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November 6, 2018
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TOP STORIES

FBN--TITANS-COWBOYS

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kevin Byard secured the interception that sparked the sluggish Tennessee Titans and turned toward midfield. The flashback for the Dallas Cowboys was just as disheartening as the original. Byard mimicked Terrell Owens’ mocking celebration on the star logo at the 50-yard line from 18 years ago, Marcus Mariota accounted for three touchdowns and the Titans spoiled Amari Cooper’s Dallas debut with a 28-14 victory on Monday night. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 800 words, photos.

With:

— FBN--OVEREXPOSED COWBOYS. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 500 words, photos.

OLY--USA GYMNASTICS-DECERTIFIED

The U.S. Olympic Committee took steps Monday to decertify USA Gymnastics as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, choosing to pursue the nuclear option for an organization that botched its own rebuilding attempt in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar. In an open letter to the gymnastics community, USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland said “you deserve better,” and that the challenges facing USA Gymnastics are more than it is capable of overcoming as currently constructed. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 1000 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

FBN--TIM DAHLBERG-NFL HALFWAY

Michael Thomas reached behind a goal post to pull out a flip phone in homage to a memorable touchdown celebration of the past. Benjamin Watson used his touchdown catch to let everyone know that he and his wife are expecting — and it’s going to be twins. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 a.m.

NFL

FBN--BEHIND THE CALL

Several coaches made curious calls, assertions or admonitions at the midway point of the season. Jon Gruden insisted he gets tons of calls from players wanting to play for the Raiders next year. Gregg Williams insisted he had nearly a dozen other head coaching opportunities before taking over from Hue Jackson in Cleveland. Matt Patricia told a reporter to sit up straight and Vance Joseph admitted he got greedy in yet another Denver defeat to one of the league’s hottest teams. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT:

NBA

BKN--GRIZZLIES-WARRIORS

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors delivered one of those high-flying third quarters that were a signature last season. Stephen Curry capped it with a rare but dazzling block. Klay Thompson scored 27 points, Durant added 22 points, six rebounds and six assists, and the Warriors pulled away after halftime to run their winning streak to eight games with a 117-101 win against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BKN--CELTICS-NUGGETS

DENVER (AP) — Jamal Murray simply got caught up in the moment when he hoisted a long shot with the clock winding down. He took some heat for it. No disrespect meant, he maintained.

Murray scored a career-high 48 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, and the Denver Nuggets overcame a sluggish start to beat the Boston Celtics 115-107 on Monday night.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKW--T25-EARLY START DATE

NEW YORK — College basketball begins Tuesday — the earliest it’s ever started — and that’s something Muffet McGraw and Geno Auriemma aren’t thrilled about it. A sport that used to start official practice around Oct. 15 and have its first games at Thanksgiving is now beginning nearly three weeks sooner. Add that to the summer and preseason workouts that are allowed and it’s nearly a full-year sport. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

BKC--COLORADO-BATTEY’S STROKE

BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado redshirt freshman Evan Battey remembers playing in a pickup game with his buddies last December and feeling his right leg go numb. Then, his right arm. He tried to speak but couldn’t. Battey suffered a stroke that day along with two seizures. Nearly 11 months later, he’s set to make his Colorado debut — with complete feeling back on his right side and his speech constantly improving. “I’m thankful,” the 6-foot-8 forward from California said, “to be alive today.” By Pat Graham. SENT: 950 words, photos by 3 a.m.

NHL

HKN--SENATORS VIDEO

A group of seven players from the Ottawa Senators have apologized after a video surfaced showing them insulting the team and an assistant coach during an Uber ride, the latest bit of humiliation for an organization that’s been riddled with it recently. The video shows the players discussing their ineffective penalty kill and mocking assistant Martin Raymond in what appears to be a recording from a camera mounted on the dash of an Uber driver’s van or SUV. There are seven players in the vehicle, including Matt Duchene, Chris Wideman, Chris Tierney and Thomas Chabot. SENT: 500 words.

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

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Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EST)

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Men

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 10 Michigan State at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, 7 p.m.

No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 4 Duke at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, 9:30 p.m.

No. 3 Gonzaga vs. Idaho State, 9 p.m.

No. 5 Virginia vs. Towson, 7 p.m.

No. 6 Tennessee vs. Lenoir-Rhyne, 7 p.m.

No. 7 Nevada vs. BYU, 11 p.m.

No. 8 North Carolina at Wofford, 7 p.m.

No. 9 Villanova vs. Morgan State, 7 p.m.

No. 11 Auburn vs. South Alabama, 9 p.m.

No. 14 Oregon vs. Portland State, 11 p.m.

No. 16 Syracuse vs. Eastern Washington, 7 p.m.

No. 17 Florida State vs. Florida, 9 p.m.

No. 19 Michigan vs. Norfolk State, 8:30 p.m.

No. 21 UCLA vs. IPFW, 9 p.m.

No. 22 Clemson vs. The Citadel, 7 p.m.

No. 23 LSU vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 8:30 p.m.

No. 24 Purdue vs. Fairfield, 7 p.m.

No. 25 Washinton vs. Western Kentucky, 10:30 p.m.

Women

No. 3 Oregon at Alaska, 11 p.m.

No. 4 Baylor vs. Nicholls State, 7 p.m.

No. 5 Louisville at Western Kentucky, 7 p.m.

No. 6 Mississippi State vs. Southeast Missouri, 8 p.m.

No. 16 Missouri at Western Illinois, 9 p.m.

No. 18 Syracuse vs. North Dakota, 3 p.m.

No. 19 Marquette vs. South Dakota State, 12:30 p.m.

No. 22 South Florida at Ohio State, 7 p.m.

No. 23 Arizona State vs. Incarnate Word, 10:30 p.m.

No. 24 California vs. Houston, 10 p.m.

No. 25 Miami at FIU, 7 p.m.

NBA

Atlanta at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Washington at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Brooklyn at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

Milwaukee at Portland, 10 p.m.

NHL

Dallas at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Vegas at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Montreal at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

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

Carolina at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

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

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

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