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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Perfect it wasn’t. The Buffalo Sabres still made it to 10. After squandering a 2-0 lead in the final 8½ minutes of the third period, Jeff Skinner scored 1:41 into overtime to seal a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 750 words, photos.
DENVER —The Denver Nuggets have never been better against the Lakers. Paul Millsap, Jamal Murray and Malik Beasley scored 20 points apiece, and the Nuggets rolled to their most lopsided victory ever over Los Angeles, a 117-85 rout on Tuesday night. The 32-point margin surpassed a 29-point win in 1993.. By Dennis Georgatos. SENT: 750 words, photos.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. —No matter what line he shot from behind against No. 9 Michigan State, Louisville junior guard Ryan McMahon was feeling it. The Cardinals fed off his energy to not only give first-year coach Chris Mack a significant win, but a gutsy one at that. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 690 words, photos.
Foreste Peterson thought her ski racing career was over as she finished her senior season at Dartmouth last winter. Out of the blue, the former U.S. ski team member received an offer almost too good to be true: Free housing, travel and coaching to keep her on the slopes. She’s a member of Team X, an all-female development ski team based in Park City, Utah. The team currently backs four athletes from four different countries. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.
BOX--TIM DAHLBERG-HEAVYWEIGHT CLASH
Just how well Deontay Wilder’s heavyweight title defense Saturday night against Tyson Fury in Los Angeles will do at the box office is a question mark. For all the power in his right hand, Wilder is still trying to build his brand and Fury is largely an enigma in the U.S. What it means for boxing’s most prestigious division, though, is easy to quantify. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 760 words, photos by 3 a.m.
GLF--ON THE FRINGE-TIGER
NASSAU, Bahamas — The first stop is Sam Snead and his 82 career PGA Tour victories. The ultimate stop is Jack Nicklaus and his 18 majors, the gold standard in golf. Both milestones are now in play for Tiger Woods, which is not to suggest they are within reach. That they are at least a topic of conversation is a victory in itself considering it took four back surgeries — the last one to fuse his lower spine — for Woods to even compete again. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 870 words, photos.
— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.
— GLF--GOLF GLANCE. SENT: 600 words.
FBC--HURRICANE FLORENCE-MAKEUP GAMES
Hurricane Florence and the looming bowl season has South Carolina and Virginia Tech closing their football seasons against teams that were never on their schedule. Both schools canceled games on Sept. 15 because of the Category 4 storm heading for the Virginia and Carolina coastlines. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 670 words, photos by 3 a.m.
Oklahoma is on the door step of the College Football Playoff. The Sooners were No. 5 in the pivotal second-to-last College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night, ahead of Ohio State heading into championship weekend when the final four will be set. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 930 words, photos.
FBC--T25-SEC CHAMPIONSHIP-GEORGIA-BAMA REMATCH
ATHENS, Ga. — As soon as Tua Tagovailoa let go of the pass, the one that ended the national championship game in the blink of an eye, Georgia has wanted another shot at Alabama. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 930 words, photos.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. —Mack Brown knows there are many problems to solve as he returns to North Carolina, from stopping the Tar Heels’ deepening downturn on the field to improving shaky recruiting and hiring a coaching staff. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 830 words, photos.
FBC--AP ALL-AMERICA WATCH
The final All-America watch of the season features All-America matchups from each of this weekend’s Power Five conference championship games. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-ACC CHAMPIONSHIP-EXPERIENCED CLEMSON — By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 730 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP — By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 850 words, photos.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —Tom Coughlin recognizes that NFL rules favor passing and insists he understands “what the public wants.” But Coughlin also staunchly defended Jacksonville’s run-first, defensive philosophy by saying the team’s offensive woes have more to do with a lack of explosive plays than its ideology. By Mark Long. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— FBN--REDSKINS-FOSTER — By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— FBN--TEXANS-RUNNING GAME — By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— FBN--POWER RANKINGS — By Simmi Buttar. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— FBN--SAINTS-GETTING DEFENSIVE — By Brett Martel. SENT: 790 words, photos.
— FBN--SKIDDING TITANS — By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 570 words, photos.
DURHAM, N.C. —Zion Williamson jumped a lazy pass by Indiana near midcourt. All of a sudden, nothing stood between him and yet another must-see dunk. No. 3 Duke put its lone loss firmly in the past just as easily as Williamson left those Hoosiers in his wake. Williamson scored 25 points, RJ Barrett added 22 and Duke routed Indiana 90-69 on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 740 words, photos.
