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COLUMBUS, Ohio —As Urban Meyer walked off the field after Ohio State routed Michigan, he was pondering his future and when to make a decision about when to call it quits. The 54-year-old Meyer, in fact, had been thinking about retiring since the middle of last season. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 1,200, words, photos.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Urban Meyer started thinking about retiring, he realized he already had the ideal successor right there in the building in quarterbacks coach Ryan Day. The 39-year-old Day will become the 25th coach in Ohio State history after the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, despite never having been a full-time head coach — which is rare at a major program hiring for its top job. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 a.m.
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SEA ISLAND, Ga. — Seattle’s NHL expansion team has its roots in Dave Tippett’s computer. That’s where the longtime coach-turned-senior adviser keeps a running list of players around the league who might be available in an expansion draft that is still 2½ years off. It is just an exercise for now, but will become a key building block when Seattle picks its first players in June 2021. By Hockey Writer Steve Whyno. UPCOMING: 670 words, photos by 3 a.m.
— HKN--NHL-SEATTLE: Seattle joins the NHL after a unanimous vote by the Board of Governors. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— HKN--NHL-SEATTLE Q&A — By Tim Booth. SENT: 550 words, photos.
EVANSTON, Ill. — Jordan Poole and Michigan finally faced some adversity Tuesday night. Pushed right to the very end, they delivered. Poole made two big plays in the last 2 1/2 minutes and Ignas Brazdeikis scored 13 of his 23 points in the second half to help the fifth-ranked Wolverines hold off Northwestern for a 62-60 victory. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 690 words, photos.
FBC--ON FOOTBALL-WHAT’S NEXT FOR MEYER?
Urban Meyer went undefeated at Utah in 2004 and then became head coach at Florida, where he won two national titles. After a year out of coaching, the Ohio native stepped into Ohio State’s top job and won another championship while going 82-9 over seven seasons. Announcing his retirement after the Rose Bowl on Tuesday, Meyer said he believes he will not coach again. He might just mean it. By Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 840 words, photos by 3 a.m.
FBC--TIM DAHLBERG-MEYER’S LEGACY
Urban Meyer is retiring for the second time and again walking away as one of college football’s greatest coaches. Off the field, his legacy contains blemishes. But there’s no way to discount his three national titles or that he is one of the few of this era to measure up to Nick Saban. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 840 words, photos.
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NASSAU, Bahamas — Three victories in three countries against fields large and small, strong and weak, couldn’t make Jon Rahm’s year any better. Nothing could top one win that offered no money, world ranking points or even a trophy to call his own. He beat Tiger Woods in the Ryder Cup. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 550 words.
PHILADELPHIA — It took the Philadelphia Eagles 13 weeks to win consecutive games and they have to keep doing it to reach the playoffs. At least the defending Super Bowl champions control their fate. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 640 words, photos.
WASHINGTON —The possibility of bringing in Colin Kaepernick for a tryout was “discussed” by the quarterback-needy Washington Redskins, according to coach Jay Gruden, who said Tuesday the team made a “strictly football” decision to look elsewhere. By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 590 words, photos.
— FBN--49ERS-NELSON SUSPENDED — SENT: 140 words.
— FBN--OFFICIAL PLACED ON LEAVE — SENT: 180 words.
— FBN--POWER RANKINGS — By Simmi Buttar. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— FBN--FANTASY PLAYS — SENT: 650 words, photos.
WASHINGTON — Add Patrick Corbin to the All-Star starting staff the Washington Nationals have assembled. A person familiar with the deal said the left-handed Corbin has agreed to a six-year contract with the Nationals, pending a physical exam. Another person familiar with the terms said the contract is for $140 million. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 480 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Wearing red Santa’s helper hats, Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz got right to work for the New York Mets — as elves, handing out presents to school kids during the team’s holiday party at Citi Field. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. SENT: 660 words, photos.
