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Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson says his four years of high school coaching in Louisiana helped him become a Super Bowl champion coach. Pederson speaks with guest host Rob Maaddi in the AP’s latest episode of “PodcastOne Sports Now.” Also, AP Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner and Teresa M. Walker discuss Terrell Owens and the Hall of Fame.
College football’s most compelling quarterback competition is off to a jarring start, with Jalen Hurts calling out Alabama coaches. On the last episode of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Barrett Sallee of CBS Sports joins the AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the rumblings in Tuscaloosa and preview the SEC. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast
ST. LOUIS — Gary Woodland is in front entering the second round of the PGA Championship, one shot ahead of Rickie Fowler on a Bellerive course in which there were 47 rounds under par. Tiger Woods did not have one of them. He’s six back going into his afternoon round. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m., final lead by 9 p.m.
— GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-THE LATEST — Real-time developments throughout day.
NFL players again protest during the national anthem, and President Donald Trump again takes to Twitter to vent his displeasure. He contends “most of them are unable to define” what they’re demonstrating against” and urges suspensions for those who refuse to stand “proudly.” By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.
FBC--PICK SIX-HOT SEAT COACHES
The hot-seat watch for college football coaches has already taken a startling turn at Ohio State. If Urban Meyer goes and that job opens, a chain reaction could follow. For now, a look at the coaches who could be looking for work if their teams fail to take a great leap forward. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.
FBN--PAUL NEWBERRY-RICARDO ALLEN
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Tired of pompous, entitled athletes? Overwhelmed by the scandals, cheats and scoundrels mucking up the games? Meet Ricardo Allen, who reminds us why there are still plenty of reasons to cheer. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.
ST. LOUIS — Tiger Woods, still grabbing all the attention as he tries to give himself another chance in the year’s final major, is closer to the cut line than the lead going into the second round. “I was able to grind out a score,” he says. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8:30 p.m.
ST. LOUIS — The land of Gary Player, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Louis Oosthuizen could be producing another major-title winner. South African Brandon Stone plays a second solid round and is trying to break through on the course where Player completed his career grand slam a generation ago. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— GLF--PGA-NOTEBOOK — By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— GLF--PGA-KEY HOLE
— GLF--PGA-LEADER CARDS
DENVER — The Dodgers, tied for first with Arizona in the NL West, send Kenta Maeda to the mound against a Rockies team that’s three back. Jon Gray, 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA in four starts since his recall from Triple-A, goes for Colorado. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:40 p.m.
HOUSTON — Star shortstop Carlos Correa, out since June 25 with a sore back, is expected to play when the first-place Astros face the Mariners. Gerrit Cole (10-4) starts for Houston. Seattle is seven behind in the division. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:10 p.m.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Sam Darnold is to make his NFL debut when the New York Jets face the Atlanta Falcons in a preseason opener. The No. 3 overall pick is behind Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater on the depth chart, but Darnold has shown flashes of why he was so coveted. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game start 7:30 p.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Jon Gruden returns to the sideline when the Raiders play the Lions in an exhibition opener. Gruden last coached a home game in Oakland in 2001. He spent the past nine seasons as a TV analyst. The game also marks the debut for Detroit coach Matt Patricia. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.
— FBN--COLTS REFLECTIONS — By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8:30 p.m.
— FBN-BILLS-ALLEN — By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— FBN--STEELERS-FIRST IMPRESSIONS — By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--TITANS-OFFENSE — By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee has nearly 20 returning players who were four- or five-star recruits. None has made all-SEC and some are struggling for playing time. A new staff gives them a new start, playing for coaches who didn’t recruit them. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s typically rugged defense is getting a makeover on the edges, with new starters at cornerback, outside linebacker and defensive end. Linebackers T.J. Edwards and Ryan Connelly help form an experienced core inside. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— Selected stories from other schools.
BROOKLYN, Mich. — NASCAR runs its first race this weekend since chairman Brian France took a leave after his arrest on charges of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 5 p.m.
BKL--WNBA PLAYOFF CHASE
Seven of the eight spots are filled for the WNBA playoffs. Dallas is close to clinching the last berth despite six straight losses. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 550 words, photos.
LONDON — So much still frustrates the man at the forefront of eradicating discrimination from English soccer. While teams are more diverse, there remains a distinct lack of black and ethnic minority coaches and executives. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— SOC--MAN UNITED-LEICESTER — Premier League season opens with Manchester United hosting Leicester. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 5 p.m.
BERLIN — Jan Ullrich, the 1997 Tour de France champion, is arrested for allegedly attacking an escort in a hotel in Germany. He is being investigated for attempted manslaughter. Police say the retired German cyclist was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— BASKETBALL COACH-FATAL PUNCH — Parents of man who died after punch from Wake Forest assistant spurn coach’s condolences. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— BKC--BASKETBALL PLAYER-RAPE CHARGE — Ex-Maryland basketball player charged with rape allowed to play in Poland. SENT: 150 words.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Northern Arizona lost a school-record 27 games last year and is in its worst three-year stretch in nearly three decades. Coach Jack Murphy says this must change. And with strong recruits bolstering a returning core, maybe better days are ahead. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— BKC--DUKE-BARRET’S HOMECOMING — Duke freshman awaits homecoming during Blue Devils’ Canadian tour. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— BKN--NBA SCHEDULE — League announces full 2018-19 schedule. UPCOMING: 150 words by 6 p.m. With list.
— SOF--WOMEN’S WORLDS — U.S., behind Monica Abbott’s 18 strikeouts, defeats Australia 3-1 at women’s world softball championship in Japan. SENT: 150 words.
— ATH--EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS — Three Norwegian brothers eye meal sweep in 1,500 at European track and field championships in Berlin. By Ciaran Fahey. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— SWM--PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS — Cate Campbell wins 100 freestyle at the Pan Pacific meet in Tokyo. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
— FBN--NFL PRESEASON CAPSULES
— BKL--WNBA CAPSULES
Friday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Washington at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
Boston at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Texas at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Minnesota at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.
Arizona at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Milwaukee at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.
Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.
Seattle at Houston, 8:10 p.m.
St. Louis at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
Philadelphia at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.
Oakland at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.
Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.
Atlanta at N.Y. Jets, 7:30 p.m.
Detroit at Oakland, 10:30 p.m.
Connecticut at Chicago, 9 p.m.
Indiana at Phoenix, 10 p.m.