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BC-AP Sports Digest

August 6, 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.


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.




BOSTON — Andrew Benintendi’s RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning capped Boston’s rally from three runs down in the ninth against New York closer Aroldis Chapman, and the Red Sox completed a four-game sweep over the rival Yankees with a 5-4 victory. Boston has won eight of nine and opened a 9 1/2-game lead atop the AL East over the Yankees, who lost their season-high fifth straight. SENT: 951 words, photos.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State will rely on an outside law firm to investigate what coach Urban Meyer knew and did about domestic abuse accusations against a former assistant, a process expected to be completed within two weeks. Ohio State said in a release that a trustees’ committee formed to coordinate the investigation had an initial meeting and has hired a firm to conduct the probe of Meyer, who says he followed proper protocol when informed of a 2015 abuse allegation against assistant Zach Smith. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 524 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES — Roberto Osuna is getting a second chance with the Houston Astros. They also made it clear they won’t give him another one. The All-Star closer, acquired from Toronto in a trade earlier this week, met his new Astros teammates Sunday and addressed the club for 10 minutes in a closed-door meeting after completing a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. SENT: 1,268 words, photos.


A look at a few bullpens to watch down the stretch — after a trade deadline in which so many teams tried to add relief pitching help. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


— BBA--ASTROS-SPRINGER INJURED — SENT: 257 words, photos.



AKRON, Ohio — Justin Thomas never let anyone closer than two shots and closed with a 1-under 69 to win the Bridgestone Invitational for his third PGA Tour title this year. The final World Golf Championship at Firestone lacked drama. Tiger Woods finished 15 shots behind. Rory McIlroy went the wrong direction.By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 830 words, photos.


— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — SENT: 597 words, photos.


AP Sports Extra: PGA Championship

A paginated preview of the 100th PGA Championship, which starts Aug. 9, is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “Sports Extra” under the Graphics tab. The pages take a quick look at what’s at stake in the only golf major restricted to only professionals. Please contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan@ap.org with any questions.



PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles have signed coach Doug Pederson and executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman to contract extensions through the 2022 season. Coming off the franchise’s first Super Bowl championship, the team announced the deals an hour before a sellout crowd watched an open practice Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field. By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 316 words, photos.


— FBN--BILLS-BROWNS TRADE — By Tom Withers. SENT: 466 words, photos.

— FBN--COWBOYS-AUSTIN’S REBOOT — By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 722 words, photos by 9 p.m.

— FBN--BILLS-JONES — By John Wawrow. SENT: 863 words, photos.



Central Florida is trying to follow up on its undefeated season with a new coach, a new defensive cornerstone and the same old high expectations. The Knights head the list of teams from the Group of Five conferences with reason for optimism this season. Others expected to compete for league titles include Arkansas State, Boise State, Florida Atlantic, Memphis and Ohio. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 740 words, photos.



WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Chase Elliott won the NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen, holding off Martin Truex Jr in a scintillating finish series win in his 99th race. Truex ran second to Elliott for most of the final stage before beginning a steady close, but fell back on the final lap and sputtered home out of fuel. Elliott’s father, Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, also won his first Cup race on a road course in 1983 in his 124th start. By John Kekis. SENT: 913 words, photos.


— CAR--NHRA — SENT: 208 words.



WASHINGTON — Alexander Zverev became the first man in nearly a decade to win consecutive titles at the Citi Open. He overpowered Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-4 in the hard-court tournament’s final for his ninth career ATP title and third of 2018. Svetlana Kuznetsova won the women’s title for the second time. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 635 words, photos.


— TEN--SAN JOSE — By Janie McCauley. SENT: 633 words, photos.

— TEN--WTT FINAL — SENT: 173 words.



— BKN--CAVALIERS-DEKKER — By Tom Withers. SENT: 152 words.


Monday’s Time Schedule


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

Minnesota at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

St. Louis at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Seattle at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

Philadelphia at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

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

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


Seattle at New York, 11 a.m.

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