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Jerry Rice says Antonio Brown would take the 49ers’ offense to a “whole different level.” The Hall of Fame receiver tells guest host Rob Maaddi on the AP’s PodcastOne Sports Now that the embattled Pittsburgh Steelers star receiver reached out to him for advice.
What was once the traditional signing period in college football has been replaced by the early signing period, but Feb. 6 will still be a busy day. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Barton Simmons, scouting director of 247 Sports, joins AP’s Ralph Russo in discussing the recruiting class of 2020. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast
ATLANTA _ The NFL announces all its major awards, including the AP MVP, at the annual NFL Honors show. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Show starts 5 p.m. In addition, brief separates on each award.
FBN--HALL OF FAME
ATLANTA _ Tony Gonzalez, the record holder among tight ends in many receiving categories, is a leading candidate in his first year of eligibility for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. By National Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.
FBN--SUPER BOWL-MCVAY’S SCHOOL DAYS
ATLANTA _ Sean McVay played high school football in Atlanta, where he led his Catholic prep school to the 2003 state title. Now, his former coaches and schoolmates are pulling for McVay and the Rams to knock off the Patriots in Sunday’s Super Bowl. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 950 words, photos.
OAKLAND, Calif. _ With LeBron James back in the lineup after a groin injury, the Los Angeles Lakers play a Golden State Warriors team whose 11-game winning streak ended with a loss to Philadelphia. James had a double-double in an overtime win over the Clippers on Thursday night. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
MARIBOR, Slovenia _ Mikaela Shiffrin wins the last women’s World Cup slalom before the world championships. It is her 13th victory of the season, a personal best. Only Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider has won more races in a season (14), in 1988-89. By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 600 words, photos.
_ SKI--WCUP-SHRIFFIN’S FLIGHT _ Shiffrin gets private flight to worlds, thanks to Slovenian skier. By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 350 words, photos.
CAR--NASCAR-NOT DONE YET
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Jimmie Johnson is rarely rattled, but his patience was tested during his worst season. Unable to tune out criticism on social media, he fired back: “I’m far from done.” A new NASCAR season awaits, and he’s intent on a record eighth title. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 800 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL-TRENCH WARRIORS
ATLANTA _ They’re big boys with mean streaks, yet the Patriots’ offensive line still gets overlooked at times. During the playoffs, they’ve been as big a key as anyone, keeping Tom Brady clean and clearing the way for the running game. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.
FBN--SUPER BOWL-RAMS-FINDING THEIR WAY
ATLANTA _ Sean McVay inherited a team with 13 straight non-winning seasons and took it to the Super Bowl just two years. His Rams navigated a season marked by a mass shooting and two wildfires near their training complex. All of which cemented his team philosophy of “We Not Me.” By Greg Beacham. SENT: 850 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL LEGENDS
ATLANTA _ Troy Vincent, the NFL executive and five-time Pro Bowl cornerback, started an initiative a few years ago to help ex-players stay connected to teams. The NFL Legends project assists players in keeping up with their health and the transition to life after football. By Pro Football Rob Maaddi. SENT: 700 words, photos.
_ FBN--SUPER BOWL-THE LATEST _ Real-time updates throughout day.
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BKC--T25-VIRGINIA TECH-NC STATE
RALEIGH, N.C. _ In North Carolina State’s lowest-scoring game of the shot-clock era, the No. 23 Wolfpack lose to No. 12 Virginia Tech 47-24. N.C. State makes just 9 of 54 shots _ less than 17 percent. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ No. 9 North Carolina, aiming to avenge last month’s blowout loss, faces a No. 15 Louisville team getting strong play from Jordan Nwora. The Cardinals’ 83-62 romp in Chapel Hill was North Carolina’s worst home loss under coach Roy Williams. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 2 p.m.
LAWRENCE, Kan. _ Kansas, once No. 1 but now No. 11, enters its 12 showdown with No. 16 Texas Tech having lost three of its past four games. A loss at home would damage Kansas’ Big 12 title hopes. Texas Tech beat TCU on Monday, two days after holding off Arkansas. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m.
