BC-AP Sports Digest,1st Ld-Writethru
The supervisor is Doug Feinberg, followed Fred Lief at 9 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport(at)ap.org or 877-836-9477. All times EST.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Richard Sherman limped off the field with a ruptured Achilles tendon, one of at least seven players knocked out of the Seattle Seahawks’ 22-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Players don’t like Thursday night football, and the injuries that hit the Seahawks and Cardinals are examples of why. It’s just too difficult, they say, to play that soon after Sunday. By Bob Baum. SENT: 775 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s half-season run from his six-game suspension ended Thursday when a federal appeals court refused to let him play while it considers his appeal. A bespectacled Elliott in a suit and tie sat directly in front of a three-judge panel that considered a request from the NFL Players Association that he be allowed to play. But the court issued an order in less than an hour disqualifying him from Sunday’s game at Atlanta. By Schuyler Dixon and Larry Neumeister. SENT: 500 words, photos.
FBN--NFL HALFWAY-UNEXPECTED QBS
Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Carson Palmer and Deshaun Watson are all big-name quarterbacks out for most of or the rest of the season because of injuries. Jameis Winston is also banged up. The shake-up under center around the league has left the position a mish-mosh of big names, no-names, youngsters and veterans who may or may not be part of their teams’ futures. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
BKC--PICK SIX-TOP FRESHMEN
This year’s freshman class might not have quite as much talent as the star-studded group that shook up college basketball last season and produced the first seven picks in the most recent NBA draft. But it still has plenty of difference makers. The most notable newcomers arguably are Duke forward Marvin Bagley III and Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 1,000 words.
FBC--FIVE THINGS FOR WEEK 11
Time to start filling those slots for championship weekend. Depending on how this weekend goes the matchup for Southeastern Conference championship could be set, along with half the Big Ten, Atlantic Coast Conference and Pac-12 title game pairings. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 600 words.
FBC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK — By Tom Canavan. SENT: 600 words.
NEW YORK — A video review of 459 reported concussions sustained during the past two NFL seasons has found far more occurred on passing plays than any other plays. Yet quarterbacks ranked at the bottom of the list, ahead of only kickers, having suffered 5 percent of those concussions. Of course, only one quarterback is on the field at a time. Positions in which multiple players are in action at the same time, cornerback and wide receiver, led the list of frequency at 22 percent and 15 percent, respectively. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,000 words.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Defense has been the theme from Day 1 for the Golden State Warriors, determined to do all the little things even better on both ends of the floor on the heels of their second NBA championship in three years. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 600 words.
BKN--2020 ALL-STAR GAME
CHICAGO — The NBA is bringing the All-Star game to Chicago for the first time since Michael Jordan dazzled his home crowd. A person familiar with the situation said the All-Star festivities will be held in the Windy City in 2020. The person spoke Thursday on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 300 words.
NEW YORK — Longtime Yankees coach Rob Thomson emphasized his ability to speak with players as he became the first person to audition for the New York manager job that opened when Joe Girardi was jettisoned last month. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 600 words.
OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING-UHLAENDER WAITS
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Katie Uhlaender was scatterbrained Thursday. She didn’t put her racing bib on for the first run of the World Cup season, so technically she wasn’t compliant with uniform regulations. Uhlaender also forgot to put anything long-sleeved in her bag of postrace clothes, so she stood in 36-degree air after the race with completely bare arms coming out of her vest. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 750 words, photos.
Friday’s Time Schedule (EST)
No. 1 Duke vs. Elon, 7 p.m.
No. 2 Michigan State vs. North Florida, 8 p.m.
No. 3 Arizona vs. Northern Arizona, 8 p.m.
No. 4 Kansas vs. Tennessee State, 9 p.m.
No. 5 Kentucky vs. Utah Valley, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Villanova vs. Columbia, 8:30 p.m.
No. 7 Wichita State vs. UMKC, 8 p.m.
No. 9 North Carolina vs. Northern Iowa, 7 p.m.
No. 10 Southern Cal vs. Cal State Fullerton, 10 p.m.
No. 11 West Virginia vs. No. 25 Texas A&M at Ramstein (Germany) Air Base, 6 p.m.
No. 12 Cincinnati vs. Savannah State, Noon
No. 13 Miami vs. Gardner-Webb, 8 p.m.
No. 15 Minnesota vs. South Carolina Upstate, 8 p.m.
No. 17 Xavier vs. Morehead State, 7 p.m.
No. 18 Gonzaga vs. Texas Southern, 9 p.m.
No. 19 Northwestern vs. Loyola (Md.), 8:30 p.m.
No. 20 Purdue vs. SIU Edwardsville, 8 p.m.
No. 21 UCLA vs. Georgia Tech at Baoshan Sports Centre, Shanghai, 11:30 p.m.
No. 23 Seton Hall vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, 6:30 p.m.
No. 24 Baylor vs. Central Arkansas, 1 p.m.
No. 3 Baylor vs. Lamar, 8 p.m.
No. 4 South Carolina vs. Alabama State, 7 p.m.
No. 5 Ohio State vs. No. 10 Stanford, 6 p.m.
No. 7 Mississippi State vs. Virginia, 9 p.m.
No. 8 UCLA vs. San Jose State, 10 p.m.
No. 9 Louisville vs. Southeast Missouri State, 7 p.m.
No. 11 Oregon vs. Cal State Northridge, 8 p.m.
No. 13 West Virginia vs. CCSU, 7 p.m.
No. 15 Maryland vs. Albany, 7 p.m.
No. 16 Missouri vs. Western Kentucky at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa, 3:30 p.m.
No. 18 Florida State vs. North Florida, 7 p.m.
No. 19 Oregon State vs. North Dakota, 5 p.m.
No. 20 California vs. Saint Mary’s, 8 p.m.
No. 20 Texas A&M vs. Houston, 8 p.m.
No. 22 Oklahoma vs. Belmont, 8 p.m.
No. 23 South Florida vs. LSU, 5:30 p.m.
No. 24 Michigan vs. George Mason, 7 p.m.
No. 25 DePaul vs. Northern Colorado, 8 p.m.
TOP 25 FOOTBALL
No. 9 Washington at Stanford, 10:30 p.m.
Atlanta at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Charlotte at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Indiana at Chicago, 8 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City, 9 p.m.
Miami at Utah, 9 p.m.
Milwaukee at San Antonio, 9 p.m.
Orlando at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
Brooklyn at Portland, 10 p.m.
Ottawa at Colorado, 2 p.m.
Boston at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Carolina at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Washington, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Winnipeg at Vegas, 10:30 p.m.