BC-AP Sports Digest
BC-AP Sports Digest
Sep. 15, 2018
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CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson plays its football game as scheduled while Tropical Storm Florence pounds the Carolinas' coastline, and Tigers fans came out under a sunny sky and mild breezes to support their team. The second-ranked Tigers were the only game in town as other schools in the Carolinas and Virginia rescheduled, postponed or canceled because of the storm, which was dumping dangerous amounts of rain elsewhere. ECU's football team watched from Orlando, Florida, while Virginia moved its home game against Ohio to Nashville, Tennessee. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBC--T25-GEORGIA SOUTHERN-CLEMSON. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started noon.
— FBC--TROPICAL WEATHER-SPORTS-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.
ARLINGTON, Texas — No. 4 Ohio State plays its final game without suspended coach Urban Meyer, facing its biggest test in the coach's three-game absence. The Buckeyes play No. 15 TCU in the same stadium where they won the national title four seasons ago. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
LAS VEGAS — Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez meet in a highly anticipated fight for the middleweight title. The fight is a rematch of their bout a year ago that ended in a draw. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Main event expected to begin around 11 p.m.
— BOX--MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO — On again? Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he and Manny Pacquiao will fight. SENT: 250 words, photos.
LAS VEGAS — Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. have dominated this NASCAR season. The Big Three all realize that guarantees them nothing as the playoffs begin Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sin City's heat and pressure has already yielded a surprising pole sitter in youngster Erik Jones. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 9 p.m.
AUBURN, Ala. — No. 7 Auburn and No. 12 LSU meet in the first big SEC West showdown of the season. Both already have wins over teams ranked in the Top 10 at the time. The winner could emerge as the most likely challenger to No. 1 Alabama in a division with four Top 25 teams and two others receiving votes. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.
FBC--T25-BOISE ST-OKLAHOMA St
STILLWATER, Okla. — No. 24 Oklahoma State hosts No. 17 Boise State in a key nonconference showdown. Oklahoma State seeks its first major win with new quarterback Taylor Cornelius. Boise State could cement its status as a leader in the Group of Five with a nonconference win on the road against a ranked team. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 2:30 p.m.
— FBC--T25-ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
— FBC--T25-MIDDLE TENNESSEE-GEORGIA. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started noon.
— FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA-IOWA ST. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started noon.
— FBC--T25-BYU-WISCONSIN. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.
— FBC--T25-VANDERBILT-NOTRE DAME. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 2:30 p.m.
— FBC--T25-UC DAVIS-STANFORD. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 2 p.m.
— FBC--T25-AP TOP 25 TAKEAWAYS. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 1 a.m. An early version moves around 9 p.m.
CLEVELAND — After running away from the rest of the division for most of the season, the Indians can clinch their third straight AL Central title and a postseason berth with a win over the Detroit Tigers. Mike Clevinger, who has gone 6-1 against teams inside the division, starts for Cleveland. Michael Fulmer goes for Detroit. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 3:10 p.m.
— BBA--INDIANS-BAUER — Indians' Bauer throws off mound, closer to comeback. SENT: 400 words, photo.
ST. LOUIS — The Dodgers and Cardinals continue their four-game series with the second NL wild card at stake a day after Los Angeles drew even with St. Louis and moved within one-half game of first-place Colorado in the NL West. The Cardinals send right-hander John Gant to the mound to make his third career appearance, while veteran lefty Rich Hill goes for the Dodgers. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 1:05 p.m.
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FBN--NFL THIS WEEK
If there's ever going to be a changing of the guard in the AFC, then Sunday's visit to Jacksonville by the Patriots would seem a perfect time. Except when you look at the numbers that say Tom Brady doesn't lose to the Jaguars. Ever. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,840 words, photos. Also moved in advance.
— FBN--ON FOOTBALL-OFFICIATING PIPELINE — Column: NFL keeps open pipeline for game officials. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 750 words, photos. Also moved in advance.
SONOMA, Calif. — Alexander Rossi landed in IndyCar when his pursuit of a seat in Formula One stalled. IndyCar wasn't his first choice, but Rossi has certainly flourished in his second chance. He won the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie and now in his third season has a chance at upsetting Scott Dixon for the IndyCar title. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
SINGAPORE — Lewis Hamilton found his speed when it counted to take pole position for Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix, while title rival Sebastian Vettel had to settle for third. Hamilton produced something special to set a blistering time in his Mercedes and beat Red Bull's Max Verstappen by .3 seconds and Vettel by .6. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 600 words, photos.
