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Palmer's 8-yard TD run leads first-place Cards past 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Carson Palmer ran for a go-ahead 8-yard touchdown with 2:28 left as the Arizona Cardinals squeaked by the San Francisco 49ers 19-13 on Sunday.

It was Arizona's fifth straight win and first road victory in the series since September 2008.

Palmer completed a 34-yard pass to J.J. Nelson to put Arizona on the 1.

Chandler Catanzaro missed the extra-point try, and Blaine Gabbert and the 49ers had one more chance with 2:21 left. Anquan Boldin caught an 18-yard pass on fourth-and-20 to clinch the win for Arizona.

David Johnson ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the third for the Cardinals, who have nine wins in their first 11 games in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.


Kobe scores 13 after announcement, but Pacers beat Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant scored 13 points on 4-of-20 shooting after declaring he will retire at the end of the season, and the Indiana Pacers hung on to send his Los Angeles Lakers to their sixth consecutive defeat, 107-103 Sunday night.

Paul George scored the Pacers' final 11 points in the last 1:27, finishing with 39 as Indiana opened a four-game West Coast road trip with its fifth straight victory despite blowing all but one point of a 22-point lead.

Bryant overcame another poor shooting night with two big late jumpers that reflected his vintage offensive skills. His quick-release 3-pointer from straightaway with 11 seconds left trimmed Indiana's lead to 104-103.

But after the Lakers got the ball back with a three-point deficit, Bryant shot an airball on a 3-pointer.


Kobe Bryant says he will retire at end of 2015-16 season

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant made his retirement announcement in a post on The Players' Tribune on Sunday.

The decision was not totally unexpected, given that Bryant has said many times in recent weeks that he was considering making his 20th NBA season his last.

There's no more wondering now.

After two decades, two Olympic gold medals, five championship rings, 17 All-Star selections, an 81-point game that ranks as the second-best in NBA history and more than 32,000 points, Bryant's career is officially winding down.

"This season is all I have left to give," Bryant said in what he called a letter entitled "Dear Basketball."


Rivers' 4 TD passes help Chargers beat Jags 31-25, end skid

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Philip Rivers threw four touchdown passes, two to Antonio Gates, and the San Diego Chargers beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-25 and ended a six-game losing streak Sunday.

Rivers passed Joe Montana (273) and tied Vinny Testaverde (275) for 11th on the NFL's all-time TD pass list.

Rivers completed 29 of 43 passes for 300 yards. He was sacked twice and had his left ankle checked in the locker room at halftime. But his four TD passes were enough against the Jaguars (4-7), who failed to recover an onside kick in the closing minutes.

Jacksonville had more red-zone troubles, scoring just once in four trips inside the 20-yard line.

The Chargers (3-8), meanwhile, found the end zone on all three red-zone possessions in the first half.


Carr throws TD with 1:21 left as Raiders edge Titans 24-21

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Derek Carr threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Seth Roberts with 1:21 left, and the Oakland Raiders stopped a three-game skid by edging the Tennessee Titans 24-21 Sunday.

The Raiders (5-6) also snapped a three-game skid to the Titans, winning for just the second time in seven trips to Tennessee.

The Titans (2-9) lost for the ninth time in 10 games after rallying to take a 21-17 lead. They thought they had a game-saving play when safety Michael Griffin broke up a pass in the end zone on fourth down.

But officials flagged B.W. Webb for holding on the other side of the field.

Two plays later, Carr hit Roberts for the winning touchdown. Carr finished with 330 yards and three TDs in his sixth 300-yard passing game this season.

Nate Allen ended the Titans' last chance by intercepting Marcus Mariota with 43 seconds left.


Griffin helps Clippers beat Wolves for 13th straight time

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin scored 12 of his 26 points in the final 6:32, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out seven assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 107-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.

Chris Paul had 20 points and nine assists, and J.J. Redick added 18 points for the Clippers, who beat the Timberwolves for the 13th consecutive time and seventh straight at Staples Center.

The Clippers tied their longest winning streak against any opponent in franchise history. They had a 13-game streak against Utah that ended on Wednesday with a 102-91 loss.

Minnesota's last victory over the Clippers was on March 5, 2012, when Kevin Love had 39 points and 17 rebounds in a 95-94 win at Target Center.

Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points for the Wolves, who had won their previous three games.


No. 11 Arizona outlasts Boise State for 3rd in Wooden Legacy

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Allonzo Trier and Kadeem Allen scored 13 points each and No. 11 Arizona beat Boise State 68-59 in the third-place game of the DirecTV Wooden Legacy on Sunday.

Ryan Anderson added 11 points and seven rebounds, and Gabe York and Mark Tollefsen added 10 points each for Arizona. The Wildcats (6-1) were upset by Providence 69-65 in the semifinals after narrowly escaping with a 75-73 overtime win against winless Santa Clara in the three-day event.

James Webb III led the Broncos (3-4) with 17 points and Nick Duncan added 10 before he fouled out late in the second meeting between the teams in 10 days. The Wildcats also beat the Broncos 88-76 in Tucson, Arizona.


Dornstauder leads No. 16 Arizona St. past Bakersfield 60-47

HONOLULU (AP) — Quinn Dornstauder scored 14 points with 5-for-8 shooting and grabbed four rebounds to lead No. 16 Arizona State to a 60-47 win over Cal State Bakersfield in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown on Sunday.

Katie Hempen added 12 points and Arnecia Hawkins had 7 points to go with six rebounds for Arizona State (3-2), which hit 43 percent from the field on 53 shots and controlled the glass 38-25. The Sun Devils got 14 assists on 23 field goals.

Arizona State scored the first eight points of the game and never trailed. Dornstauder's 3-point play gave the Sun Devils an 18-3 lead just seven minutes in and Arizona State took a 36-18 advantage into the break, enough to cushion being outscored 29-24 over the final 20 minutes.

Airica Carmon scored 13 points, including a pair of 3-ponters, for Bakersfield (1-5).


No. 13 Stanford women beat Purdue in OT, 71-65 at Gulf Coast

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) — Briana Roberson scored a career-high 26 points, Lili Thompson added 17 and No. 13 Stanford needed overtime to hold off Purdue, 71-65 in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Classic Sunday.

Erica McCall gave Stanford the lead on two free throws halfway through overtime and Roberson fed Johnson for a clutch 3-pointer, then knocking down five straight free throws to set the final margin with :11 left.

Andreona Keys and Bridget Perry hit back-to-back jumpers, the last with :49 left in regulation to give the Boilermakers the lead, 59-57, but Perry fouled Roberson with :33 left and she converted both free throws to tie the game.

Roberson was 7 of 12 from the field, including 5 of 6 from beyond the arc. McCall added 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Stanford (6-1).

April Wilson scored 17 points and Ashley Morrissette added 16 to lead Purdue (5-1).