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East Stroudsburg football coach Denny Douds called timeout with 13 seconds left in a game to announce his retirement after 43 years in charge of the Warriors. He discusses his decision on AP’s PodcastOne Sports Now. Also, AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi settles the Brady vs. Rodgers debate. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
College football fans are now armed with all manner of devices to follow games. John Walter, a media columnist for The Athletic, talks about such habits with the AP’s Ralph Russo on the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Maybe that big upset in the NCAA Tournament was only the beginning for Buffalo. CJ Massinburg had 43 points and 14 rebounds as the Bulls stunned another power program Friday night, beating No. 13 West Virginia 99-94 in overtime. Buffalo opened eyes back in March when the 13th-seeded Bulls blew out No. 4 seed Arizona 89-68 in the first round of the NCAAs. They were knocked out by Kentucky in their next game — but now this. By John Lowe. SENT: 600 words, photos.
FBC--T25-FRESNO STATE-BOISE STATE.
BOISE, Idaho —Brett Rypien threw for 269 yards and Alexander Mattison rushed for 143 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead Boise State to a 24-17 upset over No. 16 Fresno State on Friday night. Boise State, which hasn’t lost to Fresno State at home since 1984, beat a ranked team for the first time in November in program history to keep its conference title aspirations alive. By Jason Chatraw. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Dez Bryant’s tenure with the Saints may have been short-lived. In just his second practice with New Orleans, the newly acquired wide receiver indicated in social media posts Friday that he has had a significant setback. The team’s injury report listed Bryant as questionable for Sunday’s game in Cincinnati with an ankle injury. By Brett Martel. SENT: 390 words, photos.
AVONDALE, Ariz. — Bubba Wallace does not care about the way things used to be done in NASCAR, and he is not interested in how veterans believe he is supposed to drive. The rookie behind the wheel of Richard Petty’s iconic No. 43 has already defied odds by becoming the only black driver at NASCAR’s top level. Reaching the pinnacle of the sport is just the start of what Wallace hopes to accomplish. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 960 words, photos.
— CAR--NASCAR-PHOENIX — By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 900 words, photos.
SKI--VONN’S LAST GO-AROUND
COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. —On her farewell tour, Lindsey Vonn vows to dine out even more with her American teammates , have an occasional glass of wine with longtime rivals/friends and take plenty of photos. One quick caveat, though, as she savors the sights and sounds during her last go-around: Come race day, Vonn will of course be Vonn.By Pat Graham. SENT: 900 words, photos.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. —After humiliating losses the last four seasons to Louisville, payback was sweet for Syracuse. Moe Neal rushed for a career-best 159 yards and two touchdowns, senior quarterback Eric Dungey ran for two more scores and passed for another, and No. 13 Syracuse took advantage of five Louisville miscues to rout the Cardinals 54-23 on Friday night. By Mark Frank. SENT: 940 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-MISSISSIPPI ST-ALABAMA PREVIEW — By John Zenor. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-CLEMSON-BOSTON COLLEGE PREVIEW — By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 790 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-FLORIDA ST-NOTRE DAME PREVIEW — By John Fineran. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA ST-OKLAHOMA PREVIEW. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-AUBURN-GEORGIA PREVIEW. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 850 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-WASHINGTON STATE-COLORADO PREVIEW. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-SOUTH CAROLINA-FLORIDA PREVIEW. By Mark Long. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— FBC--TEXAS-TEXAS TECH PREVIEW. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 700 words, photos.
LEXINGTON, Ky. —Those lopsided wins No. 2 Kentucky is normally used to this time of year might eventually happen. All that mattered to the Wildcats was proving they could regroup from a blowout loss and get their first victory. It certainly took everything for them to scrape past Southern Illinois. By Gary B. Graves. SENT. 810 words, photos.
AUBURN, Ala. —The Auburn Tigers gave a sellout crowd plenty to cheer, from a huge early lead over a ranked nonconference team, to the return of Austin Wiley to the court, to a lopsided victory. By John Zenor. SENT: 630 words, photos.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Jim Calhoun heard all the speculation that he would be a kinder, gentler coach at Division III University of Saint Joseph. He is 76 years old, with health issues and no desire to offend the nuns at a small Catholic school that had only accepted women until this semester. But a kinder, gentler Jim Calhoun? By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 590 words, photos.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. —Notre Dame didn’t need any heroics from Arike Ogunbowale in its season opener. Three efficient quarters was more than enough. By John Fineran. SENT: 960 words, photos.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. —Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer doesn’t want the No. 6 Bulldogs to play all cupcakes to start the season. He loves it, however, when he sees them make another Power Five level program look like pushovers. By Hank Kurz Jr. SENT: 690 words, photos.
