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From Mack Brown to Neal Brown, college football’s silly season of coaching moves is cranking up. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the comings and goings of coaches.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. —Charles Matthews had 21 points and seven rebounds, and Zavier Simpson spearheaded another impressive defensive effort by No. 7 Michigan, which rolled to an 84-67 victory over No. 11 North Carolina. By Noah Trister. SENT: 800 words, photos.
BKO--BASKETBALL SAVES THE WORLD
NEW YORK — Basketball is moving from the court to the classroom at NYU, though students won’t be tested on dribbling or shooting. Nor will they spend much time on the game’s role as exercise or entertainment. The theme is how it can save the world. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 900 words, photo.
ASHBURN, Va. — After deciding to give Reuben Foster a second chance following his domestic violence arrest, the Washington Redskins say they’ll continue to investigate the 24-year-old’s legal problems and are making no assurances he’ll ever play for them given the obstacles he must clear to return. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
FBN--INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Philip Rivers awed Tom Brady with a record-setting display of precision and accuracy. Rivers earned high praise from the only quarterback to win five Super Bowl titles after he tied the NFL mark for consecutive completions and broke records for the most to start a game and the highest completion percentage during the Los Angeles Chargers’ 45-10 rout over Arizona on Sunday. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 700 words, photo.
BEREA, Ohio — Baker Mayfield won’t back down, won’t change. Not for Hue Jackson or TV commentators or critics or anyone. Don’t bother telling Cleveland’s rookie quarterback how he should act, what he should say or how he should feel. He’s not listening. By Tom Withers. SENT: 800 words, photo.
— KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FBN--Chiefs-Berry. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 750 words.
— HOUSTON — FBN--Texans-Watt’s Comeback. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— LAKE FOREST, Ill. — FBN--Bears-QBs. By Gene Chamberlain. SENT: 700 words, photo.
— GREEN BAY, Wis. — FBN--Packers-Problems. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 700 words, photo.
— THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — FBN--Rams-Everett’s Turn. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 700 words, photos.
SALT LAKE CITY — Linebacker always seemed to be the ultimate destination for Chase Hansen at Utah. Entering his senior season, Hansen finally made the move. The position change helped Utah’s already fearsome defense reach another level. By John Coon. SENT: 700 words, photos.
FBC--T25-BAD SOONERS DEFENSE
NORMAN, Okla. — Ruffin McNeill often uses the acronym FIDO when he talks to his players about dealing with mistakes. It stands for “Forget It and Drive On.” Lots of teachable moments right now for McNeill, the interim defensive coordinator for Oklahoma. The Sooners have allowed 449 yards per game this season — on pace for a school record. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 650 words, photos.
FBC--FCS PLAYOFFS-QUARTERBACK U
FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota State begins its hunt for its seventh Football Championship Subdivision title in eight years with a familiar ingredient — a high-quality quarterback with plenty of experience. Senior Easton Stick will be shooting for his 46th career victory Saturday when the undefeated Bison play a home playoff game against Montana State. He would set the team record for wins with another national championship. By Dave Kolpack. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— ATLANTA — FBC--Georgia Tech-Johnson. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— ATHENS, Ga. — FBC--T25-SEC Championship-Defending Georgia. By Charles Odum. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— COLUMBUS, Ohio — FBC--T25-Big Ten Championship. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 710 words, photos.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Virginia had blown most of a 17-point lead and appeared in trouble as the sellout crowd at Maryland implored the home team to complete the comeback. The Cavaliers had been in this situation before, and they knew exactly how to handle it. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — BKC--T25-Purdue-Florida St. By Bob Ferrante. SENT: 600 words, photos.
HARTFORD, Conn. — Napheesa Collier scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 2 UConn passed its first test of the season against a ranked opponent by routing No. 16 DePaul 99-63. Katie Lou Samuelson added 23 points for the Huskies (6-0), who have a showdown Sunday at top-ranked Notre Dame. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 600 words, photos.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook was more introspective than usual. The dynamic guard moved into a tie for third place on the NBA list for triple-doubles with 23 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder completed a regular-season sweep of the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers with a 100-83 victory. By Murray Evans. SENT: 750 words, photos.
HOUSTON — Rookie Luka Doncic and Devin Harris each scored 20 points, and the Dallas Mavericks beat Houston 128-108 despite a triple-double by Rockets star James Harden. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 700 words, photos.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Dave Kaval can look out his office window and immediately envision a new privately funded ballpark he plans to get built, and it now feels like much more of a reality — with renderings and a real plan, not to mention the city’s support. The Oakland Athletics have found a waterfront location for their ballpark, with picturesque views toward San Francisco, the Bay Bridge and Port of Oakland. The goal is to open in 2023. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 800 words, photos.
IRVING, Texas — Tony Clark’s contract as executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association was extended through 2022, a year past the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement with MLB. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 600 words, photo.
Thursday’s Time Schedule
New Orleans at Dallas, 8:20 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 14 Iowa, 7 p.m.
No. 5 Louisville vs. Nebraska, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Maryland vs. Georgia Tech, 6:30 p.m.
No. 12 Syracuse at No. 20 Minnesota, 8:30 p.m.
No. 13 N.C. State vs. Michigan, 7 p.m.
No. 17 Texas A&M vs. Lamar, Noon
No. 21 Miami at Purdue, 7 p.m.
Golden State at Toronto, 8 p.m.
Indiana at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Boston, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Columbus, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Arizona at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Vegas at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Atlanta at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Portland at Sporting Kansas City, 9:30 p.m.