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November 13, 2018

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East Stroudsburg football coach Denny Douds called timeout with 13 seconds left in a game to announce his retirement after 43 years in charge of the Warriors. He discusses his decision on AP’s PodcastOne Sports Now. Also, AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi settles the Brady vs. Rodgers debate.

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

College football fans are now armed with all manner of devices to follow games. John Walter, a media columnist for The Athletic, talks about such habits with the AP’s Ralph Russo on the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast.

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

TOP STORIES

FBN--GIANTS-49ERS

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Eli Manning showed he still has what it takes to lead the kind of game-winning drive that earned him two Super Bowl MVP awards. Manning capped a 75-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard with 53 seconds left and the New York Giants snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the San Francisco 49ers 27-23 on Monday night. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 950 words, photos.

FBN--BENGALS-JACKSON HIRED

Hue Jackson’s timeout from coaching didn’t last long. Fired last month after a brutal run with the Browns, Jackson will rejoin Cincinnati’s staff under Marvin Lewis, a person familiar with the hiring told The Associated Press on Monday night. Jackson, who was dismissed by Cleveland on Oct. 29 with one year left on his contract after going 3-36-1 in two-plus seasons, will take an unspecified position with the Bengals. By Tom Withers. SENT: 300 words, photos.

BKC--T25-BUFFALO-SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Ranked in the Top 25 for the first time in school history, Buffalo showed its staying power with another road win. Montell McRae and Jeremy Harris each scored 11 points and No. 25 Buffalo pulled away for a 62-53 victory at Southern Illinois on Monday night. SENT: 680 words, photos.

HKN--CONCUSSION LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT

The National Hockey League announced a tentative $18.9 million settlement Monday with more than 300 retired players who sued the league and accused it of failing to protect them from head injuries or warning them of the risks involved with playing. The lawsuit, consolidated in federal court in Minnesota, was by far the largest facing the league. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,200 words, photo.

With:

—HKN--CONCUSSION LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT-GLANCE. SENT: 120 words, photo.

BBO--ROOKIES

NEW YORK —Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani was a runaway pick for American League Rookie of the Year after becoming the first player since Babe Ruth with 10 homers and four pitching wins in the same season. Atlanta outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was an runaway choice for the National League honor, By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 780 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--BEHIND THE CALL

NFL players seem to have run out of creative ways to celebrate. Either that, or they’ve decided to pay homage to the players they grew up watching even if it costs them some funds for injecting fun into the game. By Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. 1,000 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBN--BILLS-PETERMAN RELEASED

ORCCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Nathan Peterman’s turnover-over prone days with the Buffalo Bills are over after the second-year player was cut by the team on Monday. The move was announced as the Bills (3-7) enter their bye week, and not long after coach Sean McDermott backed Peterman earlier in the day. By John Wawrow. SENT: 600 words, photos.

FBN--SCORING SAINTS

METAIRIE, La. —The dynamic Saints running back duo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara agree that the word “savage” best describes New Orleans’ offense. Certainly, the Saints are scoring so often, and in so many ways, it’s enough to bruise defenders’ egos. By Brett Martel. SENT: 800 words, photos.

Also:

— FBN--SAINTS-PAYTON-FIRE ALARM — SENT: 130 words, photos.

— FBN--CHIEFS-GETTING DEFENSIVE — By Dave Skretta. SENT: 860 words, photos.

— FBN--JETS-BOWLES STAYS — By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 920 words, photos.

— FBN--BENGALS-DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR. By Joe Kay. SENT: 550 words, photos.

— FBN--STEADY TITANS. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 610 words, photos.

— FBN--COWBOYS-SIGN OF LIFE. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 750 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--BIG 12-FINAL FOUR

Sixth-ranked Oklahoma or No. 7 West Virginia will play in the Big 12 championship game. They might be facing each other, too. The Sooners, Mountaineers, No. 13 Texas and No. 18 Iowa State are the final four teams still in contention for the two spots in the Big 12 title game Dec. 1. There are also two big head-to-head matchups the last two weekends of the regular season before then. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 810 words, photos.

FBC--T25-GEORGIA-FOCUS

ATHENS, Ga. —There’s never been a better time for Kirby Smart to tell his Georgia players the focus is on them, not the opponent. It’s a much-repeated mantra for the Georgia coach that should hit home with players as they begin preparation for Saturday’s visit from UMass. By Charles Odum. SENT: 680 words, photos by 6 p.m.