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Jack Hughes draws a crowd. Detroit general manager Ken Holland and former Red Wing star Steve Yzerman chatted during the first intermission of one of Hughes’ recent games. Scouts from the NHL were scattered throughout USA Hockey Arena that night, taking notes for teams paying them to evaluate the world’s best hockey players. Hughes, a 17-year-old center, will likely be the top pick in the NHL draft in June. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 3 a.m.
MINNEAPOLIS — Even after trading their best defensive player, the Minnesota Timberwolves are playing legitimate defense these days. With a spark from the arrival of first team NBA All-Defensive pick Robert Covington, the Timberwolves are 8-3 since the deal that sent disgruntled All-Star Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 720 words, photos.
— BKN--76ERS-FULTZ OUT — SENT: 170 words.
— BKN--GRIZZLIES-NOAH — SENT: 220 words.
— BKN--HEAT-WADE AND BARKOV — By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 300 words, photos.
NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was a first-round Major League Baseball draft pick who could have dropped football altogether. Instead, he succeeded Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield and posted big numbers to become a Heisman finalist himself. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 850 words, photos. Second in a series of Heisman profiles.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland hired Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as its football coach Tuesday night, bringing home a familiar presence after the most tumultuous year in the program’s recent history. SENT: 540 words, photos.
— FBC--ARMY-NAVY-TRUMP — By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 140 words, photos.
— FBC--MISSOURI-BRYANT — SENT: 150 words.
— FBC--LOUISVILLE-SATTERFIELD — By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 480 words, photos.
— FBC--AP All-ACC — SENT: 300 words, photos. With list.
ELON, N.C. — Furman has no margin for error if it wants to stay in the AP Top 25. But the strain of that situation wasn’t evident in the program’s debut as a ranked team. SENT: 480 words, photos.
— BKC--T25-UNDEFEATED NEVADA — By Beth Harris. SENT: 978 words, photos.
NEW YORK —Gregg Berhalter promises to transform the U.S. national team into a pressing, attack-minded group the Americans rarely have been. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP — SENT: 690 words, photos.
LUMBERTON, N.C. —For more than 25 years, the man identified as the triggerman in the death of Michael Jordan’s father has repeatedly declared his innocence in the murder. Now he’s going before a judge on Wednesday to lay out evidence he says proves that although he helped dispose of the body, he didn’t kill James Jordan in the early-morning darkness one July day in 1993.By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 850 words, photos.
— GLF--PGA-TEXAS — SENT: 470 words.
— TEXAS A&M-BUSH — SENT: 140 words, photos.
— CAR--INDYCAR-ALONSO-CHEVROLET — SENT: 160 words.
— BKN--NBA CAPSULES
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— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
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Wednesday Time Schedule (EST)
Denver at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Golden State at Cleveland, 7 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Charlotte at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Dallas at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Detroit at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Philadelphia at Toronto, 8 p.m.
San Antonio at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
Edmonton at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Chicago at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m.
Carolina at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 1 Gonzaga vs. Washington, 11 p.m.
No. 3 Duke vs. Hartford, 7 p.m.
No. 13 Texas Tech vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 7:30 p.m.
No. 14 North Carolina vs. UNC Wilmington, 9 p.m.
No. 15 Virginia Tech vs. VMI, 7 p.m.
No. 17 Buffalo vs. Le Moyne, 7 p.m.
No. 19 Ohio State vs. Illinois at the United Center, 7 p.m.
No. 21 Villanova vs. Temple, 8:30 p.m.
No. 24 Nebraska at Minnesota, 9 p.m.
No. 9 Tennessee vs. Stetson, 7 p.m.
No. 10 N.C. State vs. Hampton, 10:30 a.m.
No. 14 Minnesota vs. Incarnate Word, 1 p.m.
No. 15 Syracuse vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore, 7 p.m.
No. 16 Iowa vs. Iowa State, 8 p.m.
No. 20 DePaul vs. Northwestern, 8 p.m.
No. 22 South Carolina vs. Appalachian State, 7 p.m.