AP-Tennessee Sports Digest
Here’s a look at how AP’s sports coverage is shaping up in Tennessee. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Nashville bureau at (615) 373-9988 or email@example.com. Beth Campbell is on the desk. News editor Scott Stroud can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. All times are Central.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Grizzlies visit the Brooklyn Nets, who are trying to avoid a winless four-game homestand. UPCOMING: Developing from 6:30 p.m. game; 600 words, photos.
MIAMI — Mike Miller helped the Miami Heat hang two NBA championship banners. He gets to show them off on Saturday. Miller is an assistant coach for the Memphis Tigers now, and it’ll be a very sentimental moment for him when his new team plays No. 20 Texas Tech in his former home arena as part of the HoopHall Miami Invitational. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 630 words, photos.
SEC CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
ATLANTA — As soon as Alabama and Georgia walked off the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium almost 11 months ago — the Crimson Tide in triumph, the Bulldogs in despair — a rematch seemed inevitable. Now, it’s here. At the very same place where Bama pulled off its fifth national title of the Nick Saban era, the Tide will face Georgia in another game with huge ramifications: a Southeastern Conference championship is on the line, as well as a trip to the College Football Playoff. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m., photos.
PAUL NEWBERRY-WHAT IF ’BAMA LOSES?
ATLANTA — If Alabama wins the Southeastern Conference championships, there’s little suspense. Nick Saban’s team heads to the College Football Playoff as the No. 1 seed and an overwhelming favorite to capture its sixth national title in a decade. But what happens if the Crimson Tide loses to No. 4 Georgia? That’s where things get very, very interesting. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words by 6 p.m., photos.
AAC CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
ORLANDO, Fla. — There are no shortcuts in unbeaten UCF’s quest for perfection. The seventh-ranked Knights are one victory away from their second straight American Athletic Conference championship, a likely New Year’s Six bowl bid and bolstering their argument that they are deserving of consideration for a berth in the College Football Playoff. None of that is possible, though, without beating Memphis in Saturday’s AAC championship game. By Fred Goodall. SENT: 790 words.
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