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AP Source: Redskins to start Colt McCoy over RG3 (Yahoo Sports)
11/26/2014 10:41:20 AM

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2014, file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (16) stands on the field after an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Landover, Md. A person familiar with the decision says the Redskins plan to start McCoy over Robert Griffin III on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, against the Indianapolis Colts. The person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because coach Jay Gruden had yet to announce the news to his team. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Move over, RG3. It's Colt vs. the Colts.

Smith to start at QB for Jets vs. Dolphins on MNF (Yahoo Sports)
11/26/2014 8:13:27 AM

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith walks off the field after their 38-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills in an NFL football game in Detroit, Monday, Nov.24, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Geno Smith is getting another shot as the New York Jets' starting quarterback.

Bama, FSU, Oregon, Miss St hold playoff places (Yahoo Sports)
11/25/2014 11:43:51 PM

Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon (4) returns to drills (after dressing out but not participating Monday) during Alabama football practice, Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/, Vasha Hunt) MAGS OUT (AP Photo/Alabama Media Group, Vasha Hunt)

Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State remained the top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday heading into a weekend when just about all the contenders are facing challenging rivals.

Red Sox bring in Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez (Yahoo Sports)
11/25/2014 7:33:49 PM

Newly acquired Boston Red Sox free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval smiles as he responds to a reporter's question after being introduced to the media at Fenway Park Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

BOSTON (AP) -- Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez spent the last two seasons as NL West rivals. Now they're teammates in Boston, the result of a $183 million spending spree the Red Sox are hoping will lift them out of the AL East cellar.

AP source: Left-hander Jon Lester, Giants to meet (Yahoo Sports)
11/25/2014 4:07:38 PM

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jon Lester throws during the first inning of the AL wild-card playoff baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the arrangements says free agent left-hander Jon Lester has plans to meet with the San Francisco Giants next week.

Lawson has 20 points, Nuggets beat Bulls 114-109 (Yahoo Sports)
11/26/2014 1:09:39 AM

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 25: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls pauses during a break in the action against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on November 25, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Bulls 114-109. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

DENVER (AP) -- The Denver Nuggets have climbed all the way back to .500 after a rough start.

Curry powers Warriors past Heat 114-97 (Yahoo Sports)
11/25/2014 11:43:26 PM

MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 25: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts to a play during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on November 25, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

MIAMI (AP) -- So much for Stephen Curry's mini-shooting slump.

Messi sets European record with 74 goals (Yahoo Sports)
11/25/2014 4:44:44 PM
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Barcelona's Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to shatter the Champions League goalscoring record on Tuesday by taking his tally in the competition to 74. The previous record of 71 had been set by former Real Madrid and Schalke striker Raul over the course of 142 matches.
No. 12 Villanova beats No. 19 Michigan 60-55 (Yahoo Sports)
11/26/2014 1:47:39 AM

Villanova's JayVaughn Pinkston (22) blocks a shot by Michigan's Zak Irvin (21) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in New York. Villanova won the game 60-55. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) -- JayVaughn Pinkston ended some back-and-forth drama worthy of March with a bucket, a block and then a mad break - straight into the waiting arms of his Villanova teammates.

No. 3 Arizona beats Kansas State 72-68 in Maui (Yahoo Sports)
11/26/2014 12:47:18 AM

Arizona center Kaleb Tarczewski (35) pivots around Kansas State forward Thomas Gipson, right, to shoot the basketball in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Maui Invitational on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) -- Arizona came to Maui to face adversity. There was some back in the desert through the first four games, though most of that was self-inflicted.