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September 28, 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

Is the AP poll bad for college football? Joel Klatt, lead game analyst for Fox Sports, thinks so. Klatt joins AP’s Ralph Russo on the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast to discuss the Top 25. https://podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast

TOP STORIES

GLF--RYDER CUP

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — The Americans got off to a great start at the Ryder Cup. Europe had an even better finish, sweeping a session for the first time since 1989, and the first time in foursomes. Europe leads 5-3 in its bid to extend its dominance on home soil. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 950 words, photos.

—With:

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

FBC--T25-OHIO STATE-PENN STATE

Ohio State’s biggest rival will always be Michigan, but Penn State has emerged as the most serious threat to the Buckeyes in the Big Ten. No. 4 Ohio State faces the No. 9 Nittany Lions on Saturday night, with a Beaver Stadium crowd of 107,000 dressed in blinding white. By College Football Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BKC--LSU PLAYER KILLED

BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU basketball player Wayde Sims is shot dead during a fight involving several men near the campus of nearby Southern University. The 20-year-old junior died at a hospital. No one has been arrested. Coach Will Wade says the team is “devastated” and “in shock.”

SENT: 700 words, photos.

HKN--PLAYERS TO WATCH

Struggling NHL teams are looking to stockpile young talent, and hope it jells. The Buffalo Sabres are turning to Rasmus Dahlin, the 18-year-old defenseman and No. 1 draft pick. Elsewhere, there’s Brady Tkachuk (Ottawa), Elias Pettersson (Vancouver) and Andrei Svechnikov (Carolina). By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 900 words, photos.

— With:

— HKN---SABRES-DAHLIN — By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

BVL--WALSH JENNINGS-TOUR

Kerri Walsh Jennings has a lot going on before her next volleyball tournament — attending brand meetings, recruiting players, checking on musical acts. The five-time Olympian is a founder of a sports and lifestyle festival that debuts this weekend in San Jose, California. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 750 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

GLF--PAUL NEWBERRY-RYDER ROUT

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — As Jim Furyk surveyed the last remnants of his marvelous U.S. team getting thoroughly dismantled, he forced a weak smile. Maybe it was the only way to keep from crying. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-TROUBLED TEAMS

Even with last week’s huge swing in fortunes by the Bills, Giants, Seahawks, Lions and Browns, there remain lots of questions about each of them. At least they aren’t winless. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 900 words, photos. For weekend use.

BASEBALL

BBN--NATIONALS-ROCKIES

DENVER — The NL West-leading Rockies have won seven straight going into a three-game series against the Washington Nationals. Left-hander Kyle Freeland (16-7) starts for Colorado, which is one game ahead of the Dodgers. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:40 p.m.

BBN--DODGERS-GIANTS

SAN FRANCISCO — The Dodgers, having fallen out of first place in the NL West, close the regular season against the Giants. Los Angeles starts left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, who allowed four hits over six scoreless innings last weekend at San Diego. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:15 p.m.

BBN--CARDINALS-CUBS

CHICAGO — The Cubs try to keep their NL Central lead, facing a Cardinals team that is a game behind the Dodgers for the second wild card. Chicago is in front by a game in the division. Kyle Hendricks starts for Chicago against Adam Wainwright of St. Louis. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 2:20 p.m.

— Also:

— BBO--JERSEY SALES — Aaron Judge again has baseball’s most popular jersey. SENT: 200 words, photos.

RYDER CUP

GLF--RYDER CUP-FLEETWOOD

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Tommy Fleetwood has the long, flowing hair of a rock star, and he was treated like one as he strode through the crowds at the back of the 14th green on a day he’ll never forget at the Ryder Cup. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 700 words, photos.

GLF--RYDER CUP-FINAU’S BIG BREAK

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Tony Finau took the scenic route: Down to the edge of the water at the first hole. Up and over a fence at the seventh. Into the water at the 15th. Finally, he pulled off a bank shot that gave the U.S. an improbable point. By National Writer Paul Newberry. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— With:

— GLF--RYDER CUP--MCILROY AND POULTER — By John Leicester. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— GLF--RYDER CUP-NOTEBOOK — By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— GLF--RYDER CUP-CAPSULES — By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

— GLF--RYDER CUP-CARDS — SENT.

— GLF--RYDER CUP-RESULTS — SENT.

— GLF--RYDER CUP-GLANCE — UPCOMING: 350 words by 4 p.m.

NFL

FBN--CORNERBACK RANKINGS

Jalen Ramsey of Jacksonville is the runaway winner as the NFL’s top cornerback in voting by a panel of AP football writers. The outspoken third-year star got eight of 10 first-place votes. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 550 words, photos.

FBN--VIKINGS-DEFENSE

MINNEAPOLIS — No team in the NFL last season allowed fewer points or yards than the Minnesota Vikings. That once-daunting defense has been anything but through four games this year. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBN--DOLPHINS-JET SWEEP

DAVIE, Fla. — Ryan Tannehill threw two of the shortest touchdown passes in NFL history last week. The ball was barely in the air on two long catch-and-run plays on jet sweeps, but the gains were recorded as passing yards for the Miami Dolphins quarterback, and he’s fine with that. By Steven Wine. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— With:

— FBN--PATRIOTS-BRADY — UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— FBN--STEELERS — UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--TITANS-CONKLIN — UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-STANFORD-NOTRE DAME

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly gets his first top 10 showdown in South Bend when the No. 8 Irish face No. 7 Stanford. The quarterbacks are coming off big games — K.J. Costello rallied the Cardinal past Oregon 38-31 in overtime; Ian Book led the Irish past Wake Forest 56-27. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 3 p.m.

