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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - With another national title under his belt after a 42-14 rout of Notre Dame, Alabama coach Nick Saban is already turning toward next season. He wants his players to appreciate their second straight BCS title and third in four seasons. But, he reminds, next year's team hasn't won a game. By John Zenor. Sent.
BBO--HALL OF FAME
NEW YORK - With the cloud of steroids shrouding the candidacies of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and others, baseball writers on Wednesday might not elect anyone to the Hall of Fame for only the second time in four decades. By Ronald Blum.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Always so focused on the task directly in front of him, Peyton Manning finally talks about the playoffs and Denver's upcoming matchup against Baltimore and Ray Lewis. By Eddie Pells.
- OWINGS MILLS, Md. - FBN--Ravens-Ray & Baltimore. By David Ginsburg. Availability 5:30 p.m.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - From the way Vernon Davis struts and smiles around the locker room, it might be hard to tell the tight end has had a "stressful season.'' A year since he made the defining catch of his career against New Orleans, Davis enters San Francisco's playoff game against the Packers determined to make his mark again. By Antonio Gonzalez. Sent.
- GREEN BAY, Wis. - FBN--Packers-Been There. By Nancy Armour. Availability 6 p.m.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - When they faced Arian Foster a month ago, the Patriots limited his rushing opportunities by taking a big lead and forcing the Texans to pass. They hope to do the same in Sunday's playoff game. By Howard Ulman.
- FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - FBN--Falcons-Nolan & Koetter. By George Henry. Availability 5 p.m.
- FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - FBN--Jets-Rex Is Back. By Dennis Waszak Jr.
- FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - FBN--Jets-Sparano Fired. By Dennis Waszak Jr. Sent.
- EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - FBN--Vikings-Frazier. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell.
- CLEVELAND - FBN--Browns-Search. By Tom Withers.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - There is no end in sight to Alabama's dominance. Nor the Southeastern Conference's. By the time the Tide gets to the BCS championship game, there is no way the opponent can present more of a challenge than what Alabama faced on the road to get there. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo.
FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME WRAPUP
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Instead of return to glory, Notre Dame returns to worry. The overwhelming loss to Alabama leaves an offseason will be filled with questions. Was this 12-1 season a sign that the Irish are returning to power, or was it more of a fluke? Could a return to mediocrity soon follow? By Tom Coyne.
- KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - FBC--BCS Changes. By Ralph D. Russo. Sent.
- MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - FBC--T25-BCS-Ratings. Sent.
- TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - FBC--T25-Alabama Returns. By Jay Reeves. AP Video.
- TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama QB's Girlfriend. By Jay Reeves. Sent.
GLF--TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
KAPALUA, Hawaii - Dustin Johnson, already the winner of two 54-hole events, takes a three-shot lead into the third and final round of the wind-delayed Tournament of Champions at Kapalua. He played in the final group with defending champion Steve Stricker. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Carmelo Anthony is enjoying an excellent season, putting him in the conversation of MVP candidates. Yet Anthony is also among the league leaders in technicals and is perhaps headed toward punishment from the NBA after his meltdown Monday against Kevin Garnett and the Celtics. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks play their first game since splitting with coach Scott Skiles. Veteran assistant Jim Boylan will coach the team the rest of the season, beginning with Tuesday night's game against Phoenix. The Bucks have lost four straight games to drop to 16-16. Game starts 8 p.m.
HOUSTON - The Lakers, below .500 and losers of three straight, will be without three injured players - Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill - when they play the Rockets. Houston is looking to extend its winning streak to five games. By Kristie Rieken. Game starts 8 p.m.
America's Cup officials drop plans for a warmup regatta in New York in May, leaving just one remaining regatta before sailing's marquee event begins this summer on San Francisco Bay. It's the latest setback for organizers, who face a lawsuit from Venice, Italy, as well as a tough economy. By Bernie Wilson.
SOC--AP GLOBAL FOOTBALL
LONDON - It took something special to topple Lionel Messi from the top of the AP Global Football rankings, and Edinson Cavani's hat trick for Napoli did it. The Uruguayan led his Serie A team to a 4-1 victory over Roma and into third place in the league. By Simon Haydon. Sent.
