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John Smoltz says baseball must change — and fast. The Hall of Fame pitcher speaks about the need to make the game more appealing to fans young and old on PodcastOne Sports Now with co-hosts Tim Dahlberg and Jim Litke. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic joins College Football Writer Ralph Russo on the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast to discuss the suspension of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. Also, ESPN’s Rece Davis, a voter in the AP college football poll, weighs in on the preseason rankings. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast
FBC--T25-OHIO STATE-NEW NORMAL
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A week before the opening game, few people in Columbus are talking much about football. Instead the discussion has been about domestic violence, misplaced loyalty and how much a football coach is expected to know about the personal lives of his assistants. It’s been a preseason unlike any other for the Buckeyes. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 600 words, photos.
PARAMUS, N.J. — U.S. Open and PGA champion Brooks Koepka shares the lead with Jamie Lovemark at The Northern Trust. Adam Scott is one shot behind in the FedEx playoff, with Dustin Johnson another shot back. Tiger Woods is out of contention after a 3-under 68. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— GLF--NORTHERN TRUST-WOODS — Woods doing well except with putter. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 500 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Serena Williams isn’t worried about the French Open’s plan to ban her skintight black catsuit. She doesn’t need to wear a full-length outfit anymore for health reasons and won’t at the U.S. Open, joking that “when it comes to fashion, you don’t want to be a repeat offender.” By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 650 words, photos.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Astros, getting back on track with three straight wins, send Justin Verlander to the mound against the Los Angeles Angels. Verlander (12-8, 2.65 ERA) earned his 200th victory in his last start. Houston leads Oakland by 1 1/2 games in the AL West. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.
DENVER — The Cardinals go for their fifth straight victory in their bid to catch the Cubs in the NL Central. St. Louis, three games behind Chicago, faces a Colorado Rockies team that trails first-place Arizona by a game in the NL West. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:10 p.m.
TEN--US OPEN-SERVE CLOCKS
And discussion of the serve clocks that will make their Grand Slam debut during the U.S. Open’s main draw starting Monday inevitably turns to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic — two of tennis’ greatest players, and slowest between points. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 950 words, photos.
— Finals of U.S. Open tuneups in Winston-Salem, N.C., and New Haven, Conn.
INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck and Jimmy Garoppolo are expected to maker their longest — and likely — last appearances of the preseason when Indianapolis faces San Francisco. Expected to make their returns are new 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman and Colts safety Malik Hooker. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4:30 p.m.
PITTSBURGH — Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will make his lone preseason appearance when the Steelers play the Titans. Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota is expected to see extensive playing time. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson will get another long look from the Baltimore Ravens, and Ryan Tannehill will see his most extensive action of the exhibition season for the Miami Dolphins. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
— FBN--CHIEFS-BEARS — UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.
— FBN--FALCONS-JAGUARS — By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
— FBN--SAINTS-CHARGERS — UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
— FBN--TEXANS-RAMS — By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m.
— FBN--BROWNS-GORDON — By Tom withers. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
FBC--OHIO STATE-NO NCAA?
Where is the NCAA? Why isn’t the governing body of major college sports, uh, governing? Ohio State suspended Urban Meyer for three games for mishandling allegations of domestic violence against an assistant, but it is doubtful the school or coach will face NCAA penalties. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 950 words, photos.
ARNOLD, Md. — Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper can again turn his full focus to football following his son’s successful heart transplant. A year ago, Jasper would leave practice and head to the hospital. The teenager nearly died during a heart procedure leading to a six-month battle for his life. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-ALABAMA-LOUISVILLE-RECEIVERS — By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— FBC--T25-FLORIDA STATE-TAYLOR — UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Trainer Chad Brown saddles the two favorites for the Travers Stakes — Good Magic and Gronkowski — in the highlight race of the Saratoga racing season. This is Brown’s home track, and this could be his best shot to finally win the Travers. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Post time for 5:44 p.m.
MADISON, Ill. — Scott Dixon starts from the pole when the IndyCar Series races for the first time since Robert Wickens’ terrible crash last week at Pocono. Alexander Rossi has been fast all weekend and is trying to gain on Dixon’s points lead. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Race starts 8:30 p.m.
— CAR--NASCAR-XFINITY — Xfinity race at Elkhart Lake, Wis., with Hall of Famer Bill Elliott returning to driving. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Race starts 3 p.m.
— CAR--F1-BELGIAN GP — Lewis Hamilton takes Belgium Grand Prix pole in rain. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 600 words, photos.
