse moved up one place each to second and third. They were followed in the top 10 by Arizona, Louisville, Indiana, Ohio State, Florida, Kansas and Illinois.

1. Duke (62) 9-0 1,622 2
2. Michigan (3) 11-0 1,543 3
3. Syracuse 9-0 1,465 4
4. Arizona 8-0 1,371 8
5. Louisville 9-1 1,362 6
6. Indiana 9-1 1,321 1
7. Ohio St. 8-1 1,249 7
8. Florida 7-1 1,163 5
9. Kansas 8-1 1,110 9
10. Illinois 12-0 1,044 10
11. Cincinnati 10-0 967 11
12. Missouri 8-1 886 12
13. Minnesota 11-1 730 13
14. Gonzaga 10-1 710 14
15. Georgetown 9-1 579 15
16. New Mexico 11-0 548 17
17. Creighton 10-1 530 16
18. San Diego St. 8-1 493 18
19. Butler 8-2 361 -
20. Michigan St. 9-2 343 19
21. UNLV 8-1 315 20
22. Notre Dame 9-1 291 22
23. North Carolina 8-2 256 21
24. Oklahoma St. 8-1 244 24
25. NC State 7-2 198 25

Others receiving votes: Oregon 176, Pittsburgh 158, Kentucky 41, Wyoming 14, Marquette 8, VCU 7, Wichita St. 6, Murray St. 4, UConn 4, Miami 3, Maryland 2, Bucknell 1.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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GREENVILLE,NC (ECU) -- East Carolina will make its sixth bowl appearance in the last seven years when it faces off against Sun Belt Conference member Louisiana in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Pirates, who will try to maintain their momentum after closing the regular season with wins in five of the last six games, are in search of their first bowl victory since defeating No. 22 Boise State 41-38 in the 2007 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl. ECU will also be looking for its ninth win of the year, which would be the program's second-highest single-season victory total.

East Carolina Records and Streaks

Qualified for 12 bowls since 1990; eight since 2000 (six of last seven years) ...
Has won nine-straight games (and 37 of 42) when scoring 30 or more points ...
Has lost 11-straight games when scoring 20 or less points ...
Has won 20 of the last 21 games when converting third downs at 50% or higher ...
Has won 11-straight games when gaining 200 or more rushing yards ...
Has lost 13 of the last 14 games when surrendering 200 or more rushing yards ...
Has lost three-straight (and five of the last six) bowl games ...
Has won three-straight games against current Sun Belt Conference members ...
Has won two-straight (and three of the last four) games in the Superdome ...

The Series
Louisiana leads 6-4 ... The two teams haven't met since 1990 when the Pirates posted a 20-10 win in Lafayette ... ECU took three of the first five contests, but the Ragin' Cajuns closed the series with victories in four of the last five ... East Carolina is 3-2 against UL (formerly known as Southwestern Louisiana) when playing in Lafayette, but only 1-4 in Greenville.

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NASHVILLE,TN (AP) -- Chris Johnson went 94 yards for the longest touchdown run in the NFL since 2006 and the Tennessee Titans beat the Jets 14-10 on Monday night to eliminate New York from playoff contention.

Jake Locker's first touchdown run of the season put Tennessee ahead late in the third quarter and the Titans intercepted four passes by a struggling Mark Sanchez to snap a three-game skid.

The Jets (6-8) needed to win their final three games and get help elsewhere to earn an AFC playoff spot. Instead, the Titans sacked Sanchez three times and got a fourth on Tim Tebow. Jason McCourty and Michael Griffin each had two interceptions, keeping the Jets out of the playoffs a second straight season after reaching consecutive AFC title games.

Johnson, with the names of the victims of Friday's shootings in Connecticut written on his cleats, ran 94 yards for a franchise-record TD in the second quarter. Locker's 13-yard TD run at the end of the third put the Titans (5-9) ahead to stay.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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