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A bad Super Bowl and a week short on big events have AP’s PodcastOne Sports Now hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg scanning the calendar and ranking the best days in sports. Also, AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi joins them for the “Brady or Belichick” debate and predict which teams _ not named the Patriots _ might turn up in the 2020 big game.
The Anthony Davis saga is about to end, or linger into summer. The Pelicans star is seeking a trade, with Thursday’s deadline at 3 p.m. Two of the teams believed to be interested in Davis, the Lakers and Celtics, play Thursday night. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.
ORLANDO, Fla. _ Baseball owners meet before spring training, with management and players discussing possible rule changes. Among them: a designated hitter for the NL, a minimum number of batters before a pitching change and a single trade deadline. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
ARE, Sweden _ Actor, businesswoman, mother _ maybe all three. Life after skiing is already taking shape for Lindsey Vonn and she’s not even run her last race. “Next goal, take on the world,” she says, perhaps jokingly, but who really knows? By Steve Douglas. SENT: 700 words, photos.
_ SKI--WORLDS-THE LATEST _ Real-time updates throughout day.
_ SKI--WORLDS _ Vonn again skips downhill training, two days after crash. SENT: 130 words, photos.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. _ Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson highlight the start of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The U.S. Open will be played this summer at Pebble Beach. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
Men’s soccer has been a professional sport in Argentina since 1931. Yet more than 88 years later, women’s soccer is still amateur. Macarena Sanchez wants to change that. She’s planning legal action in a nation home to some of the world’s greatest players. By Luis Andres Henao. SENT: 1,350 words, photos.
FBN--TIM DAHLBERG-HOMELESS RAIDERS
LAS VEGAS _ The Raiders thought they finally found a place to play next season, only to learn they’re not wanted in San Francisco. To help their search, a few suggestions, ranging from San Diego to San Antonio, Mexico City to London, Reno to the Caesars Palace parking lot. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 700 words, photos.
BKN--NBA TRADES-WINNERS AND LOSERS
MIAMI _ Who won? Who lost? Who’s in the middle? The AP breaks down what happened in trade season, and who helped their club or situation the most heading into this summer’s free agency. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.
_ BKN--NBA TRADES-THE LATEST _ Real-time updates throughout day.
_ BKN--NBA TRADES-PELICANS _ By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo choose their sides for the All-Star Game in Charlotte on xxxx. James and Antetokounmpo are this year’s captains. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Broadcast starts 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
BOSTON _ The Lakers play the Celtics, with the uncertainty of Anthony Davis’ future looming over the game. Boston has won five straight and Los Angeles has lost two of three to fall to .500, including a 42-point loss at Indiana, since LeBron James’ return from a groin injury. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
BBA--RED SOX-SPRING PREVIEW
BOSTON _ The Red Sox head to spring training looking to repeat as World Series champion for the first time in more than a century. Craig Kimbrel remains a free agent but is unlikely to return. The front office says it will try to find a closer from the current staff. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 550 words, photos.
_ Spring training previews on all other AL teams.
_ BBA--YANKEES-BRITTON _ His name now ending in a K, reliever Zach Britton to be known as Zack. SENT: 170 words, photos.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ Tennessee has ascended to No. 1 with a group of players not many Power 5 schools wanted. Not a single player was a Top 100 recruit. But look at the Volunteers now. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 5 p.m.
MANHATTAN, Kan. _ A couple months ago, Kansas State was wondering if it would even return to the NCAA Tournament. But a win over Kansas coupled with Baylor’s loss to Texas has coach Bruce Weber’s team leading the Big 12 halfway through the conference season. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS _ Ethan Happ was smiling after Wisconsin’s sixth straight win, ensuring his stellar career would not include a loss on rival Minnesota’s home court. The No. 19 Badgers have their groove back, with the slender senior leading the way. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
SPOKANE, Wash. _ Everyone thought Laura Stockton would automatically play basketball at Gonzaga, the school where her father, Hall of Famer John Stockton, remains a legend. Everyone but Laura. She tried her best to go elsewhere but realized Gonzaga was the best fit. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 700 words, photos.
