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February 4, 2019

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Jerry Rice says Antonio Brown would take the 49ers’ offense to a “whole different level.” The Hall of Fame receiver tells guest host Rob Maaddi on the AP’s PodcastOne Sports Now that the embattled Pittsburgh Steelers star receiver reached out to him for advice.

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What was once the traditional signing period in college football has been replaced by the early signing period, but Feb. 6 will still be a busy day. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Barton Simmons, scouting director of 247 Sports, joins AP’s Ralph Russo in discussing the recruiting class of 2020. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast

TOP STORIES

FBN--SUPER BOWL

ATLANTA _Graying but still gritty, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots came to the Super Bowl intending to stave off, for at least one more game, the inevitable onslaught of the NFL’s future. Job well done. Pro football never looked flatter, older and more stuck in the days of the VCR than it did Sunday. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 980 words, photos, video.

FBN--SUPER BOWL-BRADY’S SIXTH

ATLANTA _ If Tom Brady rated his performance, nothing more, it was ho-hum at best. In fact, going strictly by the numbers, it was the worst Super Bowl showing of his brilliant career. No problem. Brady will gladly trade stats for championships. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 530 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BKC--T25-TOP 25 REWIND

Kansas made a late-season push to clinch its record 14th straight Big 12 title a year ago. The Jayhawks may need a similar run to make it 15 in a row. The Big 12 race has tightened up heading into the final month of the regular season, with five teams within a game of the lead. The 11th-ranked Jayhawks are looking up in the standings after splitting their two games last week. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 780 words, photos.

SKI--WORLDS-PREVIEW

For Lindsey Vonn and Aksel Lund Svindal, the world championships beginning this week in Are, Sweden, will mark the end of an era. The event will also bring Vonn and Svindal full circle _ back to the site of their first major championship successes more than a decade ago. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 830 words, photos.

With:

_ SKI--WORLDS-FREEZING DANGER _ Danger Warning! Extreme cold can affect even elite skiers. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

FBN--SUPER BOWL-PAUL NEWBERRY

ATLANTA _ The NFL should’ve ended the season two weeks ago. This Super Bowl was a hot mess, really no better than a sloppy preseason game. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots captured their sixth championship, an amazing accomplishment that was overshadowed by the ugly way they won it against the stunningly inept Los Angeles Rams. An instant classic? No, this one was instantly forgettable. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 920 words, photos.

SUPER BOWL

FBN--SUPER BOWL-NEVER-ENDING DYNASTY

ATLANTA _ Tom Brady quickly made it clear that winning a record sixth Super Bowl title won’t change his mind about playing at least another year. As long as No. 12 is still going, New England’s dynasty won’t crumble. By Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 690 words, photos by 4 a.m.

FBN--SUPER BOWL-RAMS DEFENSE

ATLANTA _ After keeping Tom Brady out of the end zone for three and a half quarters, the Los Angeles Rams’ defense finally blinked. In this Super Bowl, that one brief lapse was too much to overcome. Even holding the New England Patriots to one field goal until midway through the fourth quarter wasn’t good enough. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 440 words, photos.

FBN--SUPER BOWL-GRONK’S FAREWELL?

ATLANTA _ Rob Gronkowski rumbled down the field, got past two defenders and hauled in the football to set up New England’s go-ahead touchdown. If this was the farewell performance for the Patriots tight end, he went out in playmaking style. By Football Writer Dennis Waszak. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 a.m.

FBN--SUPER BOWL-MVP

ATLANTA — Julian Edelman was forced to watch only as a spectator as his disappointed Patriots teammates trudged off the field a year ago as Super Bowl losers. Catch after catch in this one, Tom Brady’s favorite wide receiver helped make them winners again. By Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 840 words, photos.

Also:

_ FBN--SUPER BOWL-PATRIOTS DEFENSE _ By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 890 words, photos.

_ FBN--SUPER BOWL-RAMS-GOFF’S GAFFES _ By Greg Beacham. SENT: 860 words, photos.

_ FBN--SUPER BOWL-KEY _ By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 740 words, photos.

_ FBN--SUPER BOWL-STILL WATCHING _ By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 980 words, photos.

_ FBN--SUPER BOWL-SPORTS BETTING _ By Regina Garcia Cano. SENT: 660 words, photos.

_ US--TRUMP-NFL _ By Darlene Superville. SENT: 650 words, photos.

