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    FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, file photo, Great Britain's Andy Murray reacts after he lost a match to Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut during the second day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Murray has withdrawn from the Brisbane International because of a problem with his right hip. The former No. 1-ranked Murray had been scheduled to play his first match on Thursday, but notified organizers he was pulling out after failing to practice on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

    Murray withdraws, Muguruza retires with cramps in Brisbane

    Andy Murray withdrew from the Brisbane International citing ongoing problems with his right hip hours after women's top seed Garbine Muguruza retired in the third set of her opening match because of a leg cramps

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    Portland Trail Blazers forward Ed Davis, center, Chicago Bulls guard Jerian Grant, left, and center Robin Lopez, right, go for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

    McCollum scores 32, leads Blazers over Bulls 124-120 in OT

    C.J. McCollum scored 25 of his 32 points after halftime, including the tiebreaking basket with 56.5 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls 124-120

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    Minnesota Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler, right, tries to reach the ball as Los Angeles Lakers' Brandon Ingram drives in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Butler scores 28 points; Timberwolves beat Lakers 114-96

    Timberwolves continue to surge, beat Lakers behind 28 points from Jimmy Butler

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    Georgia running back Sony Michel (1) scores a touchdown in overtime against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. Georgia won 54-48. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    'Dawgs run wild: Georgia beats Oklahoma 54-48 in Rose Bowl

    Sony Michel burst through the line for a 27-yard touchdown run to give No. 3 Georgia a 54-48 victory against No. 2 Oklahoma, winning the first overtime Rose Bowl and sending the Bulldogs to the College Football Playoff championship game

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    Top-seeded Wozniacki advances, defending champ Davis ousted

    Top-seeded Wozniacki advances at ASB Classic, defending champion Lauren Davis falls in 1st round

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    Georgia tailback Sony Michel (1) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-winning touchdown in the second overtime period to give Georgia a 54-48 win over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif (AP Photo/Doug Benc)

    S-E-C! S-E-C! Alabama vs. Georgia for national championship

    S-E-C! It's Alabama vs. Georgia for national championship

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    Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace, left, and head coach John Fox listen to questions during an NFL football training camp in Bourbonnais, Ill., Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Rozner: Bears' Pace is what his record says he is

    A 14-34 record has earned GM Ryan Pace an extension through 2021, giving him all the time in the world to build the Chicago Bears into a powerhouse.

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    Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace, left, listens to head coach John Fox during an NFL football training camp in Bourbonnais, Ill., Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Chicago Bears coaching search now on Pace

    The Chicago Bears lose 34 of 48 games over three years and the head coach, John Fox, gets whacked. Meanwhile the general manager who supplied the players, Ryan Pace, gets a two-year extension through 2021. Go figure.

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    Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) reacts after scoring against the Orlando Magic during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in New York. The Nets won 98-95. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Allen, Crabbe help Nets beat Magic 98-95

    Rookie Jarrett Allen had a career-high 16 points, Allen Crabbe added 15 points and blocked a potential tying shot, and the Brooklyn Nets edged the Orlando Magic 98-95

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    Georgia nose guard John Atkins, left, and linebacker Roquan Smith laugh during an NCAA college football news conference, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. Oklahoma plays Georgia in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

    Georgia LB Roquan Smith delivers late in Rose Bowl comeback

    Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith earned defensive player of the game honors in the Bulldogs' 54-48 double-overtime win over Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff semifinal

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    Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) forward Al-Farouq Aminu (8) defend Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn, center, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Chicago. The Trail Blazers won 124-120 in overtime. (AP Photo/David Banks)

    Chicago Bulls lose to Blazers in OT, snap seven-game home win streak

    The Chicago Bulls led most of the way but got caught on their heels in overtime and lost to Portland 124-120 on Monday night. The loss snapped a seven-game United Center winning streak.

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    Alabama defensive lineman Da'Ron Payne (94) returns an interception in the second half of the Sugar Bowl semi-final playoff game against Clemson for the NCAA college football national championship, in New Orleans, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)

    The Latest: 'Bama jumps ahead of Clemson 24-6 at Sugar Bowl

    Latest from the College Football Playoff semifinals

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    Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) shoots over Milwaukee Bucks forward John Henson (31) during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

    DeRozan scores franchise-high 52, Raptors beat Bucks 131-127

    DeMar DeRozan scores franchise-record 52 points, Raptors beat Bucks 131-127 in overtime for 12th straight home victory

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    Washington star DL Vita Vea declares for NFL draft

    Washington standout defensive lineman Vita Vea, the Pac-12 Conference defensive player of the year, has declared for the NFL draft

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    LaVine doing well at halfway point of his personal training camp

    Zach Lavine is halfway through his six-day, one-man training camp. Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg gave an update on how things are going and how the Bulls will decide when he’s ready to return.

