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College basketball analyst Jay Bilas believes players will eventually be paid. The former Duke star tells co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg on AP’s PodcastOne Sports Now he’s not sure top players will forgo a year on college’s big stage to play in the NBA’s developmental league. Also, AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner weighs in on which teams may have given up on the season. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
No. 11 Central Florida has won 22 straight games and is eyeing another major bowl. So why are Knights fans mad online? On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Matt Murschel of the Orlando Sentinel joins the AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss UCF’s rise and how this year’s team stacks up to last year’s unbeaten squad. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast
BOSTON —Kyrie Irving had 11 straight Boston points down the stretch and scored 17 in all in the last 8:06 of the fourth quarter. Then in overtime, he really turned it on. The Celtics guard made or assisted on every basket in the extra period, finishing with 11 assists and a season-high 43 points on Friday night to lead Boston to a 123-116 victory over the Toronto Raptors. By Jimy Golen. SENT: 840 words, photos.
FBC--T25-BOISE STATE-NEW MEXICO
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Any talk of a trap game did not get much attention from No. 23 Boise State in practice this week. The Broncos went out and played against a struggling New Mexico team as if a huge game was not looming on their schedule next week against No. 14 Utah State. By Glen Rosales. SENT: 760 words, photos.
At the same time the World Anti-Doping Agency announced changes to its governance structure, the agency’s former lead investigator wrote an op-ed piece arguing its leaders should be replaced, and said the decision to reinstate Russia’s suspended anti-doping agency came via a “cowardly” process that betrayed clean athletes. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 440 words, photos by 4 a.m.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. — NASCAR’s driver carousel will spin long after the season finale. Former Cup champions Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth, and Daniel Suarez, AJ Allmendinger, Regan Smith and Jamie McMurray are among the drivers certain to start next season with new teams or new roles. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 670 words, photos by 4 a.m.
FBN--ON FOOTBALL-WITHER YOUR QB
When things go sour, NFL fans often point to two people: the guy calling plays on the sideline, and the man behind center trying to execute them. The futures of some coaches could be tied to how their quarterbacks have struggled — or outright flopped. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 950 words, photos. For weekend use.
GYM--USA GYMNASTICS-GALIMORE OUT
INDIANAPOLIS — Longtime USA Gymnastics chief operating officer Ron Galimore resigns, the latest high-profile departure for the embattled organization in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. SENT: 550 words, photos.
OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former students alleging sexual abuse by a former Ohio State University team doctor appealed in person to the school’s trustees for the first time Friday, pleading with them not to dismiss or minimize their allegations. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 575 words, photos.
FBC--WILDFIRE-BIG GAME POSTPONED
BERKELEY, Calif. — The annual Big Game between Stanford and California scheduled for Saturday was postponed two weeks because of the unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area from a wildfire some 150 miles to the north. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 660 words, photos.
— FBC--HOUSTON-KING INJURY — By Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 430 words.
— FBC--T25-SYRACUSE-NOTRE DAME PREVIEW — By College Football Writer. Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— FBC--T25--CINCINNATI-UCF PREVIEW — By Fred Goodall. SENT: 820 words, photos.
— Other Top 10 Previews:
— No. 1 Alabama-Citadel; No. 2 Clemson-Duke; No. 4 Michigan-Indiana; No. 5 Georgia-UMass; No. 6 Oklahoma-Kansas; No. 7 West Virginia-Oklahoma State; No. 8 Ohio State-Maryland; No. 9 Washington State-Arizona; No. 10 LSU-Rice.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — This was a respite for the Los Angeles Rams but certainly no vacation. The team kept its plans to train at the Air Force Academy and stay at the posh Broadmoor Hotel in the Rocky Mountain foothills even after the NFL moved their Monday night showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs to the Los Angeles Coliseum because of a frayed football field at Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 740 words, photos.
— FBN--SEAHAWKS REBOUND — By Tim Booth. SENT: 760 words, photos.
— FBN--BRONCOS-GARCIA OUT — By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 620 words, photos.
— FBN--PACKERS-MCCARTHY — SENT: 710 words, photos.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. —Kyle Busch thought he got the jump on the competition with a pole-winning run at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Then he was bumped by teammate Denny Hamlin and the politics began. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 510 words, photos.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. —Tony Gibson was driving home from Stewart-Haas Racing’s shop this summer when he lost feeling in his hands and feet. He had to pull over. He had no other choice. He ended up in the emergency room for overnight observation, where doctors found a blood clot in his vertebral artery. By Mark Long. SENT: 600 words, photos.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. —Win or lose, Martin Truex Jr. will be at the center of a goodbye bash that no one at Furniture Row Racing will want to end. Truex will pop open some beers, huddle with friends and reminisce a final time about the team’s wild ride from obscurity to greatness. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
— CAR--NASCAR-HOMESTEAD-TRUCKS — By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 610 words, photos.
— CAR--NASCAR-HOMESTEAD-XFINITY —By Mark Long. SENT: 700 words, photos.
BALTIMORE —Astros assistant general manager Mike Elias was hired Friday to rebuild the Baltimore Orioles, who traded many of their star players last season before finishing with the worst record in the majors. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 450 words.
