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UConn looks to make it to a sixth straight Final Four, while Kentucky is trying to make its first Final Four -- but they'll have to do it in the Huskies' home state.
Tom Brady will try to lead the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl for the sixth time in his career as they square off against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game for the second straight season.
The New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens meet in the AFC Championship game for the second-straight season. Their last two games have come down to game-ending kicks.
The Boston Bruins could take the ice as soon as next Saturday, as the NHL will return Jan. 19 with a 48-game schedule to be released in the next few days.
The Boston Celtics cut two deep bench players, Kris Joseph and Jarvis Varnado, who had scored a total of 13 points in 11 games, with most of their minutes coming in garbage time.
The Boston Celtics have lost four straight by nearly 20 points per game, and now have to play two teams with better records on back-to-back nights as they face the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs both lost in Week 17, but the Chiefs earned the top pick as a result of their low strength of schedule.
The Boston Celtics were blown out Thursday night by the Los Angeles Clippers, but they can get back above .500 with a pair of games against the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings.
The biggest names on Friday are probably Rutgers and Virginia Tech, but the best game on Friday might be the Advocare V1000 Bowl between a pair of non-AQ squads in Ohio and Louisiana-Monroe.
Boston's sports teams are off after the Celtics suffered a brutal beatdown at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers, so college football is the main draw on a Friday with only a few days left in 2012.