We’ll learn plenty about playoff contenders this week

FILE - In this April 28, 2016, file photo, Los Angeles Rams' Jared Goff, left, and Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz, greet fans at Selection Square in Grant Park after the quarterbacks were selected No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the NFL football draft in Chicago. The coolest of matchups this weekend has Goff and Wentz facing each other on Sunday. Both have matured rapidly, sparking turnarounds that could lead to, well, the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Matt Marton, File)

Call it “December Definition.”

Kenneth Faried, bench lead Nuggets past Magic, 103-89

Denver Nuggets' Kenneth Faried, left, knocks the ball out of the hands of Orlando Magic's Nikola Vucevic as they battle for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Denver Nuggets needed a spark after a miserable first quarter Friday night, and they got something more like a fire from their bench in a 103-89 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Broncos hurting along both lines with Jets up next

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2017, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian walks off the field after a 21-0 loss against the Los Angeles Chargers in an NFL football game in Carson, Calif. Broncos coach Vance Joseph is sticking with Siemian at quarterback. There aren't that many options as the Broncos try to snap an eight-game skid Sunday against the New York Jets.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos are hurting in the trenches as they try to halt their longest losing skid since the AFL-NFL merger.

Vonn treated for back injury after World Cup super-G

United States' Lindsey Vonn grimaces in pain after getting to the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Lindsey Vonn finished a World Cup super-G race in extreme pain Saturday and was treated by race doctors for an apparent back injury.

Toronto hosts Seattle in MLS Cup rematch

Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore warms up during practice ahead of the MLS Cup soccer final against the Seattle Sounders, in Toronto, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) — Toronto FC needs to beat the defending champion Seattle Sounders to cap their record-breaking regular season with an MLS Cup crown.

Japanese pitcher-hitter Ohtani chooses LA Angels

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2015, file photo, Japan's starter Shohei Ohtani pitches against South Korea during the first inning of their semifinal game at the Premier12 world baseball tournament at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo.Japanese star Shohei Ohtani is bringing his arm and bat to the Los Angeles Angels, pairing him with two-time MVP Mike Trout. Ohtani's agent put out a statement Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, saying the prized two-way player had decided to sign with the Angels, a surprise winner over Seattle, Texas and several other teams. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani has decided he’s on the side of the Angels.

76ers go from Process to work in progress

Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons, of Australia, goes up for the dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

PHILADELPHIA — LaVar Ball was holding court outside the Lakers locker room when he spotted two of his sons goofing around with the 7-footer in the white sweatshirt.

Rockets pull away for 112-101 win over Jazz

Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, goes to the basket as Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — James Harden and the Houston Rockets are defined by their explosive offense, and it got the best of the Utah Jazz on Thursday night.

Jones makes game-saving INT, Falcons beats Saints 20-17

Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones (45) intercepts a ball in the end zone ahead of New Orleans Saints tight end Josh Hill (89) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Atlanta. The Falcons won 20-17. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

ATLANTA (AP) — With the season potentially hanging in the balance, Deion Jones leaped high in the air, about as high as he could go.

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