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November 12, 2018
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Updates Monday Time Schedule with new rankings for men’s Top 25 basketball.

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East Stroudsburg football coach Denny Douds called timeout with 13 seconds left in a game to announce his retirement after 43 years in charge of the Warriors. He discusses his decision on AP’s PodcastOne Sports Now. Also, AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi settles the Brady vs. Rodgers debate.

https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

College football fans are now armed with all manner of devices to follow games. John Walter, a media columnist for The Athletic, talks about such habits with the AP’s Ralph Russo on the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast.

https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast

TOP STORIES

HKN--CONCUSSION LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT

The NHL and attorneys for retired players announce a tentative settlement worth $18.9 million in the biggest lawsuit brought against the league over concussions and other head injuries. The lawsuit involves more than 100 former players who accused the NHL of failing to better prevent head trauma or warn players of risks while promoting violent play that led to their injuries. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 550 words, photo. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 8 p.m.

With:

— HKN--CONCUSSION LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

BBO--ROOKIES

NEW YORK — The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani and the Yankees’ Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres are top contenders for AL Rookie of the Year, while Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. and Washington’s Juan Soto head the list for the NL honor. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos developing from announcements at 6:35 p.m. (NL) and 6:48 p.m. (AL).

BKC--T25-COLLEGE BKB POLL

Duke has leapfrogged Kansas at No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll after its dominating win against Kentucky to set a record for most appearances at the top. The Blue Devils jumped from fourth to the top in the first poll of the regular season. This is Duke’s 135th week at No. 1, breaking a tie with UCLA for most all-time. The Jayhawks fell to No. 2 despite beating Michigan State in their opener. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 700 words, photos.

With:

— BKW--T25-WOMEN’S BKB POLL — Minnesota enters women’s AP Top 25, top 5 remain unchanged. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 520 words, photos.

FBC--BIG 12-FINAL FOUR

The Big 12 has four teams still in contention for the two spots in the conference championship game. There are two weeks left, and two big head-to-head matchups. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

OLY--THE TOUGHEST JOB

The organizations in charge of Olympic sports in the U.S. face complicated demands from everyone from elite athletes down to grassroots volunteers. They have limited resources and staffs that often can’t handle many challenges. It’s no wonder, then, that turnover is rampant in some of the highest-profile jobs. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-HIDE YOUR EYES

To say the Jets, Raiders and Bucs have quit would be hyperbole. To say their fans are ready to quit watching them would be more accurate. There was little to nothing worth mentioning about their performances Sunday in one-sided defeats. By Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 750 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--GIANTS-49ERS

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Nick Mullens tries to build on his record-setting NFL debut in his second start as quarterback when the San Francisco 49ers host Eli Manning and the New York Giants. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:15 p.m.

FBN--SCORING SAINTS

METAIRIE, La. — Even by the lofty standards that offensive-minded coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees have set during the past decade plus, the 2018 New Orleans Saints are putting points on the board with exceptional proficiency. And they just signed veteran receiver Brandon Marshall after Dez Bryant tore his Achilles in only his second practice with New Orleans. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

With:

— FBN--SAINTS-PAYTON-FIRE ALARM — Sean Payton says Bengals will be paid for broken fire alarm. SENT: 130 words, photos.

FBN--CHIEFS-GETTING DEFENSIVE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs get two starters back on defense and they immediately play better. Go figure. And with Eric Berry and Anthony Hitchens still out with injuries, there is even more room for improvement. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBN--JETS-BOWLES STAYS

NEW YORK — When the smoke cleared and the dust settled a day after an embarrassing loss, Todd Bowles remained coach of the New York Jets. Bowles’ bunch is 3-7 entering its bye week-break, but it appears the coach will remain with the team for now despite overwhelming pressure from fans and media for owner Christopher Johnson to make a change. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.

Also:

— FBN--BENGALS-DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR. By Joe Kay. SENT: 550 words, photos.

— FBN--STEADY TITANS. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--COWBOYS-SIGN OF LIFE. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.

— FBN--NFL-ICYMI — ICYMI in NFL Week 10: Todd Bowles’ Jets bad; Redskins CB Josh Norman knocks fans. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 820 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-CLEMSON NO LETUP

CLEMSON, S.C. — No. 2 Clemson has secured its latest berth in the ACC title game. The Tigers, though, are hunting bigger things like the College Football Playoff and can’t let up down the stretch. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 670 words, photos.

