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Jerry Rice says Antonio Brown would take the 49ers’ offense to a “whole different level.” The Hall of Fame receiver tells guest host Rob Maaddi on the AP’s PodcastOne Sports Now that the embattled Pittsburgh Steelers receiver reached out to him for advice.
What was once the traditional signing period in college football has been replaced by the early signing period, but Feb. 6 will still be a busy day.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
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers have suddenly found a new winning combination. Not even LeBron James could slow it down Tuesday night, absorbing the most lopsided loss in his 16-year career. By Michael Marot. SENT: 800 words, photos.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois coach Brad Underwood had tears in his eyes after his Illini topped Tom Izzo’s ninth-ranked Michigan State Spartans. “Michigan State is a great team, and Tom is a great coach,” Underwood said. “They’re everything I want to be.” SENT: 560 words, photos.
Signing Day Part II is here and while nobody is catching Alabama for the recruiting crown, there is still some work to be done and a few blue-chippers to sign. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 150 words by 3 a.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Will be updated throughout the day.
_ FBC--SIGNING DAY-THE LATEST _ Real-time updates throughout day.
HKN--AROUND THE NHL
When the Maple Leafs sent a first-round pick and two prospects to the Kings for Jake Muzzin, it didn’t exactly open the flood gates a month before the trade deadline. That is because the standings are slowing everything down. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.
FBN--SUPER BOWL-PATRIOTS PARADE
BOSTON _ With cheers of “We want seven!” and “Next year, right here!” hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans jammed downtown Boston on Tuesday for a parade celebrating the New England Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl title. A party atmosphere enveloped the city on the unseasonably mild day. Red, white and blue confetti rained down and music blared as fans packed along sidewalks hoping to catch a glimpse of quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick and the rest of the beloved team. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 610 words, photos, video.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ Rick Hendrick worked far too hard building NASCAR’s top organization to tolerate mediocrity, and he might have been able to stomach last season if his teams had been just average. But the cars were bad _ seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson failed to win a race for the first time in his career _ and the Hall of Fame team owner is not going to stand for a repeat in 2019. Hendrick told The Associated Press last season was the worst in his team’s 35-year history. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by noon.
GLF--ON THE FRINGE-ROUGH START
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. _ Golf barely got out of January before it got attention for all the wrong reasons. Sergio Garcia took out his frustrations in a bunker (nothing new) and the greens (shockingly new). And then rules designed to be simple made life a little more complicated. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 860 words, photos.
_ GLF--GOLF NOTES _ By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
_ GLF--GOLF GLANCE _ SENT: 1,000 words.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. _ The Los Angeles Rams have plenty of offseason work to do. Thanks to their run to the Super Bowl, they have a relatively short amount of time to do it. Sean McVay professes to love few things more than his next challenge, and the coach is already hitting the Rams’ offseason tasks with extra motivation from the humbling experience of Los Angeles’ 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots in Atlanta. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 890 words, photos.
_ SUPER BOWL-PATIENT DEATH _ SENT: 130 words.
PHILADELPHIA _ Kyle Lowry doesn’t want to play for any team but Toronto. A detour through his hometown is always welcome, though. Lowry had a big first half amid reports that Toronto has offered him in a trade, Kawhi Leonard finished with 24 points, and the Raptors held off the Philadelphia 76ers 119-107 in a matchup between two of the Eastern Conference’s top teams. SENT: 750 words, photos.
OKLAHOMA CITY _Russell Westbrook is on another one of those runs. The dynamic point guard had 16 points, 16 assists and 15 rebounds in his seventh straight triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Orlando Magic 132-122 on Tuesday night. Westbrook matched the longest triple-double streak of his career with his 20th of the season and No. 124 overall. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 710 words, photos.
WASHINGTON _ Already done for this season after one operation, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall now will miss most — if not all — of next season, too, because he needs surgery on his left Achilles tendon, which he tore in a fall at home. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 470 words, photos.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _Tennessee has matched the longest winning streak of Rick Barnes’ 32-year head coaching career. Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams scored 13 points each as the top-ranked Volunteers defeated Missouri 72-60 to earn their 17th straight victory, extending a school record. Barnes’ only other 17-game winning streak came in 2009-10 at Texas. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 650 words, photos.
