HUMAN REMAINS FOUND
Human skull found in Somona County park
WINDSOR, Calif. (AP) - A human skull, a tennis shoe and other skeletal remains have been found in a Northern California park.
The Sonoma County Sheriff's office said a hiker and his two children spotted the skull and shoe in a creek bed in Shiloh Regional Park Sunday afternoon.
Deputies confirmed the remains were human and saw other skeletal remains under the leaves nearby.
As darkness fell, the deputies secured the area and planned to continue the investigation Monday morning.
US vet: Kept in hotel during N. Korea detention
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The 85-year-old U.S. veteran detained for weeks by North Korea says he was well-fed and kept comfortable in a hotel room, not a jail cell.
Merrill Newman spoke briefly with the Santa Cruz Sentinel Sunday outside his vacation home in coastal Santa Cruz, about 75 miles south of San Francisco.
Newman told the newspaper "that's not my English" when asked about the video North Korean state media released showing Newman reading an apology.
He also said his wife is now in charge of his passport when asked if he planned any more international travel.
Newman and his wife live about 45 miles north in a Palo Alto retirement home.
Dawson go-ahead field goal lifts 49ers by Seattle
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Phil Dawson kicked a 22-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining and the San Francisco 49ers held off the Seattle Seahawks 19-17 on Sunday.
Frank Gore broke a 51-yard gain with just more than four minutes left to set up the go-ahead 11-play, 76-yard drive as the 49ers (9-4) kept the playoff-bound Seahawks (11-2) from clinching the NFC West on San Francisco's home field.
Dawson's fourth field goal of the day gave him 20 straight converted field goals, a franchise record topping Joe Nedney's 18 consecutive in 2006-07.
Russell Wilson threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Luke Willson and Marshawn Lynch ran for an 11-yard score for Seattle, denied a franchise-best sixth road victory.
The 49ers are unbeaten at home against the West since losing to the Seahawks on Oct. 26, 2008.
Stanford, Michigan State headed to 100th Rose Bowl
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Michigan State and Stanford have been selected for the Rose Bowl's centennial.
The No. 4 Spartans will face the fifth-ranked Cardinal on Jan. 1 in the 100th edition of the Rose Bowl game, pitting two venerable programs in Pasadena's traditional Midwest-West Coast intersectional matchup.
Michigan State (12-1) upset Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday to earn its first trip to Pasadena since Jan. 1, 1988, when the Spartans beat USC 20-17.
Stanford (11-2) is back in Pasadena for the second straight season after trouncing Arizona State in the Pac-12 title game on Saturday. The powerful Cardinal held off Wisconsin 20-14 last season for the school's first Rose Bowl victory in 40 years.
FIGHT HUNGER BOWL
Washington, BYU to meet in Fight Hunger Bowl
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Washington has been picked as the opponent for BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl.
The Cougars locked up a bid to the Dec. 27 game in San Francisco earlier this year, and bowl officials selected the Huskies as the Pac-12 participant Sunday night.
Washington went 8-4 this season before coach Steve Sarkisian left to take the job at Southern California. The Huskies hired Chris Petersen away from Boise State on Friday, but quarterbacks coach and former Washington standout Marques Tuiasosopo will be the interim head coach for the bowl game.
BYU also finished 8-4 and is headed to a bowl for the ninth straight season under coach Bronco Mendenhall. The Cougars are 6-2 in those games, including winning the last four.
This is expected to be the final Fight Hunger Bowl played at the San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park. The bowl is moving to the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara next year.
T25-LAS VEGAS BOWL
Fresno State, USC matched up in Las Vegas Bowl
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Fresno State will face Southern California in the Las Vegas Bowl.
The 21st-ranked Bulldogs (11-1) capped their spectacular season by earning their first outright conference championship since 1989 on Saturday, trouncing Utah State in the Mountain West title game.
Although Fresno State fell one loss shy of busting the BCS, the Bulldogs' reward is a high-profile matchup with the transitioning Trojans (9-4) at Sam Boyd Stadium on Dec. 21.
USC (9-4) will have its third head coach of a tumultuous season, with offensive coordinator Clay Helton directing the Trojans in their second straight bowl appearance following a two-year NCAA ban.
