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February 12, 2019

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The NCAA has handed down harsh penalties recently to two college basketball players and the University of Missouri. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about the lack of confidence in NCAA enforcement and if there is anything the association can do to fix it.

https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast

TOP STORIES

BKN--MAVERICKS-ROCKETS

HOUSTON _There was only a little over a minute left in Houston’s game and it looked as if James Harden’s streak of 30-point games would be ending. Harden brought the ball down the court and was enveloped by two defenders near the 3-point line, so he passed to Chris Paul, who drew the defense away. After a couple of dribbles Paul turned and got it back to Harden, who stepped back and sunk a 3-pointer over Dorian Finney-Smith to keep the streak alive. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 830 words, photos.

FBN--BROWNS-KAREEM HUNT

CLEVELAND _ The Cleveland Browns believe there’s remorse in Kareem Hunt’s heart. The NFL hasn’t gotten that far. Following their own investigation, the Browns signed Hunt to a one-year contract Monday, giving the former star Chiefs running back a second chance after a video showed him pushing and kicking a woman. By Tom Withers. SENT: 960 words, photos.

BBA--ATHLETICS-MURRAY

MESA, Ariz. _ Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray says he will pursue a career in the NFL over playing baseball for the Oakland Athletics. Murray was the ninth overall pick in last June’s baseball amateur draft, and the outfielder agreed to a minor league contract with Oakland for a $4.66 million signing bonus. He played quarterback for Oklahoma and is eligible for this year’s NFL draft, which starts April 25. SENT: 420 words, photos.

GLF--PEBBLE BEACH

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. _ With plenty of sunlight and no drama, Phil Mickelson finished off a 7-under 65 to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and match the tournament record with his fifth victory. Mickelson had a three-shot lead over Paul Casey with two holes to play when it was too dark to finish Sunday night because of delays from rain and a hail storm. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-BAHRAIN-REFUGEE

CANBERRA, Australia — A refugee soccer player thanked Australians on his return home Tuesday hours after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted and three months after he was detained in Thailand. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 900 words, photos.

DOG SHOW-RARE BREEDS

NEW YORK _ Every dog breed has its day at the Westminster Kennel show. That day can start by facing off against dozens of dogs _ or no others at all. While there are as many as Some 48 French bulldogs, for example, vied Monday to be best of their breed. Meanwhile, there were only one harrier and one English foxhound at the United States’ most prestigious dog show. By Jennifer Peltz. UPCOMING: 870 words, photos by 4 a.m.

With:

_ DOG SHOW _ By Ben Walker. SENT: 500 words, photos.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

BKC--UNDERSIZED SCORERS

BUIES CREEK, N.C. _ Campbell’s Chris Clemons is leading the country in scoring and moving up the Division I career scoring list to headline a crop of big-time undersized scorers in college basketball. The list includes No. 10 Marquette’s Markus Howard and No. 15 Purdue’s Carsen Edwards. The 5-foot-9 Clemons is averaging 29 points for the little-known Fighting Camels as a senior and is on pace to become the highest-scoring player shorter than 6 feet in Division I history. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 4 a.m.

COMMENTARY

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-BROWNS BOLD MOVE

BEREA, Ohio _ The Browns are counting on Kareem Hunt not to run afoul. Cleveland signed the troubled running back to a 1-year contract, adding him to its roster following his release in Kansas City after a video surfaced of him pushing and kicking a woman. Hunt has been receiving counseling and vowed to improve. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BBN--PAUL NEWBERRY-A BASEBALL LIFE

When spring training opens in a few days, there will be a huge void. Tommy Giardano is nearing the end of a remarkable life, one that touched countless people over his 93 years _ nearly all of it spent as a baseball man. As T-Bone prepares to leave this world, let’s try to live as he did: surrounded by loved ones, caring for others and telling some amazing stories. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

FBO--ON FOOTBALL-ALLIANCE’S DEBUT

There is certainly an appetite for spring football in this country. Well, if you want to count subfreezing temperatures in February and March as the spring. Now, can the Alliance of American Football satisfy that hunger? The first weekend for the new league was a strong start. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 700 words, photos.

CAR--NASCAR-IN THE PITS

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ Rick Hendrick said his teams would be better this season and the first day of Speedweeks backed up his claim. His teams went 1-2-3-4 in Daytona 500 qualifying, then Jimmie Johnson won the first event of the year. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 810 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--PANTHERS-REID

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Eric Reid has signed a three-year contract worth more than $22 million with the Carolina Panthers, a deal the safety believes is additional proof that NFL owners conspired to keep him out of the league for a portion of last season. Reid says he believes he got “fair market value” after making just $1.69 million last season from the Panthers, who signed him in October. By Steve Reed. SENT: 400 words, photo.

BASEBALL

BBN--MARLINS-JETER

MIAMI _ Derek Jeter is entering his second season as CEO of the Miami Marlins, who remain in the throes of a rebuilding project. For the first time in his baseball life, winning isn’t coming easily. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 830 words, photos.

With:

_ BBN--MARLINS-JETER-RIVERA _ SENT: 300 words, photo.

NBA

BKN--TRAIL BLAZERS-THUNDER

OKLAHOMA CITY — Chalk up another triple-double record for Russell Westbrook. Westbrook set an NBA record with his 10th straight triple-double, Paul George scored 47 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-111 on Monday night. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 740 words, photos.

BKN--ALL-STAR-JORDAN’S JOURNEY

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Buzz Peterson knew Michael Jordan as well as anyone when they were in college. But Peterson never saw this coming: His roommate becoming an NBA owner and hosting the league’s All-Star game in his home state of North Carolina. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 800 words, photos by 4 a.m.

