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October 6, 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

On the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, USA Today’s George Schroeder joins AP’s Ralph Russo to preview the big games of Week 6, including No. 19 Texas vs. No. 7 Oklahoma in Dallas. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast

TOP STORIES

BBN--NLDS-BRAVES-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES —With Sandy Koufax sitting in the front row, Clayton Kershaw pitched the best postseason game of his career, motivated partly by being passed over as the Dodgers’ Game 1 starter. He responded with a postseason career-high eight innings of two-hit ball in his team’s second straight playoff shutout, and Manny Machado slugged a two-run homer as Los Angeles beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0 on Friday night for a 2-0 lead in their NL Division Series. By Beth Harris. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

BBA--ALDS-YANKEES-RED SOX

BOSTON —Chris Sale struck out eight for his first postseason win, J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer and the Boston Red Sox sweated out their shaky bullpen to hold off the New York Yankees 5-4 on Friday night in Game 1 of the AL Division Series. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. Game 2 starts 8:15 p.m. EDT.

—With:

— BBA--ALDS-YANKEES-HAPP — By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— BBA--YANKEES-HICKS INJURED — SENT: 190 words, photos.

FBC--TEXAS-OKLAHOMA PREVIEW

DALLAS — It’s a perfect setting: the middle of the State Fair of Texas on an early fall Saturday, with passionate fans clad in crimson and burnt orange at the Cotton Bowl. It’s also nice these rivals are both ranked — No. 7 Oklahoma vs. No. 18 Texas. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 750 words, photos.

MMA-UFC 229

LAS VEGAS —The last time Conor McGregor was in a UFC cage, he was merely the biggest star in the history of mixed martial arts. In the 23 months since, the loquacious Irishman has become exponentially richer and much more famous. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 880 words, photos.

SOC--RONALDO-RAPE LAWSUIT-FALLOUT

Cristiano Ronaldo’s image is vanishing from the website of a key sponsor. The stock price for his Juventus team dropped 10 percent on Friday. A week after a Nevada woman filed a civil lawsuit accusing Ronaldo of rape in 2009, attempts by the five-time world player of the year and his Italian club to sway public opinion in his favor have not succeeded.By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 860 words, photos.

— With:

— SOC--RONALDO-RAPE LAWSUIT — Ronaldo likely to play for Italian league club Saturday. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 400 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-PILING UP POINTS

The folks at the NFL are gloating. It’s hard to blame them. What they apparently want are points and big plays, especially in the air. They’ll take long runs, too. Oh yeah, and more points. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 750 words, photos. For weekend use.

BASEBALL

BBA--ALDS-INDIANS-ASTROS

HOUSTON —It’s October and George Springer, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman are all hitting home runs once again, helping the Houston Astros to a postseason win. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 800 words, photos. Game 2 starts 4:37 p.m. EDT.

— With:

BBA--ALDS-INDIANS-KLUBER CLUBBED — Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber insisted Friday’s loss had nothing to do with his playoff woes last season. It just looked that way, a lot. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BBN--NLDS-ROCKIES-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE —It turns out there is way more to the Milwaukee Brewers than just Christian Yelich. The rest of this Brew Crew can play, too. Especially those guys in that loaded bullpen. Jhoulys Chacin pitched five sparkling innings on short rest, Mike Moustakas contributed two more big hits and the Brewers blanked the Colorado Rockies 4-0 Friday to take a 2-0 lead in their NL Division Series. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 980 words, photos.

— With:

— BBN--NLDS-ROCKIES-BROKEN BATS — Chris Iannetta made contact, all right. He slammed his bat over his right knee, shattering it in half after a strikeout with the potential tying run at third base in the seventh inning. Connecting with the ball? Not so much. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 730 words, photos.

