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PHILADELPHIA _ Not long ago, Treyvon Hester was a little-know player on the Eagles. Then he got his fingertips on Cody Parkey’s field-goal attempt to secure a win in the wild-card round. Next up for Hester and the Super Bowl champs are the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
NEW YORK _ AL MVP, Mookie Betts, NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, major league home run champion Khris Davis and NL home run, Nolan Arenado are among more than 150 players eligible to exchange proposed arbitration salaries with their teams on the busiest day of the offseason. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 8 p.m.
OLY--TOKYO 2020-CORRUPTION PROBE
PARIS _ The IOC’s marketing head is being investigated for suspected corruption tied to the Tokyo Olympics. Tsunekazu Takeda is also president of the Japanese Olympic Committee. The inquiry by France’s financial crimes office is also looking into the bidding for the 2020 Games and other major sports events. By John Leicester. SENT: 800 words, photos.
Andy Murray’s imminent retirement and the outpouring of support make it easy to forget the barrier that long existed long between the tennis star and British fans. Once perceived as grumpy and petulant, Murray will end his career as an icon at home, a champion of equality and a role model. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 700 words, photos.
LAS VEGAS _ The NHL for the first time has tested puck and player tracking data during regular-season games. The aim is to be ready for next season. Microchips were placed in players’ shoulder pads and inside pucks for two Vegas Golden Knights home games this week. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 650 words, photos, video.
TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-CHANGING FINAL SETS
Those never-ending final sets at Grand Slam events are on the way out at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. The tournaments are finally doing what the U.S. Open started doing decades ago: halting last sets before they get out of hand. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 750 words, photos.
_ TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-WHAT TO KNOW _ By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 750 words, photos.
The mixed-martial arts organization ONE is going global, aiming to be a player in combat sports. The Singapore outfit has bolstered its roster with U.S. talent ahead of a North American TV deal with Turner Sports that starts this month. ONE is to host 45 events in 2019. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 900 words, photos.
BKH--PAUL NEWBERRY-MAORI DAVENPORT
Maori Davenport had to go to court to get on court. It’s ridiculous it even came to that for the Alabama high school star. Maybe this is a lesson for administrators everywhere. Those who carry out rules should do what’s best for the kids who play the games. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.
_ BKH--USA BASKETBALL-INELIGIBLE PLAYER _ SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Given the recent playoff history between Indianapolis and Kansas City, the Colts have every reason to feel confident heading into Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday. And the Chiefs have every reason to believe they’re due. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.
LOS ANGELES _ Dak Prescott and Jared Goff lead two franchises carrying a burden into the Coliseum. The Cowboys are one win from their first NFC championship game in 23 years, while Goff’s Rams on Saturday could end a 14-year playoff victory drought. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. _ These numbers should provide some for the New England Patriots, when they play the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday in the divisional round: Tom Brady is 7-0 in his career against Philip Rivers, including 2-0 in the postseason. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.
_ FBN--CHARGERS-ROSE _ SENT: 140 words.
_ FBN--DOLPHINS-COACHING SEARCH _ By Steven Wine. SENT: 300 words, photos.
_ FBN--NFL-SOCIAL JUSTICE PROGRAMS _ By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 650 words.
WASHINGTON _ A new, gambling-focused telecast of Washington Wizards games is just the appetizer to what the team and its TV partner hope will be a more substantial main course: betting in real time while watching games at home. The concept shows the long reach of legal sports betting. By Ben Nuckols. SENT: 700 words, photos.
HONOLULU _ Canadian rookie Adam Svensson leads by one stroke entering the second round of the Sony Open. Jordan Spieth, making his 2019 debut, is 12 shots behind and will need a low round just to make the cut in the year’s first full-field tournament. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.
_ GLF--SABBO THE SLOVAK _ Rory Sabbatini now a Slovakia citizen and could be Olympic-bound. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 750 words, photos.
PHILADELPHIA _ The Philadelphia Flyers were expected to make the playoffs. Instead, they are turning in one of the worst seasons in franchise history. The mascot, Gritty, might be the most noteworthy thing about the team. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ No. 3 Tennessee is establishing itself as the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference. The Volunteers have opened conference play with two impressive wins, demonstrated their depth and are the SEC’s highest-ranked team. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
_ BKC--T25-INDIANA-MARYLAND _ No. 22 Indiana at Maryland. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
_ Lookaheads to weekend play in the ACC, SEC.
_ BKW--T25-STANFORD-ARIZONA ST _ No. 6 Stanford at No. 19 Arizona State. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts 10 p.m.
Four Alabama players are skipping their final seasons to enter the NFL draft, including All-America left tackle Jonah Williams and Outland Trophy-winning defensive lineman Quinnen Williams. The exodus of underclassmen has become an annual rite for the Tide. By John Zenor. SENT: 600 words, photos.
ROME _ The dual Milan-Cortina bid for 2026 has the potential to revolutionize the Winter Games by cutting costs and easing taxpayer concerns following Russia’s $51 billion outlay for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 800 words, photos.
_ OLY--2026 BIDS-STOCKHOLM _ Stockholm meets deadline to submit bid for 2026 Olympics. SENT: 250 words.
_ OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING-WADA VISIT _ Russia’s anti-doping agency says it welcomes lab data progress. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 400 words, photos.
_ OLY--DOPING-ZUBKOV _ IOC dealt blow by court in bid to reclaim Russian bobsledder’s gold medals. SENT: 450 words, photos.
TURIN, Italy _ Cristiano Ronaldo is said by his coach to be “very calm” amid the latest developments in a case of alleged rape involving an American woman. Ronaldo has been asked by police to provide a DNA sample. The woman says the soccer star raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009 and paid her to keep quiet. SENT: 350 words, photos.
Cincinnati, Major League Soccer’s newest team, has seven picks in the first two rounds of the SuperDraft. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Draft started 1 p.m.
_ BBA--YANKEES-LEMAHIEU _ Gold Glove-winning second baseman D.J. LeMahieu, Yankees nearing two-year deal, the AP is told. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 160 words.
_ BBA--YANKEES-BRITTON _ Zach Britton prefers setup role on Yanks than to close on lesser team. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 400 words, photos.
_ TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN QUALIFYING _ By John Pye. SENT: 550 words, photos.
_ Australian Open tuneups in Australia (Sydney, Hobart) and New Zealand.
_ TEN--USTA-SMITH RETIREMENT _ Longtime U.S. Tennis Association CEO Gordon Smith to retire at end of year. SENT: 130 words.
_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES
_ HKN--NHL CAPSULES
_ BKW--TOP 25 CAPSULES
Friday Time Schedule (EST)
Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Milwaukee at Washington, 7 p.m.
Brooklyn at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Indiana at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland at Houston, 8 p.m.
Dallas at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Charlotte at Portland, 10 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Utah, 10 p.m.
Chicago at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Detroit at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Florida at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 22 Indiana at Maryland, 7 p.m.
No. 5 Oregon at Southern California, 11 p.m.
No. 6 Stanford at No. 19 Arizona State, 9 p.m.
No. 10 Oregon State at UCLA, 10 p.m.
No. 15 Marquette at Villanova, 11:30 a.m.
No. 24 California at Arizona, 9 p.m.