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December 17, 2018

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NFL:

WOEFUL JAGUARS

JACKSONVILLE _ Quarterback Cody Kessler has taken the Jacksonville Jaguars to a new low in 2018. The Jaguars (4-10) have totaled 658 yards in three games since Kessler replaced inconsistent starter Blake Bortles, including a season-low 192 yards in a 16-13 loss to Washington on Sunday. It’s the franchise’s worst three-game stretch of offense since Blaine Gabbert’s second year in 2012. By Mark Long.

FBN--SAME OLD DOLPHINS

DAVIE, Fla. _ The Miami Dolphins’ latest road drubbing makes it all but certain their 18-year streak without a playoff victory will continue. By Steven Wine.

DOLPHINS-GORE

MIAMI _ With another season stumbling toward the finish line, the Miami Dolphins can begin thinking about 2019, and that includes Frank Gore. The NFL’s leading active rusher is expected to miss the rest of the year with a sprained foot, a person familiar with the situation said Monday. The person confirmed Gore’s status to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t commented on the severity of his injury. By Steven Wine.

College Football:

T25-MICHIGAN-SOLOMON

ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ Michigan has given permission to defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon to speak with other schools, giving him the opportunity to transfer. Solomon signed with the Wolverines in 2017 as a highly touted recruit from Leesburg, Georgia. He played in every game last year as a freshman and had 18 tackles, including two for losses. Solomon’s sophomore season was stunted by injuries, limiting him to five games and six tackles this year. He missed a five-game stretch during the season and didn’t travel with the team for the regular-season finale at Ohio State due to injury.

CFP-ALABAMA-TAGOVAILOA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ Alabama coach Nick Saban says quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is “probably ahead of schedule” in recovering from ankle surgery. The Heisman Trophy runner-up has been practicing for the top-ranked Crimson Tide, which began preparations Friday for an Orange Bowl semifinal matchup with Oklahoma.

AP COACH OF THE YEAR

Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly is The Associated Press college football Coach of the Year and the third coach to win the award twice since it was established in 1998. Kelly received 16 of 58 first-place votes from AP college football poll voters and 81 total points. Alabama’s Nick Saban was second with 16 first-place votes and 66 points and Central Florida first-year coach Josh Heupel was third with 33 points (five first-place votes). By Ralph D. Russo.

MLB:

ORIOLES-HYDE

BALTIMORE _ Sitting side by side in the auxiliary clubhouse at Camden Yards, Orioles general manager Mike Elias and new manager Brandon Hyde spoke excitedly Monday about working together to mold the struggling franchise into a winner again. Hired last month to oversee a massive rebuilding project, Elias immediately set out to find a manager that could develop young, inexperienced players into solid major leaguers. By David Ginsburg.

YANKEES-SABATHIA GETS BONUS

NEW YORK _ Plunking an opponent paid off for CC Sabathia. The New York Yankees gave Sabathia a $500,000 performance bonus, even though the 38-year-old left-hander was ejected from his final regular-season start six outs shy of the 155 innings specified in his contract for the payment. By Ronald Blum.

Tennis:

WTA-RULE CHANGES

ST. PETERSBURG _ The women’s tennis tour approved rule changes Monday that are meant to ensure players are not penalized after they return from pregnancy or an injury that causes a long absence. The changes were prompted, in part, by the experiences of former No. 1 players Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka, both of whom returned to competition after giving birth.

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