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BC-AP Sports Digest

August 30, 2018
BC-AP Sports Digest,2033

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Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg take college football’s pulse on PodcastOne Sports Now, discussing the start of the season with AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo. Also, celebrated fight promoter Bob Arum recalls his work on a boxing safety measure with the late Sen. John McCain.




NEW YORK — Past U.S. Open champions Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova are among those playing in the second round on yet another hot day. The extreme heat policy, allowing for player breaks, is in effect for the third straight day. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m. Updated with night matches.

— With:

— TEN--US OPEN-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.


LOS ANGELES — Chip Kelly has revealed little and promised even less during the past few months leading to his much-anticipated debut at UCLA. Leave it to the inscrutable coach with a revolutionary history to move to Hollywood and still strive to stay completely out of the spotlight. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 8 p.m.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The “end” of the Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry was a three-year soap opera, with accusations of dishonesty and cowardice. Turns out the Wolverines and Fighting Irish were only on a hiatus, and bringing the series back could not have been more mundane. College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — At least 145 people have provided firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct by a former Ohio State team doctor accused of groping scores of male athletes and other students during his two decades there. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 600 words, photos.



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Willie Taggart grew up a Florida State fan. Ever since he started coaching at Western Kentucky in 2010 he felt that one day he would become the Seminoles coach. He completes the circle Monday when he leads No. 19 Florida State against Virginia Tech. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 700 words, photos.



NEW YORK — They played each other for the first time in 1998 when Serena Williams was 16 and Venus Williams 17. Two decades later — a sister rivalry Serena saw coming from the outset — and here we are: Williams vs. Williams, Part 30, at the U.S. Open on Friday. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.



NEW YORK — For players facing punishing heat, the decision to take a tournament-sanctioned 10-minute break would seem like an easy call. But while the break has benefited some, others failed to pick up where they left off and might have fared better playing through the swelter. By Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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— Sidebars on merits.



LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have won five straight and return home to face a Diamondbacks team they trail by one game in the NL West. Two left-handers are on the mound — Robbie Ray of Arizona vs. Rich Hill of Los Angeles. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.


ATLANTA — In a matchup of NL division leaders, the Braves play the Cubs in a makeup game and possible playoff preview. Atlanta’s Mike Foltynewicz, who has a 1.38 ERA in five August starts, faces Chicago’s Mike Montgomery, who is coming off the disabled list. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:35 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. — The Mariners, chasing AL West rival Oakland for the league’s second wild card, begin a four-game series against the Athletics. Oakland is 2 1/2 games behind first-place Houston and Seattle is eight back. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:05 p.m.



DENVER — It’s like old times in the AFC West. Jon Gruden glowering on the sideline. Philip Rivers surrounded by co-stars. An air-it-out quarterback in Kansas City. Von Miller sauntering around Denver again thanks to the arrival of a new pass rush partner in Bradley Chubb. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Rams have gone from one of the biggest surprises to Super Bowl contender. They are favored in the NFC West but could be challenged by a 49ers team rejuvenated last season by Jimmy Garoppolo. Arizona and Seattle are trying to get back in the mix. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— Also:

— Stories on 16 exhibition games.

— FBN--DUMERVIL RETIRES — Pass rusher Elvis Dumervil retires after 12 years. SENT: 110 words, photos.



CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell is tired of the talk, no matter how deserved it appears. He is part of Clemson’s fearsome front four — along Austin Bryant, Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence — and all are projected as high-round draft picks. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 650 words, photos.


Not long ago, it would be the rare true freshman who would start at quarterback in the Big Ten. That was then. Three of the Big Ten’s six new starters were in high school a year ago. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by 4 p.m.


Texas Tech has always been able to score plenty of points, like most Big 12 teams. Now the Red Raiders are talking defense. It certainly is a different tone, and could be a possible difference-maker in the league. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.


Brett Rypien has won a Fiesta Bowl and a conference title with Boise State. Yet there was a time a year ago as a junior when his spot as the Broncos starting quarterback was being questioned by outsiders and challenged from within. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— Thursday’s Top 25 Game:

— FBC-T25-UCF-UCONN — No. 21 Central Florida, with the nation’s longest winning streak, plays at UConn. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

— Also:

— FBC--FIVE THINGS TO KNOW FOR WEEK 1 — By Steve Megargee. SENT: 850 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-WEST VIRGINIA-WILL AND SILLS — By John Raby. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-ALABAMA-LINEBACKER ATTRITION — By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.