_ FBN--SUPER BOWL-ADS. By Mae Anderson: SENT: 350 words, photos.

_ FBN--SUPER BOWL-HALFTIME REVIEW. By Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 550 words, photos, video.

_ FBN--SUPER BOWL-CELEB WATCH. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 870 words, photos, video.

NFL

FBN--RAIDERS-SAN FRANCISCO

SAN FRANCISCO _ The Oakland Raiders are in talks with the Giants about playing their home games next season at Oracle Park in San Francisco. A person with knowledge of the negotiations said the two sides are in discussions, but no deal has been reached. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because nothing has been finalized. By Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 370 words, photo.

GOLF

GLF--PHOENIX OPEN

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. _ Standing above a greenside bunker at TPC Scottsdale’s difficult par-4 11th hole, Rickie Fowler turned just in time to see his ball, one he had just placed after penalty, trickle into the water. Fowler had already seen his share of bad luck at the Phoenix Open. Now balls were rolling into hazards on their own. Unable to catch a break, Fowler took it upon himself to create his own. By John Marshall. SENT: 850 words, photos.

Also:

_ GLF--SAUDI INTERNATIONAL _ SENT: 360 words.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Men:

BKC--MINNESOTA-PURDUE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ Carsen Edwards found his shot just in time. The Purdue guard scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half to lead the No. 17 Boilermakers to a 73-63 victory over Minnesota on Sunday. SENT: 730 words, photos.

Women:

BKW--T25-ICYMI

NEW YORK _ Bella Alarie starred on Broadway. Princeton’s junior center had a record-setting game, breaking the Ivy League’s single-game scoring mark with a 45-point effort against Columbia on Friday. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 730 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BKW--T25-NORTH CAROLINA-NC STATE

RALEIGH, N.C. _A week after upending a No. 1-ranked team, North Carolina’s surging women have another big upset: this one against the nation’s last unbeaten team in seventh-ranked rival North Carolina State. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 790 words.

NBA

BKN--AROUND THE NBA

NEW YORK _ Mike Conley and Marc Gasol are eager to get through Thursday. That’s the day of the NBA trade deadline, when the longtime teammates in Memphis will finally know if they are headed elsewhere. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BKN--THUNDER-CELTICS

BOSTON _Eight days after letting a win slip away against the Golden State Warriors, the Celtics were able to finish the job against another tough Western Conference opponent. SENT: 830 words, photos.

NHL

HKN--BRUINS-CAPITALS

WASHINGTON _Boston Bruins players could feel themselves making progress in recent games against the Washington Capitals even as the losses piled up. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 770 words, photos.

SOCCER

SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP

LONDON _ As hat tricks go, Sergio Aguero’s 14th for Manchester City was unconventionally perfect. It involved three different methods of scoring against Arsenal: A header, a right-footed tap-in and, finally, a nudge with the left arm. By Rob Harris. SENT: 760 words, photos.

SOC--MISSING PLANE-SALA

LONDON — The wreckage of the plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala was located on Sunday, two weeks after it disappeared from radar over the English Channel, according to the marine scientist leading a privately funded search for the Argentine’s family. By Rob Harris. SENT: 500 words, photos.

Also:

_ SOC--ASIAN CUP-QATAR CELEBRATES _ SENT: 240 words, photos.

OTHER

_ US--BODIES DISCOVERED- OKLAHOMA _ SENT: 650 words, photos.

_ BBO--OBIT-FRIEND _ SENT: 340 words.

_ BKC--OBIT-IRV BROWN _ SENT: 320 words.

_ AS--THAILAND-BAHRAIN REFUGEE _ SENT: 530 words, photos.

CAPSULES

_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES

_ HKN--NHL CAPSULES

_ BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES

_ BKW--TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Monday Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Atlanta at Washington, 7 p.m.

Denver at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Milwaukee at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

Indiana at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Houston at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

San Antonio at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

NHL

Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

Vancouver at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Anaheim at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Arizona at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Men

No. 12 Virginia Tech vs. No. 15 Louisville, 7 p.m.

No. 16 Texas Tech vs. West Virginia, 9 p.m.

No. 20 Iowa State at Oklahoma, 9 p.m.

Women

No. 1 Baylor at No. 12 Texas, 7 p.m.

No. 11 Maryland at Illinois, 7:30 p.m.

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