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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.
FBC--OHIO STATE-MEYER-TITLE IX
Ohio State’s investigation into what Urban Meyer knew about domestic violence allegations against a former assistant coach is a case of whether he followed the university’s sexual misconduct policy — but it does not appear to be a Title IX matter, experts say. That doesn’t necessarily help Meyer. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBC--OHIO ST-INTERIM COACHES — Ohio State’s Ryan Day becomes the latest interim coach tapped amid trouble. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 680 words, photos.
FBN--HALL OF FAME-OWENS
Leave it to Terrell Owens to become the first to celebrate being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame somewhere other than Canton, Ohio. The receiver who provided so many exhilarating and exasperating moments during one of the NFL’s most prolific careers will give his own acceptance speech at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he played three sports. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— FBN--HALL OF FAME — Seven members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2018— nope, no T.O. — discuss their induction on Saturday. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--HALL OF FAME-NOTEBOOK.
DENVER — Third baseman Pablo Sandoval made his debut on the mound this season. So have infielders Jose Reyes and Anthony Rizzo. The use of position players has become an increasing trend in baseball this season, especially in blowouts to save wear and tear on the bullpen. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 7 p.m.
Paraplegic race car driver Michael Johnson is determined to overcome his disability. Johnson and teammate Stephen Simpson won their first race as a team last month in the street tuner class of IMSA’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series. Johnson was paralyzed from the waist down in 2005 during a motorcycle race. The 25-year-old has worked hard to return to racing and hopes to compete in the Indianapolis 500 someday. By John Kekis. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.
Just the sight of Tiger Woods’ name atop the leaderboard on Sunday at the British Open was enough to turn cynics into cheerleaders. Three weeks later, Woods takes that momentum to the PGA Championship with fresh evidence that he could end 10 years without major. The PGA Championship returns to Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, a course that Woods last played in a practice round on the day of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.
— GLF--PGA-FACTS & FIGURES. SENT: 400 words.
— GLF--PGA-HOLE BY HOLE. A hole-by-hole look at Bellerive Country Club. SENT: 1,050 words.
AKRON, Ohio — Ian Poulter had a one-shot lead going into the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational. Tiger Woods was four shots behind on the Firestone course where he has won eight times. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— GLF--WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN — Bogey-free Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand leads Women’s British Open after two straight rounds of 5-under 67. SENT: 480 words, photos.
— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — The final 3M Championship begins at the TPC Twin Cities Course, with defending champion Paul Goydos and local favorite Tom Lehman among the senior players vying for the last crown before the tournament joins the PGA Tour in 2019. UPCOMING: 400 words by 9 p.m.
— GLF--BARRACUDA CHAMPIONSHIP — Ollie Schniederjans took a three-point lead into the second round of the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour’s only modified Stableford scoring event. UPCOMING: 500 words by 11 p.m.
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.
PITTSBURGH — Chris Archer makes his first start for the Pittsburgh Pirates when the Pirates face St. Louis. Pittsburgh acquired Archer (3-5 ERA, 4.21) in a trade deadline deal in hopes of boosting their postseason chances. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Matthew Stafford dropped back and connected with Golden Tate. Before the Detroit Lions lined up to take another snap in practice, Stafford’s short pass to Tate was shown on a huge TV monitor. The Lions are among the teams in the league making instant replay available to make quick corrections and observations. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 6 p.m.
OXNARD, Calif. — Allen Hurns isn’t sure when, or even if, specific roles will be set for Cowboys receivers in their first year without Dez Bryant. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan hints they will. For now, though, Dallas pass-catchers are lining up all over the place. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
WESTFIELD, Ind. — Adam Vinatieri has a Hall of Fame case. Until now, though, he wasn’t sure how strong it was. Morten Andersen’s induction this weekend has changed everything, giving Vinatieri a better chance of making his case to earn pro football’s highest honor. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--BRONCOS-ROOKIES. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 700 words by 9 p.m.
— FBN--BROWNS-SCRIMMAGE. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.
— FBN--CARDINALS-RECEIVERS. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--GIANTS-ROSAS. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 600 words by 8 p.m.
— FBN--JETS-RESILIENT JAMES. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBC--AUBURN-QUARTERBACK QUESTIONS. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 9 p.m.
— FBC--FLA ATLANTIC-MOVING ON. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 670 words.
— FBC--GEORGIA-EXPECTATIONS. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBC--LOADED CLEMSON. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words by 10 p.m.
— FBC--PURDUE-QB BATTLE. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— FBC--TENNESSEE-PRUITT CAMP. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.
— FBC--WASHINGTON STATE-QUARTERBACKS. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 340 words.
MMA--UFC 227-MIGHTY MOUSE
LOS ANGELES — Demetrious Johnson says he became the UFC’s most dominant champion by ignoring everything in life except his family, video games and mixed martial arts. The flyweight king with blinders on defends his belt in a rematch with Henry Cejudo at UFC 227 on Saturday. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 10 p.m.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Sergey Kovalev last fought in Atlantic City four years ago. It was the last major card in the gambling city. Kovalev returns Saturday night to defend the light heavyweight title on a card officials hope marks the return of boxing to AC. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
MONTREAL — Johnny Manziel makes his first Canadian Football League start when the Montreal Alouettes face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
LONDON — The players finish their matches and huddle around waiting to discover who will undergo doping tests. Three weeks after the World Cup finished in Russia, the finals of the esports version are taking place in London, with gamers being tested for performance-enhancing substances for the first time by FIFA. It’s a sign of the increasing professionalization of the gaming version of the World Cup, with the winner collecting $250,000. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— HKN--SABRES-SKINNER — Forward Jeff Skinner discuss the reasons behind agreeing to waive his no-trade clause a day after the Buffalo Sabres acquired him in a deal from the Carolina Hurricanes. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 7 p.m.
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Friday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
San Diego at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
Cincinnati at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
Miami at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
St. Louis at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Baltimore at Texas, 8:05 p.m.
Kansas City at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.
Colorado at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.
San Francisco at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.
Detroit at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.
Houston at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
Toronto at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.
Las Vegas at Washington, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Seattle, 10 p.m.