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February 19, 2019

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TOP STORIES

BBN--PADRES-MACHADO

SAN DIEGO _ A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that All-Star infielder Manny Machado has agreed to a $300 million, 10-year deal with the rebuilding San Diego Padres, the biggest contract ever for a free agent. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the agreement was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced. Machado can opt out after five years and become a free agent again, the person said. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 860 words, photos. Will be updated.

GYM--USA GYMNASTICS-NEW PRESIDENT

USA Gymnastics is turning to former NBA executive Li Li Leung to help turn around the embattled program. The organization named Leung its new president and CEO on Tuesday. She is the fourth person to hold the office in the last two years. By Will Graves. SENT: 900 words, photos.

OLY--BANNED COACHES LIST

An advocacy group has published a first-of-its-kind comprehensive list of banned coaches in Olympic sports, the likes of which have eluded others over the past year filled with headlines about sex abuse inside several of those sports. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BKN--PRE-AGENCY-IMPACT

MIAMI _ If anyone understands what Anthony Davis is thinking, asking for a trade out of New Orleans with nearly 1½ seasons left on his contract, it’s Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He was in a similar spot, and it worked out for him. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 950 words, photos.

BKN--PISTONS-GRIFFIN’S RESURGENCE

DETROIT _ Now approaching his 30th birthday, Blake Griffin plays a much different game than when he entered the NBA as a high-flying star. A year after being traded to Detroit, Griffin isn’t relying on above-the-rim acrobatics. Now he’s become a threat both inside and outside, and if the Pistons do make the playoffs, he’ll be a big reason why. By Noah Trister. SENT: 850 words, photos.

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-SPIETH

MEXICO CITY _ Jordan Spieth is stuck in his longest stretch without winning, which is not to suggest he has lost all perspective. Asked if it was hard to sign for an 81, Spieth said, “Not when you’re 10 over after 10 with the hardest holes coming up.” By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.

With:

_ GLF--GOLF NOTES _ The PGA Tour again is taking a close look at changing the size of its cuts, and this time the idea appears to have some legs. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,280 words, photos.

_ GLF--GOLF GLANCE _ SENT: 950 words.

FOOTBALL

FBN--RAVENS-ROMAN

OWINGS MILLS, Md. _ Greg Roman is off to a running start in his new role as offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, working on a ground game that will coincide with the skills of agile quarterback Lamar Jackson. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 550 words, photo by 3 p.m.

FBO--ALLIANCE INVESTOR

Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon is investing $250 million in the Alliance of American Football. Dundon also will serve as chairman of the fledgling eight-team league that began play on Feb. 9. His involvement came together in a matter of days last week, according to Dundon and Alliance co-founder Charlie Ebersol, though Dundon had been monitoring the AAF’s development and debut. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 480 words, photo.

Also:

_ JAGUARS-CAPERS _ Former NFL head coach Dom Capers has joined Jacksonville’s coaching staff as senior defensive assistant, returning to the Jaguars two decades after his first stint with the team. SENT: 170 words.

BASEBALL

BBO--TALKING ON THE BASEPATHS

MESA, Ariz. _ Playing for Texas, Jurickson Profar always learned something from new Oakland teammate Khris Davis when the slugger stopped at Profar’s second base spot. Davis, the reigning majors’ home run leader, appreciates any chance he gets to talk baseball and life with Albert Pujols spending a few moments on first base alongside the Angels star. Mike Trout gets a chuckle out of any good-natured prank pulled by Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera at first _ and there’s typically something. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.

Also:

_ BBN--BREWERS-MOUSTAKAS _ Mike Moustakas and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a $10 million, one-year contract that keeps the third baseman in Milwaukee.

NBA

BKN--CELTICS-THEIR TIME

BOSTON _ The Celtics were expected to challenge the Warriors for the NBA crown, and that could still happen though right now they’re looking up at Milwaukee and Toronto in the East. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1 p.m. EST, photos.

