BC-AP Sports Digest
Sep. 24, 2015
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Giants, 0-2 after two dispiriting losses in which games got away in the fourth quarter, take on the Redskins in prime time. Washington (1-1) is playing especially tough defense. The NFC East is so muddled that either team could be in the mix with a victory. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
ATLANTA — Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth highlight the 29-man field at East Lake for the opening round of the season-ending Tour Championship. The top five can take the $10 million FedEx Cup prize with a victory. Day won the BMW Championship last week to gain the No. 1 ranking. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.
NEW YORK — Relatives of Yogi Berra share memories of the baseball great during a remembrance at the Yogi Berra Museum in New Jersey. The Yankees then honor the catcher at night before playing the White Sox. The Yankees are wearing No. 8 uniform patches for the rest of the season. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m. 700 words, photos from game.
— BBA--WHITE SOX-YANKEES — By Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Richie Incognito knows there is no escaping the spotlight. The Bills play the Miami Dolphins, where he was part a bullying scandal that shook the NFL. Before signing with the Bills in January, Incognito was out of football for some 15 months. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It's the NFL's latest must-have toy — a motorized board that allows hulking players to scoot around a sprawling workplace on wheels. The boards can provide relief for overworked legs during a busy football week. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 750 words, photos.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Ryan Fitzpatrick came to the New York Jets expecting to be a backup quarterback again. After a 2-0 start, he's the starter for the foreseeable future, with Todd Bowles saying it's Fitzpatrick's team — even when Geno Smith is healthy enough to play. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
TEMPE, Ariz. — When Bruce Arians became Arizona's coach, he moved Larry Fitzgerald from wideout to slot, where it can be crowded and rough. It was a tough sell at first, but Fitzgerald is thriving. He's not only catching passes, but quarterback Carson Palmer calls him the NFL's best blocking wide receiver. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--STEELERS-RED HOT ROETHLISBERGER — By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--COWBOYS-WITTEN'S STREAK — By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--COLTS-BLOCKING OUT — By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBN--RAIDERS-ROBERTS — By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--EAGLES-RUNNING GAME — By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--FALCONS-JULIO'S HELP — By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBN--BRONCOS-CJ'S SLOW START — By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. 550 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBN--VIKINGS-VERSATILE HARRIS — By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBN--BROWNS-BENJAMIN'S BREAKOUT — By Tom Withers. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
— FBN--NFL-LONDON — By Steve Wilson. SENT: 550 words.
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Even if Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan doesn't play, Oregon State still faces a big challenge Friday night in the No. 21 Cardinal. Hogan injured his ankle in Stanford's upset of USC last week and he's likely a game-time decision. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
OXFORD, Miss. — Robert Nkemdiche of No. 3 Mississippi has become one of college football's most dominant players. But the transformation of the 6-foot-4, nearly 300-pound defensive tackle has less to do with weight lifting or speed training than it does with Zen and enlightenment. By David Brandt. SENT: 950 words, photos.
FBC--T25-TCU-LEANING ON OFFENSE
FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU defensive end Josh Carraway sometimes catches himself, watching in awe as the No. 3 Horned Frogs' high-powered offense does its thing. And that's a comforting feeling with the TCU defense decimated by injuries. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
BATON ROUGE, La. — With that rare combination speed, agility and power, running back Leonard Fournette has helped lead No. 8 LSU to two SEC wins to start the season. But more than rushing stats, he wants to show strength of character. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-FARLEY — By Tom Coyne. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBC--T25-CLEMSON-DANCING DABO — By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— FBC--T25-RESILIENT BYU — By Kaareem Copeland. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-WISCONSIN-ODD COUPLE — By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — It was Tommy Lasorda's 88th birthday, so of course he was spending it at Dodger Stadium. More than a quarter century after he led the Dodgers to their last World Series, Lasorda hopes he can see them win another this year. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Cole Hamels starts for the Rangers, who play one more in Oakland before traveling to Houston to face the second-place Astros in a pivotal three-game series. The Rangers lead the AL West by three games. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 3:35 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS — One game behind for the second AL wild card spot, the Twins play a Cleveland Indians team trying to avoid a sweep. Minnesota trails Houston by a game in the wild-card race. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:10 p.m.
