Playoffs begin...Duke in action...Teeing off again


GREEN BAY, Wisc. (AP) — Just six days after ending the NFL season, Minnesota and Green Bay clash again as part of the first round of the playoffs. Minnesota's home win last Sunday got them into the playoffs and forced Green Bay into having to play a wildcard game instead of having the week off. The big challenge for the Packers will be stopping Minnesota rushing ace Adrian Peterson who has rushed for 409 yards against Green Bay in two games this season.

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston and Cincinnati stage a playoff rematch from last season to kick off the NFL post-season. The Texans will be trying to turn around a late season slide that saw them lose three of their last four games to miss out on a first-round bye. The Bengals are on a roll heading into the showdown, having won three in a row and seven of their last eight. Cincinnati hasn't won a playoff game since 1991.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Top-ranked Duke takes a perfect 13-0 record into the opening of its ACC schedule against Wake Forest this afternoon. Senior forward Mason Plumlee is pacing Duke averaging nearly 19 points and over 11 rebounds a game.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A pair of 6-6 teams meet when Mississippi and Pittsburgh square off in the Compass Bowl. Pitt is led by Tino Sunseri who has passed for over 3100 yards and 19 touchdowns while throwing just two interceptions. Ole Miss's Donte Moncrief has raced up 334 receiving yards and five touchdowns in his last two games.

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Those teeing off in the season opening Tournament of Champions in Hawaii hardly expected to run into foul weather. But wind squalls powerful enough to blow golf balls off the greens forced officials to call off yesterday's opening round. The 30 golfers in the elite field will try it again today, with 36 holes on the schedule, weather permitting. More winds are expected.

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