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November 16, 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 college’s big 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

No. 11 Central Florida has won 22 straight games and is eyeing another major bowl. So why are Knights fans mad online? On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Matt Murschel of the Orlando Sentinel joins the AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss UCF’s rise and how this year’s team stacks up to last year’s unbeaten squad. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast

TOP STORIES

FBC--T25-SYRACUSE-NOTRE DAME PREVIEW

NEW YORK — Pinstripe uniforms. The Empire State Building shining blue and gold. The marching band performs in a midtown park. When Notre Dame plays in New York City there is always fanfare. This trip needs no accessories: No. 3 Notre Dame vs. No. 12 Syracuse on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. By College Football Writer. Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 750 words, photos.

CAR--NASCAR-CHAMPIONSHIP RACE

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Kyle Busch can stomach losing the championship to Kevin Harvick or Martin Truex Jr. because the title should go one of The Big Three. He’d be less impressed if he’s beaten by Joey Logano, who only in the last few weeks has caught up to the favorites. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Developing from 6:10 p.m. qualifying session.

FBN--RAMS ROAD TRIP

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Rams did not cancel travel plans when their marquee matchup with the Chiefs was moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles. Coming to Colorado for altitude training allowed them to escape the wildfires near their training complex. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

FBC--THE TIE-50 YEARS LATER

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Sixty-five members of Harvard’s 1968 football team are expected on campus this weekend for the 50th anniversary of The Game’s most memorable edition — a 29-29 tie. A luncheon for returning Yale players was canceled because of lack of interest. Not all ties are even. By Jimmy Golen, SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

— With:

— FBC--AP WAS THERE-YALE-HARVARD — SENT: 550 words.

COMMENTARY

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-WITHER YOUR QB

When things go sour, NFL fans often point to two people: the guy calling plays on the sideline, and the man behind center trying to execute them. The futures of some coaches could be tied to how their quarterbacks have struggled — or outright flopped. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 950 words, photos. For weekend use.

SEX ABUSE

GYM--USA GYMNASTICS-GALIMORE OUT

INDIANAPOLIS — Longtime USA Gymnastics chief operating officer Ron Galimore resigns, the latest high-profile departure for the embattled organization in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. SENT: 550 words, photos.

OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former Ohio State students who say they were sexually abused by a team doctor plead with university trustees to not dismiss or minimize what happened. The allegations span the physician’s two decades at the school. Dr. Richard Strauss killed himself in 2005. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25--CINCINNATI-UCF PREVIEW

ORLANDO, Fla. — UCF and Cincinnati are Top 25 teams eager to show what they and the American Athletic Conference are all about. The No. 11 Knights and No. 19 Bearcats get a chance in a nationally televised matchup with league championship implications. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

FBC--T25-IOWA STATE-TEXAS PREVIEW

AUSTIN, Texas — Freshman quarterback Brock Purdy leads No. 18 Iowa State into a critical Big 12 matchup with No. 13 Texas. The Cyclones are undefeated since Purdy took over the offense and have dug their way out of a 1-3 start to become league title contenders. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— Friday Game (Top 25):

— FBC--T25-BOISE STATE-NEW MEXICO — UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 9:30 p.m.

— Also:

— FBC--T25-FIVE THINGS TO KNOW FOR WEEK 12 — By Steve Megargee. SENT: 900 words, with photos.

— FBC--USC-UCLA — By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 10 p.m.

— Other Top 10 Previews:

— No. 1 Alabama-Citadel; No. 2 Clemson-Duke; No. 4 Michigan-Indiana; No. 5 Georgia-UMass; No. 6 Oklahoma-Kansas; No. 7 West Virginia-Oklahoma State; No. 8 Ohio State-Maryland; No. 9 Washington State-Arizona; No. 10 LSU-Rice.

NFL

FBN--SEAHAWKS REBOUND

RENTON, Wash. — For the Seahawks to have a say in the NFC playoff picture, they had to get past Green Bay. Seattle did by rallying for a 27-24 victory, and now at 5-5 a path to the postseason is a little more realistic. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--KICKER RANKINGS

Justin Tucker, despite his astonishing miss of a game-tying extra point in a loss to the Saints last month, is voted the top player in the league at his position for the second straight year by a panel of 10 football writers for the AP. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 500 words, photos. With list.

— Also:

— FBN--BRONCOS-GARCIA OUT — By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--PACKERS-ROAD WOES — UPCOMING: 500 words, photos 5 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-HOMESTEAD-GIBSON

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Tony Gibson’s road to the NASCAR Cup Series finale took a major detour this summer — to the hospital. The recovery from a mini-stroke by Kevin Harvick’s crew chief is now a key storyline in the championship race. By Mark Gibson. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

CAR--NASCAR-HOMESTEAD-TRUEX

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Martin Truex Jr. is set to say goodbye to Furniture Row Race as the team shutters its doors. He hopes to leave with a goodbye gift to remember with a a second straight NASCAR Cup championship. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— With:

— CAR--NASCAR-HOMESTEAD-TRUCKS — Brett Moffitt, Noah Gragson, Johnny Sauter, Justin Haley compete for trucks title. By Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 500 words. Race starts 8:15 p.m.

