BC-AP Sports Digest
Aug. 22, 2018
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John Smoltz says baseball must change — and fast. The Hall of Fame pitcher speaks about the need to make the game more appealing to fans young and old on PodcastOne Sports Now with co-hosts Tim Dahlberg and Jim Litke. Also, longtime college sports writer Chris Dufresne discusses the beginning of the season. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
ESPN's Rece Davis is a voter in the AP college football poll. He tells the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast that he tries to blend his preseason assessments with how a team might develop. The AP preseason poll was released Monday. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State trustees are meeting to discuss the future of football coach Urban Meyer. The board will meet in private to decide whether the superstar coach should be punished for the way he handled domestic-abuse allegations against a former assistant. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 150 words, photos by 3 a.m. Will be updated after meeting scheduled to start at 9 a.m.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Baseball looks like it comes easily to Hawaii's Aukai Kea. In Honolulu's first game of the Little League World Series, Kea slugged a walk-off home run after tossing 6 1/3 shutout innings. But even he isn't afraid to admit that playing on national television and meeting major league players can be quite daunting. The pressure will be amplified as Hawaii and a team from New York's Staten Island are set to play in the marquee matchup of the tournament thus far. By Patrick Burns. UPCOMING: 620 words, photos by 3 a.m.
FBC--PICK SIX-PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS
The College Football Playoff has yet to produce a real surprise team. In four seasons, nine schools have reached the semifinals — and even the teams that came from outside the AP preseason top 10 were traditional powers. Might this be the year a surprise breaks through? Predictions for the 2018 college football season. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 810 words, photos by 3 a.m.
FBC--TEXAS A&M-NCAA ALLEGATIONS
Texas A&M says it is reviewing allegations of possible NCAA violations by football coaches made by a former player who transferred to Arizona. Santino Marchiol, a linebacker who signed with the Aggies in 2017 when Kevin Sumlin was coach, told USA Today that Aggies assistant coach Bradley Dale Peveto gave him cash on two occasions to entertain recruits on unofficial visits to campus. SENT: 510 words.
LOS ANGELES — Southern California's three-way competition for the starting job at quarterback will go down to the final weekend before the season. Coach Clay Helton says he won't choose Sam Darnold's successor with the No. 15 Trojans until after Saturday's mock game. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 660 words, photos.
ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia remains confident it has good depth at tailback even after losing freshman Zamir White to knee injury. D'Andre Swift could lead a group of four scholarship tailbacks as the Bulldogs reload after losing Nick Chubb and Sony Michel to the NFL. By Charles Odum. SENT: 630 words, photos.
A look at what's happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 520 words, photos by 3 a.m.
DETROIT — The Chicago Cubs have bolstered their struggling lineup by acquiring second baseman Daniel Murphy in a trade with the Washington Nationals. The Cubs also announced that right-hander Yu Darvish will miss the rest of the season after pitching just one inning in a rehab start for Class A South Bend on Sunday. By Larry Lage. SENT: 660 words, photos.
NEW YORK — San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey might need hip surgery that would end his season. Giants general manager Bobby Evans says the team has discussed the possibility. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported on Posey's situation. By Larry Fleisher. SENT: 390 words, photos.
MIAMI — Giancarlo Stanton had two hits in his homecoming but teammate Aroldis Chapman left the game accompanied by a trainer as the New York Yankees beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 in 12 innings. After Yankees backup catcher Kyle Higashioka raced home on a sacrifice fly in the 12th, Chapman came on trying for his 32nd save, but he departed with none out. By Steven Wine. SENT: 820 words, photos.
— BBO--STANTON IN MIAMI — Giancarlo Stanton acknowledged being touched by the warm reception he received the first time he stepped to the plate at Marlins Park. By Steven Wine. SENT: 570 words, photos.
TORONTO — Baltimore Orioles star Adam Jones and Blue Jays rookie catcher Danny Jansen had an unlikely reunion this week in Toronto. When Jones stepped to the plate, he saw Jansen for the first time since 2004. That year, Jones was 18 and lived with the Jansen family as a minor leaguer in Appleton, Wisconsin. Host families are common in the low minors to help young player settle into the off-the-field routine of pro ball. By Ian Harrison. SENT: 670 words, photos.
WASHINGTON — Adrian Peterson believes he still has something left. The 33-year-old running back had his first practice with the Redskins a day after signing a one-year deal with Washington. Injuries and opportunity limited Peterson to 13 games over the past two seasons. By Benjamin Standig. SENT: 590 words, photos.
HOUSTON — Nearly 11 months from his last NFL game, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt isn't hiding his eagerness to get back on the field. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year hasn't played since he suffered a broken left leg against Kansas City in Week 5 last season. The prior year, he missed the final 13 games of the 2016 season with a back injury that required surgery. SENT: 740 words, photos.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
— BKL--WNBA PLAYOFF CAPSULES
Wednesday's Time Schedule (EDT)
Baltimore at Toronto, 12:37 p.m.
Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.
Minnesota at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.
Texas at Oakland, 3:35 p.m.
Houston at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.
Atlanta at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
San Francisco at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.
Cleveland at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Kansas City at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
San Diego at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.
St. Louis at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
New York at New York City FC, 7 p.m.