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BC-AP Sports Digest

August 1, 2018

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Gary Bettman says the NHL wants a cut of gambling profits if its intellectual property, data or game video are used. The commissioner speaks with AP Hockey Writer Larry Lage in the latest episode of “PodcastOne Sports Now.” Also up for discussion: Ice Cube on his BIG3 basketball league, and Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on fatherhood.


The Big Ten features maybe the most interesting division in college football and one of the biggest divisional favorites. The AP Top 25 College Football Podcast previews the Big Ten this week, with Dave Revsine of the Big Ten Network.




ATLANTA — A crowd of some 70,000 is expected in soccer-mad Atlanta for the MLS All-Star Game, which matches the best players from the American-based league against Italian powerhouse Juventus. But some of the biggest names are missing, including Cristiano Ronaldo. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.


CANTON, Ohio — Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, two of the NFL’s greatest linebackers, enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame this week. When their teams meet in Thursday night’s preseason opener, the game could very well honor them by being a defensive battle. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 850 words, photos.


Parents are seizing on offensive tweets by baseball players as teaching moments for their kids. But are young uber-sharers listening? Parents want kids to understand that just about anything posted on social media can be unearthed years later. That’s a hard lesson for the digital natives of today who aren’t likely to look past their next Instagram post. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 860 words, photos.


MILAN — When Francesco Molinari met elite performance coach Dave Alred at the start of 2016, the Italian golfer was ranked 78th in the world. Fast forward two years and Molinari is now ranked sixth and has won three of his past six tournaments, including last month’s British Open. The 35-year-old Molinari is looking forward to having more of an impact on this year’s Ryder Cup. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 890 words, photos.



LAS VEGAS — As revenue goes, it’s a blip on the radar. The NBA probably gets more from the contract with its frozen daiquiri vendor than it does the new deal it inked with casino giant MGM Resorts International. But the NBA is now a partner with a sports betting operation, and major sports may never be the same. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m.



Under a new NCAA rule change, football players will be able get into four games and still take a redshirt season. The shift is a boon for coaches, who are taking a whole new look at roster management. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.



PITTSBURGH — Cole Hamels makes his first start for the Chicago Cubs when they face the Pirates. Hamels went 5-9 for Texas before the Cubs acquired him last week. Nick Kingham (5-5, 4.80 ERA) starts for Pittsburgh. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.


— FBN--NATIONALS-KELLEY — Nationals jettison Shawn Kelley after his outburst on mound in 25-4 out of Mets. By Ben Nuckols. SENT: 510 words, photos.


Adrian Beltre is back in Texas, still with the Rangers after their road trip that ended on the same day as the non-waiver trade deadline — and still with an unclear future. The possibility remains that baseball’s active career hits leader could get dealt to a contending team for a shot at a World Series title. Or he could finish what may be the last season of his career with the last-place Rangers. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.


NEW YORK — Baseball offense rebounded in July after a historic drop during the season’s first three months that concerned the sport’s leadership. The major league batting average in July was .255, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, raising the season’s average from .246 to .248. Unless it goes up to .251 during the final two months, the average would be the lowest since .244 in 1972. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 740 words, photos.



The bar was set high for Brian Urlacher when he joined the Chicago Bears as a first-round middle linebacker in 2000. Few teams are as closely identified with one position as the Bears are at middle linebacker with players such as Bill George, Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary personifying the Monsters of the Midway on the way to Hall of Fame careers. Urlacher lived up to that lofty standard and will join that talented trio in Canton when he is inducted into the hall. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 910 words, photos.


Jerry Kramer will become the 14th member of Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Kramer’s decades-long wait followed his heroics in the Packers’ Ice Bowl victory over Dallas. Kramer not only executed the block on the winning play but suggested the call after noticing a flaw in the Cowboys’ short-yardage defense. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 900 words, photos.



FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sam Darnold takes the practice field for the second time since ending his holdout and signing a four-year, $30.25 million deal with the New York Jets. The rookie quarterback is expected to speak to reporters about his contract situation and rejoining his teammates. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Derrick Henry has a simple goal for this season as the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner chases his first starting job in the NFL: Be dominant for the Tennessee Titans. He won’t define that by sharing any goals for yards or touchdowns, a smart move with veteran Dion Lewis also in the backfield. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.


OXNARD, Calif. — DeMarcus Lawrence had the second-best sack total in the NFL last year, Taco Charlton wants to start delivering on first-round expectations and Randy Gregory is trying to get his career back on track. The three high draft picks for the Dallas Cowboys take their separate story lines into 2018. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 9 p.m.


— FBN--BENGALS-MIXON’S ASCENT. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.

— FBN--BRONCOS-CHUBB. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— FBN--BUCCANEERS-PIERRE-PAUL. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--CHIEFS CAMP. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--COLTS-THE REPLACEMENTS. By Michael Marot. SENT: 880 words, photos.

— FBN--DOLPHINS-HARRIS. By Steven Wine. SENT: 670 words, photos.

— FBN--FALCONS-BEASLEY. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--GIANTS D-LINE. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--LIONS-SLAY. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--PANTHERS-BALANCING INJURIES. By Steve Reed. SENT: 670 words, photos.

— FBN--REDSKINS-HESITANT THOMPSON. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 740 words, photos by 7 p.m.



AKRON, Ohio — The biggest win for Tiger Woods this year was simply getting a chance to play. He narrowly qualified for the Bridgestone Invitational, which is being held for the last time on the Firestone course where Woods has won eight times. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.


Ariya Jutanugarn is coming round reluctantly to the quirky nature of links golf and that makes the world’s No. 1 player an even more dangerous prospect heading into the Women’s British Open on Thursday. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 700 words, photo.



WASHINGTON — Three-time major champion Andy Murray’s fifth match of his comeback from hip surgery comes against Kyle Edmund in an all-British contest at the Citi Open. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Match scheduled to start after 4:30 p.m.


— Coverage of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose, California.



MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Lynx have expressed little concern about their ability to recover from an unusually rough start, and with nine games to go they’re in great shape for grabbing one of the top two seeds in the playoffs that come with a double bye. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 450 words by 7 p.m.



LAGOS, Nigeria — The start of the African track and field championships in Nigeria is delayed after hundreds of athletes are stranded at an airport, some for three days when they were left to sleep on the floor as they waited for a connecting flight to the host city. By Gerald Imray and Sam Olukoya. SENT: 810 words.


— FBN--MERRIMAN-BARE-KNUCKLE FIGHTING — Ex-NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman to fight in bare-knuckle boxing match. SENT: 140 words.





Wednesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


N.Y. Mets at Washington, 12:05 p.m.

Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

Cincinnati at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.

Cleveland at Minnesota, 1:10 p.m.

Toronto at Oakland, 3:35 p.m.

Houston at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

Miami at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Colorado at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Milwaukee at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.


All-Star Game, 7:30 p.m.


New York at Connecticut, 7 p.m.

Phoenix at Las Vegas, 10 p.m.

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