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INDIANAPOLIS — The college basketball season opens with a game between two of the sport’s blue bloods — No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 4 Duke in the Champions Classic. John Calipari’s recruits get their first taste of the big-time when the Wildcats face a Blue Devils team also loaded with elite freshmen. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts about 9:30 p.m.
The field of College Football Playoff contenders is smaller after last week’s big games. The second rankings should set a clear pecking order heading down the stretch. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 700 words, with photos. Rankings released about 9 p.m.
CHICAGO — The Blackhawks fire coach Joel Quenneville, ending a run that produced three Stanley Cup titles and returned the team to the top of the NHL. Chicago has lost five in a row and will now be coached by Jeremy Colliton. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.
Start them right away? Ease them in? Sit a whole season? When it comes to young NFL quarterbacks, there’s a debate about what’s best. Some teams — the Jets, with Sam Darnold — throw the rookie right into the fire. Others send their quarterback to the sideline with a clipboard. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
BOULDER, Colo. — Evan Battey was playing in a pickup game when he felt his right leg go numb. Then his right arm. He tried to speak but couldn’t. Battey suffered a stroke that day along with two seizures. Nearly 11 months later, the 6-foot-8 forward is set to make his Colorado debut. By Pat Graham. SENT: 800 words, photos.
GLF--ON THE FRINGE-SUZY WHALEY
Two moments of discrimination took place 1,000 miles and worlds apart, neither pointing to Suzy Whaley making history this week at the PGA of America as its first female president. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 850 words, photos.
— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 1,000 words.
FBN--TIM DAHLBERG-NFL HALFWAY
A season that began in turmoil reaches its midpoint and the league is riding a new high, with TV ratings up and fans filling stadiums. There’s a group of exciting young quarterbacks and an excellent Rams team trying win fans again in Los Angeles. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 750 words, photos.
INDIANAPOLIS — After an offseason marked by a federal investigation and trial that exposed the sport’s underbelly, No. 1 Kansas can finally focus on basketball. Coach Bill Self’s Jayhawks face No. 10 Michigan State in the opener of the Champions Classic. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
BKW--T25-EARLY START DATE
NEW YORK — This is the earliest start to the women’s college basketball season. The first games used to be played at Thanksgiving, nearly three weeks later. Now, with summer and preseason workouts, the sport practically goes all year. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 700 words, photos.
FBN--COWBOYS-ON THE BRINK
FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys are in danger of missing the playoffs again after a deflating home loss in receiver Amari Cooper’s debut. Even normally upbeat Jerry Jones doesn’t sound optimistic. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The three-game skid is over, and the Tennessee Titans now face a quick turnaround before hosting the New England Patriots in Mike Vrabel’s first chance to coach against his former coach, Bill Belichick. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FBN--BEHIND THE CALL
Several coaches made curious calls, assertions or admonitions at the midway point of the season: Jon Gruden, Gregg Williams, Matt Patricia, Vance Joseph. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— FBN--POWER RANKINGS — By Simmi Buttar. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 5 p.m.
FBC--AP ALL-AMERICA WATCH
The eighth All-America watch of the season features Arizona State’s top target, the Tide’s dominant defensive tackle and a Boise State quarterback on the verge of breaking records. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 700 words, photos.
STARKVILLE, Miss. — No. 18 Mississippi State has had a solid season largely thanks to a defense that’s been among the best in the nation. The Bulldogs now await their biggest test — No. 1 Alabama. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland interim coach Matt Canada faces an uncertain future despite doing a credible job of keeping the football team together amid the chaos surrounding the program. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA-SERMON — By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— FBC--PAC-12 FRESHMEN — By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.
— FBC--T25-KENTUCKY-SEEKING IMPROVEMENT — By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.
CARLSBAD, Calif. — General managers gather for the start of their annual meetings, with teams and players wondering whether last year’s slow free-agent market was an aberration or a signal of a shift. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words by 9 p.m.
OTTAWA, Ontario — The Ottawa Senators answer questions about a video in which seven of their players in an Uber mock the team and coaching staff. The players have apologized, and the car service acknowledges a “totally unacceptable” privacy breach. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
OLY--WADA ELECTION-AGE MINIMUM
Three high-profile Olympic and Paralympic athletes are incensed over a proposed age minimum that would eliminate their choice to be the next president of the World Anti-Doping Agency. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— SWM--DOPING-MAGNINI — Two-time world champion swimmer Filippo Magnini banned four years for doping. SENT: 170 words, photos.
SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUNDUP
Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan can qualify for the Champions League round of 16 with two games to spare in the group stage. Monaco is on the verge of elimination after reaching the semifinals in 2017. By Samuel Petrequin. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— RAC--MELBOURNE CUP — Cross Counter of Godolphin stable wins Australia’s most prestigious horse race. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— BKN--NBA CAPSULES
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES
— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
Tuesday Time Schedule (EST)
Atlanta at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Washington at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Brooklyn at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
Milwaukee at Portland, 10 p.m.
Dallas at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Vegas at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Montreal at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
New Jersey at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Edmonton at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Carolina at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Minnesota at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Anaheim at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 10 Michigan State at Indianapolis, 7 p.m.
No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 4 Duke at Indianapolis, 9:30 p.m.
No. 3 Gonzaga vs. Idaho State, 9 p.m.
No. 5 Virginia vs. Towson, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Tennessee vs. Lenoir-Rhyne, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Nevada vs. BYU, 11 p.m.
No. 8 North Carolina at Wofford, 7 p.m.
No. 9 Villanova vs. Morgan State, 7 p.m.
No. 11 Auburn vs. South Alabama, 9 p.m.
No. 14 Oregon vs. Portland State, 11 p.m.
No. 16 Syracuse vs. Eastern Washington, 7 p.m.
No. 17 Florida State vs. Florida, 9 p.m.
No. 19 Michigan vs. Norfolk State, 8:30 p.m.
No. 21 UCLA vs. IPFW, 9 p.m.
No. 22 Clemson vs. The Citadel, 7 p.m.
No. 23 LSU vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 8:30 p.m.
No. 24 Purdue vs. Fairfield, 7 p.m.
No. 25 Washinton vs. Western Kentucky, 10:30 p.m.
No. 3 Oregon at Alaska, 11 p.m.
No. 4 Baylor vs. Nicholls State, 7 p.m.
No. 5 Louisville at Western Kentucky, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Mississippi State vs. Southeast Missouri, 8 p.m.
No. 16 Missouri at Western Illinois, 9 p.m.
No. 18 Syracuse vs. North Dakota, 3 p.m.
No. 19 Marquette vs. South Dakota State, 12:30 p.m.
No. 22 South Florida at Ohio State, 7 p.m.
No. 23 Arizona State vs. Incarnate Word, 10:30 p.m.
No. 24 California vs. Houston, 10 p.m.
No. 25 Miami at Florida International, 7 p.m.