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East Stroudsburg football coach Denny Douds called timeout with 13 seconds left in a game to announce his retirement after 43 years in charge of the Warriors. He discusses his decision on AP’s PodcastOne Sports Now. Also, AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi settles the Brady vs. Rodgers debate. 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
FBN--ON FOOTBALL-HALFWAY AWARDS
By the time every NFL team has played eight games, there are some heavily established favorites for The Associated Press NFL awards that are handed out on Super Bowl eve. Not this year. MVP? Lots of candidates — and not just quarterbacks. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
— FBN--HALFWAY-TV RATINGS. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kevin Harvick’s crew chief says Stewart-Haas Racing modified the spoiler on Harvick’s car because other teams were already doing similar alterations. Rodney Childers is suspended for the final two races of the season and working at the race shop in North Carolina as Harvick tries to overcome a devastating penalty for what NASCAR determined was a blatant case of cheating. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 900 words, photos.
SKI--VONN’S LAST GO-AROUND
COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — Lindsey Vonn will begin her season and her quest to become the winningest ski racer in a few weeks in Lake Louise, Alberta. She’s trying to enjoy the moment and not think too much about breaking Ingemar Stenmark’s hallowed mark of 86 World Cup wins. “I’m going to make some final good memories — take a lot of pictures,” said Vonn, who has 82 victories. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey plays his last game in the Carrier Dome for the No. 13 Orange, and he plans to go out a winner. By Mark Frank. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
— BOISE, Idaho — FBC--T25-FRESNO STATE-BOISE STATE. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:15 p.m.
FBC--T25-MISSISSIPPI ST-ALABAMA PREVIEW
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 1 Alabama just dispatched its biggest division challenger, and now faces its closest rival. Geographically, at least. The Crimson Tide hosts No. 18 Mississippi State on Saturday trying to extend a 10-game winning streak over the West Division rival from about 90 minutes down the road. By John Zenor. SENT: 700 words, photos.
FBC--T25-CLEMSON-BOSTON COLLEGE PREVIEW
BOSTON — The best Boston College team in a decade is standing in the way of No. 2 Clemson’s fourth straight trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. The 17th-ranked Eagles have frosty weather and — they hope — running back A.J. Dillon. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 790 words, photos.
FBC--T25-FLORIDA ST-NOTRE DAME PREVIEW
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 3 Notre Dame tires to continue its march toward a playoff spot with a home game against Florida State. The Seminoles have been in a bowl game for 36 straight seasons, but need to win two of their last three to make postseason plans. By John Fineran. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— NORMAN, Okla. — FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA ST-OKLAHOMA PREVIEW. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— ATHENS, Ga. — FBC--T25-AUBURN-GEORGIA PREVIEW. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 850 words, photos.
— BOULDER, Colo. — FBC--T25-WASHINGTON STATE-COLORADO PREVIEW. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— GAINESVILLE, Fla. — FBC--T25-SOUTH CAROLINA-FLORIDA PREVIEW. By Mark Long. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— LUBBOCK, Texas — FBC--TEXAS-TEXAS TECH PREVIEW. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 700 words, photos.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Top-ranked and defending national champion Notre Dame opens the season at home against Harvard. By John Fineran. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia plays its first game with Tina Thompson as coach as it welcomes No. 6 Mississippi State to John Paul Jones Arena. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Second-ranked Kentucky tries to bounce back from its 34-point opening loss to Duke when it hosts Southern Illinois. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
AUBURN, Ala. — No. 11 Auburn hosts No. 25 Washington after both teams opened with easy wins. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos. Game starts 9:30 p.m.
— ELON, N.C. — BKC--T25-NORTH CAROLINA-ELON. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
NEW YORK — Harrison Smith has been making his mark for years with big hits and clutch interceptions for the Minnesota Vikings. As a key piece of one of the NFL’s top defenses, the playmaking safety was voted the top player in the league at his position by a panel of 10 football writers for The Associated Press. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 750 words, photo.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Rookie receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling is on the rise for the Green Bay Packers, just in time with, too, with Geronimo Allison going on injured reserve. By Genaro C. Armas. Upcoming: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — FBN--PATRIOTS-BRADY. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— COSTA MESA, Calif. — FBN--CHARGERS-KING. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.
