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ESPN’s Desmond Howard insists he did not know his comments about No. 4 Clemson would offend an assistant coach and upset its fans. The Heisman Trophy winner and “College GameDay” analyst speaks on the AP’s “PodcastOne Sports Now” with guest host Larry Lage. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
NEW YORK — The Red Sox, coming off a 16-1 demolition of the Yankees, can eliminate New York in Game 4 of the ALDS — the lone series still going. Rick Porcello starts for Boston against CC Sabathia. Porcello pitched two outs in relief during a Game 1 victory. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:07 p.m.
— Postgame sidebar by Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick.
ATLANTA — No. 2 Georgia has had it easy so far. Six unranked opponents. No game closer than two touchdowns. Now, the real season begins with four straight games against ranked Southeastern Conference teams, only one of them at home. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 700 words, photos.
TOKYO — The price tag keeps soaring for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics despite local organizers and the International Olympic Committee saying that spending is being cut. Japan is likely to spend $25 billion, so far. By Stephen Wade and Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 900 words, photos.
The NBA coaching ranks are becoming more diverse thanks to a half-dozen new hires — Knicks, Grizzlies, Hawks, Hornets, Suns, Pistons. And Becky Hammon is a step closer to a head job with a promotion in San Antonio. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 900 words, photos.
BKN--NBA DIVERSITY-FRONT OFFICES
The NBA gets high marks for diversity, but Commissioner Adam Silver wants to do better. Apart from the likes of Jeanie Buss and Gale Benson, the league’s next step seems to be more women as CEOs and chief financial officers. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 900 words, photos.
GLF--ON THE FRINGE-KOEPKA
Brooks Koepka had two daily reminders for a season that PGA Tour players voted as the best: One was his annual list of goals, which included the objective of staying healthy. The other was his cell-phone wallpaper featuring a Kobe Bryant quote on overcoming a serious injury. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— GLF--TOUR AWARDS — By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 1,000 words.
CLEVELAND — When the challenge arose in August, the Houston Astros responded like champions. They’re doing it again in October. The latest evidence: a surprisingly easy three-game sweep of Cleveland. By Tom Withers. SENT: 850 words, photos.
BBN--DODGERS-THE MACHADO FACTOR
ATLANTA — Even with all their star power and deep pockets, the Los Angeles Dodgers are approaching three decades without a World Series championship. They’re making another run at that elusive title. Only this time, Manny Machado is along for the ride. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— BBA--INDIANS WRAPUP — By Tom Withers. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— BBN--BRAVES WRAPUP — By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FBN--BEHIND THE CALL
The Manning brothers put their comic touch on display this week. Peyton had a funny message for record-setting Drew Brees on the Superdome videoboards. Eli had a deadpan reaction to Odell Beckham Jr.’s critique of his coach, city and quarterback. By Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 700 words, photos.
CINCINNATI — Geno Atkins sacked Ryan Tannehill twice and hit him three other times as he was getting rid of the ball. The Bengals defensive tackle simply pushed through Miami’s line, his latest disruptive performance this season. By Joe Kay. SENT: 650 words, photos.
RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks are preparing for their first overseas trip, headed to London to face the Raiders. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— FBN--POWER RANKINGS — By Simmi Buttar. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBN--BILLS-ANDERSON — By John Wawrow. SENT: 550 words, photos.
FBC--AP ALL-AMERICA WATCH
The fifth All-America watch of the season features a Miami defensive tackle dominating as a senior; Florida’s emerging star safety and Old Dominion’s X-factor. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 700 words, photos.
AUBURN, Ala. — No. 21 Auburn expected big things from quarterback Jarrett Stidham, but instead he has struggled, missing open receivers and producing few big plays. By John Zenor. SENT: 600 words, photos.
FBC--PAC 12-DIVISION RACES
The Pac-12 division races are heating up. A rundown of the contenders in the North and South. By John Marshall. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-PRESSURE ON IRISH — UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBC--T25-FLORIDA’S CONCERN — By Mark Long. SENT: 550 words, photos.
NEW YORK — At a federal trial highlighting the influence of dirty money in college basketball, the father of a blue chip recruit testifies that an assistant coach at Louisville gave him a secret cash payment of $1,300. By Tom Hays. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— COMERICA PARK-SPITTING VIDEO — Tigers’ stadium worker who spit on pizza said to have no infectious diseases. SENT: 150 words, photos.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — It’s been six months since North Carolina’s Cameron Johnson had arthroscopic hip surgery. He’s hoping it has him ready for a strong final season with the Tar Heels. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— BKC--UCLA-CAMPBELL — Tyger Campbell is third injured UCLA player. SENT: 140 words.
OLY--BVL-WALSH JENNINGS-NEW PARTNER
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, already the most decorated beach volleyball player in history, will pair with defensive star Brooke Sweat in an attempt to make it to Tokyo for 2020 in what would be her sixth Olympics. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— OLY--IOC-2026 BIDS — IOC approves three candidate bids for 2026 Winter Olympics. SENT: 140 words, photos.
NEW YORK — When Kristi Yamaguchi is honored next week it will be for more than her figure skating, a career that includes a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics. Her work away from the rink has been exemplary, notably her foundation that for the past seven years has fought child illiteracy. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 700 words, photos.
STOCKTON, Calif. — Alex Spanos, who used his fortune from construction and real estate to buy the Chargers for about $50 million in 1984, has died at 95. A son moved the Chargers from San Diego, their home of 56 years, to Los Angeles in 2017. SENT: 800 words, photos.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — George Taliaferro, the star Indiana running back who in 1949 became the first black player drafted in the NFL when George Halas and the Chicago Bears took him in the 13th round, dies at 91. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— HKN--PENGUINS-MURRAY — Penguins goaltender Matt Murray out indefinitely with concussion. SENT: 300 words, photos.
— BKN--NBA PRESEASON RDP — Roundup of three exhibition games. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 1 a.m.
— SOC--EUROPEAN PREVIEW — World champion France awaits games against Iceland and Germany. By Samuel Petrequin. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— SOC--WEMBLEY SALE — English inquiry could complicate sale of Wembley. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 250 words, photos.
— SOC--PRINCE ALI-SOCCER NGO — Former FIFA official Prince Ali takes soccer charity global. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— SOC--2019 CONCACAF GOLD CUP — U.S. to open CONCACAF Gold Cup title defense June 18 at new Minnesota stadium. SENT: 350 words.
— TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN — Australian Open raises prize money 10 percent to offset local currency drop. SENT: 140 words.
— TEN--HALL OF FAME-FAN VOTE — Li Na tops fan vote for International Tennis Hall of Fame. SENT: 130 words.
— Tournaments in Shanghai; Tiajin, China; Hong Kong.
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES.
Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Baseball (AL Division Series, Game 4)
Boston at New York, 8:07 p.m.
Vancouver at Carolina, 7 p.m.
San Jose at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Colorado at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Calgary at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Toronto at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Milwaukee at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Shanghai Sharks at Houston, 8 p.m.
Denver at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.