FBC--T25-BYU-WASHINGTON

SEATTLE — No. 11 Washington is getting an unexpected Top 25 matchup hosting No. 20 BYU on Saturday. It’s the kind of game that could help the Huskies later in the year, should they win. By Tim Booth. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBC--T25-WEST VIRGINIA-TEXAS TECH

LUBBOCK, Texas — No. 12 West Virginia, with quarterback Will Grier living up to the Heisman hype, plays a No. 25 Texas Tech team riding the arm of freshman Alan Bowman. The Red Raiders ripped Oklahoma State 41-17 in their Big 12 opener. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBC--T25-OREGON-CALIFORNIA

BERKELEY, Calif. — No. 24 California has used an improved defense to get back into the AP poll for the first time since 2015. The Golden Bears will now have to contend with Justin Herbert and No. 17 Oregon. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— Friday Game:

— FBC--UCLA-COLORADO — UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

— Also:

— FBC-T25--FIVE THINGS TO KNOW FOR WEEK 5 — By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— Previews on other Top 10 games: No. 1 Alabama-Louisiana-Lafayette; No. 2 Georgia-Tennessee; No. 3 Clemson-Syracuse; No. 5 LSU-Mississippi; No. 6 Oklahoma-Baylor; No. 10 Auburn-Southern Miss.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--UCLA-O’NEAL

LOS ANGELES — UCLA freshman Shareef O’Neal will miss the upcoming season because of an unspecified heart condition the son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal calls “risky.” O’Neal says he will attend classes and take a medical redshirt. By Beth Harris. SENT: 350 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--ROCKETS-CURSED CP3

HOUSTON — The Rockets may have been a “hamstring” away from Western Conference title last season — the injury to Chris Paul, whose career at times seems cursed. The Rockets hope the run of bad luck is over and the point guard can help lead them to their first title since 1995. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BKN--HAWKS-PIERCE

ATLANTA — Coach Lloyd Pierce, in his first training camp with the Atlanta Hawks, is still tinkering with ways to match his personnel with the strong defensive system he used in Philadelphia. It’s not easy with a young, unproven roster. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— Also:

— BKN--PRESEASON RDP — Roundup of two exhibition games (Melbourne United at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.; Boston vs Charlotte at Chapel Hill, N.C., 7:30 p.m.) UPCOMING: 400 words by 11 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-CHANGING LANDSCAPE

CONCORD, N.C — Jamie McMurray set a record in 2002 when he won at Charlotte Motor Speedway in his second career Cup race. Now he’s looking for a job. McMurray is one of the many veterans without a ride for 2019 as the driver lineups keep getting younger. By Auto Racing Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— With:

— CAR--NASCAR-CHARLOTTE-QUALIFYING — Qualifying for Sunday’s playoff elimination race. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Qualifying starts 4:45 p.m.

— CAR--NASCAR-JTG-PREECE — Ryan Preece last lands ride at NASCAR’s top level. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 450 words, photos.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BKL--WORLD CUP-STEWART’S SUCCESS

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain — For nearly a decade, Breanna Stewart has been making an impact with USA Basketball. The WNBA MVP was at it again in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup quarterfinals, sparking the U.S. to a 70-41 victory over Nigeria. Next up: Belgium. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— With:

— BKL--WOMEN’S WORD CUP-QUARTERFINALS-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

— BKL--WORLD CUP-CHINESE IMPROVEMENT. Young Chinese team growing at World Cup. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 500 words.

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

MMA--KARATE COMBAT-WORLD TRADE CENTER

NEW YORK — Karate Combat goes for an unconventional venue — an observation deck 102 stories above Lower Manhattan. The upstart mixed martial arts league hopes streaming events from exotic locations will help it rise from niche status. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 800 words, photos.

RUGBY

SOUTH SUDAN-RUGBY AND PEACE

JUBA, South Sudan — Torn by civil war, South Sudan has begun a rugby league, finding in the rough-and-tumble sport a way to promote peace. More than 200 children have signed up for practices run by volunteers, many having learned the game as refugees in neighboring countries. By Sam Mednick. SENT: 700 words, photos.

SOCCER

— SOC--MONZA-BERLUSCONI — After selling AC Milan, Silvio Berlusconi, 81, buys lower-tier team in Italy. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— SOC--FIFA ELECTION — Chief organizer of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa eyes seat on FIFA Council. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— SOC--MADRID DERBY — Real Madrid slumping ahead of game with Atletico Madrid. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 550 words, photos.

OTHER

— GYM--DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-PSYCHOLOGIST — Retired psychologist loses license in Larry Nassar scandal. SENT: 130 words.

— HKN--NHL RDP — Roundup of seven exhibition games. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 11 p.m. Updated with late games.

— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — Bernhard Langer is defending champion for start of seniors event at Pebble Beach, Calif. UPCOMING: 500 words by 10 p.m.

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

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

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Friday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m., 1st game

St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m.

Houston at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

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

Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m., 2nd game

Detroit at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.

Washington at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.

Cleveland at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.

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

Texas at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

Arizona at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

NBA Exhibition

Melbourne United (Australia) at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Boston vs. Charlotte at Chapel Hill, N.C., 7:30 p.m.

NHL Exhibition

Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Buffalo vs. N.Y. Islanders at Oshawa, Ontario, 7 p.m.

Carolina at Washington, 7 p.m.

Detroit at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Los Angeles at Vegas, 10 p.m.

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