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The College Football Playoff race has been boring — the same four teams holding the top spots for three weeks. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, ESPN’s Heather Dinich joins the AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss how the playoff could make a few twists before selection Sunday on Dec. 2. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast
FBC--T25-MICHIGAN-OHIO STATE PREVIEW
COLUMBUS, Ohio — After entering last year’s game in relief of J.T. Barrett, quarterback Dwayne Haskins led Ohio State past archrival Michigan. On Saturday, he’ll be the starting quarterback for No. 10 Buckeyes, facing a No. 4 Wolverines team eyeing an undefeated Big Ten season. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 650 words, photos.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — No. 6 Oklahoma plays No. 12 West Virginia, with the winner moving on to next week’s Big 12 championship game. The loser could still earn a spot depending on results from other league games. By John Raby. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson meet in The Match in Las Vegas in a pay-per-view that will feature both golfers and their caddies mic’d up as well as plenty of gambling. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Match starts 3 p.m.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Jack Nicklaus couldn’t even make it to the door at The Breakers without being stopped for something by people he didn’t know. Nicklaus didn’t mind. Still with him was a lesson from comedian Bob Hope on leaving lasting impressions. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 850 words, photos.
SKI--SHIFFRIN’S HECTIC SCHEDULE
Mikaela Shiffrin braces for another hectic ski season, trying to win her third straight overall World Cup title. In an era of specialization, Shiffrin keeps branching out. She’s the rare six-racer on the circuit these days. By Pat Graham. SENT: 900 words, photos.
OLY--FINDING SAFE HAVEN
CARTHAGE, Mo. — When Haven Shepherd was just over a year old her parents placed her between them and strapped bombs to themselves in an attempted family suicide in Vietnam. She lost both legs below the knees. She was later adopted by a Missouri family. Now, she is 15 and could swim in the 2020 Paralympics. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 1,750 words (abridged version 850), photos, video.
FBN--ON FOOTBALL-IT’S OVER
Sorry, Yogi. Maybe it is over before it’s over. Just take a look at most of the NFL division races. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m. For weekend use.
PULLMAN, Wash. — The Pac-12 North title is at stake when No. 7 Washington State faces No. 16 Washington in the Apple Cup. The Huskies have won five straight in the series and the winner will face Utah in the conference title game. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
— FBC--T25-UCF-SOUTH FLORIDA — By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4:15 p.m.
— FBC--T25-TEXAS-KANSAS — UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started noon.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama safety Deionte Thompson wants it to be different this time. He remembers walking off the field following an Iron Bowl loss amid celebrating Auburn fans. No. 1 Alabama was uncertain then if its national title dream had been crushed. By John Zenor. SENT: 800 words, photos.
FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-USC PREVIEW
LOS ANGELES — No. 3 Notre Dame (11-0) is one win from an unbeaten regular season and a playoff berth. Even if the Irish weren’t chasing perfection, they would never overlook this game, even with Southern California (5-6) wrapping its worst season since 2000. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
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— FBC--T25-SOUTH CAROLINA-CLEMSON PREVIEW — By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-GEORGIA TECH-GEORGIA PREVIEW — By Paul Newberry. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-LSU-TEXAS A&M PREVIEW — By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-FLORIDA-FLORIDA STATE PREVIEW — By Mark Long. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-UTAH STATE-BOISE STATE PREVIEW — By Tim Booth. SENT: 650 words, photos.
ARLINGTON, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys are playing with the confidence reminiscent of a franchise-record 11-game winning streak two years ago. They’ll need it. Next week, the New Orleans Saints visit, riding a 10-game winning streak. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 650 words, photos.
CLEVELAND — The Browns haven’t won a road game in more than three years, a losing skid now at 25 games. Cleveland can avoid matching the NFL record with a win on Sunday at Cincinnati against former coach Hue Jackson. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— FBN--STEELERS-DANGER’S ZONE — By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--BEARS-NAGY — UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--PUNCHLESS LIONS — By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— FBN--FALCONS-PROTECTING RYAN — By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBN--TITANS-PEES — UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.
BKC--T25-NIT SEASON TIP-OFF
NEW YORK — No. 2 Kansas plays a No. 5 Tennessee team led by Grant Williams in the NIT Season-Tip Off. The Jayhawks ran off 22 straight points to start the second half in its opening victory over Marquette. The Volunteers beat Louisvile in the other game. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Kansas-Tennessee starts 9 p.m.
— BKC--NIT SEASON TIP-OFF-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.
BKC--T25-BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — No. 4 Virginia, getting strong play from De’Andre Hunter, plays No. 25 Wisconsin for the Battle 4 Atlantis title. In consolation games, it’s Oklahoma-Dayton; Butler-Florida and Stanford-Middle Tennessee. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Virginia-Wisconsin started 2 p.m.
— BKC--T25-BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.
BKC--T25-LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL
LAS VEGAS — Texas, coming off an upset of No. 7 North Carolina, plays No. 11 Michigan State in the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational. North Carolina faces No. 17 UCLA in the consolation game. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. North Carolina-UCLA starts 4 p.m.; Texas-Michigan State, 6:30 p.m.
