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December 22, 2018

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TOP STORIES

FBC--CFP-NOTRE DAME-STOPPING CLEMSON

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Notre Dame defense knows it will have its hands full in the Dec. 29 playoff game against Clemson. The Tigers average 530 yards and 45 points per game, both fifth-best in the country. The Fighting Irish allow only 17.3 points per game, but the Notre Dame defense is ranked only No. 20 overall. Defensive coordinator Clark Lea says his players are excited for the challenge. UPCOMING: 680 words, photos.

BKN--PELICANS-LAKERS

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James had 22 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-104. James got his third triple-double with the Lakers and No. 76 for his career, helping Los Angeles to its sixth consecutive home win. SENT: 775 words, photos.

With:

— BKN--PELICANS-GENTRY-LEBRON — SENT: 477 words, photos.

BBN--DODGERS-REDS TRADE

CINCINNATI — The Los Angeles Dodgers had a surplus of outfielders. With one attention-getting deal, they reshaped their roster in hopes of another pennant run. The reigning two-time NL champions shook up their lineup, trading Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and left-hander Alex Wood along with cash to the Cincinnati Reds for a pair of prospects as part of a seven-player deal. By Joe Kay. SENT: 575 words, photos.

DOPING

OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING

MOSCOW — The World Anti-Doping Agency says its team is returning from Moscow empty-handed after Russian authorities prevented it from accessing key doping data held at a laboratory there. WADA reinstated the suspended Russian Anti-Doping Agency in September on the condition Russian authorities hand over lab data which could allow many past doping offenses to be prosecuted. SENT: 352 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--PACERS-NETS

NEW YORK — Victor Oladipo scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, Thaddeus Young added 21, and the Indiana Pacers beat Brooklyn 114-106, ending the Nets’ seven-game winning streak. SENT: 658 words, photos.

BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-SPURS

SAN ANTONIO — Bryn Forbes scored 22 points and the San Antonio Spurs made a season-high 19 3-pointers in a 124-98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Marco Belinelli had 17 points and Davis Bertans added 15 to help the Spurs win for the seventh time in eight games. SENT: 900 words, photos.

Also:

— BKN--ROCKETS-PAUL’S HAMSTRING — By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 633 words, photos.

— BKN--KNICKS-PORZINGIS — By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 574 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--JETS-LONG’S LONG SEASON

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Spencer Long has had a tough season for the New York Jets. He signed a four-year, $27.4 million contract in the offseason to play center but multiple hand injuries caused him to struggle with his shotgun snaps. Long’s performance at Miami last month was particularly rough when he had at least a half-dozen wayward snaps. He has slid over to left guard the past few weeks and redeemed himself with solid play. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 978 words, photos.

Also:

— FBN--KEEPING VANCE JOSEPH — By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 830 words, photos.

— FBN--STEELERS-WASHINGTON — SENT: 595 words.

— FBN--49ERS-MCGLINCHEY — By Josh Dubow. SENT: 665 words, photos.

— FBN--RAVENS-HARBAUGH — By David Ginsburg. SENT: 191 words, photos.

— FBN--PANTHERS-REID FINED — SENT: 142 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBN--DODGERS-KELLY

LOS ANGELES — Joe Kelly helped the Boston Red Sox win a World Series title. His next goal is to try to win one for the team he grew up rooting for and defeated this past October. The Dodgers have officially announced signing Kelly to a three-year deal that brings the 30-year old right-hander back to Southern California. Kelly was born in Anaheim and grew up in Corona. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 538 words, photos.

Also:

— BBO--MARINERS-BREWERS TRADE — SENT: 322 words.

— BBA--RANGERS-A’S-RAYS TRADE — By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 602 words, photos.

— BBA--YANKEES-SABATHIA-STENT — SENT: 288 words, photos.

— BBN--ROCKIES-MURPHY — By Pat Graham. SENT: 790 words, photos.

— BBN--CARDINALS-MILLER — SENT: 582 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--POTATO BOWL

BOISE, Idaho — Zach Wilson set a BYU record and tied the NCAA bowl mark with 18-for-18 passing, throwing for 317 yards and four touchdowns in the Cougars’ 49-18 victory over Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Wilson was selected the game MVP. SENT: 475 words, photos.

Also:

— FBC--SIGNING PERIOD-WRAPUP — By Steve Megargee. SENT: 823 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-MICHIGAN-PATTERSON RETURNS — By Larry Lage. SENT: 278 words, photos.

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Saturday’s Time Schedule

NFL

Washington at Tennessee, 4:30 p.m.

Baltimore at L.A. Chargers, 8:20 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Birmingham (Ala.) Bowl: Memphis vs. Wake Forest, Noon

Armed Forces Bowl at Fort Worth, Texas: Houston vs. Army, 3:30 p.m.

Dollar General Bowl at Mobile, Ala.: Buffalo vs. Troy, 7 p.m.

Hawaii Bowl at Honolulu: Louisiana Tech vs. Hawaii, 10:30 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Top 25

Men

No. 1 Kansas at No. 18 Arizona State, 9 p.m.

No. 3 Tennessee vs. Wake Forest, Noon

No. 4 Michigan vs. Air Force, 4 p.m.

No. 5 Virginia vs. William & Mary, 2 p.m.

No. 6 Nevada vs. Akron, 7 p.m.

No. 7 Auburn vs. Murray State, 4:30 p.m.

No. 9 North Carolina vs. No. 19 Kentucky at Chicago, 5:15 p.m.

No. 11 Florida State vs. Saint Louis at Sunrise, Fla., 2:30 p.m.

No. 15 Ohio State vs. UCLA at Chicago, 3 p.m.

No. 16 Wisconsin vs. Grambling State, Noon

No. 17 Mississippi State vs. Wright State at Jackson, Miss., 7 p.m.

No. 22 Indiana vs. Jacksonville, 6 p.m.

No. 23 Iowa vs. Savannah State, 1 p.m.

No. 25 Nebraska vs. Cal State Fullerton, 2 p.m.

Women

No. 1 UConn at No. 14 California, 3 p.m.

No. 2 Notre Dame at No. 19 Marquette, 1:30 p.m.

No. 13 Minnesota vs. Wisconsin, 4 p.m.

No. 15 Syracuse vs. UCF at St. Petersburg, Fla., 7:30 p.m.

NBA

Denver at L.A. Clippers, 5 p.m.

Phoenix at Washington, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Milwaukee at Miami, 8 p.m.

San Antonio at Houston, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Golden State, 8:30 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Utah, 9 p.m.

NHL

Nashville at Boston, 1 p.m.

Columbus at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Florida at Detroit, 2 p.m.

Montreal at Vegas, 4 p.m.

Los Angeles at San Jose, 4 p.m.

St. Louis at Calgary, 4 p.m.

Colorado at Arizona, 7 p.m.

Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Washington at Ottawa, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Dallas at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Winnipeg at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Edmonton, 10 p.m.

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