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UNDATED (AP) — LeBron James has been selected as The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for the third time. In 2018, he continued to excel on the court, opened the "I Promise" school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, and further used his voice as an activist who bristled at being told to "shut up and dribble." James received 78 points in balloting by U.S. editors and news directors announced Thursday, while Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts was second with 46.

UNDATED (AP) — Today was media day for the College Football Playoff Teams. Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray has no doubt he will play Saturday, despite being slowed by an illness in recent days. He says he feels fine. Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow is nearing the end of a long road as a fifth-year senior an former walk-on who has turned into a significant contributor on four College Football Playoff teams. He says he wants to finish well and move on.

NEW YORK (AP) — The all-star captains have been announced for the NHL's weekend showcase in Edmonton next month. Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will be two of the four team captains. Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (Central) and Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin (Metropolitan) are th other two. All-Star weekend will feature a three-game tournament in a 3-on-3 format.

UNDATED (AP) — There are three college football bowl games today including one already under way. It's the Independence bowl featuring Temple against Duke in Shreveport, Louisiana. Later, it's Miami vs Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl in New York and Baylor vs Vanderbilt in the Texas Bowl in Houston.

UNDATED (AP) — The National Hockey League gets back to work after a day off. New Jersey plays Boston, Columbus faces the Rangers, Detroit visits Pittsburgh, Carolina is at Washington, Philadelphia meets Tampa bay and Buffalo is at St. louis. Calgary travels to Winnipeg, Dallas visits Nashville, Minnesota is at Chicago, Edmonton welcomes Vancouver, Vegas hosts Colorado, Anaheim goes to San Jose and Arizona is at Los Angeles. In the NBA, the Boston Celtics head to Houston to play the Rockets. Also, the Knicks play Milwaukee, the Lakers are in Sacramento, Portland plays Golden State and Philadelphia faces Utah.

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