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NFL executive Troy Vincent says overtime rules could change if teams want it. He tells PodcastOne Sports Now guest host Rob Maaddi the competition committee looks at everything at the end of each season. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
What was once the traditional signing period in college football has been replaced by the early signing period, but Feb. 6 will still be a busy day. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Barton Simmons, scouting director of 247 Sports, joins AP’s Ralph Russo in discussing the recruiting class of 2020. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast
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ATLANTA _ Warren Beatty has a message for Jared Goff: You won’t be the first quarterback to lead the Los Angeles Rams to a Super Bowl victory. Beatty talked to The Associated Press about the time he led the Rams to the championship, in the 1978 movie “Heaven Can Wait.” Beatty says he’s a huge Goff fan and will be rooting for him. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 970 words, photos by 3 a.m.
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ST. LOUIS _ Just as they did 17 years ago, St. Louis football fans will watch the Rams and New England Patriots play in the Super Bowl. This time, the rooting interest has flipped. Many fans in St. Louis will be pulling for the Patriots and not their former team. The franchise’s success is salt in the wound for fans still bitter three years after owner Stan Kroenke moved the team back to Los Angeles. By Jim Salter. UPCOMING: 710 words, photos by 3 a.m.
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ATLANTA _ Sam Shields is back in the Super Bowl for the second time after concussions nearly derailed his NFL career. The Los Angeles Rams cornerback played in the Super Bowl eight years ago as a rookie with the Green Bay Packers. His head injuries kept him out of football for nearly two years until he joined the Rams last spring and became a key backup and special teams contributor. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 810 words, photos by 3 a.m.
DENVER _ Snowboarder Chloe Kim is heading back to school after soaring to an Olympic gold medal in the halfpipe last February. Kim was admitted into Princeton and plans to attend the prestigious Ivy League institution in the fall. She’s long been in a class by herself in the lofty subjects of double corks and front-side twists. She wants to soar in the classroom as well. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 3 a.m.
NEW YORK _ The New York Knicks have traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks, parting with the young All-Star forward as he recovers from a torn knee ligament. The Knicks acquired Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews and two future first-round picks in the deal, while also sending guards Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Courtney Lee to Dallas. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 790 words, photos.
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ATLANTA _ There’s an exhibit dedicated to Tommie Smith at an Atlanta art museum _ a perfect reminder during Super Bowl week of the mistreatment endured by Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 1050 words, photos.
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Sunday’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams marks the biggest day of sports broadcasting for networks. CBS will broadcast the game for the 20th time but the NFL Network and ESPN will also have pregame coverage. By Joe reedy. SENT: 680 words, photos.
ATLANTA _ Two years before the labor agreement with the NFL runs out the players’ union is gathering a war chest it hopes it doesn’t need. Union leaders, however, expect a work stoppage in 2021, while not exactly inevitable, will be difficult to avoid. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 600 words, photos.
New Orleans has an All-Star for the sixth straight year, unless he gets traded first. Pelicans standout Anthony Davis was one of the 14 players announced Thursday as reserves for the All-Star Game in Charlotte. Davis wants to be swapped out of New Orleans by the Feb. 7 trade deadline, so it remains unclear if his uniform for the All-Star contest on Feb. 17 will bear a Pelicans logo or not. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 820 words, photos.
TORONTO _ Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 19 points, Khris Middleton had 18 and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Raptors 105-92, ending Toronto’s season-best home winning streak at 10 games. By Ian Harrison. SENT: 680 words, photos.
_ BKN--ALL-STAR-BUDENHOLZER _ Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer and his staff are heading to the All-Star Game. SENT: 380 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES _ LeBron James had 24 points and 14 rebounds in his return from a 17-game injury absence, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Clippers 123-120 in overtime after blowing a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead. By Beth Harris. SENT: 700 words, photos.
OAKLAND, Calif. _ Joel Embiid had 26 points and 20 rebounds to spoil DeMarcus Cousins’ home debut with the Warriors, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped Golden State’s NBA-best 11-game winning streak with a 113-104 victory. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 900 words, photos.
DENVER _ Nolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $26 million deal to avoid arbitration, the largest one-year salary for an arbitration-eligible player. By Pat Graham. SENT: 520 words, photos.
AL Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani has been medically cleared to resume full strength training on his right arm following Tommy John surgery, although he will not be ready to hit for the Los Angeles Angels by opening day. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 490 words, photos.
HOUSTON _ The Houston Astros filled an opening in their rotation, agreeing to a $4.5 million, one-year contract with 32-year-old left-hander Wade Miley. SENT: 280 words, photos.
Jeff Walz has had some really good teams at Louisville since taking over the Cardinals program in 2007. They’ve made three trips to the Final Four and appeared in the title game twice. Yet in his 12 years at the school, Walz and his Cardinals never could find a way to beat UConn. That changed Thursday night. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 690 words, photos by 3 a.m.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. _ Harold Varner III dabs his way to the top of the Phoenix Open leaderboard to tie Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas with a 7-under 64. By John Marshall. SENT: 670 words, photos.
Women’s hockey star Kendall Coyne Schofield says she doesn’t believe NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire questioned her knowledge of the sport during an awkward pre-game interaction. McGuire was criticized on social media after telling Coyne Schofield the network was paying her to be an analyst and not a fan during the Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay game. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 420 words, photos.
Julius Campbell Jr., a former Virginia high school football star depicted in the movie “Remember the Titans,” has died at the age of 65. SENT: 280 words.
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TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 5 Michigan at Iowa, 7 p.m.
No. 18 Buffalo at Bowling Green, 8 p.m.
No. 21 Maryland at No. 24 Wisconsin, 9 p.m.
No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 14 Utah, 10 p.m.
No. 9 Oregon State vs. Colorado, 10 p.m.
No. 21 Arizona State vs. Arizona, 8 p.m.
Memphis at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Boston at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Miami, 8 p.m.
Atlanta at Utah, 9 p.m.
Houston at Denver, 10 p.m.
Calgary at Washington, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay vs. N.Y. Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 7 p.m.
Ottawa at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Nashville at Florida, 7 p.m.
Vegas at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Dallas, 8 p.m.