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AP-Tennessee Sports Digest

September 25, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s sports coverage is shaping up in Tennessee. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Nashville bureau at (615) 373-9988 or apnashville@ap.org. Beth Campbell is on the desk. News editor Scott Stroud can be reached at sstroud@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. All times are Central.

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NHL:

PREDATORS PREVIEW

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators see no reason to make any major changes to a roster that won the franchise’s first Presidents’ Trophy, not with a group that has been so very close to that elusive Stanley Cup the past two seasons. “It didn’t work out in the playoffs the way we wanted,” Nashville captain Roman Josi said. “But we truly believe this team can win a Stanley Cup, and that’s why we want to keep this team together.” By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 770 words, photos, capsule.

College Football:

TENNESSEE-AVOIDING REPEAT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee has lost 10 straight games to Power Five opponents, hasn’t beaten a Southeastern Conference team since 2016 and now must face three straight top-10 foes. So it would be understandable for the Volunteers to have a crisis of confidence after committing six turnovers last week in a 47-21 loss to Florida that opened their Southeastern Conference schedule. Last year, Tennessee also began SEC play with a disheartening loss to Florida and wasn’t the same the rest of the year. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 650 words, photos.

AP ALL-AMERICA WATCH

UNDATED — The Associated Press has been honoring college football’s best with an All-America team since 1925. This season, the AP released a preseason All-America team and will put out a midseason team. The full three-team AP All-America selections will be unveiled in December. The third All-America watch of the season features a big-time receiver from Stanford, a fab freshman leading streaking Texas, an injured Ohio State star and a game-breaker from Memphis. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 810 words, photos.

College Basketball:

MEMPHIS-HARDAWAY

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Penny Hardaway finally can turn his attention to basketball with the Memphis Tigers hitting the court Tuesday to start fall practice. By Clay Bailey. UPCOMING: 430 words by 6:30 p.m., photo.

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