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Take 2: Oregon, Utah meet again with Pac-12 on the line

Utah quarterback Cameron Rising gestures to his bench during the second half of a Nov. 20 game against Oregon in Salt Lake City. (Alex Goodlett/AP Photo)

Utah will be seeking the Pac-12 championship and its first-ever trip to the Rose Bowl on Friday night when the team faces Oregon in Las Vegas

Big Ten tilt: Michigan chases playoff bid, title vs. Iowa

Michigan running back Hassan Haskins celebrates a touchdown in the fourth quarter of a 42-27 win over Ohio State on Nov. 27 in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Tony Ding/AP Photo)

No. 2 Michigan faces No. 15 Iowa in the Big Ten championiship game in Indianapolis this weekend

Top 25 women's basketball roundup

Indiana's Nicole Cardano-Hillary, left, and North Carolina State's Diamond Johnson vie for a loose ball during the second half of Thursday's game in Bloomington, Ind. The second-ranked Wolfpack beat No. 6 Indiana, 66-58. (Darron Cummings/AP Photo)

Reserve Diamond Johnson scored 19 points, and No. 2 North Carolina State used an 11-2 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 66-58 win over No. 6 Indiana

No. 1 Georgia looks to become top dog over Alabama in SEC

Georgia wide receiver Jermaine Burton celebrates his touchdown reception against Georgia Tech during the first quarter of a Nov. 27 game in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide have faced sporadic challengers during their long reign over the Southeastern Conference

College Football Playoff expansion talks inch forward

Stanford players run onto the field for the team's game against Notre Dame on Nov. 27 in Stanford, Calif. (Jed Jacobsohn/AP Photo)

The latest meeting on expanding the College Football Playoff has wrapped up in Dallas without any announcement

COLUMNS

The Lonesome Polecat: YOUR semifinal previews~!

There's just two days left in the season. Don't miss either of them.

Online craps? Sorry, this is a table game that must be experienced live

I've found one gambling place where I choose not to participate: online craps. Sorry.

MORE COLLEGE SPORTS

AP source: Notre Dame set to promote Freeman to head coach

Notre Dame defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman watches during warmups before a Nov. 6 game against Navy in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame is working on a deal to promote Freeman to head coach to replace Brian Kelly, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday night. (Paul Sancya/AP Photo)

Notre Dame is working on a deal to promote defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman to head coach to replace Brian Kelly

Top 25 men's basketball roundup

Utah Valley guard Justin Harmon celebrates after making a 3-pointer as BYU guard Trevin Knell looks on in the first half of Wednesday's game in Orem, Utah. Utah Valley stunned the No. 12 Cougars in overtime, 72-65. (Rick Bowmer/AP Photo)

Fardaws Aimaq had 24 points and 22 rebounds, Justin Harmon also scored 24 points and Utah Valley stunned No. 12 BYU 72-65 in overtime

Top 25 women's basketball roundup

Sage Stobbart scored all 11 of her points in the second half and UC Davis ended No. 18 Oregon’s 44-game home winning streak against nonconference opponents with a 64-57 victory

LSU, Kelly agree to 10-year contract worth at least $95M

New LSU football coach Brian Kelly gestures to fans after his arrival at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. Kelly, formerly of Notre Dame, is said to have agreed to a 10-year contract with LSU worth $95 million plus incentives.  (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Newly hired LSU coach Brian Kelly is in Baton Rouge after flying in on a private jet with athletic director Scott Woodward

UCONN FOOTBALL

Mora announces additions to UConn coaching staff

Jim Mora speaks with the media during a press conference on Saturday in East Hartford announcing him as the new head coach UConn. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

UConn head football coach Jim Mora announced the addition of four members to his staff on Sunday.

Tune throws for four TDs as No. 19 Houston routs UConn 45-17

UConn wide receiver Kevens Clercius (86) makes a reception for a touchdown during the first half of Saturday's 45-17 loss to No. 19 Houston at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Clayton Tune threw for 301 yards and four touchdowns as No. 19 Houston tuned up for next week’s American Athletic Conference championship game with a 45-17 win over UConn

UCONN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

UConn's Fudd to miss at least two weeks with foot injury

UConn's Azzi Fudd in the second half of a game against Arkansas at the XL Center in Hartford on Nov. 14. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Second-ranked UConn (3-1) opens Big East play Friday at Seton Hall.

