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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
GLF--PGA-RECON AND REST
ST. LOUIS — Zach Johnson slipped away to St. Louis last week to play a quick round at Bellerive in advance of the PGA Championship. Phil Mickelson did, too. But they were the only ones who took the time, and at least for Johnson, it appears to have been worthwhile. He felt rested and ready, and the result was a first-round 66 to climb into contention. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 720 words, photos by 3 a.m.
Player demonstrations took place during the national anthem at several early NFL preseason games. That includes Philadelphia, Miami, Seattle and Jacksonville. SENT: 920 words, photos.
HOUSTON — Seattle’s Felix Hernandez has lost his spot in the rotation in the wake of his latest terrible start in a season filled with struggles. The right-hander, who threw a perfect game in 2012, will pitch out of the bullpen for the first time in his career. He’s having the worst season of 14-year career as the Mariners chase their first playoff berth since 2001. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 480 words, photos.
DENVER — Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen went to the hospital with an irregular heartbeat before the game against Colorado and will be sent back to Los Angeles for more tests. Manager Dave Roberts said after the Dodgers’ 8-5 win that Jansen was at the hotel earlier in the day and didn’t feel right. By Pat Graham. SENT: 140 words, photos.
US--BASKETBALL COACH-FATAL PUNCH
NEW YORK — A college basketball coach who threw a punch that killed a New York City tourist has pleaded not guilty to an assault charge. By Michael R. Sisak and Verena Dobnik. SENT: 450 words, photos.
ST. LOUIS — Kansas-bred Gary Woodland is feeling right at home in enemy territory in Missouri. He delivers his best performance in a major Thursday at the PGA Championship with a 64 to lead Rickie Fowler by one shot. Tiger Woods was six behind. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 910 words, photos.
ST. LOUIS — Tiger Woods was 3-over par after the first two holes at the PGA Championship. He changed shirts before the third hole and his game got better. Woods scratched back to shoot even-par 70 and end his day only five shots behind the morning’s leader, Rickie Fowler. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 670 words, photos.
HAYWARD, Calif. — Stephen Curry rallied with three birdies to shoot a 1-over 71 in the first round of the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic. Making his second appearance in the event at TPC Stonebrae, the Golden State Warriors star was eight shots behind leaders Adam Long and Seth Reeves with the afternoon wave still playing. SENT: 590 words.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Baker Mayfield and Saquon Barkley lived up to the expectations as the top two picks in the NFL draft in their first action as the Cleveland Browns beat the New York Giants 20-10. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 750 words, photos.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Dak Prescott made the most of his brief appearance in the preseason opener for Dallas by throwing a 30-yard touchdown pass to rookie Michael Gallup before the San Francisco 49ers rallied with two late touchdowns to beat the Cowboys 24-21. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 560 words, photos.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Bills receiver Kelvin Benjamin’s feud with former teammate Panthers quarterback Cam Newton continued before and during Carolina’s preseason-opening 28-23 win against Buffalo. By John Wawrow. SENT: 900 words, photos.
SEATTLE — Andrew Luck returned to game action for the first time since the final week of the 2016 season, leading Indianapolis on a pair of field-goal drives in just over a quarter in the Colts’ 19-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night. By Tim Booth. SENT: 690 words, photos.
A look at what’s happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 410 words, photos by 3 a.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics have developed such a knack for comebacks they have earned a reputation around baseball for their ability to keep swinging for the fences when trailing at any stage of a game. Oakland is right on the heels of reigning World Series champion Houston in the AL West, trailing the Astros by five games going into their day off Thursday. The small-budget franchise hasn’t reached the playoffs since losing the AL wild card game in 2014. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 1070 words, photos.
— BBA--TWINS-ATHLETICS TRADE — The Oakland Athletics have acquired closer Fernando Rodney from the Minnesota Twins. SENT: 150 words, photos.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Coach Jack Murphy and Northern Arizona are looking for a turnaround after the worst three-year stretch in 27 years. The Lumberjacks set a school record with 27 losses last year on the heels of two injury-plagued seasons. NAU has a strong core back for next season and one of Murphy’s best recruiting classes. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan assistant basketball coach Saddi Washington says coach John Beilein is doing well in his recovery from a double-bypass heart procedure earlier in the week. By Noah Trister. SENT: 350 words, photos.
BKL--WNBA PLAYOFF CHASE
Only one spot is left in the WNBA playoffs with seven teams having already clinched postseason berths. Dallas isn’t far off from claiming that final position despite losing six consecutive games. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.
AUSTIN, Texas — Austin City Council delays vote on a stadium proposal that could trigger Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew to move to Texas as early as the 2019 season. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 600 words, photos.
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Friday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Washington at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
Boston at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Texas at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Minnesota at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.
Arizona at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Milwaukee at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.
Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.
Seattle at Houston, 8:10 p.m.
St. Louis at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
Philadelphia at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.
Oakland at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.
Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.
Atlanta at N.Y. Jets, 7:30 p.m.
Detroit at Oakland, 10:30 p.m.
Connecticut at Chicago, 9 p.m.
Indiana at Phoenix, 10 p.m.