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John Smoltz says baseball must change — and fast. The Hall of Fame pitcher speaks about the need to make the game more appealing to fans young and old on PodcastOne Sports Now with co-hosts Tim Dahlberg and Jim Litke. Also, longtime college sports writer Chris Dufresne discusses the beginning of the season. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
FBC--AP PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love of Stanford and Outland Trophy winner Ed Oliver of Houston highlight the AP’s preseason All-America team. The team also features West Virginia quarterback Will Grier and his teammate, receiver David Sills V. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 550 words, photos. With list.
STANFORD, Calif. — Sure, Bryce Love would love to win the Heisman Trophy. But the decision by the star Stanford running back to return for his senior season was not about accolades but earning his degree in human biology and spending another season with teammates. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 850 words, photos.
BBO--STANTON IN MIAMI
MIAMI — Giancarlo Stanton says it’s “going to be weird” to return to Miami, where he played his first eight seasons and was the NL MVP last year when he hit 59 home runs. Now, one homer shy of 300, he will now try to help the Yankees beat the Marlins. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— BBO--YANKEES-MARLINS — By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.
SEATTLE — The Astros, losers of eight of 10 and tied with Oakland for the AL West lead, play a Mariners team that is 3 1/2 games out of first. Seattle has beaten Houston the last five times they have played. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is set to come off the disabled list. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:10 p.m.
BKL--AROUND THE WNBA
NEW YORK — Breanna Stewart, who has taken her game to a new level this year, is the AP’s WNBA Player of the Year. Stewart led Seattle to the top spot in the league, averaging more than 21 points and eight rebounds a game while shooting nearly 53 percent. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 600 words, photos. With AP Power Poll.
FBN--COWBOYS-VOICE OF BOOM
OXNARD, Calif. — Kris Richard, the Cowboys’ new secondary coach, comes to the team after a stay in Seattle that featured the fearsome Legion of Boom. Now he’s trying to bring some fire to the Dallas secondary amid talk of a possible reunion with Seahawks holdout Earl Thomas. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 800 words, photos.
GLF--ON THE FRINGE-TIGER
PARAMUS, N.J. — Tiger Woods seems to be bigger now than when he was good. Some of that is because fans weren’t sure they would ever see him again after a fourth back surgery. And some of that is because they wonder how much longer he’ll be around. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 1,300 words.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — With their parade of pitchers on a streak of 23 straight scoreless innings, the Tampa Bay Rays send Blake Snell (14-5, 2.10 ERA) to the mound against the Kansas City Royals. Snell has not given up a run in two straight starts of five innings each. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers try to regroup from their loss to St. Louis in which closer Kenley Jansen allowed two ninth-inning homers. Both teams are in the chase for a division title, with Los Angeles 2 1/2 games behind in the NL West and St. Louis 3 1/2 back in the NL Central. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Khris Davis asked a 10-year-old fan from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to sign his jersey. The Oakland slugger then smashed his 37th home run. Says Davis: “I thought about him around the bases.” By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.
FBN--PICK 6-OLD MEN
Tom Brady is hardly the only geezer this season. The 41-year-old quarterback isn’t even close to the oldest guy suiting up these days. His former teammate in New England, Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, is 45. Let’s show some respect for elders — a look at six NFL seniors. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 700 words, photos.
TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay receiver DeSean Jackson, coming off one of the least productive seasons of his career, is intent on doing his part to help the Buccaneers end a long playoff drought. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FBN--JETS-NEW JACK CITY
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The Jets’ secondary has struggled the past few seasons, but the defensive backs are ready to change all that. Dubbing themselves “New Jack City” — complete with T-shirts — this unit is intent dominating the air space this season. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.
ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Redskins are the latest stop on All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson’s late-career tour. After several injuries at the position, Peterson is embracing the opportunity at age 33. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--BRONCOS-LYNCH’S LAST DAY — By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— FBN--CHIEFS-SHAKY SECONDARY — By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— FBN--TITANS-BACKFIELD — By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--PACKERS-CAMP — By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--STEELERS-ROETHLISBERGER — UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m
— FBN--CRUZ RETIREMENT — SENT: 120 words, photos.
