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November 14, 2017 - 2:23 pm

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TOP STORIES

BKC--T25-MICHIGAN ST-DUKE

CHICAGO — No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Michigan State in the Champions Classic — an early barometer for two schools with championship aspirations. The Blue Devils, led by Marvin Bagley III, opened with two easy victories. The Spartans, who feature Miles Bridges, routed North Florida in their opener. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

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— BKC--T25-KENTUCKY-KANSAS — No. 4 Kansas vs. No. 7 Kentucky in Champions Classic. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 9:30 p.m.

BKC--UCLA PLAYERS QUESTIONED-TRUMP

LOS ANGELES — Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting are on a plane back to Los Angeles. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott thanks the White House and State Department for helping to resolve the matter. By Beth Harris. SENT: 450 words, photos.

FBC--PLAYOFF RANKINGS

Alabama is poised to be the new No. 1 when the latest College Football Playoff rankings are released. How high will Miami, Auburn and Oklahoma climb after big wins? By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Rankings released about 9 p.m.

BBO--GM MEETINGS

ORLANDO, Fla. — With a nine-inning game at a record average of 3 hours, 5 minutes this season — and 3:29 in the postseason — baseball management promises changes to speed play. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — With a possible ban from the Winter Olympics drawing closer, the Russian sports world is a bitter place. Investigations into doping haven't encouraged Russian athletes to speak out about abuses. Instead, there is a public hunt for whistleblowers. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 700 words, photos.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

FBC--MOUNTAIN WEST-TV

LARAMIE, Wyo. — The Mountain West has three years left on a TV contract that puts most home football games on an ESPN channel or CBS Sports Network. The conference is now experimenting with alternatives and weighing whether filling all those late TV windows is worth the money. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBO--MANAGERS OF THE YEAR

Winners announced for AL and NL Manager of the Year. The AL favorites are Cleveland's Terry Francona, Houston's A.J. Hinch and Minnesota's Paul Molitor. In the NL, it's Colorado's Bud Black, Arizona's Torey Lovullo and the Dodgers' Dave Roberts By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Announcements between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

BBO--HALLADAY MEMORIAL

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Roy Halladay, the two-time Cy Young winner who died in a private plane crash last week, is remembered during a public memorial service at the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Service starts 4 p.m.

COMMENTARY

FBN--TIM DAHLBERG-RAIDERS

LAS VEGAS — No self-respecting bookie in this town would ever have laid odds on this: Roger Goodell, with the Strip's glittering lights behind him, praising Las Vegas. The rancor of the past suddenly gone, the NFL and Las Vegas celebrated the groundbreaking for a $1.9 billion stadium few saw coming. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-LPGA

NAPLES, Fla. — A record five players have reached No. 1 in women's golf this year. All the major awards come down to the final tournament. The LPGA Tour is lacking natural rivalries because it's never had so much depth at the top. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— With:

— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 950 words.

NFL

FBN--WEEK 10 OVERREACTIONS

No Ezekiel Elliott means no playoffs for Dallas. The Cowboys averaged 28.3 points with him. Now, they're finished. Except the problem wasn't the run game. The player the Cowboys need more than Elliott is four-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith. A look at other overreactions after Week 10. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 500 words, photos.

FBN--SEAHAWKS

RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks return to practice without Richard Sherman and facing questions about how the team handled the concussion protocol with quarterback Russell Wilson. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 9 p.m.

FBN--TITANS-LEBEAU

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dick LeBeau is heading back to Pittsburgh for the first time since he left the Steelers. He's not the only coach on the Tennessee staff who worked in Pittsburgh. But LeBeau put his mark on the defense there thanks to the likes of Troy Polamalu and James Harrison. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— Also:

— FBN--POWER RANKINGS — By Simmi Buttar. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--CARDINALS-QUARTERBACK — By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--REELING DOLPHINS — By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--SUPER BOWL-DAVE MATTHEWS BAND — SENT: 140 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-AP ALL-AMERICA WATCH

The weekly All-America watch features a West Virginia's "Touchdown Jesus," Auburn's surging workhorse and Washington State's Continent. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 1 p.m.

FBC--TENNESSEE-HELP WANTED

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is looking for a football coach for the first time since Phil Fulmer's forced exit in 2008. With Butch Jones fired, the Volunteers need to find someone who can put them in contention for their first SEC East title since 2007. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— FBC--T25-AUBURN'S DEFENSE — By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBC--T25-MICHIGAN ST-BLOWN OUT — By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.

NBA

BKN--CELTICS-NETS

NEW YORK — The Celtics try to run their winning streak to 13 games when they visit the Brooklyn Nets in a tuneup for a showdown two nights later with Golden State. Boston guard Kyrie Irving plans to play after missing a game with a facial fracture. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

— Also:

— BKN--JAZZ-LIFE WITHOUT GOBERT — By Kareem Copeland. SENT: 400 words, photos.

