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FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2016

FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2016, 9:24 P.M.

Football preview: Georgia State Panthers at Idaho Vandals

They’re guaranteed to go to a bowl and finish fourth in the Sun Belt. So what’s left to motivate the Vandals as they finish the regular season against Georgia State? Plenty. Twenty seniors, including four from Paul Petrino’s first recruiting class in 2013, will be honored before the game as part of senior day.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaks during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto racing awards Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in Las Vegas. (John Locher / Associated Press)

FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2016, 9:23 P.M.

Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt honored as NASCAR closes 2016

Jimmie Johnson was celebrated for winning his record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup title Friday night, while Tony Stewart was seen off into retirement and Dale Earnhardt Jr. told his adoring fans he’ll return in 2017. Johnson’s dramatic victory in the year’s final race last month at Homestead moved him into a tie with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the most series championships.

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In this Oct. 30, 2016, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian waitd to be introduced prior to an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers in Denver. Siemian had hoped to return to practice Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, but the training staff put him right back in his walking boot and informed coach Gary Kubiak the second-year pro was a no-go. (Jack Dempsey / Associated Press)

FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2016, 7:33 P.M.

NFL notes: Broncos rule Trevor Siemian out against Jaguars

Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian will miss Denver’s game at Jacksonville on Sunday because of his sprained left foot. Siemian had his best game as a pro last week, throwing for 368 yards and three TDs against the Chiefs but was injured on a sack in overtime. Rookie Paxton Lynch will make his second start of the season.

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Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has missed the last five games after having knee surgery in early November. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2016, 7:24 P.M.

Earl Thomas, Michael Bennett expected back for Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks are expected to get at least six players back from injury this week, including safety Earl Thomas, defensive end Michael Bennett and center Justin Britt. Also expected back in the lineup for Seattle are cornerback DeShawn Shead, linebacker Mike Morgan and backup running back Troymaine Pope.

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FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2016, 5:58 P.M.

Alabama-Florida for SEC title looks like massive mismatch

Alabama and Florida will face off Saturday in the Southeastern Conference championship game, with the top-ranked Crimson Tide (12-0, 8-0 SEC) heavily favored to lock up its third straight trip to the College Football Playoff with a victory over the No. 15 Gators (8-3, 6-2).

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Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen will present a matchup challenge for Gonzaga on Saturday. (Rick Scuteri / Associated Press)

FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2016, 4:36 P.M.

Gonzaga-Arizona key matchups

Arizona freshman forward Lauri Markkanen is one of the country’s most versatile players. The 7-footer is averaging 18.3 points, shoots 54 percent from the field, 47 percent on 3-pointers and 89 percent at the free-throw line. The Zags will probably ...

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