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November 28, 2017
BC-AP Sports Digest,1709

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TOP STORIES

FBC--PLAYOFF RANKINGS

The final playoff rankings before selection Sunday in college football should have a different look from last week’s after No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Miami lost for the first time. How far do they fall? By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Rankings released about 7:15 p.m.

GLF--TIGER RETURNS

NASSAU, Bahamas — Tiger Woods says he is on the other side of relying on pain medication to cope with all his back surgeries. He says he was trying to escape pain when he was arrested on a DUI charge on Memorial Day, but now he is “loving life.” By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 750 words, photos, audio.

FBC--T25-SEC CHAMPIONSHIP-IMPROVED AUBURN

AUBURN, Ala. — Gus Malzahn and No. 4 Auburn have had title runs before, but this time there’s no miraculous plays or otherworldly quarterback. Just two huge wins and a whole lot of improvement. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

SOC--MESSI’S CLAUSE

MADRID — The buyout clause in Lionel Messi’s contract is $834 million. How far does that tidy sum go in soccer? Barcelona could buy nine of the 20 most expensive teams in the world. It would also have enough to buy every player in Major League Soccer at once. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 700 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-AP ALL-AMERICA WATCH

The final installment of the weekly All-America watch features matchups to watch in each of this weekend’s championship games. The AP team will be released Dec. 11. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 600 words, photos.

FBC--T25-ACC CHAMPIONSHIP-CLEMSON EXPERIENCE

CLEMSON, S.C. — If big-game experience counted on the scoreboard, No. 1 Clemson might have the ACC Championship game locked up before kickoff. The Tigers, No. 3 in the College Football Playoff, have won most every critical game they’ve played the past three seasons. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

FBC--T25-BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP

FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU defensive end Mat Boesen barely made it to the second quarter when the Horned Frogs last played Oklahoma. The No. 10 Horned Frogs expect to have him an entire game this time against the No. 2 Sooners for the Big 12 title a week after his TCU single-game record 5 ½ sacks. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— With:

— FBC--BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP-GAME HISTORY — By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBC--T25-BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP

COLUMBUS, Ohio — With a better passing game and running backs playing bigger roles, Ohio State’s offensive line is getting its props. And that has generated confidence for the No. 8 Buckeyes, who await No. 3 Wisconsin and its dominant defensive line in Saturday’s Big Ten title game. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBC--T25-PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP-USC BYE — UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— Coaches:

— FBC--NEBRASKA-FROST FEVER — By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBC--MISSISSIPPI ST-REPLACING MULLEN — By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

COMMENTARY

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-TIGER WOODS

NASSAU, Bahamas — Tiger Woods says he is little more than a “YouTube” sensation at home because his kids were not old enough to remember him at his best. That’s also true for so many of the players he now has to beat who never saw anything but Woods coping with a broken body. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— With:

— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 750 words.

NFL

FBN--TEXANS-WHAT’S NEXT

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans try to regroup after another turnover-filled performance by Tom Savage on Monday night dropped them to 4-7. Their chances of reaching the playoffs now? Slim. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.

FBN--SLOWED JAGUARS

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville’s vaunted ground game has veered off course. Rookie Leonard Fournette finished with 25 yards on 12 attempts — both season lows — in a 27-24 loss at Arizona. It’s a huge concern for a team built to run the ball and play great defense. By Mark Long. SENT: 600 words, photos.

FBN--NFL EXPERIENCE

NEW YORK — NFL Experience, a $30 million project 2 1/2 years in the making, opens in the heart of Manhattan on Friday. It offers something for kids, teens and adults, mixing high tech and traditional displays — Disneyland meets the Hall of Fame in Times Square. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBN--POWER RANKINGS — By Simmi Buttar. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--WEEK 12 OVERREACTIONS — By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— FBN--SURGING VIKINGS — By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— FBN--REDSKINS-WILLIAMS — By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 650 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--HEAT-CAVALIERS

CLEVELAND — LeBron James and Dwyane Wade face Miami together for the first time since reuniting in Cleveland when the Cavaliers try to extend their winning streak to nine games. James and Wade won two NBA titles in four years with the Heat. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

— Also:

— BKN--GRIZZLIES-FIZDALE FIRED — Grizzlies general manager discusses firing of coach David Fizdale. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 4 p.m.