WACO, Texas _ Baylor plays its first home game as a No. 1 team in almost six years. The Lady Bears face Texas Tech, which has lost six in a row. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 2 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS _ The Denver Nuggets, tied with Golden State for the best record in the Western Conference, go for their sixth straight victory when they play Minnesota. The last-place Timberwolves can get back to .500 with a win. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. _ Rickie Fowler takes a one-shot lead over Justin Thomas into the third round of the Phoenix Open. Phil Mickelson, a three-time champion in Phoenix, missed the cut. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
_ GLF--SAUDI INTERNATIONAL _ Sergio Garcia disqualified for damaging greens at new European Tour event; Dustin Johnson, Li Haotong share lead after three rounds. SENT: 350 words.
_ TRUMP _ President golfs at his Florida club with Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 130 words, photos.
SAN JOSE, Calif. _ The U.S. men’s national team looks for a second straight win under new coach Gregg Berhalter when the Americans host Costa Rica in an exhibition. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 3:50 p.m.
_ SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP _ Chelsea routs last-place Huddersfield 5-0 to return to Premier League’s top four. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 700 words, photos.
RAC--ROBERT LEWIS STAKES
ARCADIA, Calif. _ Gunmetal Gray and Mucho Gusto, trained by Bob Baffert, lead a field of six 3-year-olds in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita. Qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby are up for grabs. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Post time 6:53 p.m.
_ TEN--DAVIS CUP ROUNDUP _ Two-day qualifiers of revamped Davis Cup end with 12 nations aiming to join six others in Madrid in November. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 p.m.
_ Women’s tournaments in St. Petersburg, Russia; Hua Hin, Thailand.
_ LUG--WORLD CUP _ Germany’s Felix Loch wins luge race by 0.004 seconds before home crowd. SENT: 120 words.
_ SKI--WCUP-MEN’S DOWNHILL _ Last men’s downhill before worlds called off because of heavy snow in Germany. SENT: 100 words, photos.
_ RGU--SYDNEY SEVENS _ U.S. men reach quarterfinals in rugby series in Australia; U.S. women make semis. SENT: 300 words.
_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES
_ HKN--NHL CAPSULES
_ BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES
_ BKW--TOP 25 CAPSULES
Saturday Time Schedule (EST)
L.A. Clippers at Detroit, 5 p.m.
Chicago at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Brooklyn at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Milwaukee at Washington, 7 p.m.
Dallas at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
Indiana at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
New Orleans at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Golden State, 8:30 p.m.
Denver at Minnesota, 9 p.m.
Atlanta at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
Houston at Utah, 9 p.m.
Philadelphia at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
Edmonton at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
New Jersey at Montreal, 2 p.m.
Anaheim at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Vegas at Florida, 7 p.m.
Los Angeles at N.Y. Islanders (Nassau Coliseum), 7 p.m.
St. Louis at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Dallas at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Chicago at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers, 8 p.m.
Vancouver at Colorado, 10 p.m.
Arizona at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 1 Tennessee at Texas A&M, 8 p.m.
No. 2 Duke vs. St. John’s, noon
No. 3 Virginia vs. Miami, 2 p.m.
No. 4 Gonzaga vs. San Diego, 8 p.m.
No. 6 Michigan State vs. Indiana, 6 p.m.
No. 7 Kentucky at Florida, 4 p.m.
No. 8 Nevada vs. Boise State, 6 p.m.
No. 9 North Carolina at No. 15 Louisville, 2 p.m.
No. 11 Kansas vs. No. 16 Texas Tech, 4 p.m.
No. 12 Virginia Tech at No. 23 N.C. State, noon
No. 19 LSU vs. Arkansas, 6 p.m.
No. 20 Iowa State vs. Texas, 2 p.m.
No. 22 Mississippi State at Mississippi, 3:30 p.m.
No. 25 Florida State vs. Georgia Tech, noon
No. 1 Baylor vs. Texas Tech, 2 p.m.
No. 2 UConn at Cincinnati, noon
No. 3 Louisville at Clemson, 2 p.m.
No. 8 Stanford vs. California, 7 p.m.
No. 12 Texas at Oklahoma, 4 p.m.
No. 15 Gonzaga at Saint Mary’s, 6 p.m.
No. 23 Iowa State at Kansas State, 2 p.m.
No. 25 BYU at Pepperdine, 5 p.m.