BC-AP Sports Digest
The supervisor is Bob Lentz, followed by Fred Lief at 9 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. For up-to-the-minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at email@example.com or 877-836-9477. All times EST.
AP Sports runs a weekly podcast looking at big moments and issues in sports. The podcast is sent every Tuesday, hosted by columnist Jim Litke. Guests include journalists, athletes and other newsmakers. Listen at podcastonesports.com, the podcastone app and apple podcasts. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
HOUSTON — Spencer Dinwiddie didn’t seem to be nearly as wowed by his late-game scoring for the Brooklyn Nets as he was by the fact that his team got an overtime victory on a night James Harden had a season-high 58 points. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 980 words, photos.
OAKLAND, Calif. _ Stephen Curry stepped back time and again and released the ball from way back. Most of the time with at least one defender in his face, too. Curry scored 41 points with nine 3-pointers to become the first player in NBA history to make eight or more 3s in three straight games, and the Golden State Warriors held off the New Orleans Pelicans 147-140 for their sixth straight win. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 900 words, photos.
FBN--BRADY AND MAHOMES
KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ One is the sixth-round pick that became arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history. The other is the first-round choice in his first full season as starter. Yet there are similarities between the Patriots’ Tom Brady and the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes, and some day their resumes may be similar, too. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 920 words, photos.
FBN--INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Offense wins championships in the new NFL. For the first time since the league expanded to 32 teams in 2002, none of the teams playing in the conference title game have a defense ranked in the top 10 in total yards. Only New England is among the top 10 in fewest points allowed. By Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 660 words, photos by 4 a.m.
MELBOURNE, Australia _ Kei Nishikori is hoping for a better start in his second-round match against Ivo Karlovic than he did in his first at the Australian Open. Rod Laver Arena has afternoon matches between Milos Raonic and former champion Stan Wawrinka and top-ranked Simona Halep against American Sofia Kenin. Serena Williams plays Eugenie Bouchard to open night play on the main show court, followed by top-seeded Novak Djokovic’s match against former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by noon.
_ TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-THE LATEST _ Real-time updates throughout day.
_ TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN GLANCE _ UPCOMING: 350 words, photos.
HKN--COYOTES FRY’S IMPACT
GLENDALE, Ariz. _ Lyndsey Fry grew up in Arizona, where resources and opportunities for hockey were scarce. She managed to overcome the obstacles to play hockey at Harvard and earn an Olympics silver medal. Now Fry is back where she started, helping the Arizona Coyotes build their youth hockey programs to give kids opportunities she never had. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. _ Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters says he doesn’t intend to serve a cold dish of revenge gumbo to Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints. Peters is downplaying his comment from November when he reacted angrily to Payton’s declaration that the Saints essentially had targeted him in their 45-35 win over Los Angeles. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 880 words, photos.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. _ Patrick Mahomes picked apart the Patriots in the second half of their regular-season meeting, nearly leading the Chiefs to a comeback win on the road. New England is hoping its effort disrupting Philip Rivers and the Chargers in the divisional round will carry over at Kansas City. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 710 words, photos.
METAIRIE, La. _ Drew Brees is about to play his first game at 40. It’s also the biggest game he’s played in nine seasons, with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. By Brett Martel. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
_ FBN--STEELERS-ROONEY _ By Will Graves. SENT: 980 words, photos.
_ FBN--BRONCOS-SCANGARELLO _ By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 580 words, photos.
BOSTON _ Kyrie Irving said he regretted criticizing his younger teammates, then he made a call to a former teammate he also owed an apology. The Celtics point guard said on Wednesday that he called LeBron James over the weekend to apologize for failing to understand the burden the four-time NBA MVP carried when they played together on the Cleveland Cavaliers. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 950 words, photos.
DENVER _ The Denver Nuggets woke up out of first place in the Western Conference for the first time in 2019. Arriving at work on Wednesday, a stark reminder of just why awaited: Watching the footage of Golden State hitting 21 3-pointers. It wasn’t fun viewing. By Pat Graham. SENT: 740 words, photos.
_ BKN--KANTER-TURKEY _ SENT: 400 words, photo.
Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has decided to transfer to Oklahoma. He will be available immediately as a graduate transfer. Hurts was a two-year starter who led Alabama to a pair of national championship games before Tua Tagovailoa took over as the starter for the Crimson Tide. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 600 words, photo.
LINCOLN, Neb. _ Glynn Watson Jr. stayed when everybody else from his recruiting class left. Don’t think the fourth-year starting guard hasn’t imagined how sweet it would be if Nebraska makes good on buzz around college basketball about the Cornhuskers finally having a team capable of not just making the NCAA Tournament but making a run. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m.