NHL

HKN--SCOTT'S NEXT MOVE

Enforcer turned All-Star John Scott tried his hand at acting and it made him more nervous than fighting 250-pound rivals and playing before 20,000 fans. Maybe that's not his next career, but with a movie coming out, Scott is considering his next move. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— HKN--COYOTES-LIGHTNING TRADE — Arizona trades goalie Louis Domingue to Tampa Bay for forward Tye McGinn, goalie Michael Leighton. SENT: 130 words.

OBITUARY

BBO--OBIT-DOERR

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Bobby Doerr, the Hall of Fame second baseman dubbed the "Silent Captain" of the Boston Red Sox by longtime teammate and life-long friend Ted Williams, dies at 99. The nine-time All-Star had been the oldest living major league player. By Jeff Barnard. SENT: 950 words, photos.

SOCCER

FIFA INVESTIGATION-TRIAL

NEW YORK — A former marketing executive says Fox Sports partnered with his firm to pay bribes to soccer officials to secure broadcasting rights to major tournaments. The accusation comes at the trial of three former South American soccer officials in a sprawling corruption case. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, phots by 5 p.m.

SOC--US-PORTUGAL

Five young Americans could make their national team debuts in an exhibition game at Portugal, the first match for the U.S. since it failed to qualify for next year's World Cup. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 3:45 p.m.

SOC--ITALY'S DECLINE

ROME — The best players in the world go elsewhere. The best coaches in Italy emigrate. The stadiums around the country are falling apart. The lingering problems affecting Italy's domestic league might just be the reason for the national team's failure to qualify for the World Cup. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— With:

— SOC--ITALY OUT — "A national shame": Italian papers react harshly to exit. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— Also:

— SOC--IRELAND-DENMARK — Ireland hosts Denmark in second leg of World Cup playoff. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos. Game starts 2:45 p.m.

— SOC--WCUP-AUSTRALIA-HONDURAS — Honduran coach accuses Australia of spying with drone before World Cup playoff. By John Pye. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— Three exhibitions: Brazil at England; France at Germany; Spain at Russia.

WNBA

BKL--WNBA--LIBERTY-OWNERSHIP

NEW YORK — The New York Liberty are for sale. One of the WNBA's original franchises, the Liberty are owned by James Dolan and Madison Square Garden. The WNBA team in San Antonio recently changed owners and moved to Las Vegas. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 350 words, photos.

OLYMPICS

CUR--SIBLINGS' OLYMPIC HOPES

OMAHA, Neb. — When his game at the U.S. Olympic curling trials is in a lull, Matt Hamilton takes a peek at the adjacent sheet of ice to see how sister Becca is doing. Brother and sister are chasing Olympic dreams together. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

TENNIS

TEN--ATP FINALS

LONDON — Jack Sock beats Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic at the ATP Finals, the first American to win at the season-ending event since Andy Roddick in 2007. In a later match, Roger Federer faces Alexander Zverev. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— TEN--DAVIS CUP FINAL — Julien Benneteau recalled by France for Davis Cup final against Belgium. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 400 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

— COLLEGE BASKETBALL-FRAUD CHARGES — Ex-Auburn coach Chuck Person pleads not guilty in fraud case. SENT: 140 words.

— BKW--T25-BAYLOR-MULKEY-GRANDMOTHER — Baylor coach Kim Mulkey's unborn first grandchild dealing with birth defects. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— BKC--COLLEGE MASCOT-SHOOTER NIXED — Marist drops Shooter nickname of mascot, citing mass shootings. SENT: 130 words.

OTHER

— SKI--POISSON INVESTIGATION — Star French skier David Poisson may have hit tree after netting failed in fatal Canada crash. SENT: 100 words, photos.

— BBO--LOU GEHRIG BAT-AUCTION — Bat Lou Gehrig used for last two homers up for auction. By Vin A. Cherwoo. SENT: 450 words.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Tuesday's Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Boston at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

Toronto at Houston, 8 p.m.

San Antonio at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

NHL

Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Dallas at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

Columbus at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Arizona at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Washington at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Vegas at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

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

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Michigan State at Chicago, 7 p.m.

No. 4 Kansas vs. No. 7 Kentucky at Chicago, 9:30 p.m.

No. 5 Villanova vs. Nicholls, 6:30 p.m.

No. 17 Gonzaga vs. Howard, 9 p.m.

No. 19 Purdue at Marquette, 8:30 p.m.

Women

No. 3 Baylor vs. Central Arkansas, 8 p.m.

No. 5 Louisville vs. Toledo, 7 p.m.

No. 6 Notre Dame at Western Kentucky, 8 p.m.

No. 12 West Virginia vs. Sacramento State, 7 p.m.

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