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LOUISVILLE (AP) — The Battle of the Bluegrass State is on tap today when No. 4 Louisville hosts No. 1 Kentucky in a battle of the unbeaten. The 12-0 Wildcats have won by an average margin of 29 points this season and beaten three ranked foes by 19.3 points. Louisville is 11-0 with hopes of breaking a trend that has seen the Cardinals lose six of seven to their in-state rivals.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Toronto is at Los Angeles to take on the Clippers this afternoon in a battle of two of the NBA's top teams. It's the second game of a nine-game home stand for LA that started with a big win over league-leading Golden State Christmas night. Toronto tops the Atlantic Division while the Clippers are second to the Warriors in the Pacific.

MIAMI (AP) — Memphis will be trying to regain a least a share of the NBA Southwest Division lead and end a four-game losing streak when the Grizzlies visit Miami tonight. The Grizzlies dropped a half-game back of Houston for the division lead with an overtime loss to the Rockets last night.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — League-leading Anaheim helps the NHL ease out of its three-day Christmas break when it visits Arizona tonight. The Ducks have won nine of 11 to increase their point total to 51. And Anaheim is doing it the hard way. Fourteen of their last 16 wins have been decided by one goal.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils are replacing the fired Pete DeBoer (deh-BOOR') with a three-headed coaching staff. Former Washington coach Adam Oates will handle the forwards, ex-Devils assistant Scott Stevens oversees the defense and general manager Lou Lamoriello (lam-uh-RIHL'-oh) will be on the bench to "make sure it all works for now." The first test comes tonight when the Devils visit the Rangers.

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