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November 12, 2018

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East Stroudsburg football coach Denny Douds called timeout with 13 seconds left in a game to announce his retirement after 43 years in charge of the Warriors. He discusses his decision on AP’s PodcastOne Sports Now. Also, AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi settles the Brady vs. Rodgers debate. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

College football fans are now armed with all manner of devices to follow games. John Walter, a media columnist for The Athletic, talks about such habits with the AP’s Ralph Russo on the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast

TOP STORIES

FBN--COWBOYS-EAGLES

PHILADELPHIA —Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott left the defending Super Bowl champions wondering how their season went wrong. Elliott had 151 yards rushing and his go-ahead 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter helped the Dallas Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 on Sunday night. By Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 810 words, photos.

With:

— FBN--MUST-WIN COWBOYS. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 790 words, photos.

FBN--SAINTS-BENGALS

CINCINNATI — Drew Brees and the Saints rocked Paul Brown Stadium from the opening drive, scoring every time they got the ball except for the last one. Then they cranked up the music in the locker room until the cinderblock walls were vibrating, too. For New Orleans, it was as much fun as it gets in the NFL. By Joe Kay. SENT: 830 words, photos.

BKN--HAWKS-LAKERS

LOS ANGELES — Tyson Chandler had quite a week with the Lakers. Plucked from last-place Phoenix, Chandler played a key defensive role in his first three games with his new team, helping them win three straight for the first time this season. By Beth Harris. SENT: 740 words, photos.

BKN--AROUND THE NBA

For some NBA referees like Leroy Richardson, the road to the league started in the military. Leroy Richardson and Rodney Mott are both Navy veterans, and the decisions they made during their military days — unbeknownst to either at the time — started them on their respective paths to the NBA. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 920 words, photos by 4 a.m.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

OLY--THE TOUGHEST JOB

The organizations in charge of Olympic sports in the US face complicated demands from everyone from elite athletes down to grassroots volunteers. They have limited resources and staffs that often can’t handle many challenges. It’s no wonder, then, that turnover is rampant in some of the highest-profile jobs. By Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 a.m.

COMMENTARY

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-HIDE YOUR EYES

To say the Jets, Raiders and Bucs have quit would be hyperbole. To say their fans are ready to quit watching them would be more accurate. There was little to nothing worth mentioning about their performances Sunday in one-sided defeats. By Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 770 words, photos by 4 a.m.

NFL

FBN--NFL-ICYMI

Time to start the “Which coaches are on the way out?” watch in the NFL, and all eyes are on Todd Bowles of the New York Jets at the moment. In case you missed it, the AP takes a look at that and other top topics around the league after the season’s 10th Sunday. By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m.

FBN--SEAHAWKS-RAMS

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Rams were still reeling from the mass shooting less than five miles from their training complex when wildfires consumed the nearby hills, forcing a canceled practice and the evacuation of many players and coaches from their homes. At the close of a horrific week in Thousand Oaks, a comeback victory over the Seattle Seahawks somehow seemed both more trivial and even sweeter to these resilient Rams. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 870 words, photos.

FBN--PATRIOTS-TITANS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tom Brady added another big chunk of NFL history to his resume. The Tennessee Titans made sure the Patriots quarterback didn’t finish his 300th game by hitting him over and over again. The Titans sacked Brady three times and hit him six more times as they beat New England 34-10 Sunday, snapping a seven-game skid against the Patriots. By Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FBN--BILLS-JETS

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Matt Barkley had just put the finishing touches on a stunning victory when he jogged over to the sideline, found his mother in the stands and handed her his well-deserved game ball. It was quite a moment for the Buffalo Bills quarterback, who looked nothing like a guy who had no job and an uncertain future just a few weeks ago. By Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

FBN--FALCONS-BROWNS

CLEVELAND — Before he rolled out of bed, Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield had a premonition of near perfection. More than a hunch. Someone should have warned the Atlanta Falcons. By Tom Withers. SENT: 980 words, photos.

With:

— FBN--NFL-INJURIES. SENT: 620 words, photos.

— FBN--NFL TODAY. SENT: 2,000 words.

— FBN--TITANS-FAN FALLS. SENT: 150 words.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-AP TOP 25 HEAT CHECK

As No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson pummel almost everything sight, parity has swept through most of college football. This week’s AP Top 25 included 10 teams with at least three losses, including two — No. 24 Northwestern and No. 25 Mississippi State — checking in at 6-4. The last time two 6-4 teams were ranked at this point in the season was 1999. . By Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 4 a.m.

With:

— FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL — By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 600 words.

FBC--STAT WATCH

Pittsburgh’s success running the ball against Virginia Tech was reminiscent of the days when Tony Dorsett was piling up yards for the Panthers. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 a.m.

FBC--LOUISVILLE-PETRINO FIRED

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Louisville’s seven-game skid was bad enough. Worse were the large margins of defeat and opponents’ apparent ease in lighting up the scoreboard. That combination spelled the end of coach Bobby Petrino’s second chapter with the Cardinals. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 930 words, photos.

Also:

— FBC--T25-OHIO ST-WINNING WITH DEFENSE — By Noah Trister. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— FBC--BOWL ELIGIBILITY WATCH — By Noah Trister. SENT: 260 words.

