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MALIBU, Calif. — Phil Nelson led a barrage from beyond the arc with career highs of 28 points and eight 3-pointers as Portland State defeated Pepperdine 93-81 Sunday.

The Vikings (5-4) made 17 3s, one shy of the school record, and connected on 51.5 percent of their attempts.

Pepperdine (3-8) had five players score in double-figures, led by Keion Bell and Lorne Jackson, who had 16 apiece.

Melvin Jones made five 3s for Portland State and finished with 17 points.

The Vikings were up 67-62 with less than nine minutes to play but went on a 12-0 run to put the game away.

Nelson hit four 3s in the first nine minutes of the game as Portland State jumped out to a 27-15 lead. The Vikings led 43-38 at halftime, but Pepperdine quickly tied it by scoring the first five points of the second half.

PULLMAN, Wash. — Tara Cronin scored a season-high 19 points as Portland beat Washington State 79-53 on Sunday.

Laiken Dollente added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Pilots (7-3), who have not lost to Washington State in 24 years.

Washington State (4-5) was led by Jazmine Perkins and Kiki Moore, who each scored 10 points. Portland outrebounded the Cougars 43-35.

The Pilots came out in the second half and went on a 17-6 run to take a 49-27 lead at the 13-minute mark.

The Pilots shot 52.5 percent from the field, 60.6 percent in the second half alone. The Cougars were cold from the field, shooting poorly the entire game. Washington State made only seven shots from the field in the first half in 39 attempts for 17.9 percent.

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STANFORD, Calif. — Jim Harbaugh will get his chance to continue leading Stanford onto the national football scene, a goal he set when he arrived three years ago.

Harbaugh finally made his long-awaited three-year contract extension official Sunday, when the announced a deal that keeps him under contract through 2014. The two sides were close to announcing the extension last year, but put it on hold because of the troubled economy.

Athletic director Bob Bowlsby confirmed the deal was completed Saturday, but the official announcement was put on hold until after Saturday's Heisman Trophy ceremony. Cardinal running back Toby Gerhart finished second to Alabama's Mark Ingram.

Harbaugh is finishing his third season at Stanford, guiding the 19th-ranked Cardinal (8-4) to their first bowl bid in eight years. They will face Oklahoma in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31.

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas has hired former Nebraska quarterback and assistant coach Turner Gill as its new head football coach.

The university officially announced the offer Sunday.

The Associated Press and other news outlets had reported Saturday evening that the 47-year-old had accepted the offer of a multiyear contract to replace Mark Mangino.

Gill has been head coach at Buffalo the past four years and took the Bulls to the Mid-American Conference title in 2008. He will be formally introduced at a news conference today.


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A senior golf official in Dubai says Tiger Woods can wait until the last minute to decide whether he wants to play in the Desert Classic in February.

The vice chairman and chief executive of golf in Dubai told The Associated Press on Sunday that Woods hasn't officially canceled his participation in the event that begins Feb. 2.

Mohammed Juma Buamaim says Woods would be welcome "if he decides just two days before to come."

Woods announced on Friday that he was taking an indefinite break from golf after acknowledging extramarital affairs. He has played the Desert Classic eight times, winning twice. He also designed his first golf course in Dubai.

NAPLES, Fla. — Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly won Greg Norman's Shark Shootout on Sunday, closing with a 13-under 59 in the final-round scramble for a one-stroke victory over three teams.

Stricker made an eagle on the par-5 17th — hitting the second shot and the putt — to give the longtime Madison, Wis., friends the lead.

Kenny Perry and J.B. Holmes, three strokes ahead of Kelly and Stricker with five holes to play, both missed birdie putts on No. 18 that would have forced a playoff.

Kelly and Stricker, who entered the round with a one-stroke lead, finished at 26-under 190 on the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort's Tiburon Golf Club course. They each earned $375,000 from the $3 million purse.

Both Kelly and Stricker missed a lengthy birdie putt on No. 18 before Perry and Holmes both from 12 feet.


KEARNS, Utah — Shani Davis claimed his second title in three days, winning the 1,000 meters in the final long-track speedskating World Cup before the Vancouver Olympics.

The American skated the distance in 1 minute, 6.67 seconds Sunday at the Utah Olympic Oval, again beating rival Chad Hedrick, who was fifth.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Michael Phelps won the 200-yard butterfly Sunday, giving the 14-time Olympic champion five first-place finishes in five events at the three-day NBAC Christmas meet at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Phelps, swimming for the host North Baltimore Aquatic Club, finished in 1 minute, 42.29 seconds, nearly 3 seconds ahead of Todd Patrick.

— The Associated Press

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