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LAWRENCE, Kan. — In a Final Four rematch, No. 1 Kansas beats defending champion Villanova 74-71 at raucous Allen Fieldhouse. Lagerald Vick has 29 points and Dedric Lawson 28 for the Jayhawks. Phil Booth scores 29 for the No. 17 Wildcats. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 Words, photos by 4 p.m.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans (9-4) look to bounce back from a loss to Indianapolis that stopped a franchise-record nine-game winning streak. They face Sam Darnold and the New York Jets (4-9), whose six-game skid ended last week. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 4:30 p.m.
NEW YORK — Canelo Alvarez goes for a third weight division championship against unheralded titleholder Rocky Fielding. The super middleweight bout marks the Madison Square Garden debut for both the Mexican star and the champ from England. By Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Fight starts about 10:45 p.m.
NEW YORK — The World Series champion Red Sox owe nearly $12 million in luxury tax for having baseball’s top payroll, according to final calculations by the commissioner’s office obtained by the AP. The only other team that owes is the Washington Nationals. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 750 words, photos. With list.
FBN--ON FOOTBALL-THE QUAGMIRE
There’s a bevy of NFL teams with shots — both reasonable and long — at making the playoffs. Yes, still alive are Tampa Bay, Detroit, Cincinnati and the Giants. Even Atlanta, at 4-9. As Christmas nears, charity for nearly all. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 800 words, photos. First sent Dec. 14 for weekend use.
DENVER — The Browns (5-7-1) play the Broncos (6-7), with both teams clinging to longshot wild-card hopes. In a game featuring two top-five draft picks, Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield will be challenged by Denver sack specialist Bradley Chubb. Cleveland last beat Denver in 1990. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 8:20 p.m.
FBN--NFL THIS WEEK
If the Dallas Cowboys are for real, they will win their sixth straight game and clinch the NFC East at Indianapolis on Sunday. If the Colts are for real, they will knock off the Cowboys and stamp themselves as true contenders for the AFC playoffs. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,750 words, photos. First sent Dec. 13 for weekend use. Will be updated after Texans-Jets and Browns-Broncos.
— FBN--EAGLES-WENTZ OUT — Eagles’ Carson Wentz out for Rams game with back fracture. SENT: 450 words, photos.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — No. 3 Tennessee, coming off an upset of then-No. 1 Gonzaga, defeats a Memphis 102-92. Admiral Schofield scores 29 points for the Volunteers. The state rivals are resuming their series after a nearly six-year break. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — No. 4 Gonzaga, led by 6-foot-8 Rui Hachimura, visits No. 12 North Carolina in a marquee nonconference game. Tar Heels coach Roy Williams says his players must toughen up on defense against an opponent that shoots more than 52 percent and makes few turnovers. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
— BKC--T25--BUTLER-INDIANA — By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts about 3:45 p.m.
— BKC--NOTRE DAME-PURDUE — UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1:30 p.m.
STANFORD, Calif. — No. 3 Baylor, led by Kalani Brown, visits No. 11 Stanford in a showdown between two of the top women’s teams. Baylor is coming off a 38-point romp over Morehead State. The Cardinal are coming back from a two-week break for exams. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m.
FBC--LAS VEGAS BOWL
LAS VEGAS — Arizona State (7-5) wraps up its first season under coach Herm Edwards with a trip to the Las Vegas Bowl to face Fresno State (11-2). The Mountain West Conference champion Bulldogs look to set a school record for wins in a season by knocking off their second Pac-12 opponent in 2018. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.
— FBC--CAMELLIA BOWL — Georgia Southern vs. Eastern Michigan in Montgomery, Ala. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 5:30 p.m.
— FBC--CELEBRATION BOWL — North Carolina A&T vs. Alcorn State in Atlanta. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started noon.
— FBC--CURE BOWL — Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette in Orlando, Fla. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Games started 1:30 p.m.
— FBC--NEW MEXICO BOWL — North Texas vs. Utah State in Albuquerque. By Russell Contreras. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started 2 p.m.
— FBC--NEW ORLEANS BOWL — Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. By Brett Martel. Game starts 9 p.m.
— FBC--DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP — Valdosta State vs Ferris State for Division II championship in McKinney, Texas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m.
— FBC--MAINE-E WASHINGTON — Maine at Eastern Washington in FCS semifinal, with winner to face North Dakota State. By Nicholas K. Geranios. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game started 2 p.m.
BBA--WHITE SOX-INDIANS TRADE
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians have made another offseason move, trading first baseman Yonder Alonso to the Chicago White Sox in what has been a busy week for the three-time AL Central champions. SENT: 550 words, photos.
DETROIT — The Celtics, winners of eight in a row, play a Detroit Pistons team that has lost six straight. This is a back-to-back for Boston, which beat Atlanta by 21 points on Friday night. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
MEXICO CITY — The Orlando Magic play the Utah Jazz in the Mexican capital, with both teams below .500. The Magic, behind center Nikola Vucevic, are playing their second straight game in Mexico following a Thursday night victory over Chicago. By Carlos Rodriguez. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 5 p.m.
