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December 24, 2018

UNDATED (AP) — Duke is back atop The Associated Press Top 25. The Blue Devils received 35 of 64 first-place votes in today’s poll after previous No. 1 Kansas lost at Arizona State. Duke is followed by Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia and Kansas. Nevada, Gonzaga, Michigan State, Florida State and Virginia Tech round out the top 10. The Blue Devils moved to No. 1 in the first regular-season poll after rolling over Kentucky, but dropped back after losing to Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational title game.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Denver Broncos need wins in their last two games to avoid the team’s first-ever back-to-back losing seasons since 1971-72. Denver visits Oakland tonight in what could be the Raiders’ final game ever at Oakland Coliseum.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Safety D.J. Swearinger has told a radio station in Washington D.C. that the he’s been released by the Redskins with one game remaining in the regular season. Swearinger said (on 106.7 The Fan) that Redskins coach Jay Gruden did not give him an explanation. Swearinger has been critical of the team, which has dealt with significant injuries to the offensive line and quarterback. Washington is 7-8 and closes the season with a home game against the Philadelphia Eagles, who still have a shot at making the playoffs.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Free agent right-hander Mike Fiers has agreed to a two-year contract to stay with the Oakland Athletics, who were determined to find an experienced starter this offseason to help lead a young rotation. The A’s acquired Fiers in August from Detroit, and he helped the club reach the playoffs for the first time since 2014. The 33-year-old Fiers went 5-2 with a 3.74 ERA in 10 outings with nine starts after joining Oakland, which lost the AL wild-card game at New York.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets have signed free agent guard Austin Rivers. Rivers appeared in 29 games with two starts for the Washington Wizards this season before being traded to the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 17 and being released the next day. The 26-year-old was the 10th overall pick in the 2012 draft by New Orleans.

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