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East Stroudsburg coach Denny Douds called timeout with 13 seconds left in a game to announce his retirement after 43 years in charge of the Warriors’ football program. Then he shook hands with players and coaches, walked out of the stadium and drove off. Also on the show: Adam Greenberg discusses his two major league plate appearances — seven years apart — and why he’s running for office. Finally, AP NFL writer Rob Maaddi settles the Brady vs. Rodgers debate. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
INDIANAPOLIS — Zion Williamson and fourth-ranked Duke were well on their way to a blowout victory when the high-flying freshman blocked a shot to start yet another Blue Devil fastbreak. Williamson dribbled up the left side, whipped a pass through traffic to classmate RJ Barrett, then met him under the basket with a hearty chest bump after Barrett fought off a foul to finish his layup. Duke’s fabulous freshman weren’t just ready for their first turn in the spotlight. By Michael Marot. SENT: 750 words, photos.
Michigan moved into the fourth spot of the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night, behind Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame. Georgia was next at five, followed by Oklahoma. The playoff picture cleared up after a weekend where several contenders asserted themselves. The top-four teams in the final rankings Dec. 2 will play in the national semifinals. The Crimson Tide easily dispatched LSU from the top four, beating the Tigers 29-0. LSU, though, only dropped to No. 7 after its second loss, ahead of Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State — all with only one loss. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 950 words.
FBN--HALFWAY-MOST IMPROVED PLAYERS
NEW YORK — Established superstars such as Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers grab all the attention when their teams do well. But a team’s success or failure can often be determined by which players make the biggest jump from year to year. By Simmi Buttar. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Start them right away? Ease ’em in? Have them sit a whole season? When it comes to developing young quarterbacks in the NFL, it all depends on who you talk to.
Some teams think it’s best to throw rookie QBs into the fire to learn on the job. Others prefer to gradually work them into the offense. Some say it’s more beneficial to have them grab a cap and clipboard and take it all in from the sideline. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 1,220 words.
INDIANAPOLIS — Kansas’ Quentin Grimes and Dedric Lawson made quite an impression Tuesday night. They produced basket after basket, big play after big play. If they keep playing this way, No. 1 Kansas might just stay on top of the college basketball world. Grimes scored 21 points in his college debut and Lawson added 20 points in his first game with the Jayhawks, helping Kansas stymie No. 10 Michigan State’s late charge for a 92-87 victory in the season-opening Champions Classic. By Michael Marot. SENT: 750 words.
CHICAGO — Jeremy Colliton knows all about Joel Quenneville’s legacy with the Chicago Blackhawks. He thinks he knows what to do, too. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 850 words.
HKN--AROUND THE NHL
DETROIT — A Detroit Red Wings home game looks and sounds a little like a memorial. The lights are dimmed as flashbacks of the franchise’s glorious past flash digitally onto the ice before the puck drops, reminding the relative few fans in the stands how good things used to be. And, they were good. Really good. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 a.m.
PORTLAND, Ore. — In search of his jump shot, CJ McCollum watched every single 3-pointer he took last season looking for what he lost. Fortunately for the Portland Trail Blazers, he found it. McCollum scored 40 points and Portland beat Milwaukee 118-103 on Tuesday night to hand the Bucks their second loss in 10 games this season. SENT: 600 words.
FBC--ILLINOIS--BUSH IS BACK
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — AJ Bush finally will get to play a game at Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium. is opportunity has come in a way he never could have imagined when he showed up in Lincoln fresh out of high school in 2014. He left after two years to search for playing time, and he’s found it at his fourth school, Illinois. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 600 words.
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— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
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Wednesday’s Time Schedule (EST)
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 20 TCU vs. Cal State Bakersfield, 9 p.m.
No. 7 Stanford vs. UC Davis, 10 p.m.
No. 17 N.C. State vs. Belmont, 7 p.m.
No. 20 Texas A&M vs. Rice, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Cleveland, 7 p.m.
New York at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
San Antonio at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Denver at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Philadelphia at Indiana, 8 p.m.
Dallas at Utah, 9 p.m.
Toronto at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
Minnesota at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Nashville at Colorado, 10 p.m.
Calgary at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m.