BC-AP Sports Digest,1913

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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. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

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. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast

SPORTS SHOWCASE

FBN--PROTECTING THE SKIN

NEW YORK — During the blazing hot days of training camp, the biggest opponent for many NFL players and coaches sits far above the football field. The sun and its powerful ultraviolet rays are a leading cause of skin cancer, and loads of sunscreen, bucket hats, long-sleeved T-shirts and sunglasses are ways some are trying to protect themselves. The American Cancer Society has also teamed with the NFL to place sunscreen stations at camps all around the league for fans, team employees and media. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos, video.

TOP STORIES

FBC--PICK SIX-CRITICAL GAMES

Jim Harbaugh has struggled to win the biggest games in his three years at Michigan, so this season's opener at Notre Dame takes on added significance. Other games to watch this upcoming season include Chip Kelly's return to Oregon as the coach of UCLA, and another clash between Auburn and Georgia. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

GYM--USA GYMNASTICS-SMALL STEPS

BOSTON — USA Gymnastics has preached the need for a culture change in the wake of the scandal surrounding disgraced former national team doctor Larry Nassar. Though the process will take years, there have been signs of progress. New high-performance director Tom Forster has become more hands-on during meets and is intent on providing athletes with an open door policy designed to give them a greater say in how the program is run. The athletes called Forster's approach a welcome departure. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos.

— With:

— GYM--US CHAMPIONSHIPS — Mikulak leads after first day of US gymnastics championships. By Will Graves. SENT: 700 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--EAGLES-PATRIOTS

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady shook off the rust of a long layoff and then found time to shake hands with Nick Foles, six months after they met in the Super Bowl. Brady moved the Patriots with ease in their rematch against the Eagles. Foles left with a shoulder injury after giving up a strip sack that led to a touchdown, but the reigning Super Bowl MVP stuck around to get his long-awaited congratulations from the reigning NFL MVP after New England's 37-20 win. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 840 words, photos.

FBN--STEELERS-PACKERS

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The ovation moved Aaron Rodgers to tears. Green Bay Packers fans showed their appreciation with the two-time NFL MVP about to take his first snaps at Lambeau Field in almost a year. Once he got behind center, Rodgers needed just one drive to look right at home back in Titletown against the Pittsburgh Steelers. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 850 words, photos.

FBN--JETS-REDSKINS

LANDOVER, Md. — Limited playing experience in high school and college makes Sam Darnold appreciate every game, even if it's just the preseason. The third overall pick made his first exhibition start for the Jets and showed some of the growing pains of a rookie quarterback by throwing an interception, taking two sacks and having a couple of balls batted out of the air in New York's loss to the Washington Redskins. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 775 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBN--ANTHEM PROTESTS — 3 Eagles stay off field for anthem before Super Bowl rematch. SENT: 160 words.

FBN--BROWNS-BRYANT

CLEVELAND — Dez Bryant and the Browns are still in the courtship phase. Their future together is uncertain. The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and his agent, Kim Maile, met with team officials at the Browns' headquarters in Berea, Ohio. The sides got to know each other better, and they are expected to meet again Friday to discuss a potential contract for Bryant with Cleveland. By Tom Withers. SENT: 750 words, photo.

FBN--BRONCOS-ELWAY

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — John Elway might find himself in the market for a veteran backup quarterback soon, yet there's one man who won't be getting a call: Colin Kaepernick. "Colin had his chance to be here," Elway said when asked if the former San Francisco 49ers QB would be an option if he decides Case Keenum's backup isn't already on Denver's roster. "We offered him a contract. He didn't take it." By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 790 words, photos.

FBN--NFL RDP

Cleveland has no quarterback competition. The Browns have made it clear the starting job is Tyrod Taylor's, but that hasn't quieted the buzz around Baker Mayfield, who had a dazzling preseason debut last week. The No. 1 overall pick will follow Taylor on Friday night and play up to two quarters against Buffalo, which is Taylor's former team. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBO--PLUNKING DEBATE

NEW YORK — Aaron Judge saw Jose Urena's beaning of Ronald Acuna Jr. and felt Acuna's pain. The reigning AL home run champion knows that with so many big flies comes a risk that some disgruntled pitcher will try burying a fastball in your ribs. Some old-timers like Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez defended Urena's plunking. Most, though, seem ready to let that unwritten rule die off. By Jake Seiner. SENT: 870 words, photos.

