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BC-AP Sports Digest

August 29, 2018

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Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg take college football’s pulse on PodcastOne Sports Now, discussing the start of the season with AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo. Also, celebrated fight promoter Bob Arum recalls his work on a boxing safety measure with the late Sen. John McCain.




NEW YORK — Serena and Venus Williams can set up their earliest Grand Slam meeting in 20 years if each wins her second-round match at the U.S. Open on Wednesday. In other matches, defending champion Sloane Stephens rallies to reach the third round and 2016 champion Stan Wawrinka runs his U.S. Open winning streak to nine. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m., updated with night session.


— TEN--US OPEN-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.


— TEN--US OPEN-ATTIRE POLICY — U.S. Open clarifies changing shirt rule after Alize Cornet penalized. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 300 words.


PHILADELPHIA — Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks is charged with using insider trading tips from an acquaintance to make about $1.2 million in illegal profits on four major trading deals, according to federal prosecutors. They say a co-defendant was paid $10,000 in kickbacks, as well as perks like tickets to Philadelphia Eagles games. Kendricks, who played for the Eagles before signing with the Browns in June, says he is sorry and takes full responsibility for his actions. By Claudia Lauer. SENT: 700 words, photos.


SEATTLE — Former U.S. national team captain and Seattle Sounders striker Clint Dempsey announces his retirement from professional soccer, ending a 15-year career that also saw him play for the New England Revolution, Fulham and Tottenham. The 35-year-old Dempsey is tied with Landon Donovan as the greatest U.S. goal scorer, scoring 57 international goals in 141 appearances. By Tim Booth. SENT: 660 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 8 p.m.


JAKARTA, Indonesia — Esports organizers say don’t blame the games. Executives at the Asian Games have expressed sympathy for the victims of the deadly shooting at a video game tournament in a Florida shopping mall. But Kenneth Fok, president of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation, said the shooting was more a reflection of U.S. gun laws than the gaming community. By John Pye. SENT: 490 words, photos.


— ASIAN GAMES ROUNDUP — Son gets last shot for military exemption at Asian Games. By John Pye. SENT: 645 words, photos.



RALEIGH, N.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference is a year away from the launch of its own TV channel in partnership with ESPN. The league needs the ACC Network to provide a reliable revenue boost after falling behind its power-conference peers in recent years. In an interview with The Associated Press, league Commissioner John Swofford says the ACC is reviewing options for the men’s basketball and football schedules to set up attractive matchups that could help get the channel off to a good start in 2019-20. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.



Much like the con-job pay-per-view match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor, the Thanksgiving weekend showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson is little more than a money grab. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 790 words, photos.



HOUSTON — The Athletics wrap up their series at Minute Maid Park, trailing the AL West-leading Astros by 1 1/2 games going into the finale. Trevor Cahill (5-3, 3.44 ERA) starts for Oakland, looking to rebound after allowing five runs in five innings against Minnesota in his last outing. Dallas Keuchel (10-10, 3.54) pitches for Houston. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 2:10 p.m.


CHICAGO — The Cubs win their seventh in a row — and go for their eighth, too — when they take on the Mets at Wrigley Field. Ben Zobrist hit a bases-loaded RBI single in the 11th inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets in a game that was suspended the previous night because of rain with the score tied at 1. Next: Cubs rookie Alec Mills goes for his first big league win when he faces Jason Vargas. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 630 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos following Game 2.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For so very long, the AFC South easily ranked among the NFL’s worst divisions. Not anymore. Both Jacksonville and Tennessee are coming off playoff berths with the Jaguars a blown lead in the AFC championship game from playing in the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. Both the Jaguars and Titans have their rosters back largely intact with Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt healthy again in Houston. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 970 words, photos.


Three of four NFC South teams made the playoffs last season. The Saints went farthest — falling one play short of reaching the NFC title game — and are a popular pick to repeat as the winner of what looks like one of the tougher divisions in the NFL this season. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.


Will they start? If not, when will they play? There are many scenarios that can dominate the spotlight as the NFL season kicks off. With five teams there is only one: the first-round rookie quarterback. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.


— NFL team previews and preview capsules for all teams are moving today.

— FBN--NFL RDP — A preview of the 16 preseason games being played Thursday. UPCOMING: 1,800 words by 8 p.m.



The decade-long chase to catch Alabama has caused patience to wear thin across the rest of the Southeastern Conference. Five of the SEC’s 14 football programs have new coaches this season. That represents the league’s highest total of new coaches since 1946. Alabama is seeking its sixth national title in 10 seasons. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 630 words, photos.


After a rough preseason filled with bad news, college football begins with its usual marathon Labor Day weekend slate of games, highlighted by No. 6 Washington against No. 9 Auburn and No. 12 Notre Dame hosting No. 14 Michigan. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 820 words, photos.


SEATTLE — Myles Gaskin is likely to rewrite the record book for No. 6 Washington by the end of his senior season. But he’ll have help this season in the form of sophomore Salvon Ahmed. The duo gets a major test out of the gates against No. 9 Auburn on Saturday. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 650 words by 9 p.m.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When No. 12 Notre Dame has the ball Saturday night, No. 14 Michigan may have the advantage. The Wolverines appear to be loaded on defense with NFL-caliber players up front, at linebacker and in the secondary. The Fighting Irish, meanwhile, are relying on a quarterback who didn’t complete half his passes last season. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.


— FBC--NOTRE DAME-KELLY & SWARBRICK. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.


STORRS, Conn. — UCF, which refers to itself as the defending national champion, tries to keep its nation’s best 13-game winning streak alive when it opens the season Thursday by facing a young UConn team on the road. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 670 words, photos.



NORTON, Mass. — Joel Dahmen is playing for another $9 million purse this week as the FedEx Cup playoffs resume. This is what he expected to be doing as a top junior in the Northwest. It’s also what seemed so unimaginable when he lost his way after his mother died of cancer when he was in high school, when he watched his brother battle cancer, and then had to endure testicular cancer himself before he even made it to the PGA Tour. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.



PORTLAND, Ore. — Had Lindsey Horan not followed her chosen career path as a pro soccer player and a starter for the U.S. national team, she suggests she might have been a tennis player. One problem: She can’t play tennis. At least not well. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.


— SOC--SOUTH AFRICA-PLAYER WALKS OFF — Player walks off after being ridiculed by own fans. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 500 words.


— MMA--PROFESSIONAL FIGHTERS LEAGUE — No Joke: Comedian Kevin Hart backs new MMA league. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 730 words, photos.

— HKN--DEVILS-BRODEUR — Martin Brodeur returns to Devils in business role. SENT: 430 words, photos.





Wednesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


N.Y. Mets 1, Chicago Cubs 1, completion of suspd. game, 1 p.m.

Oakland at Houston, 2:10 p.m.

Detroit at Kansas City, 2:15 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Seattle at San Diego, 3:40 p.m.

Miami at Boston, 6:35 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Washington at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Milwaukee at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Minnesota at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

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


Houston at New York, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at D.C. United, 8 p.m.

FC Dallas at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

Toronto FC at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

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