ATLANTA — Sorry, Southeastern Conference. You had your chance. Now, it's out of your hands. If top-ranked Florida State and No. 2 Ohio State both win Saturday, they deserve to play for No. 1 — and no amount of griping from the SEC should make a bit of difference. By National Writer Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars are the hottest team in the AFC. Yep, the same group that lost its first eight games by double digits has won three in a row and four of five since a bye. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.
IRVING, Texas — A winter blast forces the Dallas Cowboys indoors when they were hoping to keep working outside in preparation for a bitterly cold Monday night in Chicago. The Cowboys don't mind practicing in the elements. It worked pretty well leading to a win in frigid weather at the Giants two weeks ago. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — FBN--Champ's Bitter Season. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— NASHVILLE, Tenn. — FBN--Titans-Tight Ends. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FBN--Chiefs-Charles. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 7500 words, photos.
— FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — FBN--Jets-Healthy Receivers. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— LINCOLN, Neb. — FBN--Patriots-Dennart. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 4 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas — No. 3 Kentucky plays No. 20 Baylor in the stadium that will host the Final Four in April. Both teams are 7-1 entering to the matchup that is part of the Big 12-SEC Challenge. By Basketball Writer Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts about 10 p.m.
— BKW--T25-Baylor-Kentucky. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — No. 6 Kansas already has traveled to the Bahamas. Up next is a trip to Colorado, followed by another to No. 15 Florida before a neutral-site game against New Mexico. Even Jayhawks coach Bill Self admits he may have been a bit too aggressive in his scheduling. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 1 p.m.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim knew a lot of work awaited for his team's first season in the ACC. Most pressing, he had to replace his backcourt. Eight games into the season, Trevor Cooney and Tyler Ennis have excelled beyond expectations. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
CAR--NASCAR-JOHNSON & KNAUS
LAS VEGAS — Rick Hendrick had no idea he was building a dynasty when he paired new driver Jimmie Johnson with crew chief Chad Knaus. Six championships later, the team owner calls the duo "Lightning in a Bottle." By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Real Salt Lake tries to win its first MLS Cup title since 2009, and Sporting Kansas City tries to do the same for the first time since 2000, when the clubs meet at Sporting Park on Saturday. It will be the first time the two teams have met in the postseason. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— HONG KONG — GLF--Hong Kong Open. South Africa's Jbe Kruger leads Hong Kong Open by a stroke after two rounds. SENT: 250 words, photos.
— DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — GLF--Dubai Ladies Masters. Stacy Lewis takes two-stroke lead in Dubai Ladies Mastersafter three rounds. SENT: 200 words, photos.
— CARY, N.C. — SOC--Virginia Tech-Florida State. Florida State vs. Virginia Tech in semifinals of Women's College Cup. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Game starts 5 p.m.
— CARY, N.C. — SOC--UCLA-Virginia. UCLA vs. Virginia in semifinals of Women's College Cup. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
— PARK CITY, Utah — BOB--Bobsled World Cup. Steven Holcomb, Elana Meyers lead U.S. in bobsled World Cup. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 9 p.m.
— PARK CITY, Utah — SKE--Skeleton World Cup. Noelle Pikus-Pace is top medal hope for U.S. skeleton team at her home track. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— BERLIN — SPD--Speedskating World Cup. American Joey Mantia, former inline champion, wins 1,500 for first speedskating World Cup victory. SENT: 150 words, photos.
— HOCHFILZEN, Austria — BIA--Biathlon World Cup. Selina Gasparin becomes first Swiss to win a biathlon World Cup event. SENT: 150 words.
— LILLEHAMMER, Norway — JUM--Ski Jump World Cup. Japan beats Austria, Norway in World Cup ski jump for mixed team. SENT: 130 words.
— KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — SWM--Winter Nationals. Olympic gold medal winners Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky and Matt Grevers are to swim on the second day of Winter National Championships. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Finals start 5 p.m.
— FUKUOKA, Japan — FIG--Grand Prix Final. Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu beats Patrick Chan in free skate to win Grand Prix Final. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— PARIS — CAR--FIA-Election. Jean Todt wins second term as president of governing body of motorsports. By Trung Latieule. SENT: 250 words, photos.
— LAS VEGAS — National Finals Rodeo. Day 2 of 10-day National Finals Rodeo, with competition in seven events. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by midnight.
— BKN--NBA Capsules.
— HKN--NHL Capsules.
— BKC--Top 25 Capsules.
— BKW--Top 25 Capsules.
— GLF--Golf Capsules.
Friday's Time Schedule (EST)
Milwaukee at Washington, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Denver at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Orlando at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Golden State at Houston, 8 p.m.
Oklahoma City at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Toronto at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
Utah at Portland, 10 p.m.
LA Lakers at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
Detroit at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
San Jose at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Colorado at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Phoenix at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
College Football (Top 25)
No. 16 Northern Illinois vs. Bowling Green, MAC championship at Detroit, 8 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 3 Kentucky vs. No. 20 Baylor at Arlington, Texas, 10 p.m.
No. 9 Oklahoma State vs. South Carolina, 9:30 p.m.
No. 12 Connecticut vs. Maine at Hartford, Conn., 7 p.m.
No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 9 Baylor at Arlington, Texas, 7:30 p.m.
No. 24 Gonzaga vs. Portland State, 9 p.m.