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January 20, 2018 - 2:02 am

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TOP STORIES

GYM--DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT

LANSING, Mich. — Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman on Friday confronted her former doctor who has pleaded guilty to multiple sexual assaults, warning him that the testimony of the "powerful army" of 140 survivors at his sentencing will haunt him in prison. More than 80 of the women and girls whom Larry Nassar abused under the guise of medical treatment have stood before the court during a marathon sentencing hearing that began Tuesday, describing with eloquence and sometimes tears the harm Nassar did and the impact he has had on their lives. By David Eggert and Mike Householder. SENT: 890 words, photos.

FBN--PATRIOTS-BRADY

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady is staying mum on his status for the AFC championship game after suffering a right hand injury earlier in the week. Brady said a bit contentiously only "We'll see" on Friday when asked whether he would play in Sunday's conference title game against Jacksonville. The quarterback wore red gloves and responded to several other questions about how much he practiced or how he sustained the injury by saying, "I'm not talking about that." By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 655 words, photos.

OLY--HKO-MEN'S HOCKEY PREVIEW

No NHL players takes a lot of the juice out of the Olympics, but it adds something else: intrigue. Canada is no longer the slam-dunk favorite after back-to-back gold medals, while Russia probably is. But unlike NHL Olympic tournaments, almost every team can win this one. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 a.m.

OLY--HKW-WOMEN'S HOCKEY PREVIEW

Canada goes to the PyeongChang Games as the four-time gold medalist, and the United States has had four years to find an answer on how to finally beat the Americans' biggest rival for the only title that matters in women's hockey. Yes, the memory of blowing a 2-0 lead in Sochi only to lose the gold medal in overtime has been a very painful motivator. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m.

PRO FOOTBALL

FBN--JETS-ANDERSON ARREST

SUNRISE, Fla. — New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson faces a slew of charges in Florida, including threatening a police officer's family and saying he would rape the officer's wife. A Sunrise police report shows the 24-year-old Anderson was stopped early Friday in a sport utility vehicle after it ran two red lights and was swerving while traveling about 105 mph (170 kph) in a 45 mph zone. SENT: 350 words, photos.

FBN--JAGUARS-COUGHLIN'S CHANCE

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It's no exaggeration to say Tom Coughlin built the Jaguars from the ground up. It's also no exaggeration to say Coughlin's last piece of unfinished business would be bringing a Super Bowl title to the town he helped put on the map. By Mark Long and Eddie Pells. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

FBN--DEFENSE MATTERS

Four of the NFL's five teams hardest to score on in the regular season are the last four left in the playoffs. Three of the four toughest to gain yards against are still around, too. Still think all that matters in the modern game is a good QB? By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— WITH:

— FBN--DEFENSE MATTERS-BY THE NUMBERS. SENT: 350 words.

— Also:

— JOE MCKNIGHT KILLED. SENT: 730 words, photos.

— FBN--RAIDERS-ROONEY RULE. SENT: 260 words.

— FBN--EAGLES-THE LEADER. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— FBN--VIKINGS-INJURIES. SENT: 150 words.

— FBN--PANTHERS-SPECIAL TEAMS. By Steve Reed. SENT: 310 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBO--HALLADAY PLANE CRASH

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — An autopsy report says retired star pitcher Roy Halladay had evidence of amphetamine, morphine and an insomnia drug in his system when he died in a small plane crash in Florida last year. The Tampa Bay Times reports that an autopsy released Friday shows the former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies All-Star died from blunt force trauma with drowning as a contributing factor when he crashed his personal plane into the Gulf of Mexico near New Port Richey on Nov. 7. SENT: 150 words, photo.

— Also:

— BBO--BLUE JAYS-CARDINALS TRADE. SENT: 380 words.

— BBN--METS-TEBOW. SENT: 150 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--NFL DRAFT-EARLY ENTRANTS

Quarterbacks Sam Darnold, Lamar Jackson and Josh Rosen are among the record 106 underclassmen given special entry to the NFL draft, making it four of the last five seasons in which at least 95 players have declared early. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 400 words, photos.

— With:

— FBC--PICK SIX-DRAFT WINNERS & LOSERS — By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 550 words, photos.

TENNIS

TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN

MELBOURNE, Australia — After wasting three chances to serve it out, then saving three match points, Simona Halep finally fended off American Lauren Davis in a third-round win that took 3 hours, 45 minutes and equaled a record at the Australian Open. For top-ranked Halep, already playing with an injured left ankle, the 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 victory on Saturday was a testament to her renewed self-belief. By John Pye. SENT: 675 words, photos. Developing.

