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NEW YORK — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is the clear favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, and he has at least one more game to impress NFL scouts. Maybe two. Then it will be time for the former walk-on to once again prove some folks wrong. Listed at 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, Mayfield is not the prototype NFL quarterback prospect. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 765 words, photos.
OLY--HKW-US-CANADA VS WORLD
WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — The United States and Canada have dominated since women's hockey joined the Olympics in 1998. Finland and Sweden count on strong goalies in hoping to counter the resources of those two powerhouses, if only once every four years. China, hosting the 2022 Winter Games, is investing in the sport and might be the best bet to finally provide some competition. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.
SAN FRANCISCO — Giancarlo Stanton has ruled out the San Francisco Giants. St. Louis, too. The Giants announced they were no longer in the mix to work out a trade for the Marlins slugger and NL MVP after having reached the parameters of a deal with new Miami CEO Derek Jeter and his team. The Cardinals also said Stanton had declined to accept a deal to St. Louis. So, the Stanton sweepstakes continues for now. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 515 words, photo.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani has decided he's on the side of the Angels. The Japanese two-way star announced he will sign with the Los Angeles Angels, ending the sweepstakes surrounding his move to the majors in a surprising destination. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
INDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo keeps delivering knockout blows. Two nights after beating the NBA's worst team with a late 3-pointer, Indiana's new shooting guard did it again with another late 3 and the Pacers beat Cleveland 106-102 to end the Cavaliers' 13-game winning streak. By Michael Marot. SENT: 900 words, photos.
INDIANAPOLIS — Derrick Rose is ready to start playing basketball in Cleveland again — once he's healthy. The oft-injured point guard acknowledged he has a bone spur in his left ankle that contributed to his decision to leave the team Nov. 22. In his first public comments since ending an almost two-week hiatus, Rose told reporters that he had apologized to his teammates, was content with the Cavaliers and insisted he couldn't wait to get back on the court. By Michael Marot. SENT: 725 words, photo.
SAN ANTONIO — The Boston Celtics are flush with young talent, but those youthful legs were done in by a 40-year-old Spurs veteran fresh from a "killer nap." Manu Ginobili, who has teetered on the brink of retirement the past two offseasons, hit a high-arcing 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining and San Antonio beat Boston 105-102, snapping the Celtics' four-game winning streak. By Raul Dominguez. SENT: 1,000 words.
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— BKN--WARRIORS-PISTONS — By Noah Trister. SENT: 685 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Lamar Jackson is back in New York, eyeing another Heisman Trophy. The Louisville star probably won't win this year, but it has been a strong Heisman follow-up and he has a chance to be one of the best quarterbacks in college football history. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 825 words, photos.
Oregon assistant Mario Cristobal was promoted to head coach a year to the day after Willie Taggart was introduced. Taggart bolted Tuesday for the top job at Florida State, and Cristobal — the co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach — was named interim coach for the Las Vegas Bowl. But after a groundswell of support from the players, that interim label was removed. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 700 words, photos.
FBC--T25-PAUL NEWBERRY-COLLEGE PLAYOFF
ATLANTA — Naturally, the four coaches on the podium are happy with the system as it is. They've got a shot to play for a national championship. But it's time to expand the College Football Playoff to reward all the major conference champions and the best of the rest. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Little brother was the big winner in Subban vs. Subban. Malcolm Subban made a career-high 41 saves, including one against his older sibling, and then denied all six shootout attempts to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-3 victory over star defenseman P.K. Subban and the Nashville Predators. It was the first time the Subbans faced each other in an NHL game. By Jim Diamond. SENT: 815 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES — Jaylen Fisher scored 20 points and No. 20 TCU defeated 22nd-ranked Nevada 84-80 in the Hall of Fame Basketball Classic, extending its nation's best winning streak to 15 games. By Beth Harris. SENT: 335 words, photos. UPCOMING: 570 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES — The first month of Trae Young's college basketball career has been one superlative after another. The freshman guard had 29 points and nine assists to help Oklahoma edge No. 25 Southern California 85-83 in the Hall of Fame Basketball Classic tripleheader. By Beth Harris. SENT: 800 words, photos.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
CHICAGO — The 11 NCAA championships and 18 trips to the Final Four really weren't part of Geno Auriemma's plan when he became UConn's coach in 1985. Nor were 1,000 wins. But he's about to get that, too. Katie Lou Samuelson scored 20 points, Crystal Dangerfield had 18 and No. 1 UConn gave Auriemma his 999th victory with a 103-69 rout of DePaul. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 730 words, photos.
