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November 18, 2018

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College basketball analyst Jay Bilas believes players will eventually be paid. The former Duke star tells co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg on AP’s PodcastOne Sports Now he’s not sure top players will forgo a year on the big college stage to play in the NBA’s developmental league. Also, AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner weighs in on which teams may have given up on the season. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

TOP STORIES

FBN--VIKINGS-BEARS

CHICAGO — Mitchell Trubisky and the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears meet Kirk Cousins and the second-place Minnesota Vikings in a prime-time showdown for the division lead. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:20 p.m.

With:

— FBN--WEEK 11-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

CAR--NASCAR-HOMESTEAD

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — NASCAR concludes its season with a championship finale between the Big Three and underdog Joey Logano. The season was dominated by Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr., and it would be an upset if one didn’t take the Cup title. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos. Race starts 3:20 p.m.

With:

— CAR--NASCAR-HOMESTEAD-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

FBC--KANSAS-MILES

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Les Miles is headed back to the Big 12 and another massive rebuilding job this time taking on the downtrodden program at Kansas in a splashy hire aimed energizing a weary fan base. Miles, who signed a five-year contract that will pay him $2,775,000 annually, was considered the front-runner for the Jayhawks’ job from the moment David Beaty was told he would not be retained two weeks ago. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 850 words, photos. Will be updated after 6 p.m. new conference.

FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Army is ranked for the first time since 1996, moving into The Associated Press college football poll at No. 23. Led by unanimous No. 1 Alabama, the top six stayed the same as last week. Washington State moved up a spot to No. 7. UCF and LSU were tied at No. 8. Pitt also joined the rankings at No. 24. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 650 words by 7 p.m.

NFL

FBN--EAGLES-SAINTS

NEW ORLEANS — The defending champion Philadelphia Eagles are desperate to avoid falling two games below .500 when they visit the surging Saints. New Orleans is riding an NFL-high eight game winning streak. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4:25 p.m.

FBN--STEELERS-JAGUARS

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Steelers go for their sixth straight victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars and their five-game losing streak. By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.

Also:

— FBN--NFL TODAY.

— FBN--NFL INJURIES.

— FBN--BROWNS-CONDOLEEZZA RICE — Browns GM: Team not discussed Condoleezza Rice as coach. By Tom Withers. SENT: 600 words, photos.

FBN--ESPN-MONDAY NIGHT TRANSITION

ESPN’s Monday Night Football crew has had plenty of criticisms during its first year. The team of Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten and Booger McFarland will be even more under the microscope on Monday when the Chiefs face the Rams in one of the biggest games on the network since 2009. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-BIG TEN SHOWDOWN

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Narrow wins by Michigan and Ohio State preserved the enormity of their annual showdown. Both teams struggled with middling Big Ten teams on Saturday but prevailed, setting up another edition of “The Game” with plenty at stake. The Big Ten East title and a spot in the conference championship game hang in the balance when the No. 10 Buckeyes and No. 4 Wolverines clash at Ohio Stadium. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBC--T25-WASHINGTON-BROWNING’S LEGACY

SEATTLE — Jake Browning has been the quarterback for more wins than anyone else in Pac-12 history. He’s rewritten the record book for No. 7 Washington. And he could close his career by being the first QB ever to beat rival Washington State four times. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

Also:

— FBC--COLORADO-MACINTYRE — Colorado fires coach Mike MacIntyre after 6 straight losses. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 8 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-HOMESTEAD-JOHNSON

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Jimmie Johnson won seven championships and became one of NASCAR’s greats under crew chief Chad Knaus. But after a winless 2018, the pair will split up. They have their final race together at Homestead. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 10 p.m.

CAR--NASCAR-FUTURE CHANGES

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — NASCAR is open to wholesale changes for 2020 that can include everything from doubleheaders, midweek races, a shortened schedule, shorter races and even a potential shared event schedule with IndyCar. New NASCAR President Steve Phelps says the sanctioning body is optimistic the series can weather its downturn. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 740 words, photos.

Also:

— CAR--F3-FLOERSCH CRASH — Teenage driver survives spectacular crash at Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix. SENT: 210 words.

NBA

BKN--LAKERS-HEAT

MIAMI — LeBron James is back in Miami when he and the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Heat. Dwyane Wade is still out for Miami, spending time with his new daughter. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 6:10 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--CHARLESTON CLASSIC

CHARLESTON, S.C. — No. 16 Virginia Tech and No. 23 Purdue will play for the Charleston Classic title, the last of four games on the tournament’s final day Sunday. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 700 words from four games that started at 11 a.m.

