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BC-AP Sports Digest

December 5, 2018
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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 said he loves sports so much he created Lagasse’s Stadium in Las Vegas, where food and football are combined in a spectacular setting.




SEATTLE — The team is on its way. Now, construction begins. The NHL Seattle group breaks ground on its massive renovation of the arena at Seattle Center with a price tag that continues to rise. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 9 p.m. Event starts 6 p.m.


— HKN--SEATTLE EXPANSION-WHAT’S NEXT — Seattle moves into next phase after NHL expansion approval. By Hockey Writer Steve Whyno. SENT: 680 words, photos.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Urban Meyer started thinking about retiring, he realized he already had the ideal successor right there in the building in quarterbacks coach Ryan Day. The 39-year-old Day will become the 25th coach in Ohio State history after the Rose Bowl, despite never having been a full-time head coach — which is rare at a major program hiring for its top job. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 750 words, photos.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Heisman Trophy finalist Dwayne Haskins Jr. says his stats as Ohio State quarterback should earn him the prize. Haskins finished with 4,580 passing yards and 47 touchdowns, both of which led the nation. He broke 11 Big Ten and Ohio State single-season records. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 700 words, photos. Third and final in a series of Heisman profiles.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Despite their 11-year age difference, general managers John Elway of the Broncos and John Lynch of the 49ers share a bond built on rivalry, respect and reverence. Their teams meet up Sunday in the latest chapter of their friendly feud. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina’s proud soccer tradition has been sullied by its fervent, fanatical fans. The land of Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona has won the World Cup twice, and it felt a sense of overwhelming pride in hosting perhaps the most important club final ever. But the second leg of the globally anticipated “Game of the Century” between Buenos Aires rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate will be played Sunday more than 6,000 miles from the Argentine capital at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid. By Debora Rey. SENT: 905 words, photos.



PLYMOUTH, Mich. — USA Hockey has developed the nation’s top players for more than two-plus decades, producing a quartet of No. 1 overall picks in the NHL draft, including Auston Matthews and Patrick Kane. The next one, Jack Hughes, may be the best one. The dynamic, smooth-skating center is the most talented player the National Team Development Program has ever had, according to one of its original staff members. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.



Urban Meyer went undefeated at Utah in 2004 and then became head coach at Florida, where he won two national titles. After a year out of coaching, the Ohio native stepped into Ohio State’s top job and won another championship while going 82-9 over seven seasons. Announcing his retirement after the Rose Bowl on Tuesday, Meyer said he believes he will not coach again. He might just mean it. By Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 840 words, photos.



GREEN BAY, Wis. — Packers interim coach Joe Philbin doesn’t view the next four weeks as an audition to keep the job full time. He just wants to start winning games. Speaking before his first practice since replacing the fired Mike McCarthy, Philbin said he let go associate head coach Winston Moss, who posted a message on Twitter that appeared to question Packers leadership and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, because he “just didn’t feel like the fit right now was where it needs to be.” By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.


ASHBURN, Va. — Mark Sanchez is best known for a nickname (“The Sanchize”) and one particularly infamous turnover (“The Butt Fumble”). He has thrown for more interceptions than TDs. And he hasn’t won a start in the NFL in four years. But the Washington Redskins’ faint playoff hopes now rest with him. By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Spencer Ware lost his starting job in Kansas City because of a devestating injury. He got it back after Kareem Hunt’s devastating fall from grace. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans want to keep the Jacksonville Jaguars all alone at the bottom of the AFC South and keep their own playoff hopes alive for another week when these old division rivals meet under the lights Thursday night. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 725 words, photo by 3:30 p.m. ET.


— FBN--PRO PICKS. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, graphic by 5 p.m.

— FBN--OFFICIAL PLACED ON LEAVE — NFL referees’ union backs official accused of calling player vulgar name. By John Wawrow. SENT: 220 words, photo.

— FBN--BRONCOS-SANDERS INJURED — Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders hurt. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 130 words.

