AP Sports Digest

Posted 1/12/20

The highlights of Sunday's AP Sports report. An up-to-the minute listing of all stories planned, including games and events, is available in Coverage Plan on AP Newsroom, . You can also find a link …

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AP Sports Digest


The highlights of Sunday's AP Sports report. An up-to-the minute listing of all stories planned, including games and events, is available in Coverage Plan on AP Newsroom, . You can also find a link to Coverage Plan on the left navigation of the Newsroom home page,

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two of the NFL's premier young quarterbacks try to lead their teams to the AFC title game when Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans visit Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. The teams met in Week 6, when the Texans rallied for a 31-24 victory, but both have changed considerably in the past three months. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts at 3:05 p.m. With FBN—Playoff Lookahead (moving after first game and updated after second.)


GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers play their first playoff game under rookie coach Matt LaFleur, with a well-seasoned Seattle Seahawks team that knows a thing or two about postseason success their opponent at Lambeau Field in the NFC divisional round. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts at 6:40 p.m.


NEW ORLEANS — Dabo Swinney and Clemson had to take down a dynasty to become national champions and now are on the verge of claiming a spot for themselves among the greatest runs in college football history. If the Tigers beat No. 1 LSU on Monday night, they will become the 12th team in the AP poll era, starting in 1936, to claim consecutive national titles and just the fourth team to win three in four seasons. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.


SYDNEY — Novak Djokovic led Serbia to the inaugural ATP Cup title when he followed up his win over top-ranked Rafael Nadal with a victory in the deciding doubles encounter in Sunday's final against Spain. Second-ranked Djokovic leveled the final for Serbia with a 6-2, 7-6 (4) win over Rafael Nadal after Roberto Bautista Agut had given Spain a 1-0 lead. Djokovic went back on court less than an hour later with Viktor Troicki and the pair beat Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4. Nadal cited fatigue and did not play in the doubles match. By John Pye. SENT: 800 words, photos.


AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Serena Williams ends a three-year title drought when she beat fellow American Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4 on to win the singles final at the ASB Classic. Williams hadn't won a title since the Australian Open in January 2017, and not since she became a mother to her daughter Olympia, who was court-side to see the victory. SENT: 600 words, photos.



CLEVELAND —The Browns didn't pass on Kevin Stefanski a second time. Cleveland is hiring the Vikings' offensive coordinator to be its new coach, the AP is told. Stefanski agreed to accept the position a day after Minnesota was beaten 27-10 by the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC playoffs, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the sides have yet to finalize a contract. An official announcement is expected Monday. By Tom Withers. SENT: 800 words, photo.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers were back in early season form in a dominant 27-10 playoff win over Minnesota that put them in the NFC title game. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m. Note that FBN—Titans Analysis will be moving Monday following team availability.


NEW ORLEANS — Dabo Swinney seems to savor the spotlight. The Clemson coach is personable, loquacious, capable of turning almost any question into a 10-minute sermon. Ed Orgeron is cut from much the same cloth. His emotions are on display for all to see, spicing up the LSU sideline with a hefty dash of Cajun flavor. Buttoned down, these guys aren't. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m. With separates on LSU linebacker Michael Divinity (upcoming) and Clemson linebacker Chad Smith (sent).


HONOLULU — Brendan Steele has a three-shot lead going into the Sony Open as he tries to win for the fourth time in his PGA Tour career. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by about 11 p.m.


NEWARK, N.J. — The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to set a club record for consecutive wins when they go for their 11th straight in a game against the New Jersey Devils. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving could return to the lineup after missing two months with a shoulder injury when the Brooklyn Nets host the Atlanta Hawks. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.


TEMPE, Ariz. — No. 3 Oregon State tries to win its 16th straight game when it travels to face Arizona State. The Sun Devils are coming off an upset win over No. 2 Oregon. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started at 2 p.m.


Sunday Time Schedule (EST)

NFL (Divisional Playoffs)

AFC: Houston at Kansas City, 3:05 p.m.

NFC: Seattle at Green Bay, 6:40 p.m.


Miami at New York, 3:30 p.m.

Utah at Washington, 3:30 p.m.

Atlanta at Brooklyn, 6 p.m.

San Antonio at Toronto, 6 p.m.

Golden State at Memphis, 6 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Denver, 8 p.m.

Charlotte at Phoenix, 8 p.m.


Nashville at Winnipeg, 2 p.m.

Vancouver at Minnesota, 4 p.m.

Buffalo at Detroit, 5 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Arizona, 6 p.m.

Toronto at Florida, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)


No. 8 Michigan State at Purdue, Noon

No. 19 Michigan at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

No. 21 Memphis at South Florida, 4 p.m.

No. 23 Wichita State vs. UConn at the XL Center, Hartford, Conn., Noon

No. 24 Arizona at Oregon State, 10 p.m.

No. 25 Colorado vs. Utah, 6 p.m.


No. 2 Oregon at No. 18 Arizona, 2 p.m.

No. 3 Oregon State at Arizona State, 4 p.m.

No. 4 South Carolina at Vanderbilt, 5 p.m.

No. 5 Stanford at California, 8 p.m.

No. 6 Baylor vs. Oklahoma State, 2 p.m.

No. 7 Louisville vs. Wake Forest, 2 p.m.

No. 8 UCLA at Colorado, 2 p.m.

No. 9 N.C. State at Notre Dame, 4 p.m.

No. 11 Florida State vs. North Carolina, 2 p.m.

No. 12 Indiana at Iowa, 5 p.m.

No. 14 Kentucky at Florida, Noon

No. 15 DePaul vs. St. John's, 1 p.m.

No. 17 Maryland at No. 24 Michigan, Noon

No. 19 West Virginia vs. Texas, 1 p.m.

No. 20 Missouri State vs. Northern Iowa, 3 p.m.

No. 21 Arkansas vs. Missouri, 3 p.m.

No. 23 Tennessee vs. Georgia, 1 p.m.