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BC-AP Sports Digest

February 5, 2019

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Jerry Rice says Antonio Brown would take the 49ers’ offense to a “whole different level.” The Hall of Fame receiver tells guest host Rob Maaddi on the AP’s PodcastOne Sports Now that the embattled Pittsburgh Steelers receiver reached out to him for advice.


What was once the traditional signing period in college football has been replaced by the early signing period, but Feb. 6 will still be a busy day. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Barton Simmons, scouting director of 247 Sports, joins AP’s Ralph Russo in discussing the recruiting class of 2020. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast



ARE, SWEDEN _ Lindsey Vonn crashes during the super-G at the world championships, straddling a gate mid-air and ending up in the safety nets. She says she feels like she’s been “hit by an 18-wheeler,” adding, “I’m too old for this.” She plans to ski the downhilll, her last race before retirement. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 700 words, photos.


The Super Bowl signals the end to the football season, a time to turn up the attention on college basketball _ such as Duke and Zion Williamson, those No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers and the best player many fans have never even heard of _ Ja Morant of Murray State. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 850 words, photos.


BOSTON _ Tom Brady and the Patriots take a victory lap through Boston amid showers of red, white and blue confetti and chants of “We want seven!” They ride on World War II-era amphibious “duck boat” vehicles to mark their sixth Super Bowl title before hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 500 words, photos, video.

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_ FBN--SUPER BOWL-PATRIOTS PARADE-THE LATEST _ Real-time updates throughout day.


PRAGUE _ Petra Kvitova testifies at the trial of the man accused of breaking into her home in 2016 and knifing her, resulting in nerve and tendon damage to her dominant hand. The two-time Wimbledon winner says by video feed in the Czech court that she was screaming, with “blood all over the place.” By Karel Janicek. SENT: 350 words, photos.



PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. _ Golf barely got out of January before it got attention for all the wrong reasons. Sergio Garcia took out his frustrations in a bunker (nothing new) and the greens (shockingly new). And then rules designed to be simple made life a little more complicated. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

_ With:

_ GLF--GOLF NOTES _ By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

_ GLF--GOLF GLANCE _ SENT: 1,000 words.



THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. _ The Rams believe their championship window is still wide open despite their disheartening loss in Atlanta. After making several high-profile acquisitions last spring, the Rams believe they’ll have a roster capable of returning to the Super Bowl. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.


In a Super Bowl snoozer with but one touchdown by victorious New England and the high-scoring, all-the-rage Los Angeles Rams managing a measly three points, the MVP trophy went to Patriots receiver Julian Edelman. Where’s the love for the defense? By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT; 900 words, photos.

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_ SUPER BOWL-PATIENT DEATH _ Patient with Lou Gehrig’s disease dies in minivan fire on way to Super Bowl. SENT: 130 words.



ARE, Sweden _ Mikaela Shiffrin wins a super-G at the world championships in which Lindsey Vonn takes a nasty crash. Shiffrin, a two-time Olympic champion, captures her first major championship medal in a speed event. She has been unbeatable in super-G all season. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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_ SKI--WORLDS-THE LATEST Real-time updates throughout day.

_ SKI--WORLDS-SVINDAL’S SWANSONG _ Aksel Lund Svindal ready for final races before retirement. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 650 words, photos.



WASHINGTON _ Point guard John Wall will be sidelined for more than another year, having ruptured his left Achilles tendon after slipping at home. The rupture was discovered by a Wizards doctor while cleaning an infection following surgery on Wall’s left heel in January. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 p.m.


OKLAHOMA CITY _ Russell Westbrook takes his streak of six straight triple-doubles into the Thunder’s game against the Magic. Oklahoma City has won seven of 10; Orlando has lost seven of 10. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.



KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ No. 1 Tennessee puts its school-record 16-game winning streak on the line when it hosts Missouri, which lost 87-63 to the Volunteers last month. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.


