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BC-AP Sports Digest

September 11, 2018

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Sam Schmidt was left a quadriplegic from a racing accident and the team he later created has suffered a series of tragedies and setbacks. Now current driver Robert Wickens is hospitalized with a spinal cord injury and Schmidt can be a major ally in Wickens’ recovery. Wickens was injured last month in a crash in Pennsylvania while driving one of Schmidt’s cars. UPCOMING: 930 words, photos by 3 a.m.



DETROIT — Sam Darnold showed he could recover from a careless mistake — a promising trait for any rookie quarterback. What the New York Jets displayed on defense and special teams may have been even more encouraging for Darnold and his teammates. By Noah Trister. MOVED: 630 words, photos by 3 a.m.

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—FBN--LIONS-FIASCO — The booing began early. The Detroit Lions scored on a touchdown on the game’s first snap, but it wasn’t long before the fans at Ford Field sensed trouble. By Noah Trister. SENT: 590 words, photos.


OAKLAND, Calif. — Jared Goff threw two touchdown passes, newcomer Marcus Peters returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown and the Los Angeles Rams spoiled coach Jon Gruden’s much-anticipated return to the Oakland sideline. By AP Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m.


—FBN--RAMS-RAIDERS-ANTHEM — Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem ahead of the team’s season opener. SENT: 145 words, photo.


DENVER — Rob Gronkowski’s great grab that played a key role in New England’s win over the Texans wasn’t reviewed because the league was too slow to buzz down to the officials on the field. It’s another example of no matter how hard the NFL tries to clean things up, pro football is an imperfect game prone to human error. By AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos, by 3.a.m.


—FBN--PACKERS-RODGERS -- Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy needs more information on the extent of Aaron Rodgers’ knee injury to determine the quarterback’s availability for next week’s game against Minnesota. By Genaro Armas. SENT: 630 words, photos.

—FBN--COWBOYS-GARRETT -- Dak Prescott’s difficulties in the passing game go back further than a loss in the opener at Carolina for the Dallas Cowboys. By AP Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 720 words, photos.

FBN--IMPROVING BUCCANEERS -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers insisted all along that they weren’t overly concerned about having to open the season without suspended quarterback Jameis Winston. By Fred Goodall. SENT: 600 words, photos.



NEW YORK — Some black women say Serena Williams’ experience at the U.S. Open final resonates with them. They say they are often forced to watch their tone and words in the workplace in ways that men and other women are not. Otherwise, they say, they risk being branded Angry Black Woman. SENT. 800 words. With AP Photos and AP Video.


— TEN-RANKINGS — Novak Djokovic up to No. 3, Naomi Osaka at No. 7 after U.S. Open titles. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 510 words, photos.

— TEN--US OPEN-UMPIRE-ITF — Governing body defends chair umpire after Serena Williams flap. SENT: 150 words, photo.



NEW YORK — Now that Novak Djokovic has the same number of Grand Slam titles as his childhood idol, Pete Sampras, it’s realistic to start thinking about trying to catch up to the only two men ahead of him, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 900 words, photos.



CHICAGO —Right after Tommy La Stella struck out swinging for the final out, Jeremy Jeffress pounded his glove with his right hand and Erik Kratz pumped his right arm in jubilation. Forget about the wild-card standings. The Milwaukee Brewers are fighting for the NL Central title. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 900 words, photos.


DETROIT — Justin Verlander knew this would be one of the most emotional games of his major league career. He still wasn’t prepared. In his return to Detroit, Verlander received three standing ovations while pitching the Houston Astros to victory. By Dave Hogg. SENT: 870 words, photos.


DENVER —In a sixth-inning jam, German Marquez received a visit from his manager and a little advice: Don’t do too much. Stay in the moment. Execute. Bud Black might as well have been talking to his entire team as Colorado chases after its first division title.. By Pat Graham. SENT: 760 words, photos.



NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Keegan Bradley held off Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff to win the rain-plagued BMW Championship for his first PGA Tour victory in six years. Rose moved to No. 1 in the world ranking. He’s the 22nd player to reach No. 1 since the ranking began in 1986. By Dan Gelston. MOVED. 1000 words. With AP Photos.

--GLF--RYDER CUP — Tony Finau has been named to the Ryder Cup team, the final pick by U.S. captain Jim Furyk. SENT: 550 words, photos.



LAS VEGAS — The Golden Knights wasted little time in making sure Max Pacioretty will be around for the long haul after pulling off the trade that is bringing the former Montreal Canadiens captain to Las Vegas. By W.G. Ramirez. SENT: 500 words, photo.



With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas and Virginia, conferences and schools are monitoring the situation and exploring contingencies for games this week. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 580 words, photos.



INDIANAPOLIS — Brad Keselowski gave Roger Penske his first NASCAR win in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Penske has won 17 times in the Indianapolis 500 including in May with Will Power. Keselowski won the Southern 500 last week and now the Brickyard to cross off two NASCAR crown jewel events. By Mike Marot. SENT: 800 words, photo.

— CAR--NASCAR-BRICKYARD-XFINITY — Justin Allgaier led each of the final 10 laps on and held off a last-lap challenge to claim his fifth victory of the season. By Michael Marot. SENT: 650 words, photos.



DENVER — Larry Probst will step down as chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee at the end of the year, ending a decade-long stay during which he restored the federation’s international reputation but will leave it facing as many problems as he inherited on the home front. By Eddie Pells. MOVED. 700 words, photo.


—OLY--TOKYO 2020-DAYLIGHT TIME — The head of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics says he favors moving to daylight saving time so sports events can be held in cooler temperatures. SENT: 215 words.



SEATTLE —The Washington Mystics head back home facing a 2-0 deficit in the WNBA Finals, as well as long odds. Washington hosts the Seattle Storm for Game 3 on Wednesday. By Tim Booth. SENT: 650 words, photo.

—BKN--HEAT-HASLEM — Udonis Haslem has signed his deal to return to the Miami Heat for a 16th season. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 625 words, photo.

—BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-DENG — The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed free agent forward Luol Deng, the latest former Chicago Bulls player to reunite with coach Tom Thibodeau. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 540 words, photos.



CULIACAN, Mexico —Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona said Monday he has left his off-the-pitch issues behind as he was formally introduced as the new coach of Mexican second-tier club Dorados de Sinaloa. By Carlos Rodriguez. SENT: 625 words, photos.


—SOC--VALDES-RACIST GESTURE — Chile international Diego Valdes has apologized for creating a racism controversy in South Korea ahead of the friendly game between the teams on Tuesday. By John Duerden. SENT: 200 words, photo.


MADRID —As Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed his time off at the French Riviera, his Portugal teammates were busy handing Italy another disappointing result in the UEFA Nations League. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 620 words, photos.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Antonee Robinson is trying to prove he can learn on the job. Going into Tuesday night’s friendly against Mexico, Robinson hopes to continue showing improvement. By Erik Schelzig. SENT: 665 words, photo.




Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


Washington at Philadelphia, 2, 3:05 p.m.

Houston at Detroit, 6:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m.

Oakland at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Miami at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

Toronto at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.

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

Arizona at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

Texas at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.

San Diego at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

Atlanta at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

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