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The NFL has an officiating problem. PodcastOne Sports Now guest host Rob Maaddi and AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner discuss the blown call that cost the Saints a Super Bowl trip. AP Deputy Sports Editor Oskar Garcia weighs in on the NFL’s attempt to ban certain bets, and AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker considers free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.
Veteran sports writer Ivan Maisel of ESPN has taken on the task of telling the tale of college football, starting from the very beginning.
College football turns 150 this year, and to celebrate the sesquicentennial, ESPN is planning a mountain of content, including 35 hours of television programming. Maisel has taken on the role of lead historian. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast , Maisel joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss how he and his colleagues went about the enormous task of chronicling a sport that spans the country.
WASHINGTON _ Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors saw a weakness and changed their style to exploit it. When the Washington Wizards took the 3-point line away, Curry and the Warriors pounded the ball inside on the way to a 126-118 victory Thursday night that extended their winning streak to a season-high nine games. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 800 words, photos.
SBD--KELLY CLARK RETIRES
DENVER _ After 20 years in the halfpipe, Kelly Clark is retiring. The five-time Olympian who won gold in 2002, then two bronze medals after that, says she’s excited to start a new chapter that will involve more riding for fun and promoting the sport she helped bring into the mainstream. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.
MELBOURNE, Australia _ No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic continues his pursuit of a record seventh Australian Open men’s singles title, taking on 28th-seeded Lucas Pouille in a semifinal match. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. Match scheduled to start at 3:30 a.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
GLF--FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN
SAN DIEGO _ All the attention was on Tiger Woods and his 2019 debut. Just like the last two occasions, Jon Rahm delivered the best performance. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 900 words, photos.
_ GLF--FARMERS-WOODS _ By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 520 words, photos.
HARTFORD, Conn. _ Former UConn basketball coach Kevin Ollie has brought his $10 million dispute with the school over his firing to both state and federal court. A hearing is scheduled Friday in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport on a motion that would allow Ollie to move forward with a racial discrimination complaint against the school without jeopardizing his right to an arbitration hearing over his firing last year. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 a.m.
FBN--SUPER BOWL-LEWIS RETURNS
ATLANTA _ Ray Lewis is throwing a huge Super Bowl party. It comes 18 years after he pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in the stabbing deaths of two men after the last Super Bowl in Atlanta. By Charles Odum. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Alex Zanardi never once felt sorry for himself after he lost both legs in a 2001 crash the weekend Champ Car was the only U.S.-based sports league to compete following the Sept. 11 attacks. Zanardi nearly died and has valued every day since as a gift. He became a Para cyclist and won four gold medals in two different Olympics. He’s won the New York City Marathon’s handcycle class and finished in the top 20 for his age group in an Iron Man competition. Zanardi also found a way to race again, with prosthetic legs he designed himself, and won in that, too. He’s now using innovation and his long partnership with BMW to compete at Daytona International Speedway in the Rolex 24 endurance race without his prosthetics. It’s Zanardi’s first event in North America since he lost his legs. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 3 a.m.
_ CAR--ZANARDI CRASH-MEMORIES _ By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 1,500 words, photos.
BKN--ON BASKETBALL-HARDEN’S RUN
What James Harden has done in his last five games is astounding by any measure. He’s averaging 52.2 points _ none of them off an assist. Now, with point guard Chris Paul coming back soon, Harden’s numbers will likely dip. And the Rockets should welcome that. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 730 words, photos.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. _ Jared Goff was 7 years old when Tom Brady beat the Rams to win his first Super Bowl in early 2002. The kid has been a fan of the superstar ever since. Goff is now 24, the same age as Brady was then. When Brady plays in his ninth Super Bowl next weekend in Atlanta for the New England Patriots, Goff will be on the other sideline for Los Angeles, neither star-struck nor cocky. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 800 words, photos.
_ FBN--RAMS-ZUERLIN INJURY _ By Greg Beacham. SENT: 320 words, photos.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. _ Throughout the Patriots’ run of playoff success under Bill Belichick, one of his best-known attributes has been his ability to craft game plans that have stumped their opponents. He’s at it again. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 720 words, photos.
