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INDIANAPOLIS -- Wisconsin got the late touchdown it needed, the late stop it needed and the big break it needed Saturday night. Tony Dorsett Jersey . Otherwise, the inaugural Big Ten championship game may have ended the same way the Badgers first round with Michigan State did. Montee Ball scored four touchdowns, the last coming on a 7-yard run with 3:45 left, and the Badgers used a running into the kicker penalty to kill the clock as No. 15 Wisconsin hung on to beat No. 11 Michigan State 42-39 and earn a second straight Rose Bowl bid. "It makes it twice as nice," Badgers coach Bret Bielema told the crowd after hoisting the trophy. "They came out today, they werent going to be denied, and to do it here, first time ever -- Big Ten champs, twice!" Yes, the Badgers (11-2) were ready to party when streamers started covering the field. Some players walked into the postgame news conference carrying roses. Quarterback Russell Wilson, the games MVP, tucked the rose behind his ear. Next up for Wisconsin is Pac-12 champion Oregon, which beat UCLA in its conference title game Friday night. But the Badgers almost didnt make it. After losing on a deflected Hail Mary pass in October in East Lansing, the Spartans (10-3) looked as if they might pull off another miracle comeback Saturday night when they forced what appeared to be a three-and-out with less than two minutes to go. Coach Mark Dantonio called for a punt block, but instead of getting the ball or taking advantage of Keshawn Martins return inside the Wisconsin 10-yard line, Isaiah Lewis hit punter Brad Nortman. The five-yard penalty gave Wisconsin the ball with Michigan State out of timeouts. Game over. "I dont know if he hit him," Dantonio said. "You probably have seen all the replays, but he threw the flag. I thought he flopped a little bit." Its the second straight year, Michigan State and Wisconsin have been in the Rose Bowl hunt at seasons end. The Badgers got the invite last year based on a tiebreaker. This year, they took the undisputed title thanks primarily to their two offensive leaders -- Ball and Wilson. Ball was his usually spectacular self early and efficient late. He ran for more than 100 yards and scored on two 6-yard TD runs in the first quarter. He scored two more times in the final 13 1/2 minutes -- once on a five-yard shovel pass and the other a seven-yard TD run that gave Wisconsin a 40-39 lead. A conversion pass from Wilson to Jacob Pedersen made it 42-39 with 3:45 left. Ball finished with 27 carries for 137 yards and three scores, and his four TDs put him within one of breaking Barry Sanders FBS mark (39) as he tried to impress the Heisman voters. Wilson was nearly as good. He was 17 of 24 for 187 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions and broke the NCAA record by throwing a TD pass in his 37th consecutive game. Graham Harrell of Texas Tech held the previous mark (36). "This is one of the reasons I came here," Wilson said of the Rose Bowl ticket. The loss not only extended Michigan States Rose Bowl drought -- it hasnt gone since 1988 -- it ruined Dantonios pre-game prediction. In an interview taped Friday, Dantonio told a local radio station that the Spartans would win the game and go to the Rose Bowl. He and the Spartans tried everything to make that happen. The Spartans ran a fourth-down pass play, called a fake extra point and even got an impromptu lateral for a score -- and that was just in the first half. Kirk Cousins made most of it work. Only one of his 17 first-half passes hit the ground in the first half, and he wound up 22 of 30 for 281 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. But it was Cousins ability to fool the normally stout Badgers defence that nearly won the game. On fourth-and-1 in the second quarter, he got Wisconsin to bite on a fake pitch and hooked up with a wide open B.J. Cunningham for a 30-yard TD pass to cut the deficit to 21-14. On its next possession, Michigan State receiver Keith Nichol, who wrestled the Hail Mary pass across the goal line to beat Wisconsin in October, beat the Badgers again. This time, he caught a short pass from Cousins and just before stepping out of bounds lateraled to Cunningham, who ran the final four yards for a TD. Michigan State then called for a fake extra point that Brad Sontag ran in to make it 22-21. "We felt we were having our way offensively the whole game," Cousins said. "We never felt like it was won. But we felt like we had our way offensively." Even after playing more conventional football for most of the next two quarters and taking a 36-34 lead, the Spartans lined up two different players in the Wildcat formation, ran a reverse and drove for a 25-yard field goal to make it 39-34 with 8:31 left in the game. But just like the first meeting, the Badgers answered. Wilson led Wisconsin on an