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January 29, 2019

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The NFL has an officiating problem. PodcastOne Sports Now guest host Rob Maaddi and AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner discuss the blown call that cost the Saints a Super Bowl trip. AP Deputy Sports Editor Oskar Garcia weighs in on the NFL’s attempt to ban certain bets, and AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker considers free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.

https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

Ivan Maisel and his ESPN colleagues are chronicling college football from its very beginnings. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Maisel discusses the project with the AP’s Ralph Russo.

https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast

TOP STORIES

BKN--WARRIORS-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS _ Stephen Curry’s first-half shooting clinic was virtually flawless. His championship teammates pitched in, too. Curry scored 23 of his 26 points in the first half Monday and Golden State ran away with a 132-100 rout at Indiana for its league-leading 11th consecutive victory. The two-time defending champions still aren’t satisfied. By Michael Marot. SENT: 770 words, photos.

FBN--SUPER BOWL-MR FALCON-CTE

BOSTON _ Linebacker Tommy Nobis, a hard-hitting linebacker for Atlanta and the University of Texas who earned the nickname “Mr. Falcon,” had the most severe form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. And now, as Atlanta prepares to host the Super Bowl, the descent of the NFL upon their hometown is a reminder for his family of the impact _ both good and bad _ that football has had on them. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 1,300 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BKN--PELICANS-DAVIS

Anthony Davis wants to be traded to a contender and will not sign an extension with the Pelicans, his agent tells the AP. Many teams clearly would want to land the five-time All-Star. Davis is having his best season, averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds. By Basketball Tim Reynolds. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

BKN--ROCKETS-HARDEN

HOUSTON _ James Harden has been scoring at a pace not seen since Wilt Chamberlain in the 1960s. He doesn’t want to talk about it, of course. He never does, whether things are going well or not. But it is clear he is enjoying this because his scoring outburst has coincided with Houston climbing the standings, back among the top teams in the Western Conference after an early-season slump. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 850 words, photos.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

FBN--YOUNGER AND CHEAPER-SUPER BOWL CUTS

ATLANTA _ Message to all you soon-to-be Super Bowl champions: Don’t get too comfortable. Turnover is coming. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.

COMMENTARY

FBN--PAUL NEWBERRY-MEDIA NIGHT

ATLANTA _ Rams have been through a lot on their way to the Super Bowl, but are the upstarts from LA ready to take down the wily ol’ Patriots? By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBN--BEHIND THE CALL

The hardest tackle at the Pro Bowl came from defensive MVP Jamal Adams long before the league’s laughable all-star game even began, and the biggest hit was Phillip Lindsay’s social media madness. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 990 words, photos by 3 a.m.

SUPER BOWL

FBN--SUPER BOWL-EXPOS TIES

SAN FRANCISCO _ The Montreal Expos would be thrilled with this Super Bowl. And those who used to be part of the defunct baseball franchise’s evaluation process certainly are, even all these years later. Gone from the game for nearly 15 years, the former club has ties to both quarterbacks in Sunday’s NFL championship game. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 940 words, photos by 3 a.m.

_ FBN--SUPER BOWL-RAMS HOME _ By Charles Odum. SENT: 600 words, photos.

_ SUPER BOWL-SNOW JAM _ By Jeff Martin. SENT: 400 words, photos.

_ FBN--SAINTS-RAMS-PLAYOFF LAWSUIT _ By Kevin McGill. SENT: 600 words, photos.

_ PEOPLE-PARKER-BRIDGES SUPER BOWL _ By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 550 words, photos.

AP Sports Extra: Super Bowl _ A paginated preview of the Super Bowl is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “SE” or “Superbowl” (one word) under the Graphics tab. Three sizes of pages are available _ full broadsheet, half broadsheet, tabloid _ with space for local advertising or content. The pages look at the Rams-Patriots matchup, keys to the game and other facts and figures. For questions, contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan@ap.org

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Men:

BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK

North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts didn’t have much time to enjoy the No. 23 Wolfpack’s buzzer-beating weekend win _ not with what waits in the days ahead. N.C. State hosts third-ranked Virginia on Tuesday night, then welcomes No. 12 Virginia Tech on Saturday to headline the week ahead in the AP Top 25 schedule. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BKC--COLLEGE BKB POLL

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Tennessee stays at No. 1 in the men’s Top 25, with the top six unchanged. The Volunteers are followed by Duke, Virginia, Gonzaga, Michigan and Michigan State. Louisville jumps eight spots to No. 16. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 600 words, photos.

