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FBC--COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
NEW YORK — Oklahoma is in the College Football Playoff, moving into the fourth and final spot in the rankings after winning the Big 12 championship. The Sooners will face No. 1 Alabama in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 and No. 2 Clemson plays No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl on the same day. The winners meet Jan. 7 for the national championship. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 760 words, photos. UPCOMING: 850 words by 7 p.m.
— FBC--BOWL DAY-THE LATEST. Real-time updates on the day’s bowl announcements.
— Separates on the New Year’s Six bowls. Pairings announced at 3 p.m. Details below.
— FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL — AP Top 25: Oklahoma is No. 4, Ohio State 5th, Georgia 6th. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 350 words, photos.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Running back Kareem Hunt has acknowledged that he misled the Kansas City Chiefs about his role in a February assault in a Cleveland hotel that ultimately led to his release this week. During a live interview with ESPN, the NFL’s reigning rushing champion also said league officials never spoke to him about the incident while conducting their own investigation. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
PITTSBURGH — Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers (8-3) travel to Pittsburgh to face Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers (7-3-1). Pittsburgh is 8-0 in December prime-time games at Heinz Field. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:20 p.m.
— FBN--WEEK 13-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Top-ranked Notre Dame and No. 2 Connecticut renew their storied rivalry in a potential Final Four preview. The Huskies had won seven in a row in the series until the Fighting Irish ended the streak in last year’s NCAA semifinals on the way to the national title. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Julian Edelman has tried to tune else everything out when he’s playing football, even when opposing fans shouted anti-Semitic comments at him. But after a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the New England Patriots receiver wore an Israeli baseball cap for his postgame interviews as a sign of support for the victims. In the month since the massacre, Jewish athletes said they were shocked by the shooting yet not concerned for their own safety as they travel, train and compete. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 880 words, photos.
DETROIT — The Los Angeles Rams (10-1) visit the Detroit Lions (4-7) a win away from clinching the NFC West title for the second straight season. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Patrick Mahomes and the high-powered Kansas City Chiefs return from a bye to take on the last-place Oakland Raiders. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 4:05 p.m.
— FBN--NFL TODAY.
— FBN--NFL INJURIES.
PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz had a pair of spectacular games against the Redskins last year and will need another one Monday night to keep the Eagles in the playoff chase. The third-year pro is less than a year removed from tearing two knee ligaments and has been inconsistent at times, drawing criticism from fans who forget his MVP-caliber performance in 2017. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBC--ORANGE BOWL, one of the CFP semifinal sites. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBC--COTTON BOWL, one of the CFP semifinal sites. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBC--ROSE BOWL. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBC--FIESTA BOWL. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBC--SUGAR BOWL. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBC--PEACH BOWL. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— Other separates on merit.
— Capsules for every bowl, approximately 250 words each.
FBC--KANSAS ST-SNYDER RETIRES
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Bill Snyder is retiring as the coach of Kansas State, the AP is told, ending a three-decade relationship with the program that included 27 years on the sideline interrupted by a brief retirement. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 950 words, photos.
HKN--BOARD OF GOVERNORS
SEA ISLAND, Ga. — The NHL Board of Governors is expected to vote Tuesday to approve Seattle expansion at its two-day meeting and will get updates on collective bargaining talks and the concussion lawsuit settlement. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
Gregg Berhalter is hired to coach the U.S. men’s national team, making him the first person to run the Americans after playing for them at the World Cup. Berhalter, who spent the past five seasons as coach of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, represents a generational change for an American team that failed to reach this year’s World Cup after seven straight appearances at soccer’s showcase. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 950 words, photos.
It’s derby day in the English Premier League, with north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham meeting at Emirates Stadium on an afternoon that also features Liverpool hosting Merseyside neighbor Everton and Chelsea playing at home to west London rival Fulham. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m. Plus separates.
— SOC--NCAA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP — North Carolina meets Florida State in an all-ACC final at the women’s NCAA soccer tournament in Cary, North Carolina. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game started 1 p.m.
