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BC-AP Sports Digest

August 1, 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. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

Clemson is a heavy favorite to win its fourth straight ACC championship. On this week’s AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, the conference is previewed by ESPN’s David Hale. Hale and AP’s Ralph Russo discuss whether star freshman Trevor Lawrence will unseat quarterback Kelly Bryant.




Under a new NCAA rule change, football players will be able get into four games and still take a redshirt season. The shift is a boon for coaches, who are taking a whole new look at roster management. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m.



Brian Dozier, Chris Archer and Jonathan Schoop were among the many players traded before the deadline for making deals without waivers. Wilson Ramos and Brandon Kintzler also were on the go in the flurry of 15 deals. Every team except San Francisco made at least one trade since the All-Star Game, with Tampa Bay swinging seven. Archer, a two-time All-Star, hugged teammates at Tropicana Field before heading to Pittsburgh in one of the deadline’s more surprising deals. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. SENT: 750 words, photos.


The bar was set high for Brian Urlacher when he joined the Chicago Bears as a first-round middle linebacker in 2000. Few teams are as closely identified with one position as the Bears are at middle linebacker with players such as Bill George, Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary personifying the Monsters of the Midway on the way to Hall of Fame careers. Urlacher lived up to that lofty standard and will join that talented trio in Canton when he is inducted into the hall. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 880 words, photos by 2 p.m.


WASHINGTON — The New York Mets have been searching for any reason to smile during a miserable season. This laugher wasn’t exactly what they had in mind. In the highest-scoring game in Nationals franchise history, Daniel Murphy hit two early home runs and Washington kept pouring it on against emergency reliever Jose Reyes and the Mets in a 25-4 rout. By Harvey Valentine. SENT: 1040 words, photos.


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. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 130 words by 3 a.m.



A look at what’s happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 420 words, photos by 3 a.m.


MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for infielder Logan Forsythe and two minor league players. Dozier becomes the fifth player traded by the Twins in the last five days. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 830 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper is still a member of the Washington Nationals, with the two-time defending NL East champions hoping he can lead them on another playoff run after a season-long funk. Washington opted not to trade Harper after listening to offers for him. The former MVP will be a free agent after the season. The Nationals didn’t do much else, either, before Tuesday’s trade deadline, shipping out a relief pitcher but otherwise standing pat. By Harvey Valentine. SENT: 560 words, photos.


PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates bolstered the front end of their rotation at the deadline, adding Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer while sending the Rays a couple of coveted prospects in outfielder Austin Meadows and pitcher Tyler Glasnow and a player to be named. Archer, a two-time All-Star, is 3-5 with a 4.31 ERA in 17 starts this season for the Rays. By Will Graves. SENT: 870 words, photos.


ATLANTA — Manager Brian Snitker says the Braves ‘hit all the boxes’ with four trade-deadline deals. Atlanta acquired right-handers Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day from Baltimore in their last trade. Gausman joins Atlanta’s rotation as the Braves chase a playoff spot. The Braves have also acquired outfielder Adam Duvall and relievers Brad Brach and Jonny Venters recently. By Charles Odum. SENT: 700 words, photos.


A 76-year-old man from New Jersey recently went through his old sports cards and discovered five Mickey Mantle Topps cards from 1952, all similar to one sold earlier this year for $2.88 million. The man and his brother had the collection valuated by Heritage Auction, and they’ve already sold 26 cards for a total of $384,000. By Vin A. Cherwoo. UPCOMING: 810 words, photos by 3 a.m.



OXNARD, Calif. — Sean Lee, Tyrone Crawford illustrate how Cowboys are tapping several sources to fill leadership void without retired 15-year tight end Jason Witten. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 890 words, photos.



AKRON, Ohio — Hideki Matsuyama hasn’t had a chance to win a tournament in nearly a year. He shot 61 on the final day at Firestone last year to win the Bridgestone Invitational, his sixth victory worldwide in 20 starts. He nearly won the PGA Championship the following week. Since then, Matsuyama hasn’t met that standard, and he’s fallen to No. 16 in the world. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1350 words, photos.



ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — An Atlantic City casino will become the fourth in New Jersey to offer sports betting. Harrah’s casino plans to start taking sports bets at 11 a.m. Wednesday, two days after its sister property, Bally’s, did. So far, the Borgata, Ocean Resort and Bally’s are offering sports bets, along with two horse racing tracks, the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 200 words, photos. Will be updated.





Wednesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


N.Y. Mets at Washington, 12:05 p.m.

Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

Cincinnati at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.

Cleveland at Minnesota, 1:10 p.m.

Toronto at Oakland, 3:35 p.m.

Houston at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

Miami at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Colorado at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Milwaukee at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.


New York at Connecticut, 7 p.m.

Phoenix at Las Vegas, 10 p.m.

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