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FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
A college football season filled with fantastic finishes led to a sleepy selection Sunday. Clemson will play Oklahoma. Alabama will play Michigan State. No drama. No complaints. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: 750 words by 6 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS — The NFC North-leading Minnesota Vikings host the two-time defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks in a matchup of teams with similar styles. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.
PITTSBURGH — Matt Hasselbeck will try for his fifth victory in as many starts for the Indianapolis Colts (6-5) as they travel to Pittsburgh. The Steelers (6-5) beat the Colts by 17 a year ago behind 522 yards passing from Ben Roethlisberger. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
Nebraska and a handful of other teams with 5-7 records are eligible for bowls. Where will they go? By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia hires Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart as its new coach, moving quickly to fill the post after parting ways with longtime coach Mark Richt. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 900 words.
Former Florida coach Will Muschamp will get a second chance in the Southeastern Conference after agreeing to become South Carolina’s next coach. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 500 words, photos.
ATLANTA — Of all the team to go bowling — and there are a lot — none may be more improbable than Georgia State. The fledgling Panthers had won only two games the last three years and never beaten an FBS school before this season. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.
CLEMSON, S.C. — Newly crowned ACC champion Clemson celebrates its title and making the College Football Playoffs with a lunchtime pizza party at Death Valley. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 600 words.
— FBC--T25-Orange Bowl. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words.
— FBC--T25-Cotton Bowl. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBC--T25-Rose Bowl. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.
— FBC--T25-Sugar Bowl. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBC--T25-Fiesta Bowl. By College Football Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.
— FBC--T25-Peach Bowl. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBC--T25-Citrus Bowl. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.
— FBC--T25-Outback Bowl. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans (6-5) are riding a four-game winning streak as they travel to play the Buffalo Bills (5-6) in a matchup of two teams attempting to stay in the AFC playoff race. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.
EAST TUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Jets and Giants will be trying to improve their playoffs chances when they meet at MetLife Stadium. UPCOMING: 700, photos. Game started 1 p.m.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots try to bounce back from their only loss of the season when they play the Philadelphia Eagles. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 4:25 p.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Kansas City Chiefs look for their sixth straight win when they visit the Oakland Raiders in a key game in the AFC wild-card race. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 4:05 p.m.
TAMPA, Fla. — NFC South rivals Atlanta and Tampa Bay meet for the second time, each hoping to launch a stretch run that will lead to a playoff berth. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.
LANDOVER, Md. — For the past couple of seasons, the Washington Redskins entered December with nothing to play for, leaving their locker room feeling “dead,” as one player put it, while the Dallas Cowboys were pursuing a playoff berth. When they meet Monday night, the roles will be reversed. By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— FBN--Panthers-Saints. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4:25 p.m.
— FBN--Bengals-Browns. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.
— FBN--Broncos-Chargers. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m.
— FBN--Cardinals-Rams. By R.B. Fallstrom. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.
— FBN--49ers-Bears. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.
— FBN--Jaguars-Titans. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.
— FBN--Ravens-Dolphins. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.
NEW YORK — The Golden State Warriors try to run their NBA-record start to 22-0 when they face the team that had the best shot to beat them, a Brooklyn Nets squad that fell in overtime after Brook Lopez missed from point-blank range at the buzzer in regulation last month. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m.
NASSAU, Bahamas — Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson has a two-shot lead over Paul Casey going into the final round of the Hero World Challenge. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m.
CHICAGO — Patrick Kane looks to break Bobby Hull’s franchise-record 21-game scoring streak as the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Winnipeg Jets. Kane tied the mark set by Hull in 1971-72 in Thursday’s loss at Ottawa. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 5 p.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Baseball’s winter meetings have changed over the past four decades, since the time Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck and general manager Roland Hemond set up a table in the lobby of the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida, with an “Open for Business Anytime” sign and made four trades in a hour that involved Mickey Lolich, Rusty Staub and Ralph Garr. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words by 8 p.m.
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta — Lindsey Vonn wins a super-G race to complete a sweep of World Cup races at Lake Louise for the third time in her career. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — Austrian Marcel Hirscher leads after the first run of a World Cup giant slalom in which several of the top racers crashed, including American Ted Ligety. By Pat Graham. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Second run started 2:45 p.m.
SOC--MLS CUP FINAL
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Portland Timbers and Columbus Crew meet in the MLS Cup Final. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts 4 p.m.
SOC--WOMEN’S COLLEGE CUP
CARY, N.C. — Penn State beats Duke 1-0 in the Women’s College Cup final for its first national championship. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words.
— SOC--US-Exhibition Canceled. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 6 p.m.
— SOC--Euro Rdp. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.
— SOC--FIFA Investigation-Platini. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 450 words.
WACO, Texas — No. 25 Baylor plays a nonconference game at home against a ranked team for the first time in school history. No. 16 Vanderbilt visits the Ferrell Center. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — No. 2 South Carolina returns to action after a trip to Hawaii and a week off by facing No. 14 Duke. By Jeffrey Collins. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game started 2 p.m.
— US--Exporting Olympics Opposition. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 800 words.
— National Finals Rodeo. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Starts 9:45 p.m.
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Sunday’s Time Schedule (EST)
Arizona at St. Louis, 1 p.m.
Seattle at Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Jacksonville at Tennessee, 1 p.m.
San Francisco at Chicago, 1 p.m.
N.Y. Jets at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.
Atlanta at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Houston at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Baltimore at Miami, 1 p.m.
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m.
Denver at San Diego, 4:05 p.m.
Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
Carolina at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m.
Philadelphia at New England, 4:25 p.m.
Indianapolis at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 9 North Carolina vs. Davidson, 6 p.m.
No. 16 Vanderbilt at No. 25 Baylor, 8 p.m.
No. 17 Cincinnati vs. Morgan State, 5 p.m.
No. 2 South Carolina vs. No. 14 Duke, 2 p.m.
No. 4 Baylor vs. Grambling State, 3 p.m.
No. 6 Texas at UALR, 3 p.m.
No. 8 Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech, 2 p.m.
No. 9 Mississippi State vs. Tennessee State, 3 p.m.
No. 10 Ohio State at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
No. 13 Florida State vs. Temple, 2 p.m.
No. 15 Northwestern vs. Milwaukee, 3 p.m.
No. 19 Michigan State vs. Loyola of Chicago, 2 p.m.
No. 20 Syracuse vs. Stony Brook, 2 p.m.
No. 21 Oklahoma at Washington, 6:30 p.m.
No. 22 Seton Hall at Georgia, 2 p.m.
No. 24 South Florida vs. Penn State, 3 p.m.
Phoenix at Memphis, 3:30 p.m.
Golden State at Brooklyn, 6 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Detroit, 6 p.m.
Dallas at Washington, 6 p.m.
Sacramento at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
Arizona at Carolina, 5 p.m.
Winnipeg at Chicago, 5 p.m.
Florida at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Ottawa at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Edmonton, 8 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Anaheim, 8 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Los Angeles, 10 p.m.
Portland at Columbus, 4 p.m.