BC-AP Sports Digest
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WASHINGTON — Dusty Baker is hired by the Washington Nationals, meaning Major League Baseball avoids what would have been its first season since 1988 without a black manager. Baker has managed for 20 seasons and succeeds Matt Williams, whose team missed the playoffs amid big expectations. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 550 words, photos. SENT: 750 words, photos.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ken Whisenhunt is fired as coach of the Titans, who are 1-6 and have the worst record in the AFC. The team has lost six straight. Whisenhunt is 3-20 in his less than two seasons with Tennessee. Mike Mularkey will coach the team for the rest of the season. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.
BKW--T25-COLLEGE BKB POLL
Geno Auriemma and UConn are starting this season where they left off — at No. 1. The Huskies, who have won the title the last two years, are followed in AP’s preseason Top 25 rankings by South Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Baylor. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 650 words, photos.
The College Football Playoff selection committee announces its first Top 25 of the season. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Rankings released about 7 p.m.
SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RACISM
KIEV, Ukraine — What should have been a showcase event in troubled Ukraine — Dynamo Kiev vs. Chelsea in the Champions League — was undercut by racist violence. This is far from the nation’s first instance of such conduct, and European soccer’s ruling body this week sent its security chief to Ukraine. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
ROYALS CHAMPIONSHIP PARADE
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The city is turning blue. The Royals and their fans are throwing one of Kansas City’s biggest parties to celebrate the first World Series title in 30 years. Highways leading to the city are packed and streets are jammed for the downtown parade and rally. By Margaret Stafford and Bill Draper. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m. With The Latest.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Stadium security is under scrutiny after two protesters at Monday night’s game dangled from cables over the crowd to unfurl a banner protesting actions by Bank of America. Four people were arrested. The NFL and the Carolina Panthers are investigating how the cables got into the stadium. By Steve Reed. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Maybe it doesn’t matter that the Denver Broncos shredded Aaron Rodgers and a Green Bay Packers team that was unbeaten at the time. To those who doubt Denver, little will sway their mind. And the Broncos are fine with that. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts have made fourth-quarter rallies in each of the last two games, only to come up short. Now, after losing three in a row for the first time under coach Chuck Pagano, the Colts are trying to prove they can finish a comeback. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos by 6 p.m. ET.
FRISCO, Texas — Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has the built-in excuse of injuries to Tony Romo and Dez Bryant if Dallas doesn’t defend its NFC East title. Still, a five-game losing streak leaves questions about the roster assembled by the general manager. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m. CT.
— FBN--POWER RANKINGS — AP Pro32 power rankings. By Simmi Buttar. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBN--WEEK EIGHT OVERREACTIONS — By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— FBN--BENGALS-BURFICT — By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--RAIDERS-COOPER — By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--RAMS-RUN GURLEY RUN — By R.B. Fallstrom. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.
— FBN--CARDINALS-CAMPBELL — By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--NFL-LONDON — NFL to play regular-season games at Twickenham. By Chris Lehourites. SENT: 350 words, photos.
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SHANGHAI — The landscape in golf is changing faster than the beat of the ceremonial Chinese drums at the HSBC Champions event. Consider that one year ago, Jordan Spieth wasn’t even in the top 10. There’s also Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy, with others waiting as golf recedes from the Tiger Woods era. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. 1,300 words, photos.
BATON ROUGE, La. — Perhaps out of respect — if not reverence — teammates of LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Alabama’s Derrick Henry resist comparing the two star running backs. The two meet Saturday night when the No. 4 Tigers play the No. 8 Tide. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Corn Elder came to Miami as a highly recruited running back and a basketball player. He’s now neither, and it’s all working out just fine. Elder was turning heads as a defensive back even before last weekend, when he scored the hotly debated touchdown that lifted the Hurricanes over Duke. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
FORT WORTH, Texas — This is looking more like a Gary Patterson defense at TCU. The No. 5 Horned Frogs, who have used 16 first-time starters, are finally playing faster and have allowed only one touchdown the last seven quarters. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 5 p.m.
SALT LAKE CITY — Running backs Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook are part of the Heisman Trophy conversations. Ezekiel Elliott and Royce Freeman get their share of attention. But Utah running back Devontae Booker may be doing more with less than all of them for the No. 13 Utes. By Kareem Copeland. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBC--T25-N ILLINOIS-TOLEDO — UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
— FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-CONTENDER OR PRETENDER — By Tom Coyne. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBC--T25--IOWA-RUNNING BACKS — By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBC--T25-FLORIDA ST-RECEIVERS PROGRESS — By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m. With photos.
— FBC--PAC-12-PLAYOFF PROBLEM — By College Football Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
BKC--T25-WICHITA ST PREVIEW
WICHITA, Kan. — Wichita State has won at least 30 games three straight seasons. The Shockers return their best players and their coveted coach, all of whom could have headed to the NBA or another school. In other words, expectations are high for Wichita State this season. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 680 words by 4 p.m.
— BKC--UNLV-PREVIEW — By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
FRANKFURT, Germany — German authorities search the premises of the country’s soccer federation and the home of its president over payments made to FIFA in connection with the 2006 World Cup. Prosecutors say they are investigating “tax evasion in a particularly serious case.” By Nesha Starcevic. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— SOC--FIFA INVESTIGATION-UBS — Swiss bank UBS cooperating in investigation of FIFA. SENT: 150 words, photos.
— PISTORIUS — South Africa’s Supreme Court considers if Oscar Pistorius is guilty of murder. By Nqobile Ntshangase and Gerald Imray. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— ATH--BALYKINA-DISAPPEARANCE — Murder suspected after former Olympic sprinter from Belarus disappears. SENT: 130 words, photos.
— SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUNDUP — Real Madrid hosts Paris Saint-Germain to highlight Champions League play. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— SOC--AP GLOBAL FOOTBALL — Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho take honors in AP’s weekly soccer poll. SENT: 400 words, photos. With lists.
Lindsey Vonn’s left ankle no longer aches or gives her any discomfort when she steps into her ski boot. The four-time overall World Cup champion says she’s “definitely 100 percent” ready for this month’s giant slalom in Aspen, Colorado. By Pat Graham. SENT: 650 words, photos.
PARIS — Rafael Nadal felt so frustrated this season he considered skipping the ATP Finals. He had dropped to 10th in the rankings and was certain the trip to London wouldn’t be worth it. But the Spaniard is coming around. “The story now is different, no?” he says. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— TEN--PARIS MASTERS — Novak Djokovic opens Paris Masters title defense, looking to extend 17-match winning streak. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.
— TEN--WTA ELITE TROPHY — Venus Williams opens with victory over Madison Keys at WTA Elite Trophy in China. SENT: 130 words.
— NYC MARATHON-MISSING RUNNER — Recovering addict, an Italian missing since finishing NYC Marathon, found on subway. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 250 words, photos.
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— HKN--NHL CAPSULES
Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Chicago at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Atlanta at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
Indiana at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Orlando at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Toronto at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Memphis at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
Denver at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
Dallas at Boston, 7 p.m.
New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Washington at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
Ottawa at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m.
Calgary at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Philadelphia at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Columbus at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
College Football (Top 25)
No. 20 Toledo vs. Northern Illinois, 8 p.m.