Interim coach Ed Orgeron went 6-2 after Lane Kiffin was fired, but he resigned Monday after USC chose Steve Sarkisian for the permanent job.
AP Source: Toronto to trade Rudy Gay to Sacramento
A person familiar with the deal says the Toronto Raptors have reached an agreement to send Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings in a multiplayer trade.
The Raptors will receive Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes. The Kings also will acquire Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday night because the trade is still pending NBA approval, said the deal is expected to become official Monday. Toronto was playing at the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.
Yahoo Sports first reported the trade.
The move is the second major one for the Kings already this season as they begin rebuilding under new owner Vivek Ranadive. Sacramento sent Luc Mbah a Moute to Minnesota for Derrick Williams on Nov. 26.
BKC-E WASHINGTON-SAINT MARY'S (CAL)
St. Mary's runs past EWU for 93-65 win
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) - Brad Waldow scored 24 points to lead five Gaels in double figures as St. Mary's beat Eastern Washington 93-65 Sunday night.
After Drew Brandon hit a 3-point shot to pull Eastern Washington (5-3) within seven with 9:24 left in the first half, the Gaels went on a 16-5 run to open up a 33-15 lead, and EWU would never get closer than 12 the rest of the way.
Kerry Carter scored a career-high 18 points for St. Mary's (7-0). Beau Levesque added 14, and James Walker III had 12. Stephen Holt finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
St. Mary's outrebounded EWU 49-36, including 18-10 on the offensive glass.
Eastern Washington shot just 39 percent (23 of 59) from the field and a season-low 17.4 percent (4 of 23) from 3-point range.
Tyler Harvey scored 20 points in the loss.
St. Mary's led 41-26 at the half.
Harding makes 37 saves, Wild beat Sharks 3-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Josh Harding made 37 saves in another strong home outing, and the Minnesota Wild beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 on Sunday night despite recording only 13 shots.
Zach Parise scored twice - once into an empty net - and Mikko Koivu added a goal for the Wild, who have won three of four.
Patrick Marleau scored with 1:41 left for San Jose, which went 1-3 on a four-game trip. The Sharks, who have lost three in a row in regulation for the first time this season, are 0-5-1 in their last six games in Minnesota.
Antti Niemi made 10 saves.
Parise and Koivu scored second-period goals to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead. Parise pushed the Wild's edge back to two goals when he scored at 19:54.
Johnson rallies to beat Woods in World Challenge
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Zach Johnson delivered the kind of theatrics that usually belong to Tiger Woods to win the World Challenge.
Johnson holed out for par from the drop area on the 18th hole at Sherwood that got him into a playoff, and he won when Woods hit a poor shot into the bunker and missed a 5-foot par putt on the first extra hole.
The final World Challenge at Sherwood after 14 years was set up for the perfect send-off. There was a record crowd and the tournament host was poised to win. Instead, Johnson rallied from four shots down with eight holes to play for his second win this year.
Johnson moves into the top 10 in the world for the first time in his career.
MLB denied Oakland's San Jose move request
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Major League Baseball's lawyers say in a court filing that the Oakland Athletics' request to move to San Jose was turned down in June by Commissioner Bud Selig.
The decision was included in a joint case management statement filed Friday in U.S. District Court in San Jose as part of a lawsuit filed by the City of San Jose against MLB and Selig on June 18.
"MLB denied the Athletics' relocation request on June 17, 2013, one day before this lawsuit was filed," an MLB portion of the filing said. "On that date, Commissioner Selig formally notified the Athletics' ownership that he was not satisfied with the club's relocation proposal."
MLB declined comment. Athletics owner Lew Wolff said in an email "I do not comment on legal proceedings" and "I continue to follow the process that MLB has set forth."
While MLB decided there was not a proposal it could approve last June, it's unclear whether that stance could change in the future.
MLB defines San Jose and its suburbs in Santa Clara County as the exclusive territory of the San Francisco Giants.
The city of San Jose in its suit accused MLB of conspiring to stop the team's proposal to move to a planned ballpark in downtown San Jose.
U.S. District Judge Ronald M. Whyte decided in October to dismiss San Jose's antitrust claims, citing the sport's antitrust exemption created by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1922. He allowed the city to pursue allegations of contract interference.
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