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BC-AP Sports Digest

August 7, 2018
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Gary Bettman says the NHL wants a cut of gambling profits if its intellectual property, data or game video are used. The commissioner speaks with AP Hockey Writer Larry Lage in the latest episode of “PodcastOne Sports Now.” Also up for discussion: Ice Cube on his BIG3 basketball league, and Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on fatherhood.


The Big Ten features maybe the most interesting division in college football and one of the biggest divisional favorites. The AP Top 25 College Football Podcast previews the Big Ten this week, with Dave Revsine of the Big Ten Network.




MILWAUKEE — Tori McCoy hates having to watch Marquette practice from the sideline. For now, the Ohio State transfer must concentrate on her health. The junior forward needs a kidney transplant after being diagnosed with a rare disease. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama is looking for the quarterback who gives the Crimson Tide the best chance to win national and Southeastern Conference titles. That will be what the competition between Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa boils down to. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 790 words, photos by 3 a.m.


SAN FRANCISCO — Roberto Osuna got the win in his first appearance with Houston after Marwin Gonzalez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Astros over the San Francisco Giants 3-1. Osuna hadn’t pitch in the majors since May 6 while serving a 75-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 1000 words, photos.


This year’s class of FBS transfers with the potential to make a major impact with their new teams is headlined by Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson. The transfer from Mississippi could take over as starter for Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines. Other transfers who could play key roles immediately include Alabama defensive back Saivion Smith, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and North Carolina running back Antonio Williams. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 680 words, photos by 3 a.m.


DENVER — The starters when the Pirates face the Rockies on Tuesday will be Pittsburgh’s Jameson Taillon and Colorado’s Chad Bettis. Both have bounced back from testicular cancer. Bettis offered Taillon advice when the Pirates right-hander was going through treatments last season. By Pat Graham. SENT: 550 words, photos.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR Chairman Brian France has been arrested for driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance after a traffic stop in in Sag Harbor Village, New York. It’s yet another blow to the series and its beleaguered leader. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 970 words, photos.

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— CAR--NASCAR-FRANCE ARRESTED — NASCAR chairman Brian France has taken a leave of absence from his position to focus on what he calls “personal affairs” following his arrest in New York’s Hamptons on charges of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone. SENT: 610 words, photos.



LINCOLN, Neb. — Erik Chinander turned around a bad defense his first year at Central Florida. He’s confident he can do the same as Nebraska’s new defensive coordinator. The Cornhuskers allowed 54 or more points in four of their last six games and ranked in the 100s nationally in three of the four major defensive categories. Chinander is heartened by the Huskers’ desire to make amends for their shoddy performances in 2017.



TAMPA, Fla. — The minor leagues’ new extra innings rule led to a bizarre victory for the Clearwater Threshers. The Phillies’ Class A affiliate had no hits and no walks against the Tampa Tarpons, yet it beat the Yankees affiliate 1-0. Clearwater took advantage of a rule introduced this year that places a runner at second base at the start of each extra inning. SENT: 250 words.


A look at what’s happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 3 a.m.


CHICAGO — New York Yankees left-hander J.A. Happ is on track to start Thursday against Texas after being sidelined by hand, foot and mouth disease. Manager Aaron Boone says Happ is no longer contagious. Assuming everything goes well over the next couple of days, Boone says Happ will be in line to start against the Rangers in the opener of an 11-game homestand. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 380 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Former Mets ace Matt Harvey is back in New York this week for the first time since being traded to Cincinnati in May. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. SENT: 700 words, photos.



FORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets’ three-man quarterback competition could last the entire summer. Coach Todd Bowles says that he has not pinpointed a specific date as to when he will decide between Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Darnold to be the starter in the regular-season opener at Detroit on Sept. 10. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 910 words, photos.


OXNARD, Calif. — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is working through some rough patches in the passing game. The Cowboys have a revamped group of pass-catchers after Dez Bryant was released and Jason Witten retired. Prescott will need time to develop chemistry with the new group. Dallas opens the preseason Thursday night at San Francisco with the question of whether Prescott will play. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 810 words, photos.



WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Stephen Curry can only imagine the intensity level of the Lakers-Warriors rivalry now that LeBron James has landed in L.A. After four straight NBA Finals against James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, two-time defending champion Golden State will get four matchups against James during the regular season. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 600 words, photos.



TOKYO — A facial recognition system will be used across an Olympics for the first time as Tokyo organizers work to keep security tight and efficient at dozens of venues during the 2020 Games. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 270 words, photos.



Serena Williams says she’s been struggling with postpartum emotions and wants other new moms to know they are “totally normal.” The 23-time Grand Slam champion suffered the most lopsided defeat of her career to Johanna Konta last Tuesday. She then withdrew from this week’s Rogers Cup in Montreal, citing personal reasons. She says she was “in a funk” last week and worried she “was not a good mom.” SENT: 270 words, photos.



SYDNEY — A FIFA-backed working group has recommended the A-League become independent of Football Federation Australia and that the congress of the sport’s national governing body be almost trebled in size. SENT: 410 words, photos.




Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


Atlanta at Washington, 1:05 p.m., 1st game

Houston at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m.

Atlanta at Washington, 7:05 p.m., 2nd game

Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

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

Minnesota at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

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

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

Seattle at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

San Diego at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

Philadelphia at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

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


Seattle at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Las Vegas at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Washington at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

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