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BC-AP Sports Digest

October 2, 2018

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NEW YORK — Now that the regular season is finally in the books, one day later than expected, it’s time to hand out baseball’s individual prizes. Christian Yelich seems a cinch for NL MVP, but is it Mookie Betts or Boston teammate J.D. Martinez in the AL? Jacob deGrom or Max Scherzer for the NL Cy Young Award? Shohei Ohtani or Miguel Andujar for AL Rookie of the Year? By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by 4 a.m.



CHICAGO — Manager Joe Maddon and the Chicago Cubs insist they still have plenty left to make another deep run in the postseason. What they don’t have is room for error. The Cubs will host the Colorado Rockies in the wild-card game on Tuesday after both teams lost tiebreaker games for their division championships. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 725 words, photos. Game starts 8:09 p.m. EDT.


NEW YORK — Last year’s World Series between the Astros and Dodgers ranks among the most thrilling ever, ending in Houston’s Game 7 victory for a first ever championship. Might they have an encore in store? Perhaps one with a Hollywood ending this time? Time to find out. Before they do, a look at the 2018 postseason, from A to Z. By Jake Seiner. UPCOMING: 1,700 words, photos by 4 a.m.


DENVER — Patrick Mahomes is athletic, agile — and ambidextrous, apparently. Thanks in part to a nifty left-handed throw as he was about to get sacked by Von Miller at midfield on the game-winning drive, the right-handed Mahomes rallied the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs past the Denver Broncos 27-23 on Monday night. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 a.m.

— With:

—FBN--CHIEFS-MAHOMES THROWS LEFT — Patrick Mahomes was hitting all the right notes, even when he had to throw with his left hand. Is there anything the Kansas City quarterback can’t do these days? By Pat Graham. SENT: 690 words, photos.


NEW YORK —Opening statements in a criminal trial stemming from a scandal over college basketball recruiting are set to begin Tuesday. The trial results from charges brought last year against three men. Prosecutors say the men arranged to shower key basketball recruits and their families with money to steer them to schools and managers. The trial in Manhattan federal court surrounds charges brought against an aspiring sports agent, an Amateur Athletic Union coach and an Adidas executive. All have pleaded not guilty.By Tom Hays. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 760 words, photos by 5 p.m.



DENVER — The Colorado Rockies wouldn’t mind a little altitude adjustment when it comes to conventional thinking at Coors Field. As it stands, sometimes they feel like hitters get penalized for hitting at higher elevation half the time and the pitchers don’t get rewarded highly enough. That could explain why they’re thin on MVP winners in their history and light on Cy Young candidates. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 730 words, photos by 4 a.m.


CHICAGO —Christian Yelich’s easy smile and champagne-soaked T-shirt said it all. A division title is much more fun than a Triple Crown. Yelich collected three more hits as the Milwaukee Brewers won their first NL Central title since 2011, beating the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Monday in a tiebreaker game. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 960 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES —What a day for Walker Buehler. The rookie with the preternatural calm pitched the Los Angeles Dodgers to a record sixth consecutive NL West title. Buehler tossed one-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy launched two-run homers to beat the Colorado Rockies 5-2 in a tiebreaker on Monday. By Beth Harris. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

— With:

— BBN--ROCKIES-CUBS MATCHUP CAPSULE — A look at Tuesday’s Rockies-Cubs playoff game. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.

— BBA--ATHLETICS-YANKEES MATCHUP CAPSULE — A look at Wednesday’s Athletics-Yankees playoff game. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.

— Season wrapups on the 20 nonplayoff teams.



Earl Thomas ended his holdout without getting the trade or the new contract he wanted and he paid the price. A broken left leg means Thomas won’t get his wish for more money or a trade this season. That seems to have made Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell more determined than ever not to end his holdout and report to Pittsburgh anytime soon. By Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 980 words, photos by 4 a.m.


NEW YORK — One-quarter of the way through the schedule, minus the Panthers and Redskins who had byes in Week 4, there’s one obvious trend in the NFL: Nobody knows anything. Still, we’ll try to decipher what happened in a September that saw some early season swoons and some sizzling starts. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 800 words, photos.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. —Eric Reid isn’t planning on giving up his fight against racial injustice in America or his battle with the NFL. He just doesn’t know if his protests against injustice will include kneeling for the national anthem. Reid, who signed a one-year contract last week with Carolina, said Monday he is “still considering other ways” to protest and continue to raise awareness. By Steve Reed. SENT: 780 words, photos.


