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AP-Tennessee Sports Digest

October 12, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s sports coverage is shaping up in Tennessee. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Nashville bureau at (615) 373-9988 or apnashville@ap.org. Beth Campbell is on the desk. News editor Scott Stroud can be reached at sstroud@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. All times are Central.

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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

NFL:

NFL NOTES

UNDATED — Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees gives his players a financial incentive to read his tip sheets very carefully each week. Well, at least for the first player to find the bonus Pees hides in plain sight. SENT: 1140 words, photos.

College Football:

TENNESSEE-AUBURN PREVIEW

AUBURN, Ala. — Circumstances have changed significantly since the last time Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt matched his defense against Gus Malzahn and Auburn’s offense. The Volunteers and 21st-ranked Tigers face off Saturday with each nursing more humble aspirations than national and Southeastern Conference championships. By John Zenor. SENT: 600 words, photos.

FLORIDA-VANDERBILT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The 14th-ranked Florida Gators know they face a serious test Saturday against the Commodores at Vanderbilt. The Gators took note of how Vanderbilt came up just short in a road loss at then-No. 8 Notre Dame last month and pushed No. 2 Georgia before losing 41-13 between the hedges. They’ve also battled the Commodores year in and year out even as Florida has won four straight and 26 of the last 27 in this series. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 660 words, photo.

UCF-MEMPHIS PREVIEW

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — The Memphis Tigers finally get the UCF Knights on their own field with a chance at a bit of payback for the double-overtime classic that cost them the American Athletic Conference title last season. The Knights pulled out a 62-55 win that preserved their undefeated season. Memphis has been waiting since that conference championship for the rematch — and that showdown is Saturday. The 10th-ranked Knights haven’t missed a step, extending the nation’s longest winning streak to 18. By Clay Bailey. SENT: 620 words, photos.

NHL:

PREDATORS-WATSON

NEW YORK — The NHL is criticizing an arbitrator’s decision to reduce the suspension of Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson, who pleaded no contest in July to a domestic assault charge. Watson received a 27-game suspension from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman last month. The NHL and NHL Players’ Association announced Thursday that arbitrator Shyam Das had reduced it to 18 games. SENT: 340 words, photo.

NBA:

PRESEASON RDP

UNDATED — The NBA preseason continues Friday night with 11 games, including: Spurs-Magic, Guangzhou Long-Lions-Wizards, Hornets-Mavericks, Nets-Knicks, Hawks-Heat, Nuggets-Bulls, Pistons-Cavaliers, Rockets-Grizzlies, Timberwolves-Milwaukee Bucks, Kings-Trail Blazers, Lakers-Golden-Warriors. UPCOMING: Developing from games beginning at 6 p.m.; 1,000 words, photos.

Also:

—VANDERBILT-PECK, from Nashville: Carolyn Peck is leaving the Vanderbilt women’s basketball staff to return to broadcasting. SENT: 120 words.

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