— FBC--T25-LSU--UNPROVEN BACKFIELD — By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBC--FLORIDA-FRANKS — By Mark Long. SENT: 500 words, photos.



EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State says the NCAA has cleared it of any rules violations in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal. Separately, the university says the NCAA found no violations in how the football and basketball teams responded to assault allegations against players. By Noah Trister. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.



NORTON, Mass. — The FedEx Cup playoffs are supposed to be a sprint to the finish. For players like Tiger Woods who plan to play all four and then have the Ryder Cup, it feels like reaching “Heartbreak Hill” in the Boston Marathon. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.


PORTLAND, Ore. — Two-time champion Brooke Henderson opens play in the Cambia Portland Classic, a week after the Canadian star’s home victory in the CP Women’s Open. UPCOMING: 400 words by 10:30 p.m.

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— GLF--WEBCOM TOUR FINALS — First round of DAP Championship in Beechwood, Ohio, the second of four events in the Web.com Tour Finals for 25 PGA Tour cards. UPCOMING: 250 words by 9 p.m.

— GLF--MADE IN DENMARK — Eddie Pepperell has best start of three Ryder Cup hopefuls in first round of European Tour event. SENT: 300 words, photos.



PHOENIX — The Mercury rallied in each of the WNBA semifinals, only to come up short against the Seattle Storm. Phoenix returns home for Game 3 on Friday, but will have to find a way to slow Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird or their season will be over. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.



DARLINGTON, S.C. — It’s throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway, where the Southern 500 will not only be a critical race for drivers outside the playoff field, but a remembrance of NASCAR’s seven decades of racing. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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— CAR--F1-ITALIAN GP — Sebastian Vettel downplays Lewis Hamilton’s “tricks” comments leading to Italian Grand Prix. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 550 words, photos.



MARIETTA, Ga. — At 5-foot-7, Josef Martinez can get lost among taller players in front of the goal. But looks are deceiving. The 25-year-old Venezuelan for Atlanta United is the most prolific scorer in the history of Major League Soccer. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.


The Sounders are making another late surge. They have won seven straight, a club record. Their last victory came at Portland to push their unbeaten streak to 10. Seattle has moved into fifth place and MLS playoff contention. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 700 words, photos.


CAIRO — Egyptian star Mohamed Salah is speaking out on what many of his teammates have been saying in private: The national federation’s failure to enforce discipline and stop sponsor meddling was mostly to blame for the team’s poor World Cup. By Hamza Hendawi and Samy Magdy. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

— Also:

— SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW — Ronaldo’s Juventus drawn with Man United in Champions League. By Graham Dunbar. SENT; 550 words, photos.

— SOC--ITALIAN SPOTLIGHT-AMERICAN DERBY — AC Milan plays Roma on Friday in first meeting of two American-owned clubs in Italian league. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 600 words, photos.



In another case pointing to deep-rooted graft in the country, a top track and field official from Kenya is banned from the sport for life for his role in diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars of Nike sponsorship money. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 700 words, photos.


— ASIAN GAMES ROUNDUP — Combined Koreas basketball team led by WNBA center to play for Asian Games gold medal. By John Pye. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— CYC--SPANISH VUELTA — Nacer Bouhanni wins sixth stage of Spanish Vuelta; Rudy Molard keeps overall lead. SENT: 400 words.

— BIA--RUSSIAN DOPING — Four Russian biathletes face new doping allegations. SENT: 140 words.





Thursday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


Milwaukee at Cincinnati, 12:35 p.m.

Minnesota at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.

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

Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

Boston at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Seattle at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

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

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

College Football (Top 25)

No. 21 UCF at UConn, 7 p.m.

NFL Exhibition

New England at N.Y. Giants, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Jets at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Cleveland at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 7 p.m.

Miami at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

Jacksonville at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Washington at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m.

Carolina at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Houston, 8 p.m.

L.A. Rams at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Buffalo at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Tennessee, 8 p.m.

Green Bay at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.

Denver at Arizona, 10 p.m.

Oakland at Seattle, 10 p.m.

L.A. Chargers at San Francisco, 10 p.m.

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