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September 26, 2018

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AP golf writer Doug Ferguson speaks with PodcastOne Sports Now, giving some perspective on Tiger Woods’ first victory in five years. Co-hosts Tim Dahlberg and Jim Litke weigh in on other notable comebacks. Also, AP football writer Rob Maaddi discusses the first three weeks of the NFL season. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

SHOWCASE

SKI--WAR HORSE’S NEW LIFE

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Two-time Olympic medalist in downhill skiing Andrew Weibrecht is forging a new life since he retired in May. He’s back in college to complete his undergraduate degree, learning the ropes of the family business, the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid, and, most importantly, spending more time with his wife and two young children. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos, video by 4 a.m.

TOP STORIES

BBA--ASTROS-BLUE JAYS

TORONTO —The Houston Astros clinched another AL West title and reached 100 wins for the second straight season, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 behind Alex Bregman’s two-run homer. By Ian Harrison. SENT: 820 words, photos.

BBN--MARLINS-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON — With a bottle of bubbly at his feet and a baseball with the inscription “300 Ks” in a case in his locker, Max Scherzer allowed himself a moment to consider what he’d just accomplished. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 840 words, photos.

GLF--RYDER CUP-REED’S BRAVADO

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Patrick Reed relishes the role of Captain America, but he’s just as comfortable being Public Enemy No. 1 at the Ryder Cup. Reed considers himself the American version of Ian Poulter, the guy that everyone loses to hate when the playing the Ryder Cup on the road. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BASEBALL

BBN--PIRATES-CUBS

CHICAGO —The Chicago Cubs lost again, and this one was particularly painful. Slugger Kris Bryant exited with a bruised left wrist, Mike Montgomery got hit hard over four-plus innings and the Cubs stumbled to a 6-0 defeat against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. For the second time in as many nights, the Cubs missed a chance to clinch a franchise-record fourth straight trip to the postseason. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BBN--BRAVES-METS

NEW YORK — Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a go-ahead single in the seventh inning, Ozzie Albies homered in the eighth and NL East champion Atlanta rallied past New York for its sixth straight victory. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 1000 words, photos.

— Also:

— BBA--ANGELS-OHTANI SURGERY — Los Angeles Angels two-way rookie Shohei Ohtani will have Tommy John surgery next week. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 450 words, photos.

—BBN--METS-WRIGHT — David Wright has been reinstated from the disabled list and added to the New York Mets’ active roster for the first time since June 3, 2016. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 890 words, photos.

— BBA--OSUNA-CHARGE DROPPED — Canadian prosecutors dropped a domestic assault charge on Tuesday against Houston Astros closer Roberto Osuna, who agreed to stay away from the alleged victim for one year and continue counseling. SENT: 430 words, photo.

COMMENTARY

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-POULTER

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — The Ryder Cup meant the world to Ian Poulter even when he only had a tent to sleep in. Once fearful his playing days were over, the player with his own Ryder Cup legacy is back at work. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— With:

— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 800 words.

RYDER CUP

GLF--RYDER CUP

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Rory McIlroy says the goal for Europe in the Ryder Cup is to beat the Americans, not just Tiger Woods. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

—With:

—GLF--RYDER CUP-THE LASTEST.

NFL

FBN--BUCCANEERS-WINSTON

TAMPA, Fla. —Jameis Winston is back on the job, though the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still aren’t saying if it’s as the team’s starting quarterback. Winston’s three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy ended Tuesday, the first day the fourth-year pro was permitted to return to the team’s training facility and have contact with coaches and teammates. By Fred Goodall. SENT: 550 words, photos.

FBN--STEELERS BOUNCE BACK

PITTSBURGH —The Pittsburgh Steelers say they’re still a work in progress even after picking up their first win of the season against Tampa Bay. By Will Graves. SENT: 800 WORDS, PHOTOS.