FBC--T25-AP TOP 25-HEAT CHECK
Handling preseason expectations is no easy thing in college football. A review of the AP’s preseason Top 25, and a look at overrated, underrated and unpredictable teams. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 2,050 words, photos.
MADISON, Wis. — The suspension of Quintez Cephus leaves Wisconsin without one of its top receivers for the foreseeable future. Cephus is charged with sexually assaulting two women at his apartment. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 650 words, photos.
FBC--T25-OHIO STATE-AIRING IT OUT
COLUMBUS, Ohio — No. 5 Ohio State could be going airborne, with a new, pro-style quarterback and all six of last year’s leading pass-catchers returning. Coach Urban Meyer has said his receivers are not yet an elite unit. They would like to prove him wrong. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 60O words, photos.
FBC--COACH TO PHD
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama State coach Donald Hill-Eley didn’t just listen to his players when they pointed to the challenges of juggling academics and football. He joined them, and hopes to complete his doctorate after the season. By John Zenor. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-GEORGIA-TAILBACK PLAN — By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.
— FBC--FLORIDA’S FIX — By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— FBC--NOTRE DAME-RECEIVERS — UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
AP SPORTS EXTRA: PRESEASON POLL PAGE
A paginated look at the preseason Top 25 poll is available in full broadsheet, half broadsheet and tabloid size. The pages are suited for preseason football tabs, with space for local advertising or content. The focus is on the highest-ranked teams. The pages are available at no charge to all AP Sports subscribers. For more information, contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan(at)ap.org
TEN--US OPEN-SERENA’S SEEDING
Serena Williams got a bit of a boost in the seedings for the U.S. Open by being placed at No. 17, nine spots above her ranking. The decision, announced with the other seeds, means Williams avoids a possible matchup against one of the top eight players in the third round. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— TEN--LAVER CUP — Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic to play for Europe in Laver Cup in Chicago. SENT: 150 words.
VOL--NCAA VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW
The goal never changes for the women’s volleyball team at Nebraska — win the national championship. And it doesn’t matter if more than half the team is made up of newcomers. Rebuilding is not an option for the Cornhuskers, who have won two of the last three titles. By Eric Olson. SENT: 650 words, photos.
BBY--LITTLE LEAGUE-NEW BATS
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — A new bat aimed at keeping the ball in play and pitchers safer from line drives is having another effect at the Little League World Series: fewer home runs. There have been only 10 and no team has hit more one. By Tommy Butler. SENT: 550 words, photos.
The uncertainty surrounding Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United persists despite manager Jose Mourinho making him captain. Comments by Pogba and his agent the last two days only fuel the belief all is not right. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— SOC--A-LEAGUE-BOLT BEGINS — Usain Bolts trains for first time with Australian soccer club. SENT: 300 words, photos.
— SOC--BRITAIN-HILLSBOROUGH — Charges dropped against former police chief stemming from 1989 fatal stadium stampede in Britain. SENT: 150 words.
— CAR--INDYCAR-WICKENS — IndyCar driver Robert Wickens has rods, screws placed into spine. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— SWM--WORLD RECORD-50 BACKSTROKE — China’s Liu Xiang sets world record in women’s 50 backstroke at Asian Games in Indonesia. SENT: 250 words, photos.
— FIG--OSMOND BREAK — Olympic bronze medalist Kaetlyn Osmond to skip upcoming figure skating. SENT: 140 words.
— BKC--SISTER JEAN-99TH BIRTHDAY — Loyola celebrity nun Sister Jean celebrating 99th birthday. SENT: 140 words.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
— BKL--WNBA PLAYOFF CAPSULES
Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Atlanta at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
Baltimore at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.
Cleveland at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Kansas City at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
San Francisco at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Minnesota at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.
San Diego at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.
Texas at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.
Houston at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.
St. Louis at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
Dallas vs. Phoenix at Tempe, Ariz., 8:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.