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Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson says his four years of high school coaching in Louisiana helped him become a Super Bowl champion coach. Pederson speaks with guest host Rob Maaddi in the AP’s latest episode of “PodcastOne Sports Now.” Also, AP Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner and Teresa M. Walker discuss Terrell Owens and the Hall of Fame.
College football’s most compelling quarterback competition is off to a jarring start, with Jalen Hurts calling out Alabama coaches. On the last episode of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Barrett Sallee of CBS Sports joins the AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the rumblings in Tuscaloosa and preview the SEC. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast
ST. LOUIS — The 100th PGA Championship begins in stifling heat, with Tiger Woods playing the major for the first time since 2015. Justin Thomas is the defending champ, and Jordan Spieth goes for a career Grand Slam. This is the PGA’s farewell to August, with the tournament set for May next year. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-THE LATEST — Real-time developments throughout day.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The top two draft picks — Baker Mayfield, Saquon Barkley — are expected to play when the Browns face the Giants in a preseason opener. Mayfield is Cleveland’s backup quarterback behind Tyrod Taylor. New York is counting on Barkley to revive its running game. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Athletics are rarely out of it. This is a team with a knack for comebacks, winning the close ones in the late innings. And now Oakland is charging, only five games behind Houston in the AL West. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 7 p.m.
FBC--YEAR OF THE DEFENSIVE LINEMAN
BOSTON — In college football’s year of the defensive lineman, Boston College’s Zach Allen is not getting the publicity of Clemson’s four potential first-round draft picks, Ohio State’s Nick Bosa or Houston’s Ed Oliver. But NFL scouts are well aware of Allen. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.
— FBC--PICK SIX-DEFENSIVE LINEMEN — By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 600 words, photos.
BBO--OFFENSIVE TWEETS-MLB’S CHALLENGE
Baseball has made progress in promoting diversity — finally drawing more African-Americans to the game, celebrating the LGBT community. But these inclusive steps have been undermined by inflammatory old tweets from current players. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 900 words, photos.
BKC--TIM DAHLBERG-NEW NCAA
The latest moves by the NCAA to give athletes a few more rights show one thing about the people in charge of the cartel that runs college sports. They can move quickly when the golden goose is threatened. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
SOC--EPL-BEFORE IT WENT GLOBAL
The English Premier League wasn’t always a global beast, easily followed in real time on broadcasts and online in multiple time zones. This multibillion-dollar behemoth begins anew Friday, and the hype is in overdrive. By Tamer Fakahany. SENT: 700 words, photos.
ST. LOUIS — Tiger Woods rallies from a bogey-double bogey start to shoot a par-70, leaving him five strokes behind clubhouse leader Rickie Fowler. Woods was the last player to win back-to-back PGAs — 2006, 2007. He has four PGA crowns among his 14 major titles. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— GLF--PGA-NOTEBOOK — By Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— GLF--PGA-KEY HOLE
DENVER — The Rockies, trying to stick with the Diamondbacks and Dodgers in the NL West, open a four-game series against Los Angeles. Colorado is three games out of first and faces Ross Stripling (8-3), whose breakout season has slowed with two shaky outings and time on the disabled list. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:40 p.m.
BBA--RED SOX-BLUE JAYS
TORONTO — Rick Porcello (14-4) can become baseball’s third 15-game winner when the Boston Red Sox play the Toronto Blue Jays. Boston, playing over .700 ball, has won six straight. In his last outing, Porcello pitched a one-hitter on just 86 pitches in beating the Yankees. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:07 p.m.
SEATTLE — Andrew Luck is expected to play in a game for the first time since the final week of the 2016 season when the Colts play the Seattle Seahawks in a preseason opener. The Indianapolis quarterback has been beset by shoulder and kidney injuries. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — The Super Bowl champion Eagles open their preseason minus quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Nick Foles, both recovering from injuries. Philadelphia plays a Pittsburgh Steelers team that is without running back Le’Veon Bell because of contract issues. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jimmy Garoppolo is set to play into the first quarter when the 49ers begin preseason play against the Dallas Cowboys. These will be Garoppolo’s first snaps in a game since he signed a five-year contract with San Francisco in February. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.
— Stories on all 12 exhibition games.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jets safety Doug Middleton missed last season with a chest injury and made good use of his time. In addition to his rehab, he earned a master’s degree in public administration and founded a nonprofit to honor his best friend who took his own life. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos, video by 6 p.m.
FBC--PICK SIX-BACK FROM INJURY
Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois hurt his knee last fall in an opening loss to Alabama and missed the rest of the year. He and South Carolina wide receiver/kick returner Deebo Samuel are among the notable players returning from season-ending injuries. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 700 words, photos.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina won’t feel the difference in practice. But as the season approaches the Tar Heels must adjust to the harsh fact of having 13 players suspended for NCAA violations. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska’s three-man quarterback race is too close to call. New coach Scott Frost says he’ll decide among Adrian Martinez, Tristan Gebbia and Andrew Bunch when one player separates himself from the others. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 550 words, photos.
FBC--SOUTH CAROLINA-BENTLEY’S PROGRESS
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Quarterback Jake Bentley is intent on making South Carolina a contender in the SEC. The Gamecocks’ fate will rest on how well the junior with the big arm develops in his team’s fast attack. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— FBC--LSU-TAYLOR SUSPENDED — LSU suspends linebacker Tylor Taylor, who is implicated in firearms theft from pawn shop. SENT: 160 words.
— Selected stories from other schools.
LONDON — Manchester City opens its Premier League title defense Sunday against an Arsenal team that is without manager Arsene Wenger for the first time in 22 years. Liverpool, unlike Man United, spent heavily on new talent and figures to challenge for the championship. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
— SOC--MLS-COLUMBUS CREW-AUSTIN — Austin City Council votes on stadium proposal that could pave way for Columbus Crew’s move to Texas. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.
— U.S. Open tennis tuneups at Toronto (men) and Montreal (women).
— SWM--PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS — Taylor Ruck wins 200 freestyle ahead of Katie Ledecky at Pan Pacific meet in Tokyo. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— ATH--EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS — World champion Ramil Guliyev favored in men’s 200 at European track and field championships in Berlin. By Ciaran Fahey. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— OLY--IOC-NORTH KOREA — IOC disappointed U.N. won’t allow sports equipment to go to North Korea. SENT: 160 words, photos.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
— FBN--NFL PRESEASON CAPSULES
— BKL--WNBA CAPSULES
Thursday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Atlanta at Washington, 1:05 p.m.
Minnesota at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.
San Diego at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.
Texas at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
Seattle at Houston, 8:10 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
New Orleans at Jacksonville, 7 p.m.
Cleveland at N.Y. Giants, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Cincinnati, 7 p.m.
Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Miami, 7 p.m.
L.A. Rams at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Tennessee at Green Bay, 8 p.m.
Houston at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.
Indianapolis at Seattle, 10 p.m.
Dallas at San Francisco, 10 p.m.
Seattle at Washington, 11:30 a.m.
Los Angeles at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Las Vegas, 10 p.m.