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Washington hot in blitzing Colorado, chill on playoff hopes

The only thing understated about Washington on Friday was how the Huskies discussed their playoff case after demolishing Colorado to win the Pac-12.

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Playoff tracker: Washington makes strong case for CFP

Washington kicked off conference championship week with a convincing win on Friday. Will this weekend bring chaos or coronation before the final playoff selections are announced on Sunday?

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Washington crushes Colorado for Pac-12 title

The Huskies made an emphatic statement to the playoff committee with a 41-10 win over the Buffaloes in the Pac-12 championship game.

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Wade comes out on top against LeBron
NBA 

The night starts with LeBron James paying up by showing up to the game in a full Cubs uniform, and ends with Dwyane Wade scoring 24 points in the Bulls' 111-105 win over the Cavs.

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Western Michigan holds on to win MAC title
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The No. 17 Broncos finish a perfect regular season by fighting off a late Ohio comeback attempt to win the MAC championship game 29-23.

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Heather Dinich ESPN Senior Writer 

Washington did everything it possibly could to impress the 12 members of the CFP selection committee in its win over Colorado on Friday night, but it's still too early to deem the Huskies a "lock." The committee will wait to see how the other Power 5 title games play out, particularly in the Big Ten, where a two-loss champ is guaranteed in either PSU or Wisconsin. The committee has to decide if it will put two Big Ten teams in at the expense of Washington -- or keep its current top 4 status quo with Bama, OSU, Clemson and Washington.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Petersen: "Not much chance" of UW leading pass rusher Joe Mathis (foot) returning for postseason.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

"'Sacrifice your body, glorify your soul.' We bought into that motto this year." - Washington RB Myles Gaskin

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

"Proud of how we ran the ball. Our pass game was.... awkward." - Washington coach Chris Petersen

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

"We were more concerned with their running game than we were with Jake Browning" - Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Colorado QB Sefo Liufau: "We just didn't perform tonight."

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

This is what it looked like as Budda Baker, Jake Browning, and Myles Gaskin entered the locker room following Washington's Pac-12 championship.

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David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Celebratory food ready by the Washington locker room: cookies included.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets completed their five-game road trip with a dominating 128-110 victory over the Nuggets. Houston finished the trip 4-1 with the most impressive games coming on the back end, a double-overtime win at Golden State and Friday night's win against the Nuggets after arriving in Denver at 5 a.m. local time. Houston made 17 three-pointers. James Harden led the Rockets with 20 points and Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon added 18 points each.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Jake Browning surrounded by the media crowd on the field. "Even if worse comes to worst, we're going to the Rose Bowl."

Harden's long distance pass to Capela
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The Rockets had little trouble with the Nuggets, as seen with James Harden firing a long-distance pass to Clint Capela for a dunk.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden hit a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter to set a franchise record by making a three-pointer in 20 consecutive games. He was tied for the record with Trevor Ariza at 19.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets forward Trevor Ariza left the game against the Nuggets with 4:03 to play in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury. Ariza pulled up while going for a loose ball. He slowly reached the scorer's table and laid down in front of it. The entire team, and two trainers, surrounded him before he slowly went to the locker room. Ariza finished with 16 points.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Everyone wants to take selfies with MVP Taylor Rapp, a true freshman

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Keishawn Bierria celebrates

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

No. 4 Washington beats No. 8 Colorado 41-10 in Pac-12 championship game. The ViewFromVegas is the Huskies also covered after closing as 8.5-point favorites and the game stayed under the total of 58 points.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington coach Chris Petersen, when asked if the Huskies belong in the College Football Playoff: "I think there's no doubt about that."

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

After Washington's win against Colorado, here are the projected bowl games for the Pac-12 teams: Playoff: Washington Rose: USC Alamo: Colorado Holiday: Washington St Foster Farms: Utah Sun: Stanford

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Two big winners in the Pac-12 tonight: Washington and USC. The No. 4-ranked Huskies' 41-10 win against No. 8 Colorado surely punched their ticket for the College Football Playoff and likely did enough to drop the Buffaloes behind the No. 11 Trojans in the final playoff rankings. If Colorado does, in fact, finish ranked behind USC, the Trojans will go to the Rose Bowl.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Who needs sleep? Rockets got to Denver around 5 a.m. and are handling the Nuggets. Houston leads 99-84 heading to the fourth quarter.

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Jimmie Johnson closed his speech on his seventh Sprint Cup title with a tribute to Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, quoting Earnhardt who said after winning his seventh that Petty was still "The King." Johnson: "I completely agree and must say I might have won championships as Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, but I will never be The King or The Intimidator. I'm just a guy from California who always wanted to race."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets with at least 10 steals the last two games. They have 10 tonight against the Nuggets, had 11 in 2 OT win at Warriors last night.