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November 7, 2018

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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

TOP STORIES

FBN--HALFWAY-RUNNING RENAISSANCE

Ezekiel Elliott likes to give Todd Gurley credit for the renaissance of the running back in the NFL because the Los Angeles Rams star ended an unprecedented two-year stretch without someone at that high-profile position going in the first round of the draft. With Gurley and Elliott of the Cowboys among a growing number of productive and important backs, it’s a good time to be a runner again — not to mention the critical role that pass catching can play out of the backfield. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--SAINTS-BRYANT

METAIRIE, La. — Dez Bryant has found a new team, agreeing to contract teams with the New Orleans Saints. The former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, who has been looking for an NFL home since becoming a free agent, will join one of the league’s top offenses in New Orleans, the AP is told. By Brett Martel. SENT: 480 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m.

CAR--NASCAR-HARVICK PENALIZED

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Harvick’s bid for a second NASCAR title suffered a massive setback when he was stripped of his berth in the championship race because his winning car failed inspection after Texas Motor Speedway. The discovery of an illegally modified spoiler negates the automatic berth Harvick earned into the final four. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 850 words, photos.

BBO--GM MEETINGS

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Concerned about the drop in hits and increase in strikeouts, management and players are willing to explore possible rule changes. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words by 10 p.m.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

SOC--ARGENTINA-WOMEN’S SOCCER

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Female soccer players in Argentina struggle to be heard in a country where the soccer conversation is overwhelmingly dominated by talk of Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona. But things are changing rapidly and it’s partly because of a picture shared widely on social media. The photo taken before a Women’s Copa America match showed the Argentine players with their hands cupped behind their right ears in a sign of protest highlighting that no one was listening to them. By Debora Rey. SENT: 1,280 words, photos, video. Stands for story listed on Sports Showcase Digest as SOC--WWCUP-SOUTH AMERICA RISING.

NFL

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.

FBN--CHIEFS-WATCHING PATRICK

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In what may be the ultimate form of flattery in the NFL, where coaches tend to be laser-focused on their next opponent, it turns out they are tuning in to see the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes play. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--PANTHERS-STEELERS PREVIEW

PITTSBURGH — Cam Newton spent a portion of his offseason working out with Antonio Brown and studying Ben Roethlisberger. The Panthers QB and the rest of his team will get an up-close look at both when Carolina (6-2) visits Pittsburgh (5-2-1) on Thursday night. By Will Graves. SENT: 900 words, photos.

Also:

— FBN--PRO PICKS. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 630 words, graphic.

— FBN--FALCONS-IRVING SIGNS — Falcons sign veteran defensive end Bruce Irvin. SENT: 330 words, photo. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS

Spoiler season is here in college football, the time of year when being a party pooper is a worthy and honorable goal. No. 24 Michigan State, Oklahoma State and Auburn are out to ruin some rivals’ seasons. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

FBC--SEC-WHAT’S AT STAKE

The calendar has barely hit November, but the Southeastern Conference championship game matchup is already decided: Alabama will meet Georgia for the league title in Atlanta on Dec. 1. The remaining 12 teams can’t win the SEC, but there are still plenty of intriguing story lines during the final three weeks of the season. By David Brandt and Steve Megargee. SENT: 950 words, photos.

FBC--ACC-COASTAL CHAOS

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The only Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division teams that have yet to appear in the league’s championship game are Pittsburgh and Virginia. Pitt leads the Coastal right now. Virginia sits alone in second place. Go figure. There’s Coastal chaos, again. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 730 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBN--GIANTS-ZAIDI

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants introduce Farhan Zaidi as the team’s new president of baseball operations. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, developing from 4 p.m. EST news conference.

BBO--MLB ALL-STARS-JAPAN

TOKYO — All-Star catcher Yadier Molina hopes to throw out some speedy runners. Don Mattingly looks forward to seeing Japan’s national team. Mattingly and Molina are in Japan as part of a Major League Baseball All-Star tour that features six games against Japan. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 410 words, photos.

NHL

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. SENT: 920 words, photos.

HKN--PENGUINS-CAPITALS

WASHINGTON — The scuffling Pittsburgh Penguins visit the rival Capitals in a meeting of the two most recent Stanley Cup champions. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

NBA

BKN--76ERS-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS — Myles Turner and the Indiana Pacers (7-4) try to keep the upper hand when Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers (6-5) come to town. Indiana won two of the three meetings last season. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

AUTO RACING

— CAR--NASCAR-TRUEX-GIBBS — NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr. moving to Joe Gibbs Racing with crew chief. SENT: 680 words, photos.

— CAR--F1-HANOI RACE — Grand Prix in Hanoi set to join Formula One circuit in 2020. SENT: 380 words, photos.

— CAR--F1-BRAZILIAN GP-HAMILTON — Lewis Hamilton relishes F1 challenge from young crop of drivers. SENT: 400 words, photos.

SOCCER

SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUNDUP

Juventus plays Manchester United in Group H of the Champions League, while Manchester City hosts Shakhtar Donetsk in Group F and Real Madrid visits Viktoria Plzen in Group G. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2300 GMT.

Also:

— SOC--FIFA-2022 WORLD CUP — FIFA’s 2022 World Cup expansion at risk from 28-day limit. SENT: 430 words, photo.

OLYMPICS

OLY--TOKYO-ROOF RAISING

TOKYO — Attention Simone Biles: They’re building a venue in Tokyo where you can add to the four Olympic gold medals you won in Rio de Janeiro. The new Olympic gymnastics venue is halfway completed and should be finished by this time next year. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 410 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Wednesday Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

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.

NHL

Pittsburgh at Washington, 7:30 p.m.

Nashville at Colorado, 10 p.m.

Calgary at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 20 TCU vs. Cal State Bakersfield, 9 p.m.

Women

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.

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