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The NCAA has handed down harsh penalties recently to two college basketball players and the University of Missouri. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about the lack of confidence in NCAA enforcement and if there is anything the association can do to fix it.
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns have signed Kareem Hunt two months after the star running back was released by Kansas City after a video showed him kicking a woman last year. Hunt was placed on the NFL’s commissioner’s exempt list hours before the Chiefs released him, a move that drew public support after he was seen in a physical altercation with the woman during an argument in the lobby of a downtown hotel where he stayed. By Tom Withers. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words by 7 p.m.
MESA, Ariz. — Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray says he will pursue a career in the NFL over playing baseball for the Oakland Athletics. Murray was the ninth overall pick in last June’s baseball amateur draft, and the outfielder agreed to a minor league contract with Oakland for a $4.66 million signing bonus. He played quarterback for Oklahoma and is eligible for this year’s NFL draft, which starts April 25. SENT: 420 words, photos.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — With plenty of sunlight and no drama, Phil Mickelson finished off a 7-under 65 to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and match the tournament record with his fifth victory. Mickelson had a three-shot lead over Paul Casey with two holes to play when it was too dark to finish Sunday night because of delays from rain and a hail storm. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Dogs from affenpinschers to Yorkshire terriers are rounding the rings at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Breed judging began Monday at the illustrious show in New York. One closely-watched contestant Monday is expected to be Whiskey, a whippet that notched big wins in shows televised on Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day. By Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 400 words by 8 p.m., to be updated after 11 p.m. with final group judging of the night.
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— DOG SHOW-DNA TESTS — Dog DNA testing takes off, and generates debate. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
The 2019 Cincinnati Reds will play games in 15 sets of throwback uniforms — including navy blue and a “Palm Beach” style — during a season-long celebration of the 1869 Red Stockings who pioneered professional baseball. Historians credit the team that barnstormed from coast-to-coast, beating all opponents, in post-Civil War America with elevating baseball into the nation’s sport. The Red Stockings introduced new levels of training, preparation and strategy — and flashiness. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.
— BKC–T25-COLLEGE BKB POLL — Tennessee remains No. 1 in the AP men’s college basketball poll despite Duke earning the top overall seed in the NCAA’s initial rankings. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— BKW–T25-WOMEN’S BKB POLL — South Dakota is ranked in the AP women’s college basketball poll for the first time in school history. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 400 words, photos.
BBN–PAUL NEWBERRY-A BASEBALL LIFE
When spring training opens in a few days, there will be a huge void. Tommy Giardano is nearing the end of a remarkable life, one that touched countless people over his 93 years — nearly all of it spent as a baseball man. As T-Bone prepares to leave this world, let’s try to live as he did: surrounded by loved ones, caring for others and telling some amazing stories. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.
FBO–ON FOOTBALL-ALLIANCE’S DEBUT
There is certainly an appetite for spring football in this country. Well, if you want to count subfreezing temperatures in February and March as the spring. Now, can the Alliance of American Football satisfy that hunger? The first weekend for the new league was a strong start. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
CAR–NASCAR-IN THE PITS
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Rick Hendrick said his teams would be better this season and the first day of Speedweeks backed up his claim. His teams went 1-2-3-4 in Daytona 500 qualifying, then Jimmie Johnson won the first event of the year. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 810 words, photos.
SKI–TIM DAHLBERG-VONN RETIRES
The only thing Lindsey Vonn really wanted to do was win. And win she did, in the Olympics and 82 times on the World Cup circuit, more than any female skier ever. Her career was remarkable not just for its brilliance but its sheer length. But Father Time eventually beats every athlete, and Vonn is no exception. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 780 words, photos.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eric Reid has signed a three-year contract worth more than $22 million with the Carolina Panthers, a deal the safety believes is additional proof that NFL owners conspired to keep him out of the league for a portion of last season. Reid says he believes he got “fair market value” after making just $1.69 million last season from the Panthers, who signed him in October. By Steve Reed. SENT: 400 words, photo.
MIAMI — Derek Jeter is entering his second season as CEO of the Miami Marlins, who remain in the throes of a rebuilding project. For the first time in his baseball life, winning isn’t coming easily. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 830 words, photos.
