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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.
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.
FBC--OHIO STATE COACH-TEXTS
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Any attempt by Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to eliminate work-related text messages on his university-issued phone to hide information would be illegal, open records experts say following a two-week investigation into his handling of domestic violence allegations against an assistant coach. The investigation found that Meyer discussed ways to change the settings on his phone to eliminate messages older than a year as a story broke Aug. 1 that centered on messages he may have received about the allegations against assistant coach Zach Smith. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins and Jim Vertuno. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.
TEN--US OPEN-WHAT TO KNOW
NEW YORK — Sloane Stephens’ first Grand Slam title defense, Serena Williams’ return to New York and the reunion of the Big Four of the men’s game are among the top story lines heading into the U.S. Open, which starts Monday. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— TEN--US OPEN-GLANCE. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.
PARAMUS, N.J. — Bryson DeChambeau has a four-shot lead in The Northern Trust with a chance to lead the FedEx Cup and make a strong case as a Ryder Cup pick. Tiger Woods, at 13 shots behind, is out of contention. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — All-Star Blake Snell gets the start against former teammate Nathan Eovaldi when the Tampa Bay Rays try to extend their seven-game winning streak with a weekend sweep of the Boston Red Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started 1:10 p.m.
FBC--AIR FORCE-FAMILY TIES
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Air Force defensive back Garrett Kauppila wears No. 22 in honor of the 22-month age gap between him and his older brother. It’s a bond that was fortified last year. His brother suffered a brain injury in a motorcycle accident in California, and a few days later Kauppila broke his collarbone while blocking a punt. Kauppila de-enrolled from the academy for a semester to heal and help take care of his brother — living in a trailer outside the hospital. No. 22 is back on the field and has a big fan in his older brother, who’s still recuperating. By Pat Graham. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.
NEW YORK — The Washington Nationals have been shut out for three straight games, and try to break the streak against New York Mets lefty Steven Matz. The Nats faced Matz on July 31 and wound up with a 25-4 win. By Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 1:10 p.m.
TORONTO — Kendrys Morales has homered in six consecutive games, tying Jose Cruz Jr. (2001) for the Blue Jays record, heading into their series finale against Philadelphia. The slumping Phillies have lost 17 of their past 21 meetings with Toronto, including six straight north of the border. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 1:07 p.m.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen gets a chance to prove he’s ready, making his first preseason start when Buffalo hosts Cincinnati. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is expected to get a warm welcome after playing a role in nudging the Bills into the playoffs with a last-minute touchdown to beat Baltimore in last year’s season finale. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Sam Bradford is expected to start while Josh Rosen is a game-time decision for Arizona at Dallas. All signs point to Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott sitting for the Cowboys because of health issues on the offensive line. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
— FBN--COLTS-INJURIES. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--STEELERS-DEFENSE. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--SLOPPY TITANS. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.
SEATTLE — It’s been talked about all offseason, the clash between No. 6 Washington and No. 9 Auburn on the first weekend of the season. Game week is finally here. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. — It’s a game week finally for the fourth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers, who can focus on getting ready for an opponent a week following the suspension of two receivers. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
MADISON, Ill. — Scott Dixon hasn’t done anything wrong the past three races, finishing in the top five in each of them. But that hasn’t prevented his lead in the IndyCar championship chase from shrinking from 62 to 26 points over fast-finishing Alexander Rossi, or from allowing Indy 500 winner Will Power to sneak into contention. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 720 words, photos by 5 p.m.
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium — Sebastian Vettel made a crucial early overtaking move on Lewis Hamilton to win the crash-marred Belgian Grand Prix and trim his rival’s overall lead. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 870 words, photos.
— CAR--F1-BELGIAN GP-HAMILTON’S CONCERN — Tricks of the trade? Lewis Hamilton worried by Ferrari’s extra speed. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 700 words, photos.
REGINA, Saskatchewan — Brooke Henderson took the lead into the final round of the CP Women’s Open, chasing a breakthrough home victory. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 9 p.m.
— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — Kevin Sutherland tries to go low again in the Boeing Classic after shooting a 12-under 60 for a share of the lead in the PGA Tour Champions event in Snoqualmie, Washington. UPCOMING: 400 words by 11 p.m.
— GLF--WEBCOM TOUR FINALS — Jim Knous and Robert Streb shared the lead in the Web.com Tour Finals-opening Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Columbus, Ohio. UPCOMING: 300 words by 9 p.m.
— GLF--CZECH MASTERS — Andrea Pavan wins Czech Masters for 1st European Tour win. SENT: 320 words.
ATLANTA — Tiffany Hayes and the Atlanta Dream host Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics in the first game of a best-of-five WNBA semifinal. The Dream have won 15 of 17 and were the second-best team in the regular season. Washington, the third-best club, has just one loss in its last 10 after advancing with a second-round win over Los Angeles. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts 3 p.m.
SEATTLE — Friends and UConn alumni Diana Taurasi of Phoenix and Sue Bird of Seattle clash in the postseason when the Mercury and the Storm meet in the first game of a best-of-five WNBA semifinal. Seattle was the class of the WNBA this season, going 26-8 and earning the No. 1 seed for the playoffs. Phoenix went 20-14 in the regular season but advanced to the semifinals by knocking off Dallas and Connecticut in elimination games. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts 5 p.m.
— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP — Chelsea and Watford look for a third straight win to start the Premier League season when they play Newcastle and Crystal Palace, respectively. Also, Fulham hosts Burnley. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.
— SOC--SPANISH ROUNDUP — Real Madrid visits Girona to try to win its second in a row at the start of the Spanish league, while Sevilla looks for its second consecutive victory when it hosts Villarreal. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— SOC--ITALIAN ROUNDUP — Two of Serie A’s top scorers go head to head when Mauro Icardi of Inter Milan welcomes Andrea Belotti and Torino to the San Siro. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 6 p.m.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Unbeaten South Korea and Hawaii meet for the championship of the Little League World Series. By Patrick Burns. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m.
ASIAN GAMES RDP
JAKARTA, Indonesia — The combined Koreas have a gold medal at the Asian Games. The women’s dragon boat crew comprising paddlers from North Korea and South Korea have won the 500-meter final a day after a crew in the 200-meter final won Koreas’ historic first medal in a major multi-sport international event with a bronze. By John Pye. SENT: 750 words, photos.
—ASIAN GAMES-CAMBODIAN GOLD — Gold for Cambodia by Californian born in Texas. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— CYC--SPANISH VUELTA — The second stage of the Spanish Vuelta takes riders on a hilly ride inland from the seaside town of Marbella to a finish atop the Caminito del Rey. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.
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Sunday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Philadelphia at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.
Atlanta at Miami, 1:10 p.m.
Washington at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.
Boston at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.
Oakland at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.
Cleveland at Kansas City, 2:15 p.m.
Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
St. Louis at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.
Texas at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.
Houston at L.A. Angels, 4:07 p.m.
Seattle at Arizona, 4:10 p.m.
San Diego at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 8:05 p.m.
Washington at Atlanta, 3 p.m.
Phoenix at Seattle, 5 p.m.
Cincinnati at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Arizona at Dallas, 8 p.m.
D.C. United at New York, 7 p.m.
Seattle at Portland, 9:30 p.m.