ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Peyton Manning skipped practice today for the second consecutive day, something he hadn’t done since coming to Denver in 2012. Earlier, he said he wanted to spend the Bronco’s bye week getting healthy. Manning said earning the AFC’s No. 2 seed and a first-round bye was imperative because of the team’s long list of banged up players.

DENVER (AP) – Kobe Bryant had 23 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds for his 21st career triple-double, and the Los Angeles Lakers held off the Denver Nuggets 111-103 Tuesday night to end a three-game losing streak.


UNDATED (AP) – The New Year’s Eve schedule in men’s Top-25 basketball features several day games. Second-ranked Duke leads the way with a home game against Wofford. In other day games, fourth-ranked Wisconsin is home to Penn State, sixth-ranked Villanova is hosting Butler, No. 15 St. John’s is at Seton Hall and 18th-ranked Oklahoma is playing host to George Mason.

UNDATED (AP) – There are three more bowl games today.  The Peach Bowl has Mississippi and TCU squaring off while in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, Boise State is playing Arizona. In the lone game this evening, the Orange Bowl has Mississippi State tangling with Georgia Tech.

UNDATED (AP) – In case you missed the bowl game results from yesterday, Georgia beat Louisville to win the Belk Bowl in Charlotte while Notre Dame won the Music City Bowl by beating LSU and Stanford dumped Maryland to win the Foster Farm Bowl.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Defending NBA champion San Antonio is having a hard time getting a win these days. The Spurs were shot down by the Grizzlies in Memphis last night 95-87 for their seventh loss in nine games. Tony Parker missed the game with a strained left hamstring.

UNDATED (AP) – Pitcher Madison Bumgarner of the world champion Giants has been named The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. He dominated the postseason, winning four games overall, including two in the World Series. He also clinched the championship by getting the save in Game 7 against the Royals.