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December 4, 2018
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Editors: Updates NFL section with FBN--BEHIND THE CALL.

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TOP STORIES

FBN--REDSKINS-EAGLES

PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz was at his best back on the move again. Wentz tossed two touchdown passes, Darren Sproles ran for a score and the Philadelphia Eagles stayed in the hunt for the NFC East title with a 28-13 victory over the depleted Washington Redskins on Monday night. By Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 800 words, photos.

With:

— FBN--REDSKINS-MCCOY INJURED — By Dan Gelston. SENT: 640 words, photos.

FBN--HUNT-NFL DISCIPLINE

The NFL is still out of its league when it comes to discipline for players with troubles off the field. Kareem Hunt was the latest example of the NFL’s reactionary approach toward serious matters, despite league efforts to make improvements following its mishandling of Ray Rice’s domestic violence case in 2014. By Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 730 words, photos by 3 a.m.

HKN--NHL-SEATTLE

SEA ISLAND, Ga. — The NHL Board of Governors is expected to approve expansion to Seattle, with the league’s 32nd team beginning play in the 2021-22 season. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 200 words, photos by 3 a.m. Will be updated.

FBC--HEISMAN-FINALISTS

NEW YORK —Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy, ensuring a quarterback will win the award for the 16th time in the last 19 years. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 640 words, photos.

With:

— FBC--HEISMAN-TAGOVAILOA — By John Zenor. SENT: 820 words, photos. First in a series of Heisman profiles.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

SUF--BETTER THAN GOLD

If Stephanie Gilmore wins the gold medal next year when surfing makes its Olympic debut, it might be considered a nice bonus. Perhaps the greatest female surfer, Gilmore successfully fought for another prize — equal pay for women — on the pro tour where she and the rest of her rivals make a living. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 750 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--BEHIND THE CALL

Just when the NFL was enjoying a ratings rebound and an explosion of offensive firepower that has fans giddy over their favorite and/or fantasy teams, the NFL reverted to its bumbling ways in Week 13. By Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 980 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBN--PACKERS-WHAT’S NEXT

GREEN BAY, Wis. —The Green Bay Packers’ head-coaching vacancy should be appealing for one big reason. He plays quarterback and signed a four-year, $134 million contract extension this year. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 800 words, photos.

FBN--RAMS-CHAMPS AGAIN

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams seemed to come out of nowhere last season to win their first NFC West championship in 14 years. When the Rams clinched their second straight division title Sunday, everybody in the NFL had seen it coming all year long. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 820 words, photos.

FBN--GALVANIZED CHIEFS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Strip one of the NFL’s best players from the lineup 48 hours before a divisional game — on the road no less — and most teams would wilt. But the Chiefs seemed galvanized by the release of Kareem Hunt during a whirlwind weekend that ended with a win in Oakland. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--KANSAS ST-AFTER SYNDER

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Kansas State has gone through the unenviable process of replacing a coaching great before, and the results were so disappointing that Bill Snyder came out of retirement to put the program back on track. Now, the Wildcats get a do-over. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 780 words, photos.

Also:

— FBC--BOWL GRADUATION STUDY — By David Brandt. SENT: 450 words.

— FBC--LOUISVILLE-SATTERFIELD — By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 430 words, photos.

— FBC--AP All-SEC TEAM —SENT: 1,100 words, photos. With list.

NBA

BKN--BULLS-HOIBERG FIRED

CHICAGO —The Chicago Bulls came into the season thinking they would start to climb in the wide-open Eastern Conference with a promising group of young players. A coaching change wasn’t part of the plan. The skidding Bulls fired Fred Hoiberg on Monday and promoted associate head coach Jim Boylen in hopes of turning around a miserable season. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 850 words, photos.

NHL

HKN--NHL MEETINGS

SEA ISLAND, Ga. —Things are going well enough that the NHL is ready to expand to Seattle and the salary cap keeps going up. But the league is still dealing with a few uncertain situations on the eve of what should be a slam-dunk expansion vote to bring Seattle into the fold. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 750 words, photos.

Also:

— HKN--FLYERS GM-FLETCHER — By Dan Gelston. SENT: 860 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK

RALEIGH, N.C. — Furman coach Bob Richey wants his players to savor the program’s first appearance in the AP Top 25 poll yet also remember how much work it took to get there. He’s hoping that approach will keep the 25th-ranked Paladins building toward something bigger, starting with Tuesday night’s trip to Elon and a weekend visit to USC Upstate. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 780 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BKC--T25-IOWA-MICHIGAN STATE

EAST LANSING, Mich. —Nick Ward used his power to gain position and his touch to score, putting together a perfect game from the field. Ward made all 10 of his shots, scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 10 Michigan State to a 90-68 win over No. 18 Iowa on Monday night. By Larry Lage. SENT: 760 words, photos.

Also:

— BKC--COLLEGE BKB POLL — By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— BKW--WOMEN’S BKB POLL — By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 400 words, photos.

SOCCER

SOC--BALLON D’OR

PARIS —Luka Modric ended the long reign of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by winning the Ballon d’Or for the first time on Monday, while another first saw Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg win the inaugural women’s trophy. By John Leicester and Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 730 words, photos.

— Also:

— SOC--MEXICO-MARADONA — SENT: 180 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBN--DODGERS-ROBERTS CONTRACT

LOS ANGELES — Dave Roberts and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a four-year contract extension Monday that would keep him as manager through 2022. — Dodgers agree on 4-year deal with manager Dave Roberts. SENT: 400 words, photos.

Also:

— BBO--MARINERS-METS TRADE — SENT: 970 words, photos.

— BBO--MARINERS-PHILLIES TRADE — By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— BBA--RED SOX-WHITE HOUSE — By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 200 words, photos.

— BBA--RED SOX-VIDEO — By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 400 words, photos.

— BBN--MARLINS SIGNINGS — SENT: 145 words.

OLYMPICS

— OLY--SWM-US OLYMPIC COACHES —USA Swimming is turning to a pair of veteran collegiate coaches to oversee the Olympic swimming team in 2020. By Beth Harris. SENT: 410 words, photos.

— OLY--WEI-GIRARD MEDALS — SENT: 130 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Tuesday Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Chicago at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Orlando at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Portland at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Sacramento at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

San Antonio at Utah, 9 p.m.

NHL

Winnipeg at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Boston at Florida, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Colorado at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

Washington at Vegas, 10 p.m.

Minnesota at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Arizona at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Men

No. 2 Kansas vs. Wofford, 8 p.m.

No. 5 Michigan at Northwestern, 9 p.m.

No. 8 Auburn vs. UNC Asheville, 8 p.m.

No. 22 Mississippi State vs. McNeese, 8 p.m.

No. 25 Furman at Elon, 7 p.m.

Women

No. 1 UConn at Saint Louis, 7 p.m.

No. 5 Louisville vs. UT Martin, 7 p.m.

No. 21 Drake vs. Clarke, Noon

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