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BC-AP Sports Digest

By: Associated Press
January 16, 2018 Updated: Today at 1:28 am
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SHOWCASE

OLY--FRE-KENWORTHY-COMING OUT

PARK CITY, Utah — Gus Kenworthy does not deny it. The stakes for him are higher this time around. Now that the defending Olympic silver medalist in slopestyle has come out as gay, he's well aware that he's competing for more than himself, whether it's fair or not. "I have the LGBT audience watching me," he says, "and I want to do right by them." By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos and video by 12 p.m.

BKC--HIGH-SCORING HOWARDS

MILWAUKEE — Three-point shooting runs in the Howard family. Marquette's Markus Howard, who recently tied the Big East single-game scoring record of 52 points, credits older brother Jordan, who plays at Central Arkansas, with helping to develop his shot. All those hours putting up 3s in the offseason are paying off. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 3 a.m.

TOP STORIES

BKN--ROCKETS-CLIPPERS

LOS ANGELES — The hot tempers that flared up during the Los Angeles Clippers' victory over the Houston Rockets carried over after the game. Several security guards were present outside Houston's locker room, and ESPN reported that several Clippers players attempted to enter Houston's locker room. Clippers coach Doc Rivers would only say Houston's "entire team was not in their locker room." By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK

The first of two regular-season meetings between No. 13 Gonzaga and Saint Mary's is the first step in determining a West Coast Conference champion. The Zags and Gaels have combined to win 17 straight regular-season WCC titles. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 680 words, photos by 3 a.m.

GYM--BILES-ABUSE ALLEGATIONS

Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles says she is among the athletes sexually abused by a now-imprisoned former USA Gymnastics team doctor. Biles won four gold medals and five overall at the 2016 Olympics. She released a statement via Twitter saying she is one of the "many survivors" that were abused by Larry Nassar. By Will Graves. SENT: 660 words, photos.

— With:

— GYM--DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT — A judge is holding an extraordinary four-day sentencing hearing for a disgraced Michigan sports doctor who sexually assaulted young elite gymnasts. Larry Nassar is returning to court Tuesday in Lansing. Dozens of women and girls who were victims will be allowed to speak. SENT: 140 words. Will be updated after hearing set to start at 9 a.m. EST.

BBN--PIRATES-REBUILD

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates have closed the book on the Andrew McCutchen era. Pittsburgh traded the star outfielder to the San Francisco Giants for right-hander Kyle Crick, minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international signing bonus allocation. By Will Graves. SENT: 920 words, photos.

— With:

— BBN--PIRATES-GIANTS TRADE

TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN

MELBOURNE, Australia — Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber and Novak Djokovic ensured there were all kinds of successful comebacks on Day 2 of the Australian Open. Six-time champion Djokovic and 2014 winner Stan Wawrinka returned from long-term injury layoffs with victories in their first matches since Wimbledon. By John Pye. SENT: 800 words, photos.

PRO FOOTBALL

FBN--VIKINGS-BIG BREAK

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The day after their divisional-round thriller, the Minnesota Vikings were still coming to grips with the way they beat New Orleans to advance to the NFC championship game. After becoming the first team in NFL history to score a touchdown on the final play of regulation in the postseason, the Vikings have quickly turned their attention toward Philadelphia. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. SENT: 650 words, photos.

FBN--CONFIDENT JAGUARS

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey is already looking ahead, telling thousands of fans awaiting Jacksonville's return from Pittsburgh that the Jaguars "are going to the Super Bowl and we are going to win that (expletive)." By Mark Long. SENT: 760 words, photos.

— With:

— FBN--PATRIOTS — The Patriots won't bite on Jalen Ramsey's trash talk. SENT: 630 words, photos.

FBN--COLTS-MCDANIELS

INDIANAPOLIS — A person familiar with the negotiations says the Indianapolis Colts are "close" to reaching a deal to hire Josh McDaniels as their new coach. By Michael Marot. SENT: 470 words, photos.

US--PATRIOTS-WHEELCHAIR STOLEN

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — A wheelchair that a New England Patriots fan thought had been stolen from Gillette Stadium while she watched the team's playoff win over the Tennessee Titans has been found. SENT: 140 words.

PRO BASKETBALL

BKN--WARRIORS-CAVALIERS

CLEVELAND — Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Stephen Curry added 23 and the Golden State Warriors pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 118-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, their struggling Finals foes. The NBA champions have won 13 straight road games. LeBron James scored 32 to lead the Cavs, who have dropped eight of 10. By Tom Withers. SENT: 800 words, photos.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

BKL--WNBA FREE AGENCY

NEW YORK — Tina Charles isn't going anywhere. The New York Liberty locked in their star center Monday, giving her the team's franchise tag. Other players that were given the franchise tag include Phoenix's DeWanna Bonner, Seattle's Crystal Langhorne, Dallas' Karima Christmas-Kelly, Indiana's Candice Dupree, Chicago's Allie Quigley and Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 430 words, photos by 3 a.m.

OLYMPICS

OLY--BOB-JAMAICA QUALIFIES

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica has qualified for the women's bobsled event at the Olympics for the first time. It comes on the 30th anniversary of the men's bobsled program from Jamaica making its Olympic debut in Calgary. SENT: 130 words.

SOCCER

SOC--DONOVAN-MEXICO

MEXICO CITY — Landon Donovan, the most accomplished player in American soccer history, is talking about winning championships with his new team in Mexico. Donovan is returning from retirement for the second time in three years, this time with Club Leon. He was cheered loudly by hundreds of fans during a brief ceremony. By Carlos Rodriguez. SENT: 590 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

— BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES

— BKW--TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Tuesday's Time Schedule (EST)

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Men

No. 3 Purdue vs. Wisconsin, 7 p.m.

No. 4 Oklahoma at Kansas State, 9 p.m.

No. 12 Cincinnati at UCF, 7 p.m.

No. 15 North Carolina vs. No. 20 Clemson, 7 p.m.

No. 18 Kentucky at South Carolina, 9 p.m.

Women

No. 8 Ohio State vs. No. 19 Michigan, 7 p.m.

No. 14 Maryland vs. Indiana, 7 p.m.

No. 20 Iowa at Nebraska, 8 p.m.

NBA

Minnesota at Orlando, 7 p.m.

New Orleans at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Denver, 9 p.m.

Phoenix at Portland, 10 p.m.

NHL

St. Louis at Toronto, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

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

Dallas at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Vegas at Nashville, 8 p.m.

San Jose at Arizona, 9 p.m.

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