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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.
The Big Ten might be the most interesting and one of the most formidable conferences in college football this season. The AP Top 25 College Football Podcast previews the league with Dave Revsine of the Big Ten Network. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast
ST. LOUIS — Tiger Woods missed the U.S. Open cut, then flirted with contention outside Washington. He led during the final round of the British Open, then faded on the weekend at Firestone. He arrives at the PGA Championship still somewhat a mystery. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR didn’t even get a full day to celebrate Chase Elliott’s breakthrough victory. Chairman Brian France is now on leave after his arrest on charges of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— CAR--NASCAR-FRANCE-ARREST-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.
Las Vegas forfeits its WNBA game against Washington that was canceled when the Aces players decided not to play because of concerns about their health and safety after 26 hours of travel. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FBN--HELMET RULE CONFUSION
The NFL’s enhanced rule for penalties when a player leads with his helmet is generating plenty of grumbling about taking the football out of the sport. More practically, it’s led to confusion about how it will be enforced. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos, video by 7 p.m.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Jalen Hurts is the strong-armed running threat who has a resume of winning. Tua Tagovailoa is the left-handed recruit who rallied Alabama to a national title. The Tide has a quarterback competition — totally win-win. By John Zenor. SENT: 800 words, photos.
MILWAUKEE — Tori McCoy hates having to watch Marquette practice. For now, the Ohio State transfer must concentrate on her health. The junior forward needs a kidney transplant after being diagnosed with a rare disease. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 850 words, photos.
GLF--ON THE FRINGE-AZINGER
ST. LOUIS — Twenty-five years ago, Paul Azinger won the PGA Championship in a playoff over Greg Norman. Three months later, he was diagnosed with cancer. Azinger was never the same player, though his contributions to golf didn’t stop there. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
BKW--TIM DAHLBERG-TIRED PLAYERS
The WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces thought they’d make a statement by refusing to play a game because they were tired from a long day of travel. It didn’t quite turn out as they planned. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
ST. LOUIS — Jordan Spieth is feeling good about his game, and the timing couldn’t be better. Spieth has gone more than a year without winning. He needs the PGA to complete a career Grand Slam. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— GLF--PGA-MOLINARI — Francesco Molinari looks to build on remarkable summer. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— GLF--PGA-NOTEBOOK — By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 1,000 words.
AP Sports Extra: PGA Championship: A paginated preview of the 100th PGA Championship, which starts Thursday, is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “Sports Extra” under the Graphics tab. The pages look at what’s at stake in the only golf major restricted to professionals. For questions, contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan(at)ap.org
DENVER — In a game featuring pitchers who dealt with testicular cancer a season ago, Chad Bettis of the Rockies faces Jameson Taillon of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Colorado is two games out of first in the NL West. By Michael Kelly. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:40 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Bartolo Colon, the Rangers’ 45-year-old right-hander, takes his sixth shot at win No. 246, which would break a tie with Dennis Martinez for the most by a Latin American pitcher. He faces Seattle’s Felix Hernandez in a matchup of former AL Cy Young winners. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:05 p.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Athletics, winners of 15 of 20 and creeping up on division-leading Houston, go for their seventh straight victory when they play a Los Angeles Dodgers team that is a half-game behind Arizona in the NL West. Oakland is 4 1/2 back in the AL West. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:05 p.m.
PHOENIX — After a 14-inning victory in the series opener, the NL West-leading Diamondbacks send Zack Greinke to the mound against Philadelphia. The Phillies are in front in the NL East, a game ahead of Atlanta. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 9:40 p.m.
— BBN--NATIONALS-HOLLAND — Nationals sign veteran reliever Greg Holland for stretch run. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— BBA--INDIANS-ALL-STAR GAME LOGO — Indians unveil logo for 2019 All-Star Game. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 p.m.
WESTFIELD, Ind. — Andrew Luck is nervous. He hasn’t played in a game or taken a hit in more than 19 months. On Thursday, the Indianapolis Colts expect one of those streaks to end when they visit Seattle in their preseason opener. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kevin Byard is working hard for a follow-up to his second season when he tied for the league-lead with eight interceptions, earning All Pro and Pro Bowl honors. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FBN--FALCONS-JULIO THE MENTOR
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Julio Jones is more than one of the NFL’s best receivers. He’s also a mentor to first-round pick and fellow Alabama alum Calvin Ridley, showing the youngster what it takes to make it in the league. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBN--JETS-TEDDY’S READY — By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— FBN--DOLPHINS-LONG SNAPPER — By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— FBN--BENGALS-ON THE LINE — By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.
