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December 30, 2018

UNDATED (AP) — Get ready for part four in the ongoing series: Alabama vs Clemson for the college football championship. And the winner this time will become the first FBS champion to go 15-0 on the season. Both teams will travel to the opposite side of the country from their schools to play in the January 7 game at the home stadium of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, California. Both teams had double-digit wins in their semi-final matchups.

UNDATED (AP) — It’s the final regular season Sunday and there are still some undecided playoff spots with the biggest remaining tumult is in the AFC South. Houston leads and takes the division title by beating struggling Jacksonville. A Texans loss, however, gives the winner of the prime-time game between the Colts and Titans in Nashville the crown, dropping Houston into a wild card. There are two other AFC division crowns to settle, in the North and West. If the Baltimore Ravens beat Cleveland, they take the North. If they lose and the Steelers defeat spiraling Cincinnati, Pittsburgh advances.

UNDATED (AP) — Six games are part of the NBA schedule today starting with Detroit at Orlando at 3:30 p.m. Later on it’s Chicago at Toronto, Minnesota at Miami, Oklahoma City at Dallas, Philadelphia at Portland, and Sacramento at the L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m. Only one game is on tap in the NHL, Vegas at Arizona. And college hoops sees only one Top 25 team in action as No. 2 Michigan visits Binghampton.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy has finalized a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The team announced the move Saturday. To make room on the roster, right-hander Austin Brice was designated for assignment. Yahoo Sports reported the deal is for $3.35 million. A two-time All-Star, the 32-year-old Lucroy batted .241 with four homers, 51 RBIs and a .617 OPS in 126 games this year during his only season with the Oakland Athletics.

UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Wizards have lost one of their best players for the rest of the NBA season. Point guard John Wall will have surgery to address bone spurs in his left heel. Wall was told earlier Saturday that surgery was the best option, and he and the team conferred hours later before a final decision was made. The Wizards tried to manage his pain situation by limiting him in some practices and shootarounds.

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