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February 12, 2019

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A handful of moves at the NBA trade deadline means whoever is crowned “Beast of the East” should be an even tougher challenger to Golden State’s recent dominance of the Finals. But Toronto coach Nick Nurse tells PodcastOne Sports Now he’s focused on the making the mix-and-matchup Raptors versatile enough get past their new-look conference rivals when the playoffs roll around.

https://www.podcastone.com/podcastone-sports-now

TOP STORIES

FBN--MURRAY’S OPTIONS

Kyler Murray has chosen football over baseball, at least for now. The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback was a first-round pick in baseball and that level of skill in two sports is rare. Deion Sanders, who played in the NFL and in MLB, is among those who fear specialization in youth sports will make it even more unlikely that dual-threat athletes become the norm. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.

BKC--T25-DUKE-LOUISVILLE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ No. 2 Duke visits No. 16 Louisville, looking to maintain first place in the ACC. The Cardinals aim to rebound from their overtime loss at Florida State. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m.

BKN--ALL-STAR-JORDAN’S JOURNEY

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ No one could have envisioned Michael Jordan hosting the NBA All-Star Game as an NBA owner. Jordan’s former college teammate at North Carolina, Buzz Peterson, never imagined Jordan winning six NBA championships and buying an NBA franchise _ much less bringing the All-Star game back to Charlotte for the first time since 1991. But those closest to the country boy from Wilmington, North Carolina, say his drive and determination paved the way for his success through the years. By Steve Reed. SENT: 950 words, photos.

With:

_ BKN--JORDAN-MILESTONES _ Michael Jordan: 6 NBA titles tougher than James Harden’s, Russell Westbrook streaks. SENT: 250 words, photos.

CAR--NASCAR-GAMBLING

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ NASCAR has put a ban in place on drivers gambling on races, not that it was really a problem. But the rest of the fan base? NASCAR is all in and hopes an interest in legalized betting in a growing number of states can stir interest in the sport. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 980 words, photos.

DOG SHOW

NEW YORK _ Terriers, sporting groups and more are set to compete on Day 2 at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. The event culminates in the best in show competition. By Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m. Will be updated with final results around 11 p.m.

With:

_ DOG SHOW-THE LATEST _ Real-time updates throughout the day.

_ DOG SHOW-RARE BREEDS _ Rare Westminster dogs have ring to themselves. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 760 words, photos.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

BKC--UNDERSIZED SCORERS

BUIES CREEK, N.C. _ Campbell’s Chris Clemons is leading the country in scoring and moving up the Division I career scoring list to headline a crop of big-time undersized scorers in college basketball. The list includes No. 10 Marquette’s Markus Howard and No. 15 Purdue’s Carsen Edwards. The 5-foot-9 Clemons is averaging 29 points for the little-known Fighting Camels as a senior and is on pace to become the highest-scoring player shorter than 6 feet in Division I history. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-BROWNS BOLD MOVE

BEREA, Ohio _ The Browns are counting on Kareem Hunt not to run afoul. Cleveland signed the troubled running back to a 1-year contract, adding him to its roster following his release in Kansas City after a video surfaced of him pushing and kicking a woman. Hunt has been receiving counseling and vowed to improve. By Tom Withers. SENT: 850 words, photos.

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-TIGER & PHIL

LOS ANGELES _ The 144-man field at Riviera, the strongest of the West Coast swing, has 88 players who have combined to win 496 times on the PGA Tour. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson account for 25 percent of those victories. Mickelson believes even at their ages, they can keep growing the trophy collection. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 820 words, photos.

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

_ GLF--GOLF GLANCE. SENT: 1,050 words.

NFL

FBN--STEELERS-BROWN

PITTSBURGH _ Antonio Brown wants out of Pittsburgh. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver has asked the Steelers for a trade. Brown appeared to make his decision official in a social media post in which he wrote it was “time to move on.” By Will Graves. SENT: 160 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.

BASEBALL

BBN--GIANTS-POSEY’S PROGRESS

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. _ Buster Posey is eager to get going again behind the plate for the San Francisco Giants following season-ending right hip surgery last year. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 830 words, photos.

