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Highlights from Thursday’s AP Sports report. An up-to-date list of all planned stories, including games and events, can be found in the coverage plan on AP Newsroom, . You can also find a link to the coverage plan on the left navigation of the newsroom homepage, . Sports content is available on

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Highlights from Thursday’s AP Sports report. An up-to-date list of all planned stories, including games and events, can be found in the coverage plan on AP Newsroom, . You can also find a link to the coverage plan on the left navigation of the newsroom homepage, . Sports content is available on

For access to the AP Newsroom and other technical issues, including Agate, contact AP Customer Support at 877-836-9477.

Supervisor is Rebecca Miller, followed by Jay Cohen at 5 p.m. and John Nicholson at 1 a.m. The New York Athletic Office can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports photos, post. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636.

AP’s Ralph Russo hosts the latest AP Top 25 College Football podcast.

AP’s Rob Maaddi hosts the latest AP Pro Football podcast.

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Drew Brees talks life after retirement on the AP Pro Football Podcast: https://newsroom.ap.org/detail/DrewBreestalkslifeafterretirementonAPsProFootballPodcast/c48f139c545a43ffa9f0d358ee393ade

Analysis: Wembanyama showed the directory, as the NBA watches: https://newsroom.ap.org/detail/AnalysisWembanyamashowedtherepertoireasNBAwatched/6f38c2fb1f524f82ac4f678dbf48dc9d

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TOP STORIES

NBF–COLTS-BRONCOS

DENVER — Matt Ryan and the beleaguered Indianapolis Colts visit Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos. By AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. COMING SOON: 750 words, photos. The game starts at 8:15 p.m.

FBC – EARLY CUT COACHES

Five top college football coaches have been fired ahead of Week 6 — at least one every week since 9/11, when Nebraska dumped Scott Frost. That’s more than half the number of pre-midseason layoffs that have been made in the previous eight seasons combined. By college football writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 830 words, photos.

FBC–49-YEAR-OLD PLAYER

WAHPETON, ND — A junior college in North Dakota has a senior statesman on its football team: 49-year-old backup defensive lineman Ray Ruschel, a freshman who is a year older than his coach . The army veteran is a night shift mechanic at a sugar beet factory seeking a degree in business management. For now, he’s holding his own with 19 and 20-year-old football players in a team that aspires to the national title. By Dave Kolpack. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

BBO–PLAYOFFS RDP

As Max Scherzer and Alek Manoah prepared to open the new wildcard playoff round, Houston manager Dusty Baker worried whether five days off would get in the way of his Astros when the Division Series begins next week with the four top teams hosting after first-round byes. COMING SOON: 800 words, photos before 7 p.m.

– Previews for all four sets of wildcards move today, along with recaps for teams that didn’t make the playoffs.

HKN-NHL DIVERSITY

Matt Dumba no longer feels alone two years ago since he knelt during the anthems to draw attention to the NHL’s need to be more diverse. The Minnesota Wild defenseman is among many minority players – both men and women – featured in a 90-minute documentary titled “Black Ice,” which chronicles hockey’s long-standing failures in the fight against racism by linking the past to the present . By hockey writer John Wawrow. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. With HKN–Puck Drop-What To Know (sent).

BKN–WEMBANYAMA-WHAT’S NEXT

HENDERSON, Nev. — French phenom Victor Wembanyama’s two-game stint in the Las Vegas area ends Thursday. The next time he plays in the United States, it will definitely be as a member of the NBA. By basketball writer Tim Reynolds. COMING SOON: 600 words, photos before 6 p.m.

NOTABLE

FBN-COWBOYS-COOPER CLUTCH

FRISCO, Texas — Cooper Rush didn’t even need fourth-quarter drama in his last win to replace Dak Prescott at quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. The penchant for winning earned him the nickname “Cooper Clutch” and gave the Cowboys valuable time to wait for Prescott’s fractured thumb to heal. By professional football writer Schuyler Dixon. COMING SOON: 750 words, photos before 7 p.m.

FBC–WHAT TO WATCH

There’s a new No. 1 in college football, with Alabama and Georgia trading places again despite still perfect records. But both give some of the spotlight to others this weekend, like newly ranked TCU and Kansas. By John Zenor. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BBN–METS-SHOWALTER

NEW YORK — The last time Buck Showalter made it through a playoff game, he found himself in the hot seat after a harrowing loss to Baltimore. Six years later, a takeover bid begins Friday with the New York Mets when they host San Diego in Game 1 of their best-of-three wildcard series. This is the fourth franchise Showalter is taking to the playoffs. By baseball writer Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

BBA-GUARDIANS-KWAN

CLEVELAND — Rookie outfielder Steven Kwan started the season on a historic tear and set the tone for the Cleveland Guardians for six months. He will now lead them to the playoffs. Baseball’s youngest team won the AL Central Championship with a huge assist from 25-year-old Kwan. By Tom Withers. SENT: 920 words, photos.

SOC–ARGENTINA-MESSI-RETIREMENT

Lionel Messi confirms that the World Cup in Qatar will be the last of his career. The 35-year-old Argentinian will play his fifth edition of the tournament. This is the first time the Paris Saint-Germain striker has spoken openly about his future after the tournament, which starts on November 20. SENT: 180 words, photo; development.

OPEN FOR CHILDREN GLF–SHRINERS

LAS VEGAS — Patrick Cantlay and Max Homa lead the pack in Las Vegas as the Shriners Children’s Open kicks off at TPC Summerlin. COMING SOON: 600 words, photos before 10 p.m.

GLF – SPANISH OPEN

MADRID — Jon Rahm overcame early home-playing nervousness and shot a 7-under 64 in the first round of the Spanish Open to sit a shot behind leaders Ashun Wu and Kiradech Aphibarnrat. By Contes Azzoni. SENT: 470 words, photos.

GLF–LIV GOLF

The Official World Golf Rankings will not award points for LIV Golf events this year. The leaderboard rejected a request to add Saudi-funded LIV Golf to the MENA Tour schedule immediately because insufficient notice had been given. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 400 words, photo.

SOC OVERVIEW–ENGLISH

MANCHESTER, England — English Premier League leaders Arsenal welcome Liverpool on Sunday in what could be one of the toughest tests of their credentials as a title challenger. For Liverpool, it’s the first of a daunting double league title, with Manchester City next for Jurgen Klopp’s struggling side. By James Robson. SENST: 600 words, photos.

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Thursday schedule

NFL

Indianapolis at Denver, 8:15 p.m.

NBA pre-season

Milwaukee at Atlanta, noon

Miami at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

Adelaide at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Orlando at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

Maccabi Ra’anana at Portland, 10 p.m.

Minnesota at LA Lakers, 10 p.m.

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