NASSAU, Bahamas — Tony Finau and Henrik Stenson, with one last chance to win this year, shared the lead with Jon Rahm going into the final round of the Hero World Challenge. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— GLF--AUSTRALIAN PGA — Cameron Smith successfully defends Australian PGA title. SENT: 200 words, photos.
— GLF--MAURITIUS OPEN — American Kurt Kitayama claims first European Tour win at Mauritius Open. SENT: 290 words.
BKC--T25-TOP 25 REWIND
RALEIGH, N.C. — While Gonzaga and Duke claim headline-grabbing wins, seventh-ranked Michigan is racking up impressive victories against ranked opponents. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 630 words, photos by 5 p.m.
AUSTIN, Texas — No. 6 Mississippi State and No. 10 Texas meet in an early season clash of two teams that will have eyes on the Final Four. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 2 p.m.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — The United States can clinch a spot in the 2019 Basketball World Cup with a victory in Uruguay. The Americans are coming off a Thursday loss at Argentina. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts 6 p.m.
SKI--WCUP-MEN’S GIANT SLALOM
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — Seven-time overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher takes the stage and will be a big favorite in the giant slalom to close out the races at Birds of Prey. Healthy again, Ted Ligety could stand in Hirscher’s way. Ligety has won five GS races at Beaver Creek. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Second run starts 2:45 p.m.
SKI--WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S SUPER-G
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta — The women’s speed races at Lake Louise close with a super-G a day after Austrian Nicole Schmidhofer captured a second straight downhill. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 7 p.m.
LUG--USA LUGE-SWEENEY’S COMEBACK
Emily Sweeney is barely nine months removed from fracturing her neck and back — injuries suffered in her frightening crash at the Pyeongchang Olympics. And already, she’s a World Cup medalist again. It’s a turnaround that not even she expected. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— BOX--STEVENSON-CRITICAL — Promoter says Adonis Stevenson hospitalized in critical condition after knockout. SENT: 150 words, photo.
— FBN--NFL CAPSULES
— BKN--NBA CAPSULES
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES
— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
Sunday Time Schedule (EST)
L.A. Rams at Detroit, 1 p.m.
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Arizona at Green Bay, 1 p.m.
Denver at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
Baltimore at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Chicago at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.
Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m.
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m.
N.Y. Jets at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m.
Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
San Francisco at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.
Minnesota at New England, 4:25 p.m.
L.A. Chargers at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m.
Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, 3:30 p.m.
New Orleans at Charlotte, 5 p.m.
Utah at Miami, 6 p.m.
Memphis at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Dallas, 7 p.m.
Portland at San Antonio, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at Washington, 3 p.m.
Winnipeg at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m.
Calgary at Chicago, 7 p.m.
San Jose at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Colorado at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Carolina at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 6 Tennessee vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Noon
No. 16 Ohio State vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 UConn, 4 p.m.
No. 3 Oregon vs. Long Beach State, 5 p.m.
No. 4 Baylor at No. 18 South Carolina, 7 p.m.
No. 5 Louisville vs. Tennessee State, 2 p.m.
No. 6 Mississippi State at No. 10 Texas, 2 p.m.
No. 7 Maryland vs. UMBC, 1 p.m.
No. 8 Stanford at Gonzaga, 5 p.m.
No. 11 Tennessee at Oklahoma State, 4 p.m.
No. 12 Syracuse vs. Towson, 2 p.m.
No. 13 N.C. State vs. Old Dominion, 2 p.m.
No. 14 Iowa vs. Robert Morris, 3 p.m.
No. 15 California vs. Cal State Northridge, 5 p.m.
No. 19 Arizona State vs. Tulsa, 4 p.m.
No. 20 Minnesota vs. Air Force, 4 p.m.
No. 21 Miami vs. Colorado, 1 p.m.
No. 22 Marquette vs. Michigan, 5 p.m.
No. 23 Iowa State vs. Arkansas, 3 p.m.