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January 31, 2019

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NFL executive Troy Vincent says overtime rules could change if teams want it. He tells PodcastOne Sports Now guest host Rob Maaddi the competition committee looks at everything at the end of each season.

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What was once the traditional signing period in college football has been replaced by the early signing period, but Feb. 6 will still be a busy day. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Barton Simmons, scouting director of 247 Sports, joins AP’s Ralph Russo in discussing the recruiting class of 2020.

https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast

TOP STORIES

FBN--SUPER BOWL-QB CONTRAST

ATLANTA _ On one side is newcomer Jared Goff of the Rams. On the other is Tom Brady, ever young at 41 and looking to guide the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl victory. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBN--SUPER BOWL-WADE’S RENAISSANCE

ATLANTA _ Wade Phillips, the 71-year-old mastermind defensive coordinator with the millennial boss, is quoting rappers Drake and Future. He is making the most of his second Super Bowl in four years after going just once in his first four NFL decades. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--SUPER BOWL-SPORTS BETTING

LINCOLN, R.I. _ The Super Bowl is the first major event for a handful of states that legalized sports betting after a Supreme Court ruling. Two Rhode Island casinos are flooded with Patriots fans making bets. This, for now, is the only Northeast state where sports betting is legal. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 850 words, photos.

BKN--ALL-STAR RESERVES

Anthony Davis _ a New Orleans star for now _ is among those likely to be picked as reserves for the NBA All-Star Game. Davis hopes to be traded by next week’s deadline. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Announcement at 7:30 p.m.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

SKI--WORLDS-SHRIFFIN’S BUILD-UP

A year after the Pyeongchang Olympics, Mikaela Shiffrin awaits another medal chase when the world championships begin next week in Are, Sweden. This is the site of her first World Cup win in 2012 at 17 and also where she had her first major injury three years later. By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 750 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

FBN--SUPER BOWL-PAUL NEWBERRY-KAEPERNICK

ATLANTA _ There’s an exhibit at a museum not far from the Super Bowl stadium dedicated to Tommie Smith and his stand for social justice at the 1968 Olympics. Talk about symmetry: Smith raised a fist; Colin Kaepernick took a knee. Both paid an enormous price. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--PRO PICKS

ATLANTA _ The idea that experience pays off in the most pressurized situations is nothing new. Does this notion hold for this Super Bowl? By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 500 words, graphic, by 5 p.m.

SUPER BOWL

FBN--SUPER BOWL-GILMORE’S NOISE

ATLANTA _ Stephon Gilmore, one of the quietest players in the Patriots locker room, is enjoying a signature season. The cornerback made All-Pro and has become a leader of a revamped secondary that lost Malcolm Butler to free agency. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--SUPER BOWL-72 DOLPHINS

ATLANTA _ The Patriots are chasing the 1972 Miami Dolphins again. Eleven years after trying to match the Dolphins’ undefeated season, New England now tries to match another Dolphins accomplishment _ winning the Super Bowl a year after losing the game. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 650 words, photos.

FBN--SUPER BOWL ADS-FLOPS

NEW YORK _ Advertisers that spend millions of dollars on the Super Bowl are trying to avoid what one truck company did with a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. or what Groupon did spoofing promos for charities. A look at five Super Bowl ads that flopped. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 650 words, photos.

_ With:

_ ABRAMS-SUPER BOWL AD _ Stacey Abrams, set to deliver State of the Union rebuttal, to run ad in home state during Super Bowl. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 450 words, photos.

_ Also:

_ FBN--SUPER BOWL-THE LATEST _ Real-time updates throughout day.

_ FBN--SUPER BOWL-UNION _ Players’ union discusses array of issues at news conference. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

_ FBN--SUPER BOWL-PEPSI VS COKE _ Official NFL sponsor Pepsi invades home turf of Coke. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

_ FBN--SUPER BOWL-NFL CHOIR _ Super Bowl Gospel Choir a mix of faith, gospel, football. By George Henry. SENT: 750 words, photos.

_ FBN--SUPER BOWL PREVIEW CAPSULE _ SENT: 1,000 words.

AP Sports Extra: Super Bowl _ A paginated preview of the Super Bowl is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “SE” or “Superbowl” (one word) under the Graphics tab. Three sizes of pages are available _ full broadsheet, half broadsheet, tabloid _ with space for local advertising or content. The pages look at the Rams-Patriots matchup, keys to the game and other facts and figures. For questions, contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan@ap.org

NBA

BKN--76ERS-WARRIORS

OAKLAND, Calif. _ The Golden State Warriors, with DeMarcus Cousins making his home debut, go for their 12th straight victory when they play Philadelphia. The 76ers trail Toronto by 3 1/2 games in the Atlantic Division. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.

