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January 6, 2019
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Alabama and Clemson meet in the College Football Playoff for the fourth straight season, playing for the championship for the third time. Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network joins the AP’s Ralph Russo on the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast in breaking down the teams.

https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast

Marcellus Wiley, a former NFL defensive end and Fox Sports personality, is still on the fence about allowing his young son play football. But he tells co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg on the AP’s PodcastOne Sports Now he likes what the NFL is doing to try to make the game safer. Listen at podcastonesports.com, the podcastone app and apple podcasts.

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TOP STORIES

FBN--EAGLES-BEARS

CHICAGO — The defending champion Philadelphia Eagles squeezed into the playoffs on the final day of the season, with help from Chicago. Now, the Eagles face the Bears in the wild-card round. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos. Game starts approximately 4:40 p.m.

FBN--CHARGERS-RAVENS

BALTIMORE — The Ravens host their first playoff game since 2012, taking on the Los Angeles Chargers in the rematch of a game Baltimore won just two weeks ago. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game started 1:05 p.m.

FBC--CFP-NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Nick Saban’s Alabama dynasty has won five national championships since 2009 and two of the last three. Only a last-second loss to Clemson has prevented three Crimson Tide titles in a row. The top-ranked Tide and No. 2 Tigers play for the College Football Playoff national title Monday night, and the winner will become the first 15-0 FBS champ. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m. With preview capsule.

BKC--T25-TOP 25 REWIND

Iowa State bided its time early in the season while waiting for injured players to get healthy. Now that they are, the Cyclones showed just how good they can be by beating No. 5 Kansas. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 760 words, photos. Will be updated with Sunday games.

NFL PLAYOFFS

FBN--PLAYOFF LOOKAHEAD

The divisional round of the NFL playoffs will be set after the Chargers play at Baltimore and the Eagles visit the Bears. Already having advanced are Dallas and Indianapolis. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 9 p.m.

With:

— FBN--NFL TODAY.

FBN--SEAHAWKS-FALLING SHORT

RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks clean out their lockers a day after losing to Dallas in the NFC wild-card game. The Seahawks weren’t expected to reach the postseason, but the loss to the Cowboys leaves plenty of lament about an early offseason. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

FBN--TEXANS-WRAPUPS

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans made an impressive turnaround to reach the playoffs after a 0-3 start. But a terrible first half doomed them in a 21-7 loss to Indianapolis in the AFC wild-card game to end their season. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 7 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

FBC--CFP-NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-RUNNING GAME

SAN JOSE, Calif. — As much attention as quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence get for Alabama and Clemson, both teams in the CFP title game have dangerous running games, too. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBC--CFP-NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-WALK-ONS

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Donovan Mosley is getting ready for his final college game, still clinging to hope that this will be the one when he finally makes it to the field. Over four years as a walk-on at Alabama, Mosley has put in all the work without actually playing in a game — the most striking example of the sacrifice that some players are willing to endure for a chance to live out their dreams. By National Writer Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.

With:

— FBC--CFP-NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-CLEMSON-RENFROW — Onetime Clemson walk-on Hunter Renfrow sees last time in spotlight. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 780 words, photos.

FBC--CFP-NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-TIGER TIES

SAN JOSE, California — Amid the plans and preparations, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney caught himself daydreaming of the special moment he and sons Will and Drew could share come Monday night. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

GOLF

GLF--TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

KAPALUA, Hawaii — Gary Woodland has a 3-shot lead over Rory McIlroy going into the final round at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 11 p.m.

GLF--MAUI MUSINGS-SMALL COLLEGE

KAPALUA, Hawaii — Missouri Western State is not exactly a pipeline to the PGA Tour. That’s what makes Brice Garnett so proud to be at Kapalua. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 750 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Men’s:

BKC--T25-INDIANA-MICHIGAN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — No. 2 Michigan hosts No. 21 Indiana in an intriguing matchup early in the Big Ten season that will show how both teams stack up against stiff competition. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 4:30 p.m.

BKC--T25-NEBRASKA-IOWA

IOWA CITY, Iowa — No. 24 Nebraska plays 25th-ranked Iowa in a matchup of two teams desperate for a quality Big Ten win. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 5:30 p.m.

