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From Mack Brown to Neal Brown, college football’s silly season of coaching moves is cranking up. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the comings and goings of coaches.
Amid a flurry of gloomy news headlines, PodcastOne Sports Now co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg welcome the distractions provided by the NFL, the upcoming heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, and the college football season coming into sharper focus. Listen at podcastonesports.com, the podcastone app and apple podcasts.
ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Redskins discuss their decision to claim Reuben Foster off waivers after the San Francisco 49ers released the linebacker following a domestic violence arrest. Foster has had multiple run-ins with the law since being drafted by the 49ers 31st overall in 2017 out of Alabama. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
FBC--T25-SEC CHAMPIONSHIP-DEFENDING GEORGIA
ATHENS, Ga. — No. 1 Alabama’s typically tough defense will be challenged by No. 4 Georgia’s offense that enters Saturday’s SEC championship game on a roll. The Bulldogs, led by quarterback Jake Fromm, just completed a string of eight consecutive quarters without a punt, and Alabama safety Xavier McKinney says it’s the Crimson Tide’s “best challenge.” By Charles Odum. SENT: 770 words, photos.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Seventh-ranked Michigan puts its unbeaten record on the line against 11th-ranked North Carolina. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 9:30 p.m.
NASSAU, Bahamas — Justin Thomas starts the Hero World Challenge playing with Tiger Woods for the second straight year, and just like last time, he knows what to expect. By now, so does everyone else. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— GLF--TOUR CHANGES — Head of PGA Tour Champions taking over three big operations at the tour. By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.
Foreste Peterson thought her ski racing career was over as she finished her senior season at Dartmouth last winter. Out of the blue, the former U.S. ski team member received an offer almost too good to be true: Free housing, travel and coaching to keep her on the slopes. She’s a member of Team X, an all-female development ski team based in Park City, Utah. The team currently backs four athletes from four different countries. By Pat Graham. SENT: 850 words, photos.
BOX--TIM DAHLBERG-HEAVYWEIGHT CLASH
Just how well Deontay Wilder’s heavyweight title defense Saturday night against Tyson Fury in Los Angeles will do at the box office is a question mark. For all the power in his right hand, Wilder is still trying to build his brand and Fury is largely an enigma in the U.S. What it means for boxing’s most prestigious division, though, is easy to quantify. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 780 words, photos.
TOKYO — The corruption case involving a powerful IOC member promised to sow confusion as 206 national Olympic committees — known by the acronym ANOC — started two days of meetings in Tokyo. It did just that and offered some good theater. Sheikh Ahmad al Fahad al Sabah, known as the “Olympic Kingmaker,” had stepped down temporarily earlier in the week as the president of ANOC. He said he needed to fight a criminal case in Switzerland and was also reportedly pressured to step aside by the International Olympic Committee. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 710 words, photos.
MOSCOW — A delegation from the World Anti-Doping Agency holds talks with Russian authorities in Moscow as it tries to access data that could mean more bans for the country’s top athletes. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 600 words, photos.
ATLANTA — Paul Johnson, who guided Georgia Tech for 11 seasons with his trademark triple-option offense, is retiring after he coaches the Yellow Jackets in one more bowl game. Johnson made the surprising announcement after his team bounced back from a 1-3 start to finish 7-5. By Paul Newberry. MOVED: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FBC--T25-BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dwayne Haskins Jr. has been throwing touchdown passes and wowing NFL scouts all season, but the Ohio State quarterback didn’t become a fully legitimate leader in his coach’s eyes until he showed he could run the ball when the going got tough. Now having won Urban Meyer’s full respect, Haskins leads the No. 6 Buckeyes against No. 21 Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship on Saturday. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 710 words, photos.
FBC--T25-BIG 12-BAD BLOOD
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas-Oklahoma rivalry is never short on bad blood between the Big 12 border states. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FBC--T25-PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP-SHELLEY’S SURGE
SALT LAKE CITY — Redshirt freshman Jason Shelley will be making just his fourth start for Utah when he leads the Utes into their first-ever Pac-12 championship game against No. 10 Washington on Friday night. He’ll be doing it coming off an emotional come-from-behind victory against rival BYU and riding a three-game winning streak that coincides with his rise to the top of the depth chart. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.
FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS
The Big 12 has a history of upsets in its championship game that have altered the national title race, though it has been a while since there was a big surprise. No. 9 Texas will try to pull one Saturday against No. 5 Oklahoma. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 770 words, photos.
— FBC--HURRICANE FLORENCE-MAKEUP GAMES — Hurricane, bowl season has Gamecocks, Hokies still playing. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 670 words, photos.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eric Berry has finally returned to the practice field for the Kansas City Chiefs. Now the question is when the star safety will play in a game. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 800 words, photos.
CINCINNATI — With Andy Dalton sidelined for the rest of the season with an injured thumb, Jeff Driskel gets the chance to try to pull the Bengals out of their meltdown starting with a home game against the Broncos on Sunday. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 700 words by 8 p.m.
BEREA, Ohio — Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield says he’s not a “cookie-cutter quarterback” and will not change his behavior after he was criticized for calling former coach Hue Jackson “fake.” By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.
