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BKC--TOP 25-THIS WEEK
Phil Knight is bringing some of the nation’s best teams to Oregon this week for a tournament to help the Nike founder celebrate his 80th birthday. The Maui Invitational and Hall of Fame Classic also feature ranked teams in a busy week for college hoops. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 690 words, photos by 3 a.m.
SEATTLE — There used to be a certain leeway with the Seattle Seahawks that if some part was lacking, or a decision didn’t go their way, there was enough talent to persevere. That margin may be gone, as evidenced by a 34-31 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 810 words, photos by 3 a.m.
FBN--WEEK 11 OVERREACTIONS
Hey Eagles fans: Book that trip to Minnesota in February. Carson Wentz is taking Philadelphia to the Super Bowl. There’s no stopping the high-flying Eagles. That and more overreactions from Week 11. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 560 words, photos by 3 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball questioned the extent of President Donald Trump’s involvement in securing his son’s release from the custody of Chinese authorities during a combative 20-minute CNN interview. SENT: 500 words, photos.
BATON ROUGE, La. — No. 19 LSU’s regular-season finale against Texas A&M on Saturday has a lot of importance for the program. A victory would be the Tigers’ sixth in the past seven games and give them their first six-win Southeastern Conference season since 2012. Moreover, it would keep LSU on track for its first ten-win season since 2013. By Bryan Lazare. UPCOMING: 720 words, photos by 3 a.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan has failed to run the ball effectively against teams with winning records this season, leading to three setbacks. That doesn’t bode well against No. 8 Ohio State. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 530 words, photos by 3 a.m.
FBC--SAN DIEGO ST-PENNY
SAN DIEGO — San Diego State offensive coordinator Jeff Horton thinks it’s “a joke” and “a disgrace” that Rashaad Penny, the nation’s leading rusher, isn’t a finalist for the Doak Walker Award. Coach Rocky Long doesn’t feel that snub bodes well for Penny making it to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 710 words, photos.
FBC--T25-MAYFIELD’S MIND GAMES
NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma QB Mayfield won’t start his final regular season game after making lewd gesture against Kansas. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 990 words, photos. With video on AP YouTube channel.
SEATTLE — Blair Walsh thought his potential tying kick was good and the Seattle Seahawks were headed to overtime with the chance to erase a questionable decision from earlier in the game. By Tim Booth. SENT: 560 words, photos.
NEW YORK — The Major League Baseball Players Association has extended its deadline by a day to 8 p.m. EST Tuesday for an agreement on a new posting system between the Major League Baseball and its Japanese counterpart, a deal that would allow star pitcher-outfielder Shohei Ohtani to be put up for bid. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 360 words, photos.
— BBO--YANKES-MARLINS-RANGERS TRADES — The Yankees raised their available signing bonus money for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani to $3.5 million, acquiring $250,000 in pool money from the Miami Marlins on Monday for left-hander Caleb Smith and first baseman Garrett Cooper. SENT: 420 words.
BBO--HALL OF FAME BALLOT
NEW YORK — Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel are among 19 newcomers to the baseball Hall of Fame ballot. Trevor Hoffman, who fell five votes short last year, leads the holdovers. Roy Halladay will not appear on the ballot for another year. The retired pitcher died Nov. 7 in a plane crash. The Hall of Fame results will be announced Jan. 24. SENT: 600 words, photos.
BBO--HALLADAY PLANE CRASH
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Federal aviation investigators say retired star pitcher Roy Halladay performed steep turns and flew feet above the water in his small plane moments before his fatal crash two weeks ago. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 470 words, photos.
NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis had 36 points and 15 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans rallied after DeMarcus Cousins’ ejection to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-107. By Brett Martel. SENT: 740 words, photos.
DALLAS — Kyrie Irving scored 10 of his season-high 47 points in overtime as the Boston Celtics rallied once again from a double-digit deficit to beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-102 to extend their winning streak to 16 games. By Dave Jackson. SENT: 790 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Secret payments to soccer officials were cloaked by car names such as ‘Benz,’ ‘VW,’ ‘Toyota,’ ‘Kia’ and ‘Peugeot,’ a sports marketing executive testified as the trial of three former national federations started its second week. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 1000 words, photos.
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Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EST)
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 3 Kansas vs. Texas Southern, 8 p.m.
No. 6 Wichita State vs. Marquette at the Lahaina (Hawaii) Civic Center, 1:30 p.m.
No. 12 Cincinnati vs. Richmond or UAB at Truman Bodden Sports Complex, George Town, Cayman Islands, 7:30 p.m.
No. 13 Notre Dame vs. Michigan or LSU at Lahaina (Hawaii) Civic Center, 10:30 p.m.
No. 14 Minnesota vs. Alabama A&M, 8 p.m.
No. 16 Texas A&M vs. Penn State at Barclays Center, 6 p.m.
No. 19 Louisville vs. Southern Illinois, 7 p.m.
No. 22 Baylor vs. Creighton at the Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo., 10 p.m.
No. 23 UCLA vs. Wisconsin at the Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo., 7:30 p.m.
No. 25 Alabama vs. UT Arlington, 9 p.m.
No. 1 UConn at No. 5 UCLA, 10:30 p.m.
No. 10 Oregon vs. Eastern Washington, 9 p.m.
No. 15 Maryland vs. Howard, 6 p.m.
Chicago at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Edmonton at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Montreal at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.