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ATLANTA â€" Tim Tebow took it upon himself to give Florida a shot at another national championship. With one of his best weapons watching from the sidelines, if the Gators needed a big run, Tebow tucked it under his arm and ran. If they needed to complete a pass, he threw it right where it needed to be. Tebow threw three touchdown passes â€" including the clinching score with just under 3 minutes remaining â€" to lead the No. 2 Gators to a 31-20 victory over No. 1 Alabama in the Southeastern Conference Championship game Saturday.

Checkers topple Rays in fight-filled affair

It was the kind of game that fans love and coaches hate. David Rutherford got the game-winner early in the third period and Maxime Daigneault stopped 26 shots to lead Charlotte past South Carolina, 3-2, Saturday night before a crowd of 5,442 at the North Charleston Coliseum. The Stingrays, who had beaten the Checkers five straight times this season, fell to 12-6-2 (26 points), but remained in second place in the ECHL's South Division. The Checkers improved to 9-9-2 (20 points).

Kovacs, LaFleur claim Reindeer titles

It was the Turkey Day Run all over again. The winners of this year's Thanksgiving Day race â€" Tamas Kovacs of High Point, N.C., and Michelle LaFleur of Savannah â€" returned to the streets of downtown Charleston on Saturday to claim the top spots in the 18th annual Reindeer Run. Kovacs, a native of Hungary, won with a time of 14 minutes and 38 seconds, seven seconds slower than his Turkey Day effort, but plenty fast enough to shatter the course record of 14:55.

Defense, second-half surge lift Charleston

GREENSBORO, N.C. â€" The College of Charleston's offense caught fire in the second half Saturday against UNC Greensboro, but it was the Cougars' defense that provided the fuel. The Cougars' pressing defense forced UNCG into 13 second-half turnovers, and Charleston shot 63.3 percent from the field in the second half to beat the Spartans, 77-62, in a Southern Conference game at Fleming Gym. "To see our team respond was fun to watch," said Charleston coach Bobby Cremins. "We got outplayed the first half. We were in trouble, but our pressure defense really turned the game around."

Elon holds off Bulldogs' rally

ELON, N.C. â€" The Citadel Bulldogs could not get off one last shot, and their comeback attempt at Elon fell short in a 56-54 loss Saturday night at Alumni Gym. Elon forward Ola Atoyebi hit 8 of 9 shots and scored 20 points as Elon (2-4, 1-1 in the Southern Conference) snapped the Bulldogs' modest win streak at two games.

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