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December 14, 2018

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TOP STORIES

FBN--EAGLES-WENTZ

PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz has a stress fracture in his back but does not need surgery. The injury to the Eagles quarterback could take up to three months to heal and will give Nick Foles another opportunity. Philadelphia plays the Rams in Los Angeles on Sunday. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--OVERLOOKED CHARGERS

COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Los Angeles Chargers are no longer flying under the radar after their big win at Kansas City. In a city fixated on the Rams and the LeBron James Lakers, the Chargers haven’t received much attention despite an 11-3 record. That’s just fine with them. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

OLY--USOC-SEX ABUSE

The U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors meets for the first time since the release of a scathing report that outlined failures in catching and curbing Larry Nassar’s abuse of hundreds of athletes. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.

BKC--T25-ROCKY TOP RIVALRY RENEWED

The Memphis Tigers are rebuilding under former NBA star Penny Hardaway, and their biggest game in years arrives Saturday when they play No. 3 Tennessee. This state rivalry is resuming after a nearly six-year break. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 700 words, photos.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

FBC--EASTERN MICHIGAN-BEHIND THE SCENES

YPSILANTI, Mich. — Eastern Michigan’s football team, long overshadowed by the University of Michigan and four pro teams in Detroit, is going to a bowl — the Camellia Bowl on Saturday — for the second time in three years. The AP is given a behind-the-scenes look at the team. By Larry Lage. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

FBN--PAUL NEWBERRY-BE WORST

You have to hand it to Washington’s NFL team: racist nickname; claiming a guy off waivers after he’s charged again with beating a woman; unwillingness to find a legitimate quarterback. Now they want taxpayers to help fund a new stadium. Let’s call it what it is — the worst franchise in sports. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-THE QUAGMIRE

There’s a bevy of NFL teams with shots — both reasonable and long — at making the playoffs. Yes, still alive are Tampa Bay, Detroit, Cincinnati and the Giants. Even Atlanta, at 4-9. As Christmas nears, charity for nearly all. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 800 words, photos. For weekend use.

NFL

FBN--CHIEFS LETDOWN

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs have 10 days to stew over Mike Williams’ touchdown catch, Philip Rivers’ wave as he trotted off the field and the opportunity that slipped away. They were so close to clinching the division. But the Chargers made every play down the stretch and won 29-28. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBN--COACH RANKINGS

Matt Nagy, in his first year leading the Chicago Bears, is voted the NFL’s best coach this season by a panel of 10 football writers for the AP. Nagy has helped groom quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, with the team 9-4 and first in the NFC North. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 750 words, photos. With list.

— Also:

— FBN--PATRIOTS-BRADY — UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--OFFICIAL REINSTATED — By Steven Wine. SENT: 130 words.

BOXING

BOX--ALVAREZ-FIELDING

NEW YORK — In a way, Canelo Alvarez faces more pressure Saturday night against unheralded Rocky Fielding than he did in his two bouts with Gennady Golovkin. A loss to the WBA super middleweight champ could taint his decision this year over Golovkin and muddle his future. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 650 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--HAWKS-CELTICS

BOSTON — Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics go for their eighth straight victory when they play a last-place Atlanta team that has lost five of six. The Hawks (6-21) have the third-worst record in the NBA. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--TEXAS-HAYES RISING

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas freshman Jaxson Hayes is nearly 7 feet and on a meteoric rise from raw talent to early buzz as a potential 2019 NBA draft pick. Not bad for a player who didn’t start in high school until his senior season. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 900 words, photos.

BKC--T25-VILLANOVA-KANSAS REMATCH

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas gets another shot at Villanova after the Jayhawks’ loss in last season’s Final Four. Both teams have much different rosters and Saturday’s game will be played at Allen Fieldhouse rather than in San Antonio. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BKC--T25-NORTH CAROLINA-DEFENSE

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — No. 12 North Carolina hasn’t been good enough defensively in either of its two losses. The Tar Heels can’t afford to repeat those issues Saturday with No. 4 Gonzaga coming to Chapel Hill. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

— Saturday Bowl Games:

— Preview story plus capsule for Las Vegas Bowl (Fresno State-Arizona State).

— Other capsule previews: Celebration (N.C. A&T-Alcorn State); Cure (Tulane -Louisiana-Lafayette); New Mexico (North Texas-Utah State); Camellia (Georgia Southern-Eastern Michigan); New Orleans (Middle Tennessee-Appalachian State).

— Also:

— FBC--DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIP — Mount Union and Mary Hardin-Baylor, both 14-0, play for Division III championship in Shenandoah, Texas. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts 7 p.m.

— FBC--S DAKOTA ST-N DAKOTA ST — South Dakota State vs. unbeaten North Dakota State in FCS semifinal in Fargo, N.D. UPCOMING: 350 words. Game starts 8 p.m.

— FBC--AP NAIA ALL-AMERICA TEAM — AP NAIA All-America team led by Morningside College quarterback Trent Solsma. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 150 words. With lists.

WINTER SPORTS

SKI--WCUP-MEN’S SUPER-G

SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy — Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal edges Italy’s Christof Innerhofer to win a World Cup super-G, extending his record to seven victories at Val Gardena. His 36th World Cup victory leaves him tied for seventh place on the career list. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— Also:

— SKI--FIS-WCUP-LUITZ — Germany’s Stefan Luitz set to be stripped of giant slalom victory in Beaver Creek for using oxygen mask. By Andrew Damp. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— SKE--WORLD CUP — Germany’s Jacqueline Loelling wins World Cup skeleton race on home track. SENT: 110 words.

— OLY--DOPING-ZUBKOV — Russian bobsled president among five suspended for doping at Sochi Games. SENT: 150 words.

OBITUARY

FBO--OBIT-FRALIC

PITTSBURGH — Bill Fralic, the burly, bruising and athletic offensive lineman who starred for the Atlanta Falcons and was a three-time All-American at Pittsburgh, has died at 56. Fralic was the first offensive lineman to finish in the top 10 in Heisman Trophy balloting. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— BBA--OBIT-JOAN STEINBRENNER — Wife of late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner dies at 83. SENT: 130 words, photos.

SOCCER

— SOC--UEFA-AC MILAN — AC Milan fined $13.6 million, threatened with one-season European ban for financial misconduct. SENT: 400 words, photos.

— SOC--ENGLAND-FAN RACISM — Premier League urges fans to report racism at games. SENT: 140 words, photos.

GOLF

— GLF--ALFRED DUNHILL — David Lipsky leads by one stroke after second round of European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa. SENT: 250 words.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Friday Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Atlanta at Boston, 7 p.m.

New York at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Indiana at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Milwaukee at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.

Washington at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

Miami at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Golden State at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Denver, 10 p.m.

Toronto at Portland, 10 p.m.

NHL

Vegas at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Boston at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Arizona at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Washington at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Winnipeg at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Philadelphia at Edmonton, 9 p.m

College Basketball (Top 25)

Women

No. 5 Mississippi State at Southern Mississippi, 7 p.m.

No. 8 Oregon State vs. Eastern Washington at Lahaina, Hawaii, 12:30 a.m.

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