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BC-Tennessee Sports Digest

December 18, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s sports coverage is shaping up in Tennessee. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Nashville bureau at (615) 373-9988 or apnashville(at)ap.org. Beth Campbell is on the desk. News editor Scott Stroud can be reached at sstroud@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. All times are Central.

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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

NFL:

TITANS-MARIOTA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ It’s not exactly what a head coach wants to see when the quarterback goes to throw a block. Marcus Mariota got all of Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree, helping spring Derrick Henry for a few more yards for the kind of play that speaks volumes with his Tennessee teammates as the Titans prepare to host Washington. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 550 words by 6:30 p.m., photo.

College Football:

RECRUITING-EARLY SIGNING PERIOD

UNDATED _ It came as a bit of a surprise last year when the vast majority of college football prospects capitalized on the arrival of an early signing period to finalize their college decisions in December. This year, college teams have adjusted to a new normal in which the traditional February signing day gets pushed to the background. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 800 words, photos.

COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

UNDATED _ Kent State receiver Antwan Dixon, Dartmouth defensive lineman Seth Simmer and Carson-Newman running back Antonio Wimbush are the first recipients of the Mayo Clinic college football Comeback Player of the Year Award. The new award recognizes college football players from FBS, FCS and lower divisions who overcome injury, illness or other challenges to return to the field. The winners were chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America in association with The Associated Press. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 640 words, photos.

College Basketball:

Men:

TOP 25 THIS WEEK

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The days leading up to Christmas are full of tests for some of the nation’s top teams. That includes road tests for No. 1 Kansas and No. 14 Buffalo, as well as neutral-court games for No. 2 Duke, No. 9 North Carolina, No. 12 Texas Tech and No. 19 Kentucky. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 710 words, photos.

Women:

STANFORD-TENNESSEE

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ No. 9 Tennessee puts its undefeated record on the line when it hosts No. 8 Stanford, which handed No. 6 Baylor its first loss Saturday. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: Developing from 5 p.m. game; 600 words.

NHL:

PREDATORS-BLACKHAWKS

CHICAGO _ Roman Josi and the Nashville Predators visit Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks. It’s the first game for Chicago since it placed starting goaltender Corey Crawford on injured reserve with a concussion. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: Developing from 7:30 p.m. game; 700 words, photos.

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