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February 11, 2019

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The NCAA has handed down harsh penalties recently to two college basketball players and the University of Missouri. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about the lack of confidence in NCAA enforcement and if there is anything the association can do to fix it.

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

TOP STORIES

BKN--HEAT-WARRIORS

OAKLAND, Calif. — A lackluster start for Golden State turned into a frantic finish and another win thanks to a big shooting night from Keven Durant. Durant hit a game-tying 3-pointer in the final minute as part of a 39-point night that helped the Warriors cap a comeback from a 19-point deficit in the first quarter to beat the Heat 120-118. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 840 words, photos.

GLF--PEBBLE BEACH

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. _ Phil Mickelson had everything go his way Sunday in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He just couldn’t beat the darkness. On a wild day of weather even by Pebble Beach standards, sunshine gave way to a hail storm that covered the greens in a sheet of white in a matter of minutes. The delay kept Mickelson from finishing off a remarkable rally in which he turned a three-shot deficit into a three-shot lead until it was too dark to finish the last two holes. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

HKN--DUCKS-CARLYLE FIRED

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray tried to give Randy Carlyle as much time as possible to turn things around. But a seven-game losing streak and freefall into last place in the Western Conference showed Murray that a turnaround wasn’t coming soon. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 850 words, photos.

US--SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-SPORTS REMEMBERS

PARKLAND, Fla. _ A year after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, the hearts of sports stars like Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo remain heavy. Both played roles in the immediate aftermath of the massacre where 17 people died, and both have what happened on Feb. 14, 2018 still in mind now. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 4 a.m.

DOG SHOW-DNA TESTS

NEW YORK _ DNA testing for dogs has surged in recent years, with more than 1 million dogs tested in little over a decade. The subject is getting a share of the spotlight at this week’s Westminster Kennel Club dog show. By Jennifer Peltz. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 4 a.m.

_ DOG SHOW-THINGS TO KNOW _ By Ben Walker. SENT: 560 words, photos.

SKI--WORLDS-VONN’S LAST RACE

ARE, Sweden _ One last comeback complete. One last medal. Five days after crashing in super-G, Lindsey Vonn bounced back to win the bronze medal in the world championship downhill in the final race of her career. Vonn becomes the first female skier to win medals at six different world championships. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 800 words, photos.

With:

_ SKI--VONN-FACT BOX _ SENT: 500 words, photos.

_ SKI--WORLDS-WOMEN’S DOWNHILL _ By Steve Douglas. SENT: 550 words, photos.

SKI--WORLDS-VONN APPRECIATION

Standing in the freezing cold to catch a glimpse of Lindsey Vonn at work was a badge of honor for fans because athletes like her don’t come around that often. She stepped away from ski racing after a final downhill run Sunday at the world championships. She departs as the all-time winningest World Cup racer in a career punctuated by crashes and comebacks. By Pat Graham. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

BBO--RED STOCKINGS-150TH

The 2019 Cincinnati Reds will play games in 15 sets of throwback uniforms _ including navy blue and a “Palm Beach” style _ during a season-long celebration of the 1869 Red Stockings who pioneered professional baseball. Historians credit the team that barnstormed from coast-to-coast, beating all opponents, in post-Civil War America with elevating baseball into the nation’s sport. The Red Stockings introduced new levels of training, preparation and strategy _ and flashiness. By Dan Sewell. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 4 a.m.

COMMENTARY

SKI-TIM DAHLBERG-VONN RETIRES

The only thing Lindsey Vonn really wanted to do was win. And win she did, in the Olympics and 82 times on the World Cup circuit, more than any woman skier ever. Her career was remarkable not just for its brilliance but its sheer length. But Father Time eventually beats every athlete, and Vonn is no exception. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BASEBALL

BBO--SPRING TRAINING

Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel won’t be around when the bat and ball bags are opened at spring training throughout Florida and Arizona this week. Mike Moustakas, Marwin Gonzalez, Carlos Gonzalez and Gio Gonzalez are among the dozens of free agents still looking for jobs. For the second straight winter, camps are opening with many rosters in exceptional flux. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 730 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--AROUND THE NBA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Kemba Walker is preparing for this third NBA All-Star game _ and his first as a starter _ this weekend on his home court in Charlotte, North Carolina. The big question is how many more he’ll play in as a member of the Hornets. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 890 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BKN--LAKERS-76ERS

PHILADELPHIA — Magic Johnson and LeBron James have captured eight NBA titles between them. With Johnson in the stands and James on the court, the Philadelphia 76ers showed off their own championship potential. SENT: 840 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--LONGEST SHOT ANNIVERSARY

NEW YORK _ Thirty-four years after hitting the longest shot in college basketball history, Bruce Morris is still amazed at what he accomplished. Morris was Marshall’s point guard when he hit the historic basket from 89 feet, 10 inches just before halftime against Appalachian State on Feb. 7, 1985. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 620 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BKC--T25-TOP 25 REWIND

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Second-ranked Duke got rolling from 3-point range, then took a big step toward winning the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season race. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 840 words, photos.

