Small plane lands on Orange County toll road
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a student pilot and instructor aboard a small plane are fine after making an emergency landing on an Orange County toll road.
The California Highway Patrol says the single-engine plane landed on the 241 toll road's northbound lanes in Rancho Santa Margarita on Sunday afternoon.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the people aboard the Evektor Aerotechnik reported an engine problem.
There was no damage to the plane.
HUMAN REMAINS FOUND
Human skull found in Somona County park
WINDSOR, Calif. (AP) - A human skull, a tennis shoe and other skeletal remains have been found in a Northern California park.
The Sonoma County Sheriff's office said a hiker and his two children spotted the skull and shoe in a creek bed in Shiloh Regional Park on Sunday afternoon.
Deputies confirmed the remains were human and saw other skeletal remains under the leaves nearby.
As darkness fell, the deputies secured the area and planned to continue the investigation Monday morning.
PATROL CAR VS CYCLIST
Cyclist fatally struck by LA sheriff's patrol car
CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) - A bicyclist has been fatally struck by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's patrol car on Mulholland Highway.
The sheriff's department said the deputy in the patrol car and the unidentified man were traveling in the same direction in Calabasas when the collision occurred Sunday afternoon.
KCAL-TV reports the cyclist was in the bicycle lane when he was struck. He landed on the windshield, shattering the glass before rolling off the patrol car and landing on the street.
The deputy was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
The cause of the crash was under investigation.
Sheriff's Sgt. Joseph Jakl told KCAL that the department's "job is to protect the people and we're obviously sad that something like this has happened."
Ex-Hollywood stuntman fatally shot by Vegas police
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas police say a suicidal man was fatally shot by officers after he pointed a gun at them.
Police say the man confronted officers after walking outside an apartment complex early Saturday with multiple guns.
Dan Unger told KLAS-TV that he watched the shooting of his son, Patrick, unfold and he plans to seek legal action against the police department.
He says his 26-year-old son had been suffering from depression and he thinks he was "crying out for help" to get back into the movie business as a Hollywood stuntman.
Police say three officers were involved in the shooting. Their names were not immediately released.
Kobe returns, but Raptors beat Lakers 106-94
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant had nine points and eight rebounds in his season debut for the Lakers, but Amir Johnson scored a career-high 32 points in the trade-depleted Toronto Raptors' 106-94 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday night.
Bryant began his 18th NBA season by going 2 for 9 with four assists and eight turnovers in 28 minutes. The fourth-leading scorer in NBA history hadn't played since tearing his Achilles tendon in April, undergoing several months of rehabilitation to return for Los Angeles' 20th game of the new season.
But the Lakers never led, and Toronto improbably snapped its five-game losing streak despite playing without forward Rudy Gay, who is expected to be traded to Sacramento on Monday as the centerpiece of an apparent seven-player deal.
USC beats Boston College 78-62 to go 5-0 at home
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Julian Jacobs led five players in double figures with 16 points and Southern California pulled away over the final eight minutes to beat Boston College 78-62 Sunday, improving to 5-0 at home.
The Trojans (6-3) got 15 points from Nikola Jovanovic, 14 each from Roschon Prince and Pe'Shon Howard, and 12 from Byron Wesley in winning their second straight. Prince made all six of his free throws and Jovanovic hit all three of his as USC went 18 of 23 at the line.
Boston College (3-6) was led by Ryan Anderson with 13 points. KC Caudill and Joe Rahon added 11 points each. Olivier Hanlon, who came in averaging a team-high 20.9 points, was held to six after not starting for the first time this season.
The Eagles were held to season lows in points as well as field goal (37) and free throw (60) percentages.
BKC-E WASHINGTON-SAINT MARY'S (CAL)
St. Mary's runs past EWU for 93-65 win
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) - Brad Waldow scored 24 points to lead five Gaels in double figures as St. Mary's beat Eastern Washington 93-65 Sunday night.
