Rams take in fresh air, mountains ahead of game vs. Chiefs

In this Oct. 14 file photo, Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay watches during the second half of al game against the Denver Broncos in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

This was a respite for the Los Angeles Rams but certainly no vacation.

On hot seat? Packers' McCarthy focuses on getting road win

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy stands on the sideline during the second half of Thursday's game against the Seattle Seahawks at Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

The Green Bay Packers' 13th-year head coach acknowledged he is aware that the team's 4-5-1 record has led to questions about his future.

Wilson caps Seattle's rally past Green Bay for 27-24 win

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, left, blocks for running back Mike Davis as Davis rushes against Green Bay during the second half of Thursday's game in Seattle. The Seahawks won, 27-24. (Elaine Thompson/AP Photo)

Russell Wilson threw for 225 yards and his 15-yard touchdown pass to Ed Dickson with 5:08 left was the difference in the Seattle Seahawks' 27-24 victory over the Green Bay Packers

After taxing stretch, Brady to use bye to recharge, improve

New England's Tom Brady lies on the ground after being sacked by Tennessee in the first half of Sunday's game in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee won, 34-10. (James Kenney/AP Photo)

Subtle signs of decline or just a blip? Patriots' Tom Brady says self-assessment on tap during bye week

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Beckham not backing off Giants winning final seven games

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., center, scores in front of San Francisco cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, right, and defensive back Antone Exum during the second half of Monday's game in Santa Clara, Calif. The Giants won, 27-23. (Tony Avelar/AP Photo)

Odell Beckham Jr. says more than a couple of people scoffed last week when he said the New York Giants could win their final eight games and make the playoffs

NFL notes

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins defends against Dallas during Sunday's game in Philadelphia. Dallas won, 27-20, dropping the defending world champion Eagles to 4-5. (Rich Schultz/AP Photo)

The standings give Malcolm Jenkins and the Philadelphia Eagles all the motivation they need against the New Orleans Saints

Oakland's Melvin, Atlanta's Snitker voted top managers

Oakland manager Bob Melvin poses for a portrait on Feb. 22, 2017 in Mesa, Ariz. Melvin was voted Manager of the Year on Tuesday for the third time, winning the American League honor after leading the Athletics to the playoffs despite the lowest opening-day payroll in the major league. (Chris Carlson/AP Photo)

Oakland's Bob Melvin was voted Manager of the Year for the third time, winning the American League honor, and Atlanta's Brian Snitker won the National League award

New York Giants finally get that winning feeling back

Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) and quarterback Eli Manning celebrate as they run off the field after Monday's 27-23 win over San Francisco in Santa Clara, Calif. (Tony Avelar/AP Photo)

After five straight weeks of preparing and coming up empty, the New York Giants have something to smile about starting off a week

UCONN

Hurley ejected as Iowa beats UConn for 2K Classic title

UConn head coach Dan Hurley, left, argues with the referee during the first half of Friday's 2K Empire Classic final against Iowa at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Luka Garza scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half, and Iowa beat Connecticut 91-72 in the 2K Classic championship game on Friday night.

Matt Peart helps UConn hit the ground running

The players, all 76 of them, have manned starting positions with varying degrees of success over the last three years, but only one has been called upon week in and week out since the start of the 2016 season.

COLLEGES

No. 11 UCF, No. 19 Cincinnati relish national spotlight

Central Florida head coach Josh Heupel, center, runs onto the field with the team Nov. 10 before a game against Navy in Orlando, Fla. UCF and Cincinnati are Top 25 teams eager to show college football fans what they and the American Athletic Conference are all about.  The undefeated, 11th-ranked Knights and once-beaten No. 19 Cincinnati take a shot at stating their case this week in a primetime, nationally televised matchup with league championship implications.
(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

UCF, Cincinnati eager to show college football world what they and American Athletic Conference are about

50 years after The Tie, all is not even for Harvard, Yale

Harvard's Tom Wynne (45), Yale's Calvin Hill (3) and Harvard's Pat Conway (34) battle for a Yale pass during a Nov. 23, 1968 game at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass. Sixty-five members of Harvard's 1968 football team are expected back on campus this weekend for the 50th anniversary of The Game's most memorable edition.  (AP Photo/File)

Fifty years after a furious comeback against Yale left Harvard celebrating a 29-29 "victory," players from both sidelines have no doubt who won and who lost

LOCAL ROUNDUP

CGA's Mooney poised to make a run at NCAA cross country title

Coast Guard Academy's Kaitlyn Mooney (510) competes during a cross country meet earlier this season. (photo courtesy of CGA athletics)

The talented sophomore is considered one of the top contenders to win the individual crown on Saturday at the NCAA Division III women's cross country championship at the Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wisc.

