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BC-AP Sports Digest

December 4, 2018

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Urban Meyer, the coach who won three national football championships and was suspended for three games this season for his handling of domestic violence allegations against a now-fired assistant, will retire after Ohio State plays in the Rose Bowl. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 650, words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— With:

— FBC--T25-OHIO STATE-MEYER-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.


SEA ISLAND, Ga. — Seattle joins the NHL after a unanimous vote by the Board of Governors. The as-yet-unnamed team will begin play in 2021, giving the league 32 clubs, balanced conferences and a foothold in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos, video by 5 p.m.

— With:

— HKN--NHL-SEATTLE-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

— HKN--NHL-SEATTLE Q&A — By Tim Booth. SENT: 550 words, photos.


The NFL is still out of its league when it comes to off-the-field discipline. Kareem Hunt is the latest example of the delayed, inconsistent response despite league efforts to chart a stronger course after its mishandling of Ray Rice’s domestic violence case in 2014. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 750 words, photos.


NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was a first-round Major League Baseball draft pick who could have dropped football altogether. Instead, he succeeded Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield and posted big numbers to become a Heisman finalist himself. By Cliff Brunt. UCPOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m. Second in a series of Heisman profiles.



Urban Meyer is retiring for the second time and again walking away as one of college football’s greatest coaches. Off the field, his legacy contains blemishes. But there’s no way to discount his three national titles or that he is one of the few of this era to measure up to Nick Saban. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.


NASSAU, Bahamas — Three victories in three countries against fields large and small, strong and weak, couldn’t make Jon Rahm’s year any better. Nothing could top one win that offered no money, world ranking points or even a trophy to call his own. He beat Tiger Woods in the Ryder Cup. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— With:

— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 3 p.m.

— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 550 words.


PARIS — First, the good news: In 2018, a man can no longer disrespect a trailblazing sportswoman on global TV without incurring instant opprobrium. The bad news is that in 2018, the behavior of men is still overshadowing the achievements of women. By John Leicester. SENT: 750 words, photos.



After winning consecutive games for the first time since the Super Bowl, the Eagles are back in control of their playoff chances after a victory over Washington. They’ll clinch the NFC East if they win out, but the road is tough. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Down to their third starting quarterback of a seemingly lost season after both Alex Smith and Colt McCoy went out with a broken leg, the Redskins now turn to Mark Sanchez while bringing in yet another new backup off the street. By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.


Just when the NFL was enjoying a ratings rebound and an explosion of offensive firepower that has fans giddy over their favorite and/or fantasy teams, the NFL reverted to its bumbling ways in Week 13. By Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 950 words, photos.

— Also:

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

— FBN--TITANS-RECEIVERS — By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 6 p.m.



MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves have begun the transformation into a capable defensive team, having gone 8-3 since trading disgruntled All-Star Jimmy Butler. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— BKN--HEAT-WADE AND BARKOV — No penalty: Dwyane Wade crashes into fan — Panthers star Aleksander Barkov. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 300 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES — Nevada’s bus pulled into the arena and the team headed to visitors’ locker room. Behind closed doors it heard the familiar derisive chant: “Over-rated!” Well, Nevada is ranked No. 6, has matched its 8-0 start from last season and is winning by an average of 20 points. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 p.m.


RALEIGH, N.C. — Furman coach Bob Richey wants his players to savor the school’s first Top 25 ranking but remember how much work it took to get there. He hopes that approach will keep the No. 25 Paladins building toward something bigger. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 750 words, photos.


The last five years have been tough for Illinois basketball. Coach Brad Underwood says it takes time to build a program. He’s now in his second year and believes he has the pieces for the foundation. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.



NEW YORK — A day after adding star second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz, Mets management promises that more moves are on the way. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.



NEW YORK — It took 14 months for the U.S. Soccer Federation to settle on Gregg Berhalter as its coach. Berhalter, a former national player and MLS coach, is now charged with getting the Americans back into the World Cup. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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— SOC--FRANCE-MATCH POSTPONED — Two French league matches Saturday postponed because of expected anti-government protests. SENT: 100 words, photos.

— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP — Manchester City eyes seventh straight Premier League victory in game at Watford. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.



LUMBERTON, N.C. — For more than 25 years, the man identified as the triggerman in the death of Michael Jordan’s father has repeatedly declared his innocence. Now he’s going before a judge to lay out evidence he says proves his claim. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 850 words, photos.


— FBC--LOUISVILLE-SATTERFIELD — Louisville introduces coach Scott Satterfield. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 500 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— FBC--AP All-ACC — Clemson again dominates AP’s All-ACC team. SENT: 300 words, photos. With list.


— AFGHANISTAN-FEMALE ATHLETES-ABUSE — Afghan president orders inquiry into reported abuse of female soccer players. SENT: 350 words, photos.

— ATH--IAAF MEETING — Track authorities extend Russia’s ban from international meets. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— TEXAS A&M-BUSH — Texas A&M teams to honor Bush with patches, decals. SENT: 140 words, photos.

— CAR--INDYCAR-ALONSO-CHEVROLET — Fernando Alonso to have Chevrolet engine for his second attempt to win Indianapolis 500. SENT: 160 words.







Tuesday Time Schedule (EST)


Chicago at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Orlando at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Portland at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Sacramento at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

San Antonio at Utah, 9 p.m.


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

Boston at Florida, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Colorado at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

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

Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

Washington at Vegas, 10 p.m.

Minnesota at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

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

College Basketball (Top 25)


No. 2 Kansas vs. Wofford, 8 p.m.

No. 5 Michigan at Northwestern, 9 p.m.

No. 8 Auburn vs. UNC Asheville, 8 p.m.

No. 22 Mississippi State vs. McNeese, 8 p.m.

No. 25 Furman at Elon, 7 p.m.


No. 1 UConn at Saint Louis, 7 p.m.

No. 5 Louisville vs. UT Martin, 7 p.m.

No. 21 Drake vs. Clarke, noon

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