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ESPN’s Desmond Howard insists he did not know his comments about No. 4 Clemson would offend an assistant coach and upset its fans. The Heisman Trophy winner and “College GameDay” analyst speaks on the AP’s “PodcastOne Sports Now” with guest host Larry Lage. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
The USFL helped change pro football in its three, often weird and wild, years. The league is the subject of a new book by Jeff Pearlman, who speaks with the AP’s Ralph Russo on the Top 25 College Football Podcast. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast
MILWAUKEE — Ace Clayton Kershaw starts Game 1 of the NLCS for the Los Angeles Dodgers, facing a Brewers team that has won 11 straight and is powered by Christian Yelich. Gio Gonzalez, backed by a deep bullpen, goes for Milwaukee in this matchup of left-handers. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:10 p.m.
— Postgame sidebar by Jay Cohen.
BOSTON — Chris Sale leaves his relief work behind and gets back to his real job, starting for the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS opener Saturday night against the World Series champs. Justin Verlander goes for the Houston Astros, facing the team with baseball’s best record this year. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, MICH. — No. 12 Michigan is undefeated since opening with a seven-point loss at Notre Dame, building momentum and confidence while waiting for its next opportunity. That time is now: No. 15 Wisconsin is coming to the Big House to play under the lights. By Larry Lage. SENT: 650 words, photos.
TEMPE, Ariz. — With his MMA-trained hands knocking would-be blockers out of the way, Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones has quietly established himself as one of the best in the game. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
The NBA has been going overseas for 40 years, and its global footprint and business interests keep expanding. In China alone, 300 million people are playing the game. Commissioner Adam Silver believes his sport can be No. 1 in the world. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— BKN--NBA-INTERNATIONAL FOOTPRINT-RISING STARS — By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— BKN--NBA-INTERNATIONAL FOOTPRINT-DONCIC — By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.
Pyeongchang is already having regrets about hosting the Winter Olympics, and Tokyo figures to be in the same boat after spending some $25 billion for the next Summer Games. No city in its right mind should take on this financial boondoggle. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.
FBN--ON FOOTBALL-BIG MOUTHS
They are called Diva Receivers for a reason. We tend to find out why when NFL pass catchers open their mouths. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 750 words, photos. For weekend use.
MILWAUKEE — When Christian Yelich takes the field, one group of fans will have a particular interest in the Brewers slugger: Milwaukee’s tight-knit Serbian community. Only recently has it become aware of Yelich’s heritage. By Ivan Moreno. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— BBN--BREWERS-FREE BEER — With NLCS on tap, Milwaukee fans get free beer. SENT: 130 words.
NEW YORK — Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius needs Tommy John surgery on his right elbow after injuring himself during the AL Division Series. The team is optimistic the anchor of their infield will spend most of next season with the club. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
BATON ROUGE, La. — No. 2 Georgia has yet to beat a team currently ranked in the AP Top 25. That’s why the visit to No. 13 LSU in Death Valley on Saturday is widely seen as the unbeaten Bulldogs toughest test yet. By Brett Martel. SENT: 800 words, photos.
EUGENE, Ore. — Washington scored 70 points when it last played at Oregon two years ago. The Ducks are a far better team now and ranked No. 17. They can think of nothing better than to stick it to the No. 7 Huskies on Saturday. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.
— Friday Game (Top 25):
— FBC--T25--SOUTH FLORIDA-TULSA — No. 23 South Florida at Tulsa. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
— FBC--FIVE THINGS TO KNOW FOR WEEK 7 — By Steve Megargee. SENT: 850 words, photos.
— Previews on other Top 10 games: No. 1 Alabama-Missouri; No. 3 Ohio State-Minnesota; No. 5 Notre Dame-Pittsburgh; No. 6 West Virginia-Iowa State; No. 8 Penn State-Michigan State; No. 9 Texas- Baylor; No. 10 UCF-Memphis.
Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams is the unanimous winner for a second straight year as the NFL’s top defensive tackle in a vote by a panel of AP football writers. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. SENT: 650 words, photos.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants have more than a week to reevaluate things after an embarrassing defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles dropped them to 1-5 and left them wondering whether this is another lost season. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.
FBN--BENGALS-BOYD’S BOYHOOD TEAM
CINCINNATI — Receiver Tyler Boyd has never beaten the Steelers, the team he rooted for while growing up in Pittsburgh. His Bengals have lost six in a row to Pittsburgh, and Boyd’s fumble contributed to one of the losses. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Isaiah Crowell had the game of a lifetime last Sunday, running for a New York Jets-record 219 yards. He was the AFC’s offensive player of the week. Now, Crowell is looking to build off his big performance. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--PATRIOTS-BRADY — UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--PACKERS-CROSBY — UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--49ERS TAKEAWAYS — By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— FBN--JAGUARS-JOE D — By Mark Long. SENT: 350 words, photos.
SYDNEY — Usain Bolt scores twice in his first start for his Australian club. The eight-time Olympic gold medalist sprinter says he is improving in his attempt to make the Central Coast Mariners, with the season to start Oct. 21.
In a repeat of a World Cup semifinal, England plays at Croatia to highlight the seven-game schedule of the UEFA Nations League. Both teams looking for a first victory in the new competition. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— SOC--BELGIUM-RAIDS — Nine arrested in fraud, match-fixing case in Belgium. By Raf Casert. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— SOC--FRANCE-MATCH-FIXING — French authorities investigate possible match-fixing in PSG-Red Star Champions League game. SENT: 140 words.
— SOC--PLATINI-LAWSUIT — Ex-UEFA President Michel Platini contends in lawsuit FIFA conspired to ban him. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 300 words.
— BKN--SPURS-WHITE — Spurs lose another point guard; Derrick White out six to eight weeks with heel injury. SENT: 150 words, photos.
— BKN--NBA PRESEASON RDP — Roundup of 11 NBA exhibition games. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 1 a.m.
— GLF--BRITISH MASTERS — Eddie Pepperell leads European Tour event in England, with darkness cutting short second round. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— GLF--CIMB CLASSIC — Gary Woodland, Marc Leishman in front entering second round at PGA Tour tournament in Malaysia. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— GLF--KEB HANA BANK — No. 1 Sung Hyun Park, No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn part of four-way tie for lead after two rounds of LPGA play in South Korea. SENT: 250 words, photos.
— TEN--SHANGHAI MASTERS — Roger Federer reaches Shanghai Masters semifinals. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— Other tournaments in Tainjin, China; Hong Kong.
— MMA--UFC 232-JONES RETURNS — Ex-UFC champ Jon Jones to return from suspension Dec. 29 to fight Alex Gustafsson. SENT: 140 words.
— GYM--WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS-TEAM USA — Simone Biles to lead U.S. at this month’s gymnastics worlds in Qatar. SENT: 180 words.
— OLY--2026 BIDS-STOCKHOLM — Stockholm’s bid to host 2026 Winter Olympics at risk three days after IOC approved candidacy. SENT: 250 words, photos.
— OLY--BOB-RUSSIAN DOPING — Settlement ends Russian doping case, one of four at Pyeongchang Olympics. SENT: 100 words, photos.
Friday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
NLCS (Game 1)
Los Angeles at Milwaukee, 8:09 p.m.
College Football (Top 25)
No. 23 South Florida at Tulsa, 7 p.m.
Charlotte at Dallas, 7 p.m.
Detroit vs. Cleveland at East Lansing, Mich., 7 p.m.
Guangzhou Long-Lions at Washington, 7 p.m.
San Antonio at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Brooklyn at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Atlanta at Miami, 8 p.m.
Denver at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Houston at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Minnesota at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.
Sacramento at Portland, 10 p.m.
L.A. Lakers vs. Golden State at San Jose, Calif., 10:30 p.m.
Houston at Los Angeles FC, 10 p.m.