GLF--ON THE FRINGE-010813
KAPALUA, Hawaii - Mother Nature picked a bad week to be in a bad mood at Kapalua. The contract with the golf course is up, as is the deal with the title sponsor. The broader questions facing the future of this tournament is that it won't start of the season next year, and even paradise can't attract all the best players. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson.
- GLF--Golf Notes. By Doug Ferguson. Sent.
Havard Rugland is a complete stranger to the American version of football. Yet the Norwegian, without ever having played a single game at any level of the sport, is suddenly pursuing a shot at making it to the NFL. And it's all because of a YouTube video. By Mattias Karen. Sent.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin is back on the ice, getting ready for the delayed start to the NHL season. By Joseph White.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - After quietly blending into Michigan's starting five all season, freshman Glenn Robinson III took center stage. He scored 20 points, including a few memorable dunks, in a rout of Iowa on Sunday. The son of former Purdue star Glenn Robinson is a big part of the No. 2 Wolverines' dynamic offense. By Noah Trister.
BKN--BOBCATS-WALKER STEPPING UP
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Bobcats were looking for big progress this year from point guard Kemba Walker, and that's what they got. He is averaging almost 18 points and six assists. Concerns over his lack of height have faded. The team has grown to respect his ability to get to the basket and score. By Steve Reed.
- PHILADELPHIA - BKN--Nets-Sex Assault Investigation. Nets player involved in sexual assault investigation at Philadelphia Sent.
- VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Canada-Stanley Cup Riot. Vancouver's Miss Congeniality pleads guilty for role in Stanley Cup riots. Sent.
- SYRACUSE, N.Y. - FBC--Syracuse Coach. Syracuse will hire defensive coordinator Scott Shafer as its next football coach, the AP is told. By John Kekis. Sent.
- BOSTON - BBA--Red Sox-Hanrahan. New Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan visits Fenway Park.
- PORTLAND, Ore. - SOC--MLS-Timbers-Porter. Portland Timbers welcome new coach Caleb Porter, who led Akron to NCAA title in 2010. By Anne M. Peterson.
- ZURICH - SOC--FIFPro-Racism. Soccer union leader proud of Milan protest. By Graham Dunbar. Sent.
- BARI, Italy - SOC--Italy-Match Fixing. Juventus coach Antonio Conte reportedly cleared of more match-fixing. Sent.
- SYDNEY - TEN--Sydney International. Agnieszka Radwanska advances to Sydney quarterfinals. Sent.
- HOBART, Australia- TEN-Hobart. U.S. qualifier Lauren Davis beats second-seeded Sorana Cirstea in second round at Hobart International. Sent.
- AUCKLAND, New Zealand - TEN--Auckland. Jurgen Melzer upset in first round of Heineken Open. Sent.
- TOKYO - OLY--Tokyo-2020 Bid. Tokyo boasts of safety, infrastructure, convenience in bid for 2020 Olympics. By Jim Armstrong. Sent.
- MADRID - OLY--Madrid-2020 Bid. Madrid says hosting 2020 Olympics spotlights sports history; many facilities in place. By Harold Heckle. Sent.
ISTANBUL - OLY--Istanbul-2020. Istanbul boasts opportunity for 2020 Olympic games staged on two continents. Sent.
- BKN--NBA Capsules.
- BKC--Top 25 Capsules.
- BKW--Top 25 Capsules.
Tuesday's Time Schedule (EST)
Brooklyn at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Miami at Indiana, 7 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Houston, 8 p.m.
Atlanta at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Phoenix at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 1 Duke vs. Clemson, 7 p.m.
No. 10 Missouri vs. Alabama, 7 p.m.
No. 13 Creighton vs. Drake, 8:05 p.m.
No. 15 Ohio State at Purdue, 9 p.m.
No. 19 Georgetown vs. Pittsburgh, 9 p.m.
No. 2 Notre Dame at South Florida, 7 p.m.
No. 5 Stanford at No. 7 California, 10 p.m.
No. 15 Louisville vs. Rutgers, 7 p.m.
No. 17 Kansas at No. 21 Oklahoma State, 8 p.m.
No. 23 Colorado vs. Utah, 8 p.m.
Buffalo native Patrick Kane scores in his return home as Blackhawks beat Sabres
Henrik Lundqvist wins his 300th game as Rangers blank Red Wings