(Undated)  —  Here is the latest sports news:  Alabama stays at one in CFP Rankings.  Semifinalists up for Canton announced.  MLB goes hard after the Braves.  Ohtani heading to MLB for 2018 after MLB posting deal.  Nuggets get hit with a tough injury.

>>’Bama, Miami, Clemson, OU Top-Four In Latest CFP Rankings

(Undated)  —  Alabama is still number-one in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings.  The Crimson Tide are followed by Miami, which swapped places with now number-three Clemson.  Oklahoma is fourth.  The first two teams out of the playoff picture are Wisconsin at number-five and Auburn at number-six.

>>Pro Football Hall Of Fame Reveals Semifinalists For Class Of 2018

(Canton, OH)  —  The Pro Football Hall of Fame is naming 27 semifinalists for the Class of 2018.  The group includes six first-time eligibles in defensive back Ronde [[ RON-day ]] Barber, guard Steve Hutchinson, linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher [[ URR-lock-er ]], wide receiver Randy Moss and defensive lineman Richard Seymour.  15 modern-era finalists will be announced in January.

>>MLB Penalizes Braves After International Signing Violations

(Cumberland, GA)  —  Major League Baseball is coming down hard on the Braves for multiple violations of international signing rules.  They are losing 13 players who had signed with the club, but are now free agents.  The scandal led to the dismissal of GM John Coppolella and the resignation of president John Hart.  Coppolella is banned from MLB for life, while scout Gordon Blakeley got a one-year suspension.

>>Japan Star Ohtani To Get To Play In MLB In 2018

(Undated)  —  A new international star is expected to arrive in Major League Baseball for the 2018 season.  MLB and the Players Association came to an agreement for a new posting system on Tuesday.  The deal will allow Japan’s Shohei Ohtani to head to the United States.  Ohtani is a highly regarded two-way player at age 23, but is coming off ankle surgery in October.

>>Nuggets Lose Millsap For Extended Period

(Denver, CO)  —  The Nuggets are receiving bad news about forward Paul Millsap.  According to multiple reports, the All-Star could miss up to three months with a torn ligament in his left wrist.  Millsap will need surgery to repair the injury, which occurred during Denver’s loss to the Lakers on Sunday.  The 32-year-old is averaging 16 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game in his first season with the Nuggets.

 

>>TUESDAY’S SCOREBOARD

NBA
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Los Angeles Lakers 103, Chicago Bulls 94

NHL
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Vancouver Canucks 5, Philadelphia Flyers 2
St. Louis Blues 8, Edmonton Oilers 3
Dallas Stars 3, Montreal Canadiens 1

Top-25 Men’s College Basketball (USA Today Coaches’ Poll)
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#2 Kansas Jayhawks 114, Texas Southern Tigers 71  (Hoophall Miami Invitational)
#6 Wichita State Shockers 80, Marquette Golden Eagles 66  (Maui Jim Maui Invitational at Maui, HI)
#12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 92, LSU Tigers 53  (Maui Jim Maui Invitational at Maui, HI)
#13 Cincinnati Bearcats 75, Richmond Spiders 48  (Cayman Islands Classic)
#15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 100, Alabama A&M Bulldogs 57
#18 Louisville Cardinals 84, Southern Illinois Salukis 42
#19 Texas A&M Aggies 98, Penn State Nittany Lions 87  (Legends Classic at Brooklyn, NY)
#23 UCLA Bruins 72, Wisconsin Badgers 70  (Hall of Fame Classic at Kansas City, MO)
#24 Baylor Bears 65, Creighton Bluejays 59  (Hall of Fame Classic at Kansas City, MO)

 

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

NBA
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7:00 p.m. – Washington Wizards at Charlotte Hornets
7:00 p.m. – Brooklyn Nets at Cleveland Cavaliers
7:00 p.m. – Portland Trail Blazers at Philadelphia 76ers
7:30 p.m. – LA Clippers at Atlanta Hawks
7:30 p.m. – Boston Celtics at Miami Heat
7:30 p.m. – Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks
8:00 p.m. – Denver Nuggets at Houston Rockets
8:00 p.m. – Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies
8:00 p.m. – Orlando Magic at Minnesota Timberwolves
8:00 p.m. – San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans Pelicans
8:00 p.m. – Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder
9:00 p.m. – Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns
9:00 p.m. – Chicago Bulls at Utah Jazz
10:30 p.m. – Los Angeles Lakers at Sacramento Kings

NHL
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7:00 p.m. – Minnesota Wild at Buffalo Sabres
7:00 p.m. – Edmonton Oilers at Detroit Red Wings
7:00 p.m. – Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers
7:00 p.m. – Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils
7:00 p.m. – Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders
7:00 p.m. – Vancouver Canucks at Pittsburgh Penguins
7:00 p.m. – Ottawa Senators at Washington Capitals
7:00 p.m. – New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes
7:00 p.m. – Calgary Flames at Columbus Blue Jackets
7:30 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning
8:00 p.m. – Montreal Canadiens at Nashville Predators
9:00 p.m. – Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche
9:00 p.m. – San Jose Sharks at Arizona Coyotes
10:00 p.m. – Vegas Golden Knights at Anaheim Ducks
10:30 p.m. – Winnipeg Jets at Los Angeles Kings

Top-25 College Basketball  (USA Today Coaches’ Poll)
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2:30 p.m. – #3 Villanova Wildcats host Western Kentucky  (Battle 4 Atlantis)
7:00 p.m. – #4 Arizona Wildcats host North Carolina State Wolfpack  (Battle 4 Atlantis)
8:00 p.m. – #8 Kentucky Wildcats host Fort Wayne Mastodons
10:00 p.m. – #10 USC Trojans host Lehigh Mountain Hawks
6:00 p.m. – #11 Miami Hurricanes host La Salle Explorers  (at Reading, PA)
7:30 p.m. – #13 Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Wyoming Cowboys  (Cayman Islands Classic at George Town, Cayman Islands)
12:00 p.m. – #16 Purdue Boilermakers host Tennessee Volunteers  (Battle 4 Atlantis)