— BKN--SUNS-WIZARDS TRADE — Wizards acquire Trevor Ariza from Suns for Kelly Oubre Jr., Austin Rivers, the AP is told. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 150 words, photos.
WASHINGTON — Leading goal-scorer Alex Ovechkin tries to extend his point streak to a career-best 14 games when the Stanley Cup champion Capitals play the Buffalo Sabres. Washington is going for its fourth straight victory. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
— HKN--SABRES-BERGLUND SUSPENDED — Sabres suspend Patrick Berglund indefinitely for failing to report. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 130 words, photos.
SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy — Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde is an easy winner of a World Cup downhill marred by a nasty crash involving Switzerland’s Marc Gisin. Americans Bryce Bennett, Steven Nyman and Travis Ganong finish fourth, fifth and sixth. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— SKI--WCUP-GISIN CRASH — SENT: 160 words, photos.
— BOB--WORLD CUP — American Elana Meyers Taylor wins bronze in one race in Germany, finishes last in another against men. SENT: 180 words, photos.
— LUG--WORLD CUP — Russia’s Roman Repilov wins World Cup luge; American Chris Mazdzer fourth in Lake Placid. SENT: 450 words, photos.
MINNEAPOLIS — Top-seeded Stanford plays defending champion Nebraska for the women’s NCAA volleyball championship. The Cornhuskers, going for their sixth title, defeated Illinois in the semifinals. Stanford swept BYU in the other semi. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Match starts 9 p.m.
— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP — Manchester City returns to Premier League lead by beating Everton. By Tony Jimenez. SENT: 650 words, photos. With separates on seven games.
— SOC--CLUB WORLD CUP — Kashima (Japan) beats Chivas (Mexico) 3-2 in United Arab Emirates in Club World Cup, setting up semifinal with Real Madrid. SENT: 120 words, photos.
— GLF--ALFRED DUNHILL — Scott Jamieson leads by a shot after third round of European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa. SENT: 250 words.
— GLF--FATHER-SON CHALLENGE — Angel Cabrera and son are defending champs for Father-Son Challenge in Orlando, Fla. UPCOMING: 200 words by 7 p.m.
— FBN--NFL CAPSULES
— BKN--NBA CAPSULES
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES
— FBC--BOWL CAPSULES
— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
Saturday Time Schedule (EST)
Houston at N.Y. Jets, 4:30 p.m.
Cleveland at Denver, 8:20 p.m.
Utah vs. Orlando at Mexico City, 5 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Boston at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Houston at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Chicago at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City, 9 p.m.
Minnesota at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
Calgary at Minnesota, 1:30 p.m.
Ottawa at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Toronto at Florida, 7 p.m.
Detroit at N.Y. Islanders (Nassau Coliseum), 7 p.m.
Los Angeles at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at Columbus, 7 p.m.
New Jersey at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Dallas at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Philadelphia at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Celebration Bowl at Atlanta: NC A&T vs. Alcorn State, noon
Cure Bowl at Orlando, Fla.: Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 1:30 p.m.
New Mexico Bowl at Albuquerque: North Texas vs. Utah State, 2 p.m.
Las Vegas Bowl: Fresno State vs. Arizona State, 3:30 p.m.
Camellia Bowl at Montgomery, Ala.: Georgia Southern vs. Eastern Michigan, 5:30 p.m.
New Orleans Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State, 9 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 17 Villanova, noon
No. 3 Tennessee at Memphis, noon
No. 4 Gonzaga at No. 12 North Carolina, 7 p.m.
No. 5 Michigan vs. Western Michigan, 2 p.m.
No. 7 Nevada vs. South Dakota State, 9 p.m.
No. 8 Auburn vs. UAB at Birmingham, Ala., 7:30 p.m.
No. 11 Texas Tech vs. Abilene Christian, 7 p.m.
No. 13 Virginia Tech vs. Washington at Atlantic City, N.J., 7 p.m.
No. 14 Buffalo vs. Southern Illinois, 2 p.m.
No. 15 Ohio State vs. Bucknell, noon
No. 18 Mississippi State vs. Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.
No. 19 Kentucky vs. Utah, 5 p.m.
No. 20 Arizona State at Georgia, 6 p.m.
No. 22 Iowa vs. Northern Iowa at Des Moines, Iowa, 7 p.m.
No. 23 Furman vs. UNC Wilmington, 4 p.m.
No. 25 Indiana vs. Butler at Indianapolis (Bankers Life Fieldhouse), 3:45 p.m.
No. 25 Kansas State vs. Georgia State, 8 p.m.
No. 25 Syracuse vs. Old Dominion, noon
No. 3 Baylor at No. 11 Stanford, 3 p.m.
No. 4 Louisville vs. Northern Kentucky, 11:30 a.m.
No. 8 Oregon State vs. Texas A&M at Lahaina, Hawaii, 12:30 a.m.
No. 10 N.C. State vs. Maine, 6 p.m.
No. 18 Kentucky vs. Middle Tennessee, 1 p.m.
No. 19 Marquette vs. Green Bay, 3 p.m.
No. 22 Missouri vs. South Dakota, 4 p.m.