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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.


College football's most compelling quarterback competition is off to a jarring start, with Jalen Hurts calling out Alabama coaches. On the last episode of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Barrett Sallee of CBS Sports joins the AP's Ralph Russo to discuss the rumblings in Tuscaloosa and preview the SEC. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast



ST. LOUIS — Gary Woodland has a one-shot lead over Kevin Kisner, with Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka among six players within three of the lead at the PGA Championship. Tiger Woods is six behind. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 9 p.m.

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— GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-THE LATEST — Real-time developments throughout day.


Maryland places the head of the football team's strength and conditioning staff on paid leave while it investigates claims he verbally abused and humiliated players, the AP is told. Also on leave are two staffers amid an inquiry into a player death in June. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 350 words, photos.


METAIRIE, La. — Marcus Williams knows defensive backs must forget a bad play and move on to the next. But his botched tackle at the end of last season's playoff loss at Minnesota is one tough psychological hurdle. The Saints are counting on him to get past it. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.



NORMAN, Okla. — The task of following Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield at Oklahoma falls to Kyler Murray. He is a quarterback with a rare resume. Murray is a first-round Major League Baseball draft pick who signed for nearly $5 million with the Oakland A's. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.



ST. LOUIS — Justin Thomas insists there's a lot of golf left on a "very gettable" course at Bellerive. That's what makes Saturday so important. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8:30 p.m.

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— GLF--PGA-FINAU — Tony Finau needs 10 birdies just to make the cut. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— GLF--PGA-NOTEBOOK — By Dave Skretta.. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 9 p.m.






DENVER — The Rockies, 2 1/2 games back in the NL West, play a Los Angeles Dodgers team that is tied with Arizona for the division lead. Left-hander Kyle Freeland, a Denver native who is 7-2 with a 2.18 ERA at home this season, starts for Colorado. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:10 p.m.


HOUSTON — After beating Astros aces Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole on consecutive nights, the Mariners now face Charlie Morton (12-2). Wade LeBlanc (6-2) goes for Seattle, which trails first-place Houston by six games in the AL West. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.

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— BBN--BONDS CEREMONY — By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos. Ceremony before start of game (9:05 p.m.).

— BBA--WHITE SOX-THOME HONORED — UPCOMING: 450 words, photos. Ceremony before start of game (8:10 p.m.).



DENVER — The two biggest free-agent quarterbacks of 2018 meet in the preseason opener between the Minnesota Vikings and the Denver Broncos. The real intrigue begins when Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum give way to the players looking to be their backups. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.


PHOENIX — Arizona rookie quarterback Josh Rosen makes his debut while Cardale Jones and Geno Smith step up their competition for the Los Angeles backup job when the Cardinals host the Chargers in a preseason opener. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — This Jets quarterback competition is getting even more interesting — thanks to a poised Sam Darnold and a sharp and healthy Teddy Bridgewater. Josh McCown is still No. 1, but the other two made strong statements in a 17-0 victory over Atlanta. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 750 words, photos.



CLEMSON, S.C. — Kelly Bryant led Clemson to the ACC title and the playoffs last season. Trevor Lawrence is a strong-armed, long-haired freshman who reminds many of Deshaun Watson. The big question now is who will win the quarterback job. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

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BROOKLYN, Mich. — Denny Hamlin hopes winning the pole at Michigan International Speedway leads to his first win of the season Sunday. Kyle Busch remains first in the standings, followed by Kevin Harvick. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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— CAR--NASCAR-XFINITY-MID-OHIO — Rookie Austin Cindric on pole for Xfinity Series race at Lexington, Ohio. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Race starts 3 p.m.



WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Maria Vadeeva dreamed of making it to the WNBA while growing up watching Diana Taurasi and Lauren Jackson play in the Russian league. Now the 6-foot-4 center is with the Los Angeles Sparks and enjoying California beaches. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 550 words, photos.


— U.S. Open tennis tuneups in Toronto, Montreal.

— SWM--PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS — Katie Ledecky rebounds by winning 400 freestyle at Pan Pacific meet in Tokyo. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— SOF--WOMEN'S WORLDS — U.S. tops Japan 4-3, reaches final of the women's softball worlds in Japan. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 250 words.

— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP — Three promoted clubs — Cardiff, Fulham, Wolverhampton — open Premier League seasons. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m. With separate stories on all six games.

— ATH--EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS — World and Olympic discus champ Sandra Perkovic eyes fifth straight title at European track and field championships in Berlin. By Ciaran Fahey. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 5 p.m.







Saturday's Time Schedule (EDT)


Boston at Baltimore, 1st game, 1:05 p.m.

Texas at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

Washington at Chicago Cubs, 4:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Toronto, 4:07 p.m.

Minnesota at Detroit, 6:10 p.m.

Arizona at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m.

Boston at Baltimore, 2nd game, 7:05 p.m.

Milwaukee at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.

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

Seattle at Houston, 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

St. Louis at Kansas City, 7:15 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at San Diego, 8:40 p.m.

Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 9:05 p.m.

Oakland at L.A. Angels, 9:07 p.m.

NFL Exhibition

Minnesota at Denver, 9 p.m.

L.A. Chargers at Arizona, 10 p.m.


Dallas at Atlanta, 2 p.m.

Indiana at Las Vegas, 10:30 p.m.


Houston at Columbus, 7:30 p.m.

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

New York at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

San Jose at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Montreal at Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m.

Minnesota United at LA Galaxy, 10:30 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at Los Angeles FC, 10:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Portland, 11 p.m.