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KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Given the postseason history involving Indianapolis and Kansas City over the years, Andrew Luck and the Colts have every reason to feel confident heading to Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 960 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES _ The Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys are meeting under the Hollywood spotlight on Saturday night for a trip to the NFC championship game. Several lengthy postseason droughts will end for two proud franchises no matter who wins. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets still have a way to go to reach their goal of earning the top seed in the Western Conference. But it seems far more attainable than it was just a month ago. James Harden had 43 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in 29 minutes — the first player in NBA history to have a 40-point triple-double in less than 30 minutes played — to lead the Rockets to a rout of the Cavaliers for their eighth win in 11 games. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 830 words, photos.
NEW YORK _ AL MVP Mookie Betts, NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and major league home run champion Khris Davis reached high-priced one-year deals to avoid salary arbitration, while slugger Nolan Arenado and pitchers Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino and Aaron Nola were among 15 players still on track for hearings. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 640 words, photos.
LAS VEGAS _ The NHL for the first time has tested puck and player tracking data during regular-season games. The aim is to be ready for next season. Microchips were placed in players’ shoulder pads and inside pucks for two Vegas Golden Knights home games this week. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 650 words, photos, video.
BKH--PAUL NEWBERRY-MAORI DAVENPORT
Maori Davenport had to go to court to get on court. It’s ridiculous it even came to that for the Alabama high school star. Maybe this is a lesson for administrators everywhere. Those who carry out rules should do what’s best for the kids who play the games. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.
_ BKH--USA BASKETBALL-INELIGIBLE PLAYER _ SENT: 300 words, photos.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. _ His coach downplays it. Tom Brady does not. Brady knows the cold-weather New England Patriots should have an advantage when they host the warm-weather Los Angeles Chargers in Sunday’s AFC divisional-round game. SENT: 820 words, photos.
_ FBN--CHARGERS-ROSE _ SENT: 140 words.
PHILADELPHIA _ Treyvon Hester’s fingertips made the second-year pro a popular guy in Philadelphia. The Eagles (10-7) are heading to New Orleans (13-3) for a divisional playoff game Sunday because Hester barely tipped Cody Parkey’s 43-yard field-goal attempt just enough to send the ball bouncing off the upright and crossbar, securing a 16-15 win at Chicago in the wild-card round. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 560 words, photos.
_ FBN--JETS-GASE HIRED _ By Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 460 words, photos.
_ FBN--BRONCOS-NO KUBIAK _ By Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 780 words, photos.
_ FBN--DOLPHINS-COACHING SEARCH _ By Steven Wine. SENT: 300 words, photos.
_ FBN--NFL-SOCIAL JUSTICE PROGRAMS _ By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 650 words.
HONOLULU _ The easygoing vibe in Hawaii is a perfect fit for Matt Kuchar, who spends as much as a month at a time on the islands when his schedule allows. The Sony Open is more about work than play, and he’s having just as much fun. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 700 words, photos.
HONOLULU _ Leave it to the oldest rookie to best illustrate how the PGA Tour has become such a young man’s game. Chris Thompson tried for 19 years to reach the highest level of golf, and he finally earned a PGA Tour card when he was 42. What he noticed along the way was that good players don’t leave, and more young players are coming in. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 830 words, photos by 3 a.m. EDs: Stands for early GLF--Sony Open.
HKN--FLYERS IN A FUNK
PHILADELPHIA _ The vendor at the Flyers merchandise kiosk on the main concourse scrolled through his phone as disinterested fans breezed by the $70 Stadium Series sweatshirts and $250 jerseys that suddenly seem as unwanted as a face value ticket. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 960 words, photos.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ Tennessee has established itself as the early Southeastern Conference favorite just a week into the start of league competition. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 650 words, photos.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ Maryland gave up the game’s first nine points, trailed by 14 with 13 minutes elapsed and faced a double-digit deficit early in the second half. Strangely enough, with this team that’s just about a sure-fire formula for victory. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 760 words, photos.
_ Lookaheads to weekend play in the ACC, SEC.
TEMPE, Ariz. — DiJonai Carrington puts up half-court shots every practice despite admonishments from her coach. Practice only game shots, Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer tells her junior guard. So when Carrington hit a momentum-changing half-court shot at the end of the third quarter, she had a message for her coach: That’s a game shot. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 700 words.
