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BC-AP Sports Digest

August 6, 2018
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Gary Bettman says the NHL wants a cut of gambling profits if its intellectual property, data or game video are used. The commissioner speaks with AP Hockey Writer Larry Lage in the latest episode of “PodcastOne Sports Now.” Also up for discussion: Ice Cube on his BIG3 basketball league, and Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on fatherhood.


The Big Ten features maybe the most interesting division in college football and one of the biggest divisional favorites. The AP Top 25 College Football Podcast previews the Big Ten this week, with Dave Revsine of the Big Ten Network.




An equestrian judge got kicked out in the middle of a horse show in Pennsylvania after officials discovered a 5-year-old assault case against him that had been long closed. The case didn’t involve the sport or minors, but organizers said they would err on the side of caution. The case offers an eye-opening window into the far-reaching, sometimes unintended consequences, of the U.S. Olympic sports movement’s mission to combat sex abuse. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 1,450 words, photos.


College football’s offensive revolution is literally slowing down. For the third straight season possessions per game dropped and 2017 saw a significant drop in plays per game, which led to less scoring. The “fast football” craze sparked by the likes of Oregon appears to be fading. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.




SAG HARBOR, N.Y. — NASCAR mogul Brian France is arrested in New York’s Hamptons on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone after he was seen blowing through a stop sign, police said. NASCAR says in a statement that it takes France’s arrest “as a serious matter and will issue a statement after we have all of the facts.” SENT: 430 words, photos.


ST. LOUIS — Golf fans are not seeing double this week at the PGA Championship. Indeed, there are two Zach Johnsons roaming Bellerive. One is the two-time major winner from Iowa, the other is a PGA pro from Utah who played his way into the year’s final major. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 6 p.m.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR Chairman Brian France’s arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance is yet another blow to the series and its beleaguered leader. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 650 words.



CHICAGO — The New York Yankees try to stop a season-high, five-game slide when they visit the Chicago White Sox. Lance Lynn makes his first start for New York, and Dylan Covey pitches for Chicago — weather permitting. There are storms in the forecast. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:10 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO — Houston’s Charlie Morton goes for his 13th victory when the Astros visit the San Francisco Giants. The defending World Series champions are hoping for good news on All-Star outfielder George Springer, who exited Sunday’s loss to the Dodgers after hurting his left thumb on a headfirst slide. It’s unclear how long the Series MVP might be out. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:15 p.m.


PHOENIX — Jake Arrieta (9-6, 3.32 ERA) pitches for the Phillies, looking for their sixth straight victory when they visit Arizona in a matchup of NL division leaders. Zack Godley (12-6, 4.46) goes for the Diamondbacks. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 9:40 p.m


— BBA--ATHLETICS-TIGERS TRADE — Athletics acquire pitcher Mike Fiers from Tigers. SENT: 130 words.

— BBO-THIS WEEK IN BASEBALL — Assessing the bullpens after a wild trade deadline. By Noah Trister. SENT: 890 words, photos.



ST. LOUIS — Bellerive will be a new experience for just about everyone at the PGA Championship. It hasn’t hosted the world’s best players in 10 years, and with the last major ending just 15 days ago, Jordan Spieth and so many others figured they would just wait until they arrived to learn the course. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

AP Sports Extra: PGA Championship

A paginated preview of the 100th PGA Championship, which starts Thursday, is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “Sports Extra” under the Graphics tab. The pages take a quick look at what’s at stake in the only golf major restricted to only professionals. Please contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan(at)ap.org with any questions.



OXNARD, Calif. — Dak Prescott and the Dallas passing game have seen some rough patches early in training camp. Two years removed from being the NFL offensive rookie of the year, the Cowboys quarterback trusts that the process is coming along as planned. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 10 p.m.


ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The fastest player on the Kansas City Chiefs was chosen in the fifth round of the NFL draft. The second-fastest? He was taken in the sixth. And if new defensive back Tremon Smith can develop into a star like Tyreek Hill, well, the Chiefs could be onto something. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 780 words, photos.


FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sam Darnold has been in camp with the New York Jets for a week and has quickly made up for lost time. The rookie quarterback has been solid in recent practices as he competes with Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater for the starting job. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 9 p.m.


— FBN--BILLS-COLEMAN. By John Wawrow. SENT: 520 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--BUCCANEERS-MCCOY. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--CARDINALS CAMP. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.

— FBN--COLTS-EBRON’S SECOND CHANCE. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--DOLPHINS RBs. By Steven Wine. SENT: 580 words, photos.

— FBN--FALCONS-McKINLEY’S HEALTH. By Charles Odum. SENT: 660 words, photos.

— FBN--GIANTS-BARKLEY. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--LIONS-HEADING WEST. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.

— FBN--PANTHERS-DAVIS. By Steve Reed. SENT: 550 words, photos.

— FBN--RAMS-RAVENS PRACTICE. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--SAINTS-ESTABLISHED ONYEMATA. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 9 p.m.

— FBN--SEAHAWKS-IFEDI. UPCOMING: 500 words by 9 p.m.

— FBN--TITANS-LaFLEUR. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--OBIT-HECKERT. SENT: 420 words, photos.



CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Thirteen North Carolina players face early season suspensions for selling team-issued shoes. UNC says nine players received four-game suspensions for the secondary NCAA violations. Two players will sit two games and two others will be sidelined for one contest. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 130 words. Developing.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Dan Mullen has more than an offensive rebuild on his hands. The Gators had their worst scoring defense since 1946 last season, leaving Mullen and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham with plenty of room for improvement on that side of the ball. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State opens preseason camp under new coach Willie Taggart with a familiar theme — a quarterback battle. Two quarterbacks with starting experience, Deondre Francois and James Blackman, are competing with Bailey Hockman to start the opener against Virginia Tech. SENT: 680 words, photos.


BATON ROUGE, La. — For the first time since Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham were teammates at LSU, there are signs the Tigers might be as inclined to throw the ball as run it. There is no proven running back in waiting this season, the Tigers have some intriguing receiving targets, and new offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger is himself a former quarterback. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.


Central Florida is trying to follow up on its undefeated season with a new coach, a new defensive cornerstone and the same old high expectations. The Knights head the list of teams from the Group of Five conferences with reason for optimism this season. Others expected to compete for league titles include Arkansas State, Boise State, Florida Atlantic, Memphis and Ohio. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 800 words, photos.


— FBC--MICHIGAN ST-MEDIA DAY. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 7 p.m.



LEXINGTON, Ky. — Stanford graduate transfer Reid Travis faces the same learning curve at Kentucky as his much-younger teammates. The forward’s experience creates added responsibility to lead the underclassmen, especially since he arrives as a two-time first team All-Pac-12 selection. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 625 words and file photos by 2 p.m. ET.


— BKC--UCLA-SHAQ’S SON — Shaq’s son, Shareef O’Neal, to play basketball at UCLA. SENT: 170 words, photo.



HARARE, Zimbabwe — As Zimbabwean soldiers opened fire on rioters, protesters and bystanders after a disputed election, teenagers in an International Tennis Federation tournament were playing each other on hard courts a few miles from the deadly violence. The decision to stick it out through tense times last week was based on security assessments by the London-based ITF and Zimbabwean tennis officials such as Cliff Nhokwara, who often quizzed the young players. By Christopher Torchia. SENT: 680 words, photos.


— SOC--ENGLAND-NEW SIGNINGS — PREMIER LEAGUE 2018-19: 5 new signings to watch out for. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 670 words, photos.




Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


Cincinnati at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Minnesota at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

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

Seattle at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

Philadelphia at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Detroit at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.

Houston at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.


Seattle at New York, 11 a.m.

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