UConn women open Big East play tonight at Seton Hall

The UConn women's basketball team opens Big East Conference play on Friday night at Seton Hall.

Stephen Curry, UConn star Azzi Fudd team up on SC30 brand

UConn freshman Azzi Fudd brings the ball up the floor in the second half of the Huskies' game against Arkansas on Nov. 14 in Hartford, Conn. (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

Stephen Curry is bringing star Connecticut freshman Azzi Fudd into his SC30 Inc. brand in a unique, wide-ranging partnership that will support her successes both on and off the court as the nation’s top recruit builds her collegiate career...

UConn's Bueckers signs NIL deal to represent Gatorade

UConn's Paige Bueckers drives past Arkansas' Samara Spencer (2) in the second half of a game on Nov. 14 in Hartford. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

UConn sophomore guard Paige Bueckers is the first college athlete to represent Gatorade, announcing Monday a multiyear name, image and likeness deal

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Conn College men advance to NCAA Div. III soccer final with 2-1 OT win

Connecticut College's MT Tshuma, center, celebrates his match-tying goal with Jorge Mendo, left, and Matt Scoffone during Friday night's NCAA Division III men's soccer semifinal in Greensboro, N.C. The Camels rallied to beat Washington & Lee 2-1 in sudden death to reach Saturday's final final. (Photo courtesy of Carlos Morales/Conn College)

Steve Yeonas scores in sudden death to send Connecticut College into the NCAA Division III men's soccer final.

Local roundup: Waterford's Crocker named head coach of new Div. III program

Waterford's Billy Crocker, who served as defensive coordinator at UConn for two seasons, was named head coach at Eastern University (Pa.), a new Division III program that will begin play in 2022. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Waterford's Billy Crocker was named head coach at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa., a Philadelphia suburb, which will begin a new Division III program in 2022.

Conn College plays in Div. III semifinals on Friday

In this Nov. 7 file photo, Conn College defender Alessandro Horvath Diano (6) tackles the ball away from Tufts midfielder Liam Gerken (2) in the NESCAC tournament championship game on Freeman Field in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Sixth-ranked Connecticut College (17-4-1) faces No. 1 Washington & Lee (18-1-2) at 5 p.m. Friday.

PROFESSIONAL

Manfred, Clark divergent views point to lengthy lockout

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during a news conference on Thursday in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Hours into Major League Baseball’s first work stoppage in 26 years, Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark presented diametrically opposed views of each side’s negotiating positions that point to a lengthy lockout

Defense lifts Dallas to a 27-17 victory over sinking Saints

Dallas wide receiver CeeDee Lamb runs against the Saints during the first half of Thursday's game in New Orleans. Dallas won, 27-17. (Brett Duke/AP Photo)

CeeDee Lamb had 122 yards from scrimmage, Tony Pollard had a 58-yard touchdown run and the Dallas defense produced timely sacks and turnovers in the Cowboys' 27-17 win over the New Orleans Saints

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

8:55 a.m., ESPN2 — Formula One Saudi Arabia Grand Prix practice from Jeddah.

11:55 a.m., ESPNews — Formula One Saudi Arabia Grand Prix qualifying from Jeddah.

7 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Cup Series Award Show from Nashville, Tenn.

Baseball

6 p.m., FS2 — PBL: Gigantes de Carolina at Indios de Mayagüez.

Basketball

Noon, ESPN2 — NCAA men: Memphis at Mississippi.

Noon, ESPNU — NCAA men: Robert Morris at Milwaukee.

Noon, FS1 — NCAA men: Saint Joseph's at Villanova.

Noon, FS2 — NCAA men: Nyack at Seton Hall.

Noon, NESN — NCAA men: Harvard at Massachusetts.

12:30 p.m., Ch. 61 — NCAA men: Marquette at Wisconsin.

1 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: San Diego State at Michigan.

1 p.m., MSG — NBA: Denver Nuggets at New York Knicks.

2 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Rhode Island at Providence.

2 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Louisville at North Carolina State.

2 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Yale at Auburn.

2 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Tennessee at Colorado.

2 p.m., SNY — NCAA men: Bucknell at Hofstra.

4 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Brigham Young at Missouri State.

4 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Penn at Temple.

