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2 bowl games on tap


UNDATED (AP) – There two bowl games on the Friday college football schedule.


Florida International University will try for a school-record ninth win when it takes on Toledo this afternoon in the Bahamas Bowl. Toledo is bidding for a sixth consecutive eight-win season, and could end 2018 on a season-long three-game winning streak.


The 8-4 Panthers will also be seeking their first bowl win since 2010, which came against Toledo. The 7-5 Rockets have scored 50 or more points six times this season, and their offense will be a major challenge for an FIU team that has thrived when it keeps teams to 24 points or less.


At night, Brigham Young will be looking to close out a roller coaster season when it faces Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise. The Cougars returned to the AP Top 25 early in the season before dropping four of five games during one stretch. BYU finished the regular season with a 6-6 record. Western Michigan is7-5 and making its fourth bowl appearance in the past five seasons and its second trip to Boise, where it lost to Air Force in 2014.




Shiffrin wins giant slalom for 49th World Cup victory


COURCHEVEL, France (AP) – Mikaela Shiffrin won a giant slalom for her 49th career World Cup victory Friday as the American continued her march to a third straight season-long overall title.


Under heavy snow, Shiffrin had a fantastic second run to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 49.81 seconds and beat first-run leader Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany by 0.14 seconds.


France’s Tessa Worley recovered from injury to take third place, 0.33 behind Shiffrin.


The 23-year-old Shiffrin, who is the reigning Olympic GS champion, trailed Rebensburg by 0.08 after the first run.




Lawyer: Michigan State hampered probe of its Nassar dealings


LANSING, Mich. (AP) – An independent special counsel has accused Michigan State University of stonewalling his investigation into the school’s handling of the sexual abuse scandal involving disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar.


Special counsel Bill Forsyth released a report Friday accusing the school of fighting the release of certain relevant documents and releasing others that were “irrelevant.” It says these actions hampered the investigation.


Forsyth said at a news conference that “their biggest concern was the reputation of the university.”


Hundreds of women and girls, most of them gymnasts, accused Nassar of molesting them under the guise that it was treatment during his time working for Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, which trained Olympians. He received long prison terms after pleading guilty to child pornography possession and sexual abuse charges.




Australian Open to have 10-point tiebreakers in deciding set


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – The Australian Open in January will play a 10-point tiebreaker in deciding sets, joining Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in using tiebreakers to avoid long matches.


The move was reported widely a month ago but denied by Australian Open officials. On Friday, the tournament said the decision was made at came after consultation with current and former players and tennis officials.


In the men’s singles draw, the first four sets will feature a seven-point tiebreaker at 6-6, with the final set going to a 10-point tiebreaker at 6-6. In women’s singles play and men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles, the deciding set of three sets will be played with a 10-point tiebreaker if level at 6-6.


Wimbledon announced in October that it will next year have a standard first-to-seven points tiebreaker when the deciding set reaches 12-12.


The U.S. Open was the first Grand Slam tournament to introduce final-set tiebreakers, with a first-to-seven points game played at 6-6.


The French Open is now the only Grand Sam event still decided by a long deciding set by advantage.


The Australian Open begins Jan. 14.



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