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BC-AP Sports Digest

September 21, 2018

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CLEVELAND —For the first time in 635 days, the Cleveland Browns won. Baker Mayfield showed them how. The No. 1 overall pick replaced injured starter Tyrod Taylor and sparked the Browns to a 21-17 win over the New York Jets for their first win since Dec. 24, 2016. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 4 a.m.


— FBN--JETS-DARNOLD’S DEAL — Just as in the NFL draft, Sam Darnold finished behind Baker Mayfield. By Tom Withers. SENT: 640 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Sitting on Alex Cora’s desk in the visiting manager’s office at Yankee Stadium were two bottles of chilled champagne and a handwritten note congratulating him. After waiting a few days, the Boston Red Sox finally got to break out the bubbly in the Bronx. Mookie Betts and the Red Sox won their third consecutive AL East championship, clinching on enemy turf with an 11-6 victory over the rival New York Yankees. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.


UNDATED — There have been some classic games between the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins. While Sunday’s meeting doesn’t carry the weight of a playoff contest between two powers, it certainly brings plenty of intrigue. Such as: Are the unbeaten Dolphins real good, and are the winless Raiders pretty bad? The answers will come over the next few weeks, but this could be a strong indicator of where each team is headed in 2018. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,800 words, photos.


UNDATED — For the second straight year, Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher will meet in a mentor-mentee matchup. All signs point toward Saban teaching him another lesson when top-ranked Alabama hosts 22nd-ranked Texas A&M on Saturday in one of two games between Top 25 teams. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING 780 words, photos by 3 a.m.


UNDATED — The World Anti-Doping Agency declared Russia’s scandal-ridden drug-fighting operation back in business Thursday, a decision designed to bring a close to one of sports’ most notorious doping scandals but one bitterly disputed by hundreds of athletes and described as “treachery” by the lawyer for the man who exposed the corruption. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 850 words, photos.


AMES, Iowa — The killings of three women who were attacked while engaged in sports they loved have raised alarms about how women can defend themselves, and why they must be ready to fight off attackers in the first place. By Luke Meredith and Scott McFetridge. SENT: 900 words, photos.



NEW YORK —Conor McGregor bellied up to his makeshift bar, plopped his dress shoes on the table and took a swig of his own Irish whiskey. Take a shot for every profanity belched out by the returning star? You’d be toast. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 880 words, photos.



MIAMI —Jimmy Butler knows that NBA players can force their way into trades. Forcing their way into a trade that suits the player, that’s an entirely different story. Butler has told the Minnesota Timberwolves that he has no intentions of re-signing with the club next summer, his way of saying “trade me now” or “lose me for nothing later.” By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 800 words, photos.



ATLANTA —The Atlanta Braves moved closer to the playoffs by taking an important win over their closest pursuer. Even better, some players who could play key roles on Atlanta’s postseason roster looked playoff-ready. By Charles Odum. SENT: 840 words, photos.


TORONTO —Tampa Bay’s stirring September run took a sudden sour turn in Toronto. Justin Smoak homered with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Blue Jays a 9-8 victory over the Rays, dealing a blow to Tampa Bay’s wild-card playoff hopes. By Ian Harrison. SENT: 860 words, photos.


OAKLAND, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels catcher Francisco Arcia began the day behind the plate, did a brief stint on the mound and ended up in the major league record books. By Michael Wagaman. SENT: 320 words, photos.


BBN--DODGERS-BILLIE JEAN KING — Billie Jean King and partner Ilana Kloss have joined the Los Angeles Dodgers ownership group. SENT: 190 words, photos.



PITTSBURGH —The chorus of “The Storm Is Over” by gospel singer Kirk Franklin played as Antonio Brown approached his locker on Thursday, an intentionally apt choice by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker/DJ Vince Williams to address the latest bit of drama surrounding his superstar teammate. By Will Graves. SENT: 830 words, photos.


CINCINNATI —While Minnesota and Cleveland changed kickers after only two games, the Bengals gave Randy Bullock a two-year contract extension for his perfect start. He’s made every field goal and extra-point attempt, helping the Bengals remain unbeaten. By Joe Kay. SENT: 700 words, PHOTOS.

— Also:

— FBN--INSIDE THE NUMBERS — By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 500 words, photos.