Also:

_ Spring training stories on the Mariners, Orioles, Braves, Giants, Reds and Dodgers.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--T25-LSU-KENTUCKY

LEXINGTON, Ky. _ No. 19 LSU visits No. 5 Kentucky in a showdown of 9-1 SEC teams. The Tigers have won 12 of 13 while the Wildcats have won 10 straight. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

Also:

_ BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK _ Big matchups abound in SEC, Big Ten. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 750 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--CELTICS-76ERS

PHILADELPHIA _ The Philadelphia 76ers go for their third straight win since making a big trade at the deadline for forward Tobias Harris. The Sixers attempt to extend their streak with a game against the rival Boston Celtics, who will be without All-Star guard Kyrie Irving. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

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_ BKN--NBA-SIMMONS-JOHNSON _ NBA says no rules broken in Ben Simmons-Magic Johnson meeting request. SENT: 200 words, photo.

HOCKEY

HKN--BLACKHAWKS-BRUINS

BOSTON _ The Chicago Blackhawks bring a seven-game winning streak into Boston, with Patrick Kane trying to extend his scoring streak to 15 games. If Kane gets an assist, he would tie Stan Mikita for the longest assist streak in the history of the Original Six franchise. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

SOCCER

SOC--MAN UNITED-PSG

MANCHESTER, England _ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leads Manchester United into the round of 16 of the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain, which is without the injured Neymar. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts at 3 p.m.

SOC--ROMA-PORTO

ROME _ The trip to Rome should hold no fear for Porto, which is undefeated in the Champions League, and hasn’t lost in the Portuguese league since October. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts at 3 p.m.

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_ SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE-SALA TRIBUTE _ One-minute silence for Emiliano Sala at Champions League games. SENT: 110 words, photos.

SKIING

SKI--WORLDS-SHIFFRIN

ARE, Sweden _ American skier Mikaela Shiffrin says she admires the way tennis star Naomi Osaka has handled herself as she starts on the long road to emulating Serena Williams. Shiffrin is also trying to overtake an all-time great in her own sport and is already close to topping Lindsey Vonn as the most successful female skier in history. Shiffrin says she is growing into the role as a “face of skiing” even though being a poster girl doesn’t come naturally to her. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 900 words, photos.

Also:

_ SKI--WORLDS-TEAM EVENT _ Switzerland beats rival Austria for gold in team event. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 320 words, photos.

AUTO RACING

CAR--INDYCARE-SWEDISH INVASION

AUSTIN, Texas _ Marcus Ericsson and Felix Rosenqvist are the the “Swedish Invasion” of IndyCar in 2019. The rookies are the latest crossover drivers from other series in pursuit of victories, not just racing seats. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

BBC--COLLEGE BASEBALL PREVIEW

OMAHA, Neb. _ Oregon State has won 111 of its last 130 baseball games, is coming off its third national championship since 2006 and its career coaching wins leader Pat Casey retired last fall. Enter Pat Bailey, the 63-year-old interim head coach who hopes to earn the permanent job for 2020. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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_ BBC--COLLEGE BASEBALL PREVIEW-PLAYERS TO WATCH.

_ BBC--COLLEGE BASEBALL PREVIEW-RULE CHANGES.

OBITUARIES

SOC--OBIT-BANKS

LONDON _ Gordon Banks, the World Cup-winning England goalkeeper who was also known for blocking a header from Pele that many consider the greatest save in soccer history, has died. He was 81. By Rob Harris. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

CAPSULES

_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES

_ HKN--NHL CAPSULES

_ BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Tuesday Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

L.A. Lakers at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Boston at Philadelphia, 8 p.m.

Orlando at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

San Antonio at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Utah at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Washington at Columbus, 7 p.m.

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

Dallas at Florida, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Boston, 7 p.m.

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

Carolina at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

New Jersey at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Detroit at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Toronto at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Arizona at Vegas, 10 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 2 Duke at No. 16 Louisville, 9 p.m.

No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 19 LSU, 7 p.m.

No. 6 Michigan at Penn State, 8:30 p.m.

No. 10 Marquette at DePaul, 8 p.m.

No. 11 Michigan State at No. 20 Wisconsin, 7 p.m.

No. 12 Purdue at No. 24 Maryland, 6:30 p.m.

No. 18 Kansas State at Texas, 9 p.m.

No. 25 Buffalo at Akron, 7 p.m.

Women

No. 15 Texas at Oklahoma State, 8 p.m.

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