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December 29, 2013 03:05 PM EST | AP


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TOP STORY

FBN--NFL PLAYOFFS RDP

The final day of the NFL season features two win-or-go-home-games in the NFC — Philadelphia at Dallas and Green Bay at Chicago — and four teams with a chance to earn the final wild card in the AFC. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner.

NFL

FBN--EAGLES-COWBOYS

ARLINGTON, Texas — Kyle Orton fills in for the injured Tony Romo when the Dallas Cowboys play Philadelphia in their third straight playoffs-or-bust finale against an NFC East rival. Nick Foles and the Eagles will try to make it three straight losses. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m. ET.

FBN--PACKERS-BEARS

CHICAGO — Aaron Rodgers returns to the lineup as the Green Bay Packers take on the Chicago Bears in a playoffs-or-bust finale for the NFC North championship. The winner gets in, and a tie would also do it for the Bears. Rodgers is back after missing the past seven games because of a broken left collarbone. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 4:35 p.m.

FBN--RAVENS-BENGALS

CINCINNATI — The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens try to get a wild card berth, while the AFC North champion Cincinnati Bengals need to win to have a chance to move up to a No. 2 seed. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game start at 1 p.m. ET.

Also

— MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — FBN--Jets-Dolphins. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 1 p.m. EST.

— SAN DIEGO — FBN--Chiefs-Chargers. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 4:25 p.m.

With:

— FBN--NFL Injuries.

— FBN--NFL Today.

— FBN--NFL Capsules.

NEW DEVELOPING

OLY--SPD-US SPEEDSKATING TRIALS

KEARNS, Utah — Two-time defending Olympic champion Shani Davis looks to lock up his spot in the 1,000 meters at the U.S. Speedskating trials, while Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe are heavy favorites to take the top two spots in the women's 1,000. By National Writer Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m. EST. Races begin at 1 p.m.

NBA:

BKN--ROCKETS-THUNDER

OKLAHOMA CITY — After a win in its first game following Russell Westbrook's latest knee surgery on Friday, Oklahoma City returns home to host Houston — and former guard James Harden — on Sunday. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

NHL

HKN--DUCKS-SHARKS

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks host the Anaheim Ducks in a matchup of two of the top teams in the Pacific Division. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 10:30 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--ALAMO BOWL

SAN ANTONIO — Mack Brown reflects on the eve of his final game at Texas heading into Monday's game against No. 10 Oregon in the Alamo Bowl. By Paul J. Weber. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, by 2 p.m.

FBC--HOLIDAY BOWL

SAN DIEGO — No. 16 Arizona State and Texas Tech are expected to liven up Qualcomm Stadium. The Sun Devils average 41 points, having exceeded 53 points six times. The Red Raiders' uptempo offense averages 88 plays and 513 yards a game. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m.

Also:

— FORT WORTH, Texas — FBC--Armed Forces Bowl. By Stephen Hawkins. MOVED.

— NASHVILLE, Tenn. — FBC--Music City Bowl. By Teresa Walker. MOVED.

With preview capsules.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKW--T25-CINCINNATI-UCONN

STORRS, Conn. — Top-ranked Connecticut plays its first conference game in the American Athletic Conference against Cincinnati, which is coached by former UConn star Jamelle Elliot. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.

SKIING

SKI--WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

LIENZ, Austria — Overcoming several injury-plagued seasons, Marlies Schild of Austria finally set the best mark for most World Cup slalom victories by winning her 35th race to overtake Switzerland's Vreni Schneider on top of the all-time list. By Eric Willemsen.

SKI--MEN'S WORLD CUP

BORMIO, Italy — Aksel Lund Svindal is skiing as if he's on cruise control. Hard or soft, sunny or dark, the Norwegian just keeps on winning. For Bode Miller and the rest of the U.S. Ski Team, however, this World Cup season has been a different story in downhill. By Andrew Dampf.

OTHER NEWS

— BRISBANE, Australia — BC-TEN--Australian Open Series Roundup. By John Pye.

— MALMO, Sweden — BC-HKO--World Junior.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA Capsules.

— HKN--NHL Capsules.

— BKC--Top 25 Capsules.

— BKW--Top 25 Capsules.

Sunday's Time Schedule (EST)

NFL

Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Washington at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.

Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Jets at Miami, 1 p.m.

Denver at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

Kansas City at San Diego, 4:25 p.m.

St. Louis at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.

San Francisco at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.

Green Bay at Chicago, 4:25 p.m.

Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m.

Buffalo at New England, 4:25 p.m.

Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Top 25 College Basketball

Men

No. 10 Wichita State vs. Davidson, 3 p.m.

No. 12 Oregon vs. Morgan State, 3 p.m.

No. 13 Florida vs. Savannah State, 3 p.m.

Women

No. 1 UConn vs. Cincinnati, 5 p.m.

No. 2 Notre Dame at Oregon State, 5 p.m.

No. 5 Tennessee vs. Lipscomb, 2 p.m.

No. 6 Kentucky vs. Grambling State, 2 p.m.

No. 7 Louisville vs. SMU, 3 p.m.

No. 11 Oklahoma State vs. Texas-Pan American, 3 p.m.

No. 12 Colorado vs. Southern Utah, 4 p.m.

No. 15 Penn State vs. Hartford, 2 p.m.

No. 18 Nebraska vs. Oral Roberts, 3 p.m.

No. 23 California vs. Lafayette, 5 p.m.

No. 25 Oklahoma vs. Samford, 3 p.m.

NBA

Atlanta at Orlando, 6 p.m.

Golden State at Cleveland, 6 p.m.

Sacramento at San Antonio, 7 p.m.

Houston at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

NHL

Montreal at Florida, 5 p.m.

Washington at Buffalo, 5 p.m.

St. Louis at Dallas, 6 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Columbus, 6 p.m.

Carolina at Toronto, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

Vancouver at Calgary, 7:30 p.m.

Winnipeg at Colorado, 8 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

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