NHL

HKN--MAPLE LEAFS-BLUES

ST. LOUIS _ The Toronto Maple Leafs visit the St. Louis Blues, who hope to extend their league-best winning streak to 11 games. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

Also:

_ HKN--SABRES-OKPOSO _ Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo has sustained his third concussion in less than three years.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Men:

BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK

North Carolina coach Roy Williams set his sights on landing Zion Williamson out of high school, only to see him end up down the road at the Tar Heels’ biggest rival. Williams and the rest of the eight-ranked Tar Heels will get an up-close look at top-ranked Duke’s rim-wrecking freshman Wednesday in what’s sure to be a foundation-shaking atmosphere at Cameron Indoor Stadium. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 760 words, photos.

BKC--T25-DUKE-BARRETT

DURHAM, N.C. _ Top-ranked Duke usually knows what it will get each game from RJ Barrett. The freshman leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring while reaching double figures in all 25 games. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, file photos by 5 p.m.

BKC--T25-MARYLAND-IOWA

IOWA CITY, Iowa _ No. 21 Iowa, fresh off back-to-back last-second comebacks, hosts No. 24 Maryland. The Terps have dropped two of their last three road games. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 8 p.m.

Women:

BKW--T25-OREGON’S RISE

CORVALLIS, Ore. _ Two ranked teams, two intense rivalry games and two raucous sellouts. Women’s college basketball has enjoyed an unusual renaissance in the Pacific Northwest. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m. PT.

BKW--T25-RICE’S RISE

NEW YORK _ Tina Langley has turned the Rice women’s basketball team into a Top 25 program using homegrown talent. More than half the roster is from Texas and many players grew up within 30 minutes of the university, playing together in high school or on club teams. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 710 words, photos.

BOXING

BOX--JOSHUA-MILLER

NEW YORK _ Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua speaks at Madison Square Garden, where in June he will make his U.S. debut against Jarrell Miller. By Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

SOCCER

SOC--FIFA-WOMEN’S WORLD CUP-BIDDING

FIFA will still decide the host of the Women’s World Cup in secret, unlike the new open vote for the men’s tournament. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.

SOC--CHELSEA-SARRI FUTURE

LONDON _ The volley of jeers and abusive chants from Chelsea supporters were aimed in a different direction this time. Players were spared the vitriol of past implosions. None of the “rats” banners that were unfurled in 2015. Typically loyal to their managers _ and there have been a dozen alone this century _ fans now seem to have had enough with Maurizio Sarri. Losing in the FA Cup to Manchester United was the breaking point for the Chelsea faithful on Monday night. By Rob Harris. SENT: 800 words, photos.

Also:

_ SOC--BAYERN MUNICH-LIVERPOOL _ Liverpool hosts Bayern Munich in their Champions League round of 16 first leg. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

_ SOC--LYON-BARCELONA _ Lyon takes on five-time champion Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

_ SOC--LEAGUE CUP FINAL _ Manchester City looks to defend its League Cup title when Pep Guardiola’s side plays Chelsea in the final of English football’s second-tier knockout competition at Wembley Stadium. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR-NASCAR-FORD DISCORD

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ There’s some discord in the Ford camp after Toyota swept the Daytona 500, in part because two of the blue oval drivers didn’t work together in the closing laps. Michael McDowell defended his decision not to push Joey Logano to the AP because he was there to win the race for himself. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.

Also:

_ CAR--F1-TESTING _ Formula One’s preseason testing continues for a second day. By Joseph Wilson. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 2 p.m.

SKIING

SKI--WCUP-CITY EVENT

Slalom world champions Mikaela Shiffrin and Marcel Hirscher headline a parallel slalom city event, the first World Cup races after the world championships. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 1:30 p.m.

TENNIS

_ TEN--DELRAY BEACH _ Defending champion Frances Tiafoe and Juan Martin del Potro play first-round matches Tuesday night at the Delray Beach Open.

CAPSULES

_ HKN--NHL CAPSULES

_ BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Tuesday Time Schedule (EST)

NHL

Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Columbus at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Toronto at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Anaheim at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Nashville at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Arizona at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

College basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 4 Kentucky at Missouri, 9 p.m.

No. 5 Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt, 7 p.m.

No. 15 Purdue at Indiana, 7 p.m.

No. 16 Florida State at Clemson, 9 p.m.

No. 19 Iowa State vs. Baylor, 9 p.m.

No. 21 Iowa vs. No. 24 Maryland, 8 p.m.

No. 25 Buffalo vs. Ohio, 7 p.m.