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East Stroudsburg coach Denny Douds called timeout with 13 seconds left in a game to announce his retirement after 43 years in charge of the Warriors’ football program. Then he shook hands with players and coaches, walked out of the stadium and drove off. Also on the show: Adam Greenberg discusses his two major league plate appearances — seven years apart — and why he’s running for office. Finally, AP NFL writer Rob Maaddi settles the Brady vs. Rodgers debate. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
LOS ANGELES — LeBron James had 24 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Kyle Kuzma scored six of his 21 points in the final minutes of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 114-110 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Josh Hart scored 21 points and Brandon Ingram added 20 for the Lakers, who avenged a loss at Minnesota nine days earlier with a tenacious finish at Staples Center. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 450 words, photos. Will be Updated.
CARLSBAD, Calif. — The agent for free agent Bryce Harper and many of baseball’s top players claims rebuilding teams have become a “competitive cancer” that caused this season’s 4 percent attendance drop. As the sport’s officials start to consider possible rules changes to spark offense and speed pace, Scott Boras acidly critiqued several clubs that were among the 17 to draw fewer fans this year than last. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 950 words.
METAIRIE, La. — Dez Bryant has found a new team, agreeing to join the already prolific offense of the surging New Orleans Saints. The former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, who has been looking for an NFL home since becoming a free agent in April, will now have a chance to catch passes from one of the most prolific quarterbacks in NFL history in New Orleans’ Drew Brees. By Brett Martel. SENT: 750 words.
FBN--CHESNEY’S STADIUM MAGIC
The wave of sound builds from the bottom of the lower bowl to the very top of MetLife Stadium. Every seat is filled, and the place rocks with energy and anticipation. Indeed, it couldn’t be any louder if the Giants or Jets were playing in a Super Bowl there. Except there’s no football game about to kick off. It’s one of 14 NFL and 19 overall stadium stops for Kenny Chesney on his five-month, 42-show “Trip Around The Sun” tour earlier this year. And the musical magic about to be created rivals anything the place has ever seen. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,200 words.
NEW YORK — It’s never been easier to score in the NFL. At the midpoint of the season, the league is on pace to set records for most points, touchdowns and touchdown passes in a single season. Teams have scored 6,440 points, 736 touchdowns and 473 TDs in the air through Week 9. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 1,220 words.
MIAMI — Hassan Whiteside has big goals. He desperately wants to be an All-Star, especially this season with the game in Charlotte, just a few miles from his hometown. He wants to be the league’s defensive player of the year. He’s already won an NBA rebound title and a blocked-shot title, albeit in different seasons, and now wants those crowns in the same year — something only five other men have accomplished. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 600 words.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Tina Thompson has moved the blue sticky notes that used to cover the left side of her desk into a notebook to cut down on the clutter. The Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer is focused on the one thing she knows well: Winning. It’s fitting she will make her head coaching debut against a top 10 opponent — No. 6 Mississippi State on Friday. Thompson embraces challenges, having worked hard for every accolade that has come her way. By Hank Kurz Jr. SENT: 970 words.
BKW--T25-NOTRE DAME-THE ROOMIES
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Arike Ogunbowale and Marina Mabrey will always have Columbus, Ohio. The senior guards and off-campus roommates for No. 1 Notre Dame will always have Brooklyn, too. The friendship between Ogunbowale, the Milwaukee scoring machine, and Mabrey, the street-wise Jersey shore kid, was cemented at the Barclays Center on April 17, 2015 in the Jordan Brand Classic. SENT: 850 words.
FBC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK. SENT: 500 words.
FBC--BIG 12 THIS WEEK. SENT: 500 words.
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Thursday’s Time Schedule (EST)
All Times EST
Carolina at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m.
TOP 25 FOOTBALL
No. 22 NC State vs. Wake Forest, 7:30 p.m.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 4 Baylor vs. Saint Francis (Pa.), 8 p.m.
No. 11 Texas vs. Duquesne, 8 p.m.
Houston at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Boston at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Portland, 10 p.m.
Milwaukee at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Boston, 7 p.m.
Edmonton at Florida, 7 p.m.
Arizona at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Vegas at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Carolina at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
San Jose at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Portland at Seattle, 10:30 p.m.