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FBN--CHIEFS’ LONG WAIT
KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Joe Montana was the quarterback the last time the Chiefs reached the AFC title game. The Super Bowl? Len Dawson was there. The wait to reach this weekend has been a long one, and the chance to hoist the Lamar Hunt Trophy _ named after the Chiefs’ founder _ has the city on edge. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.
METAIRIE, La. _ Marshon Lattimore helped the Saints’ secondary exorcise demons after last-season’s “Minnesota Miracle” touchdown pass. The question now is whether a defensive backfield ranked 29th against the pass can slow the Rams with a Super Bowl trip on the line. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 9 p.m.
PARIS _ The European police agency Europol tells the AP it has identified links between match-fixing gambling syndicates being unraveled in Spain and Belgium. The rings are thought to have paid off dozens of players and corrupted lower-level tennis tournaments on a massive scale By John Leicester: SENT: 650 words, photos.
NEW YORK _ Greg Hardy was involved in a domestic abuse case that cost him his NFL career. He found a second chance with the UFC and fights in the co-main Saturday. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates _ A civil war and humanitarian crisis rages at home. Some players have not been paid for years. A coach never enters the country. It’s no surprise Yemen exited its first Asian Cup with three losses in three games. Just qualifying was a great achievement. By John Duerden. SENT: 500 words, photos.
Sorry, America. But the team you love to hate _ at least those of you outside New England _ is about to make it to another Super Bowl. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 600 words, graphic, by 4 p.m.
HKN--COYOTES FRY’S IMPACT
GLENDALE, Ariz. _ Lyndsey Fry grew up in Arizona, where resources for hockey were scarce. But she went on to play at Harvard and earn an Olympics silver medal. Now Fry is back where she started, helping the Arizona Coyotes build their youth hockey programs. By John Marshall. SENT: 950 words, photos.
MELBOURNE, Australia _ Simona Halep summons her best when pushed to the brink. The Australian Open’s top-seeded woman needed 2 1/2 hours to beat Sofia Kenin in the second round. Up next is seven-time Grand Slam champion No. 1 Venus Williams. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. Play resumes 7 p.m.
TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-DRAMA DOWN UNDER
MELBOURNE, Australia _ The feud between Australia’s Davis Cup captain and an exiled player escalates when Lleyton Hewitt says Bernard Tomic threatened him and his family. Tomic says Hewitt should quit as Davis Cup captain because he is unpopular and favors certain players. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 950 words, photos.
MELBOURNE, Australia _ Kei Nishikori admits he needs to recover. He withstands 59 aces from Ivo Karlovic, and has to save three break points deep in the fifth, before beating the 39-year-old Croatian to reach the third round. By John Pye. SENT: 600 words, photos.
_ TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-THE LATEST _ Real-time updates throughout day.
_ TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-AFTER MIDNIGHT _ By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 450 words, photos.
_ TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-DJOKOVIC’S REMATCH _ By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 450 words, photos.
_ TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-SERENA WINS _ By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 450 words, photos.
_ TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN GLANCE _ SENT: 400 words, photos.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. _ The Patriots are unbeaten at home this season. Now comes the road, where Tom Brady is 2-3 in AFC title games. The Patriots on Sunday will also have to deal with what could be the coldest day for a game in Arrowhead Stadium history. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FBN--RAMS-LONG TIME COMING
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. _ The NFC title game is a long time coming for almost every member of the Rams’ core. Ndamukong Suh and Andrew Whitworth had never won a playoff game before last week. Brandin Cooks wants another shot after his concussion during last year’s Super Bowl loss with New England. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 9 p.m.
_ FBN--AFC MATCHUPS _ By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos, graphic by 5 p.m. For weekend use.
_ FBN--NFC MATCHUPS _ By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos, graphic by 5 p.m. For weekend use.
LONDON _ The last-place Knicks, with center Enes Kanter staying home because he fears an assassination attempt, face a Washington Wizards team playing for the first time in London. New York has lost nine of 10. By Zac Boyer. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
_ BKN--KNICKS-WIZARDS-SILVER _ Commissioner Adam Silver speaks before game. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.
