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Tiger Woods almost certainly will be chosen for the Ryder Cup, and AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson says Phil Mickelson will likely join him. Ferguson speaks about next month's competition with co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg on PodcastOne Sports Now. AP Auto Racing Writer Jenny Fryer discusses the DUI arrest of NASCAR chairman Brian France. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

The Pac-12 is banking on a strong Washington team, some new coaches and a couple of Heisman Trophy contenders to help the conference bounce back from a lackluster 2017. On the latest episode of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury news joins the AP's Ralph Russo to preview the Pac-12. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast



BOSTON — USA Gymnastics has preached the need for a culture change following the scandal surrounding imprisoned doctor Larry Nassar. Though the process will take years, there are signs of progress. By Will Graves. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.


OAKLAND, Calif. — All-Star outfielder George Springer is expected to come off the disabled list when the Astros begin a pivotal series against Oakland. Charlie Morton (12-3) starts for a Houston team that has dropped six of 10. The Astros' lead the AL West by two games over the Athletics. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:05 p.m.


WESTFIELD, Ind. — Six years ago, the debate was which quarterback should be drafted No. 1 — Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III. The two players took very different paths: Luck, a showpiece player for the Colts and the NFL; Griffin, fighting for a roster spot on the Ravens. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.


BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler, two longtime popular drivers, are leaving full-time racing after the season. With more veterans looking to escape a life dictated by a grueling schedule, NASCAR is facing yet another problem. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.



NEW YORK — During the blazing heat of training camp, the biggest opponent for many NFL players and coaches sits far above the field. The sun's powerful ultraviolet rays are a leading cause of skin cancer, and those in camp are doing what they can to protect themselves. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 1,150 words, photo, video.


NEW YORK — Football players may not seem the sort drawn to yoga — the meditative poses, the centered breathing, the inner balance. But yoga has found more of a place in the bruising world of the NFL, a mental and physical complement to the game. By Terrin Waack. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

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— FBN--YOGA VS STRETCHING — By Terrin Waack. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— FBN--KEITH MITCHELL-PRO TURNED YOGI — By Terrin Waack. SENT: 600 words, photos.



SEATTLE — In a game between teams in the playoff mix, the Dodgers and Mariners open a three-game series. Unless he appeals, Los Angeles outfielder Yasiel Puig is to begin a two-game suspension for inciting a brawl. Both clubs face 2 1/2-game deficits in the wild-card race. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:10 p.m.


ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals, whose eight-game winning streak stopped Thursday night, play the Brewers in a matchup of NL Central contenders chasing the first-place Cubs. Milwaukee is 3 1/2 back and St. Louis five. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:15 p.m.



CLEVELAND — Tossed aside by Buffalo despite making the playoffs, quarterback Tyrod Taylor faces his former team for the first time when the Cleveland Browns meet the Bills in an exhibition. Taylor is expected to play the first quarter before rookie Baker Mayfield gets the call. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

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— FBN--BROWNS-BRYANT — By Tom Withers. SENT: 250 words, photos.


DETROIT — Matt Patricia makes his Ford Field debut as coach of the Detroit Lions in a preseason game against the Giants. New York likely will rest Saquon Barkley, the star rookie running back slowed by a hamstring injury. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.


Ryan Fitzpatrick is now in Tampa Bay and knows his way around NFL rosters. Coming back to Tennessee on Saturday night is a bit easier because of his short stint there. That was three coaches and a handful of quarterbacks ago for the Titans. Fitzpatrick is with his third team since. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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— FBN--CHIEFS-FALCONS — By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

— FBN--DOLPHINS-PANTHERS — By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

— FBN--CARDINALS-SAINTS — By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.



Jim Harbaugh has struggled to win the biggest games in his three years at Michigan, so this season's opener at Notre Dame takes on added significance. Other games to watch this season include Chip Kelly's return to Oregon as UCLA coach, and another Auburn-Georgia clash. By Noah Trister. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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— Conference previews: Sun Belt, Conference USA, Mid-American, Southwestern Athletic.



BOSTON — Olympic champion Simone Biles begins her bid for a fifth title at the U.S. gymnastics championships. Reigning national champion Ragan Smith and current world champion Morgan Hurd are among the top contenders. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Event starts 7:30 p.m.



MASON, Ohio — Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are scheduled to play rain-delayed matches before the quarterfinals begin at the Western & Southern Open, although more rain is forecast. Simona Halep wins the first of her two matches to reach the quarters. By Joe Kay. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.



GREENSBORO, N.C. — One day after shooting a 59, Brandt Snedeker looks to build on his four-stroke lead in the second round of the Wyndham Championship. Snedeker, who won this tournament in 2007, is the 10th PGA Tour player to break 60. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.


INDIANAPOLIS — Lizette Salas, coming off a 10-under 62, is in front going into the second round of the Indy Women in Tech Championship. Angel Yin and Nasa Hataoka are two shots back on a course softened by rain. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8:30 p.m.

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— GLF--US AMATEUR — Quarterfinals of U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach. UPCOMING: 500 words by 11 p.m.

— GLF--NORDEA MASTERS — Scott Jamison, Paul Waring up by two strokes after second round of European Tour event in Sweden. UPCOMING: 150 words by 4 p.m.



MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United has restarted its women's team 13 years after disbanding the first one. The AP speaks with coach Casey Stoney leading to Sunday's game against Liverpool. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.

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— SOC--RUSSIA-WORLD CUP STADIUMS — Calls in Russia to investigate flooding of World Cup stadiums. SENT: 130 words.



JAKARTA, Indonesia — For size, the Asian Games are enormous. They feature some 11,500 athletes — about 1,000 more than a typical Summer Olympics. In addition to such Asian sports as kabaddi (India) and kurash (Uzbekistan), esports and jet ski are on the schedule. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 650 words, photos.


— CAR--NASCAR-BRISTOL QUALIFYING — By Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 500 words. Qualifying starts 5:40 p.m.

— CAR--NASCAR-BRISTOL-INFINITY — By Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 500 words. Race starts 7:30 p.m.






Friday's Time Schedule (EDT)


N.Y. Mets at Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m.

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

Miami at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Toronto at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

Baltimore at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

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

San Francisco at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Colorado at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

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

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

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

Houston at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

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

NFL Exhibition

N.Y. Giants at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Kansas City at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

Miami at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.

Buffalo at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.

Arizona at New Orleans, 8 p.m.


Los Angeles at Washington, 7 p.m.

Minnesota at Connecticut, 7 p.m.

Las Vegas at Dallas, 8 p.m.

New York at Seattle, 10 p.m.

Atlanta at Phoenix, 10 p.m.