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ATLANTA — For a player who has always had to settle for second-best of his generation, Phil Mickelson has one record that not even Tiger Woods can touch. Neither can anyone in Europe. Mickelson is playing in his 12th consecutive Ryder Cup, a testament to a career that has been so steady and at times spectacular that he has had 55 teammates over the last 23 years, from Curtis Strange and Corey Pavin to Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau. There’s one glaring omission from his Ryder Cup legacy. “This is most likely my last chance to go over to Europe and to be a part of a winning U.S. team in Europe,” he said. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 a.m.
—GLF--Ryder Cup-Trivia Quiz.
—GLF--Ryder Cup-Hole by Hole.
HOUSTON — The Houston Astros toasted a playoff berth in a private moment, and then moved on to their next goal. Yuli Gurriel hit a grand slam and a two-run homer on his way to a career-high seven RBIs, and the Astros secured a spot in the postseason with an 11-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 780 words, photos.
ORLANDO, Fla. — With McKenzie Milton on top of his game, No. 16 UCF keeps rolling along. The junior from Kapolei, Hawaii, ran for a career-best three touchdowns while throwing for three more, helping the Knights rally from a second-quarter deficit to remain unbeaten and extend the nation’s longest winning streak with a 56-36 rout of Florida Atlantic. By Fred Goodall. SENT: 730 words, photos.
OAKLAND, Calif. — First, his right forearm cramped turning his arm into the shape of a V as his hand bent back, and Jordan Bell could not move it for several minutes as he sat in the bathtub as he recovered post-workout. He yelled for his girlfriend’s help. The cramp briefly released, then quickly returned. Soon, his quads, calves, hamstrings, biceps, hands and feet followed suit. Then, Bell blacked out. Just chalk that scary experience up to another key learning moment for the second-year pro. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 a.m.
BKL--WILSON’S WORLD CUP DIARY
TENERIFE, Spain — Las Vegas Aces star A’ja Wilson is checking in periodically from the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup. It’s been a busy few weeks with USA training camp, winning Rookie of the Year and finally making the team. By A’Ja Wilson. UPCOMING: 580 words, photo by 4 a.m.
Two weeks, two ties. OK, let’s get this out of the way now: Yes, the NFL is fit to be tied. Fit tighter than most folks might think, too. More draws are likely ahead. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 800 words, photos. For weekend use.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Miles Sanders set career highs by rushing for 200 yards and three touchdowns, Trace McSorley threw for three TDs and ran for a personal-best 92 yards, and No. 10 Penn State scored 35 points in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 63-24 victory over Illinois. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 800 words, photos.
FBC--MARYLAND-PLAYER DEATH REVIEW
TOWSON, Md. — An independent investigation into the death of University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair has determined that trainers on the scene did not follow proper procedures after he collapsed on the field. The report provided details of what happened and confirmed what university officials previously acknowledged.. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 770 words, photos.
PHOENIX — Colorado’s bid to gain ground in the NL West appeared to be in jeopardy when German Marquez gave up a leadoff double and a two-run homer in the opening inning. The right-hander shook off those two first-pitch hits, shutting down the Arizona Diamondbacks the rest of the way in a game the Rockies needed to win. By John Marshall. SENT: 800 words, photos.
ARLINGTON, Texas —The Texas Rangers fired manager Jeff Banister on Friday after the team stumbled to its first consecutive losing records in 10 years following AL West titles in each of his first two seasons. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 900 words, photos.
CLEVELAND —The Boston Red Sox went 86 years between World Series titles, and are now on the cusp of eclipsing an even older milestone. Sam Travis and Tzu-Wei Lin hit their first major league home runs and the Red Sox tied a team record more than a century old with their 105th win, beating the Indians 7-5 Friday night. By Steve Herrick. SENT: 850 words, photos.
— BBN--DODGERS-BILLLIE JEAN KING — Billie Jean King and partner Ilana Kloss are introduced as the newest members of the Los Angeles Dodgers ownership group that includes Magic Johnson. By Beth Harris. SENT: 530 words, photos.
— BBN--CUBS-RUSSELL — Cubs’ Addison Russell on leave after new domestic violence accusations by ex-wife. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— BBO-GURRIEL BROTHERS-MULTIHOMER GAMES — Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and his older brother, Yuli, have become the first brothers in major league history to have multihomer games on the same day. SENT: 165 words, photos.
ATLANTA — For thousands of fans crammed into every corner of East Lake, it looked as though Tiger Woods was closer than ever to capping off this remarkable comeback season by winning the final PGA Tour event. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
— GLF— PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — SENT: 400 words.
— GLF— WEBCOM TOUR FINALS — SENT: 530 words.
— GLF — EUROPEAN TOUR-FIRST 59 — SENT: 415 words, photos.
RICHMOND, Va. —Brad Keselowski has pushed NASCAR’s “Big Three” aside at the start of the playoffs and shaken up the championship picture with nine races left in the season. By Hank Kurz Jr. SENT: 490 words, photos.
— CAR — NASCAR-RICHMOND QUALIFYING — By Hank Kurz. SENT: 440 words, photos.
— CAR--NASCAR-XFINITY — By Hank Kurz Jr. SENT: 680 words, photos.
UNDATED — The role and value of the running back in the NFL has evolved as much as any position over the past decade, with a league-wide trend favoring versatile players who can contribute equally to the passing attack as to the ground game. Todd Gurley embodies the postmodern ball carrier as well as anyone. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. SENT: 690 words, photos.
