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August 9, 2018

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Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson says his four years of high school coaching in Louisiana helped him become a Super Bowl champion coach. Pederson speaks with guest host Rob Maaddi in the AP’s latest episode of “PodcastOne Sports Now.” Also, AP Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner and Teresa M. Walker discuss Terrell Owens and the Hall of Fame.

https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

The most fascinating quarterback competition in the country got off to a rocky start this preseason when Jalen Hurts called out Alabama coaches last week. On the last episode of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Barrett Sallee of CBS Sports joins AP’s Ralph Russo to preview the Southeastern Conference and discuss that budding QB controversy with the Crimson Tide.

https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast

SHOWCASE

BBO--OFFENSIVE TWEETS-MLB’S CHALLENGE

Major League Baseball has made an effort to grow its sport among African-Americans, and there are finally some small signs of progress. Meanwhile, ballparks from coast to coast host nights celebrating the LGBT community, another example of baseball’s attempts to promote diversity. Whatever progress baseball has made promoting inclusion, it took a backseat recently after the discovery of some inflammatory old tweets from current players. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 a.m.

TOP STORIES

GLF--PGA-SNAKEBIT BELLERIVE

ST. LOUIS — Bellerive Country Club has been snake bit when it comes to hosting major golf tournaments over the years, though redemption could come with the PGA Championship this week. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 3 a.m.

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— GLF--PGA-RYDER CUP — In the final week for Americans to qualify for the Ryder Cup team, Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele wound up in the same group as U.S. captain Jim Furyk at the PGA Championship. Furyk says it was just a coincidence. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 880 words, photos.

FBC--PICK SIX-BACK FROM INJURY

Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois injured his knee in a season-opening loss to Alabama last fall and sat out the rest of the year. He’s now seeking to reclaim his job. Francois is one of the more notable college football players returning this fall after suffering season-ending injuries that sidelined them for the majority of 2017. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 720 words, photos by 3 a.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--NEBRASKA-QB COMPETITION

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska’s three-man quarterback race remains too close to call. Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco says Adrian Martinez, Tristan Gebbia and Andrew Bunch continue to get an equal number of snaps with the first-string offense. Many observers gave Martinez the edge coming out of spring practice. New head coach Scott Frost says the competition would continue until a man separates himself from the others. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 580 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBC--ALABAMA-QBS-SABAN

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban says quarterback Jalen Hurts’ recent comments on his treatment by the staff aren’t an issue for the team. Saban said after Wednesday’s practice it was “probably a lot more important to people outside this organization than it is to people inside.” SENT: 390 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBO--LEADING OFF

A look at what’s happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BBN--MARLINS-JETER

MIAMI — Derek Jeter says the Miami Marlins are headed in the right direction even though they’re last in the NL East. By Steven Wine. SENT: 440 words, photos.

BBA--TWINS-INDIANS

CLEVELAND — Francisco Lindor hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Cleveland Indians a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. Lindor, who struck out with the tying run on second in the ninth to end a loss on Tuesday, drove the first pitch from Trevor Hildenberger over the wall in right to set off a wild celebration. By Tom Withers. SENT: 900 words, photos.

BBA--YANKEES-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO — Luis Severino stops personal 3-game slide as New York Yankees sweep Chicago White Sox with 7-3 win. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 870 words, photos.

PRO FOOTBALL

FBN--RAIDERS-GRUDEN

NAPA, Calif. — Jon Gruden will be roaming the Coliseum sidelines for the first time in his second stint as Oakland’s coach when the Raiders host the Detroit Lions. By Michael Wagaman. SENT: 590 words, photos.

FBN--JETS-HEALTHY HENRY

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jets defensive end Henry Anderson is putting a fluke throat injury behind him that ended his time with Indianapolis Colts. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 1000 words, photos.

TENNIS

TEN--TORONTO

TORONTO — Four-time champion Novak Djokovic and top-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced to the third round of the rainy Rogers Cup. Djokovic, coming off his fourth Wimbledon title, beat Canadian wild-card Peter Polansky. Nadal, playing for the first time since a five-set loss to Djokovic in the Wimbledon semifinals, topped France’s Benoit Paire. SENT: 450 words, photos.

OTHER

BKL--DREAM SEASON

ATLANTA — First-year Atlanta coach Nicki Collen and the Dream have put their dismal 2017 WNBA campaign firmly in the rear-view mirror. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 1000 words, photos.

GLF--OBIT-LYLE

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has died at age 36 after a long struggle with cancer. SENT: 790 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

— BKL--WNBA CAPSULES

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Thursday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

BASEBALL

Atlanta at Washington, 1:05 p.m.

Minnesota at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.

San Diego at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

Texas at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

Seattle at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

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

NFL Preseason

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

New Orleans at Jacksonville, 7 p.m.

Cleveland at N.Y. Giants, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Cincinnati, 7 p.m.

Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Miami, 7 p.m.

L.A. Rams at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m.

Washington at New England, 7:30 p.m.

Tennessee at Green Bay, 8 p.m.

Houston at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.

Indianapolis at Seattle, 10 p.m.

Dallas at San Francisco, 10 p.m.

WNBA

Seattle at Washington, 11:30 a.m.

Los Angeles at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

Minnesota at Las Vegas, 10 p.m.

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