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PHOENIX (AP) -- The NFL is holding its awards show on the eve of the Super Bowl in Arizona.

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray captured The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player Of The Year award after leading the league with 1,845 rushing yards, nearly 500 more than any other player. Murray topped the NFL with 2,261 yards from scrimmage and scored 13 touchdowns for the NFC East champs.

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. beat out Dallas guard Zack Martin to win the AP's Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Beckham tied Michael Irvin's NFL mark with nine consecutive games of 90 yards receiving and finished with 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 TDs.

Arizona's Bruce Arians is the AP's Coach of the Year for the second time in three years after guiding the Cardinals to an 11-5 record. Arians also won the award in 2012 after stepping in for the ailing Chuck Pagano at Indianapolis.

Todd Bowles is the recipient of the inaugural AP Assistant Coach Of The Year award. Bowles guided Arizona's defense this season before being named head coach of the Jets.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Super Bowl is almost here. The big game takes place Sunday in Glendale, Arizona, with the defending champion Seahawks facing the Patriots. Seattle is trying to become the first team since New England in 2004 and 2005 to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

A shortage of tickets made available to brokers on the secondary market has driven prices into five figures even for nosebleed seats.

As of midday Saturday the NFL Ticket Exchange, the league's official ticket re-sale website, didn't have tickets for less than $9,000. The cheapest ticket on StubHub was nearly the same. One listing on Craigslist in Phoenix was selling tickets for $8,000 each with the seller willing to meet the buyer at their bank to complete the transaction.


UNDATED (AP) -- The unranked Pittsburgh Panthers had dropped three straight before knocking off a top-10 team this afternoon.

The Panthers stunned eighth-ranked Notre Dame 76-72 as James Robinson hit a go-ahead runner with 12 seconds remaining. The basket came after Jerian Grant scored nine straight points to put the Irish ahead 72-71 with 31 seconds left.

Robinson finished with 14 points and 10 assists against the Irish, who were coming off a win over No. 4 Duke.

Louisville, Northern Iowa and Baylor also won top-25 matchups.

Tenth-ranked Louisville erased an 18-point deficit in the second half before Terry Rozier scored the Cardinals' first six points of overtime to lead a 78-68 triumph over No. 13 North Carolina. Montrezl Harrell delivered 14 of his 22 points in the second half and finished with 15 rebounds.

Wichita State had won 27 straight Missouri Valley games until Seth Tuttle scored a career-high 29 points to carry No. 18 Northern Iowa over the 12th-ranked Shockers 70-54. Wes Washpun had 16 points to help the Panthers pull into a tie with Wichita atop the MVC at 9-1.

No. 20 Baylor thumped 19th-rated Texas 83-60 as Kenny Chery and scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half. Chery shot 5-for-7 from 3-point range, Royce O'Neal contributed 20 points and Rico Gathers grabbed 15 rebounds in the rout.

In other top-25 finals:

-- Fifth-ranked Wisconsin improved to 18-2 as the Badgers got 24 points from Frank Kaminsky in a 74-63 win over Iowa. Nigel Hayes scored 14 points and Sam Dekker and Josh Gasser each added 11 to help the Badgers improve to 6-1 in the Big Ten.

--Seventh-ranked Villanova tops the Big East at 6-2 after Ryan Arcidiacono (ahr-see-dee-ah-KOH'-noh) scored all 18 of his points in the second half of the Wildcats' 68-55 triumph over DePaul. `Nova trailed by six before Arcidiacono scored eight points during a 14-4 spurt that opened the second half.

-- Perry Ellis had 16 points and 12 rebounds as ninth-ranked Kansas beat Kansas State 68-57 to improve to 7-1 in the Big 12. Ellis had 13 points and 10 boards while the Jayhawks were building a 33-17 halftime lead.

-- Kendall Anthony delivered 20 of his 22 points in the second half as Richmond rallied to upset No. 14 Virginia Commonwealth 64-55.

-- Georges Niang dropped in 23 points and Monte Morris added 16 as No. 15 Iowa State beat TCU 83-66.

-- Devin Williams scored 18 points and No. 17 West Virginia forced 26 turnovers in a 77-58 win over Texas Tech.

-- D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 24 points and helped No. 21 Georgetown hold Creighton without a field goal for more than 17 minutes in a 67-40 win.

-- James Blackmon Jr. provided 20 points and Nick Zeisloft made two 3-pointers in a late 8-0 run to send No. 22 Indiana past Rutgers 72-64.

-- Andrew Chrabascz poured 30 points and No. 25 Butler erased a 10-point deficit in the final 4:21 of regulation before beating Marquette 72-68 in overtime.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings are currently in a virtual tie for first place in the NHL's Eastern Conference, although that will change if Tampa Bay wins at home against Columbus later today.

Carey Price posted his second straight 1-0 shutout victory as the Canadiens downed Washington in overtime. Price made 17 of his 36 saves in the second period for his fourth shutout of the season and 29th of his career. Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-RET'-ee) scored 3:08 into overtime for his second consecutive game-winning goal, one reason why the Habs have won five in a row.

The Red Wings stayed even with Montreal by beating the New York Islanders 4-1. Tomas Tatar (tah-TAHR') and Gustav Nyquist scored power-play goals to back Petr Mrazek (muh-RAH'-zehk), who handled 22 shots in Detroit's seventh victory in eight games.

The Islanders' second straight loss puts them two points behind the Canadiens and Wings.

Also on ice:

-- Mark Stone, Bobby Ryan and Erik Karlsson each had a goal and an assist as Ottawa dumped Arizona 7-2.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Martin Laird has a three-shot lead after three rounds of the PGA's Phoenix Open. He stands 13-under par after a 3-under 68.

Hideki Matsuyama (hih-DEK'-ee maht-soo-YAH'-mah), Brooks Koepka (KAHP'-kah) and Zach Johnson are tied for second at minus-10.

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