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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 college’s big 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
College football fans are now armed with all manner of devices to follow games. John Walter, a media columnist for The Athletic, talks about such habits with the AP’s Ralph Russo on the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast
NEW YORK — For decades, the NFL has had a strong bond with the military. That relationship stretches far beyond the pregame and halftime ceremonies that honor veterans, and particularly ratchets up in November with the league’s Salute To Service. This year, the NFL and the Bob Woodruff Foundation have partnered to find and grant funds to organizations helping former military members. By Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 3 a.m.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. —As the red and white confetti rained down on the court to celebrate C. Vivian Stringer’s 1,000th career victory, the Hall of Fame coach took a moment to soak it all in. She was surrounded by family, friends, former players and coaches from all three schools where she coached. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 700 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES — The NFL moved the Rams’ Monday night showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs from Mexico City to Los Angeles on Tuesday due to the poor condition of the field at Azteca Stadium. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 880 words, photos.
Olympic champion Edwin Moses sent a tersely worded letter to leaders of the World Anti-Doping Agency, asking for an investigation into the culture at WADA that would expand beyond athletes’ representative Beckie Scott’s claim that she was bullied at a recent meeting. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 460 words, photos.
CALGARY, Alberta —Calgary’s bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics was rebuffed on Tuesday when local voters said “no” in a nonbinding referendum. Unofficial results showed that 56 percent voted against bidding for the Olympics. SENT: 600 words, photos.
GLF--LPGA TOUR-FINALE CHANGES
NAPLES, Fla. — The Race to the CME Globe will be more frantic starting next year, and the winner of the LPGA Tour’s season-ending tournament is going to get considerably richer. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 460 words.
GLF--ON THE FRINGE-WINNING
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. —Jason Dufner scanned down both sides of the crowded practice range Tuesday at Sea Island as he tried to find a spot to practice. So many players, even if he doesn’t know all their names. And so few trophies. It was another reminder to Dufner that golf has a failure rate unlike most other sports.By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 820 words, photos.
— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,200 words.
— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 1,000 words.
PITTSBURGH —Le’Veon Bell won’t play in 2018. The star running back declined to sign his one-year $14.4 million franchise tender with the Pittsburgh Steelers by Tuesday’s deadline, making him ineligible to suit up for the AFC North-leading Steelers or anyone else this season. By Will Graves. SENT: 860 words, photos.
— FBN--POWER RANKINGS — By Simmi Buttar. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— FBN--CHIEFS-MAHOMES — By Dave Skretta. SENT: 840 words, photos.
— FBN--PANTHERS-RUNNING BACKS — By Steve Reed. SENT: 670 words, photos.
— FBN--BENGALS-HUE’S RETURN — By Joe Kay. SENT: 640 words, photos.
— FBN--GIANTS WIN — By Tom Canavan. SENT: 660 words, photos.
— FBN--SEAHAWKS-FALTERING LATE — By Tim Booth. SENT: 780 words, photos.
— FBN--49ERS-MULLENS — By Josh Dubow. SENT: 600 words, photos.
The College Football Playoff rankings held steady at the top, with Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan an unchanged first four from last week. The third rankings of the season were drama-free Tuesday night after every top-10 team won last weekend.? By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 860 words, photos.
FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-WORKHORSE WILLIAMS
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Senior Dexter Williams has been through countless ups and downs during his four years at Notre Dame. Injury, suspension, an arrest, the emotions of helping his ailing mother — all of it has weighed down Williams at times. He has emerged just the same as the workhorse running back for the third-ranked Fighting Irish, and a key reason Notre Dame has legitimate hopes of making the playoff. By Todd Burlage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.
AUSTIN, Texas — Once upon a time, Jerrod Heard had the “juice.” He was the quarterback of the future for the Texas Longhorns and he’d just smashed Vince Young’s single-game school record with 527 total yards against California. He could throw. He could run. He could do just about everything. Then all that juice dried up with a whole lot of losing. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 730 words, photos by 3 a.m.
— FBC--AP ALL-AMERICA WATCH — By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-IOWA ST-MONTGOMERY — By Luke Meredith. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— FBC--PAC-12-DISARRAY — By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 850 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-WASHINGTON STATE-GROUND GAME — By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-SYRACUSE-DUNGEY’S TIME — By John Kekis. SENT: 820 words, photos.