NBA

BKN--BUCKS-NUGGETS

DENVER —Brook Lopez always drew attention in the paint. Now, the Milwaukee Bucks’ 7-footer is starting to draw a defensive crowd the moment he crosses the half-court line because of his 3-point shooting. Lopez had a career-high eight 3-pointers and 28 points to help the Milwaukee Bucks snap an eight-game skid in Denver, beating the Nuggets 121-114 on Sunday night. By Dennis Georgatos. SENT: 800 words, photos.

Also:

— BKN--ROCKETS-ANTHONY. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 450 words.

— BKN--HEAT-WADE. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 780 words, photos.

— BKO--FREDDETTE-75 IN CHINA. SENT: 150 words.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-PHOENIX

AVONDALE, Ariz. —The three most dominant drivers of this NASCAR season will fittingly race each other for the championship, a chance for Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. to settle which team is truly the best. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBO--MLB ALL-STARS-JAPAN

TOKYO — Yadier Molina and J.T. Realmuto both homered on Sunday to lead the MLB All-Stars to a 7-3 win over Japan for their first win of the six-game exhibition series. Realmuto hit a solo homer to right in the fourth at Tokyo Dome and Mitch Haniger scored on a throwing error by Japan starter Shinsaburo Tawata in the fifth to give the MLB All-Stars a 2-1 lead. SENT: 350 words.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--T25-TOP 25 REWIND

DURHAM, N.C. — Fourth-ranked Duke looks set to climb in Monday’s next AP Top 25 poll after a dominating romp against No. 2 Kentucky to start the season. The week included top-ranked Kansas beating No. 10 Michigan State, No. 8 North Carolina starting with two road wins and No. 13 West Virginia suffering an upset home loss. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 740 words, photos.

BKW--T25-ICYMI

Lindsay Whalen got her first win as a coach and C. Vivian Stringer moved within one victory of 1,000 as women’s college basketball tipped off its season. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 520 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BKC--T25-ARMY-DUKE

DURHAM, N.C. —Duke got something from Army that it didn’t against Kentucky: A test. The fourth-ranked Blue Devils pulled away to beat the Black Knights 94-72 on Sunday behind 27 points and 16 rebounds from Zion Williamson. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 740 words, photos.

BKW--T25-GAME ON THE REZ

FORT DEFIANCE, Ariz. —Basketball opened a window for Ryneldi Becenti, transporting her from the Navajo Nation to Arizona State University, around the world and back again. Home on the Rez, she’s teaching the game she loves to Native American kids, giving back by dishing out wisdom and inspiration with each bounce of a ball. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 780 words.

With:

BKW--T25-BAYLOR-ARIZONA ST — By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 800 words.

GOLF

GLF--MAYAKOBA CLASSIC

PLAY DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Matt Kuchar had gone four years, six months and three weeks since his last PGA Tour victory. The last few holes Sunday at the Mayakoba Golf Classic must have felt just as long. SENT: 600 words.

— Also:

GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS. SENT: 700 words.

GLF--SUN CITY. SENT: 400 words.

GLF--BLUE BAY LPGA. SENT: 250 words.

SOCCER

SOC--MLS--NYCFC-ATLANTA UNITED

ATLANTA —The fans showed their love for the coach before the game. Then Atlanta United’s players made sure Tata Martino has to stick around for at least a few more weeks. Josef Martinez scored two goals and Atlanta United won the first playoff series in franchise history, knocking off New York City FC 3-1 in the second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals Sunday. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 880 words, photos.

SOC--MLS-CREW-RED BULLS

HARRISON, N.J. — About 90 seconds remained in stoppage time when Columbus Crew coach Gregg Berhalter walked down the sideline to exchange a handshake and hug with New York counterpart Chris Armas. The Red Bulls are moving on, and it appears Berhalter is, too. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 890 words, photos.

With:

— SOC--MLS-REAL SALT LAKE-SPORTING KC — SENT: 190 words, photos.

— SOC--MLS-BEST XI — SENT: 200 words.

TENNIS

TEN--FED CUP FINAL

Six finals, six victories. The Czech Republic kept its perfect record in the Fed Cup finals by capturing the trophy for the sixth time in eight years by defeating the defending champion United States. Katerina Siniakova saved two match points before defeating Sofia Kenin 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 in the first reverse singles on Sunday to give the Czechs an insurmountable 3-0 lead over defending champion United States in the best-of-five final. By Karel Janicek. SENT: 400 words.

CAPSULES

— FBN--NFL CAPSULES

— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

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Monday Time Schedule

NFL

N.Y. Giants at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m.

NBA

Orlando at Washington, 7 p.m.

New Orleans at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Brooklyn at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Phoenix at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Utah at Memphis, 8 p.m.

San Antonio at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Chicago at Carolina, 7 p.m.

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

Columbus at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Nashville at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Men

No. 1 Kansas vs. Vermont, 9 p.m.

No. 8 North Carolina vs. Stanford, 7 p.m.

No. 12 Kansas State vs. Denver, 9 p.m.

No. 25 Washington vs. San Diego, 11 p.m.

Women

No. 1 Notre Dame vs. Pennsylvania, 7 p.m.

No. 11 Texas at North Texas, 8 p.m.

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