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Winners of eight of their last nine games, Dallas' next opponent is controlled by the winner of the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles game, taking place Sunday afternoon.,So if No. 3 Chicago wins, then No. 4 Dallas will be the lowest seed left, and will travel to The Big Easy to take on the Saints.,Dallas is so dedicated to the run, facing a team that is less-than-stellar against the pass (Saints are No. 22 in pass-defense DVOA, Rams are No. 9) could be more beneficial considering Dallas can struggle in that regard and will run the ball regardless of who they are facing.,Dallas could host an NFC Championship There's only one way for the No. 4 seed to ever host a conference championship game, and that's for the No. 6 seed to pull off back-to-back upsets.,Were the Eagles to upset Chicago, then go on to upset New Orleans with Dallas also upsetting the Rams, then the two NFC East rivals would meet for the third time, back at ATT Stadium.

Illinois State Police documents show that the agency frequently assigns troopers to escort sports teams, musicians and even filmmakers across the congested roadways of greater Chicago.,Illinois State Police wouldn’t comment on the trip, so the Tribune made a public records request for all police escort contracts in 2018.,Though critics have called police escorts for sports teams a frivolous and potentially dangerous use of public resources, state police defend them as a way to provide “safety and security for all those involved in the motorcade as well as for the motoring public.”,The contracts show that visiting NFL teams routinely receive police escorts to and from the airport, hotels and Soldier Field.,College football teams are also major customers: Northwestern University had a standing order for police escorts between its team hotel and Ryan Field on game days, and the University of Illinois paid for the service when it played at Soldier Field in September.

Community Channel: New music store opens in Westport; Career Coach to lead class on Jan. 10

Music & Arts recently unveiled its newest musical instrument store and lessons facility in Westport.,The new store serves the residents of Westport and surrounding Fairfield County towns including Fairfield and Norwalk by offering private and group lessons programs, instrument rentals, repairs and a wide assortment of instruments and accessories.,For over 65 years, we have continued to serve local communities with a wide assortment of top-name brands, expert repairs, and university-trained lesson instructors,” said Music & Arts president Steve Zapf in a news release.,The American Job Center Southwest’s Career Coach will return to Westport Town Hall on Jan. 10 to offer a a beginner’s class in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by an intermediate class in PowerPoint 2013 from 1 to 3 p.m.,The Westport Country Playhouse will present “The Moth Mainstage,” featuring five storytellers sharing true, personal stories from their lives on the theme, “The Ties That Bind: The Moth in Westport,” on Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. read more

The shunning, shaving and cutting of the traditional pay TV cord and the ascendance of content via broadband — admittedly another cord that comes into the home — is supported in another survey released in March by consulting firm Deloitte, which found more than half (55 percent) of U.S. households subscribe to at least one video streaming service.,Here's what you need to know More: Netflix in January: Here are the best new family movies and shows to stream The next symbolic milestone — U.S. homes with streaming services surpassing the more than three-fourths (78 percent) that subscribe to traditional pay TV services — could come close to happening in 2019.,The need for content to compete with Netflix and other streaming video services has already led to ATT's $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, which a federal judge approved in June but the Justice Department is currently appealing, and Disney's $71-billion purchase in July of the Fox movie and TV studios and other assets including Fox's 30 percent stake in streaming service Hulu.,Disney's expanded streaming subscription play "will impact other streaming video providers that previously licensed Disney-owned content — content that will be redeployed exclusively on the new Disney over-the-top (OTT) media services offerings," wrote John Harrison, global media and entertainment sector leader for advisory firm EY in its recently released report.,Consumers are savvy and sensitive to price and value, he says, noting The Diffusion Group's survey found about 21 percent of broadband homes with a pay TV service (traditional or broadband) were at least considering canceling their service in the next six months.

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The Green Bay Packers are not participating in this season's NFL playoffs, but that doesn't mean fans of Wisconsin football are shut out completely.,Next game: Saturday vs. Seahawks, 7:15 p.m. CT Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon wears a University of Wisconsin hat as he warms up before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Denver (Photo: The Associated Press) read more

Does it matter to most residents of Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Utah and Colorado whether their states' major college football programs match those in Alabama or Ohio dollar for dollar and victory for victory?,OK, more links: The O’s James Crepea takes a deep dive into Oregon’s 7-6 victory over Michigan State in the Redbox Bowl, the good, the bad, the encouraging and the discouraging.,Vince Grippi for the Spokesman-Review: Washington’s loss shows the Pac-12 just doesn’t measure up against college football’s elite level.,Joey Kaufman of the Los Angeles Daily News: Washington’s loss to Ohio State is one more Pac-12 disappointment.,Washington wilts in a Rose Bowl loss to Ohio State, leaving the Huskies with bigger questions.

Buy PhotoOwnership of Taco Bell and Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises that share a building on Lebanon Road plans to build a new restaurant for Taco Bell on land next to the existing building.,(Photo: Andy Humbles / The Tennessean)

Taco Bell: Ownership of Taco Bell and Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises that share a building on Lebanon Road plans to build a new restaurant for Taco Bell on land next to the existing building.,(Photo: Andy Humbles / The Tennessean) read more

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Dick Williams talks about adding Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer in a trade and what impact they can make with the Reds.,Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati Enquirer read more

• In Big 12 play, Oklahoma leads the conference with its 596.5 yards of offense per game, which is 125.5 more yards per outing than the team with the second-best average (Texas Tech; 471.0) and 145.7 more yards than Oklahoma State averages.,• Despite losing preseason All-Big 12 running back Rodney Anderson for the season due to an injury against UCLA in the second game of the year, Oklahoma leads the Big 12 and ranks 12th nationally with its 246.8 rushing yards per game (Oklahoma State ranks second in the league at 200.1).,• Oklahoma has rushed for at least 300 yards and passed for at least 300 yards in a game three times already this year, a single-season school record (vs. Florida Atlantic in the season opener and each of the last two weeks against Kansas State and Texas Tech).,• Through nine games, quarterback Kyler Murray leads the nation in passing efficiency rating (216.6; the NCAA single-season record of 198.9 was set by Baker Mayfield last year) and yards per pass attempt (12.3), and ranks second in yards per completion (17.5) and points responsible for per game (25.3), third in passing touchdowns per game (3.4) and total offense per game (362.6 yards), and fifth in completion percentage (.706).,• In Big 12 play, Murray owns healthy statistical leads in total offense at 403.3 yards per game (next most is 302.0 by Oklahoma State's Taylor Cornelius), passing yards at 336.3 per contest (next most is 309.5 by West Virginia's Will Grier) and passing efficiency rating with his 222.9 mark (next best