Gene Steratore is heading to the Super Bowl for the second straight season, this time in a very different capacity. Steratore wraps up his first year as CBS rules analyst at Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta on Feb. 3. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 930 words, photos.
_ FBN--CHIEFS-SPAGNUOLO _ By Dave Skretta. SENT: 640 words.
_ FBN--CHIEFS-WRONG DEE FORD _ SENT: 180 words.
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TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-WOMEN’S FINAL PREVIEW
MELBOURNE, Australia _ Petra Kvitova has shed her tears. They came in a very public arena this week, tears which were for a long time private. A violent home invasion that caused serious knife wounds to her left hand punctuated her career, as she sees it. There’s the before _two Wimbledon titles_ and her “second career” _ which so far is highlighted by her run to the Australian Open final. By John Pye. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.
_ TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-THE LATEST _ Real-time updates throughout day.
_ TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN GLANCE _ UPCOMING: 450 words, photos.
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is a captain and an All-Star starter — again. Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will choose his own teammates as the other captain. And Hornets guard Kemba Walker is about to make his first All-Star start, on his home floor in Charlotte. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 650 words, photos.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Hornets point guard Kemba Walker can’t imagine what the atmosphere will be like when he’s introduced as an NBA All-Star game starter next month on his home court. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 560 words, photos by 3 a.m.
INDIANAPOLIS _ Pacers scoring lead Victor Oladipo is done for the season after rupturing a knee tendon. The All-Star guard left Wednesday night’s game against Toronto on a stretcher. He was averaging more than 19 points and was a first-team all-NBA defensive selection last season. By Michael Marot. SENT: 450 words, photos.
BKN--KINGS ON THE RUN
The Sacramento Kings decided to push the pace this season with their young backcourt, and might keep running all the way to their first playoff berth since 2006. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 700 words, photos.
HKN--ALL-STAR MEDIA DAY
SAN JOSE, Calif. _It is only fitting that Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and Nathan MacKinnon are serving as captains for this weekend’s NHL All-Star game. The three high-scoring forwards are 23 or younger. They are part of a youth movement that is taking over the NHL and will be on center stage when the league’s best players gather at the Shark Tank for their annual midseason celebration. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 830 words, photos.
Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban has found a way to go beyond his more than 1.1 million followers on Twitter and 844,000 more on Instagram. He’s hitting national television. The 2013 Norris Trophy winner will host “P.K. Subban’s All-Star Special” on NBC Sports Network airing immediately after the NHL All-Star Skills competition, and Subban is ready to have some fun. His digital series “The P.K. Project” also just debuted featuring a look into his personal life. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 660 words, photos by 3 a.m.
DALLAS _ Not long after Dallas Stars CEO Jim Lites profanely ripped the play of captain Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, first-year coach Jim Montgomery called out the “culture of mediocrity” with his new franchise. Add the brief benching of another high-scoring forward in Alexander Radulov, and it’s clear the Stars are eager to escape the rut of missing the playoffs eight of the past 10 seasons. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 3 a.m.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ Tennessee’s Grant Williams finds ways to get to the free-throw line. And once he’s there, Williams converts. It’s part of what makes him the most impactful player on the top-ranked team in the country. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 750 words, photos.
IOWA CITY, Iowa _ Iowa had the crowd rocking and plenty of momentum on its side. But sixth-ranked Michigan State had the necessary toughness, blowing past the upstart Hawkeyes in a vintage Tom Izzo performance on the road. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 770 words, photos.
_ BKC--BIG EAST PARITY _ By Tom Canavan. SENT: 680 words, photos.
_ BKC--BIG 12 JUMBLE _ By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 815 words, photos.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw worried her team might be facing Tennessee at the worst possible time as the Lady Volunteers tried to end their longest losing streak in nearly half a century. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 840 words, photos.
_ BKW--T25-CLEMSON-NC STATE _ SENT: 670 words.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. _Mike and Maurkice Pouncey were among the first players off the AFC Pro Bowl practice field Thursday. They were trying to hustle to the locker room to shower, change and get on the road. They had people waiting. More than 50 of them, actually. By Mark Long. SENT: 800 words, photos.
