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The College Football Playoff race has been boring, with the same four teams holding the top spots for three weeks. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, ESPN’s Heather Dinich joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss how the playoff could make a few twists and turns before selection Sunday on Dec. 2. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast
OLY--FINDING SAFE HAVEN
CARTHAGE, Mo. —The story of how Haven Shepherd ended up in the United States is so unthinkable, it elicits gasps — sometimes an occasional, almost involuntary “Oh my God” — from the people who hear it. Unwanted by her parents, they placed her between them after they strapped bombs to themselves in an attempted family suicide. She was 14 months old. She lost both legs below the knees but survived, to later be adopted by a family in Missouri who came to Vietnam thinking they’d be bringing her home for someone else. Now on a path that could lead her to the Paralympics in 2020, the 15-year-old swimmer is as aware as anyone that the journey is every bit as important as the destination. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 1,500 words, photos, video by 3 a.m.
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NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees threw four touchdown passes to inexperienced receivers and the New Orleans Saints won their 10th straight game with a 31-17 victory over Atlanta. The Thanksgiving night loss eliminated the Falcons from contention in the NFC South. New Orleans’ defense produced three fumble recoveries, an interception and six sacks. By Brett Martel. SENT: 880 words, photos.
BKC--T25-LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL
LAS VEGAS — Kerwin Roach II had a career-high 32 points with seven assists and six steals to lead Texas over No. 7 North Carolina 92-89 and reach the final of the Las Vegas Invitational. The Longhorns will face No. 11 Michigan State in the championship game Friday. By Adam Soboleski. SENT: 800 words, photos.
BKC--T25-BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — De’Andre Hunter is rapidly developing into a game-changing presence in fourth-ranked Virginia’s lineup at the Battle 4 Atlantis. He matched his career high with 23 points and hit a critical 3-pointer to help the Cavaliers hold off Dayton 66-59 in the semifinals. That sent Virginia into Friday’s championship game against No. 25 Wisconsin, which beat Oklahoma in the other semifinal. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 890 words, photos by 3 a.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Amari Cooper has 90-yard touchdown catch, two scores as Cowboys pull even with Redskins atop NFC East with 31-23 Thanksgiving victory. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 1110 words, photos.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Washington left tackle Trent Williams goes to hospital for precautionary reasons after getting hit in the chest against Cowboys. SENT: 150 words.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Colt McCoy can finally get some first -team reps in practice with Redskins after his first start in nearly four years. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 610 words, photos.
DETROIT — Chase Daniel made the most of his chance to fill in for Mitchell Trubisky, having the best day of his journeyman career. Daniel set career highs with 230 yards passing and two touchdowns to keep the Chicago Bears rolling with a 23-16 win over the Detroit Lions. By Larry Lage. SENT: 890 words, photos.
DETROIT — The Detroit Lions were the team with the healthy starting quarterback, but in the end, Matthew Stafford came up short against the Bears. By Noah Trister. SENT: 590 words, photos.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Villanova took a step forward after dropping out of the Top 25 for the first time since December 2013. Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree had 15 points and 13 rebounds as the defending national champion Wildcats stopped a two-game skid by beating Canisius 83-56 in the opening round of the AdvoCare Invitational at Disney World. Oklahoma State and No. 19 LSU also joined Villanova in the semifinals. By Mark Didtler. SENT: 870 words, photos.
OXFORD, Miss. — Nick Fitzgerald ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score to lead No. 22 Mississippi State over Mississippi 35-3 in an Egg Bowl marred by a fight that led to four ejections in the second half. By David Brandt. SENT: 760 words, photos.
FBC--U OF WASHINGTON BAND CRASH
GEORGE, Washington — The Washington State Patrol says one of three charter buses carrying members of the University of Washington marching band to a football showdown at Washington State University rolled onto its side Thursday on Interstate 90, the Seattle Times reports. SENT: 160 words.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Steady rain showers, gusty winds and cool temperatures made conditions difficult for the opening foursomes at the World Cup of Golf. Teams from Zimbabwe and Wales were the first to tee off at 10:35 a.m. and the leading groups began their rounds about two hours later at Metropolitan Golf Club. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 330 words, photos.