HOUSTON — On the day J.J. Watt was named AFC defensive player of the week, the defensive end who missed most of the last two seasons with serious injuries was asked if he’s all the way back. His answer: No. As well as Watt is playing in his comeback, he still believes he can do much more for the Houston Texans, starting with helping them extend their winning streak to nine games with a victory Sunday over Cleveland. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— FBN--REVAMPED JAGUARS. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.
— FBN--BEARS QUARTERBACKS. UPCOMING: 650 words by 7 p.m.
— FBN--PATRIOTS-THIRD-DOWN FOCUS. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 8 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Drew Brees and the Saints are going for an 11th straight win since a season-opening loss when they visit the Cowboys on Thursday night. That’s exactly what Dallas did with rookie sensations Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott two years ago. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— FBN--PRO PICKS. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 670 words, graphic by 4 p.m.
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — The Norwegian and American ski racers have become partners in training the last few seasons. The Norwegians bring speed, experience and a different level of seriousness. The Americans bring a top-level training facility, more eyes on the hill and a different level of playfulness. In the end, they speak the same language — going fast. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Hornets look to gain a measure of revenge against the Hawks after losing to them in Atlanta 124-123 on Sunday night. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
— SPORTS BETTING — NBA becomes latest league to cash in on legal sports betting. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 480 words.
TORONTO — Star center Auston Matthews returns to the Toronto Maple Leafs’ lineup against the visiting San Jose Sharks. The 2017-18 Calder Trophy winner as the NHL’s top rookie, Matthews hasn’t played since suffering a shoulder injury Oct. 27 against the Winnipeg Jets. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — In a duel of unbeaten teams and former rivals, No. 4 Virginia faces No. 24 Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — No. 15 Florida State and No. 19 Purdue face off in what could be an intriguing ACC/Big Ten Challenge game. The Boilermakers feature guard Carsen Edwards, who averages 25 points per game, while Terance Mann leads the Seminoles in points (12 per game) and rebounds (7 per game). UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 9:15 p.m.
HARTFORD, Conn. — No. 2 UConn hosts No. 16 DePaul just four days before the Huskies’ showdown with top-ranked Notre Dame. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa’s women’s basketball teams made history on Monday when the Hawkeyes, Cyclones and Bulldogs all made it into the Top 25 for the first time in 20 years. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 8 p.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics have found a location for their modern new ballpark, announcing plans to build near Jack London Square along the water. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 160 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— BBO--UNION-CLARK — Tony Clark’s contract as head of players’ association extended through 2022, putting him in charge of next round of labor talks. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.
BKO--WORLD CUP-US-VAN GUNDY
The challenge that Jeff Van Gundy accepted 16 months ago was daunting: take G League players and turn them into a team good enough to earn USA Basketball a spot in next year’s FIBA World Cup. Van Gundy hasn’t had one team for World Cup qualifying — he’s basically had five different teams, the U.S. roster changing significantly from one round to the next. He’s made it work, and the U.S. will play at Argentina on Thursday night with a World Cup berth within reach. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 750 words, photo.
SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUNDUP
GENEVA — Paris Saint-Germain hosts Liverpool in the Champions League. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m. Game starts 3 p.m.
SOC--TIMBERS-SPORTING KC PREVIEW
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Sporting Kansas City has been nearly unbeatable at home this season. That makes Portland’s challenge even more difficult heading into their second leg of the Western Conference finals Thursday night. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— SOC--MLS-VILLAFANA’S RISE. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 8 p.m.
DUBLIN — An amateur Irish soccer team has apologized after falsely reporting that one of its players died last week. SENT: 330 words.
— BKN--NBA CAPSULES
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES
— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
Wednesday Time Schedule (EST)
Atlanta at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
New York at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Utah at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
Cleveland at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Dallas at Houston, 8 p.m.
San Antonio at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Washington at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Orlando at Portland, 10 p.m.
Phoenix at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at Florida, 7 p.m.
San Jose at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Colorado, 9:30 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 4 Virginia at No. 24 Maryland, 7:30 p.m.
No. 6 Tennessee vs. Eastern Kentucky, 6:30 p.m.
No. 7 Michigan vs. No. 11 North Carolina, 9:30 p.m.
No. 8 Auburn vs. Saint Peter’s, 8 p.m.
No. 10 Kentucky vs. Monmouth, 8:30 p.m.
No. 15 Florida State vs. No. 19 Purdue, 9:15 p.m.
No. 16 Ohio State vs. Syracuse, 7 p.m.
No. 2 UConn vs. No. 16 DePaul at the XL Center, Hartford, Conn., 7 p.m.
No. 6 Mississippi State at Little Rock, 7:30 p.m.
No. 10 Texas vs. UTSA, Noon
No. 18 South Carolina vs. Dayton, 7 p.m.
No. 22 Marquette vs. Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
No. 23 Iowa State at South Dakota, 8 p.m.
No. 24 Drake at Creighton, 1 p.m.
No. 25 Kentucky vs. Morehead State, Noon