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January 6, 2014 12:18 PM EST | AP


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

— NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — No. 1 Florida State and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston play No. 2 Auburn in the last Bowl Championship Series. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

— LONDON — The Sochi Olympics are a month away. These games are among the most contentious in Olympic history, but is it all doom and gloom for Vladimir Putin's pet project?

— PYONGYANG, North Korea — Dennis Rodman says that a game he and other former NBA players are planning in North Korea will be a "birthday present" for the country's leader, Kim Jong Un.

— KAPALUA, Hawaii — Defending champion Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Webb Simpson are tied for the lead going into the last round of the Tournament of Champions.

— SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers are all for a rematch with the Carolina Panthers, even if it means hitting the road again this week to keep their latest postseason run going.

— FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots scored 59 points in a win over Indianapolis last season. But New England doesn't expect to have an easy time moving the ball against the Colts in the divisional playoff.

— SAN DIEGO — The Chargers now await Peyton Manning and the Broncos. When Manning was with Indianapolis, San Diego eliminated the Colts from the playoffs in consecutive seasons.

— RENTON, Wash. — Next up for the Seahawks is New Orleans. It's a rematch of Seattle's 34-7 blowout of the Saints in early December.

— EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New Jersey authorities redouble efforts to fight what they fear could be one of the biggest problems at next month's Super Bowl: sex trafficking.

— The Associated Press releases its latest Top 25 rankings in men's and women's college basketball.

— TAMPA, Fla. — Lovie Smith is introduced as Tampa Bay's new coach. The Buccaneers went 4-12 this season and haven't made the playoffs since 2007.

— AUSTIN, Texas — Texas introduces football coach Charlie Strong at a campus news conference. Hired away from Louisville, Strong faces big expectations as the successor to Mack Brown.

— LISBON, Portugal — Tens of thousands salute Eusebio after the coffin of the Portuguese soccer great is put on public display and taken in a funeral cortege through the streets of Lisbon.

— SYDNEY — Days after her New Year's Eve engagement to golfer Rory McIlroy, Caroline Wozniacki opens her season with a victory over Julia Goerges of Germany in the first round of the Sydney International.

— BORMIO, Italy — Two-time defending overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher aims for his fourth win of the season in a night slalom on the Stelvio course.