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January 13, 2018 - 2:54 pm

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PHILADELPHIA — With Carson Wentz out and Nick Foles at quarterback, the top-seeded Eagles are an underdog against Atlanta in the divisional round. Matt Ryan leads a Falcons team coming off a strong win on the road against the Rams and intent on atoning for last year's Super Bowl collapse. By Pro Football Writer. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 4:35 p.m.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots can reach their seventh straight AFC championship game when they host the Titans in the divisional round. Tennessee hasn't been to a conference title game since the 2002 season, but has been invigorated after its first playoff victory in 14 years. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 8:15 p.m.

— With:

— FBN--NFL PLAYOFFS-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.


Keith Jackson, the down-home voice of college football for more than five decades as a broadcaster, dies at 89. His signature phrases like "Whoa, Nelly!" gave his calls a familiar feel. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.


MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic is back from six months off the tour with a remodeled service motion partly inspired by Andre Agassi. On the eve of the Australian Open, he is confident his sore right elbow will hold up. Djokovic has won this major six times, the most by a man. By John Pye. SENT: 750 words, photos.


HONOLULU — PGA Tour players woke up to an alert — a false alarm, it turned out — that Hawaii is under threat of a ballistic missile. For most, it was an unsettling start to their day in paradise. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.



PITTSBURGH — The Jaguars kick-started their resurgence with a stunning and dominant Week 5 win in Pittsburgh. Jacksonville heads to Heinz Field again on Sunday to face the Steelers with a spot in the AFC title game on the line. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.


MINNEAPOLIS — Drew Brees makes his 13th start in a playoff game on Sunday at Minnesota, leading the Saints into the divisional round. On the other side, quarterback Case Keenum gets the call for the first time in a postseason game. The winner gets a spot in the NFC title game. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 p.m.

— With:

— FBN--VIKINGS-BRADFORD — Vikings activate quarterback Sam Bradford. SENT: 130 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBN--NFL TODAY — Highlights from divisional playoff games. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 11 p.m.

— FBN--TEXANS-GAINE GM — Texans hire Brian Gaine as general manager, extend coach Bill O'Brien's deal. SENT: 40 words, photos.



MELBOURNE, Australia — Even without Serena Williams, the women's field for the Australian Open is tough. But there's also an opportunity for someone to make a surprising run and emerge a first-time Grand Slam champion, as Sloane Stephens and Jelena Ostapenko did last year. Bu Justin Bergman. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— Also:

— Finals of Australian Open tuneups in Australia (Sydney, Hobart), New Zealand.



LUBBOCK, Texas — No. 8 Texas Tech, with its highest ranking since 1996, plays No. 2 West Virginia — the only remaining team with a perfect conference record. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game started 2 p.m.


NORMAN, Okla. — Trae Young, who tops the nation in scoring and assists, leads No. 9 Oklahoma against No. 16 TCU. The Horned Frogs are in danger of dropping to 1-4 in the conference after an overtime loss to Texas on Wednesday. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.


DURHAM, N.C. — With coach Mike Krzyzewski out with a virus, No. 7 Duke beats Wake Forest 89-71 behind 30 points and 11 rebounds from Marvin Bagley III. Longtime assistant Jeff Capel fills in for the 70-year-old Hall of Fame coach. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— Also:

— BKC--T25--CREIGHTON-XAVIER — No. 10 Xavier hosts No. 25 Creighton. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 2 p.m.

— BKC--T25-MIAMI-CLEMSON — No. 10 Clemson hosts No. 18 Miami. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m.



HONOLULU — Brian Harman has a three-shot lead going into the third round of the Sony Open. Defending champion Justin Thomas is seven behind and Jordan Spieth 10. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 11 p.m.

— Also:

— GLF--SA OPEN — Chris Paisley leads by a shot after three rounds in South Africa. SENT: 200 words.

— GLF--EURASIA CUP — Asia leads Europe by a point after two days of EurAsia Cup in Malaysia. SENT: 400 words, photos.



Shani Davis of the U.S., Sven Kramer of the Netherlands and Claudia Pechstein of Germany highlight the speedskating elite at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Kramer leads the always powerful Dutch while Canada and Russia, along with a resurgent U.S. team, are among the countries to watch. By Beth Harris. SENT: 700 words, photos.


The short track speedskating venue will be rocking. The sport known as roller derby on ice is wildly popular in the host country, which should be a boost to the South Korean skaters. The U.S. looks to bounce back after a weak showing four years ago. By Beth Harris. SENT: 700 words, photos.


