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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
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. —No. 6 Oklahoma has been scoffed at for handing points and yards to opponents like presents, and it wasn’t any different against No. 12 West Virginia. Yet a couple of defensive gems now have the Sooners playing for their fourth straight Big 12 championship. By John Raby. SENT: 780 words, photos.
PULLMAN, Wash. —Chris Petersen walked away from the party happening in the end zone where the Apple Cup was being passed around by his players for the sixth straight year. There was plenty of celebrating by Washington’s coach and his players — snow angels, snowball fights — after the Huskies continued their dominance over Washington State in an Apple Cup the purple and gold won’t soon forget. By Tim Booth. SENT: 900 words, photos.
OAKLAND, Calif. —Kevin Durant knew the Warriors would have to earn it and play well in every way to end a frustrating funk that lasted more than a week. Durant scored 32 points, Klay Thompson had 31 and Golden State snapped its worst losing streak since early 2013 at four games, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 125-97 on Friday night. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 920 words, photos.
HOUSTON — Robert “Bob” McNair, the man who brought football back to Houston after the Oilers left for Tennessee by founding the Texans, has died. He was 81. One of the NFL’s most influential owners, McNair had battled both leukemia and squamous cell carcinoma in recent years before dying in Houston on Friday. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.
Phil Mickelson beat Tiger Woods in overtime Friday in their $9 million pay-per-view match in Las Vegas that ended up free for many viewers because of technical problems. Mickelson won on the 22nd hole, making a 4-foot birdie putt on a specially set up 93-yard, par 3. The match at Shadow Creek Golf Club finished under floodlights.. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 700 words, photos.
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. SENT: 940 words, photos. For weekend use.
TAMPA, Fla. — McKenzie Milton’s teammates crowded around the injured UCF quarterback, some kneeling in prayer and others offering comforting words. “Our guys care deeply about everybody on our football team, and certainly McKenzie,” coach Josh Heupel said after the eighth-ranked Knights rebounded from losing their leader to an apparent right knee injury to finish a 38-10 rout of intrastate rival South Florida on Friday that extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 24 games. By Fred Goodall. SENT: 550 words, photos.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Sam Ehlinger and No. 11 Texas made enough plays to put away Kansas. Next up is a much bigger challenge. Ehlinger threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score, and the Longhorns beat the Jayhawks 24-17 on Friday to clinch a spot in the Big 12 title game. By Jordan Wolf. SENT: 700 words, photos.
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 — By Greg Beacham. SENT: 860 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-MICHIGAN-OHIO STATE PREVIEW — By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— 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.
— FBC--CENTRAL MICHIGAN-BONAMENGO OUT — SENT: 210 words, photos.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Amari Cooper’s 90-yard touchdown catch was soon followed by DeMarcus Lawrence’s first career interception in a Dallas win over Washington that pulled the Cowboys even with the Redskins atop the NFC East. Call Jerry Jones crazy, but the Cowboys owner and general manager believes those two big plays are connected. And he’s suggested as much several times in the month since he traded his next first-round pick in the draft to Oakland for a new No. 1 receiver. By Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 690 words, photos.
— FBN--CONFIDENT COWBOYS — By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— FBN--BROWNS-ROAD SKID — By Tom Withers. SENT: 740 words, photos.
— FBN--STEELERS-DANGER’S ZONE — By Will Graves. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— FBN--BEARS-RUNNING GAME — By Gene Chamberlain. SENT: 680 words, photos.
— FBN--PUNCHLESS LIONS — By Noah Trister. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— FBN--FALCONS-PROTECTING RYAN — By Charles Odum. SENT: 630 words, photos.
— FBN--TITANS-MARIOTA — By Terry McCormack. SENT: 320 words, photos.
BKC--T25-NIT SEASON TIP-OFF
NEW YORK — Dedric Lawson had 24 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and No. 2 Kansas rallied to beat No. 5 Tennessee 87-81 in overtime early Saturday morning in the NIT Season Tip-Off title game. SENT: 600 words, photos.
BKC--T25-BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas —Fourth-ranked Virginia got another test like coach Tony Bennett wanted, and fittingly it came from a team with a style that looked awfully familiar. Perhaps that’s why the Cavaliers handled everything that came their way — from fighting through their off-target shooting to tussling with a preseason All-American — well enough to win the Battle 4 Atlantis championship. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 930 words, photos.
BKC--T25-LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL
LAS VEGAS — It appears the Wolf Pack has found their offensive rhythm. Caleb Martin scored 29 points, Tre’Shawn Thurman added 22 points and eight rebounds, and No. 6 Nevada beat Massachusetts 110-87 in the Las Vegas Invitational’s second championship game on Friday at the Orleans Arena. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.
— BKC--T25-ADVOCARE INVITATIONAL — SENT: 900 words, photos.
