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NFL Falcons in desperation mode ATLANTA -- The 9-6 Falcons, defending NFC champions, are battling for the final playoff spot in the conference against the 11-4 Panthers. An Atlanta will result in a postseason berth, while the Falcons can qualify with a loss if Seattle loses to Arizona. Meanwhile, Carolina has a shot at the NFC title with a victory and a New Orleans loss. (FBN-PANTHERS-FALCONS-LEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 4:25 p.m. ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Guy Curtright, 700 words) Titans hope for playoff spot NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Jaguars have already won the AFC South and they can knock their division rivals out of the playoffs with a victory. Tennessee is slumping and will be in with a win. A loss, and the Titans can qualify if both Buffalo and the Los Angeles Chargers lost. (FBN-JAGUARS-TITANS-LEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 4:25 p.m. ET game, The Sports Xchange, By Bucky Dent, 700 words) Seahawks need help to be in playoffs SEATTLE -- The Seahawks know they have to win, but that might not be enough to advance to the postseason. Seattle needs a victory over Arizona and an Atlanta loss to grab the NFC's final wild-card spot. The Cardinals can finish at .500 with a win. (FBN-CARDINALS-SEAHAWKS-LEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 4:25 p.m. ET game, The Sports Xchange, 700 words) Chargers a longshot, but have hope CARSON, Calif. -- The Chargers have come a long way from an 0-4 start to get to 8-7, but they need a lot of help to be in the playoffs. Los Angeles needs a win over Oakland plus losses by the Titans and Bills, or a loss by Tennessee and a win by Baltimore. (FBN-RAIDERS-CHARGERS-LEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 1 p.m. ET game, The Sports Xchange, By Jay Paris, 700 words) Ravens appear to be in good shape BALTIMORE -- The easiest path for the Ravens to be in the playoffs is with a win over the Bengals. However, even if they lose, a loss by either Buffalo or Tennessee would earn the Ravens a trip to the postseason. (FBN-BENGALS-RAVENS-LEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 4:25 p.m. ET game, The Sports Xchange, By Todd Karpovich, 700 words) Report: O'Brien likely to remain with Texans The Houston Texans are expected to retain Bill O'Brien as their coach next season, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. (FBN-NEWS-TEXANS-OBRIEN, The Sports Xchange, moved, 200 words) Report: Raiders to chase Gruden with lucrative offer The Oakland Raiders are expected to pursue former Super Bowl-winning coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden with a lucrative offer that could include an ownership stake in the team, multiple outlets reported Sunday. (FBN-NEWS-RAIDERS-GRUDEN, The Sports Xchange, moved, 160 words) Reports: Fox not likely to return to Bears The Chicago Bears are expected to part ways with coach John Fox after this season, multiple outlets reported on Sunday. (FBN-NEWS-BEARS-FOX, The Sports Xchange, moved, 160 words) Steelers QB Roethlisberger, RB Bell out vs. Browns Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Pro Bowl running back Le'Veon Bell were ruled inactive for Sunday's season finale against the Cleveland Browns. Wide receiver Antonio Brown, as expected, was ruled out as he deals with a calf injury he sustained in Week 15. Defensive end Cameron Heyward and guard David DeCastro were also listed among the inactives. (FBN-NEWS-STEELERS-ROETHLISBERGER-BELL, The Sports Xchange, moved, 200 words) NFL notebook News and notes from around the NFL. (NFL-NOTEBOOK, The Sports Xchange, expect by 8 p.m. ET, 500 words) TSX covers all games with first lede and write-thru (all times ET): Green Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m. Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at New England, 1 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Dallas at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. Carolina at Atlanta, 4:25 p.m. Cincinnati at Baltimore, 4:25 p.m. Oakland at L.A. Chargers, 4:25 p.m. San Francisco at L.A. Rams, 4:25 p.m. Buffalo at Miami, 4:25 p.m. New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 4:25 p.m. Jacksonville at Tennessee, 4:25 p.m. COLLEGE FOOTBALL Auburn star CB ruled out Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis, a junior who is a potential first-round pick, will not play in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against Central Florida on Monday as he deals with an illness, coach Gus Malzahn said Sunday. (FBC-NEWS-AUBURN-DAVIS, The Sports Xchange, 160 words, moved) Playoff notebook News and notes from the two playoff semifinals (Clemson-Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and Oklahoma-Georgia in the Rose Bowl) that will be played Monday. (FBC-NEWS-CFP-NOTEBOOK, By Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange, 800, expect by 7 p.m. ET) Oklahoma defense has something to prove in Rose Bowl Most of the focus on the lead-up to the Rose Bowl between No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 3 Georgia has centered around the Sooners' offense vs. the Bulldogs' defense -- strength against strength. Meanwhile, Oklahoma's defense will enter the playoff semifinal with a chip on its shoulder. (FBC-NEWS-OKLAHOMA-GEORGIA-DEFENSE, The Sports Xchange, 600 words, moved) CFB notebook News and notes from around the nation. (FBC-NOTEBOOK, expect by 6 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 425 words) COLLEGE BASKETBALL No. 16 Kentucky has tricky SEC opener LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 16 Kentucky enters SEC play coming off its best game of the season, a 90-61 rout of rival Louisville, but the Wildcats have had only one day to get ready for a 9-2 Georgia team. (CBK-TEAM-TEAM-LEDE-WRITETHRU, By Darrell Bird, The Sports Xchange, 600 words, expect ASAP after 6 p.m. ET game) TSX covers Top 25 nonconference games with first lede and write-thru (all times ET): Savannah State at No. 2 Michigan State, noon Providence at No. 25 Creighton, 2:30 p.m. Memphis at No. 21 Cincinnati, 4 p.m. St. John's at No. 23 Seton Hall, 5 p.m. Georgia at No. 16 Kentucky, 6 p.m. RECAPS Virginia Tech at Syracuse, 6 p.m. South Carolina at Ole Miss, 6 p.m. Utah at Oregon State, 6 p.m. Washington at UCLA, 8 p.m. Washington State at USC, 9 p.m. Colorado at Oregon, 10 p.m. NBA Wizards proceed with caution against surging Bulls WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards' struggles against opponents with losing records is well documented. That makes their Sunday matchup against the 13-22 Chicago Bulls dangerous -- unless John Wall and crew simply focus on recent play. The Bulls are 10-2 in their last 12 games, tying the Golden State Warriors for the NBA's best record since Dec. 8. (NBA-WIZARDS-BULLS-LEDE-WRITETHRU, By Benjamin Standig, The Sports Xchange, 750 words, expect ASAP after 3:30 p.m. ET game) TSX covers all games with first lede and write-thru (all times ET): Chicago at Washington, 3:30 p.m. Minnesota at Indiana, 5 p.m. Brooklyn at Boston, 5:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Houston, 7 p.m. Dallas at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. Charlotte at L.A. Clippers, 7 p.m. Memphis at Sacramento, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Phoenix, 8 p.m. NHL Blue Jackets aim to jolt Lightning COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets (22-14-3) and the Tampa Bay Lightning (27-8-2) will both try to wrap up the current year with a bang and ring in 2018 with a victory on New Year's Eve. (NHL-LIGHTNING-BLUEJACKETS-LEDE-WRITETHRU, The Sports Xchange, 750 words, expect ASAP after 6 p.m. ET game) TSX covers all games with first lede and write-thru (all times ET): Toronto at Vegas, 3:30 p.m. Arizona at Anaheim, 4 p.m. Tampa Bay at Columbus, 6 p.m. Winnipeg at Edmonton, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Detroit, 7 p.m. San Jose at Dallas, 8 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Colorado, 8 p.m. Chicago at Calgary, 9 p.m.

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