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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Avery Johnson has been to the NBA Finals as a player and head coach. Now, the former point guard has Alabama’s program that hasn’t been the NCAA Tournament since 2012 looking like it’s poised for a breakthrough. That’s thanks largely to a highly rated recruiting class led by another point guard, Collin Sexton. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.
New NHL faceoff violation enforcement has pressed more defensemen in to taking draws this season. Like position players pitching, defensemen taking faceoffs after not practicing is a rare challenge. Some players are even good at it. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 a.m.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Cuonzo Martin is no stranger to Missouri, having grown up just across the Mississippi River in East St. Louis and coached in the state before at Missouri State. Now the former Tennessee and Cal coach is back home with the Tigers, where he thinks the rejuvenated basketball program could be a much-needed source of pride for a Missouri campus still reeling from student protests two years ago. By Kurt Voigt. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 a.m.
NEW YORK — An AP source says Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has threatened to sue the NFL over a proposed contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell, a dispute sparked by star running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension over alleged domestic violence. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 720 words, photos.
North Carolina closed out the 2016-17 season by holding off upstart Gonzaga for its sixth national championship. April seems so long ago now. With the season starting Friday, a look at the stars, top teams and best nonconference games of 2017-18. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 590 words, photos by 3 a.m.
BKC--PICK SIX-IMPACT TRANSFERS
A few of last year’s Final Four teams have added transfers to help restock. That’s particularly apparent at Oregon. The Ducks had to replace four starters from last year’s Final Four team and responded by adding a pair of graduate transfers — Elijah Brown from New Mexico and MiKyle McIntosh from Illinois State. Defending national champion North Carolina and South Carolina also added graduate transfers. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 840 words, photos by 3 a.m.
This NFL season has been full of surprises already, and it’s only half done. Who could have anticipated the league getting caught up in a spat with President Donald Trump over players kneeling during the national anthem? Who could have imagined the Eagles, Rams and Saints at the top of the NFC? Or the Giants, Raiders and Broncos struggling so much? By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOIMING: 850 words, photos by 3 a.m.
FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-MIAMI QBS
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Dual-threat quarterbacks will take center stage when No. 3 Notre Dame visits No. 7 Miami on Saturday night. Brandon Wimbush and Malik Rosier are first-year starters, and their abilities to run, throw and make good decisions are big reasons why the game has added spark. By John Fineran. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.
BKC--T25-SAINT MARY’S GROWTH
MORAGA, Calif. — Saint Mary’s coach Randy Bennett called a team meeting for his underclassmen after a shocking early exit from the West Coast Conference tournament three seasons ago. Things shifted after that. Expectations are sky-high now in the senior seasons for Calvin Hermanson, Jock Landale and Emmett Naar. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 810 words, photos by 3 a.m.
BOSTON — Lonzo Ball says he has not spoken with his younger brother LiAngelo since he and two other UCLA basketball players were reportedly involved in a shoplifting incident in China. SENT: 240 words, photos.
Indiana coach Archie Miller signed four players Wednesday in his first recruiting class. By Michael Marot. SENT: 600 words.
AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn coach Bruce Pearl hasn’t been cooperating with the school’s internal investigation into the program, according to an ESPN report. SENT: 330 words, photos.
FBC--BIG 12 PROSPECTS
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Oklahoma and TCU have national title hopes, while just about everyone else in the Big 12 still has something to play for down the stretch. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 810 words, photos by 3 a.m.
BKN--LAKERS-BALL SHOOTING WOES
BOSTON — Lonzo Ball is in a shooting slump, and he says the problem is “just in my head.” By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 280 words, photos.
FRISCO, Texas — Ezekiel Elliott skipped his weekly media session because of more legal limbo in the star Dallas Cowboys running back’s fight over the NFL’s six-game suspension on alleged domestic violence. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 740 words, photos.
BBO--MLB PLAYERS CHOICE AWARDS
NEW YORK — Houston’s Jose Altuve has been named outstanding player for the second straight season in Players Choice Awards balloting by the Major League Baseball Players Association. SENT: 340 words, photos.
BBO--BBWAA NEW YORK CHAPTER AWARDS
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge and World Series champion Houston Astros win big in awards voting by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 300 words, photos.
SYDNEY — Figure skater Harley Windsor is set to be the first indigenous Australian to compete in the Winter Olympics after being selected for next year’s Pyeongchang Games. SENT: 300 words, photos.
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Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EST)
Seattle at Arizona, 8:25 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Washington, 7 p.m.
New Orleans at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland at Houston, 8 p.m.
Philadelphia at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Denver, 10:30 p.m.
Edmonton at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Arizona at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Detroit at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Vancouver at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.