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BC-AP Sports Digest

December 21, 2018
BC-AP Sports Digest,1145

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PARIS — Gymnastics is fighting a custody battle for parkour, the funky street sport that has spread globally from the suburbs of Paris. The gymnastics federation has declared parkour to be its newest discipline and intends to lobby for its inclusion in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. This despite howls of complaint from parkour groups and a (hash)WeAreNOTGymnastics protest movement by parkour lovers on social media. By John Leicester. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Zion Williamson had 17 points, 13 rebounds and Duke fans roaring each time he touched the ball before he fouled out to help the second-ranked Blue Devils snap No. 12 Texas Tech’s unbeaten start with a 69-58 win at Madison Square Garden. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 770 words, photos.



At least 20 college players are planning to skip bowl games this season and focus on preparations for the NFL draft. It is a growing trend in college football. The importance of non-playoff postseason changes from player to player and team to team. For many coaches, winning a bowl game has a specific value. Six coaches who have players sitting out their bowls this year also have nearly $400,000 in total bonuses at stake in those games. By Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 570 words, photos.




No. 22 Army has put together two straight 10-win seasons under coach Jeff Monken, and the fullbacks are a big key to the team’s success. Senior captain Darnell Woolfolk leads the team in rushing and touchdowns. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 875 words, photos.


— FBC--GASPARILLA BOWL — SENT: 596 words, photos.



THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley expects to play against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in spite of a knee injury. Gurley did not practice Thursday as he deals with inflammation in his knee that flared up in the 30-23 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday night. Gurley, who leads the NFL with 21 combined rushing and receiving touchdowns, does not expect to practice before the Rams travel to Arizona. However, Gurley was adamant he would play provided he gets medical clearance to do so. SENT: 687 words, photos.


FRISCO, Texas — Travis Frederick at first stayed engaged with his teammates because the Dallas Cowboys center wasn’t sure how long he would be out with a neurological disorder diagnosed during training camp. By the time new offensive line coach Marc Colombo offered him a headset after Colombo was promoted as part of a midseason change, Frederick figured, “What the heck.” And by then, it had become increasingly clear the four-time Pro Bowler was unlikely to play this year. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 813 words, photos.


— FBN--PATRIOTS-GORDON — By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 605 words, photos.

— FBN--JETS-ADAMS GUARANTEE — By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 860 words, photos.

— FBN--TEXANS-HOPKINS’ HANDS — By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 981 words, photos.



TOKYO — Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics say they have secured another $1 million in domestic sponsorships and that the operating budget for the games remains at $5.6 billion. The organizing committee, announcing its third version of the operating budget, said Friday “the budget remains balanced and fully privately financed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), sponsors, licensing and ticket revenues” and includes the cost of the Paralympic Games. It said domestic sponsor revenues had increased since its last budget to $3 billion. SENT: 408 words, photos.



MIAMI — Different leg. Same problem. Chris Paul has another hamstring issue to deal with, and the Houston Rockets are bracing for another stint without their All-Star point guard. Paul will have an MRI in Houston on Friday to determine the severity of the strain in his left hamstring, one that he hurt during the second quarter of the Rockets’ 101-99 loss in Miami. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 627 words, photos.


— BKN--CLIPPERS-CRYSTAL — By Joe Reedy. SENT: 287 words, photos.



LAS VEGAS — William Karlsson and Paul Stastny scored 1:03 apart in the third period, and Marc-Andre Fleury got his 424th career win as the Vegas Golden Knights rallied for a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders. Fleury, who picked up his league-leading 20th win of the season, broke a tie with Tony Esposito to take sole possession of ninth place on the career list, moving 13 victories behind Jacques Plante (437). SENT: 801 words, photos.


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Carey Price stopped 36 shots to get his 300th career win, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the slumping Arizona Coyotes. SENT: 557 words, photos.



— BBN--ROCKIES-MURPHY — By Pat Graham. SENT: 291 words, photos.

— BBN--PADRES-KINSLER — SENT: 135 words, photos.

— SAI--SYDNEY-HOBART — SENT: 423 words, photos.



Friday’s Time Schedule


Bahamas Bowl: Toledo vs. FIU, 12:30 p.m

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Western Michigan vs. BYU, 4 p.m.


Top 25


No. 8 Gonzaga vs. Denver, 9 p.m.

No. 10 Michigan State vs. Oakland, 7 p.m.

No. 14 Buffalo at No. 20 Marquette, 8:30 p.m.

No. 24 Furman at LSU, 8 p.m.


No. 7 Oregon vs. UC Irvine, 3 p.m.

No. 8 Stanford at Buffalo, Noon

No. 9 Tennessee vs. ETSU, 7 p.m.

No. 10 N.C. State at Chattanooga, 7 p.m.

No. 15 Syracuse vs. Duquesne at St. Petersburg, Fla., 7:30 p.m.

No. 16 Iowa at Drake, 7 p.m.

No. 18 Kentucky vs. Murray State, Noon

No. 23 Texas A&M vs. Prairie View A&M, 7:30 p.m.

No. 24 Miami vs. Alabama at Winter Park, Fla., 6:15 p.m.

No. 25 South Carolina vs. Temple, 7 p.m.


Cleveland at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Detroit at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Atlanta at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Indiana at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

Milwaukee at Boston, 8 p.m.

Orlando at Chicago, 8 p.m.

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

Memphis at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

Utah at Portland, 10 p.m.

New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.


Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Colorado, 9 p.m.

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