BKC--SHIFTING TO BASKETBALL
The Super Bowl signals the end to the football season, a time to turn up the attention on college basketball _ such as Duke and Zion Williamson, those No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers and the best player many fans have never even heard of _ Ja Morant of Murray State. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 850 words, photos.
SEATTLE _ One of Matisse Thybulle’s favorite hobbies is photography, and his eye for creativity is not isolated to the viewfinder of a camera or the screen of a phone. It carries over to the basketball court where the senior for surging Washington finds himself part of the conversation when the subject turns to the nation’s best defensive players. By Tim Booth. SENT: 800 words, photos.
_ BKC--T25-ST JOHNS-MARQUETTE _ SENT: 800 words, photos.
_ BKC--T25-KANSAS-KANSAS ST _ By Dave Skretta. SENT: 840 words, photos.
_ BKC--T25--PAC-12 THIS WEEK _ By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 3 a.m.
_ BKC--T25-IOWA-GARZA _ By Luke Meredith. SENT: 640 words, photos.
CINCINNATI _ The Cincinnati Bengals liked Zac Taylor the first time they talked to him, but there was one overriding concern when they discussed offering him their head coaching job. He’s 35 with only a few games as a coordinator on his NFL resume. By Joe Kay. SENT: 670 words, photos.
FBO--SPRING LEAGUE RULES
SAN DIEGO _ When the fledgling Alliance of American Football held four exhibition games recently in San Antonio, something was missing. Kickoffs. So, yes, when the eight-team AAF kicks off this weekend, there will be no kickoffs as a nod to player safety and one of many twists to make games faster. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 890 words.
_ FBN--TITANS-COORDINATORS _ By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 710 words, photos.
_ FBN--FALCONS-ALFORD RELEASED _ SENT: 230 words.
ARE, SWEDEN _ Lindsey Vonn crashes during the super-G at the world championships, straddling a gate mid-air and ending up in the safety nets. She says she feels like she’s been “hit by an 18-wheeler,” adding, “I’m too old for this.” She plans to ski the downhilll, her last race before retirement. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 700 words, photos.
_SKI--WORLDS-WOMEN’S SUPER-G _ By Steve Douglas. SENT: 810 words, photos.
OFFENSIVE EMAILS-JOE RICKETTS
CHICAGO _ The patriarch of the family behind the Cubs apologizes after emails show he made racist comments and promoted conspiracy theories. The founder of the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade says he believes “bigoted ideas are wrong.” He is not involved in team operations. SENT: 350 words, photos.
_ BBN--MARLINS-GRANDERSON _ SENT: 150 words, photos.
_ BBN--PIRATES-LIRIANO _ SENT: 200 words.
SOC—WOMEN’S WORLD CUP-VIDEO REVIEW
U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro is pleased FIFA listened to his requests for video review to be used at the Women’s World Cup. Now he’s urging the FIFA Council to make it official. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 350 words, photos.
_ SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP _ SENT: 330 words, photos.
_ SOC--MISSING PLANE-SALA _ SENT: 150 words, photos.
_ HKN--OVECHKIN-RUSSIAN RECORD _ By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 340 words, photos.
_ HKN--MAPLE LEAFS-MATTHEWS CONTRACT _ SENT: 240 words, photos.
_ BKC--UCONN-OLLIE _ By Dave Collins. SENT: 400 words.
_ SOC--MOURINHO-TAXES _ By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 400 words, photos.
_ TEN--OPEN SUD DE FRANCE _ SENT: 140 words.
_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES
_ HKN--NHL CAPSULES
_ BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES
Wednesday Time Schedule (EST)
Denver at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
New Orleans at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Washington at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
Charlotte at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Phoenix at Utah, 9 p.m.
Houston at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
San Antonio at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.
Ottawa at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Boston at N.Y. Rangers, 8 p.m.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 6 Nevada at Colorado State, 10 p.m.
No. 14 Villanova vs. Creighton, 8 p.m.
No. 19 Wisconsin at Minnesota, 9 p.m.
No. 21 LSU at Mississippi State, 9 p.m.
No. 24 Maryland at Nebraska, 7 p.m.
No. 5 UConn vs. East Carolina at the XL Center, Hartford, Conn., 7 p.m.