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RESENDS to add BC-FBN--Fantasy Football.
WASHINGTON — Wearing his practice shorts and a sweatshirt, Kobe Bryant looked as if he were ready to return to action against the Wizards. The Lakers' star didn't, but he's close coming back from a torn Achilles tendon. One day after signing a two-year contract extension reportedly worth $48.5 million, the NBA's fourth-leading scorer has set Los Angeles' game Dec. 6 at Sacramento for his possible return. SENT: 465 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez's lawyers updated his lawsuit against Major League Baseball and Bud Selig, adding new criticism of the commissioner for not testifying in the union's grievance to overturn the 211-game suspension given to the New York Yankees star last summer. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 699 words, photos.
— Donnie Navidad said his military instincts immediately kicked in at Oakland Raiders stadium as he lunged forward trying to catch a woman jumping from the upper deck. He was injured in the process, but authorities say he saved the woman's life.
NEW AND DEVELOPING:
FBC--WESTERN MICHIGAN-NORTHERN ILLINOIS
DE KALB, Ill. — Jordan Lynch broke his single-game rushing record for quarterbacks with 321 yards and No. 18 Northern Illinois completed its first unbeaten regular season in 50 years with a 33-14 victory over Western Michigan on Tuesday night. SENT: 614 words, photos.
LAHAINA, Hawaii — Syracuse is used to winning at the Maui Invitational. One more victory for the Orange and it will be three titles in three trips. Tyler Ennis scored 28 points and led two key second-half runs that carried No. 8 Syracuse past California 92-81 Tuesday night in the tournament semifinals. The Orange will play No. 18 Baylor, which edged Dayton 67-66. By Oskar Garcia. SENT: 532 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Representatives for free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano met Tuesday with the New York Yankees, and the gap between the sides remains wide, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized. The person adds the sides may meet again Wednesday. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 210 words, photos.
PITTSBURGH — Don't look now, but Troy Polamalu is starting to do Troy Polamalu things. The Pittsburgh Steelers' safety is back to his freewheeling self for Pittsburgh, which has won three straight to get back into the playoff race. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 797 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
IRVING, Texas — DeMarco Murray has always been a bruising runner, so it was interesting that Dallas coach Jason Garrett used a rare candid moment to say his running back needs to finish plays better after Murray chose to go out of bounds a couple of times against the New York Giants. The oft-injured Murray didn't have a problem with his boss' critique. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 717 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
Fantasy footballers hoping for the playoffs this week are a lot like poker players trying to reach the money in the World Series of Poker main event. That bubble can be brutal — and it can make good players make bad decisions. By Oskar Garcia. SENT: 943 words, photos.
— GREEN BAY, Wis. — FBN--Packers-QBs. Packers' Rodgers back, very unlikely to play against Lions on Thanksgiving. By Genaro C. Armas.
— PHILADELPHIA — FBN--Eagles-Foles. Eagles QB Foles named starter for rest of season. SENT: 542 words, photos.
— INDIANAPOLIS — FBN--Colts-Irsay. Colts' owner challenges team to 'wake up' after 2 blowout losses in 3 weeks. SENT: 151 words.
— RENTON, Wash. — FBN--Seahawks Suspension. Seahawks CB Walter Thurmond suspended 4 games by NFL for substance abuse. By Tim Booth. SENT: 948 words, photos.
— OWINGS MILLS, Md. — FBN--Flacco-Wildcat. Flacco criticizes Ravens' use of wildcat. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 359 words, photos.
BBO--HALL OF FAME BALLOT
NEW YORK — Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, two-time winner Tom Glavine and two-time AL MVP Frank Thomas are among 19 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, joining steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 347 words, photos.
— MARIETT, Ga. — BBN-Braves Stadium. County commissioners approve deal for $672M Braves stadium outside of downtown Atlanta. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 989 words, photos.
WASHINGTON — John Wall stayed hot with 31 points and nine assists and Nene had a career high 30 to carry the Washington Wizards to a 116-111 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night that broke the Lakers' three-game winning streak. SENT: 516 words, photos..
— MINNEAPOLIS — BKN--Kings-Timberwolves Trade. Timberwolves complete deal that sends Derrick Williams to Kings for Luc Mbah a Moute. By Jon Krawczynski. SENT: 869 words, photos.
STANFORD, Calif. — Out of control of the Pac-12 title and a Rose Bowl berth one week, back in control of both the next. The next two weeks could be packed with even more drama for No. 8 Stanford. The Cardinal host No. 25 Notre Dame on Saturday before facing No. 13 Arizona State for the conference championship. By Antonio Gonzalez. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — No. 10 South Carolina will be facing its biggest rival without knowing if it has a chance to play for its first SEC title. The Gamecocks say they won't worry about Texas A&M and Missouri, who will be playing at the same time and will decide the SEC East title. By Jeffrey Collins. UPCOMING: 615 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas' season will come to a merciful end on Friday at LSU. First-year Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema hopes to make the most of the season's final days — and possibly put an end to the longest losing streak in school history. By Kurt Voigt. UPCOMING: 703 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — There's going to be a whole lot of quarterbacks on the field when Kansas plays Kansas State on Saturday. While the Wildcats have been shuffling them up all season, the Jayhawks are now doing the same with Jake Heaps and Montell Cozart. UPCOMING: 728 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — Purdue coach Darrell Hazell sees progress. His team has scored 37 points over the last two weeks, after producing only 21 in its previous four games. Last week, the defense forced four turnovers and kept the Boilermakers close enough to having a shot at beating Illinois. All they need now is a win. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 553 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
— COLLEGE STATION, Texas — FBC--T25-Texas A&M-Manziel's Future. No set date for decision on Manziel's future. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 369 words, photos.
— LAS VEGAS — US--OJ Simpson. OJ Simpson loses bid for new trial in Las Vegas. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 1,064 words, photos.
— MANILA, Philippines. AS--Philippines-Pacquiao. Pacquiao says he is borrowing to give typhoon aid after Philippines froze his accounts over taxes. By Oliver Teves. SENT: 500 words, photos.
Wednesday's Time Schedule
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 3 Kentucky vs. Eastern Michigan, 4 p.m.
No. 4 Arizona vs. Drexel at Madison Square Garden, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Duke vs. Alabama at Madison Square Garden, 9:30 p.m.
No. 8 Syracuse vs. vs. No. 18 Baylor, at Lahaina (Hawaii) Civic Center, 10 p.m.
No. 10 Wisconsin vs. West Virginia at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Cancun, Mexico, 9:30 p.m.
No. 11 Gonzaga vs. Arkansas, at Lahaina (Hawaii) Civic Center, 5 p.m.
No. 4 Louisville at Western Kentucky, 8 p.m.
No. 6 Stanford vs. Florida Gulf Coast at Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) International Convention Centre, 5 p.m.
No. 7 Kentucky vs. Bradley, Noon
Philadelphia at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Indiana at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
Memphis at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Miami at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Denver at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Atlanta at Houston, 8 p.m.
San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Washington at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
Golden State at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Portland at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
New York at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.
Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Carolina at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Winnipeg at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Ottawa at Washington, 7 p.m.
Nashville at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Boston at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Phoenix at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
St. Louis at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Chicago at Calgary, 10 p.m.
Los Angeles at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.