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Marcellus Wiley, a former NFL defensive end and Fox Sports personality, is still on the fence about allowing his young son play football. But he tells co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg on the AP’s PodcastOne Sports Now he likes what the NFL is doing to try to make the game safer. Listen at podcastonesports.com, the podcastone app and apple podcasts. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
PASADENA, Calif. — Ohio State’s Urban Meyer ends his coaching career in the Rose Bowl. The three-time national champion coach leads a powerhouse Buckeyes team, with Dwayne Haskins at quarterback, against Pac-12 champion Washington. The Huskies are in the Rose Bowl for the first time in 18 years. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 5 p.m. Sidebar on merit.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Chicago Blackhawks play the Boston Bruins at Notre Dame Stadium in the 11th edition of the Winter Classic. This is the fourth time Original Six franchises have met in the New Year’s Day showcase. Notre Dame is the second college — after Michigan — to host the event. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.
Dabo Swinney promised in 2010, after thinking he might be done, that Clemson was about to have its winningest decade. The No. 2 Tigers certainly have. On Monday night, they will play in their third national championship game in four seasons, facing No. 1 Alabama. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 800 words, photos.
GLF--ON THE FRINGE-MCILROY
KAPALUA, Hawaii — Rory McIlroy first came to Hawaii as a young boy from Northern Ireland to play a junior golf tournament. He returns to paradise feeling more American than ever, from where he lives to where he chooses to play. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 350 words.
NEW ORLEANS — Texas looks to show it’s on track to rejoin college football’s elite when it plays Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Georgia, led by quarterback Jake Fromm, is intent on showing it would have been a better choice for the playoff, even after losing to Alabama in the SEC title game. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:45 p.m. Sidebar on merit.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — UCF goes for its second straight undefeated season and self-proclaimed national championship when it faces LSU in the Fiesta Bowl. UCF is on a 25-game winning streak; LSU is eyeing its first 10-win season since 2013. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.
— FBC--OUTBACK BOWL — Mississippi State vs. Iowa at Tampa, Fla. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started noon.
— FBC--CITRUS BOWL — Kentucky vs. Penn State at Orlando, Fla. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.
RENTON, Wash. — With the Seahawks 0-2, coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer decided there must be changes. That began the next week against Dallas. The changes have landed Seattle in the playoffs Saturday against those same Cowboys. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2014. But the roster has undergone an overhaul. Only four active players are still around from that season, meaning these Colts are about to get a crash course in playoff football when they face Houston on Saturday. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
FBN--BEHIND THE CALL
DENVER — Every year, while a dozen NFL head coaches are preparing their teams for the playoffs, nearly as many coaches are called into their general manager’s office and told they’re fired .By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— FBN--MACCAGNAN’S MISSION — By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--BENGALS-MOVING ON — By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
AP Sports Extra: NFL Playoffs. A paginated preview of the NFL playoffs, which start Saturday, is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “Sports Extra” under the Graphics tab. Three page sizes are available — full broadsheet, half broadsheet and tabloid — with space for local advertising or content. The pages look at the top seeds and playoff schedule. They include some content that was sent Sunday night. The next Sports Extra pages will preview the Super Bowl and will be available Jan. 23. For any questions, contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan(at)ap.org
LOS ANGELES — The 76ers begin the New Year against the Clippers, a game between second-place teams that have struggled the past month. Philadelphia, without Joel Embiid, lost by 34 to Portland in its last game. Los Angeles was beaten at home by San Antonio over the weekend. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.
NEW ORLEANS — Elfrid Payton has played in only seven games this season, six of them victories. The latest was against Minnesota, with Payton returning from a broken finger that caused him to miss 22 games. The Pelicans hope the guard can invigorate a team trying to rejoin the playoff picture. By Brett Martel. SENT: 550 words, photos.
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RALEIGH, N.C. — No. 4 Virginia begins pursuit of a second straight Atlantic Coast Conference championship when it plays No. 9 Florida State to headline the week’s AP Top 25 schedule. The schedule includes three matchups of ranked teams in the Big Ten. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 700 words, photos.
In a matchup between two of the nation’s top guards, Markus Howard and No. 16 Marquette (11-2) open Big East play against Shamorie Ponds and St. John’s (12-1) on the Red Storm campus. By Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
PERTH, Australia — Roger Federer and Serena Williams face each other for the first time, with Switzerland beating the U.S. in mixed doubles at the Hopman Cup. Federer says he was “nervous” returning Williams’ serve. Williams calls this the “match of my career.” SENT: 550 words, photos.
BRISBANE, Australia — Andy Murray returns to competitive tennis for the first time since September with a straight-set win over a wild card at the Brisbane International. The three-time major winner is recovering from an ailing hip and limps between points but shows little trouble during rallies. By John Pye. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— TEN--BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL-NADAL — Rafael Nadal draws lessons from injury-interrupted 2018 season. By John Pye. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— TEN--ASB CLASSIC — Venus Williams rallies past Victoria Azarenka in New Zealand. SENT: 450 words.
— TEN--SHENZHEN OPEN — Jelena Ostapenko upset by qualifier in China. SENT: 200 words.
— TEN--MAHARASHTRA OPEN — Ivo Karlovic, more than twice the age of opponent, advances in India. SENT: 140 words.
OSLO, Norway — Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova and Austria’s Marco Schwarz win a parallel slalom. Vlhova beats overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin in both runs of the final. The night event is held at the ski jumping venue used for the 1952 Olympics. SENT: 350 words.
— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP — Tottenham, Arsenal look to recover from losses in Premier League. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m. Separates on three games.
— CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-TEAM SKY — Tour de France champions Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome to ride in 2019 race for Team Sky. SENT: 200 words, photos.
— BKN--NBA CAPSULES
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES
— FBC--BOWL CAPSULES
— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
Tuesday Time Schedule (EST)
Utah at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Detroit at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
New York at Denver, 9 p.m.
Portland at Sacramento, 9 p.m.
Philadelphia at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.
Boston vs. Chicago at South Bend, Ind., 1 p.m.
Philadelphia at Nashville, 8:30 p.m.
Los Angeles at Vegas, 9 p.m.
Outback Bowl at Tampa, Fla.: Mississippi State vs. Iowa, noon
Citrus Bowl at Orlando, Fla.: Kentucky vs. Penn State, 1 p.m.
Fiesta Bowl at Glendale, Ariz.: LSU vs. UCF, 1 p.m.
Rose Bowl at Pasadena, Calif.: Washington vs. Ohio State, 5 p.m.
Sugar Bowl at New Orleans: Texas vs. Georgia, 8:45 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 9 Florida State vs. Winthrop, 2 p.m.
No. 10 Virginia Tech vs. Notre Dame, 1 p.m.
No. 16 Marquette at St. John’s, 7 p.m.