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December 24, 2018

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TOP STORIES

YE--STORY OF THE YEAR

Crimes of sexual abuse committed by doctor Larry Nassar and the chaos they provoked were named the Story of the Year in balloting by AP members and editors. The second- and third-place finishers were the Eagles first Super Bowl title and the Supreme Court decision to allow sports gambling to expand. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 900 words, photos. With list.

FBN--BRONCOS-RAIDERS

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Raiders (3-11) play the Broncos (6-8) in what could be Oakland’s final NFL game at the Coliseum. The Raiders are set to move to Las Vegas in 2020 but first must find a home for 2019. Denver needs to win its last two games to avoid its first back-to-back losing seasons since 1971-72. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:15 p.m.

BKN--NBA CHRISTMAS PREVIEW

Leisure suits were cool. Elvis Presley died. The first “Star Wars” movie was released. The year was 1977. That was the last time the Milwaukee Bucks played on Christmas Day. On Tuesday, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks visit the New York Knicks as one of five games on the NBA’s holiday schedule. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 850 words, photos.

AP POLLS

BKC--COLLEGE BKB POLL

Duke is back at No. 1. The return to the top ranking comes after a win over No. 12 Texas Tech and Kansas’ loss at No. 18 Arizona State. Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia and Kansas complete the top five. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BKW--WOMEN’S BKB POLL

NEW YORK — UConn withstood two strong tests — beating Oklahoma and California — to remain unbeaten and No. 1. The Huskies are followed by Notre Dame, Louisville, Maryland and Oregon. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 300 words, photos.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

HKN--PRIMING THE PUMP

Each offseason, the NHL adds dozens if not hundreds of European players and writes big checks to keep them coming. Last year, the league paid over $35 million in transfer fees to European federations, money that goes back into development and keeps the talent flowing to the world’s top hockey league. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 800 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-PLAYOFF PICTURE

A breakdown of the winners and losers from Week 16 of the NFL season and a road map of the playoff possibilities heading into the final week of the schedule. By Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 850 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--RAVENS-ALMOST IN

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The surging Baltimore Ravens are on the brink of ending a three-year playoff drought. All they must do is win their finale, and they’ll open the postseason at home as AFC North champs. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 3 p.m.

FBN--SEAHAWKS-PLAYOFF BOUND

RENTON, Wash. — Pete Carroll won’t admit it, but 2018 might be his best NFL coaching job. He took a team few thought would be a playoff contender and led the Seattle Seahawks to the postseason for the seventh time in his nine seasons. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--COLTS-PLAYOFF PICTURE

INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts started the Frank Reich era by losing five of six. Now, after winning eight of nine, they are one win from becoming the third team in to make the postseason after starting 1-5. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBN--BROWNS TURNAROUND

CLEVELAND — Over decades of highs and lows, many of them recent ones, the Cleveland Browns have never had a season like this. With their win Sunday, the Browns have completed the biggest turnaround in club history after going 0-16 in 2017. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— FBN--SAINTS-PLAYOFF TRANSITION — By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--SLUMPING CHIEFS — By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 p.m.

— FBN--TEXANS CLINCH — By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--TITANS-WIN AND IN — By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— FBN--VIKINGS-RUDOLPH — By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.

— FBN--JETS-BOWLES FUTURE — By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— FBN--NFL-ICYMI — By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 900 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--CFP-ALABAMA-JEUDY’S TIME

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Jerry Jeudy’s ambitions grew with every college football camp he attended, every top defensive back he beat head to head. His recruiting stock rose, and so did his goals. Now, he’s Alabama’s latest star wide receiver and heading into the College Football Playoffs. By John Zenor. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBC--CFP-CLEMSON-THE DABO WAY

CLEMSON, S.C. — Dabo Swinney likes to keep the mood around Clemson light, with lots of revelry. It’s the Dabo Way. And it seems to be working. Top recruits keep arriving each year, assistants don’t want to leave and the Tigers keep winning. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 900 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKW--T25-ICYMI

It was a busy week for the Oregon women. First came a win over previously unbeaten Mississippi State. Then coach Kelly Graves sat out the team’s next two games to serve a suspension for NCAA violations. By the end of it all, the Ducks advanced two spots in the poll to No. 5. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 500 words, photos.

OTHER

— BKN--JAMES-LYRIC APOLOGY — LeBron sorry for posting rapper’s “Jewish money” lyric. SENT: 150 words, photos.

— WEI--IWF-DOPING — Two Olympic champs among five weightlifters from London Games suspended after drug retests. SENT: 170 words.

— SAI-SYDNEY-HOBART — New York Yacht Club’s Privateer a top prospect in Sydney to Hobart race. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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