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The NFL has an officiating problem. PodcastOne Sports Now guest host Rob Maaddi and AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner discuss the blown call that cost the Saints a Super Bowl trip. AP Deputy Sports Editor Oskar Garcia weighs in on the NFL’s attempt to ban certain bets, and AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker considers free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.
Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray is considering a football career instead of baseball, but what kind of NFL prospect is the undersized quarterback? On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, ESPN’s Tom Luginbill joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss Murray’s choice.
MELBOURNE, Australia _ Naomi Osaka wins the Australian Open for a second consecutive Grand Slam title, recovering to beat Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 after wasting three championship points. Osaka, the U.S. Open champ, becomes the first Japanese to be ranked No. 1. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 850 words, photos.
SAN JOSE, Calif. _ The NHL holds its All-Star Game, again using a three-on-three format in which the four divisions compete in two 20-minute semifinals, with the winners advancing to the final. The hometown Sharks are represented by Joe Pavelski, Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:15 p.m.
GLF--FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN
SAN DIEGO _ Justin Rose has a three-shot lead over Hideki Matsuyama going into the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open. Tiger Woods is 11 back in his first tour event of the year. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
LEXINGTON, Ky. _ No. 8 Kentucky plays hosts No. 9 Kansas in the marquee game of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The storied programs are meeting in the for the third time, with the Wildcats looking to finally break through. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos Game starts 6 p.m.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. _ Todd Gurley loved to attend the Super Bowl as a fan the past few years. Now that he finally gets to play in it with the Los Angeles Rams, the star running back doesn’t even care if he’s sharing carries with C.J. Anderson. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 9 p.m.
TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-OSAKA’S WIN
MELBOURNE, Australia _ Naomi Osaka stepped into Rod Laver Arena with a cell phone in one hand and music in both ears. Her headphones carried the boastful lyrics of Jay Rock’s “Win,” the same pre-match song she listened to throughout her ride to the Australian Open title. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.
MELBOURNE, Australia _ Petra Kvitova’s loss in the Australian Open final was not what caused her eyes to well with tears. It was the emotion of simply being there. Two years ago, the two-time Wimbledon winner was knifed in her dominant hand by an intruder in her home in the Czech Republic. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 400 words, photos.
TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-MEN’S FINAL PREVIEW
MELBOURNE, Australia _ Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will play in the Australian Open final _ a record 53rd time they have met. Djokovic is eyeing a record seventh Melbourne title and 15th Grand Slam trophy. Nadal is going for his second title in Australia and 18th major trophy. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 700 words, photos. Match starts 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
_ TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-THE LATEST _ Real-time updates throughout day.
_ TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-JAPAN’S JOY _ Japanese fans celebrate Osaka’s rise to top of tennis. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 400 words.
_ TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-MIXED DOUBLES _ First-time partners Rajeev Ram, Barbora Krejcikova win mixed doubles title. By Bruce Matthews. SENT: 350 words, photos.
_ TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN GLANCE _ SENT: 400 words, photos.
BOSTON _ Stephen Curry and the Warriors go for their 10th straight victory when they play a Boston Celtics team that has won five in a row. Golden State, with DeMarcus Cousins getting increasingly more minutes, has won eight in a row on the road. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
_ BKN--ALL-STAR 3-POINT CONTEST _ Brothers Stephen Curry, Seth Curry to take part in 3-point contest during All-Star weekend. Buy Steve Reed. SENT: 400 words, photos.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ No. 1 Tennessee goes for its 14th consecutive victory when it takes on West Virginia as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m.
STARKVILLE, Miss. _ No. 22 Mississippi State faces No. 16 Auburn, with both SEC teams are trying to get back to .500 after a 2-3 start in the league. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
_ BKC--T25-IOWA ST-MISSISSIPPI _ No. 24 Iowa State tops No. 20 Ole Miss 87-73 in SEC/Big 12 Challenge. By David Brandt. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
_ BKC--NEBRASKA-GRAND FAN _ Nebraska honors 98-year-old woman, a season-ticket holder for 80 years. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 5 p.m.
BKW--DUKE-MENTAL WEALTH DAY
DURHAM, N.C. _ Coach Joanne P. McCallie and Duke take a step in trying to erase the stigma of mental health issues with their inaugural “Mental Wealth Day.” By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. _ Accelerate might have to navigate through some mud in his racing finale. The Breeders’ Cup Classic champion is the favorite in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at rain-soaked Gulfstream Park. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Post time: 5:40 p.m.
NEW YORK _ Keith Thurman fights for the first time in 22 months, returning from a pair of injuries to defend his welterweight title against Josesito Lopez. By Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Bout starts about 10:30 p.m.
