Outplayed most of the game, No. 2 Alabama stayed unbeaten with a 26-21 victory over host Auburn (7-5, 3-5 Southeastern Conference), taking the lead with a nearly perfect drive that was capped by Greg McElroy's 4-yard touchdown pass to Roy Upchurch with 1:24 left. Alabama (12-0, 8-0) completed a second straight perfect regular season in the Iron Bowl but did it the hard way against its bitter rival. The Tide fell behind in the opening minutes but came out ahead to do its part to set up a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown with top-ranked Florida in the SEC championship game.
No. 5 Cincinnati 49, Illinois 36: : Tony Pike returned from an injury to his nonthrowing arm and had a record day, passing for six touchdowns in a victory over visiting Illinois (3-8) that left Cincinnati (11-0) unbeaten and back to full strength. The senior quarterback started for the first time since Oct. 15 and broke the school record for touchdown passes. Two of them went to Mardy Gilyard, who also ran back a kickoff for a score.
West Virginia 19, No. 8 Pittsburgh 16: : Noel Devine rushed for 134 yards and Tyler Bitancurt kicked four field goals, including a 43-yarder as time expired, to lift the host Mountaineers (8-3, 4-2 Big East) over the Panthers (9-2, 5-1).
Terps women rout Howard, 79-51; Kizer sprains ankle
Freshman Tianna Hawkins had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Maryland beat Howard, 79-51, despite playing the second half without leading scorer and rebounder Lynetta Kizer, who left with a sprained left ankle. Kizer was injured with 1:21 left in the first half. The 6-foot-4 sophomore fell to the floor near the foul line and groaned in agony before being helped from the court. Kizer, who came in averaging 16.4 points and 8.2 rebounds, returned to the bench in the second half with the aid of a crutch and with her foot in a boot. Lori Bjork scored 16 points and Diandra Tchatchouang had 14 for the Terrapins (5-1), who extended their home winning streak to 41 games. Zykia Brown led Howard (1-4) with 18 points, and Saadia Doyle had 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Troy 60, Morgan State 54: : Corin Adams scored 18 points, but the Bears (2-3) fell to the Trojans (3-1) in the first game of the Georgia State Thanksgiving Holiday Tournament in Atlanta. Brittany Dodson added nine points and five steals in the loss. Donette McNair led Troy with 19 points and 19 rebounds, and Brittnie Davis scored 13.
Texas-San Antonio 68, Navy 57: : The visiting Midshipmen (5-2) held a 31-21 halftime lead but were outscored 48-26 in the second half of a loss to the Roadrunners (3-2).
Antawn Jamison scored 24 points, Nick Young added 22 and the Washington Wizards beat the host Miami Heat for the first time in seven tries, 94-84. Jamison, playing for the first time this season against the Heat after missing the first two meetings because of a shoulder injury, scored his 16,000th career point. Dwyane Wade had 18 points while struggling for Miami, which was without small forward Quentin Richardson for a fourth straight game.
Pollin: : Abe Pollin is being remembered as a great friend and sports fan. The funeral for the Wizards owner was held at the Washington Hebrew Congregation. Pollin, the NBA's longest-tenured owner, died Tuesday at 85. Pollin gave Washington the Capital Centre, the Verizon Center, the NBA's Wizards, the NHL's Capitals and the WNBA's Mystics. He sold the Capitals and Mystics in recent years to Ted Leonsis. Leonsis called the service "very heartfelt."
Barbaro's brother Lentenor to make second start today
Lentenor, the 2-year-old full brother of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, will make his second career start in today's third race at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, N.Y.
- From Sun staff and news services