Local roundup: CIAC moves soccer, field hockey finals to Sunday

The CIAC has moved all of Saturday's soccer and field hockey finals to Sunday in order to insure host facilities can properly clear their fields of snow.

Local roundup: NLL labor issues force Black Wolves opener to be canceled

Labor issues between the National Lacrosse League and the Professional Lacrosse Players Association was forced the NLL to cancel the first two weeks of the season.

PROFESSIONAL

Dickinson scores in OT to lift Stars over Bruins 1-0

Boston Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton (75) and Dallas Stars center Jason Spezza (90) scuffle in the third period of Friday's game at Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)

Jason Dickinson buried a rebound 1:34 into overtime, Ben Bishop made 23 saves and the Dallas Stars beat the Boston Bruins 1-0 on Friday night.

Kyle Busch leads title contenders in qualifying for NASCAR finale

Kyle Busch prepares to get into his car Friday during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Kyle Busch will lead NASCAR's title contenders at the start of Sunday's championship finale

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

11:30 a.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Monster Cup Ford EcoBoost 400 practice from Homestead, Fla.

12:30 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity Ford EcoBoost 300 qualifying from Homestead, Fla.

2 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Monster Cup Ford EcoBoost 400 final practice from Homestead, Fla.

3:30 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity Ford EcoBoost 300 from Homestead, Fla.

Basketball

6 p.m., SNY — NCAA women: Vanderbilt at UConn from Mohegan Sun.

6 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Brooklyn Nets.

7:30 p.m., NBCSB, NBA TV — NBA: Utah Jazz at Boston Celtics.

Football

Noon, Ch. 8 — NCAA: Ohio State at Maryland.

Noon, Ch. 61 — NCAA: Michigan State at Nebraska.

Noon, CBSSN — NCAA: Colgate at Army.

Noon, ESPN — NCAA: Arkansas at Mississippi State.

Noon, ESPN2 — NCAA: Yale at Harvard.

Noon, ESPNU — NCAA: Idaho at Florida.

Noon, ESPNews — NCAA: South Florida at Temple.

Noon, FS1 — NCAA: Texas Christian at Baylor.

Noon, WCCT — NCAA: North Carolina State at Louisville.

Noon, NESN, YES — NCAA: Pittsburgh at Wake Forest.

1 p.m., SNY — NCAA: Cornell at Columbia.

2 p.m., ESPN Classic — NCAA: Florida A&M vs. Bethune-Cookman from Orlando, Fla.

2:30 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — NCAA: Syracuse vs. Notre Dame at New York.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA: Missouri at Tennessee.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 8 — NCAA: West Virginia at Oklahoma State.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 61 — NCAA: Southern California at UCLA.

3:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: Tulsa at Navy.

3:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Miami at Virginia Tech.

3:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: Boston College at Florida State.

3:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Texas Tech at Kansas State.

3:30 p.m., NESN — NCAA: Virginia at Georgia Tech.

4 p.m., FS1 — NCAA: Indiana at Michigan.

4 p.m., ESPNews — NCAA: Air Force at Wyoming.

7 p.m., CBSSN, WXLM (980-AM) — NCAA: UConn at East Carolina.

7 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: Alabama-Birmingham at Texas A&M.

7:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Rice at Louisiana State.

8 p.m., Ch. 8 — NCAA: Cincinnati at Central Florida.

10:15 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: New Mexico State at Brigham Young.

10:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: San Diego State at Fresno State.

10:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Arizona at Washington State.

Golf

6 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: DP World Championship from Dubai.

1:30 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: RSM Classic from Sea Island Resort, Georgia.

4:30 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA Tour Championship from Naples, Fla. (taped today)

8 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Australian Open from Sydney.

2:30 a.m. (Sunday), Golf Channel — European PGA: DP World Championship from Dubai.

Hockey

7 p.m., MSG — NHL: Florida Panthers at New York Rangers.

8 p.m., NESN — NHL: Boston Bruins at Arizona Coyotes.

Mixed Martial Arts

8 p.m., FS1 — UFC preliminaries followed by Neil Magny vs. Santiago Ponzinbbio from Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Tennis

7 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Finals from London.

9 a.m., ESPNews — ATP Finals from London.