(Undated)  —  Here is the latest sports news:  Cowboys can’t stick with Falcons.  Two top four college football teams lose.  Tennessee gets rid of Butch Jones.  Final Four for NASCAR Playoffs clinched.  Braves find their new general manager.

>>Cowboys Lose To Falcons Without Elliot And Smith

(Atlanta, GA)  —  The depleted Cowboys were no match for the Falcons in a 27-7 loss at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  Dallas was without left tackle Tyron Smith and running back Ezekiel Elliot served the first-game of his six-game suspension.  Atlanta defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn had six of their eight sacks.  Both teams are 5-and-4.

>>Shake Up Coming To College Football Playoff Rankings

(Undated)  —  The College Football Playoff Rankings could have a different look when the third edition is released tomorrow.  Number-one Georgia got destroyed by number-10 Auburn, 40-17.  Number-seven Miami hammered number-three Notre Dame, 41-8.  Number-five Oklahoma dominated number-six TCU, 38-20.

>>Tennessee Fires HC Jones

(Knoxville, TN)  —  The University of Tennessee is cutting ties with head football coach Butch Jones.  The school fired Jones yesterday, one day after the Volunteers lost to Missouri, 50-17.  The Vols are 4-and-6 overall and 0-and-6 in the SEC.  Tennessee has lost five of its past six games.  Defensive line coach Brady Hoke will serve as the interim head coach.

>>Kenseth Wins In Phoenix, Keselowski Rounds Out Final Four

(Phoenix, AZ)  —  Matt Kenseth passed Chase Elliott with 10 laps to go to win the Round of Eight finale at Phoenix Raceway, but it was Brad Keselowski who clinched the spot in the Championship Four.  Keselowski earned the final spot after Elliott finished second.  Keselowski joins Martin Truex Junior, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch in the winner-take-all championship race this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

>>Report: Braves To Hire Anthopoulos As GM

(Atlanta, GA)  —  The Braves search for their new general manager is coming to a close.  The “New York Post” reports the job will go to Alex Anthopoulos.  An announcement is expected at the MLB GM meetings, which begin on today.  Anthopoulos has been the Dodgers vice president of baseball operations since January 2016.  He was with the Blue Jays from 2003-to-2015 and their GM from 2009 on.

 

SUNDAY’S SCOREBOARD

NFL
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Tennessee Titans 24, Cincinnati Bengals 20
New Orleans Saints 47, Buffalo Bills 10
Minnesota Vikings 38, Washington Redskins 30
Green Bay Packers 23, Chicago Bears 16
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 15, New York Jets 10
Jacksonville Jaguars 20, Los Angeles Chargers 17  (OT)
Pittsburgh Steelers 20, Indianapolis Colts 17
Detroit Lions 38, Cleveland Browns 24
Los Angeles Rams 33, Houston Texans 7
San Francisco 49ers 31, New York Giants 21
Atlanta Falcons 27, Dallas Cowboys 7
New England Patriots 41, Denver Broncos 16

NBA
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Boston Celtics 95, Toronto Raptors 94
Detroit Pistons 112, Miami Heat 103
Houston Rockets 118, Indiana Pacers 95
Oklahoma City Thunder 112, Dallas Mavericks 99

NHL
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Washington Capitals 2, Edmonton Oilers 1  (SO)
New Jersey Devils 7, Chicago Blackhawks 5
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Anaheim Ducks 1
San Jose Sharks 2, Los Angeles Kings 1

Top-25 Men’s College Basketball  (USA Today Coaches’ Poll)
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#4 Kentucky Wildcats 73, Vermont Catamounts 69
#5 Arizona Wildcats 103, UMBC Retrievers 78
#12 Miami (FL) Hurricanes 89, Navy Midshipmen 55
#16 Louisville Cardinals 72, George Mason Patriots 61
#21 Purdue Boilermakers 111, Chicago State Cougars 42
#23 Seton Hall Pirates 75, Monmouth Hawks 65

NASCAR
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Can-Am 500  (at Avondale, AZ)
1. Matt Kenseth
2. Chase Elliot
3. Martin Truex Jr.

PGA
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OHL Classic at Mayakoba  (at Playa del Carmen, Mexico)
1. Patton Kizzire  (-19)
2. Rickie Fowler  (-18)
3. Si Woo Kim  (-15)

 

>>MONDAY’S SCHEDULE  (All times are Eastern)

NFL
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8:30 p.m. – Miami Dolphins at Carolina Panthers

NBA
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7:00 p.m. – Sacramento Kings at Washington Wizards
7:30 p.m. – Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks
8:00 p.m. – Memphis Grizzlies at Milwaukee Bucks
8:00 p.m. – Atlanta Hawks at New Orleans Pelicans
9:00 p.m. – Minnesota Timberwolves at Utah Jazz
9:00 p.m. – Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns
10:00 p.m. – Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers
10:30 p.m. – Philadelphia 76ers at LA Clippers
10:30 p.m. – Orlando Magic at Golden State Warriors

NHL
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7:00 p.m. – Dallas Stars at Carolina Hurricanes
9:00 p.m. – St. Louis Blues at Calgary Flames

Top-25 College Basketball  (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
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7:00 p.m. – #7 Florida Gators host Gardner-Webb Bulldogs
9:00 p.m. – #8 Wichita State Shockers host Charleston Cougars
11:00 p.m. – #11 USC Trojans host North Dakota State Bison
7:00 p.m. – #13 Cincinnati Bearcats host Western Carolina Catamounts
7:00 p.m. – #14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish host Mt. St. Mary’s Mountaineers  (Maui Jim Maui on the Mainland)
6:30 p.m. – #15 Minnesota Golden Gophers at Providence Friars
8:30 p.m. – #17 Xavier Musketeers host Rider Broncs  (Las Vegas Invitational – Campus Game)
8:00 p.m. – #20 Northwestern Wildcats host Saint Peter’s Peacocks  (Hall of Fame Tip-Off – Campus Game)
10:00 p.m. – #22 St. Mary’s Gaels host New Mexico State Aggies
8:00 p.m. – #24 Baylor Bears host Texas A&M CC Islanders