FBC--T25-LSU’S PATH

BATON ROUGE, La. — A bounce-back victory has sent No. 10 LSU into its final two regular-season games with a clear path to a major bowl game. It’s less than what LSU wanted heading into its humbling loss to No. 1 Alabama but considerably more than what was widely expected before the season began. By Brett Martels. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBC--T25-GEORGIA-FOCUS

ATHENS, Ga. — No. 5 Georgia has completed its SEC schedule and now must avoid looking ahead to its SEC championship game against No. 1 Alabama as it finishes its regular season with nonconference games against UMass on Saturday and state rival Georgia Tech the following week. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA-CHAMPIONSHIP NOVEMBER

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma has won 15 straight November games dating back to 2014. The formula? Efficient passing, plenty of running and opportunistic defense. The Sooners hope to keep it going against Kansas on Saturday. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

Also:

— FBC--T25-MICHIGAN-PEOPLES-JONES. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBC--T25-WEST VIRGINIA-FINAL PUSH. By John Raby. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBC--T25-TEXAS-LATE GAME DRIVES. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBC--LOUISVILLE-WARD. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBC--T25-AP TOP 25 HEAT CHECK. By Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

— FBC--STAT WATCH. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 420 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--AROUND THE NBA

For some NBA referees like Leroy Richardson, the road to the league started in the military. Richardson and Rodney Mott are both Navy veterans, and the decisions they made during their military days started them on their respective paths to the NBA. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 920 words, photos.

BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-76ERS TRADE

MIAMI — All-Star forward Jimmy Butler is now a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. Butler and Justin Patton were traded from Minnesota to Philadelphia for Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless along with a 2022 second-round draft pick. Butler will be introduced by the 76ers on Tuesday and is expected to debut with his new club Wednesday at Orlando. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words, photos. Will be updated after 6 p.m. pregame availability.

With:

— BKN--76ERS-HEAT. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--T25-KANSAS-VERMONT

LAWRENCE, Kan. — No. 2 Kansas plays its home opener after beating Michigan State in the Champions Classic when it faces Vermont at Allen Fieldhouse. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

BKW--RUTGERS-STRINGER’S LEGACY

NEW YORK — Rutgers women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer sits one victory away from becoming the fifth Division I women’s basketball coach to reach 1,000 victories. She’ll get her first chance to join the exclusive club Tuesday night against Central Connecticut State. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 740 words, photos.

HOCKEY

HKN--HALL OF FAME

TORONTO — It’s Hockey Hall of Fame induction night, with the hockey world gathering in Toronto to welcome the class of 2018. Commissioner Gary Bettman, superstar goalie Martin Brodeur, diminutive winger Martin St. Louis, league trailblazer Willie O’Ree, Canadian women’s star Jayna Hefford and Russian great Alexander Yakushev get the call this year. UPCOMING: 700 words by 10 p.m.

BASEBALL

BBA--TWINS-MAUER RETIRES

MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Mauer makes his retirement official, ending a 15-year major league career, all with his hometown Minnesota Twins. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

BBO--MLB ALL-STARS-HIROSHIMA

HIROSHIMA, Japan — Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda were among the members of Major League Baseball’s All-Star tour of Japan who visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The MLB All-Stars are in Japan for a six-game exhibition series against Japan’s national team. Game 4 will be Tuesday in Hiroshima, marking the first time MLB has played here. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 320 words, photos.

TENNIS

TEN--ATP FINALS

LONDON — Of all the errors Marin Cilic made in another ATP Finals defeat, the most costly one may not have come from his racket. Cilic made 46 unforced errors as he gave up a break advantage in both sets in losing to Alexander Zverev 7-6 (5), 7-1 (1). However, the outcome could have been different if Cilic had chosen to challenge when his forehand was called long with Zverev serving at 5-6, 30-30 in the opening set. By Sam Johnston. SENT: 550 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

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Monday Time Schedule

NFL

N.Y. Giants at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m.

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Men

No. 2 Kansas vs. Vermont, 9 p.m.

No. 7 North Carolina vs. Stanford, 7 p.m.

No. 12 Kansas State vs. Denver, 9 p.m.

No. 25 Buffalo at Southern Illinois, 8 p.m.

Women

No. 1 Notre Dame vs. Pennsylvania, 7 p.m.

No. 11 Texas at North Texas, 8 p.m.

NBA

Orlando at Washington, 7 p.m.

New Orleans at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Brooklyn at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Phoenix at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Utah at Memphis, 8 p.m.

San Antonio at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Chicago at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Vancouver at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

Columbus at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Nashville at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

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