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September 24, 2018
BC-AP Sports Digest,1904

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TOP STORIES

FBN--STEELERS-BUCCANEERS

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, behind a rejuvenated Ryan Fitzpatrick, try to improve on a surprising 2-0 start when they host Ben Roethlisberger and the struggling Steelers. Pittsburgh is 0-1-1 and suddenly giving up lots of points. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:15 p.m.

BKN--MEDIA DAY

After big offseason changes — none bigger than LeBron James in a Lakers uniform — the NBA holds its Media Day. Across the league — from Los Angeles to Toronto, Minneapolis to Boston — teams start over with new hope and showpiece players at new addresses. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— With:

— BKN--MEDIA DAY-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

GLF--RYDER CUP

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Already the most intense competition in golf, the Ryder Cup doesn’t need help to boost the excitement. Tiger Woods managed to take it to another level. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 850 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-BREATHING EASIER

They’re breathing easier in New Jersey, Seattle and Detroit, and inhaling rarefied air in Buffalo. That’s what happens when the NFL’s hapless, helpless and hopeless suddenly turn nasty. By Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 800 words, photos.

CAR--NASCAR-IN THE PITS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Motor Speedway is coming up, and drivers are freaking out. The hybrid track combines part of the traditional speedway with a new road course through the infield. The debut race just happens to be the first elimination round of the playoffs. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BASEBALL

BBA--ATHLETICS-MARINERS

SEATTLE — After failing to win a wild card at home, Oakland plays at Seattle and can clinch its first playoff berth in four years. The Athletics lead Tampa Bay by 7½ games and need a win or a Rays loss to make the postseason. Oakland’s Daniel Mengden gets his first start since June 23. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:10 p.m.

BBN--PIRATES-CUBS

CHICAGO — The Cubs are closing in on the NL Central title. They play the Pittsburgh Pirates and can clinch the division with a victory and a Colorado loss. Cole Hamels starts for Chicago, which has a 2 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:05 p.m.

BBN--BREWERS-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS — The Brewers face the Cardinals, with second-place Milwaukee two game ahead of St. Louis in the NL Central entering a three-game series. St. Louis has a 1½-game lead for the second wild card over Colorado. St. Louis has won six of seven coming, Milwaukee three of four. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:15 p.m.

NFL

FBN--PATRIOTS-DEJA VU

BOSTON — In back-to-back weeks, the Patriots have been exposed on both sides of the ball. They have now lost two of their first three games for the first time since 2012. They must figure things out in a hurry. New England opens its division schedule against 3-0 Miami. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBN--49ERS-GAROPPOLO

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will undergo an MRI on his knee, and the team fears the results will mean season-ending surgery. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 9 p.m.

FBN--TRICKY DOLPHINS

DAVIE, Fla. — When Ryan Tannehill calls a trick play, he says even the offensive linemen get excited. And why not? An exotic offense is one reason the surprising Miami Dolphins are undefeated. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBN--HUMBLED VIKINGS

MINNEAPOLIS — If there’s any good news for the Minnesota Vikings from their humbling loss at home to the previously winless Buffalo Bills, it’s their history of having one of these dud performances in each of coach Mike Zimmer’s five seasons. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBN--EQUAL OPPORTUNITY-CHIEFS — By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— FBN--WINLESS RAIDERS — By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— FBN--INCONSISTENT JAGUARS — By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--RAVENS-OFFENSE — By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--BENGALS-FLATTENED DEFENSE — By Joe Kay. 600 words by 5 p.m.

— FBN--COWBOYS-PASS FAILURE — By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— FBN--FIRST-PLACE BEARS — UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--FALCONS-DEPLETED DEFENSE — UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--NFL-ICYMI — By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 750 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--MEDIA DAY-WARRIORS

OAKLAND, Calif. — The two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors get ready for training camp, with DeMarcus Cousins another All-Star addition. First, he must fully recover from Achilles tendon surgery that ended his season with the Pelicans in January. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BKN--MEDIA DAY-LAKERS

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — LeBron James is ready to begin his next act with the Los Angeles Lakers. The superstar is expected to make his first extensive public comments about his decision to start over with the 16-time champion franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs in five years. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 10 p.m.

