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Lots at stake in college football on championship weekend

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 10:10am

This afternoon’s SEC championship game between LSU and Georgia sets up a classic offense vs. defense matchup. The top-ranked Tigers are perfectly comfortable in an offensive shootout, while the fourth-ranked Bulldogs would prefer a defensive quagmire. LSU is the second-highest scoring football team in the country, putting up nearly 49 points a game. Georgia has posted three shutouts while surrendering an average of less than 11 points. In addition to the SEC title, the winner of today's game is sure to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Chiefs head into Patriots showdown with ground game in flux

Dave Skretta  |  Posted Dec 7th - 9:58am

The Kansas City Chiefs will head into arguably their biggest game of the season Sunday in New England with the very real possibility that their leading rusher could be a running back that joined the team just a few days ago.

NFL At 100: Rooney Rule has its positives and its faults

Barry Wilner  |  Updated Dec 7th - 9:10am

even in searches for assistant coaches.

Update on the latest sports

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 8:57am

Conference championships and playoff spots are on the line Saturday in college football.

Oklahoma and Baylor kick off a big day of college football

The Associated Press  |  Updated Dec 7th - 8:00am

A day of college football championship games kicks off at noon Eastern time when No. 6 Oklahoma plays No. 8 Baylor for the Big 12 title and a shot at a possible playoff spot. Both teams are 11-1. The Sooners are going for their fifth consecutive Big 12 title. Oklahoma has been to the playoff three of the last four seasons. This is Baylor's first Big 12 title game. The Bears have a chance to avenge their only loss. They lost 34-31 at home to Oklahoma just three weeks ago.

Here is the latest Pac-12 Conference sports news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Updated Dec 7th - 6:05am

CJ Verdell ran for 208 yards and broke open the game with two long touchdown runs in the fourth quarter, and No. 13 Oregon spoiled No. 5 Utah's playoff hopes with a 37-15 victory in the Pac-12 championship game. The Utes came into the game hoping to make a case for one of the four playoff spots with a conference title but instead got overmatched by Oregon and lost their second straight Pac-12 championship game. 

Here is the latest ACC sports news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Updated Dec 7th - 6:05am

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is happy his players get to finally make a case for themselves that they are championship-worthy at the ACC title game. The third-ranked Tigers will take on No. 22 Virginia for the league title on Saturday night. There will be little doubt after the result on whether defending national champion Clemson will be in the four-team College Football Playoff. Swinney has consistently defended his program's schedule and his team's play throughout its undefeated season. Clemson is seeking to become the first program with five straight ACC title game wins. They're also looking for their 28th straight victory.

Here is the latest SEC sports news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Updated Dec 7th - 6:05am

A person familiar with the negotiations says Mississippi is working to hire FAU's Lane Kiffin as its next head football coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because negotiations were ongoing and Kiffin still hasa game to coach. Florida Atlantic faces UAB in the Conference USA championship game at home Saturday in Boca Raton, Florida. The Owls are looking for their second C-USA title in three years under the 44-year-old Kiffin. Ole Miss fired coach Matt Luke on Sunday. Mississippi would be Kiffin's fifth head coaching job, fourth in college, during a tumultuous career.

Here is the latest Big 12 Conference sports news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Updated Dec 7th - 6:05am

Baylor got the real sense of belonging in the conversations about Big 12 and playoff contenders after a fast start against Oklahoma. That didn't change after the Sooners had their biggest comeback ever. The No. 6 Sooners and No. 8 Bears play again Saturday for the Big 12 title and very possibly a spot in the College Football Playoff. The game comes three weeks after the Sooners overcame a 25-point deficit in Waco and beat the Bears 34-31. Oklahoma is the four-time defending champion going for its 13th title overall. Baylor is playing in its first Big 12 championship game. 

Here is the latest Big Ten Conference sports news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Updated Dec 7th - 6:05am

No. 2 Ohio State will seek an unprecedented third consecutive outright title when it faces No. 10 Wisconsin in Saturday's Big Ten championship game. A win also would give the undefeated Buckeyes one of the four precious playoff spots. The Buckeyes have won six straight in the series and both of the previous two title games between the schools. The Badgers also lost 38-7 earlier this season in Columbus.  Ohio State has an 18-game winning streak.

Update on the latest sports

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 3:26am

The Boston Celtics remain perfect at home. In fact, no Boston professional sports team has dropped a home game in regulation since the Red Sox against the Orioles on Sept. 28.

No. 20 Colorado out to end long skid at No. 2 Kansas

Arnie Stapleton  |  Posted Dec 7th - 12:46am

The last time Colorado beat Kansas at storied Allen Fieldhouse, Buffaloes 56-year-old head coach Tad Boyle was playing for the Jayhawks.

Cavaliers defend rookie coach John Beilein amid skid

Tom Withers  |  Posted Dec 7th - 12:43am

Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson battled Orlando's big men and then defended his rookie coach.

Padres get Pham, Cronenworth from Rays for Renfroe

Bernie Wilson  |  Updated Dec 6th - 11:45pm

General manager A.J. Preller continued to remake the San Diego Padres' outfield, and added an intriguing two-way player as well.

Vrana's goal gives Capitals 3-2 victory over Ducks

Doug Padilla  |  Updated Dec 6th - 11:26pm

Jakub Vrana scored the go-ahead goal less than two minutes into the third period and the Washington Capitals beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in a physical battle Friday night.

No. 13 Oregon ends No. 5 Utah's playoff hopes with 37-15 win

Josh Dubow  |  Updated Dec 6th - 11:25pm

The one constant all season for Utah was the ability to control the trenches against any opponent.

No. 1 Louisville pulls away from Pittsburgh, 64-46

Gary B. Graves  |  Updated Dec 6th - 11:06pm

The most impressive thing about Louisville's response to Pittsburgh's comeback attempt was how quickly and effectively the No. 1 Cardinals shut it down.

Update on the latest sports

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 10:51pm

The Boston Celtics remain perfect at home. In fact, no Boston professional sports team has dropped a home game in regulation since the Red Sox against the Orioles on Sept. 28.

Elkaz leads UC Riverside over Cal Lutheran 74-40

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 10:50pm

Dragan Elkaz came off the bench to score 15 points and UC Riverside defeated Cal Lutheran 74-40 on Friday night.