BKC--AIR FORCE RESERVE TIP-OFF

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — No. 18 Michigan looks to close out a big week with a tournament trophy when it faces Providence for the championship of the Air Force Reserve Tip-Off Tournament. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 700 words from two games that started at 1:30 p.m.

BKC--PARADISE JAM

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — No. 12 Kansas State meets Penn and Oregon State meets Missouri in Sunday’s semifinals at the Paradise Jam. UPCOMING: 700 words from two games that start at 5:30 p.m.

BKC--MAUI INVITATIONAL

LAHAINA, Hawaii — The Duke juggernaut faces a stiff challenge in paradise, where the top-ranked Blue Devils face a stacked field at the Maui Invitational. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m.

TENNIS

TEN--ATP FINALS

LONDON — Novak Djokovic faces Alexander Zverev for the ATP Finals title. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

GOLF

GLF--LPGA TOUR

NAPLES, Fla. — Ariya Jutanugarn looks to close out the Race to the CME Globe trophy and $1 million bonus in the final official round of the LPGA season. Lexi Thompson takes a three-shot lead into the final round of the tour championship. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.

GLF--RSM CLASSIC

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Charles Howell III enters the final round of the RSM Classic with a one-shot lead over Cameron Champ and Jason Gore as he tries to end 332 starts on the PGA Tour without winning. A victory would be his first in more than 11 years. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

GLF--WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Danny Willett ended his title drought in thrilling fashion, winning the DP World Tour Championship by two shots despite a last-hole blunder. It was the 31-year-old Englishman’s first victory since the 2016 Masters. SENT: 500 words.

Also:

— GLF--AUSTRALIAN OPEN — Abraham Ancer solves The Lakes, wins Australian Open by 5 strokes. SENT: 300 words, photos.

WINTER SPORTS

SKI--WCUP-MEN’S SLALOM

LEVI, Finland — Marcel Hirscher posted the fastest time in both runs to win the season-open men’s World Cup slalom. The seven-time overall champion edged Henrik Kristoffersen twice, and finished the race 0.09 seconds ahead of the Norwegian. The rest of field, led by Olympic champion Andre Myhrer of Sweden, was more than 1.4 seconds behind. SENT: 550 words, photos.

Also:

— SPD--WCUP — Russia’s Pavel Kulizhnikov wins 1,000 meters at speed skating World Cup. SENT: 140 words.

SOCCER

SOC-ENGLAND-CROATIA

LONDON — Harry Kane sent England into the finals of the inaugural UEFA Nations League by avenging the World Cup semifinal loss to Croatia. The England captain ended a seven-game goal drought to complete a comeback at Wembley and seal a 2-1 victory in the final group game in European soccer’s newest competition. By Rob Harris. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m..

CAPSULES

— FBN--NFL CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Sunday Time Schedule (EST)

NFL

Houston at Washington, 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.

Dallas at Atlanta, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Carolina at Detroit, 1 p.m.

Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

Denver at L.A. Chargers, 4:05 p.m.

Oakland at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.

Philadelphia at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m.

Minnesota at Chicago, 8:20 p.m.

NBA

Memphis at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at Miami, 6 p.m.

New York at Orlando, 6 p.m.

Portland at Washington, 6 p.m.

Golden State at San Antonio, 7 p.m.

NHL

Dallas at N.Y. Islanders, 1 p.m.

New Jersey at Carolina, 5 p.m.

Minnesota at Chicago, 6 p.m.

Colorado at Anaheim, 8 p.m.

Vegas at Edmonton, 8 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 10 Kentucky vs. VMI, 6 p.m.

No. 11 Michigan State vs. Tennessee Tech, 6 p.m.

No. 12 Kansas State vs. Pennsylvania at UVI Sports and Fitness Center, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, 7:30 p.m.

No. 16 Virginia Tech vs. No. 23 Purdue at TD Arena, Charleston, S.C., 8:30 p.m.

No. 18 Michigan vs. Providence at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn., 1:30 p.m.

Women

No. 3 Oregon vs. Buffalo, 5 p.m.

No. 6 Mississippi State vs. Coppin State, 3 p.m.

No. 7 Stanford vs. Ohio State, 4 p.m.

No. 9 Maryland at No. 10 South Carolina, 5:30 p.m.

No. 12 Tennessee vs. Florida A&M, 2 p.m.

No. 14 Georgia at Georgia Tech, 2 p.m.

No. 17 N.C. State vs. Radford, 2 p.m.

No. 18 Syracuse vs. Bucknell, 2 p.m.

No. 21 South Florida vs. Oklahoma, 2 p.m.

No. 22 Arizona State at Arkansas, 8 p.m.

No. 23 California vs. Pacific, 5 p.m.

No. 24 Miami at Iowa State, 4:30 p.m.

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