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January 5, 2019

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL playoffs begin Saturday with two wild-card games. Indianapolis visits Houston in the AFC matchup, then Dallas hosts Seattle in the NFC game. The Texans and the Colts both recovered from unpromising starts to the season and finished first and second, respectively, in the AFC South. Dallas won the NFC East, while Seattle finished second in the NFC West behind the Los Angeles Rams.

MIAMI (AP) — New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen is the third candidate to interview for the Miami Dolphins’ coaching job. He met today with the Dolphins, who earlier interviewed New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy (bee-EN’-uh-mee). Miami is seeking a replacement for Adam Gase, who was fired Monday after three seasons.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Alabama quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa (tag-oh-vay-LOH’-ah) says his sprained ankle is feeling good. He spoke at media day ahead of Monday night’s national championship game against Clemson. Tagovailoa has surgery on his sprained ankle after he injured it against Georgia in the SEC title game. He has been receiving almost nonstop treatment on his ankle since.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Alabama’s backup quarterback Jalen Hurts is ready to do whatever he can to help the Crimson Tide defeat Clemson in the national championship game. But at media day today the junior declined to talk about his future at Alabama. Hurts took the Crimson Tide to the national championship game in each of his first two seasons before losing his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa.

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer has won the Hopman Cup for a record third time after defending champion Switzerland beat Germany 2-1. Federer and Belinda Bencic beat Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber 4-0, 1-4, 4-3 in the Fast4 format with Germany wasting a championship point in the mixed doubles decider. Switzerland won the final after Zverev hit the ball into the net.

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