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    Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) is sacked by Georgia linebacker D'Andre Walker (15), during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Mighty Mayfield can't propel Oklahoma to win in Rose Bowl

    Baker Mayfield had the ball in his hands several times with a chance to win the Rose Bowl for Oklahoma

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    Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

    Houston's Harden out at least 2 weeks with hamstring injury

    Houston Rockets star James Harden to miss at least 2 weeks with a hamstring strain

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    Chicago Bears head coach John Fox hugs wide receiver Kendall Wright (13) before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

    Bears fire coach John Fox after a 5-11 season

    Bears fire John Fox after 3 losing seasons, ending one of the least successful coaching stints in team history.

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    Bowe, Davis seek Olympic berths at US speedskating trials

    Big names Brittany Bowe, Shani Davis and Heather Richardson Bergsma seek berths on U.S. Olympic speedskating team

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    Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson answers questions a day after the last game of the season in the Seahawks locker room as other players clean out their lockers on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Steve Ringman /The Seattle Times via AP)

    Seahawks spend New Year's lamenting what went wrong

    An unfamiliar situation played out inside the Seattle Seahawks headquarters with packing boxes being filled and memorabilia getting autographed far earlier than any season in recent memory

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    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

    Colts hope Luck's return makes coaching job more attractive

    Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is betting big on Andrew Luck's health

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    Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Darius Philon reacts after sacking Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

    Lynn wants Gus Bradley, everybody else back for LA Chargers

    Anthony Lynn believes the Los Angeles Chargers are onto something big after their resilient season ended just short of the playoffs

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    Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer (21) shows the ball after he intercepted a pass late in the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Bills defeated the Dolphins 22-16. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Bills reverse tank talk by ending 17-year playoff drought

    Accused of attempting to tank their season in August, the Buffalo Bills turn the tables by making the playoffs and ending a 17-year postseason drought

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    This photo provided by the University of Dubuque shows assistant women's basketball coach Justin Smith. The quick-thinking coach averted what could have been a terrible bus accident for the University of Dubuque women's basketball team. The Division III team from Iowa was driving back from a tournament in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sunday morning. About 90 minutes into the trip, Smith was jolted from his seat when the bus hit a guard rail on Interstate 24 in Kentucky. The driver had passed out, with the bus going 70 mph. Smith leapt into action, hitting the brakes and stopping the bus. Apart from the driver, everyone on the bus was OK. (Paul Misner/University of Dubuque via AP)

    Coach grabs wheel, stops bus after driver passes out

    Assistant coach grabs wheel, stops bus on Tennessee highway after driver passes out

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    Meghan Duggan among 6 3-time Olympians on US women's roster

    U.S. women's Olympic hockey team reveals roster for Pyeongchang Games

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    Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin, right, and Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton (10) celebrate after the Peach Bowl NCAA college football game against Auburn, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Atlanta. Central Florida won 34-27. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Milton powers No. 10 UCF to 34-27 Peach Bowl win over Auburn

    McKenzie Milton's 2 TD passes, 116 yards rushing with TD power No. 10 Central Florida to a 34-27 Peach Bowl win over No. 7 Auburn to cap perfect season

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    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho stands on the sidelines, during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Manchester United, at Goodison Park, in Liverpool, England, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

    Mourinho takes swipe at Scholes over Pogba criticism

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hit back at club great Paul Scholes for his criticism of midfielder Paul Pogba

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    New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) celebrates scoring the game winning goal with Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) and Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) against the Buffalo Sabres in overtime of the NHL Winter Classic hockey game at CitiField in New York on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. The Rangers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

    Miller's OT goal lifts Rangers past Sabres in Winter Classic

    J.T. Miller scored a power-play goal at 2:43 into overtime to lift the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL's 10th Winter Classic at Citi Field

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    Troy Terry waves to the crowd as the roster for the men's USA Olympic hockey team is announced at the NHL Winter Classic hockey game between the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers at CitiField in New York on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

    Gionta named captain as US unveils Olympic roster

    Veteran winger Brian Gionta to serve as captain of U.S. Olympic hockey team at Pyeongchang, which will be the first games without NHL players since 1994.

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    Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone greets officials before an NFL football game between the Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

    Jags' Marrone happy for Bills, but won't delve into odd exit

    Jaguars coach Doug Marrone happy for Bills, but won't delve into his odd exit from Buffalo

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    Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio reacts during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

    It was a cold Week 17 in the NFL _ as Del Rio can attest

    Things were frigid and frosty on the final weekend of the NFL season

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    New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) scrambles under pressure from New England Patriots defensive end Deatrich Wise, right, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Jets head into offseason with finding a QB top priority

    The No. 1 priority for the New York Jets this offseason will be finding a starting quarterback

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    Chicago Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara, left, said he met with John Fox and Vic Fangio on Monday at Halas Hall.

    Chicago Bears players react to firing of John Fox

    Like some of his teammates, Chicago Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara was saddened but not shocked by Monday’s firing of head coach John Fox. Defensive players hope to have coordinator Vic Fangio back.