BBN--NLDS--BRAVES-DODGERS-GAME 3

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers head to Atlanta full of confidence after consecutive shutout victories gave them a commanding 2-0 lead over the Braves in their National League Division Series. Now the Braves must win the first postseason game to be played in their new ballpark to extend the best-of-five series. And they face some daunting history: only three times have teams that trailed 2-0 rallied to win the series. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BBN--NLDS-ROCKIES-GONZALEZ

DENVER — The thin mountain air in Denver might do wonders for the slumping Colorado Rockies. They’re going home again, down 2-0 in the NL Division Series to the Milwaukee Brewers. Game 3 in the best-of-five series is Sunday at Coors Field. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 520 words, photos by 4 a.m.

— Also:

BBA--ATHLETICS FUTURE —By Michael Wagman. SENT: 600 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-LSU-FLORIDA PREVIEW

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Swamp is sold out for the first time in nearly three years. A victory over No. 5 LSU on Saturday would surely give the No. 22 Gators a big push in their bid to return to national prominence. By Mark Long. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-VIRGINIA TECH PREVIEW

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is tired of “Enter Sandman,” the Metallica song played by No. 24 Virginia Tech to stir fans for games at Lane Stadium. The No. 6 Fighting Irish have been preparing for the wall of sound, and get to hear it live Saturday night. By Hank Kurz Jr. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— Also:

—FBC--NCAA-TRANSFER RULES — The NCAA Division I Council has introduced legislation that would allow some athletes to transfer during the summer and be immediately eligible to play for a new school if there is a head coaching change before the first day of fall classes. SENT: 400 words.

— FBC--T25-FIVE THINGS TO KNOW FOR WEEK 6 — By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— Previews on other Top 10 games: No. 1 Alabama-Arkansas; No. 2 Georgia-Vanderbilt; No. 3 Ohio State-Indiana; No. 4 Clemson-Wake Forest; No. 8 Auburn-Mississippi State; No. 9 West Virginia-Kansas; No. 10 Washington-UCLA.

NFL

FBN--WIDE RECEIVER RANKINGS

NEW YORK — Antonio Brown is always on the receiving end of something. Passes from Ben Roethlisberger. Criticism for off-the-field issues. As well as acclaim for being the top wideout in the league. By Simmi Buttar. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBN--VIKINGS-STURDY SNAPPER — By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. SENT: 580 words, photos.

— FBN--STEELERS-BROWN AND BEN — By Dan Scifo. SENT: 580 words, photos.

— FBN--PATRIOTS-DEFENSIVE GAPS — By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 570 words, photos.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-DOVER

DOVER, Del. —Place your bets at Dover and let it ride: The track is ready to roll the dice on NASCAR betting. NASCAR fans could skip blackjack tables and roulette wheels inside Dover Downs Hotel and Casino if they want to bet on their lucky numbers this weekend for races at Dover International Speedway. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 900 words, photos.

— With:

— CAR--NASCAR QUALIFYING — By Dan Gelston. SENT: 890 words, photos.

GOLF

GLF--SAFEWAY OPEN

NAPA, Calif. —Brandt Snedeker birdied the final two holes for a 7-under 65 and a three-stroke lead over Phil Mickelson and two others Friday in the PGA Tour’s season-opening Safeway Open. SENT: 500 words.

— Also:

— GLF--INTERNATIONAL CROWN —Strong winds and heavy rain from Typhoon Kong-rey hit the Korean peninsula on Saturday, ensuring that there would be no play on day three of the eight-nation UL International Crown event. SENT: 320 words.

— GLF--DUNHILL LINKS —Andrea Pavan shot 9-under 63 at Kingsbarns to share the lead with Lucas Bjerregaard after two rounds of the Dunhill Links Championship on Friday. SENT: 300 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--DURANT-SEATTLE

SEATTLE —Kevin Durant got off the bus inside the loading dock of KeyArena about two hours before tipoff and made a quick glance toward the court, visible through the tunnel. He was back where his NBA career began more than a decade ago. By Tim Booth. SENT: 700 words, photos.

With:

— BKN--SUPERSONICS BALLBOY — By Janie McCauley. SENT: 830 words, photos.