Four Alabama players are skipping their final seasons to enter the NFL draft, including All-America left tackle Jonah Williams and Outland Trophy-winning defensive lineman Quinnen Williams. The exodus of underclassmen has become an annual rite for the Tide. By John Zenor. SENT: 600 words, photos.
_ FBC--TRUMP-CLEMSON TIGERS _ SENT: 100 words, photos.
ROME _ The dual Milan-Cortina bid for 2026 has the potential to revolutionize the Winter Games by cutting costs and easing taxpayer concerns following Russia’s $51 billion outlay for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 800 words, photos.
_ OLY--2026 BIDS-STOCKHOLM _ SENT: 250 words.
_ OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING-WADA VISIT _ By James Ellingworth. SENT: 400 words, photos.
_ OLY--DOPING-ZUBKOV _ SENT: 450 words, photos.
TURIN, Italy _ Cristiano Ronaldo is said by his coach to be “very calm” amid the latest developments in a case of alleged rape involving an American woman. Ronaldo has been asked by police to provide a DNA sample. The woman says the soccer star raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009 and paid her to keep quiet. SENT: 350 words, photos.
Major League Soccer’s expansion Cincinnati team selected UCLA midfielder Frankie Amaya with the No. 1 pick in the league’s SuperDraft on Friday. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 470 words, photos.
BBO--BLUE JAYS-DODGERS TRADE
LOS ANGELES — It’s fitting that Russell Martin is returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He’s pining for a World Series title too. SENT: 870 words, photos.
_ BBA--YANKEES-LEMAHIEU _ SENT: 160 words.
_ BBA--YANKEES-BRITTON _ By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 400 words, photos.
_ TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN QUALIFYING _ By John Pye. SENT: 550 words, photos.
_ Australian Open tuneups in Australia (Sydney, Hobart) and New Zealand.
_ TEN--USTA-SMITH RETIREMENT _ SENT: 130 words.
_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES
_ HKN--NHL CAPSULES
_ BKW--TOP 25 CAPSULES
Saturday Time Schedule (EST)
AFC: Indianapolis at Kansas City, 4:35 p.m.
NFC: Dallas at L.A. Rams, 8:15 p.m.
Detroit at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m.
Memphis at Miami, 5 p.m.
Boston at Orlando, 7 p.m.
New Orleans at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Denver at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
Charlotte at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
Chicago at Utah, 10 p.m.
Philadelphia at New Jersey, 1 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at N.Y. Islanders, 1 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Boston at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Colorado at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Columbus at Washington, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Vegas at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Dallas, 9 p.m.
Ottawa at San Jose, 10 p.m.
Arizona at Edmonton, 10 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 1 Duke at No. 13 Florida State, 2 p.m.
No. 3 Tennessee at Florida, 6 p.m.
No. 4 Virginia at Clemson, Noon
No. 5 Gonzaga at San Francisco, 10 p.m.
No. 7 Kansas at Baylor, 4 p.m.
No. 8 Texas Tech at Texas, 2 p.m.
No. 10 Nevada at Fresno State, 8 p.m.
No. 11 Auburn vs. Georgia, 4 p.m.
No. 12 North Carolina vs. Louisville, Noon
No. 14 Mississippi State vs. Mississippi, 1 p.m.
No. 15 N.C. State vs. Pittsburgh, Noon
No. 16 Ohio State at Iowa, 2:30 p.m.
No. 17 Houston vs. Wichita State, 8 p.m.
No. 18 Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt, 8:30 p.m.
No. 19 Buffalo vs. Miami (Ohio), Noon
No. 20 Iowa State vs. Kansas State, Noon
No. 21 Marquette vs. Seton Hall, 2 p.m.
No. 23 Oklahoma vs. No. 25 TCU, 2 p.m.
No. 24 St. John’s vs. DePaul, 6 p.m.
No. 4 Baylor at TCU, 4 p.m.
No. 9 Maryland vs. Michigan, 4:30 p.m.
No. 11 Texas at No. 20 Iowa State, 5 p.m.
No. 14 Gonzaga vs. Portland, 5 p.m.