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BC-AP Sports Digest

August 4, 2018
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Gary Bettman says the NHL wants a cut of gambling profits if its intellectual property, data or game video are used. The commissioner speaks with AP Hockey Writer Larry Lage in the latest episode of “PodcastOne Sports Now.” Also up for discussion: Ice Cube on his BIG3 basketball league, and Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on fatherhood.


The Big Ten features maybe the most interesting division in college football and one of the biggest divisional favorites. The AP Top 25 College Football Podcast previews the Big Ten this week, with Dave Revsine of the Big Ten Network.


Eds: Retransmits to correct keyword on Ohio State-Meyer, adds Trump-Lebron.



Urban Meyer defended himself, admitting he was not forthright with reporters when questioned about 2015 allegations of domestic violence against one of his assistant coaches, but also insisting he handled the situation properly at the time. The assistant Meyer fired, Zach Smith, also spoke up, denying he abused his wife, backing his former boss and placing Ohio State’s athletic director into the middle of the picture. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,018 words, photos.


OAKLAND, Calif. — Ramon Laureano singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 13th inning for his first major league hit in his big league debut, sending the Oakland Athletics past the Detroit Tigers 1-0. After going hitless with two strikeouts before his milestone hit, Laureano finally ended the game that went 3 hours, 32 minutes with a clean hit to right against Buck Farmer. Neither team had a base hit until the sixth inning. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 926 words, photos.


MONTREAL — Johnny Manziel threw an interception — and made a tackle — on his second play in the Canadian Football League. It didn’t get much better after that, with four of his six first-half series ending in interceptions. Seeing regular-season action for first time since December 2015 with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, the quarterback known as Johnny Football fizzled in a hurry in the Montreal Alouettes’ 50-11 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday night. SENT: 521 words, photos.



CANTON, Ohio — Joining the most exclusive club in football truly hit home Friday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2018. Well, maybe not for the one guy missing, but certainly for Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher, Brian Dawkins, Robert Brazile, Jerry Kramer and Bobby Beathard. While Terrell Owens was in Chattanooga planning his own ceremony, the other seven men who will be inducted into the football shrine Saturday night attended the Gold Jacket Luncheon in Canton. Their takeaway was tinged with awe. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 729 words, photos.


— FBN--COLTS-VINATIERI’S CASE — By Michael Marot. SENT: 806 words, photos.

— FBN--CARDINALS-RECEIVERS — By Bob Baum. SENT: 674 words, photos.

— FBN--PACKERS-RODGERS — By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 674 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES — Justin Verlander struck out 14 and George Springer had a two-run double as the the defending champion Houston Astros appeared to pick up where last fall’s World Series left off in a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Verlander won his first career regular-season start at Dodger Stadium, giving up one run and four hits over 7 2/3 innings. SENT: 991 words, photos.


— BBN--DODGERS-ETHIER RETIRES — SENT: 415 words, photos.


BOSTON — Rick Porcello pitched a one-hitter, Steve Pearce homered for the fourth time in two nights and the Boston Red Sox beat New York and Yankees ace Luis Severino 4-1 to open a season-high 7 1/2-game lead in the AL East. Miguel Andujar’s leadoff homer in the third was the only hit allowed by Porcello, who retired the last 21 batters and needed only 86 pitches in his first complete game this season. SENT: 851 words, photos.


— BBA--YANKEES-ADAMS — SENT: 264 words.



AKRON, Ohio — Another day of soft conditions at Firestone wasn’t enough for Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy or anyone else to catch a trio of leaders going into the weekend at the Bridgestone Invitational. PGA champion Justin Thomas (64) and the English duo of Tommy Fleetwood (63) and Ian Poulter (67) set the pace to share the lead at 11-under 129, with no indication Firestone is going to get much tougher. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 909 words, photos.




— GLF--JUNIOR PGA — SENT: 187 words.

AP Sports Extra: PGA Championship

A paginated preview of the 100th PGA Championship, which starts Aug. 9, is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “Sports Extra” under the Graphics tab. The pages take a quick look at what’s at stake in the only golf major restricted to only professionals. Please contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan(at)ap.org with any questions.



After traveling for over 25 hours, the Las Vegas Aces’ players decided not to play a game against the Washington Mystics on Friday night. The decision to cancel the game was made about 1 1/2 hours before the tip, and the players issued a statement through their union. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 865 words, photos.



WASHINGTON — Defending champion Alexander Zverev beat Kei Nishikori in 3 sets to return the semifinals at the hard-court Citi Open in Washington. Andy Murray withdrew from the tournament, citing fatigue. He won three consecutive three-setters, the last of which ended at 3 a.m. SENT: 416 words, photos.


— TEN--SAN JOSE — SENT: 197 words, photos.

— TEN--LOS CABOS — SENT: 117 words.



— TRUMP-LEBRON — Trump tries to dunk on LeBron James, says “I like Mike.” SENT: 130 words.

— MMA--UFC 227-MIGHTY MOUSE — By Greg Beacham. SENT: 788 words.

— SOC--eWORLD CUP-DOPING — By Rob Harris. SENT: 696 words, photos.



Saturday’s Time Schedule


Cincinnati at Washington, 1st game, 1:05 p.m.

San Diego at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 4:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m.

Miami at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

St. Louis at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Cincinnati at Washington, 2nd game, 7:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Colorado at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.

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

Baltimore at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

San Francisco at Arizona, 8:10 p.m.

Detroit at Oakland, 9:05 p.m.

Houston at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.

Toronto at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.


Indiana at New York, 3 p.m.


Toronto FC at Atlanta United FC, 4 p.m.

D.C. United at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

New England at Orlando City, 7:30 p.m.

San Jose at FC Dallas, 8 p.m.

Seattle at Minnesota United, 8 p.m.

Vancouver at New York City FC, 8 p.m.

LA Galaxy at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at Houston, 9 p.m.

Chicago at Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Portland, 11 p.m.

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