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PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz leads the Super Bowl champion Eagles (5-6) against backup quarterback Colt McCoy and the Washington Redskins (6-5) in an important NFC East game. Dallas (7-5) is in front in the tight and muddled division. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:15 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Strip one of the NFL’s best players from the lineup 48 hours before a divisional game — on the road no less — and most teams would wilt. But the Chiefs seemed galvanized by the release of Kareem Hunt during a whirlwind weekend that ended with a win in Oakland. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray will meet in the College Football Playoff and likely before then. The star quarterbacks are expected to be among the Heisman Trophy finalists. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Announcement by 6:45 p.m.
CHICAGO — Fred Hoiberg is fired as coach of the Bulls, who at 5-19 have the NBA’s third-worst record. Hoiberg became Chicago’s coach in 2015, with his team making a single playoff appearance. Assistant Jim Boylen is now coach of a team hit by injuries. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.
BKC--COLLEGE BKB POLL
RALEIGH, N.C. — Michigan climbs to No. 5 in the AP Top 25 poll after double-digit victories over North Carolina and Purdue. The top four remain in place: Gonzaga, Kansas, Duke, Virginia. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 650 words, photos.
BKW--WOMEN’S BKB POLL
NEW YORK — The UConn women are back in a familiar place — No. 1. The Huskies moved up one place after routing Notre Dame, then top-ranked, by 18 points. UConn was the unanimous choice and is followed by Notre Dame, Oregon, Baylor and Louisville. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 400 words, photos.
SUF--BETTER THAN GOLD
If Stephanie Gilmore wins the gold medal next year when surfing makes its Olympic debut, it might be considered a nice bonus. Perhaps the greatest female surfer, Gilmore successfully fought for another prize — equal pay for women — on the pro tour where she and the rest of her rivals make a living. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 750 words, photos.
FBN--ON FOOTBALL-MCCARTHY’S FIRING
When an NFL head coach is fired during the season it’s as much about the culture of his team as it is about performance. That was the case in Green Bay — in a move almost as stunning as the Packers’ feeble showing against Arizona — when Mike McCarthy was canned. By Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 650 words, photos.
FBC--COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF-MORE OF THE SAME
Alabama? Always. Clemson? Four years’ running. Oklahoma? Make it three of the last four seasons for the Sooners. Thank goodness for Notre Dame or the College Football Playoff would be nothing but more of the same. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 900 words, photos.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The firing of Mike McCarthy gives the struggling Packers a jump on finding their next coach. Remarkably, they still have a slim chance to make the playoffs. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
COSTA MESA, Calif. — The jury was out on the Los Angeles Chargers because they lacked defining wins. No longer. With a comeback victory at Pittsburgh, the Chargers have a grip on the AFC’s first wild card and a chance to catch Kansas City in the AFC West. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.
HOUSTON — With the defense forcing four turnovers, the Texans extended their winning streak to nine games with a win over the Browns. But as good as the unit has been the Texans believe they can get much better down the stretch. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — James Develin didn’t have a carry the last two seasons. Now, nearly every time he touches the ball, a touchdown follows. He scored twice in the Patriots’ win over Minnesota — a big lift for an offense needing help on the ground near the goal line. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— FBN--STEELERS-BLOWN OPPORTUNITY — By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 500 words, phone by 6 p.m.
— FBN--SEAHAWKS-PLAYOFF PUSH — By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— FBN--MIDDLING VIKINGS — By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--COLTS CRUMBLE — By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--PANTHERS-RIVERA — By Steve Reed. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— FBN--OVERACHIEVING DOLPHINS — By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— FBN--TITANS-CHANGES — By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--CARDINALS-SURPRISE WIN — By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--NFL-ICYMI — By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 700 words, photos.
Alabama running back Damien Harris thinks Tua Tagovailoa is the best player in college football, and scoffs at the notion that the Crimson Tide quarterback needs a Heisman Trophy to prove it. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. First in a series of Heisman profiles.
FBC--KANSAS ST-AFTER SYNDER
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas State has gone through this process once before and the results were so bad that Bill Snyder returned to settle things down. Now, it’s up to Gene Taylor to do a better job of choosing his successor the second time around. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBC--AP All-SEC TEAM — Tagovailoa among five Alabama players on AP’s all-SEC team. SENT: 350 words, photos. With list.
— FBC--BOWL GRADUATION STUDY — Graduation rate study for 78 bowl-bound teams in NCAA’s top tier. By David Brandt. SENT: 450 words.
SEA ISLAND, Ga. — The NHL Board of Governors opens its annual December meeting with updates on collective bargaining talks and other topics before considering Seattle expansion. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 8 p.m.
BKN--AROUND THE NBA
Vince Carter is nearing 42 and could have gone anywhere — to a contender, to retirement, to TV. Instead, he chose Atlanta — a young, rebuilding team with little chance of making the playoffs. And he’s happy. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 850 words, photos.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — No. 10 Michigan State faces No. 18 Iowa — a game between two of the Big Ten’s best before they go back to nonconference play. The Spartans are coming off a surprisingly tough victory at Rutgers. Iowa dropped its Big Ten opener to Wisconsin. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 6:30 p.m.
PARIS — Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric and others look to end the 10-year combined reign of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by winning the Ballon d’Or award. For the first time, there will also be a female winner of soccer’s most prestigious individual award. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 5 p.m.
DUBLIN — The president of European soccer’s ruling body opposes the idea of countries from different continents combining to host the World Cup and is irritated the suggestion comes from politicians. Spain has floated a bid for the 2030 World Cup with Portugal and Morocco. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— SOC--UEFA-NATIONS LEAGUE DRAW — Semifinals set for inaugural UEFA Nations League: England vs. the Netherlands; host Portugal vs. Switzerland. By Rob Harris. SENT: 250 words, photos.
— SOC--MEXICO-MARADONA — Infuriated coach Diego Maradona watches from stands after his second-division Mexican team loses final. SENT: 180 words, photos.
PANAMA-INDIGENOUS GAMES-PHOTO GALLERY
PIRIATI, Panama — Some brought bows and arrows. Others pulled ropes or paddled wooden canoes. For two days, more than 100 competitors from Panama’s main indigenous groups celebrated their ancestral games. By Juan Zamorano. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— BBN--DODGERS-ROBERTS CONTRACT — Dodgers agree on 4-year deal with manager Dave Roberts. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— OLY--SWM-US OLYMPIC COACHES — California’s Dave Durden (men), Stanford’s Greg Meehan (women) appointed U.S. swim coaches for 2020 Olympics. By Beth Harris. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— OLY--WEI-GIRARD MEDALS — Canadian female weightlifter upgraded to gold, bronze medals for two Olympics because of opponents’ failed doping tests. SENT: 130 words, photos.
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— HKN--NHL CAPSULES
— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
Monday Time Schedule (EST)
Washington at Philadelphia, 8:15 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Cleveland at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
Denver at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Golden State at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Houston at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Edmonton at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 4 Virginia vs. Morgan State, 7 p.m.
No. 10 Michigan State vs. No. 18 Iowa, 6:30 p.m.
No. 11 Florida State vs. Troy, 8 p.m.
No. 12 Wisconsin vs. Rutgers, 8 p.m.
No. 20 DePaul vs. Temple, noon