Also:

— FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA-CHAMPIONSHIP NOVEMBER — By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-CLEMSON NO LETUP — By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 690 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-LSU’S PATH — By Brett Martels. SENT: 660 words, photos.

— FBC--LOUISVILLE-WARD. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 730 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-76ERS TRADE

MIAMI —Jimmy Butler is in Philadelphia, and upon his arrival he immediately began talking about winning a championship. “The Process” has a whole new meaning. Butler, a four-time All-Star forward, is now officially a member of the 76ers, after they and the Minnesota Timberwolves received approval from the league office Monday on the terms of the trade that was agreed to over the weekend. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 830 words, photos.

With:

— BKN--76ERS-HEAT. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 740 words, photos.

BKN--WARRIORS-CLIPPERS

LOS ANGELES —Lou Williams couldn’t hit a lick in regulation, so of course he had the ball in crunch time. The Los Angeles Clippers wouldn’t have it any other way. By Beth Harris. SENT: 800 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK

Buffalo grabbed headlines for taking down Arizona in last year’s NCAA Tournament, then going on the road to hand a ranked West Virginia team its first loss in a home opener in 15 years. The 25th-ranked Bulls won’t surprise anyone now, not with the program’s first appearance in the AP Top 25. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BKC--T25-COLLEGE BKB POLL

RALEIGH, N.C. — Duke has supplanted Kansas atop the new AP Top 25 poll after its dominating win against Kentucky, giving the Blue Devils a record number of appearances at No. 1. The Blue Devils jumped from fourth to first in Monday’s first regular-season poll. That allowed Duke to set a record with its 135th week at No. 1, breaking a tie with UCLA for most all-time. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BKW--T25-WOMEN’S BKB POLL

NEW YORK — Getting ranked so quickly wasn’t on Lindsay Whalen’s mind when she took over the head coaching job at Minnesota this season. It only took one win to get her team ranked in her first year as coach as the Gophers entered the poll at No. 25 on Monday. It’s the first ranking for the school since 2015. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 520 words, photos.

BKW--RUTGERS-STRINGER’S LEGACY

NEW YORK — Rutgers women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer sits one victory away from becoming the fifth Division I women’s basketball coach to reach 1,000 victories. She’ll get her first chance to join the exclusive club Tuesday night against Central Connecticut State. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 740 words, photos.

HOCKEY

HKN--HALL OF FAME

TORONTO —Martin Brodeur, Willie O’Ree and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman led the latest group of inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night. SENT: 670 words.

Also:

— HKN--KINGS-CAMPBELL INJURED — SENT. 270 words.

— HKN--BLUES-OPILKA RETURES — SENT. 130 words.

BASEBALL

BBA--TWINS-MAUER RETIRES

MINNEAPOLIS —Yes, the narrative of Joe Mauer’s career was missing a championship chapter. That plotline stalled for a few years while the star was set back by injuries. Still, this story of the Minnesota native with the smooth left-handed swing who played for the Twins the entire time sure was made for a movie. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

BBO--MLB ALL-STARS-HIROSHIMA

HIROSHIMA, Japan — Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda were among the members of Major League Baseball’s All-Star tour of Japan who visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The MLB All-Stars are in Japan for a six-game exhibition series against Japan’s national team. Game 4 will be Tuesday in Hiroshima, marking the first time MLB has played here. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 320 words, photos.

Also:

— BBA--MARINERS-ALLEGATIONS — SENT. 340 words.

— BBN--TEBOW-TV SHOW — SENT: 190 words.

TENNIS

TEN--ATP FINALS

LONDON —The opening matches at the ATP Finals led to a debate over whether conditions at the O2 Arena were trickier than in past years. Novak Djokovic ended it. The Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion made an impressive start to his campaign for a sixth title by dismissing John Isner 6-4, 6-3 on Monday.By Sam Johnston. SENT: 480 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

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Tuesday Time Schedule

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Men

No. 5 Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech, 9 p.m.

No. 22 LSU vs. Memphis, 7 p.m.

Women

No. 13 Iowa at Western Kentucky, 7 p.m.

No. 16 Missouri vs. Missouri State, 8 p.m.

No. 23 California at BYU, 6 p.m.

NBA

Charlotte at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Houston at Denver, 9 p.m.

Atlanta at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Pittsburgh at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

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

Florida at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

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

Arizona at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Washington at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Montreal at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

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

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

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