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BC-AP Sports Digest

January 2, 2019

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Marcellus Wiley, a former NFL defensive end and Fox Sports personality, is still on the fence about allowing his young son play football. But he tells co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg on the AP’s PodcastOne Sports Now he likes what the NFL is doing to try to make the game safer. Listen at podcastonesports.com, the podcastone app and apple podcasts. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast



PASADENA, Calif. —Urban Meyer says he decided to end his remarkable coaching career at Ohio State partly because of the stress inherent in this high-intensity job. After his Buckeyes blew most of a 25-point lead in the fourth quarter and had to recover a last-minute onside kick to win the Rose Bowl, anybody could understand why he can’t wait to retire. Now, Meyer is going out at the top of his profession and, for the first time, he is a Rose Bowl champion. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


NEW ORLEANS —Bevo’s pregame strategy was to run right at the Bulldogs. Once the football started, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger took the same approach with outstanding results. Ehlinger ran for three touchdowns, the Texas defense largely held Georgia’s offense in check, and the Longhorns earned their first 10-win season since 2009 by beating the Bulldogs 28-21 in the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday night. By David Brandt. SENT: 750 words, photos.


—FBC--SUGAR BOWL-GEORGIA’S FOIBLES — By Brett Martel. SENT: 600 words, photos.

—FBC--SUGAR BOWL-MASCOTS CLASH — SENT: 250 words, photos.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — David Pastrnak delivered once again. Patrice Bergeron showed off his all-around game, and Tuukka Rask made a couple of big stops. Oh, and those suits, too. It was stylish start to the new year for the Boston Bruins. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 830 words, photos.


DENVER — No lead is safe in the National Hockey League these days with third-period comebacks on the rise. There have been 110 third-period comeback wins spanning 611 league-wide games. The research department for the NHL says that’s the third-most in league history. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 930 words, photos by 4 a.m.


INDIANAPOLIS — Tyler Trent, a former Purdue University student and college football super fan who inspired many with his battle against cancer, died Tuesday. He was 20. SENT: 420 words, photos.



ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The race to legalize sports betting is on now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed it in all 50 states, but will it provide enough extra tax revenue to make much of a difference for schools, roads or pension debt? Don’t bet on it. Just look to the states that capitalized immediately after the court’s ruling last spring and Nevada, which previously had a monopoly on sports betting. The returns to date have been modest, just a tiny fraction of overall state budgets. By Wayne Parry and Geoff Mulvihill. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by noon.


— US--Sports Betting for Dummies — By Wayne Parry. UPCOMING: 1,200 words.



KAPALUA, Hawaii — Rory McIlroy was walking off the putting green at Kapalua when he smiled and said to a trio of writers: “You don’t need to win a tournament to be here. I do.” McIlroy is the most accomplished of the nine newcomers to the Sentry Tournament of Champions, not only because of his four major championships but the six previous times he was eligible for the winners-only start to the year and chose not to come. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 930 words, photos.

— With:

— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.

— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 350 words.



GLENDALE, Ariz. —Joe Burrow watched the ball land in an opposing player’s hands and immediately gave chase. Locked in on preventing a pick six, LSU’s quarterback didn’t see Joey Connors, Central Florida’s 313-pound defensive lineman, bearing down on him. With a thunderous, blindside collision Burrow found himself flat on his back, woozy and wondering what happened. Minutes later, Burrow was back and hitting receivers all over the field. The nation’s longest winning streak was over. So was a second self-proclaimed national championship. By John Marshall. SENT: 750 words, photos.


— FBC--FIESTA BOWL-UCF — By Bob Baum. SENT: 710 words, photos.


TAMPA, Fla. — The Iowa Hawkeyes lost a yard on the last play of the Outback Bowl, pushing their final rushing total to minus 15 yards, and didn’t mind a bit. They ran the play from victory formation. By Steven Wine. SENT: 830 words, photos. Game started noon.


