New Franklin Tournament
3rd Place Girls
Pilot Grove 77
3rd Place Boys
New Franklin 49
Sweet Springs 60
New Franklin 43
Other Girls Games
Blair Oaks/Jefferson City 59
Crest Ridge/Centerview 32
Pilot Grove 77
Bucklin/Macon Co. 52
North Harrison 49
Gilman City 36
Crest Ridge 56
St. Louis Christian/Home School 35
St. Paul Lutheran/Concordia 69
The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks have worked themselves into next weekend’s NFL conference championships.
LeGarrette Blount had four of the Patriots’ six rushing touchdowns in a 43-22 win over the visiting Indianapolis Colts. Blount scored the Pats’ first three TDs on three-yard runs before ripping off a 73-yard scoring burst with 12:55 remaining, less than two minutes before Stevan Ridley scored his second TD of the night. Blount accounted for 166 of the Patriots’ 234 rushing yards.
Tom Brady failed to throw a touchdown pass for only the second time in his last 23 playoff games, finishing 13 of 25 for 198 yards and no interceptions. He fared better than Andrew Luck, who threw for 331 yards but was intercepted four times.
The Pats now await the winner of Sunday’s game between the Broncos and San Diego Chargers in Denver.
In Seattle, Marshawn Lynch ran for 140 yards on 28 carries and provided the Seahawks’ two touchdowns in a 23-15 triumph over New Orleans. Lynch scored on a 15-yard run 43 seconds into the second quarter to put Seattle ahead 13-0. He also had a 31-yard touchdown run with 2:40 remaining to all but clinch the Seahawks’ third trip to a conference title game, and their second since rejoining the NFC.
Lynch carried a Seattle offense that had only 277 total yards and attempted just 18 passes under blustery conditions. Russell Wilson completed nine of his passes for a career-low 103 yards and no interceptions.
Steven Hauschka (HOWSH’-kah) hit three field goals in the first half, including a 49-yard kick in the opening quarter.
The Seahawks blanked the Saints until Khiry Robinson scored on a one-yard run early in the fourth quarter. Seattle also limited Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham to one reception for eight yards.
Drew Brees (breez) was 24 of 43 for 309 yards and one touchdown, a nine-yard scoring pass to Marques Colston with 26 seconds left. Colston also recovered the onside kick to give New Orleans a chance to send the game into overtime. He caught a pass during the final drive but threw an illegal forward pass that caused officials to run off the final 10 seconds.
Seattle will take on the winner of Sunday’s game between the Carolina Panthers and visiting San Francisco 49ers.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have signed seven players to reserve/future contracts, including running back Joe McKnight, a former fourth-round pick of the New York Jets. Also signed by the Chiefs yesterday were linebacker Jordan Campbell, cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke, defensive tackle Dominique Hamilton, offensive tackle R.J. Dill, defensive back Jerron McMillian and defensive end Brandon Moore.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Earnest Ross hit four free throws down the stretch and Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points to lead Number 21 Missouri to a 70-68 victory at Auburn yesterday. Ross, who spent two seasons at Auburn before transferring in 2011, scored 16 points for Missouri. Jabari Brown added 15 points for Missouri in Alabama.