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BC-AP Sports Digest

February 23, 2019

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PodcastOne SportsNow hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg grab a sand-trap rake and go after Matt Kuchar for winning $1.3 million at a tournament in Mexico and nearly stiffing his fill-in caddie. Also, just-retired AP sports writer Bob Baum, joins the pair to reminisce about four-plus decades with a courtside seat. https://www.podcastone.com/podcastone-sports-now

Stanford’s David Shaw, one of college football’s most insightful coaches, is about to begin a three-year term as chairman of the NCAA football rules committee. He joins AP’s Ralph Russo on the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast



SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ With coach Jim Boeheim on the sideline, Syracuse hosts a No. 1 Duke team that is without Zion Williamson after a bizarre injury in which his shoe blew apart. This is Boeheim’s first game since his SUV struck and killed a pedestrian on a darkened highway. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m.


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has wide-ranging powers to discipline teams, coaches, players and, yes, owners. What might he do in the case of Patriots owner Robert Kraft? By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 650 words, photos.


FORT MYERS, Fla. _ The windup. The pitch. The countdown? Baseball debuts an experimental pitch clock through spring training on Saturday, putting hurlers and hitters on the clock for the first time in an effort to shorten games. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


PHILADELPHIA _ The Flyers and Penguins take to the great outdoors at Lincoln Financial Field. But steady rain, with temperatures in the 40s, is expected for the Pennsylvania showdown. Philadelphia is going with veteran goalie Brian Elliott instead of rookie sensation Carter Hart. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.


MEXICO CITY _ Dustin Johnson is in front going into the third round of the Mexico Championship, with Rory McIlroy and Matt Kuchar two strokes behind. Tiger Woods is tied for eighth, six shots behind. By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.



Transgender athletes are making great advances in high school, college and pro sports. Yet for all the upbeat stories, the topic of trans participation remains polarizing, notably in cases where transgender women actually prevail. Even tennis great Martina Navratilova has become entangled in the debate. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.



OAKLAND, Calif. _ James Harden and the Rockets return to Oracle Arena to face the Golden State Warriors after a 135-134 overtime win on the defending champions’ home floor last month. Houston has lost three of four, including back to back to the Timberwolves and Lakers. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.




BATON ROUGE, La. _ No. 5 Tennessee plays No. 13 LSU in a game the Volunteers need to win to remain alone in first in the SEC. LSU is coming off an overtime loss at home to Florida. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started noon.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ No. 3 Virginia rallies from a 12-point deficit to beat No. 18 Louisville 64-52 and keep its hold on the ACC lead. De’Andre Hunter scores 19 of his 26 points after halftime for the Cavaliers. The Cardinals have lost five of seven games. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. _ No. 8 North Carolina looks to build on its rout of top-ranked Duke, facing a No. 16 Florida State team that has won eight straight. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 3:45 p.m.


LUBBOCK, Texas _ No. 12 Kansas and No. 14 Texas Tech are one game out of the Big 12 lead with two weeks remaining in the regular season. The Red Raiders have a four-game winning streak, outscoring those teams by an average margin of 24 points. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

_ Also:

_ Other Top 10 games: No. 2 Gonzaga-BYU (10 p.m.); No. 4 Kentucky-Auburn (1:30 p.m.); No. 6 Nevada-Fresno State (8 p.m.).

_ BKC--T25-MICHIGAN ST-MICHIGAN PREVIEW _ No. 7 Michigan hosts No. 10 Michigan State on Sunday, with Big Ten lead on line. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.



AMES, Iowa _ Top-ranked Baylor puts its perfect Big 12 record on the line when it faces Iowa State. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m.



JUPITER, Fla. _ Jose Martinez signed a $3.25 million, two-year contract to remain with the St. Louis Cardinals. The outfielder/first baseman will be sending some the money to his family in Venezuela, a country plagued by food and medical shortages amid a political crisis. By Steven Wine. SENT: 400 words, photos.

_ Other spring training features from Mariners, Orioles, Dodgers.



HAMPTON, Ga. _ NASCAR looks to give its troubled series an entertaining lift Sunday with the debut of its new rules package at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The feeling around racing is that the bumpin’ and bangin’ of NASCAR lore is about to return. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

_ With:

_ CAR--NASCAR-KESELOWSKI ILL _ Brad Keselowski has stomach virus, uncertain for Sunday’s race. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 140 words.

_ CAR--NASCAR-ATLANTA-XFINITY _ UPCOMING: 400 words. Race started 1:30 p.m.