_ FBN--AMAZON-NFL _ By Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 700 words, photos.
_ FBC--SENIOR BOWL _ By John Zenor. SENT: 660 words, photos.
_ FBN--BEARS-PAGANO _ By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 780 words, photos.
LONDON _ The search is abandoned for the plane that disappeared over the English Channel carrying Argentine player Emiliano Sala. Authorities call the chances of survival “extremely remote.” A sobbing sister begs them to keep looking. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 550 words, photos.
For Emiliano Sala, the move to Cardiff and the Premier League was the kind of chance he’d been waiting for ever since leaving his native Argentina as a 20-year-old to pursue a soccer career in Europe. Now at the age of 28, he was entering his peak years as a striker and enjoying the best season of his life at French club Nantes. After slowly moving up the ranks for French soccer, he would finally get an opportunity to prove himself in the biggest league in the world. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
SOC--ATLANTA UNITED-PITY MARTINEZ
ATLANTA _ South American player of the year Gonzalo “Pity” Martinez is acquired by Atlanta United, bolstering a team that won the MLS Cup in its second season. Martinez could be on the field when Atlanta debuts in the CONCACAF Champions League next month. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 650 words, photos.
_ SOC--FIFA-REFEREE BANNED _ By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 600 words.
_ SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP _ SENT: 400 words, photos.
_ SOC--FIFA-BAHRANI REFUGEE _ By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 500 words, photos.
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. _ Justify finished unbeaten, on and off the track. The Triple Crown winner for 2018 added Horse of the Year to his resume, getting the nod over Accelerate for the biggest prize handed out at the Eclipse Awards on Thursday night. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 640 words, photos.
DETROIT _ Bradie Tennell answered questions with the calm confidence of a defending champion.Alysa Liu — all of 13 years old — seemed a little more in awe of her surroundings. By Noah Trister. SENT: 760 words, photos.
_ FIG--EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS _ SENT: 400 words, photos.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ The Rolex 24 at Daytona is an annual display of the most gorgeous sports cars in a splashy opening to the North American motorsport season. But in this 50th anniversary season of IMSA the star-studded field is one of the deepest in the history of the prestigious twice-round-the-clock endurance event. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 840 words, photos.
_ CAR--NHRA-COURTNEY FORCE-RETIRES _ Courtney Force, NHRA’s winningest female Funny Car driver, ends driving career. SENT: 120 words, photos.
Chris Mazdzer is giving his neck a bit of a rest, with hopes of having a medal draped around it at this weekend’s luge world championships in Germany. The Olympic singles silver medalist from New York State is to compete in only doubles and the team relay. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 650 words, photos.
_ SKI--WCUP-WOMEN’S DOWNHILL TRAINING _ By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 450 words, photos.
Jim McKean, an umpire for 10 no-hitters and three World Series during a big league career from 1973 to 2001, dies at 73. The Canadian also worked three All-Star Games. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 600 words, photos.
_ SWM--NATHAN ADRIAN-CANCER _ SENT: 220 words, photos.
_ NCAA-EMMERT _ By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 640 words.
_ GLF--DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC _ SENT: 300 words, photos.
_ OLY--WADA ELECTION _ SENT: 150 words, photos.
_ BBA--MARINERS-ALLEGATIONS _ By Tim Booth. SENT: 800 words, photos.
_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES
_ BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES
_ BKW--TOP 25 CAPSULES
Friday Time Schedule (EST)
Washington at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Miami at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
New York at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Sacramento at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Toronto at Houston, 8 p.m.
Charlotte at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.
Detroit at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Utah, 9 p.m.
Phoenix at Denver, 9 p.m.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 5 Michigan at Indiana, 6:30 p.m.
No. 14 Buffalo at Kent State, 6:30 p.m.
No. 5 Oregon at Washington State, 10 p.m.
No. 6 Stanford at Colorado, 9 p.m.
No. 9 Oregon State at Washington, 11 p.m.
No. 10 Marquette at Xavier, 7 p.m.
No. 16 Arizona State vs. UCLA, 1 p.m.
No. 21 Utah vs. California, 9 p.m.