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AP-Tennessee Sports Digest

November 9, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s sports coverage is shaping up in Tennessee. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Nashville bureau at (615) 373-9988 or apnashville@ap.org. Beth Campbell is on the desk. News editor Scott Stroud can be reached at sstroud@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. All times are Central.

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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

NFL:

SAFETY RANKINGS

NEW YORK — Harrison Smith has been making his mark for years with big hits and clutch interceptions for the Minnesota Vikings. As a key piece of one of the NFL’s top defenses, the playmaking safety was voted the top player in the league at his position by a panel of 10 football writers for The Associated Press. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 790 words, photo.

College Football:

KENTUCKY-TENNESSEE PREVIEW

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Kentucky’s dreams of a 10-win season and potential New Year’s Six bowl appearance likely depend on whether it can earn a rare road victory over Tennessee. The 12th-ranked Wildcats (7-2, 5-2 SEC, No. 11 College Football Playoff) have lost 16 straight road games to the Volunteers and haven’t beaten Tennessee in Knoxville since 1984, but they head to Neyland Stadium on Saturday as six-point favorites. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 700 words, capsule.

VANDERBILT-MISSOURI

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri had been lacking a signature win in quarterback Drew Lock’s final season, losing late on the road against South Carolina and two weeks ago to Kentucky. The moment finally came last week on the road against No. 11 Florida, when the Tigers seemed to put everything together for the first time in a 38-17 rout — coach Barry Odom’s first win over a ranked team. By Charlie Clarke. SENT: 650 words, photos.

College Basketball:

Men:

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE-TENNESSEE

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — No. 6 Tennessee hosts Louisiana-Lafayette three nights after both teams won their season openers. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: Developing from 7 p.m. game; 600 words.

AUSTIN PEAY-MISSISSIPPI ST

STARKVILLE, Miss. — No. 18 Mississippi State hosts Austin Peay in its season opener on Friday night at Humphrey Coliseum. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: Developing from 6:30 p.m. game; 600 words, photos.

—MILLIGAN-MIDDLE TENNESSEE, from Murfreesboro: Antonio Green sank six 3-pointers and scored 24 points, senior Karl Gamble had his first career double-double and Middle Tennessee beat NAIA Milligan 102-70 on Friday for coach Nick McDevitt’s 100th career victory. SENT: 130 words.

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