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December 31, 2018

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Michael Warren ran for a career-high 166 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:29 left in a soggy Military Bowl to carry Cincinnati past Virginia Tech 35-31. A tight game that featured more than 900 yards in offense and seven lead changes wasn’t decided until Warren busted up the middle for his second touchdown to cap a 64-yard drive directed by backup quarterback Hayden Moore. The loss ends the Hokies’ run of 25 consecutive winning seasons.

UNDATED (AP) — It’s a trending resolution in the NFL today: Find a coaching spot in 2019. Six head coaches were fired as the NFL season concluded on Sunday, four of them today. Cincinnati fired Marvin Lewis, who had been around since 2003. Steve Wilks was fired after only a season in Arizona. Also fired on Monday were Vance Joseph in Denver and Adam Gase in Miami. On Sunday night, Todd Bowles with the Jets and Dirk Koetter with the Bucs were let go.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Foles will lead the Philadelphia Eagles into the playoffs. Coach Doug Pederson said Nick Foles is “feeling good” after suffering a chest injury and will start when the Eagles face the Bears in an NFC wild-card game next Sunday. Foles is 6-0 in must-win games filling in the past two seasons, including 3-0 in the playoffs and earned Super Bowl MVP honors in a 41-33 victory over New England.

NASHVILLE (AP) — Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo says he’s retiring after 10 NFL seasons, having planned to make the final year of his third contract his last. The 32-year-old Orakpo says he wanted to go out on his own terms. The 13th pick overall out of Texas in 2009 by Washington, Orakpo started all 132 games in his career over six seasons with Washington and four with Tennessee. Orakpo finished with 66 career sacks.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke quarterback Daniel Jones and linebacker Joe Giles-Harris are skipping their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft. They announced their decisions Monday, four days after the Blue Devils beat Temple in the Independence Bowl . The 6-foot-5 Jones completed nearly 60 percent of his passes while throwing for more than 8,000 years and 52 touchdowns in three seasons as the starter. Giles-Harris averaged more than nine tackles in 34 career games.

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