Pittsburgh beats Tampa Bay, 17-7.
TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Tampa Bay Bucs, 17-7, Monday night in a battle of NFL division leaders.
Pittsburgh leads the AFC North at 9-5-1 and Tampa Bay has already clinched the NFC South at 11-4.
The Steelers, with a hot pasing performance by Tommy Maddox, jumped into a 14-0 lead early in the first period and led 17-0 beforde the period ended.
The only scoring over the last three quarters was posted by Tampa Bay with les than two minutes left in the contest.
Texas Tech beats Clemson 55-15 in Tangerine Bowl
ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Senior quarterback Kliff Kingsbury passed for 375 yards and three touchdowns Monday night as Texas Tech routed Clemson, 55-15, in the Tangerine Bowl.
Kingsbury appeared to suffer a sprained right ankle early in the third quarter when he was hit after releasing the ball. He had to be helped off the field but got his ankle taped and returned after missing just one series.
Kingsbury ended his career ranked fourth on the NCAA's all-time passing list with 12,429 yards, trailing only Ty Detmer, Tim Rattay and Chris Redman.
His last completion with just over six minutes remaining enabled Kingsbury to join Detmer and Rattay as the only quarterbacks in NCAA history to pass for than 5,000 yards in a season.
Kingsbury also earned his first bowl victory, having lost to East Carolina in the 2000Galleryfurniture.con Bowl and to Iowa in last year's Alamo Bowl.
Texas Tech (9-5) recorded its first postseason win since beating Air Force in the Copper Bowl in 1995, which also was the last time the Red Raiders won nine games. They are 6-18-1 all-time in bowl play.
Texas Tech wasted no time taking control, opening a 24-0 lead early in the second quarter and stretching its advantage to 34-2 at halftime. The Tigers (7-6) got their only points of the half when a punt was blocked through the end zone.
Kingsbury left with 10:12 to go in the third quarter. Backup B.J. Symons led Texas Tech to a score, tossing a two-yard TD strike to Carlos Francis that made it 41-9 with 6:12 left in the period.
Redskins waive Deion from retired list
ASHBURN, Va., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Deion Sanders, talking about becoming an Oakland Raider, the Washington Redskins have officially waived the former Pro Bowl cornerback from the reserve-retired list.
Sanders, a CBS studio analyst who last played in NFL with the Redskins in 2000, expressed his desire to play for the AFC West champion Oakland Raiders during the network's pregame and postgame showns on Sunday.
The first obstacle for that to happen was for the Redskins, who held Sanders' rights, to waive him. But now Sanders must clear waivers for the Raiders, who have an injury-riddled secondary, to sign him.
However, Raiders Coach Bill Callahan said all the talk regarding Sanders is "highly speculative" and refused to discuss the issue at his news conference on Monday.
"There is no reason to address it (the Sanders rumors) at this point," Callahan said.
Perhaps the fastest cornerback to ever play in the NFL, Sanders practically begged the Raiders to sign him in front of a national audience.
"I always felt like I might look good in that black and silver (uniform), you know?" Sanders said on Sunday. "The Raiders are a team with a real chance to go to the Super Bowl and I would love to add a third ring."
The 35-year-old Sanders won Super Bowl titles with the San Francisco 49ers in 1994, when he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and in 1995 with the Dallas Cowboys.
The Raiders (10-5) beat Denver, 28-16, last Sunday to earn their third straight AFC West title and can clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win Saturday against Kansas City.
But injuries to starting cornerbacks Charles Woodson and Tory James have forced the Raiders to use nickel back Terrance Shaw at corner along with third-year players Brandon Jennings and Clarence Love. James is expected to return for Saturday's game after having surgery to stabilize a broken bone in his right leg, but Woodson is doubtful with a slight leg fracture.
Known as the league's premier cover corner and kick returner in his prime, Sanders made the Pro Bowl seven times, but slipped drastically in 2000, his only season with the Redskins. He retired following the season, although the Redskins would have waived him for salary cap purposes.
The only man in sports history to play in a World Series and the Super Bowl, Sanders played the first five years of his career with the Atlanta Falcons, five with Dallas and one season each with San Francisco and Washington.
Padres agree to terms with Bennett
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The San Diego Padres Monday agreed to a one-year contract with free agent catcher Gary Bennett, who spent last season with the Colorado Rockies.
Bennett, 30, batted .265 with four home runs and 26 RBI in 90 games last year. His .992 fielding percentage was ninth-best among National League catchers.
In seven seasons with Philadelphia, the New York Mets and Colorado, Bennett has a .259 average with nine homers and 66 RBI.
San Diego also designated infielder Kevin Eberwein for assignment. Eberwein hit .204 with 12 homers and 36 RBI in 92 minor league games last season.
Louisville expected to name Petrino football coach
LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Auburn assistant Bob Petrino apparently will return to Louisville and become the next football coach of the Cardinals.
ESPN.com reported Monday that Petrino will be named as the replacement for John L. Smith, who left last Thursday to become coach at Michigan State.
The 41-year-old Petrino is in his first season as offensive coordinator at Auburn, which was 8-4 this season and will face Penn State on New Year's Day.
Petrino spent three seasons with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars before coming to Auburn and was offensive coordinator there in his final season.
Petrino was the offensive coordinator under Smith at Louisville in 1998, where he tutored current Baltimore Ravens quarterback Chris Redman. He also has worked as an assistant at Weber State, Arizona State and Utah State. While at Arizona State, one of his pupils was Arizona Cardinals quarterback Jake Plummer.
Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich at first thought he would not hire a coach by Christmas Day, then said Sunday that a hiring could take place at anytime.
Jurich was left scrambling for a coach after Smith left abruptly after a 38-15 loss to Marshall in the GMAC Bowl on Wednesday night.
Smith went 40-21 in five seasons at Louisville, leading the Cardinals to bowl appearances each year. However, he endured an up-and-down 2002 season when Louisvile suffered a season-opening loss to Kentucky and went 5-3 in Conference USA and 7-6 overall.
Sixers claim Satterfield
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia 76ers Monday claimed guard Kenny Satterfield off waivers.
Satterfield averaged 5.6 points and 2.4 assists in 22 games before being waived by the Denver Nuggets last Wednesday. The 6-2 Satterfield was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 2001 draft, but was traded to Denver before the season.
As a rookie, Satterfield, 21, appeared in just 36 games and averaged 5.3 points and 3.0 assists per contest.
Philadelphia (18-10) last week acquired power forward Kenny Thomas from the Houston Rockets in a three-team deal that included Denver.
Anderson gets one-year deal from Indians
CLEVELAND, Dec. 24 (UPI) --Lefthander Brian Anderson Monday signed a one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians.
In five seasons in Arizona, the native of Geneva, Ohio, went 6-11 with a 4.79 ERA in 35 appearances with the Diamondbacks last season before breaking his foot in a game against Colorado on Sept. 21.
He was the second overall pick in the 1997 expansion draft by the Diamondbacks and was a member of their 2001 World Series championship team.
Anderson, 30, spent 1996 and '97 in the Indians' organization, compiling a 7-3 record with a 4.80 ERA in 18 appearances. He had a save in Game Four of the 1997 World Series against Florida.
Anderson also has pitched in the Anaheim organization. He owns a career record of 61-58 with a 4.72 ERA in 218 games.
Cleveland also signed catcher A.J. Hinch to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. Hinch batted .249 with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 72 games with the Kansas City Royals last season.
Hinch, 28, was a highly-touted prospect when he batted .249 with nine homers and 35 games in 120 games with the Oakland Athletics in 1998.