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Last Update on November 23, 2014 20:12 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- On paper the top game of the early afternoon portion of the schedule in the NFL is being played in Foxborough, Massachusetts, as the New England Patriots are entertaining the Detroit Lions. As it turns out the Pats dominated the first half, going to the locker room with a 24-6 lead. New England started the day in first place in the AFC East with a record of 8-2 while the Lions share first place in the NFC North with Green Bay at 7-3.

The game features a classic matchup of offense against defense as New England averages 32.2 points a game while the Lions give up just 15.6.

The Packers, who share the NFC North lead with the Lions, are at Minnesota this afternoon.

Defending Super Bowl champion Seattle finds itself tied for second place in the NFC West with San Francisco at 6-4. The Arizona Cardinals top the division, and all of the NFL, with a record of 9-1. Today the Seahawks are looking to cut into that lead as they play host to the Cards.

The rest of the day's schedule has the Bengals playing the Texans in Houston, Tampa Bay at Chicago, the Falcons home to the Browns, Jacksonville at Indianapolis, the Chargers hosting the Rams, Washington at San Francisco, Miami at Denver and Tennessee at Philadelphia. The Eagles start the day tied with Dallas for first in the NFC East. Tonight the Cowboys are visiting New Jersey to face the Giants.


UNDATED (AP) -- The new Associated Press Top-25 football poll has been released with no change at the top from last week's poll. Florida State remains No. 1 with Alabama No. 2, Oregon third and Mississippi State fourth. Baylor and TCU flipped positions with Baylor now ranked fifth and TCU sixth. The rest of the top-10 teams features Ohio State, Georgia, UCLA and Michigan State.

As far as first-place votes are concerned FSU got 37 with Alabama 21 and Oregon 2.


UNDATED (AP) -- The red-hot Memphis Grizzlies look for another home-court win this evening as they face the Clippers. Memphis leads the NBA with a record of 11-2 with seven of the wins coming on the home floor against no defeats. The Clippers have won two in a row and are 7-4.

Portland has won six straight overall and tonight the Blazers are on the road for a game with the Celtics.

The Golden State Warriors are off to a good start with a record of 9-2. They are riding a four-game winning streak and tonight are in Oklahoma City to face the Thunder, who have dropped five straight.

The remaining games tonight feature Charlotte at Miami and the Lakers home to the Nuggets.


UNDATED (AP) -- In the lone day game in the NHL the St. Louis Blues end a four-game road trip with a game at Winnipeg. The Blues stopped a two-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Senators in Ottawa yesterday. Today's game brings to an end a three-game homestand for the Jets.

The Rangers are back on the ice for the first time since last Wednesday as they entertain the Canadiens tonight. New York's game on Friday was snowed out in Buffalo so the team has had a relatively long break between games. The 16-5-1 Canadiens lead the NHL with 33 points and have won eight of their last nine games.

Anaheim and Arizona are meeting for the second time this month tonight on the Ducks' ice. Back on Nov. 7 the Coyotes rallied to beat the Ducks 3-2 in a shootout.

And in Vancouver this evening the Canucks are hosting the Blackhawks. This is the first of three meetings for these clubs this season.


UNDATED (AP) -- Kentucky, the top team in The Associated Press men's Top-15 basketball poll, enters today's game against Montana State 4-0. In other action today involving ranked schools, 11th-ranked Wichita State is playing Newman while No. 17 Connecticut goes against West Virginia, 18th-ranked Oklahoma is facing Northwestern State and 20th-ranked Ohio State is meeting Sacred Heart.


LILLE, France (AP) -- Roger Federer defeated Richard Gasquet (ree-SHARD' gas-KAY') 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in the first reverse singles match to give Switzerland the Davis Cup final against France. The win put the Swiss on top 3-1 in the best of five competition.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion gave Switzerland its first title in the team competition and added the only big trophy in tennis missing from his collection.


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A dream season for British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has ended with a victory in the final race of the season and the World Championship. Despite not sleeping the night before the Abu Dhabi (AH'-boo DAH'-bee) Grand Prix, Hamilton finished first in a race he only needed to finish first or second in to clinch the title, his second. Hamilton also won the F1 title in 2008. Mercedes teammate Nico (NEE'-koh) Rosberg started the day on the pole and just 17 points back of Hamilton but he never recovered from a poor start.

Overall, Hamilton finished the season with 384 points, with Rosberg notching 317 and Daniel Ricciardo (rih-KAR'-doh) 238 to finish third.

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