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    Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison celebrates after sacking Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

    Hopes high as Vikings take bye, franchise scars to playoffs

    Hopes are high as Vikings take 1st-round bye and scars of franchise's past flops to playoffs

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    New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, left, congratulates Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter after the Buccaneers defeated the Saints 31-24 during an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

    Playoff-bound Saints addressing offensive inconsistency

    As the Saints head into the playoffs for the first time in four seasons, they're admittedly anxious about stints of sluggishness that have plagued their second-ranked offense recently

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    Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster talks about making a snowball during an NFL football game, at news conference after the game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    Steelers enter playoffs with depth and momentum

    The Pittsburgh Steelers are at nearly full strength entering the playoffs

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    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, right, looks dejected as Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus is taken off the pitch injured during the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park in London, Sunday Dec. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

    Man City says Gabriel Jesus sustained medial ligament damage

    Manchester City says Gabriel Jesus sustained ligament damage in his left leg in the Premier League game against Crystal Palace

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    Texas Tech fires women's basketball coach Candi Whitaker

    Texas Tech fires women's basketball coach Candi Whitaker after rough start in Big 12

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    Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay responds to a question during a news conference at the NFL team's facility, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    The Latest: Healthy Luck a selling point for Indy candidates

    Bruce Arians of Cardinals retires, while future of Marvin Lewis with Bengals still in question

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    Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn speaks with Atlanta Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn (99) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Quinn knows the Falcons almost never take the easy way

    The Atlanta Falcons are back in the playoffs for a second straight year despite rarely putting opponents away

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    Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera walks the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Rivera wants Panthers to turn focus to Saints, playoffs

    Coach Ron Rivera wants Panthers to forget loss to Falcons, focus on Saints and playoffs

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    Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph walks off the field after the team's 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney )

    Elway decides to keep Broncos coach Joseph after 5-11 season

    Broncos boss John Elway has decided to keep coach Vance Joseph after Denver's disappointing 5-11 season

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    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) waves to fans after an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won 18-10. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    New York Giants expect major changes after three-win season

    There are major changes coming to the New York Giants, and it is not going to surprise anyone

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    Wild clear Zach Parise to make regular-season debut

    Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise has been cleared to make his season debut, after missing the first 39 games because of back trouble

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    Manchester United's Jesse Lingard, left celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game, during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Manchester United, at Goodison Park, in Liverpool, England, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

    Lingard, the late developer finally flourishing at United

    Jesse Lingard enhanced his burgeoning reputation with a brilliant goal to wrap up Manchester United's 2-0 win at Everton in the Premier League

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    Tennessee Titans linebacker Jayon Brown (55) celebrates after recovering a fumble by Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Keelan Cole in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

    Happy to be in playoffs, Titans ready to show they belong

    Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey calls the feeling "freaking amazing after the Titans earned their first postseason berth in the NFL. Now they hope to mimic the NHL's Predators' run to the Stanley Cup Final and go further than expected.

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    Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is hugged by quarterback Drew Stanton (5) after Seattle Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh missed a field goal at the end of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Arians announces retirement after 5 seasons in Arizona

    Bruce Arians is leaving his long coaching career after five mostly successful and usually entertaining seasons as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals

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    Alabama, Clemson represented on horse track

    Alabama and Clemson have already lost on College Football Playoff semifinal day

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    File- This Nov. 22, 2017, file photo shows Cleveland Cavaliers' Isaiah Thomas warming up for the team's NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Cleveland. Thomas will make his debut for Cleveland on Tuesday night against Portland after being sidelined with a hip injury. The All-Star has been out since last year’s Eastern Conference finals with Boston. But after months of grueling rehab, Thomas will finally take the floor with Cleveland, which acquired him during the offseason in the blockbuster trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics. Thomas has building up his strength in recent weeks in scrimmages and has finally been cleared by Cleveland’s medical and training staffs to play in a game. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

    Thomas to make debut with Cavs on Tuesday against Portland

    Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas will make his season debut on Tuesday against Portland after being sidelined with a hip injury

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    Redskins sign cornerback Quinton Dunbar to multiyear deal

    The Washington Redskins have signed cornerback Quinton Dunbar to a multiyear deal

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    FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis speaks during a news conference following an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Cincinnati. This could be the final game for Lewis as Cincinnati’s head coach, now in his 15th season with the Bengals. Lewis brushed aside that he’s preparing to move on, insisting that his future is secondary to guiding Cincinnati to an upset. “I'm not going to reflect if this is my last game or not,” Lewis said. “You never know when the last game is, so I don't do any reflection." (AP Photo/Gary Landers, File)

    Bengals' coach Marvin Lewis still unsure of future with team

    Coach Marvin Lewis talked to owner Mike Brown about his future with the Bengals, but they came to no conclusions and planned more discussions

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    Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst and quarterback Alex Hornibrook (12) stand next to the MVP trophy at the end of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game against Miami, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Hornibrook won the MVP trophy. Wisconsin defeated Miami 34-24. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    No. 6 Wisconsin looks to build on record 13-win season

    No. 6 Wisconsin heads into the offseason looking to build off of its school-record 13-win campaign following the 34-24 win over Miami in the Orange Bowl

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    Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid argues a call during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney )

    Chiefs hope illness has run its course ahead of playoffs

    The Chiefs hope an illness that has swept through the team the past two weeks has run its course ahead of their playoff game against Tennessee

