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July 24, 2018
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Ryan Lochte says his latest suspension will only stoke his competitive fires for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The longtime U.S. swim star speak with guest host Tim Reynolds in the latest episode of the AP’s “PodcastOne Sports Now” Also, AP columnist Tim Dahlberg and AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson wrap up Francesco Molinari’s British Open victory. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

TOP STORIES

OLY--CONGRESS-SEX ABUSE

Leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and Michigan State testify before a Senate subcommittee about changes they’ve made to deal with sex-abuse in Olympic and college sports. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Hearing started 2:30 p.m.

— With:

— USA DIVING-SEX ABUSE LAWSUIT — Woman says in lawsuit diving coach sexually abused her when she was 16. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 4 p.m.

CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-SPRAY

BAGNERES DE-LUCHON, France — Tour de France riders are accidentally tear gassed when police spray farmers during a labor protest. The first stage in the Pyrenees is delayed, and four-time champion Chris Froome is among those whose eyes need treatment. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BBO--PIRATES-INDIANS

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates go for their 11th straight win a day after roughing up Indians ace Corey Kluber. Pittsburgh is averaging more than six runs a game during the streak. Top rookie Shane Bieber (5-1) starts for first-place Cleveland. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.

SWM--US NATIONALS

IRVINE, Calif. — Two years to the day the Tokyo Olympics open, Katie Ledecky is swimming as fast as ever, Caeleb Dressel is heralded as a potential Phelps, and Missy Franklin is attempting a comeback. As for Ryan Lochte, he’s banned again. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— With:

— SWM--LOCHTE SUSPENDED-FUTURE — Lochte doesn’t know when he’ll next race. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 550 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-TIGER

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — No one should doubt now that Tiger Woods can win another major. But what Sunday at Carnoustie made clear is that it will take more than his presence on the leaderboard. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— With:

— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 1,200 words.

BASEBALL

BBN--DODGERS-PHILLIES

PHILADELPHIA — Phillies ace Aaron Nola (12-3, 2.30 ERA) faces the Dodgers in a game between division leaders. He has allowed two or fewer runs in five straight starts. Kenta Maeda, coming off an unusual relief appearance July 15, goes for Los Angeles. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.

NBA

BKN--CAVALIERS-LOVE

CLEVELAND — Kevin Love signs a four-year, $120 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who begin anew following LeBron James’ departure. The All-Star forward, now the franchise centerpiece, averaged 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds last season. By Tom Withers. SENT: 450 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--BIG TEN MEDIA DAYS

CHICAGO — Wisconsin’s success is about at ho-hum as their coach’s personality. All the Badgers do is win under no-nonsense Paul Chryst. The rest of the Big Ten West will be looking to take down Wisconsin — again. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— With:

— FBC--BIG TEN-OHIO STATE — Urban Meyer says firing of assistant charged in dispute with ex-wife was best for Buckeyes. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBC--IOWA-HESSE — Iowa’s Parker Hesse is undersized for Big Ten defensive ends, but he can sure compete. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBC--AAC-OLIVER’S DECISION

NEWPORT, R.I. — Ed Oliver had a plan — three dominant seasons at Houston, then head to the NFL. After two seasons, the defensive lineman is on schedule. He’ll declare for the 2019 draft, but first one more year of wrecking college offenses. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

NFL

FBN_RAMS-GURLEY

IRVINE, Calif. — Todd Gurley is rewarded for his breakthrough season with a reported $60 million contract extension from the Los Angeles Rams. The NFL’s offensive player of the year resets the league market for running backs. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 10 p.m.

FBN--PICK 6-COACHES’ HOT SEAT

Even in July, job security is an issue for some NFL coaches. Every season teams with low expectations make unexpected postseason runs. That puts pressure on NFL coaches to win. And win now. By Simmi Buttar. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBN--PICK 6-DEFENSIVE COORDINATORS

It is noteworthy when longtime coordinators move from one defense to another. There were several such transfers for this season. Among them: Romeo Crennel, Mike Pettine, Dean Pees. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 850 words, photos.

FBN--JETS-REVIS RETIREMENT

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Darrelle Revis is to sign a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Jets. The former star cornerback who played eight of his 11 seasons with the Jets is done playing football. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— FBN--BENGALS-BROWN — Bengals owner discusses decision to keep coach Marvin Lewis for 16th season. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--VIKINGS-SPARANO — Vikings cancel practice for Tony Sparano service. SENT: 150 words, photos.

TOUR DE FRANCE

CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE

BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France — On a day when the Tour de France is disrupted by tear gas and a protest by farmers, Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe wins the first stage in the Pyrenees and Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome remain 1-2 in the standings. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— With:

— CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-TASTE OF THE TOUR — Brutal sprint awaits in a bucolic spa town. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 500 words, photos.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BKL--AROUND THE WNBA

The WNBA heads into the All-Star Break this week after a strong first few months of play highlighted by tight standings and record performances. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 800 words, photos. With BKL--AP WNBA Power Poll.

BKW--TRAILBLAZING WOMEN

TORONTO — They were basketball’s version of “A League of Their Own,” a group of trailblazing women who dominated Canadian basketball for a quarter century. Kay MacBeth, the last surviving member of the Edmonton Graduates, died at 96. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 3 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-DARLINGTON-CONSTRUCTION

DARLINGTON, S.C. — With about five weeks before Darlington hosts the Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend, workers are hurrying to complete a $7 million renovation project. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

OLYMPICS

OLY--TOKYO 2020-TWO YEARS TO GO

TOKYO — The 2020 Olympics open in two years. For now, there are stadium and construction delays and the aftermath of natural disasters. Japan’s scorching summer heat also raises questions about what conditions athletes might face. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 600 words, photos.

SOCCER

— SOC--NIGERIA — Security forces remove group occupying Nigeria’s federation headquarters. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 450 words.

— SOC--GERMANY-OZIL — Turkey’s president decries “racist attitude” toward Germany’s Mesut Ozil. SENT: 200 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

— BKL--WNBA CAPSULES

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Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

Atlanta at Miami, 12:10 p.m.

Boston at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Minnesota at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

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

Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

San Diego at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

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

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

Oakland at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Washington at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.

Detroit at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.

Houston at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.

San Francisco at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

WNBA

Washington at Connecticut, 7 p.m.

Seattle at Indiana, 7 p.m.

New York at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Atlanta at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

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