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DAVIE, Fla. — At some point, the rite of passage imposed on young Miami Dolphins players went wrong. An NFL investigation will determine whether the coaching staff was culpable in the harassment case involving offensive linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, and whether teammates should have stepped in to stop hazing of a young player. By Steven Wine. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words by 7 p.m.
STANFORD, Calif. — The matchup between Oregon and Stanford the past three seasons has been billed as the biggest game of the year on the West Coast, a de facto Pac-12 title game and national semifinal. What it also has been is a spoiler. Each time, the loser was handed its only regular-season defeat and would have surely played in the BCS championship game otherwise. The stakes will be just as high when the No. 2 Ducks visit the No. 6 Cardinal on Thursday night. By Antonio Gonzalez. SENT: 800 words, photos.
WACO, Texas — Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty knows people remember November. That 7-0 start for the fifth-ranked Bears and their highest ranking in 60 years will mean little without a win over No. 12 Oklahoma on Thursday night in the first of a series of tests to end the regular season. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.
FBN--PACKERS WITHOUT RODGERS
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Now starting at quarterback for the Packers ... Seneca Wallace? Welcome to life without Aaron Rodgers, who has a fractured left collarbone. Now it's up to career understudy Wallace to keep things moving until The Franchise returns. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS — As predictable as the falling leaves, each autumn in the NFL there are teams that made the playoffs the previous year struggling to even see the .500 mark. This week, the national Thursday night television audience gets to see two of them face off on the league's flagship cable network when the Minnesota Vikings (1-7) host the Washington Redskins (3-5). By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Whether he was just being honest or trying to get under the Chiefs' skin, Denver cornerback Chris Harris said he couldn't watch the Kansas City-Buffalo matchup last weekend because the game was too boring. While the Broncos are scoring 43 points a game, the Chiefs haven't allowed anyone to score more than 17. These two AFC West rivals square off twice in the next four weeks. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 900 words.
— NEW YORK — FBN--AFC East-Halfway. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— CINCINNATI — FBN--AFC North-Halfway. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— NASHVILLE, Tenn. — FBN--AFC South-Halfway. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
Injuries can be damaging to NFL teams — and to Pro Picks, which is hurting after an awful week in which even our Best Bet flopped, for the first time. So do we ride the Redskins or the Vikings in Thursday night's game, in which Washington is a 2-point favorite? By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— HOUSTON — FBN--Texans-Next Step. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.
— ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — FBN--Broncos Moving On. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— METAIRIE, La. — FBN--Saints-Inconsistent Offense. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— IRVING, Texas — FBN--Cowboys-Facing Ryan. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— CINCINNATI — FBN--Bengals-Missing Geno. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— SANTA CLARA, Calif. — FBN--49ers-Healthy Receivers. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 750 words by 6:30 p.m.
— CHARLOTTE, N.C. — FBN--Panthers-Newton. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— ST. LOUIS — FBN--Rams-Stacy. By R.B. Fallstrom. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — FBN--Bills-New Hope. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m.
FBC--T25-COLLEGE FB PICKS
College football has never had a Thursday night like this — though you can expect more of them in the future. Two games with championship implications, matching four highly ranked teams. No. 12 Oklahoma at No. 5 Baylor, with first place on the line in the Big 12, kicks off on Fox Sports 1. Then, about 2½ hours later, come No. 2 Oregon and No. 6 Stanford, the Pac-12 game of the year. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 900 words, photos.
FBC--T25-FLORIDA ST-WINSTON SQUINTS
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston hasn't worn his contacts during football games, causing him to squint to get the plays from the sideline. The Indiana University director of the Sports Vision Program at the School of Optometry says athletic performance increases when athletes wear their contacts or glasses. By Kareem Copeland. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
STANFORD, Calif. — John Elway was as surprised as anybody when Stanford coach David Shaw called him earlier this year to tell him the school was retiring his No. 7 jersey. Thirty years since he graduated, Elway will finally get his due when Stanford enshrines his jersey at halftime against Oregon on Thursday night. By Antonio Gonzalez. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— COLUMBIA, Mo. — FBC--SEC-Head East. By R.B. Fallstrom. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— STORRS, Conn. — FBC--UConn-Sexual Assaults. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3:30 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — Derrick Rose is back and the Bulls are ready to reclaim the Central Division title they won two years ago — and that Indiana took last season. It won't be easy given that the Pacers are the only unbeaten team left in the NBA and have come out of the gates fast, while Rose's shooting touch has been off. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks finally return to Honda Center after a successful eight-game road trip with the most points in the NHL. They'll host Shane Doan and the Phoenix Coyotes, who have won five straight. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Davis Love III can still remember when he and Bob Tway dropped their kids off at day care during PGA Tour events. Now one of those kids, Kevin Tway, is playing the McGladrey Classic. About the only thing that keeps Love from feeling old is that he's still playing, too. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.
LONDON — Just nine months after returning from a career-threatening knee injury, Rafael Nadal clinches the year-end No. 1 ranking for the third time by beating Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) at the ATP finals. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m.
Barcelona hosts AC Milan, Chelsea is home against Schalke and Arsenal is at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. By Andrew Dampf. Games start 2:45 p.m.
BKC--THE NEW RULES
PHOENIX — The NCAA's new rule changes for college basketball are designed to speed up the game after the lowest-scoring season since the 3-point line was installed. It's likely to have the opposite effect early in the season, as teams adjust to the way the game is being called. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Jahii Carson handled the pressure as a program savior his first season at Arizona State. For his encore, which will also be his finale, Carson would like to finish his career in the desert with a flourish: a Pac-12 championship, All-America honors and a deep run in the NCAA tournament. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Basketball supremacy in the Bluegrass State extends beyond Kentucky's and Louisville's powerhouse men's programs. The Wildcats' and Cardinals' women's teams are coming off deep runs in last year's NCAA tournament and return with serious championship aspirations. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
LAS VEGAS — The world's newest poker champion started hustling his friends in basement games when he was a kid. As a teenager, Ryan Riess vowed to win the World Series of Poker main event, and on Tuesday night, he accomplished that goal in Las Vegas. By Hannah Dreier. SENT: 700 words, photos.
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— HKN--NHL Capsules.
Wednesday's Time Schedule (EST)
L.A. Clippers at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Toronto at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Utah at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Golden State at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Cleveland at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
New Orleans at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Phoenix at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.
Dallas at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
Winnipeg at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Nashville at Colorado, 9:30 p.m.
Phoenix at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Houston at New York, 8 p.m.
New England at Sporting KC, 9 p.m.