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September 18, 2018

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The AP’s Mitch Stacy in Columbus, Ohio, talks to PodcastOne Sports Now about Urban Meyer’s return to coaching. Also, AP NFL writer Barry Wilner discusses the good and bad decisions in the young season with co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg. Listen at podcastonesports.com, the podcastone app and apple podcasts. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

TOP STORIES

FBN--NEW COACHES-SLOW STARTS

Jon Gruden’s honeymoon in his coaching return to Oakland is coming to a quick end, with fans frustrated by the trade of Khalil Mack and an 0-2 start. He is not alone. The seven first-year coaches have a combined 3-11 record after two weeks, and some are already feeling the heat. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBN--HALL OF FAME DISPUTE

Nearly two dozen Pro Football Hall of Famers, saying they are “integral to the creation of the modern NFL,” are demanding health insurance and a share of NFL revenue or they will boycott induction ceremonies. The letter sent to the NFL, union and Hall was obtained by the AP. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBC--AP ALL-AMERICA WATCH

The second All-America watch of the season features an unexpected national passing leader from Boston College, a versatile pass rusher for Oklahoma State and San Diego State’s next star running back. By College Football Writer By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 750 words, photos.

FORMER ATHLETE KILLED-GOLF COURSE

AMES, Iowa — A homeless man fatally stabbed a top amateur golfer from Spain who was playing a round alone near her campus, leaving her body in a pond on the course, police say. Celia Barquin Arozamena was the 2018 Big 12 champion and Iowa State female athlete of the year. By Luke Meredith and Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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— FORMER ATHLETE KILLED-GOLF COURSE-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING

More Olympic athletes are protesting the possible reinstatement of Russia’s anti-doping agency.The agency has been suspended for nearly three years for what was said to be a state-sponsored doping scandal designed to win Olympic medals. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 180 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

HKN--NO CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN

Even with Auston Matthews and John Tavares in the fold, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in no rush to name a captain. But what’s in a “C″ exactly? For a sport rooted in the tradition of captains, a third of NHL teams could go into opening night without one. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

COMMENTARY

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-EAST LAKE

ATLANTA — East Lake has become a destination for more than just the cash. Players who don’t win feel as though they can salvage their seasons just by getting to the Tour Championship. Just ask Tiger Woods. Or Jordan Spieth. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— With:

— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBA--RED SOX-YANKEES

NEW YORK — The Red Sox can clinch their third straight AL East title with a victory on the home field of their archrival. In a series opener threatened by rain, Nathan Eovaldi (5-7) is to start for Boston, which has baseball’s best record. J.A. Happ (16-6) goes for New York. By Jake Seiner. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.

BBN--ROCKIES-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES — The showdown for first place in the NL West resumes when the Dodgers face the Rockies. The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, winner of his last five decisions, starts against fellow left-hander Kyle Freeland (15-7). Los Angeles leads the division, with Colorado a half game back. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.

BBA--RAYS-RANGERS

ARLINGTON, Texas — Blake Snell can become baseball’s first 20-game winner when he starts for the Rays against the last-place Texas Rangers. Snell (19-5, 2.03 ERA) has won 11 of his past 12 decisions. David Price is the only Tampa Bay pitcher to post a 20-win season, going 20-5 in 2012. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:05 p.m.

NFL

FBN--BEHIND THE CALL

Pass rushers like Clay Matthews are stumped as to what constitutes a clean hit on quarterbacks. Lending a sympathetic ear is none other than Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, one of the biggest beneficiaries of the league’s renewed emphasis on protecting the passer. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

FBN--STEELERS-BROWN

PITTSBURGH — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin would rather not talk about the way his players use social media. But now he may have no choice after another commotion by Antonio Brown. The receiver vented over the suggestion his stardom is a result of playing with Ben Roethlisberger. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBN--BEARS-NAGY