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    New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches from the sideline while bundled against the cold weather during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Bye week means job search for Patriots assistant coaches

    It's another bye week for the New England Patriots, and that means time for Bill Belichick's assistants to interview for head coaching jobs

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    FILE - In an Oct. 30, 2016 file photo, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell gives directions to his players during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, in Houston. Detroit on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, fired Caldwell, dismissing a coach who received a multiyear contract extension before the season. (AP Photo/George Bridges, File)

    Lions fire coach Jim Caldwell after missing playoffs

    Lions fire coach Jim Caldwell after team fades to finish 9-7, miss playoffs for 2nd time in 3 years

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    Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, front right, hugs Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

    2 fired, 1 retired and 1 near miss on NFL's 'Black Monday'

    Fox, Caldwell fired, Arians retire and Joseph stays on with Broncos

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    Brighton & Hove Albion's Anthony Knockaert, center, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against AFC Bournemouth during the English Premier League soccer match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton, Monday Jan. 1, 2018. (Adam Davy/PA via AP)

    Knockaert scores 1st Premier League goal in 2018

    Anthony Knockaert scored the first Premier League goal of 2018 after only five minutes as Brighton drew with Bournemouth 2-2 on Monday

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    Manchester United's Anthony Martial, left, scores his side's first goal of the game, during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Manchester United, at Goodison Park, in Liverpool, England, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

    Man United beats Everton 2-0 to end run of draws in EPL

    Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard delivered a pair of brilliant second-half finishes to lead Manchester United to a 2-0 win at Everton on Monday, ending its run of three draws in the Premier League

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    Philadelphia Eagles' Nate Sudfeld, left, is tackled by Dallas Cowboys' Anthony Brown during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

    Eagles have plenty to fix during bye week

    The Philadelphia Eagles have plenty to fix during their bye week

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    Top-seeded Thiem wins opener in Qatar

    Top-seeded Dominic Thiem started the year with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 first-round win over Evgeny Donskoy of Russia at the Qatar Open on Monday

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    Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees retires

    Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees has announced his retirement following a successful NFL career that began with the New England Patriots

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    GM Rick Smith says he'll return to Texans after leave

    Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith provided more details on his future with the team a day after announcing that he was taking an extended leave of absence to be with his wife as she battles breast cancer

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    Chicago Bears head coach John Fox squints his eyes hard during a loss in 2017. The Bears fired Fox Monday.

    Chicago Bears fire coach John Fox despite his belief team has improved

    After winning just 14 of 48 NFL games, the Chicago Bears have fired coach John Fox. A news conference has been set for 4 p.m. today.

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    Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez, right, and Huddersfield Town's Christopher Schindler battle for the ball during their English Premier League soccer match at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Monday Jan. 1, 2018. (Nigel French/PA via AP)

    Leicester beats Huddersfield 3-0 as Silva finally plays

    Riyad Mahrez scored on the first day of the winter transfer window as Leicester beat Huddersfield 3-0 in the Premier League, boosted by the long-delayed appearance of Adrien Silva

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    Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) is driven off the field after he was injured on a play, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Bills coach: Tests negative on LeSean McCoy's ankle injury

    Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott says medical test results on LeSean McCoy's injured right ankle were negative, giving the running back a chance to play against Jacksonville in the AFC wild-card game on Sunday

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    Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) celebrates his touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Ravens sent packing after 'heartbreaking' season finale

    Ravens never expected to spend New Year's Day saying farewell to teammates and tossing the contents of their lockers into green trash bags

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    FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, Sporting's Adrien Silva celebrates scoring during a Champions League, Group F soccer match between Sporting CP and Real Madrid at the Alvalade stadium in Lisbon. Leicester bought Silva from Sporting Lisbon on transfer deadline day in August 2017, but did not register the deal with FIFA on time, so now Monday Jan. 1, 2018, four months after signing, Silva is finally ready to play for the English Premier League club. (AP Photo/Steven Governo, FILE)

    4 months later, Silva finally gets to play for Leicester

    Portugal midfielder Adrien Silva has finally played for Leicester four months after signing for the English club

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    Connecticut's Napheesa Collier (24), Katie Lou Samuelson (33), and Azura Stevens (23), UConn's starters, cheer for their teammates at the end of an NCAA college basketball game against Memphis, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Hartford, Conn. UConn won 97-49. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

    Stanford back in AP women's hoops poll; UConn still No. 1

    One week after seeing its 17-year run in the poll end, Stanford is back in the Top 25

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    Buffalo Bills strong safety Micah Hyde (23) tackles Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32), during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. To the right is Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (55). (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Dolphins' Drake says throwing helmet was stupid

    Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake says it was stupid for him to throw a helmet and get tossed from his team's season finale, and he's bracing for a possible fine or other punishment from the NFL

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    George Halas won 318 regular-season games as head coach of the Chicago Bears, posting a winning percentage of .682.

    Ranking Chicago Bears head coaches by winning percentage

    John Fox leaves the Chicago Bears with the second-worst winning percentage in team history. Here’s a look at the records of all 15 head coaches in Bears history.

