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January 13, 2018 - 1:51 am

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TOP STORIES

FBN--FALCONS-EAGLES

PHILADELPHIA — Quarterback Matt Ryan has another shot at a happy homecoming. A berth in the NFC championship game is at stake when Ryan leads the Falcons against the Eagles in a divisional playoff on Saturday. Ryan, who grew up rooting for the Eagles and went to Philadelphia's William Penn Charter School, is 1-3 at the Linc. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 820 words, photos.

FBN--TITANS-PATRIOTS

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots will be looking to make it to their seventh consecutive AFC championship game when they host the Titans in the divisional round. Tennessee is coming off its first playoff win in 14 seasons and is embracing its underdog status. The Titans haven't been to a conference title game since the 2002 season. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 770 words, photos.

BKN--CAVALIERS-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS — Lance Stephenson had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Darren Collison scored 22 points and the Indiana Pacers rallied from a 22-point, first-half deficit to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 97-95. LeBron James had 27 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and was called for a technical foul after reacting to Stephenson's jab by shoving him in the chest. By Michael Marot. SENT: 890 words, photos.

BBO--ARBITRATION

NEW YORK — Third basemen Josh Donaldson and Kris Bryant set records when they were among 145 players who agreed to one-year deals rather than swap proposed salaries in arbitration with their teams. Donaldson and Toronto agreed at $23 million, the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player. Bryant settled with the Chicago Cubs at $10.85 million, the most for a player eligible for arbitration for the first time. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 600 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

PAUL NEWBERRY-WORST SPORTS CITIES

ATLANTA — Atlanta gets a lot of flak for being the worst sports city in America, but Cleveland, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix and San Diego are also very much in the mix. Which set of fans have it the worst? By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 1100 words, photos.

PRO FOOTBALL

FBN--49ERS-FOSTER ARREST

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been arrested in Alabama and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana. SENT: 130 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBA--BLUE JAYS-DONALDSON

TORONTO — Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $23 million contract, the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player, topping Bryce Harper's $21,625,000 salary this year with Washington. SENT: 410 words, photos.

BBA--ARBITRATION-ORIOLES

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $16 million contract with third baseman Manny Machado and a $12 million deal with injured closer Zach Britton, avoiding arbitration with both stars. SENT: 2010 words, photos.

— Also:

— Arbitration stories on all 30 MLB teams.

HOCKEY

HKN--CAPITALS-HURRICANES

RALEIGH, N.C. — Jay Beagle scored with 1.3 seconds remaining and the Washington Capitals rallied to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3. The Capitals earned their second come-from-behind victory in Raleigh in less than two weeks. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 680 words, photos.

GOLF

GLF--SONY OPEN-PETERSON

HONOLULU — John Peterson has never felt so carefree about so much uncertainty. That can happen to anyone caught up in the vibe of Waikiki Beach, though this peaceful feeling was in place long before he arrived on Oahu with his wife and infant son for this first PGA Tour event in seven months. He is prepared to play golf if he keeps his card or pack it up and work in real estate if he doesn't. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 780 words, photos by 3 a.m.

GLF--SONY OPEN

HONOLULU — Brian Harman's game stayed with him from one island to the next in Hawaii. He made eagle on his last hole for a 7-under 63 and the early lead in the Sony Open. Harman was three shots ahead of Zach Johnson and John Peterson among the early second-round starters. He shot 64 in the opening round. Harman tied for third at Kapalua last week. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 950 words, photos.

GLF--MCILROY-HEART AILMENT

Rory McIlroy says he has a heart ailment that will have to be monitored regularly but is not expected to affect his play. SENT: 240 words, photos.

OLYMPICS

OLY--FRE-TORIN'S WILD JOURNEY

There have been so many obstacles standing in the path of freestyle skier Torin Yater-Wallace and getting to the point of making another Olympic team. He was once in a medically induced paralysis state to help him ward off a life-threatening infection. His dad was in jail for a white-collar crime. His mom dealt with colon cancer. His life journey has been turned into a documentary. By Pat Graham. SENT: 1250 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

— BKW--TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Saturday's Time Schedule (EST)

NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

Divisional

NFC: Atlanta at Philadelphia, 4:35 p.m.

AFC: Tennessee at New England, 8:15 p.m.

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Men

No. 1 Villanova vs. St. John's at Madison Square Garden, 8 p.m.

No. 2 West Virginia at No. 8 Texas Tech, 2 p.m.

No. 4 Michigan State vs. Michigan, Noon

No. 5 Purdue at Minnesota, Noon

No. 5 Wichita State at Tulsa, 7:30 p.m.

No. 7 Duke vs. Wake Forest, Noon

No. 9 Oklahoma vs. No. 16 TCU, 1 p.m.

No. 10 Xavier vs. No. 25 Creighton, 2 p.m.

No. 11 Arizona State vs. Oregon State, 6 p.m.

No. 12 Kansas vs. Kansas State, Noon

No. 13 Seton Hall vs. Georgetown, Noon

No. 14 Cincinnati at South Florida, 7 p.m.

No. 15 Gonzaga at San Francisco, 9:30 p.m.

No. 17 Arizona vs. Oregon, 2 p.m.

No. 18 Miami at No. 19 Clemson, 3 p.m.

No. 20 North Carolina at Notre Dame, 6 p.m.

No. 21 Kentucky at Vanderbilt, 4 p.m.

No. 22 Auburn at Mississippi State, 3:30 p.m.

No. 23 Florida State vs. Syracuse, 2 p.m.

No. 24 Tennessee vs. Texas A&M, 6 p.m.

Women

No. 1 UConn at Houston, 3 p.m.

No. 7 Texas vs. Kansas, 2 p.m.

No. 10 Ohio State at Indiana, Noon

No. 15 West Virginia vs. TCU, 5 p.m.

No. 18 Iowa vs. Purdue, 4 p.m.

No. 20 Oklahoma State at Kansas State, 2 p.m.

No. 21 Rutgers vs. Minnesota, 2 p.m.

No. 23 Michigan at Nebraska, 8 p.m.

No. 25 Green Bay vs. Cleveland State, 2 p.m.

NBA

L.A. Lakers at Dallas, 2 p.m.

Sacramento at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Charlotte, 5 p.m.

Brooklyn at Washington, 7 p.m.

Golden State at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Denver at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

NHL

N.Y. Islanders at N.Y. Rangers, 1 p.m.

Detroit at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Winnipeg at Minnesota, 7 p.m.

Boston at Montreal, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Colorado at Dallas, 9 p.m.

Edmonton at Vegas, 10 p.m.

Anaheim at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

Arizona at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

OTHER EVENTS

Tennis

ATP World Tour, ASB Classic, Auckland, New Zealand

ATP World Tour/WTA, Sydney International

WTA, Hobart (Australia) International

Golf

PGA Tour, Sony Open, Honolulu

European Tour/Sunshine Tour, BMW South African Open, Gauteng

Web.com Tour, Bahamas Great Exuma Classic

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