BKN--BUCKS-RAPTORS

TORONTO _ The top spot in the Eastern Conference is at stake when the Raptors face the Bucks. Toronto is unbeaten at home since a Dec. 9 loss to Milwaukee. The Bucks are a half-game ahead of Toronto and have won two of their three games this season. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Women:

BKW--T25-UCONN-LOUISVILLE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ No. 2 UConn, led by Katie Lou Samuelson, plays a No. 3 Louisville team that has tightened its defense the last three weeks. The Cardinals are trying to end a 17-game losing streak against the Huskies. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

_ Also:

_ BKW--T25--SOUTH CAROLINA-KENTUCKY _ No. 16 South Carolina visits No. 19 Kentucky in SEC. UPCOMING: 200 words. Game starts 6:30 p.m.

Men:

BKC--T25-GONZAGA-BYU

PROVO, Utah. _ No. 4 Gonzaga, winners of 10 in a row, plays BYU and is one victory from a 22nd straight 20-win season. The Bulldogs have been crushing opponents by more than 36 points a game during their winning streak. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.

_ Lookaheads to weekend play in the Big Ten, Big 12.

NHL

HKN--CHAMPION CAPITALS STRUGGLES

ARLINGTON, Va. _ The Washington Capitals recognize some things are a “mess,” with the team in the midst of its longest losing streak since 2013-14. After a week off, the Stanley Cup champs hope to stop the bleeding. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

HKN--PREDATORS-HEALING UP

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The Predators return to work Friday night, dealing with the alcohol suspension of Austin Watson and needing to work on their power play. The Presidents’ Trophy winners trail first-place Winnipeg by two points in the Central Division. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.

_ Also:

_ HKN--VERMETTE RETIRES _ Faceoff ace Antoine Vermette retires at 36 after 14 seasons. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 400 words, photos.

GOLF

GLF--PHOENIX OPEN

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. _ The Phoenix Open begins, with Gary Woodland the defending champion. The field, with many top players in Saudi Arabia, features Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm and Xander Schauffele. Phil Mickelson is making his 30th start at this event. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

_ Also:

_ GLF--SAUDI INTERNATIONAL _ Thomas Pieters leads by two strokes after first round of Saudi International, a new tournament under political scrutiny. SENT: 400 words.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-HALL OF FAME-GORDON

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Jeff Gordon was an outsider when he arrived in NASCAR but became one of the most important drivers in his sport. He headlines Friday night’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BASEBALL

_ BBA--RANGERS-SYNTHETIC TURF _ Rangers’ new stadium will have synthetic turf, not grass. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 250 words, photos.

_ BBO--ARBITRATION _ Michael A. Taylor, Nationals in year’s opening arbitration case. SENT: 150 words.

SOCCER

_ SOC--EUROPE-TRANSFER DEADLINE _ Bayern Munich signs another American from MLS. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. With The Latest.

_ SOC--ASIAN CUP-UAE-QATAR COMPLAINT _ UAE questions eligibility of two Qatar players after loss in Asian Cup semifinal. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 250 words, photos.

TENNIS

_ TEN--DAVIS CUP-SPANISH LEAGUE _ Spanish soccer league to sponsor new Davis Cup Finals. SENT: 150 words, photos.

_ Women’s tennis tournaments in St. Petersburg, Russia; Hua Hin, Thailand.

OTHER

_ FBC--MISSOURI-NCAA _ Missouri football, baseball, softball banned from postseason for a year for academic misconduct. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 850 words, photos.

_ OLY--BEIJING 2022 _ China’s president says 2022 Winter Games will be green, inclusive, open. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 400 words, photos.

_ FBN--CHIEFS-BACK TAXES _ Chiefs owe nearly $1 million in back taxes for stadium renovation. SENT: 130 words.

CAPSULES

_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES

_ HKN--NHL CAPSULES

_ BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES

_ BKW--TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Thursday Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Dallas at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Indiana at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Milwaukee at Toronto, 8 p.m.

Brooklyn at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

Philadelphia at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

N.Y. Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at Boston, 7 p.m.

Columbus at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 4 Gonzaga at BYU, 11 p.m.

No. 13 Houston vs. Temple, 7 p.m.

No. 17 Purdue at Penn State, 7 p.m.

Women

No. 2 UConn at No. 3 Louisville, 7 p.m.

No. 5 Notre Dame at Clemson, 7 p.m.

No. 6 Mississippi State at LSU, 7:30 p.m.

No. 7 N.C. State at Wake Forest, 7 p.m.

No. 8 Stanford at California, 11 p.m.

No. 11 Maryland vs. Wisconsin, 7 p.m.

No. 13 Iowa at Michigan, 6 p.m.

No. 15 Gonzaga at Pacific, 10 p.m.

No. 16 South Carolina at No. 19 Kentucky, 6:30 p.m.

No. 17 Rutgers vs. Indiana, 7 p.m.

No. 18 Syracuse vs. Virginia, 7 p.m.

No. 20 Texas A&M vs. Vanderbilt, 8:30 p.m.

No. 22 Michigan State vs. Penn State, 7 p.m.

No. 24 Florida State vs. Miami, 7 p.m.

No. 25 BYU at Loyola Marymount, 8 p.m.

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