AP-Tennessee Sports Digest
Aug. 17, 2018
Here's a look at how AP's sports coverage is shaping up in Tennessee. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Nashville bureau at (615) 373-9988 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Beth Campbell is on the desk. News editor Scott Stroud can be reached at email@example.com. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. All times are Central.
Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.
For up-to-the minute information on AP's coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee offensive lineman Ryan Johnson grew up in a family of home builders and sees plenty of parallels in what he's doing now. "When you're building an offensive line, you've got to do it just like you're building a house," said Johnson, a civil engineering major and SEC Academic Honor Roll selection. "You've got to build the foundation. ... You've got to pick the foundation before you start picking paint colors." By Steve Megargee. SENT: 660 words, photo.
CONFERENCE USA PREVIEW
UNDATED — Lane Kiffin knew very little about Conference USA before he became Florida Atlantic's head coach. Same for Butch Davis at Florida International. The high-profile coaches made immediate impacts in their new league, and at their new schools not all that far apart. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 800 words, photos.
UNDATED — Ryan Fitzpatrick has been in the NFL long enough, and been with so many different teams, that the quarterback has plenty of experience of playing somewhere in a different uniform. Coming back to Tennessee is a bit easier thanks to such a short stint. That was three coaches and a handful of quarterbacks ago for the Titans, while Fitzpatrick is with his third team since then in Tampa Bay. UPCOMING: 1100 words by 4 p.m., photos.
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kyle Busch will try to even the stakes with Kevin Harvick by winning a seventh Cup race as the series shifts to Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch will try to win the pole in Friday night qualifying. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: Developing from 4:40 p.m. start; 500 words, photos.
—NASCAR-BRISTOL-XFINITY. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: Developing from 6:30 p.m. start; 500 words.
—NASCAR-BRISTOL-START TIME, from Bristol, Tenn.: NASCAR has moved the start of Saturday night's race at Bristol Motor Speedway up one hour because of threats of rain. SENT: 60 words, photo.
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler, two of the more popular NASCAR drivers over the last two decades, are both stepping away from full-time racing at the end of the season. As NASCAR hurtles toward its championship part of the season, more and more veterans are choosing a life away from the grueling schedule. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — One day after becoming the 10th PGA Tour player to break 60, Brandt Snedeker looks to build upon his four-stroke lead during the second round of the Wyndham Championship. Snedeker opened with the tour's first 59 of the year. UPCOMING: 600 words by 8 p.m., photos.
—FORMER COACH-FLOOR, from Lebanon: Cumberland University's arena will have its court named in honor of former Cumberland men's coach Cliff Ellis. SENT: 110 words.
If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, (212) 621-1900 for news and (212) 621-1918 for sports. For technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at email@example.com or (877) 836-9477.