After Drew Brandon hit a 3-point shot to pull Eastern Washington (5-3) within seven with 9:24 left in the first half, the Gaels went on a 16-5 run to open up a 33-15 lead, and EWU would never get closer than 12 the rest of the way.
Kerry Carter scored a career-high 18 points for St. Mary's (7-0). Beau Levesque added 14, and James Walker III had 12. Stephen Holt finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
St. Mary's outrebounded EWU 49-36, including 18-10 on the offensive glass.
Eastern Washington shot just 39 percent (23 of 59) from the field and a season-low 17.4 percent (4 of 23) from 3-point range.
Tyler Harvey scored 20 points in the loss.
St. Mary's led 41-26 at the half.
Stanford, Michigan State headed to 100th Rose Bowl
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Michigan State and Stanford have been selected for the Rose Bowl's centennial.
The No. 4 Spartans will face the fifth-ranked Cardinal on Jan. 1 in the 100th edition of the Rose Bowl game, pitting two venerable programs in Pasadena's traditional Midwest-West Coast intersectional matchup.
Michigan State (12-1) upset Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday to earn its first trip to Pasadena since Jan. 1, 1988, when the Spartans beat USC 20-17.
Stanford (11-2) is back in Pasadena for the second straight season after trouncing Arizona State in the Pac-12 title game on Saturday. The powerful Cardinal held off Wisconsin 20-14 last season for the school's first Rose Bowl victory in 40 years.
Northern Illinois, Utah State in Poinsettia Bowl
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Star dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch and the No. 24. Northern Illinois Huskies will face Mountain West Conference Mountain Division champion Utah State in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 26 at Qualcomm Stadium.
Northern Illinois (12-1) saw its hopes of playing in a BCS game dashed by a 47-27 loss to Bowling Green in the Mid-American Conference title game.
Lynch ran for 1,881 yards, an NCAA record for quarterbacks, and passed for 2,676.
Utah State (8-5) lost 24-17 to No. 21 Fresno State in the inaugural Mountain West title game Saturday night. It will play in its school-record third straight bowl game.
Arizona State, Texas Tech to play in Holiday Bowl
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Pac-12 South Division champion Arizona State and Texas Tech have accepted invitations to play in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30 at Qualcomm Stadium.
It will be the fourth appearance for Arizona State (10-3) and the second appearance for Texas Tech (7-5).
Arizona State lost to Stanford 38-14 in the Pac-12 championship game Saturday night.
T25-LAS VEGAS BOWL
Fresno State, USC matched up in Las Vegas Bowl
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Fresno State will face Southern California in the Las Vegas Bowl.
The 21st-ranked Bulldogs (11-1) capped their spectacular season by earning their first outright conference championship since 1989 on Saturday, trouncing Utah State in the Mountain West title game.
Although Fresno State fell one loss shy of busting the BCS, the Bulldogs' reward is a high-profile matchup with the transitioning Trojans (9-4) at Sam Boyd Stadium on Dec. 21.
USC (9-4) will have its third head coach of a tumultuous season, with offensive coordinator Clay Helton directing the Trojans in their second straight bowl appearance following a two-year NCAA ban.
Interim coach Ed Orgeron went 6-2 after Lane Kiffin was fired, but he resigned Monday after USC chose Steve Sarkisian for the permanent job.
Harding makes 37 saves, Wild beat Sharks 3-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Josh Harding made 37 saves in another strong home outing, and the Minnesota Wild beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 on Sunday night despite recording only 13 shots.
Zach Parise scored twice - once into an empty net - and Mikko Koivu added a goal for the Wild, who have won three of four.
Patrick Marleau scored with 1:41 left for San Jose, which went 1-3 on a four-game trip. The Sharks, who have lost three in a row in regulation for the first time this season, are 0-5-1 in their last six games in Minnesota.
Antti Niemi made 10 saves.
Parise and Koivu scored second-period goals to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead. Parise pushed the Wild's edge back to two goals when he scored at 19:54.
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