— CHARLOTTE, N.C. — FBN--PANTHERS-EMBARASSING LOSS. By Steve Reed. 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— PITTSBURGH — FBN--STEELERS-BREAK TIME. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.
HKN--RACE AND HOCKEY
WASHINGTON — Devante Smith-Pelly sat in the penalty box in Chicago as fans yelled, “Basketball! Basketball! Basketball!” at him, a sharply embarrassing display last season that grabbed unwanted headlines for a league eager to embrace diversity on and off the ice.. As a black hockey player, Smith-Pelly was angry about it but it wasn’t a surprise, not to him. Sixty years after Willie O’Ree broke the NHL color barrier and goes into the Hall of Fame, he and current minority players understand there’s still much to be done. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.
— SASKATOON, Saskatchewan — HKW--FOUR NATIONS CUP. UPCOMING: 200 words by 9 p.m.
SOC--COPA LIBERTADORES-PASSIONATE FANS
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Gonzalo Raffo is a diehard Boca Juniors fan. His wife, Delfina Foramitti, passionately roots for River Plate. Like many Argentines, they agree that the Copa Libertadores final between their beloved teams will be historic. But they also fear the legendary rivalry that divides a nation could also divide their own family. By Luis Andres Henao. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— GENEVA — SOC--FIFA INVESTIGATION-PROSECUTOR. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 400 words.
— PARIS — SOC--PSG DISCRIMINATION. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 350 words, photo.
PLAY DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Cameron Champ leads Mayakoba Classic, going for his second PGA Tour title of the season. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m.
— PHOENIX — GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS. UPCOMING: 350 words by 10 p.m.
— SUN CITY, South Africa — GLF--SUN CITY. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— HAINAN ISLAND, China — GLF--BLUE BAY LPGA. SENT: 250 words.
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Friday Time Schedule
Charlotte at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Washington at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Indiana at Miami, 8 p.m.
Brooklyn at Denver, 9 p.m.
Boston at Utah, 9:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
New Jersey at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Columbus at Washington, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
San Jose at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Colorado at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Minnesota at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
College Football (Top 25)
No. 13 Syracuse vs. Louisville, 7 p.m.
No. 16 Fresno State at Boise State, 10:15 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 2 Kentucky vs. Southern Illinois, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Tennessee vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Nevada vs. Pacific, 10 p.m.
No. 8 North Carolina at Elon, 7 p.m.
No. 11 Auburn vs. No. 25 Washington, 9:30 p.m.
No. 12 Kansas State vs. Kennesaw State, 8 p.m.
No. 13 West Virginia vs. Buffalo, 9 p.m.
No. 14 Oregon vs. Eastern Washington, 9 p.m.
No. 15 Virginia Tech vs. Gardner-Webb, 7 p.m.
No. 18 Mississippi State vs. Austin Peay, 7:30 p.m.
No. 21 UCLA vs. Long Beach State, 11 p.m.
No. 22 Clemson vs. N.C. Central, 7 p.m.
No. 23 LSU vs. UNC Greensboro, 8 p.m.
No. 1 Notre Dame vs. Harvard, 4 p.m.
No. 5 Louisville at Chattanooga, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Mississippi State at Virginia, 7 p.m.
No. 8 Oregon State vs. Cal Poly, 10 p.m.
No. 9 Maryland vs. Coppin State, 7 p.m.
No. 13 Iowa vs. Oral Roberts, 8 p.m.
No. 14 Georgia vs. St. Bonaventure, 6 p.m.
No. 15 DePaul vs. Green Bay, 8 p.m.
No. 19 Marquette vs. Montana State, 8 p.m.
No. 22 South Florida vs. Albany, 7 p.m.
No. 25 Miami vs. Stephen F. Austin, 11 a.m.