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DETROIT — The NFC North-leading Minnesota Vikings can take a big step toward a division title with a win over the Detroit Lions on the Lions’ home field. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 12:30 p.m.
FBC--T25-RIVALY WEEK UPSETS
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan is desperately due to upset Ohio State. The Wolverines have lost five straight and 12 of 13 to the rival Buckeyes and even though Saturday’s game is at the Big House, they’re double-digit underdogs. The AP takes a look at that matchup and other rivalries — some with surprising results — resuming this week. By Larry Lage. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
STARKVILLE, Miss. — No. 16 Mississippi State hosts in-state rival Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl. The Bulldogs are trying for their second straight win in the series. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
Olympic champion Aly Raisman is using her platform to become an advocate for sexual abuse victims. The six-time Olympic medalist revealed in her recently released autobiography “Fierce” that she was abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor. Raisman says sharing her experiences was difficult but it has empowered her to become an agent for change in her sport. By Will Graves. SENT: 900 words, photos.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Philip Rivers makes his Thanksgiving debut in his 14th season as the Los Angeles Chargers visit Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys, who are struggling without suspended star running back Ezekiel Elliott. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 4:30 p.m.
LANDOVER, Md. — The New York Giants are definitely out of the playoff chase and the Washington Redskins are barely holding onto some hope as the NFC East’s two worst teams meet in a Thanksgiving night matchup lacking much in the way of star power. By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Twenty-one months ago, John Elway was basking in a confetti shower as put his fingerprints on the third Super Bowl trophy he’s captured for the Denver Broncos. Not much has gone right for him and his franchise ever since. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 870 words, photos.
— FBN--EAGLES-MARAGOS — Despite injury, Chris Maragos remains a leader on Eagles. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 780 words, photo.
— FBN--GROUNDED TITANS — Titans determined to run better after struggles in last game. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 555 words, photo by 5 p.m.
— FBN--JETS-FOCUSED EALY — Kony Ealy focused on winning with Jets, not revenge vs. Panthers. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— FBN--STEELERS-HEYWARD — Cam Heyward is the pillar of a rejuvenated defense for Steelers. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.
FBC--5 THINGS TO KNOW FOR WEEK 13
Wait! Do not throw out the records. Yes, it is rivalry week in college football and the old saying goes that anything can happen when rivals get together, but let’s not go overboard. Alabama has won seven of nine against Auburn because the Crimson Tide has been the clearly better going into seven of those games. Ohio State has dominated Michigan in recent years, winning five straight and 12 of 13 while being favored in just about every game. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 780 words.
— FBC--BOWL ELIGIBLITY WATCH — 4 bowl play-in games this weekend with 8 of 78 spots open. By Michael Marot. SENT: 490 words.
AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham is effusive about playing in his first Iron Bowl. Alabama’s Jalen Hurts had much less to say when asked whether he likes playing in these kind of big-game environments. “I like winning,” he said simply. By John Zenor. SENT: 700 words, photos.
MADISON, Wis. — Quarterback Alex Hornibrook has kept his composure through the highs and lows this season for No. 5 Wisconsin. Twelve of his 13 interceptions have come in Big Ten play, but the sophomore has also played well in the red zone. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 620 words, photos.
Previews for Friday’s ranked games:
— FBC--T25-MIAMI-PITTSBURGH — No. 2 Miami hopes to avoid slip-up against Pitt. By Will Graves. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-TCU-BAYLOR — No. 10 TCU goes to Big 12 title game with win over Baylor. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-UCF-SOUTH FLORIDA — Stakes higher than usual for USF-UCF rivalry matchup. SENT: 770 words.
— FBC--T25-VIRGINIA TECH-VIRGINIA — Virginia looking to end long skid vs. No. 24 Virginia Tech. By Hank Kurz. SENT: 680 words, photos.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Top-ranked Duke opens the PK80 tournament, officially called the Phil Knight Invitational, against Portland State. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 4:30 p.m.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Defending national champion and ninth-ranked North Carolina gets the PK80 tournament underway by taking on Portland. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 2:30 p.m.