_ MMA--BELLATOR 214 _ Fedor Emelianenko vs. Ryan Bader in Inglewood, Calif. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words. Bout starts about 11:30 p.m.
ORLANDO, Fla. _ With 44 first-time Pro Bowl players, it’s anyone’s guess how intense the annual All-Star game will be Sunday. It has looked more like two-hand touch than hard-hitting football in recent years, drawing some criticism. By Mark Long. SENT: 750 words, photos.
MOBILE, Ala. _ Missouri’s Drew Lock and West Virginia’s Will Grier are among the quarterbacks leading their teams in the Senior Bowl. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 2:30 p.m.
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CHICAGO _ While the White Sox await word on the destinations of Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, they think one of the next great sluggers is just about ready for life on the South Side _ Eloy Jimenez. The vaunted prospect is expected to soon make his major league debut. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 450 words, photos.
BALTIMORE _ The Orioles are preaching patience. New general manager Mike Elias and first-year manager Brandon Hyde undoubtedly will be asking fans to keep expectations in check as the team with baseball’s worst record last year tries to rebuild. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
_ BBN--DODGERS-OFFSEASON _ Dodgers introduce new outfielder A.J. Pollock. UPCOMING: 500 words by 9 p.m.
_ BBA--TWINS-MOTIVATED BUXTON _ Twins center fielder Byron Buxton motivated after injury-filled season. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.
_ BBO--VENEZUELA-CARIBBEAN SERIES _ Venezuela defends role as series host despite MLB warning. SENT: 130 words, photos.
DETROIT _ Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue try for a second straight national title in ice dancing at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Last groups in pairs free skate start 3:07 p.m. Ice dancing starts 6:16 p.m.
_ FIG--EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS _ Javier Fernandez ends illustrious career with seventh consecutive European title in Belarus. SENT: 300 words, photos.
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland _ Elana Meyers Taylor of the U.S. wins a World Cup bobsled race, ending Germany’s 24-race winning streak in World Cup and Olympic races dating to last season. Her gold is the first by the U.S. at the World Cup level in any sliding sport this season, including skeleton and luge. SENT: 400 words, photos.
KITZBUEHEL, Austria _ France’s Clement Noel wins a slalom in dense snowfall, confirming his status as one of slalom skiing’s hottest prospects. Six days earlier he won at Wengen. Marcel Hirscher, the seven-time overall champion, finishes second before his home fans. By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 700 words, photos.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany _ Austria’s Nicole Schmidhofer, winner of the season’s first two downhills in Canada, captures a World Cup super-G. She finishes ahead of Sofia Goggia, who was racing for the first time since breaking her ankle in October. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 450 words, photos.
_ LUG--WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS _ Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger wins record ninth world luge title before home crowd. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 550 words, photos.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ Alex Zanardi, Fernado Alonso and an all-female lineup for Acura are among the headliners at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the twice round-the-clock car endurance race that kicks off the 50th anniversary season for IMSA. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Race started 2 p.m., with updates.
_ GLF--DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC _ Bryson DeChambeau ahead by a stroke after third round in United Arab Emirates. SENT: 450 words, photos.
_ SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP _ Manchester City rips Burnley 5-0 in fourth round of FA Cup. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
_ ATH--STANFORD TEAM-BUS FIRE _ Stanford’s track team safe after fire on charter bus in Seattle. SENT: 140 words.
_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES
_ BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES
_ BKW--TOP 25 CAPSULES
Saturday Time Schedule (EST)
All-Star Game at San Jose, Calif., 8 p.m.
San Antonio at New Orleans, 6 p.m.
Indiana at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Golden State at Boston, 8:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Denver, 9 p.m.
Atlanta at Portland, 10 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 1 Tennessee vs. West Virginia, 4 p.m.
No. 2 Duke vs. Georgia Tech, noon
No. 3 Virginia at Notre Dame, 1 p.m.
No. 8 Kentucky vs. No. 9 Kansas, 6 p.m.
No. 10 Virginia Tech vs. Syracuse, 8 p.m.
No. 12 Marquette at Xavier, 2 p.m.
No. 13 Maryland vs. Illinois at New York, noon
No. 14 Texas Tech vs. Arkansas, 6 p.m.
No. 16 Auburn at No. 22 Mississippi State, 8:30 p.m.
No. 20 Mississippi vs. No. 24 Iowa State, noon
No. 21 N.C. State vs. Clemson, 2 p.m.
No. 23 Louisville vs. Pittsburgh, 2 p.m.
No. 25 LSU at Missouri, 6 p.m.
No. 12 Texas at Texas Tech, 1 p.m.
No. 18 Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara, 5 p.m.
No. 20 Iowa State at Oklahoma State, 6 p.m.
Senior Bowl at Mobile, Ala., 2:30 p.m.