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January 8, 2019
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The miss by Bears kicker Cody Parkey won’t be easily forgotten in Chicago. Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg discuss on AP’s PodcastOne Sports Now why kickers are so expendable, and yet so vital in a league that doesn’t seem to value them nearly enough.

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TOP STORIES

FBC--CFP-CHAMPION CLEMSON

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Dabo Swinney won’t be celebrating for long. After leading Clemson to its second national title in three years, he’s itching to get started on another. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.

BBO--SPENDING DROP

NEW YORK — Baseball payrolls dropped last season for the first time since 2010, according to MLB data obtained by the AP. The decrease stems from lost salaries over drug and domestic violence suspensions and a midseason retirement. The only previous drops since 2002 were by $3 million in 2010 and by $32 million in 2004. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 p.m. With agate, charts.

SKI--WCUP-WOMEN’S SLALOM

FLACHAU, Austria — Mikaela Shiffrin can match the World Cup record for most consecutive slalom victories when she eyes her eighth straight win in a night race. In heavy snowfall, the two-time overall champion has the fastest time in the first run. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

COMMENTARY

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-OLD ROOKIE

HONOLULU — The Sony Open really is paradise for Chris Thompson, who could have swam to Hawaii faster than it took him to reach the PGA Tour. He turned pro in 1999. Twenty years later, he finally is teeing it up along with the elite in golf. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— With:

— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 400 words.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--CFP-ALABAMA-LONG OFFSEASON

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama will have no shortage of offseason motivation after getting crushed in California. The Crimson Tide also figures to endure its typically high attrition of players leaving early for the NFL and coaches taking other jobs. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

FBC--T25-AP TOP 25 HEAT CHECK

Clemson beat Alabama for the national championship, but can the Tigers keep the Crimson Tide from reaching another less significant milestone? Looking at the final AP Top 25 of 2018 with an eye toward 2019. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,550 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBC--CFP-NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-TV RATINGS — Clemson blowout draws lowest TV ratings for CFP title game. By Ralph Russo. SENT: 150 words, photos.

— FBC--STAT WATCH — Clemson ends season ranked in top 10 in three of the four major defense categories and in two of the four on offense. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 500 words, photos.

NFL PLAYOFFS

FBN--AGONIZING KICK

Pat McAfee felt awful about the agonizing missed field goal by the Bears’ Cody Parkey. Parkey’s a friend who sometimes slept on McAfee’s floor when both were at Colts training camp. McAfee, an ex-punter, kicked field goals in college. He received some two dozen death threats after missing a couple of kicks during one game. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2 p.m.

FBN--CHIEFS-DEFENSIVE SHORTCOMINGS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Of the three teams that Kansas City could have faced in the divisional round, the Colts may have posed the biggest threat. The reason: Andrew Luck. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--COWBOYS-2ND-ROUND PLAYOFFS

FRISCO, Texas — Defensive end Randy Gregory and linebacker Jaylon Smith were second-round gambles in vastly different ways for the Dallas Cowboys. They’ve both turned into payoffs. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— Also:

— FBN--BEHIND THE CALL — Wild-card games show power of defense in age of explosive offenses. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 850 words, photos.

— FBN--PATRIOTS-MCDANIELS — New England’s offensive coordinator expects to be with team for at least another season. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 400 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--T25-NORTH CAROLINA-NC STATE

RALEIGH, N.C. — No. 12 North Carolina plays at No. 15 North Carolina State, the first meeting between the schools when both are ranked since 2006. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

BKC--WEST VIRGINIA-HUGGINS

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins grew tired of the lack of commitment from his players during what’s gone from a promising to a lackluster season. So he sent them a message: He started a freshman walk-on in a Big 12 road game. By John Raby. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— Also:

— BKC--T25-OKLAHOMA-TEXAS TECH — No. 8 Texas Tech hosts No. 23 Oklahoma. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

— BKC--ST JOHN’S-VILLANOVA — No. 24 St. John’s at defending champion Villanova. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

GOLF

GLF--RYDER CUP-EUROPE CAPTAIN

Padraig Harrington will be Europe’s captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. Harrington played on four Ryder Cup-winning teams and served as vice captain for the past three Ryder Cups. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 650 words, photos.

TENNIS

— TEN--SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL — Angelique Kerber reaches quarterfinals in Sydney. SENT: 400 words, photos.

— TEN--HOBART INTERNATIONAL — Belinda Bencic follows Hopman Cup win with first-round win in Hobart. SENT: 300 words, photos.

— TEN--ASB CLASSIC — David Ferrer wins his opener in New Zealand. SENT: 250 words.

LAW

— CANADA-BUS CRASH — Truck driver in Canada crash that killed 16 pleads guilty. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— BKH--USA BASKETBALL-INELIGIBLE PLAYER — Suspended girls prep basketball star visits Alabama lawmakers. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 5 p.m.

SOCCER

— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP — Tottenham plays London rival Chelsea in first leg of League Cup semifinal at Wembley. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— SOC--AFRICAN CUP-EGYPT — Egypt to replace ill-prepared Cameroon as this year’s African Cup. SENT: 140 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

— BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Tuesday Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Indiana at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Atlanta at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Denver at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Sacramento at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

Charlotte at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

New York at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Minnesota at Boston, 7 p.m.

Carolina vs. N.Y. Islanders (Nassau Coliseum), 7 p.m.

Florida at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at Washington, 7:30 p.m.

Columbus at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Montreal at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Colorado at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Vegas, 10 p.m.

Edmonton at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 1 Duke at Wake Forest, 7 p.m.

No. 3 Tennessee at Missouri, 7 p.m.

No. 6 Michigan State vs. Purdue, 9 p.m.

No. 8 Texas Tech vs. No. 23 Oklahoma, 9 p.m.

No. 12 North Carolina at No. 15 N.C. State, 9 p.m.

No. 14 Mississippi State at South Carolina, 9 p.m.

No. 18 Kentucky vs. Texas A&M, 7 p.m.

No. 19 Buffalo vs. Toledo, 7 p.m.

No. 20 Iowa State at Baylor, 7 p.m.

No. 24 St. John’s at Villanova, 7 p.m.

Women

No. 9 Maryland at Nebraska, 8 p.m.

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