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September 20, 2018

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On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast , guest Chantel Jennings previews the Pac-12′s big game between No. 7 Stanford and No. 20 Oregon and gives the back story on Ducks star quarterback Justin Herbert. Jennings and the AP’s Ralph Russo focus on the Pac-12, looking at Southern California’s problems and who — if anybody — is good in the Pac-12 South. Plus, which struggling first-year coach is off to the most worrisome start.

Listen at www.podcastonesports.com , the podcastone app and apple podcasts.

TOP STORIES

ROCKIES-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES — Late September, a crucial series, and a postseason berth on the line. Yasiel Puig thrives in big-game situations, and once again he delivered. Puig didn’t start despite being on a tear at the plate. But he came off the bench to slug a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh inning that sent the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Colorado Rockies 5-2 on Wednesday night to increase their NL West lead to 2 1/2 games. By Beth Harris. SENT: 890 words, photos.

BBA--RED SOX-YANKEES

NEW YORK — David Price has been pummeled over and over at Yankee Stadium. This time, it was Luke Voit’s turn — with a big assist from the short right-field porch. Voit hit two homers off Price, Miguel Andujar popped another one barely into the right-field seats and the New York Yankees stalled Boston’s division-clinching celebration by beating the Red Sox 10-1 on Wednesday night. By Jake Seiner. SENT: 1,065 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Patrick Mahomes is already chasing Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Mahomes tossed six touchdown passes at Pittsburgh after throwing four in the opener at the Chargers. His 10 TDs are the most in NFL history by a quarterback in his team’s first two games of a season. Manning has the most through three games with 12 in 2013 for Denver and Brady is second with 11 in 2011. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: xxx words, photos.

Also:

— FBN--RAMS-BROWN RETURNS — By Greg Beacham. SENT: 736 words, photos.

— FBN--SEAHAWKS-PROTECTING WILSON — By Tim Booth. SENT: 705 words, photos.

— FBN--49ERS-GAROPPOLO — SENT: 590 words, photos.

— FBN--VIKINGS-ALL IN — By Dave Campbell. SENT: 659 words, photos.

— FBN--BEARS-MOMENTUM — SENT: 735 words, photos.

— FBN--PATRIOTS-GORDON. — By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 657 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--TEMPLE-RAPPING RUNNING BACK

PHILADELPHIA — Former Temple running back Tre Hood is set to take the Lincoln Financial Field one more time. The running back-turned-rapper will perform at halftime on Thursday night the new Temple sports anthem he wrote called, “Temple Made.” Hood says the song is his gift back to Temple for molding him into the man he is today. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

Also:

— FBC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK — SENT: 605 words, photos.

— FBC--BIG 12 THIS WEEK — SENT: 506 words, photos.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

SOC--MLS-WONDO WATCH

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Chris Wondolowski goes about his work for the San Jose Earthquakes with little fanfare, the pursuit of Landon Donovan’s Major League Soccer career scoring mark hardly weighing on his mind as he focuses more on being an example for his teammates and the youth. Wondo, as everyone calls him, played in college at tiny Division II Chico State, not part of an elite youth national team program. He didn’t make his debut with the U.S. national team until six days before his 28th birthday in January 2011. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 1,021 words, photos.

OLYMPICS

OLY--PYEONGCHANG-THE LEGACY

SEOUL, South Korea — The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closed seven months ago. Left behind are empty venues, feuding over who pays for upkeep, and an icy ski course that’s now an abandoned dirt runway, strewn with rocks and unused gondolas. Rare trees once stood before the course was gouged out of a mountainside, and plans called for replanting the piste and restoring the forest. Other venues sit mostly deserted. By Kim Tong-Hyung and Stephen Wade. SENT: 861 words, photos.

FEATURE

US--EDDIE BRAUN-STUNTMAN MOVIE

Hollywood stuntman Eddie Braun successfully jumped the Snake River Canyon in a steam-powered rocket two years ago in honor of his boyhood idol Evel Knievel. Braun’s launch serves as the backdrop for a documentary titled “Stuntman” that will be shown this weekend at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The nearly 90-minute film is backed by movie star Dwayne Johnson’s production company. The biography also features Braun’s life as a Hollywood stuntman. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.

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ALSO

— HKN--SHARKS-KARLSSON — By Josh Dubow. SENT: 756 words, photos.

— MMA--JON JONES SUSPENSION — By Greg Beacham. SENT: 559 words, photos.

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Thursday’s Time Schedule

NFL

N.Y. Jets at Cleveland, 8:20 p.m.

BASEBALL

L.A. Angels at Oakland, 3:35 p.m.

Boston at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

NHL PRESEASON

Washington vs. Montreal at Quebec City, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Winnipeg at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

San Jose at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

Los Angeles(ss) at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Vegas at Los Angeles(ss), 10:30 p.m.

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