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BC-AP Sports Digest

December 6, 2018

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Acclaimed chef Emeril Lagasse tells PodcastOne Sports Now co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg that living so many years in New Orleans makes him a huge Saints fan. He said he loves sports so much he created Lagasse’s Stadium in Las Vegas, where food and football are combined in a spectacular setting. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast



PHOENIX — The St. Louis Cardinals have struck gold in their search for a big hitter, getting All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a multiplayer trade. The Cardinals sent pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, minor league infielder Andy Young and a 2019 draft pick to Arizona in the deal. By Bob Baum. SENT: 880 words, photos.


SEATTLE — The celebration outside the building the NHL will eventually call home came with all the formality of a groundbreaking event with the principals taking turns giving remarks and ceremonially shoveling dirt. It also came with a new price-tag on the project even higher than what was stated a day earlier when the NHL awarded Seattle the league’s 32nd franchise. The cost now is $850 million for the new arena at Seattle Center, according to Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke. By Tim Booth. SENT: 610 words, photos.


San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has started his first two seasons with the team with a 2-10 record. He’s just the fifth coach to do that since the merger, joining Hue Jackson, Jim Schwartz, Leeman Bennett and John McKay. Bennett got fired after his second season and Jackson didn’t make it through his third with the Browns. Schwartz and McKay stayed long enough to lead their teams into the playoffs, progress Shanahan hopes to be able to make with the 49ers. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 980 words, photos by 3 a.m.



LOS ANGELES — LeBron James scored 20 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter and Josh Hart hit two clutch 3-pointers in the final minutes of the Los Angeles Lakers’ fourth straight victory, 121-113 over the San Antonio Spurs. Kyle Kuzma had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who lost Brandon Ingram to a sprained left ankle in the first quarter. DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points and Rudy Gay had a season-high 31. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 650 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Paul George scored 25 of his 47 points in a sensational fourth quarter, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds left that gave the Oklahoma City Thunder a 114-112 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 790 words, photos.


TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard had 36 points, Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 of his season-high 26 in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat Philadelphia 113-102, handing the 76ers their 13th consecutive loss in Canada. Serge Ibaka added 18 points as the Raptors bounced back from Monday’s loss to Denver to win for the ninth time in 10 games. By Ian Harrison. SENT: 650 words, photos.



MINNEAPOLIS — Amir Coffey scored a career-high 32 points, Jordan Murphy had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Minnesota rallied to beat No. 24 Nebraska 85-78. By Patrick Donnelly. SENT: 600 words, photos.



COSA MESA, Calif. — Brandon Mebane is one of the most respected voices in the Los Angeles Chargers locker room, but the defensive tackle has been going through one of the most trying seasons of his 12-year career. Mebane returned to the team after missing the past two games while his third child receives medical assistance. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 560 words, photos.


Josh Johnson is accustomed to moving around the NFL. Now he’s moved from one league to another. Johnson was the first player protected last week in a quarterbacks-only draft held by the Alliance of American Football, which will begin play the weekend after the Super Bowl in February. His rights in the eight-team spring league were owned by the San Diego Fleet. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 620 words, photos.


METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints are closer to getting back their second-highest-paid offensive player as they try to rebound from a first loss in more than two months and lock down a playoff berth. By Brett Martel. SENT: 820 words, photos.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Earlier this season opponents took advantage of a New England defense that struggled to get pressure up front and was susceptible to giving up big plays in the secondary. The Patriots appear to be tightening up at the right time. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 680 words, photos.



U.S. figure skater Nathan Chen will be trying to defend his Grand Prix Final title this week in Vancouver, British Colombia. The reigning world champion has had quite the year, on and off the ice, as he learns to juggle what it takes to remain a world-class athlete while plodding through classwork at an Ivy League school such as Yale. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 820 words, photos.







Thursday’s Time Schedule (EST)


Jacksonville at Tennessee, 8:20 p.m.



No. 18 Iowa vs. Iowa State, 8 p.m.

No. 23 Maryland at Purdue, 7 p.m.


No. 6 Mississippi State vs. No. 18 Marquette, 8 p.m.

No. 19 Kentucky vs. Rhode Island, 7 p.m.

No. 23 Missouri vs. UMKC, 8 p.m.


New York at Boston, 8 p.m.

Phoenix at Portland, 10 p.m.

Houston at Utah, 10:30 p.m.


Detroit at Toronto, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Colorado at Florida, 7 p.m.

Columbus at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Montreal at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Boston at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Washington at Arizona, 9 p.m.

Minnesota at Calgary, 9 p.m.

Nashville at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Chicago at Vegas, 10 p.m.

New Jersey at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

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