FBN--RAMS-SECONDARY BACKUPS

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Sam Shields expects to be tested if the Los Angeles Rams do not have their two starting cornerbacks available against Minnesota on Thursday night. By Dan Greenspan. SENT: 720 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBN--POWER RANKINGS — By Simmi Buttar. SENT: 570 words, photos.

— FBN--LIONS-BARRY’S BACK — By Larry Lage. SENT: 710 words, photos.

— FBN--VIKINGS-GRIFFEN — By Dave Campbell. SENT: 790 words, photos.

NHL

HKN--CAPITALS PREVIEW

ARLINGTON, Va. —With almost their entire team back, the Washington Capitals are trying to avoid a championship hangover and repeat as Stanley Cup champions. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 850 words, photos.

— With:

— Previews on all U.S. teams; capsules on all NHL teams.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--AP ALL AMERICA WATCH

The latest AP All-America watch features a game-breaking receiver from Stanford, Texas’ fabulous freshman and an injured Ohio State star. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 800 words, photos.

FBC--T25--STANFORD-NOTRE DAME

STANFORD, Calif. — Bryce Love has yet to match last year’s record-setting season and Stanford football coach David Shaw said lack of consistent play by the offensive line has been a major contributor. By Rick Eymer. SENT: 580 words, photo.

FBC--PAC-12 AFTER DARK

Pac-12 After Dark brings drama, even in the daylight. Those late West Coast games are here to stay, however, despite criticism that they are a challenge for the league, its teams and the fans. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 890 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBC--NORTH CAROLINA-SUSPENSIONS — By Aaron Beard. SENT: 670 words, photos.

—FBC--T25-CLEMSON-BRYANT — SENT: 150 words.

NBA

BKN--WARRIORS BEGIN

OAKLAND, Calif. —With unsettled contract situations making many of the players’ futures beyond this season uncertain, Warriors coach Steve Kerr is encouraging his team now more than ever to go with the flow, have fun and enjoy the moment. No pressure, even if the end goal is a three-peat. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 780 words, photos.

BKN--HEAT-SPOELSTRA

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Part of Miami coach Erik Spoelstra’s annual mandate to players, whether a 16-year veteran like Dwyane Wade or a second-year guy like Bam Adebayo, is to evolve. Spoelstra expects the same from himself. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 760 words, photos.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BKL--WORLD CUP-PRELIMINARY ROUND NOTEBOOK

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain — The preliminary round of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup had its share of upsets, comebacks and surprises. Two African nations qualified for the knockout round with Nigeria and Senegal both advancing. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 830 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BKL--WORLD CUP-LATVIA-US

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain —Brittney Griner felt like a kid in timeout having to sit out the past two games because of a mild ankle injury. She made an impressive debut in this year’s FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, scoring 15 points to lead the U.S. to a 102-76 victory over Latvia on Tuesday night. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 800 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--VILLANOVA-NATIONAL CHAMPS OPEN

VILLANOVA, Pa. — Under construction: The finishing touches on the $60 million-plus in renovations of Villanova’s on-campus home and the national champions that will call it home. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 620 words, photos.

SOCCER

— SOC--WORLD CUP-FIELD INVADEERS — Organizers claim 170 people tried to run on field at World Cup. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP —The coaching apprentice got the better of his former master as Frank Lampard’s Derby knocked Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United out of the League Cup. SENT: 680 words, photos.

OTHER

— Tennis tournaments in Tashkent, Uzbekistan; and Wuhan, China.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

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Wednesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

Baltimore at Boston, 1st game, 1:05 p.m.

Miami at Washington, 4:05 p.m.

Houston at Toronto, 4:07 p.m.

Kansas City at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m.

Baltimore at Boston, 2nd game, 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

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

Milwaukee at St. Louis, 7:10 p.m.

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

Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

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

Oakland at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

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

NHL PRESEASON

N.Y. Islanders at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

Detroit at Boston, 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Winnipeg at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Los Angeles at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

MLS

Chicago at New York City FC, 7 p.m.

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