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BC-AP Sports Digest

March 12, 2019

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Orel Hershiser isn’t worried about how analytics affects pitching. The Los Angeles Dodger great tells PodcastOne Sports Now co-hosts Tim Dahlberg and Jim Litke that managers will figure out how to play situational baseball with their pitching staffs soon enough, and wholesale changes aren’t needed in the way the game is played. https://www.podcastone.com/podcastone-sports-now

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is not so short and Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat is very fast. While those were the big takeaways from the NFL combine, plenty more was learned in Indianapolis last week. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Dane Brugler, NFL draft analyst for The Athletic, joins the AP’s Ralph Russo to assess which prospects helped themselves and which ones might have hurt their stock. https://podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast



SALT LAKE CITY _ Russell Westbrook got into a heated verbal altercation with fans. The All-Star guard ended up having the last word on the court, leading Oklahoma City over Utah after he was seen on video cursing at a man and his wife he believed used a racial taunt. SENT: 800 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Nick Foles is headed to Jacksonville, Landon Collins to Washington and Trent Brown to Oakland. The big-money offers for NFL free agents began Monday, two days before they can sign contracts. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 980 words, photos.



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. _ The Jacksonville Jaguars have a new quarterback, maybe even the franchise passer the team has been missing for nearly two decades. A person with direct knowledge of the decision says quarterback Nick Foles has agreed to sign a four-year, $88 million contract with the Jaguars. By Mark Long. SENT: 550 words, photos.


ALAMEDA, Calif. _ The Oakland Raiders made another big splash, agreeing to sign free agent offensive tackle Trent Brown to a four-year deal worth a record $66 million. Brown will receive $36.75 million guaranteed in the richest contract ever for an offensive lineman, according to a person familiar with the contract. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 490 words, photos.


ASHBURN, Va. _ Landon Collins wore No. 21 in honor of Sean Taylor. Now he’ll don the same burgundy and gold as his idol. Collins agreed to sign a six-year, $84 million deal with the Washington Redskins that includes $45 million guaranteed. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 530 words, photos.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a $42 million, three-year deal with safety Tyrann Mathieu, continuing what is expected to be an aggressive offseason overhaul of their leaky defense. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.


BALTIMORE _ Terrell Suggs is leaving the Baltimore Ravens after pursuing opposing quarterbacks and providing boisterous leadership on and off the field for 16 seasons. The seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker told the Ravens that he won’t be coming back, people with direct knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 455 words.



Teams in the AP Top 25 are down to their final chances to make their case for high seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Those could come in their league tournaments, with brackets that could set up marquee matchups to boost the best postseason resumes with Selection Sunday looming at the end of the week. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 a.m.


Wofford made plenty of NCAA Tournament at-large candidates nervous before doing them all a favor. The 20th-ranked Terriers trailed most of the way before closing with a 20-3 run to outlast UNC Greensboro 70-58 in the Southern Conference Tournament championship game at Asheville, North Carolina. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 a.m.


Kansas State and Texas Tech are the top two seeds for the Big 12 Tournament after sharing the regular-season title. Defending champion Kansas is seeded third, and will try to forget the disappointment of a ho-hum regular season when play begins in Kansas City on Wednesday night. By Basketball Writer Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 a.m.



LONDON _ A FIFA study concludes the 2022 World Cup can expand to 48 teams by using at least one of Qatar’s neighbors as an additional host, leading to an additional $400 million in revenue. The AP obtained a copy of the report. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.


News that the recently created women’s professional league could be cancelled capped a turbulent month for women’s soccer in Colombia. The month was also marked by sexual harassment complaints against two coaches and claims of poor working conditions for players on the national team. By Manuel Rueda. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos by 5 a.m.



MIAMI _ Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor was arrested in South Florida for stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo, authorities said. By David Fischer. SENT: 275 words, photos.



INDIAN WELLS, Calif. _ Naomi Osaka rolled past Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-2 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open, keeping the world’s No. 1 player on track to defend her title. SENT: 680 words, photos.



ANCHORAGE, Alaska _ French musher Nicolas Petit looked like he was in solid control of the world’s most famous sled dog race and about to erase a year of doubts and second-guessing after a last minute misstep cost him the 2017 title. Then the dogs quit on him. By Mark Thiessen. SENT: 700 words, photos.






Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EST)


Cleveland at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

New York at Indiana, 7 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Milwaukee at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

San Antonio at Dallas, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Denver, 10:30 p.m.

Portland at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.


Dallas at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Boston at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Washington at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Detroit at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

San Jose at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Arizona at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

New Jersey at Calgary, 9 p.m.

Nashville at Anaheim, 10 p.m.



No. 1 Gonzaga vs. Saint Mary’s at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, 9 p.m.


No. 12 Gonzaga vs. BYU at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, 4 p.m.

No. 13 Marquette vs. DePaul at Wintrust Arena, Chicago, 8 p.m.


Detroit vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Minnesota vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

St. Louis vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:07 p.m.

Seattle vs. Chicago White Sox (ss) at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (ss) vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Houston vs. Washington at West Palm Beach, Fla., 6:35 p.m.

Baltimore vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 6:35 p.m.

San Diego (ss) vs. Cincinnati (ss) at Goodyear, Ariz., 9:05 p.m.

Oakland vs. San Diego (ss) at Peoria, Ariz., 9:40 p.m.

Texas vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 9:40 p.m.

Milwaukee vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 10:05 p.m.

Cincinnati (ss) vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 10:05 p.m.