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December 7, 2018
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TOP STORIES

FBC--HEISMAN TROPHY

NEW YORK — The Heisman Trophy has become almost exclusively a quarterback club with 15 of the last 18 winners being QBs. It will be 16 of 19 after Saturday’s presentation with Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins the finalists. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BBO--VENZUELA PLAYERS KILLED

CARACAS, Venezuela — Former major leaguers Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo die in a car crash after a winter league game in Venezuela. Valbuena spent 11 years in the majors and was released by the Angels in August. Castillo played five seasons with Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Houston. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BKC--A RIVALRY RENEWED

LOS ANGELES — In a game with echoes of Bill Walton and Adrian Dantley and John Wooden and Digger Phelps, the rivalry between UCLA and Notre Dame is back on. The teams last played in 2009 and meet Saturday at Pauley Pavilion. By Beth Harris. SENT: 800 words, photos.

SOC--MLS CUP

ATLANTA — A city that’s known plenty of sports heartbreak gets another shot at a championship. Atlanta United hosts the MLS Cup final Saturday night against the Portland Timbers, looking to bring the city its first major title since the 1995 World Series. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— With:

— SOC--MLS-GARBER — Commissioner Don Garber discusses the state of his league. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

OLY--ETHIOPIA’S FORGOTTEN PARALYMPIAN

SAO PAULO — Tamiru Kefeyalew won Ethiopia’s only medal of the 2016 Paralympics. But for the last two years he’s lived as a refugee in Brazil because of his anti-government protest in Rio de Janeiro. He sleeps on a mattress in a shared room. With him is his silver medal. By Mauricio Savarese and Elias Meseret. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

HKN--NEW RIVALRY

VANCOUVER, British Colombia — The Canucks general manager can see what’s coming. In a few years, fans of Seattle’s new NHL team will make the trip north through the border and into downtown Vancouver to watch their team play in what is certain to be an instant rivalry. By Tim Booth. SENT: 900 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-MAN OF YEAR

Winning any of the AP’s individual NFL awards, from MVP to top rookie, means plenty to players. And that’s especially the case for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 5 p.m. For weekend use.

BASEBALL

BBN--NATIONALS- CORBIN

WASHINGTON — Patrick Corbin put on his No. 46 Nationals jersey as Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg look on. The free-agent left-hander has a $140 million, six-year contract, the latest in a flurry of offseason moves by Washington. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— Also:

— BBN--CARDINALS-GOLDSCHMIDT — Cardinals expected to introduce slugger Paul Goldschmidt. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

NFL

FBN--TITANS REST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Derrick Henry’s record night gave the Titans their best rushing performance of the season. Now the Titans get a weekend off after three games in 11 days to rest for their final road trip and what they hope is a second straight playoff berth. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--PUNTER RANKINGS

Michael Dickson, a Seattle Seahawks rookie from Australia who bypassed his final year of eligibility at Texas, is ranked the NFL’s top punter by a panel of 10 football writers for the AP. He edges out Johnny Hekker of the Los Angeles Rams. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 750 words, photos. With list.

— Also:

— FBN--VIKINGS-OFFENSE — By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--REDSKINS-NO DEFENSE — By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--TEXANS-MCNAIR — Bob McNair, the Texans’ late founder, remembered at a ceremony at NRG Stadium. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--ARMY-NAVY

PHILADELPHIA — No. 22 Army (9-2) tries to beat Navy (3-9) for the third straight time Saturday in the storied series. President Donald Trump will officiate the coin toss before the game for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBC--CFP-CLEMSON-TREVOR & TRAVIS

Clemson’s high-octane offense is powered by quarterback Trevor Lawrence and tailback Travis Etienne. The duo has the No. 2 Tigers competing for another national title. Clemson will play No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl in one national semifinal on Dec. 29. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBC--KANSAS-WILLIAMS ARRESTED — Kansas suspends running back Pooka Williams arrest on suspicion of domestic battery. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 350 words.

— FBC--AP ALL-BIG 12 — No. 4 Oklahoma, led by Kyler Murray, dominates AP All-Big 12 team. SENT: 350 words, photos. With lists.