BBN--BRAVES-ACUNA

ATLANTA — Braves rookie star Ronald Acuna Jr. was back in the lineup for the NL East leaders, one day after being plunked on the left arm by Miami's Jose Urena. The 20-year-old slugger failed to hit a homer, snapping his streak of five straight games going deep, and the Colorado Rockies rallied for a 5-3 win over the Braves. Acuna said his elbow felt fine less than 24 hours after he took a 97 mph fastball from Miami's Jose Urena. Major League Baseball doled out a six-game suspension to the Marlins pitcher. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

— With:

— BBN--ROCKIES-BRAVES — By Paul Newberry. SENT: 850 words, photos.

— BBN--MARLINS-URENA-SUSPENDED — Marlins' Urena suspended 6 games for hitting Acuna. SENT: 170 words, photos.

— Also:

— BBN--DODGERS-PUIG-SUSPENDED — Yasiel Puig suspended 2 games, fined. SENT: 240 words, photos.

BBO--LEADING OFF

A look at what's happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos.

GOLF

GLF--WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Brandt Snedeker predicted low scores at the Wyndham Championship — but not this low. Snedeker shot an 11-under 59, falling one shot shy of matching the PGA Tour record. He made a 20-foot putt on his final hole to become the 10th player in tour history to break 60. Jim Furyk set the record with a 58 in the final round of the Travelers Championship in 2016. "I better be smiling," Snedeker said. "I don't do this every day." SENT: 825 words, photos.

GLF--LPGA TOUR

INDIANAPOLIS — Lizette Salas waited 77 minutes to line up her 4-foot putt to take the lead at the Indy Women in Tech Championship. She refused to let the weather delay get to her. When the 29-year-old California player returned to the course, she quickly rolled in the birdie putt, finished her round with another birdie at No. 18 and took a two-shot lead over Angel Yin and Nasa Hataoka with a course record-tying 10-under 62. It's the lowest score by a female player at the Brickyard Crossing. By Michael Marot. SENT: 725 words, photos.

GLF--US AMATEUR

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Texas teen Cole Hammer won two matches at Pebble Beach to advance to the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals. Hammer, the 18-year-old Houston player headed to the University of Texas this fall, beat Joshua McCarthy of Danville 1 up in the morning in the round of 32, and topped Zach Murray of Australia 2 and 1 in the afternoon in the round of 16. Hammer has won 12 straight matches, including his Western Amateur victory. By James Raia. SENT: 415 words.

TENNIS

TEN--CINCINNATI

MASON, Ohio — Novak Djokovic's quest for his first Western & Southern Open title ran into a different obstacle, with batches of rain forcing his match against defending champion Grigor Dimitrov to be suspended overnight. Roger Federer's match against Leonardo Mayer was postponed until Friday as well, along with several others pushed back by day-long rain that made a mess of the brackets. By Joe Kay. SENT: 600 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--USC PREVIEW

LOS ANGELES — Two weeks before Southern California's first game after Sam Darnold, the star quarterback's successor still hasn't been chosen. Coach Clay Helton has been auditioning three passers for the job. Freshman JT Daniels appears to be leading the group, but slightly more experienced returnees Jack Sears and Matt Fink are still competing. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 750 words, photo.

FBC--UCLA PREVIEW

LOS ANGELES — Chip Kelly led the speed-based revolution in college football during his wildly successful four-year tenure at Oregon. His next act in the college game has only just begun at long-underachieving UCLA, where hungry boosters have finally landed the world-class coach they've always coveted to lead the program past crosstown rival USC and into the game's stratosphere. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 800 words, photo.

— Team previews from other Power Five schools.

LITTLE LEAGUE

BBY--LITTLE LEAGUE-TECHNOLOGY

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The boys at the Little League World Series are chatting, trading souvenirs and getting to know each other, all with a little help from Google Translate and the video game Fortnite, among other apps. By Sara Perlowitz. SENT: 530 words, photos.

ALSO

— FBO--CFL-MANZIEL-CONCUSSION — Johnny Manziel says he had 'delayed onset' concussion. SENT: 220 words, photo.

— CAR--NASCAR-TRUCKS — Johnny Sauter wins NASCAR Truck race at Bristol. SENT: 380 words.

— ASIAN GAMES--PREVIEW — Asian Games: Something for everybody — even contract bridge. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 660 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

— FBN--NFL PRESEASON CAPSULES

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Friday's Time Schedule (EDT)

BASEBALL

N.Y. Mets at Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Miami at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Toronto at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

Baltimore at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

San Francisco at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Colorado at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Arizona at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

Houston at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

NFL PRESEASON

N.Y. Giants at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Kansas City at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

Miami at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.

Buffalo at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.

Arizona at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

WNBA

Los Angeles at Washington, 7 p.m.

Minnesota at Connecticut, 7 p.m.

Las Vegas at Dallas, 8 p.m.

New York at Seattle, 10 p.m.

Atlanta at Phoenix, 10 p.m.