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BC-AP Sports Digest

September 30, 2018
BC-AP Sports Digest,1982

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SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Payback belongs to Europe, and so does the Ryder Cup. Francesco Molinari became the first European to go 5-0, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson combined to go 0-6 and Europe showed again why is dominates in these matches. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: A new approach of 1,000 words by 5 p.m.


Kris Bryant, Nolan Arenado and several other National League stars are waiting to learn their playoff fate. Going into the final scheduled day of the regular season, two division championships still needed to be settled. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 800 words by 9 p.m.


— BBO--LEADERS — Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich needed a big last day to become the NL’s first Triple Crown winner since 1937, two behind Chicago’s Pedro Baez for RBIs and tied with St. Louis’ Matt Carptenter for home runs to go along with the top batting average. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 9 p.m.


After winning top-10 matchups, Ohio State and Notre Dame moved up in The Associated Press college football poll, and for the second straight week there was major turnover at the bottom, with five teams moving in. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 550 words, photos.


CHICAGO — Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a matchup between unlikely division leaders. The Bears are alone atop the NFC North for the first time since 2013, while the Buccaneers are tied with Carolina and New Orleans in the NFC South. Tampa Bay started quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick over Jameis Winston, who rejoined the team following a three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.


— FBN--WEEK 4-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.



LAWRENCE, Kan. — Three-time Ironman world champion Mirinda Carfrae and her husband, Tim O’Donnell, are headed back to Hawaii this October with their sights set on more glory. For the first time, the first family of endurance racing will be greeted at the finish line by their 1-year-old daughter, Izzy. Starting a family has forced O’Donnell and Carfrae to adapt much of their lives, especially when it comes to their training. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.



SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have secured their legacy. Two of the greatest players in golf history. Complete duds when it comes to the Ryder Cup. It’s time for the Americans to move on to a new generation of players to lead their team. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.



DENVER — The Colorado Rockies go into the final game of the season looking to accomplish something the team has never done: capture an NL West title. They begin the day tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rockies caught a break when the Washington Nationals elected to skip NL Cy Young candidate Max Scherzer for little-known righty Erick Fedde. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 3:10 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO — A day after clinching a sixth straight playoff berth, the Los Angeles Dodgers aim to win the NL West as they wrap up a weekend series against the Giants. Walker Buehler (7-5, 2.76 ERA) was listed to pitch as the Dodgers visit San Francisco. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 3:05 p.m.


CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs send Mike Montgomery to the mound for their critical season finale against Jack Flaherty and the St. Louis Cardinals. Chicago begins the day tied with Milwaukee for the NL Central lead. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 3:20 p.m.


MILWAUKEE — Having pulled even atop the NL Central with the Chicago Cubs, the Milwaukee Brewers try to sweep the Detroit Tigers in hopes of winning the division for the first time since 2011. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 3:10 p.m.



SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Francesco Molinari has the claret jug from winning the British Open. And then his year got even better. He becomes the first European to go 5-0 in the Ryder Cup, capping it all off with the winning point at Le Golf National. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 700 words, photos.


SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Jon Rahm dropped his putter when he beat Tiger Woods, a tribute to his hero, Seve Ballesteros. Phil Mickelson hit a shot into the water and removed his cap. Sunday was filled with big moments, and all the happy ones belonged to Europe. By Jim Litke. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


— GLF--RYDER CUP-MCILROY MELTS. By John Leicester. SENT: 460 words, photos.

— GLF--RYDER CUP-CAPSULES. By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.






FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Dolphins can improve to 4-0 for the first time since Don Shula’s last season as coach in 1995 when Miami visits New England. The Patriots haven’t started 1-3 since 2001. They have won nine straight at home in the series. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.


PITTSBURGH — The Baltimore Ravens visit AFC North rival Pittsburgh. The Steelers (1-1-1) have won three straight over Baltimore (2-1) and nine consecutive games on Sunday nights, twice over the Ravens. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:20 p.m.





DENVER — The Denver Broncos have spent years trying to solve their tight end troubles, yet they continue into a third straight season. Jake Butt’s third ACL tear was the crushing blow, coming four days before the Broncos (2-1) host the Chiefs (3-0) on Monday night. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 640 words, photos.


— FBN--PANTHERS-REID — Coach Ron Rivera says Panthers hope to get Eric Reid on field soon. SENT: 130 words.



STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Binjimen Victor had never had a moment like this at Ohio State. The junior wide receiver from Florida was a four-star recruit and top 100 player out of high school. But he has not blossomed into a star for the Buckeyes. In a comeback win against Penn State, he made the play of his career. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


CLEMSON, S.C. — No. 3 Clemson maintained its hold on the Atlantic Coast Conference and a College Football Playoff spot with its dramatic rally against Syracuse. It also showed how tenuous that grip might be when freshman starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence left the game with concussion-like symptoms and without Kelly Bryant as backup anymore. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame’s front four is heating up just in time for a trip to Virginia Tech. The Fighting Irish got four sacks and two hurries from 6-foot-7, 305-pound senior defensive tackle Jerry Tillery against Stanford — the first four-sack game for a Notre Dame player since 2005. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 5 p.m.



CONCORD, N.C. — NASCAR’s playoffs take a twisting turn on a hybrid new course at Charlotte Motor Speedway that combines the speedway with some left turns through the infield. Known as the roval, it has energized the NASCAR fan base prior to Sunday’s race, but the drivers are struggling with the radical new layout. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos. Race started 2 p.m.


— CAR--NASCAR-CHARLOTTE-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.


SOCHI, Russia — Lewis Hamilton closed in on his fifth Formula One title with a victory in the Russian Grand Prix after his teammate Valtteri Bottas pulled over to let him through as the pair approached the halfway mark of the race. Hamilton now leads Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by 50 points in the standings with five races remaining as both chase their fifth title. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 660 words, photos.


— CAR--NASCAR-DEEGAN WINS — Hailie Deegan, 17, becomes 1st female winner in NASCAR K&N. SENT: 160 words.



SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain — The U.S. and Australia will play for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup championship on Sunday night. Australia has never beaten the U.S. in the World Cup. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts 3 p.m.



SAN DIEGO — LeBron James makes his much-anticipated debut with the Los Angeles Lakers in an exhibition game against the Denver Nuggets. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 9:30 p.m.

— BKN--PRESEASON RDP — Roundup of five exhibition games. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 1 a.m.



In a copycat league, the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup run showed no team’s championship window is ever really closed and only perpetuated the notion that just getting in the playoffs is enough. The Penguins are motivated to get back on top, the Lightning should be right in the middle of their peak contending years and the Blackhawks and Kings have the high-end talent to crank theirs wide open again. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 980 words, photos.


— HKN--NHL RDP — Roundup of four exhibition games. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 11 p.m.

— HKN--LAS VEGAS SHOOTING-GOLDEN KNIGHTS — Golden Knights continue healing process for victims of shooting on Las Vegas Strip. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.


— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — Ken Tanigawa takes two-stroke lead into final round of seniors event at Pebble Beach, Calif. UPCOMING: 500 words by 10 p.m. PDT

— Tennis tournaments in Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Wuhan, China; Shenzhen, China.






Sunday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


Houston at Baltimore, 3:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 3:05 p.m.

Atlanta at Philadelphia, 3:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco, 3:05 p.m.

Oakland at L.A. Angels, 3:07 p.m.

Washington at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 3:10 p.m.

Detroit at Milwaukee, 3:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 3:10 p.m.

Miami at N.Y. Mets, 3:10 p.m.

Arizona at San Diego, 3:10 p.m.

Texas at Seattle, 3:10 p.m.

Toronto at Tampa Bay, 3:10 p.m.

Cleveland at Kansas City, 3:15 p.m.

St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 3:20 p.m.


Cincinnati at Atlanta, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Jets at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Miami at New England, 1 p.m.

Detroit at Dallas, 1 p.m.

Buffalo at Green Bay, 1 p.m.

Philadelphia at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Seattle at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.

Cleveland at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

New Orleans at N.Y. Giants, 4:25 p.m.

San Francisco at L.A. Chargers, 4:25 p.m.

Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m.


Miami at San Antonio, 5 p.m.

Charlotte at Boston, 6 p.m.

New Orleans at Chicago, 7 p.m.

Denver vs. L.A. Lakers at San Diego, 9:30 p.m

Sydney Kings (Australia) vs. L.A. Clippers at Honolulu, 9:30 p.m.


Nashville at Carolina, 1:30 p.m.

St. Louis at Washington, 3 p.m.

Colorado at Dallas, 6 p.m.

San Jose at Vegas, 8 p.m.


Atlanta United FC at New York, 1 p.m.

Real Salt Lake at Sporting Kansas City, 5 p.m.

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