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Acclaimed chef Emeril Lagasse tells PodcastOne Sports Now co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg that living so many years in New Orleans makes him a huge Saints fan. He says he loves sports so much he created Lagasse’s Stadium in Las Vegas, where food and football are combined in a spectacular setting. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Derrick Henry sped and stiff-armed his way to a record-tying 99-yard touchdown run as the Tennessee Titans routed the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-9 for a second straight victory to keep them in the chase for a playoff spot. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— FBN--JAGUARS-MELTDOWN — A Jaguars defense that prides itself as one of the league’s best got embarrassed on a national stage by Derrick Henry in a loss to the Titans. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 650 words, photos.
MMA--UFC 231-FLYWEIGHT SHOWDOWN
LOS ANGELES — Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk will rekindle an old rivalry when they meet for the flyweight title at UFC 231 in Toronto. The veteran fighters competed in three straight years at the Muay Thai World Championships, and Shevchenko won all three bouts. Shevchenko believes this experience and her size advantage will help her against Jedrzejczyk, whose high-intensity fighting style contrasts sharply with Shevchenko’s counterpunching skill. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 3 a.m.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Vancouver GM Jim Benning can envision a few years from now when fans of Seattle’s new NHL franchise are making the trek north on I-5 and into downtown Vancouver to watch their team play the Canucks. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 940 words, photos by 3 a.m.
FBN--NFL THIS WEEK
Here’s a crazy thought: The Houston Texans with home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. Yep, the team that began the season 0-3 just might sneak past the Chiefs and Patriots and claim that coveted spot. The Texans have won nine in a row. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1900 words, photos.
FRISCO, Texas — Cowboys say they can’t, and won’t, get comfortable as NFC East leaders with defending champ Eagles coming to town. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 710 words, photos.
EAGAN, Minn. — Kyle Rudolph’s value to the Vikings could be taken for granted at this stage of his career, given his streak of 61 consecutive games started that’s the longest active run by an NFL tight end. Whether his contributions have been fully appreciated or not, Rudolph has continually carried a significant presence for the team on and off the field. He’s on pace for the second-most productive season of his career. By Pro Football Player Dave Campbell. SENT: 580 words, photos.
FBC--T25-AP PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kyler Murray is The Associated Press college football Player of the Year. He’s the second straight Oklahoma quarterback and fifth overall to win the award since it was established in 1998. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 700 words, photos.
PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies have acquired left-handed pitcher Jose Alvarez from the Los Angeles Angels for right-handed pitcher Luis Garcia. SENT: 130 words, photos.
ZURICH — FIFA says it wants a soccer player who has refugee status in Australia to return to the country “at the earliest possible moment” rather than be extradited from Thailand to Bahrain. SENT: 150 words, photos.
SOC--LEICESTER HELICOPTER CRASH
LONDON — Investigators say the helicopter involved in a crash that killed the owner of English soccer team Leicester and four other people lost control because of mechanical failure. SENT: 160 words.
LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather says he and Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa will meet after all — but only in a nine-minute New Year’s Eve exhibition. Mayweather said the match in Tokyo would be for entertainment purposes only, with no judges, no official record — and no kicking. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 430 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Deontay Wilder is still frustrated by the way he fought in his draw with Tyson Fury. The WBC heavyweight champion watched a replay of the fight for the first time Thursday and saw things he did incorrectly. Wilder was still amazed Fury got up when Wilder dropped him in the 12th round and believes referee Jack Reiss may have counted too slowly to give Fury another chance. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 790 words, photos.
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Friday’s Time Schedule (EST)
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 6 Nevada vs. No. 20 Arizona State at the Staples Center, Midnight
No. 17 Arizona State vs. Southern University, 8 p.m.
Denver at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Indiana at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Sacramento at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
Memphis at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Chicago, 8 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.
Miami at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
Golden State at Milwaukee, 9:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
San Jose at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Minnesota at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Carolina at Anaheim, 10 p.m.