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December 10, 2013 03:31 PM EST | AP

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Reigning Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek will miss the Winter Games because of a torn labrum in his left hip. Doctors told him last week he was risking permanent damage if he continued. He says he's "crushed" at not being able to compete and represent the U.S. in Sochi. By National Writer Nancy Armour. SENT: 750 words, photos.


An AP review of penalties through the first 11 weeks of the NFL season finds that despite the crackdown on hits above the head, almost once a game, a player absorbs an illegal blow above the shoulders that could put his career at risk. By National Writers Nancy Armour and Eddie Pells. SENT: 900 words, photos, graphic.



LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Diamondbacks agree to acquire outfielder Mark Trumbo from the Angels as part of a three-team trade that also includes the White Sox, the AP is told. Also at the winter meetings, Curtis Granderson is introduced by the Mets after completing a $60 million, four-year contract. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— With:

— BBO--Spink Award. SENT: 200 words.


INDIANAPOLIS — Miami has the last two titles. Indiana has the league's best record. On Tuesday night, in the NBA's headline attraction, the Pacers see how their 18-3 record measures up against LeBron James and the Heat. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.


LAUSANNE, Switzerland — IOC President Thomas Bach says Russia will set up public protest zones in Sochi during the Winter Olympics, a move unlikely to defuse criticism of the country's human rights record and a recent law banning gay "propaganda." By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 750 words, photos.


UNITED NATIONS — Ex-NBA player Jason Collins and tennis great Martina Navratilova urge world sports bodies like the IOC and FIFA to do more to support gay athletes. Their comments come at a United Nations event celebrating International Human Rights Day. By Cara Anna. SENT: 450 words, photos, video.


GAINESVILLE, Fla.— No. 13 Kansas plays No. 19 Florida, with both schools trying to bounce back from buzzer-beater losses. The Gators have won 20 consecutive games at home. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.


SECAUCUS, N.J. — The WNBA holds its draft lottery, with Connecticut having the best chance to get the top pick. But only four times in the previous 11 lotteries has the team with the worst record won the lottery. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Lottery starts 4:30 p.m.



LAS VEGAS — Somewhere out there — the best guess would be in Alabama — there are 14 anxious gamblers with more than just school pride riding on Auburn winning the national championship. They've got bets on the Tigers winning the national championship — and at 1,000-1 odds it could be a big payoff. By Sports Writer Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. 4 p.m.


NEW YORK — It took awhile, much longer than Nebraska fans can understand, but Tommie Frazier is finally a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.


AUBURN, Ala. — Tre Mason knows how to play on the biggest stages. The Auburn tailback capped his run from overshadowed tailback to Heisman Trophy finalist with an eye-popping 46 carries for 304 yards against Missouri in the SEC championship game. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Dave Clawson is known as a program-builder, and that makes him a good fit for Wake Forest, which has had five straight losing seasons . He leaves Bowling Green to succeed Jim Grobe as Wake Forest's coach. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. News conference 4:30 p.m.

— Also:

— STANFORD, Calif. — FBC--T25-Stanford-Successful Seniors. By Antonio Gonzalez. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— EAST LANSING, Mich. — FBC--T25-Michigan State Arrives. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— LINCOLN, Neb. — FBC--Nebraska-Bowl Blahs. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.



THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Graeme McDowell mapped out a plan. Just over a year ago, he tried to figure out how many ranking points he'd need to return to the top five in the world. He nearly hit his target. He just wasn't banking on so many other players doing even better in a banner year on the PGA Tour. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 850 words, photos.

— With:

— GLF--Golf Notes. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,200 words.



PHILADELPHIA — With three games left, the Eagles have control of their playoff hopes. If they win out, they'll complete a worst-to-first journey and secure at least the No. 3 seed in the NFC. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Four times this season, the Broncos have overcome early double-digit deficits to win. While their grit is commendable, they'd just as soon avoid this kind of approach as they try to hold the top seed in the AFC playoffs. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.


CHICAGO — Almost ready to be written off, the Bears jump back into the playoff race by beating Dallas 45-28 on a frigid Monday night. Chicago is tied with Detroit for the NFC North lead. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— FBN--Pick Six-Showdowns Ahead. By Joe Kay. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— DAVIE, Fla. — FBN--Dolphins-Clay. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— PITTSBURGH — FBN--Steeler-Mike Tomlin. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 650 words by 5 p.m.

— IRVING, Texas — FBN--Defenseless Cowboys. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m. — FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — FBN--Falcons-Koetter. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.



BOSTON — Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers returns to Boston with his new team when the Los Angeles Clippers come to town Wednesday night. The Clippers lead the Pacific Division while the new-look Celtics are in first place in the Atlantic. By Howard Ulman. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.


DES MOINES, Iowa — No. 17 Iowa State is the only unbeaten team left in the Big 12, thanks largely to an offense that's as efficient and explosive as any in the country. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.


— SAO PAULO — SOC--Brazil-Fan Violence. Brazilian club relegated in match stopped by fan violence looks to have result annulled. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— LONDON — SOC--AP Global Soccer 10. Bayern Munich, Franck Ribery top weekly AP soccer poll. By Jack Bezants. SENT: 400 words, photos.

— SOC--Euro Rdp. Six clubs vie for three available spots in round of 16 of Champions League. UPCOMING: 250 words, photos by 5 p.m.


— PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Player safety is expected to be discussed at the NHL's board of governors meeting. UPCOMING: 450 words.

— HAMMOND, La. — SE Louisiana-NCAA Penalties. Southeastern Louisiana draw four years of probation, cited for lack of institutional control. SENT: 550 words.

— OKLAHOMA CITY — BKN--Lucky Shot-Thunder. College basketball player who won $20,000 by hitting a half-court shot during a Thunder game can keep the money for use as a scholarship. SENT: 200 words, photos.

— ATLANTA — Ted Turner-Braves. Ted Turner wants Atlanta to convert namesake ballpark into green space after demolition. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 300 words, photos.

— LONDON — Britain-Mike Tyson. Mike Tyson scraps promotional appearances because previous convictions bar former heavyweight champ from entering Britain. SENT: 130 words.

— SAN FRANCISCO — America's Cup-Economic Impact. The America's Cup in San Francisco reportedly was not the economic engine as projected. SENT: 400 words.

— LAS VEGAS — National Finals Rodeo. Day 6 of National Finals Rodeo, with competition in seven events. UPCOMING: 600 words by midnight.


— BKN--NBA Capsules

— HKN--NBA Capsules

— BKC--T25-Top 25 Capsules

Tuesday's Time Schedule (EST)


Miami at Indiana, 7 p.m.

New York at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

San Antonio at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Boston at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Milwaukee at Chicago, 8 p.m.

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


Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Washington, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Los Angeles at Montreal, 7 p.m.

Detroit at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

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

St. Louis at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Chicago at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Phoenix at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Boston at Calgary, 9:30 p.m.

Carolina at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)


No. 11 Kentucky vs. Boise State, 9 p.m.

No. 13 Kansas at No. 19 Florida, 7 p.m.

No. 20 Gonzaga at West Virginia, 9 p.m.


No. 23 Gonzaga at Wisconsin, 8 p.m.