NEW ORLEANS — Saints coach Sean Payton had a full night and morning to reflect on and review how much of an effect officiating really had on New Orleans' narrow loss to Atlanta. By the next afternoon, it sounded like the coach had decided that his initial concerns were warranted, and that it's a problem the league should address. By Les East. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— FBN--BROWNS-HASLAM — By Brian Dulik. SENT: 630 words, photos.
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The leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee says the plan is to take a team to the Pyeongchang Games "unless it's legally or physically impossible." CEO Scott Blackmun spoke after a board meeting, and a day after members of the Trump administration cast doubt over whether the U.S. would field a team at the Olympics in February. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 425 words, photo.
US--CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-RACE HORSES
BONSALL, Calif. — A routine day at an elite training center for racehorses transformed into terror and chaos in minutes, with hundreds of thoroughbreds stampeding out of their stalls in a desperate attempt to flee a Southern California wildfire that set their barns ablaze. Turned loose by their trainers in a last-ditch effort to save their lives, the huge, muscular animals, their eyes wide with fear, charged through thick smoke and past dancing flames. By Amanda Lee Myers and John Rogers. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— SOC--MLS-GARBER-STATE OF THE LEAGUE — By Ian Harrison. SENT: 490 words, photos.
— GLF--OBIT-HORTON — SENT: 250 words.
— GLF--QBE SHOOTOUT — SENT: 280 words.
— GLF--JOBURG OPEN — SENT: 150 words.
— HKN--BOARD OF GOVERNORS — SENT: 185 words, photo.
— SPD--WORLD CUP — By John Coon. SENT: 365 words.
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Saturday's Time Schedule (EST)
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 1 Duke at Boston College, Noon
No. 3 Michigan State vs. Southern Utah, 6 p.m.
No. 5 Florida vs. No. 17 Cincinnati at the Prudential Center, Newark, N.J., 6 p.m.
No. 6 Wichita State at Oklahoma State, 4 p.m.
No. 7 Texas A&M vs. Prairie View A&M, 4:30 p.m.
No. 8 Kentucky vs. Monmouth (N.J.) at Madison Square Garden, Noon
No. 9 Notre Dame at Delaware, 7 p.m.
No. 13 Xavier vs. Colorado, 5 p.m.
No. 14 Minnesota at Arkansas, 6:45 p.m.
No. 18 West Virginia at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.
No. 19 Seton Hall vs. VCU, 3 p.m.
No. 23 Baylor vs. Randall at Abrams Gym, Fort Hood, Texas, 7 p.m.
No. 24 Tennessee vs. Lipscomb, 2:15 p.m.
No. 3 Notre Dame at Pennsylvania, 1 p.m.
No. 4 Louisville vs. Middle Tennessee, 7 p.m.
No. 9 Oregon vs. Southern Utah, 5 p.m.
No. 16 South Florida at Oklahoma, 3 p.m.
No. 21 Texas A&M vs. Central Arkansas, 2 p.m.
Army vs. Navy at Philadelphia, 3 p.m.
Heisman Trophy announcement, 8 p.m.
Washington at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m.
Miami vs. Brooklyn at Mexico City Arena, 6 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Orlando at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Cleveland, 8 p.m.
New York at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Utah at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Memphis, 9 p.m.
San Antonio at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
Houston at Portland, 10 p.m.
St. Louis at Detroit, 1 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Boston, 7 p.m.
Edmonton at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Winnipeg at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Colorado at Florida, 7 p.m.
New Jersey at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
Toronto at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Arizona at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Vegas at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Ottawa at San Jose, 10 p.m.
Vancouver at Calgary, 10 p.m.
Carolina at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Seattle at Toronto, 4 p.m.