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November 24, 2018


Rivalry Week resumes at noon

UNDATED (AP) — A full slate of games between college football rivals gets started at noon, Eastern time, when No. 4 Michigan visits No. 10 Ohio State, No. 5 Georgia hosts Georgia Tech and No. Florida is at Florida State.

Michigan has a chance to make its first trip to the College Football Playoff by beating Ohio State and then taking care of Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship. The Buckeyes enter their home game on the unfamiliar position of underdog. Beating the Wolverines and playing for a conference championship would be a notable achievement in a season that started with Ohio State suspending coach Urban Meyer for three games for mishandling repeated professional and behavioral problems of an assistant coach.

Georgia is favored over Georgia Tech in the Bulldogs’ final hurdle before the Dec. 1 Southeastern Conference championship game against No. 1 Alabama.

Florida State is hoping to salvage a bad season under first-year coach Willie Taggart with a win over No. 13 Florida. The 5-6 Seminoles can extend the nation’s longest bowl streak with a victory.


Lefty beats Tiger

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Phil Mickelson has won the $9 million made-for-TV match against Tiger Woods in Las Vegas.

Mickelson won it on the fourth playoff hold, sinking a 4-foot birdie putt on a specially set up 93-yard, par 3.

Mickelson was 1 up after 16 holes, but Woods tied it with birdie from the fringe of the green on the par-3 17th.

The pay-per-view broadcast was marred by technical difficulties with viewers unable to see it on their televisions after paying $19.95.


Chen outclasses field in France to lock up spot in final

GRENOBLE, France (AP) — World champion Nathan Chen won the last round of figure skating’s Grand Prix series and secured a spot in next month’s final with a pulsating free skate at the Internationaux de France on Saturday.

After an untidy short program on Friday, the American skater outclassed the field in the free skate, scoring 184.64 for an event-winning total of 271.58.

Fellow American Jason Brown was second overall, placing third in the free skate with a more pedestrian routine that lacked quads. Brown also avoided quads in winning the short program on Friday. His overall score was 256.33. Third overall, with a score of 247.09, was Alexander Samarin of Russia.

Victory ensured Chen a spot in the Dec. 6-9 final in Vancouver, Canada, reserved for the top six skaters or pairs in each discipline from the Grand Prix series of six events.


Hamilton clinches pole for season-ending Abu Dhabi GP

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Five-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton clinched pole position for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday.

The Mercedes driver’s 11th pole of the season and record-extending 83rd of his career looked in some doubt as Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was quicker at the first time split.

But Vettel went too wide on the last turn and qualified only third behind the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton is aiming to sign off in style with an 11th win of the season, while Bottas has yet to win one and Vettel’s last victory came at the Belgian GP in August.

For the second straight year, four-time F1 champion Vettel led during the championship only to finish second behind Hamilton.


IOC’s Bach and Abe make brief visit to Fukushima region

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a quick trip Saturday to the region northeast of Tokyo that was devastated by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami that destroyed three nuclear reactors.

The Fukushima region will hold baseball and softball games during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The visit was intended to showcase a region that government officials say is safe, except for a no-go zone around the nuclear plant. Environmental groups have disputed some government claims and have raised safety concerns.

Government officials want the Olympics to convince a world audience that the region is safe.

Bach is in Japan for a week of meetings with Tokyo Olympic organizers and national Olympic officials for about 200 countries.

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