ORLANDO, Fla. — Winning 10 games, beating Penn State on New Year’s Day, and finishing in the Top 20 is no small deal for the Kentucky Wildcats. So when Mark Stoops took a seat on the podium flanked by linebacker Josh Allen and running back Benny Snell Jr. after Tuesday’s 27-24 victory in the Citrus Bowl, the coach understandably was beyond excited. By Fred Goodall. SENT: 850 words, photos.



RENTON, Wash. —Pete Carroll and Brian Schottenheimer sat together and decided with their team winless after two games there needed to be a change. What the Seattle Seahawks were trying to do on offense wasn’t working. By Tim Booth. SENT: 830 words, photos.


INDIANAPOLIS —Andrew Luck spent last January just like the previous two — watching playoff games from afar and hoping for a chance to return. This weekend he’s officially back. By Michael Marot. SENT: 850 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBN--MACCAGNAN’S MISSION — By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

— FBN--BENGALS-MOVING ON — By Joe Kay. SENT: 740 words, photos.

AP Sports Extra: NFL Playoffs. A paginated preview of the NFL playoffs, which start Saturday, is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “Sports Extra” under the Graphics tab. Three page sizes are available — full broadsheet, half broadsheet and tabloid — with space for local advertising or content. The pages look at the top seeds and playoff schedule. They include some content that was sent Sunday night. The next Sports Extra pages will preview the Super Bowl and will be available Jan. 23. For any questions, contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan@ap.org



LOS ANGELES —The energy was flowing late and that’s just the way the Philadelphia 76ers like it. Joel Embiid notched his NBA-leading 32nd double-double of the season in his return and Philadelphia withstood a furious rally by the Los Angeles Clippers in a chippy fourth quarter for a 119-113 victory on Tuesday night to open the new year. By Beth Harris. SENT: 770 words, photos.



NEW YORK —The best player in the building was Shamorie Ponds — by far. Ponds scored 20 of his 26 points in the first half, dominating a matchup between two of the nation’s top guards, and St. John’s rebounded impressively from its first loss by routing No. 16 Marquette 89-69 on Tuesday night. By Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.



PERTH, Australia — Roger Federer and Serena Williams face each other for the first time, with Switzerland beating the U.S. in mixed doubles at the Hopman Cup. Federer says he was “nervous” returning Williams’ serve. Williams calls this the “match of my career.” SENT: 550 words, photos.


BRISBANE, Australia — Andy Murray returns to competitive tennis for the first time since September with a straight-set win over a wild card at the Brisbane International. The three-time major winner is recovering from an ailing hip and limps between points but shows little trouble during rallies. By John Pye. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— With:

— TEN--BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL-NADAL — By John Pye. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— Also:

— TEN--ASB CLASSIC — SENT: 450 words.

— TEN--SHENZHEN OPEN — SENT: 200 words.




OSLO, Norway — Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova and Austria’s Marco Schwarz win a parallel slalom. Vlhova beats overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin in both runs of the final. The night event is held at the ski jumping venue used for the 1952 Olympics. SENT: 350 words.


— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP —By Steve Douglas. SENT: 700 words, photos. Separates on three games.

— CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-TEAM SKY — SENT: 200 words, photos.







Wednesday Time Schedule (EST)


Atlanta at Washington, 7 p.m.

Dallas at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Miami at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

New Orleans at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

Detroit at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Boston, 8 p.m.

Orlando at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.


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

Calgary at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Vancouver at Ottawa, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Edmonton at Arizona, 9:30 p.m.

San Jose at Colorado, 9:30 p.m.


Top 25


No. 5 Kansas vs. No. 23 Oklahoma, 9 p.m.

No. 6 Nevada vs. Utah State, 11 p.m.

No. 8 Michigan State vs. Northwestern, 8:30 p.m.

No. 11 Texas Tech at West Virginia, 7 p.m.

No. 15 North Carolina vs. Harvard, 7 p.m.

No. 19 Houston vs. Tulsa, 8 p.m.

No. 24 Nebraska at Maryland, 6:30 p.m.


No. 13 Texas vs. Oklahoma State, 8 p.m.

No. 25 Iowa State vs. Kansas State, 7:30 p.m.

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