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AP-Kentucky Sports Digest

October 3, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s sports coverage is shaping up in Kentucky. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Louisville bureau at (502) 583-7718 or aplouisville@ap.org. Beth Campbell is on the desk. News editor Scott Stroud can be reached at sstroud@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. All times are Eastern.

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College Football:

SEC SURPRISES

UNDATED — Under Nick Saban, the Alabama Crimson Tide always seems to start the season racking up wins. The Georgia Bulldogs also seem to be starting that trend with Kirby Smart in charge. But not everything is going according to plan in the Southeastern Conference. LSU coach Ed Orgeron, the odds-on favorite to be the first SEC coach fired before the season, has his Tigers cruising as one of the league’s last undefeated teams in October. And Kentucky, yes the SEC school best known for its basketball team, also is 5-0 along with Alabama, Georgia and LSU. The Wildcats are also enjoying their highest football ranking at No. 13 since 2007. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 850 words, photos.

ACC-BUILDING BOOM

UNDATED — The construction boom around the Atlantic Coast Conference is showing no signs of slowing down. In the seemingly never-ending facility arms race in big-time college football, some schools hope player-friendly project will give them an edge and help them keep up with their ACC peers — and other programs around the country. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 1040 words, photos.

College Basketball:

COLLEGE CORRUPTION

NEW YORK — A New Jersey financial adviser is testifying at a college basketball corruption trial about how he became the bag man for a secret cash payment to a highly prized high school prospect. Munish Sood testified in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday that he gave about $19,500 last year to the father of top recruit Brian Bowen Jr. He said the money was meant to get Bowen to commit to the University of Louisville. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

MSG SCHEDULE

NEW YORK — Defending national champion Villanova will play at least three times at Madison Square Garden during the upcoming season, part of a 2018-19 college basketball schedule that also features Duke, Kentucky and Syracuse visiting what’s been dubbed The World’s Most Famous Arena. Florida, Maryland, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon and West Virginia are among the other programs headed to MSG. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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