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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.
No. 11 Central Florida has won 22 straight games and is making a run at another major bowl bid. ESPN’s “College GameDay” is coming to the school’s Orlando, Florida, campus this week So why are Knights fans so mad online? On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Matt Murschel of the Orlando Sentinel joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about UCF’s rise to prominence and how this year’s team stacks up to last year’s unbeaten squad.
NEW YORK — Mookie Betts is ready to become an ambassador for baseball, now that he’s won a batting title, World Series and Most Valuable Player award with Boston. Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich was close to a unanimous pick for the NL honor. A 26-year-old outfielder just like Betts, Yelich also won a batting championship and led his team to a division title. But while Betts has been with the Red Sox since he signed after the 2011 amateur draft, Yelich didn’t join the Brewers until he was dealt to Milwaukee last January by the payroll-paring Miami Marlins. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 750 words, photos.
SEATTLE — After a shaky beginning, Russell Wilson got hot in the fourth quarter and kept the Seattle Seahawks in the middle of the NFC playoff race. Wilson threw for 225 yards and his 15-yard touchdown pass to Ed Dickson with 5:08 left was the difference in the Seahawks’ 27-24 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. By Tim Booth. SENT: 800 words, photos.
HOUSTON — Carmelo Anthony is done in Houston. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey released a statement Thursday saying the team is “parting ways” with Anthony and “working toward a resolution.” Anthony played just 10 games for the Rockets after signing a one-year, $2.4 million deal during the offseason. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 630 words.
LOS ANGELES — Rajon Rondo had surgery Thursday on his broken right hand, and the Los Angeles Lakers plan to use a variety of strategies to replace the veteran point guard while he heals. Los Angeles will be without Rondo for four to five weeks after he was injured in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ fourth straight win, 126-117 over Portland on Wednesday night. Rondo apparently hurt his hand while making a steal, but he kept playing for several more minutes before coming out of the game. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 450 words.
Justin Tucker is so good that nobody could believe it when he sliced a game-tying extra point wide right in a 24-23 loss to the Saints last month. It was Tucker’s first career miss after nailing 222 straight. Despite the shank, Tucker was voted the top player in the league at his position for the second straight year by a panel of 10 football writers for The Associated Press. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 530 words.
NEW YORK — Unranked teams made a statement at the 2K Classic. Jordan Bohannon scored 16 points to lead Iowa to a 77-69 upset of No. 13 Oregon in the second semifinal of the 2K Classic on Thursday night. The Hawkeyes (3-0) will play UConn in the championship game tomorrow, while Oregon (2-1) will meet No. 15 Syracuse in the consolation game. Connecticut upset Syracuse, 83-76, in the first game. SENT: 800 words, photos.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis basketball player Karim Sameh Azab died Thursday, seven months after announcing he had leukemia. He was 22. Athletic department spokeswoman Tammy DeGroff said a school athletic official was with the family when Azab died in Memphis. SENT:
FBC--THE TIE-50 YEARS LATER
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Fifty years after a furious comeback against Yale left Harvard celebrating a 29-29 “victory,” players from both sidelines have no doubt who won and who lost. The 1968 tie is still considered one of the greatest games in college football history. Players from that game will be recognized at halftime of The Game on Saturday at Fenway Park. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 700 words, photos.
FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME IN NYC
NEW YORK — Notre Dame has deep roots in New York City, with a huge following of “Subway Alumni.” The No. 3 Irish return to their home away from away Saturday to face No. 12 Syracuse in the most significant college football game at Yankee Stadium since the 1940s. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 850 words, photos.
NEW YORK — It’s been a year since James Dolan announced his intent to sell the New York Liberty, and the team is still on the market. There have been several potential buyers and a few have gotten close to purchasing the team, but for various reasons all the potential deals fell through. Even without a new owner on the horizon and the Liberty in the same situation as last November, there is no danger of the team ceasing to exist this winter. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 500 words.
Friday Time Schedule
No. 23 Boise State at New Mexico, 9:30 p.m.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 2 Kansas vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 8 p.m.
No. 4 Virginia vs. Coppin State, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Nevada vs. Little Rock, 11 p.m.
No. 7 North Carolina vs. Tennessee Tech, 7 p.m.
No. 12 Kansas State vs. Eastern Kentucky at UVI Sports and Fitness Center, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, 7:30 p.m.
No. 13 Oregon vs. No. 15 Syracuse at Madison Square Garden, 4:30 p.m.
No. 16 Virginia Tech vs. Northeastern at TD Arena, Charleston, S.C., 11 a.m.
No. 17 Mississippi State vs. Long Beach State, 9 p.m.
No. 20 UCLA vs. Saint Francis (Pa.), 11 p.m.
No. 22 LSU vs. Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m.
No. 23 Purdue vs. Davidson at TD Arena, Charleston, S.C., 6:30 p.m.
No. 16 Missouri vs. Green Bay, 7 p.m.
Brooklyn at Washington, 7 p.m.
Miami at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Toronto at Boston, 7 p.m.
Utah at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
New York at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Portland at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Sacramento at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Chicago at Milwaukee, 9:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Boston at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Washington at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Toronto at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
St. Louis at Vegas, 10 p.m.