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BC-AP Sports Digest

September 2, 2018
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TOP STORIES

TEN--US OPEN

NEW YORK — Serena Williams takes on big-hitting Kaia Kanepi, who already eliminated No. 1 Simona Halep, in fourth-round action at the U.S. Open. Also on the schedule: defending champions Rafael Nadal and Sloane Stephens. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Play started at 11 a.m.

FBN--BEARS-MACK

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears introduce two-time All-Pro Khalil Mack after acquiring him in a blockbuster trade from Oakland and making him the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player. Mack’s arrival is another huge boost for a team that loaded up around quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and put itself in position to contend for a playoff spot. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Developing from 2 p.m. news conference.

HKN--GOLDEN KNIGHTS-SCHMIDT SUSPENDED

Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt will miss the first 20 games of the season after he was suspended for violating the NHL’s performance-enhancing substances policy. It’s the league’s first suspension under the policy since Jarred Tinordi in 2016 and just the fifth since the most recent collective bargaining agreement went into effect in 2013. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 500 words, photo.

FBC--T25-MIAMI-LSU

ARLINGTON, Texas — No. 8 Miami opens the season against No. 25 LSU. The Tigers are undefeated at AT&T Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

GLF--DELL CHAMPIONSHIP

NORTON, Mass. — Webb Simpson had a one-shot lead going into the third round of the Dell Technologies Championship. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-MICHIGAN-NOT THE SAME

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 14 Michigan looked a lot like the team that went 8-5 last season, struggling to make plays on offense while the defense tries to keep the Wolverines in the game. In the end, against a rival, they came up short. Defensive end Chase Winovich insists it did not feel the same. And it won’t be the same. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 650 words, photos.

FBC--T25-BIG TEN RELIEF

LANDOVER, Md. — After enduring a harrowing summer of scrutiny and change, Maryland and No. 5 Ohio State finally got to play a football game. It was a welcome respite. As a bonus, both Big Ten teams fashioned a victory worth savoring. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— Also:

— ATHENS, Ga. — FBC--T25-GEORGIA-DEEP OFFENSE. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 550 words by 4 p.m.

— LAWRENCE, Kan. — FBC--SHAKY SUNFLOWER STATE. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — FBC--T25-VIRGINIA TECH-FLORIDA STATE. By Bob Ferrante. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — FBC--T25-DEFENSIVE PENN STATE. By Travis Johnson. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 5 p.m.

NFL

FBN--CHARGERS-GATES

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Tight end Antonio Gates re-signed with the Los Angeles Chargers for his 16th season. Four months after the Chargers publicly bade farewell to the leading receiver in franchise history, they welcomed him back one week before the start of the regular season with a one-year deal. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 400 words, photo.

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-HELMUT RULE

The NFL’s revision of the catch rule figured to grab the spotlight this season. Then the league altered the regulations on using the helmet when making contact on both sides of the ball, basically making it a 15-yard penalty no matter where on an opponent the helmet strikes. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 1,350 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— DAVIE, Fla. — FBN--DOLPHINS-GASE. By Steven Wine. SENT: 450 words.

— ALAMEDA, Calif. — FBN--RAIDERS-AFTER MACK. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 9 p.m.

BASEBALL

BBN--PHILLIES PITCHER-CHEAT SHEET

PHILADELPHIA — Phillies manager Gabe Kapler says he has been informed pitchers are allowed to use the type of cheat sheets that umpire Joe West confiscated from reliever Austin Davis on Saturday night. Kapler made his remarks before their series finale against the Chicago Cubs. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING 400 words by 5 p.m.

BBN--DIAMONDBACKS-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES — Clay Buchholz brings a 15-inning scoreless streak for the Arizona Diamondbacks into the series finale against rookie Walker Buehler and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The teams are tied atop the NL West. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4:10 p.m.

BBA--MARINERS-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. — Edwin Jackson pitches for the Oakland Athletics in their series finale against Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4:05 p.m.

US OPEN

TEN--DIVERSITY IN TENNIS

NEW YORK — Venus and Serena Williams have been a nearly constant presence at the U.S. Open since the debut of Arthur Ashe Stadium 21 years ago. Their 30 combined Grand Slam singles titles have changed the tennis landscape. Many American kids of color are taking part in youth programs, often citing the superstar sisters as the reason. By Melissa Murphy. SENT: 950 words, photos.

— With:

— Sidebars on merits.

— TEN--US OPEN-LATE FINISH. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— TEN--US OPEN-THE LATEST.

— TEN--US OPEN GLANCE.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-SOUTHERN 500

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Denny Hamlin starts from the pole as he tries to win a second straight Southern 500 and third overall at Darlington Raceway. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Race starts 6 p.m.

CAR--INDYCAR-PORTLAND

PORTLAND, Ore. — Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power leads the field in the return to Portland of open wheel racing after an 11-year absence. Power is part of a four-driver championship race led by series great Scott Dixon. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Race starts 3:30 p.m.

— Also:

— MONZA, Italy — CAR--F1-ITALIAN GP. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 650 words, photos.

GOLF

GLF--LPGA TOUR

PORTLAND, Ore. — Women’s British Open champion Georgia Hall takes a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Cambia Portland Classic. UPCOMING: 500 words by 10 p.m.

— Also:

— CALGARY, Alberta — GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS. UPCOMING: 400 words by 10 p.m.

WNBA

BKL--STORM-MERCURY

PHOENIX — After a 20-point win in Game 3, the Phoenix Mercury try to stay alive in the WNBA semifinals against the Seattle Storm, who still lead the best-of-five 2-1. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 5 p.m.

BKL--DREAM-MYSTICS

WASHINGTON — Up 2-1 in the series, the Atlanta Dream look to close out the Washington Mystics in the semifinals to move on to the WNBA Finals. By Ben Standig. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started at 3 p.m.

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Sunday’s Time Schedule

Baseball

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

Toronto at Miami, 1:10 p.m.

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

Milwaukee at Washington, 1:35 p.m.

Boston at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

Baltimore at Kansas City, 2:15 p.m.

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

Minnesota at Texas, 3:05 p.m.

Seattle at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

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

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

Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 4:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Atlanta, 5:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Houston, 8:05 p.m.

College Football (Top 25)

No. 8 Miami vs. No. 25 LSU at Arlington, Texas, 7:30 p.m.

WNBA playoffs

Semifinals

Atlanta at Washington, 3 p.m.

Seattle at Phoenix, 5 p.m.

MLS

Atlanta United FC at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.

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