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    Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson attends a meeting with reporters following an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

    Browns coach Jackson apologizes after dismal 0-16 season

    Browns coach Hue Jackson feels fortunate to survive 0-16 season, apologizes after woeful year

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    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes gestures on the touchline during the match against Newcastle United, during their English Premier League soccer match at the bet365 Stadium in Stoke, England, Monday Jan. 1, 2018. (Dave Thompson/PA via AP)

    Pressure on Hughes intensifies after latest Stoke loss

    The pressure on Stoke manager Mark Hughes increased as his team lost 1-0 at home to Newcastle on Monday, two days after he rested his frontline players in a heavy defeat at Chelsea

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    Qualifier Ojeda Lara beats Vesely in straight sets

    Spanish qualifier Ricardo Ojeda Lara upset sixth-seeded Jiri Vesely 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the first round of the Maharashtra Open

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    Liverpool's Ragnar Klavan, left, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against Burnley with team-mates including Liverpool's Dejan Lovren, second left, during the English Premier League soccer match against Burnley at Turf Moor, Burnley, England, Monday Jan. 1, 2018. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)

    Klavan grabs late winner for Liverpool at Burnley

    Ragnar Klavan headed home from close range in the fourth minute of stoppage time to earn Liverpool a 2-1 win at Burnley in the Premier League on Monday

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    Father and son sent off in 4th-tier English soccer game

    A father and his son received red cards within moments of each other in a fourth-tier match in England on Monday

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    Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will head into his second NFL season with a new head coach following the firing of John Fox. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Chicago Bears statement on the firing of John Fox

    The Chicago Bears released a statement Monday announcing the firing of head coach John Fox. The team also released a statement from Fox.

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    Burnley's James Tarkowski, left, and Liverpool's Adam Lallana battle for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match against Burnley at Turf Moor, Burnley, England, Monday Jan. 1, 2018. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)

    Liverpool grabs late winner; struggling Stoke loses again

    Liverpool beat Burnley 1-0 after a goal by Sadio Mane to move level on points with third-place Manchester United

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    Kerber wins twice as Germany beats Belgium 2-1 at Hopman Cup

    Angelique Kerber won both her matches as Germany beat Belgium 2-1 in their opener at the mixed team Hopman Cup at Perth Arena on Monday

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    BC-BKC--BKC Glance,2nd Add

    All Times ESTOHIO VALLEY CONFERENCEConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTMurray St.201.000103.769Jacksonville St.201.000114.733Belmont201.000105.667Tennessee Tech201.000105.667Austin Peay201.00077.500SE Missouri11.50078.467UT Martin11.50069.400E. Kentucky02.00069.400Tennessee St.02.00058.385SIU-Edwardsville02.00049.308Morehead St.02.00049.308E. Illinois02.00049.308 ___ Sunday, Dec. 31 SE Missouri 77, Tennessee St. 65 PACIFIC-12 CONFERENCEConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTUCLA201.000113.786Utah201.000103.769Arizona101.000113.786California101.00077.500Oregon11.500114.733Washington11.500114.733Southern Cal11.500105.667Oregon St.11.50095.643Arizona St.01.000121.923Stanford01.00068.429Colorado02.00086.571Washington St.02.00086.571 ___ Sunday, Dec. 31 Utah 66, Oregon St. 64 UCLA 74, Washington 53 Southern Cal 89, Washington St. 71 Oregon 77, Colorado 62

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    BC-BKC--BKC Glance,1st Add

    All Times ESTCOLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTColl. of Charleston101.000103.769William & Mary101.00084.667Elon101.00095.643Northeastern101.00085.615Delaware101.00086.571Towson01.000104.714Hofstra01.00076.538Drexel01.00068.429James Madison01.000410.286UNC-Wilmington01.000310.231 ___ Tuesday's Games Hofstra at Northeastern, 7 p.m. William & Mary at James Madison, 7 p.m. Delaware at Coll. of Charleston, 7 p.m. Drexel at UNC-Wilmington, 7 p.m. Towson at Elon, 7 p.m. CONFERENCE USAConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTMarshall201.000114.733W. Kentucky201.000105.667North Texas201.00096.600Old Dominion101.000103.769Middle Tennessee101.00094.692FIU101.00077.500UTSA11.50087.533UTEP11.50068.429UAB01.00095.643FAU01.00067.462Charlotte01.00048.333Louisiana Tech02.00096.600Southern Miss.02.00078.467Rice02.000312.200 ___

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    NCAA Basketball

    All Times ESTAMERICA EAST CONFERENCEConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTAlbany (NY)00.000123.800Vermont00.00085.615Binghamton00.00096.600UMBC00.00096.600Hartford00.00077.500z-Mass.-Lowell00.00067.462Stony Brook00.00059.357New Hampshire00.000410.286Maine00.000312.200 z-ineligible for post-season play ___ Tuesday's Games Vermont at Harvard, 7 p.m. Wednesday's Games Hartford at Albany (NY), 7 p.m. Maine at Stony Brook, 7 p.m. New Hampshire at UMBC, 7 p.m. AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCEConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTHouston201.000122.857SMU201.000123.800Tulsa201.00095.643Cincinnati101.000122.857Wichita St.101.000112.846Tulane11.500104.714UCF11.500104.714Memphis01.00095.643UConn01.00076.538Temple02.00076.538South Florida02.00078.467East Carolina02.00067.462 ___ Sunday, Dec. 31 Tulsa 65, Tulane 56 Cincinnati 82, Memphis 48 UCF 59, East Carolina 39 SMU 79, South Florida 39 Wednesday's Games UConn at Tulsa, 7 p.m. Memphis at UCF, 7 p.m. East Carolina at South Florida, 7 p.m.

