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December 18, 2018
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TOP STORIES

FBC--RECRUITING-EARLY SIGNING PERIOD

The vast majority of football prospects last year capitalized on an early signing period to settle on their college choices in December. This year, teams have adjusted to a new normal in which the traditional February signing day gets pushed to the background. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 800 words, photos.

SALT LAKE-OLYMPIC REBOOT

SALT LAKE CITY — Two decades ago, Salt Lake City got caught in a fierce bidding war and bribery scandal that nearly derailed plans for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Now the script has flipped. The IOC is struggling to find cities willing to take on the burden of host. That’s why Utah is in the running for 2030. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 800 words, photos.

SOC--MAN UNITED-MOURINHO OUT

Jose Mourinho is fired as Manchester United’s manager after failing to restore the club to its status as a major European force. His turbulent 2½-year spell was marked by clashes with players and increasing disgruntlement at the team’s style of play. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— With:

— SOC--MAN UNITED-MOURINHO OUT-THE LATEST — Real-time developments throughout day.

— SOC--MAN UNITED-MOURINHO’S CAREER — Mourinho goes from box-office gold to unemployed. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

RAY RICE-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

NEW YORK — Ray Rice says he’s not speaking out against domestic violence as a way to rejoin the NFL. The former Baltimore Ravens running back, appearing on “CBS This Morning” with his wife, says he sees similarities between himself and Kareem Hunt, who was released after video showed him shoving and kicking a woman. SENT: 500 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-JASON-DAY

Jason Day wants to get back to No. 1 in the world, and he’s willing to lose sleep over it. He first reached the top ranking in 2015. Now he has three kids and he knows the return to the summit might be even tougher. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— With:

— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 5 p.m.

SOC--ON SOCCER-MAN UNITED-MOURINHO

LONDON — Jose Mourinho’s firing leaves Manchester United searching for its fourth manager in the five years since Alex Ferguson retired. The problems run far deeper than a coach’s command of the squad. Team executives seem incapable of making the right calls on big decisions. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 850 words, photos.

— With:

— SOC--JOHN LEICESTER-MOURINHO’S END — By Sports Columnist John Leicester. SENT: 700 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--PRO BOWL

The NFL announces the rosters for the Pro Bowl, which will be played in Orlando the weekend before the Super Bowl. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Announcement after 8 p.m.

FBN--SAINTS-GRINDING IT OUT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On a night when the offense was stuck in neutral, the Saints still found a way to grind out a win against Carolina behind their ever-improving defense. That could bode well as New Orleans eyes a Super Bowl run. By Steve Reed. SENT: 600 words, photos.

FBN--RISING COLTS

INDIANAPOLIS — After rushing for 178 yards against one of the league’s top defenses and shutting out the Dallas Cowboys, the Indianapolis Colts might not be a fluke. But they know they still have plenty to prove in the final two weeks. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBN--TITANS-MARIOTA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Marcus Mariota threw a block and got all of a Giants linebacker, helping spring Derrick Henry for a few more yards. The grit shown by the Titans quarterback speaks volumes with his teammates. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.

— Also:

— FBN--POWER RANKINGS — By Simmi Buttar. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--BEHIND THE CALL — By Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 900 words, photos.

— FBN--PANTHERS-NEWTON’S SHOULDER — By Steve Reed. SENT: 650 words, photos

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--OKLAHOMA-RILEY

NORMAN, Okla. — Lincoln Riley has been to the College Football Playoff twice and coached two Heisman winners since becoming Oklahoma’s coach 18 months ago. With all that success already at age 35, the school will no doubt have to hold off NFL teams. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBC--COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kent State receiver Antwan Dixon, Dartmouth defensive lineman Seth Simmer and Carson-Newman running back Antonio Wimbush win the Mayo Clinic college football Comeback Player of the Year Award. The new award recognizes college football players from all divisions who overcome injury, illness or other challenges. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 650 words, photos.

FBC--BOCA RATON BOWL

BOCA RATON, Fla. — UAB seeks the first bowl win in school history, and Northern Illinois tries to end a streak of five consecutive bowl losses when the teams meet in the Boca Raton Bowl. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

— Also:

— FBC--FRISCO BOWL PREVIEW CAPSULE — San Diego State plays Ohio on Wednesday night in Texas. SENT: 350 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Men:

BKC--T25-BUFFALO-SYRACUSE

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse, having lost at home Saturday and dropped out of the Top 25, is not even the king of its own neighborhood these days. The Orange face a No. 14 Buffalo team that is one of the surprises of the college basketball season. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

BKC--T25-MARQUETTE-HAUSER BROTHERS

MILWAUKEE — Sometimes, Markus Howard can’t tell Marquette teammates Sam and Joey Hauser apart. They have similar builds and games, along with a familiarity on the floor. The brothers have helped send the No. 20 Golden Eagles to an 8-2 start while weathering nonconference tests. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— Also:

— BKC--T25-PRINCETON-DUKE — By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

— BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK — By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 700 words, photos.

