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BUFFALO, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it's "impractical" now for the Bills to host the Jets on Sunday because of the snowstorm battering the Buffalo area. The storm has dumped more than 5 feet of snow since Monday night, with more coming. The Bills missed a second straight day of practice. By John Wawrow. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders, 0-10 and looking for their first victory in more than a year, play the first-place Chiefs. Still, Kansas City coach Andy Reid is wary of this longtime rivalry: "When you go to the Black Hole, you better be ready." By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:25 p.m.
MACAU — No one questions Chris Algieri's toughness, not after he got up from two first-round knockdowns and fought half-blinded to win a decision win in his June title fight with the feared Ruslan Provodnikov. Now, this undefeated boxer with a master's degree in clinical nutrition, awaits Manny Pacquiao this weekend. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 750 words, photos.
FBN--VICK-CHANGING THE GAME
In the 13 years since his arrival as the fastest man on the field who also happened to have the best arm, Michael Vick's impact has been felt — in the way quarterbacks and offenses evolve in high school, college, and eventually, the pros. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 950 words, photos.
GENEVA — FIFA will further review the 2018 and 2022 World Cup corruption investigation, putting the status of hosts Russia and Qatar back in question. Domenico Scala, the independent chairman of FIFA's financial monitoring panel, will study the report by American prosecutor Michael Garcia. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 400 words, photos.
The NFL players' union appeals the league's suspension of Adrian Peterson. In a letter obtained by the AP, the NFLPA calls Commissioner Roger Goodell's punishment "unprecedented, arbitrary, and unlawful" and demands that an independent, neutral arbitrator hears Peterson's case. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— VIKINGS-PETERSON'S SON-BOND — Judge adds bond conditions for man charged in death of Adrian Peterson's son. SENT: 250 words.
PHILADELPHIA — Nike is pulling back on plans for a shoe that sneakily honors Allen Iverson after the former NBA star questioned whether the company could use his old number and team colors while he's endorsed by rival Reebok. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 650 words, photos.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Baseball owners unanimously approve a five-year term for Rob Manfred, who will succeed Bud Selig as commissioner early next year. Owners also discuss a variety of issues, among them pace of play, instant replay and domestic violence initiatives. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 650 words, photos.
GLF--LPGA TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
NAPLES, Fla. — The biggest payout in women's golf is on the line when the LPGA Tour season finale gets starts at the CME Group Tour Championship. Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and Lydia Ko can claim a $1 million bonus by winning the tournament. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
TEN--DAVIS CUP FINAL-DRAW
LILLE, France — Despite his bad back, Roger Federer will face Gael Monfils on Friday in the second singles match when Switzerland faces France in the Davis Cup final. Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka will open the best-of-five series on clay against Jo-Wilfired Tsonga. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 650 words, photos.
HOUSTON — Alfred Blue didn't spend any time feeling sorry for himself when he didn't hear his name called until the sixth round of this year's NFL draft. Houston's rookie running back remembered something coaches had long told him: "It's not where you begin, it's how it ends." By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
ASHBURN, Va. — In contrast to, say, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Kerrigan is perhaps the most drama-free member of the Washington Redskins. He leads the team with 7 1/2 sacks, even though he's been playing hurt. By Joseph White. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--EAGLES-TURNOVERS — By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--49ERS-RELIABLE BOLDIN — By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--PACKERS-PROTECTING RODGERS — By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--BRONCOS-LATIMER — By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--BEARS-CUTLER — By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
PHOENIX — The never-ending battle for field position has a new weapon: the rugby-style punt. More teams are turning to the end-over-end punts that are tough to defend and sometimes tougher to catch. By College Football Writer John Marshall. SENT: 750 words, photos.
FBC--T25-BAYLOR-RIGHT AT HOME
Playoff-contending No. 6 Baylor, going for its second Big 12 title in a row, has two home games and a neutral-site game to finish the regular season. The Bears have won 26 of their last 27 such games. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
FBC--T25-COLORADO ST-HART'S RESURGENCE
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Tailback Dee Hart's making the most of a fresh start with No. 22 Colorado State after transferring from Alabama over the summer. He's rushed for 909 yards and 11 TDs, helping the Rams to their best start since 1994. By Pat Graham. SENT: 750 words, photos.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard has gotten used to beating Yale in The Game — eight straight victories. But there's something nice about both teams being at their best for one of college football's oldest rivalries. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBC--T25-KANSAS ST-WEST VIRGINIA — By John Raby. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
— FBC--T25-NORTH CAROLINA-DUKE — By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. start.
— FBC--CALIFORNIA-GOFF'S TEAM — By Antonio Gonzalez. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— FBC--EAST CAROLINA-HARDY'S RECORD — By Aaron Beard. SENT: 600 words, photos.