Women’s:

BKW--T25-UCONN-HOUSTON

HOUSTON — Top-ranked UConn looks to bounce back against Houston after dropping its first game of the season to No. 8 Baylor. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game started noon.

NBA

BKN--PACERS-RAPTORS

TORONTO — The Raptors seek a fifth-straight home victory when they host the Pacers. Indiana has won six games in a row and 13 of its past 15 but has lost 10 straight north of the border. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

NHL

HKN--CAPITALS-RED WINGS

DETROIT — The defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals look to snap a three-game losing streak when they wrap up a road trip against Dylan Larkin and the Red Wings. Detroit ended a six-game losing streak of its own with a 4-3 overtime win at home over Nashville on Friday. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 5 p.m.

TENNIS

TEN--BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL

BRISBANE, Australia — Kei Nishikori wins his first ATP title since Memphis in 2016 with a dominating final set to beat Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in the Brisbane International final. Earlier, Karolina Pliskova wins her second Brisbane title, beating Lesia Tsurenko 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 after coming within just two points of defeat. SENT: 230 words, photos.

Also:

— TEN--ASB CLASSIC — Julia Goerges beats Canadian qualifier Bianca Andreescu to win WTA Tour’s ASB Classic. SENT: 260 words, photos.

SOCCER

SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP

The FA Cup has delivered three big shocks on a classic day of third-round action. Premier League team Fulham was humiliated by fourth-tier Oldham 2-1, led by interim first-team coach Pete Wild, and non-league side Barnet beat Sheffield United 1-0 despite a gap of 84 places in English soccer’s pyramid. Topping it off was fourth-tier Newport County winning 2-1 against Leicester, the seventh-placed team in the Premier League. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 760 words, photos by 3 p.m.

WINTER SPORTS

— SKI--WCUP-MEN’S SLALOM — Marcel Hirscher of Austria gets 30th career World Cup slalom win. By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 680 words, photos.

— BOB--WORLD CUP — Francesco Friedrich wins 4-man race, Germany remains perfect in World Cup bobsled season. SENT: 130 words, photos.

— LUG--WORLD CUP — Reinhard Egger of Austria gets first World Cup luge win; U.S. medals in team relay. SENT: 250 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— FBN--NFL PLAYOFF CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Sunday Time Schedule (EST)

NFL (Wild Card)

AFC: L.A. Chargers at Baltimore, 1:05 p.m.

NFC: Philadelphia at Chicago, 4:40 p.m.

NBA

Brooklyn at Chicago, 3:30 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m.

Orlando at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m.

Miami at Atlanta, 6 p.m.

Washington at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.

Indiana at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Charlotte at Phoenix, 8 p.m.

NHL

Carolina at Ottawa, 1 p.m.

New Jersey at Vegas, 4 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Arizona, 4 p.m.

Dallas at Winnipeg, 5 p.m.

Washington at Detroit, 5 p.m.

Edmonton at Anaheim, 8 p.m.

Chicago at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 21 Indiana, 4:30 p.m.

No. 16 Marquette vs. Xavier, Noon

No. 22 Wisconsin at Penn State, 7:30 p.m.

No. 24 Nebraska at No. 25 Iowa, 5:30 p.m.

Women

No. 1 UConn at Houston, Noon

No. 2 Notre Dame at Georgia Tech, 3 p.m.

No. 3 Louisville at Duke, 2 p.m.

No. 5 Oregon vs. Washington State, 6 p.m.

No. 6 Stanford vs. UCLA, 4 p.m.

No. 7 Mississippi State vs. No. 16 Kentucky, 5 p.m.

No. 8 Baylor at Texas Tech, 1 p.m.

No. 9 N.C. State at Boston College, 2 p.m.

No. 10 Tennessee vs. Missouri, 2 p.m.

No. 11 Oregon State vs. Washington, 5 p.m.

No. 12 Minnesota vs. Illinois, 4 p.m.

No. 13 Texas at West Virginia, 4 p.m.

No. 14 Syracuse at Virginia Tech, 2 p.m.

No. 15 Michigan State at Indiana, 2 p.m.

No. 18 California vs. Southern Cal, 6 p.m.

No. 21 Texas A&M at LSU, 3 p.m.

No. 22 Arizona State at Colorado, 4 p.m.

No. 23 South Carolina vs. Alabama, Noon

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