Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 2 p.m. All times EST:
- PHILADELPHIA - DeSean Jackson returns to Philadelphia and tries to help Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins clinch the NFC East with a win over the Eagles, who must win to avoid elimination. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 8:25 p.m.
- DALLAS - Alabama had to work around some severe weather at home to get to North Texas, where they will play Michigan State on New Year's Eve in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Cotton Bowl. 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
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- MIAMI - No. 1 Clemson and No. 4 Oklahoma arrive for Thursday's national semifinal matchup in the Orange Bowl. UPCOMING: 550 words by 7 p.m.
- LEXINGTON, Ky. - No. 16 Louisville hopes to end a three-game losing streak against Kentucky when it visits the No. 12 Wildcats at Rupp Arena. UPCOMING. 650 words, Started noon.
- SAN ANTONIO - The Spurs look to extend their franchise-record 25-game home winning streak when the Denver Nuggets visit. San Antonio is 17-0 at home this season. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Starts 8:30 p.m.
- A throwback look at college basketball: After recent years with the focus on one-and-done talent, there's plenty of seniors putting up big scoring numbers - including No. 1 Michigan State's Denzel Valentine and No. 3 Oklahoma's Buddy Hield. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos.
- TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Nick Saban's coaching legacy extends well beyond the SEC and national titles and NFL draft picks. It sometimes stretches all the way to the opposing sideline. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.
- LINCOLN, Neb. - The move toward allowing wireless communication between coaches and players on the field in college football is on hold after a plan to experiment with the technology in a few of this year's bowl games was scrapped. 750 words.
- SHREVEPORT, La. - Coach Frank Beamer leads Virginia Tech for the final time when the Hokies face Tulsa in the Independence Bowl. UPCOMING; 650 words, photos. Starts 5:45 p.m.
- SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Nebraska looks to put a positive end to a losing season when the Cornhuskers (5-7) take on UCLA (8-4) in the Foster Farms Bowl. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Starts 9:15 p.m.
- FBC--Sun Bowl. Miami (8-4) vs. Washington State (8-4) in Sun Bowl. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 2 p.m.
- FBC--Heart of Dallas Bowl. Conference USA runner-up Southern Miss (9-3) vs. Washington (6-6) in Dallas. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Starts 2:20 p.m.
- FBC--Pinstripe Bowl. Indiana (6-6) vs. Duke (7-5) in Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Starts 3:30 p.m.
- FBC--St Petersburg Bowl. UConn (6-6) vs. Marshall (9-3) in the St. Petersburg Bowl. 600 words, photos. By Mark Didtler. Started 11 a.m.
- WASHINGTON - The Capitals bring a six-game winning streak into a matchup with the Canadiens, who have lost five in a row but still stand atop the Atlantic Division. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Starts 7 p.m.