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Excitement for AFC South...Light day in NBA, NHL, T25...CFP champ will reach milestone

December 30, 2018

UNDATED (AP) — The AFC South still has a number of unanswered playoff questions in the final regular season NFL Sunday. Houston leads and takes the division title by beating struggling Jacksonville. A Texans loss, however, gives the winner of the prime-time game between the Colts and Titans in Nashville the crown, dropping Houston into a wild card. If the Baltimore Ravens beat Cleveland, they take the North. If they lose and the Steelers defeat spiraling Cincinnati, Pittsburgh advances. The Philadelphia Eagles also have a shot at a playoff berth but need a win and a Minnesota Vikings loss.

UNDATED (AP) — There’s a light sports slate outside the NFL. Six games are part of the NBA schedule today starting with Detroit at Orlando at 3:30 p.m. Later on it’s Chicago at Toronto, Minnesota at Miami, Oklahoma City at Dallas, Philadelphia at Portland, and Sacramento at the L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m. Only one game is on tap in the NHL, Vegas at Arizona. And college hoops sees only one Top 25 team in action as No. 2 Michigan visits Binghamton.

UNDATED (AP) — The winner of next week’s CFP championship game will be the first FBS winner to go 15-0. And fans are anticipating part four in the ongoing series: Alabama vs Clemson. Both teams had double-digit wins in their semi-final matchups

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A second University of Florida player has decided to opt for the NFL draft. Florida offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor is forgoing his final year of college eligibility. The 6-foot-5, 330-pound junior announced his decision via social media Saturday night after the Gators beat Michigan 41-15 in the Peach Bowl . Taylor also signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus. Defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson declared for the draft in late November but still played in the Peach Bowl.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have landed a veteran catcher. Jonathan Lucroy has finalized a one-year contract and Yahoo Sports reported the deal is for $3.35 million. The team announced the move Saturday. To make room on the roster, right-hander Austin Brice was designated for assignment. A two-time All-Star, the 32-year-old Lucroy batted .241 with four homers, 51 RBIs and a .617 OPS in 126 games this year during his only season with the Oakland Athletics.

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