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December 22, 2013 11:48 AM EST | AP


Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Sunday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST.

— CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The New Orleans Saints (10-4) can clinch the NFC South division title and wrap up a first-round bye with a win over the Carolina Panthers (10-4). The Panthers can clinch their first playoff berth since 2008. Game starts 1 p.m.

— PHILADELPHIA — Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles take on Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears in a matchup of two first-place teams with a chance to clinch a division title, depending on how earlier games play out. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

— BALTIMORE — The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens put their four-game winning streak on the line against the New England Patriots in a rematch of last season's AFC title game. Game starts 4:25 p.m.

— SAN FRANCISCO — On Monday, Dwight Clark will walk to the spot of his famous game-winning touchdown known only as "The Catch" for probably the final time. Candlestick Park says its last public goodbye when the 49ers host the Falcons, following decades of Super Bowl success, World Series, the 1989 earthquake and even The Beatles' farewell concert.

— INDIANAPOLIS — Brad Stevens has been revered and celebrated in Indianapolis. The former Butler coach makes his first trip to Bankers Life Fieldhouse since taking the Celtics job, and he'll be facing the Eastern Conference's top team, Indiana. Game starts 6 p.m.

— ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — East Carolina and Ohio are high-scoring teams, which could make their meeting in Monday's Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl an entertaining matchup.

— LEXINGTON, Ky. — Second-ranked Duke (11-1) visits No. 5 Kentucky (11-0) in the first sold-out women's game at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats hope to set a state attendance record along with remaining unbeaten. Game starts 3 p.m.

— LOS ANGELES — Martin Jones is off to the greatest start to a goalie's career in NHL history, going 8-0 while allowing just eight goals for the Los Angeles Kings. Jones finds it a bit surreal, crediting his success to the skaters in front of him on the league's best defensive team.

— INGLEWOOD, Calif. — After 75 years full of stellar horses and celebrity fans, Betfair Hollywood Park, founded by movie moguls Jack and Harry Warner, runs its final races. The site will redeveloped into housing and retail next year.