HKN--GOLDEN KNIGHTS-SECOND ACT
LAS VEGAS _ To take the Vegas Golden Knights from an overachieving expansion team that made a stirring run to the Stanley Cup Final in their first season to a perennial contender, general manager George McPhee had to make a number of moves. The results are already showing. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos, video by 4 p.m.
HKN--PANTHERS-TROCHECK _ Vincent Trocheck says he’s ready to return from grotesque ankle fracture; not so fast, say Panthers. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ Rick Barnes is wary. The Tennessee coach wants to make sure his No. 3 Volunteers don’t get complacent after outscoring their first four SEC opponents by a combined 100 points. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 5 p.m.
LOS ANGELES _ UCLA goes for its fifth straight win in its crosstown rivalry with Southern California this weekend. It’s been a season of struggle and distraction for both teams. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
_ Lookaheads to this week’s play in Big Ten, Big 12.
_ BKW--T25-MARYLAND-MICHIGAN ST _ No. 9 Maryland at No. 17 Michigan State. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m.
_ BKW--T25-S CAROLINA-MISSISSIPPI ST _ No. 7 Mississippi State hosts No. 15 South Carolina. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts 7 p.m.
ACCRA, Ghana _ An investigative journalist in Ghana who helped expose a high-ranking FIFA official as corrupt is shot dead by gunmen on a motorbike as he drove home alone at night, police say. His employers say he was assassinated. By Francis Kokutse and Gerald Imray. SENT: 800 words.
GYM--DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-MICHIGAN STATE
EAST LANSING, Mich. _ The resignation of interim Michigan State president John Engler is immediate. The university’s board acts a day after the former governor said he would leave next week amid fallout from his remarks about some victims of imprisoned Larry Nassar. By David Eggert and Corey Williams. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
LA QUINTA, Calif. _ No. 1 Justin Rose makes his 2019 debut when the Desert Classic begins on three courses. Also playing for the first time year is Phil Mickelson, a two-time winner of the tournament. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.
_ GLF--LPGA TOUR _ LPGA opens season at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., with new tournament limited to 2017 and 2018 winners. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.
_ GLF--ABU DHABI CHAMPIONSHIP _ Shane Lowry up by a shot after two rounds in United Arab Emirates. SENT: 500 words, photos.
_ GLF--CHAMPIONS TOUR _ Seniors play begins on Big Island of Hawaii. UPCOMING: 400 words by 11 p.m.
_ GLF--LATIN AMERICA AMATEUR _ Masters spot at stake when Latin American Amateur Championship begins in Dominican Republic. UPCOMING: 300 words by 6 p.m.
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy _ Lindsey Vonn skies conservatively in her first World Cup downhill training session this season. She injured her left knee in November and will ski downhills Friday and Saturday and a super-G on Sunday. She plans to retire after this season. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 550 words, photos.
_ SKI--WCUP-LEDECKA’S SCHEDULE _ Ester Ledecka to compete in Alpine worlds, not snowboard worlds. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 250 words, photos.
NEW YORK _ Just a few months after winning a middleweight belt but perhaps a while from getting a fight with one of the division’s big names, Demetrius Andrade gets back into the right Friday to face Artur Akavov. By Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.
_ OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING _ WADA says Moscow lab data retrieved and being moved out of Russia for analysis. SENT: 450 words, photos.
_ OLY--WRE-DOPING-MODZMANASHVILI _ Georgian wrestler stripped of 2012 Olympic silver for doping. SENT: 150 words, photos.
_ EX-NFL PLAYER-PEEPING TOM _ Ex-cornerback Tony Beckham catches man outside daughter’s window. SENT: 130 words.
_ CAR--DAKAR RALLY _ Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Dakar Rally for third time with victory in Peru. SENT: 500 words, photos.
_ SOC--ROSSI’S FUTURE _ Giuseppe Rossi trains with former club Man United, searches for new team. SENT: 300 words.
_ FHK--NEW EVENT-NEW CEO _ Field hockey set for new league. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 650 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 at N.Y. Islanders (Nassau 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.
College Basketball (Top 25)
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.