AP Sports Extra: NASCAR Cup Chase
A paginated preview of the NASCAR Cup Chase, which starts Sept. 16, is available in AP Newsroom by searching for "Sports Extra" under the Graphics tab. Three page sizes are available — full broadsheet, half broadsheet and tabloid — with space for local advertising or content. The pages look at how the NASCAR season was dominated by the same three drivers but a fourth now has emerged as a contender for the Cup. Please contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan(at)ap.org with any questions.
GLF--RYDER CUP-BJORN INTERVIEW
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — In an interview with The Associated Press, Europe's Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn welcomes Tiger Woods' return to the United States team as adding an extra aura to the event. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 530 words, photo.
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Chasing her first major title, Amy Olson fired a bogey-free 65 to take a two-shot lead after the third round of the Evian Championship. The American broke clear to a 14-under 199 after twice being in a four-way share of the lead. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 550 words, photos.
GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
GRAND BLANC, Mich. — Brandt Jobe took a one-stroke lead into the second round of the PGA Tour Champions' The Ally Challenge. UPCOMING: 300 words by 10 p.m.
— GLF--KLM OPEN — Chris Wood shoots 65 to take 1-shot lead at KLM Open. SENT: 130 words.
— GLF--WEBCOM TOUR FINALS — Brad Drewitt, Sangmoon Bae and Alex Prugh shared the lead in Albertsons Boise Open, the third of four Web.con Tour Finals events. UPCOMING: 250 words by 11 p.m.
ZADAR, Croatia — Doubles specialist Mike Bryan's decision to come out of Davis Cup retirement gave the United States a much-needed lift. Bryan teamed with Ryan Harrison for the first time and helped the Americans outlast Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic 7-5, 7-6 (6), 1-6, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) over nearly five hours to cut Croatia's lead to 2-1 in their semifinal. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 330 words, photos.
LILLE, France — Doubles pair Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut gives France an unassailable 3-0 lead over Spain in their Davis Cup semifinal as the defending champions reach back-to-back finals for the first time since 2002. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— TEN--JAPAN WOMEN'S OPEN — American Amanda Anisimova beats Zhang Zhang to reach her 1st final at age 17. SENT: 150 words.
GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Their paddles slice through the water in perfect rhythm, all 20 of them, guided along by a mesmerizing drumbeat and a legendary creature on the front of their vessel. Welcome to the world of dragon boat racing, a sport that combines strength, teamwork and even a bit of a spirituality. It's also a whole of fun, which was evident this weekend as the world championships came to North America for the first time on a picturesque lake north of Atlanta. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— CYC--SPANISH VUELTA — Simon Yates protects lead, poised to win Spanish Vuelta. SENT: 630 words.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
— FBC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES
— SOC--MLS CAPSULES
Saturday's Time Schedule (EDT)
Washington at Atlanta, 1:05 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at St. Louis, 1:05 p.m.
Detroit at Cleveland, 3:10 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 4:05 p.m.
Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 4:05 p.m.
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees, 4:05 p.m.
Oakland at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Miami at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
Arizona at Houston, 7:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m.
Minnesota at Kansas City, 7:15 p.m.
Texas at San Diego, 8:40 p.m.
Colorado at San Francisco, 9:05 p.m.
Seattle at L.A. Angels, 9:07 p.m.
AP Top 25 Football
No. 1 Alabama at Mississippi, 7 p.m.
No. 2 Clemson vs. Georgia Southern, Noon
No. 3 Georgia vs. Middle Tennessee, Noon
No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 15 TCU at Arlington, Texas, 8 p.m.
No. 5 Oklahoma at Iowa State, Noon
No. 6 Wisconsin vs. BYU, 3:30 p.m.
No. 7 Auburn vs. No. 12 LSU, 3:30 p.m.
No. 8 Notre Dame vs. Vanderbilt, 2:30 p.m.
No. 9 Stanford vs. UC Davis, 2 p.m.
No. 10 Washington at Utah, 10 p.m.
No. 11 Penn State vs. Kent State, Noon
No. 13 Virginia Tech vs. East Carolina, ccd., hurricane
No. 14 West Virginia at NC State, ccd., hurricane
No. 16 Mississippi State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 7:30 p.m.
No. 17 Boise State at No. 24 Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m.
No. 18 UCF at North Carolina, ccd., hurricane
No. 19 Michigan vs. SMU, 3:30 p.m.
No. 20 Oregon vs. San Jose State, 5 p.m.
No. 21 Miami at Toledo, Noon
No. 22 Southern Cal at Texas, 8 p.m.
No. 23 Arizona State at San Diego State, 10:30 p.m.
Atlanta United at Colorado, 3:30 p.m.
LA Galaxy at Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m.
Montreal at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Columbus at FC Dallas, 8 p.m.
Portland at Houston, 8:30 p.m.
Minnesota United at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m.
Seattle at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
New England at Los Angeles FC, 10:30 p.m.
Sporting Kansas City at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.