BC-AP Sports Digest
Sep. 11, 2018
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ALAMEDA, Calif. — Jon Gruden has plenty of work to do to fix the Oakland Raiders as evidenced by a 33-13 loss to the Rams in his first game back as coach. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina's game against No. 18 UCF won't take place Saturday while Wake Forest's Thursday night matchup with Boston College will start two hours earlier because of Hurricane Florence. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 150 words, photos. Developing.
— FBC--MONITORING FLORENCE-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.
FBC--T25-AP ALL-AMERICA WATCH
The Associated Press has been honoring college football's best with an All-America team since 1925. The first installment of the weekly All-America watch features Kansas' all-around linebacker, Colorado's breakout receiver and Alabama's other offensive tackle. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 790 words, photos.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — A woman says she was drugged and raped by Larry Nassar when he was a medical student in 1992 but that police at Michigan State University refused to investigate. The woman's claims come in a lawsuit against Michigan State, which says it is "looking into the situation." SENT: 170 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.
SERENA SHOWING EMOTION
NEW YORK — Some black women say Serena Williams' experience at the U.S. Open final resonates with them. They say they are often forced to watch their tone and words in the workplace in ways that men and other women are not. Otherwise, they say, they risk being branded an Angry Black Woman. By Deepti Hajela. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Sam Schmidt was left a quadriplegic from a racing accident and the team he later created has suffered a series of tragedies and setbacks. Now current driver Robert Wickens is hospitalized with a spinal cord injury and Schmidt can be a major ally in Wickens' recovery. Wickens was injured last month in a crash in Pennsylvania while driving one of Schmidt's cars. SENT: 970 words, photos.
BOX--TIM DAHLBERG-BIG FIGHT
LAS VEGAS — For a sport often given up for dead, boxing is suddenly very much alive. For evidence, look no further than Saturday night's middleweight clash between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez, a fight that showcases what happens when the best meet the best with titles at stake. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m.
GLF--ON THE FRINGE-ROSE
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Twenty years ago, Justin Rose turned pro and missed 21 consecutive cuts. Now he is No. 1 in the world, and it really doesn't matter how long that title lasts. Getting there, much like winning a major, is an achievement that stays with him the rest of his career. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— GLF--GOLF NOTES. By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,150 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— GLF--GOLF GLANCE. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Sam Darnold bounced back from a brutal beginning and the New York Jets ended up rolling to a rout. They got scores from the offense, defense and special teams on the the way to a 48-17 victory in the opener at Detroit. Next up: the home opener Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack was "just starting to forget" about New England's third-and-18 conversion in the fourth quarter of the AFC championship game in January. It's sure to be a topic of conversation as the Patriots and Jaguars prepare to play again Sunday in Jacksonville. By Mark Long. SENT: 930 words, photos.
FBN--BEHIND THE CALL
DENVER — Rob Gronkowski's great grab that played a key role in New England's win over the Texans wasn't reviewed because the league was too slow to buzz down to the officials on the field. It's another example of no matter how hard the NFL tries to clean things up, pro football is an imperfect game prone to human error. By AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.
— FBN--BENGALS-TOO MANY PENALTIES. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--COLTS-LINE DANCE. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--SEAHAWKS-OFFENSE. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.
— FBN--POWER RANKINGS. By Simmi Buttar. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.
Steve Yzerman is stepping down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning and will be replaced immediately by assistant Julien BriseBois, the AP is told. The stunning move comes days before the Lightning open training camp following a trip to the Eastern Conference final last season. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 300 words, photos. Developing.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman confirms the league has entered mediation with former players in a bid to settle a concussion lawsuit, but only to comply with a judge's order. Bettman tells The Associated Press that the league's position has not changed in arguing the lawsuit "doesn't have merit." Bettman says he has nothing to add when asked if the two sides have made any progress. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 450 words by 6 p.m.