— BKC--T25-FLORIDA-STANFORD. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.
— BKC--T25-DEPAUL-MICHIGAN STATE. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 11:30 p.m.
— BKC--T25-OHIO ST-GONZAGA. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts midnight.
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Fifth-ranked Villanova is the last ranked team in the championship bracket at the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Wildcats face Tennessee — which upset No. 18 Purdue in the first round — in the semifinals. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game started 12:30 p.m.
— BKC--T25-ARIZONA-SMU. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts 9:30 p.m.
— BKC--T25-PURDUE-WESTERN KENTUCKY. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts 7 p.m.
Erik Gudbranson looks at the standings almost every day. Sure, it’s only November, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the playoffs and see which teams are atop the division standings. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 900 words, photos.
SYDNEY — Defending champion Jordan Spieth struggles in gusty afternoon winds at the Australian Open, while Jason Day takes advantage of more calm morning conditions. The result is that the tournament’s marquee players were overshadowed by first-round leader Cameron Davis, who shot an 8-under 63 at The Australian Golf Club. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 740 words, photos.
CAR--F1-ABHU DHABI GP
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Championship rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are already looking forward to fighting each other for a fifth Formula One title next year. With Hamilton wrapping up this year’s title two races ago, the pressure is off at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Both are projecting to 2018, where the four-time champions get back to the serious business of trying to catch Argentine great Juan Manuel Fangio on five titles. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— TEN--DAVIS CUP FINAL — France captain Yannick Noah surprisingly cuts Nicolas Mahut from his squad to face Belgium in the Davis Cup final this weekend. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 530 words, photos.
— SOC--SPAIN SPOTLIGHT-RESTED MESSI — Barcelona saves Lionel Messi for crucial Valencia match. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 330 words, photos.
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Thursday’s Time Schedule (EST)
Minnesota at Detroit, 12:30 p.m.
L.A. Chargers at Dallas, 4:30 p.m.
N.Y. Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m.
Top 25 College Football
No. 16 Mississippi State vs. Mississippi, 7:30 p.m.
Top 25 College Basketball
No. 1 Duke vs. Portland State at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Ore., 4:30 p.m.
No. 2 Arizona vs. SMU at Imperial Arena, Paradise Island, Bahamas, 3 p.m.
No. 4 Michigan State vs. DePaul at Moda Center, Portland, Ore., 11:30 p.m.
No. 5 Villanova vs. Tennessee at Imperial Arena, Paradise Island, Bahamas, 12:30 p.m.
No. 7 Florida vs. Stanford at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Ore., 10 p.m.
No. 9 North Carolina vs. Portland at Moda Center, Portland, Ore., 2:30 p.m.
No. 15 Xavier vs. George Washington at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, 5 p.m.
No. 17 Gonzaga vs. Ohio State at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Ore., Mid
No. 18 Purdue vs. Western Kentucky at Imperial Arena, Paradise Island, Bahamas, 7 p.m.
No. 20 Seton Hall vs. Rhode Island at Barclays Center, 6 p.m.
No. 21 Saint Mary’s vs. Harvard at Titan Gym, Fullerton, Calif., 4 p.m.
No. 23 West Virginia vs. Marist at ESPN Wild World of Sports Complex, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 8:30 p.m.
No. 7 Mississippi State vs. No. 24 Arizona State at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Cancun, Mexico, 1:30 p.m.
No. 8 Baylor vs. Missouri State at Resorts World Bimini (Bahamas), 3 p.m.
No. 9 Ohio State vs. Memphis at Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, 6 p.m.
No. 11 West Virginia vs. Butler at Titan Field House, Melbourne, Fla., Noon
No. 12 Tennessee vs. No. 20 Marquette at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Cancun, Mexico, 6:30 p.m.
No. 14 Stanford vs. Kent State at Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, 8:30 p.m.