— FBN--PACKERS-CAMP — By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, by 8 p.m.
— FBN--BILLS-COLEMAN — By John Wawrow. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— FBN--GIANTS — By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBN--SMITH DEPRESSION — SENT: 150 words.
FBC--PICK SIX-IMPACT TRANSFERS
Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson highlights this year’s class of Division I transfers with the potential to help their new teams. LSU’s Joe Burrow and North Carolina’s Antonio Williams, a pair of former Ohio State players, also hope to shine. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 700 words, photos.
ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia’s successful 2017 season resulted in the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class in 2018, with more big commitments for 2019. Coach Kirby Smart says the recruits aren’t worried about starting. They just want a chance to win championships. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.
AMES, Iowa — Football junkies and defensive coordinators know all about Iowa State running back David Montgomery. He’s determined to show the rest of the country how special he is. And with an experienced line in front of him, he just might do so this season. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBC--OHIO SATE-PRACTICE OPENED — By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— FBC--WEST VIRGINIA-JENNINGS — By John Raby. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— FBC--NEBRASKA-DEVELOPING A DEFENSE — By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
TEN--DAVIS CUP OVERHAUL
Tennis leaders are offering money in hopes countries will change their mind and back plans for a revamped Davis Cup. The president of the International Tennis Federation tells the AP how he aims to gain approval at his group’s s annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. By Rob Harris. UPCOM ING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
Serena Williams has been struggling with “postpartum emotions” and wants other new mothers to know they are “totally normal.” She says in an Instagram post she was in a “funk” and questioning if she were a “good mom” last week when she was sent to the most lopsided defeat of her career. SENT: 250 words, photos.
— U.S. Open tuneups in Toronto (men) and Montreal (women).
CAR--NASCAR--BUSCH-PLANNING FOR PLAYOFFS
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Kyle Busch doesn’t have a lot to prove over the last month or so of NASCAR’s regular season. The former champion would just love to enter the playoffs as the hottest driver on the circuit. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
A majority of U.S. athletes responding to an anti-doping survey say they feel pressure from higher-ups to win medals, and the spotlight shines only on those who pile up victories. Still, only a slim number say they would be tempted to take performance-enhancing drugs. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 450 words, photos.
TOKYO — A facial recognition system will be used across an Olympics for the first time, with organizers trying to maintain tight, efficient security at the 2020 Tokyo Games. This technology is used at airports and elsewhere in 70 countries. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 300 words, photos.
BKL--AROUND THE WNBA
NEW YORK — While most of the WNBA is vying for playoff positioning in one of the most competitive finishes to a WNBA regular season, New York, Indiana, Chicago and Las Vegas are jockeying for the draft lottery. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 650 words. With AP Power Poll.
— TV-LEBRON-JAMES — James producing documentary “Shut Up and Dribble” on Showtime. SENT: 300 words, photos.
— TRUMP-LEBRON — New Jersey senator calls Trump’s attack on James racist. SENT: 160 words.
— SOC--ARSENAL-KROENKE — American sports magnate Stan Kroenke set to take full ownership of Arsenal. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— SOC--AFRICA-REFEREES BANNED — Seven “corrupted” African soccer refs banned, 14 suspended. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 170 words.
— SOC--MARINERS-BOLT — Usain Bolt agrees to practice deal with Australian soccer club. SENT; 350 words, photos.
— SOC--EGYPT-GOALKEEPER — Oldest man to play in World Cup quits Egypt’s national team at 41. By Samy Magdy. SENT: 250 words, photos.
— BKC--BEILEIN-HEART SURGERY — Michigan basketball coach John Beilein has double bypass, expected to be ready for season. SENT: 300 words, photos.
— SOF--WOMEN’S WORDS —Undefeated U.S. beats South Africa 7-0 at women’s softball worlds in Japan. SENT: 200 words.
— ATH--EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS — Men’s, women 100 finals end first day of European track and field championships in Berlin. By Ciaran Fahey. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
— BKL--WNBA CAPSULES
Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Atlanta at Washington, 1:05 p.m., 1st game
Houston at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m.
Atlanta at Washington, 7:05 p.m., 2nd game
Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
Minnesota at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
St. Louis at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Seattle at Texas, 8:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.
San Diego at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
Philadelphia at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.
Detroit at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.
Seattle at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Las Vegas at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Washington at Phoenix, 10 p.m.