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August 5, 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.

https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

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.

https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast

TOP STORIES

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-HOF SPEECHES

CANTON, Ohio — Just as the demonstrations of players during the national anthem have become a means of expression for NFL players, the stage at the Hall of Fame inductions often turns into a political platform. It certainly did Saturday night. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

BBO--ASTROS-OSUNA

LOS ANGELES — Reliever Robert Osuna joins the Houston Astros, ending his 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. The World Series champs acquired the 2017 All-Star from Toronto recently despite their no-tolerance policy on domestic violence. Osuna is expected to talk to his new team before its game at Dodger Stadium. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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— BBO--ASTROS-DODGERS. Game starts 4:10 p.m.

BASEBALL

BBA--YANKEES-RED SOX

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox go for a four-game sweep of the rival New York Yankees when David Price faces Masahiro Tanaka at Fenway Park. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

BBN--REDS-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON — Tensions could be high when the Reds and Nationals conclude their four-game series a day after two former NL MVPs got plunked. Washington star Bryce Harper got hit by a curveball in the right knee and was eventually removed from the game. Nationals reliever Ryan Madson later hit Cincinnati star Joey Votto with a pitch, and an infuriated Votto yelled at Madson throughout the rest of the inning. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 1:35 p.m.

Also:

— BBA--ANGELS-SCIOSCIA — Angels manager Mike Scioscia nixes report he’ll step down as “poppycock.” By Tom Withers. SENT: 580 words, photos.

GOLF

GLF--BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL

AKRON, Ohio — Justin Thomas has a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter going into the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational, held for the last time at Firestone. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

GLF--WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England — Georgia Hall of England reeled in long-time leader Pornanong Phatlum in a final-round duel at Royal Lytham to win the Women’s British Open for her first major title. Roared on by the large galleries in her home country, the 22-year-old Hall only took the lead for the first time after a 20-foot putt for birdie at the 16th hole and stayed steady to post 5-under 67. SENT: 360 words, photos.

Also:

— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — Jerry Smith takes a 5-shot lead into final round at 3M Championship. UPCOMING: 500 words by 8 p.m.

— GLF--BARRACUDA CHAMPIONSHIP — Andrew Putnam takes the lead into the final round of the Barracuda Championship, three points ahead of playing partner Sam Saunders in the PGA Tour’s only modified Stableford scoring event. UPCOMING: 500 words by 10:30 p.m.

— GLF--FIJI INTERNATIONAL — Gaganjeet Bhullar wins Fiji International, Ernie Els finishes strong for 3rd. SENT: 400 words.

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(at)ap.org with any questions.

NFL

FBN--COWBOYS-AUSTIN’S REBOOT

OXNARD, Calif. — Tavon Austin never blossomed as the eighth overall pick by the Rams five years ago. A trade to the Dallas Cowboys, and the accompanying health, is giving the hybrid receiver/runner another chance in a revamped group of targets for Dak Prescott. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 9 p.m.

FBN--JETS-TIGHT ENDS

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — All the attention is obviously on the quarterbacks — particularly Sam Darnold, of course — in New York Jets camp. But another hotly contested competition is at the tight end position where five players mostly without household names are trying to earn spots on the roster. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--REDSKINS-ROBERTSON

RICHMOND, Va. — Pete Robertson is back to doing what he loves, but the road to Washington Redskins training camp was anything but direct. It included a debilitating back injury that left him undrafted in 2016, a stint at UPS to pay his bills and, now, a chance to make the Redskins’ roster. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--BRONCOS-QB

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Chad Kelly outshines Paxton Lynch in the Denver Broncos’ scrimmage, and coach Vance Joseph says afterward that Kelly could start getting more work with the backups. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.

FBC--COLTS-SAFETY NET

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts starting safeties Malik Hooker and Clayton Geathers waited anxiously for months to get back to work. Now both have returned from knee surgery and are eager to show the coaches exactly what they can do. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 6 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR--WATKINS GLEN

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Reigning NASCAR Cup champ Martin Truex Jr. goes after his third straight road course victory when he takes the green flag at Watkins Glen International. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Race starts 2:30 p.m.

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— CAR--NASCAR--WATKINS GLEN-THE LATEST.

TENNIS

TEN--WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON — Alexander Zverev tries to become the first man to win two consecutive Citi Open titles since 2009, facing 19-year-old Alex de Minaur in the final. Two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova plays Donna Vekic in the women’s final. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. Men’s final starts at 3 p.m., followed by women’s final. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

TEN--SAN JOSE

SAN JOSE, Calif. — No. 5 seed Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania faces Maria Sakkari of Greece in the final of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Starts 5 p.m.

SOCCER

SOC--ENGLAND-COMMUNITY SHIELD

LONDON — Despite the tight turnaround after the World Cup, Manchester City’s attacking ruthlessness has not been blunted by fatigue or the English heatwave. Three weeks after the World Cup finished, the Premier League champions opened the new season by collecting more silverware with a 2-0 win against FA Cup holder Chelsea. By Rob Harris. SENT: 750 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

— BKL--WNBA CAPSULES

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Sunday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

L.A. Angels at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.

Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.

Miami at Philadelphia, 1:35 p.m.

St. Louis at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m.

Cincinnati at Washington, 1:35 p.m.

Colorado at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

San Diego at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Baltimore at Texas, 3:05 p.m.

Detroit at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

San Francisco at Arizona, 4:10 p.m.

Houston at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.

Toronto at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 8:05 p.m.

WNBA

Las Vegas at Connecticut, 3 p.m.

Washington at Dallas, 4 p.m.

Phoenix at Los Angeles, 7 p.m.

Atlanta at Minnesota, 7 p.m.

MLS

Los Angeles FC at New York, 6 p.m.

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