Women:

BKW--T25-STANFORD-TENNESSEE

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — In a game between traditional powers, No. 9 Tennessee puts its undefeated record on the line against No. 8 Stanford. The Cardinal sent No. 6 Baylor its first loss Saturday. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m.

BKW--T25-MISSISSIPPI ST-OREGON

EUGENE, Ore. — Undefeated Mississippi State, which has climbed to a No. 4 ranking, plays No. 7 Oregon. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.

NBA

BKN--CAVALIERS-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS — The Pacers go for their eighth straight victory when they play a Cavaliers team that has won only seven games since LeBron James left town. Indiana is a half-game behind first-place Milwaukee in the Central Division. Cleveland has lost 11 of its 13 road games. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

NHL

HKN--WINGS-FLYERS

PHILADELPHIA — A day after firing Dave Hakstol, the Flyers start anew under interim coach Scott Gordon when they face the Detroit Red Wings. Philadelphia has lost 11 of 14 and is last in the Eastern Conference. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBN--METS-RAMOS

NEW YORK — Hand it to Wilson Ramos. He impressed the New York Mets with the strength of his handshake, and the team gave the catcher a $19 million, two-year contract. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, by 4 p.m.

— Also:

— BBA--RANGERS-LYNN — By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. News conference 3 p.m.

— BBA--TWINS-MAUER — By Dave Campbell. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 p.m.

WINTER SPORTS

SKI--WCUP-WOMEN’S DOWNHILL

SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy — Ilka Stuhec wins a World Cup downhill for her first victory since missing all of last season, including the Pyeongchang Olympics, with a knee injury. This is the first time the Saslong course is hosting women’s World Cup races. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— With:

— SKI--WCUP-LEDECKA’S SCHEDULE — Schedule overlap prevents Ester Ledecka from competing in both skiing, snowboarding worlds. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 350 words, photos.

— Also:

— SKI--VILETTA RETIRES — 2014 Olympic champion Sandro Viletta retires from skiing because of knee injuries. SENT: 130 words, photos.

SOCCER

— SOC--CLUB WORLD CUP — River Plate upset by home team Al Ain FC in Club World Cup semis in United Arab Emirates. SENT: 350 words, photos.

— SOC--MESSI-GOLDEN SHOW — Lionel Messi gets record fifth Golden Shoe award for leading all European leagues in scoring. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 200 words, photos.

— SOC--MLS-GALAXY-IBRAHIMOVIC — Zlatan Ibrahimovic re-signs with Galaxy as designated player. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— SOC--US MALE PLAYER-STEFFEN — Goalie Zack Steffen voted USSF male player of 2018. SENT: 250 words.

— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP — Defending champion Manchester City plays at Leicester in English League Cup quarterfinals. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— SOC--FIFA INVESTIGATION-GAMBIA — Soccer’s ruling body bans African official for taking cash from former FIFA presidential candidate. SENT: 140 words

OTHER

— BKL--WINGS-AGLER — Brian Agler hired to coach WNBA’s Dallas Wings after quitting Los Angeles Sparks. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— BOX--MAYWEATHER-NASUKAWA — Floyd Mayweather dismisses New Year’s Eve match as entertainment; kickboxer opponent feels otherwise. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 400 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Tuesday Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Cleveland at Indiana, 7 p.m.

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

Washington at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Denver, 9 p.m.

NHL

Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Detroit at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Toronto at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Anaheim at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

San Jose at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Calgary at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Nashville at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

St. Louis at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Arizona, 9 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Winnipeg at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

College Football

Boca Raton (Fla.) Bowl: UAB vs. North Illinois, 7 p.m.

College Basketball (top 25)

Men

No. 1 Kansas vs. South Dakota, 8 p.m.

No. 2 Duke vs. Princeton, 6 p.m.

No. 8 Gonzaga vs. UT Arlington, 9 p.m.

No. 14 Buffalo at Syracuse, 8 p.m.

No. 15 Ohio State vs. Youngstown State, 7 p.m.

No. 20 Marquette vs. North Dakota, 9 p.m.

No. 23 Iowa vs. Western Carolina, 9 p.m.

Women

No. 4 Mississippi State at No. 7 Oregon, 10 p.m.

No. 8 Stanford at No. 9 Tennessee, 6 p.m.

No. 18 Kentucky vs. Western Carolina, 7 p.m.

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