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January 30, 2019

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Hall of Famer Dan Fouts likes the offense he sees in the NFL these days. He tells co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg on PodcastOne Sports Now that the league is more exciting and safer because of rule changes to protect quarterbacks.

https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

Ivan Maisel and his ESPN colleagues are chronicling college football from its very beginnings. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Maisel discusses the project with the AP’s Ralph Russo.

https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast

TOP STORIES

BKN--PELICANS-ROCKETS

HOUSTON _ If the drama between Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans is frustrating his teammates, it didn’t show in their return to the court Tuesday night. Jahlil Okafor scored 27 points and the short-handed Pelicans overcame a big early deficit to beat the Houston Rockets in their first game since Davis’ agent said the five-time All-Star wants to be traded. Davis sat out his fifth straight game with a sprained left index finger, but Okafor and Jrue Holiday rallied New Orleans despite 37 points from Houston’s James Harden. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 810 words, photos.

FBN--NFL COACHING DIVERSITY

After all the points were piled up in the second-highest scoring season in NFL history, the popular prototype for a head coach became predictably clear: an offensive-minded prodigy just like Sean McVay. With only a handful of minorities in the stepping-stone positions of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, the NFL saw its sharpest-ever one-year drop in minority head coaches, causing concern among advocates for diversity declaring unsatisfactory progress 16 years after the Rooney Rule was enacted. By Football Writers Dave Campbell and Josh Dubow. UPCOMING 1,600 words, photos, AP Graphic by 3 a.m.

FBN--SUPER BOWL-FOOD

ATLANTA _ If you’re on the lookout for Super Bowl tickets, be prepared to fork over several thousand dollars. But if you make it through the gates, here’s a bit of good news for your wallet. A hot dog can be had for a couple of bucks. A slice of pizza will set you back a mere $3. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 860 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBC--OVERTIME RULES

Marathon overtime games in college football, like the one Texas A&M and LSU played last season, are rare. The NCAA would like to make them extinct by tweaking its OT format. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 820 words, photos.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

HKN--ISLANDERS-TWO HOMES

NEW YORK _ Home sweet home for the first-place New York Islanders means hanging their helmets in two places. This season is the first of three in which the team will play half its home schedule at the sleek Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the rest in the venerable Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. So far, the fans have made it clear they prefer the old barn. The win-loss record says the team prefers that, too. By Vin A. Cherwoo. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m.

COMMENTARY

GLF--ON THE FRINGE

SAN DIEGO _ Adam Scott and Justin Rose gained PGA Tour membership on the same day, with Scott winning TPC Boston and Rose third. These longtime friends have now surpassed $50 million in career earnings on the same day, this time with Rose winning at Torrey Pines. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 800 words, photos.

_ With:

_ GLF--GOLF NOTES _ By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

_ GLF--GOLF GLANCE _ SENT: 700 words.

SUPER BOWL

FBN--SUPER BOWL-GRONK VS GURLEY

ATLANTA _ It might have zero bearing on Sunday’s Super Bowl, in which the Patriots are a 2½-point favorite over the Rams. Still, on Tuesday night, Los Angeles All-Pro running back Todd Gurley had the upper hand against New England star tight end Rob Gronkowski. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBN--SUPER BOWL-TOM AND JULIAN

ATLANTA _ Teammates call it a bromance. And Tom Brady openly uses the word love to describe his bond with Julian Edelman. The connection between quarterback and receiver has strengthened this season. The two now await their fourth Super Bowl together. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 830 words, photos.

FBN--SUPER BOWL-COOKS’ RETURN

ATLANTA _ Brandin Cooks gets a shot at the Patriots. New England traded him to the Rams, and Cooks has thrived in Los Angeles. The wide receiver could figure heavily against his former team in the Super Bowl. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 940 words, photos.

FBN--SUPER BOWL-SLATER

ATLANTA _ Jackie Slater played 20 pro seasons in a Hall of Fame career, and got to the Super Bowl once. His son, Patriots special teams ace Matthew, is back in the big game again. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 770 words, photos.

FBN--SUPER BOWL-RB REUNION

ATLANTA _ Sony Michel was a freshman and Todd Gurley a junior when the pair shared the backfield at Georgia. Now the former Bulldogs _ Michel with the Patriots, Gurley with the Rams _ will be on opposite sides at the Super Bowl. By Charles Odum. SENT: 680 words, photos.

_ Also:

_ SUPER BOWL-SNOW JAM _ By Jeff Martin. SENT: 640 words, photos.

AP Sports Extra: Super Bowl _ A paginated preview of the Super Bowl is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “SE” or “Superbowl” (one word) under the Graphics tab. Three sizes of pages are available _ full broadsheet, half broadsheet, tabloid _ with space for local advertising or content. The pages look at the Rams-Patriots matchup, keys to the game and other facts and figures. For questions, contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan@ap.org

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Men:

BKC--T25-VIRGINIA-NC STATE

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The mistakes kept piling up for third-ranked Virginia, which was careless with the ball, struggled on the offensive glass and squandered a double-figure lead in the second half. Fortunately for coach Tony Bennett, the Cavaliers still managed to squeeze out a road win against a ranked opponent. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 800 words and photos.

BKC--T25-TENNESSEE-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Admiral Schofield was talking too much and missing too often. The Tennessee senior knew his game had to improve, and he started with an apology to his teammates. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 780 words, photos.

BKC--USC-RAKOCEVIC

LOS ANGELES _ Southern California’s Nick Rakocevic is making a strong case to be regarded as one of the Pac-12′s most improved players this season. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 590 words, photos.

_ Also:

_ BKC--AUBURN’S SLUMP _ By John Zenor. SENT: 560 words, photos.

BASEBALL

_ BBO--HALL OF FAME-BAINES _ By John Kekis. SENT: 680 words, photos.

_ BBO--HALL OF FAME-MARTINEZ _ By Tim Booth. SENT: 590 words, photos.

_ BBA--YANKEES-ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST _ SENT: 130 words.

UFC

_ MMA--UFC-MCGREGOR-NURMAGOMEDOV SUSPENSIONS _ SENT: 250 words, photos.

_ MMA--UFC 235-JONES LICENSE _ SENT: 500 words, photos.

SOCCER

_ SOC--ASIAN CUP _ SENT: 450 words.

_ SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP _ By Steve Douglas. SENT: 770 words, photos.

_ THAILAND-BAHRAIN REFUGEE _ By Kaweewit Kaewjinda and Tassanee Vejpongsa. SENT: 650 words, photos.

SKIING

_ SKI--WCUP-MEN’S SLALOM _ SENT: 670 words, photos.

TENNIS

_ Women’s tournaments in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Hua Hin, Thailand.

CAPSULES

_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES

_ HKN--NHL CAPSULES

_ BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Wednesday Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Charlotte at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Denver at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Indiana at Washington, 8 p.m.

Memphis at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Atlanta at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

Utah at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.

Buffalo at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Men

No. 10 Marquette at Butler, 6:30 p.m.

No. 12 Virginia Tech at Miami, 7 p.m.

No. 14 Villanova at DePaul, 8 p.m.

No. 15 Louisville at Wake Forest, 8 p.m.

No. 19 LSU at Texas A&M, 9 p.m.

No. 20 Iowa State vs. West Virginia, 7 p.m.

Women

No. 1 Baylor at Oklahoma State, 8 p.m.

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