Also:

_ BKN--ALL-STAR-SHOE FASHION _ By Steve Reed. SENT: 920 words, photos. With BKN--ALL-STAR-SHOE FASHION-LIST.

_ BKN--ALL-STAR-HI-TECH SHOE _ By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 680 words, photos.

_ BKN--RAPTORS-LIN _ By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 240 words, photos.

_ BKN--CAVALIERS-STAUSKAS _ By Tim Withers. SENT: 150 words.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Men’s:

BKC--T25-Top 25 This Week

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. _ The Southeastern and Big Ten conferences have a series of matchups with ranked teams that will have a big impact atop the league standings. Those games include No. 1 Tennessee’s trip to No. 5 Kentucky as the headliner on the week’s AP Top 25 schedule as well as No. 11 Michigan State’s visit to No. 20 Wisconsin. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 750 words and photos by 4 a.m.

Also:

_ BKC--T25-COLLEGE BKB POLL _ Tennessee remains No. 1 in the AP men’s college basketball poll despite Duke earning the top overall seed in the NCAA’s initial rankings. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 600 words, photos.

BKC--VIRGINIA-NORTH CAROLINA

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. _ Virginia’s halftime lead was gone. North Carolina was pushing further ahead. And the Cavaliers were committing so many turnovers that coach Tony Bennett’s frustration bubbled over in the huddle. Yet Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome and the rest of the fourth-ranked Cavaliers handled everything — dwindling clock, angry coach, powerful opponent and hostile crowd — with veteran poise. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 830 words, photos.

BKC--T25-SEC SUPREMACY

This week could determine who rules the SEC, at least for now. The top four teams in the conference will square off. The marquee matchup will be unbeaten No. 1 Tennessee at No. 5 Kentucky, which also hosts LSU in a game of one-loss schools. The first-place Vols also have a rematch with fourth-place South Carolina to begin a challenging stretch run. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 760 words, photos.

Women’s:

BKW--T25-SOUTH CAROLINA-UCONN

HARTFORD, Conn. _ Napheesa Collier and UConn used a strong second half to turn their final nonconference game into a rout. Collier had 31 points, 16 rebounds and six assists, and the fourth-ranked Huskies beat 11th-ranked South Carolina 97-79 on Monday night. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 650 words, photos.

Also:

_ BKW--T25-WOMEN’S BKB POLL _ South Dakota is ranked in the AP women’s college basketball poll for the first time in school history. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 400 words, photos.

HOCKEY

HKN--SLIDING AVALANCHE

DENVER _ The Colorado Avalanche were tied for the most points in the Western Conference after games on Dec. 7. Two months and a 5-15-6 record later, they’re trying to get back into playoff contention. It’s been a perplexing free-fall for the Avalanche. By Pat Graham. SENT: 700 words, photos.

HKC--BEANPOT

BOSTON _ When Eric Williams and the rest of Northeastern’s senior class first arrived on campus, winning the Beanpot once — just once — was a goal they struggled to cling to. The Huskies had not claimed Boston’s college hockey bragging rights since 1988, a slump that ended last year. Northeastern beat Boston College 4-2 on Monday night to win consecutive Beanpot titles for the first time in 34 years. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 600 words, photos.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-DAYTONA 500-TRUEX

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ Martin Truex Jr. failed to send Furniture Row Racing out of NASCAR with a championship. But he’ll have chances to win one with his new team, Joe Gibbs Racing. A year after Truex’s team folded and he just missed on a second straight Cup title, he found the kind of landing spot at JGR that should keep him a contender for years to come. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 780 words, photos.

Also:

_ CAR--NASCAR-DAYTONA 500-WATT _ SENT: 180 words, photos.

CAR--INDYCAR-RACING INTO 2019

AUSTIN, Texas _ IndyCar heads into 2019 with everything from its new corporate sponsors and television contract, to its talented pool of drivers, going full speed in the right direction. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 810 words, photos.

SKIING

SKI--WORLDS-MEN’S COMBINED

ARE, Sweden _ With the Alpine combined possibly getting axed from major skiing championships, Alexis Pinturault had one final chance to assert his long-time dominance of the event. He didn’t waste it. The French skier produced the second-fastest slalom leg to rise from 24th place after the downhill portion and win by 0.24 seconds at the world championships. It was Pinturault’s first individual gold medal at a major championship. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 600 words, photos.

OTHER

_ TEN--OSAKA-COACHING CHANGE _ By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 330 words, photos.

_ BRAZIL-SOCCER TEAM FIRE _ By Diane Jeantet. SENT: 500 words, photos.

_ SOC--SALA-POST-MORTEM _ SENT: 160 words, photos.

CAPSULES

_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES

_ HKN--NHL CAPSULES

_ BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES

_ BKW--TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Tuesday Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

L.A. Lakers at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Boston at Philadelphia, 8 p.m.

Orlando at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

San Antonio at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Utah at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.<

NHL

Washington at Columbus, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Dallas at Florida, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Boston, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Carolina at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

New Jersey at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Detroit at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Toronto at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Arizona at Vegas, 10 p.m.

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Men

No. 2 Duke at No. 16 Louisville, 9 p.m.

No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 19 LSU, 7 p.m.

No. 6 Michigan at Penn State, 8:30 p.m.

No. 10 Marquette at DePaul, 8 p.m.

No. 11 Michigan State at No. 20 Wisconsin, 7 p.m.

No. 12 Purdue at No. 24 Maryland, 6:30 p.m.

No. 18 Kansas State at Texas, 9 p.m.

No. 25 Buffalo at Akron, 7 p.m.

Women

No. 15 Texas at Oklahoma State, 8 p.m.

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