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November 20, 2018
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TOP STORIES

FBN--RAMPAGING RAMS

LOS ANGELES — The Rams are the NFL’s first team to 10 victories after their epic 54-51 win over Kansas City. Los Angeles has a bye week to bask in its triumph and to see how it can help a defense that relied on big plays to survive this thriller. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 10 p.m.

FBC--PLAYOFF RANKINGS

The College Football Rankings are again likely to be led by Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan. The same top-four teams for a third straight weeks would be a first for the CFP. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Rankings released about 7:15 p.m.

BKC--T25-MAUI INVITATIONAL

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Top-ranked Duke gets what could be its biggest test of the season, facing No. 8 Auburn in the Maui Invitational semifinals. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPOMING: 800 words. Game starts 8 p.m.

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— BKC--MAUI INVITATIONAL-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

BBA--RANGERS-BELTRE RETIRES

ARLINGTON, Texas — Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers retires after 21 seasons in a career in which he hit 477 home runs and became the first player from the Dominican Republic to reach 3,000 hits. The 39-year-old third baseman was a four-time All-Star. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BKN--LEBRON’S RETURN

CLEVELAND — LeBron James is coming home again, and this time he’ll be welcomed mostly with love. James makes his first appearance in Cleveland since leaving to join the Lakers. When he came back in 2010 with Miami, James was booed and taunted. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

COMMENTARY

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-EXHIBITIONS

The winner between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson might be the least relevant aspect of their Friday night match in Las Vegas. How many will pay to watch? And is there an appetite for exhibitions, even when they include the one player who makes people watch? By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 p.m.

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-NO CLASSIC

The Big 12 has come to the NFL. The Rams-Chiefs scoring extravaganza no doubt was entertaining, with enough spectacular plays and head-spinning twists to make any video-game fan ecstatic. But a pro football classic? No way. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 800 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--CONFIDENT CHIEFS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs walked out of Memorial Stadium in Los Angeles confident they could beat the Rams in a rematch. If only they don’t have to beat themselves, too. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBN--BEHIND THE CALL

Lamar Jackson ran 27 times in Baltimore’s victory over Cincinnati. Filling in for injured Joe Flacco, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner had more rushes than any quarterback since 1970 and the first to gain over 100 yards since Colin Kaepernick in 2016. By Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 650 words, photos.

FBN--COWBOYS-IMPROVING LINE

FRISCO, Texas — Zack Martin has played through a knee injury for a Dallas offensive line already missing fellow Pro Bowler Travis Frederick. With a boost from Xavier Su’a-Filo, the unit is starting to live up to the reputation as one of the league’s best. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.

FBN--NBC-DIFFERENT VOICES

NEW YORK — Fans watching NBC’s Thanksgiving night Falcons-Saints game might do a double take. Rather than seeing Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison in the studio for the pregame and halftime programs, they’ll see the three calling the game. By Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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— FBN--POWER RANKINGS — By Simmi Buttar. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--COLTS-DEFENSE — By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--DOLPHINS QBS — By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--BEARS-TRUBISKY — SENT: 250 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--AP ALL-AMERICA WATCH

The 10th All-America watch of the season features Tua Tagovailoa’s stretch run; Michigan State’s tenacious defensive end; and an Egg Bowl edge matchup. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 650 words, photos.

FBC--T25-THE GAME-DEFENSES

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — No. 4 Michigan might be without defensive star Chase Winovich for Saturday’s showdown with No. 10 Ohio State because of an apparent shoulder injury. If he can’t play, the Wolverines have so much depth they may be able to overcome it. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBC--T25-WEST VIRGINIA-GRIER

West Virginia quarterback Will Grier finally will get his chance to play Oklahoma. Grier missed last year’s game with a broken finger. He can send No. 12 West Virginia into the Big 12 championship game with a win Friday over the No. 6 Sooners. By John Raby. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBC--T25-WASHINGTON ST-RISING

Forged in tragedy and led by a charismatic new quarterback, No. 7 Washington State has the best record in the Pacific-12. The Cougars (10-1) play archrival No. 16 Washington (8-3) on Friday in the Apple Cup. By Nicholas K. Geranios. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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— FBC--T25-FLORIDA’S STREAK — By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— — FBC--RIVALS-MOTIVATED SPOILERS — By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBC--PAC 12-LOOSE ENDS — By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

NHL

HKN--OILERS-MCLELLAN FIRED

EDMONTON, Alberta — The Edmonton Oilers, losers of six of seven games, fire coach Todd McLellan — the fourth NHL coaching dismissal this season. He is replaced by Ken Hitchcock, who retired in April after a 22-year coaching career, including a Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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— HKN--OILERS-SHARKS — UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.

