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BC-AP Sports Digest

November 27, 2018

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ATHENS, Ga. — Make no mistake, Georgia has eyed this rematch with mighty Alabama since last January. That’s when the Crimson Tide pulled out a 26-23 overtime victory in the national championship game. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.


DURHAM, N.C. — No. 3 Duke looks to bounce back from its first defeat when it hosts Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. A loss to Gonzaga dropped the Blue Devils from the top of the rankings. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 9:30 p.m.

— With:

— BKC--T25-DUKE-REALITY CHECK — By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 800 words, photos.


LUQUE, Paraguay — The postponed Copa Libertadores final is deemed too violent to remain in Argentina. The second leg between Boca Juniors and River Plate will now be Dec. 8 or 9. But where exactly — and if before fans — is still to be determined by South American soccer’s ruling body. By Pedro Servin. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.


NEW YORK — Numerous U.S. states are considering jumping on the legal sports betting bandwagon, even as they struggle with the details. How much to tax it and how to regulate mobile betting on phones. So far, seven states offer legal sports betting. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 600 words, photos.



NASSAU, Bahamas — Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship for his 80th career PGA Tour victory, all the evidence he needs for high expectations. He’s also wise enough to know his expectations won’t be as high as they once were because of age. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 p.m.

— With:

— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— GLF--GOLF GLANCE. SENT: 600 words.



How far will Ohio State move up in latest College Football Playoff rankings? Can the Buckeyes pass Oklahoma? By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Rankings released 7:15 p.m.


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Mack Brown gets a second chance as North Carolina’s coach. He replaces Larry Fedora, who was fired after seven seasons. The 67-year-old Brown coached the Tar Heels from 1988-97 and spent 16 seasons at Texas, where he won a national title in 2005. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— With:

— FBC--NORTH CAROLINA-BROWN-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.


The final All-America watch of the season features All-America matchups from each of this weekend’s Power Five conference championship games. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBC--T25-ACC CHAMPIONSHIP-EXPERIENCED CLEMSON — By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 3 p.m.

— FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA-OFFENSE — By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jaguars czar Tom Coughlin defended the run-first philosophy and keeping much of the team intact in 2018 because it was “a whistle” away from the Super Bowl. Jacksonville is now 3-8 and a whole lot farther from such territory. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.


HOUSTON — The Texans set a franchise-record by running for 281 yards in beating Tennessee. Now they will try to keep their running game going against Cleveland when they attempt to extend their franchise-record winning streak to nine games. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


Von Miller is not dwelling on the victory over Pittsburgh and how the Broncos are back in the playoff chase. Instead, he’s sharpening his comedy routine and channeling Bill Belichick, complete with monotone and hoodie. Denver, as the Patriots coach would say, is on to its next opponent. By Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 950 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBN--POWER RANKINGS — By Simmi Buttar. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--SAINTS-GETTING DEFENSIVE — By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--SKIDDING TITANS — By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 6 p.m.



DENVER — Nikola Jokic and the Northwest Division-leading Denver Nuggets go for their fourth consecutive victory when they host LeBron James and the Lakers. Los Angeles has won seven of 10. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.



VANCOUVER, British Columbia — There are the startling goals, jaw-dropping passes and mind-bending moves. And in just two months, there are the rave reviews. Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson already is drawing comparisons to some of hockey’s best. SENT: 550 words, photos.


BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres are on a nine-game winning streak — best in the NHL this season — and can match a franchise record with a victory over the San Jose Sharks. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.



LOUISVILLE, Ky. — No. 9 Michigan State visits Louisville in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. The Cardinals look to end a two-game slide against their second ranked opponent in three games. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim says he never pays attention to rankings. The way the Orange have started the season validates that approach. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK — By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 750 words, photos.



ATLANTA — Josh Donaldson and the Braves needed each other. The former AL MVP was looking to show he is healthy and ready to reclaim the form that made him one of the most feared sluggers. The Braves wanted more power without limiting their young talent. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— BBN--PIRATES-CHISENHALL — Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall joins Pirates after eight seasons with Cleveland. SENT: 250 words, photos.



BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — For years, Ted Ligety has been plagued by knee and back issues. Healthier than he’s been in a while, Ligety is looking to return to form that once allowed him to challenge Austria’s Marcel Hirscher for supremacy in the giant slalom. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.



Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus are among those that can qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League with a game to spare in group play. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. With eight separate game stories.

— With:

— SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE-LOOKAHEAD — Paris Saint-Germain in danger Wednesday of not surviving group stage. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— SOC--USL-UNION — Players in second tier of U.S. men’s soccer leagues form union. SENT: 160 words.



MADRID — Despite renewed complaints from France’s players about the upcoming changes to the Davis Cup, the head of the company behind the revamped tournament tells the AP he is confident everything will soon be better. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 550 words, photos.



Tyler Zeller was waiting for a team to call. His country did. When USA Basketball resumes its bid to qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, the NBA veteran and current free agent will be in red, white and blue in an international game for the first time. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 550 words, photos.


— GERMANY-DORTMUND ATTACK — Suspect in Dortmund bus attack convicted of attempted murder, sentenced to 14 years. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— ISRAEL-PEOPLE-MUTOMBO — Ex-NBA star Dikembe Mutombo moved to tears in Jerusalem. SENT: 130 words.






Tuesday Time Schedule (EST)


New York at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Atlanta at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Toronto at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Indiana at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at Denver, 9 p.m.


San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Anaheim at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Carolina at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Vegas at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Colorado at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Arizona at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

Los Angeles at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)


No. 3 Duke vs. Indiana, 9:30 p.m.

No. 5 Nevada at Loyola of Chicago, 8 p.m.

No. 9 Michigan State at Louisville, 7:30 p.m.

No. 13 Virginia Tech at Penn State, 7 p.m.

No. 14 Iowa vs. Pittsburgh, 9 p.m.

No. 22 Wisconsin vs. N.C. State, 9 p.m.

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