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BC-TN--Tennessee Sports Digest, TN

January 8, 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; administrative correspondent Claire Galofaro can be reached at cgalofaro@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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NFL:

GRITTY TITANS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Go ahead and pick against the Tennessee Titans. Count them out against the New England Patriots or call them the ugliest team left in the NFL playoffs. A franchise only two years removed from the NFL’s worst record over a two-season stretch cares only about winning. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 690 words, photos.

BEHIND THE CALL

UNDATED — Official Jeff Triplette’s crew didn’t appear primed for the playoffs and neither did Buffalo’s coaching staff as the Bills’ first postseason appearance in 18 years was done in by a bad call at the 1 in Jacksonville. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL:

Men:

COLLEGE BKB POLL

UNDATED — Villanova needed just a week to reclaim its lost No. 1 ranking in the AP Top 25. West Virginia waited a lot longer — nearly six decades, in fact — to get back to its position at No. 2. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 670 words, photos, list.

Women:

WOMEN’S BKB POLL

NEW YORK — Rutgers is back in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll for the first time since 2015. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 250 words, photo.

ALSO:

—NBA PLAYER KILLED: The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright will not fight authorities’ attempt to send her from California to Tennessee, where she’s charged with killing him nearly eight years ago. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated, photos.

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