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BC-AP Sports Digest

September 21, 2018

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CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield’s electrifying NFL debut forces Browns coach Hue Jackson into deciding whether to turn his team over to the rookie quarterback. Mayfield replaced injured Tyrod Taylor on Thursday night and led Cleveland to its first win since 2016. By Tom Withers. SENT: 160 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.


ATLANTA — Tiger Woods, coming off one of his best rounds of the year, and Rickie Fowler are in front going into the second round of the Tour Championship. Top-ranked Justin Rose is a stroke behind. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.


EUGENE, Ore. — In a game whose implications could stretch far beyond this weekend, No. 7 Stanford faces No. 20 Oregon on Saturday. The showdown will likely play a part in settling the Pac-12 North, the league championship and maybe the college football playoffs. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 700 words, photos.


TOWSON, Md. — The result of an investigation into the death of Maryland football player Jordan McNair is expected to be announced by the school’s Board of Regents. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photo by 6 p.m.


A leading anti-doping group hinted at changing the structure of the World Anti-Doping Agency, saying the body’s decision to reinstate Russia’s drug-fighting operation is a sign that WADA leaders are saddled with “conflicting priorities.” By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 550 words, photos.

— With:

— OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING-MCLAREN — WADA investigator says agency rushed into bad deal. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 700 words, photos.



She wants to be known as the next Deegan, not the next Danica. But for up-and-coming stock car driver Hailie Deegan, it’s proving easier to distance herself from her motocross icon of a father, Brian Deegan, than the comparisons to Danica Patrick. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.



Two weeks, two ties. OK, let’s get this out of the way now: Yes, the NFL is fit to be tied. Fit tighter than most folks might think, too. More draws are likely ahead. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 800 words, photos. For weekend use.



ARLINGTON, Texas — The last-place Texas Rangers fire manager Jeff Banister after consecutive losing seasons. The Rangers won the AL West in each of his first two years. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu will manage the team the rest of the season. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.


CLEVELAND — A day after clinching the AL East title, the Boston Red Sox play the AL Central champion Indians in a possible playoff preview. Trevor Bauer returns to the mound for Cleveland after breaking his leg Aug. 11 when hit by a line drive. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Billie Jean King and partner Ilana Kloss are introduced as the newest members of the Los Angeles Dodgers ownership group that includes Magic Johnson. Commissioner Rob Manfred calls King a “true American trailblazer.” By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Availability 6 p.m.

— Also:

— BBN--CUBS-RUSSELL — Cubs’ Addison Russell on leave after new domestic violence accusations by ex-wife. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.



Beating up on his former pupils has become something of a routine for Alabama coach Nick Saban. Another acolyte awaits Saturday when the No. 1 Crimson Tide faces coach Jimbo Fisher’s No. 22 Texas A&M in the SEC. By John Zenor. SENT: 700 words, photos.


AMES, IOWA — The Iowa State community closes a heartbreaking week, coming together to watch the Cyclones while grieving the killing of star golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena. Saturday’s game with Akron takes a somber turn, with the school, alumni and fans remembering one of their own. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— Friday Games (Top 25):

— FBC--T25-PENN ST-ILLINOIS — By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

— FBC--T25-FLORIDA ATLANTIC-UCF — UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

— Also:

— FBC--T25--FIVE THINGS TO KNOW FOR WEEK 4 — By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— Previews on other Top 10 Saturday games: No. 2 Georgia-Missouri; No. 3 Clemson-Georgia Tech; No. 8 Notre Dame-Wake Forest; No. 9 Auburn-Arkansas; No. 10 Washington-Arizona State.



Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams is the league’s best running back, as ranked by a panel of AP NFL writers. Le’Veon Bell, though he has yet to sign with the Steelers, comes in second. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. SENT: 500 words, photos.


ALAMEDA, Calif. — At an age when most running backs are in retirement, Frank Gore and Marshawn Lynch are still producing. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.


NEW YORK — The Jets were flying after their opening win behind rookie quarterback Sam Darnold. But two losses in five days — including to the Browns on Thursday night — have Todd Bowles’ bunch looking to avoid a free fall. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBN--KEENUM & THOMAS — By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--PATRIOTS-BRADY — UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--PACKERS-HITTING THE QB — By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--TITANS-MARIOTA — UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.



