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The NFC South is a hot mess, with all four teams sporting losing records entering the final two weeks of the season.

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    Jan. 5 — 10-day contracts can be signed. Jan. 10 — Contracts guaranteed for rest of season. Feb. 13-15 — All-Star weekend, New York. Feb. 19 — Trade deadline (3 p.m. EST). April 15 — Last day of regular season. April 18 — Playoffs begin.

  • NHL Calendar

    Jan. 1 — Winter Classic: Chicago at Washington. Jan. 22-26 — All-Star break. Feb. 21 — Stadium Series: Los Angeles vs. San Jose at Santa Clara, Calif. April 11 — Regular season ends.

  • NFL Calendar

    Dec. 28 — Regular season ends. Jan. 3-4, 2015 — Wild-card playoffs. Jan. 10-11 — Divisional playoffs. Jan. 18 — Conference championships. Jan. 25 — Pro Bowl, Glendale, Ariz. Feb. 1 — Super Bowl, Glendale, Ariz. Feb. 16 — First day for teams to designate franchise or transition players. Feb. 17-23 — NFL combine, Indianapolis.…

  • Boy sends $1 allowance to help save UAB football

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — A 5-year-old Ohio boy hoping to save the scuttled football program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham thought more cash might be the solution, so he sent his entire allowance — a $1 bill — with a handwritten note of support. “I love Ohio State, but I think you should…

  • FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — FIFA will not reopen the vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, and will publish at least some of the confidential report into the bidding process, President Sepp Blatter said Friday. The 78-year-old Blatter, who is seeking a fifth term as president, said the decisions by the FIFA executive committee…

  • Ecclestone trying to revive South African GP

    MOSCOW (AP) — Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is working to return South Africa to the schedule. There has not been an F1 race in Africa since the last South African Grand Prix in 1993. “We’re in the middle of trying to do something in South Africa,” Ecclestone told Russian agency R-Sport. “We used to…

  • Nyman wins Val Gardena downhill for 3rd time

    VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — American racer Steven Nyman won the World Cup downhill on the classic Saslong course for the third time on Friday. Kjetil Jansrud of Norway, who won the opening two downhills this season, finished second, 0.31 seconds behind. Dominik Paris of Italy was third, 1.15 back. Nyman’s other wins came in…

  • AP Little All-America Team, List

    The Associated Press Little All-America team (top players from Division II, III and NAIA). FIRST TEAM OFFENSE Quarterback — Jason Vander Laan, junior, 6-foot-4, 241 pounds, Ferris State. Running backs — Terrell Watson, senior, 6-2, 240, Azusa Pacific; Anthony Bilal, junior, 5-7, 170, Lake Erie. Linemen — Cole Mahnart, senior, 6-6, 310, Nebraska-Kearney; Matthew Reese,…

  • AP FCS All-America Team, List

    The Associated Press FCS All-America team. FIRST TEAM OFFENSE Quarterback — Vernon Adams, junior, 6-foot, 200 pounds, Eastern Washington. Running backs — Zach Zenner, senior, 6-0, 220, South Dakota State; Marshaun Coprich, junior, 5-9, 205, Illinois State. Linemen — Collin Seibert, senior, 6-4, 277, Eastern Illinois; Jake Rummells, senior, 6-5, 301, Northern Iowa; Cole Carruthers,…

  • Fenninger fastest in women’s downhill training

    VAL D’ISERE, France (AP) — Austrian skier Anna Fenninger posted the fastest time in a World Cup downhill training run ahead of countryman Regina Sterz and Lindsey Vonn on Friday. Training was interrupted for about 45 minutes after Stefanie Moser of Austria crashed, and many racers struggled with a difficult jump near the top of…

  • 2014 AP All-America Team, List

    The Associated Press All-America team. FIRST TEAM OFFENSE Quarterback — Marcus Mariota, junior, 6-foot-4, 219 pounds, Oregon Running backs — Melvin Gordon, junior, 6-1, 213, Wisconsin; Tevin Coleman, junior, 6-1, 210, Indiana. Tackles — Brandon Scherff, senior, 6-5, 320, Iowa; Spencer Drango, junior, 6-6, 310, Baylor. Guards — Tre Jackson, senior, 6-4, 330, Florida State;…

  • Former NBA center Milicic loses kickboxing debut

    NOVI SAD, Serbia (AP) — Former NBA center Darko Milicic, a 7-foot Serb who spent 10 years with various teams after being the second overall pick in the 2003 draft behind LeBron James, has lost his first kickboxing fight. The 29-year-old Milicic sustained a bloody cut on his left leg in the first round of…

  • IOC awards Olympic TV rights in Cuba for 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Cuba’s state broadcaster has been awarded the country’s exclusive television rights to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The IOC says it granted the rights across all broadcast platforms to the Instituto Cubano de Radio y Television. Terms of the deal were not announced. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach…

  • Italian snowboarders win inaugural WCup team event

    MONTAFON, Austria (AP) — Italian snowboarders Roland Fischnaller and Nadya Ochner beat Russia in the final of the inaugural World Cup parallel slalom team event on Friday. It was Fischnaller’s third World Cup triumph in four days after winning individual races in Carezza on Tuesday and in Montafon on Thursday. Under the new format, two…

  • Nationals Park getting a Winter Classic makeover

    WASHINGTON — Capitals fans are counting down the days — not to Christmas, but to New Year’s Day, when the Caps face off against the Chicago Blackhawks atop the diamond in Nationals Park. While 30-degree temperatures and overcast skies may not sound perfect to most, that’s exactly what National Hockey League organizers are hoping for…