Elana Meyers Taylor and Jamie Greubel Poser will be the two women's bobsled drivers for the U.S. at the Olympics. It'll be decided Saturday which push athletes will join them, a process that got tougher when the Americans failed to qualify a third sled for the games. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Announcement after 5 p.m.

— Also:

— KOREAS-TENSIONS — Rival Koreas agree to talk on art troupe's visit to Olympics. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 300 words, photos.



BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM, Austria — Federica Brignone wins a World Cup super-G and dedicates her victory to Italian teammate Elena Fanchini, whose season and Olympic trip ends because of an unspecified tumor. Lindsey Vonn finishes ninth, a day after she considered skipping the race to avoid injury. By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 500 words, photos.


WENGEN, Switzerland — Beat Feuz captures the Lauberhorn downhill to give Switzerland yet another victory in its signature Alpine race. He is followed by Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal and Austria's Matthias Mayer. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— Also:

— BOB--WORLD CUP — U.S. wins 2-woman bobsled World Cup in Switzerland but loses third qualifying entry in Olympic lineup. SENT: 300 words, photos.

— JUM--WORLD CUP — Norway's Maren Lundby takes women's World Cup ski jump in Japan. SENT: 140 words, photos.

— SPD--EUROPEANS — Italy's Martina Valcepina wins in Germany for first major speedskating title. SENT: 170 words, photos.

— XXC--WORLD CUP — Sweden's Hanna Falk, Italy's Federico Pellegrino win World Cup cross-country races in Germany. SENT: 140 words, photos.


— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP — Chelsea, looking to overtake Manchester United for second place, plays Leicester in Premier League. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m. With separates on seven games.

— BKO--BALL BROTHERS-PRO DEBUT — LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball scoreless in pro debut in Lithuania. SENT: 120 words.







Saturday's Time Schedule (EST)

NFL (Divisional Playoffs)

Atlanta at Philadelphia, 4:35 p.m.

Tennessee at New England, 8:15 p.m.


L.A. Lakers at Dallas, 2 p.m.

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

Oklahoma City at Charlotte, 5 p.m.

Brooklyn at Washington, 7 p.m.

Golden State at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Denver at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.


N.Y. Islanders at N.Y. Rangers, 1 p.m.

Detroit at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Winnipeg at Minnesota, 7 p.m.

Boston at Montreal, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Colorado at Dallas, 9 p.m.

Edmonton at Vegas, 10 p.m.

Anaheim at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

Arizona at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)


No. 1 Villanova at St. John's (Madison Square Garden), 8 p.m.

No. 2 West Virginia at No. 8 Texas Tech, 2 p.m.

No. 4 Michigan State vs. Michigan, noon

No. 5 Purdue at Minnesota, noon

No. 5 Wichita State at Tulsa, 7:30 p.m.

No. 7 Duke vs. Wake Forest, noon

No. 9 Oklahoma vs. No. 16 TCU, 1 p.m.

No. 10 Xavier vs. No. 25 Creighton, 2 p.m.

No. 11 Arizona State vs. Oregon State, 6 p.m.

No. 12 Kansas vs. Kansas State, noon

No. 13 Seton Hall vs. Georgetown, noon

No. 14 Cincinnati at South Florida, 7 p.m.

No. 15 Gonzaga at San Francisco, 9:30 p.m.

No. 17 Arizona vs. Oregon, 2 p.m.

No. 18 Miami at No. 19 Clemson, 3 p.m.

No. 20 North Carolina at Notre Dame, 6 p.m.

No. 21 Kentucky at Vanderbilt, 4 p.m.

No. 22 Auburn at Mississippi State, 3:30 p.m.

No. 23 Florida State vs. Syracuse, 2 p.m.

No. 24 Tennessee vs. Texas A&M, 6 p.m.


No. 1 UConn at Houston, 3 p.m.

No. 7 Texas vs. Kansas, 2 p.m.

No. 10 Ohio State at Indiana, noon

No. 15 West Virginia vs. TCU, 5 p.m.

No. 18 Iowa vs. Purdue, 4 p.m.

No. 20 Oklahoma State at Kansas State, 2 p.m.

No. 21 Rutgers vs. Minnesota, 2 p.m.

No. 23 Michigan at Nebraska, 8 p.m.

No. 25 Green Bay vs. Cleveland State, 2 p.m.

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