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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The most heartwarming new tradition in college football can be found at Iowa. It’s called “The Wave.” At the end of the first quarter, everyone inside Kinnick Stadium is encouraged to turn and wave to the young patients watching the game in the nearby children’s hospital. The idea was sparked in June by a fan and it has already become a beloved part of game day. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 910 words, photos, video by 3 a.m.
If anyone in college basketball doesn’t know who UCF’s Tacko Fall is, they might want to learn soon. The 21-year-old from Senegal grew up playing soccer, couldn’t stand basketball when he first started playing five years ago and now has hopes of an NBA future. He might be the game’s next big thing — literally. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 1110 words, photos by 3 a.m.
PHILADELPHIA — A fierce competitor on the mound, Roy Halladay was generous and gentle off it. He loved his family, baseball and flying. His passion for piloting cost him his life Tuesday when Halladay’s private plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.
— BBO--OBIT-HALLADAY — Former star pitcher Roy Halladay has been killed in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico. By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 1290 words, photos.
— BBO--HALLADAY-PLANE — Officials say the tiny sport plane Roy Halladay was flying Tuesday when he fatally crashed into the Gulf of Mexico was made for entry-level pilots like him, though the plane’s chief designer and test pilot died while flying one earlier this year. SENT: 610 words, photos.
College basketball enters the 2017-18 season under the cloud of scandal following a federal probe into recruiting practices. The game on the floor is better than ever, but alleged bribes and kickbacks by major programs put a stain on the sport off it. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 830 words, photos by 3 a.m.
— BKC--PICK SIX-TOP SENIORS — ND’s Bonzie Colson, UNC’s Joel Berry II, Duke’s Grayson Allen bring senior presence to ACC this season. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 910 words, photos by 3 a.m.
With three games matching teams in the selection committee’s top 10, the College Football Playoff race could become a lot clearer on Saturday. Or more muddled. Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson held their spots in the top four of the selection committee rankings Tuesday night, and unbeaten Miami moved up three spots to No. 7 before its showdown with the Fighting Irish. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 850 words, photos.
HANGZHOU, China — Police summoned to hotel shared by UCLA and Georgia Tech in China; Pac-12 confirms UCLA players ‘involved in a situation.’ SENT: 390 words.
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NEW YORK — A federal grand jury in New York City has returned indictments against four college basketball assistant coaches charged in a bribery scheme. The grand jury returned the indictments Tuesday against eight of 10 men arrested in September. Prosecutors say the men are accused of using bribes to influence star athletes’ choice of schools, shoe sponsors and agents. They face fraud and other charges. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 410 words, photos.
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EAST LANSING, Mich. — Once again, the biggest game of the Big Ten regular season might be Ohio State against Michigan State. The matchup lost a lot of its luster last season, when Michigan State went 3-9, but the 13th-ranked Spartans have rebounded and will have the inside track to a division title if they can beat No. 11 Ohio State. By Noah Trister. SENT: 630 words, photos.
BKN--AROUND THE NBA
Houston, Minnesota and Oklahoma City were the three Western Conference teams that loaded up for runs at Golden State in the summer. So far, so good for the Rockets and Timberwolves. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Packers’ offense hasn’t been the same since Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone, but that’s not the only area where Green Bay has struggled. SENT: 680 words, photos.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette has apologized for violating a team rule that prompted coach Doug Marrone to make him inactive against Cincinnati. Fournette also offered some insight into what may have been a reason for his benching. The rookie vowed to be on time for Jacksonville’s next game Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers. SENT: 170 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has won his fifth consecutive Gold Glove Award, while Twins center fielder Byron Buxton headlines a group of six first-time winners. By Jake Seiner. SENT: 500 words, photos.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Center Jack Eichel’s frustrations over Buffalo’s slow start to the season eased after Sabres’ 3-1 win over Washington. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 650 words, photos.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nashville’s bid to land an expansion franchise from Major League Soccer now has $275 million in financing approved to build a new stadium. SENT: 480 words.
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Wednesday’s Time Schedule (EST)
Indiana at Detroit, 7 p.m.
New York at Orlando, 7 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Boston, 8 p.m.
Miami at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
Minnesota at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Boston at N.Y. Rangers, 8 p.m.
Tampa Bay at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.