NHL

HKN--PANTHERS-RANGERS

NEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist and the surging New York Rangers host the Florida Panthers. The Rangers have won eight straight at home and 10 of 12 overall, with Lundquist starting each game in goal. The Panthers have lost nine of their last 14. By Vin A. Cherwoo. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--T25--BAYLOR-XAVIER

CINCINNATI — In the night’s only game between ranked teams, No. 21 Xavier (5-1) tries to bounce back from its first loss of the season. The Musketeers host No. 16 Baylor (5-0), which is coming off a Hall of Fame Classic championship. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 6:30 p.m.

— Also:

— BKC--T25-LOUISVILLE-PURDUE — No. 17 Louisville visits defending Big Ten champion Purdue. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

— BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK — No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 5 Notre Dame highlights this week’s schedule. By Aaron Beard. SENT. 700 words and photos.

DOPING

SOC--WCUP 2018-DOPING

MOSCOW — FIFA is defending Russia’s right to host the World Cup amid a series of doping scandals, saying there is no sign of “widespread” drug use in Russian soccer. Russia has been stripped of dozens of Olympic medals for doping and cover-ups, including tampering with samples. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— With:

— OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING — Two Russian track athletes caught doping from 2012 London Olympics. SENT: 130 words.

SOCCER

SOC--FIFA INVESTIGATION-TRIAL

NEW YORK — Cross-examination of ex-Colombia soccer president Luis Bedoya resumes at the federal trial of former federation heads Jose Maria Marin of Brazil, Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay and Manuel Burga of Peru. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 750 words by 6:30 p.m.

— Also:

— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP — Manchester United, Tottenham face tough away games in Premier League. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— SOC--AUSTRALIA-BALL BOY INCIDENT — Australian player shoves 10-year-old ball boy, draws ban. SENT: 150 words.

WINTER SPORTS

SKI--MCBRIDE’S RIDE

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — John “Johno” McBride, the U.S. men’s speed coach, is a fun-loving guy. So he doesn’t mind when his downhillers decide to fill his backpack with rocks. The upshot is that McBride has melded his skiers into a cohesive bunch in his return to the national team. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

DAREDEVIL

MAD ROCKET SCIENTIST

With his original launch date scrapped because of red tape, self-taught rocket scientist “Mad” Mike Hughes now plans to fly his steam-powered vessel Monday. That is, if he can get the green light from the Bureau of Land Management. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

OBITUARY

— CAR--OBIT-BUD MOORE — Bud Moore, oldest living member of NASCAR Hall of Fame, dies at 92. SENT: 500 words.

— FBN--OBIT-CLOUTIER — Dave Cloutier, Patriots punt returner in 1964, dies at 78. SENT: 140 words.

SPORTS/POLITICS

— TRUMP-NFL — President Donald Trump renews complaints about NFL players who kneel during anthem. SENT: 120 words, photos.

— WRE--IRAN-ISRAEL — Iranian wrestler says managers told him to throw match to avoid facing Israeli. SENT: 300 words.

OTHER

— MARK FIDRYCH-WRONGFULDEATH LAWSUIT — Court dismisses lawsuit filed by widow of pitcher Mark Fidrych. SENT: 150 words, photos.

— RAC--HORSE PARK-POINT GIVEN — Point Given, winner of 2001 Preakness and Belmont, retiring from stud, heading to Kentucky Horse Park. SENT: 120 words.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Miami at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Phoenix at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Washington at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Denver at Utah, 10 p.m.

Milwaukee at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

NHL

Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Vancouver at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Carolina at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Florida at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

San Jose at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Los Angeles at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Arizona at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

Toronto at Calgary, 9 p.m.

Dallas at Vegas, 10 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 2 Kansas vs. Toledo, 8 p.m.

No. 8 Wichita State vs. Savannah State, 8 p.m.

No. 16 Baylor at No. 21 Xavier, 6:30 p.m.

No. 17 Louisville at Purdue, 8 p.m.

Women

No. 1 UConn at Nevada, 9 p.m.

No. 7 UCLA vs. UC Riverside, 10 p.m.

No. 10 Oregon vs. Hampton, 9 p.m.

No. 18 Texas A&M vs. Prairie View A&M, 8 p.m.

No. 23 Marquette vs. Loyola of Chicago, 12:30 p.m.

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