TEMPE, Ariz. — First-round draft pick Deone Bucannon has become an important part of a strong defense for the Arizona Cardinals, who have the league's best record at 9-1. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.
— FBN--BENGALS-DENNARD'S DAY — By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--BRONCOS-LATIMER — By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.
PASADENA, Calif. — Much more than the Victory Bell rests on No. 24 USC's visit to the Rose Bowl on Saturday. No. 11 UCLA's hopes for the Pac-12 South title depend on a victory in the annual crosstown showdown, which Brett Hundley has never lost and Cody Kessler has never won. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
Arizona is realistic about its chances of winning the Pac-12 South. The No. 15 Wildcats are among four teams with two conference losses apiece at the top of the division. But given the tiebreakers, Arizona would need more than just victories in the final two games — starting Saturday at No. 20 Utah. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words and photos by 6 p.m.
FBC--T25-BOSTON COLLEGE-FLORIDA ST
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jameis Winston hasn't put up Heisman numbers, but he keeps winning and making plays. The Florida State quarterback will have the chance for some flashy stats Saturday when the No. 1 Seminoles face a Boston College pass defense ranked No. 65 in the nation. By Kareem Copeland. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— FBC--T25-COLORADO-OREGON — By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— FBC--T25--OKLAHOMA ST-BAYLOR — By Stephen Hawkins. SENT. 630 words, photos.
— FBC-T25-MISSISSIPPI ST-COX ARRESTED — SENT: 120 words.
NEW YORK — No. 10 Texas tries to win its first 2K Classic title when it faces California, which knocked off No. 23 Syracuse a night earlier at Madison Square Garden. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
NEW YORK — No. 4 Duke brings its trio of freshman starters to the Barclays Center to face Temple in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts about 9:40 p.m.
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CALGARY, Alberta — Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries of Canada makes her World Cup debut in the four-man bobsled next month with her all-male crew. The four-man bob has become "gender neutral", allowing for mixed teams and all-female teams to compete against the men. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— GLF--WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP — Henrik Stenson leads by two strokes over Rory McIlroy and two others halfway through season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— GLF--AUSTRALIAN MASTERS — Defending champion Adam Scott is six shots behind leader Michael Wright after two rounds of Australian Masters. SENT: 400 words.
— GLF--CALLAWAY INVITATIONAL — PGA Tour rookie Tony Finau is up by two shots entering second round of Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational. UPCOMING: 300 words by 8 p.m.
— BBO--DODGERS-RAYS TRADE — Reliever Joel Peralta acquired by Dodgers from Rays in four-player trade. SENT: 300 words, photos.
— BKN--PACERS-GEORGE INJURY — Pacers' Paul George to give update on his recovery from a leg injury. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FIG--TROPHEE BOMPARD — Two-time junior world champion Elena Radionova leads women's short program at Trophee Bompard in Bordeaux, France. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.
— SOC--WIGAN-WHELAN — Owner of English club Wigan sparks backlash for comments about Jews, Chinese. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 650 words, photos.
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Friday's Time Schedule (EST)
Phoenix at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Orlando at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Milwaukee at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Brooklyn at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Boston at Memphis, 8 p.m.
San Antonio at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Cleveland at Washington, 8 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
New Orleans at Denver, 9 p.m.
Utah at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.
Chicago at Portland, 10:30 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Boston at Columbus, 7 p.m.
New Jersey at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 1 Kentucky vs. Boston University, 7 p.m.
No. 4 Duke vs. Temple at New York (Barclays Center), 9:30 p.m.
No. 7 Louisville vs. Marshall, 9 p.m.
No. 8 Florida vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 8 p.m.
No. 9 Virginia vs. George Washington, 7 p.m.
No. 10 Texas vs. California at New York (Madison Square Garden), 7:30 p.m.
No. 17 UConn vs. Dayton at San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2:30 p.m.
No. 19 Michigan State vs. Loyola of Chicago, 7 p.m.
No. 23 Syracuse vs. Iowa at New York (Madison Square Garden), 5 p.m.
No. 25 Utah vs. UC Riverside, 9 p.m.
No. 3 Notre Dame vs. Chattanooga, 5 p.m.
No. 4 Tennessee vs. Winthrop, 7 p.m.
No. 14 California at Hawaii, midnight
No. 18 Iowa vs. Pepperdine, 8:30 p.m.
No. 24 Gonzaga at Montana State, 9 p.m.