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BC-AP Sports Digest

By: The Associated Press
November 24, 2014 Updated: November 24, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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The astonishing touchdown catch by Odell Beckham Jr. that became Sunday's most talked-about play did more than boost his standing with the Giants. It highlighted the rewards of a routine becoming more popular with players — practicing the one-handed catch. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 7 p.m.


NEW ORLEANS — The Baltimore Ravens look to keep pace in the AFC North race night when they visit the Saints. New Orleans is trying to end a two-game skid and can remain in first place in the NFC South with a victory. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING, 750 words, photos. game starts 8:30 p.m.


DETROIT — Buffalo "hosts" New York in a game rescheduled for Monday night and moved to Detroit after a snowstorm pummeled western New York. Fans are given free tickets to a game between teams at the bottom of the AFC East. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

— With:

— FBN--JETS-BILLS-SCENE — By Jeff Karoub. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 p.m., updated by 8 p.m.


MACAU — Chinese boxing fans are beginning to understand a sport once banned in the country. That wasn't the case last year when Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming made his pro debut and pro boxing debuted in this gambling enclave. Zou won on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algieri bout. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 4 p.m.



SAN FRANCISCO — Free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Red Sox agree to a multiyear contract, the AP is told. Sandoval met with Boston last week. After winning his third World Series in five years with San Francisco, he indicated he wanted to retire with the Giants. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


NEW YORK — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot. Craig Biggio, who fell two votes short of the 75 percent needed in the 2014 balloting, tops 17 holdovers. Voting results will be announced Jan. 6. SENT: 400 wpords, photos.


CLEVELAND — With the Cavaliers on a four-game losing streak and failing to live up to enormous expectations, LeBron James offers a critical analysis of his own game. "I stink," he says. "I'm not doing my job." By Tom Withers. SENT: 500 words, photos.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor is expected to discuss his 24-game suspension by the NBA following his guilty plea to domestic violence charges. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Interview at 2 p.m.


NEW YORK — U.S. swim stars are honored for the year's best performances at the annual Golden Goggles. But hanging over the event is the absence of the sport's biggest name, the suspended Michael Phelps. By Rachel Cohen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.


The U.S. Olympic Committee signs an extension to its sponsorship deal with Nike that will last through the Tokyo Games six years from now. No dollar figures are announced, but these contracts traditionally have been worth between $12 million and $15 million over four years. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 300 words.



The Seahawks still might repeat as Super Bowl champions. And they could wind up facing the Broncos again. The 49ers might appear in their fourth straight NFC title game. Yet all of them, a few other NFL teams, clearly have taken a step back this season. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.



FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots don't just beat top teams. They beat them up. Sunday's 34-9 win over the Detroit Lions was their third straight rout of a division leader. By Howard Ulman. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m.


RENTON, Wash. — The first step for Seattle was clearing in-house issues about playing for each other and beating Arizona. Task accomplished. Now comes a chance to get back into the NFC West race with Thursday's game at San Francisco. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words, 8 p.m.


DAVIE, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins haven't been able to win a game decided in the final minutes, meaning they might need to sweep the rest of their schedule to earn a playoff berth. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— FBN--BESEIGED BRONCOS — By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--BROWNS-BOUNCE BACK — By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--BROWNS-MANZIEL — By Tom Withers. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.

— FBN--FALCONS-FAMILIAR PROBLEMS — By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--TEXANS-MALLETT — By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--STUNNED RAMS — By R.B. Fallstrom. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— FBN--CARDINALS-BACK TO EARTH — By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--REDSKINS-OFFENSE — By Joseph White. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.



Kentucky sure didn't do anything to jeopardize its No. 1 spot, romping over then-No. 5 Kansas during another perfect week. Wisconsin and Arizona are tied for No. 2 in the Top 25. Duke and North Carolina round out the top five. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— With:

— BKC--COLLEGE BKB POLL — SENT: 100 words, photos.

— BKW--WOMEN'S BKB POLL — By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 300 words, photos.


NEW YORK — In a matchup of Top 25 teams, No. 12 Villanova plays No. 14 VCU in the semifinals of the Legends Classic at the Barclays Center. Both teams are 3-0. Villanova, the reigning Big East champs, survived a scare last week against Bucknell. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama players have agonized over the Iron Bowl's ending. The Auburn Tigers get giddy at replaying that memorable "one second" that turned their seasons. Another Iron Bowl is coming up. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Year in and year out, it's the biggest game on Ohio State's schedule. Even though archrival Michigan has had a mediocre season, the Buckeyes realize what's riding on Saturday's showdown: winning streaks, rankings, national standing. By Rusty Miller. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— FBC--T25-MISSISSIPPI ST-EGG BOWL — By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBC--T25-BAYLOR-BRILES — By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.



VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Pat Quinn, a former NHL player, coach and executive, dies at 71. He coached the Fklyers, Kings, Canucks and Maple Leafs and guided Canada to the gold medal at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. SENT: 950 words, photos.


MOSCOW — Viktor Tikhonov, the Soviet hockey coach whose teams won three Olympic gold medals but lost to the United States in the "Miracle on Ice" game in 1980, dies after a long illness. He was 84. SENT: 450 words, photos.



ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Lewis Hamilton promises to race even faster next year when he defends his Formula One title. Hamilton won the title for the second time by capturing the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 700 words, photos.


— SWM--DOPING-SUN YANG — China makes delayed announcement of Olympic swim champion Sun Yang's doping ban. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— SWM--DOPING-KLUTCHNIKOVA — Another Russian swimmer tests positive for doping. SENT: 100 words.

— OLY--RIO 2016-MASCOTS — Bright yellow catlike figure — representing Brazil's animal life — is mascot of 2016 Rio Olympics. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— CAR--F1-FERRARI-TEAM PRINCIPAL — Ferrari replaces Marco Mattiacci with Maurizio Arrivabene as team principal in latest shakeup to struggling Formula One team. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— HNB--WORLDS-BOYCOTT — Bahrain, United Arab Emirates barred from rejoining handball world championships in qatar despite ending apparent political boycotts. SENT: 130 words.








Monday's Time Schedule (EST)


N.Y. Jets vs. Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Baltimore at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m.


Portland at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Orlando at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Phoenix at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

New York at Houston, 8 p.m.

Indiana at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Chicago at Utah, 9 p.m.


Pittsburgh at Boston, 7 p.m.

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

Ottawa at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)


No. 2 Arizona vs. Missouri, 5 p.m.

No. 5 Kansas vs. Rider, 8 p.m.

No. 7 Louisville vs. Savannah State, 7 p.m.

No. 12 Villanova at No. 15 VCU, 7 p.m.

No. 14 Iowa State vs. Alabama, 9:30 p.m.

No. 16 San Diego State vs. BYU, 11:30 p.m.

No. 19 Michigan State vs. Santa Clara, 7 p.m.

No. 24 Michigan at Oregon, 9 p.m.


No. 3 Notre Dame vs. Harvard, 6 p.m.

No. 4 Tennessee vs. Tennessee State, 7 p.m.

No. 5 Texas A&M vs. Prairie View, 8 p.m.

No 6 Stanford at New Mexico, 9 p.m.

No. 9 Maryland vs. Loyola (Md.), 7 p.m.

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