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Bears coach Matt Nagy has his first career victory, a Monday night win over Seattle a week after a jolting loss to Green Bay in which Chicago blew a 20-point lead. Now, with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky coming off an uneven game, the Arizona Cardinals are next. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--TAFOYA ANNIVERSARY

Michele Tafoya saw the mischievous glint in Aaron Rodgers’ eyes. She knew a good interview was ahead. And it was. Tafoya has mastered the job of sideline reporter, balancing news and entertainment. She just worked her 250th game. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 900 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBN--POWER RANKINGS — By Simmi Buttar. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--BENGALS-YOUNG DEFENSE — By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--BLEMISHED BRONCOS — By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--WINLESS SEAHAWKS — By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— FBN--COLTS-LEONARD’S LEAP — By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--PAC-12-MINSHEW’S EMERGENCE

At the start of the season, Washington State coach Mike Leach played coy— as he often does — over his choice at quarterback. When fall camp opened, there were four candidates. Gardner Minshew emerged as the one. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBC--T25-MIAMI-THOMAS

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Only five players in major college football have more all-purpose yards this season than Jeff Thomas of No. 21 Miami. And he’s done it with only 19 touches so far. When Thomas gets the ball, big things happen. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBC--KANSAAS-POOKA POWER

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas freshman Pooka Williams has already put together back-to-back 100-yard rushing games. More important, those two big games have helped the Jayhawks to their first two-game win streak in seven years. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBC--T25-AUBURN’S ISSUES

AUBURN, Ala. — No. 9 Auburn is struggling to find its identity on offense and even its defense committed untimely penalties. That leaves no margin for error for the defending SEC West champions. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— Also:

— FBC--T25-DOMINANT MISSISSIPPI ST — By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— FBC--T25-WISCONSIN-MOVING ON — By Genaro Armas. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-MICHIGAN ST-RETURNS — By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— FBC--FLORIDA-FRANKS — By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

TENNIS

TEN--CHAIR UMPIRE SUSPENDED

The chair umpire who left his seat to talk with Nick Kyrgios during a U.S. Open match has been suspended for two tournaments. The ATP says Mohamed Lahyani “compromised the impartiality that is required of an official.” By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 120 words, UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— Tournaments in Tokyo; Seoul South Korea; Guangzhou, China; St. Petersburg, Russia; Metz, France.

GOLF

GLF--FEDEX CUP

ATLANTA — The bonus pool for the PGA Tour postseason doubles next year to $70 million in a revamped system that gives a head start to top players at the Tour Championship and pays $15 million to the FedEx Cup champion. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— Also:

— GLF--PGA-CONGRESSIONAL — Six big events, including Ryder Cup, headed to Congressional in next 18 years. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 1,050 words.

EQUESTRIAN

EQU--WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES

The World Equestrian Games are hoping for a calmer finish after a chaotic first week that included the cancellation of one event and a horse being euthanized. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

SOCCER

— SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUNDUP — Liverpool hosts Paris Saint-Germain in group stage of Champions League. By Samuel Petrequin. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— SOCCER TEAM-SEXUAL ASSAULT — New Mexico high school player raped and videotaped by teammates, lawsuit contends. SENT: 350 words.

— SOC--RUSSIA-INSTAGRAM DISPUTE — Two Russian players clash on Instagram over poem mocking coach. SENT: 180 words.

HORSE RACING

— RAC--PEGASUS WORLD CUP — Pegasus World Cup adds turf race for 2019 return to Gulfstream Park. By Tom Reynolds. SENT: 350 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

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Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

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

Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Washington at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Minnesota at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

St. Louis at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 7:40 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Seattle at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

Colorado at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

San Francisco at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

NHL Exhibition

Boston at Washington, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Ottawa vs. Toronto at Lucan, Ontario, 7:30 p.m.

Carolina at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

St. Louis at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Vegas at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Los Angeles (ss) at Arizona (ss), 10 p.m.

Edmonton at Vancouver, 10:30 p.m.

Arizona (ss) at Los Angeles (ss), 10:30 p.m.

Anaheim at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

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