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Last Update on December 20, 2014 17:47 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The NFL's holiday schedule gets going with a pair of games today and tonight.

Philadelphia visits Washington in a key battle for the Eagles, who trail in the race for the NFC East lead. Philadelphia has dropped its last two games, including last week to Dallas. That put the Eagles a game back of the Cowboys for the conference lead. In the Redskins Philly gets an opponent that has lost six in a row and goes into the game 3-12. Robert Griffin III returns as Washington's starting quarterback in the team's fifth change at that position this season.

San Diego is facing a "must win" situation when it visits the 49ers tonight. The 8-6 Chargers are on the periphery of the AFC playoff picture and not only need to win out, but have to get some help to grab a wildcard spot. Things have fallen apart for the 7-7 49ers, who are out of the postseason derby. They've lost three in a row.


UNDATED (AP) -- The college football bowl seasons kicks off today with five of the 39 postseason games that are scheduled.

Colorado State looks for the school's first 11-win season since 1997 when the Rams take on No. 23 Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl. Colorado State has won 16 of its last 20 games, but did not face a ranked team this season. The 8-4 Utes feature a defense that led the nation in sacks with 52.

Utah State goes for its third straight bowl victory for the first time in school history when it meets UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl. The 7-5 Miners haven't won a bowl game since 1967. The Aggies are 9-4.

Air Force faces Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. It's a meeting of schools that staged dramatic turnarounds this season. The Falcons went from 2-10 a year ago to 9-3. The Broncos finished 8-4 just a season after posting a 1-11 mark.

Louisiana-Lafayette will be looking for its fourth straight win in the New Orleans Bowl when it takes on Nevada.

The Camelia Bowl matches Bowling Green against South Alabama


UNDATED (AP) -- A pair of high-profile college basketball match-ups are on tap in a showcase doubleheader in Chicago. Top-ranked Kentucky puts its 11-0 mark on the line when it takes on UCLA. The talented and deep Wildcats have already racked up impressive wins over Kansas, Texas and North Carolina. The 8-3 Bruins are led by Bryce Alford, who's averaging 18 points a game. All five of the UCLA starters average in double figures.

The opener of the twinbill has No. 12 Ohio State facing the 24th-ranked Tar Heels. The Buckeyes have only lost to Louisville in their first 10 games this season. North Carolina has struggled after opening the season in the top five in the country. Included in the Tar Heels' 7-3 record is a home court loss to Iowa.

No. 15 Oklahoma takes on 16th-ranked Washington in Las Vegas. The Sooners have put together three straight wins to improve to 7-2. The 9-0 Huskies are off to their best start to a season since going 11-0 in 2005-06.

There are 15 games involving top 25 teams on the schedule.


UNDATED (AP) -- The weary San Antonio Spurs are back in action tonight, visiting Dallas in one of seven games on the NBA schedule. San Antonio is coming off its second consecutive triple-overtime loss last night, against Portland.

The Spurs have lost four in a row.

The Northwest Division-leading Trail Blazers don't get any rest either, heading to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans.

Surging Atlanta is back in action, taking on Houston. The Hawks have won 11 of 12 and trail Washington by a game for first in the Southeast Division. Houston can climb to within a game of first-placed Memphis in the Southwest Division with a win.

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