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Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma and Wisconsin will enter championship weekend positioned to earn a playoff spot with just one more victory. But a potential Alabama-Ohio State controversy looms. Clemson moved up to No. 1 in the final College Football Playoff rankings before the semifinals are set by the selection committee on Sunday. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 830 words, photos.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The benching of Eli Manning for the first time in 13 seasons is probably the low point of a season in which the New York Giants did almost nothing right. Let’s start with the decision by coach Ben McAdoo and management to sit Manning with five games left in the regular season. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 700 words, photos.
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FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU coach Gary Patterson doesn’t believe it was an errant or accidental pass that hit safety Niko Small while going on the field for pregame warmups the last time the No. 10 Horned Frogs played No. 2 Oklahoma. Patterson also takes exception to how Sooners coach Lincoln Riley responded about quarterback Baker Mayfield nailing Small, the TCU starter who has missed the last two games since playing that night in Norman. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 500 words.
Mississippi State will hire Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead as its next head coach, according to a person with direct knowledge of the decision. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because a deal was still being finalized. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 325 words.
CLEVELAND — LeBron James lost his cool. Kevin Love and Cavaliers stayed just as hot. Incensed at not getting a foul called on a drive to the basket, James was ejected for the first time in his illustrious career on Tuesday night, tossed in the third quarter of Cleveland’s 108-97 win over the Miami Heat. By Tom Withers. SENT: 700 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin has a sprained left knee and could miss up to eight weeks, dealing a stunning blow to the injury-riddled Los Angeles Clippers. The team said Tuesday that an MRI revealed a medial collateral ligament sprain, but there is no other structural damage to the knee. By Beth Harris. SENT: 575 words, photos.
Diary entries from the key whistleblower in the Russian doping scandal recount several meetings with powerful government officials, and are expected to be used as further evidence when the IOC decides Russia’s fate for the upcoming Olympics. The New York Times obtained entries from the diary kept by Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of the Moscow anti-doping lab, who is now living in the United States under federal protection. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 600 words.
NASSAU, Bahamas — Tiger Woods says he is on the other side of relying on pain medication to cope with all his back surgeries. He says he was trying to escape pain when he was arrested on a DUI charge on Memorial Day, but now he is “loving life.” By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 750 words, photos, audio.
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Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EST)
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 1 Duke at Indiana, 9:30 p.m.
No. 4 Villanova vs. Pennsylvania, 7 p.m.
No. 10 Miami at No. 12 Minnesota, 9:15 p.m.
No. 13 North Carolina vs. Michigan, 7:30 p.m.
No. 15 Gonzaga vs. Incarnate Word, 9 p.m.
No. 23 TCU vs. Belmont, 9 p.m.
No. 24 Alabama vs. Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m.
No. 3 Notre Dame at No. 22 Michigan, 6 p.m.
No. 6 Mississippi State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette at Mississippi Coliseum, Jackson, Miss., 8 p.m.
No. 13 Florida State at Iowa, 8 p.m.
No. 15 Maryland at Virginia, 7 p.m.
No. 16 Stanford at San Francisco, 10 p.m.
No. 18 Texas A&M vs. Rice, 8 p.m.
No. 25 Villanova at Princeton, 5:30 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Phoenix at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Charlotte at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Miami at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Indiana at Houston, 8 p.m.
Minnesota at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Brooklyn at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Memphis at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.
Golden State at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
Ottawa at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Anaheim at St. Louis, 9 p.m.
Winnipeg at Colorado, 9:30 p.m
Columbus at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.