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BC-AP Sports Digest

February 16, 2019

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A handful of moves at the NBA trade deadline means whoever rules the East should pose a bigger challenger to Golden State. But Toronto coach Nick Nurse tells PodcastOne Sports Now he’s focused on making the Raptors versatile enough to get past their new-look conference rivals.


The 2019 college football season is 7 1/2 months away. Time to start projecting. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Bill Connelly of SB Nation joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about next season.




NEW YORK _Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled collusion grievances against the NFL. The league and a lawyer for Kaepernick sent out statements saying the cases were settled. No terms were disclosed, and both sides said a confidentiality agreement prevents further comment. Both players say NFL owners colluded to keep the players out of the league because they protested during the national anthem. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 833 words, photos.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ When the likes of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons and Boston’s Jayson Tatum get to the NBA All-Star Game and partake in what’s become the preferred run-and-fun style where defense is discouraged at virtually all costs, this much is clear. They’ll be ready. Dunks, layups, 3-pointers were on display Friday night, as Kuzma led all scorers with 35 points on the way to MVP honors and the U.S. team defeated the World squad 161-144. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 772 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ Justin Thomas put together enough birdies in a cold rain at Riviera to reach 10-under par and share the lead with Adam Scott when the second round of the Genesis Open was halted by darkness. Thomas, who opened with a 66 earlier Friday morning, went eight consecutive holes without a par _ six birdies, two bogeys _ when he ended his day with a two-putt par on his 12th hole of the round at No. 3. He was 5 under on the day. Tiger Woods was nine back. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,003 words, photos.


_ GLF--KUCHAR APOLOGY _ By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 648 words, photos.



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ Thanks to a landmark television deal, a massive snowstorm and a spectacular ending that included an infield brawl, the 1979 Daytona 500 was instrumental in broadening NASCAR’s southern roots. Forty years later, it still resonates as one of the most important events in NASCAR history. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 1,250 words, photos.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ The Curry family All-Star Weekend is off to a rousing start _ a Curry knocked down a big shot on Friday. It was Sonya Curry. Yes, Dell’s wife and the mother of Stephen and Seth showed she also can knock down a dramatic game-winning shot from distance _ long distance. Sonya sank a one-handed, half-court shot _ that she took underhanded _ to beat the clock and help her three-person team win a family shootout on during a dedication of a refurbished Charlotte community center. By Steve Reed. SENT: 899 words, photos.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Paul Westphal, Jack Sikma, Marques Johnson and Ben Wallace are first-time finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame. The rest of the 13 finalists have been considered before, including Chris Webber, Sidney Moncrief, Bobby Jones, Bill Fitch, Teresa Weatherspoon, Eddie Sutton, top high school coach Leta Andrews, women’s Division II coach Barbara Stevens and longtime NBA referee Hugh Evans. Marc Stein of The New York Times and Los Angeles Clippers voice Ralph Lawler are Curt Gowdy Award winners. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 588 words, photos.


_ BKN--PELICANS-DEMPS _ By Brett Martel. SENT: 933 words, photos.

_ BKN--NUGGETS-FRONT OFFICE _ By Pat Graham. SENT: 472 words, photos.



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ Austin Hill has won his debut race for Hattori Racing in the Truck Series season-opener at Daytona International Speedway. Hill was signed by Hattori in early January to replace reigning series champion Brett Moffitt. The race went to double overtime and Hill used a huge block on Grant Enfinger to win the race. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 600 words, photos.


_ CAR--NASCAR-DAYTONA 500-GIBBS REMEMBERED _ By Dan Gelston. SENT: 553 words, photos.



WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. _ Forget about this bullpen obsession for a moment. Believe it or not, plenty of big league teams are still anchored by well-armed rotations. By Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 864 words, photos.


TEMPE, Ariz. _ The Los Angeles Angels seem intent on cornering the market on two-way players. Shohei Ohtani won AL Rookie of the Year last season as a pitcher and designated hitter. Now they have Jared Walsh, a combination left-handed reliever-first baseman-outfielder. Walsh is a non-roster invitee to the Angels’ camp. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.


MESA, Ariz. _ After the Cubs lost two straight games at Wrigley Field to give up the NL Central Division title and fall in the wild card game to end the 2018 season, reasons as to why a 95-win season fell short of equaling expectations began to surface. One that was echoed by the front office and the players was the level of leadership that seemed to walk out of the clubhouse with David Ross’ retirement after the 2016 World Series. Hoping to address that, the Cubs singed veteran Daniel Descalso. UPCOMING: 700 words.


_ BBN--DODGERS-SEAGER _ By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: UPCOMING: 692 words, photos.

_ BBA--YANKEES-SEVERINO _ By Ronald Blum. SENT: 413 words, photos.

_ BBA--YANKEES-FARQUHAR _ SENT: 581 words, photos.



_ GLF--WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN _ SENT: 118 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


_ SAI--SAILGP _ SENT: 240 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

_ BRAZIL-SOCCER TEAM-FIRE _ By Diane Jeantet and Peter Prengaman. SENT: 1,294 words, photos.

_ TEN--NEW YORK OPEN _ SENT: 169 words.

_ HKN--ISLANDERS-PLAYOFF ARENAS _ SENT: 173 words, photos.


Saturday’s Time Schedule


Detroit at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Calgary at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

St. Louis at Colorado, 3 p.m.

Toronto at Arizona, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.

Montreal at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

Edmonton at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Dallas at Carolina, 8 p.m.

Columbus at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Nashville at Vegas, 10 p.m.

Vancouver at San Jose, 10 p.m.

Boston at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.


Top 25


No. 1 Tennessee at No. 5 Kentucky, 8 p.m.

No. 2 Duke vs. N.C. State, 6 p.m.

No. 3 Gonzaga at San Diego, 10 p.m.

No. 4 Virginia vs. Notre Dame, 2 p.m.

No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 24 Maryland, Noon

No. 7 Nevada at Wyoming, 10 p.m.

No. 8 North Carolina at Wake Forest, Noon

No. 12 Purdue vs. Penn State, 4 p.m.

No. 14 Kansas vs. West Virginia, 4 p.m.

No. 15 Texas Tech vs. Baylor, 2 p.m.

No. 16 Louisville vs. Clemson, Noon

No. 17 Florida State at Georgia Tech, 2 p.m.

No. 18 Kansas State vs. No. 23 Iowa State, 4 p.m.

No. 19 LSU at Georgia, 6 p.m.

No. 21 Iowa at Rutgers, 6 p.m.

No. 22 Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh, 4:30 p.m.


No. 1 Baylor vs. Oklahoma, 8 p.m.

No. 13 Gonzaga vs. BYU, 5 p.m.

No. 18 Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State, 2 p.m.

No. 25 South Dakota at Western Illinois, 5:30 p.m.