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East Stroudsburg football coach Denny Douds called timeout with 13 seconds left in a game to announce his retirement after 43 years in charge of the Warriors. He discusses his decision on AP’s PodcastOne Sports Now. Also, AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi settles the Brady vs. Rodgers debate. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
College football fans are now armed with all manner of devices to follow games. John Walter, a media columnist for The Athletic, talks about such habits with the AP’s Ralph Russo on the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast
Jimmy Butler has his wish: He’s out of Minnesota. And just like that, Philadelphia has a new Big Three — one that could make serious noise in the Eastern Conference. A person with knowledge of the situation said Saturday that Butler is being traded to the 76ers in a package that will send Dario Saric and Robert Covington to the Timberwolves. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not yet been announced by either team and was still pending NBA approval, which might not come until Monday. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 500 words.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 18 Mississippi State plays No. 1 Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium with the Crimson Tide trying to match the school record with its 24th straight home win. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m. ET.
BOSTON — No. 2 Clemson tries to clinch a fourth straight trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game against No. 17 Boston College. The Eagles can take control of Atlantic Division with a victory and put the Tigers in a playoff bind. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.
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No. 8 Ohio State tries show it still belongs in the College Football Playoff race against No. 24 Michigan State and No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson face ranked conference foes as big favorites. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 900 words, with photos, by 7:30 p.m.
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EAST LANSING, Mich. — The 24th-ranked Spartans try to avenge last season’s 48-3 loss to Ohio State when they host the eighth-ranked Buckeyes. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 12:05 p.m. ET.
ORLANDO, Fla. — McKenzie Milton and No. 11 UCF try to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 22 games when the Knights face Navy in American Athletic Conference action. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 12 p.m. ET.
NEW ORLEANS — A person familiar with the situation says medical examinations and imaging have confirmed that Saints receiver Dez Bryant has a torn Achilles, ending his season before it had begun. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the Saints have not announced details of the veteran receiver’s medical exam or updated Friday’s injury report. Bryant was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game in Cincinnati with an ankle injury. But the receiver made it clear on social media that he’d had a significant setback, calling his path to recovery the “ultimate test.” By Brett Martel. SENT: 120 words.
AVONDALE, Ariz. — Joey Logano believes he’s suddenly the favorite to win NASCAR’s championship. As the only driver locked into the title race, he’s also the most relaxed right now. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING. 800 words. By 6 p.m.
With: BC-CAR--NASCAR-Phoenix-Xfinity. Race begins at 3:30 p.m. 600 words. By Jenna Fryer.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Grizzlies host the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.
NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Pelicans seek their fifth victory in six home games when they host Phoenix on Saturday night. The Suns have dropped nine of 10 overall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. tip-off 7 p.m. ET
TOKYO — Yuki Yanagita homered and drove in four runs Saturday to lead Japan to a 12-6 win over the MLB All-Stars and a 2-0 lead in the six-game exhibition series. Yanagita, who hit a game-ending two-run homer in Friday’s 7-6 win, singled in a run in the first inning at Tokyo Dome and hit a two-run homer in the third to give his team a 5-0 lead. SENT: 350 words.
PHILADELPHIA — No. 9 Villanova tries to go 2-0 when it plays Quinnipiac at the Wells Fargo Center. UPCOMING. 650 words. Game starts at 8 p.m. AP Photos.
PLAY DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Cameron Champ leads Mayakoba Classic, going for his second PGA Tour title of the season. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m.
— PHOENIX — GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS. UPCOMING: 350 words by 10 p.m.
— SUN CITY, South Africa — GLF--SUN CITY. SENT: 400 words.
— HAINAN ISLAND, China — GLF--BLUE BAY LPGA. SENT: 250 words.
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SASKATOON, Saskatchewan — The United States plays Canada on Saturday at the Four Nations Cup looking for a fourth straight Four Nations Cup title and ninth overall after the American women edged their biggest rival 2-1 in the preliminary round. Sweden and Finland play for bronze. UPCOMING: 150 words, photos. More on merits. Developing from game starting at 9 p.m. EST.
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PRAGUE — Barbora Strycova and Katerina Siniakova won their singles for the Czech Republic to take a commanding 2-0 over the defending champion United States in the Fed Cup final on Saturday. Strycova rallied from a set down to defeat Sofia Kenin 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4. Siniakova stretched the advantage by dispatching Alison Riske 6-3, 7-6 (2) to the delight of more than 14,000 fans. SENT: 400 words.
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Saturday Time Schedule
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No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 18 Mississippi State, 3:30 p.m.
No. 2 Clemson at No. 17 Boston College, 8 p.m.
No. 3 Notre Dame vs. Florida State, 7:30 p.m.
No. 4 Michigan at Rutgers, 3:30 p.m.
No. 5 Georgia vs. Auburn, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m.
No. 7 West Virginia vs. TCU, Noon
No. 8 Ohio State at No. 24 Michigan State, Noon
No. 9 LSU at Arkansas, 7:30 p.m.
No. 10 Washington State at Colorado, 3:30 p.m.
No. 11 UCF vs. Navy, Noon
No. 12 Kentucky at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m.
No. 14 Utah State vs. San Jose State, 4 p.m.
No. 15 Texas at Texas Tech, 7:30 p.m.
No. 19 Florida vs. South Carolina, Noon
No. 21 Penn State vs. Wisconsin, Noon.
No. 23 Iowa State vs. Baylor, 3:30 p.m.
No. 25 Cincinnati vs. South Florida, 7 p.m.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 3 Gonzaga vs. Texas Southern, 10 p.m.
No. 9 Villanova vs. Quinnipiac at the Wells Fargo Center, 8 p.m.
No. 16 Syracuse vs. Morehead State, 7 p.m.
No. 19 Michigan vs. Holy Cross, 7:30 p.m.
No. 24 Purdue vs. Ball State, 8 p.m.
No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 18 Syracuse, 5 p.m.
New York at Toronto, 3 p.m.
Milwaukee at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m.
Phoenix at New Orleans, 7 p.m.
Washington at Miami, 8 p.m.
Cleveland at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Philadelphia at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Houston at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.
Brooklyn at Golden State, 8:30 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Dallas, 9 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
Vancouver at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Chicago at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Nashville at Dallas, 2 p.m.
Toronto at Boston, 7 p.m.
Vegas at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Ottawa at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Florida, 7 p.m.
Arizona at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Carolina, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Calgary at Los Angeles, 10 p.m.