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:
– The AP announces its All-America football team, with Alabama players likely to be well represented. Announcement at 12:30 p.m.
– WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court rejects challenges to the estimated $1 billion plan by the NFL to settle thousands of concussion lawsuits filed by former players.
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– FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots (10-2) play the Baltimore Ravens (7-5) and can match the Dallas Cowboys for the league’s best record with a victory. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
– DAVIE, Fla. – With quarterback Ryan Tannehill likely done for the season because of a knee injury, the Miami Dolphins now go forward with Matt Moore.
– EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Instead of looking at what the Cowboys have been doing to the rest of the league, NFL teams should look at what the Giants did to the Cowboys this season.
– GREEN BAY, Wis. – The cold weather might not help Aaron Rodgers’ achy legs, but it’s doing wonders for the Packers’ playoff hopes. They’re surging in December to keep pace in the NFC North.
– PITTSBURGH – The Steelers have turned their season around with a four-game winning streak to get back in the playoff race. Perhaps most impressive? They haven’t trailed at any point during that stretch.
– BOCA RATON, Fla. – Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has agreed to become the next coach at Florida Atlantic, the AP is told.
– After months of optimism surrounding a new labor agreement between the NBA and its players, momentum has slowed. Three full days remain before both sides can opt out of the contract.
– The AP releases its latest Top 25 polls in men’s and women’s college basketball. Men about noon, women about 1 p.m.
– PHOENIX – The NCAA Tournament has undergone big changes in recent years. Don’t expect more anytime soon, according to a top NCAA basketball executive.
– NEW YORK – Geno Auriemma challenged his untested team with a supposedly difficult early schedule. Even he has been astonished by the success of the top-ranked UConn women.
– It’s hard to keep up in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division – no one is losing. From the first-place Rangers down to the champion Penguins, from the Capitals to the Blue Jackets to the Flyers.
– MADRID – Cristiano Ronaldo is favored to win soccer’s Ballor d’Or award – given to the year’s best player – after leading Real Madrid (Champions League) and Portugal (Euro 2016) to titles.