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College basketball analyst Jay Bilas believes players will eventually be paid. The former Duke star tells co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg on AP’s PodcastOne Sports Now he’s not sure top players will forgo a year on the big college stage to play in the NBA’s developmental league. Also, AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner weighs in on which teams may have given up on the season. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
LOS ANGELES —Even before the fourth lead change of the fourth quarter, well before the 1,001st yard of combined offense was tallied, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams already knew this was a classic. Two powerhouse NFL teams at the peak of their brilliance dueled deep into the night at an ecstatic Coliseum, racking up eye-popping numbers that stretched the box score and credulity. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
— FBN--CHIEFS-MAHOMES. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— FBN--CHIEFS-RAMS-FIRST RESPONDERS — By Joe Reedy. SENT: 740 words, photos.
ST. LOUIS — Amid a disappointing showing that fell well short of Stanley Cup expectations, the St. Louis Blues fired coach Mike Yeo a quarter of the way into the season and named Craig Berube as his interim replacement. SENT: 400 words, photos.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The NBA’s new scoring leader was determined his latest big night wouldn’t go to waste. Kemba Walker scored 43 points, giving him 103 in his last two games, and the Charlotte Hornets battled back to beat the Boston Celtics 117-112 on Monday night. By Steve Reed. SENT: 820 words, photos.
LAHAINA, Hawaii —Zion Williamson poked the ball free with a clear path to the basket, the crowd rising in anticipation before he even reached midcourt. The voices in the Lahaina Civic Center rising with Duke’s rim-wrecking freshman, Williamson launched through the air, head well above the rim as he threw down a windmill dunk and roars echoed off their ceiling. Duke’s soaring-and-scoring show hit paradise and it’s showing no sign of slowing down. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 730 words, photos.
CAR--NASCAR-IN THE PITS
HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Joey Logano was 22 and headed toward the unemployment when Roger Penske saved his career. Now Logano is a NASCAR champion, the one goal he’s chased his entire life. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
FBN--BEHIND THE CALL
Lamar Jackson ran 27 times and threw only 19 passes to win his first NFL start. That’s not a typo. Filling in for injured quarterback Joe Flacco, Jackson ran for 117 yards in Baltimore’s 24-21 victory over Cincinnati. The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner had more rushing attempts than any quarterback since 1970 and became the first to gain over 100 yards since Colin Kaepernick had 113 on Nov. 27, 2016. By Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m.
NEW YORK — When fans tune into NBC’s Thanksgiving night broadcast of the Falcons-Saints game, they might do a double take. Rather than seeing Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison in the studio for the pregame and halftime programs, those three gentlemen will be calling the game. By Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 630 words, photos by 4 a.m.
— FBN--HOUSTON’S STREAK — By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 810 words, photos.
— FBN--REDSKINS-MCCOY — By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 810 words, photos.
— FBN--ROLLING BEARS — By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 760 words, photos.
— FBN--COWBOYS-AFTER ATLANTA — By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 710 words, photos.
— FBN--GIANTS-40-YEAR-OLD FUMBLE — By Tom Canavan. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.
— FBN--CHARGERS-DEFENSE — By Joe Reedy. SENT: 430 words, photos.
— FBN--HUMBLED VIKINGS — By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— FBN--TITANS-MARIOTA — By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 640 words, photos.
— FBN--RAIDERS-GRUDEN — By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— FBN--COLTS-LUCK CHANGE — By Michael Marot. SENT: 910 words, photos.
— FBN--RUNNING RAVENS — By David Ginsburg. SENT: 620 words, photos.
— FBN--BROWNS-HUE AGAIN — By Tom Withers. SENT: 840 words, photos.
— FBN--NFL-MEXICO RETURN — SENT: 300 words, photos.
FBC--AP ALL-AMERICA WATCH
The 10th All-America watch of the season features Tua Tagovailoa’s stretch run; Michigan State’s tenacious defensive end; and an Egg Bowl edge matchup. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 640 words, photos by 4 a.m.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. —Perfection is elusive, even for Nick Saban’s best teams at Alabama. The top-ranked Crimson Tide heads into Saturday’s regular season finale against rival Auburn still chasing Southeastern Conference and national titles. An unblemished record remains in play, too, though that’s been even harder to obtain. By John Zenor. SENT: 620 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-CLEMSON-WIN STREAK — By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 670 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-GEORGIA-STUMBLING BLOCK — By Paul Newberry. SENT: 910 words, photos.