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    A couple “EmBEARassed” and “UnBEARable” Chicago Bears fans cover their faces with paper bags during the Bears’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field in early December. The Bears finished the season with a 5-11 record, missing the NFL playoffs again.

    A look at the Chicago Bears’ dismal record since Super Bowl run in 2006

    Since the Bears won 13 games in the 2006 season and advanced to the Super Bowl, the teams have missed the NFL playoffs 10 of the past 11 seasons:

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    Johanna Konta of Britain plays a shot in her match against Madison Keys of the U.S. during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

    Konta beats Keys; Svitolina advances in Brisbane

    Konta opens her 2018 season with a tough 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys at the Brisbane International

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    Flipkens beats Vekic at ASB Classic in Auckland

    Kirsten Flipkens beats 8th-seeded Donna Vekic in ASB Classic 1st round

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    Sharapova, Halep advance at Shenzhen Open

    Maria Sharapova and top-ranked Simona Halep have opened their 2018 seasons with straight sets wins at the Shenzhen Open

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    BC-BKC--BKC Glance,2nd Add

    All Times ESTOHIO VALLEY CONFERENCEConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTMurray St.201.000103.769Jacksonville St.201.000114.733Belmont201.000105.667Tennessee Tech201.000105.667Austin Peay201.00077.500SE Missouri11.50078.467UT Martin11.50069.400E. Kentucky02.00069.400Tennessee St.02.00058.385SIU-Edwardsville02.00049.308Morehead St.02.00049.308E. Illinois02.00049.308 ___ Sunday's Games SE Missouri 77, Tennessee St. 65 PACIFIC-12 CONFERENCEConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTUCLA201.000113.786Utah201.000103.769Arizona101.000113.786California101.00077.500Oregon11.500114.733Washington11.500114.733Southern Cal11.500105.667Oregon St.11.50095.643Arizona St.01.000121.923Stanford01.00068.429Colorado02.00086.571Washington St.02.00086.571 ___ Sunday's Games Utah 66, Oregon St. 64 UCLA 74, Washington 53 Southern Cal 89, Washington St. 71 Oregon 77, Colorado 62

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    Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer (21) shows the ball after he intercepted a pass late in the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Bills defeated the Dolphins 22-16. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    ICYMI in NFL Week 17: After long drought, Bills in playoffs

    In Case You Missed It in NFL Week 17: After long drought, Bills finally back in the playoffs

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    Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph walks off the field after the team's 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney )

    Fate of several NFL coaches to be decided in coming days

    The fate of several other NFL coaches could be determined in the next few days, maybe even the next few hours.

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    Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu, right, drives past Washington guard Amber Melgoza in the third quarter of an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene, Ore., Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard via AP)

    ICYMI: Ionescu sets NCAA record for triple-doubles

    ICYMI: Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu closes out 2017 with her eighth career triple-double to set the NCAA record

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    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady scrambles away from New York Jets linebacker Demario Davis (56) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    NFL offensive production falls despite record for Brady

    Passing production was down league-wide to levels not seen in several seasons, rookie running backs shined, and Tom Brady added another record to his brilliant career

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    FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) carries against UTEP during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla. Murray was a five-star recruit and one of the most celebrated high school players to come out of Texas in recent years. He started three games as a freshman for Texas A&M, but it went sour quickly in College Station and he transferred to Oklahoma. He sat out last season to satisfy NCAA requirements and has spent this season mostly mopping up as Baker Mayfield led No. 2 Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff. “I’m just being patient,” Murray said.(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

    Murray lone heir apparent among 5-star backup QBs in playoff

    Oklahoma's Kyler Murray is one of four former five-star quarterbacks who will be serving as backups during the College Football Playoff semifinals

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    College Basketball Scores

