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September 25, 2018
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AP golf writer Doug Ferguson speaks with PodcastOne Sports Now, giving some perspective on Tiger Woods’ first victory in five years. Co-hosts Tim Dahlberg and Jim Litke weigh in on other notable comebacks. Also, AP football writer Rob Maaddi discusses the first three weeks of the NFL season. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

TOP STORIES

BBA--ASTROS-BLUE JAYS

TORONTO — The Houston Astros can clinch their second consecutive AL West title — and a best-of-five playoff against Cleveland — with a victory at Toronto and an Oakland loss in Seattle. The World Series champs are one win shy of 100 and have the best road record in baseball. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:07 p.m.

GLF--RYDER CUP

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — The return of Tiger Woods is a reminder that for all his greatness, he has never fared particularly well in the Ryder Cup. Woods returns to golf’s most intense competition for the first time since 2012. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— With:

— GLF--RYDER CUP-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

FBN--STEELERS BOUNCE BACK

PITTSBURGH — The defense showed life, Antonio Brown kept his actions focused on football and the Pittsburgh Steelers picked up their first win of the season in Tampa Bay. Still, there’s plenty to work on. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BKN--WARRIORS BEGIN

OAKLAND, Calif. — With unsettled contracts making many of the Warriors’ futures beyond this season uncertain, Steve Kerr is encouraging his Golden State players now more than ever to go with the flow, have fun and just enjoy the moment. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 p.m.

HKN--CAPITALS PREVIEW

ARLINGTON, Va. — With their Stanley Cup escapades behind them, the Washington Capitals set out to repeat as champions just as the rival Pittsburgh Penguins did. It’s a different challenge for this group after overcoming years of playoff disappointment. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

FBN--BRISCOE-BLACK QUARTERBACKS

Fifty years ago, Marlin Briscoe became the first black quarterback to play in the American Football League, starting five games in 1968 for the Denver Broncos. Briscoe speaks with the AP about his journey and the protests spurred by Colin Kaepernick. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 1,700 words, photos. Abridged version: 950 words.

— With:

— FBN--AP WAS THERE-BLACK AFL QB STARTS — Two AP accounts of Briscoe’s games in 1968. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBN--PIRATES-CUBS

CHICAGO — The Cubs try again to clinch their franchise-record fourth straight playoff spot when they face the Pittsburgh Pirates. Chicago needs a win plus a loss by Colorado to Philadelphia. Chicago is also looking to hold first place in the NL Central, leading Milwaukee by 1 1/2 games. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:05 p.m.

BBN--BREWERS-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS — In a game between the top two NL wild cards, the Brewers open a three-game series with the Cardinals. Milwaukee has won three of four, and St. Louis is coming off a three-game sweep of San Francisco. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:15 p.m.

— Also:

— BBA--OSUNA-CHARGE DROPPED — Assault charge against pitcher Roberto Osuna dropped. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-POULTER

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — The Ryder Cup meant the world to Ian Poulter even when he only had a tent to sleep in. Once fearful his playing days were over, the player with his own Ryder Cup legacy is back at work. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— With:

— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 800 words.

RYDER CUP

GLF--RYDER CUP-EUROPE

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Tommy Fleetwood expects to feel 10 times more nervous than he’s ever been on a course. Tyrrell Hatton hopes he doesn’t turn into the Hulk. For the rookies on the European team, the Ryder Cup will be as much a test of character as golf. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 600 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--BEHIND THE CALL

Let’s talk about cold, hard cash. Hall of Famers figure that if Anthony Prince got his money, then the game’s greatest players should get their cut. Prince is the fan who made serious money when FanDuel mistakenly gave him exorbitant odds on the Broncos’ comeback last week. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING; 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--BUCCANEERS-WINSTON

TAMPA, Fla. — Jameis Winston’s suspension is over. The question is will he return as the No. 1 quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are off to a 2-1 start with Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing for more than 400 yards in each game. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBN--VIKINGS-DEFENSE

EAGAN, Minn. — The vaunted Minnesota Vikings defense has been showing some big-play vulnerabilities through three games. The group is also dealing with the concerning absence of defensive end Everson Griffen. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— FBN--POWER RANKINGS — By Simmi Buttar. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--LIONS-BARRY’S BACK — By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 7 p.m.

