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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. _ The Patriots seek their eighth consecutive trip to the AFC title game when they host the Chargers in the divisional round. Los Angeles quarterback Philip Rivers enters with a 1-7 record against New England, including 0-4 in games in Foxborough and 0-2 in the playoffs. But the Chargers, who haven’t advanced to the conference title game since losing 21-12 to the Patriots during the 2007 season, are 8-1 on the road this season. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game started 1:05 p.m. With sidebar by Jimmy Golen.
NEW ORLEANS _ The New Orleans Saints had the NFL’s best record, which earned them a wild-card bye, while Philadelphia went to Chicago and upset the Bears. On Sunday, the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles try to make it two surprises in a row. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 4:40 p.m. With sidebar by Brett Martel.
_ FBN--PLAYOFF LOOKAHEAD. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 10 p.m.
_ FBN--NFL TODAY.
MELBOURNE, Australia _ Caroline Wozniacki is entering new territory at the Australian Open as a defending champion for the first time at a major. It’s a well-worn experience for Roger Federer. Federer, aiming for his 100th career title, will open against No. 99-ranked Denis Istomin on Rod Laver Arena on Monday night. Wozniacki has the first of the night matches on Rod Laver against Alison Van Uytvanck. By John Pye. SENT: 860 words, photos.
BKC--T25-TOP 25 REWIND
Teams in the back half of the AP Top 25 had a rough week, including two losses each for No. 14 Mississippi State, No. 16 Ohio State and No. 20 Iowa State. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-DJOKOVIC’S FRIENDLY RIVAL
MELBOURNE, Australia _ Novak Djokovic knows there’s a chance he may not have played his opening match at the Australian Open before Andy Murray is out of the tournament. Perhaps even finished on the tour. They played a practice match last week where Djokovic could tell Murray was nowhere near full fitness. Murray announced the following day that he planned to retire at Wimbledon _ if he made it that far. By John Pye. SENT: 650 words, photos.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Jordan Lucas and Charvarius Ward were relatively unknown role players when they were acquired by the Kansas City Chiefs in August. Now, the duo has the Chiefs playing in their first AFC title game in 25 years. Lucas has turned into a dependable safety, and Ward has become the kind of solid cornerback they’ve been missing all season. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
LOS ANGELES _ Marcus Peters was in Amari Cooper’s face from the first quarter until the postgame handshakes at the Los Angeles Rams’ playoff victory over Dallas. While Sean McVay’s team has a reputation for highly skilled play, the Rams are also taking a real mean streak into the NFC championship game. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
_ FBN--COLTS WRAPUP. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
_ FBN--COWBOYS WRAPUP. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 9 p.m.
HONOLULU _ Matt Kuchar has a two-shot lead going into the final round of the Sony Open. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 11 p.m.
HONOLULU _ Brooks Koepka thinks of his two 9-iron shots. Francesco Molinari’s key shot was a 2-iron. The major champions of 2018 talk about their most important shots. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 840 words, photos. Stands for early GLF--Sony Open.
ATLANTA _ Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer faces his former team for the first time in Atlanta as Milwaukee seeks to avoid consecutive losses for the first time this season. The rebuilding Hawks are coming off an upset victory at Philadelphia. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ No. 2 Michigan tries for its first 17-0 start in school history when the Wolverines host Northwestern. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
STORRS, Conn. _ UConn star Katie Lou Samuelson looks to score her 2,000th career point when the No. 3 Huskies host South Florida in the American Athletic Conference. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game started 1 p.m.
NEW YORK _ The Islanders play host to the scorching hot Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center in Brooklyn with both Eastern Conference teams comes off games the day before. By Vin Cherwoo. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
ADELBODEN, Switzerland _ Marcel Hirscher wins a World Cup slalom to set a men’s record on the 52-year circuit for most wins by one skier at a single venue. Hirscher’s ninth career victory at Adelboden was earned with a second-run charge to victory for the second straight day. SENT: 450 words, photo.
_ LUG--WORLD CUP _ Latvia gets its first World Cup luge victory. SENT: 130 words.
_ BOB--WORLD CUP _ Germany extends bobsled World Cup winning streak. SENT: 250 words.
LONDON _ Third-place Tottenham hosts a Manchester United side enjoying a five-game winning streak in all competitions since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho but is still sixth in the standings. Bournemouth is at Everton in the day’s other game. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.
_ SOC--ARGENTINA-MARADONA SURGERY _ Diego Maradona undergoes surgery for stomach bleeding in Argentina. SENT: 130 words.
_ FBN--NFL PLAYOFF CAPSULES
_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES
_ HKN--NHL CAPSULES
_ BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES
_ BKW--TOP 25 CAPSULES
Sunday Time Schedule (EST)
NFL Playoffs (Divisional Round)
AFC: Los Angeles Chargers at New England, 1:05 p.m.
NFC: Philadelphia at New Orleans, 4:40 p.m.
Philadelphia at New York, 1 p.m.
Toronto at Washington, 1 p.m.
Milwaukee at Atlanta, 3:30 p.m.
Houston at Orlando, 6 p.m.
Golden State at Dallas, 7 p.m.
Portland at Denver, 8 p.m.
Cleveland at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.
Nashville at Carolina, 12:30 p.m.
Anaheim at Winnipeg, 6 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Columbus, 6 p.m.
Florida at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Arizona at Calgary, 9:30 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 2 Michigan vs. Northwestern, 7:30 p.m.
No. 6 Michigan State at Penn State, 4:30 p.m.<
No. 1 Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest, 1 p.m.
No. 2 Louisville vs. Georgia Tech, 2 p.m.
No. 3 UConn vs. South Florida, 1 p.m.
No. 5 Oregon at UCLA, 5 p.m.
No. 6 Stanford at Arizona, 2 p.m.
No. 8 N.C. State at Virginia, 2 p.m.
No. 10 Oregon State at Southern Cal, 3 p.m.
No. 12 Syracuse vs. North Carolina, 3 p.m.
No. 13 Tennessee at Georgia, 3 p.m.
No. 15 Marquette at Georgetown, 2 p.m.
No. 16 Kentucky vs. Mississippi, 1 p.m.
No. 19 Arizona State vs. No. 24 California, 7 p.m.
No. 21 South Carolina at LSU, 5 p.m.
No. 22 Florida State vs. Clemson, 2 p.m.
No. 25 Indiana at Wisconsin, 3 p.m.