    Sunday, Dec. 31EAST Canisius 85, Iona 78 LIU Brooklyn 71, Mount St. Mary's 57 Md.-Eastern Shore 74, Central Penn College 69 Rider 99, Niagara 76 Robert Morris 71, CCSU 57 Sacred Heart 66, Fairleigh Dickinson 65 Seton Hall 75, St. John's 70 St. Francis (Pa.) 86, Bryant 82, OT St. Francis Brooklyn 82, Wagner 75 St. Peter's 77, Monmouth (NJ) 64 Syracuse 68, Virginia Tech 56 UMBC 85, Centenary 41 SOUTH Appalachian St. 80, Texas-Arlington 76 ETSU 74, Mercer 55 Florida Gulf Coast 62, Florida Tech 54 Kentucky 66, Georgia 61 Mississippi 74, South Carolina 69 South Alabama 69, Georgia Southern 67 Texas State 53, Coastal Carolina 48 Troy 68, Georgia St. 66 Tulsa 65, Tulane 56 UCF 59, East Carolina 39 MIDWEST Bradley 72, N. Iowa 53 Cincinnati 82, Memphis 48 Creighton 83, Providence 64 Drake 70, S. Illinois 67 E. Washington 77, North Dakota 64 Illinois St. 84, Indiana St. 81, OT Michigan St. 108, Savannah St. 52 Missouri St. 67, Valparaiso 50 SE Missouri 77, Tennessee St. 65 W. Illinois 91, Lincoln Christian University 57 SOUTHWEST Louisiana-Lafayette 88, Arkansas St. 78 SE Louisiana 73, Cent. Arkansas 69 SMU 79, South Florida 39 UALR 71, Louisiana-Monroe 62 FAR WEST N. Colorado 81, Idaho 77 Oregon 77, Colorado 62 Southern Cal 89, Washington St. 71 UCLA 74, Washington 53 Utah 66, Oregon St. 64 ___

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    Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams (95) scores a touchdown, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. To the right is Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood (70).(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Fans brave cold to greet playoff-bound Bills at airport

    Bills fans weren't going to let some frigid weather keep them from celebrating Buffalo's first playoff appearance in 18 years

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    BC-BKC--BKC Glance,1st Add

    All Times ESTCOLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTColl. of Charleston101.000103.769William & Mary101.00084.667Elon101.00095.643Northeastern101.00085.615Delaware101.00086.571Towson01.000104.714Hofstra01.00076.538Drexel01.00068.429James Madison01.000410.286UNC-Wilmington01.000310.231 ___ Tuesday, Jan. 2 Hofstra at Northeastern, 7 p.m. William & Mary at James Madison, 7 p.m. Delaware at Coll. of Charleston, 7 p.m. Drexel at UNC-Wilmington, 7 p.m. Towson at Elon, 7 p.m. CONFERENCE USAConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTMarshall201.000114.733W. Kentucky201.000105.667North Texas201.00096.600Old Dominion101.000103.769Middle Tennessee101.00094.692FIU101.00077.500UTSA11.50087.533UTEP11.50068.429UAB01.00095.643FAU01.00067.462Charlotte01.00048.333Louisiana Tech02.00096.600Southern Miss.02.00078.467Rice02.000312.200 ___

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    NCAA Basketball

    All Times ESTAMERICA EAST CONFERENCEConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTAlbany (NY)00.000123.800Vermont00.00085.615Binghamton00.00096.600UMBC00.00096.600Hartford00.00077.500z-Mass.-Lowell00.00067.462Stony Brook00.00059.357New Hampshire00.000410.286Maine00.000312.200 z-ineligible for post-season play ___ Tuesday, Jan. 2 Vermont at Harvard, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3 Hartford at Albany (NY), 7 p.m. Maine at Stony Brook, 7 p.m. New Hampshire at UMBC, 7 p.m. AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCEConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTHouston201.000122.857SMU201.000123.800Tulsa201.00095.643Cincinnati101.000122.857Wichita St.101.000112.846Tulane11.500104.714UCF11.500104.714Memphis01.00095.643UConn01.00076.538Temple02.00076.538South Florida02.00078.467East Carolina02.00067.462 ___ Sunday's Games Tulsa 65, Tulane 56 Cincinnati 82, Memphis 48 UCF 59, East Carolina 39 SMU 79, South Florida 39 Wednesday, Jan. 3 UConn at Tulsa, 7 p.m. Memphis at UCF, 7 p.m. East Carolina at South Florida, 7 p.m.

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    BC-BKC--BKC Glance,2nd Add

    All Times ESTOHIO VALLEY CONFERENCEConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTMurray St.201.000103.769Jacksonville St.201.000114.733Belmont201.000105.667Tennessee Tech201.000105.667Austin Peay201.00077.500SE Missouri11.50078.467UT Martin11.50069.400E. Kentucky02.00069.400Tennessee St.02.00058.385SIU-Edwardsville02.00049.308Morehead St.02.00049.308E. Illinois02.00049.308 ___ Sunday's Games SE Missouri 77, Tennessee St. 65 PACIFIC-12 CONFERENCEConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTUCLA201.000113.786Utah201.000103.769Arizona101.000113.786California101.00077.500Washington11.500114.733Southern Cal11.500105.667Oregon St.11.50095.643Arizona St.01.000121.923Oregon01.000104.714Colorado01.00085.615Stanford01.00068.429Washington St.02.00086.571 ___ Sunday's Games Utah 66, Oregon St. 64 UCLA 74, Washington 53 Southern Cal 89, Washington St. 71 Colorado at Oregon, 10 p.m.

