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Gennady Golovkin’s trainer tells PodcastOne Sports Now co-host Tim Dahlberg that Canelo Alvarez’s claim the test was positive because of tainted meat he ate in Mexico rings hollow, and that it could be Alvarez didn’t want to fight when the bout was originally scheduled.
Steve Coughlin, better known as Stanford Steve on ESPN SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt, joins the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast to preview the big games — and look for some off-the-radar games that might be worth a wager.
FBN--BROWNS-BREES & BAKER
CLEVELAND — Saints quarterback Drew Brees believes Browns rookie Baker Mayfield can be an even better player than him. Brees has watched Mayfield’s career from afar and says the Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma has “all the tools” to become an elite quarterback in the NFL. Brees intends to meet Mayfield on Sunday when the Saints host the Browns. For now, Mayfield is Cleveland’s second-string quarterback behind starter Tyrod Taylor. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.
HKN--TRAINING CAMP PRIMER
The defending champion Capitals are trying to forget their Stanley Cup celebrations as they become one of 31 NHL teams again when training camps open. Washington has one of six new coaches in Todd Reirden but few of the big camp questions facing others around the league. Veterans earning contracts and restricted free agents signing in time for the season are among the situations worth watching. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 635 words, photos.
RALEIGH, N.C. — While safety concerns at Atlantic Coast Conference schools are being addressed ahead of Hurricane Florence, the storm’s significant impact on this week’s schedule will have a lingering effect on scheduling obstacles, monetary implications and bowl considerations once it passes. The schools with canceled games left open the possibility of trying to reschedule them for later in the season, but there’s no guarantee that will work. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 850 words, photos.
— FBC--MONITORING FLORENCE — Hurricane Florence impacts Clemson, South Carolina football games. SENT: 630 words, photos.
— FBC--MONITORING FLORENCE-THE LATEST — Updates on Hurricane Florence’s impact on all sports. SENT: 965 words, photos.
TV GAMBLING BOOM
LOS ANGELES — As legalized sports gambling rolls across the nation, the people who make sports television are ready to ride the boom with a series of shows explicitly about betting. Fox Sports 1′s “Lock It In” began daily production this week as the first of several planned major-platform shows focused on point spreads, odds and helping their viewers to make better bets. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 900 words, photo.
FBN--INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Changing coaches didn’t help teams change their losing ways. Teams with a new man in charge went 0-7 in Week 1, the worst start by a group of new head coaches in NFL history. The previous worst was 0-6 in 2001. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 715 words, photos.
FBN--PATRIOTS-RAMSEY TRASH TALK
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey made headlines last month for saying, “I don’t think Gronk is as great as people think he is.” His comments about Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski came months after Ramsey briefly exchanged words with Tom Brady before last season’s AFC championship game. It’s added some extra fuel to New England’s visit to Jacksonville on Sunday. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 830 words, photos.
CINCINNATI — Andy Dalton’s 49-yard touchdown pass in the closing seconds of the season finale at Baltimore knocked the Ravens out of playoff contention and helped coach Marvin Lewis get a two-year extension in Cincinnati. Both teams are coming off opening wins as they resume their AFC North rivalry on Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium, where the Ravens won 20-0 last year. By Joe Kay. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— FBN--RAMS-COOPER INJURED. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 670 words, photo.
— FBN--CARDINALS-OFFENSE. By Bob Baum. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— FBN--CHARGERS-DEFENSE. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— FBN--COLTS-LUCK. By Michael Marot. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— FBN--JETS-DARNOLD’S NEXT TEST. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— FBN--REDSKINS-HOGS. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— FBN--SAINTS-UNBALANCED OFFENSE. By Brett Martel. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— FBN--49ERS-GAROPPOLO. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 825 words, photo.
— FBN--TITANS-MARIOTA. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 500 words, photo.
— FBN--PRO PICKS. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 750 words, graphic by 6 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va. — Breanna Stewart led the Seattle Storm to their third WNBA title, scoring 30 points in a 98-82 victory over the Washington Mystics for a three-game sweep. By Benjamin Standig. SENT: 835 words, photos.
BBA--BLUE JAYS-RED SOX
BOSTON — The scoreboards at Fenway Park were all flashing “100 WINS” to celebrate the Red Sox reaching the milestone for the first time since Ted Williams returned from World War II. David Price was already thinking about No. 101. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 770 words, photos.
CHICAGO — Although the Milwaukee Brewers still trail in the NL Central, they believe the pressure has shifted to the first-place Cubs. Curtis Granderson homered, tripled and scored three runs, Lorenzo Cain added three hits and the Brewers beat Chicago 5-1 to move within a game of the division lead. By John Jackson. SENT: 800 words, photos.