NHL

HKN--GOLDEN KNIGHTS PREVIEW

LAS VEGAS — The Golden Knights lost two key components to their Western Conference title team. But they’ve added Max Pacioretty and Paul Stastny and have brought goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and forward William Karlsson. Can Vegas make another run to the final? UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

HKN--PENGUINS PREVIEW

For the first time in three years, the Pittsburgh Penguins don’t start the season as defending Stanley Cup champions. Sidney Crosby and company are hoping a longer than expected summer and the addition of Jack Johnson can bring a third title in four years. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

HKN--PREDATORS PREVIEW

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators see no reason to make any major changes to a roster that won the Presidents’ Trophy, not with a group that has been so close to that elusive Stanley Cup the past two seasons. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— With:

— Previews on all U.S. teams; capsules on all NHL teams.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--AP ALL AMERICA WATCH

The latest AP All-America watch features a game-breaking receiver from Stanford, Texas’ fabulous freshman and an injured Ohio State star. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. ??? SENT: 800 words, photos.

FBC--PAC-12 AFTER DARK

While the debate continues about the number of late games in the Pac-12, Commissioner Larry Scott says one thing is clear: They’re popular with viewers. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBC--T25-MISSISSIPPI ST-SOBERING LOSS

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Joe Moorhead’s honeymoon with Mississippi State fans is over after a 28-7 loss to Kentucky. The first-year coach is trying to fix a host of problems before Florida and ex-Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen come to town. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— FBC--NORTH CAROLINA-SUSPENSIONS — By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 3 p.m.

— FBC--T25-MICHIGAN ST-OFFENSE — By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— FBC--SOUTH CAROLINA-ANOTHER SHOWDOWN — By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 650 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--NBA-THINGS TO KNOW

MIAMI — NBA camps open amid plenty of story lines: the Jimmy Butler saga in Minnesota, a wide-open Eastern Conference, Vince Carter beginning anew in Atlanta and a new-look San Antonio trying to extend a playoff streak. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 950 words, photos.

BKN--HEAT-SPOELSTRA

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Part of Miami coach Erik Spoelstra’s annual mandate to players, whether a 16-year veteran like Dwyane Wade or a second-year guy like Bam Adebayo, is to evolve. Spoelstra expects the same from himself. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BKL--WORLD CUP-LATVIA-US

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain — The U.S., looking to improve its chemistry, faces winless Latvia in its final game of the preliminary round at the Women’s Basketball World Cup. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.

— With:

— BKL--WORLD CUP-DAY 3-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

— BKW--WORLD CUP-HIGHER EDUCATION — World Cup proves educational for U.S. college players. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 650 words.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--MICHIGAN-BEILEIN IS BACK

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach John Beilein discusses an offseason in which he had bypass surgery. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— BKC--PITT STARTS OVER — By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BOXING

— BOX--SHIELDS-HAMMER — Claressa Hammer, Christina Shields set for big bout in New Jersey on Nov. 17. By Noah Trister. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— BOX--LOMACHENKO’S RETURN — Vasiliy Lomachenko, in return from shoulder surgery, to fight Jose Pedraza on Dec. 8 in New York. SENT: 130 words.

SOCCER

— SOC--WORLD CUP-FIELD INVADEERS — Organizers claim 170 people tried to run on field at World Cup. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP — Manchester United hosts second-tier Derby in third round of League Cup. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 5 p.m.

OTHER

— SPORTS TEAMS-VOTER REGISTRATION — NBA, MLB, NFL franchises team up for voter registration drive. SENT: 170 words, photos.

— Tennis tournaments in Tashkent, Uzbekistan; and Wuhan, China.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

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Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

Kansas City at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m.

Miami at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Houston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Philadelphia at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Texas at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.

Oakland at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

NHL Exhibition

Columbus vs. Buffalo at Clinton, N.Y., 7 p.m.

Florida at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Washington at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Carolina at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

San Jose at Calgary, 9 p.m.

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