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February 24, 2019

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Stanford’s David Shaw, one of college football’s most insightful coaches, is about to begin a three-year term as chairman of the NCAA football rules committee. He joins AP’s Ralph Russo on the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast

TOP STORIES

BKC--SYRACUSE-BOEHEIM’S BURDEN

SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ The part of every college basketball season that players and coaches covet looms in less than a month. For Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, the NCAA Tournament doesn’t even register as he tries to cope with a fatal accident that occurred with him at the wheel. By John Kekis. SENT: 590 words, photos.

BKC--T25-MICHIGAN ST-MICHIGAN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ No. 7 Michigan hosts No. 10 Michigan State in the first of two late-season meetings between the in-state foes. As an added bonus to this year’s hostilities, the Big Ten title could be decided by these two games. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 3:45 p.m.

GLF--MEXICO CHAMPIONSHIP

MEXICO CITY _ Dustin Johnson has a four-shot lead over Rory McIlroy in the final round of the Mexico Championship as he goes for his 20th career PGA Tour victory. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

ATH--TRANSGENDER ATHLETES-HIGH SCHOOL

Two transgender track athletes have been dominating the girl’s high school sprint events in Connecticut. That has led some parents to petition the state’s governing body for a change in a policy that lets athletes in the state compete as the gender with which they identify. Policies vary across the country, with some states requiring athletes to run under the gender assigned on their birth certificates and others with no policies at all. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--CLIPPERS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ Barring a monumental collapse, the Denver Nuggets are in the playoffs and aiming for a No. 2 seed. They host the Los Angeles Clippers, who are hovering near the postseason or the lottery. By Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.

BKN--SPURS-KNICKS

NEW YORK _ The New York Knicks try to snap an 18-game home losing streak when they host the San Antonio Spurs. The Knicks’ skid at Madison Square Garden is one away from the league record set by the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Men’s:

BKC--T25-TOP 25 REWIND

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Top-ranked Duke won on the road in the Atlantic Coast Conference without Zion Williamson while No. 12 Kansas’ latest stumble has put its streak of Big 12 regular-season titles in serious jeopardy. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

Women’s:

BKW--T25-ARIZONA ST-STANFORD

STANFORD, Calif. _ Stanford leading scorer Alanna Smith plays her final Pac-12 home game when the No. 7 Cardinal hosts No. 17 Arizona State. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 4 p.m.

Also:

_ BKW--RUTGERS-STRINGER _ Hall of Fame Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer taking off rest of regular season for health reasons. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 350 words.

BASEBALL

BBN--BREWERS-LAWRIE

PHOENIX _ Brett Lawrie is giving baseball another try, agreeing to a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. He faces a long road back to the majors. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 600 words, photos.

_ Other spring training features on the Red Sox, Yankees, Cardinals.

NHL

HKN--BLUES-WILD

MINNEAPOLIS _ For the second consecutive Sunday, the surging St. Louis Blues visit Minnesota, where they beat the Wild 4-0 last week. The Blues are going for their 13th win in 14 outings. They lost twice to the Twins in November. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

Also:

_ HKN--NHL WAIVERS _ Bruins sign journeyman Lee Stempniak to 1-year contract. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 270 words.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-ATLANTA

HAMPTON, Ga. _ NASCAR debuts its new rules package at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a big track that isn’t expected to be a true indicator of the competitive parity it is designed to create. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Race starts at 2:30 p.m.

SOCCER

SOC--LEAGUE CUP FINAL

LONDON _ Manchester City defends its League Cup title by beating Chelsea on penalty kicks in the final of English football’s second-tier knockout competition at Wembley Stadium. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

WINTER SPORTS

SKI--WCUP-MEN’S GS

BANSKO, Bulgaria _ World champion Henrik Kristoffersen wins the third-to-last World Cup giant slalom of the season but fails to prevent Marcel Hirscher from locking up the season-long title in the discipline. SENT: 430 words, photos.

SKI--WCUP-WOMEN’S COMBINED

CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland _ Federica Brignone wins her third consecutive World Cup Alpine combined title at Crans-Montana. SENT: 340 words, photos.

Also:

_ LUG--WORLD CUP _ Semen Pavlichenko grabs World Cup luge overall men’s title. SENT: 200 words, photos.

OTHER

_ GLF--PUERTO RICO OPEN _ Aaron Baddeley takes one-stroke lead over Nate Lashley in the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open. UPCOMING: 350 words by 8 p.m.

_ GLF--LPGA THAILAND _ Amy Yang wins the LPGA Thailand for the third time after holding off Minjee Lee by one stroke. SENT: 360 words.

_ Tennis tournaments in Delray Beach, Fla.; Rio de Janeiro; Marseille, France.

CAPSULES

_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES

_ HKN--NHL CAPSULES

_ BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

_ BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Sunday Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Orlando at Toronto, 3:30 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Denver, 5 p.m.

San Antonio at New York, 7:30 p.m.

NHL

N.Y. Rangers at Washington, 12:30 p.m.

Dallas at Chicago, 3 p.m.

San Jose at Detroit, 3 p.m.

St. Louis at Minnesota, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Ottawa, 7 p.m.

Winnipeg at Arizona, 9 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 7 Michigan vs. No. 10 Michigan State, 3:45 p.m.

No. 17 Villanova at Xavier, 1:30 p.m.

Women

No. 2 Oregon vs. Southern Cal, 2 p.m.

No. 3 UConn at Tulsa, 3 p.m.

No. 4 Louisville vs. Boston College, 2 p.m.

No. 6 Mississippi State vs. Vanderbilt, 2 p.m.

No. 7 Stanford vs. No. 17 Arizona State, 4 p.m.

No. 9 N.C. State at North Carolina, Noon

No. 11 Marquette vs. Xavier, 3 p.m.

No. 12 Oregon State vs. UCLA, 4 p.m.

No. 13 South Carolina at Tennessee, 4 p.m.

No. 14 Miami vs. No. 22 Florida State, Noon

No. 16 Kentucky vs. LSU, 2 p.m.

No. 23 South Dakota at South Dakota State, 2 p.m.

No. 24 Drake vs. Indiana State, 3 p.m.

Exhibition Baseball

Minnesota vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Toronto vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Atlanta vs. Houston (ss) at West Palm Beach, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Washington vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Philadelphia vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Miami vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Houston (ss) vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Kansas City vs. Oakland at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Arizona vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels (ss) vs. L.A. Dodgers at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.

Seattle vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

Cincinnati vs. L.A. Angels (ss) at Tempe, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

Milwaukee vs, Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

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