Duke vs. Virginia was a compelling game two weeks ago. The Blue Devils won 72-70 for the Cavaliers’ first loss. The rematch comes Saturday. Duke, led by Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett, is now No 2; Virginia, fierce on defense, is No. 3. This one will be good. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 700 words, photos.


SEATTLE _ Matisse Thybulle has an eye for creativity on the defense. The Washington senior has established himself not only as the best defensive player in the Pac-12 but possibly the country. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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_ BKC--T25-NC STATE-NORTH CAROLINA _ No. 8 North Carolina hosts North Carolina State. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

_ BKC--T25-IOWA-GARZA _ Center Luka Garza bolster frontcourt for No. 20 Iowa. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.



CINCINNATI _ Zac Taylor, 35, is the Bengals’ youngest head coach since Dave Shula was hired at 32 in 1992. Shula proceeded to lose 50 games faster than any coach in NFL history. Taylor is now entrusted with getting the team a long-awaited playoff win, something that eluded more experienced coaches. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


SAN DIEGO _ There will be plenty of differences between the NFL and the new Alliance of American Football, which begins this weekend _ no kickoffs, different overtime rules and a “sky judge” who can correct “obvious and egregious” officiating errors. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 p.m.

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_ FBN--TITANS-COORDINATORS _ By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.



CHICAGO _ The patriarch of the family behind the Cubs apologizes after emails show he made racist comments and promoted conspiracy theories. The founder of the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade says he believes “bigoted ideas are wrong.” He is not involved in team operations. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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_ BBN--MARLINS-GRANDERSON _ Outfielder Curtis Granderson agrees to minor league deal with Marlins at age 37. SENT: 150 words, photos.

_ BBN--PIRATES-LIRIANO _ Francisco Liriano back with Pirates; left-hander gets minor league contract. SENT: 200 words.



The head of American soccer welcomes the prospect of video review at the Women’s World Cup after appealing to FIFA President Gianni Infantino for it to be used in France. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.

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_ SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP _ Wolverhampton of Premier League hosts third-tier club Shrewsbury in fourth-round replay in FA Cup. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 6 p.m.

_ SOC--MISSING PLANE-SALA _ Authorities try to recover body from wreckage of Emiliano Sala plane. SENT: 150 words, photos.


HKN--MAPLE LEAFS-MATTHEWS CONTRACT _ Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews signs five-year deal at $11.6 million average. SENT: 100 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.


_ BKC--UCONN-OLLIE _ Judge dismisses ex-UConn coach Ollie’s complaint over firing. By Dave Collins. SENT: 400 words.

_ SOC--MOURINHO-TAXES _ Ex-Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho pleads guilty to tax fraud in Spain; gets one-year suspended sentence. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 400 words, photos.


_ TEN--OPEN SUD DE FRANCE _ First round of men’s tournament in Montpellier, France. UPCOMING: 130 words by 4 p.m.






Tuesday Time Schedule (EST)


Boston at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Detroit at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Orlando at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Toronto at Philadelphia, 8 p.m.

Miami at Portland, 10:30 p.m.


N.Y. Islanders at Boston, 7 p.m.

Vancouver at Washington, 7 p.m.

Carolina at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Los Angeles at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

St. Louis at Florida, 7 p.m.

Vegas at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Anaheim at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Arizona at Nashville, 8 p.m.

San Jose at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Columbus at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Chicago at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)


No. 1 Tennessee vs. Missouri, 9 p.m.

No. 2 Duke vs. Boston College, 7 p.m.

No. 5 Kentucky vs. South Carolina, 7 p.m.

No. 7 Michigan at Rutgers, 8 p.m.

No. 8 North Carolina vs. N.C. State, 8 p.m.

No. 9 Michigan State at Illinois, 7 p.m.

No. 10 Marquette vs. St. John’s, 8 p.m.

No. 13 Kansas at Kansas State, 9 p.m.

No. 22 Florida State at Syracuse, 8 p.m.

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