— Also:

— TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-WOZNIACKI'S DROUGHT. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 450 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

GYM--PAUL NEWBERRY-SEXUAL ABUSE

The testimony out of Michigan is horrific and heart-wrenching. Dozens of gymnasts recount the sexual abuse they faced at the hands of disgraced doctor Larry Nassar. But we're still a long way from addressing a sports culture that has allowed this depravity to thrive. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 985 words, photos.

OLYMPICS

OLY--SKI-SHIFFRIN'S TIME

Mikaela Shiffrin often contemplates two thoughts completely detached from reality. She feels as if she's never won a race; she feels as if she's never going to win again. Everyone else is fairly certain many more victories await, including at next month's Olympics. By Pat Graham and Howard Fendrich. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

— Also:

— OLY--LUG-DOUBLES LIFE. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.

— OLY--FIG-HUBBELL AND DONOHUE. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING. SENT: 140 words.

— FIG--EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— SKE--SKELETON WORLD CUP. SENT: 130 words, photos.

— OLY--OBIT-MARANGONI. SENT: 100 words.

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AP Sports Extra: Winter Olympics Preview: A paginated look at the Winter Olympics is available in AP Newsroom by searching for "Sports Extra" under the Graphics tab. The pages take a closer look at the top U.S. Olympians to watch and other interesting facts and figures about the Pyeongchang Games. The pages can be used between now and the start of the Olympics on Friday, Feb. 9. For any questions, contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan@ap.org

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKW--INEXPERIENCED SYRACUSE

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — It's been almost two years since Syracuse lost to powerful Connecticut in the women's national championship game, and Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman is trying to recapture some of the magic that produced a program-record 30 victories in that breakthrough season. Fielding one of the most inexperienced teams in the nation, one with just two returning players and two freshmen sharing duties in the post, has made it an uphill climb this season. Syracuse is 14-5 and 2-4 in the ACC. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 610 words, photos by 3 a.m.

PRO WRESTLING

WRE--RAW AT 25

From its birth on Jan. 11, 1993, "Raw" set out to be a special kind of wrestling show, from the name, to the locale and the live action. "Welcome everyone, to Monday Night Raw!" announcer Vince McMahon bellowed. "We are live from New York City!" The WWE will celebrate the 25th anniversary of "Raw" on Jan. 22 at its original home of the Manhattan Center with some of the biggest stars in the company's history stopping by for a fight. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 a.m.

COLLEGE SPORTS

NCAA CONVENTION

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA's five largest conferences approve sweeping changes in everything from medical care to basketball during the holidays, dashing through the agenda with little opposition and virtually no debate. By Michael Marot. SENT: 600 words, photos.

GOLF

GLF--CAREERBUILDER

LA QUINTA, Calif. — CareerBuilder Challenge leader Andrew Landry was quick to point out the windy forecast. After two perfect days for scoring, wind at 15-20 mph with gusts to 30 mph was expected Saturday with the temperature only reaching the mid-60s after coming close to 80 on Friday. And Landry and five others in the top nine were headed up the hill to PGA West's once-feared, Pete Dye-designed Stadium Course for the weekend. By John Nicholson. SENT: 710 words, photos.

GLF--ABU DHABI HSBC CHAMPIONSHIP

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Thomas Pieters holed a bunker shot for a closing birdie and shot a second-round 65 to take a one-stroke lead at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Friday as top-ranked Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy moved into contention. McIlroy, playing his first event since October, finished with an eagle on the par-5 18th and was three shots behind Pieters after a 66. SENT: 300 words.

— Also:

— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS. SENT: 350 words.

— GLF--SINGAPORE OPEN. SENT: 250 words.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-HALL OF FAME

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Robert Yates lived long enough to hear his name announced as a NASCAR Hall of Famer. Although he lost his battle with liver cancer five months after he was voted into the Hall, Yates was able to write his own acceptance speech for Friday night's ceremony. It was read by Dale Jarrett, a Hall of Famer who won the 1999 championship driving for Yates. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 890 words, photos.

BOXING

BOX--SPENCE-PETERSON

NEW YORK — Errol Spence Jr.'s last fight would be the career highlight for many boxers. Winning a title by going overseas to the champion's hometown and stopping him is tough to top, and even Spence's next opponent was impressed. But one belt is far short of what Spence has planned in boxing. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 650 words, photos.

