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December 6, 2013 03:37 PM EST | AP


Digest of sports enterprise stories for weekend use, moving for Dec. 7-8. For questions, please call (212) 621-1630. For repeats, call the service desk at (800) 838-4616.

NFL:

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

FBN--PANTHERS-CAM NEWTON

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton's yardage totals are down from the previous two seasons, but the team's wins are up. That's due in part to Newton understanding he doesn't have to do it all anymore and he can rely on his teammates. Newton has spread the ball around and sprinkled in big, timely runs to help spark the Panthers' eight-game win streak. By Steve Reed. SENT: 906 words, photos. ADVANCE for use in weekend editions of Dec. 7-8.

GAME OF THE WEEK

FBN--COLTS-BENGALS

CINCINNATI — Peyton Manning was pushed away. Carson Palmer simply wanted out. Two franchises located about 100 miles apart were losing their franchise quarterbacks, facing their own crossroads. They've recovered quickly with young quarterbacks that have them in position to win division titles. Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts can clinch the AFC South title with a win on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, where the Bengals are trying to move one win closer to a title of their own. By Joe Kay. SENT: 854 words, photos. ADVANCE for use in weekend editions of Dec. 7-8.

FBN--NFL THIS WEEK

As if the 49ers don't have enough dislike for the Seahawks, Seattle could clinch the NFC West with a win at San Francisco on Sunday. As if the Saints don't have enough headaches from being pounded by those Seahawks last weekend, they now get another staunch defense when Carolina visits the Big Easy in an NFC South showdown. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,714 words, photos. ADVANCE for use in weekend editions of Dec. 7-8.

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-DRAFT RACE

Forget the playoffs. There's a highly competitive race going on at the bottom of the NFL standings that could have as much impact on the franchises involved as winning a Super Bowl can have for the contenders. It's the chase for top draft picks in what looks like a loaded year for prospects. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 965 words, photos. ADVANCE for use in weekend editions of Dec. 7-8.

FBN--NFL NOTES. SENT: 984 words, photos. ADVANCE for use in weekend editions of Dec. 7-8.

OLYMPICS:

OLY--OLYMPIC NOTEBOOK. SENT: 1,530 words, photos. ADVANCE for use in weekend editions of Dec. 7-8.

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