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AP-Tennessee Sports Digest

October 9, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s sports coverage is shaping up in Tennessee. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Nashville bureau at (615) 373-9988 or apnashville@ap.org. Beth Campbell is on the desk. News editor Scott Stroud can be reached at sstroud@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. All times are Central.

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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

NBA:

NBA DIVERSITY-FRONT OFFICES

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sees one simple way for both the NBA and women to mark real progress in the league. Hire more women in positions of power. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 960 words, photos.

NBA DIVERSITY-COACHES

UNDATED — The NBA coaching box is looking far more diverse these days. When the season starts next week, there will be the league’s first head coach born and raised outside North America and the first Hispanic-American full-time head coach. And there’s a real chance that before long, someone like Becky Hammon could become the first woman to lead an NBA club. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 930 words, photos.

NHL:

FLAMES-PREDATORS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators, fresh off two road victories, raise their Presidents’ Trophy at their home opener before hosting the Calgary Flames. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: Developing from 7 p.m. game; 650 words, photos.

College Football:

AUBURN-STRUGGLING STIDHAM

AUBURN, Ala. — No. 21 Auburn expected big things from quarterback Jarrett Stidham, but instead he has struggled, missing wide-open receivers downfield and producing few big plays. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 550 words by 3 p.m., photos.

FLORIDA’S CONCERN

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Coming off the program’s biggest win in three years and with rival and No. 2 Georgia looming, 14th-ranked Florida is guarding against a letdown at Vanderbilt. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

—TENNESSEE-THAXTON, from Knoxville: Former Tennessee defensive lineman Ryan Thaxton has pleaded guilty to a count of false imprisonment but can have the charge dismissed if he fulfills the terms of his judicial diversion agreement. SENT: 140 words.

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