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Acclaimed chef Emeril Lagasse tells PodcastOne Sports Now co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg that living so many years in New Orleans makes him a huge Saints fan. He says he loves sports so much he created Lagasse’s Stadium in Las Vegas, where food and football are combined in a spectacular setting. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
FBC--AP PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kyler Murray is the AP’s college football Player of the Year, the second straight Oklahoma quarterback to win the award. Murray, who started in college at Texas A&M, leads the country in total offense and has guided the Sooners to a playoff spot. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Update with Atlanta awards show by 9 p.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans (6-6), with Marcus Mariota at quarterback, try to keep their playoff hopes alive when they play a Jacksonville team whose season has gone all wrong. The Jaguars (4-8) have running back Leonard Fournette again after a one-game suspension. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:20 p.m.
SOC--SPAIN SPOTLIGHT-COPA LIBERTADOES
MADRID — An odd weekend awaits Spanish soccer. Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will be packed Sunday, but Real Madrid is nearly 250 miles away. Instead, the stadium hosts Argentina’s “superclasico” between River Plate and Boca Juniors in the twice-suspended Copa Libertadores final. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— SOC--COPA LIBERTADORES FINAL — Boca wants to focus on match, not chaos. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 450 words, photos.
SOC--PAUL NEWBERRY-ATLANTA’S FIRST CHAMPION
ATLANTA — In a city where championships are hard to come by, the team that won Atlanta’s first has been largely forgotten. Well, it’s worth remembering the 1968 Chiefs, who got the ball rolling for Atlanta United. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 1,300 words, photos by 4p.m.
FBN--NFL THIS WEEK
Here’s a crazy thought: the Houston Texans with home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The team that began 0-3 just might sneak past the Chiefs and Patriots and claim that coveted spot. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 1,700 words, photos. For weekend use. To be sent after Jaguars-Titans game. .
HOUSTON — Texans running back Lamar Miller wanted to improve during the offseason after what he calls a disappointing 2017 season. He turned to two running backs with plenty of credentials — Edgerrin James and Frank Gore. Their advice? Weight loss. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Ravens are among the best at controlling the ball. The Chiefs like to score in a hurry. So when these playoff contenders meet at Arrowhead Stadium, expect Baltimore to try everything possible to keep Kansas City’s high-flying attack on the sideline. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
METAIRIE, La. — The Saints defense is vastly different from the one that yielded 48 points to Tampa Bay in the opener. These teams play again Sunday, with New Orleans having gone four straight games of allowing 17 or fewer points. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--REDSKINS-FOSTER — SENT: 200 words, photos.
— FBN--INSIDE THE NUMBERS — By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 950 words, photos.
— FBN--COWBOYS-DRIVER’S SEAT — By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 9 p.m.
— FBN--RELYING ON ROOKIES — By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--VIKINGS-RUDOLPH — By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBN--NFL MAN OF YEAR — By Barry Wilner. SENT: 500 words, photos. With list.
ATLANTA — Brian Kelly and Notre Dame are newcomers to the College Football Playoff. Alabama is making its fifth straight appearance while Clemson is in for the fourth straight year and Oklahoma for three of the last four. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. News conference 5:30 p.m.
— FBC--AP ALL-PAC-12 — Washington State’s Gardner Minshew II leads AP’s All-Pac-12 team. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 200 words, photos. With lists.
— FBC--TARGETING PENALTIES — Number of enforced targeting penalties in top tier is same as in 2017. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT 300 words, photos.
— FBC--MARYLAND-LOCKSLEY — Mike Locksley introduced as Maryland’s coach. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
AP Sports Extra: College Football Bowl Season: A paginated preview of the college football bowl season, which starts Dec. 15, is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “Sports Extra” under the Graphics tab. Three page sizes are available — full broadsheet, half broadsheet, tabloid — with space for local advertising or content. The pages list all the bowls and look at the matchups in the College Football Playoffs. For questions, contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan(at)ap.org
IOWA CITY, Iowa — No. 18 Iowa, reeling after consecutive Big Ten losses and needing stronger play down low, hosts an Iowa State team that just gotten two key pieces back. The Cyclones have won four of the last five times in this state rivalry. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — After losing two straight on the road, Purdue tries to get its season on track when it hosts No. 23 Maryland. The Terrapins have won seven of their first eight, including their Big Ten opener. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
SOC--BLARING VEGAS LIGHT
Las Vegas Lights FC of the United Soccer League has partnered with a marijuana dispensary, dropped $5,000 from a helicopter as part of a halftime promotion and embraced gambling like no other U.S. franchise. Now it’s putting its own glossy spin on its next open tryout. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 900 words, photos.
ATLANTA — Tata Martino brought instant MLS success to Atlanta. If he can add the MLS Cup championship to Atlanta United in his final game as coach, his successor will have a tough act to follow. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.
SOC--ENGLAND SPOTLIGHT-MAN UNITED’S STRUGGLES
Perhaps the saddest indictment of Manchester United is the lowered expectations. Manager Jose Mourinho says the aim for the once-mighty club is getting close to the top four in the Premier League, with a “responsibility” to be among the top six. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— SOC--FRANCE-MATCH POSTPONED — Half of weekend French league matches postponed amid mass protests. SENT: 150 words.
— SOC--LEICESTER-HELICOPTER CRASH — Mechanical fault cited in fatal crash of Leicester club owner. SENT: 150 words.
— TEN--FRANCE-MAURESMO — Amelie Mauresmo backs out of captaining France’s Davis Cup team. SENT: 140 words.
— BRITAIN-RESCUE AT SEA — Rescue underway for British woman in round-the-world race after she loses mast, knocked unconscious in Southern Ocean storm. By Gregory Katz. SENT: 350 words.
— OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING-COURT CASE — Russian Olympic Committee appeals Moscow court ruling over doping from Sochi Games. SENT: 300 words, photos.
— IDITAROD-DOG DOPING — Iditarod clears four-time champion Dallas Seavey in dog-doping scandal. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— GLF--SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN — Louis Oosthuizen up by a shot after first round of European Tour event in Johannesburg. SENT: 170 words, photos.
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Thursday Time Schedule (EST)
Jacksonville at Tennessee, 8:20 p.m.
New York at Boston, 8 p.m.
Phoenix at Portland, 10 p.m.
Houston at Utah, 10:30 p.m.
Detroit at Toronto, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Colorado at Florida, 7 p.m.
Columbus at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Montreal at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Boston at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at Arizona, 9 p.m.
Minnesota at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Nashville at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Chicago at Vegas, 10 p.m.
New Jersey at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 18 Iowa vs. Iowa State, 8 p.m.
No. 23 Maryland at Purdue, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Mississippi State vs. No. 18 Marquette, 8 p.m.
No. 19 Kentucky vs. Rhode Island, 7 p.m.
No. 23 Missouri vs. Missouri-Kansas City, 8 p.m.