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Showdown Sunday? Not quite in NFL’s Week 12
UNDATED (AP) — It’s not quite Showdown Sunday in the NFL in Week 12.
Of the 11 games on deck, none involves two teams with winning records. The closest is the early afternoon matchup of 5-5 Seattle at 6-4 Carolina. A pair of 5-5 teams meet later in the day when Miami visits Indianapolis.
Elsewhere, the Jaguars visit the Bills, the Browns visit the Bengals, the Patriots travel to the Jets, the Giants are in Philadelphia, the 49ers head to Tampa Bay and the Raiders visit Baltimore.
The Cardinals visit the Chargers and the Steelers visit the Broncos later in the day.
Perhaps the most important game comes Sunday night, when the 4-5-1 Packers visit the 5-4-1 Vikings in a matchup of NFC North rivals competing for a wild-card playoff spot.
Brady, Gronk active for Patriots’ game against Jets
UNDATED (AP) — Tom Brady is starting at quarterback for the New England Patriots after he had been listed as questionable for their game against the Jets with an illness and a sore knee. Brady enters the game needing 147 yards to pass Peyton Manning’s career mark of 79,279 in both regular-season and playoff games. He would also set the NFL record for overall touchdown throws with four, which would give him one more than Manning’s 579.
Brady also have his favorite target back as tight end Rob Gronkowski will be active after he missed the last two games with ankle and back injuries. Running back Sony Michel is also available after he was limited in practice with a knee injury.
In other NFL news:
— The Jets get wide receiver Robby Anderson back after he missed New York’s last game two weeks ago with an ankle injury. Left guard James Carpenter is out with a shoulder injury, missing a game for the first time since 2014 when he was with Seattle. New York starting safety Marcus Maye is also sidelined with shoulder and thumb injuries.
— Two of the league’s top wide receivers are inactive with Bengals star A.J. Green out for the third straight game with a toe injury and the Panthers’ Devin Funchess out with a back injury. The Panthers did catch a break with veteran wide receiver Torrey Smith returning from a four-week absence due to a knee injury.
— The Seahawks will have their top wide receiver active after Doug Baldwin had been called a game-time decision by coach Pete Carroll because of a groin injury.
— Cincinnati is missing let tackle Cordy Glenn for its game against the Browns.
— Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is inactive due to a back injury, and will miss his first trip back to Buffalo since the Bills traded him to Jacksonville last season. Abry Jones will start in his place. Jacksonville’s Ereck Flowers will start at left tackle in place of Josh Walker, who will miss his second game with injuries to his foot and ankle.
— Bills tight end Charles Clay will miss his second game due to a hamstring injury, while rookie Wyatt Teller will start his second consecutive game at left guard in place of Vladimir Ducasse.
— Lamar Jackson is starting again for Baltimore in place of injured quarterback Joe Flacco, while running back Alex Collins is inactive for the Ravens’ game against Oakland with a foot injury.
49ers LB Reuben Foster released after arrest
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers released linebacker Reuben Foster on Sunday morning, hours after he was arrested at the team hotel in Tampa, Florida, on charges of domestic violence.
An arrest report Saturday night from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office said Foster was booked into jail at 11:11 p.m. and was being held without bail. Foster was arrested by Tampa police at 9:10 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt hotel where the team is staying before playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
The team sent out a one-sentence release Sunday morning saying it had cut Foster.
Tampa Police spokeswoman Janelle McGregor said a woman told police Foster slapped her phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest area and slapped her with an open hand on the right side of her face. McGregor said officers observed a one-inch scratch on the accuser’s left collarbone.
McGregor said officers learned that Foster had lived with the woman in the past and had been involved in an on-and-off relationship with her over the past three years. Police didn’t say whether it was the same woman who accused Foster of hitting her in February but later recanted the allegations.
T25 FOOTBALL-OHIO STATE-HASKINS TD PASS
Official scoring change gives Ohio State QB another TD pass
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An official scoring change in Ohio State’s 62-39 victory over Michigan has credited Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins with a sixth touchdown pass in the game.
Parris Campbell was originally credited with a 78-yard rushing TD on a play in which he crossed in front of Haskins, took the ball and raced for a score. After the game, coaches and players said the ball was flipped from Haskins to Campbell, which makes it a forward pass. There were no video replays from game coverage confirming the ball was tossed forward and not handed off, so the initial ruling of a rush stood.
Ohio State announced Sunday after receiving visual evidence that confirmed the flip that Haskins would be credited with a touchdown pass and additional passing yards.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NORTH CAROLINA-FEDORA
North Carolina: Fedora out as football coach after 7 seasons
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina says football coach Larry Fedora is out after seven seasons.
The school announced the decision in a news release Sunday morning. That came less than a day after an overtime loss to rival North Carolina State that dropped the Tar Heels to 2-9 and concluded with a brawl between the teams in the end zone.
Fedora’s exit completes a swift fall. The program won 11 games and an Atlantic Coast Conference division championship in 2015. UNC went 5-18 over the past two seasons marred by injuries, inexperienced players and close losses.
The move will cost UNC about $12 million owed on Fedora’s contract that runs through the 2022 season.
In a statement, athletic director Bubba Cunningham says it “simply is time to take our football program in a new direction.”
TENNIS-DAVIS CUP FINAL
Cilic seals Davis Cup title for Croatia against France
LILLE, France (AP) — Marin Cilic (CHIHL’-ihch) sealed Croatia’s victory over defending champion France in the Davis Cup final with a 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-3 win over Lucas Pouille (pwee) on Sunday.
Cilic gave Croatia a 3-1 unassailable lead in the best-of-five series on indoor clay in northern France.
Croatia claimed a second title in the team event following its first win in 2005.
The Davis Cup final was played for the last time in its traditional format. Beginning next year, the top team event in men’s tennis will be decided with a season-ending, 18-team tournament at a neutral site.
F1-ABU DHABI GP
World champion Hamilton wins season-ending Abu Dhabi GP
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — World champion Lewis Hamilton coasted to victory from the pole position at the year-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, and in doing so equaled his personal best for a season with his 11th win of the campaign.
Having already secured a fifth F1 title, the British Mercedes driver beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at the Yas Marina circuit to secure the 73rd win of his career. He is contracted to Mercedes for the next two years at least, giving him a realistic chance of matching Michael Schumacher’s F1 record of 91 GP wins. Vettel is third all-time with 52, and did not look like adding to that in a race controlled by his rival.
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen finished third in the race ahead of teammate Daniel Ricciardo for a fifth straight podium.
Verstappen overtook Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas to finish fourth overall behind Kimi Raikkonen (KEE’-mee RAY’-koh-nehn), who retired early into his final race for Ferrari.
Veteran Spanish driver Fernando Alonso placed 11th with McLaren in his last F1 race with the team. The two-time F1 champion is pursuing other racing interests.
WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S SLALOM
Shiffrin cuts through fog, leads 1st run of World Cup slalom
KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin sliced through the fog to grab the first-run lead Sunday at Killington as she chases after a third straight World Cup slalom win.
The 23-year-old from Colorado finished in 52.49 seconds to take a 0.29 second advantage over Bernadette Schild of Austria into the final run. Petra Vlhova of Slovakia and Frida Hansdotter of Sweden were tied for third at 0.54 back. The only other racer within a second of Shiffrin’s time was Anna Swenn Larsson of Sweden.
Shiffrin has been a pillar of consistency in the slalom. Over her last 30 World Cup races in the discipline, she’s been on the podium 28 times, including 24 wins.
She captured the opening slalom race last weekend in Levi, Finland, by holding off Vlhova and Schild.