PHILADELPHIA — On paper, it looked like a mismatch. The Cavaliers didn’t view their game against the 76ers that way and it showed. Jordan Clarkson scored 14 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, Rodney Hood had 25 and Cleveland stunned Philadelphia 121-112 on Friday night, snapping the 76ers’ perfect home record. By Aaron Bracy. SENT: 760 words, photos.
TORONTO_The Toronto Raptors turned in their best 3-point shooting performance of the season. The Washington Wizards had one of their worst. Kawhi Leonard had 27 points and 10 rebounds, Kyle Lowry scored 15 points and the Raptors won their fourth straight game, beating the Wizards 125-107 on Friday night. By Ian Harrison. SENT: 760 words, photos.
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.
— GLF--WORLD CUP — Third round of the World Cup of Golf in Australia. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— GLF--HONG KONG OPEN — Third round of the European Tour season opener. UPCOMING: 300 words by 11 a.m.
TEN--DAVIS CUP FINAL
LILLE, France —France captain Yannick Noah’s gamble on players and court surface backfired against Croatia in the Davis Cup final on Friday. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 770 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.
— ATH--DOPING-BETT —SENT: 100 words.
— FIG--INTERNATIONAUX DE FRANCE —SENT: 250 words, photos.
— BKN--NBA CAPSULES
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES
— FBC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
Saturday Time Schedule (EST)
Houston at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
New Orleans at Washington, 8 p.m.
Chicago at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Denver at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Boston at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
San Antonio at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.
Sacramento at Golden State, 8:30 p.m.
Washington at N.Y. Rangers, 2 p.m.
Philadelphia at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Boston at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Florida, 7 p.m.
Carolina at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Columbus at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Winnipeg at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Dallas at Colorado, 9 p.m.
San Jose at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Vancouver at Los Angeles, 10 p.m.
TOP 25 FOOTBALL
No. 1 Alabama vs. Auburn, 3:30 p.m.
No. 2 Clemson vs. South Carolina, 7 p.m.
No. 3 Notre Dame at Southern Cal, 8 p.m.
No. 4 Michigan at No. 10 Ohio State, Noon
No. 5 Georgia vs. Georgia Tech, Noon
No. 8 LSU at Texas A&M, 7:30 p.m.
No. 13 Florida at Florida State, Noon
No. 14 Utah State at No. 21 Boise State, 10:15 p.m.
No. 15 Penn State vs. Maryland, 3:30 p.m.
No. 17 Kentucky at Louisville, 7 p.m.
No. 18 Utah vs. BYU, 10 p.m.
No. 19 Syracuse at Boston College, Noon
No. 20 Northwestern vs. Illinois, 3:30 p.m.
No. 24 Pittsburgh at Miami, 3:30 p.m.
No. 25 Iowa State vs. Kansas State, 7 p.m.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 12 Kansas State vs. Lehigh, 4:30 p.m.
No. 13 Virginia Tech vs. Saint Francis (Pa.), 1 p.m.
No. 22 Buffalo vs. Marist, 2 p.m.
No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 9 Oregon State at Vancouver (British Columbia) Convention Centre East, 10:30 p.m.
No. 2 UConn vs. Purdue at UVI Sports & Fitness Center, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, 7:30 p.m.
No. 3 Oregon at Saint Mary’s, 5 p.m.
No. 4 Baylor vs. Georgetown at South Point Casino Arena, Las Vegas, 10:30 p.m.
No. 5 Louisville vs. Hartford at South Point Casino Arena, Las Vegas, 3 p.m.
No. 6 Mississippi State vs. Jackson State, 3 p.m.
No. 7 Maryland vs. Georgia at Coliseo Ruben Zayas Montanez, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, Noon
No. 8 Stanford vs. American at the Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, 5 p.m.
No. 10 Texas vs. Michigan at Germain Arena, Estero, Fla., 7:30 p.m.
No. 11 Tennessee vs. UAB at Gateway Christian Academy, Bimini, Bahamas, 2 p.m.
No. 12 Iowa vs. Florida State at Gateway Christian Academy, Bimini, Bahamas, 6:45 p.m.
No. 13 South Carolina vs. Drake at Vancouver (British Columbia) Convention Centre East, 8 p.m.
No. 14 Syracuse vs. No. 16 DePaul at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Cancun, Mexico, 2:30 p.m.
No. 17 South Florida vs. UCLA at UVI Sports & Fitness Center, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, 3 p.m.
No. 18 California at San Diego, 7 p.m.
No. 19 Arizona State vs. Southern Illinois at South Point Casino Arena, Las Vegas, 5:30 p.m.
No. 21 Missouri vs. Quinnipiac at Germain Arena, Estero, Fla., 1:30 p.m.
No. 22 Marquette vs. UIC, 3 p.m.
No. 25 West Virginia vs. Eastern Kentucky at Gateway Christian Academy, Bimini, Bahamas, 4:15 p.m.