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    College Basketball Scores

    Sunday, Dec. 31EAST Canisius 85, Iona 78 LIU Brooklyn 71, Mount St. Mary's 57 Md.-Eastern Shore 74, Central Penn College 69 Rider 99, Niagara 76 Robert Morris 71, CCSU 57 Sacred Heart 66, Fairleigh Dickinson 65 Seton Hall 75, St. John's 70 St. Francis (Pa.) 86, Bryant 82, OT St. Francis Brooklyn 82, Wagner 75 St. Peter's 77, Monmouth (NJ) 64 Syracuse 68, Virginia Tech 56 UMBC 85, Centenary 41 SOUTH Appalachian St. 80, Texas-Arlington 76 ETSU 74, Mercer 55 Florida Gulf Coast 62, Florida Tech 54 Kentucky 66, Georgia 61 Mississippi 74, South Carolina 69 South Alabama 69, Georgia Southern 67 Texas State 53, Coastal Carolina 48 Troy 68, Georgia St. 66 Tulsa 65, Tulane 56 UCF 59, East Carolina 39 MIDWEST Bradley 72, N. Iowa 53 Cincinnati 82, Memphis 48 Creighton 83, Providence 64 Drake 70, S. Illinois 67 E. Washington 77, North Dakota 64 Illinois St. 84, Indiana St. 81, OT Michigan St. 108, Savannah St. 52 Missouri St. 67, Valparaiso 50 SE Missouri 77, Tennessee St. 65 W. Illinois 91, Lincoln Christian University 57 SOUTHWEST Louisiana-Lafayette 88, Arkansas St. 78 SE Louisiana 73, Cent. Arkansas 69 SMU 79, South Florida 39 UALR 71, Louisiana-Monroe 62 FAR WEST N. Colorado 81, Idaho 77 Southern Cal 89, Washington St. 71 UCLA 74, Washington 53 Utah 66, Oregon St. 64 ___

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    Chicago Blackhawks' Connor Murphy, right, is checked by Calgary Flames' Matt Stajan during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Giordano scores in OT to lift Flames over Blackhawks

    Mark Giordano scored 52 seconds into overtime to lift the Calgary Flames over the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3

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    CEO of the Elgin YWCA Julia McClendon talks to a guest of the Sustainability Maker Faire in 2015 at Elgin Community College.

    Editorial: Think now about what you’ll donate this year

    A Daily Herald editorial notes that while the financial incentives to donate to charitable organizations might diminish in 2018, the need for charity has not.

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    Get the facts on the tax bill
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: There are a number of things about the tax bill that I do not agree with but those who comment that the bill will raise taxes on middle America and denies health care to millions need to be better informed.

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    Best response is to stand against harassment
    A Gurnee letter to the editor: On my last day home for the holidays, I had the misfortune of reading Rich Lorimer’s letter to the editor titled “Let courts determine truth of harassment.”

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    High customer service on early tax payments
    A Palatine letter to the editor: This is a rare (for me) kudos to Cook County for the extraordinary customer-oriented service of the office of Treasurer Maria Pappas regarding property tax payments.

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    Seniors not harmed by new tax plan
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: This is in response to a letter of Dec. 27 indicating the new tax reform bill will really harm seniors in particular.

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    Columnist shows lack of knowledge on tax policy
    A Palatine letter to the editor: In his Dec. 22 Op-Ed piece, Ralph Martire once again demonstrates his bias and lack of knowledge regarding tax policy.

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    How can we prosper with president who lies?
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: When I was a teenager, the U-2 spy plane was shot down. President Eisenhower denied the possibility of such a spy flight.

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    Check out megachurch for truth on needy
    A Palatine letter to the editor: In response to a letter regarding a local megachurch’s possible misguided efforts of serving the prisoners in Illinois and Louisiana, please check out our website, or better yet, come visit our Care Center.

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    Jobs, jobs, jobs
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: In the wake of its giant gift from the Republican-led FCC, repealing net neutrality, AT&T has just announced it is cutting 4,600 employees or 1.5 percent of its workforce.

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    GOP congressmen better prepare for November
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Marie Antoinette told the French, “Let them eat cake.”

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    Our democracy is an illusion
    Americans need to face the fact that our country is no longer a representative democracy, let alone its beacon. Princeton University research recently showed that a federal bill has about 30 percent chance of passing even if it has little or no support, or full support, for that matters from the American public. It’s alarming to recognize that citizens have so little clout when it comes to influencing policy. The real power lies with powerful corporations and especially with superrich campaign donors. It is their wishes that get reflected in legislation.The current GOP tax bill is a perfect case in point. It passed even though it will do the very opposite of the GOP talking points and even though it is not supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans.Our institutionalized corruption is also why we are the only industrialized democracy that has neither effective gun control nor universal health care, even though vast majority of Americans favors implementing them.Lanlan HooWheaton

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    Can’t have it both ways
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Mr. Zakaria, like a true Democrat, is worried about maybe adding a trillion dollars in debt over 10 years with the GOP new tax bill.

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    Hultgren article wrong about tax plan
    A Batavia letter to the editor: Hultgren article wrong about tax plan

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