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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.
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.
FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
Alabama is No. 1 in the AP preseason college football poll for the third straight season, a feat done only one other time. Clemson is No. 2 behind the defending national champions. Georgia, Wisconsin an Ohio State complete the top five. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 750 words, photos. With lists.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The investigation into Urban Meyer’s handling of domestic violence accusations against an assistant has drawn attention to his obligation to report violations of Ohio State’s sexual misconduct policy. This is becoming more of an issue for prominent coaches. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 750 words, photos.
SEATTLE — Back in first place, the Astros open another important series when they play the fading Mariners. Houston leads Oakland by a game and Seattle by 4 1/2 in the AL West. Felix Hernandez returns to Seattle’s rotation and opposes Houston’s Gerrit Cole (11-5). By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos Game starts 10:10 p.m.
SPORTS BETTING-COLLEGE INTEGRITY FEES
Concerned that expanded sports gambling will bring additional costs for ensuring their games are not compromised, colleges are looking for a piece of the action. They are following the playbook of pro leagues by pushing casinos to pay them “integrity fees.” By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
CAR--INDYCAR-IN THE PITS
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Few athletes face the grim fact that every time they go to work there is a chance they might die. But a driver confronts that inherent risk whenever he climbs into a car. Robert Wickens was seriously injured at an IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway, reviving a debate on safety. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
BOSTON — In a hint of October baseball, the Indians face the Red Sox in a game between teams running away with their division. Corey Kluber (15-6) starts for Cleveland against Boston’s Rick Porcello (15-5). Each has a chance to share the lead for most wins in the majors. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck plays his first home game since January 2017 when the Colts and Ravens meet in the preseason. Luck is looking to regain his form after a lacerated kidney and shoulder surgery. Indianapolis and Baltimore practiced together last week. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
ALAMEDA, Calif. — Jordy Nelson has fit right in since joining the Raiders this offseason. He hopes to be as reliable a receiver for Derek Carr as he was for Aaron Rodgers all those years in Green Bay. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.
The Redskins are running low on running backs after a slew of injuries. They are considering signing Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson or Orleans Darkwa. But Rob Kelley, once a forgotten part of the backfield, is still the front-runner. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— FBN--JAGUARS-SUSPENSIONS — By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— FBN--VIKINGS-FORBATH — By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBN--BRONCOS-WATSON IR — By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 300 words.
— FBN--PANTHERS-THOMAS — By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--LIONS-LINEBACKERS — By Larry Lage. SENT: 100 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--CARDINALS — By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin receiver Quintez Cephus is taking a leave from the team. He thinks prosecutors intend to charge him for what he calls a “consensual relationship.” He says he has been wrongfully accused but is not elaborating on what happened. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama repeatedly delivers defensive backs — Nick Saban’s most hands-on position — to the NFL. But this season poses a special challenge, with the Crimson Tide having to replace its top six defensive backs. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — For the first time in 14 years, Miami is opening the season as a top-10 team — ranked No. 8. So there is the burden of expectations now, but the Hurricanes defensive coordinator says no outside pressure can top what the team is putting on itself. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.
FBC--COASTAL CAROLINA-COACH RETURNS
CONWAY, S.C. — Joe Moglia is coaching again after missing Coastal Carolina’s first year in the FBS Sun Belt Conference. Moglia, a former CEO of the Fortune 500 company TD Ameritrade, needed time off to deal with a bronchial condition. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos. by 4 p.m.
— FBC--ALLEN’S LAST CHANCE — By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— FBC--TENNESSEE-RELYING ON REINFORCEMENTS — By Steve Megargee. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— FBC--MARYLAND PLAYER DEATH REVIEW — Maryland to wear helmet sticker honoring late teammate. SENT: 300 words, photos.
AP SPORTS EXTRA: PRESEASON POLL PAGE
A paginated look at the preseason Top 25 poll is available in full broadsheet, half broadsheet and tabloid size. The pages are suited for preseason football tabs, with space for local advertising or content. The focus is on the highest-ranked teams. The pages are available at no charge to all AP Sports subscribers. For more information, contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan(at)ap.org
TEN--HALL OF FAME-FAN VOTE
Martina Hingis figures she wouldn’t have needed any help from fans to earn her spot in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Still, she likes the idea that folks around the world now will have a say in who gets elected. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 350 words, photos.
The WNBA playoffs are set following an odd regular season. Yes, Los Angeles and Minnesota will meet in the postseason for the third straight year — but in the first round. The two-time WNBA finalists finished sixth and seventh. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 600 words, photos.
BBY--LITTLE LEAGUE-PUERTO RICO
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — After all they’ve been through the past year, the players from the Puerto Rican team at the Little League World Series are sure enjoying this — a week filled with fun in what has been their best trip. By Patrick Burns. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— SOC--ENGLAND-WEEKEND WATCH — By Steve Douglas. SENT: 750 words. photos.
— SOC--ITALY-WEEKEND WATCH — By Daniella Matar. SENT: 600 words. photos.
— SOC--FRANCE-WEEKEND WATCH — By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 650 words. photos.
— SOC--SPAIN-WEEKEND WATCH — By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— NCAA-FLORIDA STATE — Florida State athletic director to become NCAA executive. SENT: 250 words.
— BKO--ASIAN GAMES-JAPAN PLAYERS BANNED — Japan sends home four Asian Games basketball players for “night in hotel with women.” SENT: 300 words, photos.
— NETHERLANDS-LONG-DISTANCE SWIM — Ailing Olympian ends 124-mile swim through Dutch waterways to fund cancer research. By Mike Corder. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Atlanta at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Baltimore at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.
Cleveland at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Kansas City at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
San Francisco at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.
Texas at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.
Houston at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.
St. Louis at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
Baltimore at Indianapolis, 8 p.m.