— BBN–MARLINS-JETER-RIVERA — Derek Jeter reacts to Mariano Rivera’s unanimous Hall of Fame induction. SENT: 300 words, photo.
HOUSTON — James Harden looks for his 30th straight 30-point game when the Houston Rockets host the Dallas Mavericks. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.
BKN–AROUND THE NBA
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker is preparing for this third NBA All-Star game — and his first as a starter — this weekend on his home court in Charlotte. The big question is how many more he’ll play in as a member of the Hornets. By Steve Reed. SENT: 890 words, photos.
— BKN–ALL-STAR-SHOE FASHION — NBA Fashion: All-Stars break out specialty shoes for weekend. By Steve Reed. SENT: 920 words, photos. With BKN–ALL-STAR-SHOE FASHION-LIST.
— BKN–ALL-STAR-HI-TECH SHOE — Future is now: Nike’s next self-lacing shoe hitting shelves. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 680 words, photos.
— BKN–RAPTORS-LIN — Jeremy Lin getting bought out by Hawks, plans to sign with Raptors. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 240 words, photos.
— BKN–CAVALIERS-STAUSKAS — Cavaliers sign well-travelled Nik Stauskas for rest of season. By Tim Withers. SENT: 150 words.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — No. 4 Virginia travels to No. 8 North Carolina in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup of top-10 teams. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
This week could determine who rules the SEC, at least for now. The top four teams in the conference will square off. The marquee matchup will be unbeaten No. 1 Tennessee at No. 5 Kentucky, which also hosts LSU in a game of one-loss schools. The first-place Vols also have a rematch with fourth-place South Carolina to begin a challenging stretch run. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 675 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— BKC–LONGEST SHOT ANNIVERSARY — Marshall’s Bruce Morris recalls hitting longest shot in basketball history. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 600 words, photos.
HARTFORD, Conn. — No. 4 UConn and No. 11 South Carolina face off in each team’s final nonconference matchup of the regular season. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.
DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche were tied for the most points in the Western Conference after games on Dec. 7. Two months and a 5-15-6 record later, they’re trying to get back into playoff contention. It’s been a perplexing free-fall for the Avalanche. By Pat Graham. SENT: 700 words, photos.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Martin Truex Jr. failed to send Furniture Row Racing out of NASCAR with a championship. But he’ll have chances to win one with his new team, Joe Gibbs Racing. A year after Truex’s team folded and he just missed on a second straight Cup title, he found the kind of landing spot at JGR that should keep him a contender for years to come. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 780 words, photos.
— CAR–NASCAR-DAYTONA 500-WATT — Texans star J.J. Watt to serve as Daytona 500 grand marshal. SENT: 180 words, photos.
CAR–INDYCAR-RACING INTO 2019
AUSTIN, Texas — IndyCar heads into 2019 with everything from its new corporate sponsors and television contract, to its talented pool of drivers, going full speed in the right direction. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
ARE, Sweden — With the Alpine combined possibly getting axed from major skiing championships, Alexis Pinturault had one final chance to assert his long-time dominance of the event. He didn’t waste it. The French skier produced the second-fastest slalom leg to rise from 24th place after the downhill portion and win by 0.24 seconds at the world championships. It was Pinturault’s first individual gold medal at a major championship. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— SKI–WORLDS-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.
SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-SPORTS REMEMBERS
PARKLAND, Fla. — A year after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, the hearts of sports stars like Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo remain heavy. Both played roles in the immediate aftermath of the massacre where 17 people died, and both have what happened on Feb. 14, 2018, still in mind now. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
— SOC–SALA-POST-MORTEM — Soccer player Emiliano Sala died of head, torso injuries in crash. SENT: 160 words, photos.
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Monday Time Schedule (EST)
Charlotte at Indiana, 7 p.m.
New York at Cleveland, 7 p.m.
Washington at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Brooklyn at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Houston, 8 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Milwaukee at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Portland at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Miami at Denver, 9 p.m.
Los Angeles at Washington, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
San Jose at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 4 Virginia at No. 7 North Carolina, 7 p.m.
No. 14 Kansas at TCU, 9 p.m.
No. 4 UConn vs. No. 11 South Carolina at the XL Center, Hartford, Conn., 7 p.m.
No. 17 Kentucky at Alabama, 7 p.m.
No. 24 Michigan State vs. Indiana, 7 p.m.