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BC-AP Sports Digest

July 30, 2018

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Clemson is a heavy favorite to win its fourth straight ACC championship. On this week’s AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, the conference is previewed by ESPN’s David Hale. Hale and AP’s Ralph Russo discuss whether star freshman Trevor Lawrence will unseat quarterback Kelly Bryant.




ATLANTA — Some of Sean Newcomb’s teammates sent out immediate support on social media after the Atlanta Braves’ young left-hander apologized for racist, homophobic and sexist tweets he sent as a teenager. More reaction is expected Monday. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.


PARKLAND, Fla. — The football season begins for Marjory Stoneman Douglas, another step in the healing process for a school and community grieving over the February massacre. Says Parkland’s mayor: “This is not a sprint. This is absolutely a marathon.” By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 800 words, photos.


AKRON, Ohio — LeBron James is opening a public school for challenged children in his hometown, something he deems more meaningful than his NBA titles. The NBA great is to speak for the first time since deciding to join the Lakers. By Tom Withers. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


OXNARD, Calif. — A year ago, Ezekiel Elliott was facing the prospect of suspension. He says he no longer dwells on it. Trust his position coach, though. The star running back of the Dallas Cowboys is “completely different” with the drama behind him. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A decade after buying into baseball’s analytical movement, Tampa Bay is again taking the unconventional path. With little starting pitching to be found and not much money to spend, the Rays are getting creative with their bullpen. By Fred Godall. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 p.m.



The question isn’t whether old tweets by Sean Newcomb and Trea Turner were offensive and just plain wrong. But what to do about them? Is it enough to disavow them as not reflective of the person today? Is a public shaming sufficient for social media crimes? By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR believes its fans focus far too much on the negatives around the sport. There are ways for NASCAR to fix that perception, but it starts at the top of the organization. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.



BOSTON — In a game between division leaders, Aaron Nola (12-3) of Philadelphia faces David Price (11-6) of Boston. The Phillies have lost three in a row for the first time in more than a month. The Red Sox, winners of 18 of 22, have the best record in the majors. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.


SEATTLE — The Astros, suddenly slumping with four straight losses, open a three-game series against a Seattle Mariners team that trails Houston by four games in the AL West. Gerrit Cole (10-2) starts for the Astros, who are without star infielders Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:10 p.m.



MINNEAPOLIS — Randy Moss revolutionized pass receiving in the NFL. There were rocky times and moments of immaturity, but Moss is forever grateful for his place in the game and his chance to be an ambassador for the sport as he heads into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 3 p.m.

— With:

— FBN--HALL OF FAME-OWENS — Hall of Fame to acknowledge absent Terrell Owens as part of 2018 class. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 400 words, photos.



FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Matt Ryan is looking to return to MVP form for the Falcons. After all, Julio Jones is in camp, rookie Calvin Ridley joins the receiving corps and Steve Sarkisian is entering his second season as offensive coordinator. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.


ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Eric Berry has twice overcome season-ending injuries. He’s overcome a cancer diagnosis that robbed him of parts of another season. If anyone had reason to rue what might have been, the Chiefs safety would be it. Yet he doesn’t, not by a long shot. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 750 words, photos.


FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets sign Sam Darnold to a four-year, $30 million deal, ending the rookie quarterback’s holdout over contract language. The No. 3 overall pick in the draft missed the first three days of camp. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


IRVINE, Calif. — Nearly two years after Sam Shields’ fourth recorded concussion nearly ended his NFL career, the former Pro Bowl cornerback is back in pads for the first time with the Rams. The Super Bowl champion considered giving up the game, but decided he couldn’t stop. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.

— Also:

— FBN--CONCUSSION SETTLEMENT — NFL concussion claims hit $500 million in less than two years. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.

— Reports from other NFL camps.



PARIS — The Tour de France has a new champion but the same narrative. With Geraint Thomas on the top of the podium on the Champs-Elysees, Team Sky has drained all suspense from cycling’s biggest race, having won six of the last seven years. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 650 words, photos.



SAO PAULO — Neymar is owning up to his dives, rolls and arguments at the World Cup. In a sponsor’s ad on Brazilian TV, Neymar acknowledges the theatrics that became a storyline at the tournament. The Brazilian striker promises to “pick himself up.” By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 400 words, photos.


ATLANTA — The Major League Soccer All-Star Game on Wednesday night features the league’s best against Juventus. But it looks like the biggest star of them all — new acquisition Cristiano Ronaldo — won’t be joining his Italian league club for the game. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.



ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Two Atlantic City casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment will start taking sports bets this week, and another two in Mississippi will do so in mid-August. Still unclear is which casino will be the first in New Jersey to offer online sports betting. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— With:

— SPORTS BETTING-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.



WASHINGTON — Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka — two three-time major champions working their way back from surgery — play in the first round of the hard-court Citi Open, a U.S. Open tuneup. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Murray match to start after 7 p.m.; Wawrinka match to follow.



WASHINGTON — When the Capitals signed Tom Wilson to a $31 million, six-year contract it underlined the belief of what the Stanley Cup champions think their hometown winger can become. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— HKN--FLAMES-INGINLA RETIRES — Jarome Iginla retires at 41, ending 20-year NHL career. SENT: 140 words.



BUDAPEST, Hungary — The bad news for Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel entering Formula One’s summer break is that Lewis Hamilton tends to be even better in the second part of the season. The Mercedes driver has regained control of the title race. By Jerome Pugmire. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

— With:

— CAR--F1-LECLERC-RISING STAR — AP interview with driver Charles Leclerc. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 950 words, photos.



WHISTLER, British Columbia — With massive mountains and pristine powder, Whistler has long been a world-class ski destination and was an Olympic venue in 2010. But there’s also this: Whistler is a must-play golf destination. By John Marshall. SENT: 650 words, photos.


— XXC--SKOFTERUD — 2010 Olympic cross-country ski gold medalist Vibeke Skofterud dies at 38 in jet ski accident in Norway. SENT: 100 words.

— EX-WRESTLER DEATH — Ex-WWE star Brian Christopher Lawler dead at 46 after attempting suicide in jail cell. SENT: 130 words.


— BKN--HEAT-WADE’S FUTURE — Dwyane Wade still not saying if he will play a 16th season. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— BODE MILLER-DAUGHTER DROWNS — Bode Miller, wife speak with NBC about daughter’s drowning. SENT: 140 words.

— BOOKS-RICK PITINO — Memoir of ousted Louisville coach set for September release. SENT: 140 words, photos.

— OLY--TOKYO-CREATIVE DIRECTOR — Renowned Japanese theater actor to direct opening and closing ceremonies at 2020 Games. SENT: 160 words, photos.




Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


Philadelphia at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Miami at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

Cleveland at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Colorado at St. Louis, 8:10 p.m.

Texas at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Toronto at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

Houston at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

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

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