BC-AP Sports Digest
Aug. 18, 2018
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Tiger Woods almost certainly will be chosen for the Ryder Cup, and AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson says Phil Mickelson will likely join him. Ferguson speaks about next month's competition with co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg on PodcastOne Sports Now. AP Auto Racing Writer Jenny Fryer discusses the DUI arrest of NASCAR chairman Brian France.
The Pac-12 is banking on a strong Washington team, some new coaches and a couple of Heisman Trophy contenders to help the conference bounce back from a lackluster 2017. On the latest episode of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury news joins the AP's Ralph Russo to preview the Pac-12.
CLEVELAND — Browns receiver Josh Gordon has "humbly" returned to the team after an extended absence to deal with his health. The former Pro Bowler has missed most of the past five seasons for numerous violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy. By Tom Withers: SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Athletics resume their playoff push, facing the Astros again after a 10th-inning victory Friday night to pull within a game of Houston for the AL West lead. Dallas Keuchel starts for Houston, which has lost seven of 10. Oakland has won seven of 10. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4:05 p.m.
BOSTON — Sam Mikulak, trying to become the sixth man to win five national titles, has the lead heading into the second day of the US men's gymnastics championships. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Event starts 3:30 p.m.
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott edged Kyle Busch in qualifying to earn the top two starting spots for NASCAR's race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Both are seeking their first Cup victory at Bristol while Busch is eyeing his eighth. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Race starts 6:45 p.m.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Some of baseball's best young players have competed at the Little League World Series over the last 71 years. Fifty-four have gone on to the majors, and three will be on hand when the Mets play the Phillies on Sunday night in the MLB Little League Classic. By Tommy Butler. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.
SEATTLE — Coming off an 11-1 rout of Seattle, the Dodgers send Rich Hill to the mound against the Mariners in a game between teams in the postseason mix. Los Angeles is two games behind in the NL West. Seattle trails by 4 1/2 in the AL West. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:10 p.m.
ATLANTA — The Rockies, winners of won six of seven, play an Atlanta Braves team that leads the NL East by a half game. Colorado, 1 1/2 back in the NL West, is 28-14 since June 28, tops in the NL over that span. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — The Oakland Raiders return to the Coliseum to face the Los Angeles Rams in a preseason game with plenty of importance to their still-passionate Southern California fan base. The Raiders spent 13 seasons in the venerable stadium. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Andy Dalton visits his home state for Cincinnati's preseason game against the Cowboys. Dak Prescott should see more action for Dallas after throwing a touchdown pass on his only drive in the exhibition opener. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kirk Cousins makes his first appearance at Minnesota's U.S. Bank Stadium when the Vikings quarterback faces the Jacksonville Jaguars and the AFC's stingiest defense of last season. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.
— FBN--49ERS-TEXANS — UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
— FBN--BUCCANEERS-TITANS — By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
— FBN--BEARS-BRONCOS — By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 9:05 p.m.
— FBN--SEAHAWKS-CHARGERS — By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.
FBC--PICK SIX-REDSHIRT FRESHMEN
Redshirt freshmen are less common these days, with more players contributing straight out of high school. They still can have an impact, though. USC's Jay Tufele and Georgia's Isaiah Wilson show how linemen can benefit from the extra year to develop physically. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 700 words, photos.
LONG POND, Pa. — Will Power has an Indianapolis 500 victory this season. He'd like to pair it with an IndyCar title. But with four races left, he'll have to be flawless to catch leader Scott Dixon. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— CAR--INDYCAR-QUALIFYING — By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Qualifying started 1:45 p.m.
MASON, Ohio — Novak Djokovic tries to reach the final of the Western & Southern Open — the only Masters event he's never won. Kiki Bertens reaches the women's final and top-ranked Simona Halep looks to play in the title match for the second straight year. By Joe Kay. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Brandt Snedeker, who shot a 59 in the first round, leads by two strokes entering the third round of Wyndham Championship. This is the final PGA Tour event before the playoffs. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — Jin Young Ko, Sung Hyun Park anc Lizette Salas are in front entering the third round of the Indy Women in Tech Championship. Nearly half of the 143-woman field had to complete the second round because of a rain delay. By Michael Marot. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Stanford's Isaiah Salinda takes on UCLA's Devon Bling in an all-California semifinal at the U.S. Amateur. Texas teen Cole Hammer faces Norway's Viktor Hovland in the other match. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— GLF--NORDEA MASTERS — Paul Waring, Thomas Aiken lead by three strokes after third round of European Tour event in Sweden. SENT: 100 words, photos.
VERONA, Italy — Cristiano Ronaldo makes his Juventus debut, failing to score in 3-2 win by the defending Italian league champions over Chievo Verona. Ronaldo, who left Real Madrid in a deal topping $130 million, warmed up with ball tricks and his every touch is cheered by Juventus fans. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP — Chelsea beats Arsenal 3-2 to highlight Premier League. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— SOC--SPANISH ROUNDUP — With Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez set to start, Barcelona begins its Spanish league title defense. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.
DEL MAR, Calif. — Accelerate is the early 8-5 favorite against seven rivals in the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar. The winner earns an automatic berth in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic in November. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Post time 9:43 p.m.
— BOX--FURY'S COMEBACK — Former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury takes on Francesco Pianeta in Northern Ireland in second fight of comeback. UPCOMING: 200 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— ASIAN GAMES-OPENING CEREMONY — Athletes from Unified Koreas team march together at Asian Games opening ceremony in Indonesia. By Niniek Karmini. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— SOC--AUSTRALIA-BOLT — Usain Bolt arrives for tryout in Australian soccer's A-League. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— ATH--DIAMOND LEAGUE-BIRMINGHAM — Christian Coleman of U.S. wins 100 in 9.94 seconds at Diamond League meet in England. SENT: 200 words.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
— FBN--NFL PRESEASON CAPSULES
— SOC--MLS CAPSULES
Saturday's Time Schedule (EDT)
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.
Baltimore at Cleveland, 4:05 p.m.
Houston at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at Philadelphia, 4:05 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Miami at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
Colorado at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.
Detroit at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.
Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m.
San Francisco at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Milwaukee at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Texas, 8:05 p.m.
Arizona at San Diego, 8:40 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.
Jacksonville at Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Oakland at L.A. Rams, 4 p.m.
Cincinnati at Dallas, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Tennessee, 8 p.m.
San Francisco at Houston, 8 p.m.
Chicago at Denver, 9:05 p.m.
Seattle at L.A. Chargers, 10 p.m.
Chicago at Indiana, 4 p.m.
LA Galaxy at Seattle, 4 p.m.
New York at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
New York City FC at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota United at FC Dallas, 8 p.m.
Portland at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.
Real Salt Lake at Houston, 9 p.m.
Toronto FC at San Jose, 10 p.m.