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ESPN’s Desmond Howard insists he did not know his comments about No. 4 Clemson would offend an assistant coach and upset its fans. The Heisman Trophy winner and “College GameDay” analyst speaks on the AP’s “PodcastOne Sports Now” with guest host Larry Lage. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
The USFL helped change professional football in just three years of existence. The spring league is the subject of a new book by best-selling author Jeff Pearlman. Pearlman shares with AP’s Ralph Russo on the Top 25 College Football Podcast some of the weird, wild and fascinating stories he found doing more than 400 interviews. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast
WASHINGTON — Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights visit the Washington Capitals in a rematch of last season’s Stanley Cup Final. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — With all the high-priced talent on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ roster, Max Muncy had to find a way to stand out. He’s done it with his bat, coming from the minors to lead the team in home runs. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 10 p.m.
MILWAUKEE — It sounds like “Boo.” But look at the scoreboard and it becomes apparent what fans at Miller Park are really chanting — “Mooooose.” Former Royal Mike Moustakas has fit right in with the Milwaukee Brewers, who face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS beginning Friday. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.
— BBN--NLCS-DODGERS-BREWERS MATCHUP CAPSULE — SENT: 1,800 words, photos.
ALAMEDA, Calif. — Ever since Marshawn Lynch retired after the 2015 season, something has been missing around the Seattle Seahawks. They will get to see that first hand in London this week when they face Lynch for the first time since he came out of retirement to join his hometown Oakland Raiders. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.
SOC--PORTUGAL-LIFE WITHOUT RONALDO
It’s not only Real Madrid that has to adapt to life without Cristiano Ronaldo. Portugal also has to cope without the star forward since he transferred to Juventus, and it will have to continue to do so until next year. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— SOC--RONALDO-RAPE LAWSUIT — Attorney: Cristiano Ronaldo rape report documents altered, fabricated. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 180 words, photo.
BKN--BIG MEN-NOT EXTINCT
OKLAHOMA CITY — Steven Adams is invaluable to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He’s also a reminder: Big men in the NBA are still vital. The imposing 7-foot center from New Zealand is helping change the recent narrative that NBA centers are an endangered species, something that — based on spending and drafting this summer — is evidently not the case. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 850 words, photos.
— Previews for all 30 teams, along with capsules for each team.
— BKN--PRESEASON RDP — Roundup of eight games, including Lonzo Ball making his preseason debut with Los Angeles Lakers. Games start 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 1 a.m.
HOUSTON — Carlos Correa’s three-run homer in Game 3 of the ALDS helped the Houston Astros complete a sweep of the Cleveland Indians. But it was Correa’s only hit of the series, raising questions about whether he’s healthy as Houston prepares to meet Boston in the ALCS. The star shortstop has struggled with a back problem for months. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.
BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox rest up for the AL Championship Series after beating the New York Yankees in four games. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— BBA--YANKEES WRAPUP. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — After turning over half their roster, it’s not surprising the New York Giants are losing. The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles are another story. They were expected to make a run at being the first team to repeat since the New England Patriots after the 2003 and 2004 seasons. The Eagles look to avoid their first three-game losing streak since the 2016 season when they visit the Giants on Thursday night. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 850 words, photos.
CINCINNATI — With their first playoff victory since 1990 seemingly secured, the Bengals pulled off one of the biggest meltdowns in NFL history and lost to the Steelers to end their 2015 season. It was the start of six straight losses to their AFC North rival, a streak that returns to the forefront as they get ready to meet again. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck has thrown a league-high 245 passes in five games and 121 passes in the last two weeks. That’s not by design. And the Colts would like to lessen the load on his surgically repaired arm. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
FBN--STEELERS-SHAZIER’S NEW ROLE
Ryan Shazier will be back in Cincinnati on Sunday night but in an entirely new role for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ten months after suffering a spinal injury that threatened his career, he’s thriving as a de facto coach. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--PRO PICKS. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 670 words, graphic by 6 p.m.
FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS
If the Pac-12 wants to maximize its already severely damaged hopes of playing for a national championship, No. 7 Washington needs to beat No. 17 Oregon on Saturday. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 p.m.
Parity in the Atlantic Coast Conference is high again with the rise of Syracuse, Boston College and Duke. Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente says he’s not sure there’s a huge difference among anybody, except for perennial power Clemson. By John Kekis. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.
The SEC this week can celebrate having the highest number of ranked teams within a single conference at any time since almost precisely two years ago. Yet recent results have arguably reinforced the notion that the conference is top-heavy, while worsening prospects for several teams that had recently penetrated the top 10 or were on the brink of doing so. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
HKN--AROUND THE NHL
Doug Wilson didn’t go looking for Joe Thornton insurance last summer. The general manager of the San Jose Sharks already had it. The Sharks didn’t panic when they found out their longtime star had another setback with a series of nagging right knee injuries. They knew what they could count on from captain Joe Pavelski and the rest of the supporting cast. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 900 words, photos.
SUNRISE, Fla. — If there’s one constant of Bob Boughner’s life in hockey, it’s that everything — from refining a palate, to reaching the NHL, to transforming a hockey team — takes time. It’s a lesson that Boughner learned again last season when the Florida Panthers missed the playoffs by a single point in his inaugural year as their coach. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 720 words, photos.
— HKN--HURRICANES-STORM SURGE — ’Canes celebrate wins by leaping into glass. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 570 words, photos.
— BKC--CLEMSON-BROWNELL. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— BKC--KANSAS BEGINS. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— BKC--WAKE FOREST-MANNING. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— BKW--PAC-12. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 8 p.m.
PARIS — Far away seem the days when Paul Pogba was praised for the mature displays that helped France win the World Cup. For the Manchester United midfielder, the euphoria that engulfed French players following their title lasted only a few weeks as he fell out with coach Jose Mourinho on his return to Old Trafford. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 890 words, photos.
SOC-AFRICAN CUP QUALIFYING
The six straight days of African Cup of Nations qualifying starting on Wednesday will go a long way to deciding who will make next year’s championship. Egypt is at home with Swaziland on Friday, when defending champion Cameroon hosts Malawi. Sierra Leone looks unlikely to be able to play Ghana on Thursday after its soccer federation was banned by FIFA for political interference. By Gerald Imray. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.
BRUSSELS — A massive corruption scandal engulfs Belgian soccer when authorities carried out 57 police raids in the country and around Europe in a probe into financial fraud and match-fixing. By Raf Casert. SENT: 440 words.
FIFA is rolling out a global strategy to grow the women’s game in advance of next year’s World Cup in France. Soccer’s international governing body has been ramping up its attention to the women’s game for the past four years, partly in response to calls for more equity in the game. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words by 8 p.m.
— CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-TROPHY STOLEN — Geraint Thomas’ Tour de France trophy stolen at cycling show. SENT: 180 words, photos.
— GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-TV — PGA of America agrees to 11-year deal with CBS, ESPN. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 700 words, photo.
— Tennis tournaments in Shanghai; Tiajin, China; Hong Kong.
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES
Wednesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Philadelphia at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Vegas at Washington, 8 p.m.
Arizona at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Brooklyn vs. Toronto at Montreal, QC, 7 p.m.
Memphis at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Washington at Detroit, 7 p.m.
New Orleans at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
San Antonio vs. Atlanta at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Indiana at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Phoenix at Portland, 10 p.m.
Golden State vs. L.A. Lakers at Paradise, Nev., 10:30 p.m.