— HKN--BRUINS-CHINA. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Former AL MVP Josh Donaldson is set to debut with the Indians in his first big league game since May 28 when Cleveland visits Tampa Bay. The third baseman, who was traded from Toronto to the AL Central-leading Indians on Aug. 31, has been out most of the season because of a strained left calf. The Indians start Shane Bieber while Tyler Glasnow goes for the Rays. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.
BBA--BLUE JAYS-RED SOX
BOSTON — Red Sox ace Chris Sale is ready to come off the disabled list and start against Toronto. Boston manager Alex Cora says the left-hander will be eased back into action, going about two innings and throwing a maximum of 40 pitches for the AL East leaders. The Blue Jays counter with Ryan Borucki. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
CHICAGO — The Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs fight for control of the NL Central as their final series of the season continues. The Brewers beat the Cubs 3-2 on Monday night to move within one game of the division leaders. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.
DENVER — Diamondbacks righty Zack Greinke faces a Rockies team he's beaten twice this season. The Rockies will start righty Antonio Senzatela as they try to maintain their lead in the NL West. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:40 p.m.
AUBURN, Ala. — No. 7 Auburn, it turns out, had more meaningful losses than the LSU game last season, but that one was certainly painful after blowing a 20-0 lead. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
ATHENS, Ga. — A runaway win at South Carolina or this week's heavy favored role against Middle Tennessee State doesn't change the fact that for a deep No. 3 Georgia team and such players as wide receiver Tyler Simmons, the competition never ends — for a starting job, playing time or even a spot on the traveling squad. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Even with all those returning starters, Michigan State has looked awfully beatable through two games this season. The Spartans now have an open date after their loss at Arizona State last weekend. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FORT WORTH, Texas — Ty Summers was an all-district dual-threat quarterback in high school. Since he started playing for No. 15 TCU, Summers has been on the other side chasing quarterbacks and making tackles all over the field. The school's active career tackles leader has gone from linebacker to starting end for the Horned Frogs. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBC--PAC-12-RUNNING BACKS. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBC--MARYLAND-WINNING — Maryland finds way to win during decidedly "unique" season. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 560 words, photos.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A snoozer of a NASCAR season got a huge bolt of energy right before the playoffs with back-to-back wins by Brad Keselowski. Keselowski wasn't a championship contender before two crown jewel victories, the Southern 500 and Brickyard 400, pushed him into sudden title talk. His door-slamming race with Denny Hamlin in the closing laps of Monday's rain-rescheduled Brickyard awakened the NASCAR audience just in time for the postseason. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— CAR--F1-RAIKKONEN — Former F1 champion Kimi Raikkonen leaving Ferrari for Sauber. SENT: 500 words, photos.
MADRID — Coming off a win over England at Wembley Stadium, Spain hosts World Cup finalist Croatia in the UEFA Nations League. Iceland and Belgium meet in the other League A match in Europe's newest soccer competition. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United States plays regional rival Mexico in a friendly as the Americans look to rebuild after missing the World Cup earlier this year. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
Most professional motocross riders live in Southern California, where they can train in the warm weather, ride many of the same tracks and work with fitness gurus. Eli Tomac in southwest Colorado has an unusual training regimen, his own track and his own workout guru: his dad. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 p.m.
EQU--WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES
It's referred to as the Super Bowl of equestrian competition. The World Equestrian Games begin Wednesday at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina, a small town about two hours west of Charlotte, and will run through Sept. 23. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m.
— CYC--SPANISH VUELTA — Rohan Dennis wins Spanish Vuelta time trial, Simon Yates adds to overall lead. SENT: 340 words.
— TEN--DAVIS CUP-FRANCE — Luck on France's side, again, ahead of Davis Cup semifinals. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 600 words, photo.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
Tuesday's Time Schedule (EDT)
Washington at Philadelphia, 2, 3:05 p.m.
Houston at Detroit, 6:40 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m.
Oakland at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Miami at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Cleveland at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
Toronto at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.
Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.
Arizona at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
Texas at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.
San Diego at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.
Atlanta at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.