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

MMA-UFC 220

BOSTON — Daniel Cormier fights in the shadow of disgraced ex-champion Jon Jones. Cormier defends the UFC light heavyweight title Saturday in UFC 220 against Volkan Oezdemir. But Cormier has never defeated Jones, whom many consider the best fighter in mixed martial arts. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 850 words, photos.

— WITH:

— MMA--UFC 220-WHITE SPEAKS. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 970 words, photos.

MMA--BELLATOR-NEW YEAR

LOS ANGELES — Bellator is going back to old-school MMA promotion this year with an eight-man heavyweight tournament featuring some of the sport's biggest names from the recent past. The festivities begin Saturday at the Forum when Rampage Jackson takes on Chael Sonnen. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 600 words.

LAW

JAMES PATTERSON-AARON HERNANDEZ-Q&A

BOSTON — Eight months after ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in prison, a new book by best-selling author James Patterson is reviving unanswered questions. Patterson speaks with the AP about what he calls "the most fascinating, complicated and troubling crime story of our times." By William J. Cole. SENT: 500 words, photos.

SOCCER

SOC--MLS DRAFT

Akron's Joao Moutinho was selected Friday by Los Angeles FC with the No. 1 overall pick in Major League Soccer's amateur draft. The day also featured a major trade: The Philadelphia Union acquired winger Davis Accam from Chicago for $1.2 million in allocation money. Atlanta United also announced the much-anticipated arrival of attacking midfielder Ezequiel Barco. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 750 words, photos .

— Also:

— SOC--PELE'S HEALTH. By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— SOC--NWSL-LLOYD TRADE. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 540 words, photos.

OTHER

— HKN--RANGERS-SHATTENKIRK. By Vin. A. Cherwoo. SENT: 465 words, photos.

— HNB--RUSSIA-DOPING. SENT: 200 words.

— SAI--VOLVO OCEAN RACE. SENT: 240 words.

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Saturday's Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Oklahoma City at Cleveland, 3:30 p.m.

Chicago at Atlanta, 5 p.m.

Miami at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Memphis at New Orleans, 7 p.m.

Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Golden State at Houston, 8:30 p.m.

Toronto at Minnesota, 9 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Utah, 9 p.m.

Dallas at Portland, 10 p.m.

NHL

Dallas at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

New Jersey at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Colorado, 3 p.m.

Winnipeg at Calgary, 3 p.m.

Boston at Montreal, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Ottawa, 7 p.m.

Carolina at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at San Jose, 8 p.m.

Arizona at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Florida at Nashville, 8 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 9 p.m.

Vancouver at Edmonton, 10 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

East-West Shrine Classic at St. Petersburg, Fla.: East vs. West, 3 p.m.

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at Carson, Calif.: American vs. National, 4 p.m.

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Men

No. 1 Villanova vs. UConn at the XL Center, Hartford, Conn., Noon

No. 3 Purdue at Iowa, Noon

No. 4 Oklahoma at Oklahoma State, 2 p.m.

No. 5 Duke vs. Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.

No. 6 West Virginia vs. Texas, 2 p.m.

No. 7 Wichita State at Houston, Noon

No. 8 Texas Tech at Iowa State, 2 p.m.

No. 10 Kansas vs. Baylor, 6 p.m.

No. 11 Xavier at No. 19 Seton Hall, 2:30 p.m.

No. 12 Cincinnati vs. East Carolina, 4 p.m.

No. 13 Gonzaga at Santa Clara, 8 p.m.

No. 14 Arizona at Stanford, 4 p.m.

No. 15 North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech, 2 p.m.

No. 16 Arizona State at California, 10:30 p.m.

No. 17 Auburn vs. Georgia, 6 p.m.

No. 18 Kentucky vs. Florida, 8:15 p.m.

No. 20 Clemson vs. Notre Dame, 4 p.m.

No. 21 Tennessee at South Carolina, 6 p.m.

No. 22 Ohio State vs. Minnesota at Madison Square Garden, Noon

No. 24 TCU at Kansas State, 4 p.m.

Women

No. 4 Baylor vs. Kansas State, 7 p.m.

No. 9 Texas at Texas Tech, 4 p.m.

No. 17 West Virginia at Iowa State, 2 p.m.

No. 19 Michigan vs. Illinois, 6 p.m.

No. 23 Green Bay at Oakland, 3 p.m.

No. 24 Oklahoma State at Oklahoma, 1 p.m.

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