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Friday’s Time Schedule (EST)
No. 6 Oklahoma at No. 12 West Virginia, 8 p.m.
No. 7 Washington State vs. No. 16 Washington, 8:30 p.m.
No. 8 UCF at South Florida, 4:15 p.m.
No. 11 Texas at Kansas, Noon
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 5 Tennessee at the Barclays Center, 9 p.m.
No. 4 Virginia vs. No. 25 Wisconsin at Imperial Arena, Paradise Island, Bahamas, 2 p.m.
No. 6 Nevada vs. UMass at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, 10 p.m.
No. 7 North Carolina vs. No. 17 UCLA at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, 4 p.m.
No. 9 Michigan vs. Chattanooga, 4 p.m.
No. 10 Kentucky vs. Tennessee State, 7 p.m.
No. 11 Michigan State vs. Texas at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, 6:30 p.m.
No. 14 Florida State vs. No. 19 LSU at HP Field House, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 7 p.m.
No. 23 Ohio State vs. Cleveland State, 8 p.m.
No. 24 Purdue vs. Robert Morris, 2 p.m.
No. 1 Notre Dame vs. Drake at Vancouver (British Columbia) Convention Centre East, 9 p.m.
No. 2 UConn vs. St. John’s at UVI Sports & Fitness Center, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, 7:30 p.m.
No. 3 Oregon vs. UC Riverside at McKeon Pavilion, Moraga, Calif., 3 p.m.
No. 4 Baylor vs. South Dakota State at South Point Casino Arena, Las Vegas, 10:30 p.m.
No. 5 Louisville vs. No. 19 Arizona State at South Point Casino Arena, Las Vegas, 5:30 p.m.
No. 7 Maryland vs. Morgan State at Coliseo Ruben Zayas Montanez, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, Noon
No. 8 Stanford vs. Florida Gulf Coast at the Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, 9:30 p.m.
No. 9 Oregon State vs. No. 13 South Carolina at Vancouver (British Columbia) Convention Centre East, 11:30 p.m.
No. 10 Texas vs. Quinnipiac at Germain Arena, Estero, Fla., 5 p.m.
No. 12 Iowa vs. No. 25 West Virginia at Gateway Christian Academy, Bimini, Bahamas, 5:15 p.m.
No. 14 Syracuse vs. Princeton at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Cancun, Mexico, 2:30 p.m.
No. 15 N.C. State vs George Washington at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Cancun, Mexico, 4 p.m.
No. 16 DePaul vs. Kansas State at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Cancun, Mexico, Noon
No. 17 South Florida vs. North Carolina at UVI Sports & Fitness Center, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, 3 p.m.
No. 18 California vs. Tulane at Jenny Craig Pavilion, San Diego, 7 p.m.
No. 20 Texas A&M vs. Arkansas State, 5 p.m.
No. 21 Missouri vs. Michigan at Germain Arena, Estero, Fla., 7:30 p.m.
No. 23 Minnesota vs. Cornell, 4 p.m.
No. 24 Miami vs. Nebraska, 3 p.m.
Minnesota at Brooklyn, 12 p.m.
Memphis at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m.
Houston at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Boston at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
New Orleans at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Charlotte at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Miami at Chicago, 8 p.m.
San Antonio at Indiana, 8 p.m.
Phoenix at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.
Orlando at Denver, 9 p.m.
Portland at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.
Utah at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Montreal at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Winnipeg at Minnesota, 4 p.m.
Edmonton at Anaheim, 4 p.m.
Detroit at Washington, 4 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey, 4 p.m.
Calgary at Vegas, 6 p.m.
Toronto at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Florida at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Nashville at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Ottawa at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Colorado at Arizona, 8 p.m.
Vancouver at San Jose, 9 p.m.