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October 2, 2018
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Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is running a more family-friendly training camp. In the latest episode of “PodcastOne Sports Now,” he speaks with AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds about juggling work with fatherhood. Also, AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker breaks down the playoffs. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

TOP STORIES

BBN--ROCKIES-CUBS

CHICAGO — Nolan Arenado and the Rockies visit Javier Baez and the Cubs in the NL wild-card game a day after both teams lost tiebreakers for the division crown. In a matchup of ace left-handers, Chicago starts Jon Lester (18-6) against Colorado’s Kyle Freeland (17-7). By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 8:09 p.m.

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— BBN--THE COORS EFFECT — Why are the Rockies thin on MVPs, Cy Young candidates? Maybe it’s Coors Field. By Pat Graham. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BBO--ATTENDANCE DROP

Major League Baseball’s attendance dropped to its lowest level since 2003, and six stadiums set record lows. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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— BBO--VANISHING OFFENSE — Big league batting average drops to lowest level since 1972. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTION

NEW YORK — In a trial highlighting the pull of big money in college basketball, a prosecutor says three men hatched a scheme to exploit blue-chip recruits by showering their families with cash. The scandal brought down Louisville coach Rick Pitino. By Tom Hays. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

HKN--SEATTLE EXPANSION

NEW YORK — The prospective owners of a Seattle expansion team make their case to a group of NHL owners and are confident about their chances. A vote on the league’s 32nd franchise could come Dec. 3. The Seattle group hopes to begin play with the 20220-21 season. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 400 words, photos UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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— HKN--SEATTLE EXPANSION-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

FBC--T25-ALABAMA-TUA TALKS

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa introduced himself to the nation with a clutch performance in the national title game. Now he’s playing so well as the starter he’s avoided tight situations altogether. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

BBO--BASEBALL AWARDS

NEW YORK — 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? Shohei Ohtani or Miguel Andujar for AL Rookie of the Year? By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-RYDER CUP

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — What the Americans need in the Ryder Cup is a team filled with guys like Patrick Reed. As long as Patrick Reed isn’t one of them. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— GLF--RYDER CUP-INJURED FAN — Ryder Cup fan hit by tee shot reportedly loses sight in one eye. SENT: 300 words, photos.

— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 1,000 words.

BASEBALL

BBA--TWINS-MOLITOR

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins fire Paul Molitor one season after he was the AL’s Manager of the Year award. Minnesota finished 78-84, long out of playoff contention after early setbacks to key players. The Hall of Famer player managed the team for four seasons. By Dave Campbell SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BBA--ATHLETICS-YANKEES

NEW YORK — Another baseball tradition falls with Oakland’s Liam Hendriks starting Wednesday’s AL wild-card game against the Yankees. It’s the first time a reliever starts a postseason game. Luis Severino (19-8) goes for New York. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BBA--ALDS-INDIANS REDEMPTION

CLEVELAND — After falling short the past two postseasons, the Indians enter October looking for redemption and perhaps their first World Series title in 70 years. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BBO--POSTSEASON-A TO Z

NEW YORK — Last year’s Astros-Dodgers World Series was a thriller. Might an encore in store? Perhaps one with a Hollywood ending this time? But first, a look at the 2018 postseason, from A to Z. By Jake Seiner. SENT: 1,700 words, photos.

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— BBN--NLDS-BRAVES-SWANSON’S STATUS — Braves await status of shortstop Dansby Swanson (wrist). By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

NFL

FBN--BEHIND THE CALL

Any hope of running back Le’Veon Bell soon returning to the Steelers took a big step backward when Seattle star safety Earl Thomas broke his leg, illustrating the dangers of playing without the security of a long-term contract. By Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 950 words, photos.

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— FBN--STEELERS-BELL’S STATUS — SENT: 650 words, photos.

FBN--CHIEFS-OVERCOMING ADVERSITY

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes finally met some adversity in Denver, leading Kansas City on a fourth-quarter comeback to remain unbeaten. Now, the Chiefs face some adversity following injuries to crucial players. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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— FBN--GROUNDED BRONCOS — By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBN--BENGALS-DALTON’S REVIVAL

CINCINNATI — Andy Dalton had a perfect passer rating in the first half of the Bengals’ latest victory, looking very comfortable in a new offense that’s left him revived and his team with a 3-1 record. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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— FBN--POWER RANKINGS — By Simmi Buttar. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--CHARGERS-LIUGET — By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 550 words, photos

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--AP ALL-AMERICAN WATCH

The latest AP All-America watch features the cat powering Kentucky’s unbeaten start. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.

FBC--T25-FLORIDA STATE-MIAMI

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The last time Miami won a home game against Florida State was 14 years ago when the Hurricanes were still playing at the now-bulldozed Orange Bowl. The No. 17 Hurricanes look to end the streak Saturday night. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBC--PAC-12-REDSHIRT RULE

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham has one way of tracking players who might be affected by the NCAA’s new redshirt rule — a spreadsheet. Utah is among the Pac-12 teams about to play a fifth game this week, meaning the rule comes into play for the Utes. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBC--NEBRASKA-WARNER

LINCOLN, Neb. — Kade Warner, a walk-on redshirt freshman and son of Hall of Famer Kurt Warner, is now at the top of the Nebraska depth chart at wide receiver. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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— FBC--T25-DEFENSIVE FLORIDA — By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— FBC--T25-MICHIGAN ST-STOPPING THE RUN — By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— FBC--T25-TEXAS-EHLINGER-EMERGING — By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBC--T25-VIRGINIA TECH-BOUNCING BACK — By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

NHL

HKN--CAPITALS-RAISING THE BANNER

ARLINGTON, Va. — Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the Washington Capitals will get to do something the franchise never has done: raise a banner signifying a Stanley Cup championship. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

HKN--PRESEASON SURPRISES

Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele and Flyers center Mikhail Vorobyev are among the surprise players to make NHL opening night rosters. Tampa Bay’s Mathieu Joseph, Calgary’s Dillon Dube and Montreal’s Jesperi Kotkaniemi also impressed in camp to earn spots. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 650 words, photos.

HKN--NHL TELEVISION

The NHL wants Wednesday night to be its big draw for viewers. NBCSN will showcase more teams and stars instead of focusing on rivalries. Also, ESPN+ will show at least one game a night on its streaming service. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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— HKN--NHL MOVES — Maple Leafs suddenly thin in goal. SENT: 200 words.

WNBA

BKL--WNBA PRESIDENT LEAVING

NEW YORK — WNBA President Lisa Borders steps down as WNBA president, the third executive to leave the league in six months. Borders oversaw the league for three seasons. She tells the AP the “sky is absolutely not falling,” calling her departure a “natural evolution in any business.” By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 550 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--HAWKS-YOUNG’S DEBUT

ATLANTA — Trae Young, the fifth pick in the NBA draft, flashed some impressive ball-handling skills in his preseason debut for the Hawks. He shot poorly, but it hardly seemed to matter. His dazzling play should at least make the lowly Hawks fun to watch. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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— BKN--NBA PRESEASON RDP — Roundup of five exhibition games. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by midnight.

TENNIS

— TEN--HALEP-HERNIATED DISK — No. 1 Simona Halep has back injury, jeopardizing rest of season. SENT; 130 words, photos.

— Tournaments in Beijing and Tokyo.

SOCCER

— SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUNDUP — Man United, with manager Jose Mourinho under pressure, hosts Valencia in Champions League. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. With separates on eight games.

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Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball (Wild Card)

Colorado at Chicago, 8:09 p.m.

NBA Exhibition

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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