CLEVELAND —The beer-fueled bash spilled into the streets around FirstEnergy Stadium as delirious Browns fans walked — some staggered — while chanting for their new hero, the streak buster. They’ve named their new starting quarterback: Baker Mayfield. Coach Hue Jackson isn’t quite there yet. By Tom Withers. SENT: 860 words, photos.
NEW YORK —This isn’t exactly where the Jets expected to be right now. At least, not this way. Todd Bowles’ bunch is 1-2 after an embarrassing flop in Cleveland, falling 21-17 on Thursday night to a Browns team that hadn’t won since 2016. Two losses in five days have New York looking for answers and hoping things don’t quickly spiral before the season is even a month old. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 750 words, photos.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. —American Olympic sports organizations voted Friday to add nearly $1 million in funding for the U.S. Center for SafeSport, a near 25 percent increase for the 18-month-old organization that is still struggling to find funding and hire staff. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 570 words.
BKN--BOARD OF GOVERNORS
NEW YORK —NBA Commissioner Adam Silver defended his decision not to suspend Mark Cuban on Friday, noting that the Mavericks owner was never directly implicated in the misconduct toward women within his organization. Silver believed a suspension for Cuban, therefore, would have set a dangerous precedent. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 660 words, photos.
— BKN--NBA-WORKPLACE CONDUCT —NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants all teams to hire more women, especially in leadership and supervisory positions, and is urging them to take some of the mandates that the Dallas Mavericks must now adhere to as an impetus to improve working conditions within their own organizations. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 530 words.
BKL--WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
TENERIFE, Spain — It would be easy to think it’s a forgone conclusion the U.S. women’s basketball team will win a third straight World Cup. After all, the national team hasn’t lost a major international contest since falling to Russia in the semifinals of the 2006 worlds. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— BKL--WOMEN’S WORLD CUP-PLAYERS TO WATCH — By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— BKL--WOMEN’S WORLD CUP-THINGS TO KNOW — By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 400 words.
— OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING — A leading anti-doping group hinted at changing the structure of the World Anti-Doping Agency, saying the body’s decision to reinstate Russia’s drug-fighting operation is a sign that WADA leaders are saddled with “conflicting priorities.” By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— HKN--HURRICANES-THE TWO KIDS — The Carolina Hurricanes want big things from their two most recent first-round draft picks, Martin Necas and Andrei Svechnikov. But the heat isn’t on those teenagers. “The pressure’s on us,” first-year coach Rod Brind’Amour says. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— TEN--LAVER CUP — Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic looked quite comfortable while playing together for the first time Friday night. Except for one particular point. SENT: 320 words, photos.
— Tournaments in Tokyo; Seoul, South Korea; St. Petersburg, Russia; Metz, France.
— SOC--SPANISH LEAGUE-US — BARCELONA, Spain — The Spanish federation rejects the league’s request to play a regular-season match in the U.S., putting the game in doubt, the AP is told. The Barcelona-Girona match on Jan. 26 outside Miami would be the first Spanish league game played in another country. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
Saturday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Philadelphia at Atlanta, 1:05 p.m.
San Francisco at St. Louis, 1:05 p.m.
Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 4:05 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at Washington, 4:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Toronto, 4:07 p.m.
Kansas City at Detroit, 6:10 p.m.
Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Boston at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Houston, 7:10 p.m.
Seattle at Texas, 8:05 p.m.
Colorado at Arizona, 8:10 p.m.
Minnesota at Oakland, 9:05 p.m.
San Diego at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.
TOP 25 FOOTBALL
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 22 Texas A&M, 3:30 p.m.
No. 2 Georgia at Missouri, Noon p.m.
No. 3 Clemson at Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m.
No. 4 Ohio State vs. Tulane, 3:30 p.m.
No. 5 Oklahoma vs. Army, 7 p.m.
No. 6 LSU vs. Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Stanford at No. 20 Oregon, 8 p.m.
No. 8 Notre Dame at Wake Forest, Noon
No. 9 Auburn vs. Arkansas, 7:30 p.m.
No. 10 Washington vs. Arizona State, 10:30 p.m.
No. 12 West Virginia vs. Kansas State, 3:30 p.m.
No. 13 Virginia Tech at Old Dominion, 3:30 p.m.
No. 14 Mississippi State at Kentucky, 7 p.m.
No. 15 Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech, 7 p.m.
No. 17 TCU at Texas, 4:30 p.m.
No. 18 Wisconsin at Iowa, 8:30 p.m.
No. 19 Michigan vs. Nebraska, Noon
No. 21 Miami vs. FIU, 3:30 p.m.
No. 23 Boston College at Purdue, Noon
No. 24 Michigan State at Indiana, 7:30 p.m.
No. 25 BYU vs. McNeese State, 6 p.m.
Columbus at Pittsburgh, 3 p.m.
Colorado at Minnesota, 6 p.m.
Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Boston at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Ottawa at Montreal, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers vs. N.Y. Islanders at Bridgeport, Conn., 7 p.m.
Nashville at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Florida vs. Dallas at Tulsa, Okla., 8 p.m.
Anaheim at Arizona, 9 p.m.
Vancouver at Calgary, 9:30 p.m.
Vegas at San Jose, 10 p.m.
San Jose at Los Angeles FC, 3:30 p.m.
Toronto FC at New York, 5 p.m.
Real Salt Lake at Atlanta United, 7 p.m.
Chicago at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Colorado at Columbus, 7:30 p.m.
Houston at Orlando City, 7:30 p.m.
New York City FC at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Portland at Minnesota United, 8 p.m.