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Falcons receiver Jones to play vs. Saints (Yahoo Sports)  

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones warms up before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Atlanta receiver Julio Jones has been activated for Sunday's pivotal NFC South game against New Orleans.


 

Pats' Edelman, Blount out; Jets' Wilkerson active (Yahoo Sports)  

Miami Dolphins strong safety Reshad Jones (20) tackles New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and running back LeGarrette Blount will not play against the New York Jets on Sunday because of injuries.


 

Newton active, will start for Panthers vs. Browns (Yahoo Sports)  

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, right, prepares to throw a pass as quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey, left, looks on during an NFL football practice in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is active and will start against the Cleveland Browns just 12 days after an automobile accident left him with two fractures in his lower back.


 

Novak's 40-yard FG lifts Chargers past 49ers (Yahoo Sports)  

San Diego Chargers players celebrate after nose tackle Sean Lissemore, on ground, recovered a fumble by San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton during overtime in an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. The Chargers won 38-35. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Philip Rivers looked at the 21-point deficit on the scoreboard at halftime and even he wondered whether the San Diego Chargers had it in them to come back. The season depended on it, so Rivers took charge.


 

Ellis leads Mavericks over Spurs 99-93 (Yahoo Sports)  

DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 20: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Dallas Mavericks handles the ball against the San Antonio Spurs on December 20, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

DALLAS (AP) -- The star of Rajon Rondo's debut with the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night was Monta Ellis - the teammate whom the Mavericks hope helps Rondo form a lethal backcourt combination that will make them championship contenders.


 

Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia (Yahoo Sports)  

Retired boxing champion Muhammad Ali waves after receiving the Liberty Medal during a ceremony at the National Constitution Center, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. The honor is given annually to an individual who displays courage and conviction while striving to secure liberty for people worldwide. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night.


 

Eagles near elimination, fall 27-24 to Redskins (Yahoo Sports)  

Washington Redskins' Kai Forbath (2) is congratulated by tight end Logan Paulsen (82) and punter Tress Way (5) after kicking the winning field goal in an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. The Redskins defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27-24. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- The Philadelphia Eagles have proved themselves to be a mirage, a team that got away with its faults until it couldn't any longer. Leaders in the NFC East as recently as a week ago, they're now just about done in the playoff race, and they're in no position to argue that they deserve any better.


 

Kentucky scores first 24 points, beats UCLA 83-44 (Yahoo Sports)  

Kentucky players from left, Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis, Trey Lyles, and Willie Cauley-Stein celebrate their 83-42 win over UCLA during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO (AP) -- No. 1 Kentucky made it look so easy that coach John Calipari felt the need to point out he had actual human beings on the court.


 

No. 7 Villanova rallies in 82-77 overtime win over Syracuse (Yahoo Sports)  

Villanova head coach Jay Wright, center, celebrates with Josh Hart, left, and Ryan Arcidiacono after an NCAA college basketball game against Syracuse, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Philadelphia. Villanova won 82-77 in overtime. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Josh Hart has a saying at every Villanova practice, the kind that keeps his unbeaten team focused on the big picture of a potential championship season.


 

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin has aneurysm (Yahoo Sports)  

Cincinnati's coach Mick Cronin directs players against San Diego State in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game in Cincinnati Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Cincinnati basketball coach Mick Cronin has an aneurysm and will be sidelined indefinitely while doctors decide how to treat it.


 

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