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JACKSONVILLE — This season’s first AFC South rematch looks like a mismatch. The surging Indianapolis Colts have averaged a little more than 33 points over their last eight games while the reeling Jacksonville Jaguars have topped 21 points once in the last two months. The Colts (6-5) have won five straight since a less-than-ideal start. The Jaguars (3-8) have dropped seven in a row since thumping the New York Jets to end the season’s opening quarter. By Mark Long.
JACKSONVILLE — All those yellow flags thrown against the Jacksonville Jaguars have coach Doug Marrone seeing red. The Jaguars (3-8) have been penalized 80 times, tying them for seventh in the NFL, and have been docked the fourth-most yards (751). By Mark Long.
MIAMI — The season is heading in opposite directions for the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, which has brought them closer together in the AFC East standings. The Bills (4-7) have won two games in a row to stoke enthusiasm about their long-term outlook with rookie quarterback Josh Allen, while the Dolphins (5-6) have lost two straight and six of eight to sour their season. By Steven Wine.
TAMPA — Cam Newton and Jameis Winston know there’s no surefire way for a quarterback to lead a team out of a funk. What works in one situation may not necessarily be the answer in another. By Fred Goodall.
T25-SEC CHAMPIONSHIP-ALABAMA’S OFFENSE
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Kirby Smart’s Alabama defenses routinely squared off in practice against Heisman Trophy-winning running backs and NFL-bound wide receivers. Still, the Georgia coach never saw a collection of offensive weapons during his days as the top-ranked Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator like he’ll see Saturday when the teams meet in the Southeastern Conference championship game in Atlanta. By John Zenor.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard didn’t realize he was at 10 3-pointers. Had he known, well, maybe he would have gone for the record. “I honestly didn’t know I had made 10. If I would have known that I would have went for it,” Lillard said, adding with a smile, “What is it? Fourteen? Oh, I could have got that, too.” By Anne M. Peterson.
NASSAU, Bahamas — Patrick Reed and Tiger Woods are about as far apart as can be on the leaderboard after one round of the Hero World Challenge. Only they know how close they are after the Ryder Cup fallout. By Doug Ferguson.
With a 45-match unbeaten streak, it would be easy to assume that defending national champion Stanford hasn’t faced too many challenges. But the Cardinal women have thrived despite injuries this season that might have derailed other teams. By Anne M. Peterson.
MADRID — The Spanish league has taken legal action against the country’s soccer federation in an effort to get approval for a regular-season match in the United States. A Madrid commercial court said Thursday the league filed a lawsuit accusing the Spanish soccer federation of unfair competition. The court said a decision is expected in two weeks, in time for the planned January match between Barcelona and Girona near Miami. By Tales Azzoni.
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