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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
PITTSBURGH —Ben Roethlisberger’s first pass went for a touchdown. His last did the same. And in between the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and his red-hot team put together systematic 52-21 dismantling of Carolina on Thursday night that left little doubt about their depth and their talent regardless of whether Le’Veon Bell ever shows up for work or not. By Will Graves. SENT: 980 words, photos.
— FBN--PANTHERS FALL BEHIND — By Dan Scifo. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— FBN--STEELERS-BROWN SPEEDING — SENT: 100 words, photos.
OAKLAND, Calif. —Stephen Curry has counted on staying healthy after injuries limited him to 51 games last season. Everything was going according to plan for the Golden State star — until Thursday night. The two-time MVP left with a leg injury and the Warriors were unable to recover in a 134-111 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks that snapped their eight-game winning streak. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 880 words, photos.
After years of declines, NFL television ratings are showing modest gains. Three of the league’s television partners have shown increases after the first nine week of the season while one remains flat. That is welcome news after ratings decreased 9.7 percent last season and 8 percent in 2016. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 690 words, photos by 4 a.m.
FBC--T25-WAKE FOREST-NORTH CAROLINA STATE
RALEIGH, N.C. — Everything seemed aligned against Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons had a quarterback making his first start, an injury-depleted defense facing an offense peppered with future NFL players, and trailed by 10 points in the fourth quarter in a stadium where they almost never win. Yet No. 22 North Carolina State couldn’t seal the victory, so Wake Forest snatched it away. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 860 words, photos.
OLY--SEX ABUSE FUN DING-STRINGS ATTACHED
A growing sex-abuse problem in Olympic sports has led to congressional hearings and a three-year grant worth $2.2 million. Yet not a penny of those federal funds, the AP finds, can be used to fight the actual problem: investigating or resolving more than 800 open cases, many brought by the victims. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
HKN_RACE AND HOCKEY
WASHINGTON — Devante Smith-Pelly sat in the penalty box in Chicago as fans yelled, “Basketball! Basketball! Basketball!” at him, a sharply embarrassing display last season that grabbed unwanted headlines for a league eager to embrace diversity on and off the ice.. As a black hockey player, Smith-Pelly was angry about it but it wasn’t a surprise, not to him. Sixty years after Willie O’Ree broke the NHL color barrier and goes into the Hall of Fame, he and current minority players understand there’s still much to be done. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 850 words, file photos, video by 4 a.m.
BOX--TIM DAHLBERG-MAYWEATHER’S RUN
It looked like easy money, and there’s no one more qualified to judge that then the founder and titular head of The Money Team. But sometimes chasing a pile of cash is more difficult than it seems. Floyd Mayweather Jr. found that out when he went looking for money in Japan. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 a.m.
FBC--T25-FIVE THINGS TO KNOW FOR WEEK 11
While No. 1 Alabama and No.2 Clemson face ranked teams as big favorites, there is intrigue in the Big Ten and a Hall of Fame coach facing some heat in the Big 12. Clemson’s Travis Etienne tries to make a Heisman push and UAB looks to clinch a spot in the Conference USA championship game. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m.
FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-OKWARA’S RISE
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — He has gone from a skinny high school recruit who didn’t even play football until the eighth grade in North Carolina to one of the nation’s most disruptive pass rushers. Now, Notre Dame junior Julian Okwara looks to follow older brother Romeo on the path from Notre Dame the NFL. By Todd Burlage UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m.
— FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-BOOK — By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 600 words, photos.
FBC_T25-OHIO STATE-MICHIGAN STATE PREVIEW
Ohio State is on track for another late-season showdown with Michigan, but the Buckeyes first have to deal with an upset-minded Michigan State team this weekend. The Spartans have given the Buckeyes trouble in recent years, but Ohio State took last season’s matchup in a 48-3 rout. By Noah Trister. 600 words, photos by 4 a.m..
— FBC--DROPKICK COMEBACK — By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-GEORGIA-RUNNING BACK U — By Paul Newberry. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— FBC--BIG TEN SURPRISES — By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 840 words, photos.
— FBC--UAB’s REVIVAL — By John Zenor. SENT: 600 words.
— FBC--BIG 12-FINAL STRETCH — By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 820 words, photos.
— Conference previews on ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12.
EAST HANOVER, N.J. — The refrain from many a player such as NFL stars Khalil Mack, Matt Ryan, Odell Beckham Jr., and Andrew Luck — who missed an entire season because of shoulder issues — is that the XTECH shoulder pad is the one for them. The same can be heard at colleges and high schools across the nation. By Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 4 a.m.
METAIRIE, La. — Dez Bryant wasn’t about to declare himself a changed man just because he he’d changed teams. At age 30, the ninth-year NFL veteran receiver said he is comfortable with who he always has been and hopes he’ll fit in with the New Orleans Saints, a team on a seven-game winning streak that looks like it’s all-in to contend for a Super Bowl this season. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 730 words, photos by 4 a.m.
FBN--NFL THIS WEEK
Here comes Who Dey vs. Who Dat. Say what? The Cincinnati Bengals (5-3) and their Who Dey crowd host the New Orleans Saints (7-1) and their Who Dat bunch in the most attractive matchup of Week 10. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,700 words, photos. For weekend use.
