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MINNEAPOLIS — The Green Bay Packers visit the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium, where they have lost in their first two visits. The Vikings aim to win a night game for the first time in four tries this season. The NFC North rivals are competing for a wild-card playoff spot. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:20 p.m.
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FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
Ohio State has moves up to No. 6 in The Associated Press college football poll after trouncing rival Michigan. The Buckeyes jumped four spots and the Wolverines fell four to No. 8. But overall the rankings were rather stable after the last weekend of the regular season. Georgia moved up a spot to No. 4 behind Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame. Oklahoma is fifth. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words by 7 p.m.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers have won 10 straight at home and look to keep that streak alive when they host Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Wilson is 5-2 against Cam Newton and Carolina. A Seattle loss clinches the NFC West for the Los Angeles Rams. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles (4-6) need a win over the New York Giants (3-7) to avoid falling into last place and stay in the NFC East race. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.
CINCINNATI — Fired Browns head coach Hue Jackson is on the other sideline this week, trying to help the Bengals get a pivotal win against their intrastate rival. Cleveland hasn’t won an away game since Oct. 11, 2015, a losing streak that has reached 25 straight. By Joe Kay. UPOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.
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— FBN--49ERS-FOSTER ARRESTED — 49ers releasing Reuben Foster after domestic violence arrest. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 800 words, photos.
HOUSTON — When the Houston Texans take the field Monday night against the Tennessee Titans in their first game since Robert “Bob” McNair died, they’ll carry a reminder of the team’s late owner and founder. Affixed to the back of each player’s helmet as they try to set a franchise record with their eighth straight win will be a small decal in the shape of a football with simple white block letters bearing his initials of “RCM.” By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 810 words, photos.
Georgia and Alabama are bracing for another title game — this time for the SEC, not the national championship. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.
No. 2 Clemson is rolling into the ACC Championship at 12-0 while Coastal Division PItt is looking to regroup after dropping its final regular-season game. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
FBC--T25-BIG 10 CHAMPIONSHIP
Fresh from a stunning upset of Michigan, No. 10 Ohio State prepares for a trip to Indianapolis to play No. 20 Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship. Coaches Urban Meyer and Pat Fitzgerald talk to reporters about the matchup in teleconferences. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 7 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Two years ago, Brian Kelly left the LA Memorial Coliseum on the hot seat after a loss to USC completed a 4-8 season. On Saturday night, the Fighting Irish completed an unbeaten regular season and a likely spot in the College Football Playoff with a win over the Trojans. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 10 p.m.
— FBC--NORTH CAROLINA-FEDORA — Larry Fedora out as North Carolina coach after 7 seasons. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 750 words.
— FBC--TEXAS TECH-KINGSBURY — Texas Tech fires former QB Kliff Kingsbury after 6 years as coach. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 800 words developing from 3 p.m. news conference.
— FBC--USC-HELTON STAYS — USC keeping coach Clay Helton despite 5-7 season. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 950 words.
— FBC--ILLINOIS-SMITH EXTENSION — Illinois extends coach Lovie Smith’s contract 2 years after 4-8 season. SENT: 370 words.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — No. 14 Florida State faces defending national champion Villanova in the championship game of the AdvoCare Invitational. No. 19 LSU plays Oklahoma State for third place. Memphis, Canisius, Charleston and UAB also play consolation-round games. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 650 words. Championship game started 1 p.m. Third-place game starts 4 p.m.
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ATLANTA — Atlanta United hosts the New York Red Bulls in the first leg of the Eastern Conference final, a showdown between the two best teams in Major League Soccer during the regular season. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 5:18 p.m.
— SOC--MLS-SPORTING KC-TIMBERS. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP — Arsenal can move to within a point of the Premier League’s top four by beating Bournemouth, while Wolverhampton Wanderers hosts last-place Huddersfield. By Daniella Matar. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— SOC--COPA LIBERTADORES FINAL — The Copa Libertadores final between Argentine rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate is postponed in a major embarrassment for South American football. The game, which is the continent’s equivalent of Europe’s Champions League final, had already been delayed after Boca’s bus was attacked by River fans. By Luis Andres Henao and Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 540 words, photos.
— SKI--WCUP-WOMEN’S SLALOM — American Mikaela Shiffrin wins another World Cup slalom at Killington, Vt. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.
— SKI--WCUP-MEN’S SUPER-G — Men’s super-G at Lake Louise, Alberta. UPCOMING: 250 words by 7 p.m.
— LUG--WORLD CUP — Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger, Austrian team of Thomas Steu-Lorenz Koller sweep weekend World Cup luge races. SENT: 300 words.
— GLF--WORLD CUP — Belgium hangs on for 3-stroke win at World Cup of GolfBy Dennis Passa. SENT: 530 words, photos.
— GLF--HONG KONG OPEN — Aaron Rai wins first European Tour title in Hong Kong. SENT: 280 words.
CAR--F1-ABU DHABI GP
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — World champion Lewis Hamilton coasts to victory from pole position at the year-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and in doing so equals his personal best for a season with his 11th win of the campaign. Having already secured a fifth F1 title, the British Mercedes driver beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at the Yas Marina circuit to secure the 73rd win of his career. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 820 words, photos.
— CAR--F1-FERRARI-VETTEL’S TASK — Beaten Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel knows he must improve next year. SENT: 780 words, photos.
EDMONTON — The Calgary Stampeders take on the Ottawa Redblacks for the Grey Cup trophy for the second time in three seasons. Ottawa beat the Stampeders the last time the teams met in the title game in 2016. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m.
TEN--DAVIS CUP FINAL
LILLE, France — Marin Cilic seals Croatia’s victory over defending champion France in the Davis Cup final with a 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-3 win over Lucas Pouille. Cilic, a former U.S. Open champion, gave Croatia a 3-1 unassailable lead in the best-of-five series on indoor clay in northern France with a ruthless display. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 850 words, photos.
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Sunday Time Schedule (EST)
Seattle at Carolina, 1 p.m.
New England at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.
Jacksonville at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Oakland at Baltimore, 1 p.m.
N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
Arizona at L.A. Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Denver, 4:25 p.m.
Miami at Indianapolis, 4:25 p.m.
Green Bay at Minnesota, 8:20 p.m.
Orlando at L.A. Lakers, 3:30 p.m.
Phoenix at Detroit, 4 p.m.
Charlotte at Atlanta, 6 p.m.
Philadelphia at Brooklyn, 6 p.m.
Miami at Toronto, 6 p.m.
New York at Memphis, 6 p.m.
Utah at Sacramento, 8 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Portland, 9 p.m.
Calgary at Arizona, 3 p.m.
New Jersey at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Edmonton at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 14 Florida State vs. Villanova at HP Field House, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 1 p.m.
No. 19 LSU vs. Oklahoma State at HP Field House, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 4 p.m.
No. 8 Stanford at Hawaii, 7:30 p.m.
No. 10 Texas vs. Fordham at Germain Arena, Estero, Fla., 7:30 p.m.
No. 21 Missouri vs. Duke at Germain Arena, Estero, Fla., 1:30 p.m.
No. 24 Miami vs. Temple, 2 p.m.
MLS Conference Championships
New York at Atlanta, 5:18 p.m.
Sporting Kansas City at Portland, 7:50 p.m.