REGINA, Saskatchewan — Brooke Henderson entered the third round of the CP Women’s Open a stroke behind leader Amy Yang in the Canadian star’s bid to win the national championship. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 10 p.m.
— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — Scott Parel, Tom Pernice Jr., Kent Jones share lead entering second round of seniors’ Boeing Classic at Snoqualmie, Wash. UPCOMING: 300 words by 11 p.m.
— GLF--CZECH MASTERS — Padraig Harrington, Andrea Pavan up by three shots after third round of European Tour play in Prague. SENT: 250 words, photos.
— GLF--WEBCOM TOUR FINALS — Robert Streb in front by a shot entering third round of Web.com Tour Finals opener in Columbus, Ohio. UPCOMING: 300 words by 9 p.m.
ATLANTA — The Dream are back in the WNBA playoffs after a remarkable turnaround, and face Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics beginning Sunday in the semifinals. Atlanta, however, is without injured star Angel McCoughtry. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 4 p.m.
SEATTLE — In the 14 seasons both have been in the WNBA, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi have just eight total playoff games against each other. That number will jump when the Seattle Storm and Phoenix Mercury meet Sunday in the semifinals. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.
BKN--NBA 2K LEAGUE
NEW YORK — The NBA’s completes its first season of esports with its championship series. The Knicks’ and Heat’s teams meet for the title in the 17-team league, which grows to 21 next season. That means more than two-thirds of the league will have teams of video gamers. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 500 words. Championship series starts 4 p.m.
— BKN--OKLAHOMA-GRIFFIN CENTER — Former Oklahoma star Blake Griffin returns to campus for dedication of center. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 400 words, video by 5 p.m.
BBY--LITTLE LEAGUE-US CHAMPIONSHIP
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Last week, they started the Little League World Series with an 11-inning game that ended with a walk-off home run. Now, Georgia and Hawaii, which won the earlier matchup 2-0, play for berth in the tournament championship. By Patrick Burns. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — South Korea beat Japan 10-0 in their first meeting. This time, the Koreans try for another win over the defending Little League World Series champs, with a berth in the tournament championship up for grabs. By Tommy Butler. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game started 12:30 p.m.
— BBY--LITTLE LEAGUE-CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW — UPCOMING: 400 words, photos — after U.S. championship game.
BAD--ASIAN GAMES-MAKING MILLIONS
JAKARTA, Indonesia — India’s Pusarla Venkata Sindhu — known as PV — turned a badminton silver medal at the Rio Olympics into millions in endorsements. Forbes magazine lists her as the world’s seventh highest-earning female athlete (about $8.5 million), almost all from her success in Brazil. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— ASIAN GAMES RDP — Combined Koreas crew wins historic medal at Asian Games. By John Pye. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— WEI--WORLD RECORD — Iranian weightlifter breaks 19-year-old world record in 94-kilogram division. SENT: 100 words, photos.
TONY HAWK-LOOP CHALLENGE
SAN DIEGO — Tony Hawk is dragging his 360-degree loop ramp out of storage. The 50-year-old skater and entrepreneur is giving a handful of young skateboarders the chance to nail the near-impossible trick on a live virtual reality broadcast Sunday. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP — Defending champion Manchester City draws 1-1 at Wolverhampton in Premier League. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m. With separates on all six games.
— SOC--FIFA-PALESTINIANS-MESSI — Palestinian soccer chief to appeal Lionel Messi incitement ban. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— CYC--SPANISH VUELTA — Spanish Vuelta begins with individual time trial in Malaga. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
— FBN--NFL PRESEASON CAPSULES
— SOC--MLS CAPSULES
Saturday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 1:05 p.m.
Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
Washington at N.Y. Mets, 4:05 p.m.
Texas at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at Toronto, 4:07 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Detroit, 6:10 p.m.
Boston at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Atlanta at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m.
Oakland at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.
Cleveland at Kansas City, 7:15 p.m.
Seattle at Arizona, 8:10 p.m.
St. Louis at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.
Houston at L.A. Angels, 9:07 p.m.
San Diego at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.
Kansas City at Chicago, 1 p.m.
Tennessee at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.
Houston at L.A. Rams, 4 p.m.
San Francisco at Indianapolis, 4:30 p.m.
Atlanta at Jacksonville, 7 p.m.
Baltimore at Miami, 7 p.m.
New Orleans at L.A. Chargers, 8 p.m.
New England at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Montreal at Toronto FC, 8 p.m.
Minnesota United at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.
Real Salt Lake at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Vancouver at San Jose, 10 p.m.