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PITTSBURGH —Philip Rivers watched Ben Roethlisberger do what the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback so often does — lead a game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter — and decided it was time for the Los Angeles Chargers to do something they so rarely do: win a big one on the road against a team with Super Bowl aspirations of its own. By Will Graves. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
FBN--STEELERS-BLOWN LEAD. By Dan Scifo. SENT: 860 words, photos.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers have fired coach Mike McCarthy and made offensive coordinator Joe Philbin the interim head coach. The move announced by team president Mark Murphy came after a stunning 20-17 loss on Sunday to the Arizona Cardinals, dropping Green Bay to 4-7-1. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— FBN--CARDINALS-PACKERS — By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 900 words, photos.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Running back Kareem Hunt acknowledged that he misled the Kansas City Chiefs about his role in a February assault in a Cleveland hotel that ultimately led to his release this week. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
FBN--CHIEFS-HUNT REACTION — By Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 570 words, photos.
FBN--CHIEFS-RAIDERS — By Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 780 words, photos.
FBC--COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
NEW YORK —Faced with a tricky choice, the College Football Playoff selection committee played it safe and fell back on some simple criteria: One loss is better than two. Winning a conference championship is better than not. Go with the team that avoided getting blown out. Oklahoma is in the playoff over Georgia and Ohio State, moving into the fourth and final spot Sunday after the Sooners avenged their only loss by winning the Big 12 championship against Texas. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 980 words, photos.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Geno Auriemma believes there’s a lot to like about Connecticut’s latest star in the making, freshman Christyn Williams. Williams scored 16 of her season-high 28 points in the first quarter to help the No. 2 Huskies dominate No. 1 Notre Dame 89-71 on Sunday. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
FBN--ON FOOTBALL-MCCARTHY’S FIRING
When a head coach gets fired during an NFL season, it’s as much about the culture of his team as it is about performance. That was the case in Green Bay, which in a move almost as stunning as its feeble showing against Arizona on Sunday, Mike McCarthy was canned. By Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 670 words, photos by 3 a.m.
FBC--COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF-MORE OF THE SAME
Alabama? Always. Clemson? Four years’ running. Oklahoma? Make it three of the last four seasons for the Sooners. Thank goodness for Notre Dame or the College Football Playoff would be nothing but more of the same. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 790 words, photos by 3 a.m.
DETROIT —The Los Angeles Rams returned to their lockers in the Motor City, where NFC West championship shirts and hats were waiting to be worn. The victors, though, refuse to be spoiled by this accomplishment. By Larry Lage. SENT: 930 words, photos.
There’s little argument that Aaron Rodgers’ talent is such that his Green Bay Packers probably should have won more than one Super Bowl by now. For quite some time, there have been those who blamed coach Mike McCarthy for the lack of titles more than credited him for steering the team to that title. Now the world will find out just what Rodgers and the Packers are capable of without McCarthy, who was fired. In case you missed it, the AP takes a look at that and other top topics around the NFL. By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.
— FBN--NFL TODAY.
— FBN--NFL INJURIES.
PHILADELPHIA —Carson Wentz put all his skills on display against the Washington Redskins last season. The Philadelphia Eagles need Wentz to play at that level Monday night when they host the Redskins in an important division game. The Cowboys (7-5) lead the NFC East and the defending Super Bowl champions are a victory away from heading to Dallas for a first-place showdown. By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 820 words, photos.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Alabama was the easy pick. Oklahoma was the difficult choice. They’re on equal footing now. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 670 words, photos.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Clemson played Notre Dame during a hurricane on the way to its first College Football Playoff appearance. Now the ACC champion Tigers (13-0, No. 2 CFP) are in football’s final four for the fourth season in a row, and taking on playoff first-timer Notre Dame (12-0, No. 3 CFP) in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 720 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL — By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— FBC--ROSE BOWL. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 880 words, photos.
— FBC--FIESTA BOWL. By John Marshall. SENT: 780 words, photos.
— FBC--SUGAR BOWL. By David Brandt. SENT: 760 words, photos.
— FBC--PEACH BOWL. By Eric Olson. SENT: 680 words, photos.
— Capsules for every bowl, approximately 250 words each.
FBC--KANSAS ST-SNYDER RETIRES
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Bill Snyder is retiring as the coach of Kansas State, the AP is told, ending a three-decade relationship with the program that included 27 years on the sideline interrupted by a brief retirement. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 950 words, photos.
