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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
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.
NEW YORK — Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell is the favorite for NL Manager of the Year and Oakland’s Bob Melvin and Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash are the leading candidates for the AL honor. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Announcements: NL (6:18 p.m.), AL (6:48 p.m.).
PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell appears finished in Pittsburgh. The star running back needs to report by Tuesday if he wants to play for the Steelers this season, and Bell is giving no indication he plans to show. By Will Graves. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
The third College Football Playoff rankings are unlikely to provide any drama after all the top teams won last week. But what scenarios over the last three weeks could cause some chaos? By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Rankings released about 7:15 p.m.
CALGARY, Alberta — Voters in Calgary say if they want their city to host 2026 Winter Olympics. Calgary hosted the 1988 Games. This vote is nonbinding but will influence the decision by the city council. The IOC will vote on the host in June. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Polls close 10 p.m.
GLF--ON THE FRINGE-WINNING
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Jason Dufner looked down both sides of the crowded practice range at Sea Island and did more than find a spot to practice. He was reminded that with anyone capable of winning, the margin for error is getting slimmer. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 6 p.m.
— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 1,000 words.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes didn’t get to celebrate his latest Chiefs record after learning of the death of his girlfriend’s stepfather. The Chiefs are 9-1 following a victory over Arizona and next play the Rams in Mexico City on Monday night. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FBN--BEHIND THE CALL
NFL players seem to have run out of creative ways to celebrate. Either that or they’ve decided to pay homage to the players they grew up watching even if it costs them. By Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 950 words, photos.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The release of former 1,000-yard rusher C.J. Anderson and signing of Travaris Cadet are further signals the Panthers are abandoning their power running game for an offense that looks to get the ball to players in open spaces. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--POWER RANKINGS — By Simmi Buttar. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBN--BENGALS-HUE’S RETURN — By Joe Kay. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— FBN--GIANTS WIN — By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--SEAHAWKS-FALTERING LATE — By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 8 p.m.
FBC--AP ALL-AMERICA WATCH
The ninth All-America watch of the season features West Virginias virtually unblockable linebacker; UCLA’s bright spot at tight end; and Temple’s rolling Rock. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 700 words, photos.
AMES, Iowa — No. 18 Iowa State will play the first half of one of its biggest games without star running back David Montgomery. His automatic suspension stems from his scuffle and ejection during a win over Baylor. How the Cyclones respond might determine their fate for the Big 12 title game. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
Clay Helton is on the hot seat at USC and four teams in the South could end up tied for first at the end of the season. The Pac-12 enters the final two weeks of the season in disarray. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBC--T25-WASHINGTON STATE-GROUND GAME — By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-SYRACUSE-DUNGEY’S TIME — By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBC--BUFFALO SURGING — By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — Jimmy Butler is introduced by the 76ers, joining Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons on a team that now has legitimate championship aspirations. Butler, a four-time All-Star who had a contentious break with Minnesota, is expected to debut with his new club Wednesday at Orlando. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-MOVING ON — By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— BKN--CAVALIERS-MORE INJURIES — NBA-worst Cavs have a starting lineup in street clothes. By Tom Withers. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— BKN--NETS-LEVERT INJURED — Nets’ Caris LeVert won’t need surgery for gruesome foot injury. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 p.m.
BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK
Buffalo took down Arizona in last season’s NCAA Tournament. This season the Bulls sent West Virginia to its first loss in a home opener in 15 years. There are no surprises anymore. Buffalo is ranked No. 25, its first appearance in the AP poll. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— BKC--T25-MARQUETTE RETURNS — No. 24 Marquette ranked for first time in five years. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 600 words, photos.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer tries for her 1,000th career victory when the Scarlet Knights play Central Connecticut State. The Hall of Famer is set to become the fifth Division I women’s basketball coach to reach the milestone. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts 7 p.m.
LONDON — Kevin Anderson thrashes Kei Nishikori 6-0, 6-1 to move to the brink of the semifinals in his ATP Finals debut. Nishikori, however, can still advance. In a later match, Roger Federer plays Dominic Thiem. By Sam Johnston. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
David Pearson, the NASCAR pioneer known as “The Silver Fox” for his cunning and longtime rivalry with Richard Petty, dies at 83. He was one of the sport’s first superstars and raced all over the country with Petty, Bobby Allison and Cale Yarborough. By Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 550 words, photos.
Romain Gall took an unusual path, leaving the U.S. to play for a third-division Swedish team and moving into the house of the club’s chairman. The 23-year-old midfielder could make his American national debut Thursday against England at Wembley. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m.
— SOC--US-SCOTLAND — U.S. women, looking to end 2018 without a loss, play Scotland in Glasgow. UPCOMING: 350 words. Game started 2 p.m.
— SOC--MLS-COACH OF YEAR — Atlanta United’s Gerardo “Tata” Martino voted MLS coach of the year. SENT: 140 words.
— SOC--EGYPT-ABOUTRIKA — Mohamed Aboutrika, one of Egypt’s greatest players, sentenced to year in prison for tax evasion. By Samy Magdy. SENT: 350 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.
— HKN--CAPITALS-WILSON-SUSPENSION REDUCED — Suspension of Capitals’ Tom Wilson cut from 20 to 14 games by arbitrator. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— BBO--MLB ALL-STARS-JAPAN — Japan rallies past MLB All-Stars 5-3 in Hiroshima to lead series 3-1. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— BKL--SKY-WADE — Minnesota Lynx assistant James Wade hired as head coach of Chicago Sky. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 160 words.
— GLF--MCILROY-FUTURE — Rory McIlroy giving up European Tour in 2019 to focus on U.S. PGA Tour. SENT: 450 words, photos.
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Tuesday Time Schedule (EST)
Charlotte at Cleveland, 7 p.m.
Houston at Denver, 9 p.m.
Atlanta at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Vancouver at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Florida at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Arizona at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Montreal at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Toronto at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Nashville at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 5 Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech, 9 p.m.
No. 22 LSU vs. Memphis, 7 p.m.
No. 13 Iowa at Western Kentucky, 7 p.m.
No. 16 Missouri vs. Missouri State, 8 p.m.
No. 23 California at BYU, 6 p.m.