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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. Also, longtime college sports writer Chris Dufresne discusses the beginning of the college football season. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
ESPN’s Rece Davis is a voter in the AP college football poll. He tells the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast that he tries to blend his preseason assessments with how a team might develop. The AP preseason poll was released Monday. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State has suspended head football coach Urban Meyer three games for mishandling domestic violence accusations, punishing one of the sport’s most prominent leaders for keeping an assistant on staff for several years after that coach’s wife accused him of abuse. The move followed a two-week investigation into how Meyer reacted to accusations that former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith abused his ex-wife, Courtney Smith. The university also suspended athletic director Gene Smith. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 1140 words, photos.
— FBC--OHIO STATE-MEYER FINDINGS — Notable findings from investigation of Ohio St’s Urban Meyer. SENT: 560 words, photos.
Capitals rookie Chandler Stephenson is taking the Stanley Cup to Humboldt to help the Canadian community heal after the deadly bus crash involving a junior hockey team. Stephenson understands he can’t replace any of the 16 lives lost in the April crash. He just wants to give the Saskatchewan town a positive day. More than a dozen current and former NHL players will join Stephenson for Humboldt Hockey Day to celebrate the strength and resilience of local residents. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 960 words, photos by 3 a.m.
NORMAN, Okla. — Kyler Murray has been picked as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback over Austin Kendall. Murray will start in Oklahoma’s season opener Sept. 1 against Florida Atlantic. The Oakland Athletics took Murray with the ninth pick in the Major League Baseball draft this summer, but he chose to return to school for a year. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 580 words, photos.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick says he has been diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder that causes weakness. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 500 words, photos.
INDIANAPOLIS — Longtime announcer Bob Lamey announced his retirement as the voice of the Indianapolis Colts after using a racial slur while retelling a story last week to a “friend.” By Michael Marot. SENT: 810 words, photos.
COSTA MESA, Calif. — The New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Chargers are practicing together at the Chargers’ training camp complex for the second consecutive year. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 530 words, photos.
A look at what’s happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — Paul DeJong hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-1 victory and a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cardinals’ eighth straight road win helped them improve to 17-4 this month, the most wins in the majors. By Beth Harris. SENT: 550 words, photos. Will be updated.
BOSTON — Xander Bogaerts hit two solo homers, Andrew Benintendi had a three-run double to cap a big fourth inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 10-4 to halt their three-game losing streak. By Ken Powtak. SENT: 840 words, photos.
DETROIT — Jon Lester pitched into the sixth inning and the Chicago Cubs homered three times, finally breaking out of their offensive funk in an 8-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 700 words, photos.
MIAMI — Hours after All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman went on the disabled list with left knee tendinitis, Yankees starter Lance Lynn gave up five runs in the sixth inning and New York lost 9-3 to the last-place Miami Marlins. By Steven Wine. SENT: 690 words, photos.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — PlaySugarHouse.com will launch online sports betting integrated with its online casino on Thursday, the latest entrant into New Jersey’s surging sports betting market. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 330 words.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
MMA--ONE CHAMPIONSHIP-JAPAN DEBUT
TOKYO — One Championship will stage its first live event in Japan in March 2019. The move will extend the Asia-based mixed martial arts promotion’s reach into one of the sport’s ancestral homes. One Championship has also unveiled the dates for 24 of its 30 events next year, including the promotion’s first-ever events in South Korea and Vietnam. SENT: 260 words, photos.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
Thursday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Cleveland at Boston, 1:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at Washington, 1:05 p.m.
San Francisco at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.
San Diego at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.
Kansas City at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
Atlanta at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.
Oakland at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.
Philadelphia at Cleveland, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles at Washington, 6:30 p.m.
Phoenix at Connecticut, 8:30 p.m.
Columbus at Chicago, 7 p.m.
FC Dallas at Houston, 9 p.m.