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August 27, 2018

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John Smoltz says baseball must change — and fast. The Hall of Fame pitcher speaks about the need to make the game more appealing to fans young and old on PodcastOne Sports Now with co-hosts Tim Dahlberg and Jim Litke. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic joins College Football Writer Ralph Russo on the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast to discuss the suspension of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. Also, ESPN’s Rece Davis, a voter in the AP college football poll, weighs in on the preseason rankings. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast

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FBN--THE GRUDEN BROTHERS

Sitting beneath a television at the Gruden family home in Florida are boxes filled with recordings of dozens of games coached by Jon or Jay in the NFL and Arena Football League. Those discs are owned by their father, who won’t watch his sons’ games live. On most Sundays during the upcoming NFL season, there will be two games of particular interest to the Gruden family: those involving Jon’s Oakland Raiders or Jay’s Washington Redskins. By Pro Football Writers Josh Dubow and Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 1,500 words, photos by 3 a.m.

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— FBN_Jon Gruden Bio Box.

— FBN_Jay Gruden Bio Box.

GLF--FEDEX CUP

PARAMUS, N.J. — The Associated Press has learned the PGA Tour is putting the final touches on a revamped FedEx Cup for next year. The biggest change is at the Tour Championship. The No. 1 player in the FedEx Cup will open the Tour Championship at 10-under par, and the starting scores to par will be staggered for the rest of the 30-man field. The winner will be the FedEx Cup champion, and the bonus is expected to be more than the current $10 million prize. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 800 words, photos.

TOP STORIES

FBC--WASHINGTON STATE-REMEMBERING TYLER

PULLMAN, Wash. — The family of former Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski is planning to attend the Cougars’ home opener on Sept. 8 against San Jose State. The game will be the team’s first at home since Hilinski killed himself in Pullman, Washington, in January. Hilinski’s father, Mark, says that when he thinks of his son, he remembers him smiling in the Cougars’ stadium. By Nicholas K. Geranios. UPCOMING: 830 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BBA--ATHLETICS-SLUGGING DAVIS

OAKLAND, Calif. — Khris Davis has become known as Oakland’s other superstar “KD.” The Athletics slugger is having a special season right next door to where Kevin Durant led the Golden State Warriors to a second straight NBA championship two months ago. Davis is on such a home run streak, he has considered the idea he might hit 50. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 790 words, photos by 3 a.m.

TENNIS

TEN--US OPEN-WHAT TO KNOW

NEW YORK — Sloane Stephens’ first Grand Slam title defense, Serena Williams’ return to New York and the reunion of the Big Four in the men’s game are among the top story lines heading into the U.S. Open. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 850 words, photos.

PRO FOOTBALL

FBN--PACKERS-INSIDE LINEBACKER

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers’ acquisition of linebacker Antonio Morrison from the Indianapolis Colts had as much to do with the season-ending knee injury suffered by Jake Ryan a month ago as Oren Burks’ recent shoulder injury. Green Bay needed another player with NFL experience at inside linebacker. Morrison should get a chance to contribute right away next to Blake Martinez, the Packers’ leading tackler last year. UPCOMING: 490 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBN--CARDINALS-COWBOYS

ARLINGTON, Texas — Patrick Peterson returns interception 30 yards for touchdown as Cardinals roll to 27-3 preseason victory over Cowboys. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 860 words, photos.

FBN--BENGALS-BILLS

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton celebrated a warm reception in Buffalo by completing two touchdown passes in leading Cincinnati to a 26-13 preseason win over the Bills. By John Wawrow. SENT: 850 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBAL

FBC--T25-USC-DANIELS

LOS ANGELES — Freshman J.T. Daniels has won the competition to start at quarterback for No. 15 Southern California. Daniels will be just the second true freshman to start at quarterback for USC, joining Matt Barkley in 2009. The 18-year-old Daniels graduated from Mater Dei High School one full year early to enroll at USC. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 670 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBO--THIS WEEK IN BASEBALL

Lucas Giolito has the worst ERA of any pitcher who qualifies for the ERA title. But he also has more wins than the guy leading the ERA race, Jacob deGrom. That quirky fact underscores how a pitcher’s won-lost record can be deceiving — but Giolito has shown some signs of improvement since the All-Star break, and his Chicago White Sox appear headed in the right direction in their rebuild. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BBO--LEADING OFF

A look at what’s happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 580 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BBA--TRAMMELL’S DAY

DETROIT — On the day his No. 3 was retired by the Detroit Tigers, Hall of Famer Alan Trammell did some campaigning for longtime keystone partner Lou Whitaker. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 480 words, photos. Embeddable video on AP Twitter page.

BBA--YANKEES-ORIOLES

BALTIMORE — Luke Voit went 3 for 3 with a two-run homer to help Luis Severino earn his major league-leading 17th victory, and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 to complete a four-game sweep. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 810 words, photos.

CAPSULES

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— BKL--WNBA PLAYOFF CAPSULES

— FBN--NFL PRESEASON CAPSULES

— SOC--MLS CAPSULES

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Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

BASEBALL

Chicago White Sox at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Washington at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

Oakland at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

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

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

TENNIS

ATP-WTA, U.S. Open, New York, 11 a.m.

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