BKC--T25-TENNESSEE-ROAD TESTS

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ Tennessee knows the type of atmosphere its about to encounters as the Volunteers go back on the road to protect their No. 1 ranking. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 630 words, photos.

_ Also:

_ BKC--T25-IOWA ST-HORTON-TUCKER _ By Luke Meredith. SENT: 550 words, photos.

_ BKC--STRUGGLING VANDERBILT _ By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 570 words, photos.

Women:

BKW--T25-BAYLOR’S POINT

WACO, Texas _ Chloe Jackson took an unusual path to being the starting point guard for top-ranked Baylor and coach Kim Mulkey. Jackson was graduate transfer last summer after two seasons at LSU. In high school, she was a standout soccer player who also loved basketball. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 640 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BKW--WOMEN’S BKB POLL

NEW YORK _ Baylor is No. 1 in the AP women’s poll for the first time nearly six years. The Lady Bears ascend to the top spot after then-No. 1 Notre Dame lost to unranked North Carolina. UConn is No. 2, followed by Louisville, Oregon and Notre Dame. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 400 words, photos.

NHL

HKN--COYOTES-OVERCOMING ADVERSITY

GLENDALE, Ariz. _ The Arizona Coyotes lost their starting goaltender and a productive young forward and have six regulars out of the lineup. Despite all the attrition, they are still in the playoff mix at the All-Star break. By John Marshall. SENT: 830 words, photos.

AUTO RACING

CAR--IMSA-ALONSO-WHAT’S NEXT?

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ Fernando Alonso wants to do something unprecedented in motorsports now that he’s retired from Formula One. The Spaniard has his eye on the Indianapolis 500, and it sounds as if other kinds of races are on his mind now that he has all this free time. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FIGURE SKATING

FIG--US FUTURE

DETROIT _ The present and future of U.S. figure skating were on display at last week’s national championships. Nathan Chen and Alysa Liu were captivating, but it remains to be seen whether they can help the Americans become more of a force internationally. By Noah Trister. SENT: 670 words, photos.

SOCCER

_ SOC--MISSING PLANE-SALA _ SENT: 450 words.

_ SOC--NBC-SKY SPORTS NEWS _ By Ronald Blum. SENT: 350 words.

_ SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP _ SENT: 120 words.

OTHER

_ BBN--BREWERS-BRAUN _ SENT: 690 words, photos.

_ BBA--ROYALS-MERRIFIELD _ By Dave Skretta. SENT: 750 words, photos.

_ BBN--METS-WILSON _ By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 520 words, photos.

_ FBC--KENTUCKY STATE-JACKSON HIRED _ SENT: 140 words.

_ TEN--ST PETERSBURG LADIES _ SENT: 100 words, photos.

CAPSULES

_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES

_ HKN--NHL CAPSULES

_ BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES

_ BKW--TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Tuesday Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Milwaukee at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Washington at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

New Orleans at Houston, 8 p.m.

Phoenix at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

Philadelphia at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Winnipeg at Boston, 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m.

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Men

No. 1 Tennessee at South Carolina, 6:30 p.m.

No. 3 Virginia at No. 23 N.C. State, 7 p.m.

No. 5 Michigan vs. Ohio State, 9 p.m.

No. 7 Kentucky at Vanderbilt, 9 p.m.

No. 8 Nevada at UNLV, 11 p.m.

No. 9 North Carolina at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m.

No. 11 Kansas at Texas, 7 p.m.

No. 18 Buffalo vs. Ball State, 7 p.m.

No. 21 Maryland vs. Northwestern, 7 p.m.

No. 22 Mississippi State at Alabama, 8:30 p.m.

No. 24 Wisconsin at Nebraska, 8 p.m.

Women

No. 23 Iowa State vs. Texas Tech, 7:30 p.m.

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