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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
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.
PITTSBURGH — The AFC North-leading Steelers play the Carolina Panthers, who are 6-2 and surging behind Cam Newton. Pittsburgh (5-2-1) has won four straight. The Panthers have never won in Pittsburgh. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:20 p.m.
— STEELERS-BROWN SPEEDING — Hours before game, Antonio Brown stopped for topping 100 mph in Porsche, police say. SENT: 100 words, photos.
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.
Some old-time football is coming back, thanks to a Division II team in West Virginia and a South African who learned to dropkick playing rugby. Two weeks ago, Ruan Venter of Shepherd University made three of five extra points against West Virginia Wesleyan, and he’s ready for more. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 600 words, photos.
No. 3 Notre Dame will start Brandon Wimbush at quarterback against Florida State on Saturday in place of Ian Book, the AP is told. Book took a hit to the back and ribs last week against Northwestern. Wimbash was the starter last season for the Irish. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 8 p.m.
FBC--T25-GEORGIA-RUNNING BACK U
ATHENS, Ga. — When Elijah Holyfield was picking a school, he liked what he saw at Georgia. The Bulldogs have produced dynamic running backs over the years, from Herschel Walker to Todd Gurley. The trend continues this season with Holyfield and D’Andre Swift. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.
FBC--BIG TEN SURPRISES
CHICAGO — Northwestern can clinch the Big Ten West championship and its first appearance in the conference title game by winning two of its final three games. The Wildcats, however, are hardly the only surprise in the Big Ten. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — UAB football is better than ever since returning from the dead. The Blazers (8-1) enter Saturday’s home finale against Southern Miss with a chance to reach the Conference USA title game in just the second season since the school shut down the program. By John Zenor. SENT: 600 words.
— Thursday Game (Top 25):
— FBC--T25-WAKE FOREST-NORTH CAROLINA STATE — By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
— FBC--BIG 12-FINAL STRETCH — By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— Conference previews on ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12.
Offenses have gone wild, scoring at a record pace. There are close games galore. Career records are being eclipsed by the likes of Drew Brees and Adam Vinatieri. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 800 words, photos.
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. UPCOMING: 1,700 words, photos. To be sent after Panthers-Steelers game. For weekend use.
METAIRIE, La. — The Saints used multiple first-round draft picks, traded a star skill player and paid handsomely to form the offensive line they have now. The results have been evident against the NFL’s more formidable defensive fronts. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 650 word, photos by 7 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs are giving opposing defenses plenty of screen time. Whether it’s Kareem Hunt out of the backfield or a wide receiver catching the ball behind the line, quarterback Patrick Mahomes is using an array of screen passes to put up big numbers. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— FBN--CARDINALS-FITZGERALD’S NUMBERS — By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--DOLPHINS DEFENSE — By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.
— FBN--FALCONS-IRVIN — By George Henry. UPCOMING: 550 words by 5 p.m.
— FBN--49ERS — By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--JAGUARS-FOURNETTE — By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.
CARLSBAD, Calif. — Baseball officials address possible rules changes on the last day of the annual general managers’ meetings. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words by 6 p.m.
— BBA--MARINERS-RAYS TRADE — Mallex Smith dealt to Mariners by Rays for Mike Zunino, Guillermo Heredia. SENT: 350 words.
— BBO--MLB ALL-STARS-JAPAN — MLB All-Stars beat Japan’s Giants 9-6 in warmup game before exhibition tour. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 300 words, photos.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors go for their ninth straight victory when they face Giannis Antetokounmpo and a strong Bucks team off to an 8-2 start. Milwaukee was the last team to lose a game this season but has dropped two of its last three. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.
CHICAGO — The Blackhawks play their first game since Jeremy Colliton replaced Joel Quenneville as coach when they meet the Carolina Hurricanes. Quenneville, who coached Chicago to three Stanley Cups, was fired Tuesday. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
AVONDALE, Ariz. — The culture of cheating in NASCAR resurfaces at an inopportune time for the beleaguered series. There is one race to go before the championship and star driver Kevin Harvick is ensnared in the scandal. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— CAR--BRAZILIAN GP-ALONSO — Fernando Alonso confident as retirement nears. By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— CAR--BRAZIL-INDYCAR — Brazil returning to IndyCar series in 2020 with street race in Rio de Janeiro. SENT: 100 words.
BKW--T25-NOTRE DAME-THE ROOMIES
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Arike Ogunbowale and Marina Mabrey are teammates and roommates. Thanks to Mabrey’s unselfishness and Ogunbowale’s two buzzer-beating shots in the Final Four, Notre Dame has an NCAA title to defend. The Irish open Friday at home against Harvard. SENT: 850 words, photos.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Tina Thompson is a Hall of Famer and a winner, wherever she goes. She makes her head coaching debut this week and she intends to put Virginia among the game’s elite. The Cavaliers begin with a tough assignment — No. 6 Mississippi State. By Hank Kurz Jr. SENT: 950 words, photos, video.
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. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
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 — Jordan Spieth, playing this event for first time, highlights start of PGA Tour play in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m.
— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — Bernhard Langer is Schwab Cup leader entering first round of seniors tournament in Phoenix. UPCOMING: 350 words by 10 p.m.
— 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 up by four shots halfway through LPGA tournament in China. SENT: 250 words.
— SOC--MLS-TIMBERS-SOUNDERS — Portland Timbers, up 2-1, visit Seattle Sounders in second leg of Western Conference semi. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos Game starts 10:30 p.m.
— SOC--US-PORTUGAL — U.S. women’s national team plays Portugal in Lisbon. UPCOMING: 300 words. Game started 1 p.m.
— SOC--EUROPEAN SOCCER WEEKEND — Manchester United vs. Manchester City highlights European play this weekend. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— SOC--EUROPA LEAGUE ROUNDUP — Arsenal, Chelsea, AC Milan in action in fourth round of Europa League. By Karel Janicek. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— SOC--UEFA ELECTIONS — Slovenia’s Aleksander Ceferin set to be re-elected unopposed as president of European soccer’s ruling body. SENT: 130 words.
— HKN--OBIT-NAEGELE — Founding Minnesota Wild owner Bob Naegele Jr. dies at 78. SENT: 130 words.
— FBN--OBIT-TRIPLETT — Lions’ Wally Triplett, first black player to be drafted and play for an NFL team, dies at 92. UPCOMING: 250 words by 4 p.m.
— MARYLAND-PLAYER DEATH — New Maryland board chair apologizes over player death. SENT: 140 words.
— BOX--BELLEW-USYK — Cruiserweight champ Oleksandr Usyk fights Tony Bellew on Saturday in Manchester, England. Steve Douglas. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— OLY--2026 BIDS-MILAN-CORTINA — Milan-Cortina bid for 2026 Winter Olympic proceeds without Italian government funding. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— GYM--BRITAIN-SMITH RETIRES — Louis Smith, who ended Britain’s 80-year Olympic medal drought in gymnastics, retires. SENT: 110 words.
— BKN--NBA CAPSULES
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES
— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
Thursday Time Schedule (EST)
Carolina at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m.
Houston at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Boston at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Portland, 10 p.m.
Milwaukee at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Boston, 7 p.m.
Edmonton at Florida, 7 p.m.
Arizona at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Vegas at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Carolina at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
San Jose at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Portland at Seattle, 10:30 p.m.
College Football (Top 25)
No. 22 NC State vs. Wake Forest, 7:30 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 4 Baylor vs. Saint Francis (Pa.), 8 p.m.
No. 11 Texas vs. Duquesne, 8 p.m.