— BBO--ORIOLES-NATIONALS TV DISPUTE — SENT: 280 words.
— BBA--RED SOX-PEARCE — SENT: 300 words, photo.
— BBN--DODGERS-JANSEN. SENT. 150 words.
CHARLESTON, S.C. —Carsen Edwards was amazed by the support for Purdue at the Charleston Classic. The junior guard responded with another memorable show. Edwards scored 29 points to help No. 23 Purdue beat Davidson 79-58 on Friday night in the tournament semifinals. Next up for the Boilermakers (4-0) is Sunday night’s championship game against No. 16 Virginia Tech (3-0), which advanced with an 88-60 victory over Northeastern. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 540 words, photos.
BKC--T25-PARADISE JAM RDP
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — Xavier Sneed scored 16 points to lead five Kansas State players in double figures, and the Wildcats led by as many as 31 points in the second half in their 95-68 win over Eastern Kentucky at the Paradise Jam on Friday night. SENT: 900 words.
— BKC--T25-PARADISE JAM: UPCOMING: 100 words by 4 a.m.
— BKC--T25-2K CLASSIC — SENT: 550 words, photos.
LONDON —After reaching the last four at the ATP Finals for the first time, Alexander Zverev isn’t satisfied. He set up a semifinal with six-time champion Roger Federer by defeating John Isner 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Friday. Zverev is the youngest player at 21 to reach the semifinals since 2009 and the first from Germany since 2003.By Sam Johnston. SENT: 630 words, photos.
NAPLES, Fla. —The LPGA will have either 25 or 26 different winners in 32 events this season, depending on what happens when the final putt of the CME Group Tour Championship drops Sunday. Lexi Thompson is the leader after two rounds, shooting a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke lead heading into the weekend. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 720 words, photos.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. —Charles Howell III is playing some of his best golf when he least expected it. Coming from a missed cut in Mexico to a tournament where he missed the cut last year, Howell kept bogeys off his card for the second straight day and was just as good Friday on the tougher scoring course at Sea Island. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 860 words, photos.
— GLF--WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP — Matt Wallace up by a shot after two rounds in Dubai. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— GLF--AUSTRALIAN OPEN — UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 6 a.m.
— SOC--FIFA INVESTIGATION-PROSECUTOR — By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— SOC--PSG-DISCRIMINATION — SENT: 200 words.
— SOC--SPAIN-RENEWED DOUBTS —By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— FIG--ROSTELECOM CUP —By James Ellingworth. SENT: 500 words, photos.
—BOX--HOOKER-SAUCEDO — By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 520 words.
— BKN--NBA CAPSULES
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES
— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
Saturday Time Schedule (EST)
TOP 25 FOOTBALL
No. 1 Alabama vs. The Citadel, Noon
No. 2 Clemson vs. Duke, 7 p.m.
No. 3 Notre Dame vs. No. 12 Syracuse, Bronx, N.Y., 2:30 p.m.
No. 4 Michigan vs. Indiana, 4 p.m.
No. 5 Georgia vs. UMass, 4 p.m.
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. Kansas, 7:30 p.m.
No. 7 West Virginia at Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m.
No. 8 Ohio State at Maryland, Noon
No. 9 Washington State vs. Arizona, 10:30 p.m.
No. 10 LSU vs. Rice, 7:30 p.m.
No. 11 UCF vs. No. 19 Cincinnati, 8 p.m.
No. 13 Texas vs. No. 18 Iowa State, 8 p.m.
No. 14 Utah State at Colorado State, 2 p.m.
No. 15 Florida vs. Idaho, Noon
No. 16 Penn State at Rutgers, Noon
No. 17 Washington vs. Oregon State, 4:30 p.m.
No. 20 Kentucky vs. Middle Tennessee, Noon
No. 21 Utah at Colorado, 1:30 p.m.
No. 22 Boston College at Florida State, 3:30 p.m.
No. 24 Northwestern at Minnesota, Noon
No. 25 Mississippi State vs. Arkansas, Noon
L.A. Clippers at Brooklyn, 6 p.m.
Philadelphia at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Atlanta at Indiana, 7 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Denver at New Orleans, 7 p.m.
Utah at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Sacramento at Houston, 8 p.m.
Golden State at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Oklahoma at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
Detroit at New Jersey, 1 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Buffalo at Minnesota, 6 p.m.
Montreal at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Florida at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
Columbus at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Boston at Arizona, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Edmonton at Calgary, 10 p.m.
St. Louis at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 8 Villanova vs. Furman, 5 p.m.
No. 18 Michigan vs. George Washington at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn., Noon
No. 24 Marquette vs. Presbyterian, 1 p.m.
No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 15 DePaul at Wintrust Arena, Chicago, 2 p.m.
No. 2 UConn vs. Vanderbilt at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn., 6 p.m.
No. 8 Oregon State vs. Saint Mary’s, 9 p.m.
No. 13 Iowa vs. N.C. Central, 3 p.m.
No. 25 Minnesota vs. San Diego, 8:30 p.m.