HKN--PUNCHLESS PENGUINS

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby is hurt. The defense is a mess. Matt Murray’s confidence, too. No wonder the Penguins are near the bottom of the Eastern Conference a quarter of the way into the season. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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— HKN--BLUES-BERUBE — Craig Berube is Blues’ interim coach after firing of Mike Yeo. SENT: 650 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--CAVALIERS-SMITH GONE

CLEVELAND — Disgruntled Cavaliers forward J.R. Smith has gotten his wish: He is parting ways with Cleveland. The team says it is working out terms of his departure. This is the latest upheaval in a stormy season for Cleveland, which is a league-worst 2-13. By Tom Withers. SENT: 180 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK

Holiday tournaments are in full swing, with plenty of tantalizing matchups. The Las Vegas Invitational might have the toughest quartet of any tournament: No. 7 North Carolina vs. Texas and No. 11 Michigan State vs. No. 17 UCLA. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BKC--BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS PREVIEW

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — No. 4 Virginia has started the season with three easy home wins. Things could be tougher at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas, with the Cavaliers headlining a field that includes No. 25 Wisconsin along with Florida, Oklahoma and Stanford. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.

BKC--T25-WISCONSIN-HAPP’S FOOTWORK

MADISON, Wis. — Every so often, Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ makes a move that reminds some of Kevin McHale. It’s not just the shot itself, but how Happ frees himself to get to the basket. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 600 words, photos.

SOCCER

SOC--US-ITALY

The U.S. plays Italy in Genk, Belgium, in what is expected to be the final game for the Americans under interim coach Dave Sarachan before a new coach is hired. Christian Pulisic, 20, becomes the youngest captain in the modern history of U.S. soccer. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m.

SOC--WCUP-QATAR-FOUR YEARS TO GO

LUGANO, Switzerland — With four years to go before the next World Cup in Qatar, the small gulf country’s national soccer team is on the rise but still has a long, long way to go. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 700 words, photos

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— SOC--EUROPEAN ROUNDUP — Portugal, already in Final Four of UEFA Nations League, hosts relegated Poland. Also, Sweden hosts Russia. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— SOC--GERMANY-HORRIBLE YEAR — Germany ends a dreadful year by giving up two late goals in draw with Dutch. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— SOC--UEFA-EUROPEAN CLUBS — Europe’s governing body, top clubs dismiss threat of Super League. SENT: 140 words, photos.

— SOC--WCUP 2030 BIDS — Portugal disputes possibility of Spain joining Portugal-Morocco bid for 2030 World Cup. SENT: 120 words.

WINTER SPORTS

BOB--US SLIDING PREVIEW

A season of change for the three U.S. international sliding programs has arrived. Most of the Olympians who competed in bobsled, skeleton and luge at the Pyeongchang Games have moved on, and now a new road toward Beijing 2022 begins. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words, photos.

UFC

MMA--NURMAGOMEDOV-NIGHTLIFE

MOSCOW — UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is probably the best-known Muslim athlete in Russia, and he’s rapidly becoming a leading conservative voice at home. He has called for a crackdown on the local nightlife in his mostly-Muslim home region of Dagestan. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 550 words, photos.

GOLF

— GLF--PGA TOUR-JAPAN — PGA Tour to hold tournament in Japan next October. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 350 words, photos.

— GLF--SOLHEIM CUP-DAVIES — Laura Davies to join Europe’s Solheim Cup team as vice captain. SENT: 130 words.

OTHER

— SWM--GOLDEN GOGGLES — Katie Ledecky honored as top U.S. female swimmer for sixth straight year. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— ATH--DOPING-LEVINE — Star British sprinter Nigel Levine banned four years for doping. SENT: 140 words.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Tuesday Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

L.A. Clippers at Washington, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Brooklyn at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Portland at New York, 7:30 p.m.

NHL

Edmonton at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 1 Duke vs. No. 8 Auburn at Lahaina, Hawaii, 8 p.m.

No. 3 Gonzaga vs. Arizona at Lahaina, Hawaii, 10:30 p.m.

No. 16 Clemson vs. Georgia at George Town, Cayman Islands, 2:30 p.m.

No. 18 TCU vs. Lipscomb, 8 p.m.

No. 21 Oregon vs. Green Bay, 10 p.m.

No. 23 Ohio State vs. Samford, 7 p.m.

Women

No. 20 Texas A&M at Little Rock, 7:30 p.m.

No. 23 Minnesota vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 8 p.m.

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