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TOP STORIES

FBN--NFL-GOODELL-JERRY JONES

NEW YORK — The Associated Press has obtained a letter by the NFL sent to Jerry Jones' attorney accusing the Dallas Cowboys owner of "conduct detrimental to the league's best interests" over his objection to a contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 540 words, photos.

OLY--RUSSIA-DOPING-WADA

SEOUL, South Korea — Russia's chances of participating at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in February were hit after the World Anti-Doping Agency decided not to reinstate the suspended Russian Anti-Doping Agency. By John Duerden. SENT: 470 words, photos.

BKC--THE LOW MAJORS-RECRUITING

LAS VEGAS — Low-major programs are forced to work harder and get more creative when recruiting against bigger schools. The smallest schools in Division I college basketball seek overlooked recruits, searching for players perhaps too short or skinny to fit the power-school mold. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 1040 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BKN--REPLAY REFEREES

SECAUCUS, N.J. — They are in the games, just not at the games. The referees in the NBA's Replay Center are far from the action but yet right in the middle of it, potentially making rulings on the most important plays of the night from their desk in an office park. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m. With video on AP YouTube channel.

PRO FOOTBALL

FBN--COWBOYS-ELLIOTT

FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has dropped his appeal with five games remaining on his six-game suspension over alleged domestic violence. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 760 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBO--CY YOUNG AWARDS

Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals has won his third Cy Young Award and for the second straight year in the National League. Scherzer breezed past Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for the honor. Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians easily won his second American League Cy Young Award earlier in the day. By Jake Seiner. SENT: 740 words, photos.

BBO--GM MEETINGS

ORLANDO, Fla. — Major League Baseball hopes to reach a new agreement on a posting system with Japan by early December, a deal that would allow star pitcher-outfielder Shohei Otani to start negotiations with big league teams. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 520 words, photos.

BBO--BORAS

ORLANDO, Fla. — Agent Scott Boras says teams should spend big and move to the gated community of 'Playoffville.' By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 410 words, photos.

BBA--YANKEES-STEINBRENNER

ORLANDO, Fla. — New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner says not even a World Series title would have caused the team to give a new contract to manager Joe Girardi, who was let go last month. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 750 words, photos.

PRO BASKETBALL

BKN--WARRIORS-CELTICS

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics have exceeded expectations this season since losing Gordon Hayward to a leg injury on opening night. They'll look to add to their NBA-best 13-game win streak when they get a visit from the defending championship Golden State Warriors. Golden State coach Steve Kerr says Boston may be the team of the future in the Eastern Conference. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 510 words, photos.

BKN--TOWNS-MEDICAL MARIJUANA

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns says he believes the NBA should permit the use of medicinal marijuana. SENT: 140 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--ARKANSAS-BIELEMA'S FUTURE

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas' firing of athletic director Jeff Long on Wednesday did more than just leave the school's athletic department in turmoil. It also added another layer of questions about the future of football coach Bret Bielema. By Kurt Voigt. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBC--BIG 12 THIS WEEK

No. 24 West Virginia needs to win and get help for a chance to get into the Big 12 championship game. Texas is looking for one more win to get bowl eligible. UPCOMING: 530 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

Wisconsin seems to have a clear path into the College Football Playoff. The Badgers, ranked No. 5 in the playoff rankings and in The Associated Press poll, likely will have a shot to play for a national championship if they beat No. 19 Michigan this week at home and avoid getting upset at Minnesota and win the Big Ten championship game Dec. 2 in Indianapolis. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 910 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBC--ACC THIS WEEK

No. 25 North Carolina State's visit to Wake Forest headlines a weekend in the Atlantic Coast Conference when the championship-game matchup has been determined and three teams play FCS opponents. UPCOMING: 425 words, photos.

FBC--SEC THIS WEEK

Kentucky will try to knock off No. 7 Georgia, which is clearly the best game in a lackluster weekend for the SEC schedule. The Wildcats could be playing for a chance at the SEC East Division title, but blew double-digit leads against Florida and Mississippi earlier this season. Georgia has already clinched the East Division title. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 3 a.m.

SOCCER

US--FIFA INVESTIGATION-TRIAL

NEW YORK — New York judge tightens bail conditions of former South American soccer official accused of taking bribes in exchange for his help securing broadcasting and hosting rights for tournaments; Mexican TV network Televisa denies involvement. By Tom Hays. SENT: 880 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-DRAW SEEDINGS

ZURICH — Russia will be the lowest-ranked team in the draw for the World Cup it is hosting after Peru sealed the last qualifying place. The No. 10-ranked Peru clinched the final place in the 32-team tournament, eliminating No. 122 New Zealand in an intercontinental playoff late Wednesday in Lima. Still, Russia will be top-seeded in Group A — the status FIFA gives to all World Cup host nations. SENT: 350 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-PERU-NEW ZEALAND

LIMA, Peru — Peru beat New Zealand 2-0 to win a two-leg playoff and earn the 32nd and last spot in the World Cup field in Russia. Peru last reached the World Cup in 1982. It won at home after tying 0-0 on Saturday in New Zealand. SENT: 430 words, photos.

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Thursday's Time Schedule (EST)

NFL

Tennessee at Pittsburgh, 8:25 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Top 25

No. 23 South Florida vs. Tulsa, 7:30 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Top 25

Men

No. 3 Arizona vs. CSU Bakersfield, 10 p.m.

No. 8 Florida vs. North Florida, 7 p.m.

No. 11 Miami vs. Florida A&M, 7 p.m.

No. 12 Cincinnati vs. Coppin State, 7 p.m.

No. 13 Notre Dame vs. Chicago State, 7 p.m.

No. 15 Xavier at Wisconsin, 8:30 p.m.

Women

No. 4 South Carolina vs. Wofford, 3 p.m.

No. 5 Louisville vs. No. 24 Michigan, 7 p.m.

No. 7 Mississippi State vs. Georgia State, 8 p.m.

No. 10 Oregon at No. 19 Texas A&M, 8 p.m.

No. 11 Duke vs. High Point, 7 p.m.

No. 15 Maryland vs. Niagara, 11 a.m.

No. 23 Missouri vs. Wright State, 8 p.m.

No. 25 Kentucky at Montana, 9 p.m.

NBA

Golden State at Boston, 8 p.m.

Houston at Phoenix, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

New Jersey at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Carolina at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Arizona at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Nashville at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

St. Louis at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

Washington at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Vegas at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Florida at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

Boston at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.