— Also:

— BKN--PRESEASON RDP — Roundup of 12 exhibition games. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

NHL

HKN--COYOTES-KELLER’S CONSISTENCY

GLENDALE, Ariz. —Clayton Keller had a superb start and finish to his rookie season with the Arizona Coyotes, becoming a finalist for the Calder Trophy. In between, he went through a long scoring drought. Keller’s goal for his sophomore season: More consistency. By John Marshall. SENT: 590 words, photos.

— Also:

— HKN--CAPITALS-WILSON’S APPEAL —The NHL Players’ Association has filed an appeal on behalf of Tom Wilson after the Capitals forward was suspended 20 games for an illegal check to the head. SENT: 200 words, photos.

DOPING

OLY--WADA-WHISTLEBLOWERS

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The World Anti-Doping Agency has registered 400 cases after a flood of information from new whistleblowers. The group adds that supports a U.S. assessment that a 2016 hack of the agency was perpetrated by Russia. SENT: 400 words.

LAW

OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State has been billed about $1.5 million and counting for the investigation into a team doctor accused of sexual misconduct against scores of athletes and other young men decades ago. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBC--EX-PLAYER CHARGED-LINEMAN’S DEATH — Ex-Rice football player charged in opioid death of lineman. SENT: 150 words.

— NBA PLAYER KILLED — Ex-wife of slain NBA player found competent to stand trial. SENT: 140 words.

OTHERS

— SOC--COSTA RICA-CUBA —Shirley Cruz Trana, Priscilla Chinchilla and Maria Barrantes Rojas each scored two goals in Costa Rica’s 8-0 victory over Cuba in the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in Edinburg, Texas. SENT: 140 words.

— SOC--FIFA-SIERRA LEONE — FIFA suspends Sierra Leone over government interference. SENT: 140 words.

— OLY--IOC-ATHLETE CHARTER — Players’ union, rights activists urge IOC to proposed athlete shelve charter. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 550 words, photos.

— Tennis Tournaments in Beijing, Tokyo.

CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES.

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Saturday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

AL Division Series

Game 2

Cleveland at Houston, 4:37 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 8:15 p.m.

TOP 25 FOOTBALL

No. 1 Alabama at Arkansas, Noon

No. 2 Georgia vs. Vanderbilt, 7:30 p.m.

No. 3 Ohio State vs. Indiana, 4 p.m.

No. 4 Clemson at Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m.

No. 5 LSU at No. 22 Florida, 3:30 p.m.

No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 24 Virginia Tech, 8 p.m.

No. 7 Oklahoma vs. No. 18 Texas at Dallas, Noon

No. 8 Auburn at Mississippi State, 7:30 p.m.

No. 9 West Virginia vs. Kansas, Noon

No. 10 Washington at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.

No. 12 UCF vs. SMU, 7 p.m.

No. 13 Kentucky at Texas A&M, 7 p.m.

No. 14 Stanford vs. Utah, 10:30 p.m.

No. 15 Michigan vs. Maryland, Noon

No. 16 Wisconsin vs. Nebraska, 7:30 p.m.

No. 17 Miami vs. Florida State, 3:30 p.m.

No. 20 Michigan State vs. Northwestern, Noon

No. 21 Colorado vs. Arizona State, 4 p.m.

No. 23 NC State vs. Boston College, 12:30 p.m.

No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Iowa State, 3:30 p.m.

NBA PRESEASON

Boston at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.

Indiana at Memphis, 8 p.m.

L.A. Clippers vs. L.A. Lakers at Anaheim, Calif., 10 p.m.

NHL

Edmonton at New Jersey, 1 p.m.

Winnipeg at Dallas, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Florida at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

Nashville at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Montreal at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Chicago at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Vegas at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Anaheim at Arizona, 9 p.m.

Philadelphia at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Vancouver at Calgary, 10 p.m.

MLS

Columbus at Montreal, 3 p.m.

New England at Atlanta United, 3:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Toronto FC, 5 p.m.

Minnesota United at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Orlando City at FC Dallas, 8 p.m.

LA Galaxy at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.

Los Angeles FC at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Portland at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m.

New York at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

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