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August 19, 2018

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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

TOP STORIES

GYM--US CHAMPIONSHIPS

BOSTON — Olympic champion Simone Biles takes a massive lead into the final day of the U.S. gymnastics championships. Biles posted an all-around score of 60.1 during preliminaries, the highest score in the sport since she won gold at the 2016 Summer Games. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Event starts 7:30 p.m.

TEN--CINCINNATI

MASON, Ohio — It’s a Djokovic-vs.-Federer rematch. Novak Djokovic tries for his first Cincinnati title against old nemesis Roger Federer, who has won the tournament an unprecedented seven times. In the women’s bracket, No. 1 Simona Halep also tries for her first title, facing Kiki Bertens. By Joe Kay. Women’s final starts 2 p.m., followed by men’s final.

BBN--METS-PHILLIES

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Todd Frazier, Michael Conforto and Scott Kingery will be back in familiar territory when the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies play under the lights in the Little League Classic. All three played in the Little League World Series. Jason Vargas starts for the Mets and Nick Pivetta goes for the Phillies at Bowman Field, which seats about 2,500 fans. By Mike Cranston. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.

BASEBALL

BBA--ASTROS-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. — Right-hander Justin Verlander pitches for the Houston Astros opposite lefty Sean Manaea of the Oakland Athletics in a matchup of 11-game winners on AL West-contending clubs. Oakland has tied Houston atop the division and will try for a sweep. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4:05 p.m.

NFL

FBN--JETS-McCOWN THE MENTOR

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Josh McCown is still No. 1 on the New York Jets’ quarterbacks depth chart — for now. The 39-year-old veteran wants to be the starter but knows rookie Sam Darnold is the future of the franchise. McCown insists he’ll accept whatever his role might be this season, even if it means staying on the sideline and serving as a mentor. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBN--DOLPHINS DEFENSE

DAVIE, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins’ run defense ranked among the NFL’s worst last season, and it has been shaky in this year’s first two exhibition games. By Steven Wine. SENT: 550 words, photos.

FBN--TITANS-PENALTIES

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Like most NFL teams this preseason, the Tennessee Titans have been piling up penalties through the first two games. First-year coach Mike Vrabel is more worried about the lowering the helmet penalty, especially since he narrated the league’s video pointing out how to avoid the penalty. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING 550 words, photos by 6 p.m.

Also:

— FBN--BILLS-INJURIES. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--USC-WARE’S TURN

LOS ANGELES — Aca’Cedric Ware waited patiently behind star Ronald Jones II for three years after both tailbacks left Texas high schools for Southern California. With Jones in the NFL and a mixed group of tailbacks left behind, Ware is bigger, stronger and ready to play a major role for the Trojans. SENT: 700 words.

FBC--IOWA ST-CAMPBELL’S MAGIC

AMES, Iowa — Compassionate, fiercely driven and intensely competitive, third-year coach Matt Campbell has put a program that has suffered through a century of mediocrity in position to win big in the Big 12 and beyond. The school and its surprisingly rabid fan base have in turn bought into Campbell, who has elevated the once-woebegone Cyclones with a roster of overlooked recruits he lovingly refers to as “the island of misfit toys.” By Luke Meredith. SENT: 980 words, photos.

Also:

— Team previews from Ivy League schools.

AUTO RACING

CAR--INDYCAR-POCONO

LONG POND, Pa. — Will Power starts from the pole and tries to win at Pocono Raceway for the third straight time in an IndyCar race. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Race starts 2 p.m.

With:

— CAR--INDYCAR-POCONO-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.

CAR--NASCAR-BRISTON-BUSCH’S FRUSTRATION

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kyle Busch’s career-long mastery of Bristol Motor Speedway hit a snag this weekend. Busch had cars strong enough to contend for his third Bristol sweep, but he left without a win after two eventful performances. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 730 words, photos.

GOLF

GLF--WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Brandt Snedeker holds a three-stroke lead when the third round resumes at the weather-delayed Wyndham Championship. Snedeker, who shot a 59 in the first round, is aiming for his first PGA Tour victory since 2016. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 9 p.m.

GLF--LPGA TOUR

INDIANAPOLIS — Lizette Salas has a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the Indy Women in Tech Championship. The 29-year-old American has won only one career title, in 2014 at the Kingsmill Championship. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 9 p.m.

GLF--US AMATEUR

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. __ Norway’s Viktor Hovland takes on UCLA’s Devon Bling in the final of the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 9 p.m.

Also:

— GLF--NORDEA MASTERS — Paul Waring wins Nordea Masters for 1st European Tour title. SENT: 90 words, photo.

SOCCER

SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP

Manchester City and Manchester United look to make it two wins from two to open the English Premier League season. City hosts Huddersfield and United is away to Brighton. Also, Burnley is at home to Watford. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m. Plus separate reports from all three matches.

Also:

— SOC--ITALIAN ROUNDUP. By Daniella Matar. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.

— SOC--SPANISH ROUNDUP. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

— BKL--WNBA CAPSULES

— SOC--MLS CAPSULES

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Sunday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

Tampa Bay at Boston, 1:05 p.m.

Toronto at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

Baltimore at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.

San Francisco at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m.

Colorado at Atlanta, 1:35 p.m.

Miami at Washington, 1:35 p.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Texas, 3:05 p.m.

Houston at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

Arizona at San Diego, 4:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets vs. Philadelphia at Williamsport, Pa., 7:10 p.m.

WNBA

Los Angeles at Connecticut, 3 p.m.

Atlanta at Las Vegas, 6 p.m.

New York at Phoenix, 6 p.m.

Indiana at Chicago, 6 p.m.

Dallas at Seattle, 7 p.m.

Washington at Minnesota, 7 p.m.

MLS

Columbus at Atlanta United FC, 4 p.m.

New England at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado at Los Angeles FC, 10 p.m.

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