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January 29, 2019

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Hall of Famer Dan Fouts likes the offense he sees in the NFL these days. He tells co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg on PodcastOne Sports Now that the league is more exciting and safer because of rule changes to protect quarterbacks.

https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

Ivan Maisel and his ESPN colleagues are chronicling college football from its very beginnings. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Maisel discusses the project with the AP’s Ralph Russo.

https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast

TOP STORIES

FBN--SUPER BOWL-TOM AND JULIAN

ATLANTA _ Teammates call it a bromance. And Tom Brady openly uses the word love to describe his bond with Julian Edelman. The connection between quarterback and receiver has strengthened this season. The two now await their fourth Super Bowl together. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--SUPER BOWL-COOKS’ RETURN

ATLANTA _ Brandin Cooks gets a shot at the Patriots. New England traded him to the Rams, and Cooks has thrived in Los Angeles. The wide receiver could figure heavily against his former team in the Super Bowl. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by p.m.

TEN--MURRAY-HIP SURGERY

Andy Murray has a second hip operation, getting a metal implant a year after his first surgery. What’s unclear is what this means for his tennis future. The 31-year-old three-time major winner has said he plans to retire at some point in 2019. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 450 words, photos.

FBN--TEXANS-WATSON’S MOM

HOUSTON _ Deshaun Watson’s mother spent years encouraging him to chase his dreams. The son has done just that. The Houston Texans quarterback is now renovating her Georgia home that the Watson family received from Habitat for Humanity years ago. Says Watson: “She is my rock, my hero.” By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 500 words, photos.

FBC--OVERTIME RULES

Marathon overtime games in college football, like the one Texas A&M and LSU played last season, are rare. The NCAA would like to make them extinct by tweaking its OT format. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

FBN--YOUNGER AND CHEAPER-SUPER BOWL CUTS

ATLANTA _ Message to all you soon-to-be Super Bowl champions: Don’t get too comfortable. An AP analysis covering the past seven years finds that title teams shed an average of 20 players from their championship roster by the start of the next season. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 850 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

FBN--PAUL NEWBERRY-MEDIA NIGHT

ATLANTA _ The Rams seemed to enjoy the silly questions, ridiculous antics and carnival atmosphere. Why not? It’s new to most of them. As for the Patriots, Super Bowl Media Night might as well have been a collective yawn. They’ve been there before. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 950 words, photos.

GLF--ON THE FRINGE

SAN DIEGO _ Adam Scott and Justin Rose gained PGA Tour membership on the same day, with Scott winning TPC Boston and Rose third. These longtime friends have now surpassed $50 million in career earnings on the same day, this time with Rose winning at Torrey Pines. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.

_ With:

_ GLF--GOLF NOTES _ By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

_ GLF--GOLF GLANCE _ SENT: 700 words.

FBN--BEHIND THE CALL

The hardest tackle at the Pro Bowl came from defensive MVP Jamal Adams long before the league’s laughable All-Star game even began. The biggest hit was Phillip Lindsay’s social media madness. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 950 words, photos.

SUPER BOWL

FBN--SUPER BOWL-SLATER

ATLANTA _ Jackie Slater played 20 pro seasons in a Hall of Fame career, and got to the Super Bowl once. His son, Patriots special teams ace Matthew, is back in the big game again. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--SUPER BOWL-RB REUNION

ATLANTA _ Sony Michel was a freshman and Todd Gurley a junior when the pair shared the backfield at Georgia. Now the former Bulldogs _ Michel with the Patriots, Gurley with the Rams _ will be on opposite sides at the Super Bowl. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBN--SUPER BOWL-MR FALCON-CTE

BOSTON _ Tommy Nobis was as tough as linebackers come. The man known as Mr. Falcon also had the most severe form of CTE and died in 2017. The NFL now descends on Atlanta, a reminder to those in his family of the impact _ good and bad _ football has had on them. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

_ Also:

_ SUPER BOWL-SNOW JAM _ Temperatures plunge in Atlanta; airport hit with canceled flights. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 700 words, photos.

_ FBN--SUPER BOWL-EXPOS TIES _ Expos have ties to both Super Bowl quarterbacks. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 900 words, photos.

