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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.
SKI--WORLDS-VONN’S LAST RACE
ARE, Sweden _ Do not expect Lindsey Vonn to take it easy in her last race. Entering Sunday’s downhill at the world championships, Vonn is banged up from a crash _ a black eye and a sore rib to go with her persistent knee pain as retirement nears. “I’m just going to go full throttle,” she says. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 450 words, photos.
_ SKI--WORLDS-VONN-RETROSPECTIVE _ By Pat Graham. SENT: 700 words, photos.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. _ No. 2 Duke goes for a regular-season sweep of No. 3 Virginia in a showdown between ACC co-leaders. The Blue Devils will have point guard Tre Jones, who missed his team’s victory last month because of a shoulder injury. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. _ Phil Mickelson, a four-time winner, is part of a four-way tie for the lead entering the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The second round was completed Saturday morning because of rain. Also in front are Lucas Glover, Scott Langley and Paul Casey. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.
SOC--SOCCER TEAM-FIRE-SHATTERED DREAMS
RIO DE JANEIRO _ A goalkeeper who drew the attention of European clubs. A defender who hoped to become a pro like his cousin. They all carried big dreams. Now, 10 are dead after a fire tore through Flamengo’s sprawling training grounds. By Tales Azzoni and Diane Jeantet. SENT: 850 words, photos.
_ BRAZIL-SOCCER TEAM-FIRE _ Team criticized for licensing issues after fire. By Marcelo Silva de Sousa and Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 450 words, photos.
NEW YORK _ Whiskey the whippet is a top favorite for best in show when the Westminster Kennel Club competition begins Monday. There are more than 2,800 dogs entered and 203 breeds, including a Lhasa apso from Hawaii who surfs with his owner. By Ben Walker. SENT: 650 words, photos.
SOC--JOHN LEICESTER-FOOTBALL’S CONSCIENCE
It was a week of chilling images for soccer: the wreckage of the plane carrying a player set to join the English Premier League; an imprisoned refugee player in leg irons in Thailand; and a fire that torched the sleeping quarters of a soccer academy in Brazil. By Sports Columnist John Leicester. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
NEW YORK _ Marc Gasol is expected to make his debut for the division-leading Raptors when Toronto faces the NBA-worst Knicks. New York has lost 15 in a row and 28 of 30. Gasol seems like a perfect fit with the Raptors, who had to give up Jonas Valanciunias to land him. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
DALLAS _ The Bucks already had the NBA’s best record when they got Nikola Mirotic in a three-team deal. The 6-foot-10 Mirotic is a strong 3-point shooter who now joins Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton for what Milwaukee hopes is a deep playoff run. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 600 words, photos.
_ BKN--MAGIC-BUCKS _ UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.
NEW ORLEANS _ Even with one foot out the door, Anthony Davis is showing he can still produce for the New Orleans Pelicans. And his teammates don’t seem to buy the notion that Davis’ recent trade request has ruined team chemistry. By Brett Martel. SENT: 800 words, photos.
MILWAUKEE _ No. 10 Marquette, two games behind Big East leader Villanova after losing to St. John’s, now gets the No. 14 Wildcats. Villanova is unbeaten in conference play. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 2:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ No. 7 Michigan hosts No. 19 Wisconsin in a rematch of a game the Badgers won last month. The Badgers have won six in a row and are very much in a Big Ten title chase that at one point looked like a two-team race between Michigan and Michigan State. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started noon.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. _ No. 16 Louisville, making the most of its 3-point shooting lately, plays a No. 22 Florida State team that has won four in a row. The Seminoles have been getting good play from Terrance Mann. Louisville has won this season at Virginia Tech and North Carolina. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m.
ARE, Sweden _ Aksel Lund Svindal finishes runner-up to Norwegian teammate Kjetil Jansrud in the final race of his illustrious career. The 36-year-old Svindal is a two-time Olympic champion and five-time world champion. He said last month he would be retiring after this race. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 600 words, photos.
ARE, Sweden _ Mikaela Shiffrin takes issue with Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller, two of her idols growing up. Vonn and Miller question her decision to sit out several events at the world championships. Shiffrin is headed to a third straight overall World Cup title. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 850 words, photos.