LEXINGTON, Ky. — No. 1 Kentucky is college basketball's answer to the U.S. national team, with two platoons of NBA-caliber talent. The Wildcats feature nine players of at least 6-foot-6 going all out. They don't need to pace themselves because they know relief is minutes away. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS — Ricky Rubio was playing some of his best ball with the Timberwolves when he went down Thursday with a badly sprained ankle that will keep him out for a while. The Spanish point guard discusses his injury. By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, by 6 p.m.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg intensifies entering the final race of the season, with Rosberg taunting his Mercedes teammate by urging him to "drive cleanly." By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— CAR--F1-DRIVER CHANGES — Two-time Formula One champ Fernando Alonso leaving Ferrari after season; will be replaced by four-time champion Sebastian Vettel. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— CAR--NASCAR-KAHNE-HENDRICK — Hendrick Motorsports gives driver Kasey Kahne three-year contract extension. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 550 words.
MIAMI — By agreeing to pay Giancarlo Stanton $325 million over the next 13 years, Jeffrey Loria gets to keep one of baseball's premier sluggers with the Marlins. Whether that deal comes with some goodwill for the oft-controversial owner remains to be seen. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2 p.m.
HKO--LOGISTICS MADE EASY
Logistics for neighborhood sports leagues is no easy thing. What players are available? Who's supplying the snacks? Now there's an app — with an assist from former NHL player Bret Hedican — helping organizers put their focus where it is needed most — on the games. By Ira Podell. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— BBA--BLUE JAYS-MARTIN — Catcher Russell Martin discusses the next phase of his career after signing a $82 million, five-year contract with the Blue Jays. By Ian Harrison. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— BBO--JAPAN-MLB ALL-STARS — Japan beats MLB All-Stars 6-4 in exhibition game. SENT: 200 words.
— GLF--WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP — Rory McIlroy shares first-round lead at season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— GLF--AUSTRALIAN MASTERS — Defending champ Adam Scott trails by six strokes after first round of Australian Masters. SENT: 350 words.
— GLF--CALLAWAY INVITATIONAL — Opening round of unofficial event involving PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour players at Pebble Beach. UPCOMING: 400 words by 8 p.m.
— SPORTS BETTING — Judge expects to rule by Friday on whether New Jersey can partially lift the ban on sports gambling. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— BOX--JERMAIN TAYLOR-SHOOTING — Jermain Taylor charged in August shooting in Arkansas; boxer could face up to 26 years in prison. SENT: 150 words.
— BKC--TARKANIAN HOSPITALIZED — Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, 84, hospitalized for pneumonia. SENT: 130 words, photos.
— OLY--RIO-GOLF COURSE-LAWSUIT — Construction on golf course for 2016 Rio Olympics could be halted because of legal obstacles. By Jenny Barchfield and Stephen Wade. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— SOC--BRAZIL-PELE'S SON — Pele's 44-year-old son released from jail in Brazil to appeal money laundering conviction. SENT: 130 words, photos.
— BOB--RUSSIA-DOPING — Russian national two-man bobsled champion tests positive for banned substance. SENT: 100 words.
— BKN--NBA CAPSULES.
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES.
— FBC--TOP 25 CAPSULES.
— BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES.
— BKW--TOP 25 CAPSULES.
Thursday's Time Schedule (EST)
Kansas City at Oakland, 8:25 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Miami, 8 p.m.
Chicago at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Nashville at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Detroit at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Arizona at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Washington at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Chicago at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Anaheim at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Carolina at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Florida at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
College Football (Top 25)
No. 12 Kansas State at West Virginia, 7 p.m.
No. 25 Duke vs. North Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 10 Texas vs. Iowa at New York (Madison Square Garden), 7 p.m.
No. 12 Villanova vs. Bucknell, 8 p.m.
No. 15 Virginia Commonwealth vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore, 7 p.m.
No. 16 San Diego State vs. Cal State Bakersfield, 10:30 p.m.
No. 17 Connecticut vs. College of Charleston at San Juan, Puerto Rico, 12:30 p.m.
No. 22 SMU at Indiana, 8 p.m.
No. 23 Syracuse vs. California at New York (Madison Square Garden), 9 p.m.
No. 24 Michigan vs. Detroit, 6 p.m.
No. 2 South Carolina vs. Clemson, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Stanford vs. No. 10 Texas, 9 p.m.
No. 7 Duke at Old Dominion, 7 p.m.
No. 12 Louisville vs. Belmont, 7 p.m.
No. 17 West Virginia at Mississippi State, 8 p.m.