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BC-AP Sports Digest

December 15, 2018

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Salt Lake City got the green light to bid for the Winter Olympics — most likely for 2030 — in an attempt to bring the Games back to the city that hosted in 2002 and provided the backdrop for the U.S. winter team’s ascendance into an international powerhouse. With venues still in place — some of them upgraded — from the 2002 Games, Salt Lake claims it can host again at a lower cost than other candidates, which aligns with the International Olympic Committee’s new blueprint for the Games. By Eddie Pells and Brady McCombs. SENT: 933 words, photos.


Two lawmakers are asking the Justice Department and FBI to look into whether former U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun lied to a Senate panel in testimony about the handling of sex-abuse allegations against Larry Nassar. At issue is Blackmun’s debunked claim that he discussed the case with USOC staff after receiving word of Nassar’s potential crimes from the USA Gymnastics president at the time, Steve Penny. Blackmun first offered that information in written testimony to a Senate subcommittee in June. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 593 words, photos.


CHICAGO — First baseman Yonder Alonso was traded to the Chicago White Sox by the Cleveland Indians in a deal between AL Central rivals that could have broad implications for both teams the rest of the offseason. A person familiar with the trade confirmed it on condition of anonymity because the clubs had not yet announced the swap. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 367 words, photos.



PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz’s back injury means Nick Foles gets another opportunity to rescue the Philadelphia Eagles. Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Wentz does not require surgery for a stress fracture in his back and the injury could take up to three months to heal. By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 474 words, photos.


METAIRIE, La. — When Drew Brees became the NFL’s career leader in yards passing, he wanted to come up with some sort of gift to thank those who coached him, caught the 6,357 completions it took to set the record, and those who blocked while he threw. His solution was an exhaustive process than involved the production of about 175 unique commemorative footballs and the enlisting Saints front office and public relations staff to help track down 99 receivers, 56 offensive linemen, 11 head or assistant coaches from his 18 pro seasons, as well as a few others Brees saw as instrumental in his success. By Brett Martel. SENT: 653 wods.


— FBN--OVERLOOKED CHARGERS — By Joe Reedy. SENT: 900 words, photos.




SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Klay Thompson made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 38.5 seconds left, Stephen Curry added four free throws down the stretch and the Golden State Warriors ended the game on a big run after a sluggish start to the fourth quarter, beating the Sacramento Kings 130-125. Curry finished with 35 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Thompson had 27 points and nine rebounds while Kevin Durant added 33 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. SENT: 800 words, photos.


BOSTON — Kyrie Irving scored 24 points in three quarters and the Boston Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks 129-108 for their eighth straight victory. Irving also had five assists, five rebounds and four steals. He scored 12 points in the first quarter and helped Boston race to a 23-5 lead. The Celtics topped 100 points with 2 minutes left in the third quarter. SENT: 589 words, photos.



FARGO, N.D. — Quarterback Easton Stick and the North Dakota State football team gave a rousing going-away present to their beloved coach during his last game in the Fargodome. Stick ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score to help North Dakota State defeat rival South Dakota State 44-21 Friday night in an FCS semifinal game the players dedicated to Bison coach Chris Klieman, who is headed for Kansas State. By Dave Kolpack. SENT: 597 words.



RALEIGH, N.C. — Alex Ovechkin had his second consecutive hat trick and Jakub Vrana scored in the sixth round of a shootout to lead the Washington Capitals past the Carolina Hurricanes 6-5. Ovechkin’s three goals gave him an NHL-best 28 this season and nine in his last five games. His 13-game point streak matched his career high set in 2006-07. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 759 words, photos.



— BBA--ORIOLES-HYDE — By David Ginsburg. SENT: 393 words.

— BBN--METS-FAMILIA — SENT: 453 words, photos.


Saturday’s Time Schedule


Houston at N.Y. Jets, 4:30 p.m.

Cleveland at Denver, 8:20 p.m.


Top 25


No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 17 Villanova, Noon

No. 3 Tennessee at Memphis, Noon

No. 4 Gonzaga at No. 12 North Carolina, 7 p.m.

No. 5 Michigan vs. Western Michigan, 2 p.m.

No. 7 Nevada vs. South Dakota State, 9 p.m.

No. 8 Auburn vs. UAB at Birmingham, Ala., 7:30 p.m.

No. 11 Texas Tech vs. Abilene Christian, 7 p.m.

No. 13 Virginia Tech vs. Washington at Atlantic City, N.J., 7 p.m.

No. 14 Buffalo vs. Southern Illinois, 2 p.m.

No. 15 Ohio State vs. Bucknell, Noon

No. 18 Mississippi State vs. Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.

No. 19 Kentucky vs. Utah, 5 p.m.

No. 20 Arizona State at Georgia, 6 p.m.

No. 22 Iowa vs. Northern Iowa at Des Moines, Iowa, 7 p.m.

No. 23 Furman vs. UNC Wilmington, 4 p.m.

No. 25 Indiana vs. Butler at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 3:45 p.m.

No. 25 Kansas State vs. Georgia State, 8 p.m.

No. 25 Syracuse vs. Old Dominion, Noon


No. 3 Baylor at No. 11 Stanford, 3 p.m.

No. 4 Louisville vs. Northern Kentucky, 11:30 a.m.

No. 8 Oregon State vs. Texas A&M at Lahaina, Hawaii, 12:30 a.m.

No. 10 N.C. State vs. Maine, 6 p.m.

No. 18 Kentucky vs. Middle Tennessee, 1 p.m.

No. 19 Marquette vs. Green Bay, 3 p.m.

No. 22 Missouri vs. South Dakota, 4 p.m.


Celebration Bowl at Atlanta: NC A&T vs. Alcorn State, Noon

Cure Bowl at Orlando, Fla.: Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 1:30 p.m.

New Mexico Bowl at Albuquerque: North Texas vs. Utah State, 2 p.m.

Las Vegas Bowl: Fresno State vs. Arizona State, 3:30 p.m.

Camellia Bowl at Montgomery, Ala.: Georgia Southern vs. Eastern Michigan, 5:30 p.m.

New Orleans Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State, 9 p.m.


Utah at Orlando, 5 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Boston at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Houston at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Chicago at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City, 9 p.m.

Minnesota at Phoenix, 9 p.m.


Calgary at Minnesota, 1:30 p.m.

Ottawa at Montreal, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Florida, 7 p.m.

Detroit vs. N.Y. Islanders at Uniondale, N.Y., 7 p.m.

Los Angeles at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.

Anaheim at Columbus, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Philadelphia at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

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