NFL Week 17 Preview: Ravens (11-4) @ Bengals (9-6) 

NFL/Baltimore Ravens/Cincinnati Bengals)(CINCINNATI) -- A huge showdown in the AFC North Sunday afternoon when the Baltimore Ravens (11-4) travel to Ohio to take on the Cincinnati Bengals (9-6).

With a victory, the Ravens can clinch their third division title in franchise history and potentially home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. If the Bengals win or tie, they will secure a playoff berth.

“It’s kind of crazy to think we would be at this point right now,” Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton said. “It’s something I always wanted to do, so I’m just excited about this opportunity.”

Another rookie who has made an impact for Cincinnati this season is wide receiver A.J. Green. The fourth-overall pick in this year's NFL Draft has 63 receptions with 1,031 receiving yards, and 7 touchdowns.

Kickoff is set for 4:15 p.m. Eastern.

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Danks Receives New Contract From White Sox

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago White Sox and starting pitcher John Danks have agreed to a five-year deal worth $65 million. The lefty would have been eligible for free agency after this upcoming season, but now will reside in the Windy City through 2016.

The 26-year-old Danks was a 15-game winner in 2010, but struggled this past season, going 8-12 with a 4.33 ERA.

“I love Chicago,” Danks said. “I love the people with the White Sox and I want to win here.”

In his five-year major league career, Danks has compiled a record of 54-56 with a 4.04 ERA and 714 strikeouts.

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Romo Practices for Second Straight Day

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who bruised his throwing hand during Dallas' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Christmas Eve, practiced for the second straight day on Thursday.

Romo's participation in practice is a good sign for the Cowboys, who visit the New York Giants on Sunday night in what is the regular season finale for both teams.  The Cowboys and Giants are both 8-7 this season, and the winner of the game will make the playoffs as NFC East champions, while the loser will head home.

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Kahne Apologizes For Tweets

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) -- NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne has apologized for ranting on Twitter after seeing a woman breastfeeding in a supermarket.

"Just walking though supermarket. See a mom breast feeding little kid," one of Kahne's tweets read.  "Took second look because obviously I was seeing things. I wasn't!"

Kahne later posted an apology on his Facebook page.

"I understand that my comments regarding breastfeeding posted on Twitter were offensive to some people," Kahne said. "For that, I apologize. It was in no way my intention to offend any mother who chooses to breastfeed her child, or, for that matter, anyone who supports breast feeding children. I want to make that clear."

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Nadal To Take Extended Break

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN(ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates) -- Tennis star Rafael Nadal, who has won 10 Grand Slam titles, will take an extended break after the Australian Open to recover from a shoulder injury.

Nadal, who is in Abu Dhabi for an exhibition tournament, said he suffered the injury in November.  The Spaniard won the French Open this year and also helped Spain win the Davis Cup.

The Australian Open begins January 16.

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Alex Rodriguez Sees German Doctor for Treatment

Nick Laham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has taken a page from Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and headed overseas for medical treatment. The New York Post first reported that Rodriguez traveled to Germany so he could receive Orthokine therapy on his right knee and left shoulder. Rodriguez made the trip after Bryant recommended the treatment to the 36-year old Rodriguez.

The treatment Rodriguez went through uses the patient's own blood, which is drawn from the arm and is then placed in a centrifuge in order to separate a certain protein. That mix with the protein is then injected into the problem area.

Major League Baseball has approved the procedure, and it is even performed in the United States, but Rodriguez went to Germany because the doctor there was at the top of his respective field.

Rodriguez struggled with injuries for much of last season, as he played in just 99 games. He still has six years left on his ten-year, $275 million contract.

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Penguins Sidney Crosby Still Experiencing Concussion Symptoms

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby's return to the ice is still unclear. According to head coach Dan Bylsma, Crosby is still experiencing concussion related symptoms after being sidelined earlier this month; he suffered another concussion in a hard hit last season as well.

Crosby hasn't played since December 5 when collided with Boston Bruins center David Krejci. Only one day after the collision, Crosby developed a headache, and has been recovering ever since.

The 24-year old Crosby initially hurt himself last January when he suffered concussions in consecutive games. He didn't return until mid-November. In eight games played this season, Crosby totaled 12 points.