GREEN BAY, Wis. — Whatever issues his quarterback has with his offensive game plans, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy made sure he didn’t escalate the tension by airing his own frustrations on Monday. SENT: 740 words, photos.


ARLINGTON, Texas — Dak Prescott looked a lot like the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year from two seasons ago in the Dallas Cowboys’ win over the Detroit Lions. By Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 710 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBN--BUCCANEERS-WINSTON. By Fred Goodall. SENT: 610 words, photos.

— FBN--EAGLES-NOT SUPER — By Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 620 words, photos.

— FBN--EMBARRASSED DOLPHINS — By Steven Wine. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— FBN--BEARS-NAGY — By Gene Chamberlain. SENT: 840 words, photos.



CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson would like nothing more than a drama-free week heading into its matchup with Wake Forest. The fourth-ranked Tigers may have to wait a little longer. The Tigers look to start 6-0 for a third straight season when they visit the Demon Deacons on Saturday. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 700 words, photos.


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne took responsibility Monday for calling the failed fourth-and-5 running play on the Nittany Lions’ final drive against Ohio State, saying “ultimately I didn’t give our guys the best chance to succeed.” By College Football Writer Ralph Russo. SENT: 760 words, photos.


Will Grier added to his Heisman Trophy campaign resume with an impressive first half against Texas Tech. The rest of the game was a bust. Grier is looking to have a better start-to-finish at home Saturday when No. 9 West Virginia takes on Kansas. By John Raby. SENT: 640 words, photos.


Concussions plunged in Ivy League football after the kickoff line was moved to thwart what might be the game’s most dangerous play, according to a study published Monday. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 600 words, photos.



Warren Foegele carried his Charlotte Checkers bag out of the visiting locker room and insisted he hadn’t yet earned an upgrade. Foegele needs a new bag now because he beat the odds and made the Carolina Hurricanes’ opening night roster with an impressive preseason. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 670 words, photos by 4 a.m.


SUNRISE, Fla. —Ask Florida forward Vincent Trocheck who the best three players in the NHL are right now, and the first two names he offers wouldn’t surprise anyone. The third might. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 730 words, photos.


Everywhere longtime NHL coach Dave Tippett goes in Seattle, people ask him two questions. “One, ‘What’s the name going to be?’ And two, ‘Where do I get my tickets?’” Tippett said. The more immediate question is when — not if — an NHL expansion team is coming to Seattle as the league’s 32nd franchise and first in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

— Also:

— HKN--BLUES-OILERS TRADE — Blues acquire Jakub Jerabek from Oilers for draft pick. SENT: 150 words.

— HKN--HARTNELL RETIRES — Feisty forward Scott Hartnell retires after 17 NHL seasons. SENT: 140 words.


— GLF--RYDER CUP-REED —Patrick Reed blames Jordan Spieth for them not playing together at the Ryder Cup and told The New York Times that U.S. captain Jim Furyk was not smart to sit him out twice. SENT: 520 words, photos.

— BKN--CELTICS-IRVING-FLAT EARTH — Kyrie Irving offered a simple “sorry” message to science teachers Monday. And with that, the Boston Celtics star made clear that he regrets publicly saying that the Earth is flat. SENT: 410 words, photos.

— Also:

— BKN--NBA PRESEASON RDP — SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

— TEN--DJOKOVIC-TURNAROUND — Novak Djokovic credits a career turnaround to a mind-cleansing hiking trip with his wife after the French Open. “Everything came together,” says Djokovic, who won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open this year after a two-year drought without a major. By Dusan Stojanovic. SENT: 300 words, photos.

— SERENA WILLIAMS-BREAST CANCER AWARENESS — Serena Williams sings, goes topless for breast cancer video. SENT: 100 words, photos.

— Tennis tournaments in Beijing and Tokyo.

— SOC--DOPING-ROSSI — U.S.-born Giuseppe Rossi, a former Italy forward, escapes ban despite failed doping test. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— JEMELE HILL-THE ATLANTIC — Outspoken ex-ESPN anchor Jemele Hill joins The Atlantic. SENT: 150 words.


Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


NL Wild Card

Colorado at Chicago, 8:09 p.m.


Miami at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Cleveland at Boston, 8 p.m.

Memphis vs. Houston at Birmingham, Ala., 8 p.m.

Toronto at Utah, 9 p.m.

Denver at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

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