FBN--ON FOOTBALL-HALFWAY AWARDS
By the time every NFL team has played eight games, there are some heavily established favorites for The Associated Press NFL awards that are handed out on Super Bowl eve. Not this year. MVP? Lots of candidates — and not just quarterbacks. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Harrison Smith has been making his mark for years with big hits and clutch interceptions for the Minnesota Vikings. As a key piece of one of the NFL’s top defenses, the playmaking safety was voted the top player in the league at his position by a panel of 10 football writers for The Associated Press. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 750 words, photo.
— FBN--PACKERS-RISING ROOKIE — By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 590 words, photos.
— FBN--PATRIOTS-BRADY. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— FBN--CHARGERS-KING. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 580 words, photos.
— FBN--PANTHERS-EMBARASSING LOSS. By Steve Reed. SENT: 680 words, photos.
— FBN--STEELERS-BREAK TIME. By Will Graves. SENT: 700 words.
HKW--CANADA’S GO-TO GOALIE
Two-time Olympic medalist Shannon Szabados is used to facing shots in men’s leagues this time of year. Now, the veteran goaltender is perfectly happy competing against women. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 3 a.m.
— HKW--FOUR NATIONS CUP. SENT: 180 words, photos.
SOC--COPA LIBERTADORES-PASSIONATE FANS
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Gonzalo Raffo is a diehard Boca Juniors fan. His wife, Delfina Foramitti, passionately roots for River Plate. Like many Argentines, they agree that the Copa Libertadores final between their beloved teams will be historic. But they also fear the legendary rivalry that divides a nation could also divide their own family. By Luis Andres Henao. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— SOC--FIFA INVESTIGATION-PROSECUTOR. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 400 words.
PLAY DEL CARMEN, Mexico —Matt Kuchar knew he was in trouble when his tee shot sailed so far to the right that he hit a provisional in case the ball was out-of-bounds. He found the ball, and somehow never lost the lead. SENT: 700 words.
— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS. SENT: 400 words.
— GLF--SUN CITY. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— GLF--BLUE BAY LPGA. SENT: 250 words.
— BKN--NBA CAPSULES
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES
— FBC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
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Saturday Time Schedule
TOP 25 FOOTBALL
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 18 Mississippi State, 3:30 p.m.
No. 2 Clemson at No. 17 Boston College, 8 p.m.
No. 3 Notre Dame vs. Florida State, 7:30 p.m.
No. 4 Michigan at Rutgers, 3:30 p.m.
No. 5 Georgia vs. Auburn, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m.
No. 7 West Virginia vs. TCU, Noon
No. 8 Ohio State at No. 24 Michigan State, Noon
No. 9 LSU at Arkansas, 7:30 p.m.
No. 10 Washington State at Colorado, 3:30 p.m.
No. 11 UCF vs. Navy, Noon
No. 12 Kentucky at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m.
No. 14 Utah State vs. San Jose State, 4 p.m.
No. 15 Texas at Texas Tech, 7:30 p.m.
No. 19 Florida vs. South Carolina, Noon
No. 21 Penn State vs. Wisconsin, Noon.
No. 23 Iowa State vs. Baylor, 3:30 p.m.
No. 25 Cincinnati vs. South Florida, 7 p.m.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 3 Gonzaga vs. Texas Southern, 10 p.m.
No. 9 Villanova vs. Quinnipiac at the Wells Fargo Center, 8 p.m.
No. 16 Syracuse vs. Morehead State, 7 p.m.
No. 19 Michigan vs. Holy Cross, 7:30 p.m.
No. 24 Purdue vs. Ball State, 8 p.m.
No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 18 Syracuse, 5 p.m.
New York at Toronto, 3 p.m.
Milwaukee at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m.
Phoenix at New Orleans, 7 p.m.
Washington at Miami, 8 p.m.
Cleveland at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Philadelphia at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Houston at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.
Brooklyn at Golden State, 8:30 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Dallas, 9 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
Vancouver at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Chicago at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Nashville at Dallas, 2 p.m.
Toronto at Boston, 7 p.m.
Vegas at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Ottawa at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Florida, 7 p.m.
Arizona at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Carolina, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Calgary at Los Angeles, 10 p.m.