— CAR--NASCAR-HOMESTEAD-XFINITY — Christopher Bell favored in Saturday’s Xfinity championship race. By Mark Long. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBA--ORIOLES-ELIAS

BALTIMORE — Astros assistant general manager Mike Elias is hired to rebuild the Baltimore Orioles, who traded many of their star players last season before finishing with the worst record in the majors. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 450 words.

NBA

BKN--RAPTORS-CELTICS

BOSTON — Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points in the Raptors’ 113-101 win over the Celtics last month in Toronto. The Celtics, having ended a two-game losing streak, get their first chance to return the favor when they host Toronto. By Jimy Golen. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--CHARLESTON CLASSIC

CHARLESTON, S.C. — No. 16 Virginia Tech and No. 23 Purdue both go for spots in the Charleston Classic finals on Friday. The Hokies face Northeastern while the Boilermakers take on Davidson. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, 700 words from four games starting at 11 a.m.

— With:

— BKC--CHARLESTON CLASSIC-THE LATEST

— Also:

— BKC--T25-2K CLASSIC — No. 13 Oregon vs. No. 15 Syracuse in cosolation game in New York (4:30 p.m.); UConn vs. Iowa in title game (7 p.m.). UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

— BKC--T25-PARADISE JAM — No. 12 Kansas State highlights first day of eight-team tournament in U.S. Virgin Islands. UPCOMING: 600 words. Kansas State-Eastern Kentucky starts 7:30 p.m. With The Latest.

TENNIS

TEN--ATP FINALS

LONDON — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic faces Marin Cilic at the ATP Finals. Alexander Zverev sets up a semifinal with six-time champion Roger Federer by defeating John Isner. By Sam Johnston. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

GOLF

GLF--LPGA TOUR

NAPLES, Fla. — LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan, speaking at the season-ending tour championship, insists the many winners this season is good for the game. Amy Olson is in front by a stroke entering the second round. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words by 5:30 p.m.

GLF--RSM CLASSIC

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Charles Howell III has a two-shot lead entering the second of the RSM Classic at Sea Island, where play began with temperatures in the lower 40s and strong ocean gusts. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— GLF--WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP — Matt Wallace up by a shot after two rounds in Dubai. SENT: 350 words, photos.

— GLF--AUSTRALIAN OPEN — Byeong Hun An, Max McArdle tied for lead after second round in Sydney, a British Open qualifier. SENT: 350 words, photos.

OLYMPICS

OLY--BBO-TOKYO 2020-BASEBALL

NAGOYA, Japan — Coming off a strong showing against a team of major league All-Stars, Japan is confident about its chances of a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Japan won five of six games in the exhibition series. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 700 words, photos.

SOCCER

— SOC--FIFA INVESTIGATION-PROSECUTOR — Swiss prosecutor who led FIFA corruption inquiry is out of the job. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 350 words, photos.

— SOC--PSG-DISCRIMINATION — Paris Saint-Germain finds no eividence its scouts profiled ethnic origins of young players. SENT: 200 words.

— SOC--SPAIN-RENEWED DOUBTS — Spain’s team under scrutiny after disappointing showing at UEFA Nations League. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 500 words, photos.

FIGURE SKATING

— FIG--ROSTELECOM CUP — Olympic champs Alina Zagitova, Yuzuru Hanyu easily win short programs at Grand Prix event in Moscow. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 500 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Friday Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Brooklyn at Washington, 7 p.m.

Miami at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Boston, 7 p.m.

Utah at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

New York at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Portland at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Sacramento at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Chicago at Milwaukee, 9:30 p.m.

NHL

Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Boston at Dallas, 8 p.m.

Los Angeles at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Washington at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Toronto at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

St. Louis at Vegas, 10 p.m.

College Football (Top 25)

No. 23 Boise State at New Mexico, 9:30 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 2 Kansas vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 8 p.m.

No. 4 Virginia vs. Coppin State, 7 p.m.

No. 6 Nevada vs. Little Rock, 11 p.m.

No. 7 North Carolina vs. Tennessee Tech, 7 p.m.

No. 12 Kansas State vs. Eastern Kentucky at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, 7:30 p.m.

No. 13 Oregon vs. No. 15 Syracuse at New York, 4:30 p.m.

No. 16 Virginia Tech vs. Northeastern at Charleston, S.C., 11 a.m.

No. 17 Mississippi State vs. Long Beach State, 9 p.m.

No. 20 UCLA vs. Saint Francis (Pa.), 11 p.m.

No. 22 LSU vs. Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m.

No. 23 Purdue vs. Davidson at Charleston, S.C., 6:30 p.m.

Women

No. 16 Missouri vs. Green Bay, 7 p.m.

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