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December 29, 2018

UNDATED (AP) — Oklahoma and Notre Dame are standing in the way of Alabama-Clemson Part IV.The College Football Playoff semifinals are today with the top-ranked Crimson Tide facing No. 4 Oklahoma at the Orange Bowl in South Florida and No. 2 Clemson playing No. 3 Notre Dame at the Cotton Bowl in North Texas. The Irish are making their first CFP appearance. The winners advance to the national championship game on Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, California.

UNDATED (AP) — It’s a busy day in the NBA starting with an early evening game between Brooklyn and the Bucks in Milwaukee. Then it’s Charlotte at Washington, Houston at New Orleans, Cleveland at Atlanta, Boston at Memphis, New York at Utah, Denver at Phoenix, Golden State at Portland, and San Antonio at the L.A. Clippers. , 10:30 p.m.

UNDATED (AP) — The National Hockey League boasts a 15-game slate including four afternoon games. Those are Carolina at New Jersey, at 1 p.m. followed by San Jose at Edmonton, Minnesota at Winnipeg and Vegas at Los Angeles, all 4 p.m. eastern starts. The rest of the slate includes Boston at Buffalo, the N.Y. Islanders at Toronto, Montreal at Tampa Bay, Philadelphia at Florida, Washington at Ottawa, Pittsburgh at St. Louis, Detroit at Dallas, the N.Y. Rangers at Nashville, Chicago at Colorado, Arizona at Anaheim, and Vancouver at Calgary.

UNDATED (AP) — Fourteen Top 25 college hoops games today include four of the Top 10. No. 3 Tennessee hosts Tennessee Tech, No. 5 Kansas welcomes Eastern Michigan, No. 6 Nevada heads to Utah, No. 8 Michigan State is home against Northern Illinois. Also, No. 12 Auburn is home against North Florida, No. 13 Ohio State hosts High Point, No. 14 North Carolina hosts Davidson, No. 15 Wisconsin heads to Western Kentucky, No. 16 Kentucky visits Louisville, No. 17 Arizona State hosts Princeton, No. 19 Mississippi State hosts BYU, No. 21 Buffalo is at Canisius, No. 22 Houston hosts. NJIT and No. 24 Iowa welcomes Bryant, 8 p.m.

SEMMERING, Austria (AP) — American Mikaela Shiffrin became the most successful female slalom skier in the 52-year history of the World Cup by winning the last race of 2018 on Saturday. The American built on a big first-run lead to beat Petra Vlhova of Slovakia by 0.29 seconds and Wendy Holdener of Switzerland by 0.38 for her 36th slalom victory. Shiffrin previously shared the record with Marlies Raich. Shiffrin also became the first skier, male or female, to win 15 World Cup races in a single calendar year.

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