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East Stroudsburg football coach Denny Douds called timeout with 13 seconds left in a game to announce his retirement after 43 years in charge of the Warriors. He discusses his decision on AP’s PodcastOne Sports Now. Also, AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi settles the Brady vs. Rodgers debate. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
College football fans are now armed with all manner of devices to follow games. John Walter, a media columnist for The Athletic, talks about such habits with the AP’s Ralph Russo on the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast
The Dallas Cowboys, searching for a passing game and now without a key defensive player in linebacker Sean Lee, visit Philadelphia, which should be fresh and somewhat healthier coming off a bye. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. Kickoff scheduled for 8:20 p.m.
FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
The day after earning a spot in the Big Ten championship game, Northwestern is ranked in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season. The Wildcats (6-4) were No. 24 in the Top 25 after beating Iowa to clinch the Big Ten West with two games to play. The rest of the Top 25 was fairly stable, especially at the top where the only difference in the first 11 teams from last week was No. 8 Washington State moving past No. 9 Ohio State and No. 10 LSU. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 600 words.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville has fired coach Bobby Petrino with two games left in a spiraling season that includes five blowout losses in which the Cardinals allowed at least 50 points. The school announced Petrino’s dismissal with statement from athletic director Vince Tyra, who said he “did not have the confidence” the coach could turn things around next season. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m. NOTE: Developing from scheduled 2 p.m. EST news conference
LOS ANGELES — Todd Gurley and the Los Angeles Rams (8-1) could essentially end the NFC West race with a season sweep of the second-place Seattle Seahawks (4-4). The Rams hope to avoid their first back-to-back losses under Sean McVay after a week in which their preparations were affected by a mass shooting and two wildfires near their training complex. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 4:25 p.m.
CINCINNATI — Drew Brees and the Saints try to win their eighth straight game and take advantage of Cincinnati’s historically bad defense. The Bengals have given up 500 yards in each of the last two games, and no NFL team has allowed that many in three straight. Game starts at 1 p.m.
FBC--T25-OHIO ST-WINNING WITH DEFENSE
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Ohio State took advantage of a matchup with an injury-plagued Michigan State team, shutting down the Spartans with the type of defensive performance that had eluded the Buckeyes for most of this season. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m. ET.
DENVER — The Milwaukee Bucks travel to Denver on Sunday night after an overtime loss in Los Angeles to the Clippers. The Bucks haven’t won in Denver since March 20, 2010. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time is 8 p.m. EST.
AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kevin Harvick seeks vindication Sunday when he tries to win at ISM Raceway outside of Phoenix just days after NASCAR said his team cheated in last week’s race. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. 900 words. Race begins at 2:30 pm.
TOKYO — Yadier Molina and J.T. Realmuto both homered on Sunday to lead the MLB All-Stars to a 7-3 win over Japan for their first win of the six-game exhibition series. Realmuto hit a solo homer to right in the fourth at Tokyo Dome and Mitch Haniger scored on a throwing error by Japan starter Shinsaburo Tawata in the fifth to give the MLB All-Stars a 2-1 lead. SENT: 350 words.
DURHAM, N.C. — No. 4 Duke looks to move on from its rout of Kentucky when the Blue Devils face Army in their home opener. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 1 p.m. start.
BKC--T25-TOP 25 REWIND
DURHAM, N.C. — Fourth-ranked Duke looks set to climb in Monday’s next AP Top 25 poll after a dominating romp against No. 2 Kentucky to start the season. The week included top-ranked Kansas beating No. 10 Michigan State, No. 8 North Carolina starting with two road wins and No. 13 West Virginia suffering an upset home loss. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words and photos by 4 p.m.
BKW--T25-GAME ON THE REZ
FORT DEFIANCE, Ariz. — Arizona State’s women’s basketball program has strong ties to the Native American community in northern part of the state. The Sun Devils will strengthen that connection with a game against Baylor in the Navajo Nation. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m.
PLAY DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Matt Kuchar looks for first PGA Tour win in more than four years as he leads Mayakoba Golf Classic.
— PHOENIX — GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS. UPCOMING: 350 words by 10 p.m.
— SUN CITY, South Africa — GLF--SUN CITY. SENT: 400 words.
— HAINAN ISLAND, China — GLF--BLUE BAY LPGA. SENT: 250 words.
ATLANTA — After winning a playoff game for the first time in franchise history, Atlanta United looks to finish off New York City FC in the second leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal before what is expected to be a record postseason crowd of more than 70,000 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 5:30 p.m. EST.
TEN--FED CUP FINAL
Six finals, six victories. The Czech Republic kept its perfect record in the Fed Cup finals by capturing the trophy for the sixth time in eight years by defeating the defending champion United States. Katerina Siniakova saved two match points before defeating Sofia Kenin 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 in the first reverse singles on Sunday to give the Czechs an insurmountable 3-0 lead over defending champion United States in the best-of-five final. By Karel Janicek. SENT: 400 words.
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Saturday Time Schedule
All Times EST
TOP 25 FOOTBALL
Arizona at Kansas City, 1 p.m.
Buffalo at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.
Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m.
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.
Washington at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
New Orleans at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
New England at Tennessee, 1 p.m.
Atlanta at Cleveland, 1 p.m.
L.A. Chargers at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
Miami at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.
Seattle at L.A. Rams, 4:25 p.m.
Dallas at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 4 Duke vs. Army, 1 p.m.
No. 5 Virginia vs. George Washington, 2 p.m.
No. 10 Michigan State vs. Florida Gulf Coast, 6 p.m.
No. 17 Florida State at Tulane, 7 p.m.
No. 18 Mississippi State vs. Hartford, 5 p.m.
No. 20 TCU vs. Oral Roberts, 5 p.m.
No. 2 UConn vs. Ohio State, Noon
No. 4 Baylor vs. No. 23 Arizona State at Bee Holdzil Fighting Scouts Events Center, Fort Defiance, Ariz., 7:30 p.m.
No. 7 Stanford vs. Idaho, 5 p.m.
No. 9 Maryland vs. Dayton, 2 p.m.
No. 10 South Carolina at Alabama State, 4 p.m.
No. 11 Tennessee vs. Presbyterian, 2 p.m.
No. 14 Georgia vs. Winthrop, 2 p.m.
No. 17 N.C. State vs. Kent State, 2 p.m.
No. 19 Marquette vs. Northern Iowa, 5 p.m.
No. 20 Texas A&M vs. Jacksonville, 7 p.m.
No. 21 Duke at Northwestern, 2 p.m.
No. 24 California at Penn State, 2 p.m.
No. 25 Miami vs. Hartford, 1 p.m.
Charlotte at Detroit, 3:30 p.m.
Indiana at Houston, 7 p.m.
Orlando at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Milwaukee at Denver, 8 p.m.
Boston at Portland, 9 p.m.
Atlanta at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.
Minnesota at St. Louis, 3 p.m.
Ottawa at Florida, 5 p.m.
Arizona at Washington, 5 p.m.
New Jersey at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.
Vegas at Boston, 7 p.m.
Calgary at San Jose, 9 p.m.
Colorado at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.
Western Conference: Real Salt Lake at Sporting Kansas City, 3 p.m.
Eastern Conference: New York City FC at Atlanta, 5:30 p.m.
Eastern Conference: Columbus at New York, 7:30 p.m.