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Will Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show involve a fire-breathing shark?

The rumors are true: Katy Perry will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, the NFL confirmed Sunday.

The Feb. 1 game will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., and be aired on NBC. Sportscaster Bob Costas announced the selection of Perry on the air during Sunday’s Cowboys-Giants match-up. It’s a plum spot — in recent years, more than 100 million viewers have tuned in for the halftime show.

“My band is in the other room screaming at the TV (and each other) over this Cowboys-Giants game. Can’t wait for February 1st,” Perry tweeted, later adding, “I’ve already started testing out ideas!”

Perry’s second tweet was a nod to the Pepsi-branded promo video, viewable above, in which the multiplatinum pop star walks around a “halftime show testing facility” full of glittery and fantastical elements, including a unicorn, a time machine and a fire-breathing shark.

Perry rose to superstardom after her first hit, “I Kissed a Girl,” became an anthem of young desire in 2008....

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Norman Powell helps UCLA defeat Long Beach State, 77-63

For the first time this season, the game was still in doubt midway through the second half when Norman Powell caught a pass in the corner. The UCLA men's basketball team had held off Long Beach State but hadn't yet pulled away to its eventual 77-63 win. Powell eyed a three.

In Powell's four-year self-improvement project, jump shooting is the final piece, and now the defender bit.

Powell faked, drove along the baseline and dunked with one hand. He scowled and flexed before running back down the court.

Long Beach posed the Bruins' toughest challenge before they head to the Bahamas to take on Oklahoma to open the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. On Sunday, the 49ers choked off UCLA's potent transition, stymied the Bruins' shooting with a zone and held Kevon Looney in check.

But every time Long Beach (2-3) drew close, UCLA (4-0) rode Powell.

"We know that we can count on him to get a basket," Looney said. "He makes plays."

Powell, who had long played a secondary role, was finally expected to...

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Cowboys rally to beat Giants with two Romo-to-Bryant touchdown passes

Odell Beckham Jr. provided the spectacular, then Tony Romo and Dez Bryant trumped it.

Romo threw two touchdown passes to Bryant, the winner from 13 yards with 1:01 remaining, lifting the Dallas Cowboys to a come-from-behind, 31-28 victory over the New York Giants.

Romo threw for two TDs in the third quarter and Barry Church's interception helped turn things in the Cowboys' favor. But the Giants (3-8), trailing 24-21, staged a 93-yard drive capped by Adrien Robinson's first career TD catch. That 1-yard score with 3 minutes remaining could have snapped New York's slide that now is at six losses.

Back came Dallas (8-3) on an 80-yard march in which Romo never was pressured as he searched for receivers. He found Bryant in the back of the end zone to win it, setting up an NFC East showdown with Philadelphia on Thanksgiving Day for first place.

Dallas, which was treated to chants of “Let's Go Cowboys!” in the second half from hundreds of fans in Cowboys garb, is 5-0 on the road. New York,...

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Watch Odell Beckham Jr.'s amazing one-handed catch [Video]

Odell Beckham Jr. made one of the most amazing one-handed catches in recent memory, or maybe ever, to score a touchdown for the New York Giants on Sunday night in a game against rival Dallas.

Not only was the rookie wide receiver off balance and reaching backward over his head as he contorted his body, but he managed to land in the end zone as he fell down.

Beckham was isolated on the right side of the field and streaked down the sideline with Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr, who became tangled with Beckham and knocked him off balance.

No matter. Beckham kept his legs churning and reached up behind his head to snare the pass for a 43-yard touchdown that gave the Giants a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter.

Beckham had already caught a three-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. He finished with 10 catches for 146 yards in the game, which Dallas went on to win, 31-28.

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Memphis Grizzlies beat the Clippers, 107-91

So much for the Clippers' perfect road trip.

After beating Orlando and Miami by lopsided scores, the Clippers lost to the Memphis Grizzlies, 107-91, in their third game of a seven-game trip on Sunday.

The Clippers cut the Grizzlies' lead to eight points late in the third quarter, but the Grizzlies quickly pushed it up to as much as 25. The Clippers went on another run in the fourth quarter, prompting Coach Doc Rivers to put the starters back in the game, but they couldn't complete the comeback.

The Grizzlies outshot the Clippers, 49.4% to 41.6%, and out-rebounded them, 52-32.

The Grizzlies, who have now won 22 consecutive regular-season games at home, demonstrated great interior passing, finishing with six players in double digits. They were led by Marc Gasol, who finished with 30 points and 12 rebounds.

The Clippers were led by Chris Paul, who had 22 points and five assists. The Grizzlies held Blake Griffin to 12 points on five-for-17 shooting and just four rebounds. The 6-foot Paul...

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USC loses to Penn State in fifth-place game of Charleston Classic

If Penn State wanted to close the Charleston Classic with a victory, Coach Pat Chambers knew D.J. Newbill would have to make the biggest plays.

Newbill came through with 16 of his 22 points in the second half in the Nittany Lions' 63-61 win over USC in Sunday's fifth-place game.

"I gave him the ball," Chambers said. "I said, 'If we're going down, we're going down with you.' "

Newbill finished the three games with 83 points to set the tournament scoring mark, surpassing the 78 scored by St. Joseph's Carl Jones in 2011.

Penn State opened 4-1 for the third time in Chambers' four seasons.

After the Trojans (2-3) built a 49-43 lead with just under 10 minutes left, Newbill scored 10 of Penn State's next 13 points in their go-ahead run. His second three-pointer put the Nittany Lions ahead to stay at 56-54.

Penn State, though, had to survive a wild ending. Brandon Taylor had the chance to ice things, but missed both foul shots to keep USC within 60-57 with eight seconds left. But as Jordan...

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