eight-play, 64-yard scoring march, converting a fourth-and-6 when Wilson scrambled, threw back across the field and Jeff Duckworth made a spectacular adjustment to haul in a 36-yard pass. On the next play, Ball burst up the middle for the seven-yard TD to give the Badgers the lead. This time, the Wisconsin defence stiffened and after a replay review overturned a third-down play that would have gone for a first down, the Spartans punted for only the third time in the game. They never got another chance. "Its tough," Cousins said. "We came close two years in a row. We dont get to go, its tough." Michigan States Martin had a career-high nine receptions for 115 yards, the second 100-yard game of his career. Dick Butkus Jersey . The second-seeded Lakers will take on the No. 7 seed New Orleans Hornets in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs that kick off this afternoon at Staples Center, but news off the court has grabbed the attention of most NBA observers. Matt Forte Jersey . The price drop comes after stockpiles of the fuel surged and the government called for stability in the cost of commodities. Coal with an energy value of 5,500 kilocalories per kilogram slipped 0. Patrick Peterson Youth Jersey . Dwight Howard posted his usual double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds to go along with six blocks for the Magic, who have won two of three and helped erase the bad taste of a 117-85 beating at New Orleans Wednesday. The Southeast Division-leaders have now alternated wins and losses over their last nine games and moved to 19-8 as the guest this season. Larry Fitzgerald Youth Jersey . The left-hander takes the mound for the third installment of a four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Catch all the action on TSN2 beginning at 8pm et/5pm pt. Friday night, Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets history and yesterday afternoon R. Wholesale NHL Jerseys . Albert Pujols and Berkman each homered in consecutive at-bats and St. Louis sent the Los Angeles Dodgers to their fourth consecutive loss, 11-2 on Friday night. HONG KONG: Genes may explain why some people are more susceptible than others to leprosy, an extensive study in China published in the New England Journal of Medicine appears to have found. The study found mutations of seven genes which appear to increase a persons susceptibility to leprosy, which is in sharp contrast to what experts have believed for a long time - that the disease is not congenital, or inherited. All along, people thought it was caused (only) by an infectious agent but our study found it is influenced by genetics. If a parent has the disease, it is highly likely that the child will develop the disease, one of the researchers Zhang Furen at the Shandong Provincial Institute of Dermatology and Venereology in northeast China said by telephone. What is interesting is that between couples, if one has the disease, the other remains uninfected for decades ... so how can this (strictly) be an infectious disease? Maybe this disease has to do with inheritability. What we found was that apart from the infectious agent, there is an internal reason, we found seven (susceptibility) genes ... it may have a lot to do with genetics (inherited susceptibility), Zhang told Reuters. The finding may have similar implications for other germs belonging to the family, like the bug that causes tuberculosis - which killed 1.8 million peoople last year. Sam Bradford Elite Jersey. . The experts analysed genes of 706 leprosy patients and 1,225 others without the disease, and mutant versions of the seven genes turned up consistently in those who had the disease. The participants were ethnic Chinese from eastern China. Five of the genes appear to be involved in regulating the human immune system, said the researchers from China and Singapore. Leprosy has a long incubation period of 8 to 10 years, and once the symptoms surface, they would have caused the patient irreversible damage, Zhang said. But in future, if we can tell whether a person is susceptible to the disease before symptoms show, we can proceed to take preventive action. Leprosy, or Hansens disease, is caused by the Mycobacterium leprae. It affects the skin, mucous membranes, peripheral nerves and eyes. As nerve damage is permanent, even those who have recovered cant feel pain. Minor cuts and abrasions on fingers and toes often turn into gaping, inflamed ulcers because of unsanitary living conditions. Although leprosy is no longer a problem in advanced countries, this discovery is important because the disease plagues many developing nations. There were 254,525 new cases of leprosy in 2007 mostly in tropical and sub-tropical countries, according to the World Health Organization. In China, there are 2,000 new cases each year, Zhang said. ' ' '

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