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BC-AP Sports Digest

February 6, 2019

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A bad Super Bowl and a week short on big events have AP’s PodcastOne Sports Now hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg scanning the calendar and ranking the best days in sports. Then Associated Press NFL writer Rob Maaddi joins them for the “Brady or Belichick” debate and predicted which teams _ not named the Patriots _ might turn up in the 2020 big game.




Tobias Harris is headed to the Philadelphia 76ers, and other teams were doing plenty of talking Wednesday as the NBA’s trade deadline neared. But Anthony Davis _ for now_ is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, and there’s no indication that will change before the league’s movement window ends Thursday afternoon. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.


_ BKN--NBA TRADES-THE LATEST _ Real-time updates throughout the day.


NEW YORK _ Major League Baseball and the players’ association are discussing possible rule changes that include a three-batter minimum for pitchers, up from the current one-batter requirement, as part of pace-of-game talks that include a possible pitch clock. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 p.m.


With only about 20 percent of the scholarships still available in FBS after the early signing period, the traditional signing day is about a handful of blue-chippers and schools like Miami and Southern California looking to finish strong after coaching changes. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.


_ FBC--SIGNING DAY-THE LATEST _ Real-time updates throughout the day.

_ Separates on the Power Five conferences by Joedy McCreary (ACC), Stephen Hawkins (Big 12), Eric Olson (Big Ten), Anne M. Peterson (Pac-12) and Steve Megargee (SEC). UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.


ARE, Sweden _ Dominik Paris shook his head as he crossed the finish line. The third skier to start in the super-G, he had made technical mistakes requiring some corrections near the end of his run and was sure he would be coming up short once again at a major championship. Not this time. The man from Italy’s “Last Valley” became a world champion for the first time, crowning what was already the best season of his life. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 740 words, photos.


_ SKI--WORLDS-THE LATEST _ Real-time updates throughout the day.

_ SKI--WORLDS-VONN’S LAST RACE _ Battered and bruised, Lindsey Vonn is down to her last race. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 760 words, photos.

_ SKI--WORLDS-SHIFFRIN ESCAPES _ Mikaela Shiffrin goes “off the grid” to recuperate after super-G win. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 350 words, photos.

_ SKI--WOLRDS-SVINDAL _ Aksel Lund Svindal saves punchiest work for after super-G at ski worlds. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 580 words, photos.



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ Rick Hendrick worked far too hard building NASCAR’s top organization to tolerate mediocrity, and he might have been able to stomach last season if his teams had been just average. But the cars were bad _ seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson failed to win a race for the first time in his career _ and the Hall of Fame team owner is not going to stand for a repeat in 2019. Hendrick told The Associated Press last season was the worst in his team’s 35-year history. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.



PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. _ No need for Dustin Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood or anyone else to consider the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am a scouting trip ahead of this summer’s U.S. Open. The only similarities will be be the views. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.



OAKLAND, Calif. _ The San Antonio Spurs visit the Golden State Warriors in a game pitting franchises that have combined to win eight of the last 20 NBA championships. The Spurs have captured four from 1999-2007 and a fifth in 2014, while the Warriors have taken three of the last four. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.



When the Toronto Maple Leafs sent a first-round pick and two prospects to the Los Angeles Kings for Jake Muzzin, it didn’t exactly open the floodgates a month before the trade deadline. That is because the standings are slowing everything down. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 700 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ The Rangers host the Bruins in a matchup of “Original Six” franchises at Madison Square Garden. Patrice Bergeron, playing in his 1,000th NHL game, scored twice to lead the Bruins to a 3-1 victory Tuesday night over the Islanders. The Rangers squandered a late lead in the third period Monday night and fell to the Kings, 4-3, in overtime. By Vin Cherwoo. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.



INDIANAPOLIS _Andrew Luck spent the last three offseasons rehabbing from injuries. Now that he’s finally healthy, Luck can spend the next few months focusing on becoming a better quarterback and leader. And the plan begins with an odd twist: the Indianapolis Colts’ biggest star taking a rare and well-deserved break. By Michael Marot. SENT: 850 words, photos.



BARCELONA, Spain _ Playing without Lionel Messi, Barcelona hosts Real Madrid in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals. Messi picked up an unspecified injury in his right leg during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Valencia in the Spanish league. By Joseph Wilson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.


LIVERPOOL, England _ Manchester City can move into first place in the Premier League by beating Everton, although it will only be on goal difference and having played a game more than Liverpool. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 6 p.m.


ROME _ FIFA President Gianni Infantino is set to serve four more years as the leader of soccer’s governing body as the only candidate for election. Infantino had the required nomination letters from five of the 211 member federations when the deadline passed at midnight Tuesday in Zurich, FIFA says. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 450 words, photos.



ANAHEIM, Calif. _ With only two weeks since nationals, U.S. figure skaters have a short turnaround for this week’s Four Continents meet. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.


_ FBC--SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI-BRILES _ Southern Miss interviews Art Briles, decides not to hire him. By David Brandt. SENT: 500 words, photos.

_ RAC--TRIPLE CROWN NOMINATIONS _ Game Winner among 362 horses eligible for Triple Crown. SENT: 170 words, photos.






Wednesday Time Schedule (EST)


Denver at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

New Orleans at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Washington at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

Charlotte at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Phoenix at Utah, 9 p.m.

Houston at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

San Antonio at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.


Ottawa at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Boston at N.Y. Rangers, 8 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)


No. 6 Nevada at Colorado State, 10 p.m.

No. 14 Villanova vs. Creighton, 8 p.m.

No. 19 Wisconsin at Minnesota, 9 p.m.

No. 21 LSU at Mississippi State, 9 p.m.

No. 24 Maryland at Nebraska, 7 p.m.


No. 5 UConn vs. East Carolina at the XL Center, Hartford, Conn., 7 p.m.

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