AP Sports Extra: Super Bowl _ A paginated preview of the Super Bowl is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “SE” or “Superbowl” (one word) under the Graphics tab. Three sizes of pages are available _ full broadsheet, half broadsheet, tabloid _ with space for local advertising or content. The pages look at the Rams-Patriots matchup, keys to the game and other facts and figures. For questions, contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan@ap.org

NBA

BKN--PELICANS-ROCKETS

HOUSTON _ With Anthony Davis now wanting out in New Orleans, the Pelicans try to slow a scorching James Harden, whose Houston Rockets lead the Southwest Division. Harden has scored 30 or more points in 23 straight games. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Men:

BKC--T25-VIRGINIA-NC STATE

RALEIGH, N.C. _ No. 3 Virginia, which responded to its loss to Duke by beating Wake Forest and Notre Dame, faces No. 23 North Carolina State. The Wolfpack take on No. 12 Virginia Tech later in the week. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

BKC--T25-TENNESSEE-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ No. 1 Tennessee looks to stay perfect in the SEC when it faces South Carolina. The Gamecocks have knocked off the past two ranked league opponents it has faced at home. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 6:30 p.m.

BKC--USC-RAKOCEVIC

LOS ANGELES _ USC’s Nick Rakocevic has emerged as one of the top players during the first half of the Pac-12 season. He leads the league in double-doubles, with the Trojans set for a key game at Washington on Wednesday night. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

_ Also:

_ BKC--AUBURN’S SLUMP _ Once-promising Auburn falls to 2-4 in SEC. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.

Women:

BKW--T25-BAYLOR’S POINT

WACO, Texas _ Chloe Jackson took an unusual path to being the starting point guard for top-ranked Baylor. She was a graduate transfer last summer after two seasons at LSU. In high school, she was a standout soccer player who also loved basketball. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 600 words, photos.

BASEBALL

_ BBO--HALL OF FAME-BAINES _ Harold Baines tours Hall of Fame leading to summer induction this summer. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

_ BBA--YANKEES-ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST _ Yankees hire environmental scientist. SENT: 130 words.

UFC

_ MMA--UFC-MCGREGOR-NURMAGOMEDOV SUSPENSIONS _ UFC fighters suspended, fined for brawl at last October’s bout. SENT: 250 words, photos.

SOCCER

_ SOC--ASIAN CUP _ Qatar routs host United Arab Emirates 4-0 in Asian Cup semifinal; UAE fans hurl shoes at Qatari players. SENT: 450 words.

_ SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP _ Manchester City can move one point behind Liverpool in English Premier League by beating Newcastle. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

_ THAILAND-BAHRAIN REFUGEE _ Australia’s prime minister asks Thailand to stop extradition of player to Bahrain. By Kaweewit Kaewjinda and Tassanee Vejpongsa. SENT: 650 words, photos.

SKIING

_ SKI--WCUP-MEN’S SLALOM _ Austria’s Marcel Hirscher leads after first run of night slalom in home country. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.

TENNIS

_ TEN--DAVIS CUP-HEWITT Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt slams Davis Cup changes. SENT: 140 words.

_ TEN--FED CUP-SVITOLINA _ Elina Svitolina breaks with Ukraine’s Fed Cup team in dispute. SENT: 170 words.

_ Women’s tournaments in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Hua Hin, Thailand.

CAPSULES

_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES

_ HKN--NHL CAPSULES

_ BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Tuesday Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Milwaukee at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Washington at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

New Orleans at Houston, 8 p.m.

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

Philadelphia at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Winnipeg at Boston, 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 1 Tennessee at South Carolina, 6:30 p.m.

No. 3 Virginia at No. 23 N.C. State, 7 p.m.

No. 5 Michigan vs. Ohio State, 9 p.m.

No. 7 Kentucky at Vanderbilt, 9 p.m.

No. 8 Nevada at UNLV, 11 p.m.

No. 9 North Carolina at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m.

No. 11 Kansas at Texas, 7 p.m.

No. 18 Buffalo vs. Ball State, 7 p.m.

No. 21 Maryland vs. Northwestern, 7 p.m.

No. 22 Mississippi State at Alabama, 8:30 p.m.

No. 24 Wisconsin at Nebraska, 8 p.m.

Women

No. 23 Iowa State vs. Texas Tech, 7:30 p.m.