BKN--MEDIA DAY-RAPTORS

TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard begins a new chapter north of the border, joining the Raptors in a blockbuster summer deal with the San Antonio Spurs. Toronto also has a new coach in Nick Nurse, who replaces departed coach of the year Dwane Casey. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BKN--MEDIA DAY SPURS

SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs hold a media day unlike any other for years. None of the Big Three is around anymore, and coach Gregg Popovich’s team opens without Kawhi Leonard. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BKN--MEDIA DAY-HEAT

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade is ready to begin what he calls his last dance. The Miami Heat guard is entering his 16th and final NBA season. he discusses his decision to delay retirement. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— Stories from other teams not playing international games.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-OHIO ST-HASKINS RISING

Dwayne Haskins Jr.’s name is starting to come up in Heisman Trophy conversations, and that talk will get only louder if he can go into a hostile “white out” at Beaver Stadium and lead No. 4 Ohio State past No. 9 Penn State. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBC--T25-ALABAMA-LOCKSLEY’S OFFENSE

Mike Locksley doesn’t have the name cache of other recent Alabama’s offensive coordinators. But his offense might prove to be the best coach Nick Saban has had with the top-ranked Crimson Tide. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBC--HEMORRHAGING HUSKERS

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska coach Scott Frost was blunt after a 56-10 loss at Michigan: His team isn’t ready to beat a team like the Wolverines. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBC--T25-MICHIGAN-BUSH

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Devin Bush Jr., a linebacker for No. 14 Michigan, has always been coached by his father, a former Florida State and NFL defensive back. Both count that as a blessing. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— FBC--T25--AP TOP 25 HEAT CHECK — By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

— FBC--STAT WATCH — By Eric Olson. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-CLEMSON-QUARTERBACK — By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA RECOVERY — UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBC--T25-WASHINGTON-SHUTDOWN SECONDARY — By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— FBC--VIRGINIA TECH-QB SURGERY — SENT: 170 words, photos.

NHL

HKN--GIONTA RETIRES

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Brian Gionta retires after 16 NHL seasons. Gionta is a former Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres captain and two-time U.S. Olympian. He won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2003. He spent most of last season out of the NHL. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— HKN--SEATTLE ARENA — Seattle City Council takes final vote on proposed arena renovation. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.

SOCCER

SOC--FIFA AWARDS

LONDON — The FIFA Best awards are handed out, with Cristiano Ronaldo positioned for a sixth top player prize. Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah made the shortlist for the first time while Lionel Messi was not among the finalists. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— Also:

— SOC--GOLDEN BALL-WOMEN — Golden Ball award to be given to woman for first time, the AP is told. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 350 words, photos.

— SOC--FIFA INVESTIGATION-VALCKE — Private jets, favors detailed in case against former top FIFA official. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— SOC--SPANISH LEAGUE-US — Spain’s players’ association reiterates disapproval playing regular-season Spanish league game in U.S. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 550 words. photos.

— SOC--UEFA-NEW COMPETITION — Third European club competition aimed at increasing exposure of smaller teams. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 400 words.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BKL--PLAYING FOR PUERTO RICO

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain — Puerto Rico is making its first trip to the Women’s Basketball World Cup. The team is likely to be eliminated but its presence is a big lift for an island still reeling more than a year later from a hurricane that its governor says left nearly 3,000 dead. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 400 words, photos.

— With:

— BKL--AFRICA-WORLD CUP WINS — Senegal, Nigeria end Africa’s drought at Women’s World Cup. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 550 words, photos.

OBITUARY

FBN--OBIT-MCDONALD

PHILADELPHIA — Tommy McDonald, the small, speedy and sure-handed receiver who teamed with quarterback Norm Van Brocklin to help the Philadelphia Eagles win the 1960 NFL championship, dies at 84. SENT: 750 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

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Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

NFL

Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, 8:15 p.m.

Baseball

Miami at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Houston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

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

Philadelphia at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

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

Oakland at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

NHL Exhibition

N.Y. Islanders at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

Detroit at Boston, 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Winnipeg at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Los Angeles at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

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