BC-AP Sports Digest
Aug. 02, 2018
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Gary Bettman says the NHL wants a cut of gambling profits if its intellectual property, data or game video are used. The commissioner speaks with AP Hockey Writer Larry Lage in the latest episode of "PodcastOne Sports Now." Also up for discussion: Ice Cube on his BIG3 basketball league, and Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on fatherhood.
The Big Ten features maybe the most interesting division in college football and one of the biggest divisional favorites. The AP Top 25 College Football Podcast previews the Big Ten this week, with Dave Revsine of the Big Ten Network.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State will restrict its opening preseason practice to reporters as university officials investigate whether football coach Urban Meyer properly handled domestic abuse allegations made against one of his assistant coaches. The probe puts Meyer's job in jeopardy at a time when Ohio State is already under heavy scrutiny over whether the school properly responded to allegations of sexual misconduct by a now-dead doctor who worked with athletes and other students for two decades. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBC--OHIO STATE-MEYER-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.
FBN--HALL OF FAME GAME
CANTON, OHIO — Two days before their greatest player, Ray Lewis, enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Baltimore Ravens kick off the NFL preseason against Chicago. Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher also is part of the Class of 2018. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:05 p.m.
BOSTON — The AL East-leading Red Sox host the New York Yankees in the opener of a four-game series. Lefty Brian Johnson pitches for Boston in place of Chris Sale, who went on the disabled list on Tuesday, against Yankees' lefty CC Sabathia. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.
MMA--UFC 227-GARBRANDT'S COMEBACK
LOS ANGELES — Cody Garbrandt rocketed to the top of the UFC's bantamweight division and then lost his title in equally stunning fashion. After becoming a father and learning new lessons about resilience, he's back for a rematch with T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 227 on Saturday. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 10 p.m.
FBC--NEBRASKA-BUILD IT LIKE TOM
LINCOLN, Neb. — Scott Frost's job is to return Nebraska to the place it held in the college football hierarchy two decades ago. On a personal level, Frost is driven by his profound respect for his mentor Tom Osborne. Frost has said repeatedly Nebraska made a mistake moving away from the methods Osborne used on and off the field to make the Cornhuskers great. His plan is to bring back that identity. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 920 words, photos.
FBC--PAUL NEWBERRY-URBAN MEYER
Urban Meyer is done. A brilliant coach who kept an eye on the smallest of details would have us believe he knew nothing about all the times the police were called on one of his assistants for alleged domestic abuse. This is an all-too-familiar story line — Paterno, Pitino, et al — of a supposed leader letting his lust for winning, protecting his image and covering for his buddies keep him from doing the right thing, the obvious thing, what should have been the easy thing. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 7 p.m.
FBN--TIM DAHLBERG-TO'S ABSENCE
Terrell Owens could have had a better excuse for blowing off his induction into the Hall of Fame. Then again, there really isn't a good excuse for showing up fellow inductees by not showing up for the ceremonies in Canton that honor the best of the best who played in the NFL. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.
AKRON, Ohio — Tiger Woods returns to Firestone, the course where he has won eight times, at the Bridgestone Invitational for the final World Golf Championship at the venerable course. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
GLF--WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England — The Women's British Open begins on the bunker-heavy links of Royal Lytham, which is staging the fourth major of the year for the fourth time. Top-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn might be the woman to beat after winning on links in Scotland last week. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.
PHOENIX — A pair of aces square off when San Francisco Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner faces Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke. The Giants are 5 games back of the Diamondbacks in the NL West. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 9:40 p.m.
BBO--FREE AGENT RENTALS
When baseball stars on expiring contracts get traded in July, there's usually no need to find long-term housing. Infielders Manny Machado, Mike Moustakas and Brian Dozier; starting pitchers Cole Hamels, J.A. Happ and Nathan Eovaldi; catcher Martin Maldonado; and closer Zach Britton are among the players dealt ahead of this week's deadline for trades without waivers. All could be eligible for free agency after the World Series. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 710 words, photos.
HALL OF FAME
FBN--HALL OF FAME-OWENS
Terrell Owens learned a valuable lesson at a young age from the most influential person in his life. His grandmother, the late Alice Black, taught Owens to believe in himself no matter what people said about him. It's a lesson that stuck with Owens as he was passed over for the Pro Football Hall of Fame twice before finally getting in. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 840 words, photos.
FBN--HALL OF FAME-BRAZILE
HOUSTON — Robert Brazile turned in his Dr. Doom persona decades ago for the role of Mr. Brazile. He's a special education teacher now. He'll revisit the success of his first career with the Houston Oilers on Saturday when inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 740 words, photos.
Eds: These are the final two features profiling the eight members of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2018.
— FBN--CARDINALS CAMP. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--CHIEFS-HOUSTON. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--DOLPHINS-KOCUREK. By Steven Wine. SENT: 610 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— FBN--PANTHERS-TURNER STILL GOING. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--SEAHAWKS-PROSISE. UPCOMING: 500 words by 9 p.m.
— FBN--STEELERS-ARTIE AND JOE. UPCOMING: 600 words by 8 p.m.
— FBN--VIKINGS-BARR. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida opens its first fall camp under coach Dan Mullen with as many questions off the field as on it. Several players are facing disciplinary actions for an altercation with locals and there are more concerns about Mullen's recruiting than his quarterbacks. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
SEATTLE — Chris Petersen hates expectations, so he's likely loathing Washington being the overwhelming favorite in the Pac-12 and likely top 10 when the preseason AP poll comes out. The Huskies open fall camp on Friday in preparation for the Sept. 1 opener vs. Auburn. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.
— FBC--ARKANSAS-REFRESHED RAZORBACKS. By Kurt Voigt. UPCOMING: 600 words by 8 p.m.
— FBC--GEORGIA TECH-MEDIA DAY. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 600 words by 9 p.m.
— FBC--INDIANA-QB DERBY. By Michael Marot. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— FBC--LOUISVILLE QUESTION MARKS. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBC--MISSISSIPPI-FOCUS ON DEFENSE. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— FBC--EAGER SOUTH CAROLINA. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.
— FBC--TENNESSEE-STARTING OVER. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.
— FBC--UTAH-MOSS. SENT: 700 words, photos.
WASHINGTON — No. 1 seed and defending champion Alexander Zverev will face his older brother, No. 15 seed Mischa, in the third round at the Citi Open. It's their first meeting in an ATP main-draw match. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Match scheduled to start after 4:30 p.m.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
— BKL--WNBA CAPSULES
Thursday's Time Schedule (EDT)
L.A. Angels at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.
Colorado at St. Louis, 1:15 p.m.
Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
Miami at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Baltimore at Texas, 8:05 p.m.
San Diego at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.
Milwaukee at L.A. Dodgers, 9:00 p.m.
San Francisco at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.
Toronto at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.
Dallas at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Los Angeles, 10 p.m.