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HOUSTON _ James Harden and the Houston Rockets try to bounce back from a loss to the Bucks when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have lost 11 straight. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.
MINNEAPOLIS _ The Dallas Mavericks, an NBA-worst 3-18 on the road this season, visit the Minnesota Timberwolves, who will play their first home game under interim head coach Ryan Saunders. By Joe Ziemer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.
_ BKC--SEC THIS WEEK. By Steve Megargee and David Brandt. SENT: 550 words, with photos.
LOS ANGELES _ Dak Prescott and Jared Goff lead two franchises carrying the weight of history into the Coliseum. The Cowboys are one win away from their first NFC championship game in 23 years, while Goff’s Rams could end a 14-year playoff victory drought. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
KINGSPORT, Tenn. _ John Michels, a College Football Hall of Famer whose 27 seasons as a Minnesota Vikings assistant coach included all four of their Super Bowl appearances, has died. He was 87. Michels’ daughter, Sarah Michels-Dunkel, said Friday that her father died Thursday in Kingsport, Tennessee. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1953 and 1956 before joining the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Michels also was an assistant at Texas A&M for one season. He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1954-56. SENT: 190 words.
HOUSTON _Houston third baseman Alex Bregman will be limited to start spring training after having minor surgery on his right elbow on Friday. The Astros say Bregman is expected to be healthy for the start of the regular season after having arthroscopic surgery. SENT: 120 words.
Cincinnati, Major League Soccer’s newest team, has seven picks in the first two rounds of Friday’s SuperDraft. By Anne M. Peterson. Developing.
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