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BC-AP Sports Digest

February 23, 2019

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OKLAHOMA CITY _ Paul George floated in a basket with less than a second remaining in double-overtime, capping a 45-point night with the winning shot in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 148-147 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday. SENT: 600 words, photos.


EUGENE, Ore. _ Cori Close emerged from the UCLA locker room with her shoes in her hand and a big smile on her face. It seems the Bruins coaxed a victory dance from their reticent coach after all. Kennedy Burke had a career-high 29 points and UCLA came back from a 22-point deficit to knock off No. 2 Oregon 74-69 on Friday night. SENT: 860 words, photos.


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots, faces charges of soliciting a prostitute after he was twice videotaped in a sex act at a shopping-center massage parlor in Florida, police said Friday. The 77-year-old Kraft denied any wrongdoing. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 800 words, photos.


_ FBN--MISBEHAVING OWNERS _ By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ Jim Boeheim has faced his share of obstacles in his long career at Syracuse, none like the one the Hall of Fame coach faces now. When top-ranked Duke comes to town on Saturday evening for a much-anticipated rematch against the Orange, Boeheim will be dealing with many emotions. It’s the team’s first game since he struck and killed a pedestrian on a dark highway after guiding the Orange to a victory over No. 18 Louisville on Wednesday night. By John Kekis. SENT: 790 words, photos.


PEORIA, Ariz. _Manny Machado pulled on a dark blue San Diego hat and slipped a crisp No. 13 Padres jersey over his broad shoulders. Machado joined his new team on Friday, a day after finalizing a $300 million, 10-deal contract that signals the Padres think their loaded farm system is just about ready to help the club return to playoff contention. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 880 words, photos.



Across the United States and in many places abroad, transgender athletes are making huge advances as they break barriers in high school, college and pro sports. Examples abound of plucky competitors embraced by teammates and fans. Yet for all the upbeat stories, the topic of trans participation remains one of the most polarizing in sports, notably in cases where transgender women actually prevail. Even tennis great Martina Navratilova has been entangled in the debate. By David Crary. UPCOMING: 1,500 words, photos by noon.



PARIS _ Track and field’s governing body likes to celebrate human speed and talk about “empowering girls and women.” But in a Swiss court this week it argued that some female athletes are so naturally advantaged they must be rendered less athletic. By Sports Columnist John Leicester. SENT: 750 words, photos.



FORT MYERS, Fla. _ The sun came out in Arizona. Free agents played for their new teams. Ichiro Suzuki was back in uniform at age 45. Baseball is back. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 890 words, photos.


_ BBA--TWINS-MARWIN GONZALEZ _ By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 300 words, photos.

_ Other spring training stories from Cubs, Mariners, Pirates, Reds.



INDIANAPOLIS _ With All-Star guard Victor Oladipo out, new addition Wesley Matthews has helped the Indiana Pacers adapt. Matthews scored 15 of his 24 points during a third-quarter rally and the Pacers took advantage of a short night from disgruntled Pelicans star Anthony Davis in a 126-111 win over New Orleans. SENT: 640 words, photos.


TORONTO _A crucial turnover brought a sour end to DeMar DeRozan’s first game back in Toronto. Kawhi Leonard stole the ball from DeRozan to score the go-ahead dunk with 15 seconds left and the Raptors beat the San Antonio Spurs 120-117 on Friday night, spoiling the former Toronto star’s return to Canada. SENT: 720 words, photos.



MEXICO CITY _ Tiger Woods delivered the shot that had the gallery buzzing. Dustin Johnson produced the golf that left everyone chasing him. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 890 words, photos.

_ GLF--LPGA THAILAND _ SENT: 340 words.

_ GLF--PUERTO RICO _ SENT: 430 words.



ROSEMONT, Ill. _ The Chicago Bears have decided to release embattled kicker Cody Parkey after one season, a person familiar with the situation tells the AP. Signed to a four-year contract in March, Parkey made just 23 of 30 field goals during the regular season for the third-lowest conversion rate in the NFL. He was 42 of 45 on extra points. Six of his misses, counting the playoffs, hit uprights. By Anrew Seligman. SENT: 450 words, photos.


_ FBN--GOULD FUTURE _ By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 780 words, photos.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ Of all the things on the checklist of Maryland football coach Michael Locksley, none is more pressing than forming a bond with players who in 2018 dealt with the death of a teammate and the whirlwind that followed. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 800 words, photos.



HOUSTON _ When Kelvin Sampson coached at Washington State in the late 1980s his son Kellen and daughter Lauren loved for him to read to them before bed each night. The only time dad would miss story time was the night before games when he’d meet with his team late to go over film. It was then he decided that instead of spending the evening before games at the gym, he’d bring the team home. The compromise allowed him to get film work done and not miss that precious ritual with his children. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


RALEIGH, N.C. _ Florida coach Mike White spent the first three months of the season watching his Gators burn through any cushion they had in building an NCAA Tournament resume. Now his team is coming off a big win and could use a strong finish. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 800 words, photos.


LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. _ Point guard Jalen Pickett has helped lead Siena into contention for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season title. Pickett is averaging 15.5 points and leads the MAAC with 6.4 assists per game. He’s helped the Saints recover from a slow start _ they’re a half game out of first heading into the final two weeks of the season. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 3 a.m.


_ BKC--T25-GONZAGA-BRANDON CLARKE _ By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 550 words, photos.

_ BKC--T25-KENTUCKY-THIN FRONTCOURT _ By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 640 words, photos.

_ BKC--TEXAS-ROACH SUSPENDED _ By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 260 words, photos.

_ BKC--T25-BIG 12 SHOWDOWN _ By Dave Skretta. SENT: 760 words, photos.

_ Previews of weekend play in SEC, ACC.



PHILADELPHIA _ After holding outdoor games in zero degrees in Edmonton and more than 60 degrees in Los Angeles, the NHL now seems capable of taking hockey outside just about anywhere. Technological advances allow for maintaining ice in all places. Next season’s Winter Classic is in Dallas. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.





HAMPTON, Ga. _ NASCAR rolled into Atlanta Motor Speedway ready to begin a new era of racing that is shrouded in unknowns. Will it be racier? That’s the point. Will it make Sunday’s event at Atlanta exciting? That remains to be seen. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 770 words, photos.


_ CAR--F1-HAMILTON _ By Daniella Matar. SENT: 650 words, photos.



ZURICH _ Chelsea is banned by FIFA from signing players until the 2020 offseason transfer window for breaching rules covering youngsters. This is the latest blow to a club that has dropped to sixth in the Premier League and was knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United. SENT: 600 words, photos.


_ SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP _ SENT: 300 words, photos.

_ SOC--BRAZIL-VAR _ By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 200 words.



BANSKO, Bulgaria _ Alexis Pinturault adds the season-long World Cup title in Alpine combined to the world title he won 11 days ago. The Frenchman captures the discipline’s season-ending race after main rival Marco Schwarz is injured during the super-G portion of the event. SENT: 450 words, photos.


_ Tennis tournaments in Delray Beach, Fla.; Rio de Janeiro; Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

_ OLY--SHO-INDIA-PAKISTAN-VISAS _ SENT: 350 words, photos.







Saturday Time Schedule (EST)


Portland at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Phoenix at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

Brooklyn at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Memphis at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Indiana at Washington, 7 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, 7 p.m.

Detroit at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Boston at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Sacramento at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.

Houston at Golden State, 8:30 p.m.

Dallas at Utah, 10 p.m.


Washington at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

New Jersey at N.Y. Rangers, 1 p.m.

Boston at St. Louis, 4 p.m.

Carolina at Dallas, 5 p.m.

Los Angeles at Florida, 5 p.m.

San Jose at Columbus, 5 p.m.

Colorado at Nashville, 5:30 p.m.

Montreal at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field, 8 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Anaheim at Edmonton, 10 p.m.


N.Y. Yankees vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Minnesota (ss) vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

St. Louis vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Detroit vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:07 p.m.

Atlanta vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.

Milwaukee vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (ss) vs. Oakland at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Texas vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers vs. Chicago White Sox (ss) at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.

Cleveland vs. Cincinnati at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.

Colorado vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

San Francisco vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

San Diego vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota (ss) at Fort Myers, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

Houston vs. Washington at West Palm Beach, Fla., 6:35 p.m.



No. 1 Duke at Syracuse, 6 p.m.

No. 2 Gonzaga vs. BYU, 10 p.m.

No. 3 Virginia at No. 18 Louisville, Noon

No. 4 Kentucky vs. Auburn, 1:30 p.m.

No. 5 Tennessee at No. 13 LSU, Noon

No. 6 Nevada vs. Fresno State, 8 p.m.

No. 8 North Carolina vs. No. 16 Florida State, 3:45 p.m.

No. 9 Houston vs. South Florida, 5 p.m.

No. 11 Marquette at Providence, Noon

No. 12 Kansas at No. 14 Texas Tech, 8 p.m.

No. 15 Purdue at Nebraska, 4 p.m.

No. 19 Iowa State at TCU, 2 p.m.

No. 20 Virginia Tech at Notre Dame, 4 p.m.

No. 22 Wisconsin at Northwestern, 8:30 p.m.

No. 23 Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State, 4 p.m.

No. 24 Maryland vs. Ohio State, 2 p.m.


No. 1 Baylor at No. 20 Iowa State, 4 p.m.

No. 15 Gonzaga at San Francisco, 5 p.m.

No. 19 Texas vs. Texas Tech, Noon

No. 25 Rice at North Texas, 4 p.m.