— FBC--GEORGIA TECH-COLLINS — Georgia Tech hires Temple’s Geoff Collins as coach, the AP is told. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBC--LIBERTY-FREEZE — Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze hired to coach Liberty, the AP is told. By Hank Kurz Jr. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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AP Sports Extra: College Football Bowl Season: A paginated preview of the college football bowl season, which starts Dec. 15, is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “Sports Extra” under the Graphics tab. Three page sizes are available — full broadsheet, half broadsheet and tabloid — with space for local advertising or content. The pages list all the bowls and look at the matchups in the College Football Playoffs. For questions, contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan(at)ap.org

NBA

BKN--NUGGETS-HORNETS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Denver Nuggets, with the best record in the Western Conference, go for their eighth victory when they play the Hornets. Charlotte has lost three in a row and has yet to beat a Western Conference team this season. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--T25-NEVADA-ARIZONA ST

LOS ANGELES — No. 6 Nevada puts its unbeaten record on the line against No. 20 Arizona State as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame tripleheader at Staples Center. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts midnight.

BKC--HURLEY HOMECOMING

STORRS, Conn. — Dan Hurley was teaching high school history in 2001 when he saw smoke rising from the twin towers. This weekend, Hurley returns home to New Jersey as coach of UConn to play Florida State in an event honoring those killed in the Sept. 11 attacks. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— Also:

— BKC--T25-TENNESSEE-SECOND CHANCE — No. 7 Tennessee awaits No. 1 Gonzaga in Phoenix. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING; 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— BKC--LOSING TEXAS — Texas loses three in a row to drop out of Top 25. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

SOCCER

SOC--COPA LIBERTADORES FINAL

MADRID — Two weeks ago, one River Plate fan traveled more than 6,000 miles to watch the Copa Libertadores final in Argentina. On Sunday, she will travel less than 6 miles from her home to attend the final in Madrid. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— With:

— SOC--COPA LIBERTADORES FINAL-SECURITY — Spanish authorities say 400 to 500 violent fans from Argentina are coming. By Tales Azzoni SENT: 400 words, photos.

SOC--AFGHANISTAN-MESSI BOY

KABUL, Afghanistan — A young Afghan boy who became an internet sensation after he was photographed in a Lionel Messi shirt made from a plastic bag is forced to flee to the capital. His mother says criminal gangs and the Taliban threatened to kill or kidnap him. By Amir Shah. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— Also:

— SOC--WOMEN’S WCUP-DRAW POTS — U.S. is top-ranked for Saturday’s Women’s World Cup draw in Paris. SENT: 100 words, photos. With list.

— SOC--US WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE year — Alex Morgan named U.S. Player of the Year for second time. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— SOC--EUROPEAN SOCCER WEEKEND — What to watch in leading European leagues this weekend. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— SOC--MAN CITY-THE NEXT INVINCIBLES? — Buzz surrounding Manchester City’s chances of going unbeaten for full Premier League season. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BOXING/UFC

BOX--LOMACHENKO-PEDRAZA

NEW YORK — Recovered from shoulder surgery, Vasiliy Lomachenko tries to unify titles for the first time when he faces fellow lightweight champion Jose Pedraza on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 600 words, photos.

MMA--UFC 231-FLYWEIGHT SHOWDOWN

LOS ANGELES — Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk rekindle a rivalry from their days in Thailand. The women fight for the flyweight title at UFC 231 in Toronto on Saturday. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 850 words, photos.

WNBA

BKL--SPARKS-FISHER

LOS ANGELES — Derek Fisher is introduced as coach of the Los Angeles Sparks. The five-time NBA champion as guard with the Lakers takes over a talented team that disappointed in last season’s playoffs. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

OTHER

— FIG--GRAND PRIX FINAL — Men’s free skate, pairs short program at Grand Prix Finals in Vancouver. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 1 a.m.

— GLF--SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN — Charl Schwartzel ahead by a shot after second round of European Tour play. SENT: 300 words.

— BRITAIN-RESCUE AT SEA — Cargo ship rescues British sailor — the only woman in round-the-world race — after storm in Southern Ocean. By Danica Kirka. SENT: 300 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

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Friday Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

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.

NHL

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.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 6 Nevada vs. No. 20 Arizona State at Los Angeles, midnight

Women

No. 17 Arizona State vs. Southern, 8 p.m.

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