_ BKW--T25-SYRACUSE-LOUISVILLE _ No. 2 Louisville hosts No. 15 Syracuse. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
_ BKW--T25-NOTRE DAME-MIAMI _ No. 4 Notre Dame at No. 25 Miami. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
ST. PAUL, Minn. _ The Wild have a tenuous hold on a wild-card spot in the Western Conference. If Minnesota is to make the playoffs for a seventh straight year it will be without captain Mikko Koivu, who is lost to a season-ending knee injury. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.
_ HKN--OILERS-WILD _ By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
ROME _ Promising he won’t be a “yes man” for FIFA’s expansion plans, Aleksander Ceferin is re-elected unopposed as president of European soccer’s governing body. Ceferin has been blocking FIFA from making a $25 billion deal to create and revamp international competitions. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 800 words, photos.
_ SOC--UEFA MEETING-THE LATEST _ Real-time updates throughout day.
_ SOC--MISSING PLANE-SALA _ Body recovered from wreckage of Emiliano Sala’s plane. SENT: 180 words, photos.
_ SOC--ENGLAND SPOTLIGHT-TOTTENHAM’s HOME _ Tottenham challenged to complete its stadium. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.
_ SOC--PREMIER LEAGUE-TECHNOLOGY_ English Premier League to load up on technology next season. SENT: 400 words, photos.
ARLINGTON, Texas _ The Dallas franchise in the reincarnation of the XFL names a coach and general manager amid reports that former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is coming out of retirement to take the job. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
_ PEOPLE-GRONKOWSKI _ Rob Gronkowski hit in face by beer can during Patriots parade. SENT: 130 words, photos.
SBD--WORLDS-SHAUN WHITE’S PROTEGE
Teenage snowboarder Toby Miller is the hand-picked successor of the best around _ Shaun White. Now, Miller’s trying to apply all those lessons from the Olympic gold medalist and forge his own way through the halfpipe. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
_ FIG--FOUR CONTINENTS _ Four Continents figure skating begins with short programs in Anaheim, Calif. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Women start 3:30 p.m., men 9:15 p.m.
_ GLF--VIC OPEN _ Felicity Johnson, Nick Flanagan lead after first round in Australian tournaments sanctioned by men’s European tour, LPGA. SENT: 450 words.
_ ATH--DOPING-KIRDYAPKINA _ Star Russian race walker banned for doping. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 300 words, photos.
_ RAC--BRITAIN-RACING CANCELED _ Equine flu scraps horse racing in Britain for at least a week. SENT: 170 words.
_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES
_ HKN--NHL CAPSULES
_ BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES
_ BKW--TOP 25 CAPSULES
Thursday Time Schedule (EST)
L.A. Clippers at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Toronto at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Boston, 8 p.m.
Memphis at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
San Antonio at Portland, 10:30 p.m.
Los Angeles at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Florida, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Colorado at Washington, 7 p.m.
Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Winnipeg at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Vegas at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Edmonton at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Dallas at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Vancouver at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Columbus at Arizona, 9 p.m.
San Jose at Calgary, 9 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 4 Gonzaga vs. San Francisco, 9 p.m.
No. 12 Houston at UCF, 7 p.m.
No. 20 Iowa at Indiana, 9 p.m.
No. 25 Cincinnati at Memphis, 7 p.m.
No. 2 Louisville vs. No. 15 Syracuse, 7 p.m.
No. 4 Notre Dame at No. 25 Miami, 7 p.m.
No. 9 N.C. State at No. 24 Florida State, 7 p.m.
No. 10 Maryland vs. Northwestern, 7:30 p.m.
No. 12 South Carolina vs. Mississippi, 7 p.m.
No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 23 Michigan State, 9 p.m.
No. 18 Texas A&M at Missouri, 7 p.m.
No. 19 Kentucky at Auburn, 7 p.m.
No. 20 Arizona State at Washington State, 10 p.m.