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August 3, 2018

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Gary Bettman says the NHL wants a cut of gambling profits if its intellectual property, data or game video are used. The commissioner speaks with AP Hockey Writer Larry Lage in the latest episode of “PodcastOne Sports Now.” Also up for discussion: Ice Cube on his BIG3 basketball league, and Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on fatherhood.

https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

The Big Ten features maybe the most interesting division in college football and one of the biggest divisional favorites. The AP Top 25 College Football Podcast previews the Big Ten this week, with Dave Revsine of the Big Ten Network.

https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast

TOP STORIES

BBA--YANKEES-RED SOX

BOSTON — In the opener of a four-game series that gave New York the potential to erase most of its AL East deficit, the Red Sox instead expanded the lead to a season-high 6 1/2 games. Steve Pearce homered three times, the second a three-run drive in an eight-run fourth inning as the Boston Red Sox rallied from an early deficit to beat the New York Yankees 15-7. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 940 words, photos.

With:

— BBA--YANKEES-PITCHERS — SENT: 235 words, photos.

FBN--HALL OF FAME GAME

CANTON, OHIO — The Ravens and Bears honored their great linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher with some defense to make them proud in the Hall of Fame game that opened the NFL’s preseason. There was a little spark of offense provided by Baltimore’s first-round draft pick Lamar Jackson in the second half of a 17-16 victory. His 7-yard touchdown pass to fellow first-rounder Hayden Hurst came after the Ravens’ defense recovered a fumble. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 865 words, photos.

With:

— FBN--HALL OF FAME GAME-ANTHEM — SENT: 227 words.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--OHIO STATE-MEYER

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State is barring media members from the season’s first football practices. The move comes as the university investigates coach Urban Meyer’s handling of a former assistant accused of domestic violence. The latest headline-grabbing issue comes as another scandal involving the athletic department continues to rage. Ohio State is still managing blowback from reports that a now-dead athletic department doctor allegedly molested students. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 855 words, photos.

With:

FBC--OHIO ST-INTERIM COACHES — By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

FBC--PAUL NEWBERRY-URBAN MEYER

College coaches are notorious control freaks. From making sure every minute of practice is accounted for to fretting over what players are putting in their bodies at the dining hall, no detail is too small for a coach’s prying eyes. They have to know everything. Which is why it’s ludicrous to believe Urban Meyer’s claim he didn’t know anything when asked about multiple domestic abuse allegations involving one of his assistant coaches. Which is why Meyer will probably soon be Ohio State’s ex-football coach. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 1,086 words, photos.

FBN--TIM DAHLBERG-TO’S ABSENCE

Terrell Owens should have had a better excuse for blowing off his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. You know, like maybe he was going bowling. That, at least, might have been understood in the tiny universe of T.O., since Owens was so into bowling after his football career was over that he tried to go pro. While the reset of this year’s Hall of Fame class, including Ray Lewis and Randy Moss, will slip on their gold jackets in a celebration in Canton, Ohio, Owens will probably get his in the mail. By Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 868 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBN--BREWERS-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES — Cody Bellinger hit a grand slam, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig hit two homers each, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 21-5. Brian Dozier and Justin Turner also went deep as the Dodgers finished with their highest scoring total at Dodger Stadium. SENT: 950 words, photos.

Also:

— BBN--GIANTS-SANDOVAL — SENT: 147 words, photos.

— BBN--METS-FRAZIER — SENT: 461 words.

— BBN--METS-CESPEDES SURGERY — SENT: 316 words.

GOLF

GLF--BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL

AKRON, Ohio — Ian Poulter had an 8-under 62 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational. Rickie Fowler and Kyle Stanley each had a 63, while Jon Rahm, Si Woo Kim and Patrick Cantlay were another shot behind. Seven players were in the group at 65, which included Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Jason Day. Tiger Woods settled for a 66. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 828 words, photos.

With:

— GLF--BRIDGESTONE-NOTEBOOK — By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 918 words, photos.

Also:

— GLF--BARRACUDA CHAMPIONSHIP — SENT: 671 words.

NFL

FBN--TITANS-CYPRIEN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A person familiar with the visit says veteran Eric Reid will be among the safeties the Titans work out in their search for a potential replacement. Reid will work out for the Titans on Friday. Tennessee lost starting safety Johnathan Cyprien for the season with a torn left ACL, and the Titans are looking at other veterans for possible replacements. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: xxx words, photos.

Also:

— FBN--JETS-DONAHUE — By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT:

— FBN--CARDINALS CAMP — By Bob Baum. SENT:

— FBN--49ERS-PETTIS — SENT:

— FBN--SAINTS-FLOYD’S CHANCE — By Brett Martel. SENT:

— FBN--GIANTS-BECKHAM — By Tom Canavan. SENT:

TENNIS

TEN--CITI OPEN

WASHINGTON — Defending champion Alexander Zverev beat his older brother Mischa 6-3, 7-5 to reach the Citi Open quarterfinals. It was the siblings’ first ATP main-draw match. When it ended, they met for a lengthy hug. Alexander is 21, almost 10 years younger than Mischa. Andy Murray outlasted 93rd-ranked Marius Copil of Romania 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (4) in a match that ended just past 3 a.m. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 770 words, photos. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.

With:

— TEN--WASHINGTON-MURRAY — By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 192 words, photos.

Also:

— TEN--LOS CABOS — SENT: 185 words.

— TEN--SAN JOSE — SENT: 166 words.

DODGEBALL

DODGEBALL-UNORTHODOX PRO SPORTS

NEW YORK — Dodgeball is not just a Ben Stiller movie or anxiety-inducing gym class activity. It’s a professional sport, just like many games that were popularize in parks, schoolyards and even novels. The World Dodgeball Association, founded in 2013, is holding its second World Cup — this weekend in New York. Thirteen countries, including the U.S., will be represented at Madison Square Garden on Saturday for the biennial tournament. By Terrin Waack. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos.

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ALSO

— HKN--SABRES-HURRICANES TRADE — By John Wawrow. SENT: 802 words, photos.

— BKN--GRIZZLIES’ CHANGES — SENT: 413 words.

— MMA--UFC 227-GARBRANDT’S COMEBACK — By Greg Beacham. SENT: 693 words, photos.

— WWE WRESTLER-MAYOR — SENT: 130 words.

— OLY--VBL-WALSH JENNINGS’ PLANS — By Janie McCauley. SENT: 738 words, photos.

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Friday’s Time Schedule

BASEBALL

San Diego at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Cincinnati at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Miami at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

St. Louis at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Baltimore at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Kansas City at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Colorado at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.

San Francisco at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Detroit at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

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

Toronto at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

WNBA

Las Vegas at Washington, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

Minnesota at Seattle, 10 p.m.

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