BKW--T25-ICYMI

NEW YORK _ Oregon coach Kelly Graves didn’t care about his team’s awful history playing at Stanford. The Ducks hadn’t won in Maples Pavilion since 1987. His current team created its own history Sunday, handing Stanford its worst loss in coach Tara VanDerveer’s storied coaching career with the 88-48 win. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 490 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BKW--T25-OREGON-STANFORD

STANFORD, Calif. _ Sabrina Ionescu’s club and high school teams were in the stands, some 100 fans at Friday’s game in Berkeley and again Sunday at Stanford to watch the Oregon star. She produced an impressive 54-point weekend back home in the Bay Area. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 940 words, photos.

Also:

_ BKW--T25-SURGING SOUTH CAROLINA _ By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 740 words, photos.

HOCKEY

HKN--SURGING BLACKHAWKS

CHICAGO _ Somewhere along the way, while Patrick Kane was piling up points and the special teams were rounding into form, the talk around the Chicago Blackhawks shifted from draft positioning to the wild-card standings. Another surprising turn in a strange season. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 a.m.

HKN--BLUES-PREDATORS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Vladimir Tarasenko put on quite a show to keep the St. Louis Blues’ winning streak alive. Tarasenko completed a hat trick by scoring 16 seconds into overtime , and the Blues held off the Nashville Predators 5-4 on Sunday, stretching their streak to a season-best six games. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 870 words, photos.

HKW--WOMEN’S HOCKEY BUZZ

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _On a day the NWHL wanted to keep the focus on its All-Star celebrations and a record crowd for a professional women’s hockey game in the United States, Lee Stecklein couldn’t help but look beyond to what the future might hold. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 810 words, photos.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-DAYTONA 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ William Byron has won the pole for next week’s Daytona 500, giving Hendrick Motorsports the top starting spot for the fifth consecutive year. Byron and teammate Alex Bowman locked in the front row for “The Great American Race” during qualifying laps at Daytona International Speedway. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 770 words, photos.

CAR--NASCAR-DAYTONA-CLASH

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ Jimmie Johnson’s youngest daughter prays every night for Daddy to win a race. When Johnson scuffled through the worst season of his career, he felt the strain of not reaching victory lane. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 780 words, photos.

Also:

_ CAR--NASCAR-DAYTONA 500-INSPECTION FAILURES _ SENT: 140 words, photos.

SOCCER

SOC--NANTES-SALA TRIBUTE

PARIS _ On a day of mourning for Emiliano Sala, Nantes players walked into the field dressed all in black with Sala’s name on their backs as the crowd chanted for him over and over again. “La la la la la la la la, Em-il-ia-no,” fans sang, before breaking out in a minute’s applause. This was observed at all stadiums in the top two divisions in France this weekend in memory of the Argentine striker who died in a plane crash at the age of 28. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 420 words, photos.

SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP

LONDON _ Sergio Aguero is scoring for fun, and even referee Mike Dean got in on the japes. Only Chelsea had nothing to smile about after a 6-0 humiliation at Manchester City. By Rob Harris. SENT: 840 words, photos.

OTHER

FIG--FOUR CONTINENTS

ANAHEIM, Calif. _ The American ice dance duo of Madison Chock and Evan Bates gained some huge momentum with the World Championships a month away. Chock and Bates captured the first major international title of their career Sunday at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 400 words, photos.

ARTHUR ASHE-STREET RENAMING

RICHMOND, Va. _ A movement to rename a Richmond, Virginia, thoroughfare for groundbreaking black tennis player Arthur Ashe Jr. is cresting just as the state finds itself in turmoil over another aspect of race and history: a blackface scandal involving the governor and attorney general. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 900 words, photos.

Also:

_ GLF--VIC OPEN _ SENT: 140 words.

_ GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS _ SENT: 430 words.

_ MMA--UFC 234 _ SENT: 620 words, photos.

CAPSULES

_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES

_ HKN--NHL CAPSULES

_ BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES

_ BKW--TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Monday Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Charlotte at Indiana, 7 p.m.

New York at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Washington at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Brooklyn at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Houston, 8 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Milwaukee at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Portland at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Miami at Denver, 9 p.m.

NHL

Los Angeles at Washington, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

San Jose at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Men

No. 3 Virginia at No. 8 North Carolina, 7 p.m.

No. 13 Kansas at TCU, 9 p.m.

Women

No. 5 UConn vs. No. 12 South Carolina, 7 p.m.

No. 19 Kentucky at Alabama, 7 p.m.

No. 23 Michigan State vs. Indiana, 7 p.m.

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