BKN--AROUND THE NBA
Vince Carter could have gone anywhere. To a contender, to chase a ring. To retirement, because he has nothing left to prove. To television, which seems like it will be his next vocation whenever his playing days end. Instead, he chose Atlanta — a young team, a rebuilding team, a team that probably has minimal chance of making the playoffs. And he’s happy. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 810 words, photos by 3 a.m.
HKN--BOARD OF GOVERNORS
SEA ISLAND, Ga. —Seattle is one step away from landing an NHL franchise. Team and city executives have already secured more than 30,000 season-ticket deposits, got an arena plan passed through local government and wowed the executive committee of owners. It all pays off Tuesday when the NHL Board of Governors is expected to approve Seattle as the home of the league’s 32nd franchise. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 640 words, photos.
Gregg Berhalter is hired to coach the U.S. men’s national team, making him the first person to run the Americans after playing for them at the World Cup. Berhalter, who spent the past five seasons as coach of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, represents a generational change for an American team that failed to reach this year’s World Cup after seven straight appearances at soccer’s showcase. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 950 words, photos.
Liverpool beat Everton 1-0 thanks to a dramatic goal from Divock Origi in the sixth minute of injury time to move back to within two points of Premier League leader Manchester City. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— SOC--NCAA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP — SENT: 620 words.
BKC--T25-TOP 25 REWIND
RALEIGH, N.C. — While Gonzaga and Duke claim headline-grabbing wins, seventh-ranked Michigan is racking up impressive victories against ranked opponents. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 670 words, photos.
NEW YORK — It’s only December, but UConn showed it’s the best team in the country with an early-season win over Notre Dame. The Huskies topped the Irish 89-71 on Sunday in the women’s Jimmy V Classic behind a stellar effort by freshman Christyn Williams, who had 28 points — six points off the school record for a freshman held by Tina Charles. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 580 words, photos.
AUSTIN, Texas — No. 6 Mississippi State’s toughest test of the early season had a familiar result: another rout. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 600 words, photos.
NASSAU, Bahamas —Jon Rahm broke into tears when he beat Tiger Woods in the Ryder Cup, the most meaningful moment of his career. Sunday wasn’t bad either, not with Woods handing him the trophy after Rahm turned a potential shootout into a runaway victory on the back nine in the Bahamas to end his year by winning the Hero World Challenge. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 780 words, photos.
— GLF--WOODS-AUSTRALIA — By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 560 words, photos.
— GLF--AUSTRALIAN PGA — SENT: 200 words, photos.
— GLF--MAURITIUS OPEN — SENT: 290 words.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay —Jeff Van Gundy did his job. USA Basketball is headed to the World Cup. The U.S. rallied late to beat Uruguay 78-70 on Sunday night to wrap up a spot next year in the FIBA World Cup in China. SENT: 700 words.
SKI--WCUP-MEN’S GIANT SLALOM
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. —Austrian standout Marcel Hirscher had two moments where he was teetering on the brink of going right off the course. He recovered but it cost him precious time. Even the best can’t afford those kinds of moments. By Pat Graham. SENT: 670 words, photos.
SKI--WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S SUPER-G
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta —Mikaela Shiffrin captured her first World Cup super-G race on Sunday to give her a win in all five major disciplines. SENT: 360 words, photos.
LUG--USA LUGE-SWEENEY’S COMEBACK
Emily Sweeney is barely nine months removed from fracturing her neck and back — injuries suffered in her frightening crash at the Pyeongchang Olympics. And already, she’s a World Cup medalist again. It’s a turnaround that not even she expected. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— BOX--STEVENSON-CRITICAL — SENT: 150 words, photo.
— FBN--NFL CAPSULES
— BKN--NBA CAPSULES
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES
— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
Monday Time Schedule (EST)
Washington at Philadelphia, 8:15 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Cleveland at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
Denver at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Golden State at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Houston at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Edmonton at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 4 Virginia vs. Morgan State, 7 p.m.
No. 9 Michigan State vs. No. 14 Iowa, 6:30 p.m.
No. 15 Florida State vs. Troy, 8 p.m.
No. 22 Wisconsin vs. Rutgers, 8 p.m.
No. 16 DePaul vs. Temple, Noon