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December 22, 2018


2 Saturday NFL games

UNDATED (AP) — There are two Saturday games on the NFL schedule.

First, the Washington Redskins visit Tennessee, with both teams still hoping to make it to the postseason.

The 8-6 Titans have won three straight. They can nab the AFC’s sixth and final seed if they beat Washington on Saturday and Indianapolis in the regular-season finale, and have either Baltimore or Pittsburgh lose. The 7-7 Redskins are chasing a playoff spot despite a raft of injuries forcing them to play four different quarterbacks.

In the night game, the 8-6 Baltimore Ravens visit the 11-3 Los Angeles Chargers.

Baltimore has a one-game lead for the final AFC wild-card spot, but also is just a half-game behind Pittsburgh in the AFC North. The Chargers have clinched a playoff berth and are now trying for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. They’re tied with Kansas City for the lead in the AFC West, but need to win out and have the Chiefs to drop one of their final two games to win the division.


4 Saturday bowl games

UNDATED (AP) — Four bowl games are on tap Saturday, starting at noon Eastern when Memphis plays Wake Forest in the Birmingham Bowl.

The Memphis Tigers’ formidable ground game took a big hit when All-America running back Darrell Henderson opted to skip the bowl game. Their offensive coordinator has already left for another job, and the defensive boss isn’t far behind. The 8-5 Tigers are hoping to overcome those potential issues against Wake Forest. The 6-6 Demon Deacons also will be without their biggest offensive star, wide receiver Greg Dortch, with a hand injury.

Houston takes on Army in the Armed Forces Bowl. Army has an eight-game winning streak since its overtime loss at playoff team Oklahoma and can finish with 11 wins for the first time. The 10-2 Black Knights have also won their last three bowl games, including last year’s Armed Forces Bowl. Houston has lost three of its four games since a 7-1 start and will be without injured quarterback D’Eriq King and NFL draft-prepping defensive tackle Ed Oliver.

Troy will be trying to win its fourth straight bowl game and get to 10 wins for a third straight season when it faces Buffalo in the Dollar General Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. The Bulls have already won 10 games this season and are trying to win a bowl game for the first time.

Hawaii will be seeking its seventh bowl victory in 12 appearances when it faces Louisiana Tech in the Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu. The Bulldogs are in a bowl game for the 11th time overall and looking for a fifth consecutive season with a bowl win.


Shiffrin ties World Cup record with 35th win in slalom

COURCHEVEL, France (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin has written more World Cup history, winning a slalom Saturday for a women’s record-equaling 35th career victory in the discipline and 50th win overall.

Shiffrin extended her first-run lead of 0.04 seconds to finish 0.29 clear of Petra Vlhova, who has been runner-up to the American star in all three traditional slaloms this season.

With the victory, Shiffrin tied her childhood idol Marlies Schild of Austria with 35 slalom wins on the World Cup circuit.

Schild’s final slalom victory, in December 2013, was achieved at the age of 32. Shiffrin turns 24 in March.

Shiffrin is also the youngest of the eight skiers, men and women, to win 50 World Cup races across all disciplines.

Olympic slalom champion Frida Hansdotter was third Saturday, trailing Shiffrin by 0.37.

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