BKC--T25-VIRGINIA TECH-PENN STATE
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Pat Chambers predicted two weeks ago that opponents would soon come to respect Myreon Jones’ sharpshooting abilities. When the Penn State freshman finally got his chance to showcase his shot against a ranked team on Tuesday night, he lived up to his coach’s billing. SENT: 800 words, photos.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — There are the startling goals, jaw-dropping passes and mind-bending moves. And in just two months, there are the rave reviews. Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson already is drawing comparisons to some of hockey’s best. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— HKN--FLYERS-NEW GM — By Dan Gelston. SENT: 870 words, photos.
—HKN--SENATORS-FLYERS — By Dan Gelston. SENT: 800 words, photos.
BBO--MANFRED POLITICAL DONATIONS
NEW YORK — Major League Baseball will put in place new procedures for vetting political contributions after giving $5,000 to Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican senator from Mississippi, and then asking for the money back following her controversial remarks. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 460 words, photos.
ATLANTA —Josh Donaldson needed the Braves. The Braves needed Josh Donaldson. Call this one a perfect match. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 940 words, photos.
— BBN--PIRATES-CHISENHALL — SENT: 250 words, photos.
— BBO--PLAYERS CHOICE AWARDS — SENT: 200 words, photos.
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — His face showed little expression as he glided his way down the hill. This was serious business — no laughing, smiling or crying. With his two-time Olympic gold medalist father holding on, 17-month-old Jax Ligety took his first trek down the slope a few months ago. The look: Pure determination. It’s a look Ted Ligety knows all too well. He’s that determined to return to the top. By Pat Graham. SENT: 830 words, photos.
High school junior and soccer player Giovanni Calderon thought he was just going to an interview for a scholarship application. Instead he got a visit from New York Red Bulls defender Aurelien Collin. Collin presented Calderon with a $5,000 college scholarship, tickets to the second leg of the Red Bulls’ Eastern Conference final against Atlanta United on Thursday and a trip to the MLS Cup. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.
SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUNDUP
PARIS — Real Madrid and Bayern Munich put aside their domestic worries to impress on the European stage and qualify for the knockout rounds of the Champions League on Tuesday, as both Manchester clubs, Roma, Ajax and Juventus also advanced to the last 16 with one game to spare. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 770 words, photos. With eight separate game stories.
SOC--COPA LIBERTADORES FINAL
LUQUE, Paraguay —The postponed Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate was deemed too violent to remain in Argentina and will be played elsewhere. Where was still to be determined by South American organizer CONMEBOL, which decided on Tuesday to stage the second leg on Dec. 8 or 9.By Pedro Servin. SENT: 280 words, photos.
— SOC--USL-UNION — SENT: 160 words.
MADRID — Despite renewed complaints from France’s players about the upcoming changes to the Davis Cup, the head of the company behind the revamped tournament tells the AP he is confident everything will soon be better. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 550 words, photos.
Tyler Zeller was waiting for a team to call. His country did. When USA Basketball resumes its bid to qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, the NBA veteran and current free agent will be in red, white and blue in an international game for the first time. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— SPORTS BETTING — By Wayne Parry. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— GERMANY-DORTMUND ATTACK —SENT: 450 words, photos.
— ISRAEL-PEOPLE-MUTOMBO — SENT: 130 words.
— BKN--NBA CAPSULES
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— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
Wednesday Time Schedule (EST)
Atlanta at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
New York at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Utah at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
Cleveland at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Dallas at Houston, 8 p.m.
San Antonio at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Washington at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Orlando at Portland, 10 p.m.
Phoenix at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at Florida, 7 p.m.
San Jose at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Colorado, 9:30 p.m.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 4 Virginia at No. 24 Maryland, 7:30 p.m.
No. 6 Tennessee vs. Eastern Kentucky, 6:30 p.m.
No. 7 Michigan vs. No. 11 North Carolina, 9:30 p.m.
No. 8 Auburn vs. Saint Peter’s, 8 p.m.
No. 10 Kentucky vs. Monmouth, 8:30 p.m.
No. 15 Florida State vs. No. 19 Purdue, 9:15 p.m.
No. 16 Ohio State vs. Syracuse, 7 p.m.
No. 2 UConn vs. No. 16 DePaul at the XL Center, Hartford, Conn., 7 p.m.
No. 6 Mississippi State at Little Rock, 7:30 p.m.
No. 10 Texas vs. UTSA, Noon
No. 18 South Carolina vs. Dayton, 7 p.m.
No. 22 Marquette vs. Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
No. 23 Iowa State at South Dakota, 8 p.m.
No. 24 Drake at Creighton, 1 p.m.
No. 25 Kentucky vs. Morehead State, Noon