4 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Loyola of Chicago at DePaul.

4 p.m., FS2 — NCAA men: Grambling State at UConn.

4 p.m., SNY — NCAA men: Drexel at Princeton.

6:30 p.m., SNY — NCAA men: Wagner at Stony Brook.

7:30 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — NBA: Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets.

8 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Alabama at Gonzaga from Seattle.

8 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA women: Missouri at Baylor.

9 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Iowa State at Creighton.

9 p.m., SNY — NCAA men: Buffalo at St. Bonaventure. (taped today)

10 p.m., NBCSB — NBA: Boston Celtics at Portland Trail Blazers.

10 p.m., ESPN2 — High school boys: St. Vincent-St. Mary (Ohio) vs. Sierra Canyon (Calif.) from Los Angeles.

Football

Noon, Ch. 8 — NCAA: Oklahoma State vs. Baylor in Big 12 Conference championship from Arlington, Texas.

Noon, ESPN — NCAA: Northern Illinois vs. Kent State in Mid-American Conference championship from Detroit.

3 p.m., Ch. 61 — NCAA: Utah State at San Diego State in Mountain West Conference championship.

3:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Appalachian State at Louisiana-Lafayette in Sun Belt Conference championship.

4 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA: Alabama vs. Georgia in Southeastern Conference championship from Atlanta.

4 p.m., Ch. 8 — NCAA: Houston at Cincinnati in American Athletic Conference championship.

4 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: Prairie View A&M at Jackson State in Southwestern Athletic Conference championship.

8 p.m., Ch. 8 — NCAA: Wake Forest vs. Pittsburgh in Atlantic Coast Conference championship from Charlotte, N.C.

8 p.m., Ch. 61 — NCAA: Iowa vs. Michigan in Big Ten Conference championship from Indianapolis.

11 p.m., FS1 — NCAA: Southern California at California.

Golf

5 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: South African Open Championship from Sun City.

Noon, Golf Channel — PGA: Hero World Challenge from New Providence, Bahamas.

2:30 p.m., Ch. 30 — PGA: Hero World Challenge from New Providence, Bahamas.

Midnight, Golf Channel — Asian Tour: Phuket Championship from Choeng Thale, Thailand.

5 a.m. (Sunday), Golf Channel — European PGA: South African Open Championship from Sun City.

Hockey

1 p.m., NHL Network — NHL: St. Louis Blues at Florida Panthers.

2 p.m., NESN — NCAA women: Cornell at Northeastern.

7 p.m., NESN — NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins.

7 p.m., NHL Network — NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Nashville Predators.

8 p.m., MSG — NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at New York Rangers.

Mixed Martial Arts

7 p.m., ESPN — UFC Fight Night preliminaries from Las Vegas.

10 p.m., ESPN — UFC: Rob Font vs. Jose Aldo in a bantamweight bout from Las Vegas.

Soccer

4:50 a.m., FS1 — FIFA Arab Cup: Jordan vs. Morocco from Al Rayyan, Qatar.

7:25 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Chelsea at West Ham United.

7:50 a.m., FS1 — FIFA Arab Cup: Lebanon vs. Algeria from Al Wakrah, Qatar.

9 a.m., CBSSN — Serie A: Salernitana at AC Milan.

9:55 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Burnley at Newcastle United.

10 a.m., USA — Premier League: Liverpool at Wolverhampton.

Noon, CBSSN — Serie A: Inter Milan at AS Roma.

12:30 p.m., Ch. 30 — Premier League: Manchester City at Watford.

1:50 p.m., FS1 — FIFA Arab Cup: Palestine vs. Saudi Arabia from Al Rayyan, Qatar.

6:30 p.m., FS1 — MLS playoffs: Real Salt Lake at Portland Timbers.

Swimming

9 p.m., CBSSN — International Swimming League final from Naples, Italy. (taped today) 

Winter Sports

1 p.m., NBCSN — World Cup Skiing from Beaver Creek, Colo.

5 p.m., Ch. 30 — World Cup Skiing from Beaver Creek, Colo. (taped today)

9 p.m., NBCSN — Big Air Skiing from Steamboat Springs, Colo. (taped today)

2 a.m. (Sunday), NBCSN — World Cup Biathlon from Oestersund, Sweden. (taped today)