AUSTIN, Texas — The referee who was deliberately hit by two Texas high school football players says he denied to coaches during the game that he called players a profane racial slur. An assistant coach accused of telling players to hit the ref resigns. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.
GENEVA — FIFA relents and turns over emails from suspended executive Jerome Valcke. The governing body had blocked access even as FIFA President Sepp Blatter pledged support for the U.S. and Swiss investigations of corruption. "This is the difficult path we must follow," Blatter says. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— SOC--FIFA-PLATINI — If elected, Michel Platini promises FIFA will be about soccer, not deals. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— SOC--FIFA-ZICO — Brazilian soccer great Zico says he's serious about being FIFA president. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 500 words, photos.
ROME — Rome intends to draw on its most venerated sights if awarded the 2024 Olympics. The AP is told that the marathon will wind through St. Peter's Square and finish at the Colosseum. A medals plaza will be set up inside the Baths of Caracalla, and beach volleyball will played at the Circus Maximus. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 800 words, photos.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Leaders of the effort to bring the 2024 Olympics to Los Angeles speak at the U.S. Olympic Committee assembly. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Presentations at 5:30 p.m.
— OLY--IOC-HUMAN RIGHTS — Human rights groups attack IOC on 2024 host city contract. SENT: 400 words.
— OLY--IOC-PYEONGCHANG — IOC urging South Korean organizers to be ready for crucial test events for 2018 Winter Games. SENT: 150 words.
BRISTOL, Conn. — The WNBA holds its annual draft lottery, with right to pick UConn star Breanna Stewart at stake. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Lottery starts 8 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS — Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx host Brittney Griner and the Phoenix Mercury in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, the third straight year the teams have met with a WNBA Finals berth on the line. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
— BKL--WNBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR — Seattle's Jewell Loyd is WNBA rookie of the year. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 450 words.
INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George is finally healthy after that gruesome leg injury. Whether he's ready to make a position change is still to be determined. The Pacers open camp in less than a week. Coach Frank Vogel says George is close to what he was when it comes to "explosiveness, rhythm and timing." By Michael Marot. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— BKN--HAWKS-RICHARDSON RETIRES — Jason Richardson retires at 34, ending 13-year NBA career. SENT: 130 words.
RICHMOND, Va. — The road cycling world championships, which take a breather Thursday before road races resume Friday, are essentially a technology showcase. Millions of dollars of research are put into these bikes, with much of the tech wizardry eventually trickling down to the consumer. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— CYC--WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS--WOMEN'S TOUR — Reforms announced for women's elite cycling, along with new world tour. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— CYC--BASSO-CANCER — Cycling star Ivan Basso cleared to race after cancer treatment. SENT: 130 words.
— TEN--TORAY PAN PACIFIC OPEN — Ana Ivanovic, Karolina Pliskova make quarterfinals at Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. SENT: 300 words, photos.
— TEN--ST PETERSBURG OPEN — Top-seeded Tomas Berdych loses in Russia. SENT: 200 words.
— TEN--OPEN DE MOSELLE — Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Martin Klizan gain quarterfinals in Metz, France; Stan Wawrinka plays at night. SENT: 180 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 6 p.m.
— TEN--DAVIS CUP 2016 — Davis Cup finalists Belgium, Britain open at home for 2016 event; U.S. plays at Australia. SENT: 180 words, photos.
— CAR--INDYCAR-HINCHCLIFFE-RETURN — James Hinchcliffe, after bad crash at Indy 500, to ride next week at Road America. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
Thursday's Time Schedule (EDT)
Washington at N.Y. Giants, 8:25 p.m.
Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, 3:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.
Texas at Oakland, 3:35 p.m.
Baltimore at Washington, 4:05 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.
Philadelphia at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Milwaukee at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.
Cleveland at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.
Seattle at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m.
San Francisco at San Diego, 9:10 p.m.
Phoenix at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Boston, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Calgary at Colorado, 9 p.m.