— FBC-T25--THE GAME-BIG TALK — By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 720 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-MICHIGAN-WINOVICH — By Larry Lage. SENT: 120 words, photos.
— FBC--CRUMBLING COLORADO — By Pat Graham. SENT: 740 words, photos.
BBO--HALL OF FAME BALLOT
NEW YORK — Career saves leader Mariano Rivera and late pitcher Roy Halladay are among 20 new candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. They are joined by 15 holdovers headed by Edgar Martinez. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— BBO--HALL OF FAME BALLOT LIST. SENT: 100 words.
BALTIMORE —New Orioles general manager Mike Elias spoke excitedly Monday about rebuilding the worst team in the majors by drafting wisely, stocking the farm system and delving deep into the International market. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 780 words, photos.
— BBA--MARINERS-YANKEES TRADE — By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 360 words, photos.
— BBA--RED SOX-PEARCE — By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— BBN--NATIONALS-SUZUKI — By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 300 words, photos.
— BBN--BREWERS-COACHING STAFF — SENT. 170 words.
— BBN--REDS COACHES — SENT: 100 words.
BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK
Tis the season for holiday basketball tournaments, and some powerhouse programs are on a collision course. Top-ranked Duke is joined by No. 3 Gonzaga and No. 8 Auburn in the Maui Invitational, while second-ranked Kansas could face No. 5 Tennessee if both win semifinal games in the NIT Season Tip-Off. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 710 words, photos by 4 a.m.
— BKC--COLLEGE BKC POLL — By Dave Skretta. SENT: 650 words, photos.
BKW--WOMEN’S BKW POLL
NEW YORK — South Carolina’s run in the women’s top 10 is over after close to five years. The Gamecocks drop to No. 13 after losing in a rout to Maryland. Notre Dame remains No. 1, followed by UConn, Oregon, Baylor and Louisville. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 450 words, photos.
MADISON, Wis. — Every so often, Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ makes a move around the bucket that reminds some college basketball experts of NBA Hall of Famer Kevin McHale. It’s not just about the shot itself, but how Happ frees himself to get to the hoop in the first place for the 25th-ranked Badgers. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.
BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTION-BOWEN LAWSUIT
Former Louisville and South Carolina player Brian Bowen II has sued Adidas and several associates caught up in the college basketball corruption scandal alleging federal racketing violations that cost him the chance to develop his game. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 350 words, photos.
More than 40 years after the Broad Street Bullies ruled the ice with their fists, the Philadelphia Flyers are one of only two teams left in the NHL without a fight a quarter of the way through the season. It all speaks to hockey’s changing landscape. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 900 words, photos.
NEW YORK —Dressed in a sharp gray suit and tie, Manny Pacquiao looked every bit the senator he is. It was his other job, though, that he was working Monday when the eight-time champion announced a Jan. 19 defense of his WBA welterweight belt against Adrien Broner. Barry Wilner. SENT: 640 words, photos.
The Netherlands’ recovery from one of the lowest ebbs in its history continued with a last-gasp qualification for the Final Four of the inaugural UEFA Nations League on Monday. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 890 words, photos.
— SOC--GASCOIGNE CHARGED — SENT: 170 words, photos.
— SOC--WCUP-2030 BIDS — By Aritz Parra. SENT: 160 words.
CALGARY, Alberta — Calgary’s bid to hold the 2026 Winter Olympics is over. The City Council voted to end the bid following last week’s nonbinding city vote in which 56 percent opposed the games. Stockholm and a joint Italian bid are still in the running for 2026. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— BKN--NBA CAPSULES
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES
— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
Tuesday Time Schedule (EST)
L.A. Clippers at Washington, 7 p.m.
Toronto at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Brooklyn at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
Portland at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Edmonton at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 1 Duke vs. No. 8 Auburn at Lahaina (Hawaii) Civic Center, 8 p.m.
No. 3 Gonzaga vs. Arizona at Lahaina (Hawaii) Civic Center, 10:30 p.m.
No. 16 Clemson vs. Georgia at John Gray Gymnasium, George Town, Cayman Islands, 2:30 p.m.
No. 18 TCU vs. Lipscomb, 8 p.m.
No. 21 Oregon vs. Green Bay, 10 p.m.
No. 23 Ohio State vs. Samford, 7 p.m.
No. 20 Texas A&M at Little Rock, 7:30 p.m.
No. 23 Minnesota vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 8 p.m.