BC-AP Sports Digest
Jan. 02, 2016
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FBC--NEW YEAR'S BOWL RATINGS
The College Football Playoff ratings took a plunge and it's unlikely a New Year's Day full of lopsided games helped keep viewers engaged in football. The overnight ratings for those games are due out Saturday. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.
SAN ANTONIO — Oregon faces TCU in the Alamo Bowl. The Horned Frogs will be without starting quarterback Trevone Boykin, who won't play after being arrested after a nightclub fight earlier in the week. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 6:45 p.m.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Second-ranked Kansas begins pursuit of its 12th consecutive Big 12 title against No. 23 Baylor, which has never beaten the Jayhawks inside Allen Fieldhouse. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m.
FBN--WHAT'S AT STAKE
The Seattle Seahawks' status is one of the few unknowns going into the final day of the NFL season. Home-field advantage has yet to be clinched in both conferences. The NFC North is up for grabs with Green Bay hosting Minnesota. And Rex Ryan and Buffalo could knock the New York Jets out of the playoffs. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Penn State and Georgia play for the first time in 33 years when they meet in the TaxSlayer Bowl. The Nittany Lions are trying to end a three-game losing streak, while the Bulldogs are looking to win their fifth in a row. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started at noon.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Arkansas seeks an eight-win season and Kansas State tries to avoid finishing with a losing record as the two teams face off in the Liberty Bowl. Arkansas has won five of its past six, while Kansas State has won three straight. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts 3:20 p.m.
PHOENIX — West Virginia and Arizona State try to cap seasons of failed expectations with a win in the Cactus Bowl. By College Football Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 750 words. Game starts at 10:15 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jim Harbaugh's first season as Michigan's coach was a success, and the Wolverines look poised to take more steps forward in the future. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
FBC--FLORIDA STATE WRAPUP
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After two seasons as one of the nation's top teams, Florida State was largely out of the spotlight in 2015. The 10-3 record was what most expected but the ninth-ranked Seminoles did surprise many by making a New Year's Six bowl game. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 550 words, photos.
Tennessee certainly finished off the season in style. If the Volunteers start next season as well as they closed their last two, they'll really be ready to make a move up the college football ladder. Tennessee ended the season with its first six-game winning streak since 2003. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 450 words.
CINCINNATI — No. 6 Xavier (12-1, 0-1 Big East) tries to rebound from its first loss of the season when it hosts No. 9 Butler (11-2, 0-1). The Bulldogs already have a win in the city this season, having beaten Cincinnati on its home court. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: Game started 1 p.m.
NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma, undefeated and ranked No. 3, hosts No. 11 Iowa State in the Big 12 opener for both teams. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors return home to host the Denver Nuggets hoping to get MVP Stephen Curry back after he missed the previous two games with a bruised lower left leg. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.
SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs, 19-0 at home this season, take a franchise-record 28-game home winning streak into a matchup with the Rockets, who beat San Antonio in Houston on Christmas. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
FBN--TOP DRAFT PICK
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As teams try to clamp down the final playoff spots Sunday, the Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns find themselves at the other end of the NFL spectrum as the league's only teams at 3-12. Either could wind up with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft ahead of San Diego, Dallas and San Francisco all tied at 4-11. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 700 words, photos.
SUNRISE, Fla. — The Florida Panthers try for a franchise-record eighth victory in a row when they face the New York Rangers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
— SUNRISE, Fla. — HKN--Panthers-Gallant. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 350 words.
LAS VEGAS — Robbie Lawler defends his UFC welterweight title against veteran challenger Carlos Condit in an evenly matched main event at the MGM Grand Garden. Heavyweight contenders Andrei Arlovski and Stipe Miocic also meet in the promotion's traditional New Year's week show in its hometown. By Greg Beacham. Main event starts around 11:45 p.m.
— SOC--English Roundup — Wayne Rooney ended Manchester United's eight-game winless run with a back-heeled flick in a 2-1 victory over Swansea in the Premier League, while Arsenal edged Newcastle 1-0. By Jack Bezants. SENT: 350 words.
— FBC--BOWL CAPSULES
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES
— BKN--NBA CAPSULES
— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
Saturday's Time Schedule (EST)
TaxSlayer Bowl at Jacksonville, Fla.: Penn St. vs. Georgia, Noon
Liberty Bowl at Memphis, Tenn.: Kansas St. vs. Arkansas, 3:20 p.m.
Alamo Bowl at San Antonio: Oregon vs. TCU, 6:45 p.m.
Cactus Bowl: at Phoenix: West Virginia vs. Arizona State, 10:15 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 1 Michigan State at Minnesota, 3 p.m.
No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 23 Baylor, 4 p.m.
No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Iowa State, 7 p.m.
No. 4 Maryland at Northwestern, 8 p.m.
No. 5 Virginia vs. Notre Dame, 5 p.m.
No. 6 Xavier vs. No. 9 Butler, 1 p.m.
No. 7 North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech, Noon
No. 10 Kentucky vs. Mississippi, 7 p.m.
No. 12 Providence vs. St. John's, 3:30 p.m.
No. 13 Miami vs. Syracuse, 2:30 p.m.
No. 14 Purdue vs. Iowa, 6 p.m.
No. 15 Duke at Boston College, 4:30 p.m.
No. 16 Villanova at Creighton, 10 p.m.
No. 17 SMU vs. South Florida, 7:30 p.m.
No. 19 West Virginia at Kansas State, Noon
No. 20 Texas A&M vs. Arkansas, 4:30 p.m.
No. 22 Cincinnati vs. Tulsa, 4 p.m.
No. 24 South Carolina vs. Memphis, 6 p.m.
No. 5 Texas vs. Texas Tech, 8 p.m.
No. 6 Maryland vs. No. 9 Ohio State, Noon
No. 10 Oregon State at Southern Cal, 7 p.m.
No. 11 Stanford at Arizona, 5 p.m.
No. 17 Arizona State vs. No. 19 California, 9 p.m.
No. 20 South Florida at East Carolina, 1 p.m.
No. 21 UCLA vs. Oregon, 5 p.m.
Detroit at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Arizona at Edmonton, 4 p.m.
Philadelphia at Los Angeles, 4 p.m.
St. Louis at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Florida, 7 p.m.
Dallas at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Nashville at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Washington at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Calgary at Colorado, 10 p.m.
Winnipeg at San Jose, 10 p.m.
Brooklyn at Boston, 3 p.m.
Phoenix at Sacramento, 5 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Orlando at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
Milwaukee at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
New Orleans at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Houston at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.
Memphis at Utah, 9 p.m.
Denver at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.