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BC-AP Sports Digest

By: Associated Press
December 12, 2017 Updated: Today at 1:19 pm
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The supervisor is Fred Lief, followed by Ben Nuckols at 5 p.m. and Jay Cohen at 1 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport(at)ap.org or 877-836-9477. All times EST.

TOP STORIES

BBN--MARLINS-JETER'S CRITICS

MIAMI — Derek Jeter is trying to revive a moribund Miami Marlins franchise, and so far the former New York Yankees captain appears out of his league as a CEO. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--NFL NETWORK-LAWSUIT

NEW YORK — Hall of Fame player Marshall Faulk and two other NFL Network analysts are suspended after a woman who worked as a wardrobe stylist at the network accuses them of sexual misconduct in a lawsuit. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— With:

— OLY--NETHERLANDS-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT — Report highlights widespread sexual harassment in Dutch sports; calls for urgent action. SENT: 140 words.

— GYM--COACH-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT — USA Gymnastics bans Illinois coach for sexual misconduct with athlete. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 5 p.m.

OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING

MOSCOW — Despite Russia's Olympic ban, the country still expects to send more than 200 athletes to the Pyeongchang Games, forming what would be one of the largest delegations. All Russians must compete under the Olympic flag as "Olympic Athletes from Russia." By James Ellingworth. SENT: 800 words, photos.

OLY--CUR-MIXED DOUBLES

Mixed doubles curling makes its Olympic debut, and it will have the stage all to itself when the first rock is thrown in Pyeongchang more than 36 hours before the opening ceremony. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

FBN--HOME AWAY FROM HOME

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have relocated to Arizona between back-to-back road games between Arizona and San Francisco. The team wants to avoid the jet lag resulting from a return home. It's a road trip that requires months of planning. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 850 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-DEFINING SHOTS

Some of the defining shots on the PGA Tour this year were hit from the tee and fairway, from the bunkers and behind trees, and even from the driving range. A look at 2017 based on every club in the bag. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

— With:

— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 400 words.

BASEBALL

BBO--WINTER MEETINGS

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Alex Cobb, Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish are among the top starters in play as teams try to chart their upcoming summers at the winter meetings. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.

BBO--UMPIRE RETIRES-CONCUSSIONS

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — As a big league umpire, Dale Scott saw maybe 1 million pitches from the field. His final call, it turned out, was the easiest of all. Rather than risk yet another concussion, Scott is retiring at 58. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— Also:

— BBO--PADRES-YANKEES TRADE — Chase Headley, Bryan Mitchell dealt by Yankees to Padres for prospect. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 450 words.

NFL

FBN--STEELERS-ON TO NEW ENGLAND

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers can finally talk about the Patriots. More than 10 months after a blowout loss to New England in the AFC championship game, the Steelers believe they're better equipped to handle the Super Bowl champions this time. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— With:

— FBN--STEELERS-SHAZIER — Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier on injured reserve with spine injury. SENT: 120 words, photos.

— FBN--PATRIOTS-LATEST CHALLENGE — By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--HESTER RETIRES

CHICAGO — Devin Hester, who holds the NFL record with 20 kick-return touchdowns, is retiring at 35. Hester is the third-leading punt returner in NFL history and a four-time Pro Bowler. He played for Atlanta, Baltimore and Seattle, but his best years were with the Chicago Bears. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Also:

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

— FBN--CHIEFS-PETERS RETURNS — By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--DOLPHINS YOUNGSTERS — By Steven Wine. SENT: 600 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--AP FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Defending national champion and top-ranked James Madison place three players on the AP's FCS All-America first team, more than any other school. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 300 words, photos. With lists.

— Also:

FBC--SMU-DYKES — Sonny Dykes, back in home state, introduced as SMU's coach. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

NBA

BKN--SPURS-MAVERICKS

DALLAS — San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard is expected to make his season debut after missing 27 games with a quadriceps injury when the Spurs play the Mavericks. It's the third of four meetings for the Texas rivals, with the final one four days away. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

BKN--THUNDER-GEORGE

OKLAHOMA CITY — Thunder guard Paul George on Wednesday night returns to Indiana for the first time since being traded in July. The Pacers dealt him when it became clear he wouldn't stay long term. Indiana fans haven't forgotten. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— BKO--LITHUANIA-BALL BROTHERS — Two of Lavar Ball's sons turn pro with Lithuanian club team. SENT: 140 words.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK

RALEIGH, N.C. — Villanova returns to play Wednesday with the No. 1 ranking to highlight the upcoming week for the AP's Top 25. The light schedule includes No. 7 North Carolina's visit to No. 20 Tennessee, and No. 5 Arizona State, with its highest ranking in more than three decades, hosting Vanderbilt. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 600 words and photos.

BOXING

BOX--HORN-CORCORAN

BRISBANE, Australia — Jeff Horn's reward for a successful first title defense since a contentious win over Manny Pacquiao could be a bout with Terence Crawford. A failure could send him back into boxing obscurity. By John Pye. SENT: 600 words, photos.

SOCCER

SOC--MLS-LAFC-EXPANSION DRAFT

LOS ANGELES — Major League Soccer's 23rd franchise takes shape when Los Angeles Football Club holds its expansion draft. LAFC will fill its roster with MLS talent to play alongside Mexican star Carlos Vela and defenders Omar Gaber and Walker Zimmerman. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words by 8 p.m.

— Also:

— SOC--GREMIO-PACHUCA — Gremio (South America) vs. Pachuca (CONCACAF) in Club World Cup semifinals in United Arab Emirates. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP — Chelsea, eyeing second place, plays Huddersfield in Premier League. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— SOC--COPA SUDAMERICANA FINAL — Independiente, Flamengo play Wednesday for South American trophy. By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— SOC--EAST ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIP — South Korea edges North Korea 1-0 at East Asian Championship in Japan amid political tension. SENT: 250 words, photos.

OTHER

— PISTORIUS — Oscar Pistorius bruised in South Africa jail fight over telephone use. By Andrew Meldrum. SENT: 200 words, photos.

— GREECE-CLIMBERS — Second climber dies on snowy slopes of Mt. Olympus. SENT: 140 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

Atlanta at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Denver at Detroit, 7 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at New York, 7 p.m.

Washington at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

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

Philadelphia at Minnesota, 9:30 p.m.

Phoenix at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

NHL

Edmonton at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Colorado at Washington, 7 p.m.

Los Angeles at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Tampa Bay at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Florida at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Carolina at Vegas, 10 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 15 Seton Hall vs. Saint Peter's at South Orange, N.J., 7 p.m.

No. 25 Cincinnati vs. Mississippi State, 7 p.m.

Women

No. 3 Louisville vs. Tennessee State, 7 p.m.

No. 23 Michigan vs. North Florida, 7 p.m.

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