BC-AP Sports Digest

By: Associated Press
January 18, 2017 Updated: Today at 12:57 am
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TOP STORIES

FBC--OREGON STRENGTH COACH SUSPENDED

The University of Oregon has suspended football strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde one month without pay after three players were hospitalized following a series of intense workouts last week. By Kareem Copeland. SENT: 500 words, photos.

BBO--HALL OF FAME

NEW YORK — Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell likely will be voted into baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday while Trevor Hoffman and Ivan Rodriguez might join them. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, shunned because of steroid allegations, could get big vote increases. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 950 words, photos.

TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN

MELBOURNE, Australia — Angelique Kerber smiled and waved her arms like an orchestra conductor as the Rod Laver Arena crowd sang "Happy Birthday" after her 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-2 second-round win on Wednesday at the Australian Open. By John Pye. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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— TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-THE LATEST

FIG--US CHAMPIONSHIPS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When reigning champion Adam Rippon withdrew from the U.S. figure skating championships with a broken foot last week, it made Nathan Chen the favorite this week in Kansas City. But in truth, the 17-year-old's standout performance at last month's Grand Prix final in France had already made him American figure skating's bright new star. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 3 a.m.

NFL PLAYOFFS

FBN--STEELERS-TOMLIN & BROWN

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin regrets the language he used to describe the New England Patriots but is equally upset with wide receiver Antonio Brown's decision to livestream Tomlin's postgame speech on social media. The coach called Brown's actions "foolish," ''selfish" and "inconsiderate." By Will Graves. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FBN--NFC CHAMPIONSHIP-BIG OFFENSE

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Georgia Dome may not be big enough to hold the high-scoring offenses of the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers. Factor in the teams' leaky defenses, and Sunday's NFC championship game could blow past the unusually high over/under of 60.5 points set by the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook. By Charles Odum. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBN--PATRIOTS-FRIENDLY CONFINES

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots have had what seems like an annual spot in the AFC championship game over the past decade. But the fact that this year's game is at home could factor into whether they are able to make a return trip to the Super Bowl. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 650 words, photos.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

MELBOURNE, Australia — Tommy Haas isn't worrying too much about his post-retirement plans when he finally hangs up his tennis racket after two decades on tour. He already has a job. The 38-year-old German has returned from his latest surgery to play one last year, beginning at the Australian Open, where he retired from his first-round match against Benoit Paire. By Justin Bergman. SENT: 500 words, photos.

MORE PRO FOOTBALL

FBN--ROMO'S FUTURE

FRISCO, Texas — Those closest to Tony Romo on the Cowboys aren't ready to discuss the future of the Dallas quarterback, probably because they know the likely final answer. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 800 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Men

BKC--PAC 12 THIS WEEK

No. 14 Arizona at No. 3 UCLA highlights this week in the Pac-12. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BKC--T25-KENTUCKY-MISSISSIPPI ST

STARKVILLE, Miss. — De'Aaron Fox scored 21 points, Malik Monk added 14 and No. 5 Kentucky beat Mississippi State 88-81 on Tuesday night. By David Brandt. SENT: 650 words, photos. Video of Calipari available on AP YouTube channel .

Women

BKW--SUICIDES-COACHING QUESTIONS

NEW YORK — The Northwestern women's basketball team is playing again following the suicide of Jordan Hankins. Such a devastating loss hits teammates especially hard and presents coaches with tough questions. When to play or practice again? A chance to teach or better to allow time to grieve? By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 800 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--MINNESOTA-ASSISTANTS

MINNEAPOLIS — New Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck has hired nine coaches for his staff, including offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca and defensive coordinator Robb Smith. SENT: 150 words.

BASEBALL

BBA--BABY BOMBERS

NEW YORK — After a drop in television ratings and attendance, and a pivot to youth, the New York Yankees brought their Baby Bombers to New York to promote the 2017 season. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BBA--BLUE JAYS-BAUTISTA

TORONTO — A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that free agent outfielder Jose Bautista is staying with the Toronto Blue Jays after agreeing to an $18 million, one-year contract with mutual options for more years. By Rob Gillies. SENT: 350 words, photos.

BBA--RANGERS-HAMILTON

ARLINGTON, Texas — Josh Hamilton walked into a room at the Texas Rangers' ballpark carrying a new first baseman's mitt and feeling the way he did 10 years ago. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BBN--GIANTS-MCCOVEY PARDON

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey has been pardoned by President Barack Obama on tax evasion charges from 1995. It was one of the President's decisions announced Tuesday. SENT: 200 words.

BBN--PADRES-MYERS

SAN DIEGO — First baseman Wil Myers and the San Diego Padres have finalized an $83 million, six-year contract, the largest deal in the team's history. SENT: 450 words, photos.

PRO BASKETBALL

BKN--CLIPPERS-PAUL INJURY

LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. By Beth Harris. SENT: 200 words, photos.

BKN--WARRIORS-NEW ARENA

SAN FRANCISCO — Hard hats on, Steve Kerr and Kevin Durant lifted their golden shovels filled with dirt in a ceremonial moment for the Warriors franchise as it broke ground on snazzy new San Francisco digs at long last. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 800 words, photos.

OTHER

OLY--LOS ANGELES 2024-VENUES

LOS ANGELES — The committee seeking to land the 2024 Summer Olympics for Los Angeles would stage archery at a new football stadium, mountain biking in a regional park and modern pentathlon at a stadium, with all three locations away from the downtown core. SENT: 250 words.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Wednesday's Time Schedule (EST)

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Men

No. 7 West Virginia vs. Oklahoma, 7 p.m.

No. 10 Florida State vs. No. 15 Notre Dame, 7 p.m.

No. 16 Virginia at Boston College, 8 p.m.

No. 19 Florida at No. 24 South Carolina, 6:30 p.m.

No. 20 Cincinnati vs. Temple, 7 p.m.

Women

No. 2 Baylor vs. Iowa State, 8 p.m.

No. 9 Louisville vs. Georgia Tech, 7 p.m.

No. 13 UCLA at Southern Cal, 11 p.m.

No. 22 Kansas State vs. TCU, 8 p.m.

No. 24 West Virginia at Kansas, 8 p.m.

NBA

Memphis at Washington, 7 p.m.

Portland at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

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

Atlanta at Detroit, 8 p.m.

Milwaukee at Houston, 8 p.m.

Orlando at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Indiana at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Pittsburgh at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Arizona at Winnipeg, 7:30 p.m.

Boston at Detroit, 8 p.m.

Florida at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.

San Jose at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

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