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December 25, 2018

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TOP STORIES

FBN--BRONCOS-RAIDERS

OAKLAND, Calif. — After the final seconds ticked off, Derek Carr ran straight to the Black Hole with several teammates before taking a victory lap around the Coliseum to celebrate with his fans. If this truly is the final game ever in Oakland, the Raiders gave their fans plenty to cheer at the end of another disappointing season. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 750 words.

YE--STORY OF THE YEAR

Crimes of sexual abuse committed by doctor Larry Nassar and the chaos they provoked were named the Story of the Year in balloting by AP members and editors. The second- and third-place finishers were the Eagles first Super Bowl title and the Supreme Court decision to allow sports gambling to expand. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 900 words, photos. With list.

NBA

BKN--NBA CHRISTMAS-THINGS TO KNOW

Christmas has arrived, which means holiday shopping lists can hopefully be put away for another year. So here’s a new list: Some of the things to know on this Christmas in the NBA, when five games — all of them televised nationally and beyond — will be on the holiday menu. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 615 words.

BKN--NBA CHRISTMAS-KNOX

NEW YORK — Kevin Knox knew this might be a tough Christmas. The NBA is hard on teenagers, no matter how easy he made it look in the summer. There’s always a veteran looking to feast on young players — and on Tuesday it’s Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, who might just be the MVP favorite as the league arrives at the biggest day on its calendar. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 500 words.

NFL

FBN--BEHIND THE CALL

Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster’s weekend began with a promise and ended with a regret. Despite a sore groin, Smith-Schuster pledged to play Sunday so as not to let down fantasy football owners competing in their league championships. His costly fumble in the fourth quarter at New Orleans might keep the Steelers out of postseason party. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 900 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--GENERATION Z QBS

Quarterbacks who grew up with personal coaches, 7-on-7 spring leagues and all they ever wanted to know about two-deep coverage on YouTube have taken over college football. The passing game has reached new heights this season. With 26 postseason games left to play, the current passer efficiency rating for the Bowl Subdivision is 134.99, which would break the previous record of 133.83 set in 2012. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 850 words, photos.

FBC--T25-SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

DALLAS — Boston College coach Steve Addazio will have his play-caller for one more game before Scot Loeffler takes over at Bowling Green for good. Just think of the SERVPRO First Responders Bowl against No. 23 Boise State on Wednesday as a one-game reunion after Loeffler spent most of the past month getting ready for his new job. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 650 words.

FBC--QUICK LANE BOWL PREVIEW

DETROIT — Paul Johnson simply wants some time off. First things first, though: The 61-year-old coach will lead Georgia Tech for the final time Wednesday against Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl. By Larry Lage. SENT: 750 words.

HOCKEY

HKW--USA HOCKEY-CAREER WOMEN

PLYMOUTH, Mich. — Kelly Pannek is on pace to graduate from the University of Minnesota in the spring with a finance degree. With two internships in wealth management also on her resume, she is a prime candidate to get hired in the business world. The 2018 Olympic champion plans to put her off-ice-career on hold, thanks to a landmark deal involving USA Hockey last year. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. SENT: 700 words.

OTHER

— BKN--JAMES-LYRIC APOLOGY — LeBron sorry for posting rapper’s “Jewish money” lyric. SENT: 150 words, photos.

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Tuesday Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Milwaukee at New York, 12 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Houston, 3 p.m.

Philadelphia at Boston, 5:30 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at Golden State, 8 p.m.

Portland at Utah, 10:30 p.m.

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