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Posted on January 21, 2013 at 3:35 AM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bashaara Graves had 19 points and eight rebounds Sunday to help Tennessee trounce Alabama 96-69 for its 39th consecutive victory over the Crimson Tide. Meighan Simmons had 16 points as the Lady Vols earned their eighth straight win overall.

ATLANTA (AP) — Frank Gore ran for a pair of second-half touchdowns and the 49ers rebounded from a 17-0 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 in the NFC championship game Sunday, sending San Francisco to the Super Bowl. The top-seeded Falcons tried to pull out another season-saving drive at the end, but Matt Ryan's fourth-down pass for Roddy White was knocked down by San Francisco linebacker NaVorro Bowman.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A'dia Mathies scored a season-best 24 points to help Kentucky rout Auburn 97-53 Sunday. The Wildcats, who have now won 17 games in a row and are tied with Duke for the longest win streak in the country, put the game away in the first half, running out to an 11-point early.

NEW YORK (AP) — Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals, Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns and Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys are finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award. The award will be presented in New Orleans, when The Associated Press announces the winners of its annual NFL honors.

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