Sunday Sports Capsule – Top Stories


December 26th, 2011 by Ric Hanson


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers tossed five TD passes and the Green Bay Packers routed the Chicago Bears 35-21at Lambeau Field. The 14-1 Packers, who bounced back from their only loss of the season last week at Kansas City, earned the No. 1 seed throughout the NFC playoffs.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose hit a 10-foot jumper with 4.8 seconds left and scored 22 points in leading the Chicago Bulls to an 88-87 win over the L.A. Lakers in their season opener. Kobe Bryant shook off a torn tendon in his wrist and scored 28 points but had his last-second jumper blocked by Luol Deng (LOO’-ul dehng).

DALLAS (AP) — LeBron James and the Miami Heat couldn’t keep the Dallas Mavericks from winning the most recent NBA championship. They did a nice job, however, of getting the Mavs’ title defense off to an ugly start as James had 37 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as the Heat beat the Mavericks 105-94.

DALLAS (AP) — NBA Commissioner David Stern opened his lockout-delayed season by hearing boos from Mavericks fans. Stern was in Dallas for the NBA finals Mavs-Heat rematch was booed at the start of the Mavs’ banner-raising ceremony honoring their first championship.

HONOLULU (AP) — Tu Holloway poured in 21 points to lead No. 14 Xavier to an 87-77 victory over Southern Illinois on Sunday in the seventh-place game of the Diamond Head Classic. That ends a three-game losing streak for the Musketeers, who won for the first time since Dec. 10.