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December 16, 2018

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TOP STORIES

FBN--PATRIOTS-STEELERS

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The New England Patriots can clinch a 10th straight AFC East title with a win in Pittsburgh and a loss by the Miami Dolphins. The Steelers hold a slim lead over Baltimore in the AFC North. Game begins at 4:25 p.m. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4:25 p.m.

FBN--EAGLES-RAMS

LOS ANGELES — Nick Foles takes over for injured Carson Wentz when the Philadelphia Eagles (6-7) attempt to bolster their flagging playoff hopes against the postseason-bound Rams. Los Angeles (11-2), coming off a road loss to Chicago, has never lost consecutive games in coach Sean McVay’s tenure. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:20 p.m.

FBN--DOLPHINS-VIKINGS

MINNEAPOLIS — The Miami Dolphins visit the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium, with both teams chasing wild-card berths in the playoffs in their respective conferences. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m.

BKC--TOP 25 REWIND

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Gonzaga coach Mark Few wanted to test his fourth-ranked Bulldogs with a tough nonconference schedule. His team has lost two straight now after falling at No. 12 North Carolina, but Few said he’d do it again. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.

FBC--T25-AP Coach of the Year

UCF’s Josh Heupel, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly and Alabama’s Nick Saban are the finalists for The Associated Press national college football coach of the year after leading their teams to unbeaten regular seasons. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 200 words, photos by noon.

NFL

FBN--SAINTS-PANTHERS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Running backs Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara figure to play a prominent role in Monday night’s game between the Panthers and Saints. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2 p.m.

FBN--PACKERS-BEARS

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears try to clinch their first NFC North championship since 2010 when they host Aaron Rodgers and the rival Green Bay Packers. The Bears have won six of seven after beating the NFC West champion Los Angeles Rams last week, while the Packers are coming off a win over Atlanta in their first game under interim coach Joe Philbin. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m.

FBN--COWBOYS-COLTS

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts try to stay in the playoff hunt when they host the Dallas Cowboys. Indy has won six of seven since starting 1-5. The Cowboys can clinch the NFC East title with a win. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m.

Also:

— FBN--BUCCANEERS-RAVENS. By David Ginsburg. 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m.

— FBN--CARDINALS-FALCONS. By George Henry. 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m.

— FBN--LIONS-BILLS. By John Wawrow. 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m.

— FBN--RAIDERS-BENGALS. By Joe Kay. 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m.

— FBN--TITANS-GIANTS. By Tom Canavan. 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m.

— FBN--REDSKINS-JAGUARS. By Mark Long. 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m.

— FBN--SEAHAWKS-49ERS. By Josh Dubow. 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m.

NBA

BKN--HEAT-PELICANS

NEW ORLEANS — Dwyane Wade plays what could be his final game in the Big Easy when Miami visits Anthony Davis and the Pelicans. The Heat aim for a fourth victory on a six-game road trip wrapping up in New Orleans, while the Pelicans have split their last 10. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKN--LAKERS-WIZARDS

WASHINGTON — LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers continue their road trip by facing the Washington Wizards in the second half of a back-to-back set on Sunday. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.

BKN--KINGS-MAVERICKS

DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki is expected to make his first home appearance of the 40-year-old’s record-setting 21st season with the same franchise when the Mavericks host Sacramento. Nowitzki officially set the record in his season debut at Phoenix. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

NHL

HKN--LIGHTNING-JETS

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Two of the NHL’s best teams face each other when the Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Winnipeg Jets. The Lightning have won eight straight and own the NHL’s best record, and the Jets are first in the Central Division. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--T25-GREEN BAY-MICHIGAN STATE

EAST LANSING, Mich. — No. 9 Michigan State returns from a seven-day layoff to host Green Bay. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BKW--T25-BINGHAMTON-NOTRE DAME

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The second-ranked Notre Dame women host Binghamton. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 1 p.m.

SOCCER

SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP

Liverpool defends the only unbeaten record in the Premier League in a home match against Manchester United in what is traditionally the biggest match in English soccer. A win will lift Liverpool back into first place. Also, Chelsea travels to Brighton and Arsenal is away to Southampton. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, by 2 p.m.

SOC--SPANISH ROUNDUP

BARCELONA, Spain — Sevilla pulled level on points with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid atop the Spanish league after beating Girona 2-0 at home on Sunday. Later, Barcelona visits Levante aiming to reestablish a three-point lead of the Spanish league. Real Betis also visits Espanyol and Villarreal is at Huesca. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 210 words. WILL BE UPDATED to 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

Also:

— SOC-FRENCH ROUNDUP — 500 words by 5:30 p.m.

— SOC-GERMAN ROUNDUP — 300 words by 2 p.m.

WINTER SPORTS

SKI--WCUP-MEN’S GIANT SLALOM

LA VILLA, Italy — Marcel Hirscher dominated to extend his record by winning the Alta Badia giant slalom for a sixth straight year Sunday and reclaimed the overall World Cup lead. SENT: 480 words, photos.

SKI--WCUP-GISIN CRASH

SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy — The Swiss team says that “scans on the skull showed no serious injury” to Marc Gisin following his dramatic crash in a World Cup downhill but the skier does have several broken bones elsewhere on his body. SENT: 270 words, photos.

Also:

— LUG--WORLD CUP — Dajana Eitberger was fastest in both heats to lead a German sweep of the medals in a women’s World Cup luge race at Mount Van Hoevenberg on Sunday.

— BOB--WORLD CUP — Francesco Friedrich drove his four-man sled to a World Cup victory on Sunday, as Germany continued its perfect start to the bobsled season with a medals sweep.

GOLF

— GLF--ALFRED DUNHILL — David Lipsky won the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa on his first attempt as his final-round 68 gave him a two-shot victory over David Drysdale. SENT: 260 words.

— GLF--FATHER-SON CHALLENGE — John Daly and his son, Little John, led going into the final round of the Father-Son Challenge in Orlando, Fla. UPCOMING: 200 words by 7 p.m.

CAPSULES

— FBN--NFL CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Sunday Time Schedule (EST)

NFL

Tennessee at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.

Green Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Detroit at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Arizona at Atlanta, 1 p.m.

Oakland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Dallas at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

Miami at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Washington at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Seattle at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

New England at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m.

Philadelphia at L.A. Rams, 8:20 p.m.

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Men

No. 9 Michigan State vs. Green Bay, 5 p.m.

No. 24 Houston vs. Saint Louis, 3 p.m.

Women

No. 2 Notre Dame vs. Binghamton, 1 p.m.

No. 12 Texas vs. Stetson, 2 p.m.

No. 13 California vs. UC Santa Barbara, 5 p.m.

No. 16 Iowa vs. Northern Iowa, 3 p.m.

No. 17 Arizona State vs. Kansas State at Mitchell Hall, La Crosse, Wis., 5 p.m.

No. 21 Gonzaga at Missouri State, 3 p.m.

No. 23 Michigan State at Hartford, 2 p.m.

No. 24 Miami vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore, 1 p.m.

No. 25 South Carolina at Purdue, 3 p.m.

NBA

Atlanta at Brooklyn, 3 p.m.

Philadelphia at Cleveland, 3:30 p.m.

New York at Indiana, 5 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at Washington, 6 p.m.

Sacramento at Dallas, 7 p.m.

Miami at New Orleans, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Denver, 8 p.m.

NHL

Vegas at N.Y. Rangers, 12:30 p.m.

Arizona at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Calgary at St. Louis, 3 p.m.

Buffalo at Boston, 5 p.m.

San Jose at Chicago, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.

Edmonton at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

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