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Titans' Munchak 'Flattered' but Not Interested in Penn State Job

NFL via Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- As scandal-wracked Penn State University tries to replace former longtime head coach Joe Paterno, the school was hoping they could do so with former lineman and current Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak. But he's not interested.

"You all know Penn State means a lot to me. I obviously went to school there and I'm real concerned for what they've gone through the last couple months. I'm flattered that people think I'd be a great fit for the coach there," Munchak said on Wednesday.

"They have not contacted me in any way or talked to me about the possibility of working there. I have not reached out to them. I have a job that I enjoy quite a bit."

Munchak is in his first season as the Titans head coach, and has led them to a 8-7 record so far this season. He played for Paterno at Penn State from 1979-1981.

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Terrell Owens Wants Back on the 49ers

MONICA M. DAVEY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Francisco 49ers recently placed wide receiver Braylon Edwards on waivers, ending his brief stint with the team. Since the team has an open spot for a wide receiver now, one of the greatest 49ers wide receivers of all time would like a reunion. No, not Jerry Rice -- Terrell Owens.

Owens spent his first eight seasons with the team, but his tenure ended rather tumultuously, to put it nicely. Even though its been nearly eight years since he put on a 49ers uniform, Owens wouldn't mind a putting on a 49ers uniform one more time.

"Let em kno if they need me, I'm ready homie!! I'm ready to take em deep!!" Owens said in a tweet directed towards 49ers safety Donte Whitner, who played with Owens in Buffalo.

Whitner responded to Owens, saying he would vouch that Owens was a great teammate in Buffalo. Owens has yet to play for anyone this season after suffering a torn ACL during the summer. The 38-year old seems to have no plans on retiring yet.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 12/28/11

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: The Miami Heat (3-0) one upped the Charlotte Bobcats (1-1), 96-95.

The Philadelphia 76ers (1-1) scorched the Phoenix Suns (0-2), 103-83.

The Golden State Warriors (2-1) put away the New York Knicks (1-1), 92-78

The Denver Nuggets (2-0) silenced the Utah Jazz (0-2), 117-100.

The San Antonio Spurs(2-0) took care of the Los Angeles Clippers (1-1), 115-90.

The Oklahoma City Thunder (3-0) edged the Memphis Grizzlies (0-2), 98-95.

The Cleveland Cavaliers (1-1) hammered the Detroit Pistons (0-2), 105-89.

The Indiana Pacers (2-0) outpaced the Toronto Raptors (1-1), 90-85.

The Atlanta Hawks (2-0) zapped the Washington Wizards (0-2), 101-83.

The New Orleans Hornets (2-0) stung the Boston Celtics (0-3), 97-78.

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (1) Syracuse (14-0) defeated Seton Hall (11-2), 75-49.

(2) Ohio State (13-1) crushed Northwestern (10-3), 87-54.

(3) Kentucky (12-1) took care of Lamar (8-5), 86-64.

(6) Baylor (13-0) edged (15) Mississippi State (12-2), 54-52

(9) Connecticut (11-1) got past South Florida (7-7), 60-57.

(12) Georgetown (11-1) upended (4) Louisville (12-1), 71-68.

(16) Michigan State (12-2) bounced Indiana (12-1), 80-65.

(19) UNLV (14-2) hammered Central Arkansas (5-7), 124-75.

Missouri State (7-5) upset (21) Creighton (10-1), 77-65

NHL: The Washington Capitals (18-15-2) topped the New York Rangers (22-9-4), 4-1.

The New Jersey Devils (20-15-1) tamed the Buffalo Sabres (17-16-3), 3-1.

The Vancouver Canucks (23-12-2) edged the San Jose Sharks (19-11-4), 3-2 in overtime.

The Boston Bruins (24-9-1) got past the Phoenix Coyotes (18-15-4), 2-1 in a shootout.

The Nashville Predators (19-14-4) put away the Minnesota Wild (20-12-6), 2-1 in a shootout.

The Los Angeles Kings (18-14-5) shut out the Chicago Blackhawks (23-10-4), 2-0.

College Football Bowl Action: Toledo (9-4) beat Air Force (7-6) in the Military Bowl, 42-41.

Texas (8-5) put away California (7-6), 21-10.

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