_ CAR--NASCAR-ATLANTA-TRUCKS _ UPCOMING: 300 words. Race starts 4:30 p.m.



CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland _ Olympic champion Sofia Goggia wins the first World Cup downhill of the post-Lindsey Vonn era. Vonn retired after winning a downhill bronze at the world championships two weeks ago. Mikaela Shiffrin, the runaway leader in the overall World Cup standings, did not race. SENT: 400 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia _ Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger wins her seventh consecutive World Cup women’s luge overall championship by capturing the season’s final full-length race. The only other luger to win seven straight titles was Austria’s Markus Prock in the 1990s. SENT: 550 words, photos.

_ Also:

_ SKE--WORLD CUP _ Elena Nikitina, implicated in Sochi doping, wins overall World Cup skeleton title in Calgary, Alberta. SENT: 250 words.

_ SKI--WCUP-MEN’S SUPER-G CANCELED _ World Cup ski race in Bulgaria canceled because of heavy snowfall. SENT: 200 words, photos.


_ HKN--DEVILS-STARS TRADE _ Dallas acquires veteran defenseman Ben Lovejoy in trade with New Jersey. SENT: 300 words, photos.

_ HKN--DOAN’S JERSEY _ Coyotes retire jersey of Shane Doan. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.


_ GLF--PUERTO RICO _ D.J. Trahan, Nate Lashley, Roberto Diaz lead by a stroke entering third round of PGA event. UPCOMING: 350 words by 7 p.m.

_ GLF--LPGA THAILAND _ Amy Yang, Minjee Lee ahead by two shots after third round on LPGA Tour. SENT: 250 words.


_ Tennis tournaments in Delray Beach, Fla.; Rio de Janeiro; Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

_ SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP _ Tottenham loses ground in Premier League race with defeat at Burnley. By Mattias Karen. SENT: 700 words, photos.

_ BOX--AIBA-FALCINELLI _ Europe’s top boxing official warned amid organizational power struggle. SENT: 300 words.







Saturday Time Schedule (EST)


Portland at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Phoenix at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

Brooklyn at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Memphis at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Indiana at Washington, 7 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, 7 p.m.

Detroit at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Boston at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Sacramento at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.

Houston at Golden State, 8:30 p.m.

Dallas at Utah, 10 p.m.


Washington at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

New Jersey at N.Y. Rangers, 1 p.m.

Boston at St. Louis, 4 p.m.

Carolina at Dallas, 5 p.m.

Los Angeles at Florida, 5 p.m.

San Jose at Columbus, 5 p.m.

Colorado at Nashville, 5:30 p.m.

Montreal at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field), 8 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Anaheim at Edmonton, 10 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)


No. 1 Duke at Syracuse, 6 p.m.

No. 2 Gonzaga vs. BYU, 10 p.m.

No. 3 Virginia at No. 18 Louisville, noon

No. 4 Kentucky vs. Auburn, 1:30 p.m.

No. 5 Tennessee at No. 13 LSU, noon

No. 6 Nevada vs. Fresno State, 8 p.m.

No. 8 North Carolina vs. No. 16 Florida State, 3:45 p.m.

No. 9 Houston vs. South Florida, 5 p.m.

No. 11 Marquette at Providence, noon

No. 12 Kansas at No. 14 Texas Tech, 8 p.m.

No. 15 Purdue at Nebraska, 2 p.m.

No. 19 Iowa State at TCU, 2 p.m.

No. 20 Virginia Tech at Notre Dame, 4 p.m.

No. 22 Wisconsin at Northwestern, 8:30 p.m.

No. 23 Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State, 4 p.m.

No. 24 Maryland vs. Ohio State, 2 p.m.


No. 1 Baylor at No. 20 Iowa State, 4 p.m.

No. 15 Gonzaga at San Francisco, 5 p.m.

No. 19 Texas vs. Texas Tech, noon

No. 25 Rice at North Texas, 4 p.m.

Exhibition Baseball

N.Y. Yankees vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Minnesota (split squad) vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

St. Louis vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Detroit vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:07 p.m.

Atlanta vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.

Milwaukee vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (ss) vs. Oakland at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Texas vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers vs. Chicago White Sox (ss) at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.

Cleveland vs. Cincinnati at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.

Colorado vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

San Francisco vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

San Diego vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota (ss) at Fort Myers, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

Houston vs. Washington at West Palm Beach, Fla., 6:35 p.m.