RICHMOND, Va. — Red-hot Brad Keselowski and the rest of NASCAR’s top drivers switch into short-track mode, with the playoffs moving to Richmond Raceway. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— With:

— CAR--NASCAR-XFINITY — By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Race starts 7:30 p.m.



COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Sarah Hirshland’s first board meeting as CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee will include discussion of the federation’s path forward in combating sex-abuse allegations that have roiled Olympic sports. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. News conference 6:45 p.m.



Oliver Fisher, and Englishman ranked 287th, shoots a 59 for the first under-60 round in the 46-year-history of the European Tour. He had an eagle and 10 birdies on a par-71 course at the Portugal Masters. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 300 words.


Thomas Bjorn is one of European golf’s elder statesmen, and the captain of Europe’s Ryder Cup team. The responsibility has kept him awake at night as he weighs wild-card picks and strategy. “It’s been on my mind 24/7,” he says. Play begins Sept. 28. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. For weekend use.

— With:

— GLF--RYDER CUP-EUROPEAN CAPSULES — By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,600 words, photos.

— Also:

— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — Opening round in seniors play at inaugural Sanford Championship in Sioux Falls, S.D. UPCOMING: 300 words by 10 p.m.

— GLF--WEBCOM TOUR FINALS — Chris Paisley in front entering second round of season-ending Web.com Tour Championship in Atlantic Beach, Fla. UPCOMING: 250 words by 9 p.m.



NEW YORK — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gives updates on rules changes and other details from the league’s preseason owners meetings. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. news conference about 6 p.m.

— With:

— BKN--NBA-WORKPLACE CONDUCT — Silver tells teams to hire more women, improve workplace conditions. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 450 words.


CAMDEN, N.J. — Ben Simmons developed a sitcom on his life for NBC. Joel Embiid went to the Tour de France. Markelle Fultz shot 150,000 jumpers. But summer is over, and the Sixers are ready to take the next step in the East. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— BKN--MAVERICKS-JORDAN’S INTRO — By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.



TENERIFE, Spain — It would be easy to think it’s a forgone conclusion the U.S. women’s basketball team will win a third straight World Cup. After all, the national team hasn’t lost a major international contest since falling to Russia in the semifinals of the 2006 worlds. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— With:

— BKL--WOMEN’S WORLD CUP-PLAYERS TO WATCH — By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 400 words, photos.

— BKL--WOMEN’S WORLD CUP-THINGS TO KNOW — By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 400 words.



RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes want big things from their two most recent first-round draft picks, Martin Necas and Andrei Svechnikov. But the heat isn’t on those teenagers. “The pressure’s on us,” first-year coach Rod Brind’Amour says. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 650 words, photos.



CHICAGO — Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic play on the same side of the net for the first time, competing in doubles for Team Europe in the Laver Cup. They face Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson of Team Europe. The second edition of the Laver Cup features seven of the top 11 players. UPCOMING: 150 words by 6 p.m., 500 words, photos by 11 p.m.

— Also:

— Tournaments in Tokyo; Seoul, South Korea; St. Petersburg, Russia; Metz, France.

— TEN--MATCH-FIXING-ANDERSON — Low-ranked Australian completes 19-month ban for fixing. SENT: 100 words.

— TEN--DAVIS CUP FINAL — Lille, France, again chosen as venue for Davis Cup final. SENT: 100 words.



BARCELONA, Spain — The Spanish federation rejects the league’s request to play a regular-season match in the U.S., putting the game in doubt, the AP is told. The Barcelona-Girona match on Jan. 26 outside Miami would be the first Spanish league game played in another country. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 550 words, photos.

— Also:

— SOC--EURO 2024 BIDS — Concern over Turkey’s human rights record leading to 2024 European Championship vote. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 600 words, photos.





Friday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox, 4:10 p.m.

Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Cincinnati at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Boston at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

Seattle at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

San Francisco at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Colorado at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Minnesota at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

San Diego at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

College Football (Top 25)

No. 10 Penn State at Illinois, 9 p.m.

No. 16 Central Florida vs. Florida Atlantic, 7 p.m.

NHL Exhibition

N.Y. Islanders vs. Philadelphia at Allentown, Pa., 7 p.m.

Washington at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Columbus at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Calgary at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

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