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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 the big college 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
LOS ANGELES — With Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff leading high-octane offenses, the Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) play the Los Angeles Rams (9-1) in the season’s marquee game. The Coliseum hosts a Monday night game for the first time since 1985 after the game was moved from Mexico City. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 8:15 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Coaches Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer need no reminders of the stakes. No. 4 Michigan and No. 10 Ohio State meet in “The Game” in Columbus on Saturday. On the line is the Big Ten East and a place in the conference title game. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBC--T25-MICHIGAN-WINOVICH — Michigan mum on status of defensive end Chase Winovich. By Larry Lage. SENT: 120 words, photos.
LAHAINA, Hawaii — Top-ranked Duke, led by Zion Williamson, headlines another loaded Maui Invitational, which includes No. 3 Gonzaga, No. 9 Auburn and Arizona. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. First game starts 2:30 p.m.
— BKC--MAUI INVITATIONAL-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.
More than 40 years after the Broad Street Bullies ruled the ice with their fists, the Philadelphia Flyers are one of only two teams left in the NHL without a fight a quarter of the way through the season. It all speaks to hockey’s changing landscape. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 900 words, photos.
CALGARY, Alberta — Calgary’s bid to hold the 2026 Winter Olympics is over. The City Council voted to end the bid following last week’s nonbinding city vote in which 56 percent opposed the games. Stockholm and a joint Italian bid are still in the running for 2026. SENT: 400 words, photos.
BKC--COLLEGE BKC POLL
No. 1 Duke and No. 2 Kansas keep their places in the AP’s latest men’s basketball poll. Gonzaga, Virginia and Tennessee complete an unchanged top five. National champion Villanova and Syracuse slide out of the Top 25. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 650 words, photos.
BKW--WOMEN’S BKW POLL
NEW YORK — South Carolina’s run in the women’s top 10 is over after close to five years. The Gamecocks drop to No. 13 after losing in a rout to Maryland. Notre Dame remains No. 1, followed by UConn, Oregon, Baylor and Louisville. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 450 words, photos.
CAR--NASCAR-IN THE PITS
HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Joey Logano was 22 and headed toward the unemployment when Roger Penske saved his career. Now Logano is a NASCAR champion, the one goal he’s chased his entire life. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FBN--ON FOOTBALL-THE BAD, BAD AND BAD
Bad penalties, bad decisions, bad coaching. And bad losses. They occurred all over the NFL on Sunday. The Jaguars, Cardinals, Chargers and Falcons will be shaking their heads, just like their fans, about blown games. By Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 800 words, photos.
HOUSTON — The Texans became the first team since 1925 to win seven straight after starting 0-3. They go for a franchise record for consecutive wins when they host AFC South rival Tennessee next Monday night. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
ASHBURN, Va. — The Redskins turn to Colt McCoy as their quarterback after Alex Smith’s season-ending broken leg. They brought in Mark Sanchez, Kellen Clemens, T.J. Yates, EJ Manuel and Josh Johnson as potential backups. McCoy is in line to start on Thanksgiving at Dallas. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 180 words. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Bears showed just how serious they are about winning the NFC North by beating Minnesota for their fourth straight win. With a short turnaround before a Thanksgiving matchup at Detroit, they look to keep the run going. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
FRISCO, Texas — Ezekiel Elliott wasn’t with the Cowboys for a loss in Atlanta that sent them reeling last year. The star running back played a huge role in a win there that thrust Dallas into the thick of the NFC East race. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Some teams have the Immaculate Reception or the Music City Miracle. The Giants? They have The Fumble. Monday marks the 40th anniversary of what might be the most infamous moment in franchise history. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBN--NFL-ICYMI — By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— FBN--CHARGERS-DEFENSE — By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— FBN--HUMBLED VIKINGS — By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--TITANS-MARIOTA — By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 180 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--RAIDERS-GRUDEN — By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--COLTS-LUCK CHANGE — By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--RUNNING RAVENS — By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBN--BROWNS-HUE AGAIN — By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— FBN--NFL-MEXICO RETURN — SENT: 300 words, photos.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 1 Alabama looked anything but perfect for much of its last game, but the Crimson Tide faces rival Auburn still chasing only the second unblemished season under Nick Saban. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
CLEMSON, S.C. — A perfect regular season is nice. Perhaps more important for No. 2 Clemson is continuing its series win streak over rival South Carolina, at four in a row and expected to grow Saturday. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 650 words, photos.