_ BKC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK _ By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 490 words, photos by 3 a.m.
_ BKC--BIG 12 THIS WEEK _ By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 460 words, photos by 3 a.m.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _Tennessee is continuing to make the kind of history it would rather avoid. The 20th-ranked Lady Volunteers (12-4, 1-3 SEC) have lost three straight games for the first time since February 1986. That three-game skid includes Tennessee’s first back-to-back home losses since December 1996. By Steve Megargee. SEND: 760 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Costas, who stepped down as NBC’s prime-time Olympics host two years ago, has left the network’s sports division altogether. NBC Sports said Wednesday that Costas parted ways with his longtime employer, providing no further details. By Lynn Elber. SENT: 300 words, photos.
Craig Berube has the St. Louis Blues playing the right way and thinking they could make a run to get into the playoffs. The interim coach has turned things around since replacing Mike Yeo in November and instilled a consistency in the Blues’ game. It helps that St. Louis has gotten better goaltending of late from Jordan Binnington and Jake Allen. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 810 words, photos.
SOC--ASIAN CUP-QATAR-GULF CRISIS
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Traveling to the Asian Cup should have been a simple flight lasting barely an hour for Qatar’s soccer players. Instead, it involved a circuitous route to the United Arab Emirates via Kuwait, lasting more than five hours. The journey demonstrates how the Persian Gulf diplomatic crisis is impacting sports and could have ramifications for Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup. By Rob Harris and John Duerden. SENT: 930 words, photos.
_ SOC--MLS-ATLANTA UNITED-MARTINEZ _ SENT: 670 words, photo.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
YORBA LINDA, Calif. _ UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw is trying something extraordinary as he cuts down to 125 pounds to fight for his second title belt. He decided to try it with help from a math professor and triathlete with meticulous planning and preparation for his athletes’ health. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
DETROIT _ Last year, Will Power finally broke through and won the Indianapolis 500, so he can cross that accomplishment off the list. Now 37, Power is reaching an age when it’s fair to wonder how much longer he’ll keep at it. By Noah Trister. SENT: 580 words, photos.
PARIS _ Four tennis players are in French custody on suspicion of helping an organized gambling syndicate believed to have fixed hundreds of lower-tier matches. They are suspected of working for a ringleader who police call the “Maestro.” Police believe he may have paid more than 100 players from at least half a dozen countries. The detentions are part of a months-long police investigation around Europe. By John Leicester. SENT: 650 words, photo.
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy _ It was the site of her first World Cup podium result in 2004, where she broke the all-time women’s wins record in 2015 _ with a surprise visit from then-boyfriend Tiger Woods. Now, as she winds down her career, Vonn will race in Cortina d’Ampezzo for the final time this weekend by kicking off her injury-delayed season. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 800 words, photos.
GYM--DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-MICHIGAN STATE
DETROIT _ A trustee says Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees will seek to oust interim President John Engler if he doesn’t resign amid criticism of comments he has made about victims of imprisoned ex-sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar. By Corey Williams and David Eggert. SENT: 750 words, photo.
_ GLF--FARMERS INSURANCE-WOODS _ SENT: 100 words, photo.
_ GLF--ABU DHABI CHAMPIONSHIP _ SENT: 530 words, photos.
_ OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING _ SENT: 380 words, photos.
_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES
_ HKN--NHL CAPSULES
_ BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES
_ BKW--TOP 25 CAPSULES
Thursday Time Schedule (EST)
New York vs. Washington at London, 3 p.m.
Philadelphia at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Sacramento at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Phoenix at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at Denver, 9 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Boston, 7 p.m.
New Jersey vs. N.Y. Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 7 p.m.
Chicago at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Anaheim at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Winnipeg at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 5 Gonzaga vs. Loyola Marymount, 9 p.m.
No. 6 Michigan State at Nebraska, 8 p.m.
No. 4 Louisville vs. Virginia, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Mississippi State vs. No. 15 South Carolina, 7 p.m.
No. 9 Maryland at No. 17 Michigan State, 6 p.m.
No. 12 Syracuse at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
No. 13 Gonzaga at BYU, 9 p.m.
No. 16 Kentucky at LSU, 7:30 p.m.
No. 20 Tennessee at Alabama, 9 p.m.
No. 22 Iowa vs. Michigan, 8 p.m.
No. 23 Minnesota at Wisconsin, 8 p.m.