_ SKI--WORLDS-THE LATEST _ Real-time updates throughout day.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ NASCAR was back in business Saturday when teams got their cars on track for the first time this season in preparation for the Daytona 500. Some teams worked until the final bell in a push to make it to NASCAR’s kickoff. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
ST. LOUIS _ Adam Wainwright is confident he can still pitch well for the St. Louis Cardinals. He says he is healthy after making just eight starts last year because of hamstring and elbow injuries. He’s 37 and sometimes thinks he has enough left to win a Cy Young Award. SENT: 750 words, photos.
_ BBN--MARLINS FANFEST _ Days removed from trading their best player, Marlins welcome fans to ballpark. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.
ORLANDO, Fla. _ Steve Spurrier returns to the sideline for the first time in more than three years, bringing his entertaining brand of offense to the new Alliance of American Football, which players hope will be a pathway to jobs in the NFL. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts 8:35 p.m.
MOSCOW _ Amateur boxing faces a breakaway threat ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo after its international federation elected a president accused of ties to organized crime. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 350 words, photos.
_ GLF--VIC OPEN _ Kim Kaufman, Wade Ormsby in front entering final round in Australian tournaments sanctioned by men’s European tour, LPGA. SENT: 450 words.
_ GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS _ Jesper Parnevik up by a stroke heading into second round of seniors play in Boca Raton, Fla. UPCOMING: 200 words by 6 p.m.
_ FIG--FOUR CONTINENTS _ U.S. Olympian Vincent Zhou in front entering men’s free skate at Four Continents at Anaheim, Calif. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Men’s free skate starts 10 p.m.
_ LUG--WORLD CUP _ Germany, Russia, Latvia all medal twice at luge World Cup in Germany. SENT: 130 words, photos.
_ TEN--OPEN SUD DE FRANCE _ Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Pierre-Hugues Herbert win to set up all-French final before home fans. SENT: 150 words
_ TEN--FED CUP ROUNDUP _ U.S. plays Australia at Asheville, N.C., in first round of Fed Cup. SENT: 200 words, photos. UPCOMING: 300 words by 6 p.m.
_ SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP _ Liverpool regains Premier League lead. By Mattias Karen. SENT: 700 words, photos.
_ WARNER WOLF ARRESTED _ Broadcaster Warner Wolf arrested in Florida, charged with damaging “Plantation” sign at his Florida community. SENT: 130 words, photos.
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Saturday Time Schedule (EST)
San Antonio at Utah, 5 p.m.
Cleveland at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Charlotte at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto at New York, 7:30 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Boston, 8 p.m.
Washington at Chicago, 8 p.m.
New Orleans at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Houston, 8:30 p.m.
Orlando at Milwaukee, 9 p.m.
Los Angeles at Boston, 1 p.m.
Detroit at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Minnesota at New Jersey, 1 p.m.
Colorado at N.Y. Islanders, 1 p.m.
Anaheim at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Nashville at St. Louis, 2 p.m.
Winnipeg at Ottawa, 2 p.m.
Dallas at Arizona, 4 p.m.
San Jose at Edmonton, 7 p.m.
Toronto at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Florida at Washington, 7 p.m.
Calgary at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Columbus at Vegas, 10 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 1 Tennessee vs. Florida, 4 p.m.
No. 2 Duke at No. 3 Virginia, 6 p.m.
No. 4 Gonzaga vs. Saint Mary’s, 10 p.m.
No. 5 Kentucky at Mississippi State, 1 p.m.
No. 6 Nevada vs. New Mexico, 6 p.m.
No. 7 Michigan vs. No. 19 Wisconsin, noon
No. 8 North Carolina vs. Miami, noon
No. 9 Michigan State vs. Minnesota, 2 p.m.
No. 10 Marquette vs. No. 14 Villanova, 2:30 p.m.
No. 11 Virginia Tech at Clemson, noon
No. 13 Kansas vs. Oklahoma State, noon
No. 15 Purdue vs. Nebraska, 8:30 p.m.
No. 16 Louisville at No. 22 Florida State, 4 p.m.
No. 17 Iowa State vs. TCU, 2 p.m.
No. 18 Texas Tech at Oklahoma, 4 p.m.
No. 21 LSU vs. Auburn, 2 p.m.
No. 23 Buffalo vs. Central Michigan, 3:30 p.m.
No. 1 Baylor vs. TCU, 1 p.m.
No. 5 UConn vs. Temple, 1 p.m.
No. 13 Gonzaga at Portland, 7:30 p.m.
No. 14 Texas at Kansas, 8 p.m.
No. 20 Arizona State at Washington, 5 p.m.
No. 22 Iowa State vs. West Virginia, 7 p.m.