— BKC--T25-ADVOCARE INVITATIONAL — UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 10 p.m. With The Latest.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Still without Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors try to break a four-game losing streak — their worst since early 2013 — when they host the Portland. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.
TORONTO— Kawhi Leonard is expected to return to the Raptors to face a Washington Wizards team five games under .500. Leonard sat out Wednesday’s win at Atlanta, the second game of a back-to-back. Toronto is an NBA-best 15-4, including 9-0 against teams with losing records. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
TEN--DAVIS CUP FINAL
LILLE, France — Croatia is on the verge of its second Davis Cup crown. Borna Coric and Marin Cilic win opening singles matches against defending champion France in the best-of-five series on indoor clay. Croatia won its sole title in 2005. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
GLF--WORLD CUP-RAINY DAY FRIDAY
MELBOURNE, Australia — Ducks waded through water on fairways. Some bunkers flooded. Golfers put on waterproof winter mittens between shots. Welcome to the World Cup of Golf, where the leaders were rain, cold and wind. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— GLF--WORLD CUP — Belgium, South Korea tied after two rounds at World Cup of Golf in Australia. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— GLF--HONG KONG OPEN — Aaron Rai shoots 61, up by four shots after two rounds of European Tour season opener. SENT: 250 words.
— ATH--DOPING-BETT — Kenyan worlds bronze medalist Kipyegon Bett banned four years for doping. SENT: 100 words.
— FIG--INTERNATIONAUX DE FRANCE — Jason Brown builds solid lead at Grand Prix figure skating. SENT: 250 words, photos.
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Friday Time Schedule (EST)
Minnesota at Brooklyn, noon
Memphis at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m.
Houston at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Boston at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
New Orleans at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Charlotte at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Miami at Chicago, 8 p.m.
San Antonio at Indiana, 8 p.m.
Phoenix at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.
Orlando at Denver, 9 p.m.
Portland at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.
Utah at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Montreal at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Winnipeg at Minnesota, 4 p.m.
Edmonton at Anaheim, 4 p.m.
Detroit at Washington, 4 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey, 4 p.m.
Calgary at Vegas, 6 p.m.
Toronto at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Florida at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Nashville at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Ottawa at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Colorado at Arizona, 8 p.m.
Vancouver at San Jose, 9 p.m.
College Football (Top 25)
No. 6 Oklahoma at No. 12 West Virginia, 8 p.m.
No. 7 Washington State vs. No. 16 Washington, 8:30 p.m.
No. 8 UCF at South Florida, 4:15 p.m.
No. 11 Texas at Kansas, noon
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 5 Tennessee at New York (Barclays Center), 9 p.m.
No. 4 Virginia vs. No. 25 Wisconsin at Paradise Island, Bahamas, 2 p.m.
No. 6 Nevada vs. UMass at Las Vegas, 10 p.m.
No. 7 North Carolina vs. No. 17 UCLA at Las Vegas, 4 p.m.
No. 9 Michigan vs. Chattanooga, 4 p.m.
No. 10 Kentucky vs. Tennessee State, 7 p.m.
No. 11 Michigan State vs. Texas at Las Vegas, 6:30 p.m.
No. 14 Florida State vs. No. 19 LSU at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 7 p.m.
No. 23 Ohio State vs. Cleveland State, 8 p.m.
No. 24 Purdue vs. Robert Morris, 2 p.m.
Women (Top 25)
No. 1 Notre Dame vs. Drake at Vancouver, British Columbia, 9 p.m.
No. 2 UConn vs. St. John’s at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, 7:30 p.m.
No. 3 Oregon vs. UC Riverside at Moraga, Calif., 3 p.m.
No. 4 Baylor vs. South Dakota State at Las Vegas, 10:30 p.m.
No. 5 Louisville vs. No. 19 Arizona State at Las Vegas, 5:30 p.m.
No. 7 Maryland vs. Morgan State at Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, noon
No. 8 Stanford vs. Florida Gulf Coast at Honolulu, 9:30 p.m.
No. 9 Oregon State vs. No. 13 South Carolina at Vancouver, British Columbia, 11:30 p.m.
No. 10 Texas vs. Quinnipiac at Germain Arena, Estero, Fla., 5 p.m.
No. 12 Iowa vs. No. 25 West Virginia at Bimini, Bahamas, 5:15 p.m.
No. 14 Syracuse vs. Princeton at Cancun, Mexico, 2:30 p.m.
No. 15 N.C. State vs George Washington at Cancun, Mexico, 4 p.m.
No. 16 DePaul vs. Kansas State at Cancun, Mexico, noon
No. 17 South Florida vs. North Carolina at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, 3 p.m.
No. 18 California vs. Tulane at San Diego, 7 p.m.
No. 20 Texas A&M vs. Arkansas State, 5 p.m.
No. 21 Missouri vs. Michigan at Estero, Fla., 7:30 p.m.
No. 23 Minnesota vs. Cornell, 4 p.m.
No. 24 Miami vs. Nebraska, 3 p.m.