— FBC--BUFFALO SURGING — By John Wawrow. SENT: 760 words, photos.
NEW YORK —Oakland’s Bob Melvin was voted Manager of the Year for the third time, winning the American League honor Tuesday after leading the Athletics to the playoffs despite the lowest opening-day payroll in the major leagues. Atlanta’s Brian Snitker won the National League award following the Braves’ surprising first-place finish.By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 970 words, photos.
— BBO--MLB ALL-STARS-JAPAN — By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 400 words, photos.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Jimmy Butler listens to country music, enjoys playing cards and drives a minivan. Oh, the four-time All-Star forward loves to win. Butler was greeted by more than 250 employees of the Philadelphia 76ers at his introductory news conference at the team’s practice facility Tuesday. He made it clear winning a championship is his main priority. By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 670 words, photos.
— BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-MOVING ON — By Dave Campbell. SENT: 780 words, photos.
— BKN--NETS-LEVERT INJURED — By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 350 words, photos.
HKN--AROUND THE NHL
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Pekka Rinne is off to an even better start than last season when he finally won the Vezina Trophy, and backup Juuse Saros ranks among the top 10 for victories. The Predators may have the NHL’s best goalie combo on and off the ICE. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 3 a.m.
— HKN--CAPITALS-WILSON-SUSPENSION REDUCED — By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 770 words, photos.
— HKN--CAPITALS-WILD — By Dave Campbell. SENT: 900 words, photos.
LONDON —Sometimes no practice makes perfect — for Roger Federer anyway. After cancelling his training session a day earlier, Federer produced a much-improved performance to get his campaign for a seventh ATP Finals title back on track with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Dominic Thiem on Tuesday. By Sam Johnston. SENT: 500 words, photos.
American midfielder Romain Gall has rebounded after falling to Sweden’s third tier and could make his U.S. debut against England at Wembley Stadium. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 800 words, photo.
SOC--PREMIER LEAGUE-CHIEF EXECUTIVE
LONDON — In the most high-profile appointment of a woman in sports, Discovery broadcasting executive Susanna Dinnage is hired to run the English Premier League. She succeeds Richard Scudamore next year and will be chief executive of the world’s richest soccer league. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— SOC--US-SCOTLAND — SENT: 371 words.
— SOC--MLS-COACH OF YEAR — SENT: 210 words, photos.
BANGKOK — The death of a 13-year-old boy who was knocked out during a kickboxing match has sparked debate over whether to ban matches involving children. Child boxing is widespread in Thailand, especially in poor, rural areas. By Kaweewwit Kaewjinda and Tassanee Vejpongsa. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— BKC--T25-MARQUETTE RETURNS —By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— BKL--SKY-WADE — By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 160 words.
— BKN--NBA CAPSULES
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES
— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
Wednesday Time Schedule (EST)
Cleveland at Washington, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Detroit at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Miami at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
Memphis at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
New Orleans at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
New York at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Utah at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
San Antonio at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
Portland at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
Washington at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
St. Louis at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Boston at Colorado, 10 p.m.
Anaheim at Vegas, 10:30 p.m.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 1 Duke vs. Eastern Michigan, 7 p.m.
No. 8 Villanova vs. No. 18 Michigan, 6:30 p.m.
No. 9 Auburn vs. Mississippi College, 8 p.m.
No. 10 Kentucky vs. North Dakota, 9 p.m.
No. 11 Michigan State vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 7 p.m.
No. 19 Clemson vs. Sam Houston State, 7 p.m.
No. 24 Marquette at Indiana, 8:30 p.m.
No. 3 Oregon at Utah State, 9 p.m.
No. 8 Oregon State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 2 p.m.
No. 9 Maryland at George Washington, 7 p.m.
No. 12 Tennessee vs. UNC Asheville, 7 p.m.
No. 14 Georgia at UCLA, 2 p.m.
No. 18 Syracuse vs. No. 20 Texas A&M at the Westchester County Center, White Plains, N.Y., 7 p.m.
No. 25 Minnesota at Xavier, 7 p.m.