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December 28, 2013 11:49 AM EST | AP


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

— Four college bowls: Pinstripe (Notre Dame-Rutgers, noon); Belk (Cincinnati-North Carolina, 3:20 p.m.); Russell Athletic (Louisville-Miami, 6:45 p.m.); Buffalo Wild Wings (Kansas State-Michigan, 10:15 p.m.)

— LEXINGTON, Ky. — In one of college basketball's fiercest rivalries, No. 6 Louisville visits No. 18 Kentucky in a Bluegrass showdown. Game starts 4 p.m.

— SYRACUSE, N.Y. — No. 2 Syracuse faces its stiffest test this season, facing No. 8 Villanova in a matchup of unbeaten teams that were Big East rivals before the Orange joined the ACC. Game starts 2 p.m.

— A Super Bowl played in the cold, a Winter Olympics with palm trees, a college football champion nobody can question, the never-ending mess with Alex Rodriguez — 2014 is already shaping up as one odd year.

— KEARNS, Utah — Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe are expected to earn the first of multiple events at the Sochi Olympics when dual 500-meter races are held at the U.S. speedskating trials.

— PORTLAND, Ore. — With LeBron James questionable because of a strained groin, Miami tries to bounce back against the formidable Trail Blazers after Friday night's loss in Sacramento. Game starts 10:30 p.m.

— ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Ducks return from their holiday break on a franchise-record nine-game winning streak. They play the Phoenix Coyotes, who have lost to Anaheim three times this season. Game starts 8 p.m.

— LIENZ, Austria — Anna Fenninger of Austria wins a World Cup giant slalom, with American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin in third place. Lindsey Vonn skips the race to rest her injured knee.

— BORMIO, Italy — Canada's Erik Guay goes for back-to-back victories in Sunday's World Cup downhill. The U.S. speed team, led by Bode Miller, is still looking for its first top-three finish of the season.

— BRISBANE, Australia — Roger Federer arrives for the Brisbane International with a refreshed outlook for 2014, no injuries and a new coach. This is his only warmup tournament for the Australian Open.