— FBN--BEARS-TRUBISKY — QB Mitchell Trubisky expects to return when Bears host Rams. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 8 p.m.



LOS ANGELES — Former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury is named Clay Helton’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Southern California. Kingsbury is considered one of the top offensive minds in football despite being fired by Texas Tech on Nov. 25. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 820 words, photo.


— FBC--AP PLAYER OF THE YEAR-FINALISTS — Quarterbacks Kyler Murray of Oklahoma, Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama and Dwayne Haskins Jr. of Ohio State are finalists for The Associated Press college football Player of the Year. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— FBC--AP ALL-BIG TEN — Dwayne Haskins Jr., Devin Bush receive top honors on AP All-Big Ten team. By Eric Olson. SENT: 1,250 words, photos. Includes list.


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 and tabloid - with space for local advertising or content. The pages list all the bowls and look at the matchups in the College Football Playoffs. Please contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan(at)ap.org with any questions.



NEW YORK — The head of the baseball players’ union is concerned decisions by Seattle and Baltimore to rebuild will lead to further drops in attendance and less competition. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.



CLEVELAND — The Golden State Warriors make their first visit to Cleveland since winning their third NBA title in four years — and since LeBron James’ departure — to play the struggling Cavaliers, who are 5-20. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.



NEW YORK — NCAA President Mark Emmert says new rules that allow the association to use information from the basketball corruption trials to investigate schools for rules violations will be helpful, but he cautioned that with two trials still remaining, those inquiries are not being fast-tracked. By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.


SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington plays at top-ranked Gonzaga as the Zags seek to remain undefeated. By Nicholas K. Geranios. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 11 p.m.



Arsenal can add to Jose Mourinho’s misery when Unai Emery takes the London club to Old Trafford to face Manchester United. Second-place Liverpool has a less demanding trip to Burnley, Tottenham hosts Southampton and Chelsea takes on Wolverhampton among six matches. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.


ATLANTA — Josef Martinez wins the MVP award from Major League Soccer after shattering the record for goals in a season and leading Atlanta United to the championship game. The 25-year-old Venezuelan striker received his Landon Donovan trophy during a ceremony at the headquarters of United owner Arthur Blank. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 550 words, photos.



TOKYO — IOC President Thomas Bach and other International Olympic Committee members are calling Tokyo the best prepared host city in recent memory. Still, there are problems ahead of the 2020 Games — small by the standards of the corruption-plagued Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 780 words, photos.


— OLY--CUR-GARLIC GIRLS-ABUSE ALLEGATIONS — South Korean curling official leaves sport over abuse suspicions. By Kim Tong-hyung. SENT: 440 words, photos.







Wednesday Time Schedule (EST)


Denver at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Golden State at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

Washington at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Charlotte at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Dallas at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Detroit at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at Toronto, 8 p.m.

San Antonio at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.


Edmonton at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Chicago at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m.

Carolina at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)


No. 1 Gonzaga vs. Washington, 11 p.m.

No. 3 Duke vs. Hartford, 7 p.m.

No. 13 Texas Tech vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 7:30 p.m.

No. 14 North Carolina vs. UNC Wilmington, 9 p.m.

No. 15 Virginia Tech vs. VMI, 7 p.m.

No. 17 Buffalo vs. Le Moyne, 7 p.m.

No. 19 Ohio State vs. Illinois at the United Center, 7 p.m.

No. 21 Villanova vs. Temple, 8:30 p.m.

No. 24 Nebraska at Minnesota, 9 p.m.


No. 9 Tennessee vs. Stetson, 7 p.m.

No. 10 N.C. State vs. Hampton, 10:30 a.m.

No. 14 Minnesota vs. Incarnate Word, 1 p.m.

No. 15 Syracuse vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore, 7 p.m.

No. 16 Iowa vs. Iowa State, 8 p.m.

No. 20 DePaul vs. Northwestern, 8 p.m.

No. 22 South Carolina vs. Appalachian State, 7 p.m.

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