ANN ARBOR, Mich. — It didn’t take long for Shea Patterson to get in a groove at Michigan. The 19th-ranked Wolverines (2-1) averaged 47 points in lopsided wins the last two weeks in large part because their quarterback has been very accurate and effective. Michigan is determined to take a small step toward ending its 14-year Big Ten title drought by beating winless Nebraska (0-2) on Saturday at home in the conference opener for both teams. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 680 words, photos by 3 a.m.


UNDATED — Less than a month into the season, the results haven’t been particularly good for the Big Ten. Wisconsin, Michigan and Michigan State have lost nonconference games. There are five unbeaten teams left. Two of them — No. 4 Ohio State, No. 10 Penn State — meet Sept. 29. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 650 words, photos.


—FBC--T25-GEORGIA-MISSOURI — By Charles Clarke. UPCOMING: 620 words, photos by 3 a.m.

— FBC--T25--ARMY-OKLAHOMA — By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 890 words, photos by 3 a.m.

— FBC--TCU-TEXAS — By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 720 words, photos by 3 a.m.

— FBC--T25-MCNEESE ST-BYU — By John Coon. UPCOMING: 620 words, photos by 3 a.m.

— FBC--T25-WISCONSIN-IOWA — By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 660 words, photos by 3 a.m.

— FBC--BOSTON COLLEGE-PURDUE — By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 780 words, photos by 3 a.m.

— FBC--T25-PENN ST-ILLINOIS — SENT: 660 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-FLORIDA ATLANTIC-UCF — SENT: 620 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-OHIO STATE-BOSA OUT — SENT: 120 words, photo.

— Conference previews on ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12.



ATLANTA — The crowd at East Lake was larger and louder than it has been in five years, which was the last time Tiger Woods was at the Tour Championship. It was no coincidence. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 920 words, photos.

— GLF--PORTUGAL MASTERS — Sergio Garcia, tuning up for Ryder Cup, trails leader Lucas Herbert by three shots after first round of European Tour event. SENT: 120 words.

— GLF--WEBCOM TOUR —Chris Paisley birdied four of the last five holes for a 10-under 61 and the first-round lead in the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship. SENT: 570 words.



EL SEGUNDO, Calif. —Magic Johnson can already see LeBron James’ impact on the young Los Angeles Lakers before they’ve even had a regular practice together. After just a few weeks of unusually competitive offseason scrimmages, the Lakers’ basketball boss can’t wait to see how James’ leadership will translate into real success. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 580 words, photos.


PHILADELPHIA — Elton Brand, only two years out of the league and with minimal executive experience, is hired as general manager of the 76ers. He will be counted on to steady a front office rocked by Bryan Colangelo’s exit in a Twitter scandal. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 750 words, photos.



TENERIFE, Spain — It’s been a whirlwind week for Breanna Stewart, Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd. Win a WNBA championship with the Seattle Storm and then dash off to play for USA Basketball in the FIBA Womens World Cup. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 700 words, photos.



COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — What so many sex-abuse survivors on the U.S. Olympic team have been waiting to hear is that someone in power was listening. On Thursday, incoming CEO Sarah Hirshland choked back tears and let them know that, indeed, she is. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 770 words.



CHICAGO —Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have played against each other 46 times. From Monaco to Shanghai and everywhere in between. Regular, run-of-the-mill tournaments and major finals. On Friday night, they play on the same side of the net for the first time. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 620 words, photo.

— Also:

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


— GYM--UCLA-KONDOS FIELD RETIRING — Valorie Kondos Field nearly quit while she was behind. Nearly. By Will Graves. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

— SOC--EUROPA LEAGUE ROUNDUP —Chelsea maintained its perfect start to the season when Brazil forward Willian scored in a 1-0 Europa League victory at PAOK Thessaloniki. By Karel Janicek. SENT: 760 words, photos.

— EDDIE BRAUN -STUNTMAN MOVIE — Hollywood stuntman Eddie Braun successfully jumped the Snake River Canyon two years ago in honor of boyhood idol Evel Knievel. Braun’s launch now serves as the backdrop for the documentary “Stuntman,” backed by actor Dwayne Johnson. By Pat Graham. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

— CAR--NASCAR-LEADERSHIP CHANGE — Slumping NASCAR promotes Steve Phelps to president. SENT: 250 words.




Friday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


Top 25=

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

No. 16 UCF vs. FAU, 7 p.m.


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.


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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