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Jackson, Watson likely to be among Heisman finalists
NEW YORK (AP) -- Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is expected to be among the finalists for the Heisman Trophy and Clemson's Deshaun Watson is hoping to make it for a second consecutive season....

LEADING OFF: What to watch at the baseball winter meetings
A look at what's happening today at the baseball winter meetings in Oxon Hill, Maryland:...

Bach, Reedie clear air over Russian doping scandal
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- The presidents of the IOC and World Anti-Doping Agency have met to work out their "perceived differences" over the Russian doping scandal....

Sepp Blatter loses appeal at CAS against 6-year FIFA ban
GENEVA (AP) -- Sepp Blatter lost his appeal against a six-year ban by FIFA on Monday, and now has more serious legal cases lined up against him....

BOWL STORIES: Finales, contrasts in style, coaching carousel
The Alabama invitational, um, College Football Playoff is set, along with 38 other bowl games big and small....

The Latest: Jury selection begins in Saints star's death
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Latest on the Will Smith shooting-death trial (all times local):...

Washington's schedule becomes focus of playoff debate
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington's nonconference schedule clouded the Huskies' candidacy for the College Football Playoff for weeks....

Tie or no tie? Dress-code flap defines Panthers' 40-7 loss
SEATTLE (AP) -- A missing necktie led to Carolina quarterback Cam Newton getting benched for one series on Sunday night....

Loss of Earl Thomas big hit to Seattle's playoff plans
SEATTLE (AP) -- The missing necktie that cost Carolina's Cam Newton one play is insignificant compared to what the Seattle Seahawks lost on Sunday night....

ICYMI in NFL: At site of cancer treatment, KC's Berry excels
As it is, this was going to be an emotional afternoon for Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, who grew up in suburban Atlanta and was playing at the Falcons for the first time as a pro - and, more meaningfully, the first time since he was treated for cancer in the city....

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