With today’s volcanic offenses and can’t-hit-’em-too-hard rules, linebackers aren’t the snarling 250-pound thumpers they used to be. Now they’re hybrids who must be able to shed 300-pound linemen, cover tight ends and keep up with sprinting receivers. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— FBN--CHIEFS-SCREEN TIME — By Dave Skretta. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— FBN--CARDINALS-FITZGERALD’S NUMBERS — By Bob Baum. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— FBN--DOLPHINS BURKE — By Steven Wine. SENT: 580 words, photos.
— FBN--FALCONS-IRVIN — By George Henry. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— FBN--49ERS-MULLENS — By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 820 words, photos.
CARLSBAD, Calif. —Major League Baseball and its players’ union likely will not decide until the eve of spring training whether to change rules in an effort to increase action on the field next year. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— BBA--MARINERS-RAYS TRADE — By Tim Booth. SENT: 680 words, photos.
CHICAGO —Jeremy Colliton’s NHL coaching debut got off to a shaky start before the Chicago Blackhawks began skating with confidence and made it respectable. By Matt Carlson. SENT: 890 words, photos.
AVONDALE, Ariz. —The credo in NASCAR has always been “If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’,” and that has never changed despite series effort to keep things on the up-and-up. Now that culture has resurfaced again and at a most inopportune time for the beleaguered series. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 980 words, photos.
— CAR--BRAZILIAN GP-ALONSO — By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— CAR--BRAZIL-INDYCAR— SENT: 100 words.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota women’s basketball team has sold out the home opener, a clear sign of the buzz surrounding the program following the hire of the beloved Lindsay Whalen as coach. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 650 words, photos.
BOSTON — A legal principle that erased Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction after the ex-Patriots star killed himself in prison is outdated and should not stand, a prosecutor tells the state’s top court. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— GLF--MAYAKOBA CLASSIC —Matt Kuchar decided at the last minute to play the Mayakoba Golf Classic and made it look like a smart move Thursday. SENT: 685 words.
— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS —Paul Goydos and Tim Petrovic shot 8-under 63 on Thursday to share the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, leaving points leader Bernhard Langer seven strokes back in the PGA Tour Champions’ season finale.SENT: 470 words.
— GLF--SUN CITY — Sergio Garcia in front by four strokes after first round of European Tour event in South Africa. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— GLF--BLUE BAY LPGA — Top-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn carries a four-shot lead into the third round of the LPGA tournament in China. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 a.m.
— SOC--MLS-TIMBERS-SOUNDERS —Dairon Asprilla scored the deciding penalty as the Portland Timbers survived a wild second half and extra time to defeat the Seattle Sounders 4-2 in a shootout Thursday night and advance to the MLS Western Conference finals. By Tim Booth. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— SOC--US-PORTUGAL — SENT: 300 words.
— SOC--EUROPEAN SOCCER WEEKEND — SENT: 750 words, photos.
— SOC--EUROPA LEAGUE ROUNDUP — By Karel Janicek. SENT: 810 words, photos.
— SOC--UEFA ELECTIONS — SENT: 130 words.
— HKN--OBIT-NAEGELE — SENT: 130 words.
— FBN--OBIT-TRIPLETT — SENT: 470 words.
— FBC--OBIT-KOWALCZYK — SENT: 150 words.
— BOX--BELLEW-USYK — By Steve Douglas. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— BKN--NBA CAPSULES
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES
— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
Friday Time Schedule (EST)
Charlotte at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Washington at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Indiana at Miami, 8 p.m.
Brooklyn at Denver, 9 p.m.
Boston at Utah, 9:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
New Jersey at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Columbus at Washington, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
San Jose at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Colorado at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Minnesota at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
TOP 25 FOOTBALL
No. 13 Syracuse vs. Louisville, 7 p.m.
No. 16 Fresno State at Boise State, 10:15 p.m.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 2 Kentucky vs. Southern Illinois, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Tennessee vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Nevada vs. Pacific, 10 p.m.
No. 8 North Carolina at Elon, 7 p.m.
No. 11 Auburn vs. No. 25 Washington, 9:30 p.m.
No. 12 Kansas State vs. Kennesaw State, 8 p.m.
No. 13 West Virginia vs. Buffalo, 9 p.m.
No. 14 Oregon vs. Eastern Washington, 9 p.m.
No. 15 Virginia Tech vs. Gardner-Webb, 7 p.m.
No. 18 Mississippi State vs. Austin Peay, 7:30 p.m.
No. 21 UCLA vs. Long Beach State, 11 p.m.
No. 22 Clemson vs. N.C. Central, 7 p.m.
No. 23 LSU vs. UNC Greensboro, 8 p.m.
No. 1 Notre Dame vs. Harvard, 4 p.m.
No. 5 Louisville at Chattanooga, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Mississippi State at Virginia, 7 p.m.
No. 8 Oregon State vs. Cal Poly, 10 p.m.
No. 9 Maryland vs. Coppin State, 7 p.m.
No. 13 Iowa vs. Oral Roberts, 8 p.m.
No. 14 Georgia vs. St. Bonaventure, 6 p.m.
No. 15 DePaul vs. Green Bay, 8 p.m.
No. 19 Marquette vs. Montana State, 8 p.m.
No. 22 South Florida vs. Albany, 7 p.m.
No. 25 Miami vs. Stephen F. Austin, 11 a.m.