ATHENS, Ga. — No. 5 Georgia is back in position to return to the College Football Playoff — assuming the Bulldogs don’t slip up against their state rival. Georgia Tech has won four in a row and would like nothing more than to ruin Georgia’s postseason hopes. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBC--T25-AP TOP 25 HEAT CHECK — By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.
— FBC--STAT WATCH — By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— FBC--CRUMBLING COLORADO — By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.
MIAMI — LeBron James’ legacy has been secure for years. The argument about whether he’s the best will never be settled. That is, unless he keeps doing things like this — 51 points in the 16th game of his 16th season. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 650 words, photos.
BKN--AROUND THE NBA
All sorts of issues — and notably drama in an unexpected place — face the four teams that made it to last season’s conference finals — Boston, Cleveland, Houston, Golden State. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 750 words, photos.
BBO--HALL OF FAME BALLOT
NEW YORK — Career saves leader Mariano Rivera and late pitcher Roy Halladay are among 20 new candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. They are joined by 15 holdovers headed by Edgar Martinez. SENT: 450 words, photos.
BALTIMORE — New Orioles general manager Mike Elias faces an immense task in rebuilding the worst team in the majors. His strategy: drafting wisely, stocking the farm system and delving deep into the international market. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— BBA--RED SOX-PEARCE — By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— BBN--NATIONALS-SUZUKI — By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 300 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Manny Pacquiao will have his first fight in the United States in two years when he defends his WBA welterweight title Jan. 19 against Adrian Broner in Las Vegas. By Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTION-BOWEN LAWSUIT
Former Louisville and South Carolina player Brian Bowen II has sued Adidas and several associates caught up in the college basketball corruption scandal alleging federal racketing violations that cost him the chance to develop his game. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 350 words, photos.
Quentin Hillsman is already thinking about the NCAAs. The coach of Syracuse’s women’s team scheduled early-season games against No. 3 Oregon and No. 20 Texas A&M, with hopes of playing well and possibly getting a home game in the tournament’s opening weekend. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 650 words, photos.
GENEVA — Olympic power broker Sheikh Ahmad takes a leave from the IOC while facing a criminal trial in Switzerland. The Kuwaiti sheikh denies wrongdoing but says he does not want these “politically motivated allegations to distract attention” from his Olympic work. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 500 words, photos.
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THAILAND-CHILD BOXING-PHOTO GALLERY
BANGKOK — The boxers spar furiously, with blows delivered by fists, elbows, knees and feet. Those in the crowd frantically wager with each other as the battle rages. The sport is Muay Thai, or Thai kickboxing. The competitors are as young as 8 years old. SENT: 300 words, photos.
— SOC--EUROPEAN ROUNDUP — The Netherlands plays at Germany, with Dutch positioned to complete UEFA Nations League’s inaugural Final Four next year. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— SOC--GASCOIGNE CHARGED — Troubled former England star Paul Gascoigne charged with sexually “touching” a woman on train. SENT: 170 words, photos.
— SOC--WCUP-2030 BIDS — Spain wants 2030 World Cup bid with Morocco, Portugal, the AP is told. By Aritz Parra. SENT: 160 words.
— GLF--WORLD CUP — World Cup of Golf appears to have found a home in Melbourne, Australia. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 450 words, photos.
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Monday Time Schedule (EST)
Kansas City at L.A. Rams, 8:15 p.m.
Boston at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Cleveland at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Phoenix at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Utah at Indiana, 7 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Denver at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
San Antonio at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
Dallas at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
Columbus at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Washington at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Florida at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Vegas at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Winnipeg at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 1 Duke vs. San Diego State at Lahaina, Hawaii, 5 p.m.
No. 3 Gonzaga vs. Illinois at Lahaina, Hawaii, 11:30 p.m.
No. 6 Nevada vs. Cal Baptist at Reno, Nev., 10 p.m.
No. 7 North Carolina vs. Saint Francis (Pa.), 8 p.m.
No. 8 Auburn vs. Xavier at Lahaina, Hawaii, 2:30 p.m.
No. 12 Kansas State vs. Missouri at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, 9:30 p.m.
No. 14 Florida State vs. Canisius, 7 p.m.
No. 15 Mississippi State vs. Arizona State at Las Vegas, 11 p.m.
No. 16 Clemson vs. Akron at George Town, Cayman Islands, 11 a.m.
No. 17 UCLA vs. Presbyterian, 11 p.m.
No. 5 Louisville at Boise State, 5 p.m.
No. 21 Missouri vs. SIU Edwardsville, 8 p.m.