Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– DENVER – With Andy Dalton and Peyton Manning out, AJ McCarron and Brock Osweiler are at quarterback when the Cincinnati Bengals (11-3) play the Broncos (10-4). Game starts 8:30 p.m.
– LINCOLN, Neb. – An AP investigation finds that at least one-third of the Power Five schools are not punishing athletes as harshly as they did 10 years ago for using marijuana and other recreational drugs.
– SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Meadowlark Lemon, the clown prince of the Harlem Globetrotters who brought joy to millions of fans around the world with his blend of hook shots and humor, dies at 83.
– CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Panthers don't have time to sulk after their bid for an unbeaten season ended at Atlanta. Carolina still must win Sunday against Tampa Bay to clinch the No. 1 seed.
– It was hard to make heads or tails out of some of the curious calls in the NFL's Week 16, starting with Bill Belichick's decision to kick off after winning the overtime coin flip.
– With some rare exceptions, all Week 16 of the NFL season did was raise more questions as the final week and the playoffs approach.
– DALLAS – Alabama's front seven is loaded with big, strong and fast defenders. In the age of offense, All-American A'Shawn Robinson & Co. could prove that defense can still win championships.
– FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Baker Mayfield and his Oklahoma teammates forged a bond over a long season. The Sooners' journey to the College Football Playoff was sparked by a racist fraternity video.
– Two college bowl games: Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md. (Navy vs. Pittsburgh, 2:30 p.m.); Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit (Central Michigan vs. Minnesota, 5 p.m.).
– The AP releases its latest Top 25 polls in men's and women's college basketball. Men at 1:30 p.m., women at 2 p.m.
– BATON ROUGE, La. – Freshman Ben Simmons has put up numbers to match the hype. He still has to figure out how to help LSU win more, though, or he might miss what could be his only NCAA Tournament.
– NEW YORK – The top-ranked UConn women face No. 6 Maryland in the 10th annual Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
– BUFFALO, N.Y. – Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane says he has done nothing wrong and is looking forward to clearing his name amid a sex offense investigation.
– SAN ANTONIO – The Spurs try to become the first Western Conference team to win its first 18 home games since Houston in 1985-86 when they play the Minnesota Timberwolves. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
– Stein Eriksen, the Norwegian who helped usher in modern skiing with his graceful style, dies in Park City, Utah, at 88. At the 1952 Olympics, he won a gold medal in the giant slalom and silver in the slalom.
– LIENZ, Austria – Lara Gut of Swtizerland wins a World Cup giant slalom to extend her overall lead. Lindsey Vonn failed to finish the opening run. Tina Weirather was second and Viktoria Rebensburg third.