BBN--MVP-CONSIDER A PITCHER?
NEW YORK — Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola are going pitch for pitch in the NL Cy Young Award race. Baseball’s advanced analytics think an MVP might be on the line among that trio, too. Those pitchers are all outpacing the best NL hitters in wins above replacement, and the gap isn’t small. By Jake Seiner. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— BBA--YANKEES-TWINS — Odorizzi takes no-hit bid into 8th as Twins top Yankees. By Tyler Mason. SENT: 780 words, photos.
— BBO--LUXURY TAX — APNewsBreak: Yanks still under threshold; Red Sox, Nats over. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 540 words, photos.
— BBO--LEADING OFF — A look at what’s happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
FBC-T25--OHIO ST-LITTLE SISTERS
FORT WORTH, Texas — This marquee matchup is for all of those “Little Sisters of the Poor” teams that Ohio State’s former president once said the Buckeyes wouldn’t play, though a lot sure has changed since that statement went viral nearly eight years ago. When No. 15 TCU, now a Power Five team, plays No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday night, Gordon Gee may even have a different rooting interest. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 840 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES — J.T. Daniels realizes he occasionally struggled in his second start for No. 22 Southern California, and the freshman quarterback has resolved to fix his mistakes swiftly, even with a bruised hand. He knows time is a factor with a perilous trip to Texas looming this weekend. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 600 words, photo.
FBC--T25-WISCONSIN-THE OTHER TAYLOR
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin receiver A.J. Taylor has the athleticism and smarts to singlehandedly dominate a secondary. The junior is pretty good at catching balls with two hands, too. Just what opposing defenses don’t need: another player on the sixth-ranked Badgers named Taylor capable of making big plays. Through two games, A.J. Taylor has made for a pretty good offensive tandem with Jonathan Taylor, the FBS’ leading rusher. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo.
FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS
No. 17 Boise State gets a big opportunity against No. 24 Oklahoma State to earn a win over a Power Five team that could pay dividends later in season when the College Football Playoff race develops. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.
— FBC--SEC THIS WEEK — SENT: 535 words, photos.
— FBC--ACC THIS WEEK — SENT: 475 words, photos.
— FBC--BIG 12 THIS WEEK — UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.
— FBC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK — By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 570 words, photos.
BEIJING — Wayne Gretzky says the NHL should again allow its players to compete in the Winter Olympics because sending the world’s top hockey players is “always much better for everyone.” Speaking to The Associated Press, the National Hockey League’s all-time leading scorer says he hopes the league and players association can “somehow figure this out.” By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 525 words, photos.
HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan — Brayden Camrud and Derek Patter were back on the ice for the Humboldt Broncos in the team’s first game since 10 teammates and six other people were killed in a bus crash. Camrud and Patter are the only survivors back with the junior hockey team. In a game televised commercial-free in Canada and the United States, the Broncos lost 2-1 to the Nipawin Hawks, the team they were traveling to face the night of the April crash with a tractor-trailer. SENT: 580 words, photos.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Predators forward Austin Watson has been suspended without pay for the entire preseason and first 27 games of the regular season for domestic abuse. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 455 words, photo.
— HKN--GOLDEN KNIGHTS-PACIORETTY — Max Pacioretty ready for new NHL chapter with Golden Knights. By W.G. Ramirez SENT: 770 words, photo.
— HKN--BLUES-ALLEN — Blues goalie Jake Allen out 10-14 days with back spasms. SENT: 160 words.
YOKOHAMA, Japan — Naomi Osaka’s victory in the U.S. Open has added her to a growing list of athletes, Nobel Prize winners and beauty pageant contestants who have raised the issue of what it means to be Japanese. The daughter of a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, Osaka was born in Japan but raised in the United States. Some children from mixed race families in Japan often get bullied, demeaned and chided that they aren’t fully Japanese. By Stephen Wade and Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
SOC--MLS-AROUND MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
LA Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid is the latest to go in the turnover of Major League Soccer coaches since last year. There’s a couple more on the hotseat this season, while the newcomers navigate their first full seasons. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 760 words, photo.
SINGAPORE — Sebastian Vettel needs a return to form at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, the night race where his Formula One championship challenge started crumbling last year. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 660 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.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
Thursday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Baltimore at Cincinnati, 8:20 p.m.
Arizona at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.
Miami at N.Y. Mets, 2, 3:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Washington, 4:05 p.m.
Oakland at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Toronto at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.
Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.
Seattle at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.