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December 23, 2018

NFL-SCHEDULE

Patriots, Texans, Cowboys, Chiefs can win divisions Sunday

UNDATED (AP) — It’s Week 16 of the NFL schedule, which always means several teams can secure playoff berths.

New Orleans, Kansas City, Chicago and the Los Angeles Chargers already have qualified.

New England wins its 10th successive AFC East title with a victory or tie at home against Buffalo, or Miami losing or drawing with Jacksonville.

Houston takes the AFC South by beating the Eagles in Philadelphia. It earns at least a wild-card spot with a Pittsburgh loss at New Orleans.

The Chiefs earn the AFC West crown with a victory at Seattle now that the Chargers have lost to Baltimore.

In the NFC, a Saints victory gets them home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. If the Bears lose at San Francisco or the Rams fall at Arizona, New Orleans has a first-round bye even with a loss to the Steelers.

A Rams win and Bears loss gives LA a wild-card round bye.

If Dallas beats visiting Tampa Bay, it owns the NFC East. Should the Eagles lose to Houston, the Cowboys also get the division title. They can also earn at least a playoff berth if they tie the Bucs and the Vikings lose at Detroit.

But Minnesota can take a wild-card spot with a win and loss by Philly.

Finally, Seattle also gets a wild card if it beats the Chiefs

NHL-NEWS

Predators’ Hartman fined $1K for spearing Bruins’ Wagner

UNDATED (AP) — Nashville Predators forward Ryan Hartman has been fined $1,000 by the NHL for spearing Boston Bruins forward Chris Wagner.

The incident occurred at 19:04 of the second period of Saturday’s night game between the Predators and Bruins, which Boston won 5-2.

The league’s department of player safety announced the fine Sunday. The money goes to the players’ emergency assistance fund.

In other NHL news:

— The Buffalo Sabres say Rick Jeanneret is resting and doing well a day after the team’s Hall of Fame broadcaster was taken out of the press box on a stretcher. The team’s update Sunday came about 12 hours after the 76-year-old Jeanneret was transported to the hospital during the third period of Buffalo’s victory over the Anaheim Ducks. The Sabres say Jeanneret looks forward to returning to his job after the team’s three-day Christmas break. Jeanneret has done play-by-play of Sabres games since 1971, the longest tenure with a single team in NHL history.

LSU-SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

Police: LSU player kills man trying to rob him, teammate

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Police say two LSU football players were trying to sell an electronic item when one player fatally shot an 18-year-old man trying to rob them.

A statement released Sunday by Baton Rouge police does not identify the players. But a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press the players are running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and linebacker Jared Small. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because LSU and police have not released the players’ names.

The man killed was identified by police as Kobe Johnson. He was not an LSU student and died at the scene.

Police say the LSU players called police, waited at the scene, were questioned and were released while the investigation continues.

LSU finishes its season against UCF in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1.

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