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December 29, 2018

UNDATED (AP) — With lots of fans anticipating an eventual fourth matchup between Alabama and Clemson for college football championship, Oklahoma and Notre Dame will try their best to have something to say about it. The College Football Playoff semifinals are today with the top-ranked Crimson Tide facing No. 4 Oklahoma at the Orange Bowl in South Florida and No. 2 Clemson playing No. 3 Notre Dame at the Cotton Bowl in North Texas. The national championship game is Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, California.

UNDATED (AP) — Fourteen Top 25 college hoops games today include four of the Top 10. No. 3 Tennessee hosts Tennessee Tech, No. 5 Kansas welcomes Eastern Michigan, No. 6 Nevada heads to Utah, No. 8 Michigan State is home against Northern Illinois. Also, No. 12 Auburn is home against North Florida, No. 13 Ohio State hosts High Point, No. 14 North Carolina hosts Davidson, No. 15 Wisconsin heads to Western Kentucky, No. 16 Kentucky visits Louisville, No. 17 Arizona State hosts Princeton, No. 19 Mississippi State hosts BYU, No. 21 Buffalo is at Canisius, No. 22 Houston hosts. NJIT and No. 24 Iowa welcomes Bryant, 8 p.m.

UNDATED (AP) — It’s a busy day in the NBA starting with an early evening game between Brooklyn and the Bucks in Milwaukee. Then it’s Charlotte at Washington, Houston at New Orleans, Cleveland at Atlanta, Boston at Memphis, New York at Utah, Denver at Phoenix, Golden State at Portland, and San Antonio at the L.A. Clippers. , 10:30 p.m.

UNDATED (AP) — The National Hockey League boasts a 15-game slate including four afternoon games. Those are Carolina at New Jersey, at 1 p.m. followed by San Jose at Edmonton, Minnesota at Winnipeg and Vegas at Los Angeles, all 4 p.m. eastern starts. The rest of the slate includes Boston at Buffalo, the N.Y. Islanders at Toronto, Montreal at Tampa Bay, Philadelphia at Florida, Washington at Ottawa, Pittsburgh at St. Louis, Detroit at Dallas, the N.Y. Rangers at Nashville, Chicago at Colorado, Arizona at Anaheim, and Vancouver at Calgary.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn cornerback Jamel Dean says he is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Dean announced his decision to leave Auburn on Instagram Friday night, hours after the Tigers’ 63-14 win over Purdue in the Music City Bowl. Dean had 30 tackles, two interceptions and nine pass breakups as a junior. He’s the second Auburn player to declare for the draft, joining quarterback Jarrett Stidham.

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